RELEASE THE FAN ARTS! *Maniacal Laughter*

Spring Break (and the brief time before) has been fairly productive as far as fan arts go. I’ve filled up a sketchbook and have already begun filling up another one that I got for Christmas. (So far, there’s three drawings in that one.) Hope you enjoy! *more maniacal laughter ensues*

 

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Baz Grimm-Pitch (Carry On)

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Okoye (Black Panther)

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Eva Nine (The Battle for WondLa)

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Gen Pryde (dunno which one…) (A Hero for WondLa)

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The Amphibian Man (The Shape of Water)

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Elisa Esposito (The Shape of Water)

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David Bowie

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Will Toledo

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Liz Sherman (Hellboy, B.P.R.D.)

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Eva Nine, Hailey Turner, Eva Eight, Rovender, Nadeau, and Huxley (A Hero for WondLa)

 

Welp, I hope you enjoyed (or should I say tolerated?) all of my fan arts! See you soon!

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LA and Sequoia National Park 2018

Hi, everyone!

As I said earlier, the reason I wasn’t able to make another BRT this week was due to my vacation in California. I had an AMAZING time! Figured I might as well showcase a few of my highlights from my vacation. Enjoy!

 

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Our first stop after landing was Meltdown Comics in LA. MAN, it was such a fantastic comic shop! I’m really sad it’s closing.

But hey-at least I got a few Meltdown stickers, as well as a B.P.R.D. trade paperback (which I held up like Rafiki holding Simba in The Lion King the entire duration of the visit). I ended up reading it at least six times. Yep.

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Believe it or not, this is Sequoia National Park. Not Isla Nublar.

*Jurassic Park theme blaring* *T-Rex roar*

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These two were taken at the Giant Forest, which houses many giant Sequoias. They were soooo beautiful! One of the park rangers suggested that we hug one of them while we were at the park, and described it as “like hugging a wall”. As it turned out, that was fairly accurate. 😜

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These were all taken by Hospital Rock, which was fairly close to the park entrance. I swear, if there’s any place on Earth (*ahem* Orbona) that’s most like the Wandering Forest, it had to be there. I honestly wouldn’tve been surprised if some of the vegetation got up and ate a bird or something.

(Psst, anyone know the way to the heart?)

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General Sherman, the world’s largest tree!

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Lake Hume, in King’s Canyon National Park.

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On a far weirder note…this monstrosity was in this tiny, sketchy town near Sequoia. The only reason we could think of to construct such a thing was to scare off them ‘squatches.

Who knows.

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We visited the NHMLA after our visit to Sequoia. I had an amazing time, and I enjoyed a bit of geeking out and childhood nostalgia. Here we have the skulls of an Einiosaurus, Styracosaurous, and Triceratops.

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SQUAAAAAAAAWK!

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I forget what the thing on the left is, but whatever it is, it CRACKS ME UP. (Also, that poor lil Hyracotherium is in for a big surprise…)

“REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!”

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Pakicetus, one of the first whale ancestors. I kinda had a mental freakout when I saw this guy, as I grew up watching waaaaaay too much Walking with Prehistoric Beasts. (Okay, technically the one they have is Ambulocetus, which evolved some time later, but you get the idea.)

 

I hope you’re all enjoying your spring break! See ya later!

 

“You’ll never know how much I love you…NOPE PSYCHE THIS MOVIE!!!”

In my last post, I eluded to a post about my new favorite movie. Got any guesses from the hint(s) I’ve dropped yet?

Nope?

Alrighty then, I am more than happy to spill it now…drumroll, please…

…THE SHAPE OF WATER!

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(Okay, let me just say beforehand that I love the art for this poster. James Jean’s art is so amazing, don’tcha think?)

 

Before I spill all my feels, let me just give you a little backstory.

My parents and brother had seen the trailer for this movie, which they told me about, and I got SUPER excited. I watched the trailer, and BAM. SUPER PUMPED. But, alas, it’s rated R, so I wouldn’t get to see it until it came out on DVD. Nonetheless, I had a poster up in my room for it, and was ecstatic when it won those awards at the Golden Globes and Oscars. Now that I’ve seen it, I can say that it is fully deserving of every single one.

 

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I knew it was going to be amazing from all of the hype and trailers and whatnot (also, it was Guillermo Del Toro, which was basically a prerequisite for it’s inherent awesomeness), but OH MY GOD, THIS MOVIE WAS STUNNING! So beautiful! I won’t say why, but man, by the end of the movie, I was SOBBING. Like, full on sobbing. It’s somewhat common for movies to make my cry a little, but there’s only one other time when a movie or TV show has made me cry close to that much.

That was Stranger Things, Season 2, the end of episode 8, when they’re talking to Will in the shed, and then Jonathan plays “Should I Stay or Should I Go”. YEESH, THE FEELS!

 

Aaaaanyway, what I’m saying is that this film was incredibly moving. Del Toro did a beyond spectacular job, from the plot, to the setting, and especially the characters. And going off of the subject of characters…this is gonna sound generic, but…Elisa and the Amphibian Man.

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I can almost hear this image-it’s like they’re having some sort of telepathic conversation. “Aw, c’mon, can I cuss at Strickland in sign language some more?” “Elisa, let’s just go over here…” “I just wanna see the look on his face, though…” “Elisa…” 

Oh my goodness, Elisa! Aaaaah!

Aside from just being kind of all-around adorable, she’s really, in a way, the heroine that we need in this day and age. She’s not only determined, caring, and brave, but also sees people for who they really are, and is fiercely loyal towards them. God, I love her…

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HOLY ****, IT’S ABE SAPI-nevermind. 

