Sailor Moon Crystal Anime Wrap Up

Honestly, as soon as my mom heard Sailor Moon she wanted to crawl under a rock and wait this one out, and I don’t blame her.

sailor_moon_crystal_season_4_all_senshi_wallpaper_by_xuweisen-dag560m

Like many my age I really ended up liking Sailor Moon when I was little. (Like, my mom was really concerned.) So this last year or so when Sailor Moon Crystal came out I had the urge to watch it and see how it matched up to my memories. Finally, this summer was the time, and I finished the series in just a few days. And now I’m honestly pry going to collect the manga, because why not.

black-moon-arcI am going to be honest, the redo of the animations really excited me, but once it got to the transformation sequences I absolutely hated it. I don’t know why that animation style bothers me so much, but it does. I just don’t like it, I don’t know why, and I put watching this off because my former roommate showed me it and I didn’t want to have to watch those sequences again and again. During watching these series I did not get over it, but I just quietly tolerated it. (Or, ya know, skipped over those parts.)

I ended up being perfectly fine that the cut a lot out from the original anime. The original anime has always been really overwhelming, and I feel like cutting so much out really was beatifically to the series because it makes new comers to the series not so overwhelmed and makes it a lot scary. For anyone who has never watched or is new to the Sailor Moon series I recommend watching Sailor Moon Crystal and then defiantly watch the original version if you like the characters because there are so many fun parts that you do miss in Crystal.

Since Sailor Moon is so popular I don’t feel like I can add a ton to the conversation, so this is sort of a short review.

sailor_moon_crystal_act_26_sailor_moon_and_chibiusa

I give this anime a 4/5, and the only reason I don’t give it 5/5 is because I feel like the characters could have been portrayed a bit stronger and because I just hate those transformation sequences.

What did you think of this remake? Let me know down below!

See you soon,

~Amanda Ann

And I Darken By Kiersten White

IMG_3016A while back I was at Target to waste time before the next thing I had to be at. While I was there I bought Three books. The first was Flame in the Mist by , the second was Heartlessby , and the last was And I Darken by Kiersten White. I recently finished And I Darken, so I wanted to talk about it a little bit.

And I Darken follows Radu and Lada from birth into adolesence, in which tie they make friends, enemies, and even find love along the way. Overall the books was great, and I absoluetly loved it even though it took me a while to read.

The book starts off with Lada’s brith, and instantly compares it to her younger brother Radu’s birth. From there the two grow up a little so that they are children, and have one of their first interactions with their father. From there they move to Wallachia’s main castle and begin to find ways to “help” their father, or try to gain his favor. Lada attempts to win her father’s favor through learning how to fight, command armies, and simply attempt to make up for the fact that she isn’t a boy. Radu on the other hand tends to put more time into studying than anything else, and simply wants to survive the torment from his older sister and half brother Mircea.

Untitled designIn their early teens the two go with their father to find sanctuary in The Ottoman Empire. Both Lada and Radu are left by their father in the Ottoman Empire in order to work more on their studies, and overall just become more acceptable in Court. While the two work hard to study they meet new friends, such as Kumal and Nicolae who eventually help aid them on their adventures. Kumal becomes a great spiritual guide for Radu, while Nicolae becomes a great friend for Lada.

After meeting these two Radu and Lada find a crying boy named Mehmed, who turns out the be son of the sultan. With Mehmed as a friend the two find themselves to be more protected within the empire, and they end up following him to another estate in the country. There they begin the adventures once Mehmed finds that his brothers have been killed and he is next in line for the trone. From there the adventure begins.

Overall I really did like this book, and I think that the layered and complex story line was well relayed and well writen. I fell in love with many of the characters and ended up loving each of their stories. Overall the book was on the slow side, so be warned when you’re starting the book that it may take a while to get into. It’s definatly worth it, though, and you should “push through it”. It’s completly worth it.

