Top Ten Favorite Songs by the ABBA (Top Ten #65)

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In honor of my hubby’s 30th birthday month, I wanted to do a top ten of one of his favorite bands of all time, ABBA! Dancing queens, let’s get some money, head to Water Loo, and recall what we did last summer. Mamma Mia, here we go again! 😀

Top Ten Favorite ABBA Songs:

  1. Lay All Your Love on Me,
  2. Waterloo,
  3. Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, a Man After Midnight OR Voulez- Vous
  4. Honey, Honey,
  5. Mamma Mia,
  6. Money, Money, Money,
  7. I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do
  8. I Have a Dream
  9. Does Your Mother Know?
  10. Our Last Summer

Top 30 Reasons I Love Being Married to my Best Friend (Top Ten Special):

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Tomorrow is my true love’s, Derrick, big 30, and he has been freaking out over it for over two years now! For our third year dating anniversary when I was 18 in college, I wrote a list of 355 reasons why I loved him, one for each day of the year. Now, being married for six years, we have learned more about each other. Some traits are annoying, others treasures, but I am glad for each one. Here are the Top 30 reasons I love being married to my best friend on his special day (in no order):

#1. He still kisses for forehead often and its cool touch still comforts me.

#2. When he calls me his angel.

#3. How he adores and loves our kitty as much as I do. We love being her parents! 🙂

#4. How he will laugh at random things I say, cover his mouth with his hands, and when I blink confused, he just says, “Gosh, I love you” and kisses me.

#5. How he forgets to take the trash out half the time, but can tease me on funny things I said as a kid when I was like four with perfect recollection.

#6. His love for animals that makes him beam so bright.

#7. Our mutual, intense love for Pokémon and our serious discussions over it.

#8. Watching movies or T.V. shows together.

#9. How neither one of us cooks and the other doesn’t care.

#10. How we both still disagree on who is paying for who when we go out to eat.

#11. How he spoils me at Christmas with anime, manga, and POPs, and only rolls his eyes about it.

#12. How we can vent to each other about work.

#13. He’s my muscles when I need it, although he whines about it.

#14. When I am sick and crying, he holds me and supports me, but also tries to make me stand on my own.

#15. How we are the responsible couple in our group, which shocks us.

#16. That he is okay with our place being the hub for our friends to hang, something I never really had growing up.

#17. How we go shopping together just so he can carry the bags and push the cart.

#18. How he treats my family like his at work.

#19. His work ethic.

#20. How he often tells me I look cute, especially if I am being shy.

#21. How he scolds me for working too hard, but knows he can’t often stop me.

#22. How he is fine with taking me shopping to places I want to go, no matter how boring to him.

#23. Our con adventures together.

#24. How he is the driver for big trips and trusts me to plan.

#25. How he tries to help me at Pokémon events, even though he isn’t overly patient with kids.

#26. How grateful he is when I treat him and he gets all boyishly humble.

#27. When we laugh and share memories of when we first started dating and look at each other with such tenderness.

#28. The way his eyes sparkle when he looks at me and tells me he loves me.

#29. How we always tell each other to be safe before we leave, no matter how far we are going.

#30. How he, a stubborn person, is willing to grow with me into adulthood, partnership, sometimes for me. We know we make mistakes, but he refuses to leave my side, a vow he tells me during our darkest times; he allows the light to shine through.

 

Happy Birthday, my sweet! You will always be young, full of passion, heart, and nerdiness to me! <3

Top Ten Favorite Songs by the Beatles (Top Ten #64)

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It’s the 64th top ten…You know what that means?! 😀

My Top Ten Favorite Beatles Songs:

  1. Revolution
  2. Help
  3. Can’t Buy Me Love
  4. Twist and Shout
  5. Come Together
  6. I Saw Her Standing There/ Ain’t She Sweet
  7. Eight Days a Week
  8. Penny Lane
  9. When I’m 64!
  10. Blackbird/Yesterday

Honorable Mentions:

  1. Good Day, Sunshine,
  2. Loser,
  3. Eleanor Rigby,
  4. Hey Jude,
  5. Hard Days Night,
  6. Stg. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,
  7. Yellow Submarine,
  8. All Together Now,
  9. I am the Walrus,
  10. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Di

College for Kids Writers’ Workshop Interview (2017)

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My eighth year of College for Kids is over and it was, by far, the busiest of my career! I hardly had time to breath! But, I had some incredible students. Once more, I did my third Writers’ Workshop class with five young people this year. These young people want to be published authors one day, so on Thursday, I let them practice questioning skills by interviewing me and making their own newspaper page. As promised, here are their questions (all on their own) and their condensed answer. You can see what their poster article looks like below.

Note: Their newspaper is called “The Jhon journal” (and yes; they spelled John that way). It has a funny story behind it in class: We were doing the creative writing activity where they are timed, starting a story and then they had to pass their story for their peer to finish, the writer having to keep passing their story until everyone has written on it. One of my girls was writing about the characters in Riverdale (the show slightly based on the Archie comics), and there was a line that said, “and she wanted to be with Jason for she loved him, but she was happy to go to Heaven with her Jhon.” and then the story picked up about how Polly loved Jason (two characters in the show).  I asked, interested, “Whose is this John guy? He was randomly in the middle of one sentence?” And thus, my kids got carried away all weekend, making Jhon be a kind ladies man, a time lord, someone who was capable of blowing up mountains, and writing backstories for him! It got out of hand honestly, but I’m glad they have a memory! 😀

College for Kids Writers’ Workshop Interview (2017):

By: Emma, Nora, Addy, Julianna, and Zach

#1. What is your favorite book series?

“Anything by Rick Riodan and my favorite author is Lurlene McDaniel.”

#2. What is your newest work about?

“The genre is more adult in nature and it is a supernatural book, about two rival monster hunting agencies. The title is classified, but I plan for a December release.”

#3. What is the favorite book you’ve written?

“That is hard to pick; you are not supposed to pick favorite children and books are like that! But, probably “Spirit Vision,” because I spent the most time with it and it is my first, making it special.”

#4. Your favorite fairy tale?

“Another hard choice! My favorite Disney version is Aladdin, but I also like, classic wise, is Beauty and the Beast. Lion King is still my favorite Disney film though.”

#5. What version of Jhon do you like the most?

“The original. I mean, he came out of no where! He was a true mystery and I was intrigued.”

#6. What is your favorite character in your books.

“I like them all, well, the ones I am supposed to like, but I think Mr. Tin is my underdog favorite. He’s based on Mr. Banger, the teacher who inspired me to write and I love how he blushes to the tip of his balding head and his obsession with preaching and iced tea!”

#7. If you had to choose one book of yours to become a movie, which one would it be and why?

“”Spirit Vision,” because it would be so epic to see all the spirits and powers. I do have a dream cast list, but I would love an anime version of “Spirit Vision” to give it time to explore the plot and the animation! KAWAII!”

#8. Why did you choose a publishing company instead of self-publishing?

“I wanted to see if I could, achieve this childhood dream, and have someone believe in me. Small press was the way for me too because I have more freedom.”

#9. Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?

“Butter Pecan and chocolate chip cookie dough; it’s a tie.”

#10. Favorite author and why?

Rick Riodan because I love his imagination. Lurlene McDaniel because she helped me through a tough time in my life when my aunt was going through cancer and she writes about those topics. Her style of writing is beautiful.”

#11. Tea or Coffee?

“Sweet iced tea or caramel iced coffee when I can have that (overactive heart rate makes this a treat).”

#12. If you could have a super power, what would it be?

“Psychic abilities to read minds, make force fields, turn invisible for a time, see the future sometimes through dreams. So, Jean Gray before she became Phoenix! Ha! But, I don’t want to be all knowing; it is nice to have some mystery in life and to live in the moment.”

#13. Do you speak any other languages?

