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review 2016-10-20 23:46
Some was good, some was ok and some was a let down
Dark Musings - 11 Stories of the Uncanny - Kevin Rees

11 short stories of gothic horror, dystopian science fiction, a visit to an old story some may recognise and a killer clown.

What did I think of it:
3.4 stars,
Ok so I picked it up because of the cover, for some reason the clown reminds me of the one in It by Stephen King, while some of the stories was creepy there was some that just did make the cut, But I'll be keeping this one to re read the ones I did like:
here are the stories with the rating I giving them:
The Bog Man : 4.5 ( was just a 4 but I went back and re read it and its a 4,5 ; this one remind me of the old black and white Mummy movies , the one from 1932 which has Boris Karloff as Imhotep)

Hoot- A Campfire Tale 5 stars ( not ever going camping after I read this one )

The Green Door- 3 stars

Street Hunt - 1 star

The Five O'clock Shadow- 3 star

Number 11 -3 stars

Qui Venit , Manet - 3 stars

Skintoy 2 -1 star

Mr,Jiggles ( this one is creepy ) -5 stars

The Table- 2 stars

The Sucking Pit:-3 stars

 

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text 2016-07-16 09:52
The Maudlin Artist's Social Media Musings.
Warning, Expletives Ahead!
 
I was cleaning out the notepad app on my phone a few days ago, and I found this rambling from a few months ago. I think I was going to post it on Facebook or something, but I chickened out. I figured everyone would think I was whining. Strange, we find a grumbling quote from a classic author about bleeding on typewriters and it's inspired; if we have some sort of crisis of faith-in-ourselves, we are whining. Why is that? Why do we do that to ourselves.. To each other? In any case, I figured 'fuck it'. This was genuinely how I felt, and still feel on occasion.. Actually, let's be honest: Often. I think others might too. So, you're not alone my gorgeousnesses, not at all.. 
***
 
 

There are many reasons to dislike social media, but for me the most pertinent of them, is that it feeds directly into my 'Spiral of Creative Self Doubt'.. An affliction I believe many 'Creatives' suffer.. Our work's merit is bundled up with the judgement of others, and social media is basically a massive platform of users in constant judgement of everything you Do, Create, Say..

 

with the power of the like button, you are

 

Right, Wrong, Loved.

 

However, it's the unknown factor of Social Media that really gets to me. Squirrels itself into the Spiral. I post a flippant, grainy, 2 second click and crop photo of a book cover I'm reading - likety like like. I really don't care too much, it's just a way of keeping in the loop, but people 'like' it.

 

I post a section of an artwork I've been working on for weeks: hard time spent, neck muscles screaming, eye sight ruined -

 

*crickets*.

 

If it was real life, and I had feedback to say, "yeah, not so good K, tsk." I could let it go.. Sigh heavily.. Work on  it, leave it, whatever.

 

However, on social media, you can fuck yourself up thinking of that unknown factor. Maybe I posted it at the wrong time? Did I not hash tag it properly? Should I have done something different with the description? Were my followers just not online? Algorithms, algorithms?! Could it be Reasons that I hear *crickets*, and not my horrid artistry skills?

 

Self doubt spiral commence.. //Maybe, Could, Hopefully .. Please love it, me.. Everyone hates it, hates me.. Could, Hopefully, Algorithms.. Doubt, nope, hollowness. Fine, Fuck It. I'll just go hermit under the work table in the shed, and hope my dog remembers to feed me.. //

 

*sigh* *click* 'New File' 


It's genuinely a shitty roller-coaster of bumps and bruises, a constant punch into that overly sensitive organ within you that arts. I crave certainty. Positive, Negative, Good, Bad. I get nothing but *crickets*, a Spiral, and a future passive-aggressive rendering, because Fuck You.


But, I'm not sure how you avoid it these days. You are nothing without an online presence. More often than not, you feel like Nothing because you have one. Strange thing is, we keep doing it. It's incredibly stupid if you look at it logically, psychologically- let's keep beating ourselves black and blue; self-masochisim is fun, yes? Still, we do it..

 

Without other people's eyes, our work means nothing.

 

Without others, our 'Creative' world is mute, or blind, or deaf... The Void. 


And that Void for any type of art: visual, written, musical etc. -  is worse than the *crickets*. 

 

 

 

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text 2016-05-06 21:01
Holiday Weekend Reading
Bad Money by Phillips, Kevin (2009) Paperback - Kevin Phillips
AIDS in America - Susan Hunter,Alan Cumming

Looks like BL is running S-L-O-W this evening.

