Tuesday, June 28, 2016

TUESDAY TRAILERS: THE SPACE BETWEEN US

I just saw this trailer and it just looks…charming, sweet. What is your favorite part about living on Earth? What things would you show Gardner? Lovely escape movie. Also I kind of see anything with Gary Oldman in it. What do you think? Plans to see it?


Summary: In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intelligent boy who reaches the age of 16 having only met 14 people in his very unconventional upbringing. While searching for clues about his father, and the home planet he’s never known, Gardner begins an online friendship with a street smart girl in Colorado named Tulsa. When he finally gets a chance to go to Earth, he’s eager to experience all of the wonders he could only read about on Mars – from the most simple to the extraordinary. But once his explorations begin, scientists discover that Gardner’s organs can’t withstand Earth’s atmosphere.Eager to find his father, Gardner escapes the team of scientists and joins with Tulsa on a race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be, and where he belongs in the universe (via ComingSoon.net)…Opens August 19, 2016.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TUESDAY TRAILERS: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS

I love LAIKA. The movies are just beautiful and when you realize the utter art behind each of their films you cannot help but be amazed. Or maybe that is just me. I think that Kubo looks great. I think I will smile. I might get a little sniffly. But I will be utterly entranced (Gods it looks amazing). Perfect escape for the summer or any time really. What do you think? Plans to see it?


Summary: Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior…Opens August 19, 2016.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

TUESDAY TRAILERS: STAR TREK - BEYOND

Star Trek: Into Darkness was a disaster. I really really did not like it. In fact I lost a little respect for J.J. because of it. This is not just because the original Wrath of Khan needed no retread but due to a lot of other reasons (depiction of women, waste of Khan even if it was Cumberbatch, editing, Klingons looking like…I don’t know). However, I loved the original reboot that J.J. did and I am willing to give this one a shot. I love the cast. I am all for Idris Elba playing a villain and I miss The Enterprise. Please do not disappoint me Justin Lin. What do you think? Plans to see it?


Summary: The USS Enterprise crew explores the furthest reaches of uncharted space, where they encounter a mysterious new enemy who puts them and everything the Federation stands for to the test…Opens July 22, 2016.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

TUESDAY TRAILERS: SWISS ARMY MAN

I like weird quirky films and let’s face it this could be the poster child for the genre. I enjoy both Dano and Radcliffe so that is a plus and the trailer is kind of bonkers. Again I like odd films ( like the Lobster) and are kind of a must see for me as they are so contrary to most of the things on the big screen. Also I think I will laugh. A lot. What do you think? Plans to see it?


Summary: Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when he befriends a dead body named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) who washes up on shore. Together they go on a surreal journey to get home.…Opens June 17, 2016.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

WATCH/READ/PLAY: JUNE 2016

Its June and Summer is almost here. I love this time of year. The air conditioned theater is full of popcorn blockbusters, ice cream and bubble tea are weekly favorites, and the summer festivals begin. Also it’s my birthday month. While my 30’s are still fabulous, this month is also fab for some great movie, book, and game releases. Are you excited about any of these things? Did I miss something? Let me know.

FILM & TV
Me Before You
Genre: Drama/Romance
Stars: Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Charles Dance, and Janet McTeer
In short:Based on the Jojo Moyes’ novel of the same name, a young woman falls in love with a recently paralyzed man that she is taking care of. Every time I watched the trailer I got all happy and sniffly. I am happy to see the Khaleesi and Finnick Odair fall in love. I expect I will need tissues, many many tissues. (June 3rd)

Outcast - Series Premiere
Channel: CINEMAX
In short:The latest comic book-based series from Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman centers on a man (Patrick Fugit) who has been plagued by demonic possession for his entire life. (June 3rd)

Unreal Season 2 Premiere
Channel: LIFETIME
In short: B.J. Britt (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) joins returning stars Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer, and Craig Bierko for the critically acclaimed drama's second season. (June 6th)

