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September 26, 2019

Three Things

Keep calm & panic peacefully

01/ I've made some slight changes to my blog:

(a) I've changed to a two column which I don't generally like but this time I do. I can't seem to settle on a horizontal header so I went with a sidebar-like header which I think works for me anyway.

(b) I updated my bookmarks page somewhat. I'm a little hesitant on removing blogs that haven't been updating even for a year because I keep hoping those bloggers would come back. But I removed a few links and added some new ones.

(c) I've deleted my Bloglovin' account because I just don't like it. I just think when something is not working for me, it's a good idea to give it up. Maybe it's a terrible move but maybe it's not so bad. Plus, can't you just add blogs to any feed reader without the blogger needing something such as Bloglovin'? (I really hate that they left out the g at the end and my spellcheck keeps saying it's spelled wrong.)

(d) I put up the Google Friend Connect and also an email option to subscribe at the footer of my blog. So maybe it's a bit Blogger-oriented but if I find another site like Bloglovin' and then maybe I'll use them in place of Bloglovin'.

02/ I like making signs (above and below) for no reason. It doesn't have to make sense. Well, it makes sense to me.
Keep calm & panic madly

03/ I dreamt I wandered into a large hair salon with high ceilings and strange looking hairdressers, like perhaps with features not quite human. Then this woman appeared. She looked the most normal among the other hairdressers. When she got closer, I saw her glowed like a sun and it gave me a nice feeling. So I followed her into a dimly lit room through black curtains. There were some discussion which I can't remember what about but soon a black gown was in my hand. The woman disappeared and another woman appeared with a cup of tea. In a few moments, I was ushered out to get my haircut but then I woke up and that's that. I never had that dream again. This might not seem a strange or particularly interesting dream but I have never been to a salon or had my hair cut by strangers so this dream is like something I would never do but sort of daring to do. I actually do not remember dreams but this is still in my head. Guess that means I should just go get a haircut and try not to think hairdressers are aliens.

What's on your mind today?

September 25, 2019

Books I need some persuasion on

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is Books On My Fall 2019 TBR. I could only list seven as there are really not that many books I'm looking forward to. Some of these I'm not certain of yet but if you've read these, let me know if I should read them or not.

Hunting of the Last Dragon by Sherryl Jordan
01/ Hunting of the Last Dragon by Sherryl Jordan > link
I really like the premise and it sounds like a book I would enjoy. I'm definitely going to read this. Maybe. Someday.

Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor
02/ Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor > link
Sounds like it would be a fun read and I do like to read books that makes me laugh but I read reviews where they said the protagonist/narrator is annoying but I don't know. And it's a series which means I would be spending a lot of time with this protagonist so I really want to like him and not be rolling my eyes while reading which would not be a good way to read a book. (Author's website is a bit wacky at the moment but the link above takes you there.)

The Way Past Winter- Kiran Millwood Hargrave
03/ The Way Past Winter by Kiran Millwood Hargrave > link
I'm not even sure what this is about but I like Hargrave's books but I'm sensing a disappointment coming for this one but I'll probably read it anyway.

One Damn Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor
04/ Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor > link
One reviewer convinced me it would be fun to start on this series but now I'm thinking maybe not but I'll keep this on my 'check it out later if I'm bored' list, plus this series is long which kind of make me not want to start on this.

The house with chicken legs by Sophie Anderson
05/ The house with chicken legs by Sophie Anderson > link
Even though I feel like I have read this story before, I still kind of want to read it because of the fairytale-like elements.

The looking glass by Janet McNally
06/ The looking glass by Janet McNally > link
I can't remember the particular reason I have this on my 'check it out' list but it seems to hame magical elements that I like but it seems like more a contemporary and one reviewers said it's a road trip book which puts me off but the magical elements sort of keeps my interest but I don't know.

A curse so dark and lonely by Brigid Kemmere
07/ A curse so dark and lonely by Brigid Kemmerer  > link
A Beauty & the Beast retelling: I'm in. Don't know about the sequel. I've never found any sequel to these singularity-like books worth reading but I'll see.

For more Top Ten Tuesday, visit That Artsy Reader Girl.

