Waiting on Wednesday (3)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we can’t wait to read.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you know that my obsession with Poe Dameron from Star Wars: The Force Awakens aka most-beautiful-man-ever Oscar Isaac is very… um… enthusiastic. When news of Poe getting his own comic hit the Internet I was so stoked!! Star Wars: Poe Dameron  by Charles Soule (author) and Phil Noto (illustrator) will be diving into Poe’s background and his secret mission given to him by General Leia Organa. This also will involve some crossover with Star Wars: Before the Awakening which was released mid-December 2015. Very excited and looking forward to delving into this world and the Star Wars character’s storylines! The series is in stores April 6, 2016.

Synopsis: (via Goodreads)

Star Wars: Poe Dameron will show how Poe became to be known as the greatest pilot in the Resistance. Handpicked by General Leia, Poe Dameron and a squadron of pilots fly the most dangerous and top secret missions against the First Order.


Article Source: marvel

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Top Ten OTPs

February 9: Valentine’s Day is next week…let’s do a Valentine’s Day themed freebie! Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Valentine’s Day Reads (or anti-Valentine’s day reads), Top Ten OTPs, Top 10 fictional crushes, top ten great love declarations in fiction, swoony quotes from books etc., the weekly topic provided by The Broke & Bookish

*all book art images found on deviantART

Book Pairings:

Étienne St. Clair & Anna             Alana & Marko                         A & Rhiannon
   

Nora & Søren                                   Allyson & Willem
  

 

TV/Film:

Leslie & Ben

Jack & Rose (aka Kate & Leo)

Buffy & Angel


Cecilia & Robbie


Jane & Brad

Who are your favorite OTPs??

 

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!

That Time I Was

Happy Monday to everyone! While fixing my resume and sprucing up tiny crevices in my blog late Sunday night, at 1230am, I was struck with this brilliant idea to get the followers to know a little bit more about me.

I think most have a good sense of who I am but I decided to post some random stories that are fun and can keep you entertained in between book posts and reviews 🙂 As of right now I’m just going to sprinkle these posts, I don’t have an exact schedule because, hey–I literally came up with this idea five seconds ago and I’m running with it. BEHOLD THE NEWEST FEATURE TO THE KID’S BLOG:

JK, the year was 2006 and in the summer there was a little show on VH1 called World Series of Pop Culture.

Wait, what?

YESSSSSSS 😀 😀 😀

This show existing was basically the universe saying, “Lindsey, all of your useless knowledge could actually be beneficial!” After the series first season, I had caught wind of auditions for the following season and recruited two friends of mine who were pop culture fiends, such as myself where we all decided–we must be on this show!

We submitted our entry and mid-November of 2006 we had ACTUALLY gotten a response back from someone at VH1 who was interested in our team!

Our team consisted of friends of mine, Chris and Amanda, fans of TV/film and pop culture like myself! At the time there was a popular celeb gossip blog called Pink is the New Blog that we all loved and decided to dub our team after as Pink is the New Pop Culture. After our applications were submitted we got into ANOTHER ROUND of competition this time heading to NYC and to take a 60-minute written quiz and possibly move onto the audition round!!

😦 Sadly due to a conflict we didn’t end up getting to go to NYC. Such a bummer because the opportunity would have been amazing and even if we hadn’t passed the quiz to move onto auditions, it still would’ve been awesome to talk about! Heck, it’s still fun to think back on it. Even though we passed the original submission and application, it still cool to say I once had a shot at it.

So, that time I was almost a contestant for VH1’s World Series of Pop Culture for 2007 was an actual thing. It’s been nine years and I still haven’t deleted those emails and won’t any time soon.

#fangirlstatus

#fangirlstatus

Do you have a random past where you were a contestant on a show but no one knows? Do tell–I want to hear all the stories!

*GIFs and WSOPC image not mine

Waiting On Wednesday (2)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we can’t wait to read.

I’m back with a new edition of a Waiting on Wednesday post! There are a bunch of October releases I’m looking forward to but I’m especially ready for this one!

Black Widow: Forever Red | Margaret Stohl
Available for purchase on October 13, 2015 at: Amazon « Barnes & Noble « Book Depository

I’m addicted to the comic world and superheroes these days and I’m all about Girl Power! What better way than Marvel releasing a novel about one of Avengers’ most bad-ass chicks than Natasha Romanoff’s story. Seriously she’s who I want to be when I grow up and I think Scarlett Johansson does a really great job being that heroic female in a powerhouse full of men. She brings it. Always. I’m ready to read her story.

