Year in Review

There are exactly 13 days left in 2017. I feel like this year swept by me so quickly. While I was driving into work, I sort of did a recap of all the things I’ve experience this year and thought I’d share a little bit with you today.

Let’s take it back to January shall we? In late January, I made the decisions to leave the pet world behind and pursue a completely different career path. That was pretty rough let me tell you because I love working with animals but the stress and work politics definitely took their toll and stressed me out almost to the point that it was unhealthy. An opportunity presented itself and I was definitely very afraid to take it. I had to get advice from so many different people and ultimately decided to go. We’re now at the end of December and I’m still at this job and very grateful and happy that I made the right decision. I’ve learned a lot and experienced even more.

Fast forward to April when my husband and I bought our first dining table set for our new house. Which btw, we bought our first late September of 2016 and have been living in it for more than a year so huzzah to that! Went from a one bedroom apt to a three bedroom house. It’s a wonderful feeling. We also attended my closest friend’s wedding in April as well. Unfortunately the marriage didn’t last long and they’re getting a divorce now but the wedding was still a momentous occasion considering marriage equality laws have only just been passed. Also, my best friend came to visit me and see our house for the first time in April and I got to briefly teach her how to drive manual which was soooo fun!

In May, which is my birth month, I got to touch a and sit in a Tesla which was soooooo cool! I also got to get a crash course in honeybee keeping. Then June came along and I got another crash course in picking cherries; all things I’ve never done before. By the end of June however, I got to meet one of my FAVORITE authors. I made a spontaneous decision to drag my husband and drive 4 hours to Cincinnati to meet Darynda Jones and have her sign all of my books. Definitely one of the best experiences of 2017 let me tell you! I also got to meet J.R. Ward and her bodyguard as well as a wonderful up and coming indie author, Melanie Jayne. Oh, I also got my passport renewed in June so I’m ready to travel the world! I also can’t forget, in June, I went to my first ever Pride parade which was a beautiful experience, I also got to tour a submarine in downtown Cleveland which was REALLY cool and I really need to make a post about that one day.

In July, I participated in a surprise birthday party for my grandma for her 75th birthday. I got to see my grandma cry for the first time ever and she NEVER cries! My husband and I also got to witness our old car save a squirrels life and then we sold that car and got a new one. I went to a lavender festival with one of my friends and I still have the lavender bunch I picked (I dried it out for weeks) sitting on our dining table. Then, in September, I went to visit my 9 month pregnant friend for the first time since her and husband moved into that apt years ago and feel a baby hiccup in the womb. Such an alien feeling still! The following week, I got to see Ed Sheeran in concert for the first time ever and I love him even more than I did before!

Fast forward to October when my husband and I got to finally take a vacation for the first time in about 2 years. We went to Florida with my best friend and her husband, stayed in a fancy suite and went to amusement parks such as Islands of Adventure and Busch Gardens. We also got to play in the ocean and horseback ride (!!!!!!!) which seriously? I need to do more often let me tell you. Finally, last month, November, I got to meet Patty in person which is my first time meeting a blogger in person and we had a grand time!

Speaking of the blog, I have to point out that I started Reactionary Tales in February of this year and it has been nothing but amazing. Some of you (you know who you are), I’m so grateful for knowing because I know we’ll be friends forever. For everyone else, I just appreciate anyone who takes time out of their day to read and comment on my posts. You’ve made this blogging experience very enjoyable and I look forward to continuing in 2018 as well as experience everything yet to come!

How was your 2017? Did you have any first time experiences? Are you looking forward to 2018? Let me know in the comments below!

(P.S. if you’re wondering how I remembered all of that, I didn’t. I went through my Google Photos which tell me the story of my year 😉 )

Road… Annoyances?

I was having a conversation with my husband while driving home from work Last Friday and I felt like it would make a good blog post and maybe spark a little conversation among ourselves. As you all know by now, I have a long drive to and from work. I work Mon-Fri, 8am-4:30pm and it takes me 45 minutes one way to get to and from work. As you can imagine, that means encountering many types of drivers; from the really slow or granny drivers to the speed racers. I know saying granny drivers is a little mean but that’s how slow drivers have always been referenced to me even from my own grandmother so I do apologize if that offends anyone but that’s the term I’m using. My drive consists of driving through 3 Ohio counties (fun fact: there are 88 of them). How people drive is usually determined by the weather. During the cold or rainy days, people are a little more cautious (obnoxious) in their driving. On sunny days people are a lot more speedy (also obnoxious) in their driving.

