Sunday, July 10, 2016

Writing: Getting It Out



Hello, everyone. I'm back with a little update as to how the writing is going. If you think this post is going to be filled with the joys of writing and the wondrous progress I've made, I'm sorry to disappoint you. Yes, I have been writing, but I would hardly call my progress wondrous. Though, I guess I just did. Twice. Well, let's talk about my actual progress. Shall we?

I've written a few pieces since the last time I've written a post. Some I'm... well I wouldn't say "happy" with, but it's the closest approximation. So I guess I'll have to go with it. And of  course, there are some that need so much more work.

But I feel better.

Wow. That was a weird thing to write. But that doesn't negate the truth behind it. I feel better, despite how horrid I felt when I started writing, creating. It hurt at some points. I was trying to pull the words out of me, to write about experiences that I had thought I put behind me. But I hadn't really forgotten. I had simply numbed them out of existence. And going back to it, trying to write about it, is painful.

As a writer, you suspect that writing is a little bit like surgery. You take a scalpel, and you cut out the more intricate parts of yourself and lay them out for others to view. But instead of a scalpel, imagine a chainsaw, and instead of the most intricate, imagine the most raw and moving. You don't realize it until you're in the midst of it.

I found myself looking for a particular word or sound or feeling and instead found myself moved. My pen would hover millimeters above paper, and all I would want to do is cry.

I did, of course. Though I tried to wait until I was in the privacy of my own home. Or at the very least, my car.

But getting it out helps. It hurts, and it helps.

So, I'm hoping to get a little more written. I'm not yet comfortable putting any of my work out here just yet. But I'm hoping it'll be soon, lovelies. Find me on twitter here. Find me on tumblr here.  Read on. Write often. Wallow in your feelings. I'll see you next time.
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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Why I Write and Haven't Been


Hello, everyone! Long time, no see, and all that. I know that I'm terrible for waiting several months before writing something down and sharing it with the world. I'm sure quite a few of you have given up on me, and if I'm honest, I'd just about given up on myself. I've been feeling a little lost these past few months. Maybe you want to hear about it. Maybe you don't. But I just wanted to warn you of what you're about to put yourself through. 

That's right. The inner musings of a twenty-three year old going to college (again) who loves words but is too guarded to use them. They're tattooed beneath my skin. Forever ingrained as a part of me without anyone being allowed to view them. 

So you know. Lots of fun stuff up ahead. (I can't make anything too serious. So expect some sarcasm as well.)

I find words innately beautiful. It's how we make connections with loved ones. It's how we express ourselves. And yet, I find that people treat words as common, and that leads to their misuse. And then there are the times when our words run away from us, where they misbehave, and I think it's because we don't use them as carefully as we should. Words can destroy and rebuild quicker than any weapon. They can create meaning from nothingness. I fell in love with a man's words before his body, and God damn it if he didn't turn those words from caresses to strikes. And I still craved his words, even as bruises littered my being. 

But that's the thing. As much as they hurt, they can heal. I forgot that. I turned to silence and lost my strength. But I've missed it, like a phantom limb that aches without purpose. Yet here I am. Talking to you. Permitting small pieces of me in hopes of understanding. Why? Because despite everything holding me back, I still need to write. I want that part of me to thrive again, and part of it is because I've read some really moving pieces of literature and poetry that compel me to write. 

In case you're interested, I've been reading Milk and Honey by Rapi Kaur, I Wrote This for You by Iain S. Thomas, and soft magic. by Upile Chisala. All three are books of poetry that spoke to me, one way or another. Here are some poems that have moved me backed to my keyboard, and I hope you find some of your own movement in them. 

neither of us is happy
but neither of us wants to leave
so we keep breaking one another
and calling it love
     
    Milk and Honey - Rapi Kaur

"The Error of Parallax"

The only reason I hate you now is because I loved you then.

     I Wrote This for You  - Iain S. Thomas 

I hope to do with words what dancers do with limbs. 

     soft magic. - Upile Chisala

Each piece of poetry is so simple yet striking. There's depth and beauty, and it was so easy to make connections with these words from strangers. People who have lived their lives so different from me, yet I've seen their souls, something that I don't even see from my closest friends. 