“I am fluent in sarcasm and know some basic Japanese.”

#14. What is your favorite flower?

“The sakura, the cherry blossom, but they do not grow well here, so I would say orange roses. Ironic, since I am allergic to oranges! HA!”

#15. We came up for a nickname for you…It’s Super Natural Girl.

“Rock on! I can dig that!”

 

Keep writing guys; I know you will reach for the stars!

 

Spring and Summer 2017 Con Reviews

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  Hello everyone! 😀 This year, I have been busy with my new job and with this, I decided that I need to have fun and do what I love, and cons are one of those things.  Feeling the passions and delights of my anime and manga, cosplaying, meeting voice actors and amazing new people along with connecting with old friends. It is a home away from home. So, I somehow went to four cons, FOUR IN FOUR MONTHS! Let me tell you, that was not good on my wallet and I am not sure I can do it again, but, I am glad I did, gaining these experiences. Here, I did highlights and reviews for all four of those conventions and some pictures. ^_^ <3 So, sit back and enjoy!

Several of these cons have videos of panels I went to and I added them to my Youtube Channel here.

Wild Con 2017 (Wildwood University):

  • My dad, brother, and friend got to come with me and it was wonderful to spend time with everyone. Seeing my dad having such fun at his second con was epic!
  • We found a great 50’s diner for lunch. And it had a red phone booth in it!
  • Hanging out with my buddy Chris Mahan and the president of the college again. They threw a wonderful event and it was a blast to hang.
  • I met some sweet venders, one gentlemen so rockin’ that we gave each discounts and helping to spread the word for each other.
  • I got some kawaii products at the venders!
  • My booth was right next to Rodney, the chair of Cosplacon! Steamworks and Shadows were there again as well (I got a “Once Upon a Time” keychain from them and three necklaces: a little blue book I could write in, and I have, a piece of chocolate and strawberry cake, and a kawaii coffee cup with swirls of foam).
  • I got to be on the Creator’s Panel again (this time in cosplay since I didn’t have time to change). It wasn’t as entertaining as last year, but I tried.
  • Got to see Miles’ new, original cosplay for the first time and it looked cool.
  • FREE food!
  • One person knew my cosplay (Umi from Magic Knights Rayearth).  Miles and I were drafted to enter the cosplay contest. So unprepared, but, well, there you go!
  • I WON THE ANIME BASKET RAFFLE FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW! Here, it was the most popular basket and everyone was stunned and joking that I rigged it. HA! =) I didn’t, but it was so rad. I was fangirling! It was a GREAT basket too!
  • SELLING A GOOD NUMBER OF BOOKS AND PRODUCTS! I also donated some of my mangas and animes to sell cheaply, but the money went to Perryville.  It was hit hard by a tornado a week before and I have good friends who lived there (Heroes for Kids and Villainous Grounds),
  • Meeting people.  Two moms even game JUST TO SEE ME because their daughters LOVED my first book the previous year. I got pictures with them AND recorded my first personal message to a fan. It was surreal. Everyone I met were gems!
  • Cool cosplays. I even got to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse AND posed with Batman and Moana!
  • Achievement Unlocked! Hung out with some adorable kid cosplayers too.
  • They had a FREE photo booth this year! I was sold! Miles and I did it. I heard they had karaoke too. May have to try it next year.
  • I got asked to come back again next year as their staple author! WOOT! =D
  • I think my favorite part was meeting a new, dear friend. She was Asuna that day her, Miles, and I talked for 45 minutes afterwards. She came to our Creators Panel too. She even offered to help us move our stuff! She is so sweet and now, we chat often and even spend Sunday together at Anime St. Louis, squealing and having a ball! YEAY FRIENDS! =D

This Wild Con was INCREDIBLE! They had a great turnout, the people were loving, the atmosphere rad, and they had a lot to entertain all! So pumped for next year! ^_^ <3

 

 

Cape Con 2017:

This is the first convention I had to work a table all weekend, but it was an amazing experience. I am a member of a non-profit organization called “Heroes for Kids,” police officers, military, teachers, and so forth who dress-up as superheroes, focusing on children in need, and they introduce them to THEIR heroes, real officers, firefighters, and such.  Lonnie, Jessica, and Dennis, the founders, are incredible people and it was an honor to work with them at their first con table. I look forward to next year if I get to return.

Highlights:

  • Hanging out with my best buddy Andrew. Great conversation, jokes, trips down memory lane, epic car karaoke as we somehow got rained on a trip again! Chilling at the con and hanging out at our friends’ house was a blast! It is grand to have a con buddy!
  • I got to stay at Lonnie and Jessica’s house. They were so sweet and accommodating and I got to play with their darling puppy! Their kids are epic too! I appreciate their kindness and their cosplay closet was impressive!
  • I got to show off a new cosplay: Rin from Fate Stay Night. I think for a closet, it turned out real well! 🙂 I even had two college boys freak out and take selfies with me as Rin! HA!
  • My Annabeth Chase cosplay got to go to its first con and it was my first time putting fake blood on my own. I felt so empowering. Only a few people knew who I was and I got called a zombie a few times, but this is still one of my favorite cosplays.
  • Running the table was wonderful.  I got to meet several of the Heroes for Kids members and interacted with INCREDIBLE people! I got told I have a shiny, energetic personality. Whatever works! We did raise some good money for our organization.
  • I also got to pass out Tootsie Rolls to lots of kids. When the venders room opened on Saturday, a shy girl asked Andrew and I if I wanted some Tootsie Rolls. We said sure and then she gave us a large red bucket FULL of them! Our goal was to give them all out by Sunday at the end of the day. 100s of Tootsie Rolls to hand out! Hehehe!
  • One of my favorite parts was seeing Heroes for Kids’ reactions to the chibi pictures of five of their main heroes in a postcard form to sell. They own the rights too so they can sell them for their organization to raise money. We have Superman (Lonnie), Cat Woman (Jessica), Batman (Dennis), Supergirl (Ally), and, of course, a fun Deadpool (Andrew)! Suzy did a beautiful job and here she was nervous! They were all squealing over them and were nice to sign them as their superhero selves. We sold several for our organization! WOOT!
  • The venders was set-up much better this year! And I spent WAY more than I should have, but it was worth it.
  • I met two new friends that were my stalkers since I was Sailor V. They thought I was a professional. They stopped by five times, fanning nutso after that! Now we talk on Facebook.
  • I had the BEST cake pop I’ve ever had! They were shaped like dragonballs and I had four, one was bought for me by my first stalker guy, which was ‘sweet’ of him! YUMMY!
  • I got to meet a guy that was in “The Walking Dead” and got a signed picture and photo was Julie. He was a sweetheart, fanning over the superheroes at our table!
  • Andrew being Deadpool and getting into creative mischief is always a treat! HA!
  • I randomly got to see a good handful of my friends at the con!
  • Two of my anime club kids swung by Sunday and this was their first con. They were in awe and we had a lot of fun chatting and taking pictures. 🙂 Teaching done right!
  • Andrew and I did a mini photoshoot and it turned out awesome!
  • I saw some incredible cosplays and one was my good buddy Matthew Standing Eagle. I heard the contest was super crowded and confusing.
  • I got to meet my author friend, Rachel, and we did a book exchange! 🙂 We are doing an author convention together next week! WOOT!

