My SUMMER Online Highlights

Good lord, its October. I better get to writing this before I can’t remember what I did online during the summer. This year has gone by too fast. XD Let’s see what I did the last couple months. :)



Still loving my WeHeartIt boards guys, big surprise there. XD I finally created a black and white collection to contrast my against pink and purple ones.fd8edeed2566d3bd5fa443b35dc9ea4c

And my current favorite of all my collections is these super cute images that play on words and ideas. Some are super sweet, and others are rather morbid…but those are some of the most creative. XD


Here’s my summer after my birthday via Twitter. I’m so glad I started using Twitter again, it retained a few little memories I’m already forgetting. XD


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“100 Levels of Immersed” a book board

Pinterest! I’m using it a bit more often nowadays, though still not as much as We Heart It, lol. But this summer I created a story board for “100 Levels”–for images of RPG gaming elements and possible avatar ideas.

“Lock Screens” because anime characters trapped in my iPod are a must

And I’m always pinning things to “Words”. Sometimes I find some incredibly uplifting or unique perspectives on life in Pinterest’s words and quotes, which is really awesome. Whenever I need a verbal pick-me-up or all-hopes-not-lost, I go to my “Words” board. <3


My favorite Youtubers Blimey Cow started a gaming channel called Jordan Vs Josh (because brotherly competition is awesome) and their Bad Golf 2 video has got to be one of the most hysterical gaming moments I’ve ever seen; I was laughing so hard I almost couldn’t breathe and I’ve rewatched it maybe six times. Just, that build up of a casual gaming round getting incredibly competitive is awesome! XD

I rediscovered my playlist this past month and my brain exploded: “Oh yeah! OH YEAH. OHMIGOSH MY CHILDHOOD.” I <3 Donald Duck. Sometimes I play this in the background on shuffle when I’m just web browsing, just to hear the music and voices; takes me back to my living room in 1997 when I was like three. Happy feelings. XD (If you’re really bored, you can click here and see that last year I attempted to rank my favorites when I was also really bored. XD )


Like I said, I didn’t stop blogging completely this summer: I actually managed to write A LOT for Jamie Talks Anime…because I have a lot of things to say about anime. <3 Here’s a few highlights from my summer months:


What I Watched

Summer Anime Season kept me preoccupied this summer, but I also saw this summer:

  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (my first MI film–very awesome)
  • Riki and the Flash (really liked it; Meryl Streep killed it again!)
  • The Sixth Sense (SO CREEPY. LOOOVED IT.)
  • The Nightmare on Elmstreet (ALSO SO CREEPY. AND CHEESY.)
  • Redline (just wow.)
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (another great spy movie!)
  • Pixels (sister and I went together and laughed our butts off.)

That’s pretty much my online summer. XD I hope you guys had fun catching up with me! What did you do online this summer?


6 Children Series That Gave Me Who-Dun-It Fever

Mysteries have always been important to me; some of you will already know that I’m a huge mystery/Sherlock Holmes fan! Since my parents didn’t allow fantasy books, like Narnia, into the house at all when I grew up (anything supernatural or ghostly in entertainment was just not acceptable) the majority of my reading as a child was mysteries.

I fell in LOVE with the genre before I was ten years old and before I discovered Sherlock Holmes (who is my favorite fictional character of all time.)

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While I’ve never read the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew, there were several children series that I read from early readers into my early teens that made the genre my favorite, and a staple in my present entertainment. I have a great love for mystery TV shows like Hercule Poirot,  Jessica Fletcher, Miss Marple, Charlie Chan, and Peter Whimsy, to the many stories and theatrical versions of Sherlock Holmes, to my current favorite movies Clue and Murder by Death (GO WATCH THOSE NOW)…

…and I can pin the blame on these influential children’s series!

6. Cam Jansen by David A. Adler


I started off with Cam very early, thanks to the The Young Cam Jansen series for beginning readers, so Cam was one of my first detectives. I especially liked the longer stories when I was older, like eight or nine, because the mysteries were more detailed. With her photographic memory and her best friend Eric always by her side, I got to watch Cam catch shoplifters and diamond thieves from my living room couch. I vividly remember one particular story when she and Eric went in search of a museum’s stolen dinosaur bone; there was a thrilling chase scene and everything!

5. Three Cousins Detective Club by Elspeth Campbell Murphy.

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Ah, yes. I had a fondness for these because I was close to my own cousins, so it was fun to read about other cousins solving mysteries. My parents bought the complete set because they were Christian-based, though thankfully not unbearably drenched in it (a true rarity!). What I remember best about these is that each story had a zany sense of humor, and how each book switched between the three cousins’ perspective. The set was very large, so it was hard to get bored with them; I often read these aloud to my younger sister. <3

4. Nate The Great by Majorie Weinman Sharmat.

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Nate was possibly my very first detective; I know I was reading them when I was about five or six. Narrated by pancake-“addicted” Nate himself (who’s look is inspired off Sherlock Holmes), who had an enjoyably sarcastic voice, the stories were told with quirky drawings accompanied by even quirkier characters: I shall never forget strange Rosamond and her cats, Oliver who followed people, and the sweet neighbor girl Annie with her huge scary dog, Fang. The mysteries were very simple but told in a straightforward and memorable way. I recently bought most of the series to share with my younger brother and I intend to read these to my future children as they learn to read. Oh how I love my memories of Nate the Great!

