Slowly But Surely

I’m trying to work myself back into the groove of doing actual reviews. I’m hoping to revive the Disney Revisited series soon and go back to doing Steven Universe and MLP reviews like I wanted. I also want to eventually revisit some great animated series from my childhood; mainly Batman The Animated Series and the original Teen Titans. I’d also like to eventually do some posts about Avatar (the good one, not the Pocahontas x Smurfs x Thundercats crossover fan fiction James Cameron did).

Nest post will probably be Hogwarts Exposed. Like I said; I’m trying to get back into the groove of reviewing, but I’m also still trying to get Shadows Rise in shape for posting. I’m already behind my self-imposed schedule, but… Considering my health issues and other stresses… *sigh* I guess that was inevitable. :/

My friend liked the Twilight review; even though it wasn’t exactly what we agreed I’d do, lol. She told me to run with it. So upcoming chapters will be reviewed in the same style. I was actually pleased with how that ended up (setting aside the fact the post went up with some mistakes I needed to edit later; I’m a crap proofreader, I swear). It took multiple rereads to highlight particular things I wanted to bring up and then a lot of sorting out what to actually quote and it still ended up a bit on the long side. It definitely took a lot more work to set up than just a full book review; although reading one chapter at a time is a lot more doable for me right now, but I actually had a blast doing it. Which is good. I said I’d do the whole series after all. -.-

Uhm, my Australian friend advised me to start a Patreon and let people request reviews from me as rewards, since my friend is bribing me into doing the Twilight series and he said he’d be more than willing to pay so I make chapter reviews on Harry Potter And The Cursed Child (which, would definitely be fun, so I might do it one day eventually), and I’m entertaining the thought, but haven’t decided yet. Maybe after I can get episode one of Shadows Rise ready for postage and I can take a small break from writing. I don’t want to start something like a Patreon when I’m not able to post regularly. Meanwhile, I edited the blog’s Support Page. So, if anyone wants to they can make a donation and request a review. Though, I won’t be doing large requests like this.

I will also be updating the blogs pages and links in the next couple of weeks and… I’m trying to go back to actually visiting other people’s blogs and reading their posts because I’ve been too preoccupied with my own stuff to do it for a while now. -.-



6 Ways to Make Writing Fight Scenes Less Traumatic

I needed this. And I have a feeling I’ll need it again sometime soon. >.>

A Writer's Path

by Kathryn

To answer the question I am assuming is on all of your minds, yes, everything is traumatic to my hyperbolic little mind.

Especially fight scenes.

There’s a lot to them, and that means that you run the risk of fumbling the execution, and that’s never fun.

But don’t let the fear that you’re going to mess up your fight scene stop you from writing one in the first place.

In fact, don’t let fear stop you from doing ANYTHING when it comes to writing. Just don’t. You don’t need that angst in your life.

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Twilight Review: Preface + Chapter 01

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Disclaimer: I’m not a professional critic. This is strictly my (clearly biased) opinion and if you like this book; hey, good for you. Don’t read this unless you know you can take a punch and laugh about it. Also, I tried not to curse but failed, so… Strong language ahead.

Alright. I’m doing this. ARE YOU HAPPY NOW!? >.<

Sorry, guys, that was just a personal message for the dear, dear, friend who bribed me to do this for her. -.-

I’m not going to do much introduction to this. Everyone is sick of knowing what Twilight is and it’s not much of a secret that I hate it with the fire and fury of a thousand suns.

That said, I gave my word that I would be as fair as I possibly can about this book and I meant it. I don’t want this review series to turn into a rage induced rant (we already have NITWIT for that, don’t we? -.-). Because, in all honesty, the first time I read this book I was so angry with it I spent an entire afternoon ranting about it to Wifey over IMs and then in person to another friend who was sitting next to me enjoying the spectacle of smoke coming out of my ears. I was so angry that I decided not to read the rest of the series for my own sake and that of everyone around me. That was a good number of years ago., though, and I would like to think I’ve matured since then and can now go through this without completely losing my shit.

Time will tell, I guess.

It’s the first time I do a chapter-by-chapter review so, I’m going to give a very short summary of what happens in the chapter, then break it down by quoting certain ‘notable’ passages and talking about them, then finally I’ll give my final thoughts. Since a requirement for this review is that I find a positive in each chapter, I’ll leave that part last. You know, to end on a positive note. Or something. *groans* UghI’malreadyregrettingthis.

Let’s begin! -.-

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‘Tis The Season…

Flu season. -.-

I woke up feeling like shit. lol

I have the Twilight review half done, but honestly, I just don’t wanna look at it right now, so it’s gonna be a bit later than I thought. I might do some Hogwarts Exposed in the meantime though. What’s the worst that can happen? 😛


P.S: I’m just gonna play some Skyrim and nap today, methinks. >.>

I’m Not Actually Done

I know I ended the last post by saying ‘I can’t’ and ‘I’m done’, but I’m not actually done. I was just having a tiny little mental breakdown. That stuff happens sometimes. It’s okay.

