Final Outcome – A Poem

Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Final Outcome

The blame resides on her shoulders,
pressing down until she can’t stand.
Breathe in deep and choke a scream,
reality has dealt another cruel hand.

Too weak to leave, too weak to stay,
this tragedy sinks down to her core.
Decaying into a pile of nothingness,
she cannot live like this anymore.

Tearing away all the beauty and grace,
her soul crumbles and her spirit turns numb.
And with nothing left to fight for,
she prepares to face the final outcome.

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You can read chapter one of Alter Reach here.

Until next time –

Jessica

Hell House LLC – Movie Review

Hi everyone,

Sometimes, I get on a horror movie kick, especially when I’m stuck home, sick (like I was last week). The reviews on this movie were pretty good, so I decided to give it a go.

Per usual, I won’t intentionally spoil anything but you should see the movie before reading this review.

Synopsis

Five years after 15 people were killed during a haunted house tour, a documentary crew visits the scene to investigate what really happened.

Review

Hell House LLC opens with no title credits, just footage from the incident and an on-screen message letting you know what you’re about to witness is a documentary on the strange events surrounding a 2009 haunted house tragedy.

The documentary starts off with pretty believable interviews with investigators, a survivor, a former Hell House LLC worker, and of course, footage of the actual House footage.

Chronologically, the film takes us through the events leading up to the tragedy that resulted in multiple injuries and fatalities on the opening night of Hell House LLC.

In the beginning stages of the film we are introduced to Alex, the owner of Hell House LLC, which is a travelling haunted house whivh travels throughout rural New York, setting up in a new location each Halloween. This time, he chooses an abandoned hotel in Abaddon, NY.

In true found footage style, Alex insists everything be filmed leading up to opening night.

The six weeks of footage covers the crew arriving at the abandoned hotel, setting up, trouble shooting, hiring of temporary actors and the opening night itself.

This is how we meet the other members of the crew: Paul and Tony, who do most of the filming as well as setting up many of the attractions; as well as, Sara, Alex’s girlfriend, and the only surviving crew member of the incident. She provides the footage to the documentary crew.

The crew live in the hotel during the six weeks of preparation, making it easier to work and film.

Of course, this is where the crazy begins and I don’t want to give too much away, so I won’t spoil the scares. Hell House LLC does an excellent job in the scary category. It jumps right in and wastes no time letting the viewers know, this hotel is no joke. I had my hands over my eyes quite a few times.

The actual footage of opening night is disturbing, and not in a gore fest type of way, which I am so glad. The found footage style works so well for this film, keeping the atmosphere claustrophobic. The hallways are tight, the scares aren’t fake, and escape is nearly impossible for many people.

The movie did a fantastic job of showing you just enough to scare the crap out of you, but pulling away at the right time to make it worse. The chaos of the night is shown perfectly through each shot. It was a good reminder to me of why I don’t do haunted houses.

Of course, there were some flaws. Per usual with found footage, some of the acting during the not so scary scenes were sub par at best; but when the action started, I was thoroughly impressed.

Rating

4/5 ☆

This was a definite scare in my opinion. If you’re looking for a wild ride, I suggest this one.

Let me know what you thought in the comments below.

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You can read chapter one of Alter Reach here.

Until next time –

Jessica

Dealing With Grief

Hi everyone. Happy Friday. This week was crazy. I had the stomach flu, and was out of work Monday-Wednesday. I’m finally feeling like myself again.

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post like this for quite a while, but honestly, it isn’t something I love to talk about. It’s difficult to open up about something that hurts, but it’s also therapeutic.

I mentioned it once, briefly in an earlier post, but I didn’t elaborate. Wednesday, 8/16 was the nine year anniversary of my mother’s passing. I was already not feeling well, and the realization of the anniversary made things worse.

A little background. My mom was diagnosed with cancer and in the same year, passed away from it. The doctors thought she had a year to live, when in reality, it was months.

