Rainy day thoughts

It’s a rainy day and my lungs gravitate between breathing and hacking. I had to cancel outdoor plans but a night of coughing led me to cancel. I suppose I need to relax and rest up. I haven’t slept much in the past week since the sinus infection. I’m mending. I just haven’t been sick like this in forever. Meh. So, it’s just a rainy Sunday and the snores of my dog rival the rain.

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The flowers will be happy.

I keep thinking I haven’t put time into some things, lately. I haven’t done yoga in weeks. I drew something in oil pastels last night. My garden is hastily tended. I realize I need to slow down and put time into these things. They are calming and good for my mental and physical health. I fear I got addicted to busy. I work 9-5 and rush around when I come home. I’m also tired at the end of the day. I need to strive to be more mindful and go back to the basics.

I read a great books series that I finished. It’s The Crown & Key series by Susan and Clay Griffith. It has steampunk, magic, and alchemy. The cast of characters are great and I highly recommend it. My reading list grows by the day.

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I keep making plans in my head. I need to carry them out. I feel like I need to be more present but take care of myself, too. I saw my name in print at work. It was the proofing copy. It gave me a nice feeling. I feel like my work is valued there. I just need to remember there is value in other things, as well. I have social plans next weekend so I suppose I needed to rest this weekend.  I needed to let my thoughts come and go.  Share what I wish to share, like my favorite poem.

She Walks in Beauty

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.
One shade the more, one ray the less,
Had half impaired the nameless grace
Which waves in every raven tress,
Or softly lightens o’er her face;
Where thoughts serenely sweet express,
How pure, how dear their dwelling-place.
And on that cheek, and o’er that brow,
So soft, so calm, yet eloquent,
The smiles that win, the tints that glow,
But tell of days in goodness spent,
A mind at peace with all below,
A heart whose love is innocent!

March Book Round Up

March has been great in the book department. I’ve gotten to two books on the reading list I made before. I’ve read some additional books on the side. There was only one disappointment in the mix. I’ve definitely needed the stories this month. I needed to forget the stress of everyday life at the end of the day. Reading before bed gets me ready for sleep. So, to catch you up, here are my notable choices.

BOOKS I’VE READ

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

A retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest by my favorite author was something I couldn’t turn down. The book tells the story of Miranda’s formative years and the events of the play. It also presents Caliban and Miranda as being in love. Overall, it’s a  good read. I just felt like the ending could have been fleshed out a bit more.25670396

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

This book was absolutely delightful. The stories of the gods were amazing. It was the right amount of myth and humor. It was a light version of American Gods. The interactions between Thor and Loki make the entire book. I loved reading about Sif and the other Aesir as well.

Currently Reading:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

I’m loving this book. Kvothe is an amazing hero. It’s got magic, dragons, and sword fighting. What more can you want from a book? I hear it is being made into a television series. I think, if they stayed true to the source material, it would work well. I plan on the reading the sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear when I can get a copy. I hope the author finishes Doors of Stone one day.186074

Planned Read:

The Shadow Revolution: Crown & Key by Clay and Susan Griffith. 

It’s novel about steampunk, alchemy, and monster fighting. I’ve been wanting to read this for a long time. I’ll let you know how it is.

Howdy, Readers. Life Update

I do apologize for the lack of posting lately. It’s not that I’m absent ideas. It’s more like exhaustion. I took on way too much work the past few weeks. The idea behind this was based on a job interview I had a few weeks ago. I assumed I did not get the job. It turned out that I was wrong.

This blogger is entering the outside world to work. The company is mid-sized and specializes in school texts and workbooks. It’s family owned and is local to the area. It will be an adjustment working in an actual office around people. I know, it makes me sound crazy. However, I’m sure I will adapt soon. I go tomorrow to fill out paperwork. I suppose I will find out more when I’m there.  I’m more worried about the furbaby adapting.

Speaking of the furbaby, it will be one year since I adopted her this upcoming weekend. It’s probably one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. She is my companion and endless source of entertainment. She rules the house, and she knows it. I plan to take her Petsmart and let her roam around and flirt. I will also purchase her something. She’s spoiled.