Continue reading “And I Darken By Kiersten White”

My Weekly Spreads

Over the last two months of working in my Bullet Journal I’ve used a few different spreads to plan out my days and weeks. I started using weekly spreads, then moved to full page daily spreads, and then settling down to what I’m at now, which is a two page daily spread. These spreads have been completely adjusted to the stage of my life right now and might not work for everyone, but I did want to share. My past spreads won’t be explained in this post, but those will be included in a future post so defiantly watch out for that.

So let’s talk for a minute about what I wanted this page to do. I wanted a place to track my mood (by the hour), a place to note what I’m doing at different points in the day, a to do list, a food log, a workout log, a place to write down a thankful though, my BUJO RPG, and a spot to take notes as needed throughout the day. The spread that I’ve been working through lately has taken a lot to come up with, but it was so worth it and I’m in love with it right now.

Continue reading “My Weekly Spreads”

The Needle Shot and The House Baratheon Drink

Just like many of my fellow 22 year-old young adults, and well… many adults in general, I enjoy a good drink every now and then. That mixed with my fascination of making things makes me go towards making mixed drinks and experimenting with mixing different things to see how they taste. One of my favorite things has always been to find nerdy inspired cocktails and see how they taste.

So today I want to talk about two Game Of Thrones inspired Cocktails that I found here .

If you don’t know what Game of Thrones is, well, you’re out of pop culture a little and need to spend a little bit more time on the internet. Game of Thrones is an HBO show that has captivated millions of people and has just finished it’s seventh season, and was originally a books series by George R. R. Martin. (You can find the books HERE).  The story follows many characters as they all attempt to survive and possibly take the Iron Throne so that they can rule all the seven kingdoms. If you want some kick-butt characters, Dragons, Adventure, a little drama, and a whole lot of action I 100% recommend this series for you.

IMG_3004.JPGSo the first drink that I decided to try was The Needle. The Needle is a shot that is made up of vodka, ginger beer, and a little bit of lime juice. The ginger beer was really hard for us to find for some reason, and it was sort of expensive. The drink is really easy to make, you just add in the parts and toss it back. (literally the directions are “Pour all the ingredients into a shot glass, and toss it back”.) Overall it was simple and I really liked that, but it was defiantly a shot.

I had never had ginger beer before, and that surprised me. I’m not sure what I thought it would be but that was not it. I thought that it was really good, though, and the second time I did it (a few days later) I found that it was a lot easier to handle and was much easier to handle for me. I also made my mom and brother try it, and they both said that they would try it again.

IMG_3002.JPGThe second drink is called The House Baratheon Drink. This one took a lot longer to drink, but if you’re a fan of drinks that take longer to drink and what not this will defiantly be the better drink for you out of the two. I found this one more sweet, but not like too sweet.

For this you’ll need water, honey, lemon juice, orange juice, and gin. You start by combining the water and honey into a sauce pan, and then you bring the mixture to a boil. After you let that syrup cool down you can add the lemon juice, orange juice, and the gin. Then you can mix it up and you have your drink!

This seemed to be more of the favorite in my house, and is actually something that I now sort of keep supplies on hand for so that I can make it as I want it. I’ll worn you that this did get sort of sweet at the end, so keep that in mind if you’re going to make this drink, but it was still really good and I recommend it if you’re a person that likes sweet things or doesn’t really want to taste the alcohol.

Overall both of these drinks were fun to make and taste, so defiantly go check out the rest of the blog post from Buzzfeed to see if you would like to try any of their other ones, because lord knows I will be.

My Bullet Journal Index

A not so recent trend in the planner community has been Bullet Journaling, and much like many others I’ve jumped on the band-wagon. I’ve been Bullet Journaling for two months now, and it has been so awesome to be able to track a lot of things in my life. Like many people I started off in the basic system created by <person>, which you can learn more about on <Bullet Journal Website>. The first thing that you set up in your notebook is your Index, which is what I want to talk about today.

