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

Pretty Little Liars – Series Finale Review

Hello! So sorry it’s been so long since my last post. No good excuse. Sometimes you just have an unproductive span of time.

Anyway, I’ve been an avid watcher (and by avid watcher, I mean catch up on hulu/netflix) of Pretty Little Liars since the beginning of the show. It’s been an exciting and entertaining, as well as confusing, and plot-hole filled seven seasons but I hung in there and watched the series finale last night.

I’m going to take a moment and mention that this is going to be a SPOILER REVIEW – if you haven’t seen the finale and don’t want the show to be ruined, stop right here.

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I’m going to start this review off with a bit of positivity. Alex Drake’s story line made sense in the context of season 7. The Easter eggs were well, planted and I could tell the reveal of Spencer’s twin as AD was planned from the beginning of season 7.

That’s where the positivity ends. Here’s the thing, if you’ve watched the show from the beginning, you’re well aware that the original A reveal of CeCe Drake being A was out of left field. It was a character that wasn’t flushed out well, and it left viewers feeling confused. However, that reveal, in my opinion was a lot better than this. At least CeCe was a character you had met a few times. The biggest pitfall of this reveal was they introduced a brand new character and hour into the show and said that she was the big bad we have been waiting to meet. That is a huge let down. AD should have been someone who was in the show from the very beginning. The writers had so many options…Ezra, Melissa, Mona, hell…it could have been Allie. I would have bought any of those characters or a plethora of others. Why the writers felt the need to end this show with a brand new character is beyond me. I think it was a disservice to people who had spent 7 seasons watching and waiting for this.

I also HATE that each girl ended up with their high school sweetheart. Unrealistic and it was just a move to please the fans. Ezra and Aria specifically had me wanting to turn the TV off. A relationship that started off so wrong, became even worse when it was revealed that Ezra was a creep and then they get married in the end. Ugh. The finale spent far too much time on the “Ezria” wedding, instead of focusing on wrapping up the storylines with closure.

The finale felt rushed. Especially toward the end. I did enjoy that Mona finally won the game in the end. I enjoyed her character the most throughout the seasons and it was nice to see her win.

What was with the hint to a spin off show? Please tell me they aren’t going to try again with a new set of girls because that would be so lame.

Wrapping up, I’m sure you can tell, I was very disappointed in the end. I don’t fault the actors in their deliveries. They just weren’t given a great script to work with. I wanted to feel emotional when the show was over…but I wasn’t sad. I’m glad the show called it quits before it really ruined itself, but they didn’t do the show justice with the ending.

RATING: 2/5 ☆
Let me know what you thought in the comments below. I’ll be back with a new post soon. 😊

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

Opposite Books Tag

Hi everyone! I hope your week is going okay! I wanted to do a quick tag I saw on YouTube. I tag you if you’d like to participate, just let me know so I can read your responses!

First book in your collection/Last book you bought

I believe the first book I ever bought was The Silver Kiss by Annette Kurtos Klause. I rented it from the library in middle school, read it in one night and then asked for it for my birthday. 

The last book I book I bought was Gone by Michael Grant. I bought it on a whim in a great little used book store. I’ll review it when I get to it. 

A cheap book/An expensive book


I just picked up The Grim Legacy by Polly Shulman from the same book store I bought Gone from. I believe it was $3.

For my expensive book, I’m going to go with Illuminae by Amie Kauffman and Jay Kristoff…not because the book was super expensive, but because between the hardcover copy and the audible copy, I spent more than I ever have.

A book with a male protagonist/a book with a female protagonist

Male protagonist: The Maze Runner by James Dashner. 

Female protagonist: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey.

A book you read fast/A book that took you forever to read

A book that I read quickly: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I actually read this series in three days. 

A book that took me forever: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R. R. Tolkien. I actually really enjoyed this book but it wasn’t an easy read for me, so it took me quite a while to get through. 

Pretty cover/Ugly cover 

Pretty cover: Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Lani Taylor. I bought this mainly because the cover drew me in. So beautiful. 

Ugly cover: The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith. Eh. I’m just not a fan. I find it a little predictable and boring.

A national book/An international book

I’m guessing this means a book that takes place where you live versus a book that takes place in another country. 

National: Eve The Awakening by Jenna Moreci. This book takes place at a college in California. 

International: Harry Potter. Sorry for the obvious answer but, hey, it works. 