I'm terrified. I'm tightly wound.

But I'm ready. Cut my strings. Unleash me and my greatness.

I need this. 

So I hope all of you are okay with some random writing posts coming up. Enjoy some literature nourishment. Read some poetry. Find your favorite book and read until 4 a.m. telling yourself "Just one more page." Come up for air. Repeat. Love you. Mean it. 


Enough of my inner musings, for now at least. Check out my tumblr here, and find me on twitter here. I won't say when I'll "see" you again because it will most likely be a lie. But I will be back, rest assured, and I hope your lives are filled with meaning. I'll see you next time. 
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Updates: What's Been Happening!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to do a quick update! Things have been picking up again. I've been pulling weird shifts that have me up at odd hours, but I've been trying to pick up extra naps here and there. I've just been recommended a book that I really want to share with y'all, so be on the look out for a special post later this month.

I'm still trying my best to keep up with Shadowhunters, despite its flaws. I have watched the latest episode and have taken notes, but it may be a hot minute before I can write a review because, that's right, I'll be working the entire weekend.

On a more positive note, I did make some time to go see How to Be Single, which turned out to be a pretty good movie. I went with my roommate, and I have to say that its a good girlfriend movie. You know, the type of movie you bring all of your friends that happen to be female to. I might even see it again with my mama. We'll see.

I'm starting my observation period next week. So wish me luck! My cooperating teacher seems really nice and knows how to handle a classroom. I can't wait to learn more about teaching from her. Fingers crossed!

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Shadowhunters Episode 5: "Moo Shu to Go" - Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the fifth episode of Shadowhunters, "Moo Shu to Go." While trying to scope out some clues on her mother's hidden past, Clary and Simon get kidnapped for the illusive Mortal Cup. No thanks to Alec. Meanwhile, Jace and Isabelle try to discover what happened to the Seelie scouts after Maryse Lightwood, mother to Alec and Isabelle, shows up unannounced to the Institute. Now, we are getting into spoiler territory, and if you haven't seen the episode yet, turn back now! Otherwise, let's get onto the review! 

So here's the episode were the werewolves finally make an appearance. No hiding behind dumpsters and coming out bloody for no apparent reason. Just full-on werewolf action. We learn that there is a pack in Brooklyn, and, guess what, they want the Mortal Cup just like everyone else. That part doesn't really bother me considering we've now established that the Cup is basically a McGuffin for the season. I had some logistic problems with the transformations. The show has made a big deal about hiding the transformation, even if we've already seen the wolves, which is what I thought would be the big reveal. I mean, a wolf walks into a restaurant all nonchalant through a doggy door, but don't even get me started on that), but they have to transform in the back? It just seems weird considering they look normal when they change back. They're not missing clothes or anything. So what would be the reason to hide, except maybe to cut costs on the CGI effects. 

We also see Simon with enhanced physical skills, to the point where maybe someone should be concerned. Maybe if he was just jumping a little higher or running a little faster, the other characters could assume that he's been pumping some iron. Maybe trying to bulk up so that he won't be repeatedly kidnapped. But he breaks open a door without any effort at all. At that point, everyone should have been a little more concerned. Forget the memento box, Simon is crushing doorknobs with his bare hands. Maybe we should check him out. No? Box is more important? Okay, then. On the plus side, still hilarious and fun to watch. He's one of the better characters on the show, as I've said before, and he doesn't disappoint. 

So, Maryse Lightwood is pretty terrible, as a mother anyway. The amount of blatant favoritism was nauseating. I'm all for showing the disconnect between the Lightwood's, but I don't think Maryse needs to be openly grinning Cheshire-style while Jace is swinging his seraph blade around.

Wow, that amount of double entendre is inexcusable... But I'm keeping it. 

There was just no subtly to it, and I feel like that the producers think that the audience is stupid...again. This has become a common complaint with this show, and I'm just hoping that if they do get a second season, they'll treat us like an audience that cares enough to pay attention and think.

