August Wrap-Up

Wow…The last day of August. Man has this month flown by. This will be a short post, I apologize, but I didn’t get a lot done. It is what it is. I hope your month was productive. ūüôā

Life:¬†I had a fantastic time visiting with my family! And then packing up the house was really easy, Grant and I have less stuff than I thought we had. We officially move into our new place tomorrow. I’m so excited I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight. I’ve also had weekly visits with my counselor, whose been working with me on my anxiety. It’s going to be a long road but I’m getting better.

Reading:¬†My reading has done really well this month. Since I brought down my reading goal I’ve been doing much better at keeping up. I’ve now read 125 books, with 14 of those being read in August. I’m 6 books ahead of schedule!

Writing:¬† As far as getting a writing group together I wasn’t able to get everything done. But I was able to finish my poetry collection A Mad Woman’s Voice, and today I sent in a poem to a magazine. I also started a new collection of poems titled Chamomile.

How did you month go? Anyone else get a lot of reading done? 

 

Update on Promoting Creativity

I realized earlier this month, and then ended up getting busy again and forgetting again, that I neglected to post July’s Promoting Creativity interview. And then by the time I realized again it was today, August 29th.

So I’ve decided to take a small break from posting these interviews. I always enjoyed contacting fellow writers for them. But life has been busy of late and I can’t manage to get everything done. I’m learning to be okay with the fact that I can’t do everything.

In the meantime let me know if you enjoyed reading these interview posts. If not then I will discontinue it. If I find that people enjoyed them then I will definitely make an effort to start up again at the end of September.

Thank you for reading! ūüôā

 

Saga – Volume 6

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Find on Amazon and Goodreads.

Goodreads Synopsis: After a dramatic time jump, the three-time Eisner Award winner for Best Continuing Series continues to evolve, as Hazel begins the most exciting adventure of her life: kindergarten. Meanwhile, her starcrossed family learns hard lessons of their own.
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One thing I always find myself saying when I finish another volume of Saga is: “When can I read the next?!” ¬†I mean seriously. I know this volume just came out in June, but there’s not even a tentative date for Vol 7. And in the meantime?? Am I just supposed to die? ūüėČ

But seriously. Volume 6?  Amazing just like usual. Epic fights and characters.

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More Alana and Marko being baddass, adorable, making good decisions…and some ones that have problematic consequences.

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The older Hazel gets the more I love her. She’s a great main character. At times a bit too trusting, which is surprising considering what’s happened in her life.

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The endings always catch me by surprise, the writing in Saga is pure brilliance. I don’t what else to say but I love love love this story. I should just note though that Saga has strong language, nudity and sex scenes. ¬†I gave Volume 6 five stars on Goodreads. Everyone should read this series.

My Top 10 Favorite Movies

I don’t remember if I’ve ever done a post like this before, but if I have I know my favorite movies have changed since then. Besides I’ve been wanting to do a fun post, something that’s not a book review. ūüėÄ
So here we have them. My top 10 favorite movies.

1. Amelie

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Amelie will probably forever be my favorite movie. The story of a introverted girl who wants to help people and make friends, and along the way finds love. Never before have I felt so similar to movie character then with this film.It’s a whimsical one of a kind movie. ¬†Rated R.

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2. Frida

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I had heard of the artist Frida Kahlo before, but had never seen any of her work, or knew much about her life.  This movie was beautifully filmed, and Selma Hayek does a phenomenal acting job. Frida is such an inspiring film.  Rated R.

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3. The Reader

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This is such an emotionally intense movie. I found myself crying pretty much throughout the entire film. It’s a story of humans. And by that I mean the people in the film are flawed and they make wrong choices that have lasting effects. But there’s still love in the midst of it all. ¬†Of all the films on my list this is probably the most controversial.¬†Rated R.

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4. The Addams Family

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I saw this movie for the first time this week and have watched it twice since then. ¬†Delightfully weird, full of gallows humor and unique characters. Everything I need for a relaxing movie. ūüôā¬†Rated PG-13.

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5. Beloved Sisters

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This is a German film I stumbled upon last year and fell in love with. ¬†It follows the story of two sisters who both fall in love with the writer Schiller. While it’s not 100% historically accurate, it is a fantastic story. ¬†Beloved Sisters¬†was not rated on IMDB, but it’s probably R.

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6. Jane Eyre

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This is the only adaption of Jane Eyre that I can watch from beginning to end. Ruth Wilson’s acting is amazing and she brings the character of Jane to life in the most perfect way. I also prefer this version of Mr. Rochester the best.¬†Rated TV-PG.

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7. Begin Again

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I had to have a few feel good movies on my list, as some of these films can be a bit emotionally draining. Begin Again is funny and heartwarming. Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly both do a fantastic job. A film about breakups and love and music.  Rated R.

