My Life In Books Tag

Hey there everyone! Ugh, it’s only Tuesday 😴… I hope you made it through your day okay!

Today, I thought I would do another tag, because these are always fun to do. This is the “My Life in Books” tag. I tag anyone who would like to participate! 
1. Find a book for each of your initials.

J – Jurassic Park

E – Eve: The Awakening 

S – Six of Crows 

S – Salem’s Lot

I – Illuminae 

C – Cinder 

A – Allegiant 

2. Count your age along your bookshelf, which book is it? 

The 5th Wave 

3. Pick a book set in your city/state/country.

Is it cheating if I pick my own book, Alter Reach? Oh well if it is. It’s set in NY, part of the time. 😊

4. Pick a book that represents a destination you would like to travel to.

The Harry Potter universe would be pretty sweet to travel to!

5. Pick a book (cover) that is your favorite color. 

Illuminae…the cover is mostly orange and that’s my favorite color!

6. Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

Hmm. Probably Twilight. I know, I know…they aren’t good books, but it was the series that got me into reading as much as I do now. Twilight was the first book I ever marathoned in one day. I owe it a little credit for getting me into better books later down the road. 

7. Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Probably Lord of the Rings. I read the entire series but it was a struggle. They aren’t bad books, just lengthy and descriptive. 

8. Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest sense of accomplishment when you finish it? 

Gemina…it’s the second book in the Illuminae series and it was on the top of my to buy list. I own it now and have been struggling to find the time to finish it. 😭

That is all I have for you today. 

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Don’t forget to check out my review of Kong: Skull Island Review with my husband on YouTube! 

I hope you have a great week! 

Until next time –
Jessica

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Kong: Skull Island Youtube Review With Husband!!

Hi everyone!! The review is FINALLY live on YouTube and I’m super excited to share it with you all. 

Kong: Skull Island Review 

Please be sure to like, comment and subscribe to my husband, Paul’s youtube channel. He has some awesome videos. Also, if you’d like to follow him on Twitter, his handle is @PRJsince1990 

That’s all I have for you today.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Until next time –

Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post #4

Hello everyone! Happy Saturday. I hope you’re all having a great weekend. This is being published on Saturday instead of Sunday because my review of Kong: Skull Island will finally be up tomorrow!! (If you haven’t heard, it’s a YouTube video review with my husband on his channel!) So look forward to that!! 😁

I hope you enjoy this poem! 

Black Hole

You have made 
yourself a bed
at the bottom of
the blackest hole.
Now you’re forced
to lay in it,
and that’s the reason,
you’re unable to
see the sun anymore. 


That’s all I have for you today.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

Stay tuned for my review of Kong: Skull Island with my husband tomorrow! 

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post 

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a fantastic weekend. Sorry it’s been a few days since my last post, I am working on a fun new review for King: Skull Island which should be live Monday. I can’t wait to share it with you all.

It’s Sunday, so that means another poetry post. I will probably go into more detail on the story behind this one in a future post, but when I was 18, I lost my mother to cancer. Much of what I wrote during this time was to help me grieve.

Cancer

Eating away
every ounce
of hope
until that day
comes when,
she slips away,
and you’re left,
to face this
world alone.


That is all I have for you today. Stay tuned for my new review tomorrow!

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I hope you have a great Sunday!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post

Hello everyone!

Back again with my weekly poetry post. This was another poem written for my creative writing class in college. We were supposed to place with spacing and punctuation. Unfortunately, this blog is not optimal for viewing how this piece actually looks (it looks better in word).

Enjoy 🙂

Tick Tock

The ticking
of the clock;
so painful to my ears.Constant noise…

Tick-tock
Tick-tock
Tick-tock

(ticking like a bomb,
waiting to explode,
at the most opportune moment.)

It is so:
Sane,
logical…
compared to fast-paced reality

-ticktockticktockticktock-

Yet it flies by so fast…
in the blink of an eye
it can take away everything.

And if I tear the clock
off my wall and turn back the hands;
Will I turn back time?

tock-tick
tock-tick
tock-tick

 

That’s all I have for you today.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I hope you have a great Sunday!

Until next time –
Jessica

The 100 Seasons 1-3 – TV Review

Hi everyone, happy weekend! Tonight I thought I would do a review on a series I’ve been binge watching over the last few weeks – The 100. I’m going to do a review on all three seasons I’ve watched in this one blog. As always, I will try to avoid spoilers, but if you haven’t seen the show, I suggest watching first…especially since I will go into plot details for the second and third season.

Plot –
The 100 is set 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse wiped out almost all life on Earth. The only known survivors lived on twelve space stations in Earth’s orbit prior to the event. The space stations banded together to form “The Ark,” where about 2,400 people live under the Chancellor Jaha. Because resources are scarce, all crimes are punishable by ejection into space – “being floated” – unless the perpetrator is under the age of 18. When the Ark’s life support systems are found to be failing, 100 juvenile prisoners are declared “expendable” and sent to Earth to determine whether the surface is habitable.

Season 1
I’m impressed with just how real this show feels. It is very believable. When the 100 first land on the ground, their choices and the consequences of their choices are very realistic. These are teenagers, and the majority of them act like it. While there are a few “heroes” of the group, trying to make smart decisions, the rest of them live by the code of “whatever the hell we want,” because there aren’t any adults around to stop them.

In their attempt to find refuge and supplies in an old military station, Mount Weather, the teens discover that not all humanity was wiped out. I love the concept of the Grounders. They live in clans and base their lives around one code, “blood must have blood.” They follow their commander and are not swayed by emotions.

Much of this season is spent trying to figure out how to live with the Grounders and not piss them off…which for plot sake, doesn’t always work. The power struggle between the Grounders and the “sky people,” is very exciting to watch.