Going through the first chapter of Twilight right now and highlighting all the passages I want to bring up on my review. I’ll try to get that done tomorrow. I’m actually feeling this is gonna be fun, but maybe that’s me still suffering the effects of staring at NITWIT for two hours last night.

You know, reading back on this after a long time has passed and with a more adult mind has made me realize that… Wow, Bella Swan is a much greater bitch than I initially thought.

I won’t spoil the review for you guys. I’m sure you’re all dying to know my thoughts on this book that I already made clear is the worst thing ever. 😛


In This World and the Next Chapter 05 Part 01 (With Commentary)

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Welp. This goes into the part of this fic I haven’t previously read. So I’m more than prepared to lose whatever’s left of my cool. Yeah. You thought I was angry before? You guys better hang on to something, because it’s all new for me at this point.

Since I will be reviewing Twilight chapter by chapter soon, I feel like going into this might help not hate that experience so much. Because this literally makes me angrier than even Twilight has. And that’s a goddamn feat.

Also, back when I started My Immortal, I used to do several posts in one night and then schedule them. These chapters are so long and they piss me off so much that it takes me a week to get through one half. :/

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Motivation, Immersion, and Obsession

Before I get into this subject; sorry again for my absence. I’m not gonna go into lengths I’m just gonna say there are some medical issues going on with me lately. Nothing serious, though, I think, just disruptive. I know I said I’d do more reviews, but I also said I’d still be busy for a couple more months and this health stuff is setting me back considerably, so bear with me for a little while longer, please. :/

Okay. Now. There are three things I want to talk about in this post and if you guys stick around until the end, I’ll explain why I decided to talk about this now.

So let’s start with…

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Blog Direction… And WHY The Heck Am I Reviewing Twilight?

So, I haven’t been around here much lately and, despite the fact that I’ve actually been busy and will be even more busy in the next couple of months, a lot of my absence is also due to me not feeling like it all that much. Don’t get me wrong I started blogging because I enjoy it and I’ve been doing it all this time because I enjoy it, but I feel that lately the things I enjoy the most aren’t the same they were when I got started. If that makes sense?

I started doing My Immortal Commentary way back when because I was too stressed with life at the time to actually do anything else. For context, that was around the first time my grandpa got sick, so yeah, things were heavy for me at the time. Someone gave me the idea (I don’t remember who it was, to be honest) and I ran with it because I wanted some type of filler post.

Then I found School of Prayer and Miracles and I was extremely curious about it. One thing led to another and I still have nightmares about that shitstorm of a fic.

When I started I told myself “this isn’t going to be a review blog in any way” and now I actively seek out things to review. I have changed. And as a result, this blog’s content has changed and… I feel like the reason I’ve been posting less and less is that I’m trying to resist that change. I kept telling myself “I don’t want this blog to be just bad fan fiction and cartoon reviews”, but honestly, the only reason I come around here is to do just that. And I like it. I mean, things like NITWIT piss me off, but I like raging at it. It’s cathartic for me. And hopefully, it’s enjoyable for someone out there to read, because it does get views when I post it. Likewise, reviewing MLP and Steven Universe is fun for me and the only reason I’m not doing it again yet is I haven’t found the time to rewatch episodes and write it up. Heck, I’m even falling behind on current episodes again. -.-

Same thing with the Disney reviews. I haven’t had time to stop and watch lately. But I do have a list of all the Disney animated feature films I plan to do reviews on. I’m no longer going to do every single one like I planned (Fantasia for once won’t be a part of the Revisited series), but there are still A LOT of them to go through.

Now, this Twilight Saga review I mentioned a couple of times I’d do. It is happening. I have the first book on pdf ready to be… uhm… Explored… But I will say this is a paid review. My friend wanted to see me suffer through this so bad, she paid me to do it. She paid fifty bucks (per book), plus she sent me the books. And she asked that I do a chapter by chapter review and give my honest opinion, BUT, she also wants me to try and point out a positive in every chapter. So yay to that. -.-

Look, I’m going to be as fair as I can, but this is Twilight. I am going to mock the crap out of it or I won’t survive. Simple as that. So hopefully that’ll be fun to read along.

The end result of all this and the conclusion we can draw from all this ramble is that this blog is officially embracing change now which may result in a higher posting rate in the future (I mean, this won’t make me less busy right now ^^), but also means… More review and commentary type things and not much else. Because honestly, I have a great time doing that and that’s the whole point of blogging to me.

As for my personal writing… I’m moving it permanently to deviantArt (random stuff and/or not necessarily canon Valcrest go here) and Written In Shadows (Valcrest canon goes here), so if you want more of that, those are the places to go now. And yeah, WIS is still empty for now, but that’s why I’m so busy… Just lemme work on this. 😛

I have more ideas and news to come, but I’ll get into it when I have time to work on it so, for now…

Later, guys!