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Enthusiastic nerd, book guide, freelance writer

Weekly Goals and Reading Tolstoy +free printable

I’ve noticed that at the end of most weeks I feel like I did lots of things, but reality disagrees and much of my time was sacrificed to the fickle gods of Netflix and Imgur. I’m a starter of many projects and sometimes find the follow through part hard because I’ve already started a billion other projects. The idea stage is more fun than the hard work stage. Ideas are all sexy and promising. Working is all sweaty and hair pulling.

This start and stopping of ideas births a cycle of feeling like I can’t do anything because I haven’t stuck with any of my projects long enough to get the results I wanted. To defeat this evil monster, I went on a hunt for the perfect goal setting method.

Which brings us to today. I want to share my current method. I’ve found (with much trial and error with an extra side of error) that looking at goals in weekly increments works well for me. A year is too giant and vague and scary. A day is not enough time commitment for me to get larger goals done and can be too easily derailed. Some days will not be productive no matter how hard I try. So. A week it is. 7 days. 168 hours. 10,800 minutes. Enough time for actionable goals.

The next step in my Being More Awesome at Humaning Plan required a planner. I scoured the internet and found concepts I liked, but nothing that suited my needs perfectly. So, in the spirit of constantly being derailed from productivity, I made my own. Which was sort of productive? Let’s say it was. My weekly planner was inspired by a picture I found on Pinterest when searching abut sticky notes. I love sticky notes. If that seems like a weird search, please never check my internet history.

I took the Pinterest inspiration and started creating my goal planner. After much yelling at Canva and wishing I could afford Adobe InDesign, I made a weekly calendar I’m really happy with and excited to use.

Add new sticky notes over the categories for goals every week and you're ready to kick butt!
Add sticky notes over the categories for goals every week and you’re ready to kick butt!

Let me show you the planner in action! Start by simply printing the planner and grabbing your favorite color sticky notes (you need 5). I’m going to head to Good Will later and look for a frame to put the goal sheet in solely for the sake of fake fanciness. Right now I have a lot of papers taped to my walls. It’s getting a bit hectic.

First print out the weekly planner sheet and gather your 5 sticky notes.
First print out the weekly planner sheet and gather your 5 sticky notes.

Now assess your life and weekly goals. Simple, right? Then write stuff down. I picked the categories I want to work on weekly. You can easily adapt it to whatever categories you’d like or use different color sticky notes to up the pretty factor.

Here's what I'm trying to accomplish this week.
Here’s what I’m trying to accomplish this week.

I like using the first spot as an inspirational quote. This week I went with “Don’t be afraid to touch the butt” from Finding Nemo. I’m a fan of not being afraid of stuff and of nice butts. I’ve got a collection of quotes on Pinterest that bring me happiness, so it should be pretty easy to come up with a new one every week. Sorry my penmanship sucks (I read somewhere that’s because I’m a genius and think faster than I write). If you can doodle, I’d add little pictures on your sticky note. Also the internet has said it’s possible to print on sticky notes, but I’ve never tried it. Whenever I put something that requires being completed multiple times I like to add checkboxes for each time I should meet the goal in a week span. Crossing stuff off my to-do list is one of my favorite feelings.

Actionable steps and goals work better than vague aspirations. For example – Gain five minion followers (great) vs. Work towards world domination (boo…too vague!).

If you look closely at the list you’ll see I’m reading Anna Karenina. This is my third try. I don’t know why I can’t finish this book! Please send me positive vibes or inspirational words about your love of Anna Karenina. I’m on a mission to read all of the books I own and will not let Tolstoy take me down.

If you’re interested in trying out weekly goals, feel free to download my document. GoalSettingListPrintable (PDF) or create your own. It’s not too hard to accomplish on Canva (which is free) the sizing took three tries to get right for me. Or you could create your own even more easily with other software if you have it.

Thanks for stopping by! I’d appreciate your thoughts on goal setting and Tolstoy. Say hello in the comments or on any of my social media sites. I’ve been more active on Goodreads lately and would love new reading friends. Let me know if you like the printable or make your own. Feel free to share!

Peace,

Caitlin

 

My Favorites from Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime”

Confession time. I’ve read twenty-seven of the books on Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime.” I can’t decide if that’s an impressive or embarrassing amount. What I can decide is that I now need to add a significant amount of books to my TBR (to-be-read) list.

