My Motivational Monday version

Taking on this idea of #MondayMotivation, I wanted to put my own spin on things because I need some hardcore motivation. I feel like overall my brain never stops and by doing this I become overwhelmed and paranoid and this is clearly problematic. It’s problematic because I don’t accomplish anything. At that point I start to realize this, I get frustrated, then the stream of tears start and I want to curl up into a ball and hope that in my next life I become a domesticated pet who just eats and sleeps all day.

So in order to get myself in gear I’m starting to face some perspectives:

  1. Next week is December. DECEMBER, PEOPLE!! Where did 2015 GO?!!
  2. 2016 is the year I turn, *gulp*, 30. Yes, 3-0. I’m terrified (see above’s first paragraph of how things are right now)
  3. Because of item #2, my health needs a vast improvement…mentally and physically.
  4. Stop waiting and start doing. Like #1 states, it’s already almost the end of the year, and I’m going to officially get a start on it…for 2016 that is!
  5. These all lead up to something new I’d like to try…

I tend to do this thing on Twitter where I tweet because I’m so overwhelmed I need the pick-me-up or my need to vent, but I have a habit of tweeting in a sort of “Oh, woe is me”. It’s not cool. Who knows how many people notice it or if they don’t. Again, probably my paranoia, but I want to take this and turn it into a positive.

The Instagcollage photo I made represents all my current traffic jams (clockwise from top right):

  • I need to start appreciating the little things. I get so heavy with what I don’t have that I can’t remember what I DO have! It’s so crazy and very important, not because Thanksgiving is days away–granted, that shouldn’t be the only time you reflect what you’re thankful for, but it’s something that’s a good reminder.
    • Sure I don’t have that job that the chick I lightly stalk on social media because she has my dream EVERYTHING, and I would love to switch places with her in a heartbeat, but I can’t and I won’t because there’s probably something else she could very well look at in my life and think the same thing.
  • do what you love is much easier said than done. I don’t know how some do it. I don’t know how they harness the power to overcome so much and become successful. I’m unsure of how to reach my true potential and I fear this more and more every day. What’s hurting me most is that I focus on this too much and I need to just take what I can get even though this is tough to swallow because I think the best I can be is doing something that I absolutely love and have passion forThis is what gets me in trouble because I don’t know how to accomplish it, and the more time I pretend I can do it, the more time I lose because I’m getting nowhere.
  • extravert, sensing, feeling, judging. I really need to look at the qualities I already have and put them to good use, put that positive spin and go with it. These are my Humanmetrics Jung Typology Test results and I don’t know what to do with them.
  • my health and wealth. My friend ran her first marathon yesterday and I felt sad I wasn’t running with her. While I’m nowhere near her pace when it comes to running or have her dedication, this was the first race I watched and didn’t participate in. My 5Ks are cakewalks now. Do they still feel like they’re the longest runs ever? Meh, I have some days where it’s nothing and some days where it feels like forever. I’m out of shape. I only have one half marathon under my belt and I’m not okay with that. Forget about what running does to my body physically, mentally it does help me feel stronger because it’s one thing I have achieved before that makes me feel good. My diet is another thing that 2016 has to be ready for. If I want to run my marathon, I at least want to lose 50 lbs to get there. I need to feel lighter and be lighter, my body will thank me for this in the long run.

After all this is said and done, my new idea is that I can’t get myself down. Things have to change. What’s important is that I recognize this and starting small counts. For every time I feel the need to post my “Oh woe is me” I want to try and find an inspirational quote and hopefully I will start to get that motivation ball rolling that I so much desire. Let the first motivationally speaking commence!

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Mini Review Roundup Time – November Reads

This year I’m just in an overall struggle to keep focused and read. I have ample time but something’s just not there, but I’m trying I promise. Recently I checked how behind I was on my Goodreads challenge annnnnnnd, well it’s kinda bad considering it’s like a little over a month until Christmas…which is basically the end of the year which means I need to read 15 books in the meantime. HA! No big for someone who hasn’t been frustrated finding novels to keep my interest.

In the meantime, I posted an Instagram photo where I focused on three reads I wanted to push through so I could add them to my challenge total and I did it! WOOHOO! Let’s forget one was a comic volume, two comics, but one WAS a novel! And I started another novel, but I just can’t read fast enough. Anyway, here’s my progress and some mini reviews:

  • Earlier in the month I finished the YA horror anthology, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys, which you can read my review and breakdown of the stories in the link: here.

Mini Review #1:
Paper Girls #2
Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matt Wilson (Illustrator)


The comic series is so new that there’s not much to tell but it’s definitely interesting and I’m absolutely in love with the artwork. I’m familiar and love Matt Wilson’s work on my fav The Wicked + The Divine so it’s a no-brainer that I still am drawn to it (no pun intended). This issue ends on a cliffhanger but I expect good things from it. Lots of mystery surrounding who these alien creatures are and where people in their town have disappeared to. Looking forward to seeing who else is still around and what the newspaper gals will do next.


