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text 2016-11-14 17:00
Balconies & Spilt Drinks: SF Movie Memories | TTT

**Today's List: (Movie freebie)**

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, “was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!”


Sci-Fi Month

 

"Sci-Fi Month is a month-long blog event, that I [Rinn Reads] hosted for the first time in 2013, created to celebrate everything amazing about science fiction. From TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it was intended to help us share our love and passion for this genre and its many, many fandoms. It was such a success – and I honestly wasn’t expecting that many people to join in – that people were already asking in December whether it would be held again the next year!

 

Sci-Fi Month has a schedule that all participants can add to, meaning everyone can clearly see what is being posted each day. This also encourages participants to comment on and visit other blogs." You can also follow on Twitter @SciFiMonth and/or #RRSciFiMonth


Disclosure: GMB uses affiliate links, clicking and making a purchase may result in a small commission for me.

 

I had a different post planned for today, but it didn't work out. So I decided to throw together a quick TTT list for the movie freebie week. This being Sci-Fi Month, it just had to be SF focused of course. (Since this is being done last minute, there are only 5 entries.)

 

I come from a large family that has always enjoyed movies, especially SF & Fantasy ones. Movie quotes were frequently sprinkled throughout our conversations, and quote quizzes helped keep us entertained in the car. Watching favorite movies together is still a big part of social occasions (although hard on new in-laws, since we talk to the screen a lot).

 

Here are 5 SF movies that have fun/special memories attached.

(covers link to Amazon)

 

Frequency - The first time I watched this, I thought that one of my brother's would really enjoy it also. So I got it for him as a gift. The next time I needed to get him a gift, I forgot I had already given him this and got it a second time. It wasn't until I gave it to him a third time that he said something, and that it became a family joke. Now whenever gifts come up I tell him, "actually, there's this really great movie I think you'd like..."

 

Galaxy Quest - I might not have ever seen this one if it hadn't been for a wonky double date. One of my younger brothers (not the same one as above) was trying to get a girl to go out with him and so we arranged for me & my boyfriend at the time to double with them. She ended up changing her mind though, so we brought one of my sisters along instead to keep things even. The "boys" picked the movie, and we weren't too impressed with the selection at first but ended up loving it and having a wonderful time. (That was also my first time eating at Olive Garden, though not the last since it is another sister's favorite.)

 

Independence Day

Well before the Galaxy Quest date, I took that same brother to see this movie for his birthday. He still occasionally reminds me that I spilled my drink all over him when the doctor is slammed against the glass by the alien. (That was also the first time that all the adults kept talking to my newly tall "little brother," rather than me, despite the fact that he is 10 years younger.)

 

The Return of the Jedi

This was the first movie I ever stood in line for on opening day. It was me and the rest of my family at the tiny (one smallish screen) theater closest to the "middle of nowhere" wide spot in the road where I grew up.

 

(The last movie I stood in line for on opening day was The Return of the King, also with my entire family. See below for "the rest of the story.")

 

The Wrath of Khan

This was the first movie I ever saw at the huge (& awesome) Cinerama theater in Seattle. It was a late night showing and we were able to grab middle seats in the front row of the balcony.

 

(The last movie I saw here was TRotK. And despite the fact that it was opening day, and I had my whole family there, we were able to grab awesome seats near the front center of the balcony.)

 

Talk to Me (pretty please)

  • What are your favorite SF movies?
  • Do you have any fun movie memories?
  • What's the most awesome theater you've been to?

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text 2016-11-07 07:01
Visions of the Future: Why Science Fiction is Important | My Musings

**Today's Topic: Why should we encourage and support the creation & consumption of SF for children / young adults?**

 

"Sci-Fi Month is a month-long blog event, that I [Rinn Reads] hosted for the first time in 2013, created to celebrate everything amazing about science fiction. From TV shows to movies, books to comics, and everything else in between, it was intended to help us share our love and passion for this genre and its many, many fandoms. It was such a success – and I honestly wasn’t expecting that many people to join in – that people were already asking in December whether it would be held again the next year!

 

Sci-Fi Month has a schedule that all participants can add to, meaning everyone can clearly see what is being posted each day. This also encourages participants to comment on and visit other blogs." You can also follow on Twitter @SciFiMonth and/or #RRSciFiMonth


 

For me, the path to this post began when I realized that although I identify my favorite genre as Science Fiction (SF), I actually read & own a lot more Fantasy (F). This contributed to changes I made in my posting schedule which attempts a strict alternating of SF & F reviews. Which led to my realization that it is actually much more difficult to find SF audiobooks for MG & YA readers than F ones. And most of what I do find is post-apocalyptic dystopias.