  • I sadly did get very sick at night on the trip. Andrew was real kind and made sure I was feeling okay, but that part was not fun. Lonnie and Jessica’s daughter even gave me her Supergirl teddy bear to borrow. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anime St. Louis 2017:

I haven’t been to Anime St. Louis since 2013 with Miles and Derrick.  They moved locations to a larger venue two years ago, actually in Missouri this time (ha!), so this was the first time I was at this convention center.  For some reason, I knew I really wanted to go to this con. I saw that Leah Clark, a famous anime voice actress, would be there and I wanted to see my buddies at Anime Hypnosis again. I went with Miles and Andrew, who is super popular as Deadpool in the con circuit.  Here are some highlights, good and bad, from the 2017 Anime St. Louis:

  • The ride up was good. We got lost once, but saw some nice houses in a subdivision along the way. Sight-seeing! HA! Jamming to music was a blast.
  • I got the cheapest hotel I could since I was paying for everyone (to cover my brother and to thank for Andrew for driving). It wasn’t in a really great area, ten minutes away (which was not on the site), and it seemed to smell of very strong curry. The people who worked there were nice and the breakfast was so-so. Oh well, it was a place to stay. There was a fun cut-out too in the lobby of Super 8’s mascot apparently. I took a selfie!
  • The convention center was HUGE and we got lost easily. It was nice, but it was a little overwhelming, even by Sunday, at least for Miles and I. We are used to smaller to medium conventions and this con is getting bigger, with over 6,000 attendees now. I am so happy this con is growing after 12 years, but there were a lot of people.
  • The venders were epic! I spent too much money, again! The venders were super kind too. I got some really good priced official Japanese items, including a new super large fan for my classroom since my first one burnt in the school fire. The owners even grabbed ones from the back to help me. I got some adorable chopsticks and bowls too. Overall, the venders were good and a good place to hang out.
  • I got my first commission ever from a super sweet table (I also got like $40 worth of buttons and $20 worth of others things, lol! I have a problem!) It is of Percy and Annabeth from Percy Jackson, chibis, in color. I am always looking for Percy stuff, but I never find it, so this is nice! I am so proud as I stare at it by my desktop in my office. KAWAII!
  • The cosplays were top-notch here and most of the people were nice. Sadly, the cosplay show was super short (apparently, Andrew talked to some of his pro cosplayer friends that were there and several people did not know where to go).
  • Some of my favorite cosplays include: some of the Power Rangers (full suit and Ninja Billy from the first movie), Beaker from the Muppets, Gumby, a very convincing Maui, Yamato and Harima from School Rumble (that made me happy), a little girl who did an adorable Kirby mascot suit (chef version. Gosh! She was darling), some Ladybug and Cat Noir, Cardcaptor Sakura, an amazing Yami Yugi that made me swoon, and of course, Sailor Scouts.
  • Andrew sadly had a cosplay mishap Friday morning, so he threw together a Daredevil (from the TV show) and was mostly blind through the day! We had a lot of jokes throughout the day for it. His Deadpool was a super hit on Saturday and he did lots of funny videos off and on all day. And Sunday, Star Lord returned. He finally got a baby Groot to complete the look as well. We also took fun, sexy pictures staring at each other like at Cape. That’s one of our things I guess.
  • Miles wore his Max from Dark Cloud, his first closet from last year. Sadly, his awesome time traveling necklace he needs that Tabby made last year fell and broke. I fixed it for two days, but but it fell apart the second we were done on the last day. *sighs* We will work on it. He had his original character on Saturday and got some pictures.
  • I wore Rin from Fate Stay Night on Friday and saw two others. In fact, another Rin, who was incredible, waved at me and called me her twin and we got selfies together. Every time we saw each other, we yelled to each other. It was epic. I was Umi from Magic Knights Rayearth on Saturday. I only had one person know me. I didn’t get many pictures at this large event, which shocked me.
  • On Saturday afternoon, I ran into ANOTHER one of my Anime Club students at his first con. We took random, goofy pictures together. His sister, who I am friends with, surprised him to his first con. He was super pumped to meet Deadpool too. 🙂
  • So, one of my FAVORITE things about the whole con was Anime Hypnosis! It was wonderful to see the Amazing Brando. Miles and Andrew were tired, so they rested in the lobby while I went. And I got a special front row seat in the center since I told them I would be happy to film again. Gregory, one of Brando’s main assistants, was looking everywhere for me in line.  He hugged me and asked me if I could do a favor, whispering to me that he was proposing to his girlfriend before the show started and had been planning it for four months! He wanted me to get the right angle for it! I was so thrilled and touched! So, I practiced my shots before he went up there and popped the question…with a POKEBALL ring! It was a perfect nerd-proposal and I adore it. It’s on my Youtube! It was great to catch up with Brando too after the show.
  • Another one of my favorite things were that there was a vender that made all 150 original Pokemon in these beautiful felt hats! You had to get tickets for them and then place them for which Pokemon hat you want. I wanted SO many of them, so I got 40 tickets! I didn’t get the Ponyta or Kadabra I super wanted, but I did win the beautiful Ninetails AND the Metapod, which is a hoot! I even had a guy who won like eight Pokemon hats beg me for the Metapod and I refused. My girl, Erin, and I were squealing like crazy ladies when I won the hat. I also bought the Beedrill for me and the Poliwhirl for Evan (I BARELY missed out on the Poliwag one, his favorite), for $12. I even convinced Miles to get the Primate hat for $5 since no one bid on him and he loves monkeys. People ADORED our hats all day Sunday! I even got my pictures with my winning hats on the charity site. ALL the money went to sick children and they raised over $550. How could I NOT refuse?!
  • On Friday, there were some awesome panels.  Leah Clark had a panel where she called other voice actors and we asked them random questions! I got to EVEN hear the voices of Todd AND Caitlin Glass! I WAS GUSHING! And I almost had a fangirl attack when Chris Patton was on the screen, but we just missed him, so we didn’t get to hear him! 🙁 All the voice actors were so friendly over the phone and kind, but one who ignored us the whole time. Andrew even got bold and told her my question I was too shy to ask: “If you could be any shape of pasta, what shape would you be and why?” What a grand panel!
  • Right after this was Disney and Anime Karaoke! Oh my golly gravy! SO MUCH FUN! The energy, the love, was so powerful! I had an amazing time. I was too shy to go up there, although Miles kept encouraging me since he said I sang better than most (which is not the point, but the fact HE was trying to be nice was stunning!).  Nevertheless, it was wonderful and Caleb Hyes, the Youtube sensation, who ran it, was so sweet and rocked! I’m a fan now!
  • Mentioned more Anime Hypnosis and how fun craziness ensued as usual. I even helped with the quest, talked to a Black Butler character, and got to see some amazing times. All on Youtube.
  • Miles and I got lost on our way to the Voice Actor Q & A Saturday, which was a bummer because we had to stand in the back and we couldn’t hear. But, the voice actors were super nice and witty.
  • The Pokemon Quiz show on Saturday and Password on Sunday was tots fun! I knew a lot of the bonus trivia Pokemon questions, which were hard. And Password ended up being amazing. The guests who were supposed to be on a team had to leave early (funny story: one of the video game actors, who I got his autograph from on Sunday, was super chill and we talked about how I was looking forward to seeing him at Anime Password. He said, “Oh yeah! I remember I am going to be on that. What is Password exactly?”  So, I explained that you answer questions about anime, using clues to figure out with one it is. He looked at me freaked out, “Ah, s***! I know nothing about anime! Could you maybe tell me the answers or look them up for me?” I told him that was called cheating with a chuckle, but he said I could help, winking me. Well…we waited 20 minutes for him for Anime Password an hour later and he finally messaged Greggo, the show host, back, and the actor was on his way to the airport! Miles was cackling and blamed ME for him skipping out! I was red and felt horrified, but Miles keeps telling people this story). Regardless, the game shows were perfect as always.
  • Getting the autographs from all the voice actors was great. They were all super sweet! Now, I am huge fans of Chris Smith and Cindy Robinson, who I think are ADORABLE together! They were so kind and supportive when I told them I taught kids. Cindy is also, no offense, short and our picture together his darling and Chris has some nice arm muscles. I think I scared Leah Clark… I asked her to sign my rice ball plush and told her how I run an Anime Club and my kids bow to me. She rolled her eyes and looked a bit annoyed. I hope I didn’t make her upset for she was the one I came to see, but at least I met five other amazing celebs too! I did get them all to sign my panda bag or some other product.
  • Went to the Maid Cafe. It was an hour wait, so that was boring, but it was cute and we had a fun group at our table! We played the LONGEST game of Jenga ever; it was rad! And we won against the maid and I got it recorded, us earning tickets. Their dance was kawaii too. 🙂 The tea was not very good, but the turtle cheesecake was INSANELY TASTY!
  • So, there was a super professional Sailor Moon cosplay group and I was in awe. So, I had to take a phone call doing the Q and A panel and there, I saw the Chibi Moon cosplayer with two little boys. I waited a moment, but they I could not resist any more; I had to go gush and the littlest boy was dressed as a little Tuxedo Mask! TOO CUTE! So, the Chibi Moon, their mom, and I, talked about how I was Sailor V and how she would love to get a picture with me sometime and the stress of wig care. I talked to the little boys and asked if I could get a picture of him. The mom warned me that he may not wear the mask for he was super tired from a long day. I smiled and told him it was okay because he was a champion of justice, a hero, but he lifted up his mask and wore it for a picture! His mom was stunned and asked how I did it. I explained I was a school teacher. ^_^ The other boy asked if he could be in the picture too, but was sad that he couldn’t because he wasn’t in costume. I told him of course he could and that he can be the Moonlight Knight! He held roses too! SO PRECIOUS!
  • Ms. Robinson and Mr. Smith did a Voice Acting class on Sunday and it was so inspiring! If I was braver, I wanted to go up there and show my stuff, but it was super packed with aspiring voice actors and everyone was so amazing that I got scared I was not good enough. Oh well!
  • There was an opening ceremony on Friday and closing on Sunday. They were average.
  • We even, on Friday as we were in line getting our badges, we had Team Skull photobomb our selfie we made for mom to let her know we arrived. We tried to not laugh, but we could not help it! It was epic! He even joked about photobombing before I took the picture and I asked him to! Later, I ran into another Team Skull member and I got brave and yelled, “Team Skull Rules!” He hollered “YEAH!,” started playing the Skull theme music, and dancing through the main part of the lobby! HA!
  • Miles and I got to bond in the gaming room, playing some awesome fighter games. He kicked my butt 8 out of 9 times we played, but it was a great time with my bro-bro!
  • I got to see my friend Jennifer and we gushed over her amazing Jeanne cosplay!
  • My favorite part of the weekend was seeing my new convention girl bestie, Erin! We hung out for a bit Friday, but most of the day Sunday at panels and in the vender room! We had SUCH an amazing time, fanning over “My Love Story” art, cheering when I won the Pokemon hats, being girly and overly sweet to everyone, her getting scared when a Blue Bonnie snuck up behind her, her so freaked out she was laughing breathy! We have such similar, upbeat personalities and it is nice to have an otaku girlie girl friend.
  • We even met a new friend who is a student of Mr. Mahan’s Anime Club at Wildwood! She was even at Wild Con, playing Breath of the Wild the whole time! Ha! And she likes classic animes! She hung with us in the venders room and even was sitting with us at Anime Password. It is so cool meeting someone new!
  • We had solid food at Cracker Barrel on Saturday and it was good.
  • Sadly, I was coughing a lot all weekend (sorry you can hear it on the videos on my Youtube) and even Saturday, I had to run out of the room and puke. I barely made it. I scared Miles, but he was good and waited for me outside the restroom (Andrew was at karaoke with some friends he hadn’t seen in awhile). I did hear some weird girl restroom conversations from some young ladies and I had to comfort one of them (from the rave). I didn’t sleep hardly at all on Friday night, Miles even yelling at me in my sleep, which is new. Saturday, I fell asleep with Andrew speaking to me in mid-sentence! HA!
  • I saved some Disney Princesses! 😀
  • We were good kids on Sunday and even sent mom a Mother’s Day message. <3

