Wrap-Up: February 2017

february2017-monthlyFirst off: Happy Dr. Seuss Day!

Teaching the bigger voldies has given me quite the perspective on time management. Where “time management” equates to “no time at all” for the most part. Seriously, how do fellow teachers deal all the time?! I swear I’ve only managed to rack in a couple hours of video game this weekend, and then it was back to grading, lesson planning, and browsing other math and science resources. Not to mention the fact that I’m also trying to keep regular schedule with reading and blogging…

Sigh. At best, it’s going to be an interesting next few months. At worst, I’ll not have done any writing or editing at all.

But it’s not all fatigue and sadness! Lots of good stuff this month, too!

Books Read

I was in a bit of a slump over the month, to a point where I’ve even gotten bored with audiobooks to a point where I just DNF it after the first few chapters. Hopefully I’ll find a balance of being able to read AND get other work done in the coming weeks.

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Smoke and Shadow, Vols. 1-3 by Gene Luen Yang || An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir || Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure by Bill Willingham || Gilded Cage by Vic James

Currently Reading

Let’s be honest here. I’ve probably pushed all books back in light of Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light being out. Sorry not sorry.

Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan || Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson || Truthwitch by Susan Dennard || A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Writing

Unless I’m counting blog posts and lesson plans, writing has pretty much been nonexistent. Not a good thing, but I don’t think that’s going to change until I’ve got a decent system in place to get through my regular workdays without being utterly drained of any motivation whatsoever, lol.

Movies

February is always my busiest month for movies, and for good reason! Now that the Oscars are over, I can finally take it easy with watching the other movies I wanted to get to this year. That said, there were some very good movies on the list that I watched this month. And, uh, I totally watched more than 8 movies, I just didn’t have room to add the rest…

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Moana || Hacksaw Ridge || Lion || Kubo and the Two Strings || Florence Foster Jenkins || Fences || Jackie || Hell or High Water || Nocturnal Animals (not pictured) || The Red Turtle (not pictured) || Captain Fantastic (not pictured)

Television

The Magicians, Season 1 – Honestly, this had something going for it, up until the characters kept doing stupid things, and I was just so over it.

Arrow, Season 3 – Yeah, still on this season, but I’m getting to the point where I had stopped a long way back!

Flash, Season 1 – Ditto.

Outlander, Season 2 – So I subscribed to a free week of Starz, which meant I totally binged a majority of the second Outlander season. I may have to resort to other streaming services to get to the rest of the episodes, though…

The Great British Bake Off, Season 3 – NETFLIX FINALLY HAS MORE SEASONS UP. Naturally, I just had to watch it.

Video Games

Dishonored 2 – Took me much longer to finish a stealthy, non-lethal run with Corvo, but that’s mostly because I haven’t been binge-playing video games in a while. I plan to do a couple more runs on this game, but I might wait another time.

Batman: Arkham Knight – A ways back, I totally rage-quit this game and stopped playing it for a while because the effing Batmobile Riddler challenges DROVE ME NUTS. I just went back into the swing of things, though. Might as well try to finish the game…before I contemplate heading back to Dragon Age

Fooding and Drinking

Last month there was a severe lack of food and drink pictures gracing my blog. This month, I needed to separate food AND drink apart, because there was a lot of both happening due to Valentine’s Day and it being my mother’s birthday among other things.

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Thin Mint Oreo and Kit Kat Brownies || Tutti Frutti Waffles || Apple Pirozhki || Pineapple BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza || Tiramisu || Waffle Fries || Marinated Prime Rib BBQ || Harvey Wallbanger Cake

I’d also visited The Way Station, which was the dorkiest bar I’d ever seen. And this is a good thing! I ended up ordering a few Doctor Who-inspired drinks, and they were LOVELY.

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Galliano || 4th Doctor || 10th Doctor || River’s Red Mark || Barefoot Moscato || Mocha Madness || Moroccan Mint Tea || Vodka (for baking!)

Miscellany

Valentine’s Day was a pretty good day, considering. My bestie and I ended up just reserving a table at Max Brenners and fed on food and chocolate for the rest of the day. Soooo delicious.

