WoRd PoW #8: Dragons, Spaceships, Dogs, Cards & Aliens

WoRd PoW #8: Dragons, Spaceships, Dogs, Cards & Aliens

Ok, so it’s been over a month, but you know me, I always come back. πŸ™‚ I’ve been busy, as this post will show.

 

WRITING: My creative juices dried up over the last few months. It’s been a struggle to write, even this blog (i.e. 6 weeks between posts). But this last week the juices have been roaring through my veins and it feels great! While I haven’t been working on my current Crow novel, I have come up with a new story idea and have been world building. Lots of notes written down and research done. I’m pretty excited about this idea because there’s dragons and I LOVE dragons. The basic premise is like How To Train Your Dragon but with a female lead and the dragons are a lot smarter. There are other major differences but I’ll get into that in another post.

Anyway, writing is happening and that makes me insanely happy. πŸ™‚

 

16278318READING: I’ve read a few books over the last 6 weeks, I’ll list them with a simple star review for now, if you want a fuller review just ask for it in the comments. πŸ™‚

Fortunately, the Milk: 5 stars

Inkheart (re-read): 4 stars

The Queen of Distraction: How Women with ADHD Can Conquer Chaos, Find Focus, and Get More Done: 5 stars

A Darker Shade of Magic: 5 stars

Just this week I read Armada by Ernest Cline, the same guy who wrote Ready Player One (no, I have not read that one).

Overall I give it 4 stars. It’s a good story and the characters and their reactions to this crazy situation are all very believable. The one gripe I have, and the reason I haven’t read Ready Player One was all the sci-fi/pop culture references*. I got most of them, but there were a few that went over my head. Fortunately, even if you’re a sci-fi noob you’ll understand the story. Most of the references are *Star Wars* based anyway. So if you like gaming and science fiction in all forms you’ll enjoy this book.

 

DOING: A lot has been going on this month. Both of my boy’s started school. William is in first grade and Jacob is in pre-school for half the day. Which means I get about 2.5 hours Every Weekday All To My SELF! Woohoo! It’s been a beautiful thing.

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Rascal & Happy begging for treats πŸ™‚

Also, a month ago we got a second dog. This is Rascal, he’s a beagle mix. We got him from Foothills Animal Shelter (same place we got Happy about 6 years ago). It’s been different having a larger dog. He’s able to grab food off the table and counters and it’s a lot more annoying when he jumps and barks compared to little Happy. He doesn’t bark at everything but he greets everyone with a trumpeting beagle howl when they come home. He’s super, almost aggressively, affectionate and has a lot of energy. We love him, he’s a great addition to our family. πŸ™‚

 

 

nexus2cee_one-night-in-karazhan-trailer-details-optimalPLAYING: My addiction to Hearthstone is still strong. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before but I have spent about $60 on this game over the last few months. I’ve bought the adventure packs. The adventures are single player games where you follow a story line and and defeat different bosses. As you defeat the bosses you get new cards that can only be had by plying said adventure. Each adventure rewards you with about 45 new cards total. I’ve played and/or currently playing all of them and it’s totally worth it. The bosses are challenging and fun and the cards you get are super useful. There’s no way I could beat most other players without these cards. Also, I’d rather pay $20 for a fun gaming experience and knowing what cards I’ll get in the end, rather than for just a bunch of random cards.

I’ll do a more in depth review of the newly released adventure, One Night in Karazhan, when I finish it next week.

 

fho3g9oowqh1rw7fcdoiWATCHING: So a couple weeks ago I binged watched Defiance. It’s a show from Syfy that’s already ended 😦 but it was so good. The production value is amazing with great graphics and a lot of cool makeup and costumes (which is part of the reason they canceled the show, it gets expensive covering people in white or purple body paint). I enjoyed every minute of watching it. The story is non-stop, with a large cast of characters, most of them not human. They do a great job of showing you these different alien cultures and how weird Earth is now, without bogging down the story. Defiance - Season 1The characters are all awesome. Lots of strong female characters of different types and wonderfully flawed, yet lovable male leads. You know a story is good when it makes me love the main bad guy and cry when he is being slowly put to death. Like seriously Datak Tarr and Stahma Tarr are some of the most well written/acted antagonist, even characters, I’ve ever seen.

If you haven’t seen it, the whole series is available on Amazon Prime.

 

So that’s what’s been going on for the last 6 weeks. Now that I have this dedicated alone time every day, I should be able to update this on a weekly basis like I always intend to.

Thanks for dropping by! Be sure to like, comment and/or share!

 

 

 

*I’ve heard RPO is full of 80’s and 90’s pop culture references and while I was born in the late 80’s and grew up through the 90’s and into the 00’s, I didn’t get a lot of expose to pop culture at the time because my parents never had cable, TV was only hooked up the antenna half the time and I spent a lot of my childhood listening to oldies music and reading about unicorns. Sooo, I’m pretty sure a lot of things in RPO would go Β over my head.