Actually, to be more accurate I should say to-be-read lists. I’ve got the titles of books to read all over the place. Reminders of books to be read are on my phone, laptop, emails, Goodreads account, and sticky notes that I randomly find in my purses and clothing. I form plans to consolidate these lists and even briefly had a book journal for that specific purposes, but alas I’ve yet to find my prince charming of book list methods. Recommendations are always welcome!

The Making of Amazon’s List

Amazon’s editors created Amazon’s list and their reasoning can be found in a post by Adrian Liang on The Amazon Book Review Blog. The post cites the focus concept for list criteria as “extraordinary stories that will unleash your mind.” What a hefty goal to meet.

After looking at the list, I went and voted for my favorites on Goodreads. Yay democracy and whatnot. Go cast some votes if Goodreads is your thing. You can even suggest books to add to the list if you think they missed one or two. Most of my favorites were accounted for on the original list.

I’ve included a graphic with all of the titles I’ve read on the list, but I’m just going to write about my top ten favorites. Before that decision, this was turning into more of a novel than a blog post. The only book on Amazon’s list I wouldn’t reread is The Time Traveler’s Wife. I just didn’t get into it. My aunt, who has very respectable reading tastes and worked as a librarian, did enjoy the book. I might have just been in an antiromance mood when I read it. If it deserves a second chance, let me know.

In other news, I’m currently working on learning design skills. Since I can’t currently afford to purchase Adobe software, I’m starting with Canva. For fun practice, I’ve made free bookmarks with a quote from each of my favorite books. They’re intended for personal use so print or share them if you’d like. I don’t own any of the books/quotes/etc. I used a tutorial from KidLit TV by Katya Szewczuk for some help getting started. Give it a look if you want to design a bookmark.

If you click on the graphic it gets bigger and you can judge all of the books I’ve read. Putting them into a text list was boring. Now it’s a text list in a heart!

I've still got 73 books on the list to read. Any recommendations on what to try first?
I’ve still got 73 books on the list to read. Any recommendations on what to try first?

My Ten Favorites!

*dramatic drum roll*

*awkward pause where you ask what instrument that was because I’m not musically inclined*’

Moving on…

Choosing my ten favorites from this list was difficult. I love so many of these books.  Sci-fi and fantasy books are my favorite way to avoid reality. Reality avoidance is often needed because real life lacks magic and dragons (so far…I’m an optimist and willing to believe in either thing in the future). I also personally believe I’d be kickass at either swordfights or shooting people with laser guns. Not sure what this belief is based on. I’m not particularly efficient with either knives or actual guns.

I did force myself to pick my top ten despite all the angst it entailed. They are in no particular order. The numbering exists solely to make it easier for me to count to ten. It’s been a long time since I’ve used my math muscles. For real, the order is meaningless. Everyone is a winner!

*group hug*

1. The Hobbit – JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit should be required reading for every person. To be clear, I support the book and not the movies. Please read the book if you haven’t. It has one of my favorite opening lines (see bookmark). It’s the perfect book when in need of a good, classic adventure. As a short person, I find hobbits particularly inspiring. If you are a tall person, feel free to find inspiration in Gandalf or elves. If you liked the movies and want to fight about, I dibs a laser gun.

Such a great opening line!
Such a great opening line! PDFs at the bottom of the post :)

 

 

2. Kushiel’s Dart -Jacqueline Carey

I fucking love all of Jacqueline Carey’s book. Yes, the swearing was necessary. I’d throw these books at people to make them read them if that’d be effective. This is for selfish reasons, I want more people to discuss the books with me. I recently saw her at NerdCon: Stories and am happy to say I also enjoy her as a human. Always nice when authors of books you like are also awesome.

Carey has badass world building skills. They’re amazing. Her heroine is a bisexual-courtesan-spy. I read these books anytime I experience Imposter Syndrome (that feeling of being unqualified for a job/relationship/responsibility). Sometimes people advertise her books as being only romance novels or just for girls and those people are stupid. The books have adventure, politics, battle, sex, and more diversity than MANY other classics in the fantasy genre.