As I’ve mentioned before as well, I drive standard or stick shift or manual depending on who you ask. That means I have 3 pedals to work with instead of 2 which would make it an automatic car. Have you ever heard the phrase “road rage”? If you haven’t, let me explain it to you. Road rage is when people get annoyed with your driving and start doing obnoxious things like ride your bumper, honk at you or even go as far as yell out the window at you if they get the opportunity to pass you by. Usually this happens because a person is driving too slow or don’t use a turn signal when turning or ride their brakes; those sorts of things.

I have this ritual of having to be on the phone with people while I’m driving long distances. Since my husband gets home before I do, he’s usually my talk person on the drive. I don’t know when I started doing this but I just like having someone on the phone with me in case something happens or I get pulled over and a cop isn’t very nice (has to be said; I’m black). Luckily though, I’m a pretty safe driver and it’s overall nice to just have someone to talk to instead of the drone of NPR or silence (because I hate commercials so the radio is not an option). On Friday I was behind some silly drivers. One couldn’t decide if he wanted to use his turn signal or not and when he finally made up his mind he was going to turn he didn’t use it. Another literally took 5 minutes to turn a corner and another was a bumper rider. Instead of “raging” which usually involves a lot of cursing, I made thoughtful observations such as, “hmm, I don’t think he knows what he’s doing. Maybe his turn signal is broken. Hey! I’m going the speed limit!” and “I wonder if he’s lost….”. What was funny is I didn’t even realize what I was saying til my husband burst out laughing. I was like, “what’s so funny?” He was like, “you sound like you’re narrating a book!” and continued to giggle.

Apparently I have road annoyances instead of road rage (his words not mine), haha. I confess though that there are times where the rage lets loose and I want to make my car fly over everyone but most times it seems I find it all more amusing than anything else. So yeah, random story I wanted to share with you all. Are you a regular road driver? Do you think you have road rage or road annoyances? Let me know in the comments below!

Thankful

Good morning my friends and Happy Wednesday! It is the day before Thanksgiving in America and I just wanted to do a bit of a dedication type of post to things I’m thankful for this year and to give you a little bit of an idea of how Thanksgivings usually go for me, except this year will be different.

So here’s a list of things I’m thankful for:

  • My husband – He has to be first obviously cause I love his face to death and he’s always amazing even when I’m mad at him 😉
  • My animals – Milliardo, Isabel, and Turtle for just being their cute selves
  • My friends – My people; the ones I talk to on a regular basis who enjoy my conversations and company. I adore you all
  • Book authors – for continually writing books and keeping me entertained
  • Netflix – for the ability to lose a day by binge watching shows
  • My house – cause it’s a warm, fun, safe place to be that’s full of love
  • My car – cause it runs and I rely on it pretty heavily
  • My job – because it pays me
  • The internet – because it’s just plain awesome
  • My cellphone – because it takes good pictures and is good at reminding me of things

I left off my family because I’m going to go into them in my Thanksgiving dinner story. So, every year, my grandma or one of my aunts, sometimes my mom, would host Thanksgiving for the family. It’s always been that way for as long as I can remember. They would do all the cooking and all I had to do was show up and eat. I do not exaggerate when I talk about the love affair I have with food. I’m known as a bottomless pit around this time because it’s standard for me to eat two, full plates of food and dessert. Not to mention all the leftovers I take home because I love Thanksgiving leftovers. Once all the food is cooked, we come around the table and hold hands. Each person says what they’re thankful for and the food gets blessed. I’m not religious but I respect my family so I go along with it every year. It’s always a good time cause it’s one of the only times I’m around so much of my family at once.