WoRd PoW #7: Queens, Castles, Monsters & A Gate

WoRd PoW #7: Queens, Castles, Monsters & A Gate

Did you miss me? I missed you, honest. πŸ™‚ I meant to post this yesterday or Wednesday but I got sick and then Jacob got sick. We’re all better now so let’s nerd out.

 

Writing: …. πŸ˜„ It’s been a busy couple weeks so… yeah.

 

51ymuhjx4ql-_sx330_bo1204203200_Reading: I know I talked about this last time but I did finish The Hollow Queen. I give it 3 stars. It wasn’t awful, it was better than The Merchant Emperor, but it still wasn’t good. It was real rough in the first few chapters, but I plowed through.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!

The thing that makes Queen better than Merchant is that stuff actually happens in Queen. There’s a war going on so there’s battles and stuff. The pacing is better in Queen, but the parts that drag really drag. Haydon has been insanely wordy these last two books. Taking time to give us unnecessary back story about horses and anti-rape devices.

What I did like is how bad ass Rhapsody was. I know it’s because she gave up part of her soul to protect her child, but it was refreshing to see her take charge with out being apologetic. I liked her “get shit done” attitude. Of course, everything with Achmed was great, except the very beginning when the characters are dealing with the aftermath of Achmed killing Tristan. He was too chatty and it just did not feel like him at all. It got better as the book went along.

Surprisingly, I did not hate Ashe in this book. While some of his parts were the slower bits, when he’s walking through the ocean and stuff, we did get to see new places and meet new people through him. Plus he wasn’t obsessing over Rhapsody as much as he did in the last book.

88a8166de4352d16677890d175f07c70Anborn’s death made me cry. He was one of my favorite characters, he ranks above Ashe by a lot.

Two big gripes that I had was the Dragon Ex Machina near the end and the god-moding baby. Addressing the dragon first, Ashe comes across the dragon Elynsynos at the bottom of the ocean and she makes it very clear that she’s not interested in helping him fight a war. Then, near the end, after Ashe get all ragey and sends a tsunami across the world, she just pops up and offers to help, and there’s no good explanation for it. It feels very much like Haydon just wanted a quick and easy way to end the war.

The second thing, the god-moding baby. I’ve always felt that Rhapsody was a Mary Sue Special Snowflake of epic proportions. So if Rhapsody is a Mary Sue then her baby is f*ing God. In previous books he’s put himself back inside his mother’s body after being born for crying out loud. So of course, when Grunther is injured beyond Rhapsody’s amazing ability to heal, only the god baby can fix him.

As horrible as this sounds, I almost would prefer that Grunther had died. It would have felt more real.

In conclusion, I like Queen better than the last one, but that’s not saying much. And yes I will read the final book, I need to get this story out of my system.

 

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This is Bishop’s Castle. It’s got a crazy history, check out their site.Β 

Doing: As I said last time, my parents were here for the 4th of July weekend. We had a blast, so much so that I forgot to take hardly any pictures. Then this last weekend we went to southern Colorado to visit one of Daniel’s cousins. It was a blast and we ran the boys to exhaustion with hiking, playing in streams and visiting a weird, not entirely safe, “castle”.

 

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Some of my Pokemon. Go Team Instinct!

Playing: Like the rest of the world, I’ve been playing Pokemon Go this week. I’m only a level 6 right now because I haven’t been able to get out much this week, what with me and one kid being sick. I tried a gym this morning and got my butt whopped, I’ve done some research, so I think I’ll do better next time.

I haven’t touched Minecraft in about two weeks now, it feels weird and I’m itching to get back.

 

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Yes please! πŸ˜‰

Watching: I’m still watching Stargate: Atlantis. I just started the 5th and final season. It’s fun to watch when I’m having a hard time sleeping.

 

So there you have it, my WoRd PoW for the last couple weeks. What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing and/or Watching lately? Leave a comment and share!

Thanks for dropping by! πŸ™‚

WoRd PoW #6

WoRd PoW #6

(Insert excuse for not updating the blog for almost 3 weeks) πŸ˜€

Let’s get to it shall we!

Writing: I managed 2474 words last week. Doing much better than past weeks. And the majority of those words were for my WIP, so yay! I tend to either not write at all or write a lot in one day. Not the best way to finish writing a book, but at least words are going down on pages.

 

51ymuhjx4ql-_sx330_bo1204203200_Reading: I just started reading The Hollow Queen by Elizabeth Haydon. I picked this up at the library last week and have hesitated to start it because the last book in this series was just not good. Here’s my review of that book .

The reviews for The Hollow Queen aren’t very promising either. Sure there are die hards who love this book, but some reviewers seem to share my mind set and they don’t speak very favorably.