3. American Girl’s History Mystery Series.


I read these between the ages of twelve and fifteen and they were wonderful. Growing up in a overprotected homeschool family, I had a very small social circle. So I was fascinated by each new girl and how they saw life in their time period: Some were rebellious, others were timid, others curious, and others calmly brave. These stories also inspired my imagination as I started writing books, which makes them extra special to me. Plus, they were just really well written mysteries with excellent plots and suspense. (I listened to my audio book of The Night Flyers forever until we lost the last cassette. XD )

2. The Boxcar Children created by Gertrude Chandler Warner.

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Five years ago I could have easily claimed that I’d read every single Boxcar Children book–at the time being approximately 110 books–many times! I loved the Alden children because they were polite, nice kids always solving a new mystery with their plucky make-do spirit. When I was between the ages of eight and fourteen, they were almost like an extra set of siblings and I got to travel with them into radio stations, medieval reenactments, mansions, and trains. And… even though I knew I wasn’t supposed to, I smuggled the few ghostly ones home from the library anyway, because I knew they always turned out to be not so ghostly after all. Yes, I was that type of kid. XD I would love to own the full set one day…

1. The Encyclopedia Brown Series by Donald J. Sobol.


The Encyclopedia Brown series is very easily number one here because of the impact it had on my life. Not only did I love the fun variety of quirky mysteries (seriously, these were fun!) but the colorful characters inspired an onslaught of fanfiction novels that set me down the path of novel-writing at the age of 12. I am only as good of a writer now because of these characters and my own six very long books featuring Sobol’s characters (with my many original ones.) Encyclopedia Brown not only fueled my love for mysteries but also fueled my passion for writing which truly changed my life. I would be such an incredibly different person without these stories. <3

How I love a good mystery story! I think I’m gonna rewatch Clue tonight…again. XD

How about you? Did you read any of these growing up? Do you enjoy a good mystery?


My Forged Summer Bucket List


Due partly to my break from blogging and due to already having a 2015 Bucket List (that I’ve been recently neglecting), I skipped doing a Summer Bucket List this year. I’ve done one for the past two years, but I broke the tradition.

However, I thought it would be fun to make a list of things I did do this summer and pretend they were on a bucket list in the first place. XD

Go swimming once.
Watch more classic horror.
Acquire plastic mini drawer tower for my desk.
See “Mad Max: Fury Road” in theaters.
Buy a clip-on lamp for my bed for nighttime reading.
Thrift shop books.
Find a decent hat to wear in the morning for walking the dogs.
Learn how to grown-up budget.
Consistently blog on Jamie Talks Anime to build a readership.
Watch some 80s movies I’ve not seen.
Feel depressed about math and life.
Skype with friends.
Attend comic-con and wreck my feet from wrong shoe choice.
Purchase my first anime posters.
Start Daredevil.
Fuss over friends’ birthdays on Facebook.
Watch so much anime that I start to accidentally pronounce English words like Japanese words. (yes this happened and there are witnesses.) 
Stop neglecting Pinterest and Twitter.
Write a story that might seem weird, just for me.
Sway around in a rainstorm while crowing “Singin’ in the Rain”.

Omg you guys! I did everything on my bucket list this year! And it was so easy! How have I not done this before?! ;)

How about you? Did you do a summer bucket list? Did you get everything marked off like me? :P


The Day Before The Birthday

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Tomorrow, on Friday, the 24th, I’m turning 21! This is probably the biggest birthday date of my life yet and will be until probably my 40th, because that’s when one might have a mid-life crisis. XD I don’t have much planned for tomorrow–I plan to see Ant-Man, open cards and gifts in the evening when my brother is home, watch my favorite anime finale, and eat my favorite dessert.

I didn’t make many big plans: Usually the family would plan out our birthday’s into the whole day. This is probably my most unplanned birthday ever. I kind of did that on purpose though–I wanted the day to just happen so I could treasure the little moments that will crop up throughout the day.

Today will be the last day where I’m 20. Today is Thursday, and at this point in my life, Thursday is my lazy “Saturday” day; I don’t really like to do things today because it’s my day to unwind, think, enjoy some media, You-Tube, music, Skype messaging, room straightening, ect, ect, ect, ect. It’s just my quiet day. I should probably do something major for my last day as a not-official-adult–but I already dyed my hair for new year’s and I’m not ready for a tattoo or a big road trip yet. XD So I’m here writing this instead.

I’m glad I blog: I had fun reading my thoughts of last year’s birthday. I have not changed much: I still have all the same celebrity crushes, favorite movies, pet peeves… A goal I had for this year was to try more anime and that was a tremendous success! (High fives younger self for being more diverse and open-minded.) I forgot I’ve gotten a zombie film for my last few birthdays…if I don’t get something zombie this year I will buy it for myself–or rewatch Shaun of the Dead.

I’m keeping this short. I’m looking forward to tomorrow; I hope Ant-Man is good, and I’m excited to have my little brother home. <3 I hope 21 has a good start. Talk to you guys later!




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!