My Mom was one of those people that just lit up every room she walked into. She worked in my high school cafeteria, and became a mother to people I didn’t even get a long with in school. It was just who she was. I knew many kids who called her Mom, and I know she helped a lot of people through a lot of painful times in their lives.

She spent her last week in the hospital. The nurses said they had never seen so many people come to visit. It was crazy how many people came back, day after day, just to spend another second with her. Like I said, she changed people’s lives.

When Mom finally passed, I have to say, there was some relief. Taking care of a woman, who for your entire life, was so strong and independent, was the saddest thing to experience. I say it was a relief, but that feeling of relief wasn’t there for long.

I didn’t spiral into depression, but there were dark moments. There were also happy moments. I have the best father a girl could ask for, and what we went through brought us closer than we probably ever would have been. It also brought me a step mother, step sister and a niece, who I wouldn’t know if things were different.

It was hard to feel that happiness for a long time though. There were times I felt lost, angry and confused. Why my Mom, of all people? I may never know that answer. And I’ve come to terms with that, but it took a lot to get where I am. Sure, I still cry. I cried Wednesday. But I don’t let that darkness cover all the light in my life.

If you are going through or struggling with any grief, I have a few pieces of advice.

Keep up your routine, to keep yourself healthy. Sleep, eat and drink water. Don’t let yourself get so low, you hurt your health.

Talk to someone. Family, friend, counselor…whoever it is, make sure you trust them. Don’t shut yourself off from the world. Darkness is a lonely place, don’t let it consume you.

Express yourself. Whether it’s through writing, painting, cooking…find something you can pour your heart into. Every time you feel that cloud rolling in, go to that one thing that makes you feel powerful and alive.

All of this is easier said than done. It’s been nine years and I still struggle. Every time I see someone post a selfie with their mother or complain about their mother, that pang of jealousy and darkness comes rolling in; but, I never let it win.

A much more personal post, but I’ve been wanting to write it for quite a while. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

You can keep up to date with me on Twitter & Instagram: @JessicaInspired and on Facebook: @authorjessicarachow

You can still read chapter one of Alter Reach here.

Until next time –

Jessica

Cycle – A Poem

Happy Weekend! I failed miserably at keeping up with my weekly poetry post. I’m still going to try to post poems on a semi regular basis, and I would like to start writing them again. Hopefully sharing my work will bring back that inspiration. 😊

Cycle

My heart would start relapsing,
my conscious would stop reacting.
I would dance in the fire again.

My brain would be screaming,
but my soul would be bleeding,
and the cycle would repeat over again.

The truth and lies collide,
and the pain eventually subsides.
I vow to never let it happen again.

This one was written 9 years ago. I hope you enjoy. I have a pretty busy weekend ahead, but I will try to post again this weekend. My main goal is to work more on Alter Reach.

Let me know what your weekend plans are.

You can keep up to date with me on Twitter & Instagram: @JessicaInspired and on Facebook: @authorjessicarachow

You can still read chapter one of Alter Reach here.

Until next time –

Jessica

Area 51 – Movie Review

Hey there! I hope you all had a fun weekend. I’m definitely not ready for tomorrow to be Monday, but such is life.

I decided to scroll through Amazon Prime Video, because I don’t normally check there and wanted to see if there was anything different to watch. I was in the mood for something scary. I’m not sure why I picked this movie, since it had a two star rating. It was directed by the same person who directed Paranormal Activity. Side note, I enjoyed the Paranormal Activity movies up until the last one. And by enjoy, I mean, they are guilty pleasure movies, I watched because I was invested. I don’t mind found footage movies (huge fan of Cloverfield), so I thought I’d give this one a try.

Cue the face-palm.

(I will do my best not to spoil, but it’s best you watch the movie and then come back to this.)

Synopsis:

Three young conspiracy theorists attempt to uncover the mysteries of Area 51, the government’s top secret location rumored to have hosted encounters with alien beings. Chaos ensues.

Review:

As mentioned earlier, this is a found footage style film that starts out with three friends going to a party. One of the friends, Reid, goes missing and then in typical horror movie fashion, pops up in front of the car of his leaving buddies not quite looking the same.