Now You See Me 2
Genre: Action/Thriller
Stars:Lizzy Caplan, Daniel Radcliffe, Dave Franco, Mark Ruffalo
In short: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius (Daniel Radcliffe) to pull off their most impossible heist yet. Heist movie + magic = summer popcorn fun. (June 10th)

Warcraft
Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy
Stars:Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper
In short: The peaceful realm of Azeroth stands on the brink of war as its civilization faces a fearsome race of invaders: orc warriors fleeing their dying home to colonize another. As a portal opens to connect the two worlds, one army faces destruction and the other faces extinction. From opposing sides, two heroes are set on a collision course that will decide the fate of their family, their people, and their home. So excited. (June 10th)

BrainDead - Series Premiere
Channel: CBS
In short:The Good Wife creators Robert and Michelle King return with a different kind of political thriller—one in which bugs are eating the brains of members of Congress and their staffers. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Tony Shalhoub star. (June 13th)

Finding Dory
Genre: Animation/Kids
Stars:Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Idris Elba, Kate McKinnon
In short: The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish reunites with her loved ones, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way. Yay Dory! (June 17th)

Swiss Army Man
Genre: Comedy/Drama
Stars:Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
In short: A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home. This looks so weird and odd, perfect for me. (June 17th)

American Gothic - Series Premiere
Channel: CBS
In short: Steven Spielberg-produced murder mystery series centering on a Boston family comes from former Good Wife producer Corinne Brinkerhoff. (June 22nd)

Battlebots – Season 2 Premiere
Channel: ABC
In short: More robot versus robot action. Not sure if they are filming across the bay again, but if they are the Rogue and I should see if we can go to a taping. (June 23rd)

Independence Day: Resurgence
Genre: Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi
Stars:Maika Monroe, Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum
In short: Two decades after the first Independence Day invasion, Earth is faced with a new extra-Solar threat. But will mankind's new space defenses be enough? (June 24th)

Roadies - Series Premiere
Channel:SHOWTIME
In short: Writer-director Cameron Crowe turns to TV for the first time, with a series that appears to be right in his wheelhouse. The hourlong Roadies (which Crowe is writing, producing, and directing, with J.J. Abrams also on board as a producer) centers on what transpires with the crew backstage at a series of concerts. The roadies will be actors (including Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, and Imogen Poots), but the bands performing will be real, including The Head and the Heart in the opener.. (June 26th)

BOOKS
This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1) by V.E. Schwab (June 7th)
In short: There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives. The first of two books.

The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash (June 14th)
In short: John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author of Three Day Summer. Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy...Archie and Veronica...Althena and Noth...Graham and Roxy? Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since. But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books. When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet by Charlie N. Holmberg (June 28th)
In short: Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn’t know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from.When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch’s gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes. During her captivity, Maire is visited by Fyel, a ghostly being who is reluctant to reveal his connection to her. The more often they meet, the more her memories return, and she begins to piece together who and what she really is—as well as past mistakes that yield cosmic consequences. From the author of The Paper Magician series comes a haunting and otherworldly tale of folly and consequence, forgiveness and redemption.

The Girls by Emma Cline (June 14th)
In short: An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong—this stunning first novel is perfect for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged—a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence. Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction.

GAMES (Sadly no No Man’s Sky)
MIRROR’S EDGE CATALYST
Platform: PC, Xbox One, PS4
In short: This reboot/prequel to 2008's Mirror's Edge will delve into Faith's origins and will feature an original song from Chvrches. (June 7th)

MIGHTY NO. 9
Platform: PC, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo 3DS
In short: Comcept's crowdfunded spiritual successor to Mega Man. (June 21st)

LEGO STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Platform: PC, Xbox, Playstation, Nintendo 3DS, Wii U
In short: I love the Lego games. So adorable. Plus the game will have adventures not in the film such as Han and Chewie’s adventures catching the Rathtars. (June 28th)

Did I miss anything?