On the other hand, there were a few moments enjoyment in the episode. I know a lot of people have been saying it, but I have to agree that the chemistry between Clary and Jace isn't working so far. They just seem to be these weird two people who hover around each other making inappropriate comments because they don't know each other that well. With that said, the dynamic between Clary and Alec is hilarious. Maybe it's because Alec is 100% done with all of the tomfoolery that Alec is starting to feel like the substitute for the audience (or at least me) in the show. Between that and Clary determination to underhand him, it makes up for some of the other less fortunate points of the show. The way that they bounce off of one another is just so real and organic, and I'm hoping to see a lot more of it. 

I really enjoyed Luke in this episode. Maybe it's because he's more than just an ominous figure now, but I'm liking his attitude. The snarky exchange that happens between him and Clary when he gets her out of the cargo container was beautiful and so funny. I'm guessing we're going to be seeing some more of him in the next episode at casa de la Magnus, which I'm also excited to see. 

Guys, I think that I'm actually looking forward to the next episode! Let's hope it's a step in the right direction! I'll be sure to watch and review it as soon as possible!

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Shadowhunters Episode 4: "Raising Hell" - Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the fourth episode of Shadowhunters, "Raising Hell." Just in case you weren't aware, this review is going to be heavy with spoilers, and if you rather not know what happens, don't read this review! With that in mind, let's get started!

In this episode, we get a better introduction for Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn who stole Clary's memories and feed them to a memory demon. He's a very flamboyant, confident, but caring character. He tries to congregate all of the warlocks to a safe house in order to protect them, which says a great deal about his character. But sometimes, he takes it a bit too far.

The part where Clary "saves" a warlock child because it's the right thing and not out of a sense of duty is probably one of the most ridiculous conversations. Like, we saw everything that just happened! We can figure some of the emotions behind the scenes, if you give us an opportunity. I feel like that they think the audience is stupid or they didn't want to put enough effort into making the scenes more dynamic rather than relying on a crappy script.

In case you haven't noticed, I'm losing a lot of faith in the show.

There are a few logistic problems that came up in the episode. For example, they hype up all of the demons and their powers and how incredibly dangerous they are, and then all you need to do to defeat them is a seraph blade stab to any part of their body. You don't need to have any training at that point (clearly, look at Clary Fray) and it undervalues any kill that legit shadowhunters make. It drives me bonkers.

Another logistic problem is Clary's necklace. We haven't set up any rules for the necklace, and it just seems to be able to do whatever is convenient at the time. For instance, Clary can see Dot in danger, but Dot isn't able to communicate with Clary. Yet in this episode, Valentine makes a direct threat to Clary while she uses it to see her mother. And why do we not see her use it more often so that she can get some clues to her mother's whereabouts. It makes no sense!

Also, by giving Clary more strength than she should at this point, it's taking away some of the effects of the other characters. Magnus is the High Warlock of Brooklyn, and he can't kill one Circle Member. Yet Clary can kill a greater demon with zero help. It's just so weird and unrealistic. Yes, I'm using "unrealistic" for a show that features demons and angels, but you catch my drift.

Then there are just some ridiculous scenes because they are taking themselves too seriously. The is a scene where they are trying to find Magnus, but Jace can't do it alone. So they use parabatai power, like they're the Wonder Twins or something, to find Magnus. It looks so ridiculous. I cannot even tell you. If they made into more of a joke, then it may have been more, I don't know, watchable, but it ended up being a joke on them.

Guys, I don't know what else to say. I do plan on watching the rest of the series, but I definitely have my worries. I'm just glad that they're getting enough good ratings that they'll have a chance to fix some problems in season two. This is if season two comes to fruition.

Well, that's it for this post! Comment down below with some of your thoughts on the episode! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Update - Feeling Like an Adult



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to give an update. Things have been a bit crazy this past month. Maybe it's just my own emotional turmoil holding me back. Maybe I just feel like not growing up quite just yet. Either way, it's thrown my mind into a tailspin that I have yet to come completely out of. I feel... I don't know how I feel. Confused, probably. I can't articulate anything anymore, which is really unpleasant.