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Enter the world of the Avengers’ iconic master spy 

Natasha Romanoff is one of the world’s most lethal assassins. Trained from a young age in the arts of death and deception, Natasha was given the title of Black Widow by Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room, Moscow’s infamous academy for operatives.

Ava Orlova is just trying to fit in as an average Brooklyn teenager, but her life has been anything but average.The daughter of a missing Russian quantum physicist, Ava was once subjected to a series of ruthless military experiments-until she was rescued by Black Widow and placed under S.H.I.E.L.D. protection. Ava has always longed to reconnect with her mysterious savior, but Black Widow isn’t really the big sister type.

Until now.

When children all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing, and rumors of smuggled Red Room tech light up the dark net, Natasha suspects her old teacher has returned-and that Ava Orlova might be the only one who can stop him. To defeat the madman who threatens their future, Natasha and Ava must unravel their pasts. Only then will they discover the truth about the dark-eyed boy with an hourglass tattoo who haunts Ava’s dreams. . . .



*images & GIFs are not mine

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we can’t wait to read.

So I’m doing my first Waiting on Wednesday post which I’m excited about because I can’t wait for this book to come out!

Face Paint: The Story of Makeup | Lisa Eldridge
Available for purchase on October 13, 2015 at: Amazon « Barnes & Noble


Probably not your typical Waiting on Wednesday title you’d see but I’m obsessed with make up even though I can’t afford the good stuff and I definitely cannot make myself up but I can still be in awe of those who have this kind of talent. [Side note: also HUGE fan of SyFy’s Face Off film make up challenge and competition show as well!] I think it will be interesting to see the history of make up, how centuries ago they didn’t have MAC and Estée Lauder counters so it’ll be fascinating to see where these pieces to paint your face were improvised and derived from.

Synopsis:

Makeup, as we know it, has only been commercially available in the last 100 years, but applying decoration to the face and body may be one of the oldest global social practices. In Face Paint, Lisa Eldridge reveals the entire history of the art form, from Egyptian and Classical times up through the Victorian age and golden era of Hollywood, and also surveys the cutting-edge makeup science of today and tomorrow. Face Paint explores the practical and idiosyncratic reasons behind makeup’s use, the actual materials employed over generations, and the glamorous icons that people emulate and how they achieved their effects. An engaging history of style, it is also a social history of women and the ways in which we can understand their lives through the prism and impact of makeup.

Probably should choose a YA book but I saw this book on a blog recently and it’s been on my mid ever since!

What’s everyone else waiting on???

Remembering the Artist She Was

I remember where I was when I was told to discover her, I remember where I was when I had gotten word she had died.

The guy in my Small Groups Comm Studies class was cute and he and I had struck up a conversation about music. I bragged about having a diverse and plentifully-filled iPod and he grabbed a hold of it and laughed…a lot. He might have seen that I had a few Barbara Streisand tracks (thanks, Mom) and this track that might, well, most definitely was the theme song to….Baywatch. I was totally embarrassed but that’s when he said, “You know, you should check out some real artists like LCD Soundsystem, Lily Allen, or Amy Winehouse.” After that debacle, I headed home for a weekend and downloaded all the Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse I could get my hands on…that was back in 2006.

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It was summertime and I was listening to my iPod on shuffle while taking an afternoon shower. I’m not sure what I was doing before then, probably being lazy and enjoying a peaceful time alone. My family had all been down to the Delaware beaches and I wasn’t able to take time off because of my job. I regret that I don’t actually remember the actual track I had heard while showering. I’m thinking it was Just Friends from her Back to Black album–I know it was a slower track, a subtle track that is good relaxing, in-the-background music to listen to. With the shower off and a towel now on my head, I naturally ended up looking on my Twitter feed to read the tragic news. Amy Winehouse had been declared dead and unresponsive….July 23, 2011.

Film: AMY
Director: Asif Kapadia
Run Time: 128 minutes
Productions: On The Corner Films, Universal Music, A24
Release Date: July 3, 2015 (limited release)
Summary: The story of Amy Winehouse in her own words, featuring unseen archival footage and unheard tracks.


