Friday, April 24

The Importance of Personal Moral

So, Buzzfeed posted an article about this 1930's 'Single Girls Guide'.

Now, they joked about most of it, but there were several good points that it made. My favorite was this....

Keeping your moral up.

Old fashioned wording aside, its a great point. All too often, we singles are looked down upon as 'unhappy with our lives', even when we're not. But, that doesn't matter to them. We're sad little people who don't have partners and offspring.

And with that, this book encourages the reader to do things that will keep you upbeat and happy. Don't eat a late night snack in the kitchen. Try and set up a tray or something, so you can eat in by a window or just try and sit up at a table to not be 'that lonely person'.

One should also try to go to bed in nice pajama's, feeling and looking good. Also smelling good.

Keep your wardrobe in good order and strive to make yourself presentable at all times. When we dress down, we often feel down.

Now, I know these aren't always doable and there are some dated ideas. But at the same time, I loved how it focused on building yourself up and being positive about your life.

Kristy C

Friday, April 10

Review: Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson

Finn Fancy Necromancy by Randy Henderson

So, I picked this book up at random on Audible. No lie, I had no idea what I was getting in to when I started it. Boy, was it one of the best books I've ever picked up.

The basics, so I don't ACTUALLY give anything away, are simple... Finn's been in a magical type prison for 25 years, from 1986-2011, for a crime he didn't commit. Not even at the moment of his return, but before, he is besieged from all sides by an enemy he can't see and thrown into the middle of a battle he doesn't understand.

But, Finn manages to handle it all with an amazing strength that betrays his own understanding of himself. Sure, he makes mistakes, but then... Someone who was 15 in living, 20 in mind and 40 in body has a lot of catching up to do, starting with Star Trek 4 and finishing with a surprise twist that made this reader/listener more then a little happy.

As Mr. Henderson's debut novel, I have to say I'm stoked to see what more he has to give us.  The only negative, was that I figured out one of the big surprises about 2-12 chapters before Finn did. [I leave such a gap, because while I guessed it early on, but didn't know for sure until just before he did.]

I'm also thrilled to FINALLY see someone give magic users the ability to use science. You have no idea how much I love the idea of working them together. Sure, I also adore all the books that have them not able too, but... As a writer myself, I've never seen them as anything but two sides of the same whole.

4.5 out of 5 stars

Kristy C

Thursday, April 9

Review: The Rewrite

The Rewrite

I picked this one up rather randomly... Which I'm apt to do sometimes. Anywho, Hugh Grant idn't my fave actor, but I do enjoy him and some of his later pieces. Oddly, the older he's gotten the better he is in the movies... Plays a lot of insufferable asses, but he plays them well.

This story ended up being one that really sparked something in me, as I watched it I saw how well it fits for art in general, and for writing for me.

It spoke to that part of you that fears your a one trick pony, who did one amazing thing and nothing else. Not just your typical story of a guy finally finding the right woman, or a man regaining his own inner strength... It managed to teach the viewer as well, give them a small lesson on dreams, achieving them, what happens next and even after.

Oddly, more than a Rom/Com, I found it something I'd rewatch and most likely learn something new from the next time.

5 outta 5 stars

Kristy C

Tuesday, April 7

Creativity is Draining

I don't think most people know that, but its true.

There have been days where I've had my muse just take over and suddenly I'm designing and designing and designing. And in the last few weeks, I've been at it with the jewelry design.  You'll see some photos below.

On another side, I also sent in a story to an anthology, only to have it rejected.  As a result, I published it myself.  :D

You can find it here: Last Daughters of Davit

Its part of a bigger world, one I'm slowly building.  This is the last piece of the story.

I hope you enjoy the pictures, and if you're so inclined, the book.

Kristy C