The Index of your Bullet Journal is meant to be where you write down where everything is. It’s meant to keep your organized and cut down on time that you spend looking for things. Although I don’t go to the index all the time, and I’m more likely to use post-it notes or bookmarks I do keep filling out my index. I do this because when I ask my mom, brother, or boyfriend to find a collection or something in my Bullet Journal it’s so much easier for them to find it and get the information back to me quickly. I also like to use it because nothing in my Bullet Journal is actually in any order. An example would be my October Blog Plans are actually in the August part of my Bullet Journal, as well as my September status page. Due to things like this my Index can be my best friend, or ya know… post-its.

So what do I put in my index and how do I organize it?

The first thing that I for sure put in my index are my collection pages that are outside of my monthly section. So things like my wish list, gift idea pages, Books to read, Books read, seasonal goals, and things like that are all things that I will put in my Index so that I’m able to find it again when I need it.

I will also put the start and end of the month. I do this so that I can easily put together everything that was put into that month and it gives me a good idea of what I did in the month. Along with this I put the start and end of my weekly sections where I in-depth plan my days and what I’m doing. I do these because every now and then I need to know what I was doing on a specific day, or I need to reference it in comparison to my mood tracker. Listing the weeks individually helps me narrow down where I’m searching, and makes it a lot easier to take notes about any triggers or mental illness notes.

The last thing that I for sure put into my index is my Blog Status page. Although I have final plans among my monthly pages I also keep a status page for all of the blog posts that are going up in a specific month. While I’m writing this I’m working out of my September Status page, but I already have my October Status Page ready to go. I like to know where these are in my Bullet Journal because it’s something that I need to look at every day and I don’t want to spend the time looking for it.

There are a few things that I don’t like to put in my Index, and these things would be my Journaling pages and my Individual weekly or daily pages. I don’t mark my journaling pages because I don’t like people being able to go right to something as personal as my journaling pages. Since these pages contain really personal thoughts and feelings I don’t like the idea of someone being able to go to it right away. I don’t and won’t write down what page my daily in depth planning is. This is because I will use up my entire index if I attempt to do this, and I don’t want that. So in order to have room to mark things that really matter I just don’t mark those.

So that’s a little bit about my Index in my Bullet Journal, and hopefully it gives you an idea of what you’re able to put in or how you can use your index. I find that this makes it a lot easier to keep up and use my index as intended.

I hope to talk to you again soon,

Amanda Ann

Ready, Set, Novel! Review

Today I want to talk about one of the tools that I use regularly while writing and planning any of my stories. Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook was a workbook gifted to me by mom parents back at the beginning of college, and it’s a book that I have loved and kept with me at all of my apartments. It’s something that I’ve absolutely loved, and I plan on keeping around for a long time. I originally found this book after my first time doing National Novel Writing Month, and after my parents saw me win that they decided to help me with the process. (And I asked for the book way too many times.)

Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbookwas written and created by Chris Baty, Lindsey Grant, and Tavia Stewart-Streit. Chris Baty is the founder of National Novel Writing Month, and you can read more about him and what he’s up to on the National Novel Writing Month Board of Directors page here or on his website here . Lindsey Grant is the former Program Director of National Novel Writing Month, and you can find her written works here . Tavia Steward-Streit was helped publish novel writing workbooks in the past and has been a supporter of National Novel Writing Mont and she has been published in multiple fiction journals. Together these three created Ready, Set, Novel to help novelists work through and begin to put the thoughts in their heads onto paper, and we’re going to take a deeper look into it now.

I personally use this workbook a lot, and I sort of use it in an odd way. I go through the workbook and write down everything into a separate notebook that is reserved for that book/story. I do this because not only does it give me as much space as I need for everything, but it lets me add in pictures, notes, or just free write in the world as I need to before I even start with a blank page. This is a lot more work and takes more time, but it lets me reuse the workbook as much as I want, and makes the experience more personalized overall for me.

