Thursday, February 6, 2014

Books with Virgin Heroes!

Okay, this is entertaining. Someone has added book one of my angel trilogy, Wings of the Divided, to a Goodreads list called "Books with Virgin Heroes."

I think we can all safely assume it's Gidyon who is our virgin in question.

But it could also be Noam...

It's definitely not Malynko.

I'd personally vote for Gidyon as the virgin hero. You can't really get any more virginal than Gidyon. Now, the romantic part, I'm not sure about... You see, there's a quote on top of the list that reads:

"As yet too hungry and too clumsy for tenderness, still he made love with a sort of unflagging joy that made me think that male virginity might be a highly underrated commodity." - Claire Fraser 'Outlander'

I don't know about Gidyon making love to anybody. If you've read the books, you might be thinking, Yeah, that doesn't happen. But maybe someone out there wants it to happen, and if that's so, more power to you, sweetheart. Bless your sweet imagination. Gidyon's a good angel. I'm sure he wouldn't mind you dreaming about him. (Might make him blush, though!)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Cuddle Up: What I've been Reading and Watching while Keeping Warm

Hope everyone's staying warm this week. I am ready for some nicer weather, if anything, so I can get out and start walking off some of this comfort food I've been consuming lately. Kaiser misses his walks, too.

I've been doing a lot of movie watching and book reading. I finally finished A Dance with Dragons, Book 5 in Geroge R. R. Martin's fantasy series. I'll admit it openly: the book was a letdown for me. It's like Martin's editors simply scanned the Jupiter-sized manuscript for typos, and then slid it on to the printing press without any sort of content edits. It was boring. It's slipping in the ranks for me, lowering in quality from the first three. I feel like this happens to a lot of series-writing authors who get "big." After their awesome first few installments, they start to crank out books that are so bad they never would have seen the light of day if the author hadn't been famous. I felt that way with Harry Potter around the 4th book. I've heard that the Wheel of Time series does the same thing around book 5. Oh, well. The publishing houses probably know we're all going to buy the next books anyway because we've already invested so much of our lives into the series, and we're terribly stupid, stubborn people. We will finish the series, if it's the last thing we do! Even if it blows!

And as for movies, I've watched a number of films that have been nominated for Best Picture. American Hustle was one of those "Really? This is nominated? Why?" movies, kinda bleh. Dallas Buyers Club and Captain Phillips, on the other hand, were really good. Jared Leto was so much fun to watch as a drag queen, and Tom Hanks gave a moving performance at the finale of his film. But back to crappy movies, I also didn't much care for Her, though it seems like the entire movie-watching world had an orgasm over it. And that was probably because they got to hear Scarlett Johansson having an orgasm in the movie, which was more than a little awkward since she is supposed to be a computer.


Sorry, must be the cold weather.

What are you doing to stay warm? Watched any good movies? Watched any that sucked? Read any good or lousy books? Share in the comments!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Social Media Hiatus Results

So I've officially "returned" to social media now. I've taken my little vacation, observed the results, and here are my new social media thoughts and goals for myself:

1) Very little, if not much at all, of my personal life is going to be posted on Facebook from now on. I'm going back to my original plan, which was to use FB as a platform to promote the angel books. But I'm going to "unplug" from the compulsion to share personal things at every hour of the day on there...because quite frankly, I don't want to live life like that. I need to cut the umbilical cord. Do any of you know what I'm talking about? You know, that weird crack-addict desire to put so much of your life on there? It's an easy, lazy way to connect and keep up with people without actually having to make an individual phone call or email. Maybe it's just me, but I kinda think it's an epidemic... Anyway, I'll still keep my personal account and my friends, whether they be my actual friends and family whom I talk to and keep in touch with or not, just so if something truly magnificent happens in my life, I'll have a way to mass-share. Also if someone wants me to see vacation pictures or a family video or something, I can pop on and check it out. (It's also pretty handy to keep track of people's birthdays.) But that's it!

2) Twitter's cool, but I have to curb a different compulsion on there, which is the "mindless scrolling" compulsion. I have to stop the mindless scrolling! Sometimes, Twitter has some really cool Tweets going on, related to news, humor, videos, art, and so-on. But sometimes there's nothing but "buy my product" links, emo Tweets about never getting over your ex, and stupid, pointless crap like "I'm wearing rainbow socks today." So when Twitter gets like this (why don't we call it "dead"?), I need to recognize that I'm wasting precious time in my life that I can't get back and sign the heck off of there!

I don't mean to sound too harsh or to slam you personally if you love Twitter and Facebook. You might find great satisfaction in posting things throughout your day, getting responses, and interacting with people. Some people are simply at places in their lives when social media can be a great comfort and a cure for loneliness - I've been there before! I'm just trying to get hard on myself so that I find my best personal balance, so I stop wasting time and start living more (and maybe, for heaven's sake, start writing again, go out and take more pictures, sketch, or do anything else that's actually creative) because living a virtual life isn't what I want to do! I want to use it as a channel of who I am, not let it put an invisible ball and chain around my ankle.

That is all. Have a great Sunday, everyone.