Semi-Hiatus


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Just going to make this official, as you might have already noticed that it’s been pretty quiet here. Well, while I’m not putting this blog on full hiatus, I am putting on the back burner for a little while. For two reasons.

One being that I get more motivation as soon as the something goes on hold. It’s ridiculous and terrible, but hopefully after another two weeks break I might be able to jump back into writing here as good as new. I have several blog post ideas thought up and set…I just need the boost to write them. You might say, “don’t wait, just write.”

Except that I’m doing that, only with something with more priority, which is the second reason. For the past two weeks I’ve tried to write something for my sci-fi novel everyday. Some days I only get out 400 words. Others I get out over 1400. It is slow, but I want my writing “drive” to go into that book for now. If I find words for my blog post ideas over here, then I’ll come jot them down. But otherwise, I want to get this book written!

So, we’ll see how this goes. I might get  inspired for that Mad Max: Fury Road review by tomorrow. Who knows. But if that doesn’t happen, I at least want to put this out there so you know why the posts are so scant. :)

I hope you all are doing great. You’ll find me on more active places like Facebook or my social media sites. Or my anime blog, because I’m not short for words over there. See you later!

~Jamie

How Do You Find Inspiration?


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It rained and thundered a lot yesterday, and apparently that is the first time that it has ever rained on June 5th here in Arizona since records started getting documented. It’s a month early for the monsoon, and we haven’t had a good thunderstorm since I can’t remember when, so that was pretty exciting. I sat on the porch and held the cats and listened to the neighbor children scream in the yard behind ours. Very relaxing stuff. ;)

I felt uninspired for this blog the past week, so I decided to take that problem and make it a blog post topic. I don’t generally lack inspiration, at least not completely. I’m coming up on an anniversary next week on my anime blog and so I have big blog post plans there. I started writing a short story for myself which has been fun.

I just feel zapped for this blog. My home blog. My baby. Why?!

SO. This post requires reader participation because I want to ask:

What do you do when you run out of inspiration. For anything. What do you really do that helps?

If I can mull over a few of your solutions, I might find one for my own!

I’m going to go back to the window and wait for the rain to come back again. It always leaves whenever I talk about it on social media. >:(

~Jamie

My Online Highlights || Round 4


Favorite Blog Posts:

I Read:

I Reviewed:

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Here on Through Two Blue Eyes I wrote my 800th blog post this month! Wooh!

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What I’ve Been Watching:

  • Finished the Eleventh and Final season of Frasier (Then began a prompt rewatch. XD )
  • Kuroko’s Basketball S2 (I don’t know what I was waiting for, this show is awesome!)
  • Age of Ultron. (I forgot to blog a review for it. Anywho, it was also awesome.)
  • Free! (I want to join a swim club now.)
  • Nature shows on Netflix.

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Email in Real Life: I laughed SO HARD because this is SO TRUE. SO TRUE. THIS IS MY LIFE. Just watch the video.

Why I Like Twitter Better than Facebook: Blimey Cow, I’m sorry I fell behind in watching Messy Mondays. This video makes me feel better about my Twitter/Facebook relationship….

Writing Updates

In my last Ongoing post I told y’all I hoped I could bring a new word count to you for “100 Levels”…except that I discovered mid-May that “100 Levels” main character, the POV, the voice of the story…was completely wrong. Not just her voice but who she is and her motivation–EVERYTHING. WRONG. I sat for a week or so torn between two ideas–do I start all over? which terrified me. Or do I attempt editing what I’ve already written? which would kill me because it would kill me because that’s editing waaay to early in the game.

After talking it through with my writing buddy Rebekah (THANK YOU!) I made the decision to scrap and start over. I’ll use what I’ve written as some source material, but the entire voice needs to change! THIS IS HUGE. One, I lose a lot of work. But two, my story is going to be a lot better off in the end! Color me frustrated and excited!

