The Cake Flavored Book Tag!

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It’s been a long time since I’ve done a tag, and I’ve been searching for fun things to post on here that wouldn’t consist of me doing a lot of thinking (much less move around!) so I have been reading other blogs in the last month and I have somebody who loves tags just as much as I do, and that is Shaa and she is a book blogger, so majority of the tags she’s done are about her favorite books. I checked it out, and I thought this would be a really fun thing to do. It is similar to the Books & Cookies tag I did a couple of months ago, but this is about cakes so how I can turn this down?!

Chocolate – A dark book that you loved

I thought about this question quite a bit because the word “dark” can literally mean different genres. At least I think it does, so I came up with two books that I think are “dark” in every sense of the word and they are Helter Skelter: The True Story Of The Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi with Curt Gentry and Night by Elie Wiesel. I remember reading both books in my Novels class and was absolutely floored by the horror each one discussed so that’s my answer.

Vanilla – A light read

This one was somewhat easier on me. However, there is more darkness to the story, but it is a very short book. I read this story while I was in my Short Stories class, literally a semester after completing the Novels course! It is The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. It’s about 64 and a really haunting read if you’re into that sort of thing!

Red Velvet – A book that gave you mixed emotions

Oh boy! There’s only one book that belongs with this question and it is The Ring and The Crown by Melissa de la Cruz. I thought the story of Princess Marie-Victoria was really good but unfortunately there was way too much information and far too many characters to keep up with so I had a love/hate relationship with the book itself.

Strawberry – A sweet book

A sweet book. Hmmmm…. I think I would have to say To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I really loved that book. It just brought me back to my high school days and I really enjoyed being able to look back at those memories with a smile instead full of regret as I use to do! I really need to get back to reading the sequel sometime. I might wait to reading it in the summertime. That sounds like a good idea!

Cheesecake – A book that you would recommend to anyone

Oh jeez. I have a lot of books that I would recommend to people, but I think if anyone wants to experiment with the erotica genre, and use something else besides Fifty Shades; maybe you consider Roxy Sloane’s novella series The Invitation. The first book is just 50 pages but it’s page turner and if you love British men, this will be right up your alley, trust me!

Coffee Cake – A book that you started but never finished

On my Goodreads profile, I have a total of five books that I’ve started by never finished but I think the two that have bothered me the most are Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Aszkaban by J.K. Rowling and Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard. The reason why I haven’t finished HPATPOA is because the movie has probably been my favorite out of the entire series, so I have trouble with comparing them side by side thus I’ve never been able to complete it. The other one is mostly because I go in and out of fantasy/magic genre. Originally, I stopped because I wanted a break… oops!

Carrot Cake – A book with great writing

Personally, I think there are at least three books that have had really great writing and they are: The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman (again!), Me Before You by JoJo Moyes, and Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. The reason why I’ve chosen these three stories are because I thought they each have their good notes, but the one common bond they all share is that you can clearly picture everything that is going on within the story. I have a permanent image and to each one of them.

In The Yellow Wallpaper, I still have a sense of grief and am completely terrified to see anything on my walls. Whereas Me Before You brings me hope of understanding emotionally and physically as a  disability person. And finally, Red Queen means a lot for me. The fact that the writing itself was so vivid that I could see Mare running away, basically ducking and jumping out of a window; this somehow made me want to write a story with that much action and detail.

If you like mixing cake with books, you should do this tag too! Link it back to me if you remember, okay? Have you read any of the books I listed above?

October Playlist

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October is almost over, like tomorrow is Halloween people! It doesn’t real that 2018 is fading away slowly and it’ll be 2019 in no time, but let’s not dwell on that right now. This past month has brought a lot of new music with it. I’ve been trying to listen to as much as I can in these last couple of weeks, since I’ve been sort of preoccupied with album releases that came out in late September. I want to complete those on here before I really attempted to dive in with October’s offerings!

At the start of the month, I was really in the mood for Britney Spears. It was so bad that I was listening to her older albums on my iPod (because that’s all I have on there!) just before bed and I was so impressed with my dad when he actually guessed her on the fly, and he admitted that he’s always liked her voice. I didn’t actually know that, but in my defense he hasn’t really liked any of my sister and I’s music! If you like Britney Spears growing up, which album is your favorite? Mine is either “Britney” or “In The Zone”

I wish I could say that the music has changed to fit the new season, but that’ll never happen so half the songs I’ve been listening were released sometime in the summer but since nobody really wants to embrace the colder temperatures outsides, they’re the only things keeping the fun times rolling just with the warmth of pumpkin spice lattes keeping us in those summer days. I have been looking into raggaeton musicians lately and I’ve been collecting a vast amount of songs to keep me dancing and of course, happy too!