I did do another Food and Fandom post, which means I’m good for the month. But now the cycle begins again and I probably need to start thinking about another F&F project to do in order to stay on top of my own Reading Challenge…

Nerdy News

I honestly don’t know why I insist on following up on the Mass Effect hype, because every single time I see an article, like character profiles (YES FEMALE TURIAN COMPANION RAAAAAAH), voice actor announcements (Margery Tyrell joins The Tempest crew as an asari, WHAAAT), and the fact that you can still actually decide which Commander Shepard is YOUR Shepard in ME: Andromeda (FemShep all the way!) only gets me overexcited about this game. And it’s not like I’m even planning to get it in March! I’m going to have to wait much longer than that, otherwise NO work is getting done…

On another space-related note: I am so eagerly awaiting for our First Contact with turians. NASA, make this happen. You’ve found the planets, so find the aliens. Just don’t try to wage war, please. ūüėĄ

WHAT IS THIS NEVERWHERE SEQUEL, GAIMAN YOU ARE KILLING ME HERE I MUST HAVE IT.

You know what, I’d actually be interested in the Ford, Bernard, and Maeve Westworld Funkos. I wouldn’t mind if they suddenly came up with a Hector Funko. Rodrigo Santoro is a beautiful man.

Hayao Miyazaki getting bored of retirement and coming back to make more movies is really not surprising. He’s pretty much a workaholic, which is a good thing, because YAY MORE MIYAZAKI MOVIES!

My first reaction to there being a possible A Darker Shade of Magic movie was practically, “OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG EEEEEEEEEEEEE.” My second one is, quite naturally, “OH GOD PLEASE DON’T EFF THIS UP I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.” So yeah. Excited and REALLY hoping for the best. And super happy for Schwab, who must be super-stoked about this news.

November Wrap-Up

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So. Much. Holiday. Stress. I don’t think I’ve been this busy before the holidays until this year, what with trying to get writing down in November and finishing my reading list and shopping, all that. darn. shopping. It could drive a woman bonkers. In fact, I’ve been walking around telling people to call me the ULTIMATE BUNNY, so maybe I have already gone insane.

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Courtesy of my sister at Vida Land Comics for this rendering of me as the Ultimate Bunny.

This past week I’ve barely responded to comments and made any comments myself. For my fellow blogger friends, I sincerely apologize. I have been reading your posts, but lots of transition on the past few weeks meant little time to do anything else. That said, while I have been doing the other regular stuff, I just haven’t done much this past week to talk about the books I’ve read or the things I’ve written.

I guess it’s good that I have a monthly wrapup to do this!

Books Read

I started a number of books over the month, but while I loved a bunch of them, and do plan on finishing them, my attention span kept going to different things. Hence the lack of finished books and written reviews.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery || The Diviners by Libba Bray || The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde || Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

Currently Reading

I started the first three, and I intend to finish them before the end of the year! We’ll see how that goes, hahaha.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir || Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley || Plaid and Plagiarism by Molly MacRae || The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon || Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Writing

  • I didn’t exactly win NaNoWriMo this year. My count has been stuck on 30,000+ words which, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t actually bad, considering I’ve had other stuff on my plate.
  • I’ve also managed to edit at least 15 scenes for my novel, which is a feat.
  • That pretty much meant writing everywhere I could find the time. Whether it be in the kitchen as I snacked, in front of my favorite view, or at school just as the after-school little voldies are busy watching a movie.
  • I’ve hit a dead end with my current short story. I will need to regroup at some point to write something before the end of the year.

Movies

My friend and I took a break on our usual movie-watching spree, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t go ahead and watch movies on my own volition. It definitely helped that I’ve been knitting quite a bit on top of my other hobbies.

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The Pagemaster || Big Eyes || Glory Road || True Memoirs of an International Assassin || Spectre || Mockingjay: Part 2 || 10 Things I Hate About You

Television

Daredevil Season 1 – Finished the first season! I will admit that after the first few episodes, the show kicked in for me, and I actually liked it. The episode with Stick may have been the defining moment between my indifference and my partiality. All the same, I might wait a bit longer to watch season 2, since I thought the first season ended on a swell note.

The Crown Season 1 – Why is there only one season?! Darn you, Netflix!