I don't even know why I'm putting this out here. I just want to yell and whisper and curl up into a ball and everything just feels wrong. Ugh, I'm started to sound ridiculous. I just wanted to say that I'm going to get back on schedule. It's good for me and for the readers who are hanging in there for me.

I've gotten some help from friends and family and a wonderful community that is willing to piece me back together. I hope to be on a better page with y'all soon.

That's it for this post! Comment down below with whatever you're feeling now. Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Shadowhunters Episode 3: "Dead Man's Party" - Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the third episode of Shadowhunters, "Dead Man's Party." Yes, this review is extremely late, and I'm hoping to tell y'all why in a later post, but I felt that I should review this episode before the next one tomorrow. This review is not going to be spoiler-free, and you don't want to know what's happened, don't read! With that in mind, let's get this review started!

So the last episode ended with Simon's kidnapping perpetrated by a couple of vampires while Clary was discovering some of the truth about her past. "Dead Man's Party" continues with the gang coming up with a plan to get Simon back without anyone finding out.

Let me just say this, none of the conversations are getting better. No matter who is talking, everything just feels forced, awkward, and not natural. There's a whole subplot with Jace and Alec having an argument, and there wasn't a minute where I believed it. And some of the lines are just so weird or cliche that it comes across as them not trying.

Speaking of cliches, the scene where Jace is showing Clary how to use a seraph blade just comes across as tacky, not sensual or whatever it was trying to be. All of the fighting lessons he could have taught her before hitting up the lair of a vampire coven and he chooses to show her how to swing it back and forth. The logic behind it doesn't make any sense, which brings me to my next point. 

I don't understand why Jace and Clary went to a vampire bar to get a motorcycle that is not even used after they get it. They got themselves into trouble for no other apparent reason than to get a motorcycle that we never see again! There's not even a real sense of urgency to get to Simon. I could see them getting the bike to get to Simon quicker, but it doesn't see like they're in any hurry to help Simon. But I digress. 

Another aspect that didn't make any sense was Camille barking orders over the telephone. Where does the call connect? Does it even connect? Is there someone by the phone or did someone in SFX forget to put in a telephone ring? Or does the phone connect to a speaker system? Whatever it may be, it was definitely not explained. 

I did like the new vampire characters. Despite a few weird lines and awkward actions, we've got some new interesting characters with different motives and loyalties. In the movie, they were more mindless and a boogie man in the night, but in the show they are real characters, which gives me some kind of hope for upcoming episodes. 

Well, that's it for this post! Comment down below with your thoughts on the episode! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Monday, January 25, 2016

Allegiant "Tear Down the Wall" Trailer - Reaction



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to react to the new Allegiant trailer that dropped this past Friday. Just in case you haven't read one of my reactions, I'm going to put the video for the trailer down below, and I'll leave comments as the trailer plays. This is the first time I've seen the trailer, and I'm not sure what to expect. But enough about that. Let's get onto the reaction!



Okay, so we've got a voice-over and a group of misfits that probably hate each other. My guess is that we may hear this voice-over again. 

Alright, we're into some really weird territory. We've got Earth looking like Mars again. 

Four and Tris are in some weird red bubbles. Why is everything red?

It looks really really advance - technology-wise. 

Except the fire, the one thing that is naturally red, is blue here.

Tris burning her clothes mirroring the first movie, perhaps?

They really like showing these people naked. Now, I just feel pandered to. 

Well Four, this isn't the movie I thought it was going to be. So we all can't get what we want, can we?

Dramatic face turns!

Well, that was different.

So my overall thoughts on the trailer are a little scattered. I still don't really like the landscape outside of the wall, and I feel like the music and action didn't match. The technology looks really strange and weird, and I'm not really excited about the movie after seeing the trailer, if I'm being honest. It just seems to strayed so far away from what I think it should look, sound, and feel like. 

Another problem is that it looks really fake. There are some green screen effects that look really great and believable, but this doesn't. I just wished it looked better.