All and all, it was a fun con with my great brother and my incredible buddy Andrew and I had some wonderful moments. It was not the shining star I wanted it to be, but overall, I would give it a 8 out of 10! We will see about next year! 😉

Cosplacon 2017:

Oh my gosh! What a great year, our fourth year at Cosplacon this year! Evan and Julie finally got to go with us all four days and we had two surprise friends show-up too, so nine of us total at one point and my beloved Samurai Dan and Jillian got to be there as well! I know they have had a rough summer with losing both of their fur babies. Prayers to them. But, this was a con to recall.  I will, SPOILERS up front, was better than last year’s.

  • We got to Jefferson City with only one time having to turn around due to a road being closed with only a 500 feet ahead warning, getting us 20 minutes behind, but it was still a good trip there and back overall. No police officers searching our car for Subway (story from year two), and I only felt queasy a few times! WOOT!
  • The pun war this year was intense! I somehow got on the board, but Derrick did end up getting 15 and they were all…not school appropriate, which shocked us all. Evan got in the 70’s, playing off Miles, and Miles was able to get his 125 goal when we were like 4 miles away from home on Sunday! HA! Still, it was fun. Now…for next year…
  • Japanese was good, but I was sick in my stomach off and on all weekend, so I could hardly stomach half of it. 🙁 I had to even lay in the car mid-way through the delicious meal (Evan came and joined me). I know with his gallbladder getting taken out last year, he got sort of sick off and on during the weekend too.
  • Having Evan there, my bestie, was incredible! Everything was his first: his first con, his first time buying from a vender, his first time trying Japanese food…we did this all weekend! Not sure how he felt about it each time I gushed about it like a mom! 😉
  • We both discovered we are obsessed with popcorn flavored jelly bellies! You learn something new each day!
  • Our hotel room was decent, considering we had four people in our room, but Miles got the couch and Evan brought his inflatable camel toe bed, but it popped in the middle of the night Thursday, so I got him a cot. It was a tight fit in the corner, but we made it work. I know he was so excited for his camel toe too…
  • I know it was hot that weekend, the first hot weekend in Missouri (mid-June), so that was fun moving stuff back and forth. Poor Samurai Dan was alone Thursday and we tried to get the cart we snagged to help him after we finished moving seven people, but we barely missed him. 🙁
  • The venders were TOP NOTCH! There was not a lot of them, but the ones I went to often were either super neat or unique. I spent even MORE than I should have here! BUT! I did get some rare Power Ranger original dolls, a Rin from Fate Stay Night figure (hey! I cosplay her, Miles found her, and it was a good price), lots of buttons, and other fantastic things.
  • I also got another Percy and Annabeth commission done by a young lady and she mailed it to me a few weeks later. It’s perfect! I am going to start a collection of Percy art!
  • On Thursday, I was the only one of us that cosplayed, doing Annabeth again. I met a young lady who was cosplayed as Levi from Attack on Titan and she had a whole bunch of cleaning supplies with her. After she and her friends fangirled over me and took pictures, she asked why I was dirty and acted bothered. I told her that happens when you have to fight giant creatures. She then asked if I killed the Titan she was looking for. I told her yes, but that was no Titan I knew (HA! Anime Titan verses Greek! How fun). She then put Germ-X on my hands and skipped away! I was chuckling!
  • Julie took some cool pictures of me as Annabeth too, but some plants like I was stoking.
  • The opening ceremony and welcome party were fun, for one, but not amazing (but that is hard to do). Still, Rodney’s energy was incredible and made our several first time con goers feel happy the second he came on stage. Warning us about BO, cosplay is not constant, pineapple pie, pop tarts free style raps. He’s epic!
  • The Iron Cosplay, which I got front row seats for with Julie and Miles, was sort of a let-down. The outfits were okay and the cosplay hostess was rad, burping loudly into the mic to get our attention (she was nice all weekend), but I felt like it dragged, and not in the fun drag show.
  • Julie was awesome and helped me with videos this weekend too!
  • That night, I went to a creating characters panel that Dan ran.  Oh what fun! He asked who was an author and many raised our hands, including me. He gave me a goofy look and bantered that I didn’t count. I told him I had five books out and he inquired jokingly, “Five books or five readers?” I told him “I know I at least have 7 readers because I have 7 official reviews on Amazon!” ^_^ Hey, at least it got a smirk since I was standing up to his humor, a hard task indeed. We used his tips, all excellent, for creating characters, to create our own almost like D and D character. We were poking fun at this goofy, overly confident guy that happened to sit by me the whole time.  He somehow time travels back in time and can only speak 140 characters (Twitter) or in memes. He meets a dragon who has accidentally killed all her husbands and she is pregnant. She is going through like a mid-life crisis and she was a water dragon, her bubbles acid. It ended up they somehow fell in love and her seven children, the guy, and her get transported back to modern time and her children are scattered and we have to collect them to return them home (HA! Dan was not happy we somehow snuck in a Dragonball reference! LOL!) It was such a hoot of a time!
  • On Friday, we had skit practice and skits at 4:00. I did okay at our super rushed practice, but my nerves kicked in majorly the 45 minute wait between! AND! Derrick forgot my gloves I worked hard to decorate, so I had to borrow one of Miles’ black ones (he was wearing his original character here).
  • The skits were great overall and most the the people were nice. Only two were so/so or made the audience feel awkward. And there was a good variety from skits to musical/dance performances, funny, to emotional, to sweet, to serious, and heartbreaking. Dan and Rodney pumped ours up when I strode over as an angel with a firearm (I LOVED my first original character I wore that day.  I sadly did not feel comfortable in the corest, but the outfit still looked nice).  Rodney and Dan then competed for which side could cheer for us the loudest. It gave us good energy and I think other than two super minor things only we noticed, our skit went perfectly! I even got to add in EVERY fun background thing I wanted. Later, I got compliments from other skit pros, many girls fanned over how shiny and bright my dress was on-stage, and even Aaron, who is our local pro Jack Sparrow cosplayer, shook my hand and told me I synced my lines and actions flawlessly to the scenes and recording, a task he stated was hard to due. I took this as high praise.
  • I am not sure if this is the biggest cop-out at a con ever or Rodney was just super zealous, but he could not pick a favorite skit and the audience was cheering so much for everyone that he promised if the crowd could cheer so loud it could be heard on the ninth floor, then EVERYONE, all 22 of us, would get FREE PASSES for Cosplacon 2018 next year! So, we ALL got into it, even Derrick! And we did it! 😀 So, Tabby, Brown, Derrick, and I all won FREE passes for next year! I know Rodney’s assistants were not too happy with him, having to print all those.