 

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Portrait of  Spoiled Dog

As this is a book blog, I must mention what I’ve read lately. I  justed finished The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery. She wrote this one for older audiences. I loved it from start to finish. I felt like it was written for me. It goes on my list of ‘books to read if you want to understand me’ category. It reminded me in some ways of A Room with a View. I’ve read Quentin Heart: Vampire Bounty Hunter for a light read. I love it until the horribly anti-climatic ending. There is still a long list of books I plan to read.

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Spring is early this year. I have to hold back my eagerness to start planting. A last minute cold front or two always moves through. I already have to cover some plants in case that happens. My tulips are on they way up. My roses are growing new leaves. Mother Nature must be on a bender. Or, you know, climate change. I do plan on using many bee friendly plants this year. My landlord professed an interest in keeping bees. I plan on doing my part to save the honeybees.

Anyway, hopefully, you feel caught up. Blogging and other types of writing must be planned more carefully now. I got the test-making writing project I’ve done before happening this month too. Let’s pray I keep my sanity intact.

 

The Case for Emily

I state, without a doubt, that Emily Starr is my favorite L.M. Montgomery character. I’m just excited about as the next girl about the new Anne series coming to Netflix. However, I just feel like Emily has never gotten her due. I think a new show of the series would be fantastic. There was a Canadian series based on the books. There were some good points about the show, but it strayed far from the books.

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I believe that the Emily books have a greater level of maturity and depth than the Anne books.  The defining experience of the death fo Emily’s father spurs her development. I relate to Emily’s personality more than Anne’s. Emily hides her emotions unless she trusts someone or has a particularly stirring moment. However, her imagination is vivid and full of dreams. Her sixth sense adds mystery the stories. I would like to see an updated version of these scenarios play out.

I love Gilbert Blythe, don’t get me wrong. I just have a soft spot for the artistic types. Frederick Kent’s and Emily’s romance is heart-wrenching. Their stars cross many times before they finally come together. I think I held my breath many times reading about these two. Ilse and Perry’s romance is amusing and tempestuous.  I can see the love story playing out on the screen.

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Overall, there is more spice in the Emily books. I felt that the Anne books were always too bright and sugary. Yes, there were some tragic moments in the books. I never got over Montgomery kill Walter. I remember throwing the book down as a kid. I just feel like Emily let you into more sides of human emotions. Secondly, Anne’s craving for everyone to like her got on my nerves on occasion. Emily did not feel comfortable being disliked, but she acknowledged when people didn’t and moved on. She did want love from those she loved best, which is natural. Anne never grew out of trying to get everyone to like her even as an adult. I feel like Emily was more emotionally independent.

I read that the Emily books were never as popular as the Anne series. I understand that. Anne was more magic and sparkle than Emily. I just don’t waver from my belief that Emily is due a revival and new adaptation. I think the story is just as moving and magical as the Anne books.

Just a bunch of Pissed Off Women

I think this was a common reaction to the Women’s Marches that happened around the world this weekend. Women crowded cities around the globe because they were pissed off. I mean, they have nothing to angry about except President Trump being in office. Right? Well, I don’t think to ask for equal pay, the right to make safe choices about sex, and ensuring that that mothers get adequate maternity and pay to have children is ridiculous. If it hadn’t been for pissed off women, we could not vote, own property, or even get a higher education.

 

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Pissed Off Women: Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony (Wikimedia Commons)

I don’t apologize for not wanting men in suits to tell me what I can and can’t do with my uterus. Imagine what would happen if it tried to tell men what do with their reproductive organ. One of the executive acts gives insurance companies the leeway to remove contraceptive and maternity care for its coverage. It was all signed by men. I thought we were past the Dark Ages when men controlled a women’s reproductive system. Allowing access to adequate contraceptive options adds safety to sexual and reproductive decisions. The choice to get on birth control may not be a sexual one, but entirely health related. It’s a personal choice. People complain about the government trying to control their rights to own a gun or run surveillance on their internet history. Do women not have a legitimate complaint?