Here are my Top 10 songs for October!

Taki Taki by DJ Snake featuring Ozuna, Cardi B, & Selena Gomez
Rare by Ruth B
I’m A Mess by BeBe Rexha
Barbie Dreams by Nicki Minaj
Head Above Water by Avril Lavigne
Raggaeton Lento (Remix) by CNCO featuring Little Mix
Done For Me by Charlie Puth featuring Kehlani
Happy Now by Zedd featuring Elley Duhe
Happier by Marshmello featuring Bastille
Eastside by Benny Blanco featuring Khalid and Halsey

If you’re a Spotify user, you can go check out the WHOLE playlist here right now!

I was pretty proud of myself since I was able to go back to reviewing music again. I only talked about five albums by different women. I thought it was just International Day To Be A Girl the other day and I managed to do this on accident! I feel like they made me embrace the changes of the season, except for maybe the second one I did. They each had their share of happy but dark and gloomy songs on the albums. So, if you’re not at that point to celebrate fall yet, but you want something to take you there mentally, maybe you should check out the music below with their reviews!

Dogviolet by Laurel | Heart Of The Hurricane by Beyond The Black | Sign by RAIGN | Ancient Land by Celtic Woman | Infections Of A Different Kind (Step 1) by AURORA

At noon, I will be publishing a second batch of songs over on my blog’s Facebook page and my personal Twitter. I would like to stay at ten songs for these posts so I’m looking forward to feature bonus content to post on those sites. I hope you enjoy all of the playlists I’ve shared with you today. 🙂

What were you listening to in this October? Is there a specific type of music to get you in the mood for the colder months, if so, name a few down at the bottom for me.

snowflake

Writing Prompt: The Assassin

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So… This is not my regular “Monday” post but I’ve given myself a few days to think about how I wanted to go with this prompt and as much as I was tempted to use my current WIP (work in progress) story that I’ve tried to write since November 2016, I wanted to go in another direction and use my other idea I that have had stuck in the depths of my brain. There’s a lot of stuff back there, so the fact that it’s wanting to be up front is a bit crazy!

I found the prompt on Maris McKay’s blog again, and it was “The fireworks cover the sound of breaking glass. They climb out the window and start running with a grin on their face. Today is Independence Day.” I used the prompt in a different way than expected but I hope everyone still enjoys it 🙂


I honestly don’t remember how I got here.

All I know is that I’m tumbled over on a very hard surface, the dirt on the ground seeps into the fresh cuts on my body and burns as I attempt to sit up again. I have to use both of my arms with the rest of the strength left in my body to move around. Once I flip around to my back and rearrange my lifeless legs forward, I began to wipe off the excess dirt off my arms and legs and look at my surroundings, searching for my chair.

The building is huge, but barely hanging on to itself. The windows are shattered and ceiling tiles are slowly pulling apart from each other and floating away by the wind outside. I quickly realize that I am in an old hangar that now holds the most random things, I knew about the junkies but not the large metal elements, that look like could be the innards of airplanes and cars. This should be interesting trying to find my wheelchair in this mess! As the thought creeps out of my head, an older man is standing in the back with a blank expression on his face.

“I’m surprised you’re alive!” He shouted while cleaning a metallic can in his hands. “I mean, considering that guy was kicking the living shit out of you.” He tosses the can into the fairly large stack of junk plastered up against the wall. He finally sighs and starts to work over to me.

“Well, I would be up by now, if I could find my chair.” The woman says, with a groan as her sides were certainly in a lot of pain right now. She was pretty sure one of her ribs was broken, but he didn’t need to know that.

The man stopped and looked at her funny, “what chair?” he said as he began to look around the place and search for anything that even resembling a chair of sorts. He did find pretty clean white car outside, but before he wondered who that belonged to, the blonde and bruised lady in front of him in the distance took his attention back to the fact that she was now looking for something in this pigsty.