Well, that's it for this post! Comment down below with your own thoughts on the trailer! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Friday, January 22, 2016

Winter by Marissa Meyer - Book Review!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles series, Winter by Marissa Meyer. This novel continues with Cinder's plot to start a rebellion on Luna. She's going to start an uprising against Levana by revealing to the Lunar citizens that she is the rightful queen and leading an army to Levana's front door. Hopefully Cinder and the rest of her companions won't die in the process. But enough about that, let's get onto the review! 

In one of my classes I took in college, my teacher would begin a discussion on the book we were reading by asking, "Did this book leave you feeling satisfied." When it comes to Winter, I would say, "Yes, yes it did!" I was so happy with how everything turned out, all of the twists and turns, and ultimately the way the book left me feeling. Granted, if you loved the first three books, you're going to love this one. No worries about that. 

I love the diversity in the cast of characters.  They are so different in their appearance, their goals, and their backgrounds, and it makes for a well-rounded group of characters. I looked forward to seeing each different person because each of them brought something special and different to the reading experience. And they're not all perfect either. They each have flaws the make them human, but they are all still inherently good. 

One aspect of the story that I felt was a little hurried was the Snow White story line. I thought that the other stories in the series played special attention to the titled character, and because of that their fairy tale stories were more prominent in their particular novel. In this book, it felt like I didn't get to see enough of Winter, and that may be because Winter, the novel, is larger than the other novels in the series. So by comparison, Winter, the character, may have the same amount of "screen time" as the other characters but the extra material made it feel like less. 

I really enjoyed the ending of the book. While it wasn't a traditional epilogue, it answered enough of my questions to keep me satisfied, but it also allowed the reader to imagine all of the little details that come after "happily ever after." It set up all of the characters for a new adventure without going too far into the future. Now I can create my own little adventures for them as they continue on their journeys. 

With everything said and done, I'm giving this book five sour apples out of five. It's a great conclusion to a great series, a definite must-read for any Young Adult genre fan. 



That's it for this review! Comment down below with series that ended with a bang! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Shadowhunters Episode 2: "The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy" - Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the second episode of the Shadowhunters television series, "The Descent Into Hell Isn't Easy." This episode picks up where the last episode left off with Clary's mother being kidnapped and her finding out about the demon word. Now, Clary and the gang have to gather more information in order to figure out what happened to Clary's mother and how to stop Valentine. But let's get onto the review!

So we're getting some more backstory in this episode with the focus on the Circle and it's former members. I'm just hoping that they'll get through this part quick enough so that we can get to some of the more exciting parts. 

I cannot get over how perfect Simon is. His interactions with Jace and Izzy are some of my favorites out of the whole show so far. He's acting more of the fish out of water than Clary is, which is saying something considering most of the action is revolving around her and her mother. 

I appreciate the reoccurring minor characters, even though they don't seem to last very long. I think that they're tying into the overall story well, especially since the story is getting thirteen hours of content instead of two. Dot, for example, plays a bigger role in the show than she did in the books, and she makes a bigger impact because of that. 

Now, we do get a "theme song" if you want to call it that. It's really one lyric of a song with a shot of the logo we've seen in the several of the commercials. I would have preferred something more like the theme to Sleepy Hollow. While that show has a lot of flaws (don't even get me started on season two), the opening theme is pretty fantastic. I just wish they pushed the envelope for Shadowhunters. 

I'm liking all of the deception and missteps that are happening in the show. People who haven't read the books question who to trust and who not to trust, and those who are fans of the books can look forward to some new twists and turns the writers have created. 

I'm still loving Izzy! She's still like the Izzy from the books, without someone the anger she had about *ahem* certain situations. She also still can't cook, which is a lovely tidbit to throw in for the fans of the book, but has throws in her Latina flare every now and again. She calls Simon "hombre" at one point, and I had to squeal. She's just so sassy, and I love her!

There seem to be a lot of unnecessary hand motions when people are talking. By people I mean Jace and Alec. It just looks really odd and not natural. I'm hoping that they'll get out of that further along, but I'll guess we'll see. 

That. One. Dumbledore. Quote. 

We also learn a lot about Jace's backstory without a lot of buildup, which was a little let down. But I guess they needed it for the dramatic reveal at the end of the episode. 