  • We went to a local homestyle breakfast place that Brown and Tabby found last year.  It was good, but not as grand as last year (the waitress was nice, but our service was fairly slow).  We went there Friday and Saturday morning.
  • Andrew surprised us Friday by coming to the con for a while, sending us pictures for clues as he travelled.  It was great to see him, if even for a bit! 🙂 And Derrick had to wear the Cone of Shame!
  • The gang was all pumped for the Five Element Achievements this year. The achievements are fun and if I happen to find some, great! If not, well, whatever. I did find two tribbles they had everywhere at the con and Evan found a lot of stuff, not sure what they were. The only thing that bugged me, and I mean this with love, is that other than Miles, everyone was getting way too into it. If it makes them happy, that’s fine, and I get the appeal of free passes, but it took away from our group/friend time together more than once and dominated way too many conversations, making me feel isolated (I have never seen 5th Element either, so do not kill me).  So, I get Cosplacon wanting to do and and I appreciate all their uniqueness and effort, but for my personally, this put a sour taste in my experience a bit other than seeing my pals happy and win another free pass (Brown and Tabby got that and they gave it to Julie).
  • Miles won a free pass too! He entered a tournament (with Derrick and I encouraging him) for one of his all time favorite games, Power Stone, for the Dreamcast.  The game room people only had three sign-up, so they were worried they would have to cancel it (the rest of us had skit practice and Miles was not allowed in), but Miles beat both the other guys and one was sort of full of himself, so Miles worked hard on that match! So, he won a FREE PASS too! We were so proud of him! ^_^
  • I got to meet ERIC STRAUT FINALLY on Friday! I even got brave and asked him a question (I was in the very front row with Miles to film at his Q and A; the rest of the gang was at sword class with Samurai Dan, but Dan came in real fast to hug his buddy Eric. So adorable). Eric is such a level-headed, kind, cool guy and Miles and I got the first autographs of the day too. I supported him and got two pictures (one Friday, one Saturday, two postcards, three signatures, and one of his CDs).  He asked me questions, seemed really touched I wrote him a poem and wanted to post it on his Twitter later that he got one, and was so awesome posing and holding my props in pictures!  He remembered me Saturday too when I came back. I thanked him for being the voice of my childhood and he smiled so brightly, thanking me for that and running my anime club. What a blessing of a person! His Friday Q and A is on my Youtube channel.
  • Tabby and Brown’s cosplays for Mad Max turned out great. 🙂 I have seen them working hard on piece-by-piece for a year and to see it come together was great. Only the hostler broke *knock on wood*
  • #Didyouask? 😉
  • Rodney in drag! I didn’t go to the show, but saw pictures.
  • We ordered pizza from the local pizza shop we like. I tried the pasta too. The pasta wasn’t grand, but the pizza was still good, but I got sick in my stomach soon after. We had a mini game night Friday with all our peeps (Andrew being the host) in Julie’s room. We missed one of Dan’s panels, but I texted him and apologized.
  • When I went to explore after looking for a public restroom around 8, I saw a Petsu and Sheeta from Castle in the Sky, my favorite, HIGHLY UNRATED, Studio Ghibli film! I was so pumped to see them and they were super kind.
  • Jillian texted me later and asked for Derrick and I to meet them after their panel. They invited us to a late dinner at I-Hop. We were NOT hungry, but they hadn’t eaten and we all wanted to get together, so we did. It was nice to have conversations with them and the laughed that we had only been to I-Hop one other time (for our honeymoon. They are from Iowa), but they looked at his oddly when we mentioned we have a Huddle House and said that was a dumb name! Huh…cultural differences… The little bit I ate (and Jillian was sweet and gave me a nibble of her crepe because I have never had one) was good. Derrick even had hot chocolate! They did trust us with some news since they consider us good friends. Derrick and I have not told a soul and we will take care of our friends like they give to all of us.
  • On Saturday morning, Julie was acting all sneaky. When we came back from breakfast to the hotel, Alesha was there! This was HER first con ever too and she got INTO it! It was so great to have another friend there and see her smile so much.
  • I got to have Mickey Mouse pancakes for the first time Saturday morning and the diner we went to had the BEST French Fries EVER!
  • I got to model my new Cardcaptor Sakura school uniform cosplay that I had been wanting for YEARS! My hair would not work like I wanted to and Miles was nice and did Li with me for two hours before changing into Ice Dragon dude from Bleach (HA! Yeah, it bugs him when I call his character that). I got a few people know and fan over me, but my props were fun. I will have to sadly break down and get another wig for it. Argh…
  • Derrick wore his Box Ghost from Danny Phantom cosplay that Brown made for him, so that was a milestone on many levels! Derrick didn’t hardly wear the props though, so it was confusing on what he was, but still, I guess he did it?
  • Brown and Tabby had their first panel: “The Art of Skit Creation.” For their first time, I thought they did good. The ad-lib one we made with the audience was so humorous! You can see their panel on my Youtube and my blooper with Evan was on there.
  • We went to Self-Defense class and Dan asked me where my husband was. Derrick stood up, waving, in front of 50 people, and Dan used him as an example that someone like him could be lifted off the ground because he is so rail thin. Jillian came and showed this to me later. Derrick and I are both harder to do self-defense moves on due to us being double jointed. She tested on me and I still didn’t feel pain, just pressure, but she said if she moved me any more, she’d break my wrist off! Ummm…no thanks! But, I am feeling a little more confident with self-defense and wish we all could learn their methods.
  • We also went to Ninja Olympics (I got to help Jillian sort out candy).  We had TEAM VIRAL (us) and TEAM SAVE THE DAY, OR…S.T.D! Boy, they were loud and shouting “STD” the whole time and scaring hallway people. Our team was more of the smiling, golf clapping for our teammates. It was tie until the last game, where we lost. Oh well. It was still so much fun!
  • SQUAT! WADDLE, WADDLE, WADDLE! CROUTCH! xD New dance for Cosplacon!
  • Jack Sparrow hosted again at the Cosplay Royale and it was epic! And the annoying dab came back that Jack was so flustered with!
  • The Cosplay Royale was shorter than normal, but the outfits were top of the line and I can see why the judges had trouble. There was even a Korra and Asami and the Korra cosplayer PROPOSED on stage in the middle of the contest! SO KAWAII!!! <3
  • Actually, we had a proposal on Sunday too, at closing ceremony, the first time we have ever gone…Must be a thing this year.
  • One of our cosplay guest had an adorable pug and she let me pet him! =^.^=
  • I got to wear Miles’ new Fate Stay Night shirt as a mini dress with my galaxy leggings I got for LARPing with my hair in a new style. I looked funky, but cute I was told.
  • We were all shaky by the time it was 7:30, not having eaten anything in 12 hours, so Tabby, Brown, Miles, Evan, Derrick, and myself went to Ruby Tuesday. Lovely food, the waitress was excellent, and Tabby was a ninja and snuck over to tell them it was Derrick and I’s anniversary, us getting free ice cream, although the waitress gave Derrick the check at my sadness. During cons, I pay for my own food or part of it, so I didn’t want Derrick to treat me at all and he knows this. My food was yummy, but I was getting a massive migraine during the Cosplay Royale and it only got worse.
