Jessica’s Early Writing (5)

Hi everyone!

Happy Tuesday. I have another early writing post with a fun picture to share too! Enjoy 🙂


I’m going to Disney World. I am going on the King King earthquake.

I’m not sure what the King Kong earthquake was, but I did go to Disney World in 1997. I was about 8 years old.

Sorry this is a bit blurry, but you all know my phone situation, haha. I got this blog post idea when I visited my Dad last weekend. He was cleaning out some stuff and found these – I’m guessing the first card was like a ticket to get into the park and the first visit card was something you were supposed to wear.

And here’s little me with Mickey! 😁


I hope you enjoyed this fun look back into my life. Have you ever visited Disney World?

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Anything But Books Tag

Hi everyone!

Happy Thursday. My abdominal pain has been flaring up, unfortunately. That hasn’t been fun, but hopefully this medicine will help.

Quick post today. Enjoy 😊


Name a cartoon that you love.

Rugrats! I’ll always love Rugrats.

What is your favorite song right now?

Hm. It changes a lot, but I’m going to go with The River by Jordan Feliz.

What could you do for hours that isn’t read?

Binge watch things on Netflix or Hulu, haha.

What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

Forgive me, but I’m not sure how to answer this question.

What is something unusual that you know how to do?

I don’t really think I know how to do anything unusual. I’m boring.

Name something you made in the last year.

What is your most recent project?

Alter Reach is the only thing I’ve been focusing on for quite a while.

Tell us something that you think about often?

Being a successful author! 😊

Name something that is your favorite.

Hm. I have a lot of favorites, so I’ll tell you my favorite color is orange.

Type the first thing that pops into your head.

Candle


As usual, I tag anyone who would like to do this. Just let me know that you did so I can read your answers.

Have a great day. 😊

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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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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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Jessica’s Early Writing (1)

Hi everyone!

Unfortunately, it’s Monday. I hope you had a great weekend. A couple weeks ago, I went to my dad’s house to help him clean out some stuff in his basement and I came across some really old journals and school projects. I thought it would be fun to share some of it with you guys. I have a few different things to share, so I will try to post something different once a week until I run out. This journal is from 1997. Enjoy 😊


I’m sad to say, my drawing skills have not improved.

I really enjoyed writing about my cats and dog.

I liked math and gym. That changed, haha.

This picture is an accurate representation of me roller skating. (Note: the stick figure that fell on her back.)

I still think the library is “nete.”

I laughed so hard reading this one.

These last two were together. I loved writing stories.


I hope you find this entertaining. I had a lot of fun going through stuff and I’m looking forward to sharing more. If you’ve ever shared old writing or school assignments, let me know. I hope your Monday flies by. 😊

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Alter Reach Character Profile: Marci

Hi everyone!

Happy Saturday!

It snowed quite a bit here. Yesterday, it was 56° and rainy, and this morning, I woke up to this:

(Sorry for the poor picture quality. My phone doesn’t have a great camera.)

Anyway, today, I wanted to give you a little insight into Alter Reach by giving you so more info on my main character, Marci. Enjoy 😊


Name: Marci Edleman

Gender: Female

Age: 21

Background: Marci has no idea where she came from or anything about her life before the last 5 years. After losing their memories, being accused of murder, and finally being cleared of all charges, Marci and her twin sister, Alyson parted ways. Marci, in hopes to put her forgotten past behind her, moved to New York City right after the charges were dropped and she graduated from high school. Alyson stayed behind in their hometown of Meadowbrook, vowing to find out what happened the night they lost their memories.

Appearance: Marci has a small, oval face and wavy, brown hair, that reaches her shoulder blades. It’s generally thrown up in a bun, though. She’s tall, about 5’8” and toned. Her eyes are dark brown. They often darken or lighten depending on her mood.

Family: The only family Marci knows is her twin sister, Alyson. However, when she moved to the city, she met Al. He owns a bar and offered her the apartment above it, rent free and a job. Al is like a father to Marci.

Friends: Al & Emma from the bar. Later in the story – Wren, Faelyn, Braston and Eloise.

Romance: After the inncident, Marci chose to focus on herself. She hasn’t had time to date, and she’s pretty awkward when it comes to guys.

Introvert or extrovert? Definitely introvert.

Strengths: Creative, logical, loyal, honest.

Weaknesses: She has a really hard time trusting people.

Goals/dreams/aspirations: All Marci wants is to be happy. She would tell you that she wants to forget the past and move on, but deep down, she wants to find out what happened to her.

Fears: Never truly learning who she is.


I hope you enjoyed this glimpse into the world of Alter Reach. I plan to do more of these soon. If you were snowed in this morning where you live, I hope you stay safe! Have a great weekend!

Meet the other characters of Alter Reach:
Faelyn|Braston|Zeke|Alyson|Jade|Eloise

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