Choosing a quote from this book was difficult. "Love as thou wilt" is another of my favorites from the series.
Choosing a quote from this book was difficult. “Love as thou wilt” is another of my favorites from the series.

 

3. Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

I cheated by picking this book. I’m a sneaky person. Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman both have solo novels on Amazon’s list, but this novel can introduce you to both writers and then you can read their other works. Their ability to satire reaches inspirational levels. The world is ending on Saturday and a demon and angel aren’t all about it. They’ve actually been enjoying the whole hanging out with humans things and don’t want to give it up. Good Omens made me laugh out loud and then made me think serious thoughts.

I recommend Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and Neil Gaiman's American Gods.
I recommend Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series and Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.

4. A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

I included Martin’s introduction to the Song of Ice and Fire series because I’m a spiteful human and I want you to wait impatiently for the next book with me. This is a major time commitment. Both because there are a lot of words and a lot of characters. Sometimes I had to look stuff up to remember who was related to who and why specific people wanted to kill other specific people. Do not form attachments to characters! There’s a possibility I spent more time reading about Martin’s fictional universe than studying real history. Oops…

Also "Winter is Coming." *cry*
Also “Winter is Coming.” *cry*

5. The Gunslinger – Stephen King

 

This series is also a contender for my favorite opening line (see bookmark). The Gunslinger is the first book in The Dark Tower Series. The series has 8 books. This series is a great one to read if you’d like to have an existential crisis about the concepts of fate and destiny. It’s like western/fantasy/sci-fi. The series first book was published in 1982 and the last in 2012 so there are two version of the first novel. The newer version is edited for continuity. If you’re hypercritical about continuity, read the new version. Keep an eye out for all the references to other books/works of art (including Harry Potter!).

My favorite Stephen King novels. Never forget the face of your father.
My favorite Stephen King novels. Never forget the face of your father.

6. The Princess Bride – William Goldman

A book where I actually also enjoy the movie version! Here’s the best description of what the book is about. “Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.” What else could you need?

I don't think it means what you think it means!
I don’t think it means what you think it means!

7. The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

This is character driven greatness. Read it. The characters make you feel feelings, the world is intriguing, and it’s full of great quotes. Here’s the main character introducing himself.

“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep. You may have heard of me.”

– Kvothe

Patrick Rothfuss (author)

Patrick Rothfuss's A Name of The Wind is probably one of my books with the most highlights because of all the passages that I love.
Patrick Rothfuss’s A Name of The Wind is probably one of my books with the most highlights because of all the passages that I love.

8. Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K. Hamilton 

Guilty Pleasures is the first book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.

I will concede that there are a lot of vampire novels. This series is one of the best. I love that it applies some real world aspects (vampires want voting rights damn it!) and the heroine is a short badass woman who gets laid on a regular basis. Shorties unite! Check it out if you found Twilight’s handling of vampires existence dissatisfying.

It's important to portray heroes as dynamic characters with flaws.
It’s important to portray heroes as dynamic characters with flaws.

9. The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

Read it for the magic system. It’s hella long and still not long enough. The Way of Kings is the first book in The Stormlight Archives. I also enjoy Sanderson’s Mistborn series. Read this when you need a new dose of epic fantasy and you’re caught up on all the classics. If you don’t believe me that it’s great, take the word of Patrick Rothfuss and Felicia Day. They both gave it five-star ratings on Goodreads. You’ll find at least one character to cheer and one to hate.

Truth.
Truth.

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – J. K. Rowling

ALWAYS. Always I will love Harry Potter. I went to midnight releases for these books. I reread the whole series every time a new book came out. I consider Harry, Ron, and Hermione as childhood friends and I’m confident I’m not the only one to feel that way. Rowling has quite a loyal and vocal following. I strongly advocate parents read Harry Potter to their children so a whole new generation may become indoctrinated.

Dumbledore gives the best speeches.
Dumbledore gives the best speeches.

That’s All Folks

Okay, I’m done being bossy and telling other people what books to read (for the day…). Get revenge! Tell me what books to read. Any recommendations for books I haven’t yet read on Amazon’s list? Love or hate any of my ten favorites? Let me know! Feel free to share/print/and blatantly steal any of the bookmarks if you’d like. 

Thanks for listening!

