Redux aka The Force Awakens Awakens

I keep hearing from a lot of people that this movie is on par with the original trilogy, and I happen to disagree (see here for proof). I have recently discovered that I am not the only one!

If you think The Force Awakens is a brilliant masterpiece, maybe you should check out this over on Grunge. I agree wholeheartedly with everything on this list (and maybe have added a few things of my own).

Will The Last Jedi make the cut, or will it be the hot mess its predecessor was? I’m not sure, but considering the previous offering, I’m not exactly holding a lot of hope. Nope. No theater release for me.

What do you think? Am I totally out of line for not taking garbage as gospel? Do you agree with me? Do you think some of these are valid points, but it’s still a good movie? Discussion is open in the comments below!

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Saturday, Saturday, Saturday or Party Time! Excellent!

S. Evan Townsend is having a premiere event for his newest book, Treasure of the Rogue Moon this coming Saturday, June 10, 2017. The event is in Moses Lake, WA, so if you’re in the area, and not already coming, please stop on by! We’ll be at the McCosh Park Picnic Shelter by the tennis courts starting at 3:00 pm. Several other authors will be there, and we’ll have books for sale as well as doing some reading. Coffee and water will be provided, and there will be snacks, but they’ll pretty much be pot luck. Hopefully, we’ll bring something good! 😉

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Help Me, Reader Base aka You’re Her Only Hope

Okay, so I might be exaggerating slightly. We just recently found out that Tim’s brother’s wife has been diagnosed with a pretty aggressive form of cancer. Kayla and her husband, Lance, have gone through a lot over the years. It seemed like they might just be getting it all together when this hit. Apparently, the bills are adding up faster than they would like, and, of course, the insurance is fighting her needing testing and treatment. (Because why should insurance do what it’s supposed to do?)

Kayla’s friend, Cassi Williamson, started a GoFundMe page to help with the costs, so I’m sharing that here with the hopes that someone might find the compassion to assist. As Cassi says on the page, between the two of them, Lance and Kayla have five, count them, five children. The oldest is going to be sixteen this year, and the youngest just turned six. While Tim and I will be supportive no matter what happens, these kids shouldn’t have to lose their mom if there’s something that can be done.

So I’m asking everyone who comes to my website to chip in, not for me, but for them. If you can spare a little, please click on the picture below to be taken to the GoFund Me page. Please help us keep this wonderful woman in our lives.

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It’s My Anniversary! or Here’s The Story…

Yeah, I know I’ve been pretty silent recently. Then again, I’ve been working on a bunch of things, not the least of which is the next novel I plan to release.

I wasn’t quite sure about sharing the story, but I thought that since I’d been so quiet all this time, I thought I’d write about how Tim and I met.

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Top 5 aka Slightly Different From Everyone Else

I’m not going to deny that S. Evan Townsend is one of my favorite people. Do we always see eye to eye? No, but at least the two of us can agree to disagree, look past the differences, and remain civil, something we Americans seem to be losing as a society. Poking the hornet’s nest aside, I try and check in with Mr. Townsend every so often, and I know he’s been doing the 52-week blogging challenge. I should probably look into it at some point, but for now, I still plan on just updating things when I have something important to say.

So what did he have to say to spark my interest? Last Thursday, when I was still sick (I just managed to catch up), I noticed he did one entitled “My Favorite Movies.” This is one of the things that he and I have in common. In case you hadn’t noticed, I lurve me some movies. Get me alone some time, and I would be more than happy to inundate you with analyses of several different titles. Well, I have this here blog thing, so maybe I should do that now. The twist is that I’m not going to talk about movies that are necessarily my favorite. I’m going to share with you movies that I don’t get tired of watching and why. I’m also not going to rank them because even though we all have our favorite children, we really shouldn’t be putting them in any sort of a pecking order! (Of course, I only have one child, and she’s a cat (sort of), so…)

Therefore, without further ado, I present my list of my most re-watchable movies. Enjoy!

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The Rad of Con or Connnn!

I apologize for not getting around to this sooner. I fully planned on doing the post last Wednesday, and then I got sick Tuesday night. Ugh. Suffice to say, I’m doing a lot better now and am ready to sum up my experience.

The Central Washington Authors Guild (CWAG) made a showing at RadCon 7A in Pasco, WA. Though I doubt they’ll see this, I want to thank everyone who patronized our store! We had some pretty good sales and raised some money so we can continue to do some bigger and better things down the line. And I sold five copies of The Games That We Play!

I admit that this post might be a little boring since Tim and I pretty much just manned the store all weekend, but I’ll see what I can do to make it interesting.

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So It’s My Birthday aka I Don’t Feel Fine

2016 comes to a close tomorrow, and in some ways, I couldn’t be happier.  This has been one of the worst years on record for me.  The scary part is that I started off really hopeful about this year… and things started falling apart from there.

