Saturday, June 4, 2016

Baseball

He bats so much better during practice. He hits the ball almost accidentally. He swings the bat casually and runs almost without a destination. He hits the bag and pauses for a moment to see where the ball is. He sees it's far enough away to take another base. He looks a little bobble head-ish with his batting helmet. He looks so cute with the baseball cap. He grabs his mitt and saunters to the outfield. He sees the ball coming towards him but just watches as it passes by. He hears the unmistakable crack of the bat hitting the ball and decides to go after this one. He grabs the ball and tosses it to a teammate like a pitcher on opening day. It's only practice but for young boy it might as well be life.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

#SoCutex #HealthyNails #contest

I know I haven't spent much time on here recently. I just haven't had a lot to say. It isn't that anything has happened, quite opposite really. But, since most of you are writers yourselves, I am sure you understand.

I have been getting a bunch of free stuff from @Influenster. I think there's a badge over on the sidebar somewhere. Today I've been using Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads from @CutexNails. Here they are in action:





So, as you can see from my slightly shocked reaction. They work way better than I was hoping. The pads are really quite wet, but not dripping. They work really quickly and easily. Also, they get into the annoying dips and crevices in my nails quite well. The pads are pretty cold though, I am not sure why.


Monday, February 8, 2016

The Sorcery Code

I am somewhat suspicious of young adult novels. How interesting could they really be to a well-read adult? Mostly my answer is very. Do not underestimate a book based on the number of pages or the ease of reading. There are some great young adult fiction such as The Giver, Maze Runner, Eragon, and, now, The Sorcery Code.



The Sorcery Code is an unique story about a sorcerer who creates a being that is supposed to help the human race. What he creates is more than he ever imagined possible. In addition to the fear that this creature will ruin the way of life, there is a fear that it will destroy all life.

The characters and plot points are developed within the book, but I am really looking forward to the rest of the series to see how they are further developed. I like characters that are grey - by which I mean they are neither good nor bad. Maybe we disagree with their methods, but see where they are coming from, or vice versa. I love having my initial impression of a character challenged, and this book does a good job of that in such a short span of time.

 I would recommend this book to anyone who likes fantasy, but does not want to keep track of family trees and complex maps to understand it. Don't be fooled by the ease of reading - this book is much more than a book written for youngsters!

 I have received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it, but all opinions are very much my own.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Rose

“What's in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” –Shakespeare “My hotel doesn't have a 13th Floor because of superstition, but c'mon man... People on the 14th Floor, you know what floor you're really on.” –Hedberg They are not garbage men, right? They are sanitation workers. I’m not manic-depressive, I am bipolar. Actually I have bipolar disorder. Please, we both know what mentally ill means – crazy. Don’t give me that shit.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Watchers: Knight of Light

I have to be honest here. This book was written by a 15 year old. And it reads like it. I have read a decent amount of young adult fiction and this is probably the worst. Think Fifty Shades of Grey without the sex.

It is actually a bit interesting how they take the parts that should be interesting and kind of skip over them. The girl is running from a demon in the beginning of the book and all of a sudden the sun is coming up and she's in a field. Wait. What? Where's the demon? Did she out run it? I didn't finish the book so if any of you actually get to the end, don't tell me. I don't really care.

I received this book free for the purpose of reviewing it. Obviously all opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

First time in Forever

I received a copy of Oasis: The Last Humans: Book 1 by Dima Zales to review. It is a quick and easy read. It is definitely geared towards young adults, but I know that there are a lot of adults out there enjoying young adult fiction. This book really reminded me of The Giver. I would suggest Oasis to anyone who liked The Giver. Some of the smaller aspects of the book were a bit predictable, but the big question was a complete surprise. I like that in a book! I am definitely going to read Book 2.

All opinions are my own.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Shitty people and the crap they leave you with

After spending so much time with shitty people it's hard to stop being afraid. For the longest time, I was legit afraid of men. I am still somewhat. People are dangerous and unpredictable.

But not everyone, really.

It was normal to be surrounded by people who I didn't know. Strangers. People who could do anything. I was around people who would steal your things the minute you turned your back. People who were drug dealers. People who ripped off drug dealers. People who didn't give a shit who they put in danger, whether it was you, them, children, didn't matter.

I had a mother-in-law who I had only met at a court appearance. I had a father-in-law whose quality time included an NA meeting. A husband who was no stranger to overdoses. I couldn't even depend on him to wake up in the morning. A boyfriend who insisted I was hitting on our waiter.

I've had game systems stolen. My car was stolen twice. My ring. Money. My sense of security. I have hid from guns. I knew someone who was so fucked up he set his apartment on fire and killed his grandmother.

People would stop showing up when they went to jail. "Friends" who would flee from the cops after getting everyone arrested. Friends who were advised by their lawyers not to talk to you. Friends who would stop talking to you after you told them to leave their husband after he had attempted to kill them.

I wish I was exaggerating. I wish I could say that this happened to someone else. I wish I could tell you that after so many years I have gotten over all of this. I cannot. I have not.

I've met great people since then. I have a very hard time trusting them. I know they will let me down. I know they will make me uncomfortable. I know I am better off by myself. But I'm not. There are some great people out there and I need them around. I need to learn to trust them and me. It's hard though. Even after a decade, it's a lesson I'm still working on.