Three months later, the three amigos plan a trip to Vegas where they are set to meet a girl, Jelena, who is supposed to help them infiltrate Area 51.

Because we can’t have a movie without naked women, the three friends stop off at the Hooters Casino first, and we get to watch awkward, uuncomfortable lap dances.

One of my many, complaints about this film is that it is a “slow burn” horror movie without the character and plot development that should be happening. Note that I’ve only named two of the four main characters so far. This is because I can’t remember the other two character’s names. While I can look it up, I’m doing this on purpose. If the audience doesn’t care about the characters before the chaos, then they aren’t going to care when the climax hits.

The first hour of this movie is spent on preparation – scenes of the boys getting their materials together, scouting the location, dealing with security, etc. There isn’t an ounce of tension for the longest time…I almost shut it off. The entire hour of set up could have been cut to five minutes.

There is a mildly entertaining window of time in the beginning where the boys interview the locals about the alien legend. But these characters are not memorable. It only slightly increased my interest in the plot.

In the last half hour, Reid, Jelena and Darrin (I looked up the names finally), make there way through security and inside area 51. Ben stays behind as the getaway driver.

They eventually find a lab, where things get a little more interesting. The last few minutes of the movie are the most tense, but, I have to admit, it was laughable. If you’re going to do an alien horror movie, you might try to make things more real looking.

Of course, the ending is left open. We don’t really get closure. But, as stated earlier, I really didn’t care about the characters, so I wasn’t too worried about what happened to them.

This was a very low budget film, with a boring, predictable plot and paper-thin characters. With the low stars, I should have known better but since I’m a secret fan of the Paranormal Activity franchise, I thought this might be a little better. My bad.

RATING: 1/5 ☆

Let me know what you thought in the comments!

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Until next time –

Jessica

The Ultimate Book Tag

Hey everyone! I hope you are having a fantastic week. My week has been nice and short. 😊

Doing another book tag today. I found the tag here. Not sure where the tag originated, but that’s where I found it. I tag you if you want to participate!

1. Do you get sick while reading in a car?

I don’t. I enjoy reading while traveling. Best way to pass time.

2. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga?

I’m one of the weird kids who didn’t read Harry Potter when it first came out. I read Twilight first, but I’m in agreement that the Harry Potter series is better. I just have a special place in my heart for Twilight, haha.

3. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?

Nah. Just a purse.

4. Do you smell your books?

If they are new.

5. Books with or without little illustrations?

Without. Mostly because I don’t read books with illustrations.

6. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing?

The Twilight series, haha.

7. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood?

Not really. I’m boring, haha.

9. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Game of Thrones.

10. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

Yup! In the process. Alter Reach will hopefully be out soon.

11. When did you get into reading?

High school. After reading Twilight, I started acquiring books. Now, I have to stop myself from buying all the hooks.

13. In school what was your best subject?

English, History and Art. 😊

14. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated, what would you do?

Give it away or donate it.

15. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

I mean. There are probably a lot of them, but nothing comes to mind at the moment.

16. What is a bad habit you always do while blogging?

Twitter.

17. What is your favorite word?

I don’t really have a favorite word.

18. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Vampires. Because I haven’t read much with fairies.

19. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

Shapeshifters. That’s a spoiler for my book.

20. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Werewolves. Because I think they are cool.

21. Zombies or Vampires? Why?

Vampires. Because I’m just not a fan of Zombies.

22. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Forbidden love, I guess.

23. And finally: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Action. Not a huge fan of romance novels.

Alright, I skipped some questions, but whatever. Check the link above for the full tag. Let me know if you participate! 😊

If you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page – @authorjessicarachow.

Until next time –

Jessica

Heading Home!

Hey everyone,

Wanted to check in with another quick post. Sadly, our vacation has come to an end, and we are currently 23 minutes from home. On the plus side, we still have tomorrow off, so I’m not terribly sad, yet. Haha.