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8. Deadpool

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Ahhh Deadpool. I was never one for superhero movies, but Deadpool isn’t your average superhero. I doubt I need to tell you what this film is about. :DIt’s humor is crass and the movie is violent. But I love the fact that Deadpool doesn’t give a shit.¬†Rated R

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9. Suicide Squad

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Can you tell I like weird movies yet? ūüėČ ¬†While not the best movie writing or plot-wise, the characters are fantastic. Harley Quinn is my favorite anti-hero from the superhero world and Margo Robbie did a great job.¬†Rated PG-13.

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10.  The Duchess & Anna Karenina

I couldn’t decided which movie to put last, so I put both of them.¬†The Duchess¬†and¬†Anna Karenina¬†both have Keira Knightly as the lead female. Both of them are emotional movies and historical dramas about the struggles women faced in the past.¬†¬†The Duchess¬†is rated¬†PG-13¬†and¬†Anna Karenina¬†is rated¬†R.

 

Hope you all enjoyed reading this post! I’d love to hear if you have liked any of these movies on my list, and about some of your favorite movies. ¬†Have a great day! ūüôā

Monstress – Chapter 2

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Find on Amazon and Goodreads.

 Goodreads Synopsis: Maika fights to cross the wall. Elsewhere, the Warlord makes her move.

This is the second chapter in the first volume of Monstress. Just a week ago I reviewed the first chapter here. 

The plot is definitely getting thicker in this chapter. Maika is on the move and is struggling with the consequences of opening something she shouldn’t have. This review won’t have spoilers, so I apologize if it’s a bit short.

I loved this next chapter for the most part. Maika is a great character, and we see more of her back story in this chapter. ¬†We also have a cute kid that Maika has saved as well as a two tailed cat that are the main characters in this chapter. ¬†And again the art is phenomenal. I think the colors for Monstress are really well done, the greys and blacks and browns seem like it would make for a darker world. But it’s really quite interesting how it’s not.

Monstress has magical creatures and witches in it, which seems like it could be cliche. But I’m really enjoying how well done the world is. ¬†These witches are different than anything I’ve read before, and they’re really scary! ¬†This comic definitely isn’t for the faint heart. Sometimes I find myself cringing just a little at the blood and intense scenes.

I’m super excited to read more in this comic book. I think it’s really well written and illustrated. I gave this book four stars on Goodreads, and I was given this copy of Monstress from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

 

If You Like Tea and Are a Fangirl Then this Post is For You

In case you don’t know I’m a big tea drinker. ¬†Coffee has never really been my thing, though I do enjoy a very sweet cup now and again. I just prefer a good cup of tea over anything else. For me, tea, has always been the most delightful thing. ¬†Boiling water, picking out a flavor and putting it in my cup and watching the water turn amber or brown.

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So anyway.  A few weeks ago I was apart of a secret sister mailing group. It was a ton of fun, and the last gift I received from my SS was a batch of loose leaf tea from Adagio.   Not only was I getting tea but these teas are all based off of fandoms!

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I had four cups of tea that day and each one was so good. And then I made the happy mistake of going to the website and finding out that they had so many more teas. My money is in so much danger now! ūüėÄ ¬† Anyway, the moral of the story is I had to do a blog post about these fantastic teas!

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Hard working and long suffering, this blend comes off a little strong at first, then mellows out with the taste of vanilla cookies and laced with almonds. Careful, could be arsenic*. (*it’s not)

This was the first tea I made a cup of. I really enjoyed the chocolate chai and vanilla mix. You can find this tea here.

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Lively but a bit vengeful like Morgana. This chai blend is filled with spice and apples mixed with black and green tea. The malty, brisk taste of Irish breakfast along with more apple pieces and a touch of cinnamon all add compliments to this tea.

Isn’t the cover on this tin super cool? I loved this tea. Out of the four it’s my second favorite. Chai has the best taste and I loved the hint of apple mixed in it. Find the tea here!¬†

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A tea to EXTERMINATE your thirst! A powerful punch of interesting spice and smokey mint that reduces to something softer at the end of each battle. Er. Each cup.

This mix of green and peppermint tea is an interesting one. I wasn’t sure how I would like it at first, but by the end of my cup I decided it was really good. It’s refreshing and is great for when you need something to wake you up in the morning.¬†¬†¬†Find the tea here!¬†

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Just be yourself and follow the Nargles. This rooibos blend has the fresh flavour of blueberry mixed with a light ‘fuzzy’ peach. Hints of green rooibos, strawberries and citrus compliment this tea.

My goodness. This tea blew me away. ¬†I adore this fruity green tea so much I could probably drink it all day long. It’s sweet so you don’t need to add much sweetener and tastes like liquid summer. Find the tea here!¬†

I hope my fellow tea drinkers try out some of these teas and let me know what you think! Have a wonderful day lovelies. ‚̧