April Goals

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. I can’t believe tomorrow is Easter, and the first day of April. This year is already flying by.

In the beginning of March, I posted my goals for the month. Today, I would like to discuss how well I did, and set new goals for April. Here we go.


March Goals Wrap Up

1. Get more sleep.

I did really well with this one until my abdominal pain started acting up. Hopefully, I can get back on track.

2. Review a few of the books I’ve read over the last two months.

I made some progress on this, but my TBR pile grows every day.

3. Alter Reach: more self-edits, and start recruiting beta readers.

I made progress with Alter Reach – this will be an ongoing goal.

4. Try one new recipe a week.

Nope. Failed. Oh well.

5. Write a blog post every other day.

I pretty much did this. There were a couple missed days, but I made them up, and am happy to call this goal accomplished.


I think I did pretty well with my March Goals and am looking forward to April being even more productive.


April Goals

1. Make more progress on Alter Reach.

Like I said, this will be ongoing until the book is released.

2. Read from the Bible, nightly.

I’m trying to be more involved with our Church, but before I can do that, I need to study the source a bit more.

3. Work out at least 30 minutes a day.

I need to get my beach body ready. 😂

4. Read and review more books.

I’d love to put another dent in my TBR in April.

5. Update Twitter more often.

I feel like I’ve been neglecting Twitter, which is bad because it has been a pretty useful tool.


What are some of your goals for April? Let me know!

Have a fantastic Saturday!

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Sunshine Blogger Award

Hi everyone!

Happy Friday. Late post for me, but I wasn’t feeling great today, and I still wanted to get this post up.

I was tagged by Jay, over at This Is My Truth Now. Thanks, Jay!

Definitely check out his blog, it’s amazing!


WHAT IS THE SUNSHINE BLOGGER AWARD?

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to those who are creative, positive and inspiring, while spreading sunshine to the blogging community.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog

Questions for me:

1. You have the power of re-animation to bring back anyone from the dead. Who would you bring back?

My mom.

2. What is your dream vacation location?

Israel – I’m not sure if we will ever have the money or the ability to go, but I would love to go with our church some day.

3. Aside from reading, what are some of your passions?

Writing.

4. What is your favorite genre?

Fantasy/Adventure and Sci-fi.

5. Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Yup 😉

6. What are 5 ways to win your heart?

Chocolate
Chocolate
Chocolate
Chocolate
and did I mention, chocolate?

7. What are 5 of your pet peeves?

Hubby’s alarm going off 14 (or more) times in the morning 😉
Being late
My curly hair, when it doesn’t cooperate
Fake friends
Bullying

8. If you could trade lives with anyone for one day, who would it be, and why?

Amy Lee from Evanescence – because I would love to be able to sing like her.

9. Where would you go if you were invisible?

All sorts of places. That’s the one super power I’d love to have.

10. Are you currently binge watching anything? If so, What?

Hulu just added 3 more Survivor seasons, so I’m currently binge watching through those.

11. Why did you start blogging?

My blog is part of my author platform, but it’s grown into so much more than just promoting Alter Reach, and I love it.

My Nominees:

Invisible-No-More
The Cozy Pages
Moonshine’s Corner
E. Michael Helms
the orang-utan librarian
ReadRantRock&Roll
The Past Due Review
Elleguyence
Diary of a Bookfiend
A-scribe to Describe
Caleb Raves

***Not sure if you’ve been tagged or want to participate, so no pressure. I’m just happy to link to your blogs. 😊

Questions for my nominees:

1. What is one thing you would like to accomplish this year?

2. City or Small Town life?

3. Twitter or Facebook?

4. What book are you currently reading? (If anything)

5. What show are you currently watching? (If any thing)

6. If you were a character in a Star Wars movie, who would you be?

7. In a horror movie, would you be the first one down or the last one standing?

8. Is there a popular book out that you don’t like?

9. Top 5 favorite songs.

10. What is your dream job?

11. If you could have unlimited time or unlimited money, which would you choose and why?


Thanks again for the nomination, Jay!