Syracuse was fantastic. While not an obvious choice for a vacation spot, it had a ton of great things. Our first adventure was getting brunch at a place called Funk ‘N Waffles. I believe it is a music venue at night, but they serve all sorts of waffles all day. You can get anything on the waffle. I have to admit, it wasn’t the greatest place I’ve eaten, but it was fun.

The big pull to the area is Destiny USA (Destiny Mall), which is a massive, 4 story mall. It was sweet. We spent the majority of Saturday there, wandering around.

We ate at Dave & Busters, which, if you aren’t familiar, is a restaurant with a bar and an arcade. We were under the impression that it was an adults only place, but were mistaken. It was still a fun time and I dominated at skeeball!

Our Best Western hotel room was fantastic. King size with a Jacuzzi

Day 2 was equally as fun. We started our day off at the Rosamond Giffard Zoo. It was your typical zoo, but the weather was beautiful and it was a ton of fun.

We took a quick pit stop at Onandoga Lake. There wasn’t a ton to do there, aside from a skate park and some volleyball, but the lake was pretty.

We headed back to Destiny Mall and ate dinner at Margarittaville. Great food, fun atmosphere. Definitely recommend it.

Last event of the evening was the Yellow Brick Road Casino. If you know me at all, you know that The Wizard of Oz is my all time favorite movie, and this casino was a Wizard of Oz themed casino! We lost, but it was great!

Our final day in Syracuse (today) was a beach day. We went to this fantastic park called Green Lake State Park. It is so beautiful there. If you’re ever in the Syracuse area, definitely check it out.

I had a great time with my hubby this weekend. Not looking forward to going back to reality, but on the plus side, that won’t be until Wednesday. I hope you all have enjoyed the past few days.

If you want to see any photos, I posted some on Instagram and Twitter: @jessicainspired

I’m almost finished with another book, so expect a review soon. 😊

Until next time –

Jessica

Vacation Time!

Hey everyone!

Super quick blog update. My hubby and I are leaving this morning for a mini vacation to Syracuse, N.Y. (about an hour and a half from where we live). Our second anniversary is on Tuesday, so we wanted to get away for a few days.

I will definitely update again when we return, but if you want to stay up to date, definitely follow me on Twitter: @jessicainspired

Let me know what your plans are for the weekend. I hope you enjoy whatever you are doing and I will talk to you again soon!

Until next time –

Jessica

Homeward Bound Review

Hey everyone!

I hope your week is moving along quickly. Quick recap, The Who was fantastic. If you get a chance to see them, definitely do it.

Anyway, I’m doing a fun review today. My husband and I were scrolling through Netflix last night, and came across Homeward Bound. My husband revealed he had never seen it before so I jumped at the chance to watch it with him. I watched this movie a ton when I was little.

Watching it with adult eyes was pretty entertaining, but I think the story and movie stand the test of time. It’s heartwarming, funny and uplifting.

If you didn’t know, this movie is Disney’s 1993 remake of the 1963 hit The Incredible Journey. It follows three pets: Chance, the mischievous Bulldog; Shadow, the wise Golden Retriever; and Sassy, the classy Himalayan cat. After the three mistakenly believe they have been abandoned by their humans, they set out on an adventure to find their way home.

Something doesn’t smell right. They’ve been gone way too long. Much longer than they should have been. Something’s really wrong. – Shadow

Each animal has a distinct personality, and of course, we can hear their thoughts.

Shadow is the logical, leader of the group. He is the one who decides to go out in search of their humans. He remains calm and collected, even through some of the trying times of their adventure.

You’ve learned everything you need, Chance. – Shadow

Sassy is sarcastic and a bit prissy at times. But she is also very loyal. She gets the dogs out of quite a few messes during their adventures. Her one liners are great.

Was that my sixth life? I’ll just say it was my fourth. – Sassy

Chance is our main character. He starts the movie off as the main narrator, explaining that for quite a while he lived on the street, until he was ‘captured,’ and taken to the pound. Eventually, he is adopted by the Seaver family, but doesn’t quite understand family. It’s mostly his journey we watch, as he grows in his maturity.

