October Wrap-Up

October was filled with a lot of food, family, and friends. I thought my holidays would be busy, but turns out October is one of my busiest months yet, what with the baking for three (no, four) sets of birthdays on top of all the gatherings I ended up going to. Honestly, I don’t even think I read much this month or did a lot of book blogging, to be honest.

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Books Read

More DNFs, honestly, I’ve had a lot of those lately. It’s mostly because I’ve decided that I’d rather move onto a book I might actually enjoy than stick around for something I’ve lost interest in.

On a more fantastic note: I FINISHED THE WAY OF KINGS, YOU GUYS. Purple star stickers for meeeee!

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn || The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter || The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson || Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick || The Help by Kathryn Stockett || Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith

Currently Reading

I meant to have finished The Diviners by Halloween for a Halloween review, but I also hadn’t expected my weekend to get super-busy. Sigh.

The Diviners by Libba Bray || Fate of Flames by Sara Roughley || An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir || The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Writing

  • My writing has gotten so minimal over the month that I needed a change of motivation. So I went along the lines of motivational stickers (because, you know, stickers makes me and my little voldie students happy?). For every writing and editing sticker I earn, I get one hour of video game time. Reading and other activity stickers are worth half an hour of video game time. Now that November’s here, this sticker system is IMPERATIVE for NaNoWriMo.
  • I’ve also managed to get myself a desk calendar for next year. This also coincides with my sticker system. Though I’ve been putting stickers up on my smaller calendar, which suits me fine for now.
  • Not much else went on writing-wise, unless you count my looking up video game walkthroughs for, um, research purposes. Yeah, don’t ask.
  • That said, my writing voldies are kicking their writing out of the ballpark. I had them writing horror fiction the other day because October, and they were writing beasts!

Movies

Didn’t actually get through a lot this month, mostly because I spent my TV time watching actual TV shows. But I did sneak a few Shocktober films in, along with animated stuffs. BTW, Kimi No Na Wa was SO GOOD, YOU GUYS. I love Makoto Shinkai.

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Read or Die OVA || Kimi No Na Wa || Rear Window || The Help || The Birds

Television

Justice League: Season 2 – Some of these episodes are friggin’ hilarious.

Midsomer Murders: Season 10 – What…how did I end up watching 10 seasons’ worth of this?!

Sherlock: Season 3 – Did an entire Season 3 re-watch in lieu of new Sherlock coming up in January. Always fun to have in the background while I decorated cake.

Steampunk’d: Season 1 – Netflix had this and I was all “YESSSSS.” Then I got to episode 3 where 10-12 people were trying to interpret “Asian Steampunk,” and I was all: “OH GOD HALP.” I’ll still watch it, though, because I love what the artisans are doing. And those clothes!

Stranger Things: Season 1 – I…totally marathoned the entire season on a Saturday. No regrets. It was SO GOOD.

Marvel’s Daredevil: Season 1 – Admittedly, I watched the first episode and didn’t think much of the show. Past the first few episodes, though, things did pick up, and I’m almost done with season 1!

Westworld: Season 1 – Holy frell. This show is AWESOME. And mind-blowing. And and and…I NEED MORE.

Video Games

Dragon Age: Inquisition – Yep. Back to this game again. I would say I need a different game altogether, but my November is going to be spent writing, so probably focusing on one game is just fine for now. Even though I must have played this a gazillion times by now.

Fooding and Drinking

I feel like this is where the majority of my life went for the past few weeks, LOL! No, seriously, I’m a glutton. I make no apologies for it, and I must have gone through several aspects of different cultural food within the month. That’s a lot, even for me. I will be doing a Food and Fandom post regarding the Hodor brownies, but for all intents and purposes, that happened in October.

That said, I don’t think I’ve actually eaten much of what I baked. I have, on the other hand, done enough drinking to last me until Thanksgiving. Yep.

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Nyan Cat Matcha Cake || Curry Puffs (Thai) || Bacon Cheeseburger || Papaya Salad (Thai) || Bibim Bap (Korean) || Flounder and Shrimp in Cream Wine Sauce (Colombian) || Hodor Brownies || Miso Ramen with Salmon Roe and Rice (Japanese) || Chocolate Almond Toffee

Random note: Cocktails are pretty…

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Pimm’s Cup (British) || Lychee Martini (Thai) || Moscow Mule || Vodka Sprite || Pippa-Tinni || Mango Sangria (Colombian)

Miscellany

  • My best friend hosted a surprise birthday party for her mom, which was oodles of fun! A little on the short side, but paying for extra time on that particular venue might have been overkill. All the same, my cousins, siblings, and I certainly took advantage of the open bar and the photo booth.
  • Archery tag! I totally channeled my inner Katniss Everdeen for the day. That said, I’d probably be one of the tributes that died due to situational circumstances. Like Foxface or Glitter. Also, one of my cousins kept catching the arrows that I HIT HIM WITH. So much for being Katniss. By the time archery tag was over, I was pretty much ready to just keel over and sleep for a century or something.
  • Book signing with Schwab and Porter and other TOR authors! In light of NYCC happening, Books of Wonder held a YA TOR event that I had no problem attending, especially since I wanted Vassa in the Night by Sarah Porter. Per usual, oodles of fun to be had there. Also, I now have a Schwab-signed Kindle jacket. TREASURING IT FOREVER.

Nerdy News

I am super stoked over Netflix doing A Series of Unfortunate Events. I actually liked the movie, so was a little bummed that they never kept going with it. Definitely another show to look forward to in 2017.

Power Rangers remake. Hmmm. Well, the CG is fantastic, at least? I’ll hold judgment for when I actually see the movie.

There was a lot of hullabaloo regarding the Disney Mulan remake, especially when a leaked script detailed a white male lead as Mulan’s romantic interest (which has since ceased to become reality). Hell, when heard about the remake, my reaction was to roll my eyes. I mean, honestly, after movie producers and casting directors already butchered the Ghost in the Shell project, I didn’t have high hopes for Mulan getting any Asian casting. There are articles saying this might change and that the entire main cast of Mulan will be Asian, but again, not holding my breath until an actual cast list goes out.

I still haven’t finished my playthrough of Bioware’s KOTOR, and I’m not a big MMO player, but holy WOW. This Star Wars: The Old Republic trailer already tells a beautifully tragic tale. And it took less than 7 minutes to do so.

There’s really only one thing to say about more wizarding world installments: YESOMGAHPLSMOREQUEENROWLING.

For those who’ve got a fantasy novella they want to dust off and query away, some lovely news coming from TOR.

For those who’ve got little writing voldies with great science fiction writing minds, Dreaming Robot Press has something fun!

Ermahgerd. Now it’s time to get back to work. Happy NaNoWriMo!

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