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text 2018-12-19 05:28
Meagan, I Hear You!

I got more texts today for Meagan, a girl I was told used to own my phone number but has passed away. The first text today was from B Vo Vision, wishing Meagan a happy birthday. She would be 34 (my age) today. She died from sudden cardiac arrest on May 8th, 2018. I don't know if this is some kind of cosmic sign. I need new glasses, my health is declining and I need to work on living again, and we are very close in age. The second text today was from a friend of hers of 15 years who also texted to say happy birthday and that they loved and missed her so much.

 

 

Meagan, I hear you. Happy birthday. I hope you are at peace.

 

 

**The first text I ever got for Meagan was on Dec 3rd was from another friend. They told me what happened to Meagan. I never wrote them back, because I thought it was a scam. Such is the world we live in. Friend of Meagan, I am very sorry for your loss and I am very sorry that I did not message you back. I was told that it might be better not to and warned that the probability of your message being a scam was really high. B Vo Vision contacting me proved otherwise, which prompted me to investigate my phone number.

 

 

I looked up my phone number and it says it is owned by a Meagan W. I got a late payment text from Verizon ages ago that I thought was a scam. Meagan's carrier was Verizon according to White Pages. I'm getting many, many long distance phone calls every day from bill collectors or businesses. Nobody should have this number. It all makes sense now.**

 

 

The reason I posted this here is because Meagan, even after death seems to be trying to motivate me to get up and do something. I have chronic pain, I am obese, can't hardly walk or stand because of spine problems, have depression and social anxiety. I've been doing nothing for a very long time and gaining more weight because of it. My weight isn't because I eat too much or that I am lazy. Chronic pain, depression and invisible illnesses don't help, but they make it hard to move, in turn making it hard to... oh, well, I can't even explain what I am trying to say. It is a vicious cycle; I'll just say that.

 

 

Even if I can only do a little, Meagan, you're motivating me to at least try. You've got to start from somewhere, right? Thank you, Meagan.

 

 

I know she is gone, but let's remember her today. Please do what Meagan's friend says. Make an effort to let those you love know because it can slip away in an instant. I hope Meagan can motivate you to do something you need to do. <3

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review 2018-12-19 03:24
The Llama of Death
The Llama of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery (Gunn Zoo Series) - Betty Webb

Teddy has been ordered to take Alejandro, the llama, to the Renaissance Fair and give rides to little kids on him. She does as she is ordered and stays overnight at the Fair so that she doesn't have to put him into the trailer until the next day. Overnight, she hears him screaming and barking in fear. She runs to him and finds Victor dead in the pen of the llama. Her fiance is in Washington, DC learning some things at the FBI and is out of touch. While he is gone the fifth in command is in charge, he is known to be incompetent and has a grudge against the Bentley family. He arrests Teddy's mother, Caroline. She now feels she needs to work to prove that her mother is not guilty of murder while trying to get Joe to do something before she is arrested by the same man for anything he feels he can pin on her. 

 

Another story that my kids asked for and we listened to in the car while going to and from different places. 

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review 2018-12-19 00:22
I guess Jughead is preferable to being called Forsythe Pendleton
Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale - Francesco Francavilla,Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Afterlife with Archie: Escape From Riverdale (issues 1-5) by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was mentioned briefly in my review of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Vol 1 as it was created by the same author AND both books exist in the same twisted universe. Where Sabrina dwells in a world governed by dark magic and witches that do Satan's bidding Archie and his friends are living in a different kind of hell on earth. For those familiar with the comic strip featuring Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead you're accustomed to 1950s nostalgia vibes of burgers at the diner and lovelorn glances across the football field. There's that in this iteration and a whole lot more. Aguirre-Sacasa must have tapped into that same dark vein that Stephen King has plumbed for years because Riverdale's residents are being plagued by the walking dead. I'M TALKING ZOMBIES, YA'LL. It all begins with Jughead's dog becoming infected and passing it to him through a bite until it spreads like an epidemic. (Remember the movie 28 Days Later?) Things come to a head at the school dance where of course Betty and Veronica are vying for Archie's attention so they don't immediately get that something is terribly wrong with their ol' pal Jughead. [A/N: I don't remember them being so catty but in this story they're doing anything and everything to catch this boy's attention even if they have to demean themselves to do it. It's actually pretty horrible how they treat each other and how absolutely ridiculous they make themselves. The boy ain't that great, ya know?] Things quickly devolved from there and it's a race against time as they and a few of their classmates try to find a place free of the undead creatures. It ends on a cliffhanger and volume two is in the works to be published next year so now is the time to get a head-start. Zombie and horror fans will delight in this series (as well as CAoS). For me it's a pretty solid 9/10 with a deduction for sexist/misogynistic depiction of female leads.