Now I thought Hollow Queen was the end of this series, but I just found out that the real, final, 9th book came out just last week. I will probably read it, no matter how bad Hollow Queen is. I’ll wade through all sorts of bad writing to hang out with Achmed. Unless, Haydon manages to make him annoying then I will cry. Pray I don’t end up crying, I’ve spent a lot of day dreaming hours in this world, I don’t want to loose it.

 

Doing: My parents are coming into town for the 4th of July, like they usually do. We’re all pretty excited. We only get to see them once a year, so it’s a big deal.

8 yearsAlso, yesterday was Daniel and I’s 8th wedding anniversary. It’s been an intense ride the last 8 years, but it’s still been a good one. I won’t get all mushy here, but it’s amazing to look back on 8 years and see all the ups and downs we’ve been through, and honestly, I’m in awe of how far we’ve come. This should have fallen apart years ago, but we stuck to it, and each other, and I don’t regret a single moment.

 

Playing: Have I mentioned that the private white list server that PilchPlays (my brother) started on the Bruno’s Realm server, The Nether Enders Serever, is now in it’s second “season”? By “season” I mean that when 1.10 came out we took the opportunity to start a totally new map and start from scratch once more. It’s been fun to start from square one.

If you want to see what we’re up to over there, go check out Pilch’s channel .

ION gaming type news, I should be buying a new, better computer in about two weeks and hope to have my YouTube channel up and running a week or two after that. I’m excited and really nervous about all of that, but we’ll see how it goes.

 

250px-sgaseas2Watching: Daniel made a fatal mistake a couple weeks ago when he told me that all the Stargate shows were available on Amazon Prime. Stargate SG-1 is my second favorite science fiction show. The list goes: Firefly, Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Star Trek: Next Generation. Don’t hate me Trekies, Star Trek was my sci-fi bread and butter growing up. I even own all the movies.

I just love Stargate, like a lot. It’s funny and super interesting to me because it takes place in present day (granted present day late 90’s, but still relevant today). The whole premise just fascinates me. How would our current society/government/military handle being able to travel instantly to other worlds and deal with the constant threat of destruction by aliens?

So I’ve been re-watching Stargate Atlantis because I’ve seen SG-1 at least twice now. Atlantis is a little heavier and angstier than SG-1, but I love the characters and I find the Wraith to be a much scarier alien than the Goa’uld. What’s worse, brain worm that takes over your body or alien vampires that can slowly and painfully suck the life out of you? Vampires are freaking terrifying, as long as they don’t sparkle. πŸ˜‰

 

So there’s my WoRd PoW for the last couple weeks. Chances are there won’t be a post next week since my parents will be here, but we’ll see.

What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing or Watching recently? Tell me in the comments, share the things you love! Thanks for dropping by!

WoRd PoW #4

WoRd PoW #4

I’ve always intended this to be a once a week type of post but, obviously, that’s not happening. Life gets in the way, of like, everything. πŸ˜‰

Writing: No real words have been written in a while, but I’ve been itching to write the last few days, which is really good. I’ve been depressed lately, there’s some stuff I’ve been working through, but I’m getting better and I’m now feeling the need to read and create like I haven’t in some time. I’m ready to get back into a writing groove.

 

seveneves_book_coverReading: Last week I read Seveneves by Neal Stephenson. I haven’t read science fiction in a while. In fact, the last sci-fi book I read was pretty awful and it kind of put a bad taste in my mouth. But Seveneves was pretty fascinating to read.

It’s the story of how humanity reacts and then survives the destruction of the moon. I like a good apocalyptic story, especially if it’s not all humanity’s fault for the world ending. How many stories out there are about humans destroying the planet through pollution or nuclear war? A lot.

This is pretty heavy sci-fi, as in there’s a lot of techno-babble about movement in space. Yes my eyes did glaze over all the orbital movement talk. But what kept me interested was the characters and the look at human psychology. How do people react when they know the world is going to end in less than two years? How well do humans handle living in close quarters, in space? What extremes will we go to, to survive?

It’s a really interesting story. My only complaint is that is ends with a LOT of unanswered questions. I would love a sequel, but Stephenson has said he doesn’t plan on writing one. The story does stand on it’s own for the most part, but it leaves you wanting to explore this new world and there’s still the big question of What Destroyed The Moon?!

 

At the lakeDoing: I’ve been doing a few things in the last couple weeks. As I mentioned last time, we’ve been potty training the 4 year old and that is going really well. Also, this summer is dedicated to getting our yard looking nice.

We bought this house at the end of last summer. It used to be a rental property, so the yard has been neglected for who knows how long. We need to grow grass, finish the fence, cut down a large dead tree and try to make the front yard look pretty. I really enjoy working in the yard, with dirt on my hands and the sun on my back.