Roman Empire – Part documentary, part drama, and lots of Roman Empire-ness. I wasn’t much of a fan of the documentary part, so I didn’t really get past the first episode. Instead, I ended up settling for Spartacus.

Spartacus Season 1 – I’m still halfway into this show but OMG the spectacular gladiator…silhouettes. Yeah. Yep. Only silhouettes. Um. Oh, and Xena the Warrior Princess looks absolutely amazing.

Empire of the Tsars – The time period and history is fascinating, but the documentary is rather dry. I wasn’t digging it.

Good Girls Revolt – YES AMAZON THANK YOU FOR THIS.

Westworld – One more episode! Ford cannot be tamed.

Video Games

My gaming was limited over November, but that didn’t stop me from starting a few things anyway, even if it was just to fiddle around with a few things. That said, much of my gaming might be at a standstill, since at the moment, I cannot get my TV working. Sigh.

Dishonored РI got Dishonored 2! But that also brought about all of the first Dishonored so I ended up playing that instead.

Dragon Age Inquisition – I finally got Dorian to sleep with my male-Inquisitor! YAAAAS.

Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – I’m keeping that zipline! And Evie Frye’s assassin outfits. And I climbed Big Ben and Wesminster!

Ultimate Chicken Horse – They call me the ULTIMATE BUNNY. We can all blame this game for giving me an over-inflated ego due to my winning skillz (though honestly, some of that can be attributed to luck and the propensity to screw other people over).

Fooding and Drinking

Lawd, if I listed down all the foods and drinks I’ve had over November, I would need a separate post. So I’ll just simply throw these pictures here…

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Okinawa Hot Dog Crepe || Pecan Pie || Ice Cream with Ube Wafer Sticks || Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing || Lemon Cookies with Vodka Icing || Homemade Mojitos

Miscellany

  • November was quite eventful as far as socializing went. Maybe I might have to tone down the socializing in the future. It gets quite expensive hanging out with friends! No regrets, though, my lovely friends and family are a hoot and a half and I wouldn’t say no to playing games with them.
  • Especially if games include weird ones like Exploding Kittens and One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Just saying.
  • I decided to try out Owl Crate! I had planned on going to see Marissa Meyer at the local B&N for a signing of her new book, Heartless, but honestly, it seemed more like a hassle doing it versus to the Books of Wonder way. So I opted out. Fortunately, the Owl Crate website was doing a Wonderland theme, and I KNEW the content would include a hardcover of¬†Heartless. I was not disappointed. I’ve signed up for December’s as well, but only because the theme is YA Epic Fantasy.
  • My sticker system is under way! Though lately I’ve been using the pink stickers more often considering I’ve spent the last couple weeks doing non-work activities and little else. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of editing and reading and writing. Hopefully.

Nerdy News

Some Star Wars News, including a KOTOR trailer that looks PHENOMENAL. Oh, and the Mother of Dragons may be joining a young Han Solo in an upcoming¬†Star Wars¬†movie. Yeah, that’s totally happening.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them¬†is not just one movie, but five! This sounds mighty fantastic, if I do say so myself. Honestly, I loved the first one as is (minus the little Graves reveal at the end, I mean, ugh, NOT who I pictured as Mr. G. to be honest), but I’m biased in that A) it’s¬†Queen Rowling‘s HP franchise coming back to enchant the world anew and B) the mothereffing ’20s, man.

When¬†Mass Effect Andromeda¬†was announced, the biggest question on my mind was always “ARE THERE GOING TO BE TURIANS?!” That question is answered and I am all the more stoked for this game. Then, of course, the gameplay trailer got released and I just…I want this game so much.

New A Series of Unfortunate Events trailer! Ugh. WHY do I have to wait until January?!

A frabjous day! Miyazaki is out of his retirement for the umpteenth time to do another Studio Ghibli film. YAAAAAAAS.

Fullmetal Alchemist¬†finally has its live-action trailer. The effects look really cool, mind, though I’m going to reserve my judgments on this matter until I actually see the movie. The live action¬†Rurouni Kenshin¬†didn’t exactly leave me impressed on that note.

Rothfuss’¬†Kingkiller¬†Chronicles¬†gains a fan and a producer in Lin-Manuel Miranda. That is beyond epically cool.

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 РDid 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¬†I¬†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!