Caitlin

 

PDF Versions of Bookmarks:

Hobbit Bookmark

Kushiel’s Dart bookmark

Good Omens bookmark

GOT bookmark

Gunslinger bookmark (Stephen King)

Inconceivable! – The Princess Bride bookmark

Name of the Wind bookmark

Anita Blake bookmark

Shallan quote

Harry Potter Dumbledore bookmark

Five pictures are worth one blog post

Bar Reading: An Experiment

Let me preface today’s post with an excuse and a confession. I’m of the multi-tasking generation. I’ve read the articles the state it’s inefficient and killing my brain. I cannot stop. I’m sorry. Just today I caught myself pinning crafts I’ll never complete on my phone in between the fighting tasks of a video game I was playing. It was ridiculous. I couldn’t just sit and enjoy my leisure time. Why watch cut-scenes when I could pretend to be productive? Ignoring the real attention span issues I clearly possess, let’s just accept this as illustrative proof that I enjoy combining my leisure activities.

I’ve extended this idea to reading with varying levels of success. Reading plus taking a bath = good. Reading + shower = wet books. Not so good. Reading + eating = more reading time, but a significant increase in stains to my person and furniture also occurs. One of my favorite combinations is books + socializing. Hence, I’m an avid fan of two book clubs I participate in that meet up in local bars. Thank you to the wonderful Muncie Public Libraries.

Since book club only meets once a month, I often crave that book club high before it’s time for the next month’s meeting. In my search for new ways to multitask with my reading enjoyment, I decided to try reading at a bar.

Don’t worry. I didn’t just jump into such an experiment with no preparation. I have way too much social anxiety for such nonsense. Allow me to walk you through the prepping process.

Mustache optional
Mustache optional

Planning Your First Bar Read

  1. Know thy bars
  2. Know thy books
  3. Know thyself
  4. Hav fun!

1. Know thy bars

If you don’t know much about the local bars in your area then we are probably living two very different types of lives. Learn more about the bars in your area. Fun fact: most usually allow you to exchange money for alcohol. Some even possess the power to turn money into both alcohol and food. I prefer that type myself because food goes well with beer. (Disclaimer: I’m from Wisconsin and believe almost everything goes well with beer).

When searching out a bar for reading, look for somewhere that isn’t too noisy and has seating appropriate for one person. If people are dancing or multiple sports games are blaring then it is probably not the right bar. Grab a friend, or someone with more money than you who will buy you drinks, and check out bars Goldilocks style until you find your soul bar. Bonus points for learning the names of bartenders and making enough of an impression that you don’t get carded all of the time. (Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets carded all of the time).

2. Know thy books

I chose Patrick Rothfuss’s The Name of the Wind to accompany me on my bar reading adventure. The choice worked for me because it created a 4D reading experience. The novel is told from the main character’s perspective as he tells his life story while in a bar. Pretty perfect for bar reading. The sound, sights, and tastes truly enhanced my reading experience. If I could also bring my cats and not wear pants I’d probably move into a bar.

Choosing a book felt easy. I’m a big fantasy fan so I went with my comfort zone. I would suggest fantasy or classics with lots of adventure that are told more in the oral storytelling fashion. It just seems appropriate for the setting. Whatever you chose, be aware that others may talk to you about your chosen book. This happened to me and was a pleasant experience. If you’re reading a book that you don’t want others to know you’re reading, don’t take it to a bar. I’d also avoid anything with lots of lusty, graphic fornicating, but I blush easily.I laughed, like verbally and out loud, a few times during my book reading, but no one seemed troubled by it.

3. Know thyself

If you don’t like reading or bars then this is a terrible idea for you. I’m also confused why you’re reading this post, but hey, live your life. I chose to try bar reading because I like introvert activities, but I crave the presence of other humans. Living alone for a brief period of time resulted in my owning three cats. I talked to them way too much and life started to get weird.

All the cats began to develop twisted and vocal personalities. Luna gets judgemental about weekday drinking and Gandalf criticizes my cooking. Plus they both have potty mouths because they grew up fending for themselves on the streets of Muncie. Plus they lick their butts a lot. Double potty mouth experience.

The cat thing did not work to satisfy my need for human interaction so now I drink in bars and have roommates again. Happy day!