I'm wondering if Simon will be featured less in the next episode because of the kidnapping or if we're going to see more of the vampire lair. Either way, we'll find out next week!


That's it for this post! Comment down below with your own thoughts for the episode! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

January To Be Read - List!



Hello, everyone! I'm back with a late post! It's late in two ways. One, I usually do my TBR lists earlier in the month. Two, this post was meant to got out on Monday, but I've been so busy over the weekend that it didn't happen. But I'm here and I'm going to tell you want I'm going to try to read for this month! Considering it is so late in the month, this list is going to be kind of short. But any amount of books is always appreciated! So let's get onto the list!



The first book is Winter by Marissa Meyer. I'm currently in the middle of this book, and I'm hoping to finish it up before the month ends. I know its going to be bittersweet because as much as I want to know the ending, I'm going to be incredibly sad when it's time to say goodbye to some of my favorite characters. 



The second book is Carry On by Rainbow Rowell. There has been so many good things said by several BookTubers whose opinions I trust. I've been wanting to read it since I heard the positive review from Kat O'Keeffe, and I'm hoping that I'll get to read it sometime this month.



My third book is the book of the month for the Booksplosion book club. It's called Passenger by Alexandra Bracken. The BookTubers who've read it so far have loved it, and I can't wait to fall in love with it too. 




The last book I want to read for the month is My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem. I got interested in this book thanks to Emma Watson and her new feminist book club on Good Reads called Our Shared Shelf. I figured if Emma Watson is starting a book club, I definitely want to be a part of it. 

Well, that's it for this TBR list! Again, I'm thinking I'm not going to finish the list this month, but I'm hoping for the best! Comment down below with some books that you would like to read this month! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Friday, January 15, 2016

What's Happening - Update



Hello, everyone! This is going to be a quick update because I've been called into work all weekend, which is great for my wallet but not for my TBR list. I'm hoping to post more fun stuff in the coming week. I also wanted to let y'all know that all of my Disney posts will be set to private in one week! So read them while you can! On a current note, I also got my hair cut today in hopes that people will stop thinking that I'm twelve years old. But will see!

That's all for this post! I'll be back next week with some more cool material! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Shadowhunters Episode 1 - The Mortal Cup: Review!


Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to review the first episode of the new Shadowhunters series based on the beloved Mortal Instruments book series by Cassandra Clare. I'm going to provide my overall thoughts on the episode, what I did and didn't like, and what I expect from the rest of the series. With that in mind, this is definitely not going to be spoiler-free. There will be an incredible amount of spoilers. So if you don't want to know what's happening, don't read! Now, let's get onto the review!

Overall, I liked the episode. There were a few things here and there that "irked" me, but I felt like it was a good beginning to a promising series. We've got some good character introduction, and I think that those who haven't read the books, can still get the full picture. I even like the changes that were made, for the most part. But let's take a step by step look at the show.

First, I have to say that I love the music choices. The one where the shadowhunters are hunting the demon to pandemonium is fantastic!

I will say that I was a little bummed that we didn't get a theme song. Sometimes the pilot episode won't contain the theme song, so I'm hoping to see one in the second episode. Fingers crossed!

I really don't like all of this jumping back and forth. I don't think it adds anything to the story. It just makes it more difficult to follow. 

Simon is hilarious! He's so perfect that it blows my mind! He's got a twitter!

I also appreciate the little biscotti tidbit. Great foreshadowing *wink wink.*

I like that Luke is a police officer. It adds a bit of drama, and it has him closer to the action.

Not sure why Jocelyn would give Clary the stele before she starting seeing stuff. Kind of goes against her wanting Clary out of her world.

Some of the dialogue is a bit cheesy and not natural. An example is when the captain tells Luke to marry Jocelyn. Gave me goosebumps, in a bad way. 

Another problem I'm having is them telling us things that are happening as opposed to letting us figure it out. Like when Jocelyn tells Magnus to take Clary's memories. We could've figured that part out. Or how the demon says that the mundane blood is for the Circle's boss. Clearly. Or when Jocelyn buns down Clary's room and "says" "I won't let them find you." The voiceover just seemed unnecessary. 

