My winter and spring in stories

The first half of 2021 told in the books, tv shows and movies I consumed.

Books

One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)
Good for one of these kinds of books
Such a Fun Age
Felt things.
A Very Punchable Face
Funny.
Decoding Your Cat: The Ultimate Experts Explain Common Cat Behaviors and Reveal How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones
Interesting but stuf I pretty much knew but needed to check.
Two Can Keep a Secret
Think I like this one better than first.
The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)
Amuzing tone
Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)
I like this one gotta get to the rest of the series
The Lion in the Living Room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World
Interesting stuff that I did not know about origins of cats and stuff.
A Promised Land
Interesting. I’ve never read a book by a president. Feel smart for reading it all the way through.
Educated
Sad
Panic (Panic, #1)
Ok. Didn’t know tv show was onits way. Only read it cause liked Delirium.
The Goose Girl (The Books of Bayern, #1)
Nice.
Go Ask Alice
Sad.
Nothing Like I Imagined (Except For Sometimes)
Funny.
The Master and Margarita
I liked it but not sure I’m smart enough to get it.
Anxious People
I really loved this book. Very funny and clever.
A Natural History of Dragons (The Memoirs of Lady Trent, #1)
I enjoyed this book. It was sweet. It felt like a play.
What Happened To You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing
The Chakra System: A Complete Course in Self-Diagnosis and Healing
The Vanishing Half
Great.
Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, #1)
Surprising that I liked it.
Uglies (Uglies, #1)
I loved this series and can’t wait to see it when they make a tv series of it. Just want to see how the characters look in comparison to how I imagine them looking.
Pretties (Uglies, #2)
Specials (Uglies, #3)
Wintergirls
Sad.
Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)
Exciting.
Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)
I hated the prince charming of it all. Spoiler alert but as soon as he knew he had feelings for someone else he should’ve broken up with his girlfriend. Anna deserved better. But they are teenagers so I guess they can be forgiven.

TV Series

Schitt's Creek
Adored this show. I was so mad when it ended – like unreasonably upset when it was over.
Bridgerton
Captivating.
The Walking Dead
Ted Lasso
Love.
The Stand
Medium
Pure
I can relate to intrusive thoughts. Gave good understanding of what its like. Its nice to see someone else go through something similar makes me feel less bad about the whole thing.
Surviving Death
Made for Love
Cute.
Your Honor
Supernatural
Couldn’t make it to the end – yet. Made it to 9th season and there was still like 11 more. I’m on a break from it.
The Bachelor
He’s hot.
The Leftovers
Messed up.
Prodigal Son
Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil
Love her.
The Lost Pirate Kingdom
Shadow and Bone
Phew now I don’t have to read the books.
Earth at Night in Color
The meercats are funny in the ‘how they made episode’ using camera people as trees for shade from sunlight.
Cruel Summer
Good. I like the shows produced by Jessica Biel and company – always a twist.
Young Sheldon
Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist
Uplifting. Sad it’s not getting another season.
9-1-1
9-1-1: Lone Star
The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
Cute.
Younger
Nice ending for characters I love. Can’t wait to see what’s next for creator of show.
Everything's Gonna Be Okay
Love how quirky the series is
Punky Brewster
Cute
Marvel's M.O.D.O.K.
Yes!
Resident Alien
Fun. Love comedies with aliens.
Sweet Tooth
Cute.
Domina
Hope we get more series about historical women in history.
Pose
Sad.
Trickster
Ragnarok
The Handmaid's Tale
Zero
Why Are You Like This?
Big Sky
This Is Us
Them
Fucked up.
The End of the F***ing World
Girls5eva
Of course it was funny and clever and cute.
We Are Lady Parts
Love.
Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet
Law & Order
The Golden Girls

TV Mini-Series

WandaVision
So good. Deserves re-watch.
11.22.63
Like time travel that doesn’t feel so science fiction-y
Watchmen
Wow
It's a Sin
Eye opening.
Murder Among the Mormons
Unabomber: In His Own Words
The Keepers
Dynasties
Allen v. Farrow
The Act
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
Mare of Easttown
Framing Britney Spears
Feel for her. Hope the saying ‘this too shall pass’ applies to her unfortunate situation.

