365 Project – March 2018

Date: March 2018

The music is “Isle of Doom” by Steven Lowther provided by http://www.freesoundtrackmusic.com
Website: http://www.luckyslife.com

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Midnight Crossroad (Midnight Texas #1 book)

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This review was harder then most. I had watched the first season of the tv show before reading the book so I already had some preset ideas. I will try and give the good vs bad when comparing this against the tv show.

The Bad:

The ages of the main characters are way younger in the book. Creek is only 17-18 (having just recently graduated high school) and Manfred is maybe 22-23. Wheras the tv show Manfred is 33 and Creek is 25. The whole idea of a just graduated from high school girl and her love life gives me the creeps. I can identify with the tv characters way more. I can’t buy into characters at their book age.

The cast in the book are very whitewashed. Having watched the tv show first I got to meet Lem as a very impressive looking black man. The book version is a white guy with bleach/white hair. The Lem in the TV show is far superior in looks, and personality. I would comment on Fiji but I can’t recall her exact description in the books, but I got the impression she was white, whereas the tv show had a much more engaging character including looks and personality as well.

The Good:

There is actually more good then bad compared to the tv show. The first book itself is much quieter paced then the tv show. The story is focused and you get to know about the characters more.

There is no focus on Manfred. He is one of the characters, but he isn’t the focus. I would argue Fiji is the biggest focus but all of the characters take turns. Also there is no dead grandmothers yet (maybe that is in the second book). This keeps the book more engaging as learn about the individuals, without focusing on the white guy as the star.

There are less tropes dealing with Aubrey, she isn’t even that deserving of dislike. I won’t talk more about her except to say her death/murder and her personality come out differently in the book. I definitely prefer this view more.

There is more good, but I can’t write about it since I don’t want to be 100% spoilery

The overall feeling resulting in a 3, meaning reading it is better then not. I did enjoy the book, and I recommend others read it. Just be warned it doesn’t measure up in some ways to the tv show, and is better in others. I just wish we could have Lem from the tv show, that would be great.

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Britannia (Season 1)

I just finished watching the first season of Britannia and I honestly can’t tell you if I like it or not. I go back and forth and it really isn’t even something I can break up into too many pros and cons. That is because it is all so intermixed that there isn’t a clear winner and loser portion.

It is about the Roman invasion of Britannia in 43 AD led by Roman Aulus Plautius. David Morrissey who played the Governor on Walking Dead does well enough, it isn’t him, or it really isn’t any of the actors. They all do well. I suspect instead I have an innate issue with how they changed the history of the event.

It is to be expected they would change it, this is a supernatural historical fantasy version of the invasion. The druids are portrayed as supernatural (the leader being 2000 years old) and living in what most would consider squalor. It just didn’t work for me.

The second part that really bugged me was the references to Rome. It is historically true that Rome (via Julius Caesar) failed to conquer fully Britannia, they did however install a King who was subservient Rome. It was the first time that Rome had utilized the system of client Kingdoms when Caesar enthroned Mandubracius as King. Rome then kept diplomatic and trading links with Britannia until they finally came back in 43AD and invaded to take it fully. Whereas the show acts like Caesar left, the Britannia went on about their lives and never heard of Romans again for 90 years.

I think with my penchant to read a lot of history, precludes me to not liking the show overall. It isn’t that its written badly, just it isn’t true and I can’t really recommend the show to others because of that. I watch too many people believing things are factual because they watched a show that is fiction that I can’t go with this show either.

Sneaky Pete (Season 2)

This review has a bit of spoilers to explain how I feel.

To be honest, I wasn’t too keen on the show for several episodes. The actors are all still great but it didn’t have the same chemistry. Pete and most of “Pete’s Family” were not in contact so we didn’t have the same relationship or interaction as the first season. The premise was a very slow version of Ocean’s 11 and they started introducing too many side characters. Then the introduction of real pete, real pete’s mom and a bunch of other things made this pretty hard to stay focused on for several more episodes.

That being said it was still enjoyable, Giovanni Ribisi makes the show work (along with Margo Martindale). They are great to watch. When they start interacting again things pick up speed and it ends up not being too bad this season. It is a bit of a drudge to push through, but once I was on the other side I don’t regret watching it. I just wished had not gone this direction.

Pros: The storytelling is good but what sells it is the acting by everyone involved. Mostly this rests on Giovani Ribisi and Margo Martindale, but everyone else does put in a bit for it.

Cons: Doesn’t have the same chemistry as the first season, without that chemistry this makes the show just “meh”.

Published in LGBTQ Queer Culture Journal MELK

It is official, I am a fully published author now. Not that I will ever make any great deal of money, it is kind of cool that some part of me will remain after I am gone. However, I need to note that this would not have been possible without my hubby Wolsey. He helped me with back end of writing (he is an awesome editor) then of course the people at MELK were great as well!


This isn’t the book deal we are waiting on for “Accidentally Gay”, that is supposed to come out in the next month or two, this is a short writing that a Norwegian Queer Culture Journal that publishes quarterly. They asked me to write a story about Wolsey and I. I was more than happy to. It was easy to do. Now after AG comes out maybe I can get some of my fiction or history stuff out there.

https://www.melkmag.com/melk-no-6.html

General catch up for 3-17-18

I have been really quiet lately other then some reviews and a dream post, but that is because life is incredibly hectic at the moment. I figured I owed some explanation and a catchup for everyone.

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Wolsey left his job at the DoD and is working at my old place, Washington State State Auditor’s Office. I am incredibly excited for him. It is a great job and he will do awesome. I am only a little sad at him leaving, we have worked together again here for two and a half years, I love working with him. Now he is onto a job with slightly different time and not near me.

