Wrap Up: April 2017

This is probably not the last thing you’ll hear from me with regards to what I did in April, but I figure I might as well try to put this monthly wrap-up together anyway. Which was hard, by the way. I had way too many pictures to filter through, and it was crazily tempting to put everything on my vacation up as a slideshow. But that’s hundreds of pics, and so to save space and time, I had to limit the pics I used. That said, vacation wasn’t the only thing I did in April, which could also explain why I’ve been scarce in the blogoverse lately.

Books Read

Yeah, I read a meager two books over the month of April…which means I’m pretty behind. Considering BookCon is around the corner, I really should get through my books, since I’m anticipating I’ll be getting more in the beginning of June. Urghhh frustrationz.

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs || Silk by Caitlin Kiernan

Currently Reading

Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan || The Jane Austen Handbook by Margaret C. Sullivan || Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Writing

Other than minor edits for a few writing pieces, not much on this front. I’ve been focusing on putting my writing voldies’ anthology together for the school, so I haven’t actually managed to gain the time to go back to my own stories. This whole time management thing is really kicking me in the rear.

Movies and Television

I was just as bad with movies over April like I was in March, so not much on my front.

London Has Fallen || Your Name || La La Land (yes, again, I don’t know why) || Assassin’s Creed

And TV wasn’t any better, though I am making my way back to watching Arrow and Flash. I’ll probably be adding Supergirl into that list at some point, but it’s practically a low priority. I may end up bingeing most things once the summer hits, because then I’ll finally be out of work for several weeks!

Video Games

Final Fantasy XV – I’ve been playing this game for way too long. And there are way too many feels in it. TOO MANY FEELS. I’m probably halfway into the playthrough, but I keep getting distracted with all those damn side quests. I must have spent a good 3-4 hours just gambling away at the monster arena alone… *twitches*

Fooding, Drinking, and Desserting

This is going to be a food-heavy post. Surprisingly, I didn’t really eat so much during my week in Europe, so the food pics were not as numerous as I’d thought. Same thing with the drinks. I kind of had a bit of a stomach ache in the middle of my vacation, so that might have curtailed my appetite a bit (and it’s still a bummer about not being able to have butterbeer!).

With the exception of the lamb, everything else I’d had abroad.

Fish n’ Chips || Lamb Curry || Chicken Meat Pie || Fettuccine Bolognese || Croquettes || Pork Roast || Smoked Salmon on Seaweed and Rice || Hummus and Tabbouleh

And, of course, the drinks! Not all alcoholic, mind…

Whittard’s mango tea || Phileas Fogg’s Trans-Siberian Express (vodka base) || Fuller’s London Pride (pale ale) || Cappuccino Americano || Phileas Fogg’s Oriental Journey (gin base) || Earl Grey tea with apple and blackberry butter biscuit || Rose wine rainbow float || Thai iced tea

And, of course, vacation days wouldn’t be complete without dessert! I went to Brussels as well, so two-thirds of these pics came from there.

Belgian Waffles (banana and Nutella) || Snickers ice cream || Haagen-Dazs Limoncello ice cream || Tiramisu || Chocolate parfait || Assorted Belgian chocolates and macarons

Miscellany

Spring break happened! Honestly, I thought spending a week in the UK was not enough, especially when I had packed my vacation days with so much to do. I visited quaint English villages, countrysides, castles, and traipsed the city for hours, and I found that I still hadn’t seen everything that London and much of England had to offer. I guess that means having to book another trip at some point over there, amiright?

I also took a day trip to Brussels, which was pretty cool, though honestly, I was a little underwhelmed by the city itself. Much of the center and the touristy areas were pretty, and it was worth the day trip. The most I got out of the city, though, were the numerous amount of artisanal chocolateries that lined the streets. While the city itself underwhelmed me, I was certainly overwhelmed by all the chocolate shopping I did!

I’m not even going to discuss the fact that I’d gone to the Warner Bros. Harry Potter Studio. Because that’s just a whole other post waiting to happen.

Nerdy News

Here be vampires. Now all I need scientists to do is uncover skeletal evidence of were-creatures and I’m set. I mean…um, a lot of things are possible these days, right?

With all the complaints people had of Mass Effect: Andromeda, it was a matter of time that a patch came through. Though, honestly, people, do you remember how it was like playing ME1? Because I do, and from the looks of things, ME:A shouldn’t really have been getting so much Hater-ade. But maybe that’s just my rational side talking.

I mean, between G.R.R. Martin and Patrick Rothfuss, I’m wondering if there’s a betting pool somewhere for who gets their next book published first. Not that I should complain, I’m horrible at reading series, and I haven’t read either of their latest series installments. Well, in the case of Rothfuss, this will be remedied at some point!

Here comes the General! Word is that the late Carrie Fisher will at least have footage added into the next two Star Wars movies. Which is great, because giving her an off-screen mention would have been really sad.

Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about Bioware’s MMO IP, because I’m not a big MMO player, but I’d totally try this game out for when it ever gets released.