This year is going to be a bit different. My grandma is getting older and she’s not trying to host these big holiday dinners anymore. Everyone wanted us to host at our house but my house is off limits til we upgrade a few things (and because we just don’t want a large group of people in our house; also I’m lazy and don’t want to cook all that food). My grandma loves us (we’re her favorite grandkids) and she absolutely wants to spend Thanksgiving with us even if it’s just the 3 of us. So her and I made a menu and she invited about 4 other grandkids but no one seems interested. That’s fine, more food for me. So this year is different because I’m actually cooking stuff. Collard greens and apple pie to be specific. We also bought a half ham. It’s already cooked so I can’t take credit for just heating that up. I’m a little excited and if my food is a hit, I’ll contemplate hosting Thanksgiving next year. I’ll share pictures next week. 🙂

Lastly, before this post gets any longer, I’m excited for later today because I’m meeting Mrs. Patty over at Moohnshine’s Corner today! Yep, that’s right, blogger meet up! She’s in my neck of the woods this week and I can’t wait for my work day to be over.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who’s celebrating this year! I hope you all have a wonderful day with your families and to those outside the US, have a happy Wednesday and Thursday!

(P.S. No endangered post tomorrow. It will resume next week.)

Book Challenge Update

Since I’ve just finished the second half of the #BookCouplesChallenge on Twitter, I wanted today’s post to be about the books that I shared from Day 11 to day 20 (today).

Here is the meme again so you can see each days category:

Here are my picks:

Day 11: Forbidden – Sascha and Lucas in Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

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Day 12: Friends to Lovers – Summer and Joe in Seeing Red by Jill Shalvis

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Day 13: Geeks – Hierax and Indigo in Hierax by Ruby Lionsdrake (also fits day 16 for interracial cause Indigo is black and Hierax is white)

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Day 14: High School Sweethearts – Lissa and Christian in Frostbite by Richelle Mead

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Day 15: Historical – Gillian and Brodick in Ransom by Julie Garwood

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Day 16: Interracial –  Summer and Takashi in Ice Blue by Anne Stuart (plus, Hierax above)

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Day 17: LGBT – I didn’t know one so I borrowed one of my Twitter’s friend’s answers for mine – Pike and Zack in Off Base by Annabeth Albert

Day 18: Long Distance – Jaime and Claire in Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

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Day 19: New Chance – Meredith and Matt in Paradise by Judith McNaught

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Lastly, the one I’m posting today:

Day 20: One With Disability – Maris and Parker in Envy by Sandra Brown

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That’s it for the second third of this challenge. I’m really proud of myself for sticking it out this long cause I usually suck at challenges. 10 more days to go! Happy Monday everyone!

 

The Power of Nature and Tech

So I was late to work today.

But what I saw on the way was pretty intense. Last night, most of Northeast Ohio experienced a pretty, heavy duty storm. There was lots of rain, thunder, lightning and wind. I like when it storms in the fall mostly because the wind becomes a natural leaf stripper and makes cuts how many times we have to blow and rake leaves. I was watching Poldark (my new obsession) and watching the cats because my jerk gets a little bit of anxiety during storms, when my friend texts me and tells me her power when out. She lives out by where I work; about 45 minutes away. She told me luckily they have back up generators at her house but it didn’t sound good out there. And I wondered if my husband and I would lose power as well but there wasn’t much flickering going on really. Then about 15 minutes later she tells me a tree fell on her boyfriend’s truck. And I’m like, “Are you serious??” and she says yes and send me a picture. He drives a heavy duty pick up truck and this tree split his cab in half. I told her I was really glad it didn’t hit their house and thank goodness for insurance.

This morning, I’m driving to work and I see a few branches down here and there in the small town of Boston Heights and the back roads of Hudson. It wasn’t til I hit Aurora that it all came into stark reality. I saw a tree being barely held up by power lines, and almost every house I passed, there was a tree downed in someone’s front yard. I’m slowly getting to the intersection that takes me to the one main road to work and I swear to God all I saw was a wall of dirt coming. If there wasn’t people behind me, I would have stopped just to marvel at the sight. The wall of dirt was half the size of a two story house. I mean it was nothing but dirt and roots and it was the biggest downed tree I have EVER seen. Big ole pine. There was a woman in rubber boots walking around out front and I just felt so bad for her because not only did the tree fall and ruin her day, but it landed on her neighbor’s house which I can imagine only made the day worse. The circumference of that tree was literally staggering. I hope no one got hurt but I can only imagine the sound that tree made as it was falling and when it actually fell. Now more than ever, I told my husband, the trees around our house need to come down as soon as we can afford it.

