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March 18, 2020

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge – No Theme

Blogging From A to Z April Challenge
I have never had a theme for the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge because I find it a bit confining and with a theme, there is a limit to what you can do with it. And I'm lazy. I am almost certain I'll be writing short fiction with some random stuff in between like I did last year. If not, you'll know because of what I'll have posted.

This year, I did ask for word suggestions which I already got a few but I don't know if I'll use all of them. If you are incline, leave some word suggestions on this post here.

I think the joy of doing the A to Z challenge is because you are not completely prepared and maybe your brain work better if you have to think almost to the last minute of what to post. Or so I reason whenever I do this challenge. I have seen a lot of people quitting even before they reach the letter F, so yes, this is a challenge and no, I'm not prepared at all. Not even a little and this is how I usually blog anyway.

The A to Z April Challenge, if you don't know, is to post every day in April (except Sundays) using the 26 letters of the alphabet as a sort of guide for each post/letter of the day. To find out more, visit the A to Z blog here.

March 2, 2020

Seven Things: Joy, books, movies

01 | I find it a bit hard to enjoy life these days what's with what's going on in the world. I try not to read the news too often because reading it just makes me more anxious and more worry than usual. So to keep myself from panicking, I read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies and shows and do other little things in between. I think sometimes it's okay to ignore the world a little or else lock myself up and hide from the world which I'm sure it's not good for my mental health.

02 | I've closed my society6 shop. Closed is probably not the right term as I simply hit the delete button and removed the posts much like a blog. I see no reason to have a virtual shop that I don't seem to be promoting nor have I been creating new pieces for it nor have I make much money from it. The amount I have made is twelve dollars and that is the total for these 5-6 years that I have this shop. It was a hobby to me in the beginning but now I find it to be a daunting task, an unwanted time-consuming task that simply frustrates me and makes me feel like a failure so it's gone, well, the link stills works, I have yet to delete my account.

03 | I have written and created draft posts for Words for Wednesday prompts for when I'm going to host this August. It's almost a miracle in a way because I'm never this ahead with anything I do. I have noticed people are less likely to participate if I deviate from the format of ten words but maybe that's not true. But there will be no sound prompts nor anything out of the ordinary. I don't know if I should schedule these posts or not but I'll decide later.

04 | Movies & TV Shows Watched in January & February:

I was a male war bride
I was a male war bride > link
It was funny, charming and predictable. I always see Cary Grant played these grumpy, straight but sort of funny but charming guy and I have always enjoyed it and he definitely played that same character perfectly here but a little grumpier, I suppose. Though I can't help but think the name Henry does not fit him in any way. I wasn't sure even what the plot was. It just seems like two people just fights with each other and then comedy and romance ensures - you know, your typical movie, nothing too exceptional. The first half is wonderful, the second half is a bit of a downer.

Pacific Rim: Uprising
Pacific Rim: Uprising > link
It was not as good as the first movie mainly because the villain is silly and the main characters are cardboards and kind of unlikeable. Jake played by John Boyega is exactly the same character he played in the Star Wars Movie that I saw. I like his character there but Jake in this movie is just not charming or funny. But I'm still impress with the giant robots, although, the way they keep destroying buildings recklessly seems a little excessive but strangely enjoyable. I really like the tiny robot that can turn into a ball. Overall, it was an okay movie.

Picard - Episode 1
Picard - Episode 1 > link
I saw only this first episode because it was free on Youtube (which is gone now) and also, I was a fan of the The Next Generation show but I don't think I'll keep watching this series. I don't like any of the characters aside from Picard and really, it just seems a little too slick for my taste and I'm sure whatever the whole story is, it will be this giant plot that involves many side stories and many confused detours and many characters that I'll probably hate so I'm going to say no to this series.

05 | Books Read in February:

The beginning of the world in the middle of the night by Jen Campbell
The beginning of the world in the middle of the night by Jen Campbell > link
This short story collection is weird, wild, quirky, fun, dark, and haunting.  I don't think there's a theme here but if there is, I would say, human connection, because in all the stories, the characters seems to crave a human connection, even with a stranger as in the story, 'In the dark' where a man comes into someone's kitchen for no reason or in 'Animals', where a man buys a heart and hope to replace his lover's heart in order to keep her with him or people sleeping in coffins trying to talk to their dead love ones in 'Aunt Libby's Coffin Hotel.' Throughout, there are a few fairytales told which I thought was odd at first but then it seems strangely fitting. I enjoyed reading this collection very much.

The Serpent's Shadow (The Elemental Masters Book 1) by Mercedes Lackey
The Serpent's Shadow (The Elemental Masters Book 1) by Mercedes Lackey  > link
I enjoyed this retelling of Snow White very much though I was never a fan of Snow White. I did expect a kiss at the end and it was a kiss with a reason and a happy ending. I like the seven pets of Maya's a lot. I thought the ending could be a little more expanded, maybe it could have used a little more something but overall, a good short read.

Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery > link
I don't think Kilmeny of the Orchard is as good as Montgomery's other novels. I don't really like the main character Eric - he seems rather arrogant. He fell in love with Kilmeny because of her beauty and not much else. Sure, he admires her other qualities like being able to play the violin but mostly, it was her beauty. Also, he assumes that any man who sees Kilmeny would immediately love her or accept her simply because of her beauty. The whole thing is told in Eric's perspective which I don't really like but if the story had been told in Kilmeny's perspective, I might like this book a lot more. I just can't believe in this love story or in this couple but it was still a good read.

Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon
Run Me to Earth by Paul Yoon  > link
I don't know why I keep reading Paul Yoon's books when I know it will be a sorrowful tale and maybe there will be some details that might seems rather dark. But I really like the author's writing style. Run Me to Earth is told more like vignettes that connect together, less like a novel which I think fits the story. I would recommend this book and all of Yoon's books if you don't mind a little sorrow. I enjoyed this book but if one enjoys sad tales, I suppose it must say something about me but I don't know what.

06 | Did you notice a new link on the menu items below the header titled 'Design Request'? I just decided to start doing some design work for my book buying addiction (more ebooks than paper books these days). This is a sort of test to see if I will like doing it.

07 | I'm still looking for word suggestions (ie, apple, pear, spinach - nothing of order, just words) for stories I'm going to write for the Blogging from A to Z Challenge in April. Thank you to those who have already contributed. I like to say I have written something already with these word suggestions but sadly, I have written nothing. Anyway, leave your suggestions over on this post or in the comments.

How was your February?