We lost so many great people this year: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, George Michael, and almost worst of all, Carrie Fisher and her mom, Debbie Reynolds, just days ago.  I know I’m missing people from this list.  These are just the ones I can name at the moment.  Death is a part of life.  I get that.  I just wish they didn’t have to go like that.  And most of them were still too young.

So November didn’t help either.  I’m not going to whine and complain and be the “sore loser,” but I am definitely concerned. My concern doesn’t just stem from the fact that a certifiable hypocrite and horrible man is going to be holding the office of President next year. (And if you don’t think my assessment is certifiable, just watch several clips of him from over the past year.  That should be more than enough proof.)  No, what’s really got me worried is that in the first time since the country was founded, we’re going to have one political party dominating all three branches of government.  This is such a scary prospect that the Founding Fathers specifically designed the government so that it wouldn’t happen.  They knew that if any one party could dominate the government, it would steamroll across decisions.  No debate in this case, just “our way or the highway.”  This could be the end of the United States as we know it.  I hope not, but the outcome doesn’t look favorable.  If the country was “divided” before, I think we’re now looking at what could be the start of the Second Civil War.

I know I’m not the only person feeling these kinds of things as I’m seeing a lot of this reflected in things I’ve been seeing and hearing out in the wild.  A lot of people are looking forward to the start of a new year and leaving this year behind.  While I want to hope 2017 is going to be better, I thought 2016 was going to better than 2015, and I was wrong about that.

Not to say everything has been all gloom and doom.  To put things into perspective, there have been some bright spots in the year.  I finally published The Games That We Play. (Now available in e-book on Amazon, so reserve your copy today!) (No, really; I’m just kidding.  I hate it when people push their stuff at me, so I try not to be annoying like that.)  I still have to get back on The Games That We Still Play, but I’m getting closer to the end of the first draft.  I just have had a hard time getting back into my writing groove with all the negative stuff that’s happened this year.  I’m going to set the goal of getting out In The Name of Honor in 2017, so we’ll see how that goes.

At least I had a good birthday.  I had the day off work, so I spent it goofing off.  Tim took me to a fancy dinner, which could have ended badly since the restaurant’s card reader broke down, but they fixed it by the time we were done.  And he got me a Legend of Zelda bathrobe (one of the few pieces of Zelda related clothing I didn’t already own).  I still can’t believe I’m now 38, because I don’t feel like it.  Oh well.  Might as well enjoy it while it lasts, even though I’ve already been thinking myself this age for most of the year anyway.

I know this has been a kind of long and rambling post, but it’s my birthday, so I deserve a little lenience for that.  And I’m tired.  I’m not drunk though, despite having had an alcoholic beverage at dinner.  I don’t even plan on getting drunk tomorrow.  We usually have sparkling cider and watch the Sydney fireworks.

So here’s looking forward to 2017, for whatever that’s worth.  It could be better.  Maybe.  Possibly.  (But probably won’t.)

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I Am The Champion! or NaNoWriMo Comes To An End

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So, once again, we come to the end of November and close the chapter on another National Novel Writing Month.

This year wasn’t nearly as bad as previous ones. I suppose it’s because I had an incredibly good outline to work off of. Thanks to that, I managed to make the 50,000 word mark early, which makes me a winner! And for the fourth year in a row! (If you haven’t taken a look at my projects, you still have a chance to go here to check them out.)

So, that wraps up my NaNoWriMo experience this year. Stay tuned for updates.

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These Games! aka My First Novel!

The Games That We Play, the first book in the Games, Games, Games series, is now available through Amazon. Right now, it’s Kindle format only, but we’re working on getting a print version available soon. If you’re interested, you can check it out now.

So what’s it about? Kids tend to have pretty wild imaginations, right? And as kids, we have a tendency to create these wild worlds we place ourselves in to play. So what happens when one turns out to be real? And when it comes back to you as an adult? You’ll just have to read it to find out. 😉

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P.S. Once again, I want to thank TR Goodman for all his help making this possible. I also want to thank Adriane Ceallaigh for her assistance in making this dream a reality.

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The Great American Novel or NaNo-NaNo

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So it’s National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) time again. Though I said it last year, the point is that you have 30 days in which to write 50,000 words or above, otherwise known as a novel. A novel in 30 days? Some call it madness. Others call it inspiration. Are you planning on participating?

For a fourth year in a row, I’ve chosen to try my hand at writing a novel within the confines of the length of November. I feel pretty confident about it since I’ve reached the 50,000 word mark the past three years. (I didn’t actually finish my novel last year, and sadly, it’s still sitting that way. Then again, if you’ve been keeping up with my posts, you know it’s been kind of a bad year for me.)  When they’re ready, I’ll share my novels with the world, but in the meantime, you can check them out here.

I should get to it then. If you’re participating, good luck, and as always, may Calliope’s inspiration ever be in your favor.

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