From that point on, I experienced road closures. Thank goodness for technology let me tell you. If it wasn’t for GPS, I probably would have drove in circles lost. I texted my boss and let her know I was going to be late and then turned on Google Maps to try and help me find some kind of route to work. I was probably rerouted about 8 or so times because of physical police car barriers or signs like these:

I eventually made it to work and since I listen to NPR, heard about the thousands of people without power in two counties. My old man friend at work was talking about how his sisters from out of town were calling him asking him if he was okay and his response was just like him. He told her, “Yeah we might be two or three days without power but the people in Puerto Rico still don’t have power and probably won’t for a year.” Talk about putting others before yourself right?

Nature is a beautiful but dangerous thing. I think Mother Earth is a little pissed at us for ruining the environment but hopefully we can turn some things around with all the amazing, sustainable, helpful tech that keeps coming about. If you happened to be in this area of crap weather last night, I hope you and yours are okay.

Happy Monday everyone.

Modern Movie Adaptations of Classic Stories

I was speaking to my Swaziland bestie the other day about music with great lyrics. That lead me to talk about a song off one of my favorite movie soundtracks and got me thinking about modern movie adaptions of classics. For those who don’t know what I mean when I say modern movie adaptations, it means stories created by such authors like William Shakespeare or even such tales like Cinderella, are revamped to be set in the 20th century instead of the teenth-century they were written in. So instead of horse and buggys, there are cars and planes adapted to fit the story. It’s still related to the story’s overall plot and the endings but it’s also a little bit different. I actually think it’s quite brilliant when writers and directors do this but anyway, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Romeo + Juliet (1996 film)Image result for romeo + juliet

Okay first thing we must talk about is the cast line up. You have Claire Danes who plays Juliet, Leonardo diCaprio who plays Romeo, John Leguizamo who plays Tybalt, Harold Perrineau who plays Mercutio, Pete Postlewaithe who plays Father Lawrence and a whole host of other cast members that just make this movie so amazing to me. On top of that, instead of speaking in modern tongue, they literally speak the exact dialogue of the story, swords are brand name guns and there’s a bit of a musical feel to it. It doesn’t have the highest rating by movie critics so I’m probably in the low minority of people who love this film but I believe it’s worth watching plus the soundtrack is FANTASTIC!

  • O (2001 film)Image result for o film

Another film with a great cast line up! O is a modern retelling of Othello but it’s set in high school with the premise of teen violence. Mekhi Phifer plays Odin (Othello), Julie Stiles plays Desi (Desdemona), and Josh Hartnett plays Hugo (Iago). It’s also another film that doesn’t have super great ratings but I liked it enough especially since the cast was so diverse plus I was on a Julia Stiles kick back then and she was featured in so many of my favorite movies back then!

  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998 film)Image result for ever after

There’s a trend with cast line ups! I don’t care what anyone thinks but but this is literally the best Cinderella film I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of them! I also want to point out that I’ve never really been a huge fan of Cinderella’s story in general but man does this movie change my mind. Drew Barrymore plays Danielle (Cinderella), Dougray Scott plays Prince Henry (Prince Charming) and Angelica Huston plays Rodmilla (evil stepmother) along with a whole host of others. One of the things I adored about this film was how they were able to meld a fairy-tale with a bit of a historical feel. Leonardo da Vinci (played by Patrick Godfrey) is featured in the film especially when it comes to creating Danielle’s gown for the ball. Cinderella is also not portrayed as this quiet mouse who only talks to animals. She’s this strong female who has a huge thirst for adventure and love!