If you want to answer the questions, I nominate you too!

Enjoy your weekend!

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Jessica’s Early Writing (4)

Hi everyone!

It’s been a long week. I’m so glad today is Friday! Today, I have a short, but fun, early writing post! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do. 😊


Here’s the entire diagram I made about my pets (as we’ve learned, I enjoyed writing about them)

And here are a couple up close shots for easier reading. I’ll translate (lol) underneath the pictures.

Intro: Hi my name is Jessica and I’m going to tell you about my animals.

What kind of animals?: I have 2 cats, 1 dog, and 2 fish?

What there names are? (What are their names?): One cat’s name is Perdy (Purdy) another cats name is Katdy (Katie). My dogs name is Thunder and my fishs names are Oreo and Jake.

Funny things: One thing that is funny my cat Katdy (Katie) chases my dog Thunder. My cat Katdy always chases Perdy (Purdy) and my fish swim upside down. (They really did swim upside down sometimes.)

Tie up sentens (sentence): If you have animals like me I hope they aren’t as goofy as mine are.


That’s all I have for you today. I havent been on WordPress much this week, so I’ll be spending some time catching up on blogs I’ve missed.

I hope you have a great weekend.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Tomb Raider

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday, and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Hubby and I saw the new Tomb Raider movie last night and I wanted to get my review up as soon as possible.

*This will be a spoiler free review*


Tomb Raider
Release Date: 3/16/2018
Run Time: 118 mins
Genre: Action/Adventure
Director: Roar Uthaug
Writers: Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Alastair Siddons
Cast: Alicia Vikander, Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Kristin Scott Thomas

Synopsis (taken from IMDB):
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she finds herself on the island where her father disappeared.

Review:

Side note: I’m not a huge video game player, but I do play a few on occasion (Skyrim and Dragon Age are the top 2). When I was young, my Dad would play the original Tomb Raider games on the play station and I would watch. We printed out all the walk throughs for the games and put them in a binder. When we would get stuck on a puzzle, we would eventually give in and I would look up how to get through. I never really played the older games on my own, but when the two new games came, I had to. And I loved them. The story is great, and I was excited to see the movie.

The movie definitely borrows from the game. Actually, one of the coolest aspects of the movie is how much it felt like a Tomb Raider game. Quick, action-packed sequences with seconds to make life or death decisions. However, the story is pretty different from the game, which threw me off. Many of the characters make appearances but their motives (and even names) have been changed. I needed to remind myself throughout the movie that I needed to treat this as a separate entity from the game (as I would when comparing a book-to-movie adapataion to the original source). Once I did that, I was able to enjoy the movie much more.

I think Alicia Vikander plays a perfect Lara Croft. She has the look and the charm that makes Lara, Lara and I don’t have anything negative to say. Vikander delivers a solid performance, and is able to keep you on the edge of your seat and then make you laugh to break tension.

I also really enjoyed Walton Goggins as Mathias. While a different character in the movie versus the book, he really delivers a tense performance. From the minute you meet him, you know he isn’t a good guy, and Goggins was able to really bring that almost invincible, bad guy feeling to the character. He was not going to be an easy villainto defeat.

The special effects are really awesome in this movie. They leave your adrenaline racing as Lara Croft runs, jumps and ducks her way through countless dangers. The action sequences never feel boring or cookie cutter, and I was on the edge of my seat more than once.

I think the first half of the film dragged a bit. I know this was an origin story, and we needed time to understand and get to know Lara Croft, but it felt like there was a little too much time spent on her ‘normal’ life. Once the action started, it was a lot more fun.

Wrap-Up:

This was a pretty good movie. It was entertaining, tense, and action-packed. The first half of the movie being a bit slow, lowered the rating for me. But once the movie picked up, I had a great time watching. If you’ve played the game, you definitely need to leave your expectations at the door. It’s a great movie Lara Croft origin story, and you need to look at it completely separate from the story of the game.

