My Writing Bucket List

Hi Everyone!

I wish I could happily tell you I am feeling better and I’m back to regular life, but I can’t 😦 Had some more tests done yesterday, but I won’t have any answers until Friday (if I get any). It’s been a frustrating month, but I’m trying to stay positive.

Alright, enough with the depressing news, on to the blog post for today! I thought it would be fun to share some of the things on my writing “bucket list.”

Enjoy 🙂


My Writing Bucket List

1. Finish Alter Reach. You would think this was a given, but I started writing this two years ago. I’ve taken my time with it, but I’m really ready to get it finished and get it out there in the world.

2. Hold a copy of Alter Reach in my hands. I think that would be the coolest thing on the planet. Something I wrote and put so much effort into, finally available to hold.

3. Find a way to make a full time living off writing. I’m not sure this will happen after my Alter Reach, but it’s definitely a goal.

4. Write more books! I’m hoping Alter Reach will have enough success, that I can continue to produce more books (and hopefully faster).

5. Keep this blog going, and up to date as another source to keep in touch with readers.


That’s all I have for you today. Do you have your own writing bucket list? Or a life bucket list? What’s one of your goals?

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Lies We Keep – Danielle Rose *Release Day Blitz!!*

Title: Lies We Keep

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Blurb:

When your soul shatters, how will you pick up the pieces?

Jezebel Tate’s writing career has reached success few experience, but when the light of fame shines too bright, Jezebel is cast back into the shadows, where she’s forced to ask herself what happens when admiration becomes obsession.

James Blakely is running from his past. A broken man haunted by a deadly mistake, James reluctantly accepts a position as Miss Tate’s private security and finds himself a pawn in her game of seduction.

When their worlds collide, Jezebel and James must decide how far they’ll go to escape the sins of their pasts.


Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, she enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix. Visit Danielle on the Web: www.Danielle-Rose.com.

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Check this one out for sure. I’ll have a review up on 12/17, so stay tuned for that.

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Incessant – A Poem

Hi everyone, happy Friday! Still not feeling better. I have more medicine to pick up today. Ugh, not fun.

I have another poem for you today. I have a couple book reviews coming and another season of Lost, so stay tuned for that

Enjoy 😊


Incessant

Vague shadows,
haunt the walls,
dancing, seducing,
disguising nightmares.

Drowning in daylight,
an empty shell,
full of false smiles,
over-acted & poorly directed.

Unrecognizable life,
this is where it ends.
Set myself aflame…

…resurrected from the ashes.

It never ends.


What are your weekend plans? Mine are to feel better and keep working on Alter Reach and blog things. I hope you enjoy the weekend!

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White Night Fantasy – A Poem

Hi everyone. Happy Wednesday. Here’s another poem for you. Enjoy 😊


White Night Fantasy

To escape this perverse world,
I hide among the white trees,
in my fantasy paradise, so far away,
where no one else can find me.

Beyond the twilight of my refuge,
a nightmare, I need my own world to escape.
I long for the silent serenity,
only found in this deep, sleep state.

Through the shrouds of snow,
I can see the peace I long for,
in a field of my white night fantasy,
I wish to stay here forevermore.


How’s your week going? I’m still trying to feel better. I’m hoping to be back to work next week, but we will see.

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Lost – Season 2 Review

Hi everyone. Happy Monday. Today’s blog post will be my review of Lost – Season 2.

This will definitely contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the show and don’t want to be spoiled, stop here and come back when you’ve finished season 1.


Lost – Season 2

Episode One: 9/21/2005

Season Finale: 5/24/2006

Synopsis:

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Review:

I will start off by saying that season 2 was not as great as season 1, but it definitely wasn’t bad. Lost was known for introducing many characters, and this season, I just think some of the character arcs fell flat, and some weren’t developed quite enough. However, some characters were even more fascinating and the plot thickened this season.

We find out, after believing the initial group of survivors introduced in episode one were the only survivors of the crash, that some of the passengers from the tail section lived as well.

We are introduced to Ana Lucia, Libby, Bernard and Mr. Eko. Their 48 days on the island, so far, are much more terrifying. While the survivors on the beach have had it relatively easy when it comes to The Others, the tail survivors were ambushed, night after night, as their numbers shrank.

These four characters are part of the problem, season 2 suffers from – under developed characters. Libby is probably the least developed. We only get a bit of back story on her. We do get a blooming love story between her and Hurley, which is adorable. Her purpose is to give Hurley some much needed confidence and help him differentiate between what is real and what isn’t. Her death, in my opinion, was too soon. There was so much to her story, and we didn’t get to learn it.

Ana Lucia died too soon as well. I’ve read reviews that said she was a useless character, but I disagree. Much like Sawyer, who struggles on the line of good and bad, Ana Lucia’s story was fascinating. Her character development was interesting, and just as it was getting good, she died. I think that was unfortunate. Her fling with Jack and Sawyer, adding to the annoying love triangle between Kate, Jack and Sawyer, was the one thing I didn’t like about her.

