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#SATurdate: The BFG, Butterscotch, The Nutcracker, & X-Men Apocalypse

12 Dec

This week flew by for me! Can’t believe we’re approaching 2016 already either. So crazy.

What I’m Writing:

Like last week, I’m working on additions in Take Me Tomorrow, book one of The Tomo Trilogy. I’m 126 pages into it. For original readers, I’m on the chapter No One Was Silent. Out of popular demand, I’ve added some extra info on the Phelps’ Massacre, but I’ve also added some extras myself, like information on the lumberyards, resource trading, why children are involved, and Wheston Phelps himself…which means, yes, there are extra scenes in the new version.

What I’m Publishing:

We’re still working on the covers for Bad Bloods! By accident, we worked on part two’s cover before part one, but I’ll tell you what, it’s awesome!

And the winning #1lineWed preview. This week’s theme was sound: The guy’s voice was as crisp and clear as the sound escaping the soda he popped open. He even took a sip.

Extra info: In Bad Bloods, aspartame plays a HUGE role in bad bloods’ lives. For those of you who don’t know what aspartame is, it’s an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener. It’s found in sodas, for instance, but in 2089, it’s outlawed. (There are many studies connecting aspartame to cancer.) That being said, aspartame—for some reason—affects the bad blood gene, and it works as an enhancer of sorts, so one of the protagonists has an addiction to it, which he gets through illegal Diet Coke. Funny thing is, truth can be stranger than fiction. Pepsi took aspartame out of their sodas this past year and is encouraging laws against it, despite the change not being very popular. Maybe Bad Bloods isn’t so far away from reality. 😉

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What I’m Reading:

decreads2I finished Winterspell by Claire Legrand. The PERFECT dark fairy tale retelling for winter, I gave this dangerous read 5 stars. You can read my full review here, but here is who I recommend it to: Fans of fairy tale retellings, but only to those who enjoy dark and twisted themes, especially with sexual undertones. This book includes a strong heroine, but not a perfect heroine (which, to me, is fantastic), and you’ll love everything if you love epic fantasies with their own world maps to tie everything together. Must love flowery, poetic, and detailed prose.

I’m also reading Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, Volume 9 by Naoko Takeuchi. The Dead Moon Circus is my favorite arc. I freakin’ love it.

What I’m Listening To:

Glass Animals. I’ve been obsessed all week. Why? No idea. But it’s been sweet.

What I’m Watching:

Up in the Air: I adore this film, both for Anna Kendrick and the overall feel of the movie. Way to go, George Clooney.

movies

Dark Legacy: This is a JFK assassination (mind-blowing) documentary. Definitely recommended but definitely not for the light-hearted. The photos and videos are very graphic. I’m not saying I agree with the guy’s theory or anything like that, but I do enjoy seeing more information/connections than what is generally explained from traditional sources.

Dark Shadows: Believe it or not, I hadn’t seen this paranormal Johnny Deep movie yet, but now I have. It was wonderful. I enjoyed how kooky it was.

What I’m Baking, Making, and Drinking:

butterI made Gooey Butterscotch Blondies. NOM! But boy, were those sweet. Super sweet. Dark chocolate chip cookies were also involved this week. I’m insatiable. On top of that, a lovely lady gifted me with new espresso cups for my coffee addiction. I used them within 24 hours. I’m obsessed.

What I’m Wearing:

Fuzzy slippers. There are the bee’s knees.

What I’m Wanting:

The BFG Movie?! Are you serious?! I had no idea this was being made into a movie, let alone that the trailer was already out. I CANNOT wait. This book was one of my favorites as a child. I absolutely fell in love.

And, GUYS, The Legend of Tarzan movie. UGH. I mean, Alexander Skarsgård is one guy, but Christoph Waltz?? Could it get any better? (The answer is no.) I love them. 

AND, AND, the trailer for X-Men Apocalypse dropped too! This is probably the best week ever. You can watch it through IMDB.

What I’m Dreaming Of:

I’m only sharing one ITTY part of one GIANT dream I had, because it was by far the coolest one, but it was SO much longer than this.

Imagine Voldemort taking over the world to fight the Shadowhunters, but add all kinds of mutants from X-Men fighting in-between (not quite sure which side they are on at any point in time). Well, I am one of these in-between mutants. I’m not so much in war as I am trying to get my friends out of the war. So, I sneak into this crazy meeting in an underground party (underneath a grocery store of all things), and everyone here wants to kill me, but I’m disguised. (Of what, I don’t know. I couldn’t actually see me or what I looked like at any point. It was straight through my eyes, which caused this terrible shaky reality video game effect while dreaming.) But I found my friends about the time Voldemort found me, and the entire place erupted into chaos. I helped the youngest of my friends out—two young blondes that looked strangely like Luna Lovegood—and when we got to the parking lot, the building blew sky high, but this mutant kid runs out, and I stop, because I know him. He’s the definition of psychopath. He’s holding a sailing anchor—like the traditional type—and there’s a chain attached to it. It’s practically the size of his torso, but he screams out (for whatever reason), “Looks like you’re going sailing” before he throws the anchor and stabs people onto it, dragging them behind him until he finds his next victim. (And people question why I write so violently?) I managed to pull the anchor out of someone and hold onto it to stop him, but then he drops the chains and laughs, because he knows he can kill other ways. So I try to use his weapon against him, but it’s definitely way too heavy. So…then my cat jumps onto the bed and I wake up in a start and nearly chuck him across the room. I think my cat still hates me.