Rating:

3.8/5 ☆


Have you played the games? Have you seen the movie? Let me know your thoughts in the comments.

If you’re celebrating today, please have a wonderful and safe time! ☘

We will be headed to my in-laws for some cornbeef and cabbage. Enjoy your day! 😊

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Hunger Games

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday. I’m so ready for it to be Friday, haha. I watched The Hunger Games for the 17373730 time (haha) on Tuesday and wanted to review it. I also plan to re-read the books, but I have other reading to catch up on first.

*This will be a spoiler free review*


Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Director: Gary Ross
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller
Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 142 min
Movie

adaptation of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Synopsis:
Katniss Everdeen voluntarily takes her younger sister’s place in the Hunger Games: a televised competition in which two teenagers from each of the twelve Districts of Panem are chosen at random to fight to the death.

Review:

I always try to go into book to movie adaptations with an open mind. I try to remind myself that a book has a lot more time and space for detail, and a movie will inevitably cut things or change things to make it work. It’s hard to go in with a super open mind when a movie is made from one of your favorite books. Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed.

I LOVED The Hunger Games trilogy. I flew through the books faster than any other book I’ve ever read. I might even be as bold to say it’s my favorite trilogy. So, naturally, when I heard it was being made into a movie, I was nervous and excited.

Jennifer Lawrence made a perfect Katniss, from looks to mannerisms, she nailed this part. Josh Hutcherson is fantastic as Peeta too. He brings that innocence that book Peeta has to life, and the chemistry between him and Jennifer Lawrence is on point. I’m thoroughly impressed with the entire cast, and believed each person played their role perfectly.

The writers did a great job translating this story to the screen. I think they did a great job getting the needed information in while keeping the pace of the movie going well. There were points that dragged a bit, but overall, the movie kept me drawn in and interested the entire time.

One critique I had the first time I watched this movie, was the “blood bath” scene at the cornucopia in the beginning of the games. I’m aware this is a violent story, and this scene in particular was very intense in the book. I don’t think it needed to be super bloody, but the way it was shot felt a little underwhelming. I’m not even sure how to describe why this scene didn’t really work for me, but every time I’ve watched the movie, I’ve felt the same.

Wrap-Up:

I can honestly say, this is one of the best book to movie adaptations I have ever seen. It is so close to the book, only making minor changes to make sure the movie is well paced.

Rating:

4/5☆


What did you think of The Hunger Games movie? Let me know in the comments.

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The Intimidating TBR Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy weekend. It’s been a crazy week, but hubby and I took Monday off, so I’m excited to have a three day weekend.

I haven’t done a tag in a while, and thought this would be fun. I found this one here. As usual, if you’d like to do the tag, go for it! Let me know so I can read your answers. 😊


1. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t finished.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. I’m about half way through, but I recently agreed to read and review a couple of books, so I put this one on the back burner so I could focus. I have one more to read and review, and then I’ll be back to this one.

2. A book you just haven’t had the time to read for.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I’m so mad I haven’t finished this one. I loved the first two, and I can’t wait to find out the end, but I just haven’t had time.

3. A book you haven’t read because it’s a sequel.

I will choose Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo for this one. I’m definitely getting there. I need to write my Six of Crows review.

4. A book you haven’t read because it’s brand new.

I’m going to say Origin by Dan Brown. It’s the newest book on my shelf, so I’m going with it.

5. A book by and author you read previously but didn’t really like.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth. I’m not really a fan of Divergent, so I’m not sure how much time I really want to dedicate to the other books.

6. A book on your TBR pile that you’re just not in the mood to read.

I guess for this I will go with Gone by Michael Grant. I bought it at a used bookstore, and now I’m just not that excited to read it. I’ll probably read it someday.

7. A book on your TBR pile that you haven’t read because it’s enormous.

I’m really disappointed to say Gemina by Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. However, I’ve been listening to the audio book to and from work, and on lunch break, so I’m making time. It’s so good, but it’s also big. Haha.

