Thursday, November 28, 2013

Awareness

There's a certain threshold of awareness that once you pass it, you can't stop your brain. I am so there. Things I loved from childhood look different, and rarely in a good way.  Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade and they had a number from the upcoming live performance of The Sound of Music, specifically "You are sixteen going on seventeen" and the lyrics have never been my favorite, but I used to be able to enjoy the music itself.  I can't do that anymore.

Follow that up with a commercial for the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks, which is going to be the story of how Walt Disney convinced the woman who wrote Mary Poppins to let him turn it into a movie.  Let's look at the title of the movie again, shall we?  Saving Mr. Banks.  As in, the father in the story.  Not Saving Ms. Poppins, the title character.  Even with the fact that the story is mostly about reminding him what it means to be a loving person, it just feels wrong.

Disney has a new animated movie out this winter called Frozen.  The story is about the Snow Queen, but her name doesn't get to be on all the posters.  When they did their story about Rapunzel, they called it Tangled.  Merida's story was titled Brave.  When I was a kid, there was Mulan and Pocahontas.  They got to have their movies named for them.  But I guess having women's names in the movie title doesn't sell, so why should they bother giving the main character her due?  And then there's this: New York Film Academy’s study of gender inequality in the film industry

I have no idea how to get things to change, but I know they need to.  While I figure things out, I will do a small part in watching shows and movies featuring women in the main roles, like Hunger Games, Haven, and Marvel's Agents of Shield.  And I'll keep looking for more great female characters and give my support to those projects.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Thirteen Review

The end of a series.  Wow.  Not many of the series I read come to a definite end.  Kelley Armstrong has pulled off a great finish to a fantastic series.  Savanna has grown a lot over the course of the series, not just physically but also mentally and emotionally.  This book, like the last, mostly focuses on her.

My least favorite thing about this book?  That it's the last full length novel for the Otherworld for the foreseeable future.  My favorite thing?  Savannah and Adam finally get together!  That's the only spoiler I'm going to give you, cause I don't want to ruin things.

There a number of loose threads that could use some tying up, and I hope there are some short stories that will take care of them, but coming to the end of Thirteen I was able to have a moment of contentment that all had ended well.  It's always nice to close a book with that happy little sigh.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spell Bound Review

Waking the Witch saw Savannah heading out on her own as a detective for the first time.  She became emotionally attached to one of the people she met during the case she was working, a little girl named Kayla. The last thing Savannah does in the book is think that she'd happily give up her powers to help Kayla, crashing asleep and waking up to find that her powers were indeed gone.

Spell Bound picks up with the thoughts of one watching Savannah.  Someone who can do just what she "wished" in that moment.  All we get to know about him is that he has some agenda and Savannah is at the heart of it.

As much as Savannah grew in the last book, I'd say this is her real coming of age story.  She has always been the most powerful witch on the block, and she knew that all too well.  Her contempt for humans and for other witches less powerful than her was always in her thoughts.  She never tried to learn how to do things the normal way, because she knew she had her powers to keep her safe or open a lock.  Now, she's a powerless witch who's being hunted by several people who may or may not have anything to do with one another.  And she's afraid of telling people what's happened to her.

The first part of the book has major league denial written all over it, with an unhealthy dose of desperation.  Savannah goes to a lot of lengths to keep from meeting up with Paige and Lucas, because she doesn't want to admit how scared she is.  She drags Adam all over the place, pushing and pushing to keep him doing what she wants and just generally abusing his friendship.  I'm really glad he finally reaches his breaking point, because I think it's the shock she needs to realize what an ass she's being.  Even after he leaves her on her own it still takes a while for her to figure out what she wants to change about herself and how to do it in a way that's real for her.

The mystery in this book, besides figuring out what's happened to Savannah's magic, is trying to figure out the truth behind a group of supernaturals that wants all the races to go public with their existence.  And they'll do just about anything to convince Savannah to join them.

Overall, I enjoyed this book.  There's a definite feeling of things coming to a head and when you get to the last page it's almost a surprise that you're done with it.  The connection going between Waking the Witch, Spell Bound and Thirteen is a lot more obvious then through most of the series.  I'm looking forward to reading the last book, but also sad knowing that the final chapter is almost upon me.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

The Plan!

I've been trying to figure out for a while how to motivate myself into exercising more.  I think I might have it figured out.

My goal is to engage in physical activity at least 3 times a week.  This can be an exercise video, a Kinect game, my physical therapy, a one mile bike ride or walk, as long as I move for 15 minutes or more, etc.  At the end of the week, if I meet my goal, I will transfer $2 to my savings account.  This money can be used for whatever I want it for: books, clothes, jewelry, whatever and it will be guilt free (or that's the plan at least).  If I don't make my goal, then all the money I've transferred to that point goes back into my checking account and I start all over again.  If I should manage to exercise more than my goal of 3 times per week, I can add $.50 for each time.

So far this week, I walked a mile to my work and earlier today I did my physical therapy.  I'm not sure if my walk to and from the store 2 blocks away counts, so I need to exercise at least once more this week.  I'll talk to my hubby about hitting the gym on Saturday.  Oh, and I'm counting the week as being Sunday-Saturday.