What Else Is Going On:

So, I don’t normally mention a lot of personal issues like this one, but I haven’t been around a lot on my social media, so I thought I’d say why. I had to get part of my scalp cut off for a skin cancer test. It was in the same place my grandfather had it, so…moving onto the good news: I’m cancer free. So, woot! But it was very stressful and concerning and just overall UGH. I’m also missing a piece of my forehead. But my little bits of hair are already growing back. Expect my face back on Instagram soon.

~SAT

The Oscars: Who I Want to Win

24 Feb

11 p.m. Update: I’ve entirely bolded the ones from my list that won in the categories I chose them in. I hope everyone had a great night! 

Okay. So I’m not normally into award shows, but I LOVEEEEE the Oscars, so I’m super excited for tonight.

Today I’m posting the 85th Academy Award Nominees that I want to win, along with why. I’d love to hear what you think! Click here to look at the list yourself.

Best Picture: Lincoln: I have to admit I haven’t seen all the movies on the list, but I found this one to be well-done and historical, which can be difficult when you have so much to cover. (P.S. This is NOT the vampire Lincoln movie. Haha.)

Actor in Leading Role: Hugh Jackman in Les Miserables: I think this competition will come down between Jackman and Washington, but Jackman, in my opinion, had a more difficult role due to the singing, acting, and costumes. (But mainly his singing.)

Actress in Leading Role: Quvenzhane Wellis in Beasts of the Southern Wind: I really respect such a young girl taking on such an important role in a very interesting and challenging movie. However, I have to admit she probably won’t win, because the acting in this particular movie is different compared to the others. I want to show my support for her bravery.

Acting in Supporting Role: Christoph Waltz in Django Unchained: I still cannot get over how brilliant Waltz was in this movie. If I can be bold, I think he made the entire movie. I loved him, and, as a writer, I envy the brilliant work done to create such an amazing character come to life.

Actress in Supporting Role: Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables: I, personally, don’t like Les Miserables. (I know. I know. I’m a horrible person.) But I haven’t liked it ever since I read it, so it was really hard for me to enjoy the movie (since it is, ultimately, the reading.) However, I can still appreciate the wonderful work they put behind it, and Hathaway deserves an award for her short-lived life in Les Miserables.

Animated Feature Film: Brave: How could I not love this movie??? I do love ParaNorman (I did a review on it here) but I think Brave ultimately blows it away.

CinematographyDjango Unchained: I think it’s going to be between this movie and Anna Karenina, but I have to pick Django Unchained. In the end, I’d think Anna Karenina would win, because Django Unchained is controversial, but I saw both, and I think Django Unchained had more unique camera work.

Costume Design: Anna Karenina: The dress was beautiful, striking, and elegant. I loved it all.

Directing: Beasts of the Southern Wild: If you’ve seen the movie, you know it has a documentary feel to it. I thought this was unique and effective in the ultimate piece, so I want to support this flick.

Documentary Feature: I’m not familiar enough to pick.

Is it egotistical to drink a bottle of wine with your name on it??? Oh, well. I need something to accompany me to The Oscars

Is it egotistical to drink a bottle of wine with your name on it??? Oh, well. I need something to accompany me to The Oscars

Documentary Short: I’m not familiar enough to pick.

Film Editing: Zero Dark Thirty: I think this is hard to judge as viewers, because we don’t know everything that goes behind the scenes, but I really think this movie deserves an award in this instance.

Foreign Language Film: Amour: Honestly, it’s the only one I’m familiar with, but it’s lovely.

Makeup and Hairstyling: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: I think it’s between this and Les Miserables, but I think The Hobbit should get this based on how much harder (I think) it must be to do makeup and hair on fantasy characters.

Music: Original Score: Skyfall: I love Adele. End of story.

Music: Original Song: Skyfall: …I…love…Adele…

Production Design: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: I really enjoyed the overall look of this movie, but I also liked Anna Karenina in this particular topic.

Short Film: Animated: I’m not familiar with these.

Short Film: Live Action: I’m not familiar with these.

Sound Editing: Argo: Again, this is a hard topic to choose, because we don’t know everything that went down behind the scenes, but I’m going with Argo, because it deserves an award too.

Sound Mixing: Les Miserables.

Visual EffectsThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey: There was some magnificent visuals in this film.

Writing: Adapted Screenplay: Argo: What a story to share. Seriously. It’s historical, and it’s shocking.

Writing: Original Screenplay: Moonrise Kingdom: I think something else will probably win in this category, but I LOVEEE Moonrise Kingdom, and I’d love it even more to see it succeed in The Oscars.

So who do you want to win?? I’d love to hear, and I can’t wait to find out who does tonight 😀

~SAT

Movie Mention: Django Unchained

3 Jan

Last night, I saw Django Unchained, and I loved it!

If you are a Quentin Tarantino fan, buy a ticket and drive to the nearest theatre now. Seriously.

Not only is Jamie Foxx entertaining, but Christoph Waltz’s character, Dr. King Schultz, is hilariously brilliant. You’ll be cheering for these two bounty-hunters as they fight to save Django’s wife from the ruthless Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio…and, come on, who doesn’t like a little Leo now and then?)Django_Unchained_Poster

However, I understand Quentin Tarantino films are very gore-filled and extremely violent, so this movie isn’t for everyone (and it’s definitely not for children.) As Calvin Candie said, “Adult supervision is required.” So get some friends together or take a date, and go see this drama-filled western.

More information on Django here.

Enjoy!

~SAT

 

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