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I have my foot back in a cast. My foot is still broken from October and I go back in on April 2nd to see if I need surgery. I suspect that will be a yes. Until then I can’t drive in to work anymore so I am on medical telework. Wolsey is no longer working there so he can’t drive me, and my foot doesn’t fit with its boot in his car or definitely not my manual transmission driven car.

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Gaming is going to start back up. Due to all of the stuff going on with work I had to travel to Atlanta and our D&D game has been cancelled. This Sunday is the first time in six weeks we have gotten to play. I am looking forward to running it.

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I have a new series on my Things You Should Know Youtube channel called “The Great War”. Its like my Civil War series but for World War I instead of the Civil War. I am pretty excited. I have pre-made videos 6-10 weeks ahead for both series, this gives me a breather in case I get hurt again, go out because of surgery, etc.

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My History Youtube Channel Click to go to it.

I have started my Udemy blender course for 3d art, but everything else has kind of slowed it down. This week I hope to get back to it. There are a few other things, but the timing isn’t right to chat about them. I hope everything is going well for all of you, and I believe I am back to posting regularly about my life on top of the reviews!

 

Weird Trailer Diner (dream)

Just woke up from a weird dream freaked out, even though nothing too scary happened.

A group of us had arrived at a diner, it was an incredibly busy and was tiny, maybe 7-8 tables packed with people. These were more like small kitchen tables shoved around then actual diner seating. The weird thing is the shape of the diner and the way it looked had a resemblance to the living room/kitchen of the mobile home I used to own. The big difference was a lot more windows, and there was a side door that went out on the side of trailer towards where the pond would have been.

A group of people cut in front of me after it was my turn. I was frustrated and wandered around this cramped diner trying to figure out where to sit. The people that cut in front of me included a shorter, stockier blond guy who sort of reminds me of a coworker who likes to insert himself into everything… in the dream he just smiled at me and sat down to eat. I was so damn angry at him for cutting, especially since he knew he cut in front of me. However I didn’t want to make a scene so I kept looking around.

Meanwhile the rest of my group had taken their seats and ordered and begun to eat.  I am by myself pissed as hell, trying to figure out where I can squish when the food I ordered appears in my hand (I can’t remember if it was a waiter or if it just appeared). I find a corner to stand in and begin to eat, pissed off the whole time. I couldn’t even tell which table my group had sat at.

That is when there is some sort of commotion. People are freaking out about something, but whatever it was I haven’t seen it. People start sneaking out of the diner through that side door I talked about. Some sort of blueish creature seems to be wandering around and people are getting caught when they are outside and hauled up to the side of the diner, under what would be our overhanging roof/porch area.

Asshole guy gets up and starts freaking out, running around. Meanwhile I sit down and just start eating, thankful that a place finally opened up and I can just relax a bit. I am uncomfortable and I know its dangerous but its a nice break. The lights in the place go out and whatever that thing is comes into the diner itself (or maybe it was there the whole time, I couldn’t tell) and starts doing weird martial arts side flips going after Mr. Ass. He freaks out trying to get out while I keep eating, debating how I want to leave. The whole time I was hoping the thing would eat Mr. Ass’s face… that wasn’t nice and not my normal reaction.

Then I wake up actually a lot more freaked out then I felt in the dream. Heart pounding, wondering what time it was and what was going on. I realize this is probably me working out what is going on with work, but still it was annoying.

The Path (Season 2)

I am beginning to learn that maybe there is something to the “sophomore slump” meaning the second season of a show tends to not hit the same peaks as season 1. That isn’t to say I haven’t like the show, but you can see some changes that should have happened and didn’t and some that didn’t but should have.

I want to say first of all that the acting is just as good, if not better. Aaron Paul is someone a person can identify with even more, Hugh Dancy is becoming more unhinged and the rest just flow together better.

That being said the season was too long. They added three more episodes, but that just made the main point drag way too much. Instead of telling a story the writers had to fill time and that is what made it not as high up on my list. The single biggest plot issue I had was the disappearance of the whole investigating a murder storyline. I realize it is a little bit of a spoiler to say that, but there is absolutely nothing about it in the second season, as if the writers just cut it out completely. Maybe it will come back around in Season 3, but I doubt it.

Pros: Once again Aaron Paul is great, the rest do well in acting. The character and actor for Hawk is just growing on me.

Cons: Sometimes making a longer season doesn’t make the show better. Too much filler means it takes too long to tell the story.

The Path (Season 1)

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a show about a Aaron Paul and a cult. I put it off watching it because it really isn’t my normal thing. Then one day I needed something to watch and thought I could blow an hour watching it. Now I have been binge watching it. What I didn’t really expect was how interesting it was.

A story about loss of faith, the prison of belief and how to deal with the in and out groups in your life was a lot better show then expected. Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame has moved out form his younger sidekick role and he carries the show. He is surrounded by other great actors like Hugh Dancy and Michelle Monaghan.

The show is fairly quick paced as it explores the cult of Meyerism and the issues of that kind of religious dogma and fanatacism. There is a foreboding of Jonestown or Waco in the subtext, along with petrified heirarchy that seems to insinuate itself into the movement. Followed by the search for truth, not only in religious subtext, but also in what is really happening behind the scenes kind of way. Is the movement corrupt, or is it just a few people? All of it makes it interesting for drama, and that is what it is good at.

Pros: Aaron Paul is great, the pacing is fairly quick and it ends at a good point.

Cons: I am unsatisfied yet again with the main female character. They seem to be following down that rabbit hole of a woman who can’t choose, who is unable to make up her mind. Hopefully next season they will fix that.

365 Project – February 2018

Date: February 2018

The music is “Isle of Doom” by Steven Lowther provided by http://www.freesoundtrackmusic.com

Website: http://www.luckyslife.com

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