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Book Review: This Book is Full of Spiders (Seriously Dude, Don't Touch it) by David Wong

A year or two ago, Danny told me about a book called John Dies at the End, which is unequivocally his favorite book. He was on me for months to read it and, finally, I gave in and bought it on my Nook. I read it off and on for a while but ultimately got distracted by other books and forgot about it until recently.

I ended up liking the first book so much that I asked for the second book, This Book is Full of Spiders, for Christmas this year. I finished it recently and thought I should do a review of it.

And my review is?

I loved it.

I can't really give much of a summary since it'll spoil a lot of the plot points from the first book. Just know that it's fantastic and you should go read it. Wong's writing is hysterical and heart-wrenching at the same time. He has an incredible and much sought-after ability to make you laugh your ass off in one place and ugly cry the next.

The narration in This Book is Full of Spiders, as well as John Dies at the End, is quick and witty.…

The Witching Hour Outfit of the Day

Visitor From Another Planet Outfit of the Day

Going Underground

Hey guess what I did today!

Go ahead, guess!

I actually got writing done! Like a lot of it! 

I'm so proud of what I did tonight. It's been a while since I've been this excited about a project. It started out with me just playing around on The Sims 4 and I had planned on doing it for NaNoWriMo but then decided to just do it now because I couldn't wait that long! As you can tell by my long sentences!

So here are my stats for today!

Project: Going Underground
New Words Written: 2610
Present Total Word Count: 2610

Things Accomplished in Fiction: The beginning, mostly. We introduced the characters, hinted at something having gone completely shitty in the world for the characters to be in the situation they're in, and an anomaly that's going to turn the community on their heads.

Things Accomplished in Real Life: I went grocery shopping with my mom, mostly, and bought some mix to make Reeses squares tomorrow. I had an American Horror Story marathon until about 10 or 11, th…

Ways to Relax When You're Sick

I posted earlier today that I was sick and had to spend the day relaxing so I can get better. I decided that today would be a good day to write about how to relax when you're sick and sort of want to curl into a ball and disappear.

Being sick is no fun. You're too tired to do anything but, if you're like me, you feel like you ought to be up and doing something. But right now it's more important than ever to give your mind and body a rest so your immune system can do its job and make you better.

😷Read a Book: Sometimes one of the best ways to spend a day when you can't do much is to curl up beneath your blankets with a good book. It's low impact and allows you an opportunity to escape the reality of being miserable. Tonight while I'm sick, I'm reading Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus."

😷Watch TV/Movies: If you just want to mentally shut down for a time, then I suggest watching a movie or television show you enjoy. I usually like somet…

A Rainy Day Spent in Bed

When I woke up this morning I didn't think I was going to go downhill so quickly. But that's how life goes, isn't it? We never know what each day will bring.

Last night I had an impossible time sleeping. By the time I did get to sleep it was well past 6 A.M. and I had to get up by at least 11 to get to work on time. The thing that finally helped was listening to my Silent Hill 3 soundtrack on my headphones and sleeping on the couch. I slept until the sun came in through my living room window and made it impossible to stay. Then I gathered up my iPod and the big fan I brought with me from the bedroom, crawled into bed with my husband, and proceeded to sleep for another two hours.

Two hours which, by the way, was spent in a horrible nightmare that snakes were everywhere and crawling in through my pant leg and up my sleeves. I literally jerked awake.

During the night Danny told me I probably shouldn't go to work today. I was too tired and he noticed during the several tim…

S'mores Frappuccino DIY

Tonight I made my first attempt at crafting my own version of the S'mores Frappuccino from Starbucks.
I love the S'mores Frappuccino. In the last week, I might've had like 3 of them. Maybe more than that. But the problem is that they're so expensive when you get them at Starbucks. A small cost me about $5 and was gone in minutes.
So what does someone do when they want something but they can't afford to keep buying it? We make it ourselves!
The recipe came from the following video, and I have to say, it tastes just like the one from Starbucks. Though personally, I think I could've let mine freeze a little longer and maybe added more milk. But hey, that's what trial and error are for!

Here's my first attempt!

Guardian Angels Facebook Party

So Guardian Angels, second book in the Lost Angels series, is coming out at the end of this month. On the 28th, in fact! So in celebration of that, I'm doing a Facebook Release Party!