Movies

Promising Young Woman
Loved this film.
Guns Akimbo
Really violent in a gory kinda way but fun.
Beautiful Boy
Sad
The Boys in the Band
I miss theatre
Blinded by the Light
Over the Moon
Judy
The Lost Husband
Fantasy Island
Rise of the Guardians
An American Pickle
The United States vs. Billie Holiday
Selma
The Vow
The Duchess
Breaking News in Yuba County
Nine Months
Watched on Valentines Day – so funny
Judas and the Black Messiah
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Brightburn
Pieces of a Woman
On the Rocks
Kid 90
Tammy
The Kitchen
Finding 'Ohana
Thoroughbreds
Remember Me
Joe Versus the Volcano
Forgot how strange this movie was. I remember really loving this movie as a kid.
To All the Boys: Always and Forever
Adventureland
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
I Care a Lot
The main characters are so awful – despicable.
The Secret of My Success
Tangled
Greenland
Singles
Billie Eilish: The World's a Little Blurry
Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar
The Rhythm Section
Moxie
Coming 2 America
Lucy in the Sky
Spies in Disguise
Raya and the Last Dragon
Christine
A Hologram for the King
Operation Varsity Blues
Yes Day
Oblivion
Happy Death Day 2U
Love the time loop thing
Ma
It Happened One Night
Thunder Force
The Midnight Sky
The Beguiled
Little Italy
Taken
Taken 2
Wolfwalkers
I loved this
Baby Boom
A Glitch in the Matrix
Mortal Kombat
Mame
Young Bea Arthur was a shock
In the Line of Fire
Love this movie
My Cousin Vinny
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Robin Hood
The Great Mouse Detective
Happily Ever After
Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland
The Ultimate Marvel Cinematic Universe Timeline Of Every Scene In Every  Movie In Chronological Order - BroBible
Rewatched whole series of films including Infinity War and Endgame (although no pictured). Imagine I’ll be doing this every so often. Skipped Guardians 2 and Antman and Wasp – might go back
Killing Hasselhoff
French Exit
ok was interested in idea of talking cat – not what I thought
Cruella
In the Heights
The Last Black Man in San Francisco
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It’s been a year…

It’s been a year since the world shut down and I haven’t done much of anything. I haven’t written much and so I am attempting to get back in the habit by blogging about all the media I’ve consumed (at the behest of my mother). I doubt I’ll have to say anything new or original or different then anyone else who have seen the things I’ve seen but whatever. This will probably be filled with grammatical errors just because. K I did that last one on purpose – think my spelling should ok unless its one of those words like dual/duel. effect/affect – get those mixed up due to the touch of the dyslexia.

Where do I begin? Oh hey it’s St. Patty’s Day. Random obvious statements may happen on occasion.

TV

There is a website I frequent called episode ninja and it has lists of the best and worst episodes which is how I’ve been able to dabble in various shows that I may not have given much attention to before. For example I’ve watched a couple episodes of the 2005 series Medium. I should mention that my favorite genre is fantasy – or anything with even a touch of a supernatual element – I’m in. Medium is one of those shows that I wanted to watch but never had time for in the past. I have to say out of all the series I’ve seen this one is pretty grounded and not as ham-handed as a show like Ghost Whisperer. Isn’t so dumb that it’s 2021 and I’m talking about shows from the early 2000s.

Medium (TV Series 2005–2011) - IMDb
10 Reasons Why You Should Watch Supernatural | The Nerd Daily

I have committed to watching the whole Supernatural series and am currently on season 9. I’ve noticed the ‘high concept’ shows are listed as ‘worst’ episodes. By ‘high concept’ I mean like when Dean went back in time to the 40s or that Ghostfacers episode. They also usually put the ones with a more comedic tone under ‘worst’. I tend to like those episodes best. Anything with monsters and that makes me laugh is good. My favorite character is Castiel. He was so funny when he first showed up and was trying be all human. This character is an angel. I do tend to get Sam and Dean mixed up because I was a big Gilmore Girls fan and so Sam used to be a Dean but not the Dean I’m talking about in Supernatural. I do think Dean and his casual sexism can be cringeworthy whilst watching from a 2021 perspective. Maybe as the seasons progress the character will change with the times – become less demeaning towards woman.

MOVIES

Brightburn (2019) - IMDb

I recently watched the movie Brightburn. It’s an origin story of a supervillain. It was good and I wondered if there was going to be more for this world. I suppose if this were a real, in-depth type of blog (as opposed to something to get me to start writing again) I’d actually do some research. I googled the writers and saw that they have a new series upcoming called Jupiter’s Legacy which seems to be about super-powered children so perhaps it’ll be connected to the movie. I’m so used to the Marvel cinematic universe that I sort of expect that from superhero stuff these days.

I guess that’s all she’ll write for today. Until next time.

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63 Books I’ve Read so far

Just in case you were wondering what books I’ve been reading in 2020. Organized more or less in order from the first book to the latest book.