I learned an important lesson that day: cake and polyester don’t mix. – Chance

As silly of a concept as it sounds, the voices are well done. The animal’s behaviors match perfectly to the script and it moves the plot forward. This story is definitely character driven. The plot wouldn’t be as fun without the three animals.

Bolder dash! You’re seeing things!

Overall, this is a fantastic children’s movie. I definitely plan to show it to my kids some day. If you haven’t seen it, go watch it! It’s on Netflix. 😀

RATING: 5/5 ☆

Let me know what you thought in the comments!

If you want to stay up to date with me, you can follow me on Twitter & Instagram @JessicaInspired, and like my facebook page – @authorjessicarachow.

Until next time –

Jessica

Rapid Fire Book Tag

Hello and Happy Saturday! I have a three day weekend because hubby and I decided to take Monday off. We are seeing The Who Sunday night and used it as an excuse to have a day off. 

I’ll definitely post a blog about the show. I’m expecting it to be great. Downside is we have lawn seats and there is a threat of rain…so keep your fingers crossed for us! 

Today I thought I would do another tag. As always, feel free to do the tag yourself and let me know so I can read your answers. 

The original creator of the tag did a YouTube video which you can watch here.

1. Ebook or Physical book?

Definitely physical. I like the idea behind ebooks, but I rarely read them. I love to have the physical book in my hands (and on my shelf).

2. Paperback or Hardcover?

Paperback. They are easier to read, and you don’t have to worry about storing the sleeve somewhere safe while you read. 

3. Online or In Store Shopping? 

I buy the majority of my books online because you can’t beat the price. 99.9% of the time I can get a book for much cheaper and shipped free on Amazon. I do, however, love to shop around used bookstores. 

4. Trilogies or Series? 

I think I’ll go with trilogies. 

5. Heroes or Villains?

Learning the backstory and motivations behind the villain in a story, if done right, can be very compelling and surprising, so I will go with villains. 

6. A book you want everyone to read?

Illuminae – Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. You’ve seen me talk about this book a million times. Go read it. 😛

7. Recommend an underrated book?

While I don’t think it’s underrated, it’s not as well known as it should be. Eve: The Awakening – Jenna Moreci. 

8. The last book you finished?

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor 

9. The last book you bought? 

I’m cheating a little because I am about to buy this book today, so I’m using it as my answer haha. Before The Fall – Noah Hawley

10. Weirdest thing you’ve used as a bookmark?

My phone. Because reading is more important than social interaction 😉 

11. Used books: Yes or No?

Yes! As stated previously, I love used book stores and used books. 

12. Top three favorite genres? 

Fantasy, Sci-fi, Mystery/Thriller 

13. Borrow or Buy?

Buy. That way I have no pressure to return it. My bank account, however, enjoys borrowing books. 

14. Characters or Plot?

Characters. If I’m connecting with the characters, I am much more likely to stick through to the end of the book. 

15. Long Books or Short Books?

Tough question, because it depends on my mood. But I guess I’ll go with long. 

16. Long Chapters or Short Chapters?

Short chapters. I seem to fly through books with shorter chapters no matter how long the book is. 

17. Name the first three books you think of…

Six of Crows – Leigh Bardugo 

Passenger- Alexandra Bracken 

If I Stay – Gayle Forman 

18. Books the make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. 

19. Our World or Fictional Worlds?

Fictional worlds. Not sure why. I like the escape. 

20. Audiobooks: Yes or No

For very specific books, I enjoy audio books (Illuminae). Otherwise, no.

21. Do you ever judge a book by its cover? 

Once and a while, but I try not to. 

22. Book to Movie or Book to TV?

If done correctly, book to movie. Doesn’t happen often though, haha. 

23. A Movie or TV Show you preferred to its Book?

Vampire Diaries. I just couldn’t get into the books, but I watched the show all the way to the end. 

24. Series or Stand Alone?

Stand alone. 
That’s all I have for you today. Expect a post about about The Who concert, probably Monday since I’ll be home late Sunday. I hope you enjoy your weekend! 

You can still 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