The concept is a simple one: Attend the party from any phone, computer, tablet--anything you've got Facebook on--and come together with other people who enjoy the series. There will be a Q and A portion, trivia games (answer enough questions correctly and at the end of the night you have a chance at winning a free e-copy of Guardian Angels!), a cover reveal, and so much more party fun!

I'm also going to offer people a chance to join an email list of mine. This means that you will receive updates on both the Lost Angels series and any of my other upcoming works.

Below is the link to the party, and everyone is invited! I hope to see you all there!

Guardian Angels Release Party

The Importance of Relaxing

I'm a workaholic.

I'm just going to get that out of the way right now. I work as much as I can, and when I'm not working I'm either thinking about working or I'm feeling bad for not working. To me, every minute not working is a minute thats not being used productively. I've gotten better about it recently, but I still feel twinges of unease whenever I'm just laying around watching television instead of sitting in front of the computer working on a book.

Danny and my friends are always telling me it's okay to relax, especially when I'm not feeling well, and they're right. Forcing myself to work nonstop often ends up with me writing something subpar that I'm just going to have to change later anyway.

For all the other people out there like me, who are obsessed with making every minute count towards your work, it really is okay to take a few days to relax and do other things. When you do go back to your work you're probably going to be more…

AFW 2017

Today I went to Anime Festival Wichita with my friend Courtney. Courtney and I really enjoy going to conventions together. We actually met at AFW several years ago and have been friends and convention buddies ever since.
We almost didn't get to go. Though she'd had the plan to go all along, I didn't think I'd be able to until the last minute. Once I realized I could go everything was a whirlwind to get ready. Making plans, getting my (albeit unimpressive) Pokemon trainer costume together, everything. But it all came together beautifully and we got to enjoy one of the best days I've had in a long time.

Vampiress Cocktail Recipe

Last year I was introduced to the Virus Vodka brand of vodka through a review done by the Homicidal Homemaker. I have never really been much of a drinker so it's hard to find alcoholic drinks that I can stomach, but while I was browsing the Virus Vodka website I came across the recipe for a drink that fit my very particular tastes for cocktails.

Here it is!

The Vampiress
1 1/12 oz Virus Vodka (though I just use regular vodka because we don't have the Virus Vodka brand in our local liquor store)

1/2 oz Triple Sec

20z Cranberry Juice (can also be substituted for Code Red Mountain Dew, I found this out after coming home wanting a vampiress but finding that our cranberry juice had expired)

It's a simple recipe but very good! It's my favorite drink to have when working, especially when I'm working on my horror stories. The taste doesn't burn quite as much as some other alcoholic drinks I've tried but it's also not so weak that I might as well have just been dri…

How Do You Live Beautifully?

What does it mean to live beautifully? Is it in the way you dress? Surely style can't be the only key to a lovely life of lace and flowers. Is it in the way you carry yourself? Holding ones head up high in spite of the thorns on the rose of the world can be difficult if you don't feel it inside and out. Finding beauty in the world is hard. Our day-to-day lives don't leave much room for such a fairy tale and sometimes it's easy to fall prey to the malicious fangs of the monsters that lurk in the darkness of our lives. But what constitutes beauty? I believe it's different for everyone. For me, it's the ritual behind things like drinking cold milk from a tea cup. It's French tips on my fingernails, and adding to the world through my work. Even if the pool of those who see it is small and niche. I'm one of those people who has a variety of styles and can never fully settle on one. Nu Goth one minute, psychobilly the next, with lacy tinges of Lolita in all f…

Movie Review: Aliens Covenant

Watch the Trailer Here!
Danny and I went to go see this movie when it came out. Prior to seeing it, and in preparation of seeing it, we also watched Prometheus (which takes place before the events of Covenant) and had intended to watch all four of the Aliens movies that came before Prometheus (Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection) which we own on DVD already but ended up only watching Prometheus.

Last year I wouldn't have counted myself among the fans of the Aliens franchise. I'd never seen them and at first glance didn't think they were my kind of movie. However, Danny is a huge fan of them and knew I would be too because of how much I enjoy dark sci-fi. So one day he sat me down and we marathoned the first two (Alien, and Aliens) and right away I fell in love. These are a great series of movies for lovers of gore, horror, and science fiction.

