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!

~Jamie

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

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!

Twitter

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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9eafae04f5b97bf22f72184a82b41c54I’ve put some love into my Pink and Purple collections on WeHeartIt recently. I love these colors, especially purple, that’s my favorite. I’m wondering if I should make a black and white collection next…

YouTube

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

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.

Signed poster, Welcome to Forks, and Bella's truck.

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

#DraculaRulesTho

~Jamie

what runs through my mind at 8 AM when I walk the neighbor dogs:


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Let’s go for our walk!

Woah, Tinkie, woah!

You don’t know stop, but you do know whoa like a horse. Why.

Let’s look both ways before we cross the street, guys!

CAR.

Oh wait it’s not moving. It’s in park. Why do I always think the neighbor’s car is coming down the street? EVERY TIME.

Tinkie please don’t pull me across the street!

*shuffles sandals to half-jog across the street to hang onto two 80 lb dogs*

*gets leashes adjusted just right*

Time to get out my tunes!

Darn you earbuds. 

EVERY DARN TIME.

Clarence don’t pee on the neighbor’s new tree!

*finally gets earbuds plugged into MP3 player*

Finally, some tunes!

*instantly looks around to be completely aware of all traffic* Because I’m responsible for you guys!

*quiet*

Oh no, I completely forgot to reread that one blog post before scheduling it. Now people will grammar nazi that post and I’ll look like an amateur. Course I remember now when I can’t do anything about it, lolol.

*pretends to flip off the annoying, snarling neighbor dog who always throws a fit when he sees us pass by*

*quiet*

Good girl. Good boy. Let’s cross the street.

Let’s see how far I can get without Clarence pooping on me.

OMG I LOVE THIS SONG.

This is totally the trailer song I’m going to use for when my book series becomes a tv show.

I CAN PRACTICALLY SEE MY CHARACTERS.

What are you doing back there, Clarence?

DANG IT, CLARENCE.

And always in front of the really nice house too.

*quickly looks around while I pick up dog poop*

Of course here comes someone to throw out their trash, and a car is coming, and here comes three school children. This is just superb timing.

DEAR GOD THAT CAR IS COMING FOR THIS HOUSE WE NEED TO GET OUT OF HERE.

SO EMBARRASSING.

BY THE WAY YOU’RE WELCOME.

Tinkie stop smelling that plant we gotta keep moving!

*scrambles along with a bag of poop and tangled leashes*

*quiet*

I’m tired of this song. Next!

I hate walking past this house and their obnoxiously awesome mini monster truck. And their dogs used to never be kept behind the fence! 

HAVEN’T YOU EVER HEARD OF KEEPING YOUR DOGS OUT OF THE DANGEROUS STREET, PEOPLE. Poor doggies.

It is funny to see the kids trying to get up in the truck to go to school. lololol

Clarence isn’t your bladder empty by now?

Oooh, new song.

*inward gasp*

I’M SO SORRY, MAIN CHARACTER, THAT YOUR THEME IS SO TORTUROUS AND ANGRY BUT IT IS PERFECT FOR THAT FOUR YEAR GAP I CAN’T WRITE. GAAAAH.

Oh, hello Rose! *waves*

*quiet*

Good girl, good boy. You guys are doing so good! Tinkie you’re so cute today!! You’re eyes are so pretty!

Clarence stop walking in front of me! I will trip over you!

*suspiciously stares at workmen and workmen’s truck across the street*

After all. You could be KIDNAPPERS… or MURDERERS in DISGUISE for all I know.

God I should stop rewatching Scream at night when I’m alone.

Yeah. That’s not doing me any favors.

Tinkie please don’t eat that feather. Gross.

*Rounds corner and navigates around prompt traffic*

Thank God today wasn’t one of those poop-across-the-street days, huh, Clarence?!

*quiet*

Aw, I love this song but I won’t hear the end of it by the time we’re done.

Come on, guys. Let’s go home. Let’s go home.

*quiet*

Hold on, Tinkie, we need to stop at the trash to throw away Clarence’s package.

Tinkie please, just five steps over so I can lift the lid!

PLEASE TINKIE!!!

Okay, okay, we can go into the yard now.

Good girl. Good boy. I love you!

*lets them inside, closes gate, and tries to squeeze in that 30 seconds of song left into the fifteen second walk home across street.*

Oooh, I showed really go edit that post now. But first, breakfast!

~Jamie


This is a follow up post for that incredibly ancient one of about two years ago, from when I was scorpion hunting. Some of you will actually remember that one. ;)

Oh, before you leave, if you’ve seen Age of Ultron, you should listen to my latest podcast with James the Reviewer! We discuss our thoughts on the characters different elements of the film. Here is Part 1 on YouTube! :) (Careful, here lurk spoilers!)