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999 film)

Image result for 10 things i hate about youRemember how I said Julia Stiles was popular? Well, here she is again. What a lot of people don’t know that this teenage romantic comedy is actually based off another William Shakespeare story; The Taming of the Shrew. Heath Ledger plays Patrick (Petruchio), Julia Stiles plays Katarina (Kate) and Larisa Olyenik plays Bianca (Bianca) along with a whole host of other awesome actors. Looking back I can’t say there are lot of teenage based films I would watch again because adult Nel thinks they’re quite cheesy now but this one definitely has special place in my heart. If you know the story of The Taming of the Shrew, Patrick is the bad boy kid new to school who’s not interested in much but then his friend suggests he “courts” Katarina because none of the other hormone driven boys have been able to even crack a smile out of her plus her dad has really strict dating rules. The film centers around Kat creating this list of the things she hates about Patrick, in the form of a poem.

Honorable Animated Mention: Treasure Planet (2002 film)Image result for treasure planet

Have I mentioned how much I love space operas? Because I freaking love all things space opera! Treasure Planet is a modernized version of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson set in space. Joseph Gordon Levitt voices Jim Hawkins, Brian Murray voices John Silver and Emma Thompson voices Captain Amelia. The story revolves around a restless young adult looking to join a ship and go on a fantastic journey. He joins up with John Silver thinking he’ll be part of a cool crew only to find out that John Silver has his own secretive, nefarious plot. This film is Disney made and got a decent enough review. I always thought it was so unique for someone to turn a very old classic, into a fun, intergalactic twist.


There are PLENTY more that I could discuss so I’m thinking of possibly turning this into a monthly series. What do you think? Have you seen any of these adaptations? Do you have favorites of your own that you would like me to discuss in a later post? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review

There are a lot of things going on in my life at this very moment and if I talk about them out loud it might give me homicidal tendencies so here’s a book review. My book reviewing skills are completely rusty and I don’t have specific directions about how to do it the most informative way but I hope you enjoy these!

Over the weekend, I went on a huge binge reading spree and was able to finish 2 books as well as read a third one. To the left are two of the books that happened this weekend. I started Archangel’s Heart over two weeks ago but life got in the way but I was able to finally finish it. Archangel’s Heart and Archangel’s Viper are book 9 and book 10 of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. Here is the review I wrote on Goodreads for Archangel’s Heart:

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I just want to start by saying, NOBODY writes love, like this woman. Oh my goodness, this book cemented that for me.

Archangel’s Heart begins with the Cadre being summoned by the Luminata to come and discuss some important matters. The Luminata reside in Lumia which is a small town in Morocco where angels go to seek luminescence. The path of luminescence is different for every angel be it through education, art, etc. It’s decided that of the Seven, Raphael and Aodhan will go and Elena is consort so she has no choice in the matter. You do not ignore an invitation from the Luminata. In the midst of this, there are still questions about Zhou Lijaun’s status as Archangel of China after the events in the last book (You’ll have to read it to find out what those events were).

Once in Lumia, things are definitely not as they seem. The Luminata seem a bit off. They are all wearing hoods covering their faces, they don’t seem to care about basic angel etiquette and Elena and Raphael as well as the Ancient angels Caliene and Alexander feel as if there are always eyes on them even in their private rooms. Then there’s also the fact that everyone looks at Elena and seems to see ghosts of the past. This essentially leads to Elena, Raphael and Aodhan digging a little deeper into the happenings of Lumia. They investigate the town and learn quite a few things which builds up to astounding revelations close to the end of the book.

I can’t really go into more detail without spoiling it but I want to say that Nalini Singh can write no wrong in my eyes. Every time Elena and Raphael said “I love you” to one another, I got the warm fuzzies inside. My emotional meter was all over the place in this one from sadness to anger, to happiness and disgust. I was feeling it all and I loved it. The plot buildup was truly artful. The conversations between characters and scene transitions were flawless. After closing this book I literally turned around and picked up Angels’ Blood (the first book in this series) to relive the beginning of Raphael and Elena all over again. Their character development keeps me glued to this series and then some. Just when I think they can’t get any more beautiful, Nalini takes me to an even higher level!

If you’ve been keeping up with the series this long, then I can assure you, you will not be disappointed when you read this book. Definitely my second favoriteof the 9 books!