Meet young Albus Dumbledore. Though, really, how “young” is young anyway? In any case, I thought this was a much better casting call than the silly thing they did with Grindelwald (ugh, Depp, seriously? I still don’t see it).

I can tell why Star Wars fans would lose their collective shits over this trailer. Honestly, I didn’t know which I loved more, the fact that Rey is doing Jedi training or the fact that the legendary Luke Skywalker finally has some speaking roles in this movie. Probably both, because I was squeeing by the end of the trailer.

Yaaaaas Carmen San Diego yaaaaaaaaaaas. She was seriously my version of James Bond growing up, and I’m SO happy they’re going to reboot this over in Netflix. SO HAPPY.

I’ve read only the first book, and a couple volumes of the graphic novel adaptation, but I could totally get into watching The Wheel of Time series. I am a little wary about what studio is going to do this, though, because I thought The Shannara Chronicles weren’t as well-done as I’d hoped, and that was also based off a fantasy series.

I find them adapting Fahrenheit 451 into a series kind of amusing, considering Bradbury’s commentary on media itself. But, hey, y’know what, I’D STILL WATCH IT.

I’m not caught up with Marvel’s superhero movies (in fact, I’m not caught up with any of the superhero movie franchises), but this particular X-Men arc is near and dear to my heart. The Dark Phoenix storyline was always my favorite of the X-Men franchise, and I thought it had been poorly handled in the original movie trilogy.

Wrap Up: March 2017

Lots of moving around during the month! I’ve been charged with apartment-sitting in the city, so I’m obviously going to take advantage of my current location and attend more NYC-related activities. Which means food and booze and books. Not necessarily in that order. Work hasn’t let up yet, and I may have gotten sick in the middle of last week, but I’m fighting it like a BOSS because I’m traveling in a couple weeks. Urgh, timing, I swear.

Books Read

It’s funny that I have so many book-related pics but I don’t even think I’ve read much in March! At least, nothing super-substantial, save A Conjuring of Light, which took up the majority of the last few weeks. And I mean to review a few others in April, but I’ll put them here because I technically finished them a few days ago.

Hamilton: The Revolution by Lin-Manuel Miranda || Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson || A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab || A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston || The Velocipede Races by Emily June Street

Currently Reading

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark || Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan || Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Writing

I started a few writing prompts here and there, but nothing substantial. It is a start, but it could still be better.

There is some writing progress on the publishing front, though! I managed to sell a short story I had been writing a couple months back, so that’s always lovely to see. Just got through line edits, too, though that’s as much I can really say about it, since the anthology doesn’t even come out until next year!

Movies and Television

Hah. I think the Academy Awards broke me, because I’ve seen a total of three movies in March. I hadn’t even bothered with putting up an image for it, because they were so meager (Hell or High Water, Miss Sloane, The Lobster, La La Land…again). No television shows, either, because I may have given that up for Lent. Um. Yeah. My Netflix has gotten very little activity on my part.

Video Games

Batman: Arkham Knight – I totally decided not to finish this game. It’s too rage-inducing, especially when one of the effing main quests makes you do a damn BATMOBILE CHASE. And the pace is merciless. So yeah. Not finishing this ever.

Final Fantasy XV – I gots me a chocobo! Clearly that is the important bit. And my gosh, the side quests and open world are much better than what I saw of FFXIII. Honestly, I haven’t played a FF game as fun as FFXV since FFXII, so that’s saying something. That said, I found myself listening to the old, nostalgic soundtracks as opposed to the new ones.

Fooding

Baking galore! There was clearly a lot of food I did in March.

Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookie || Laduree Macaroons || Jacques Torres Cookie and Hot Chocolate || White Russian Cupcakes || Spinach Artichoke Dip || Chocolate Ganache || Homemade Tortilla Pizza

Miscellany

Author signings galore! Amidst my work schedule I managed to squeeze in two Books of Wonder visits at the very end of February and the first week of March to see authors I loved (Schwab and Ahdieh). With them came other authors whose books I’ve been interested in reading for the longest time, so I also yoinked their stuff. All in all, lovely days, these author signings.

And then of course there was Dr. Seuss Day on March 2, and Reading Across America during the week. Because I work with older kids now, I had them dress up as fictional characters as opposed to Dr. Seuss characters. My own attempt at Delilah Bard was kind of conversation-starting, at best.

Nerdy News

I am so stoked for American Gods, I can’t even. So many yesses with the staff, and the pictures! Mr. Nancy looks awesome.

Doctor Who trailer! It’s been a while since DW has been on TV, and there’s some bittersweetness to the fact that this will be Peter Capaldi’s last season.

I mean, I already love Emma Watson so much, but gosh, I friggin’ love Emma Watson.

Video game making summer camp. For girls. I mean…WHERE WAS THIS WHEN I WAS A KID?

This is pretty exciting news, the fact that an African-fantasy got picked up as a TV series. Cannot wait for this, too!

Wrap-Up: February 2017

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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. XD

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 – I 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 – 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!