September Wrap-Up

I’ve been a pretty bad blogger lately, and I think this has to do with my weekends not being free for the last few weeks. Since school has started (and thus, work for me), I usually try to spend my weekends recuperating and reading, but that hasn’t happened too much since I also wanted to do a bit of writing. Not to mention I’ve been neglecting writing posts and commenting on other blogs (I am sorry!). October will probably be as busy, but I am planning on plaguing my blog with much bakery goodness, haha.

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Books Read

I DNFed one book, which hasn’t happened in a while. Standout in September was definitely This Savage Song¬†though I was also pretty partial to the¬†Sleeping Giants¬†audiobook.

Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison || Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart || Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith || Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel || This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab || Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino || Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick

Currently Reading

My goal this year is to at least finish The Way of Kings. Yep.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson || An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir || The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Writing

  • If I hadn’t gotten sick in the middle of September, I probably would have enjoyed the beginnings of autumn much better. Now that I AM better, though, I think it might be a good idea to take my usual suburban stroll. Yay sweater weather time!
  • Luck of lucks, my creative writing workshop actually went through this school year! I started my writing voldies off with beginning sentences in popular books. They seemed to have taken to that well enough. Maybe next week I’ll do something about scene descriptions.
  • I was in the middle of writing my Pokemon-inspired (yes, don’t ask just yet) short story but realized I wasn’t falling in love with the format I had written it in. Lo and behold, I finally came up with the type of way I wanted to tell the story! So I’ll have to start redoing that.
  • I’ve also now peppered my laptop with a ton of desktop post-its that remind me to do a healthy dose of reading and writing. Maybe I should just make a planning calendar for myself. This might be easier to maintain…
  • We are now funded! The 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide is now in the green to be published next year. I get to see my “Rela” in print! *squees*

Movies

Binged on a few Gene Wilder movies (R.I.P. :() and went nostalgic on Practical Magic. Not much movie-watching, mostly because I keep coming up with other things to do. Like, erm, play video games *coughs*

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Young Frankenstein || Blazing Saddles || Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory || The First Monday in May || A Royal Night Out || Practical Magic

Television

Justice League Unlimited – I really shouldn’t be surprised that this animated series isn’t really one for children. Really good, though, but I’ve always been a DC animated universe fan.

Gran Hotel – How am I not done with this show?! I feel like the episode dramas never end! SO GOOD THOUGH.

Midsomer Murders – Slowly chugging along this series. I would say I’ll eventually run out of episodes, but let’s be honest here, I’m not even halfway through the seasons. And I don’t really binge this either, considering I only really put this show on when I’m knitting.

Video Games

Dragon Age: Origins – Finished another playthrough here, which means moving onto the next installment!

Dragon Age II – I’m not sure how I feel about making my male Hawke funny, because now he’s Varric’s best friend…and I’m planning to kill him off in DAI. Oops?

Until Dawn – One of my friends was playing this game and making comments about how many people she’s managed to kill off. Naturally, this made me want to play the game. It’s a surprisingly short game, and I managed to binge-play the whole thing over again on one day. Insane, but doable.

Fooding

Much salted caramel goodness this way. And alcohol. Because why not.

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Salted Caramel Cupcakes (part 2) || Mojitos || Strawberry waffles with chocolate chips || Pork barbecue tacos || Salted caramel || Salted caramel coffee cupcakes

Miscellany

  • This year seems to be the year of the indie board games for my group of friends. For most of the summer, we’d been getting way too into playing Coup inside the house, on top of Resistance and Mafia. Our new favorite games also include Resistance: Avalon (which is pretty much Resistance meets Arthurian time period) and One Night Ultimate Werewolf. Lovely stuff.
  • My Pokemon Go zeal was almost nonexistent once school began, but I did manage to get my 400 magikarp candy and evolved to a Gyarados! Yaaaay.
  • The little voldies I’ve got this year are all sorts of voldie-ish. This is probably the first time I’ve thought that they earned their monikers. I’m practically exhausted every day dealing with them. Phew!

Nerdy News

Buddy System released in Pokemon Go. Naturally, I ended up walking my Jigglypuff everywhere. Up until I had my Gyarados, that is. Now I just walk him around for shits and giggles.

