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review 2018-06-24 23:01
Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk
Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative - Danielle Krysa

This was on sale on Audible for 99 cents, so I couldn't resist. 


At two hours and forty-three minutes, it's a short, self-help pick-me-up, designed to encourage artists of all sorts to set aside negative internal thoughts about their work and just get back to making stuff.


The tone is warm and encouraging, which is precisely what the material calls for.


It might be most useful for someone who's just embarking on a creative enterprise, to give them courage, and to force them to stop and think about why they might have negative thoughts about themselves. (Did you receive a negative critique in the past? Did a parent or teacher dismiss your art as a child?)


I'm not much of an "exercises" enthusiast (e.g. thirty-day projects, writing prompts, painting prompts), so I wasn't interested in those suggestions.


I wish it had been more carefully researched and edited. I don't need it to be a scholarly tome--it's supposed to be light and fun, after all--but a little fact-checking always helps to make a published work feel more authoritative. 


1. It did not take Thomas Edison 10,000 attempts to produce a successful lightbulb. This is an often-repeated myth. See the explanation of his trials and errors here. (His lab did apparently conduct thousands of experiments while designing a storage battery.)


2. The phrase "working in a vacuum" does not refer to a vacuum cleaner. At first I thought Ms. Krysa was talking about it being dusty and too small inside as a play on words, but she continued the description throughout the chapter. She does understand that the metaphor means "working in isolation," but doesn't seem to realize that the origin of the expression is "a space devoid of matter," not "a machine to suck up dirt." :)


3. She asks "What if Leonardo da Vinci had thought painting the Mona Lisa was a waste of time?" In fact, da Vinci is a terrible example if you want to portray a healthy attitude about one's artistic career. He was notorious for not completing commissions, for leaving paintings unfinished for years, and for feeling like an abject failure because of it. He carted the Mona Lisa around with him until his death, rather than present it to the patron who commissioned it.

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text 2018-04-26 06:11
Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative - Danielle Krysa

Yes, I know. It says right in the tag line, "No self-help" and yet here it is. Even worse, I can't believe that not only did I listened to the whole thing but I even went as far as checking out the price of the print edition. There are some quotes and some lists that I would like to have in front of me for future reference. I will also say that just because I was checking out the price does mean I am telling you to go out and buy this book. I'm not. I still don't like self-help books--and that's why this isn't a review and I haven't given it any gold stars. 


So, why did I buy it, besides the very cheap price and because I liked the title? Because I started to paint four years ago and wanted see if the author had anything helpful to say about the creative process and making art. The answer is yes, she does. 

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review 2016-11-09 00:00
Irresistible Jerk
Irresistible Jerk - Mira Stanley Irresistible Jerk - Mira Stanley description


The second in a 10 part serial that follows Joe and Kelly through the ups and downs of their relationship.

This second installment sees Joe and Kelly agreeing to a sex-only relationship. Well, Joe wants more and is going to use Kelly's rules to lure her into it. Again the writing is very good and the sex scenes are hot.

My problem is, I am not sure I am going to have the patience to continue this whole "one only wants sex and the other more" dealio for 8 more books. Kelly is already getting on my nerves. I'm also confused about her whole relationship with Rico. Is this going to turn into a HEA menage? It feels wrong she is spending hours on the phone with him behind Joe's back.

I'm intrigued enough that I'll continue on with the series for now.


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review 2016-10-22 00:00
The Jerk, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe
The Jerk, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe - ... The Jerk, the Bitch, and the Wardrobe - rivers_bend 2.5 stars
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-10-28 02:23
Bella and The Pig - Part II
Bella and the Beast (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

Arc provided by St. Martin's Press through Netgalley

Release Date: November 3rd



DNF at 41%


Confession time:

This story provoked such a reaction in me _ and no, it wasn't a good one_ that even after deciding to DNF it, I am still mad as... hell.


Yes, I am not being impartial, because back in the day when I started reading historical romances, most guys behaved as atrociously as this did does, and I would read them and like them.


Thing is, we're in 2015 and violence against women is still the main cause of women's death. More than cancer.

Being a woman our days still means that you're probably going to receive inferior wages compared with guys.

It also means that you're probably going to be subject to sexual abuse.

And to read something that tries to romanticize this type of behaviour in our time and age, really gets under my skin.


I've honestly been going over and over in my head, trying to find a way to write this review without going into a rant, but I cannot.


I can't get over the fact, that during the first interaction between Bella and _ I've come to think about him as the Pig _ Alwynn, he lifts up her skirts so than he can see if she was a specific tattoo (the one you see on the model's ankle) . Now, you're probably thinking: Oh, its just the ankle. It could be worse...

But it is, because not only did she not consent to it, soon enough he is grabbing her leg, and thinking about he would like to do with parts of her anatomy.He has all the power, and she has to submit to his whims.

Not hot. Not sexy.




To make matters even worse, Bella and all the other characters _ from what I read _ just felt flat to me.

I read a review in which the reviewer basically tells that if you liked the Mummy, especially Evie, you were going to love this.

I am not a fan of horror movies. I don't like to see scarabs eating people's... faces. -_-

But I've seen that movie a couple of times because I like the characters.

 I loved Evie's personality. Even Rick's. And I loved their romance.

Bella is no Evie.



So, let me recapitulate:

I hate the guy.

The woman is a nitwit who is supposed to be strong and brave but instead feels like an Anastasia.

Then I can't stop thinking that this book should be called "Bella and The Pig".

The guy has just gone to a brothel.

The guy returns home after frequenting said brothel, and decides "what the hell, I should f***k Bella as well".

She tells him no.

He decides to ignore her attempts to free herself from his unwanted attentions, because surely that's just her maiden sensibilities arising.

She pulls a dagger to his throat _ YAY! _ but only because she came second to the brothel scene. -_-


No. No. And no.

Not sexy. Not hot.


I want him tramped by a horse carriage.

And I want her shaken until her brain cells get back into place!


There: this is what this book has made me feel. I cannot be more honest than this.

I can deal with brooding, ill mannered Beasts. What I can not do, is stand abusive borderline rapists.

Also to call this a retelling of Beauty and The Beast is really, really pushing it.


First book that I've read by this author, and the thing is, I have been curious about the first book in this series for a long time now.

Now, not so much.

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