Season 2
Season two gives us a little more insight on Mount Weather because many of our main characters are taken in (captured) by the Mountain Men. It is revealed that this is a group of people who locked themselves away when the nuclear event happened.

I remember season two being stressful to watch. Not stressful in a bad way, but every time you think the characters are going to catch a break, something else happens and you’re left yelling at your TV.

This season was much more about survival vs morality. How far will you go to save the people you love? This question is pushed to the ultimate test and it’s interesting to see the events unfold. Similar to season one, the episodes are fast paced and every scene is meant to advance the plot forward. I never felt bored and I was always left wanting more.

Season 3
The third season is by far the most interesting when it comes to technology. Without spoiling too much, we are introduced to an A.I. and we learn more about why the nuclear apocalypse actually happened. This season was also great for providing more back story. We get sequences from when the nuclear bombs were launched, and we see some of our favorite main characters back on the Ark. Once again, this show doesn’t disappoint when it comes to action and constantly testing the survival vs morality concept, and now adding in an artificial intelligence aspect.

Overall Review –
The first three season of The 100 are incredible. This show has everything. There is a ton of fast paced action scenes intermingling with concepts of survival vs humanity, and some romance in between.

This show is a bit on the bloody/violent side… Okay, by “a bit,” I mean a lot. Guns, swords, acid gas – and much of the violence is very believable and sometimes difficult to watch. It didn’t stop me from enjoying the show, but it is something to point out. The show often forces its characters to decide between surviving and dying, with both options having detrimental consequences for their friends/loved ones. It forces the viewer to put themselves in the characters shoes and try to determine what you would do in that situation.

The characters are awesome. I’m impressed with the acting skills. Every character introduced has a clear role. The show is not afraid to kill off beloved characters to advance the plot, and it’s not afraid to break its viewer’s heart. There were a few times when I was brought to tears over a death.

There is some really interesting technological concepts, especially in the third season and I was pleasantly surprised with the advancement of the plot. Sometimes shows feel like they are packing stuff in just to keep the seasons coming, but this show feels like it’s advancing the way it should. With each new obstacle for our main characters to face, we see very interesting evolution’s of each of them.

I’m super excited to see season 4, and am very happy to read the show has been renewed for a season 5.

If you have seen The 100, I would love to hear your opinions!

RATING: 5/5 ☆

That’s all I have for you today. 🙂

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I hope you have a great weekend! You’ll be hearing from me again soon. I have a movie review planned and Sunday I will be posting the second installment of “Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post,” so stay tuned!

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post

Hello everyone!

I’m starting something new today. I’ve written about my poetry in past blog posts, and I thought it would be fun to share a poem once a week. I don’t claim to be a fantastic poet, and I haven’t really written in the past few years. All of what I will share was written in high school/college (unless I decide to write something new). I’ll try to give you a little back story on each piece.

The poem I am going to share this week was written in college. I took a creative writing course, and each week was a new type of poetry. This was a Villanelle attempt, although if I remember correctly, I missed something in the structure of the poem…so if you’re a Villanelle expert, forgive me.

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.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I hope you have a great Sunday!

Until next time –
Jessica

Would You Rather Author Tag

Hello everyone! I hope you’re having a great week. I know I’m looking forward to the weekend, as always. Here’s another Tag for you to enjoy.

Have a Male main character or a Female main character?
Tough call. Alter Reach has a female lead, but I think I’d like to write a book with a male lead too.

Wake up before dawn every day write or stay up into the early morning hours to write?
I’m a weirdo, and I don’t know how to sleep in, and I can barely stay awake past 9…so I’m going with morning writing hours.

Write a book that is torturous to write but which is very popular or write a book that is fun to write but which is only known by a small audience?
Write a book that’s fun to write. I don’t write to be popular, I write because it’s something I love to do. I wouldn’t write if it was torturous.

Write a SciFi story or a Fantasy story?
I’m writing a Fantasy now…want to write a SciFi next. So, I’m saying both!

Use first person or third person?
I think I like to write in third person for the most part. Every time I’ve attempted first, I haven’t gotten very far in the story.

Meet any character of any book/short-story in real life for one day or personally know any author you wish?
Personally know any author. That would be pretty sweet.

Only be able to write dialog if you act out the voices out loud or only be able to write action if you act it out in real life?
Dialog. Can you imagine having to act out action scenes?

Publish with the most successful publishing house in your genre but have to wait 2 years to see your book in print or self publish with no expense or marketing assistance but see your book in print within 3 months?
Self publish. That’s the avenue I’m going with. There are benefits to both, but I’ve decided self publishing is what is best for my story.

Write a goofy story or write a serious story?
I guess serious. I’m not very funny.

Write a story knowing that you will have to kill off the main character eventually or write a story knowing that everyone the main character is close to you will eventually have to kill off?
Kill the main character. It’s less expected.

Leave your ending somewhat open and bittersweet or leave your ending on a cliffhanger?
Somewhat open and bittersweet. Cliffhangers make me want to throw books at walls, and I don’t want that to happen to a copy of Alter Reach 😛

Write in many different genres or write only in one genre?
Different genres. It’s my plan…I think it will help me to branch out and challenge my creativity.

Have all of your characters have some physical deformity or have all of your characters have some internal twisted nature?
Internal twisted nature.

Have an orphaned main character with good friends or a main character with a good-sized family and family problems?
Orphaned main character.

Write the sex scene or not write the sex scene?
Not write the sex scene.

Write about uncertain dangers and intrigue or write about direct confrontation and violence?
Uncertain dangers and intrigue. I like to read books like this, so it only makes sense that I would like to write like this.

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

As always, if you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page.

I tag anyone who wants to participate. Make sure you let me know if you do! 🙂

Until next time –
Jessica