PRESS START TO PLAY: A REVIEW

Press Start to Play
Edited by: Daniel H Wilson and John Joseph Adams
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Vintage
Language: English
August 2015
Genre: Anthology/Video Games

Video games are a multi-billion dollar a year industry that has outpaced movies and books combined. The humble, pixelated games of the ‘70s and ‘80s have evolved into the vivid, realistic, and immersive form of entertainment that now rivals all other forms of media for dominance in the consumer marketplace. For many, video games have become the cultural icons around which pop culture revolves.

PRESS START TO PLAY is an anthology of stories inspired by video games: stories that attempt to recreate the feel of a video game in prose form; stories that play with the concepts common (or exclusive) to video games; and stories about the creation of video games and/or about the video games—or the gamers—themselves.

These stories will appeal to anyone who has interacted with games, from hardcore teenaged fanatics, to men and women who game after their children have gone to bed, to your well-meaning aunt who won’t stop inviting you to join her farm-based Facebook games.

At the helm of this project are Daniel H. Wilson—bestselling novelist and expert in artificial intelligence—and John Joseph Adams—bestselling, Hugo Award-nominated editor of more than a dozen science fiction/fantasy anthologies and series editor of Best American Science Fiction & Fantasy (volume one forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin in 2015). Together, they have drawn on their wide-ranging contacts to assemble an incredibly talented group of authors who are eager to attack the topic of video games from startling and fascinating angles.

Under the direction of an A.I. specialist and a veteran editor, the anthology will expose readers to a strategically chosen mix of stories that explore novel video game concepts in prose narratives, such as save points, kill screens, gold-farming, respawning, first-person shooters, unlocking achievements, and getting “pwned.” Likewise, each of our authors is an accomplished specialist in areas such as science fiction, fantasy, and techno-thrillers, and many have experience writing for video games professionally.

Combining unique viewpoints and exacting realism, this anthology promises to thrill generations of readers, from those who grew up with Atari 2600s to the console and PC gamers of today.


+++++++++++++

I am a gamer. When I was younger it was Galaga at the local arcade and Super Mario when I was at home. Now it is Mass Effect, Destiny, and most recently Stardew Valley. I love video games. I love the escapism, the strategy, and the utter satisfaction that they bring. The Rogue and I play together often as well. Our favorites are shooters and RPGs, but we each play a little of everything. Of course when I saw that there was an anthology all about gaming you know I was hooked.

I love anthologies. They are a great way to be introduced to a new author. They are short and sweet, but if done well hold the same impact as a longer novel. Press Start to Play is a diverse little collection. There are fantasy and sci-fi selections as well as horror and whimsy. As a while it was a strong anthology and one that I will return to again in the future.

The Stories:

God Mode // Daniel H Wilson: The anthology begins with a tale about an American studying abroad in Australia. There he falls for a fellow student named Sarah. When Sarah falls and hits her head the sky begins to disappear. Soon the couple finds their world slowly being derezzed around them. While I liked the story and the subtlety of it, it was not the strongest of openers. Yet I still liked it. Whose world was it to begin with in the first place?

NPC // Charles Yu: What if your NPCs suddenly became playable characters and began to level up. Such is the case for one NPC who lives his life every day collecting iridium in the background, crushing on a woman, and eating Lean Cuisines. A twist of fate levels him up one day. But is it all what it is cracked up to be? I loved this story. It was funny. It was charming. And it made me think of all of those NPCs in our gaming lives.

Respawn // Hiroshi Sakurazaka: The lead character is killed, but discovers his consciousness has respawned in to the body of his killer. It goes on from there. This was a great story. Loved the intro. Of course very similar to ‘All You Need is Kill’ (the film Edge of Tomorrow was based on this) which he also wrote, but in a different way. I kind of want to read his other short fiction "The Saitama Chain Saw Massacre". Nice addition.