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May was a busy month for me, online and off! I repainted a large room in my home, mostly by myself. My least favorite part was the taping and covering the carpet… that part is horrid. Comic-con finally arrived and I went and I bought things (post for that coming!!!) I went and saw Age of Ultron and that was amazing. Obviously, I had to make a large decision on my current work in progress novel. I began beta reading another novel. I recorded a lot of anime podcasts with James. I managed to blog semi-consistently. The list goes on and on!

I’m hoping June will be a bit more relaxed before my big birthday month–do some writing, do some surviving of the AZ heat…we’ll see what happens! :D

~Jamie

Moi’s Current Time Wasters


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Even though I’m often busy doing different things, I still find the time to waste time on fun, dumb, or unnecessary things, like these awesome and not-so-awesome distractions.

Watching nature series on Netflix: I love animals so much, so these are almost like comfort shows. I’m in the middle of two shows on Netflix now, Planet Earth and Life. Baby polar bears, fish, and zebras for the win!

Hearting images on WeHeartIt: I’m on WeHearIt more than Pinterest these days, but that’s really not a shock. I was never truly addicted to Pinterest. XD I truly adore WeHeartIt though, its such a simple and easy way to fill a part of my day with beauty.

Worrying about Facebook: I’m not quite sure what it is about Facebook, but I’m ten times more nervous about what people think of my thoughts and blog post links on there than when I post stuff on any other site. Maybe because EVERYONE is on Facebook or because I’m just too self-conscious about what people think about me, when I shouldn’t… idk guys. But that’s a huge and terrible time waster that I should definitely cut out of my day.

Creating tunes on Incredibox: A capella awesome. :D

Relistening to music on my back: Sometimes I can’t even multitask when I’m listening to certain music. I end up laying down somewhere to soak it in, even if I’ve heard those particular songs a million times already. To me that’s being a bit too generous with my time–can’t I do this while I write or something?–but sometimes I also think it’s just good therapy. XD

~Jamie

This Was The Lie (answer to tag)


I got a kick out of reading everyone’s guesses for my “Which One is the Lie” post from yesterday! But you are all anxious to know the answer. XD  I put some thought into my choice of facts–I picked truths that didn’t sound quite right and made up a lie that could be believable with knowledge of other evidence.

Here’s a reminder of the choices:

A. I have seen all the Twilight movies and own several pieces of merchandise.

B. Last summer I developed a phobia for scorpions.

C. The Two Towers if my most favorite LotR’s film.

And the false fact is!…….. *cough* drumroll please *cough*…..

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Fact B: Last summer I developed a phobia for scorpions.

Yep. False. While indeed, last summer I was stung in my sleep by a scorpion, I did not develop a phobia for them. I purposefully hunt for them in my backyard every few nights with a black light and I do not have conniptions or issues with looking at them or getting very close to them. Phobia free, I’m happy to say!

Fact C is true fact: The Two Towers is my most favorite of the Lord of the Rings movies… because it was basically the most flawless film out of the trilogy. I have so much love for that movie, too. <3 And yep, this fact is public knowledge, as written here in my Lord of the Rings post. :D

So…that means that Fact A is also true.

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I found it amusing and awesome that Fact A was the most guessed answer as being false! Y’all are awesome. I know a couple of you are thinking at this moment, “THAT FACT IS TRUE? ARE YOU A TWILIGHT FAN? YOU HAVE MERCHANDISE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?”

I can’t say that I’m a Twilight fan. But I have seen all the movies and I DO have two pieces of Twilight-themed merch! Which basically means I don’t hate it because of reasons.

So here’s the scoop on why I don’t hate the Twilight Series.

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Signed poster, Forks sign, and Bella’s truck.

Two years ago I had the pleasure of flying by myself to Washington State to visit family! Not only did my Aunt Rachel share her Twilight movies with me while I was there, but she and my grandma agreed to drive me to visit the real Forks town, where Twilight takes place. (These are photos I took on location!)

It was an entire day trip but very awesome. I got to see the buildings, forests, things from the movie Native America reservations, and La Push beach that the stories took place on. It was and incredible day of sight-seeing!

