Don’t Wine aka How I Spent My Fourth of July

Kooky grapesTim and I were lucky to rent a house on a slightly larger than average plot of land in the area. We were also lucky that the landscaping included several fruit trees, a bunch of roses, and grape vines. The trees come and go with the quality and quantity of their fruit, but I managed to make some rose syrup this year, and just about every year, we get an abundance of grapes. So in preparation for another bumper crop, I pulled fifteen pounds of last year’s grapes out of the freezer and set to doing something with it.

This is not a hobby I would suggest for everyone. It’s kind of fun, and we usually manage to get about a dozen bottles, but it’s also a lot of work. And it takes time. Well, actually, the timing thing is one of the best parts. You don’t have to constantly baby the mixture. You wait several months after the initial mash is together, pull it out of the bucket into new containers, switch containers once again (I think), and then clear it up and put it into bottles. Doesn’t sound like much, right? You just have to have the time and equipment to get it all done. Read more ›

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‘Murica or Democracy Moves Fourth

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Even though I spent most of my holiday working around the house, I guess I need to take a moment to acknowledge just why I got an extra day off work. Maybe I don’t embrace it quite as strongly as a lot of people because I studied the foundation of the United States of America quite extensively in school. And I think there are a lot of misconceptions about this important day in history that I’d like to try to clear up.
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A Descent Into Madness? aka New Book Review

As I mentioned back in February, I met author J. Dean. He had his first book in the Descent Into The Vein series with him. Since I’d been intrigued by what he’d had to say about the world, I wanted to dive in. Okay, it took me a bit to get to it, but when I finally did, it didn’t disappoint. Said review has gone live on GoodReads. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can go to my GoodReads page to see a little more about me and my previous reviews.

So what did I think about The Summoning of Clade Josso? You’ll just have to read my review to find out. 😉 Click on the cover below to be taken to my review on GoodReads.

Clade Josso Cover

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New Book Review or Hunters of Snore…

You’re probably aware I started reading John Norman’s Gor books because I wanted to see if they deserved the reputation they’ve gotten. At this point, I just I got through book eight, Hunters of Gor. It took me over a month to read this book, which is not like me. Usually, I breeze through them. So I decided to do a review of it to explain why. Said review has gone live on GoodReads. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can go to my GoodReads page to see a little more about me and my previous reviews.

So what did I think about Hunters of Gor? You’ll just have to read my review to find out. 😉 Click on the cover below to be taken to my review on GoodReads.

Hunters of Gor Cover

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All Alone In The Moonlight aka Memories

On a whim, I decided to check out what my friends are up to, so I headed on over to S. Evan Townsend’s blog. I noticed that on April 13th, he’d posted about using writing prompts as blog ideas. This particular one focused on his first memory, so I thought I’d share what I believe to be mine.

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I was about three. I know this because I was still living in Pennsylvania at the time. I had been enrolled in a preschool there. I don’t exactly remember much about the school itself, but I recall the swing set that rested beside the building. I had been sitting on one of the swings, swinging, and my best friend at the time was swinging next to me. I told her that we were moving.

I don’t remember her response, but I guess it really doesn’t matter. I don’t recall ever seeing her again. In fact, I don’t even remember her name, so if I wanted to try looking her up, I wouldn’t be able to. Still, this memory had a profound impact on my life.

As much as I want to blame the people who raised me for this being the point where things started going wrong for me, I’m not going to. I can’t say for certain that things would have been completely different if we’d stayed, but I might have belonged better there than I did when we moved to Maryland. Even though I started kindergarten with a bunch of kids who didn’t know each other, I think they picked up on the fact that I had come from a different culture, and that caused them to treat me as an outsider.

So, there you have it. The first thing I can distinctly remember. What’s the first memory you have? And how old do you think you were? Feel free to share in the comments!

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Won’t Save Every One of Us or Flash Fiction Friday!

Our writing group has been trying to do writing exercises every time we meet. It’s been tough to try to get a full story out in about ten minutes, but the prompts have definitely been forcing me to think outside the box. I managed to finish one of the ones I started, so I’ve decided to share it. You can access my newest piece through the Flash Fiction menu under the Free Stuff! or here.

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Would You Kindly? aka My BioShock Life

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I’ve been thinking a lot recently about my life and especially how I interact with others.  Some people that I’ve known have said, “Don’t worry about the past; it’s behind you.”  While I agree with the statement to some degree, most of the things that make me who I am come from that past, especially my childhood.  You’re probably wondering what BioShock has to do with any of this.  The more I think about it, the more parallels I draw to my growing up, and that’s what I’m going to talk about in this post.

While I absolutely hate doing this, I’m going to throw up a <!!>SPOILER ALERT<!!> since there are things I’m going to be talking about that involve a major theme in the game, and the reasoning behind it isn’t revealed until the end. Read more ›

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Prisoner Of Love? or New Book Review

So I started reading John Norman’s Gor books back in January because I wanted to see if they deserved the reputation they’ve gotten. I got through book seven now, and up to this point, they’ve been pretty average pulp stories in a rather interesting world. Book seven, Captive of Gor broke the mold, and not necessarily in a good way. As a result, I figured I needed to do a review of it. Said review has gone live on GoodReads. If you haven’t already checked it out, you can go to my GoodReads page to see a little more about me and my previous reviews.

What did I think about Captive of Gor? You’ll just have to read my review to find out. 😉 Click on the cover below to be taken to my review on GoodReads.

Captive of Gor Cover

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He’s The Greatest? aka An Older Movie Seen Through Modern Eyes

Rocky PosterI know I’m a little behind the times, but I just saw Rocky for the first time, at least in its entirety, last night. Of course, I’m probably justified in that I wasn’t even born when it first premiered. Oh, I know I could have watched it on TV or rented it, but it never really peaked my interest. Tim decided he’d have none of that, so he added it to our Netflix cue, and sure enough, it popped up.

While I don’t normally do this, the following contains spoilers, so I’m going to throw up a big <!!>SPOILER ALERT<!!> right now. If you’ve already seen the movie (which you probably should have by now), or you just don’t care, you’re fine. If you haven’t, proceed at your own caution.
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Deceased Pond or New Movie Review!

Since Deadpool came out while I was at RadCon, Tim and I didn’t see it until about a week later. I’m not as familiar with the character as he is, but I figured I’d give the movie a try. It seemed like something that might interest me.

So what did I think about Deadpool? You’ll just have to click on the image below to find out. 😉

Deadpool Poster

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