Desert Walk // S. R. Mastrantone: Desert Walk is a game that Sam has wanted forever. Not only was it cancelled, but the only copies that exist are the demos which happen to have the full game on it. There are stories about the game, odd things that people have found and now Sam gets to see what all the fuss is about. The game is simple really; you walk through the desert. Except maybe there is more to the game than he thought. Maybe there are some things that don’t belong in the game. Maybe there was a reason why it was cancelled. One of the first horror tinged stories of the anthology and I loved it. Nice.

Rat Catcher’s Yellows // Charlie Jane Anders: A degenerative neurological disorder has torn through the populous in this dystopian laced world. When our lead finds a game that brings her partner back she is all for the therapeutic nature of it. Even if the game is a Renaissance MMP completely populated by cats. Also there needs to be this game IRL. I like Charlie Jane Anders for many reasons and while I have not picked up her debut novel, this gave me a slight taste of what to expect. And I am intrigued. Good story.

1UP // Holly Black: Yay text adventures. Three friends attend the funeral of their online gaming friend. While at the reception they find a text based game on his computer. It was supposed to give them answers about his death. It becomes all too real. I love you Holly. You rock. Such a good story.

Survival Horror // Seanan McGuire: Set in the InCryptid verse, this stars my fave ship of Artie and Sarah. A harmless day of hanging out turns into a life or death situation when they are both sucked into Artie’s new videogame. Survive or die. It was cute, but I imagine that those who have not read the series might be a little bit lost as it feels very much like a missing ‘episode’. Gold star for all the comic mentions. Oh Seanan, you big geek. :)

Real // Django Wexler: ARG is an exciting subgenre of games. In this game, players use various forms of social media and their own phones to discover demons and hidden runes. A journalist is trying to uncover the truth about the game, especially since many players think its real. Is it? Great story. I now want to go grab some ARGs.

Outliers// Nicole Feldringer: Our player is obsessed with a game that tracks weather patterns. So obsessed that she even skipped her brother’s wedding in person. But she soon realizes that there does not seem to be a way to win. However, she is determined. What is the game for and what is the point? The first weak outing of the anthology in my opinion. I really didn’t like the protagonist, the pacing was slow, and it just wasn’t for me.

End Game // Chris Avellone: Another text based adventure story where you, as the reader, read through the commands. Like the homage, but the ending was a little disappointing.

Save me PLZ // David Barr Kirtley: It begins with Meg getting in car to go find her ex-boyfriend Devon. Insert giant spiders and her quest not going as some had planned. Love Meg. Loved her badassness. Love how it ended. Great story.

The Relive Box // T.C. Boyle: Grief is a powerful thing as is regret and our memories. One father is obsessed with reliving the moments he had with his wife, but in the process destroys the relationship with his daughter whom his wife left behind as well. Convinced he can see where it all went wrong he spends more time in VR instead of making new memories with his daughter. Could VR really rule our lives? If I had a holodeck? Maybe? No probably. The Rogue and I would just spend our days adventuring in various games, movies, and books. I like the ideas behind this, the ideas Boyle was trying to explore, but it didn’t quite work for me. I wish I could pinpoint why.

Roguelike // Marc Laidlaw : Oh Rogue likes and your tombstones of doom. So perfect. The Rogue (thus named because of his online moniker and his love for playing and creating roguelikes himself) really enjoyed it as well. If you have not played a rogue like before I can see why you may not enjoy it as much. If you have not played a roguelike I insist that you go play one now. Dwarf Fortress is a great one to start with.

All of the People in Your Party Have Died // Robin Wasserman Survival: Oregon Trail was a staple in my younger years. In this story the game becomes a little creepy as the game starts bleeding into real life. I liked it and yet I was disappointed by it. I like the horror elements, but I wanted more. I feel like it fell apart slightly at the end.

Recoil // Micky Neilson: Jimmy is at the office late trying to beta a new game. Bad night to do it though, when he finds himself part of a hostage situation. Nice twist. Thought I had it all figured out, but not quite.