 

Don't get me wrong, Fantasy is my second favorite genre (and I also like a good dystopia). But the truth is that none of the children/teens reading fantasy today will ever get a (real) Hogwarts letter, nor find a door into Narnia. But they might become scientists, inventors, medical researchers, or space agency employees; and a few of them could even become astronauts. They could help cure cancer, improve technology, reduce hunger & poverty, and explore new worlds (in our own solar system at least).

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text 2016-10-31 15:51
Thoughts that Think Themselves | Rants & Raves

**Today's Topic: Second & Third Thoughts vs Too Stupid to Live**

Wherein I present a hated or loved trope and discuss it using examples.


Disclosure: GMB uses affiliate links, clicking and making a purchase may result in a small commission for me.

 

 

**This discussion contains major spoilers for The Iron Trial  (I have hidden them), and may contain minor spoilers for the other books. If you avoid all spoilers, you can just read the portion above "The Raves"**

 

 

Characters Who Think (or Not)

 

In August, I debuted my new "Rants & Raves" (a sub-feature of "My Musings") with a discussion of one of my biggest pet peeves, Dangerous Secrets kept by parents & other responsible adults.

 

This month I'd like to turn it around and talk about one of my favorite things. I am very fond of characters who are deep thinkers, and especially those who consider the consequences of their actions ahead of time and/or debunk the rhetoric of villains.

 

For me this category will forever be identified with Tiffany Aching, and Terry Pratchett's description:

"First Thoughts are the everyday thoughts. Everyone has those. Second Thoughts are the thoughts you think about the way you think. People who enjoy thinking have those. Third Thoughts are thoughts that watch the world and think all by themselves. They’re rare, and often troublesome."

And in the hands of a skilled author, a thinking character doesn't have to be a Mary Sue or other "too perfect" type of character. They can still make "bad" decisions for a myriad of reasons.

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text 2016-10-10 17:20
Grappling with Goodreads: Creating Community (Pt 3) | My Musings

This Month's Foci:

Research Report = Goodreads

Request for Tips = Bloglovin' / Facebook & Google+

 

I am currently working on non-statistical goals for improving my blog & on becoming a better citizen of the blogosphere. For now that means, learning how to use the platforms/sites I am registered with in order to more effectively: 1) Share my own activities & content and 2) Support other readers & bloggers

 

The Plan

  • Spend a month learning about a specific site (or group of sites).
  • Spend the following month practicing what I have learned, and researching the next site(s).
  • Continue until complete.
  • Do a monthly post sharing what I've learned.

Report: Twitter Practice

 

I have been struggling to implement what I learned about Twitter in the past month. I am still working on it, but it will be a longer process than I hoped. I did make the changes to my Twitter profile that I discussed in the previous post. I have experienced a surge in followers, but can't isolate which particular things caused it.

 

I am in the process of setting up Follows vs Lists. For existing accounts I Follow, I am checking each one and assigning them to a List based on how often I want to check them. I will be unfollowing anyone who doesn't follow me back (this is basically to keep my follower list more manageable), but will leave them in the list if their tweets are of interest. In the future, I will add them to a List when I first Follow. Basically, I don't need to Follow anyone to have access to their tweets, so I will use that as a way to connect with and boost like minded accounts.

 

I did pretty bad at actually Tweeting this month, both my own stuff and others. The only thing I was diligent about was promoting the CYBILS Awards (which I am helping to judge).

 

Report: Goodreads Research

 

Prior to starting this research, the only thing I really used Goodreads for was cross-posting reviews. I'm still not planning to become a power user, but I have learned some good things along with confirming the bad.

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text 2016-10-03 07:01
Whetting Your Appetite or Pure Torture?: Excerpts | My Musings

**Yes/No: Do you read Pre-release Excerpts?**

The 2016 Discussion Challenge is hosted by Nicole @Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon @It Starts At Midnight. “So often book bloggers mean to post more discussions on our blogs, but we just don’t quite get around to it. Well, we wanted to give everyone a little motivation to keep the discussions going, plus give us a place to link up our discussions so that more people will see our precious words of wisdom (or … you know … our GIF-filled rants).”


I never really participated in the online book community until I became a blogger earlier this year. Before that, my only exposure to pre-release excerpts was an occasional one at the back of a book/ebook. I never bothered to read those.

 

Back in January, I came across one for a book I was eagerly awaiting on someone's blog. I made the terrible mistake of reading it. Thankfully the book was due out in March or I may not have survived the experience. It definitely did it's job in increasing my anticipation, but I will never do that again.

 

You may be asking yourself, "What's her problem?" That's a good question. If you read my recent post, "Love It or DNF It", then you know I confessed to being a bookaholic who has trouble reading just one chapter. Work or church are pretty much the only things that ever succeed in getting me to put down a book I've started but not yet finished. Reading a pre-release excerpt is pure torture for me, since I can't possibly keep reading.

 

So my answer is:

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