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life's Direction and Purpose
Billy and the Minpins
Geek Love
I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Open Heart
How to Be an Antiracist
Fangirl
Night  (The Night Trilogy, #1)
Neuromancer - Audiobook
Title details for The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill - Wait list
Their Eyes Were Watching God - Audiobook

How do I read:

https://toronto.overdrive.com/

https://www.audible.ca/

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Currently Watching

These are the TV shows I am making my way through:

The Walking Dead Poster
Season 9 episode 3 as of Oct 11th 2020
The Mindy Project
Season 4 Episode 24 as of Oct 11t 2020
The Boys
Season 2 Episode 7 – which means haven’t seen latest yet
Away
Ratched
I might give up on this one now that The Haunting is back tho – only watching cause of Halloween

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Recommendations

It’s 2020. All I’ve been doing is listening to audiobooks, watching movies and tv. To put it in perspective I have watched 260 feature films; 36 TV series; 20 TV Movies and 63 books. Here are my top 5. (I’m not including movies I have already seen a rewatched like Beetlejuice or Shazam or Endgame). I also don’t care to explain why I liked what I liked.

FEATURE FILM

Little Monsters Poster
I thought this movie was delightful.
City of God Poster
Stage Mother Poster
What Happened to Monday Poster
Ponyo Poster

DOCUMENTARY

Let me explain – I would never choose a documentary over a fictional land and so therefore documentaries need their own list.

Hail Satan?
It’s more about freedom of speech.
Fyre
WTF? Imagine if you worked there?
Tell Me Who I Am
God Knows Where I Am
This was really sad.
The Social Dilemma
We’re basically all screwed.

TV SERIES

Never Have I Ever Poster
The Great Poster
Modern Family Poster
Emily in Paris Poster
Raised by Wolves Poster

BOOKS

The whole Lunar Chronicles

TV MINI-SERIES

Defending Jacob
Little Fires EverywhereUnorthodoxMrs. AmericaWaco

TV MOVIES

The Color of Friendship Poster
Upside-Down Magic Poster
The Thirteenth Year Poster
A Deadly Adoption Poster
Twitches Poster

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#IMissLiveTheatreTO

These are my memories of being a participant in live theatre in Toronto. I do cherish these memories. They taught me a lot about myself. Theatre has taught me that I do love to connect with people. Theatre has taught me that I love parody. I love to laugh. I just love the experience of live theatre. I hope and pray once this whole pandemic thing is taken care of we can enjoy the thrills of live theatre again. Enjoy both being a participant in community theatre and the big flashy theatre too. #IMissLiveTheatreTO

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A Quiet Revolution

I am proud of the musical Ana and I created together called Ghosted: The Musical.

A year ago I was not in a positive place but bit by bit I began to feel better about life in general.   A year later and here I am.  I see Ghosted: The Musical as a success.  Here’s why:

  1.  We actually did fundraisers.  We did an Indiegogo campaign and a couple of fundraiser shows and I also saved up my own money. So we had a decent sized budget.
  2. We were actually able to pay everyone.
  3. We had an amazing cast who were not only talented but kind as well.
  4. We made more money than we spent.
  5. We made the audience laugh
  6. Somehow, someway – even with everyone’s busy schedule, we were able to rehearse
  7. The audience could hear them – mostly – with those boundary mics
  8. The lighting turned out well – even though the first time we saw them in the context was opening night.
  9. We were able to make the show under 60 minutes
  10. We had a really amazing poster design
  11. We were able to have 14 of our songs in the show
  12. I loved the choreography
  13. All the backing tracks
  14. I managed to work full time and complete all of the above
  15. I am so grateful to the 400 plus ppl who came to see the show.

So Ghosted: The Musical didn’t win any awards. It was not reviewed by NOW.  The review we got brought out the insecure demon fairy in me – even though it was mostly a good review.  The influencers had no interest in influencing people to see the show – another thing for the insecure demon fairy freaked out about.  The outside world did not give me the validation that I suppose I was craving.  But then again it did just not in the way I thought it would.  And yet I still think Ghosted: The Musical is a success.

Thanks for sharing in my quiet revolution.  🙂

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Music sets me free

“I thought we’d be broken when the story starts

but the whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts.”  Lyrics from Ghosted: The Musical

Buy tickets here: https://fringetoronto.com/fringe/show/ghosted-musical

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Angel In Disguise

No Matter What I Do

How Hard I Try to Make it Through /

I Can’t Find A Connection /

Why Can’t All My Dreams Come True / 

What is there for me to do? /

I’m so tired of rejection 

~ Lyrics from Ghosted: The Musical

We had our opening night.  I can’t believe we got here.  It’s been a roller coaster ride.  Especially since I am always on a roller-coaster of emotions.   I am surprisingly proud of myself for writing and directing and producing – and making this happen.  I am so grateful for the friendship Ana and I have – it has really been put to the test these last couple of months.  I am grateful that I met talented people along the way.  Like one of the characters says in the show, at least I did something about my dreams instead of just sit and dream about doing something. 

 

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Ghosted: The Musical Programme

Ghosted: The Musical opening TONIGHT 10:15pm at Randolph Theatre as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival.  Behold:

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