College Update and Writing

Well, it’s been a while…

College has been treating me fine, I’m not failing, and I just survived my mid-term exams which in itself is an achievement. After nearly three mental-breakdowns in the same week, I was tempted to write “This semester has been brought to you by folgers, starbucks, and the Mayo Clinic Mental Health hospital”.

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Happy new year! Plans and hopes.

Hello, everyone! You might be wondering why it’s been so long since I’ve last written on this blog. There have been a lot of things going on around my home for a while now, most of them pretty good. For one thing, I’ve been working on a new story that I’ll start sharing on here in the form of a webcomic.

We also had a long visit with my family, which was awesome, and I didn’t find the time to work on this blog. But now that we’re facing a brand new year, I’m going to be cracking down on the posts.

So what will I be working on?

A fictional culture taking place fifty-thousand years from now.

A full Victorian bustle-dress.

Food. Lots of food.

The Kingdom of Emmethyr in minecraft.

Getting something published this year.

Getting my learner’s permit… actually I got this one done a few days before the new year, so I completed this year’s resolution before the new year even began! Of course, I’ll have to wait until there’s a lack of ice sheets on the road to start learning.

 

So these are not only a small list of New-Year’s resolutions, they are also a plan I have for the year. Like any other plan, I doubt I’ll get everything on the list completed, but It will give me some awesome things to work toward.

“Fantastic Beasts” A review

I went to see ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them’ with my sisters and mother. This is the first “Harry Potter” film my sister had ever seen and the first one I’ve seen since the ‘Deathly Hallows’ came out in theaters. I wasn’t sure what I was expecting, since the book ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’ was not only very short, it had no plot at all. It was simply the fun guide to the magical creatures and animals that roamed the world that harry potter lived in.

So when the film started, I kept my mind open. I’ll admit now, it started off slow, but I loved every minute of it. The sets and costumes were stunning, and all the world-building that went into it was phenomenal. It’s important that you read the headlines of the newspapers at the beginning of the film, as they cast light on one of the characters in the film who holds an important piece of the wizarding world.

Because I took an oath to put out NO spoilers for the film, I will instead concentrate on the writing and acting of the characters. They were all brilliant and believable, but in all honesty, I must say that the fellow who played ‘Jacob’ really stole the show. His level of expression and vocal fun makes him almost cartoony compared to the stoic and quiet characters that are Newt and the others. Queenie makes me think of Luna Lovegood, not only in her speaking mannerisms, but in her appearance.

The animals are hilarious and believable, with many being inspired by real life creatures such as Rhinos and eagles. Newt Scamander comes across as a British/Wizard Steve Erwin with his interactions with the magical creatures. These include a Thunderbird named Frank. Yes, Frank the Thunderbird, whom Newt is attempting to return to the deserts of Arizona where he belongs.

So, because the ‘Harry Potter’ Fandom is under an oath of general silence, I can’t give away much more without giving away the plot, but let me say give you a hint with a riddle.

 

The foe of a friend

The friend of a foe

Who held death in his hands

and twice let it go?

 

NaNoWriMO

While it may be almost a month since my last posting, I’ve been working every day not only on my career but also on something else. Some of you may not be familiar with NaNoWriMo, or National November Writing Month. The goal of NaNoWriMo is to write a novel (of aout 50,000 words) within a month.

I took part in this last year, but didn’t win. School got in the way. There aren’t any awards or prizes of any sort, but it does give you boasting rights and a very satisfied feeling. It’s also a chance to connect with freelancers from all over the world and hear other people’s stories. It’s a very exciting event and I’m going to encourage all of you guys to join in.

So, what will I be writing? Minimal pre-planning is allowed, but I’ve had an idea floating around my head for the longest time, and will be working with that toward my story. It’s going to be a post-apocalyptic adventure-comedy. Weird, yes, but since the idea won’t leave my alone I figure writing it all down will keep it from haunting me.

For the writers in our world, this is an awesome challenge. For the readers and book-lovers out there, you can help and join in by reading and critiquing the work of the wanna-be writers.

Wish me luck with this!

School Starts and Job Beginnings

Hello, everyone! Today is the first day of school for many of you or your kids. Since I’m finally free from those  shackles… *cough* I mean I start college next year…. I no longer have to worry about that. On the other hand, I did finally find a cool job that pays well and is a lot of fun. Oh, and I also found this weird box out in the garage. It has these cool angel statues on top of it and my Oma said that Nazis were after it in WWII and that it melted some losers face off.

Just kidding! I did not, in fact, find the Ark of the Covenant. I did get that sweet job though, so there’s that. Specifically it’s a job at one of the Hyvees  in my home town. (Hyvee is a great grocery chain the Midwest.) I’m saving up money to buy a car and move out, so I might be working there for a little while. Lucky for me, it’s fun. On the other hand, I also now have money to buy new cookbooks and new inspiration for this blog.