Mini Review #2:
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 3: Crushed (Ms. Marvel (Marvel NOW!) #3)
G. Willow Wilson


Once again I love the direction this storyline is going. Kamala’s religion and growing up are on the forefront as opposed to just straight up superhero and superpowers that are typically shown in comics. Kamala has a boy in her life, one that seems too good to be true…enough she might want to spill the beans for. Her BFF, Bruno, continues to pine for Kamala and it’s so cute…friendzones suck, dude. And another appearance by a Marvel favorite, this time it’s Loki! Wish he had showed up to my high school when I was fighting crime back in the day 😉 The end of this volume had an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. issue and I was a bit confused because I hadn’t remembered in the previous volume if they had included something like this. Threw me for a loop but overall loving the storyline and where things are going.

Mini Review #3:
An Ember in the Ashes (An Ember in the Ashes #1)
Sabaa Tahir


Like I’ve stated earlier, I’m in such a slump when it comes to reading these days but somehow after I picked this one up I was sucked right in. The novel is a dual-POV with alternating chapters, between main characters Laia and Elias. Laia is a Scholar that is fighting to save her brother–the last bit of family she has from the Empire which has terrorized their land, by going undercover as a slave for the Resistance. Elias is the bastard son of the Commandant who raises the soldiers to help run and dominate the Empire. He is ready to desert but legends become real and Elias is faced to compete with friends and enemies to become the new Emperor and defeat one another in a series of trials as Aspirants. There’s some hardcore themes in this book for a YA level such as slave abuse, talk of raping, etc. which can set up a gruesome fantasy storyline like Game of Thrones-esque. Good backstory for each Elias and Laia, Elias already had a good set of morals on his shoulders so I didn’t feel there was a lot of development there but Laia really came through right up until the very last page.

Definitely worth checking out–so happy to learn there will be a book 2! I also wanted to leave my favorite quote from the novel that really hit home for what’s going on with me and my life:


Mini Review #4:
The Wicked + The Divine #16 (The Wicked + The Divine)
Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson


Once more the WicDiv team brings it, getting some backstory on the Morrigan, and looking at what Baal decides to do. The Morrigan has such different sides of her that come out, such as split personality, which are beautifully drawn. Every issue I gobble up and can’t wait for the next. I think soon I’m going to re-read them all so I can go back and relive and refresh everyone.

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As someone who’s looking for a confidence boost not only as a female but also as a working professional, I’m 20% in to this book and really enjoying it. I understood some of these ideas and practices before because I’m very in-tune with reading headline stories about how as women, we think we’ve gotten so far, but it’s still just not enough. It’s definitely interesting and gives good insight to Sheryl’s life and struggles within the corporate world, getting herself to be successful not only with going up against females but the males who dominate it all.

Top Ten Tuesday – Book to Movie Adaptations

November 10: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To If They’re Ever Filmed, the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

I want to change this because I’m the harshest critic when it comes to book to film adaptations, so I’m listing all of the books I wish were done properly–by the book, pun unintended, and satisfied my standards fit for screen. Guys, I’m a serious movie snob so this is no shocker.

  
  

   

Right now I’m pretty sure these titles aren’t being worked on, their rights might be sold, but I don’t think there’s any pre-production involved. Would love to see and can’t WAIT to see them all 🙂

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys | Anthology Review

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys | Available for Purchase: Amazon.com « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke – Editor and Contributor
Publisher: Dial Books, a Penguin Books affiliate
Release Date: August 18, 2015
Pages: 385, hardcover
Received Copy: Hardback, personal library

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each story draws from a mix of literature, film, television, or even music to offer something new and fresh and unsettling. Even better? After you’ve teased out each tale’s references, satisfy your curiosity at the end, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here. These are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From bloody horror, to the supernatural, to unnerving, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.


Really did love this anthology. I’ve said this before I don’t nearly read enough thriller/horror/suspense as I should, considering I have no problem watching it regularly. Some of the stories I felt were a little gruesome crimes afflicting females, this was just something I picked up that there’s was a bit rough to read. The stories vary and cover an array of horror topics such as: exes coming back to haunt you, ghosts, killers, zombies, paranoia, supernatural, etc. Overall I definitely would recommend others reading–one of my favorite things about this anthology is that after each story ends, the bottom of the page has the authors influences written so you can reference what it’s from!! I want to include all of my mini reviews I posted to my Goodreads account where I broke down each story for the anthology.

In order of appearance:

The Birds of Azalea Street – Nova Ren Suma’s story was so disturbing. I’ve felt that feeling before, when you’re convinced someone supposed friendly has a creepy, dark side you hope to never explore. A little too realistic until the end but liked this!

