Hi all! Sorry I’ve been MIA again… It’s been a cray-cray year so far, and things have gone from one bad thing to another so fast that most times I feel like I can’t keep up…
But I haven’t been lax. I’ve kept doing whatever it is that I do, just a bit slower than usual.
And I have a new project that has been taking up quite a bit of my undivided attention. I’d love for you to take a chance and check it out…
Alot of time has been going into editing this book, so I’d love it to get a little attention.
On another note, it is our local library system’s Summer Reading program, so stay tuned for updates from my reading list – I’m behind on posting my reviews, but not on writing them. Tomorrow I’ll share images and updates on my shelves and reading stack…
Also I’ve been hitting the learning curve hard as I find myself in crash courses about computer updates and such while dealing with a connection issue on the borrowed laptop I use, and have found myself returning to “Ol’ Trusty”, my old heavy-duty Toughbook. I find myself amazed at the issues of Windows 10, and the durability of Windows XP.
Finally, I learned today that I was supposed to have taken a language class. I don’t know when that was, so I’ll find out more tomorrow. I may be opening a new chapter (pun intended) in my reading life! How exciting!
Anyways, just wanted to let you all know I’m still alive and still reading! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update and be sure to check out the Kickstarter!
So, tonight was de facto movie night, and I watched two films while cleaning out my email Inbox, and realized that I had missed out on doing the review for one of the books that one movie was based on –
I Am Number Four…
The other movie was Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues.
(The cover on IMDB is not nearly as pretty as the cover on the disc I got from the library. I might update this to match, but then, maybe not.)
Hank was a country music legend, and this documentary not only featured his music and original recordings, but so much that I didn’t know about the man – that I’m sure many don’t know. It was sad to hear how much he suffered, and how loved he was by those who knew him. We can all only wish to be as loved and remembered as Hank Williams was.
It was also very humbling to hear a recording of him using a phrase my Pop used to use all the time – a phrase that apparently Hank used just as often…
Watched: 06 September 2015
Last night we seen a touching story of a boy and his dog, Max. It was an instant family favorite, irregardless of the little inconsistencies that we noticed, coming from a military perspective.
Max is a war hero with PTSD, Justin’s brother’s dog. Justin’s brother Kyle, the good son, was killed while on maneuvers, and even while overseas, Max knew that everything was not kosher in Denmark, as the saying goes. Kyle’s childhood friend was doing a little side business, and used his friend as a cover.
Back home, Justin was a hacker, constantly at odds with his veteran father and hold-it-all-together mother. His friend had him doing a little side business of his own, and the heat was starting to make him sweat as his father was starting to catch on to him.
Not good family relationships, and after Kyle’s funeral, the addition of a strung-out dog adds to a ticking time bomb.
Justin’s friend’s cousin steps in, helping Justin work with Max and challenging racial perspectives (I liked this) with a bit of sass and a bit of manners and a large dose of right and wrong.
But Max isn’t the only Marine come home.
Kyle’s friend shows up, and as soon as he sees Max, everyone knows that something is wrong. What nobody wants to admit, though, is what. Why does Max have such a strong hate for his former handler’s best friend?
A story that does not follow the rules, but leads to a stronger family in the end, the only thing I found missing from the final scenes was Max’s trainer. Did that ever get resolved and cleared up? Or is that a blemish for future sequels? I don’t know.
Max was a great action story, coming-of-age story, family story, military story… the list could go on and on, but I say watch it. Watch it with someone, because most of all, this is a Coming Together story, and you’ll want to to share a smile with someone as it wraps up. Because.
A new preview from author Ia Uaro, Sydney’s Song is an illustrated look at life in Australia. I was granted a Sneak Peek at the first few chapters by GoodReads, and I wanted to share it with you, too.
Spattered with slang and raw, honest emotion, this is a fast read. You get the feeling that Sydney is so much more than she admits to herself. A girl on the verge of womanhood, looking to escape her current life, Sydney’s Song is a compelling read and sure to please.
Click here, or on the cover above, to read the Sneak Peek. Then be sure to let me know what you thought in the comments below!