Anda’s Game // Cory Doctorow: Anda is your average girl in real life, but in the virtual world she is elite, kicks ass, and fights like a girl. When she discovers some secrets about her virtual life, she has an important decision to make. Who hoo lady gamers who kick ass. While I know better than to start an MMO (Hello lack of willpower on my end…no one would ever see me again) this was good. It touched on a lot of different themes and gaming issues. There are people who farm and groups who have industrialized certain games. Loved seeing girls kick butt. Heavier themes here, but enough humor and action to balance it out.

Coma Kings // Jessica Barber: Two sisters bonded over Coma. Both are incredibly talented within the game, but one became so obsessed that she implanted the game directly into her brain. Now her sister is just trying to find a way to reconnect. Interesting concept.

Stats // Marguerite K. Bennett: Joey is not a good man. Maybe that is why someone is teaching him a lesson by messing with his stats in real life. A revenge story that is kind of creepy from both sides. Joey is an asshat sure, but….

Please Continue // Chris Kluwe: Chris Kluwe, former NFL player and ginormous geek writes a story that talks about the power gamer. As a woman who knows a few powergamers who are obsessed with grinding, finding the loopholes and glitches, and making sure you never miss a raid night, I get it. But everyone games differently. I like the immersion and escape. Others view the game as a problem and want to solve it more than escape into it. To each their own (unless you are trying to do multiplayer story mode with that above mentioned gamer set and want to solve things your own way and not skip the story bits). I can see why some may not like this story, but I enjoyed it.

Creation Screen // Rhianna Pratchett: Oh how much time I spend creating characters (looking at you Dragon’s Dogma). Poor character. This story is from their point of view. The spark of life, the painful physical transformations and modifications, the first glimpse of a new world, and having to comply with commands that may differ from their desires. I liked this story. Sorry character. Really I am.

The Fresh Prince of Gamma World // Austin Grossman: Post-apocalyptic Boston for the win. I don’t want to give too much away, but I now want to go play Fallout 4 again. Great world building, nice pacing, and some nice twists to boot.

Gamer’s End // Yoon Ha Lee: War games. Literally. A simulation turns a little too real. Love the idea, but for some reason it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

The Clockwork Soldier // Ken Liu: Alex is tasked to bring back runaway Ryder back to his family. Another text based gaming story and yet different. I loved the android bits (I am currently watching the first season of Humans on AmazonPrime). I think this would make a great Outer Limits episode.

Killswitch // Catherynne M. Valente: An interesting outing, this one involves a game full of ghosts who haunt the mines and machinery. It also parallels the real mining industry and deals with themes like gaming versus real life. There are no respawns, just one shot. Interesting as is most of Valente’s works.

Twarrior // Andy Weir: Oh how I love Weir, not because he wrote the Martian, but because he’s a big nerd and I love nerds. So so funny this story. A programmer creates a program to run for a billion seconds and to learn what it can. Over 30 years later the AI returns, self-aware, intelligent, and…who speaks only in slang. This is what happens when you learn from the interwebs.

Select Character // Hugh Howey: Another story that I don’t want to give away too much about, but let’s just say it involves a gaming urban legend and a wife who plays her husband’s video games. I liked it. Not the strongest ending, but one that made me smile.

Buy or Borrow: Buy. If you are a fan of video games in general this a great little anthology.

Part of: Standalone

Also Recommended: For more gaming themed books try Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, and Arena by Holly Jennings.

3.50 out of 4 happy bibliosnark bookmarks 

LEVELING UP - 101 in 1001

START DATE: June 1, 2016
END DATE: February 27th, 2019

It is my birthday tomorrow. As I approach some milestones in my life, I started thinking about the things that I have not done yet. I also moved to California last year with the Rogue and when I moved from Montana I realized that I had lived in beautiful Montana for quite a few years and crossed very little off of my bucket list. I wondered why. I wondered how many things I could do in my new home and this new chapter in my life. Imagine how many adventures and new things to learn are out there. It is time for me to level up. I need a +20 in life right now.