“It’s mine.” She said as he continued to admire the car. “Also, I use a wheelchair to get around, and before that asshole started attacking me, he pulled me out of it and threw it somewhere in here.” At least I hope it’s in here. This statement made him look at her with a puzzled again, but before he could say another word a noise behind her startled them in the back of the place.

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Kady turned to her left side, but not before taking out what looked like three dark sticks from the side of right boots. That’s when the man noticed a gun located directly at her back around her waist on a  thin belt once she removed them and began to scoot on her hands, softly around the crooked maze in front of her.

Bang! Bang!

The mystery man took shelter, using the mess around them but realized she was exposed and defenseless, so unless she had a cool magic trick to make with those things in her hands, she was done for and his job was done. As he crouched down on the ground, he watched the scene play out between the two of them.

“Who’s there?!” Kady said, as her hand full of three lightly green colored darts laid in the palm of her hand behind her. “Roy, is that you coming back for more?” She knows if she’s not careful that she will not win this fight either, she thought about using her gun, but she doesn’t want to cause any more damage then she already has, so these are her only lifeline right now.

“How are you not dead Kady?!” A deep voice echoes off in front of her, and she takes a guess on where he could be located, and hopefully she’s right. Roy sounded a bit shake-y, like he knows he’s in trouble for offering to go after her in the first place. “You know I don’t want to do this.” He speaks again, wanting for an answer from her, but it’s quiet. He knows that’s never a good sign.

Swoosh! Clung.

He gasps loudly, staring wide-eyed at the pine tree lookalike dart stuck on the tin metal wall in front of him. The man is covered in sweat from head to toe, and he knows she’s close to him. He also knows he has some of her blood splattered onto his clothes but that’ll help prove to know he killed the #1 enemy on the block. However, he knew he needed to move or she’ll try to sneak up on him, which is what she did in a way, especially when the second dart arrived in a bad spot.

Ahh!

“Fucking bitch!” He shrieked as the next dart landed at his lower backside. He quickly wondered if they were laced with toxic poisons, but he didn’t want to dwell on that too much this time as he pulled it out with a fast tug and began to slowly walk away from his position.

Kady is lying on the ground directly behind a now groaning Roy. “Why were sent to kill me Roy? You better tell me, or I can reserve this last target for your head or your heart. It’s your choice.” Kady said as she scooted across the room, on her hands, her legs leaving inconvenient dragging marks as she continued on to her mission.  Finally, she spots an opening toward her right arm, but instead of striking the beast, she decides to change things up and patiently waits for his response.

“Marcus wanted it done.” He explained, with a sad tone in his voice. He was afraid of what he heard Kady could to a man who turned on her. “He said, after the fourth of July and we would get our independence day, and be free of you.” Wrong answer. He knew that wasn’t the smartest thing to say to an assassin but he was in lots of pain and it just came out. “He said, you were a nuance and that you wouldn’t be the only one. He’d go after your whole league.” Roy finally broke down into tears and collapsed on himself but was frightened again when Kady appeared on the other side of the crate like wall between them, with one last dart tightly locked in her hand.

Kady quietly smiled at him in the same way he did before running for cover. Roy tried to get up once last time to runaway from her but it wasn’t going to happen with his injury, so he knew he was an easy picking.

“Tell your boss that if he hurts anybody else, I will kill him.”  Kady said with one last jab, the dart stabbed him in the upper thigh and watched him wince in pain as his leg started to rapidly bleed through his jeans. Now, with her mission sort of finished, she asked him one last question. “By any chance do you know where my chair is?” She said in a charming voice. All Roy could do was obey and point north and watched her fade away from view and heard her grab ahold of the chair that was tipped over on its side, and gradually climb in it and once she was safely seated, she began to collect her darts but once she made it back to Roy for the last one, she slightly pinched the end of it and watched him groan on the floor, not so confident now. She pulled on it and once out, she wiped it on his shirt and slid them back into her boot. “You’ll need to think twice before messing with me Roy.”

After rolling away from the wounded Roy, she found the older man who had ran back into his office and was suddenly terrified of her now. “Call an ambulance for him, okay?” She calmly said to him, while he could only motion a nod to her. She nodded back and lifted the front of her chair over the cracked concrete and went towards her car. She smelled the fresh air as she searched her keys inside her other boot and it clicked twice, unlocking the door. She parked her chair by the front seat and wrapped her arms around the side of the seat and inside of the car to pull herself in to sit down. She quickly took the brakes off and folded it up and threw it in the backseat before starting up the car and closing the door to drive away.