Now, you know when you read a series for a while, you always hope it will continually get better right? I figured Archangel’s Viper would be pretty good but I lost hours of sleep last night as well as woke up almost late for work this morning because I couldn’t put the book down until the very end! Here is my review for Viper that I’m actually going to write here first and then paste to Goodreads:

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Before I get into the nitty gritty, I guess I should start by giving you a general synopsis of the story. Archangel’s Viper takes place during the period of time as Archangel’s Heart. While Elena and Raphael are away in Morocco dealing with Luminata, Dimitri is in charge and delegating duties to everyone because it’s a bit of high alert situation when an archangel is away from his territory and someone as ruthless as Zhou Lijuan is AWOL. Everyone needs to be prepared for anything. Holly is tasked with picking up Venom from the airport because he’s been away from the Tower for two years on some secret mission. When she picks him up, they encounter some goons who are following them trying to ambush Holly because there’s a bounty on her head. From that point on, Holly and Venom explore the slums of New York in order to figure out who and why anyone would take a bounty out on her.

The story has come back full circle since Angel’s Blood. Holly was one of the girls who was brutalized and tortured by bloodborn, rogue archangel Uram. Nobody believed she would survive what she had to endure but she changed her name to Sorrow for a while and members of the Tower, most especially Dimitri were able to get her to see a fraction of her old self. She’s not human but she’s also not vampire nor angel. Holly struggles with that a bit because she feels like a burden to the occupants of the tower. Venom is in a similar situation. Most people keep their distance from him because of his eyes. He’s not human or vampire or angel either. They are both of their own breed; similar in some ways but different in others. Venom begins to help Holly to stop treating herself as weak while Holly sees behind Venom’s sunglasses, as well as his facade that he puts up for everyone else’s benefit.

Nalini Singh truly has a way with words that always speaks to me in this amazing world she’s built. Holly has a lot to deal with where her own self emotions are concerned. She also has to contend with a possible mind and body invasion by this other force that’s making her do things she normally doesn’t do or thinking of nefarious things that would normally disgust her but don’t. It’s a bit of a constant struggle of Holly fighting herself throughout the book and Venom doing all that he can to make sure she fights for herself more than hating herself. The book complete and utterly flows in the character development department. I can literally put myself in any one character’s shoes and understand where they’re coming from. We got a lot more information about the nature and rules of 100 year contracts when a mortal is Made and what is expected but also what is unacceptable. That really added another element to the overall world that going forward, will make stories even more interesting.

I can go on and on and on but I literally can’t wait for the next book. Maybe an Illium story?? (Pleeeeease!?)

Can you tell I’m hooked? That is just two books out of 10! I adore this woman’s writing style. The best way to describe it is by saying it’s just so real. There’s a lot of cursing in her stories but honestly it fits. Most of the characters are either normal mortals who deal with some crazy shit due to their jobs on a regular basis or the they’re immortals who have lived so long that they either don’t have much care for mortals or they are just completely nonchalant about the happenings of the world. When you lived hundreds of years or more, I imagine it can get quite dull until a person or event one day smacks you out of your black and white stupor and you start living in color again. The series just continually hits my feels and I’m such an emotional person that I can’t deny this special brand of torture to myself.

As with any and all books, my opinion will probably be different than yours. However, if you decide you would like to venture into the world of paranormal, urban fantasy romance, you can’t go wrong starting with Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed my two for one special. 😉

Edit: I should mention my ratings. Duh. I rated the first one 5 stars and the second one 4 stars.

HP Classic

I had a great idea for a post this morning but I need more time than I have right now to really write it up into something brilliant. Instead, because it is Monday and I have to post something, here’s a throwback video that always makes me smile and even laugh a bit especially in times of sadness like the world has been consistently experiencing lately. Please take two minutes and enjoy Harry Potter Puppet Pals and I’m sorrynotsorry if this gets stuck in your head today. 😉 (P.S. If you’ve seen this already, watch it again because you need it!)

Wordy or Lyrical? You Decide.

When you read sentences such as:

His queasiness increased as each question added to his overwhelming anxiety.

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With skin the shade of finest milk chocolate and wings of delicate bronze, her hair a waist-length tumble of brown and gold, and her eyes a hypnotic green…

Are you able to imagine these things clearly in your mind’s eye?