 A thin book/A thick book

A thin book: Wake by Lisa McMan

A thick book: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

A fiction book/A non-fiction book

Fiction: Cinder by Marissa Meyer. A fairytale retelling with sci-fi elements, which I haven’t read yet, because I am so far behind on my TBR. Are you surprised? I’m guessing not. 😛

Non-Fiction: Creation Basics & Beyond by a lot of scientists at th Institute of Creation Research. A really interesting look at science from a biblical stand point. 

Very romantic book/Action book

I don’t own a ton of romantic books, but I will go with Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. The main plot of this series is love, so it fits, I guess. 

Action…I will go with Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. It’s about criminals trying to pull off the greatest heist. Action packed!

A book that made you happy/A book that made you sad

A book that made me happy: I want to go with Illuminae again. Not because it’s a super happy story, but because it was such a good book, I’m still on a high and I read it almost a year ago. Haha. 

A book that made me sad…I will go with another non-fiction on my shelf. My Story by Elizabeth Smart. Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped by two pretty sick individuals and she writes about what happened during that time. Ugh…such a difficult book to read. 

 

That’s all I have for you tonight. Good news everyone, tomorrow is Thursday. We are very close to Friday! Don’t forget to let me know if you participate in the tag. I will have another movie review for you next blog, so stay tuned for that!

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

Jessica’s Monthly Goals

Happy Saturday! Today is Canal Days in the town I live in. It’s a great event where they block off streets and have live music, food and vendors. Really looking forward to it. 

I’m planning on posting two blogs today. I figured it was time to do my monthly goals. May kind of got away from me, so my results might be a little painful. 

May Results:

  1. Post 3 blogs per week including my weekly Poetry post. – I failed miserably at this. Sorry about that. I will make this a goal for June as well. 
  2. Get some pictures of myself taken by hubby. – Another fail to add to the list. Not starting off great, am I? Haha. 
  3. Go to Church every Sunday. – Almost did this, so I’m giving myself a half of a point. 
  4. Update Twitter & Facebook four times a week. – I think I did this!
  5. Cook one new recipe a week. – Not sure it was one a week but I tried some new recipes this month, so I will call this completed. 
  6. Maintain a happy, healthy environment for our new fish kids. – This is happening. 😊
  7. Read 4 books (or more). – Nope. 
  8. Lose 5lbs. – Nope. 
  9. Read from the Bible nightly. – Nope.
  10. Write a new piece of poetry. – Nope. 

GOALS COMPLETED:  3.5 out of 10

Well…I failed miserably you guys. But, not every month will be successful. I will keep a positive outlook on June!

June Goals

  1. Post 3 blogs per week including my weekly Poetry post. 
  2. Get some pictures of myself taken by hubby. 
  3. Go to Church every Sunday.
  4. Update Twitter & Facebook four times a week. 
  5. Cook one new recipe a week. 
  6. Plan a trip for our two year anniversary.
  7. Read 4 books (or more). 
  8. Lose 5lbs.
  9. Read from the Bible nightly. 
  10. Write a new piece of poetry.


Mostly the same goals as last month. Let’s see if I can do better this month. Do you have any goals for the month of June? Let me know in the comments. 

You can read Chapter One of Alter Reach here.

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!

Until next time –
Jessica

Reader Problems Book Tag

Hello everyone! Two blog posts in one day – unheard of! I’m really trying to get back on my game of writing consistently, so here I am. 😛

This is a tag I found on Katytastic’s YouTube channel – check it out. If you want to answer the questions, I tag you. Let me know you did it so I can read your answers! 🙂

 

QUESTIONS

1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

I don’t really have a strategy for this. I normally just look at my shelf and grab a book that sticks out to me. The only time I pick a specific book is if I am reading through a series. For example, the Hunger Games – I read the books, one after another.


2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re just not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Sometimes I quit, sometimes I commit to the end. If I am reaching the “exciting” portion of the book and still not loving it, I put it down. There have been times when I was reading a book and thinking about putting it down, but I powered through and ended up loving the book. This is rare though.
3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your GoodReads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

I set unrealistic GoodReads reading challenges for myself, but I try to catch up by reading as much as possible whenever I have a chance. 



4. The covers of a series you love do. not. match. How do you cope?

This bothers me so much…but I still buy the un-matching book because I am not satisfied until I have the entire series on my shelf. 