September 22, 2019

Rooms I want in my library island

'reading nook'
A room for books that takes up half of the island, lined with wall to wall shelves and ladders to reach the ones high up, and a glass ceiling where you can see the sky and maybe little nooks to read here and there

A reading room full of comfortable couches, chairs, chaises, swinging chairs that hung from the ceiling, even beds

A room for discussions with soundproof walls so people can scream if they want to

A room for silence because sometimes you want quiet when reading or not reading

A room for tea and cakes preferably with a professional pastry chef who likes to make jokes

A room for naps with lots of different types of beds and pillows and maybe nooks and corners for those who like to hide away

A room to watch tv shows and movies because you can't always be reading

A room for sky watching, preferably build high where you can almost touch the clouds

A room for just jumping with soft floors and ceilings

A garden that is housed indoor but spreads outward to the outside, full of all types of colorful flowers

A room for watching sunsets and sunrises with a 360-degree view through glass walls and ceilings

A room for art

A large restroom for the ladies, preferably with an area for couches and chairs 

A medium restroom for the men, maybe a chair or two

A room for daydreaming, with nooks and corners for daydreaming or not daydreaming or thinking or not thinking

An outside space just for trees, large and small, short and tall, all types of trees

An empty room for the unexpected

How about you? What rooms would you include in your library island?

September 21, 2019

April Gale 20

~ ~  Read previous April Gale here ~ ~

Summary of what happened so far (lots of spoiler if you have not read the earlier parts): April Gale came to Windy Shadows with her Aunt, Josephine Tyler, met her grandfather Harrison 'Harry' Tyler, a few ghosts, a few odd servants, got dropped onto the roof by a dragon named Tim, got healed by Grandfather Tyler, and had since recovered. Next came new visitors to Windy Shadows - Winifred, a distance cousin to April and Vincent, a friend of Winifred. Then April discovered a wolf who turned out to be Vincent who was cursed to turned into a wolf during a full moon. Then there another incident with the wolf and Winifred became a spirit while her body is in a coma.

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April Gale 20

April opens her eyes and for a moment and tries to focus. She pushes the covers down and sits up. Around her, everything appears the same and yet she cannot help but feel something is off. She surveys the room again. The desk, the curtains, the closets, the floor, the wallpaper - they are all the same but as she turns to her right, the wallpaper there has changed. There is a small tree among the blobs of pink flower patterns. Wallpapers don't change, do they? April lets out a short breath.

She takes another glance around her room but everything is exactly as she remembers it except for the tree in the wallpaper. Wait! Wini! How did she healed Wini? She had barely touched her. Grandfather did said she would be a full Tyler some day and does that include healing powers? She isn't sure about such powers since Wini is not quite normal.

"April, you are to stay in bed."

April looks up at Grandmother Emma. She is less solid than previously. Grandmother is a ghost perhaps April can asks her about Wini. "Grandmother Emma, how did you become a ghost? I mean, if you didn't die, can you still be a ghost?"

Grandmother tilts her head. "Why do you ask this?" She glides closer toward April and sits down on the bed in front of her though April feels no weight has been put on the mattress.

"I...I may have turned Wini into a ghost."

"Oh, my dear, no one can do that." She looks into April's face and shakes her head. "I do not think Winifred is a ghost. I saw her just now. Winifred's spirit is outside her body. She is not dead yet. But she will be if she does not return to her body soon or else..."

"Or else what? Do you mean she will die?" April shakes her head. "Oh no, she can't die now. Aunt Josephine is coming home soon and she will notice Wini is not quite solid. No, she can't die and I will not let her." April turns, sticks her legs out from under the covers and stands up but her vision swims and she falls back on the bed. "What just happened? Why don't I feel...normal?"

"You have used your healing power far too much. The first time is always the hardest to get over. You will have to stay in bed for a couple of days." Grandmother Emma has come closer and hovers over April with an outstretched arm but she doesn't touch April.

"But I feel fine just now."

"True. But Harry did the same thing the first time he healed someone. He was fine for three hours but then he collapsed. He was always a bit too self assured. He would have lost his power completely if he had not taken the long rest. Now, my dear, you may think you are fine but you are not. Stay in bed. I have informed Mrs. Summers of this. Rest." Grandmother Emma vanishes.

"Wait! You haven't told me how to get Wini back into her body?" April leans forward but has to lean back again as her view spins. Why does she feels a strange languidness whenever she moves?

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It's a bit ridiculous to April to have to sit in bed with the covers pulled up and a thermometer in her mouth. She doesn't feel hot, just a bit warm and tired. Her limps feel like an old woman's but not like Aunt Josephine when April was in her body - that feeling is just tired. This feeling is more like a weakness of her bones and mind. She can hardly think clearly and her head has been aching. It does feel like a fever and yet, April knows it isn't.