So, what did you think of my “little” free write of the week?

snowflake

Blogs That I Love #24

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It’s crazy to think that I started doing this series in 2014, it feels such a long time ago! This was strictly a Friday special that I would do for some of my favorite blogs to help promote them. Everybody has a favorite blogging niche and mine seem to be more in the advice-lifestyle, food and travel blogs. I really enjoyed doing these posts because I don’t talk to these bloggers a lot, but I enjoy reading their posts every once in a while though. I feel like this is what I can do to as a fellow blogger!

Today all three of the blogs I’ve selected for this post are travel bloggers! I’ve been enjoying their posts for the past couple of months and I thought I’d share some of the reasons why I like them so much and maybe you’ll go over and visit their pages too!

  • Julia Elizabeth Blog – I actually found Julia in early December, so I haven’t been able to follow her a long time, but when I first saw her blog I knew I was going to be hooked! One of the things I love about travel bloggers is that if they already have half of their travel plans mapped out, they’ll list several locations over by their mini bio on the side. I really love the fact that her blog in general is easy to read, I’ve noticed over the years that some people are more focused on the quality of the photographs and they’ll chose to make the font italic and it looks so small. Everything on her blog is easy to follow and she takes amazing pictures! I will say some of my favorites are from the Scandinavia region!
  • HilaryStyle – I found this blog while scrolling through the search browser on WordPress and this rarely happens! The first post I actually read where the ones about graffiti or street art. I think if nobody is writing vulgar things on walls or disrespecting somebody else’s work, I think people should leave it alone and enjoy the expressions. What is interesting is that she has a whole tab dedicated to street art from all over the world! So if you’re into that kind of thing, you should definitely look into those posts!
  • Traveling The World Solo – I think women who do the whole solo backpacking through very rough parts of the world are amazing! Ellen is no different, even though I feel like she’s done more compared to both Hilary and Julia, but I think all three have their own special qualities to make their posts unique. I found Ellen while she was posting about her travels to Egypt, Petra and Jordan. I thought the posts were very informative – she even answered a question about if the area of the pyramids are sort of handicapped accessible. Let’s just say, Egypt will be like Pomepii and stay on my bucket list forever.

Hope everybody enjoyed this post and looked into all three of the bloggers I’ve listed above! Maybe they’ll inspire you to take a trip somewhere!

snowflake

 

Tune Tuesday | England ’17

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Now we’re in one of my favorite places! Have you ever felt homesick for a place you’ve never been? Well, I have and my heart belongs in England, mainly London! The music in this post is all over the place really, we have a lot of pop but in different ranges! All three artists have been featured on the Billboard Charts!

The first is Dido and I am REALLY hoping that I have not talked about her yet. My gut is telling me that I have either wanted to mention her or the possibly is this will be a repeat of an older post, who knows! I love Dido though! We tend to believe that this trend of chilled, dark, pop/alternative/indie music is new but it’s not and Dido should be the mother of it! After hearing her song “Thank You” and “White Flag” years ago, I have had this love of a somber vibe in music! She’s the reason why I’m obsessed with Banks! They have such similar sounds, it’s so good!

Second will probably shock you and/or make you remember the year 2004, whether or not that was a happy year for you is another thing altogether! Mis-Teeq is an all girl group consisting of Sabrina Washington, Alesha Dixon, and Su-Elise Nash. Does the song “Scandalous” ring any bells? It does for me, between my mom and I, we were obsessed with it. We tend to do that with girl groups for some odd reason! One movie that I love is Catwoman, I’m like the 1% of the population who loved it I guess! If I could find the soundtrack or score, I’d be a happy camper because they basically helped with it.

Last one is Dua Lipa, she’s our new artist! Of course, I did not think she was British until I looked her up and was amazed but was also very happy too because then I could include her with this year’s lineup since she’s been featuring practically everywhere! You might’ve saw her all over YouTube last year towards the summer, she was the featured artist on there! She’s recently released a new track with Miguel called “Lost In Your Light” but you might be more familiar on Martin Garrix newest single “Scared Of Being Lonely”. I’m still obsessed with this sucker!

So what do you think? I’m looking for more British music, so if you would like for me to talk about someone just let me know! 

snowflake

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A Love Like Gomez and Morticia Addams

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Howdy!

