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March 2, 2020

Seven Things: Joy, books, movies

'joy'
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?

14 comments:

  1. Thanks for the update! I am happy to greet March and warmer weather!

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    1. @Christine: I'm looking forward to warmer weather as well.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  2. I often step away from the news. Sort of. I read the stories but I don't dwell on them and I certainly don't read the myriad of rehashes...
    Congratulations on prepreparing your collection of 'words'. I am doing them next month and haven't yet started.
    Love your books read selection too. Thank you.

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    1. @Elephant's Child: It's sometimes hard to not read what's being put out but I too try not to dwell too much on them.

      I did have a few months to prepare my Words for Wednesday so that somehow I might have used that time.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  3. I love your art work here. Joy is something to nourish with sunshine and love!
    I agree with you about the world news - it makes me frustrated and sad and I can't understand why there is so much hate among human beings. Reading compelling books and watching excellent films, especially ones that make us laugh and feel happy, help keep us well-balanced and happy in this sometimes world full of woes.

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    1. @ Sandra: Oh yes, joy is something to nourish.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  4. Staying avay form the news, I get you there. The news only make you feel despondent, depressed and impotent. I'm hoping for Summer, warmth and a feeling of 'not everything is hard, labourous and exerting'.
    I like your Joy painting; the letters are exuberant, joyful, as should be. ... only there's not much joy in the lady pulling the cart. Maybe she should be looking at 'joy' maybe even smiling. As is now 'joy' seems to be a chore or duty for her.

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    1. @ Charlotte: To me, this art, she is perhaps working hard to bring joy to people and perhaps it is a chore but probably not.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  5. I loved the first Paul Yoon book I read and can't wait to read Run Me to Earth. His writing is amazing. And Cary Grant's movies are always fun. :D

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    1. @ Lark: I think Paul Yoon's writing is amazing too. I've read all his books and there's only four for now.

      It's always fun to watch Cary Grant now and then.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  6. The stuff going on in th world definitely takes its toll! And good luck with the design work!

    I love old movies. :)

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    1. @ Greg: I try to ignore those stuff but you know, you can only ignore it a little bit.

      Thanks for the luck.

      Old movies are great, they really don't make them the same these days.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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  7. I'm also avoiding the news. At least I was until I got a little obsessive about recent news. It definitely doesn't help my mental health to check it much.

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    1. @ Carver: I guess we should watch the news once in a while just to get what's going on, otherwise, it's easy to panic not knowing and yet, it's also easy to panic even knowing.

      Thank you for stopping by. Have a lovely day.

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