Also, we have become Lake People. As in, the kind of people who have a boat and go to the lake every weekend. Daniel has a tiny sail boat, and we just got me an inflatable kayak. We each take a boy with us and the whole family can sail/row around a nice small lake. It’s kind of awesome.

 

Playing: I haven’t been playing anything new lately, just lots of Hearthstone and some Minecraft (as always). I have been trying to limit how much time I spend playing games so I can use said time to write.

 

Watching: As you might know if you’ve been following this blog for a while, I love Downton Abbey and I was sad to see it end this year. Julian Fellowes, the man who wrote Dowton Abbey, has recently come out with a mini-series in conjunction with Amazon Prime called Doctor Thorne.I watched all four episodes in one sitting and it was great.doctor-thorne-2-xlarge_transmnxajrquc5hshkzy4lldicjtiqhyfrirbi-imjizu0y

The story takes place in the 1850’s and centers around a man, Dr. Throne and his niece Mary. She is the illegitimate daughter of Thorne’s late brother that the good doctor has been raising since birth. She is in love with the Lord Gresham’s son, Frank, but because of her questionable birth and lack of money his family is strongly against their union.

It’s a delightful romantic drama that I could have watched a lot more of, but it is a relatively short story. This show has also introduced me to a new writer, Anthony Trollope, who wrote the book that Fellowes adapted into the show. I’m definitely going to be checking Trollope out in the near future.

 

So that’s my WoRd PoW for this week. What have you been Writing, Reading, Doing, Playing and/or Watching? Leave a comment below so we can talk about the things we love. πŸ˜€

Updates & Survivor

Updates & Survivor

Well, this is later than I would like, but we’re here and that’s what matters, right? πŸ˜€

Spring is here and the trees are having an orgy in the air and my sinuses are miserable. As I write this, I have no voice, but I feel better than I have in days, so there’s that.

As for CampNaNo I’m at 4669 words. I should be at 13,933. So you know, just a little behind. But I should be ok if I manage around 1700 words/day from now until the 30th. I can totally do it. πŸ˜€

And now for Survivor! This was a great episode with an epic blindside. Let’s run it down.

So Brain knows they are screwed after loosing Neil. They are the smallest group and it’s literally, as Jason puts it, “We’re [Brawn] just pushing geeks into lockers now”. With Brawn and Beauty united they decide to just split the votes to flush out any idols that Brain might have, until there are no more Brains left. It’s a 7 vs 3 group.

You’d think that there’s nothing more to say, but this is Survivor people, it’s never simple. Someone always finds a way to ruin a perfect, simple plan. And it all starts with svr32_cast_800x1000_cydneygillonCydney deciding that she needs to start thinking for herself and the long game.

So after the Reward Challenge, Jason, Scot and Nick start talking about the possibility of an all girl’s alliance. And Nick is stupid enough to just ask Julia straight up. Cydney witnesses this and gets a little mad about it. Ironically enough, the girl’s were not thinking about coming together until the boys brought it up. This is the beginning of the end. If people could just sit still and keep their mouths shut life would be much simpler.

The Idol Challenge comes next and it proves that the creators of Survivor are sadist and they just love torturing people. And we the viewers aren’t much better because we watch it! πŸ˜€ In the end, Tai wins the challenge, against long odds because he is very obviously in pain the whole time. But the boys continue to show their hand in how insanely overconfident they are in their plan.

Nick even goes as far as telling Aubrey everything, but not really offering her a way out. It looks like he’s just being an asshole and rubbing her inevitable loss in her face. So Aubrey, Debbie and Cydney get together and start seriously talking about an all girl alliance to vote Nick out. They go to Julia and Michele, but they’re not sure. They’re safe with the guys and more willing to put up with them to stay safe for a few more days.

So they finally go to Tribal after not going for 6 days. That’s given everyone plenty of time to think and get annoyed with each other with out the release of Tribal in getting rid of someone and reaffirming their connections with each other. During the course of Jeff’s questioning of everyone, he asks Tai about hidden immunity idols. And Tai proceeds to lay out the fact that there is a Super Idol, made with two regular Idols, that can be used after a vote is read.

tai-trangHe says this under the assumption that everyone in his alliance knows this fact, but the girls did not and it is evident on their faces. It is at that moment that Julia and Michele switch to be with the rest of the girls and they blindside Nick. His only time at Tribal and he gets kicked.

The surprising thing I noticed at the very end when they showed who voted for whom, was that Tai voted for Jason. I would love to hear what he said as he cast that vote because it’s a really odd move. I think Tai is mad at Jason because Jason must have made Tai feel like everyone in the alliance was on the same page when they obviously were not. I’ll be very interested to see if they address this at the beginning of the next episode. If Tai breaks with the boys, they’re in trouble because he has one half of that nice Super Idol.

Thanks for dropping by! Sorry this was late, I’ll have the next episode break down out on Thursday or Friday. Be sure to like, comment and share!