Now I love lists. I do well with lists (probably because I enjoy crossing things off of them). So, I started thinking about those bucket lists. What haven’t I done? What is keeping me from doing it all? A friend sent me a link to dayzeroproject.com and this epic list of my life wishes began to form.

Here is the plan. I have 1001 days to complete all 101 goals and level up as a human being. 3 years. A lot can happen in 3 years. It consists of things across all points of my life. Some of them are easy. Some of them will be difficult. But all of them can be accomplished if I really wanted them to. I unofficially started this about a month ago, but now it’s official. I did a post and everything. :)

My goal is to post when I have completed something (including pictures when I can). Maybe I will be uber awesome and get all 101 things done. Maybe the point is that I will have tried and that I am conscious of the things *I* want in my life. Of course these are not the only things I want either. This list could keep going for quite some time. I suppose that means something. Like I said I am ready to level up as a human. I know these things usually happen at the beginning of the new year, but now feels the right time for me. Thank you for going on the journey with me. Support me, heckle me, or make sure I keep on track. I hope it will be fun. Allons-y!

Last edited: 6.8.16

PERSONAL
 1. Finish creating the 101 list and post it || completed 6.1.16
 2. Put away $20 for every goal completed.
 3. Expand my vocabulary by 100 words
 4. Identify 100 things that make me happy
 5. Make 3 new friends
 6. Reconnect with an old friend
 7. Volunteer 5 times
 8. Say ‘yes’ to everything for a day
 9. Leave an inspirational note for someone.
10. Get rid of 101 things I no longer need
11. Write a will
12. Get a job I love
13. Start my own business
14. Adopt a pet that needs rescuing

HEALTH & FITNESS
15. Achieve my goal weight or be happy and healthy with my weight
16. Successfully start and complete at least 10 30 day fitness challenges
17. Do a fun run (Color, Night, Pub, etc)
18. Run at least 2 5Ks
19. Donate blood
20. Find a skincare routine that works.
21. Eat no fast food for a month
22. Don’t eat sugar for a week.

BEAUTY AND FASHION
23. Have a spa day
24. Redo my wardrobe
25. Reduce my closet by 1/2
26. Discover a brow bar
27. Play with at least 10 beauty tutorials
28. Buy at least 3 things off my Pinup or Modcloth wishlists
29. Get a massage every six months

FOOD AND DRINK
30. Try 1 new recipe every week (1 of 143 completed)
31. Bake cupcakes once a month
32. Try a new cocktail every 2 weeks
33. Go on a proper picnic
34. Go to High Tea
35. Go vegetarian for two weeks
36. Bake a Birthday cake
37. Try 10 new-to-me foods (1 of 10 completed)
38. Take a cooking class

EVENTS & FUN TIMES
39. Go horseback riding on the beach
40. Ride in a hot air balloon
41. Watch the sun rise and the sun set in the same day
42. Build a sandcastle on the beach
43. Take a long weekend away with E every year
44. Send a message in a bottle
45. Learn to identify 5 new constellations
46. Buy an original piece of art.
47. Fly a kite
48. Get professional photos done.
49. Go to at least 3 concerts
50. Go ziplining

TRAVEL (CALIFORNIA)
51. Visit Yosemite
52. Go to Point Reyes
53. Spend a weekend in Sonoma
54. Go to Disneyland
55. Go on a new hike every month
56. Visit Tahoe
57. Discover a new park every month
58. Go kayaking and see otters
59. Go to Great America || completed 6.5.16
60. Watch the SF Ballet
61. Visit a winery or vineyard

TRAVEL (OUTSIDE CALIFORNIA)
62. Travel outside the US
63. Visit Harry Potter World in Florida or California
64. Travel domestically to a place I have never been once a year
65. Spend a long weekend in Las Vegas
66. Visit 1 new National Park a year
67. Spend more time in the Pacific Northwest

