Bohemian Rhapsody Soundtrack

Queen has been making a resurgence recently due to the release of the movie, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Mind you, they never were ‘out’—they’re timeless! Before I watched the movie, I’m sad to say I had little to no knowledge of Queen songs. I’m so glad that I’ve discovered them more properly now, because they’re absolute gems of which I may have been the last person on earth to have ‘discovered’. 😅

You don’t need to watch the movie to know that this is a killer album. I’ve had so many, ‘Wait, they sung that song too?’ moments while listening to this album. I can hardly believe the diversity and consistently quality songs that they released over the course of their careers! I can just see all the avid Queen fans rolling they’re eyes and saying, ‘We’ve been saying that for years!’ 😄

There’s not necessarily one style that Queen songs embody, which I like. They are each unique and an expression of themselves, which is what music is, really. My favourite song from this album is hands down, ‘Who Wants To Live Forever’. I think it’s so incredibly beautiful and the words and melody make me cry. :’) But seriously, every song on this album could just as easily be a favourite.

 

 

My rating: 5 out of 5

 

Have you seen the movie? What is your favourite Queen song?

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The Problem With People-Pleasing

People-pleasing has become quite the term nowadays. Almost like it is now a part of life and we should just learn to accept. It’s true that we may have all played a part of people-pleasing at one time or another, but that does not mean that we have to continue.

 

The thing with people-pleasing is that not everyone is going to be pleased. If our self-esteem is reliant on whether or not someone affirms that we have done well, then we will be let down many times and our confidence will be shaken. It doesn’t matter how good we are at doing things, we will always be disappointing someone.

 

That means that we can do the right thing and still not gain a person’s approval. Or we might have to do the wrong thing in order to gain someone’s approval. People-pleasing isn’t about us—it’s about everyone else. Relying on outward affirmation is an exhausting and stressful task which lays an impossible expectation on those around us and ourselves. But that’s just what people are like. Everyone will have a different perspective and opinion. So since we can’t rely on people to give their approval, this affirmation must be found somewhere else.

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Monthly Writing Wrap-Up ~ November 2018

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~ Blog Posts Published ~

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles #1) by Marissa Meyer ~ Nov 5

NaNoWriMo 2018 ~ Week One ~ Nov 9

Inkheart ~ Nov 12

NaNoWriMo 2018 ~ Week Two ~ Nov 16

NaNoWriMo 2018 ~ Week Three ~ Nov 23

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) ~ Nov 26

 

~ Novel Progress ~

The Conditioned ~ 21,000 words written

 

~ Other Writing ~

The Problem With People-Pleasing ~ Article published on PURSUE.

 

~ Writing Goals for December ~

~ Start diary-writing again

~ Try my hand at short stories

 

How do you feel about it being December already?! 😱 What are you writing at the moment?

 

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins

Against all odds, Katniss has won the Hunger Games. She and fellow District 12 tribute Peeta Mellark are miraculously still alive. Katniss should be relieved, happy even. After all, she has returned to her family and her longtime friend, Gale. Yet nothing is the way Katniss wishes it to be. Gale holds her at an icy distance. Peeta has turned his back on her completely. And there are whispers of a rebellion against the Capitol – a rebellion that Katniss and Peeta may have helped create.

Much to her shock, Katniss has fueled an unrest she’s afraid she cannot stop. And what scares her even more is that she’s not entirely convinced she should try. As time draws near for Katniss and Peeta to visit the districts on the Capitol’s cruel Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. If they can’t prove, without a shadow of a doubt, that they are lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying.

In Catching Fire, the second novel in the Hunger Games trilogy, Suzanne Collins continues the story of Katniss Everdeen, testing her more than ever before…and surprising readers at every turn.

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My review:

I’ll admit, I came into this book a little pessimistic, wondering how “The Hunger Games” could possibly be topped. Sure, it left off with a cliffhanger, but it just made such an impression on me I couldn’t imagine how the sequel could recreate the magic.

It wasn’t long before I was riveted. Now only that, the skepticism that had lingered soon vanished. I was constantly amazed by how this book continued to shock me (in a good way)! Every time I thought Suzanne Collins had outdone herself, I was yet to be wowed again with another plot twist.

As I read it I just couldn’t imagine how such a long and amazing story could be conveyed onscreen in a way that would do it any justice. I made sure to read the whole trilogy before watching the movies. However, I was almost afraid to as I couldn’t imagine them living up to the standard of the books. 😂

Having followed Katniss’ journey through the first book, we have seen her at her most vulnerable moments. However, I felt that I got to know her character a lot more in this one, probably because she is struggling to get to know herself.