That explanation being said; I went into the experiment with the awareness that people might judge me strangely or ask me about my book or roll their eyes in my general direction. Be at peace with these realities. I felt a bit weird trying something new, but it turned out super awesome and I’m glad I gave it a try.

4. Have fun!

You have a book and some sort of alcohol. You are in my happy place. Have fun. Enjoy yourself!

*interlude where I jump on a horse that isn’t particularly tall but I still struggle because I’m really short*

Drink responsibly and get yourself a ride home. Or walk to your local bar and later brag about being bother responsible and environmentally friendly. You rock.

*interlude where I get off the horse because riding horses works strange thigh muscles and now I’m super sore*

My Bar Reading Experience

My first experience reading a book in a bar was definitely a success. I’ve decided to make it a regular treat myself activity. I went to a local bar I like for the combination of affordable and yummy options plus lovely nonjudgemental bartenders who know my name. I bought myself beers and dinner and read for a little over an hour. Minimal and positive human interaction was achieved along with my 4D reading experience.

The first person who asked me about my book was actually a local librarian. She was friendly and polite and didn’t interrupt for too long. I got to exercise some hardcore fangirling and recommended not only the book I was reading but a few other fantasy novels I’ve enjoyed as suggestions for additions to our local library. (I love my local libraries and they do a million super amazing and awesome things, but I never feel that libraries have enough fantasy books).

Another person engaged me in conversation and commented on not seeing many people read books anymore. We had a lovely conversation and I learned a lot about local community gardens (which he helps builds).

Book lovers are a vast community, but in my experience they’re also a very kind and inclusive one. I’m contemplating constantly carrying books around in the hopes that other book lovers will then talk to me.

Until I build up the required arm strength I’ll settle for wearing nerdy t-shirts. This often has a similar result. I met a really cool bearded baker at my local farmer’s market who is the first person who has every recognized my Terry Pratchett Discworld t-shirt which promptly made my morning and resulted in my buying his baked goods.

Bar Reading Etiquette

I’ve included this section of the post for those who struggle with manners. Don’t be a dummy and ruin bar reading for the rest of us. If you read in a bar, please do the following. Continue patronizing the establishment for the extent of your stay. Bars are a business. Going into a bar and ordering one drink and then staying for three hours isn’t going to make you the customer of the year. Buy a drink or get some food during your stay and be sure to tip kindly!

Take up the least space possible. If you sit alone in a busy bar at six person table and set up shop then you are an asshole. Like a really hair one that smells bad.

Engage in polite conversation (at least briefly) if someone asks about what you’re reading. A human looking for a good book to read is a good human. A human who finds reading attractive is also pretty chill. Give them a few minutes of your time.

Have you ever taken your favorite book out for a drink? Do you think bar reading is acceptable? Do you want to come drink and read books with me at my house? Let me know your thoughts and experiences in the comments! Feel free to share with other people who also have thoughts and experiences. 

*If you care about the game I was playing it was Injustice Gods Among Us. I enjoy fake violence. #teambatman

Gen Con Haul: books, games, and art

I bought a bunch of awesome stuff at Gen Con and now I want to talk about it. In future posts I’ll talk about more Gen Con stuff (namely advice I learned from the Writer’s Symposium and my thoughts on meeting my favorite authors). I loved Gen Con and really look forward to making it an annual experience. There’s truly something special about large groups of passionate nerds in one place!

Books – Reviews forthcoming

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Judged the book partially by the cover. It’s a bad ass looking cover!

Gen Con’s land of things to buy included an Author’s Alley. I wanted to take home all of the wonderful books and love them and tuck them in at night and cuddle them all, but alas that wasn’t an option. So I bought four and wrote down others to buy in the future.

The first book I picked up was Deathmask by Chris Jackson. He was actually at the booth when I made the purchase and kindly signed the book for me. Check out more of his works on his website. Jackson’s wife, Dr. Anne McMillen-Jackson, convinced me to purchase the book based on a description of epic Necromancy and dark evil. I’ll post a review as soon as I finish.

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My second book purchase has more of a futuristic setting. I bought this book based on the author’s description of it as a new adult, space opera, Firefly like adventure. Artificial Absolutes by Mary Fan is the first in the Jane Colt trilogy. I’m excited to read it! The whole trilogy is finished so if I love the book, I get to read two more. It’s a real factor because I’m impatient and already waiting on the next A Song of Ice and Fire and The Name of the Wind books. I’m running out of book patience!