 

The first chapter of the book is called “Storming your Brain”, and the main point of it is to get your first ideas on paper and come up with what you want your story to do. I honestly don’t use this section much, because I normally know sort of what I want to and what the story will be about. I normally think and plan out ideas more than I should before I even start working in this workbook, so I don’t really use the first chapter. This chapter is great, though, because if you have a very early idea it makes you think it over and adjust it so that you’re able to write pages upon pages about it, and spend hours with this idea that you have before you even start. I see a lot of people using this chapter, I just don’t because it’s not how my mind works.

 

The second chapter focuses on your characters, and for me I think that it’s specifically your main characters. I normally go through this with the top five main characters that I know I will need to plan out. This is because there is so much in these chapters to help your work with your characters you’re going to want to work mainly with your top ones. I truly love this chapter because this is where I start to meet and really get to know my characters. There are so many worksheets from just a basic profile to here’s this person’s life history and here’s three pages about how they broke their leg when they were little or this was their most embarrassing moment. This chapter makes you go so in depth that I love it, and it’s my favorite chapter at of the entire book. The one complaint that I have about this chapter is that I wish it was laid out differently. The way that the book is laid out you go through step by step for all of your characters at the same time, so each character’s information is split up. I hate this, which is another reason for me to use the notebook instead of using the workbook itself.

 

The third chapter is just overall plotting your book and putting down what you want to do on the paper. This chapter is sort of tricky for me to explain. For me I always follow the work book and make several “Plot Machines” that follow not only the overall plot, but follow the story of each character and each sub plot. I do this because it makes me keep all of the parts in mind and focus on ironing them all out before putting them together in one large “Plot Machine” that’s color coded and works for the story overall. The hard thing for me in this chapter is that I don’t want to write everything down, I don’t want it to be final and set in store. So what I always do is stick a post it note on my work space to remind me that nothing in this stage is set in stone, it’s just brain storming the overall idea of what’s going on so that when I go to outline it’s easy to work with. I feel like this chapter is also laid out a little odd for me, but again working in the notebook alongside the workbook is perfect for me because I can jump around as much as I want.

 

Chapter four is a lot of fun. This chapter is about creating your setting and building your world. Although this chapter is sort of general if you are creating a world from the ground up it works well for most situations. My absolute favorite thing about this chapters the map activity, where you actually get to map out the world that you want your story to take place in. I find it difficult, because I’m not the best at drawing and I feel I have to be, but it’s so helpful when you’re looking at the overall picture of your story. IT also makes the area that you’re working in more believable because the arcade can’t be located in one place, and then is suddenly three blocks over in the next chapter.

 

Chapter five is the hardest chapter in this book, in my opinion. This chapter is all about setting up deadlines and figuring out how you’re going to finish this project. I find this the works because I am always changing my plans and deadlines, or I’m doing National Novel Writing Month and I have my deadlines set for me because I want to win. I’ve talked to other people though and this chapter has really helped them and they love it, so it’s just looking at how you work the best.

 

The last part of the workbook is pep-talks, a playground, and some coloring pages. The pep-talk at the end of the book is actually something that I read every now and then when I do get discouraged. I feel like there should be a few, though, so that you have variety, but for different pet talks it’s easy enough to look them up on the internet and find some different ones. I also really like the playground, because for me once I get past chapter 2 I like to try some prompts to get to know my characters better and find their voice. Often times these prompts and free writings are located anywhere and everywhere in the story’s notebook, because they’re just fun to try to see how they work.

 

Overall I really do like this workbook, and it’s one of the things that I keep going back to when I’m preparing a new story. I love the templates and questions that the workbook asks you, and I find them so incredibly helpful. Although I don’t like how the workbook is set up I find it easy to overcome through putting all of the information into a separate notebook, which also gives me the freedom to do whatever I want.

In the near future I plan on also purchasing No Plot No Problem , which is also promoted by National Novel Writing Month as a novel-prep workbook. What resources do you guys use to help prepare your novels and stories? What do you think is the best part of this workbook? Let me know down below in the comments.

 

See you soon,

Amanda Ann