Along with the Victorian food lineup I’ve been working on, I made a nice little discovery at a second hand store that should add a little fun to the mix. You have all heard of some of the terrible foods that were popular from around 1950-1975 right? Well, my friends, do I have a treat for you!

Like, say, this.

 

Jellocookery

*Twilight Zone Theme plays*

Shall we play a game?

Fun with Applications or ‘What to do when your transcript doesn’t get in on time’

Howdy, folks! With school starting up again soon (What the heck happened to summer break? Do kids even have summer break anymore?) my family and I have been very, very busy trying to prepare for college. Or at least, we were.

For the back story, I went to an online highschool because I have autoimmune issues and kept getting really, really sick at normal schools. Online school was great, but it wasn’t easy. There’s a stereotype of homeschoolers that lists them as socially awkward and untrained in the real world. I’ve been called tons of names before by some people. Things like “Square.” and “Weirdo” and “Person who can read.” I got stuck with some pretty rough classes too.

I did my six years there and graduated, all went well. Then, because I hadn’t decided up to that point what I wanted to do as an adult, I chose a college and tried to apply. My mother helped me out and we got everything done in a few weeks. My counselor was supposed to send my transcript in in around April.

I received a letter in the mail three days ago that stated that, while my application had gone through fine, they still didn’t have my transcript. This happened on the fourteenth. I emailed my counselor and she hadn’t sent it out  yet, but would do so soon.

The application deadline for this semester is the 16th.

 

Needless to say, things have gone to heck in a handbasket. I do have some job interviews lined up so I’ll at least be able to do something for the next few months. On the bright side, this gives me time to work on my other skills and saving up money for my own place, I also have more time to work on this blog. So, win-win?

Food! Messing with Ramen

Most of us are familiar with ramen noodles. They’re cheap. They’re (kind of) filling. They’re the stock food of students everywhere. They taste like sadness and student debt. Well, I’ve never really liked how Ramen tastes, so when I was making lunch the other day and realized that was all we had left in the pantry, I finally realized that there was something I could do about it. Also, I was hungry.

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Summer!

Hello! Yesterday was rather fun for me, I had to lifeguard a pool party for some little kids. 13 boys and 2 girls.  They were pretty wild, but at least they behaved themselves the whole time. Since the people running the party were my uncle and aunt my payment was a Pinata stick and a few pizzas to take home. It was an awesome fun time!

On another note, these posts have been pretty sporadic for a few good reasons, my Mom has been really sick for the past few months and will be in surgery soon, so I’ve been taking care of things around the house and with my siblings.

The other things I’ve been working on are nearly complete or getting toward a stage where I can share them easier and have people like them. One of these is that E-book I previously mentioned, ‘Lavender’, and the other is this ‘constructed Language’ I’ve created to fill in the signs and literature of my Minecraft world.

But this is foremost a food blog, and before those get shared this blog will once again be filled with delicious food, because I planned out a lineup of meals I’ll make for the blog. Most of these are going to be pulled out of a Victorian cookbook of mine. While some of the recipes are questionable at best (Turtle soup, Head Cheese and the ‘BOIL ALL THE THINGS’ mentality toward veggies) I’ve picked out the ones that sound great. Also, since my Mom will be recovering from surgery I’ll be making different dinners and meals for my family, so that gives me a much better excuse to get off my bum and back to cooking.

 

Happy Fourth of July!

Happy Fourth of July to each and every one of my followers! Today is the day that America celebrates it’s independence from Britain during the American Revolution. I hope that everyone has a safe and happy day as we celebrate with fireworks, fun, and food.

Just some safety notes however:

1 – More animals go missing the week of the fourth of July than any other week, keep your pets inside because the fireworks will terrify them and you should try to make this as comfortable for them as possible.

2 – Bring ear plugs for small children, the noise may bother them and nobody around you wants to hearing a screaming baby.

3 – The loud noises of fireworks can damage hearing aids, so older folks might turn theirs off so it doesn’t damage them or cause them discomfort.

4 – Don’t shoot off fireworks near flammable shrubbery, this should be simple common sense but you’d be surprised at the amount of people who don’t think of this (see the ‘bootleg fireworks’ video)

5 – Have fun!

Angry Birds: A review

Most people are familiar with the phone game franchise the ‘Angry Birds’. It’s popularity seemed to have beaked around 2012, but as of this weekend it seems the interest is back with a gusto.

 

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Photo: Rovio Entertainment

 

The Angry Birds movie has opened in theaters in America to the tune of $39 million dollars, which isn’t bad at all, and is actually very good for the franchise itself. It also has about $94 million worldwide right now, and on a budget of about $80 million that means that they’ve already broke even.  While it has mixed reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, I knew I had to see it for myself. I went with my relatives to the theater today to see it.

Just a disclaimer though: I’m a sucker for kids movies and animation in general. Animation as an art form makes me giddy no matter what movie I’m seeing, so maybe this review will be a bit biased. Although, just for the yolks who haven’t seen it, I won’t give any major spoilers.

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