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My final book purchase was actually two books. I’m a sucker for sales. Especially book sales but also shoes. My bag was getting pretty full so four books had to be the limit. I picked up the first two books in the Genesis of Oblivion Saga by Maxwell Alexander Drake after seeing the author in two panels during Gen Con. I got to talk to the author a bit, and he mentioned really progressing throughout the novel writing process and improving his writing skills. It’ll be cool to see that happen after listening to some of his writing advice. The story sounds great and won stuff! The first book was the 2009 Moonbeam Fantasy Award Winner and named Dragon Roots Magazine’s Best New Fantasy Saga of 2009.

As a person who loves awards because they’re usually shiny, I find this a pretty convincing reason to check the books out. The first five chapters are free to download.

Games

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We Didn’t Playtest This at All from Asmandi Games 

The point is to win. Simple enough, right? It’s super fun and easy to play and incredibly quick. I also firmly believe it has the potential to be a drinking game. I’ll test the concept and let you know. Check out the website for more info. Though this is the only game I bought, it’s just because I like books better than games. There were a ton of fun games to play. I could have happily bought all of the games I tried. Before purchasing a bunch of games, I need a dedicated group of friends to play games with me. Want to be my gaming friend? Leave your resume in the comments :p

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What do these have in common? They celebrate The Name of the Wind series and bring me immense joy. 

I basically bought all of the Name of the Wind items. The first deck is The Name of the Wind themed playing cards. The second two decks are also The Name of the Wind themed and are a game called Pairs. Different versions of Pairs are available on their website. All of the cards are designed by Shane Tyree. They’re beautiful and I might hang them on my wall. Or turn one into a tattoo. If you’re curious how much I love Partick Rothfuss you can check out my original post on Gen Con where I go full on fan-girl.

Art

I enjoy supporting artists and authors when given the opportunity. This con’s art buying was dragon themed. Previous art buying has been Batman, LOTR, and faerie themed. My interior design senses are awesome.

These are a few of my favorite things.

The first piece I bought by Stanley Morrison combines my love of dragons and my love of beer. If you like dragons and want to see one combined with your favorite drink look at the artist’s website. I like the rum and coffee dragons as well.

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I want to get my cats a dragon! 

My second dragon art purchase has the bonus of including a cat. Cats and dragons should be best friends. I might write that story. It’d be adorably fierce. The print is by John E. Kaufmann.

I’d love to hear other people’s con experiences! Any suggestions of other cons in the Midwest worth checking out? Anyone read any of the books I picked up? Let me know what you thought. I’m off to go read my books so I can write some reviews.

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Cthulhu stole my sanity! Lack of sanity is improving my Gen Con experience, but not helping my ability to have a consistent posting schedule.
I’ll post all of the greatness once Gen Con is over. I promise! Right now I have learning, game playing, and book buying to accomplish. So much book buying!
See you on Sunday,
Caitlin

P.S. Check out our matching red eyes. I’m a demon 🙂

A cat quote: quote challenge day 3

Two p's in worshipped because it's British. Thanks to Sherlock for being my cat model.
Two p’s in worshipped because it’s British. Thanks to Sherlock for being my cat model.

Weekly Roundup – Heavy on the Heroes

Nerdy News

Marvel Character Diagram

Excitement and speculation for Captain America: Civil War is already running wild. If you’re as bad at keeping fictional universes straight as I am, this graphic might help you out. Chris Lough, a Tor.com writer, did all of the work in assembling a roster of possible characters for the Civil War movie and an easy way to view who we’ve met (or strongly believe we will meet) so far. Find it here.

I didn't realize how many characters Marvel has already introduced in Phase 2 of the universe.
I didn’t realize how many characters Marvel has already introduced in Phase 2 of the universe. 

Neopets Musings

In a burst of nostalgia, I clicked on an article this week about Neopets. Anyone else remember neopets? My poor babies have been starving for years. The article discusses a break down in security Neopets had where message boards weren’t monitored in late June (not sure how I missed that happening) and discusses the phenomenon that is Neopets. The future of the company looks rocky.