GAAAH, THE AMPHIBIAN MAN, TOO! They did such a fantastic job of making him mysterious, yet incredibly lovable at the same time. He and Elisa were so wonderful together, I can’t, it’s just so…*sobs* beautiful…

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(Also, apparently there’s a theory that Elisa and the Amphibian Man are Abe Sapien’s parents. If it weren’t for Abe’s actual origin story, I would SO be on board. That would be the coolest thing ever!)

Okay, I should probably stop before I start sobbing again. I have some fan art posts on the way, and I’ll definitely share some pics from my trip to California. Bye for now!

#15: The last thing you want on your blog is a forgotten Book Review Tuesday. But as it turns out, that might be what you get.

Okay, I had to do that. I regret absolutely nothing…

…except forgetting a Book Review Tuesday. I’m really sorry, it just totally slipped my mind. Also, I won’t be able to do a book review next week either, as it will be Spring Break, and I will be in California.

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BUT! Not to worry, everyone!

I’ve got some new fan arts that I’ll compile soon (I’m almost finished with my sketchbook now…) and I will MOST DEFINITELY be doing something on my new favorite movie. Shh…it’s a surprise…

All I’ll tell you is that I’ll never look at hard-boiled eggs the same way.

 

See you soonish…I think? Hopefully? Okay.

 

Book Review Tuesday (3/13/18)-The Everafter

Hello, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome back to another installment of Book Review Tuesday!

This particular read was a one of my Kindle-interim-between-library-visit-books. At less than three hundred pages, I expected to gobble up The Everafter quickly. Which, don’t get me wrong, I did. But this book made me think, stirred up emotions in me, and made me cry a little. (Not in the way you’d think, though.) Surprisingly deep. Enjoy your review!

 

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(Forgive me for the small cover image. This was the best quality one.)

The Everafter

17 year old Madison Stanton wakes up, drifting through an incomprehensible, dark void, with knowledge of only one thing.

She is dead.

But Madison soon realizes that she’s not alone. Floating around her are objects-ones that she’s lost in her previous life, and know, when she touches them, they trigger a memory of the past, be it a childhood trip to Disney World, her new cat, a teenage sleepover that ends up severing friendships, and even her first kiss. Although these objects have provided Madison with an idea of her past life, she still can’t figure out one thing, and she won’t stop until she finds the answer: How did she die in the first place?

 

From the description, I expected this book to be kind of sad, at the most. But not only did it make me think about the concepts of life and death, but it was actually pretty depressing. Nonetheless, it was an incredibly thought-provoking and powerful book.

One thing I prominently thought about after finishing this book was the concept of the lost objects triggering memories in the afterlife. My first thought was that one of the first objects that I (hypothetically) would find was this stuffed Webkinz Chihuahua that named Linny (yes, after the character from Wonder Pets…I was a weird child). To this day, I have no idea where the ever-loving heck she could’ve went. Sheesh.

 

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your evening, and (if you live in a place that has this) try not to get COMPLETELY AND UTTERLY THROWN OFF by Daylight Savings Time! (“Hello, darkness, my old friend,”…or maybe it’s the opposite…)

 

 

Book Review Tuesday (3/6/18)-Carry On

Hello, fellow bibliophiles, and welcome to the first BRT of March 2018! Exciting, isn’t it-I’ve had lots of great material to read, and it’s starting to get relatively warm outside! (“Relatively warm” meaning “in the high 50s and low 60s”…that’s Colorado in the spring for ya…sorta warm and slushy.) Also, I’m almost finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird, and so far I’ve cried twice. The first time was in the middle of Study Hall. Oof.

Anyway, I read this glorious novel last week, and boy, I FELL IN LOVE! I was so sad to return it to the library…*sniffles*

Before I proceed to the review, here’s a heads-up: this is based off of a fan-fiction written by a character in one of Rainbow Rowell’s other novels, Fangirl. It’s supposed to basically be a parallel-universe type Harry Potter, but in this case, Harry falls in love with Draco. And Draco’s an extremely hot vampire.

 

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Carry On

After seven years being roommates with Tyrannus Basilton Grimm-Pitch-a pale, rich vampire who seems to have it in for him-Simon Snow is completely fed up with him. Through all of his problems at the Watford School of Magicks, be it his uncontrollable magic or his recent break-up with his girlfriend, Agatha Wellbelove, Baz has always been there to tease and torment him. And to add to all of the mess, there’s a monster running throughout England, hungry for all of its Magic. Something tells Simon that Baz is plotting against him, and he’s been doing it for the entire time. But this year, both Simon and Baz are seeing a great shift in themselves-where once they were enemies, they are now hopelessly in love with each other. Can they keep their newfound love a secret-and stop the sudden disappearance of magic?

 

This book deserves all the stars. Okay, maybe not all the stars in the universe-that goes to WondLa. But how about the amount of stars in the Milky Way? Hmm…

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Yep. Seems legit.

Regardless, Carry On deserves it all the way. Action! Magic! Ghosts! Monsters! Kissing!

AND…

VAMPIRES.

HOT VAMPIRES.

Specifically, Baz. Those stupid, sparkly, fairy princess Twilight vampires got nothin’ compared to him. Plus, the guy plays Kishi Bashi on his violion. 

GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! SQUEEEEEEEE!

 

Anyway, I’ll dispense from the swooning over a certain vampire and stop this post. Goodbye, and enjoy your evening.