 

My weekend reading is aimed at getting two non-fiction books done before Bout of Books 15 kicks off Monday morning. BoB will focus on the fiction books off my TBR pile.

 

Bad Money by Kevin Phillips is a great read with easy to understand language describing the inner workings of the financial world prior to, during, and after the 2008 Global Recession. However, even with the easy language the book is still dense. I can't read this book non-stop, so I took a break to read Badass by Shannen Doherty. I will get back to Phillips' book tomorrow night.

 

AIDS in America by Susan Hunter I started tonight while my hubby watched The Revenant. (I still can't believe DiCaprio won his beloved Oscar for this movie.) So far, the book is great (probably around four stars as of right now) but the forward by Donald Trump made me roll my eyes so hard.

 

For my US friends - Happy Mother's Day to those with moms, those that are close to children (Godmoms, favorite aunties), and those who are moms. I'm taking my beautiful brats to Paradise Wildlife Park to celebrate and making my hubby take all the pictures so I can actually be in the pictures with my kids for once. We have had beautiful weather here for the past week and it is supposed to hold through the weekend, so we won't have to deal with wellies or umbrellas in our pictures.

 

Happy Reading.

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review 2016-03-09 12:23
Good Story and Characters
Mortal Musings - Aria Glazki

Alexandria/Allie has been a muse for hundreds of years. Brett has writers block and has a deadline to meet and not on idea in his mind. Brett’s muse must have left him hanging if there really were such a thing. which Brett didn’t believe or why wasn’t he more successful ? Allie got angry at Brett for his way of thinking for in all the hundreds of years she had helped creative people not one human has ever been thankful. She lashes out at her ungrateful charge and forces him to write a poem which is against the rules . She then realized she is no longer faerie but human. Allie was stunned , sure she had fought the system some but she had never in her wildest dream planed on leaving it . Brett thought Allie had broke into his house  once he realized she was even there. He was tempted to call the cops but didn’t as for some reason he had a strong urge to protect Allie.

I really loved this story. It was a little slow going at first but after I got into the story I didn’t want to put it down. Just a very sweet and enjoyable read. I really liked how Brett and Allie were attracted to each other but Brett went slow as they built a relationship as Allie was so innocent about everything. The characters were also really good I like the ins and outs Allie and Brett went through also. I recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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text 2015-09-13 03:11
How much does that "free" book cost you?

So Monique over on Leafmarks just reviewed a book to say something along the lines that there went two hours they'd never get back. Which sends my brain spurts off on this ramble.

 

How much is an hour of your time worth to you?  How many hours does the average book or publication take you to read?  (I'm estimating that in continual hours most books take most readers 3-8 hours to read.). What would be the retail price of the book if not free -- is the probable 99¢ to $6 book worth 3-8 hours of your time?  Is it easy for you to free up 3-8 hours to read a book — is it worth blowing those hours on a bad book?

 

Forbes magazine says:

"According to a speed-reading test sponsored by Staples…here are the typical speeds at which humans read…:

Third-grade students = 150 words per minute (wpm)
Eight grade students = 250
Average college student = 450
Average “high level exec” = 575
Average college professor = 675
Speed readers = 1,500
World speed reading champion = 4,700"

and

"assume each book contains 100,000 words (a reasonable estimate), and the goal is to read one book a month. At 300 wpm, that comes to another 11 minutes a day. "

 

"Start with newspapers and blogs. Say you read 20 articles a day, each an average 500 words long. (Newspaper stories tend to run longer, blog posts shorter.) At 300 words per minute (the average-adult speed), you’ll spend 33 minutes a day, including weekends, on that part of your regimen."

 

How many hours do you put in fulfilling the agreement (even if just "free for honest review")  made to get the free book behind the hours spent reading?

 

Why did it take me so many years before I could bring myself to DNF books?  (Okay, so a lot of that was pre-internet travels with few bookstores/libraries and earlier budgets where didn't always have enough books.). Do you DNF books?

 

How much harm to emotional state or mood does a bad read do?  Do you feel taken advantage of when a book turned out to actually be completely misleading based on description or an outright bad one (by which I mean defective in the sense of not ready for publication versus just not to your personal tastes)?

 

 (Never-mind how many free books are now available or the "quality" of time spent where maybe that hour could have been better spent on a better read from an ever increasing TBR pile.). 

Source: www.forbes.com/sites/brettnelson/2012/06/04/do-you-read-fast-enough-to-be-successful
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