There is something great about the Addams Family. What it be the trouble making kids, the tall Frankenstein-like butler, the hairy grandmother, or wacko Uncle Finster. Whatever character you fell in love with from the TV shows or films, the family itself is unique.

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Every time I watch the movies, my focus is on how much Gomez loves his wife Morticia.

In this day and age, there are women who don’t want to depend on a man to love and spoil them, but I’m not that kind of woman. As much as I love my independence, I would love to be cherished as much as Gomez does to Mortica. He worships her to the core. Every part of her is beautiful and he’ll defend her until the day he dies. I don’t see why that is such a bad thing to be wanted like that by somebody whether you’re straight, bi, gay, or transgender. I often think about my own love life–which is nonsexist at the moment! I’m not complaining nor am I looking either, I just wonder if anybody would treat me like this.

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As most girls idolized Christina Ricci as Wednesday Addams. I thought Anjelica Huston was the goddess, as anybody would! She was the monarch of the family, while her husband was a total nut. I saw the chemistry between Anjelica and Raul Julia. It was perfect! Believable.

I would be a modern Morticia, in how much black clothing I have in my closet. I can survive on everything band tees and skulls! I love gothic things, such as houses, jewelry, etc. I love red roses though, I could never cut them from their thorns and roots.

Is there a character or fictional couple that you are in love with? I’ve told you mine, now it’s your turn! 

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Tune Tuesday: Start Of Female Queens

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So our last theme was a success, I wish it could have been better but you can’t have everything! For the rest of the year, it’s the first half of the edition of Femme Fatale I’m actually really excited about talking about four different queens each week. I’ve kind of separated them out from decades. I’ve been wanting to do a female based theme for my Tune Tuesdays, because I am a lover of female singers. I admire a lot of them and you’ll learn that along the way. Some of these women have songs that will bring you back to your childhood and make you sing and dance while you read and listen. If you have any other female singer that you think I need to listen to or put in the next part for 2015, place a comment at the bottom and I’ll try to squeeze them in for the new year! Now let’s get down to business! 

The Superemes

The Superemes were one of the best pop groups in the 60’s, but as luck would have it, I’ve never listened to them throughout my childhood or adult life, well that is until now! The group was originally made up of Florence Ballard, Scherrie Payne, Diana Ross, Susaye Greene, Lynda Laurence, Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong, and Jean Terrell. I’ve had to break the cycle and listen to some songs for this post. Over the years, I’ve grown to love old songs, because recording back then is very different from today. Songs from the 60’s and 70’s give out this very lively and echo sound to the singer’s voice and music in the background. Their song “Baby Love” that I actually remember singing from time to time (and I don’t know how or why) became England’s first all female group to be #1 on the pop, R&B charts.

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin is a legend. It’s kind of weird as a person who’s never really listened before or after I found out about the song “Respect” but you can’t blame me though, because I still know better not to knock this woman’s ability to bring the soul to any performance she does, even if she recreates an Adele song. She remake Adele’s hit song “Rolling In The Deep” and I’m not going to lie, I like her version a little more than I probably should. This is the second cover of this song that I’ve fallen in love with which surprises the crap out of me. Anyways, if you want to have a soulful moment, I’d listen to Aretha and chill out.

Madonna

Now my nana hates this next femme fatale, but my mom has loved her since probably she found Prince and Motley Crue, but I could be wrong! My mom has the biggest influence on what I listened as a child, I grew up on old school rap and hip hop, with the extra spice of Madonna in there too! The first big tour/documentary film I’ve ever seen was of Madonna: Truth Or Dare at probably six or seven years old. I’m pretty sure at that time I didn’t need to see the scene of “Like A Prayer” but I was always with my mom at that time. That film was the first time I’d ever heard of “Express Yourself,” “Holiday” and “Vogue” and I still love those songs! Everytime she releases an album I do try to listen to it but I have more luck liking the singles.

Shania Twain

In the late 90’s to the early 00’s, my mom was discovering her inner country side and I tried it out too. For some of it, I don’t actually remember but I do remember my cousin Amy bringing down a taping of a Shania Twain concert in Miami and between the two of us, we watched that in our living room all the time! Plus the fact she performed a song with the Backstreet Boys basically pulled me in even more! I like a good Shania classics every now and then, she had sassy lyrics and take control attitude within them. I secretly wanted to become her someday. If my mom and I find a song of hers playing on the radio in the car, nobody touches that dial until that song is over!