But today I'm here to talk about Alien: Covenant, which came out last Friday. Which, I've got to say, is pretty fa…

Pin-up Hair Tutorials to Check Out

Like many people in the world, I have absolutely no idea whatsoever how to do my hair. If it were up to me it would probably just hang limp and lifeless without any hint of style to be found--and it wouldn't be from a lack of trying. I just have no idea what to do with my own hair because A ) nobody ever taught me, and B ) most of what I want to do with my hair is so niche that nobody in my everyday life knows how to teach me.

Which is a surprise, given that my mom once wanted to be a hairdresser.

But luckily we were graced with the internet, and from the internet came a beautiful place called YouTube. YouTube is a magical place where you can learn to do just about anything you can think of. It was how I got through my final college math class when I didn't even know what I didn't know.

And within YouTube are channels that hold within them video after video of hair/make-up tutorials. Some are easier to follow than others, but they're all a good resource for any level o…

Sanctuary is finished! Yay!

Project: Sanctuary
Genre: Steampunk/Post-Apocalyptic
New Words Written: 4,187
Present Total Word Count: 79,730

Things Accomplished in Fiction: WE FINISHED IT! YAY! WOO! LET'S CELEBRATE! 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉
It took the whole rest of the day, but I finally got Sanctuary finished! The ending sort of snuck up on me, and it's going to take some tweaking when the time comes to edit, but for right now I'm excited about the way it ended and hope that when it becomes available for purchase, everyone else will be too!

I'm kind of sad to see it ended, but not real sad because I know I'll get to come back and play with these characters pretty damn often before the series is over. More than anything I'm just happy I got it done!

Things Accomplished in Real Life: Not a lot to be honest. I've been working on Sanctuary all day. My mom and I did go get her on the wait list for an apartment so hopefully they'll call her before our lease is up.

But now that Sanctuary

Product Review: Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy

I came across these products by accident, to be honest. I bought one for my best friend as a joke because she's always moving (works two jobs, takes care of her household, and I think she just recently had a baby around this time. Or maybe her baby was a year old. I can't remember exactly), and because of that she was always exhausted. In hindsight it wasn't a hilarious joke, but the one I bought her was "Energy," and was orange ginger scented. She found it funny and used it on her birthday when she took a celebratory bubble bath. Turns out, she really enjoyed it. 
I'm not about to sit here and tell you that the Aromatherapy stuff from Bath and Body Works is a magic cure for what ails ya. I'm not a believer in healing crystals or any of that sort of thing. I'm not about to use alternative medicine to cure serious diseases that need proper doctors and hospitals to take care of. But, that being said, I think the Aromatherapy products are good for if you…

Writing Update

My writing updates have been pretty few and far between the last couple of days, mostly because I've written 90% of the ending to SANCTUARY by hand and couldn't really count my words to do an update.

But I've gotten a lot of it typed up now and can do the update!

Project: Sanctuary
Genre: Steampunk/Post-apocalyptic
New Words Written: 1568
Present Total Word Count: 75,537

Things Accomplished in Fiction: We're almost at the final scene! (I have it written down, but haven't transferred it over to the file yet, so does that count?) We've almost met the villain head-on in one of the most fucked up ways I can imagine. I'm still thinking about what will happen in the epilogue but we're getting close!

I'm trying to get this one finished before we move so that I can say I did finish a project while we lived in our apartment. Editing may not even start until after the move, but that one I'm not saying for sure because, knowing me, I'll try to pick it up ag…

Lazy Sundays

For the first time in God knows how long, I got to have a Sunday just to myself, and it was the laziest Sunday I've had in a while. I went to the store with my mom and did some grocery shopping for her house. This is the first time she's been out of the house in the past week or so because two Tuesdays ago she hurt her back lifting something up that she shouldn't have.

The story about what happened with my mom is as follows:

As I mentioned already, she hurt her back picking up something she shouldn't have. It got progressively worse from there and on Saturday we had to call an ambulance because she couldn't get out of bed. But the ER (who I'm pissed at because the nurses were downright cruel to her) gave her some medicine and it's been helping. We went to the doctor last Monday and the doctor did what she could to help, but mostly it's just been a slow process of her having to get better. But she's doing okay now. Tomorrow she's going to try and…