Not so nerdy, but I used to watch Project Runway religiously back when I still had cable. And someone who is a size larger than 12, I respect this article by Tim Gunn.

Not Mel and Sue!! Get ready, set, ba–*sobs*

Throne of Glass series to be produced on Hulu. This can go of two ways, to be honest. Although I’m not sure why they’re starting with¬†Queen of Shadows. I’m probably going to try to avoid all news about the series until I’ve actually READ the pertinent books. I’ve already been spoiled enough as is…

THIS IS NOT A PERFECT ILLUSION, YOU GUYS. Mother Monster is back with an album in October. Alright, not nerdy either, but whatever.

Disney’s¬†Beauty and the Beast¬†turns 25 this year, which means it was about time Angela Lansbury comes back to make people cry. She sings the¬†titular song and it was beautiful, you guys.

I don’t know about you, but I thought¬†James Corden and Usain Bolt in a race¬†was killer.¬†But it didn’t kill me as much as Corden becoming the sixth Backstreet Boy.

Jon Favreau of the live-action¬†The Jungle Book¬†fame has decided to take on¬†The Lion King¬†as his next project. I’m not sure how I feel about this, considering any “live action” performance of¬†The Lion King¬†is pretty much just HAMLET. I am now tempted to watch the movie, though…

August Wrap-Up

I think my book reading pretty much disappeared by the last week of August, because I found myself occupied during the weekends and then-some. School is starting soon, though, so I’m actually glad at the amount of books I managed to read over the summer, on top of being able to take proper vacations with friends and family. ūüôā

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Books Read

I actually didn’t have a favorite book this month. Normally I’d have read something super fabulous by now, but eh, I guess it could explain some of my book rut during the month.

|| A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet || The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon ||
|| Secrets in the Snow by Michaela MacColl || Snow White: A Graphic Novel by Matt Phelan ||
|| The Cake Therapist by Judith Fertig ||
|| William Shakespeare’s The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher ||
|| William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher ||

Currently Reading

Don’t laugh, but I totally considered it an accomplishment that I read another 200ish pages of The Way of Kings. I WILL GET IT DONE THIS YEAR. I might, however, just DNF Jade Dragon Mountain. I got pretty bored with it by this point.

|| Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart || The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson ||
|| Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith || Rebel Genius by Michael Dante DiMartino ||

Writing

  • I pretty much wrote everywhere in August. The best part about Vakarian is that I can move him anywhere in the house, and even outside. Of course, for a more compact sort of writing, I fished out my lovely traveling notebook and jotted notes down there, too.
  • Author party with Dreaming Robot Press! As part of the publisher’s promotion of the 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide, DRP hosted a Speculative Author Party on August 16th. There, authors of the upcoming anthology (and a few previous ones in the YEAG series) came to join in the fun and posted a things about themselves and about the stories they have planned in the future. It was super-fun, and I cannot believe I was part of the stellar group of writers for the anthology. Support the Kickstarter here!
  • An SFWA surprise. Related to the above point, of course. We also heard word that the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has selected us as one of their Star Project kickstarters. THIS IS KIND OF AWESOME, YOU GUYS. Alright, I can breathe now.
  • I finished my steampunk novel! Well, the first draft is DONE DONE DONE. This isn’t to say I’m anywhere near querying this project, but the first hurdle is done, and I can now move onto the grueling editing stage.

Movies

Had a bit of a Star Wars kick in August, so I ended up watching the old, non-remastered original movies (you know, the one where Han Solo SHOT FIRST? XD). I also FINALLY watched The Force Awakens, which, shamefully enough, I hadn’t seen at all until now. My friend and I are winding down on our animated movies list, so we’re totally going to need a new list to deal with. I’m thinking a certain director or other, but I haven’t chosen yet. I did see Suicide Squad and am thinking about writing a review for it, because I thought it was okay. It wasn’t good enough for me to love it, but I also didn’t think it was bad enough to garner all the hate on review sites like Rotten Tomatoes.

august2016-movies

|| Perfect Blue || High Strung || Jane Got a Gun || Chicken Run ||
|| Star Wars IV: A New Hope || Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back ||
|| Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi || Star Wars VI: The Force Awakens ||
|| The Illusionist || Suicide Squad || Son of Batman ||