The introduction of the shadowhunter trio, I thought, was really great. You have the leader, the cautious one, and the sassy one. But it also seems that Izzy is also the researcher, which makes me so happy. There are also more shadowhunters, which can bring a lot of possibilities to the show. 

"Your fake ID sucks." - Gold

I don't understand the point of Izzy's wig. She immediately takes it off when she starts distracting the demons. So why bother bringing it at all?

Some of the fighting looks really well done, but sometimes you can tell that they're not actually hitting each other. Like you can clearly tell that Izzy didn't hit one of the demons, but he goes down anyway. I could also tell that Jocelyn had a stunt double for the fight scene. 

The Circle has some really nice cars on hand.

I LOVE Valentine. Not the actual character, because that would be weird, but the guy who's playing Valentine is fantastic.

I'm also happy they went that graphic with the Circle member's death. I was scared that they were going to make this show too PG and not enough 13. But that was downright gruesome.

Clary's lack of reaction seems REALLY unusual. There's a lot going on, and she just seems to be little "bleh."

Find My Friend = how to be a stalker and not a friend

I love how Simon goes straight to meth problem. It's hilarious. 

The end fight scene and showing Simon the truth, seemed a bit rush. To be fair, the whole episode seemed a bit rushed, but the first episode has to set up a lot of lore with many different characters. That means a lot of information needs to be told, but sometimes storytelling loses some of its magic because of it. But I'm happy with the possibilities that the first episode has provided, and I can't wait to watch the rest!

That's it for this post! Comment down below with some of your thoughts about the show! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Disney Diary Day 6 - Update!



Hello, everyone! I'm back, and I'm here to continue with our final day at Disney World, Day 6! Let's get started!

Today, we were heading to Magic Kingdom! So we started our day a little late, which is fine because our fast passes didn't start until 5:30. But we left the resort around 3:30 because we wanted to get some food that caught our eye the other day. 





So our first stop was the ice cream parlor. I got a double scoop of chocolate and mint chocolate chip ice cream. It was quite delicious!





Then we decided that we had time before our first fast pass, so we when and got pretzels. They were pretty good, but I wish that they had a bit more salt. Maybe it's my American palette talking, but what can I say.




After that we went to our first fast pass which was for the Dwarf Mining Rollar Coaster. There was a sixty minute wait, and we managed to get inside in about ten minutes. I love fast passes!








After we hopped off the ride, we enjoyed the day time dance show that Disney holds in front of the castle. We stayed just long enough for Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy popped out of the parade floats. 















Then it was time for dinner, and, you guessed it, we went to Casey's Corner. I got a plain hot dog this go around, and it was worth it! 



Then it was time to rush to Space Mountain where we had fast passes. We had to do it quickly though because we wanted to be back before the parade and fireworks. 





We got some pretty good seats for the parade, but nothing to write home about. However, enjoy all the photos that I took. 








































Then we went to the section where you can watch the fireworks if you have fast passes for them, which we did. We saw the light show on the castle there first, which went pretty well, except people started standing up for no reason. 











































































Once the shows were over, we did a little more shopping. We wanted to make sure that we got presents for loved ones back home, but soon after, we went back to the resort.

We freshened up and decided to go back to Downtown Disney. I know it sounds like we went to Downtown Disney quite a bit, but it's so easy to get to from our resort! We did a little shopping as well as got some more food truck food! This time I went with a corn dog, and while the taste was delicious, I found it to be a little over-fried. 










And that's how we ended our Disney World vacation. The next day we got up, packed our car, and made the long trek back home. It's going to feel weird waking up and going to work instead of a theme park, but part of me will be glad to be home. I'll see you next time! Perhaps with some tips for your next Disney trip? We'll see!

That's it for this post! I'll see y'all next post! Subscribe to the blog by adding your email address to the Subscribe Box down below or off to the right. Add me to your circles by clicking the Google+ Button on you right. Follow me on twitter @KK_Donna_Blog for up to date information on the blog and ridiculousness about my life. Follow the tumblr dedicated to the blog which you can find at this link. Read on, lovelies! I'll see y'all next post!
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