  • One of the funniest moments of the whole trip was when Brown and Tabby mentioned they saw cosplayers dressed as Mrs. Frizzle, Bill Nye the Science Guy, AND Mr. Rogers. I about choked on the last one for I never have seen a Mr. Rogers cosplayers. Brown said he even had a little red trolley! Well, I felt like a complete failure as a teacher and I sank to the floor out of my seat at Ruby Tuesdays (it was dead in there), crawled under the velvet table cloth, and started mock whisper shouting in agony. “I MISSED MR. ROGERS! I’M SUCH A FAILURE AS A TEACHER I’M GOING TO GET FIRED!” then fake bawled. Everyone kept asking what I was doing and then were trying not to laugh as I continued, my friends whipping their phones out to film and take pictures! Tabby then made it better by getting under the table with me and bowing and apologizing in Japanese for not telling me in her sad voice and this went on for a few minutes. It was so fun and our waitress looked confused, but was trying not to laugh at our antics.
  • My HORRIBLE migraine: So, I get headaches easily. It’s in my family, on both sides. Well, I mentioned how I had a horrid one around the Cosplay Royale? It got worse and worse during dinner and no amount of amazing company, tasty food, smiling waitresses, or amount of sweet tea and Pepsi (and I usually limit my caffeine due to my overactive heart rate), By the time I was in the car to head back to the hotel, my stomach was a wave, my head was throbbing, and I had to skip the Eric Stuart concert I was badly wanted to go to (Julie and Alesha were super sweet and filmed it for me, giving Mr. Struat my regards. It is on Youtube).  Once I entered the hotel, I was crying from pain openly like an idiot, got sick in the bathroom in our room, flung my body on the bed as Derrick and Evan rubbed my back, not even taking my jewelry or anything off (I was too shaky and NO medicine was helping no matter what I tried).  I finally weakly got in my PJs and we started discussing funny t-shirts, my head throbbing to the core, Suddenly, an hour later, we heard the WEIRDEST sounding thunder ever and then in randomly poured rain. We were all freaked out and then, my headache was good. I get weather headaches often and only rain makes them go away, but that one was super strange and strong. #dislike!
  • I still feel AWFUL I missed Mr. Straut’s concert! 🙁
  • Our Subway NOT miss adventure:  We wanted to go to I-Hop, but it took us a while to get unpacked and my boys were sleepyheads (I was up at 5, showered, dressed cute for my panel, went downstairs to make Dan and I outlines in the hotel office, update my Fallen Star Dust blog tour, and check my facebook for 80 minutes, borrowed a cart, and still beat most of them up).  When we went to I-Hop once we were all checked out, it was a 90 minute wait, so we booked it to the Subway down the road, the same one we bought the sandwiches that got us pulled over two years ago! It was just us. The food was okay, but we were all secretly glad to be away from breakfast food. Still, we want to go to I-Hop next year. ^_^ I’m just glad Subway didn’t make us get pulled over…again…
  • Derrick’s anniversary gift on his bed. So, even though I bought Derrick a BRAND NEW COMPUTER with all the fixings (and almost everything he has for it lights up; he had it for two weeks by this point), I wanted him to have something to open up on our actual anniversary, the 18th. So, I got him a royal blue Pokemon shirt that had Jackie Chan and Hitmonchan on it. It matches one of his favorite shirt, the one of Bruce Lee and Hitmonlee that is close to falling apart. He got a card on his chest too! 🙂 He seemed surprised and was showing off the shirt that Sunday.
  • Kawaii Pikachu game time and cuddles: So, last year, one of the best things I did was meet this little three-year-old boy. We played for almost two hours with a ball and his mom ended up being one of the gym leaders for the Pokemon DS League that Derrick partook in last year. She was awesome. So, Miles, Evan, Alesha, Julie, and I were done looking in the venders room and I wanted to show them the Pokemon Carnival. I personally think it’s sort of boring, but I love the people there. I wanted to show it to our new con friends. So, it was wrapping up and I saw this little boy dressed fully in a Pikachu outfit, crying his little heart out and all of the people around him were trying to cheer him up, but it was not working (apparently, he skinned his knee).  I had bags all over my arms and I dropped them all dramatically on a nearby chair and with determination, told Miles to hold my purse. I went over him and started talking like a Pikachu and within a minute, he was all smiles. We then ran around, playing with a bouncy ball for several minutes and he wanted hugs and to sit on my lap, as he told me I was an Eevee (I had cat ears on) and then I did Eevee sounds and he giggled. We ran back and forth and had such an amazing time. Derrick even came to play after a while and the little boy was bossing Derrick around, throwing the ball to get him away from me and then said, “Go get it” to him! HA! He knew Derrick had a Pokemon on his shirt. His mom picked him up to go and she remembered me, telling him that I was Totoro last year. His little eyes lit up and he said, “Totoro!” all happy. TOO KAWAII! We got pictures and she said we can play all we want next year. ^_^ So happy!
  • My Writing Panel with Dan Review: Samurai Dan and I did our second panel together: “Breathing Life Into Storytelling.” I didn’t feel as prepared as I thought I should have been, although I studied it and have had much more experience with panels since 2014. Dan and I had a lot of fun like normal and work well together, but he stole the show. I am not upset nor surprised, but I just want to shine like him someday and inspire others with a bright smile and wit like Samurai Dan. I hope I did okay to the audience. My friends told me I needed to smile more. Dan kept asking Derrick questions and his eyes lit up each time Dan said my hubby’s name, like they were besties! AW! Dan is an amazing man, role model, and friend, and I love working with him and supporting him, hoping to do so for many, many years. ^_^
  • I am also SO PUMPED that the second book in Dan’s book series is coming out SUPER SOON, like in a few weeks! He also praised my review on Amazon for his first book and says he treasures it and that is how all reviews should be written. 🙂 Yeay!
  • There were so many kind and amazing vendors this year, especially the ones who had lobby tables! One girl and I were discussing the newest Fruits Basket manga and one of them was selling lovely clocks (I ended up caving and getting a beautiful rainbow mosaic one of Sora falling with the Kingdom Hearts emblem behind him). They also had TONS of RWBY buttons and Evan bought several (he really wanted to cosplay as Weiss this year, but his clothes were not fitting for it).  He lost his bag of them at my panel and we looked everywhere for them afterwards. He looked so sad. So, I bought the clock and three more buttons and I told them about Evan’s, so they sold them to him at half price, all the ones he lost! I was touched by their kindness, so I wanted to mention that, their rocking personalities, and their talents.
  • Thank you Cosplacon for being our longest running con for a reason! Looking forward to year #5 with you! <3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Top Twelve Favorite “GLEE” Characters (Top Ten #63) and Life Updates:

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Related imageGood golly, good night! Hello world! How I have missed you all! I think I finally have to admit to myself that I do not have the time to update my website here as much as I would like. I mean, as you get older, life gets busier and its a train coming at you at 180 miles per hour that you cannot stop (unless you are Wonder Woman, which I am not, but that was an epic movie).  Still, I AM writing (slowly), doing events, and I check Amazon and my other on-line retailers often for reviews, comments, and such. So, those who are still interested and believe in me, I thank you. ^_^

My goal truly was to write all summer, but my grandmother had a heart attack the first Saturday of summer and we almost lost her. She is still recovering and things are hard for her. So, she takes priority and I know you guys understand that. I also had all my classes made at College for Kids, which is epic, but has given me three times as much work as usual. Don’t worry; I have had some fun times, what with an AMAZING Cosplacon (I am slowly uploading videos to my Youtube, so check there often. I CANNOT believe I have been to four cons this year! >.< I DID get to meet some incredible voice actors too), still have Pokémon events monthly, some fun times with friends and family, like shopping, antiquing, walking, beige watching, karaoke, silly card games, and a rad 4th of July. Derrick and I also celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary, where I surprised him with a new computer and the works! Seeing his reaction was priceless! ^_^ We got to go on a day-cation together too and see my old college friend Jennifer and her precious baby. Socks turned three years old and is as cute and spoiled as ever. =^o^= I’ve been reading too, which is so nice.

Related imageI am still working on my new standalone (?) book that I am planning hard core on releasing at the end of the year and then I will get cracking down on “Spirit Vision 4” for next year along with another collection soon after that. It may take some time and I am not going to feel too guilty anyone if I cannot achieve every goal. Life is going to be busy for a while now, but as long as I am here on this earth, I am going to be happy and do the best I can. 🙂

Thank you guys for being the bees elbows! OH! As a note: my author Facebook and Twitter are both broken.  My Facebook will not let me update and my Twitter won’t let me log-in, so that explains that inactivity. However, my Goodreads, Youtube, and Pinterest (800 plus followers on there now! WOOT!) are working fine (knock on wood).  If you have any questions, you can e-mail me at: mcomnick88@gmail.com or comment on here! <3

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NOW! On to a new top ten! I DO have some of these planned for the rest of the summer, so come back here to check that out. I sadly cannot PROMISE a FULL Cosplacon review, but I will try my darnest!

Top Twelve Favorite GLEE characters:

I have been rewatching “Glee” through the power of the epic deity that is Netflix and rediscovering how much I adore the songs, characters, and the heart. I have cried about four times, like full out cry, which is more than I did in its original run! HA!

Now, I know I could never list all of the songs I like in an order; too many to comprehend. But, I thought to honor this series and the joy music has always given me, here are my top ten favorite characters from the show “Glee.”

  1. Burt Hummel
  2. Coach Beast
  3. Kurt Hummel
  4. Finn Hudson
  5. Will (Mr. Shue)
  6. Ryder Lynn
  7. Becky Jackson
  8. Unique “Wade” Adams
  9. Blaine Anderson
  10. Mike Chang
  11. Brittany S. Pierce
  12. Sam Evans

Don’t get me wrong: I ADORE all of the characters in Glee and they taught me a lot. ^_^

And for your viewing pleasure: my favorite scene from the whole series! 😀

And I always have to honor Cory. I still miss you, even though I only knew you through my TV screen; it felt like we had been friends for ages. Rock on in the sky, good sir.

Top Eight Disney Grandmas (Top Ten #62) For my grandma’s birthday!

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A special top eight today, all to celebrate my amazing, fun-loving, tender, goofy, and lovely grandma! How I adore this woman and I wanted to honor all her greatness with some other fabulous Disney grandmas! ^_^ <3 Happy Birthday Grandma!

  1. Tala (Moana)
  2. Fa (Mulan)
  3. Clarisse (Princess Diaries)
  4. Agatha (Halloween Town)
  5. Grandmother Willow (Pocahontas)
  6. Grandma Woo (Wendy Woo: Homecoming Warrior)
  7. Granny (Once Upon a Time)
  8. Nana Possible (Kim Possible)

 

Aspiring Author Spotlight- Matthew Aguilar “Standing Eagle” (A.A.S. #31)

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Good to see you, my friends! April has sprung like a beautiful blossom showing its first, vivid colors, always starting with a bang with my brother’s birthday on the 2nd (the rhino is 24 years old! MAN! I feel so ancient!) along with my beloved grandma’s birthday.  I will have a special top ten for her in a few days on here, but for now, I want to usher in a hard working friend, a fine man of integrity, grace, kindness, passion, and creativity.

I met Matthew almost two years ago at the first MAX-Con I attended in 2015. He is the first cosplay winner for Max-Con ever! He came to my table on Sunday (I first saw him and others in the two local LARPing groups on Saturday at the cosplay contest mostly).  He was so nice with a warm smile and I felt like I knew him forever, a true friend and good soul, after talking for near an hour. He told me about LARPing, the story he was working on, so nervous for my opition, showed me magic tricks and his acting experience at the same college I attended.  I was thrilled to see him again the next year, as the MC for the cosplay contest.  We once again got to chat and have a grand time and now, not only is he sharing his progress on this divine story he has been working on for over two years, but he has come to a book signing of mine, a cosplay workshop for my anime club students (along with working on a secret project for them), and I have been to some LARPing events for his group, the Shire.  Matthew is a true friend, in my eyes, and I am so grateful he has allowed me into his circle of trust.  I know you will admire him as much as I do.  Ladies and gentlemen…Matthew Aguilar Standing Eagle!

Aspiring Author Spotlight Questions:

#1. When you wake up in the morning, how do you see life?

I believe that in the beginning, God created Heaven and the Earth and just as He created life and the beauty of nature, thus He created me as well.  In my own explanation of my perception of life, true life is a relationship with our Heavenly Father. For it is through the Redemption and Salvation bought and paid for us by the blood of Jesus that true life was given.

#2. How did writing find its way into your life?

More so than writing finding its way into my life, I feel as though I chose the path of writing.  Even throughout the years of my adolescence I felt as though writing was a vital necessity and skill for which I must commit unto my study. Also, I feel that writing is a calling for which the Lord has asked of me, to share His beauty unto the world.

#3. What does writing do for you?

The Blessing and the tool of writing has allotted unto me that for which is a fulfillment of my calling and tranquil retreat into the haven of antiquity.

#4. What sort of genre or type of writing do you do?

Within the field of interest which captivates my ambitions for writing are the genres and styles of: the writing of new and original languages, historical fiction, historical non-fiction, biographical writing, inspirational writing, indigenous storytelling, Native American journalism and political reviews, poetry, epic poetry, 18th century literature and writing styles, creative writing, letter writing, and alas epic fantasy.