If I thought “Catching Fire” had a lot to live up to, well “Mockingjay” has a whole lot more! 😉

1) Did this book inspire me?

It certainly got me thinking about justice and made me question what is right (more so in the story than in real-life), but it has a positive message and is thought-provoking nonetheless.

2) Was this book humorous?

Not much.

3) Did this book make me cry?

There were plenty of sad moments, but I actually didn’t cry this time.

4) Would I reread this book?

Definitely! The Hunger Games trilogy as a whole is looking to be one of the very few series that I might reread multiple times. 😀

5) Would I recommend this book to a friend?

Definitely!

 

My rating: 5 out of 5

 

Have you read this book? Did you like it more, less or equal to the first installment?

NaNoWriMo 2018 ~ Week Three

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Here are my stats for Week Three:

Week 3 stats

Nov 15 ~ 0

Nov 16 ~ 2,500

Nov 17 ~ 0

Nov 18 ~ 0

Nov 19 ~ 0

Nov 20 ~ 150

Nov 21 ~ 0

NaNo Novel Total ~ 20,450

It’s moments like these that I regret tracking my progress on my blog. 😅 I’ve sort of resigned myself to not “winning” NaNoWriMo this year, but I’m still going to keep giving it a go during this final week.

I guess I wanted to do this weekly NaNoWriMo update thing to let you know I’m doing it and hopefully to connect with others participating this year too. But I also deep down thought that I wouldn’t reach the 50,000 mark. 😝 Even so, I thought it would be a fun thing to try.

I hope that you don’t find these updates of me “losing” NaNoWriMo pointless or depressing. Rather, I hope that they encourage you to feel proud of anything you achieve, little or small. I know that’s cheesy, but it’s the act that you tried that counts. 💙💜

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What is something you’re proud you’ve tried recently?

NaNoWriMo 2018 ~ Week Two

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Well, I was off to a great start, but there have definitely been a lot of setbacks this past week! My only consolation is that I was pretty busy and sick, so I didn’t actually “give up” on NaNoWriMo. Which means that my determination is still intact! 😉

So here are my stats for Week Two:

Week 2 stats

Nov 8 ~ 1,241

Nov 9 ~ 0

Nov 10 ~ 0

Nov 11 ~ 2,059

Nov 12 ~ 200

Nov 13 ~ 0

Nov 14 ~ 0

NaNo Novel Total ~ 17,800

Hey, what did I say? 🤷 Don’t get me wrong, I’m still planning to finish this baby. ✌️

 

How is your NaNo Novel looking? Have you reached the halfway mark?

Inkheart

Mo (Brendan Fraser) and his daughter, Meggie, have the ability to bring storybook characters to life just by reading aloud. That gift backfires when he accidentally summons Capricorn, the evil villain of the novel “Inkheart.” Mo and Meggie must find a way to send him back to his literary realm, but the task will not be easy, for the malefactor likes his new world and will not leave it voluntarily.

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My review:

This movie is quite nostalgic for me, so I wasn’t sure if I had an idealized, childhood memory of it, or if it was actually a good movie. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was just how I remembered it!

Aside from a few obvious green screen effects and some cringe-worthy lines, I love the quality of this movie. The cast really make it.

It’s adventurous, a little sad and even kind of funny! 🙂 Even though it is almost a favourite movie of mine, I’m not biased and have rated it what I think it deserves. Yes, it doesn’t have the highest budget, but that’s not what totally defines quality. Through the fabulous performances and the amazing book it is based off, I think it really is a masterpiece of sorts.

1) Did this movie inspire me?

There are strong themes of a family’s love which I found pretty inspirational. 💙

2) Was this movie humorous?

Some may not call it a comedy, but I thought Andy Serkis’ character alone is hilarious. Mind you, I may be biased as I think Andy is just a hilarious performer in general! 😉 (He’s one of my favourite actors.)

3) Did this movie make me cry?

There were two scenes which I found to be the saddest. I cried during one, and the other almost made me cry. 😭 However, because I had seen this movie many times before when I was younger, I knew to expect the scenes, so that may have taken some of sadness out of it?

4) Would I watch this movie again?

Yes!

5) Would I recommend this movie to a friend?

Yes!

My rating: 4 out of 5

Have you seen this movie? Have you read the book it’s based off?