5. Every one and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings?

I don’t really have anyone to bond over my shared hatred of certain books…except maybe my husband, but he isn’t really into the books I’m into so that doesn’t always work. I just look up YouTube reviews and try to find people who have similar opinions. 



6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal?

I leave said public setting and finish reading the tear-worthy section. If I’m in a situation that I can’t leave, I’m normally not reading.


7. A sequel of a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you re-read the book? Skip the sequel? Try to find a synopsis on Goodreads? Cry in frustration?!?!?!?

Sometimes I re-read the book, sometimes I find a synopsis. It depends on how long it’s been since I read the prior book. Normally, I start reading a series after all the books have come out anyway, so I’m not in this situation often. 



8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people nope when they ask?

I let people borrow books once and a while, but it has to be someone I trust. I love my books, don’t get me wrong, but if it’s a story I think people should read, I am happy to let them read it. 



9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

This is me, right now. I try to power through it by picking a book that I have been excited to read. This normally helps me to get back into it.



10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I only spend money when I know I can..so I suffer through wanting all the books until I can either afford them or ask for them for Christmas 🙂 



11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

It depends on where I am on my TBR list. Sometimes the new book is at the top, and sometimes it’s a little farther down. I only buy a book if it’s in the top 5 of my reading TBR unless I’m buying from a used book store and find something that just interests me.

 

Well, there it is. Last post for today, but I’m hoping I will be better about posting now. Thanks for sticking with me! 🙂

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.

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

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post x2

Good morning and Happy Memorial Day! I hope you’re all having a great weekend. I missed last week’s Poetry Post, so I thought I would give you two poems today to make up for it.

Enjoy! 🙂

Grand Finale

My world
began collapsing
a long time ago,
and I’m sorry you
got crushed when
the final pieces fell.

Replace A Heart

So broken, beyond repair,
soul forsaken without a care.
Humanity ripped apart,
a cold stone to replace a heart.

Snow white in a bed of thorns,
nightmare, comfort forlorn.
Self-esteem ripped apart,
bloodied hole to replace a heart.

 

Let me know what you did this weekend in the comments below. I have lots of blogs planned for the coming week so stay tuned!

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.

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

Until next time –
Jessica

Writing Resources I Find Useful Pt. 2

Hello everyone!

I kind of fell off the face of the earth the last few days and I apologise for that. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks and I am looking forward to a long, three day weekend ahead to recoup and catch up on all the blogs I planned to put out, along with continuing the progress on Alter Reach!

Tonight I thought I’d put together another list of writing resources I find useful. You can read my first list here. 

1. Jeff Goin’s blog is fantastic. He has advice on writing, publishing, setting up your blog…just about anything you need advice on, he has. He does have some paid services, but I think you can find quite a bit of useful info that he offers for free. 

2. Mandi Lynn is a YouTuber/Published author who has tons of useful info to share…from outlining to publishing options, she is a great resource I find myself referring to when I need help. 

3. Beyond Your Blog is a great resource. There is some advice, along with writing opportunities to help you take your writing to the next level. 

4. Every Writer – tips, tricks and contests galore. This is a great resource for inspiration.

5. The Write Life – I follow this on Facebook, and they always have great articles and memes to spread inspiration and laughs along the way. I just discovered their actual site. It has many useful articles and links to other great resources (some of which, I have mentioned.)

6. I mentioned Well-Storied in my last post of useful resources but I never mentioned the Facebook group. If you’re a Facebook user, search for Your Write Dream (what Well-Storied used to be named). You should find a Facebook group you can join. It is fantastic, there are so many friendly people willing to give advice and help you out. I’ve gained a lot of inspiration from that group. 

7. #AmWriting – if you’re a Twitter user, this is a must-use hashtag. You can find resources and other authors to connect too. I use it every time I post and it’s helped me build my platform more than I think I would have, had I not used it. 

8. Narrative Ink Editing – while not an advice resource, I figured in this second installment of resources, I would touch on some of the editors I’ve been researching. If you’re in need of an editor, I’d highly recommend checking this one out. It’s on my top list of editors I’m considering. 

9. Think Written has a cool article with 365 writing prompts. When I’m feeling uninspired, I seek out writing prompts. Here’s some fun ones if you’re feeling the need. 

10. Descriptionari is a cool site where people post descriptions of all sorts of things. It’s a great place to get inspiration for descriptions.

