The Girl with Glass Feet written by Ali Shaw Synopsis: Strange things are happening on the remote and snowbound archipelago of St. Hauda’s Land. Magical winged creatures flit around the icy bogland, albino animals hide themselves in the snow-glazed woods, and Ida Maclaird is slowly turning into glass. Ida is an outsider in these parts who has only visited the islands once before. Yet during that one fateful visit the glass transformation began to take hold, and now she has returned in search of a cure. 1) Plot– Was it consistent? Did it shift in many places? Were the twists predictable? 2) Characters– Were they memorable? Were they relatable/realistic? 3) Dialogue– Did anything seem jumbled? Was it worthwhile? 4) Setting– Were locations boring vs exciting? Did they matter? 5) Details– Were there too many/not enough? Did they add to the story? 6) POV– 1st-3rd person-3rd person omniscient? Did it aid or hinder the rest? 7) Overall -Worth reading again? Addictive? Rating. Following these tenants, here’s my review… 1) Though the main plot was clear, there were many moments when it was interrupted by flashbacks of various characters.  Near the 1/3rd mark, these were a bit repetitive and unnecessary and indeed […]
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Not Another Happy Ending directed by John McKay starring: Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Iain De Caestecker, Henry Ian Cusick, Gary Lewis. Amy Manson, Kate Dickie, Freya Mavor This film mainly caught my eye because the protagonist is portrayed by Karen Gillan (Amy Pond from Doctor Who) and the story seemed to be a fun take on a writer-publisher relationship.  On Netflix, this 1 hour and 20 something minute film was a real treat to view.   Overall Plot Jane is an aspiring writer who after being rejected countless times has finally been accepted by the small publishing house that Tom owns.  The two hit it off to revise her novel, and after months of edits, she finds out that he published the book under a completely different title.  This is where the real trouble begins.  In saying that, the movie completely switched focus from that point on.  It was different in that the two fell in love in the beginning, were separated, then reunited at the end.  This story also featured an alter protagonist, Darcie, the spunky and brutally honest figment of Jane’s imagination and heroine of her second novel.  The plot followed the classic story arc in that it […]
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Hello dear readers, Due to having a great deal of free time recently, I have been able to read and watch movies I had only dreamed of before.  In light of these new activities, I thought I’d begin writing about my views on these sources of entertainment in the near future.  Though I did do book reviews years ago on youtube, I think writing about them may be a bit more helpful and concise as everything will be laid out on the page.  For both movies & books, I won’t be reviewing big blockbusters or really popular things just because there are many others out there that will do it.  Instead, I will hone in on under-the-radar novels and films that may be worthwhile to look into.  And with that summary revealed, let’s get started!
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Hello dear readers! With this new year upon us, I’m glad to be starting it off by traveling.  Every year in the midwest (and other regions I assume) there is a weeklong Theatre Festival featuring workshops, plays, and teachings from people all over.  I have the fortune to travel with my department across the land to the grand state of WI.  I have been there once before, but that when I was very young and didn’t have the appreciation for travel as I do now.  So with (semi) fresh eyes, let’s see the sights of Milwaukee! (editing whilst on the train) (Beard! o.O) (Pinterest inspired nails teehee.) (Audition look.) (An awesome special effect workshop I went to.)   The STUNNING Pabst Theater   Grand Avenue Mall The AWESOME Safehouse “Spy Bar” (You got to keep the glass!) (At least 8 of my friends shared this massive thing!)     (Union Station)
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Growing up I was never fond of the color grey, or black, or any sort of monochromatic neutrals like them.  For me, the brighter the colors the better.  I went through a few style changes, I can remember in middle school I was all for bright colors and matching.  I went through a ‘punk/alternative’ phase in high school, (I’d still wear those fluorescent colors in the form of skinny jeans along with band tees, sneakers, and the like.) Then I settled into my thrifted/vintage style a bit later on.  In college, my style was still quite eclectic, one day I’d wear something girly and frilly, the next I’d rock a leather jacket and all black, then the next I’d be wearing a vest with a collared shirt.  In truth, my style changes depending on my mood, the season, the occasion, and what color/print/item I really want to wear.  I usually chose that item and plan outfits around it, thus the varying genres of styles continue. Over the past couple years I’ve noticed a shift in my style though.  I am no longer drawn to bright fantastic colors and patterns like I once was.  I have actually fallen in love with […]
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I’ve had this fear since I was 9 years old when, during class, the teachers told us about 9/11 and planes crashing into the Twin Towers and killing all of those people.  There also just seemed to be something strange about getting inside of a man-made contraption and traveling thousands of feet in the air, not knowing if you’ll fall to your death because of engine failure or the unpredictable weather.  Nevertheless, I am facing this fear now.  With the help of my best friend, I will fly on a plane and I pray I survive.  Wish me luck! *********** Alright, I have survived the ride. Here’s my experience: Once on the plane things were smooth…that is until it began to move. It was slow at first, & sped up up pretty smoothly. Then suddenly I heard an overhead voice instructing us on procedures etc, and the plane began to rumble & shake. I was freaking out of course, especially when the plane took off. Rising thousands of feet within a few moments was definitely shocking to my body. It was almost like riding a roller coaster in slow motion. I felt like it was still connected to the ground […]
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