Mr. Eko is very underdeveloped as well, but his story is continuing. I feel like the writers weren’t sure what to do with him this season, and there are so many potentials.

Bernard completes loose ends with Rose, and I think that couple’s story was worth investigating.

Desmond is another new character introduced in season 2. His first appearance was used to introduce the button in the hatch, but his story wasn’t fully developed until the season finale. He is a very cool character, who was much more exciting than any of the other new cast members.

The main cast is back at it again in this season, albeit, some were a little more lack luster. Hurley is a break out character, in my opinion. His struggle with reality, and back story of mental issues was really intriguing. He also had a lot of great one-liners.

Sawyer is always a favorite of mine. He dances the line of con man and good guy all the way through and his back story was intriguing. As mentioned before, the love triangle brewing between him, Kate and Jack is annoying. But, that’s a small part.

The introduction of Henry Gale gives Locke and Jack some really interesting and pivotal decisions this season, and he is by far, my favorite character introduction. He spends his time confined to a storage room in the Swan Station, but becomes a formidable foe. With the survivors fractured, keeping secrets from each other, Henry is able to turn people against each other. Henry very much enjoys targeting Locke, knowing his snide comments and remarks, turns Locke inside out. This leads to the death of Libby and Ana Lucia, and Henry Gale’s escape, because Locke doesn’t let Jack in on important knowledge.

Michael’s battle to get Walt back has us, as viewers, wondering how far we would go for our children. His murder of Ana Lucia and Libby became an interesting game, because he is forced to convince the survivors that Henry was to blame. The emotional rollercoaster Michael rides is gut wrenching.

Season 2 suffers from building upon the first season, but really only slightly. I think the story line is just as exciting, and the end of the season ramps up and gives you more to think about.


Rating

4/5☆

Favorite Character: Henry Gale

Least Favorite Character: Kate

Favorite Episode: The Long Con

Least Favorite Episode: Two for the Road


That’s all I have for you today. What did you think of season 2?

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Post Birthday Blog

Hi everyone!

Late blog post, but it has been a busy weekend.

First, a quick update on my stomach issues: I had another test on Friday (I’ve been to the hospital more in then last month than I have ever been in my life. Crazy.) My doctor is about 99% sure he knows what is going on and I have some medicine that will hopefully help. As of now, still not feeling better, but I’ve only been on the medicine for two days, so I need to give it a chance.

In better news, yesterday was my Birthday! Even though I wasn’t feeling the best, it was a great day. Spent the majority of it with my husband, and then we had dinner with our parents and played a couple rounds of Euchre (Won a round, lost a round). It was a super fun day.

Today, we went to Church, and then did some Christmas shopping. I’m resting now, because my stomach is not a happy camper.

My hubby has the day off tomorrow, so I am looking forward to spending more time with him.

I’m working on my Lost Season 2 Review (hopefully coming tomorrow), working on Alter Reach, and working on something special (I may or may not have talked about a couple times), that I hope I will have news about soon. Stay tuned. 😁

How was your weekend? What did you do?

I hope you all have a great week!

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Lost in Reverie – A Poem

Hi Everyone!

Happy Thursday. I hope your week is flying by. Tomorrow is my scheduled test to see what’s going on with my stomach, so I doubt there will be a blog post. I’ll also probably be skipping Saturday as well – it’s my birthday! (Fingers crossed I feel better by then!) I’ll update you all on Sunday.

For now – another poem. Enjoy 😊


Lost in Reverie

Crimson rose, light as a feather,
free in a fantasy world of imagery.
Far from imitation love and joy,
and vengeful, black falsehoods.

Sun setting in a sweet rapture,
feel the silken touch of warm air.
Held captive in perfect harmony.
Lost in reverie, away from reality.


That’s all I have for you today. What are your weekend plans?

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Progress is Not Failure

Hi everyone!

November is NaNoWriMo, I was pumped at the beginning of the month, because I had a plan to finish Alter Reach and start editing. Clearly, that plan fell through. While I had all the time in the world to write, I spent the majority of my days on the couch (or at the doctors).

Tomorrow is the last day, and there isn’t even a slight chance that I will hit 50,000 words. A year ago, I would have called this a failure and been super hard on myself, but I have been trying (and succeeding) to change my mindset.

I wrote words. It might not have been a lot of words, and it definitely wasn’t the amount I was hoping for, but given the circumstances, I still made progress. And progress isn’t failure. It’s…well, progress.

Alter Reach is closer to being a complete draft today, than it was on November 1st and I can’t complain about that. All I can do is try to feel better and get writing on a regular basis again.

So, if you’re not quite reaching your goals this month (whatever they may be), don’t sell yourself short. Progress is a good thing and it should be celebrated. Don’t let that little part of your brain start screaming, “failure,” because it isn’t.


I hope you’ve made progress toward whatever goals you may have.