September 14, 2019

Dear Mory : a letter to my blog

wallpaper girl

Dear Mory,

I must confess: I don't miss you as much as I used to. I won't apologize for staying away from you longer than usual because I know you will understand how lazy I can be. And I won't offer you any excuses because they would all be unworthy of you.

Perhaps I sometimes have no urgent thoughts of you nor feel much guilt of being away. And perhaps I like to think that you will be there even when I'm not.

But every now and then, I can't help but wonder if maybe it's time I leave you for good and yet I know I won't be able to do it. I hope you know, Mory, you are a habit that I can never break. Even if I have ignored you, slighted you, made you lonely and even angry, that doesn't mean I don't care because I do.

Please remember, my dear Mory, I'll always come back to you even if I do take a long while to do so.

Sincerely yours,

P.S., I hope you like your new clothes. It's nothing special but I really think it suits you very well.

(*My blog's nickname is Mory as in 'Memory' without the first two letters.)

September 3, 2019

What I did on my summer vacation

'Thumbelina Napping'
So I don't actually take summer vacations but I seemed to have taken one from my blog. Here's a list of media that I have consumed in July and August:

Books Read 

01/ Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell > link
It started kind of slow but then it became really good. Just one thing though: I disliked the way they kept interchanging Henry with Harry which is sometimes confusing because I don't think these two names are interchangeable - perhaps this is an error that isn't corrected. My edition is the UK Vintage edition with the red spine which probably uses the original text though there is no note on this. I have noticed most classic books are published by various companies and sometimes they make corrections and sometimes they don't so I don't know.

02/ Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell > link
I read this at the same time as Mary Barton so I did think both story started out in a similar way but only at the beginning. Ruth is a bit too preachy for me and I was kind of bored with the story.

03/ Bone's Gift by by Angie Smibert > link
The idea of a girl being able to receive memories from objects that she touches is unique and that is what makes me want to read the book. Since this is a first in a three-book series, I didn't expect much but it is still a good read but I found it a little bland at times. I'll probably read the other two books in the series.

04/ Comet Rising by MarcyKate Connolly – a sequel to Shadow Weaver > link
Shadow Weaver was okay and this sequel is about the same, not great but it's still a good read for lazy summer days.

05/ Realm Walk: A sleeping beauty retelling by Rebecca Reddell > link
I really wanted to write all over this book as I think the writing needs more editing, more polish. But I'm not likely to write in the book because I'm a nut who doesn't like to ruin books even badly written ones. I can only recommend this book if you don't mind how it is written and can focus on the story and not the writing. Here's a list of the good and the bad and some things just seems unclear to me so yes spoilers ahead.

The good:
- The cover is nicely designed although there is no text on the spine
- The story - Sleeping beauty isn't lying around waiting to be rescued — she actually did things
- A strong female lead named Maezy (didn't like the name) who likes to say she would chop people's head off with her sword but seems to be constantly without her sword or rather she keeps mentioning how she misses her sword
- A tall man lead named Brandalfr that seems almost interesting though he sometimes seem like a secondary character

The bad
- The way the female lead swoon and gush over the male lead's changeable eye color that makes me want to roll my eyes at her.
- The way the characters spoke using words such as 'okay' and 'ASAP' hardly feels like you're in a magical realm. I mean, there are sword fighting and castles, how can they be speaking that way? Plus, if the female lead have no clue what air conditioners are and have hardly been in the earth realm, where the hell did she learn to speak in this modern way?
- Cannibal mermaids? Seriously?

The things that just seem unclear to me:
- The villain, Maezy's father (can't remember his name) - I really don't quite understand him because he's like the most patient villain there is considering he does a lot of waiting even when he clearly have the power and the upper hand
- Maleficent, Maezy's mother - she should have been the villain with the way she behaves, I guess I kind of wish her motivation is a little clearer
- They don't say how Maezy's father is going to get her power, honestly, I don't even understand how putting Maezy's to sleep is suppose to stop her father from taking her power
- Realm walking is where Maezy is able to travel like a spirit to wherever while her body is elsewhere but they don't explain how she can touch things and be solid to other people. And it seems like a lame power to covet considering anyone can just kill your helpless, unconscious body while you're somewhere else but I guess power is power?

Music Listened 

06/ The Lost Mile – Vertical Horizon > link
These days, there are hardly any albums that I love but I almost love The Lost Mile. My favorite songs are 'I'm gonna save you', 'Written in the stars', 'Lighthouse,' 'One day,' 'Now'

07/ World Be Gone – Erasure > link
An enjoyable listen. My favorite songs are 'World be gone', 'Take me out of myself',  'Love you to the sky'