When the trailer debuted, AMY sent chills down my spine. Obviously being a fan of her work and voice, I took the trailer more to heart than others who happened to see it in a commercial or as a filler preview. The haunting ending panning out to show a montage of pictures making up Amy Winehouse’s face–the music stripped, leaving the echoing vocals for her “Back to Black” track gives a spectacular creep factor and sadness. A feeling of tragedy and a sense of sorrow. I was determined to make my way to theaters even though I knew it would probably break my heart.

I finally had the chance to see the film and I wanted to share with you my thoughts. For some, when you say Amy’s name, you typically get an eye roll, a scoff, a pssh, a generalization about how she was a hot mess that had a crazy drug problem and got what she deserved. For others, you can see the sadness on their face because they realized that Amy’s voice was out of this world, out of this time because she could give some of the greats a run for their money! In watching this documentary, I was shown more proof on how some people are made for the limelight and some are just tragic artists who end up crumbling under pressure.

With a rocky childhood of her parents eventually splitting up and an absentee father, Amy admits in voiceover interview that her dad never showed up for anything of importance and when her parents officially ended things, she decided she was going to do whatever she wanted. This set up a path of wanting and needing a certain love, her father until the bitter end seemed to take what Amy gave but never returned the favor. Mitch Winehouse is painted as a father who steps back into her life just as she’s coming into her own as a successful singer and mysteriously is present for the big wins, BRITs, GRAMMYs, television show documentaries that really don’t have Amy’s approval. To see that unfold is tough because you see this raw talent and you just want to hug her and say you have something that is amazing, don’t get sucked in–be better than your demons.

To see her relationship and obsession with Blake Fielder, who inspires her songwriting–between breakups, makeups, marriage & divorce, he seems to be the leading factor into her spiral.

In the beginning, Amy’s friends show a side of her only wanting to purely be an artist, becoming one of the greats purely for music. She does maintain this notion throughout the film telling of her career but hooking up with Blake just as she was on the rise ended up being very dangerous. She smoked cigarettes, she drank, and she definitely smoked weed–that is abundantly clear to the audience but Blake introduces her to crack, eventually heroin is thrown into the mix as well as other highly fatal drugs. Learning about this on top of Amy’s very slim figure, you find out about her bulimia and the drug cocktails she takes never mixes well within her system.

The struggle for her rehabilitation is so sad because on the night of her GRAMMY win, her friend quotes her as stating that even though she’s sober things aren’t remotely enjoyable because there’s no drugs. It’s so upsetting to hear because you again see this girl with such talent, her voice is stunning–the notes she hits, high and low, raspy and sensual, drugs she have never brought her down. The fame and drugs took the heaviest toll on her body and in the end it seems like she was more willing to give in because the struggle would be forever.

The real treasures in this film are her pure moments: her first club performance, the first property she buys with her big-girl paycheck, the GRAMMY wins, her happiness and awe working with Tony Bennett, and lastly her songwriting. For other music documentaries that I’ve seen it’s amazing to see an artist put a melody to words, Amy was truly talented in this way. Her lyrics hit the listener hard, they’re eloquent, they’re solid, and they can leave you with an array of emotions.

I feel like I’m now just rambling because again, I’m a fan but I really do recommend you seeing this film if it’s playing in your area. Her music was genuine and unlike any other artist within the last however many years. Her sound is unique and soulful and she deserved more out of this life than being remembered as another tragic member of the “27 Club”. While the word “vulnerable” was thrown around many times throughout the film, that was more towards her demons and addictions but she’s actually a really strong person. Before the craziness, she developed a sense of throwback style, bringing back ’50’s style chic, pin-up girl tattoos, cat-eye lashes, and the biggest beehive hair you ever did see. She was cool and defiant in her own way. Strip away the pressure to produce, the paparazzi, to keep up the success, and her struggle, you’ll see what I see.

I also wanted to leave you with a few tracks that are my absolute favorites that she sings:


This track has an extra long instrumental but it’s the only one that was her recording…it’s my FAVORITE track!


If you ever followed the British Football scene, this song is so spot on for the WAG-lifestyle! It’s sassy and a very fun track


Just a haunting track and well worth the listen 🙂

If you’ve seen it, did you like the documentary? Tell me some of the artists documentaries you’ve seen before that you’ve loved and would recommend!

xx Linz aka The Kid

If you know of anyone that battles with drug use or an eating disorder please let them know there is help!

National Eating Disorder website:
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/find-help-support

References for Drug Addiction:
http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/principles-drug-addiction-treatment-research-based-guide-third-edition/frequently-asked-questions/where-can-family-members-go-information

**GIFs & movie poster images not personally owned**