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Five Unpopular Opinions

You know what's great about opinions? We all have 'em! So here are a few of mine. Feel free to agree or disagree and tell me if you have any particular opinions often considered "unpopular"! 


1. Pineapple is the best pizza topping. Fight me.

2. Chocolate is disgusting.

3. Gender reveal parties are outdated and need to stop. 

4. The "Instagram Model Eyebrow" is hideous. (You know what I'm talking about.) 

5. Drinking milk over the age of, like, five should be unacceptable.

Etiquette Rules I (Personally) Find Pointless

Etiquette is a tricky realm in which to maneuver. Often, it varies from place to place and country to country. What's polite in one area of the world (slurping your noodles in Japan = 🖒) could be considered unfathomably rude elsewhere. So, let's approach this from a modern, millennial etiquette perspective, shall we?

Five Etiquette Rules I (Personally) Find Pointless

1.) Handwritten Thank You Notes- I try to be an environmentally friendly and conscious individual, truly I do. And I think that is perhaps why I have such a beef with "thank you" cards. Actually, any cards. Holiday cards, birthday cards, get-well-soon cards....it's all just paper. And it's all going to end up in the trash or recycling.

That tree died for something I glanced at for 30 seconds. If you truly want to thank me for something or wish me well, just email or text. Let me know in person next time you see me. If we are bosom buddies, you may even have permission to call and tell me.

2.) A…

~5 Facts About Me Tag~

I was tagged by the lovely Geraldine, so here goes: 5 Facts About Me! 


1. I have written three books.
The catch - I've only finished and self-published one of them and I'm honestly so embarrassed that it exists, that I never give anyone the Amazon link to it. But since I'm dusting off my writing chops again and trying to complete a rough draft this year, I'll oblige. Be warned - it's old and definitely NOT my best work!

Anything But Monochrome for Amazon Kindle


2. I speak a bit of Japanese and Korean.

I took a year of Japanese in university and absolutely fell in love with the language. The syntax! The morpheme structure! Three writing systems! I was happy to take on the challenge - I'm a Linguist at heart after all. And Japan is one of those places I've always wanted to visit.

When I began watching K-dramas, I was blown away by how beautiful Seoul and the Korean countryside is, and had to add that to my bucket list as well. I've been learning Korean on…

Sci-Fi and Introverts

Today is World Introvert Day and also National Science Fiction Day! There's nothing I love more than curling up on the sofa with a soft blanket and good book, especially if it's a space opera romp that could put Star Wars to shame, but I'm also a sucker for the classics - so here are some of my recommendations for good Science Fiction novels and films!


Films:
1. Fifth Element
2. Lost in Space
3. I, Robot
4. Star Wars
5. Blade Runner
6. Alien
7. 2001, A Space Odyssey
8. The Man Who Fell to Earth

Books:
1. Dune
2. Ender's Game
3. Frankenstein
4. The Time Machine
5. Do Android's Dream of Electric Sheep?
6. Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
7. A Wrinkle in Time
8. Oryx and Crake

What are your recommendations for good science fiction? Let me know in the comments!




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Happy New Year 2019!

Wahhh! Look at the book cover I designed for my WIP! Isn't it pretty? I really love simple book cover designs, especially for modern science fiction - so much nicer than all that de-saturated crap from the 70's. None of the nasty sexism, either. 
In order to bully myself into continuing with this WIP (which I haven't touched since NaNoWriMo ended back in November) I decided to write a couple of cute scenes between Clover and Charr - they'll never make it into the book but they were fun to write. 
So here's part of one, for your reading pleasure.

Question: Can you write fanfics of your own original work? 

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Clover adjusted to life on an alien ship with a swiftness that took her by surprise. It probably helped that Charr had her in the lab everyday while he tinkered around with different delivery methods for the cure. She would sit and watch him work, while his aura of concentration and focus suffused her, leaving her no opportunity to be truly bored.
When the…

Why Are People So Mean On The Internet?