Historically, women have been treated as weaker and lesser. It was thought that women’s brains could not handle the rigors of science, math, and finance. A woman could not be allowed to hold the same jobs as men. They could not understand politics so they shouldn’t have the right to vote. When women come together, it turns into a mudslinging festival by people who think they don’t have a reason to protest.

 

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Eleanor Roosevelt (Wikimedia Commons)

 

I hope that one day we will stop thinking of anyone as lesser. Native Americans are not less for wanting clean water in their lands. Minorities are not less than a person. Neither are women or the mentally ill. Mothers are the strongest people I know. Maybe I am too idealistic about wanting a  world where people feel safe, have enough to eat and can make choices about their personal lives and be healthy. I always think of Eleanor Roosevelt’s famous words at these times: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” The world needs healing, no matter what direction you are coming from.

You don’t have to agree with someone. Just don’t make them feel like garbage for doing what they think is right. Perhaps one day we will become a world where we help instead of attack on another.

 

Book Review: Rock Stars aren’t for Country Girls

The lovely Kelly D. Smith contacted me about a review for her third book, Rock Stars aren’t for Country Girls. It’s the continuing stories of the band  Hooch in Hades in their romances. This installation brings in a country twist, adding a new element to the books. It follows the story of Anna and Adam and their musical journey together. I love doing indie book reviews and was greatly pleased with this installment.

Book Review: Rock Stars aren’t for Country Girl

Anna is an aspiring country artist who runs into bassist Adam by chance. He saves the day by filling in for her sick bassist. It’s a good beginning to show how nice he is and dispels Anna’s beliefs about rock stars. As for Anna, I admired her drive to achieve her music dreams. She doesn’t let anything take away her hope and ambition. Her and Adam have good chemistry. I like how he was legitimately being the nice guy towards Anna. The romance kicks up a notch when she decides to take it to next level. A woman led romance is always refreshing to read about. There was also a lack of immaturity in their relationshop that I enjoyed.

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The pace of the book seemed faster than the previous installments. However, the progression seemed natural even with the speed. For those interested in the music industry, you get a better view into its workings in this book. There was also more cheerful moments in this book. I thought the scene where Anna meets her music idol was great. I mean, we are all fans of someone. She handles it a bit more calmly than most, but it was still funny. I felt like this couple laughed more than the other two. There was just so many new dynamics to this book that made it a great.

Overall, this is a good read for romance fans. It doesn’t take long to get through and you will laugh a bit throughout. I think most good romances should have laughter. Make sure you add this book to your romance or Valentine’s Day reading list.

Light the candle

It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.– Eleanor Roosevelt

I’ve been saying this quote to myself each day for a long time. It’s more of a personal goal than anything. Needless to say, 2016 was a rough year for the world. Each of us has had our personal trials as well. Speaking from experience, it really is easier to give up. I nearly gave up entirely last year. With the love of friends and family, meds, and what I call my therapy dog, I pulled through. Some days are still a struggle and worry about the state of the world. However, if I can’t shine like a star, I will try to be a candle.

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Image from Morguefile.

I know the last two posts were personal, but sometimes you just have something important to say. There are many great books coming out, and I’ve fielded some review requests, so don’t worry. I just feel like sending a message of hope that those that need it. Don’t ever doubt the positive influence you have on someone. Even the smallest gesture can make the smallest difference. Just responding to a message can help make a person’ day.

I don’t have any New Year’s resolutions. It’s more of an overall goal to be a candle in the darkness. It’s to appreciate people and things more. It’s to let myself be guided and not force myself to feel things liked  I used to and to be kinder. Most of all, I need to try to be kinder to myself. Loving yourself is the first step to giving that love to other people. I think another overall goal is to give more myself to passions. Art and writing are important to me and I need to follow my creativity.

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I’ve been given many gifts this year along with many challenges and choices. I had to go through the experience of letting go and inviting new things in. I acted and managed to travel to a place I’ve never been before. It was a tad overwhelming, but I enjoyed my trip. New people have entered my life and I’m happy about this fact. I’ve witnessed many good things happen to my friends and how they made it through changes. I think that has kept me inspired as well. Remember, you can never underestimate the gifts you have to give to the world.