That’s all I have for you today. I hope you find some of these useful. I will try to get back on track with regular posts 😉

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.

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

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post 

Hey there! Sorry for not posting my usual yesterday, but I decided I needed a day to spend with my family. I haven’t written much about it, but I lost my mom in 2008 to cancer and Mother’s Day has not been the easiest day since then. I had a great weekend all together regardless. I have a fantastic step mother and a fantastic mother in law, so I enjoyed it all the same. I hope you all had a great weekend. 

Enjoy the poem 😊

                     Light of Hope

A light of hope flickers,
in silence of the night, 
vivifying this somber room,
crushing eager darkness,
and masking all misery,
beyond these four walls.

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.

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

Until next time –
Jessica

Cloverfield – Movie Review

Hi everyone!! So sorry for the delay. We had a very stressful couple of days. Our fish tank’s ammonia and nitrite levels spiked super high and we lost half of our fish within a day. I am happy to report the 7 remaining fish are doing much better in their quarantine tank and we are cycling their actual tank to get it stable for them. 

Anyway, today I am going to finally review Cloverfield. As always, it’s probably best to see the movie before reading my reviews, but I won’t intentionally spoil anything. 

Enjoy! 🙂

Cloverfield 

Synopsis:

As a group of New Yorkers enjoy a going-away party, little do they know that they will soon face the most terrifying night of their lives. A creature the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Using a handheld video camera, the friends record their struggle to survive as New York crumbles around them.
Review:

So, let’s dive right into the aspect of this movie that is very polarizing for viewers…the handheld camera. People either love or hate this concept. I personally found it compelling. It drew me in, and it made me more attached to the characters than I expected it would. 

Hudson, “Hud” is the guy who holds the camera for the majority of the movie. We get a lot of commentary on what is going on through his point of view. He is a great character. He’s clearly the nerdy guy who is friends with the more “popular,” guy, Rob. Hud gets picked on a bit throughout the film, but he ends up being the character I felt the most connected too. Which is just a testament to the actors skills because we only see his face a handful of times in the movie. 

No, that wouldn’t work. People need to see this, you know? It’s gonna be important. People are going to watch this.

I found the visual effects to be super realistic looking. The camera work is a bit jarring, but it has a purpose of disorienting you so you’re never quite sure what’s actually happening. The cinematography has a way of making New York City seem claustrophobic and chaotic all at once, and that effect is why I think the handheld aspect of this film works to it’s advantage.

Maybe you should’ve left town a little bit earlier, right?

Cloverfield takes you on an adrenaline and emotionally filled roller coaster ride. You spend time frustrated with characters, on the edge of your seat with fear, and at times sad for the characters. You get to know each of them through the lens of the camera in a way a movie shot normally doesn’t do. 

You just need to say ‘forget the world’ and hold on to the people that you care about the most.

Wrap Up:

All in all, this is a great “monster destroys city,” movie with a unique twist. I didn’t feel like I was watching a movie that had been done a million times before. The script was clever, the characters were believable, and the visuals were realistic and frightening at times. I really loved this movie. 

RATING: 4/5 ☆

Let me know what you thought of Cloverfield in the comments below. 

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.

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

Until next time –
Jessica

Jessica’s Weekly Poetry Post #10

Happy Sunday! I’m hoping to get two or three blogs out this week. I’ve been super busy setting up our fish tank 😁

This poem is very personal and I thought it was fitting since Mother’s Day is next weekend. I’ll probably go into more detail about the situation eventually, but for now, enjoy. 😊

18 Years

I’m four years old,
playing with my barbies,
you’re right there,
pretending along with me.

Giggling and laughing,
about the party Barbie
and Ken are having in
their brand new house.

I’m fourteen now,
and in my freshmen year.
I don’t know how,
those boys could be so mean.

Picked on, teased,
I come home in tears.
You’re right there waiting,
to make me feel better.

I’m seventeen now,
ready to take on the road.
“You’ll do great,”
you always believed in me.

A year later, 
I passed my road test.
“Mom, I’m a licensed driver!”
You were always so proud.

I’m eighteen now, 
and you’re sick…
“It’s incurable cancer…”
the day my world fell apart.

August 16th 2008,
the day you slipped away.,
and heaven got an angel.

Rest in peace mom. I love you.

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!

Until next time –
Jessica