In the Forest Dark and Deep – Carrie Ryan’s twist on a classic meets modern day was pretty good.

Emmeline – Cat Winters story was interesting, a hauntingly beautiful one. I like the elements she pulled in to create the story

Verse Chorus Verse – Meh on Leigh Bardugo’s story. I don’t know, it didn’t grab me

Hide-and-Seek – Megan Shepherd’s story was really fun and action packed! Definitely liked this a lot

The Dark, Scary Parts and All – Interesting spin in Danielle Paige’s story. And note: even though they’re in current pop culture, any sort of literature should never remember the Kardashian’s–more than once referenced was much too much for me thanks

The Flicker, the Fingers, the Beat, the Sigh – Obviously April Tucholke’s story is my fav so far. IKWYDLS is my all time favorite ❤

Fat Girl With a Knife – I do enjoy a good zed story but Jonathan Maberry’s was kinda meh

Sleepless – Oh my god! Jay Kristoff’s Sleepless was SO GOOD!! Very Hard Candy meets Psycho *claps*

M – The Stefan Bachmann story was interesting…the element of removing one of the five senses works great building suspense

The Girl Without a Face – Damn Marie Lu’s story was all too real. Creepy & disturbing

A Girl Who Dreamed of Snow – McCormick Templeman’s story reminded me of a Lore episode. Interesting twist

Stitches – Eek–A.G. Howard’s story was gruesome

On the I-5 – Kendare Blake’s story was slightly confusing bc I didn’t know which way the MC was going but pretty good!

NYCC 2015 – Official Con girl status👌

Oh my god it’s been FOR-EVERRRRR but finally have put together my post-NYCC thoughts and I’m ready to report on my first comic con experience!


Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 Captain America-stars

  

Okay, so let it be known this is an image heavy post and I’m going to review as best to my experience/knowledge as I can.

Let me start by saying that this is my first comic con of ANY kind and I had seriously high expectations. I mean I was expecting levels of this:

I’ve followed SDCC religiously for like five years now, which amateur by most, but to me who lives on the east coast, never tried to attend, never had anyone to go, non-existent funds–this was probably never going to happen which was why I usually lived vicariously through others who I have online friendships with and most media sites that cover the insanity that is San Diego Comic Con.

Earlier this year I did try and score passes but wasn’t able to, not that I thought I had much of a shot anyway. Personally as someone who would love to experience it, I think it’s kinda shady that people who attend the year before get an early-bird chance to go the following year. It doesn’t free up space for newbies, like myself, to get the chance to. Not everyone can afford every year and, yes, this particular Con is like thee Mecca of Cons but I still hope for one day it happening. The thing that was super disheartening was it was in New York City and this specific city usually has ALL the goods and there weren’t as many popular fandoms I was hoping to have panels or discussions about focused here.

  

Hunger Games – Mockingjay Pt. 2 November release date …where were they?
Star Wars: the Force Awakens December release date …where were they?
The Walking Dead ACTUALLY premiered in MSG, just a mile or so away from the Javits Convention Center…yet no Walking Dead panel
Sherlock Christmas Special has a December release date …where were they?
Victor Frankenstein has a November release date …where were they?
Spectre (not sure if Bond falls into Comic Con…but I wouldn’t say Pretty Little Liars does either, which was DEFINITELY there, so idk, but I’d rather that represented than PLL) has a November release date …where were they?
The 5th Wave has a January release date …where were they?
Deadpool has a February release …where were they?
Batman vs. Superman and Allegiant have March release dates and where were these early promotions?

  

Pretty much all of these mentioned were at SDCC in July of 2015, but they have upcoming release dates a couple of months after NYCC and you’re telling me none of these were apparently not available? That’s where I got my hopes up and was severely let down. New York City is an epic city that usually gets the hookup and it was clearly missing during their Comic Con.

I’m not completely bashing it because I definitely got to see some really cool stuff. I’ve expanded into the comic world more, so I ended up getting more excited to see my favorite comic and graphic novel artists and authors I’m currently reading than anything film/TV-wise. For all the geekdom I have immersed myself into all these years there’s still a bunch I have not gotten into so certain things were out based on that alone.

my boyfriend Sean Bean – Legends panel

my boyfriend Sean Bean – Legends panel

authors and artists for Image Comics' Paper Girls

Paper Girls – Image Comics

Chad Coleman aka Tyreese – The Walking Dead

Chad Coleman aka Tyreese – The Walking Dead

The Wicked + the Divine

The Wicked + the Divine – Image Comics

Emma Swan – Once Upon a Time panel

Emma Swan – Once Upon a Time panel

Agent Coulson & Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Coulson & Skye – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

 



Overall it was pretty decent for my first go at a Con. Definitely wished there was more stuff I was into and more I had been looking forward to attending, but it is what it is. Who knows what 2016 has in store for me but I’m ready for all the fandom things!