I just had a rather negative experience on Facebook and so I'm taking a moment to write about it here. I don't spend much time on Facebook personally, but I do use it for my company's social media updates, so I happened to be scrolling along and came across an interesting meme. There was a discussion happening in the comment section - so I left something that seemed really benign. Like, really harmless.

And someone immediately came to drag me for it.

Now, I didn't leave this comment on some random stranger's post. I left the comment on that of a friend's page. And then one of their other friends left the incendiary remark meant for me.

My first question:

What makes anyone think it's okay to immediately attack a silly comment that was not offensive or calling out anyone in particular?

My second question:

Why the fuck does anyone think that it's okay to do that to someone's friend on their own post?


I'm over here reacting to a funny pagan meme abou…

*Blogstice* - Winter Solstice Traditions

This will be my last holiday blog post, most likely.

Unlike the majority of bloggers who were participating in #blogmas this year, I choose to revive last year's pagan blogging tradition of #blogstice - a play on the word Solstice. Which is what I celebrate.

While this is old news to a lot of people, I'm sure there are still those out there who have no clue that a majority of our modern Christmas traditions and motifs pull from ancient European pagan customs and celebrations - and these traditions are still alive and used by modern pagans today.

I don't consider myself a "pagan" in the strictest of senses - I acknowledge the existence and reality of many pantheons of deities; I respect nature spirits, the wee folk and other inhuman entities; and I believe the planet is sacred and should be treated well - but I don't follow a specific practice or pagan religion.

I'm a secular pagan, I suppose.

That's why I mostly celebrate the solstices and equinoxes, …

*Blogstice* - Winter Outfit Ideas

It's cold in MN - here's how to stay really warm and cozy!


1.) Striped Sweater | Velvet Leggings | Ankle Boots | Studded Wallet



2.) Moto Jacket | Beige Tunic Sweater | Black Leggings | OTK Boots





3.) Grey Sweater Dress | Silver Boots | Black Corset Belt




4.)  Blue Jeans | Striped T-shirt | Leopard Cardigan | Snow Boots | Tan Bag



Add your accessories of choice (I'm not a big fan of jewelry!) and you have a fun, casual, and most importantly cozy winter outfit! 

*I compiled these looks using the site ShopLook - this is not sponsored and there are no affiliate links present.*

*Blogstice* - Holiday Cookie Shenanigans

The Date: 12/15/2018
The Time: 15:30

Mission Objective:

Facilitate a successful holiday social venture
- Maintain satisfactory supply of food and drink
- Provide reasonable entertainment accommodations
- Complete the mixing and baking of at least two cookie varieties 
- Secure acknowledgement of "fun" from each participant


The Report:




"The morning of, I had to drag myself out of bed at the unholy hour of 7 am in order to cross the street to my workplace and help set up coffee and breakfast for the last day of TCII class. While at the office (and patiently waiting for coffee to brew) I took care of my other office related duties and plotted my last minute shopping for the day.

I still needed:

~ Wine
~ Butter
~ Applesauce
~ Chocolate Chunks
~ Caffeine

I was already bone-tired from cleaning up the apartment and making baking preparations in the kitchen the night before. This was shaping up to be an interesting Saturday."






"11:30 am - After a quick cat nap on the couch, I …

❅ Blogstice ❅ - Winter Tag 2018

Created by ELLDUCLOS, but I lifted it from Emily Aagaard - this is The Winter Tag 2018


1. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
I enjoy baking this time of year, so my favorite tradition is trying a new cookie recipe every year. Last year I made gingerbread (from scratch!) on my own and this year I think I want to do something a little more vegan, just to be more inclusive and challenge myself to go outside my norms.
2. What is your favorite winter scent?
I love anything that smells like pine or spruce. Frosted, icy or cool scents are always welcome and offset all the warm and spicy smells of the holidays.
3. What is your favorite winter go-to fashion trend?
I get cold very easily, so for me it would have to be scarves. The bulkier and cozier the better!
4. What is your all-time favorite holiday movie?
Die Hard. It's the only Christmas film that matters. Fight me.
5. What is your favorite all-time holiday tune?
I prefer secular holiday tunes over anything religious, but I absolutel…