A huge sign right before reservation line XD and La Push beach.

A huge sign right before reservation line XD and La Push beach.

In Forks, I bought two pieces of Twilight merchandise: a white t-shirt with heart outlines (made from blood of course) with the Forks town name–it is my favorite pajama shirt!–and a baseball with the letter C printed on it, for Cullen. Because the Cullens play super baseball. XD I keep it on my shelf next to my Walking Dead and Disney merchandise so I always remember that I got see the edge of America with my family…and be where vampires and werewolves supposedly roam. It was a wonderful vacation.

As to the movies…the first is the worst. There’s some horribly written dialogue in that movie. Gag me with a spoon. But I rather enjoyed the last film as it had a surprising end twist that just about knocked me from my chair…and most people will miss it because they’ll never watch Twilight. Plus…Anna Kendrick! I can’t say I would recommend Twilight to anyone (*cough* GO WATCH HARRY POTTER INSTEAD *cough*), as the romance/relationship is pretty dysfunctional and immature but I’m glad that I got to watch the movies to connect with my more distant family.

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And I guess I can say I’ve stood where a vampire supposedly stood, which is cool. I can’t say that for most other movies I’ve seen. And vampires are awesome…though it’s a general rule that I prefer them as menacing, not sparkling. XD #KindaTeamEdwardButNotReally #IGuessImMoreTeamVampire #TeamVampire

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~Jamie

Which One Is The Lie? (a tag)


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I always do my tags, it’s just that sometimes they’re late. XD Thank you for tagging me Maribeth! Everyone go check out her awesome blog Formidable Courage! I’ve been looking forward to this one!

RULES! :D

  • ~Write down three facts about you – one of them is WRONG. Let your commenters guess in the comments which one is wrong (and tell them in the comments after a while)
  • ~Answer the questions of the person who tagged you – make it all super random and interesting
  • ~ Leave a new list of questions (or just pass on the question list you answered) and tag a few people of your random choice (and say why you tagged them, if you have time!) (Be original and nonsensical in your question-creativity – make the blogging world a cheerful place.  And be disastrously random.)

Okay, here are three facts about me…but one of them is wrong!

A. I have seen all the Twilight movies and own several pieces of merchandise.

B. Last summer I developed a phobia for scorpions.

C. The Two Towers if my most favorite LotR’s film.

Guess which fact is false in the comments–I shall reveal which is false after several guesses. XD

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Now, onto answering Maribeth’s questions!

1) Have YOU ever written any fanfiction? Yes, but none from movies or tv shows! When I was twelve I wrote fanfiction for a children’s mystery series called Encyclopedia Brown–I completely stole the characters, added twice as many original characters, and made everyone friends. Each year I wrote a new book with those characters, everyone getting a year older…and this continued for several years! Those stories are very precious to me now and important to my writing story. :)

2) Who are your real-life heroes? What do you admire most about them? I had to think about this for awhile. Right now my big hero is my mom. She is very brave… but I don’t have many other real life heroes at the moment. Most of them are fictional at the moment. :)

3) What is your motto? What statement(s) inspire you in your day-to-day life? I have this statement hanging on my wall so I can see it every day.

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4) What is your most treasured possession? After counting my computer, as it keeps me in touch with all my friends (and the awesome internet) and all my stories which I keep on my computer, I can probably say my very very old teddy bear. I can not bear to throw him away, even though he is completely unrecognizable (and I mean this in the most literal way.)

5) Strawberry cheesecake…or a slice of Devil’s Food cake with a scoop of ice cream? Always gotta go with chocolate in the end…although cheesecake…cheesecake is awesome.

6) Top three things on your bucket list? Publish a book, work at an aquarium, and dye my hair two colors at once. ^_^ So random and awesome!

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7) If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your thirteen-year-old self? “You will NOT be married at age eighteen. Focus on something other than marriage now so that you’re not left aimless when that ideal falls apart. But keep learning how to cook, that proves very helpful and delicious later. Work harder at learning your math. Floss your teeth. And keep writing. Those characters will be your only best friends for years, so be sure to tell their story!” Stuff like that, I suppose.