8. A book on your TBR you bought because of the cover.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I really didn’t need to read the blurb, I just wanted the pretty cover. Haha.

9. The book on your TBR you find the most intimidating.

Creation Basics & Beyond by Various authors at ICR. This one is a science book, and while I’m not really great at science, I really want to dig into it. It’s just intimidating. I’ve read a bit of it, but it takes time for my brain to process in the info.


That’s all I have for you today. What are you currently reading? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Not Alone – A Poem

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. Late post for me, but it’s been a busy weekend. I hope yours has been relaxing!

The poems I’ve shared with you so far were written over the years. I haven’t written anything new in a very long time. Part of my new year’s resolution was to write more poetry. I’ll admit, I’m really rusty, but I’m pretty happy with what I’m sharing today. Enjoy this NEW poem 😊


Not Alone

I stood at the end of the bridge,
until the heat of the flame licked my face.
I watched as the memories turned white,
crumbling to ashes as they blew away.

As the light perforated the darkness,
mercy called me from the edge of my rope.
I’m tired, but I’m alive with eyes wide open,
breathe in deep, the truth, I’m not alone.


Let me know what you think in the comments.

I hope you enjoy your the rest of your weekend and Monday doesn’t come too quickly. 😁

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March Goals

Hi everyone!

Can you believe it is almost March? It is crazy how time flies. I feel like it’s time to bring back my monthly goals post. I’ve been having trouble keeping up with everything I need to get done, and getting overwhelmed. I think setting 5 realistic goals a month will help calm the anxiety a bit.

Here we go. 🙂


1. Get more sleep.

This has been a struggle. There is not enough time at night to get everything done that I want to, so I end up staying up too late. I’m going to try to change that, and start going to bed earlier.

2. Review a few of the books I’ve read over the last two months.

I have so many books to review and finish, I don’t even want to think about it. I’m not going to get completely caught up in a month, but I think I can make progress.

3. Alter Reach: more self-edits, and start recruiting beta readers.

I’m so excited to further my progress with Alter Reach. I’m going to try to get as much of this goal done in March, but this one will definitely carry over into April.

4. Try one new recipe a week.

I’ve been setting this goal for myself every month for a LONG time. I really want to do this, and I think I’m motivated!

5. Write a blog post every other day.

I’ve been doing pretty well keeping up, but I know I can do better.


There you have it. I will update you on my success at the end of the month. Do you have any goals for March? Let me know in the comments. Have a great day!

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Stare – A Poem

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday. I’m getting some reading done this weekend. I have two books by Cameo Renae that I’ve promised to read and review, along with an ARC of The Savior’s Champion by Jenna Moreci to finish in preparation for her release day. I am behind on my book reviews, but I promise they are coming. 😁

I have another poem for you today. Writing really helped when my mom was struggling with cancer, and this was written during that time.


Stare
Stare into the eyes of
an incurable disease.
Horror of agony begins,
residing in nightmares.

Stare into the soul of
this frightening prospect.
Hauling grief and guilt,
leaving no hope behind.

Stare into the heart of
all that you could lose.
Realize this isn’t a dream,
you are wide awake.


What are you up to this weekend? Let me know in the comments and enjoy! 😊

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Poetic Expression – A Poem

Happy Saturday!

We are going to a Halloween party tonight. I’m being lame and reusing my costume from last year but it is what it is. I’m going to be a book worm. Stay tuned for pictures on Facebook/Instagram and maybe I’ll post one here.

I have 99 followers! One more to go til I announce my give away. Looking forward to that.

Here is a poem I wrote 9 years ago. Enjoy. 😊


Poetic Expression

Feelings bleeding through,
the black ink on this paper.
A written tale of a little,
girl ripped apart by love.

So much power held in my mind,
spilling it out through my pen.
Turning my darkest fears into,
a symphony of poetic expression.

Piecing every thought together,
my personal diary in metaphors.
Pulling myself apart to find,
the words to turn my life around.


What are your plans for Halloween? If you’re dressing up, what will you be? Have a great weekend!

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