I have another test scheduled for Friday. Hoping to get some answers and start feeling better soon. I will update again soon. 😊

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The Siren’s Song Floats on Ship Sails – A Poem

Hi everyone!

Another poem for you today. I wrote this one for a Creative Writing assignment in college.

Enjoy 😊


The Siren’s Song Floats on Ship Sails

The siren’s song floats on ship sails,
drawing in a sailor’s final sigh,
for temptations always prevail.

A harmony impossible to decline,
when the course goes awry,
the siren’s song floats on ship sails.

Once truth and song combine,
on strength, the men cannot rely,
for temptations always prevail.

Once wise men, naively blind,
believe beauty is an ally,
the siren’s song floats on ship sails.

Allowing the humming to entwine,
unknown this is the last goodbye,
for temptations always prevail.

And you, sailors must keep your mind,
cover your ears so you can deny.
The siren’s song floats on ship sails,
for temptations always prevail.


That’s all I have for you today. I hope your week flies by!

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Lost- Season 1 Review

Hi everyone,

I hope your weekend went well. Mine has, once again, taken a turn for the worse. I feel absolutely awful today and will be calling my doctor in the morning. I’m also thinking is safe to say, I didn’t hit 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo this time around, but I’m happy to say I made progress, even while being so sick. I’d call that a win.

Enough bad news, on with the blog. Since I’ve been home, I’ve had some time to binge watch shows/movies on Netflix and Hulu. Lost is probably in my top 5 favorite TV shows of all time. It was one of the few I kept up with weekly when it was on, and this is my second re-watch since the finale. I never get tired of it, and I let enough time pass to forget some things and am able to rediscover some of the magic that was there when it was a brand new show.

I would like to review every season on this blog, so as I make my way through my second re-watch, I will update with a review when I finish a season. Today, I’m obviously starting with Season 1. In every review, I will tell you some of my favorite and least favorite parts of the season (i.e. favorite and least favorite character, favorite and least favorite episode, etc.)

This will definitely contain spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the show and don’t want to be spoiled, stop here and come back when you’ve finished season 1.


Lost – Season 1

Pilot: 9/22/2004

Season Finale: 5/25/2005

Synopsis:

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Review

Lost Season 1 is handled like a 25 episode introduction and does an excellent job of introducing a multitude of characters and laying the foundation of a mysterious world at the same time. It barely scratches the surface of what the mystery is all about and in this instance, that is a good thing.

Character development is the front runner of the first season. It is like a giant character study, and while this show is a sci-fi-mystery, character motives and relationships are the core of what makes this show so great. Before you can even begin to understand the situation these characters are in, you need to understand who they are and what brought them here in the first place.

Because there are so many different characters with unique and complex back stories, it would be entirely impossible to introduce everything in the pilot. Thankfully, the writers chose a different approach. Individual episodes focused on a single character (or couple), using flashbacks to convey important information.

A good example would be the episode Walkabout, which primarily focuses on character, John Locke. We learn that Locke was paralyzed before coming to the island and how that effected his outside life, and why he was on the plane in the first place. It give us a wealth of information on him, but unlike some shows (and movies) Lost does not “info dump” during these episodes. They are exciting, entertaining and mix in information about the character that you will need as you progress through the seasons of Lost.

Because we get a lot of character introduction, we lack spend a lot of time wondering about the island, and we aren’t given many answers.the very first night, the characters encounter a monster on the island, but the answer you are hoping for is not given. If you’re not into mysteries that layer on the questions and don’t give you many answers, you’re not going to enjoy Lost.

The first season is definitely not the only season that will leave you feeling confused. But, in this case, I think the confusion is great. While you’re not getting the whole picture, you’re continuously given bits and pieces that leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. Actually, if you haven’t seen the show and you plan to watch it now, I think you might be at a bit of a disadvantage as far as viewing experience. There was nothing like watching the season finale and having to wait until the next premiere hoping it would give you an answer and knowing full well, it probably wouldn’t.

This aspect of the show is definitely the make or break part of whether a person will enjoy it or not. Lost lives up to its name, and you as a viewer are left just as lost as the characters. We don’t get to learn the answers until the characters do, and I think that is incredibly brilliant on the writers part. If they gave you all the answers from the get-go, the show would have been a 2 season, boring info dump. Instead, we have one hell of a ride.


Wrap-Up

As a first season, this one definitely packs a punch. The characters are so well developed and diverse, and their lives lead you on a pretty incredible journey. This is just the beginning, and Lost is able to suck you in and hold your attention through the entire season.

Rating

5/5☆


Okay, as promised, im going to go through some of my favorite and least favorite aspects of the first season. I won’t do a ton of explaining, but it will be interesting to compare some of these to later seasons.

Favorite Character: John Locke

Least Favorite Character: Jin

Favorite Episode: Walkabout

Least Favorite Episode: Raised by Another


That’s all I have for you today. Let me know your opinions on the first season of Lost.

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