Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jokes that will never get old

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Top 5 Go-To Movies

We all have those movies, the ones we go to when we are bored, when we can’t work out what we want to watch, when we are sad, depressed, meh, blurg, blah and any other collection of letters that come about to us wanting a comfort movie, one we’ve watched a huge number of times before but can still watch again.

My go to movies generally change over time as new movies come out and replace old ones, but some of the tried and true movies remain in the top five pretty much forever. So here we are. My current top 5 go to movies….that I may or may not actually end up putting on today…

1. Practical Magic. My number one go to movie, I can’t count how many times I have seen this movie, I know a lot of the words and quotes and I love the characters. Sally is me.

2. The Covenant. This is a new addition to the list since Sam gave it to me, late last year or early this year, I’m not sure when but I do know it’s a movie I very much enjoy (and not just for the cute boys that makes my inner teenage self go all giggly). I must have watched at least fifteen or twenty times since she sent it to me.

3. Lara Croft: Tombraider. This has been a top since I imported it on DVD from the UK since the NZ release date was something stupid, like two months, later. Honestly could not tell you how many times I’ve watched it. It used to be a good one for watching on the exacycle. The soundtrack and a girl kicking ass…well it’s always something to motivate me just a little bit. (Honestly the soundtrack is kick ass, great for listening to at work when you want to keep yourself all grrrr and going)

4. Point Break. Do I really need to explain, if you don’t know why Point Break is a go to movie then you clearly haven’t watched it. *grins* Okay well so it might not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s got a young Keanu, and a wickedly charismatic Patrick Swayze (still can’t really believe that he too is gone) and humour, romance, and Red Hot Chilli Pepper cameo, and surfing…what isn’t to like and love about this movie.

5. Empire Records. If you don’t know that I can quote this movie at will, or how much I adore this movie then you haven’t been paying attention. Damn the Man, save the Empire. Always play with their minds. What’s with today, today. His name isn’t Warren. Welcome to Music Town, may I service you. Shock me, shock me, shock me with that deviant behaviour. I’ll stop now shall I? I’ve been in love with this movie since I first saw it when it came out on DVD. I doubt it will ever change.

Honourable mentions go to – 10 Things I hate about you (which nearly did make the top 5, becaue well, 10 Things….), Sleeping Beauty, Rock of Ages, Enchanted, Cursed, Dracula 2000, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, The Avengers, Thor, Captain America, Underworld, Dark City, Sucker Punch, The Craft, Resident Evil, Queen of the Damned, Casino Royal, and Sleepy Hollow.

Step one of my dream office

Now I’m not actually making my dream office, writing studio, private space, what ever you want to call it. Not yet, but I saw a picture on Tumblr and it inspired me as to what I would like it to be eventually. In my dream world I would have an office away from the house, away from the rest of the world, and after seeing this picture, this is what I would like set up, next to the wonderfully manicured gardens of my dream house, just on the other side of a large hedge from the stone circle and forest that I will have.

Oh right…I haven’t told you what I’m talking about. In a world where I had the money to do anything I wanted, my dream office out in the garden would look on the outside a little like this… (but with more windows)

Tattoo desire

So I’ve had a deep and meaningful today, heard a few things that I needed to hear, a few things I didn’t want to hear, and a few things I was happily surprised to hear. The upshot of it all was that I need to believe in myself more, I need to be myself more, and I need to not let outside influences dim my light.

From this I’m back wanting to get a new tattoo again, something to confirm and commit myself to being myself, to being the woman I want to be and living the life I want. The first thing I am thinking of is something I designed years and years ago. Tying into the moon, Brighid, Thoth, and the Triple Goddess. If you know me very well you might know why those things are very important to me, and to my writing.

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The second thing I am contemplating is a caduceus. Now I haven’t found one that I like perfectly yet, but the general idea is:

Also, I really want to start dressing to fit my personality more. Think Evie from Mummy Returns meets, Van Helsing girl whose name slips my mind, meets Greek Goddess, meets the gypsy in Sherlock Holmes, meets Fae inspirations. Suffice to say the clothes I won’t aren’t cheap and massed produce and for sale down at K-Mart or Farmers. We’ll get there though.

With that in mind, I’m going to start a Mummy movie marathon and try and get some writing done. And think on my tattoo ideas some more.

 

Time Speaker by Ke-Yana Drake – A review

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So here we go, a review of Ke-yana Drake’s ‘Time Speaker’ novel, first in the Time Speaker series. I won a copy of this through Ke-Yana and a contest she ran but that in no way at all influences anything I am about to say….got it…good, we shall ramble on.

I haven’t read much at all this year – maybe 1 novel has been finished,I  honestly could not get into anything, even books I love to bits and authors like Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, James Rollins, got put down after a few pages. This happened with ‘Time Speaker’ but it had nothing at all to do with the book or the story. So night before last I decided that this business of not being able to read anything at all was going to end. So I picked up ‘Time Speaker’ and less than 24 hours later I was finished and left wanting more.

I took a bit of time to warm up to some of the characters and get into the grips of this off world story and work out the different political structures and races and get to grips with the spatterings of the native tongues (which appear to be very involved and well thought out, something I think I could never achieve, trust me, I tried with Eiridis, it isn’t as easy as one might think.) but I soon found my rhythm and sunk deep into the world.

I fell in love with some of the characters, I yelled at the book when a scene made me get all teary eyed, I yelled at characters for not doing what I wanted and once for doing something I knew they were going to do, that they had to do, but that I still didn’t want them to do. I started shipping characters together….nothing says I like a show/movie/book like me starting to put characters into relationships that I believe they belong in (Especially considering this is very much not about romance). Of course I am not giving ANY plot away in this review, just all my reactions.

I giggled to find a character name that we use, but as a boy not a sassy little minxy sister as it is in our book. I crowed like a lost boy when I got it right just who I thought a certain character really was. And as I said, I cried and told the book off, I grinned and frowned and got attached to the characters.

Now I’m not a huge Sci-Fi kind of reader, especially these last, maybe twelve years or so. But I really enjoyed this book, and I want more. There are a few things that I’m still a tilting my head about but I’m sure they will be addressed in future work, but nothing that would make me not suggest this to friends who enjoy this kind of story.

So head to her website http://www.keyanadrake.com to check out more about the book, the series and all the other goodies she has on there. Connect with Ke-Yana on twitter and Facebook, because she really is most lovely.