8) What is your family’s heritage? (English, German, Italian, Jewish, Spanish, etc.) My family is such a mixed bag! I have German, Spanish, Irish, Dutch, and American Indian blood in my veins. My family is pretty sure my natural curls come from the Spanish blood, and I’m very proud of it. :D

9) Favorite social media network? ….I don’t know. I do know that I prefer Twitter over Facebook EVERY DAY but people seem more vocal on Facebook. Uhg. I’m warming to Google+… and Tumblr is always awesome but I’ve never done much “socializing” on Tumblr. Does Pinterest count as a social media network? My online life is a mess.

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10) Your favorite place in the whole wide world? (This can be something as big as an entire city or as small as a certain corner of a certain room.) Hmmm do I pick the sweet black and white store of See’s Candy or the germ-filled but comforting library or my messy room or the nearby Harkins theater lobby or the car when we look at Christmas lights…there are too many wonderful places in the world. I can’t pick just one. XD

I’m going to tag just a few people for this tag and I’m going to let people reuse Maribeth’s awesome questions, because I just did a big tag a week or so ago and I don’t feel like making up new ones. :P So today I’m tagging:

S from @A Free Mind || Victora @Stori Tori’s Blog || Faith @Princess Faith || Anyone else may steal!

~Jamie

Movies of Interest


I only have three movies to discuss this time, but I’m excited for all the summer flicks that are coming up! I’m sure I’ll be doing this blog series a bit more often! So many good movies coming. But for now, I’m still playing catch up with last year’s. XD
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Exodus: Gods and Kings | 3.5/5

After watching the trailer I knew I would want to see this. I was nervous that it might turn out to be a terrible adaption like Noah had earlier in the year. But I kept my fingers crossed, and was pleasantly surprised by the film that I got. In comparison, Exodus sticks closer to the original biblical story than Noah did…not super closely of course; I don’t go into Hollywood adaptions of biblical tales and expect a good adaptions anyway–you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment that way. The cinematography and effects were amazing though. I’ve been waiting for a movie to show the plagues and it be realistic, so that was definitely a home run. The overall technical parts of the film were simply fantastic. The only thing that really failed for me was that the characters themselves were flat and didn’t affect me as a viewer. To me, that’s worse than not giving a word for word adaptation. On an overall scale, it was an enjoyable movie for what it was.

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Unbroken | 2.5/5

Disappointed. Everyone was raving over the book and movie when it came out past Christmas. I’m sure the book is a lot better than the movie, or at least I hope it is. Mom and I decided to watch this together, as we were under the impression that it was an inspiring story. We were not that inspired once we hit the end. We followed this young man through trauma and torture for two long hours, waiting and waiting and waiting for that triumphant ending. Instead, it just…ended. Flatly. There was no triumph. There was no emotional punch at the end, like “Wow! He survived! He made it! We’re so touched!” The film completely failed to communicate any positive emotion at the end other than exhaustion. Which is how we felt when it FINALLY ended. No disrespect to the real man himself, please understand. I just think Angelina Jolie’s movie failed miserably at what it was trying to do. I’m sure glad I didn’t go see this on Christmas day.

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Interstellar | 4/5

While I got a few elements that I didn’t expect, Interstellar basically delivered what I thought I would get. Space. Wormholes. Family. Science. Overall it was good, if a bit long. It was much more interesting that Gravity, thankfully. The acting was on point, too; I loved Mathew McConaughy in the lead role! The only person who felt odd to me was Anne Hathaway. Not that she was bad, but because her face and name was distracting–I didn’t even remember that character’s name, I just remember “oh, and Anne Hathaway.” XD Overall, it was great movie, a little heady, but enjoyable in its own right. Was it the next Inception? To me, no. Inception was tons more fun. :D But if you liked Inception, you should definitely give this a watch!

~Jamie