Television

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell – I’ve actually sold my copy of the book without having read it, since it was so low priority for me, but the show is interesting so far! It’s so British and Victorian and fantastical and magical.
  • Gran Hotel – So, uh, I hadn’t realized this was a Spanish drama up until I looked at the opening cast credits. But the closest I can describe this series is that it’s Spain’s version of Downton Abbey but with murder. ūüėĄ
  • Midsomer Murders – I normally put this in the background while I do other things. Like blog. Likely I’ve got it in the background now.
  • The Olympic Games – I had to find many creative ways to watch the Olympics this year, owing to the fact that NBC completely commandeers the event for the US and I do not have cable. I made do, though.

Video Games

  • Dragon Age: Origins – I realized my friend had actually sent me the ultimate edition of Dragon Age: Origins which included all the DLCs. Which meant this was the only thing I’ve played in August. Also, hot damn, the Awakening DLC has left me confused over how I feel over Anders. I love him because he’s peppy and has Cullen Rutherford’s voice, but then I remember him blowing up the Chantry in DA2 and then I hate him all over again. Damn you, Anders!

Fooding

Learned quite a bit about vegan baking and cooking this month! And also learned quite a bit about how much food ten or so people eat on a weekend in entirety (the answer is A SHITTON, lol!). Also did quite a bit of eating around the city pier and the beach. Lovely yummy stuff.

august2016-food

|| Grilled Pork and Vegetables on Skewers || Fish Tacos || Chicken Teriyaki Crepe ||
|| Mini Brownie Cookies || Funnel Cakes || Sushi ||

Miscellany

  • Glamping camping – A group of us headed on over to the Poconos for a bit of a spell one weekend. I got dragged hiking, though I didn’t quite make it to the top of the mountain. Instead, I meandered towards a lake and proceeded to write there instead. No regrets!
  • Knitting stuff – I’m on my way to making several infinity scarves on commission. Grabbed myself more colors, believe it or not! Because clearly I need more yarn…
  • Beach day – More like Beach weekend. If anyone was near the Jersey Shore and saw two dinosaurs with super soakers running rampant on the beach, that was probably my group wreaking havoc. Yeah.
  • Harry Potter pub trivia – So there’s this pub in NYC that hosts geek trivia every Wednesday night. As an extension of the geek trivia, there was a Harry Potter trivia challenge on Saturday evening. Naturally, my friends and I went! It may have been a good idea to wait until the END of the trivia challenge before we started drinking. Um. We didn’t actually win, but we did jump 7 spots up by the second half of the trivia!

Nerdy News

Elijah Wood stars in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency. I cannot wait for this, it looks SO GOOD!

My opinion of the past seasons of Doctor Who have been lukewarm at best. Mostly because I’m really not fond of some of the actors they’d cast in the roles (mostly I just did not like Clara Oswald). The latter episodes I did really like, though, so that’s a good thing. But I did love Capaldi, and I wish him all the best for the next season.

The notion of trying to shut a review website down is kind of silly, IMO. Yes, it discolors audience’s opinions of a movie, but honestly, I never really put much stock in movie critic reviews. I was more interested in the audience response, because occasionally, there’s a huge disjoint between “critic” reviews and what the audience thought.

Welcome to the massive CW super-crossover. I really, really need to catch up on these shows…

Hello, Superman. May I take this moment to welcome you back?

You go, Niantic. Honestly, I don’t see the point in cheating on Pokemon Go. Where’s the fun in that?

I wish this was lengthened to a full animated movie. You cannot take the sky from meeeee!

More Harry Potter books? Yespls! Although according to a few sources, these books are short stories penned by J.K. Rowling herself, and are to be released as e-books. Some may have already been Pottermore stories. But since I may have forgotten my Pottermore account, yespls to this!

Game of Thrones is delayed to summer 2017. I’m not sure how I feel about this…

No Man’s Sky hype kind of sputtered out and died. Honestly, I’d only heard of the game a month or two ago, and while I was interested in seeing the gameplay, I’m not nearly as gung-ho about getting this game. Besides, I’ve already sold my soul to Bioware and Bethesda for their next games.

Hadn’t heard of this show before, but steampunk wild west? Yespls!

More Agatha Christie productions! Yesssssss.