If you check out the site, it’s similar to what I remember when I played as a kid, but with even more lame “games” that are just blatant advertisements. I’m starting to questions my tastes in web entertainment as a child. Give it a read if you’re feeling nostalgic or go see if your Neopets are still alive if you get oddly attached to fake pets (don’t worry, you aren’t the only one). You can even link a new account to your facebook page.

A Trend to Try

Adult Coloring Books

I’ve been seeing all kinds of blog posts and pins about adult coloring books. I recently had an adult coloring session with some family members using a mandala coloring book. It was very zen, plus my design looked cool despite my negligible artistic abilities. I’d recommend checking it out. So far I haven’t purchased my own book, but I’m hoping to do so soon. Leave me a comment if you’ve got a suggestion of one you’ve enjoyed. I’ve just been printing pages here and there off of Pinterest. I’m ready to invest in a book.

Writing Wisdom

An Active Voice Breakdown

Grammarly shared this on their Facebook page. What an easy way to remember active vs. passive voice. I like my grammar lessons with plenty of sass. The article that accompanies the image has some sample sentences.

I probably practice passive-aggressive voice a bit too much.
I probably practice passive-aggressive voice a bit too much.

Funny Finds

Heroes are Better in Groups

Check out this collection of images titled Team Red 🙂 that TheWhoDoc posted on Imgur. It’s a collection of interactions between Spider-man, Deadpool, and Daredevil. After looking at the album, I’d support a Team Red movie.

Even heroes need friends.
Even heroes need friends.
Did you read anything good this week? Leave me a link in the comments.

Weekly Roundups are a new feature I’m going to start doing every Sunday (usually posted in the evening). Categories are still being fine tuned. Input is always welcome!

A sassy quote: quote challenge day 2

I accepted a 3 day quote challenge yesterday which was a bit silly because now the weekend is happening and I’m busy day drinking and using two for one coupons at Culvers. Since the challenge didn’t specify book quotes, I’ve decided to share a television quote today. The first post was sappy bordering on inspirational. Today shall be sassy bordering on illogical.

I thought the mix up would restore the natural balance of the site. I recall nature being all about balance from my days of science class. Also the Mitochondria is the power house of the cell. Thank you school system.

Anyways…

This is my favorite quote from Bob’s Burgers.

Tina is a hero, sexy zombie friend fiction for the win!
Tina is a hero. Sexy zombie friend fan fiction for the win!

Tina Belcher is my spirit human. Buzzfeed has a great collection of Tina quotes.

If you want to participate in the quote challenge, let me know and I’ll tag you. Any fellow Bob’s Burgers fans out there?

An inspirational quote: quote challenge day 1

I have collections of book quotes. Not collection. Collections. Note the s. So when I was invited to a quote challenge, my first thought was that I should look through my Pinterest boards, and notebooks, and bookshelves. Then I remembered my first quote was obvious.

The Kushiel’s Legacy series is one of my favorite books. Don’t believe me? I have an image based on it tattooed on my body. That’s commitment. I’m intending to write a whole different post about my tattoo and my love of book tattoos at a later date, but I wanted to mention it to increase my street cred in regards to my love of these books.

One of my favorite aspects of the novels is the fictitious religion the author creates whose main motto is “love as thou wilt.” I find the idea beautiful and complex in its simplicity. It seems like such an obvious concept. I can’t summarize the books and their awesomeness in one post. However, ideals the concept represents (in my interpretation) are being true to yourself and being content to let others be themselves. The concept often gets interperted romantically (and the books have a lot of romance in them) but I feel it applies to many aspects of love. Do what you love, read what you love, and share what you love. Be brave enough to champion your passions. It isn’t an easy task! It’s courageous and awesome.

Thanks for letting me be mushy and stuff.

Now share some of your favorite quotes in the comments. Let me know if you want to be challenged on Day 2 or 3. 

My favorite quote from the Kushiels Dart series.
My favorite quote from the Kushiel’s Legacy series.

Thanks Didi from Pretty Doesome for challenging me. Here’s her first quote post.

I’d like to challenge:

1. Amiecus Curiae 

2. Maria from Once Booked

3. Coolbeans4

Here are the rules:

Rules:

1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day).
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day.

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