BIBLIOPHILE
68. Read 26 books by new authors aka the alphabet challenge
69. Read 20,000 pages
70. Read 5 books based purely on their cover
71. Write at least 4 book reviews a month
72. Take part in 2 reading challenges
73. Do 5 Book Giveaways
74. Interview 2 authors
75. Ask 10 friends to suggest one book, read them all
76. Read 10 books on the banned book list that I have not read before
77. Write a letter to my favorite author
78. Hold a reading challenge

GEEK
79. Watch 10 documentaries
80. Watch 3 Webseries
81. Ask 10 friends to suggest a movie, watch them all
82. Go to a film festival
83. Do a 30 day video game challenge
84. Finish 5 incomplete games
85. Try TWITCH streaming
86. Attend 1 convention a year

CREATIVITY
87. Take a drawing/painting class
88. Scrapbook all old photos
89. Buy a proper camera
90. Learn to machine sew and post 3 projects
91. Learn to crochet and post 3 projects
92. Try and complete 1 new pinterest project every month
93. Do a 30 day photo challenge
94. Complete a coloring book

BLOGGING AND MEDIA
95. Try to do an unboxing video
96. Sponsor 10 blogs
97. Redo design and Rebrand
98. Find 3 people to guest on my blog
99. Make 3 social linkups
100. Attend 1 blogger event
101. Post at least 3x a week

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

TUESDAY TRAILERS: NOW YOU SEE ME 2

The Four Horsemen are back along with Daniel Radcliffe. The Rogue and I enjoyed the first film. Capers with magic = yep we are all in. Happy to have the addition of Lizzy Caplan whom I love. I think, once again, it will be the perfect summer popcorn film. What do you think? Plans to see it?


Summary: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet...…Opens June 10, 2016.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

THROWBACK THURSDAYS: LISA FRANK

If you grew up in the 80’s and 90’s you have probably heard of Lisa Frank. Certainly you would recognize her handiwork. I had piles of stickers, pencils, and folders of rainbow unicorns, painting pandas, smiling orcas, and neon tiger cubs. When you see Lisa Frank merchandise you have to admit that the shiny, happy, glitter explosion has its own unique style. Seriously so magical. I look at these images and I am transported to my childhood.

Growing up I was drawn to neon cuteness, presumably the same way I was drawn to Freezy Freakies, Unico, and anything a bright dayglo pink. Everything was so colorful, so adorable, so…me as a kid. She was the epitome of cool for me. And I needed to own all of the things. I know I had at least one Trapper Keeper that was Lisa Frank.


Some cool facts about Lisa Frank. She started her company when she was 24 in 1979 (makes me look incredibly…le sigh). That same year she received a million dollar order from Spencer Gifts (a place I spent a lot of time at). Most of the designs were airbrush painted until the 90’s where things switched to computers. It began with stickers and her own unique characters then expanded.

Lisa Frank is still out there. While now everything is contracted out you may have seen some clothing at Urban Outfitters. There is even a Tarot set. She will always have a place in my heart. I seriously need more adorable jaguars in my life or Princess cats.

Were you or are you still a Lisa Frank fan? What was your favorite design? Did you like the inclusion of people later in Lisa Frank’s career. Do you still own Lisa Frank stuff?

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TUESDAY TRAILERS: CAPTAIN AMERICA - CIVIL WAR

I am not a huge fan of the Civil War story in the comics however I do like the overall basis of it. The movie looks like it strays from the comic book adventures and that is a good thing. And yet I look forward to seeing a potentially new group of supes from the Marvel universe make their debut and become more important in the MCU. I also am looking forward to seeing Tony and Steve square off. Steve wants to believe that Bucky can atone and believes the best in people even when he has seen their worst. Tony is arrogant, always has been, but Ultron knocked him down a few pegs. Now he has to try even further to prove that he is right, that he knows what is best…for everyone even if it means fighting against his friends. It will be interesting if he eventually makes it to Director of SHIELD. I am still marking my calendar for this one. I can’t help it. I am super excited and will always be a Marvel girl. What do you think? Plans to see it?


Summary: After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability..…Opens May 6, 2016.