 

Jughead isn't that good at makeup, ya'll. [Source: Vulture]

 

What's Up Next: Star Trek Destiny #3: Lost Souls by David Mack

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Elfquest Archives: Volume 2 by Wendy & Richard Pini

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-18 19:16
The Granular Success Egg: " The Death of the Author" by Roland Barthes
The Death of the Author - Roland Barthes


Another piece of advice you of want to succeed in writing a novel:

1) Be youngish and photogenic;
2) Lure an agent with your headshot - or be well-known already;
3) Get a PR who is at least as good as your agent;
4) Include some mildly kinky sex scenes in your book and market it as being aimed at middle-aged women;
5) Live on Facebook with a thousand-selfie-a-day habit;
6) Praise god for your God-given talent then adopt atheism;
7) Tell everyone to get fucked.

To quote Somerset Maugham: "There are only three ways to write a novel ....unfortunately, no one knows what they are .... "

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-12-17 15:06
In Rache entflammt // New York to Dallas!!!
In Rache entflammt: Roman (Eve Dallas, Band 33) - J.D. Robb,Uta Hege

german and english review

 

Ich könnte ja jetzt hier wie beim letzten Band schreiben, wie großartig die Serie ist und wie unterhaltsam ich sie immer noch finde obwohl ich inziwschen bei Band 33 angekommen bin. Es ist immer noch spannend, es fühlt sich immer noch neu und frisch hat. Es ist einfach immer noch großartig. Aaaaaber, ich komme diesmal lieber gleich zu dem eigentlichen Buch das ich gelesen habe.

 

In Rache entflammt.

 

Eve Dallas reise in die Vergangenheit. Nicht nur dadurch, dass sie sich mit einem Fall beschäftigen muss, der einer ihrer ersten großen Fische war, als sie noch als Officer unterwegs war. Nein, genau dieser Fall führt sie ausgerechnet nach Dallas. Zurück in ihre schreckliche Vergangenheit. Natürlich lauern da viele Erinnerungen, viele Dämonen mit denen sie kämpfen muss.

 

Was für eine Achterbahnfahrt das wieder war. Ich bin wirklich so froh, dass die Bücher es immer wieder schaffen, wunderbaren Humor mit heftigen Momenten zu mischen, denn nach dem ein oder anderen Albtraum, tut es unglaublich gut, wenn man mal was zu lachen hat.

 

Mir hat ja ein bisschen Peabody gefällt und auch der Rest der New York Truppe, trotzdem fand ich die Atmosphäre und die Dallas Truppe, einfach auch total interessant, vor allem einfach auch mal was Neues. Bree ist mir besonders ans Herz gewachsen.

 

Es gab den ein oder anderen Twist. Den größten habe ich ehrlich gesagt kommen sehen, trotzdem war er wirklich gut gemacht und hat auch super in die Story an sich gepasst. Also, alles gut.

 

Eindeutig wieder ein absoluter Lieblingsband von mir.

 

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Like with the last book, I could write a really long ass rant about how much I still enjoy this series and how entertaining it is, even though I now reached book 33. But seriously, it's still really exciting, it still feels new and fresh. It's still amazing. Buuut, let's talk about the book itself.

 

New York to Dallas.

 

Eve Dallas travels back into her past. Not just because she has to deal with a case that involves her first big fish she ever caught, back when she was still an officer. No, the case also has her traveling to Dallas. Back to her awful past. Of course there are lots of memories, lots of demons she has do battle.

 

What a rollercoaster ride that was once again. I'm just so happy that these books always manage to mix in some great humour with all these nightmares. It's just the greatest feeling to laugh after a very intense moment.

 

I really missed Peabody quite a bit and the rest of the New York gang, too but I still really enjoyed the whole atmosphere and the Dallas group, just because it was really interesting and also just really something new. Loved Bree the most, tho, of course.

 

There were some twists. To be completely honest, I saw the biggest one coming a mile away BUT still, it was really well done and just fit the story perfectly. Loved it.

 

Overall this book is totally one of my favorites.

 
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