 

My Online Highlights || Round 3


Favorite Blog Posts:

I Read:

I Reviewed:

Twitter

What I’ve Been Watching:

  • Frasier Season 10 (nearly done with the entire show! My heart!)
  • Interstellar (um. I shall reserve my thoughts for a short review)
  • Princess Jellyfish (BECAUSE I HAVE THE DVDS!)
  • My Love Story!! (hands down best rom-com I’ve ever seen in my liiife)
  • The Office on Netflix (forever and always)
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront (stunning quirky sci-fi urban fantasy is stunning–see gallery below!)

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Out of all the seasonal anime airing right now, the best is definitely My Love Story!! and Blood Blockade Battlefront. I can easily recommend those to you guys because My Love Story!! is hysterical and terribly adorable and Blockade is quirky and way too much fun. XD

YouTube

I’ve followed The Fine Brothers react videos for several years now; they’re the YouTubers I keep up with most. At the beginning of the month I caught up with one of their gaming series while I wasn’t feeling well. I was missing The Walking Dead. :( and was needing some sort of zombie filler. XD This is Part 1 of the series, which is still ongoing.

I’ve also been running my playlist of anime openings and endings A LOT this month. I’m still stuck on the Free! ending but there are a ton of others that bring me good memories of some wonderful shows. Peruse at your own geek risk (and it was this or Kpop, so I will take no complaints. XD )

Writing Updates

Writing of “100 Levels” has come to a full halt the past two weeks as I studied for my GED science test–which I just learned today that I passed! I kept my writing habits alive by writing anime reviews and two large articles here about the internet and emotional health. I hope to put fictional writing as a higher priority in the upcoming month! Hopefully in next post I’ll have a new word count to tell you guys!


Right now, I’m looking forward to May for several reasons:

Age of Ultron for one… although my excitement for it has simmered down to a near “indifferent”… I think I’m trying to protect my feelings since I won’t get to see the film till mid-May after everyone else. I will have to spend that entire time avoiding my normal Tumblr and certain blog posts ’cause of spoilers. Gr.

The big thing for May is my state’s big summer Comic-Con will be happening at the end of this month. I bought my ticket back in February and I’m excited that it’s oh-so-close to arriving! I hope that I’ll maybe see some friends and I’ll probably do all my birthday spending prematurely while I’m there. XD

I hope you all had a nice April!

~Jamie

Currently:


Currently liking: that I know how to take real screencaps now. It’s been very helpful and fun! I’m also really enjoying my second Tumblr.

Currently listening: I’ve been listening to a soundtrack non-stop the past week or so. The types of music genres incorporated in it are so diverse and fun; jazz, band, orchestral, techno, soft guitar, it’s amazing. Here’s the playlist link: I’ll be featuring it tomorrow on my other blog. (Tracks 8 and 16 are my top favorites, but as a writer, I highly appreciate how versatile this entire OST is.)

Currently drinking: milk. I made chocolate chip cookies with Nathan over the weekend, and I always need milk with cookies. Yum. XD

Currently reading: I’m between fictional books right now and I’m not sure what to read next. :(

Currently sitting: up in my mom’s bed, next to my sleeping brother. He’s been fighting his first flu and he asked me to sit with him. I’m trying to type quietly.

Currently writing: blog posts. I’ve paused “100 Levels” for now so I don’t feel drawn in too many directions. I’m about ten days away from taking my next GED test, so I thought I’d put writing on pause while I study.

Currently watching: Toy Story for Nathan (who am I fooling, I picked it out for myself.) I literally just finished the fourth episode of Nagi No Asukara, a story about people who live in the sea, whose children must take classes on land with the land people. It has some interesting themes on prejudice and coming-of-age—and the visuals are gorgeous–so I’m really liking it.

Currently obsessed with: anime. I’m not sorry that I like amazing stories and visuals. Not sorry at all. :P

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Currently tired: from the very crazy, busy past week. No more drama please. Drama is only fit for slice-of-life stories and soap operas, not for real life. 8-O

Currently excited: that I finally own all 14 Basil Rathbone 1940’s Sherlock Holmes movies. Amazon had the set for half off! I was desperately missing the movies my dad had kept, so I thought it was time I buy the full set for myself and let go of the VHS tapes.

Currently failing: at my yoga again. *sigh* I really need to stick with it, because after just a few days my flexibility really improves!

Currently scaring myself with: taking my science GED test so soon. I never feel very prepared before my tests, which is a little scary since I have to pay to take the test in the first place. 8-O

Currently stuck in my head: the credit song for Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. The song repeats easily so it stays in my head very easily. I shall conveniently link to that here. I have rewatched it about fifty times because the animation sequences are amazing (and the guys are so cute. XD)

Currently wishing: that my chocolate chip cookies would last forever. Bottomless cookie jar. Isn’t that the dream?

Currently praying: that Nathan gets better soon and that I don’t catch the flu from him, if that’s what it is. I haven’t had the flu in years, I don’t want a revisit with the old meanie. :-|

~Jamie