I am currently reading two different books. The first one is Fatal Destiny by Marie Force and the second one is Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh. The first one came out of a contemporary suspense novel and the second one came out of a paranormal romance novel. I ask this question of you, dear readers, because I wonder if wordiness is something you think about while reading. Let’s examine the definitions. (For the record these were taken straight from Google definition search)

 

 

Based off the definitions, which would you say fits the example quotes? Or do they fall under both definitions?

When I think of lyrical, I think of songs or poems. When I think of wordiness, I think of research papers. I understand that writers are sometimes trying to create a vivid picture in your mind about the world or the character’s feelings but do you ever feel like sometimes less is more especially in fiction novels? Wordiness works for me when describing landscapes or any setting. For example, a night sky would be “stray streaks of color bleeding into the darkness highlighting the constellations against the pale white of moonlight” (I made that up I think?) but when it comes to describing basic emotions, sometimes less is more. If someone throws an object at the wall during a conversation, I can tell they’re pissed without the author having to specifically name that emotion. In times like those, I just want to focus on the conversation. Only thing you can tell me is if one starts yelling or it gets so heated, they make out (I’m a diehard romantic).

From a reader’s perspective, I’m often viewed as being nitpicky. The point of the wordy and lyrical language is to pen our minds to interpretation; because you know we can all read the same thing but get a completely different meanings out of the content. Maybe I’m just a simpleton but when I encounter books that are too wordy or even lyrical to an overbearing degree, it just turns me off. It also doesn’t help that I tend to think if I read one authors wordy book, I’ve read them all and choose not to explore any of their other books (you big meanie! I know).

However there are  few exceptions which maybe I’ll cover in a later post. What are your thoughts on words during your reading sessions? Are these topics you cover in your reviews? Let me know in the comments below!

(P.S. If you’re interested in the books I described above, just click their covers to the right of this post for their Goodreads page —>)

Lazy Day

Yesterday I had a lazy blog day. Well the day before was sort of lazy blog day too. Anyway, I’ve been quite exhausted lately because late last week and early this week has been all about carpet cleaning at my workplace. This meant that everything that could come off the floor without breaking backs, came off the floor. The primary ingredient for the products that are made here is graphite. This place has been in business since 1971 so you can imagine how much graphite was on absolutely everything; layers upon layers upon layers.

My boss’ husband is a hoarder. He’s a genius, but he’s also a hoarder. He has so many things around here that he doesn’t even remember when he bought them so of course moving things around is also a perfect opportunity to get rid of a lot of things. Suffice to say, it was all an exhausting affair and I’m glad it’s mostly over for the time being. Today is all about blasting some Pandora while furniture is put back into order over the nice, clean and dry floors.

Last night I participated in a podcast that one of my favorite authors streams every week. I’m usually a silent observer but her special guest this round was one of my other favorite authors! Basically an indie author featuring a traditional, New York Times Bestseller, on her show. The author later tweeted me and thanked me for attending. It was absolutely fantastic and very informational but it also got me thinking.

Reactionary Tales was originally supposed to be a retail therapy blog, and then a book blog but now it’s something of a storytelling blog featuring my crazy life stories and stories from those voices that can’t speak for themselves (totally quoted that from a couple of you who’ve said this before). I enjoy this very much and will continue to go with this route but I was heavily thinking about starting an actual book blog where I review books, the occasional film or TV series, and recaps of book related podcasts that I listened to. I talked it over with two friends and they really think it’s a good idea, with one telling me she’d follow me in a heartbeat.  One of those friends even helped me come up with a clever name assuming it’s not already taken.

Juggling two blogs sounds like a chore but then I think about how I juggle multiple social media pages and when I do a review it’s usually in the night time versus when I write posts on here, it’s in the day time. My review voice isn’t the greatest but I guess that’s the beauty of a blogger because you can have your own voice and people will either be attracted to it or they won’t. Ultimately, I feel like this is something I should go for because I truly think I could do a decent job at it especially watching all my fellow peers with their blogs and the encouraging words from authors themselves about how much book bloggers mean to them.

That’s about all I have for today. It’s really interesting how the mind works when you’re putting thoughts to paper. I’m really good at steering down a random path sometimes. What do you think of anything I said today? Do you sometimes get epiphanies when your mind should be tired but it’s still going 100 miles an hour? Let me know in the comments below!