#5. Do events in your life or people you know affect your writing?

It is doubtless that without prior nor current in the course of my lifetime, that thus which I dictated would not certainly be affected.  For just as those who have sat within my company have related unto me the contents of their spirit and soul, likewise have I translated these contents into that which have been drafted into written word. So thus it is for the contribution of my company, my lifetime, and of The Lord Jesus Christ, that I am forever grateful.

#6. What are you currently working on or what was the last thing you wrote?

The works which have received my latest attention are that of the manuscripts for the first book in my five book series, Dyami: The Prince of Norwood.  For thus it has maintained my steady attention for the past two and a half years, along with a compilation of a full ancestry and genealogy for the main characters, Dyami Lyndir and his identical twin brother Crow.

#7. Can you tell us a little about it and its inspiration?

The content of which I must relate unto the reader, is a composition rooted in faith, antiquity, and personal experience. For the mainstream plot of this series chronicles the life and adventures of our primary character Dyami Lyndir and his identical twin brother Crow, both of which I have portrayed extensively in real life by the means of Live Action Role Play (LARP).  Thus every event of a heighted or climatic nature that transpires within the world of this literature, I can conclusively state that I have lived these scenes in the most realistic sense. So it was after a stage of two years in my role playing endeavors, and with thorough documentation of my accounts therein, along with a year’s worth of single passages written collaborating with prior passages written in separate story by my former club leader Aaron Metcalf and much prayer, that the beginnings of this series did take root.

#8. What are your path goals for the future?

Within the purest sense of honesty that one can frame, that which I have intended for the future of myself and all aspects of my work as follows:

  • Though most of all, to see it forward that the message of hope, faith, and love through Jesus Christ are delivered,
  • To procure the publishing of the five book series of which I am currently writing,
  • Establishing forth a larger and more soundly structured player base for the establishment of Olde Shire Live Action Role Players,
  • Developing the credentials necessary to obtain a career within the production of films.

#9. What are your interests or hobbies?

Since the days of my childhood, I have ardently admired the study of history.  Thus this adoration of a profound subject has transpired into these said enjoyments. I have marveled in the research and study of the Native Peoples of North America.  Reenacting of the American Revolution and Civil Wars, along with giving living history portrayals of historical figures has been a blessing for which I am forever grateful. Of course writing and the practice of calligraphy have played noble roles within my lifetime and field of interests. Though undoubtedly what has captivated my attention, ambition, creativity, and intellect has been the noble and inspiring endeavor of Live Action Role Play.

#10. If you could be a superhero, what are your powers and how would you use them to help the world?

If I should ever obtain such a spectacular ability to which is considered superhuman, it would be that of the ability to control and manipulate sound. The cause of which to obtain such as ability would be so that the People of Earth, in all their positive endeavors, shall feel the beautiful rhythm which God has intended for our lives.

#11. What advice would you give people who want to write?

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, but it all ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.

For whichever cause you may decide, let it be a subject of pure devotion, which has forever secured its place within the sanctuary of your spirit, and continues to herald its from the ramparts of your soul.

#12. If you could be remembered for one thing or thought, what would it be?

From the passages of the scriptures we are told of King David and has many accomplishments. Though what has resonated beyond all his achievements is a verse stating that “David Loved the Lord.” When the story of my life reaches its final chapter, it would be honor and a gift beyond measure, if the final sentence should read: “And Matthew Loved, the Lord Jesus Christ.”

A Passage from Dyami: The Prince of Norwood:

In the year 1, 700 BND (Before the Days of Norwood in the Traveler’s Tongue) a number of 6,000 of our ancestors made the first steps toward Mepitonus out of the Sanctuary Mountains. As they made their way out of the mountain city, these who remained behind stood at both sides of the city streets in somber disposition. Their minds distraught with knowing that this was the last time they would see many of their kind, though within the hearts of those behind they knew that the strain of too many within the city walls was being lifted, and that wherever their families settled within the land of Mepitonus they would certainly prosper.

From the journey atop of the mountain to the dividing rivers below their steps were light-footed. In order to avoid the catastrophe of discharging an avalanche, all food and supplies were handed down the rocky slopes to break away groups who had ventured ahead to ease the weight of travel. By the end of the first journey year they had reached the river’s edge, and now lay before them the daunting task of navigating through the immense backcountry of Meptionus. At first gaze of this wilderness they stood in absolute wonder; for not once did they fathom a country with trees that they would look upon like ants towards statues.

After the crossing of the second river, the majesty of the Mepitonus backcountry was becoming increasingly prevalent. Despite the seven years winter that had blanketed the majority of the country, the northern territory was only kissed by its presence.   Staying true to his words by advancing to the front, Talos made certain that his feet were the first to walk on the banks of Mepitonus. With steady advance into the wilderness all aspects of the cathedral like forest began to awaken. In crisp winter air the scent of maple, evergreen, and black barrow pine fragranced the territory, along with the sounds of the night sparrows and giant owls echoing amidst the trees.

And with Talos now at the forefront of the exodus, what seemed to be a daunting challenges of navigation was now being met with strong morale and a willingness to venture forth into the unknown. However, their first night in the backcountry was anything but encouraging. Due to the crossing of two rivers, all supplies needed for establishing a winter camp had been tightly stowed, and dusk was now upon them with no time to establish a camp regardless.

A blessing in disguise some might say…

For in their slumber under the stars of a Paradox sky, on blankets sewn for them by their kin back home, it is believed that on that night generations ago our ancestors came to know the true essence of our homeland. Since the beginning days of the Elven race we have understood that Paradox was a world that rested between the Earth and the Moon. And now once again we were reminded that we are a people, residing between the earth and the heavens.

About the Author:

Matthew Aguilar “Standing Eagle” is a man who appreciates the classics, with much attention give to historical detail and a strong inspirational message.  Studying as a history major at Mineral Area College and also an independent historian for over 15 years this guy knows what he’s looking for. In the spring semester, Matthew also teaches Continuing Education at Mineral Area on the subject of Native American culture and history. He is an advocate and spokesman on cultural issues concerning Native/Indigenous Peoples. Also heavily involved in the Live Action Role Play community, he understands the value of being able to give as much aesthetic as possible to the development of a character, not just on the field but in film as well. Then alas he adds to the historical education of the public by knowing how to portray a list of historical figures as a living historical. Though above all his motive is share the love and message of Jesus Christ to all humanity. *

*Matthew is wearing his original character from the manuscript the introduction in this interview is from, Dynmi.  This was also the cosplay that won the first ever Max Con back in 2015!

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Matthew is an immensely creative person.  He prides himself on his penmanship.  He wrote this whole interview BY HAND in fancy parchment paper in beautiful calligraphy cursive that rivals our Founding Fathers.  There are also sketches and information of/about Dyami below in addition to a picture of some circle designs he drew by hand and a gift he presented me at Max Con 2016; his favorite paragraph from his third manuscript in his fancy, famous, and elegant hand.

“Lysander and Venus” Enchanted Book Promotions Blog Stop- Author Interview

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To keep the ball rolling on these two spring months of collaboration with amazing authors, I am honored to be a blog tour spot for Ms. Ly and her latest work, “Lysander and Venus.”  The title really peeked my interest and the cover’s water-color style is stunning.  I wish all the luck to Ms. Ly and her work and tour! She was kind enough to answer an interview for us! Take it away!

Author to Author Q and A

  1. Where did you grow up? Did your childhood have any impact on your writing? I grew up in San Diego. Not feeling like I fit in, despite having a lot of friends for most of my childhood, is what influenced me the most. Feeling hidden in a group.
  2. Tell us about the first story you ever wrote, published or not? I think I was twelve. It was something about a man transforming into a werewolf, probably inspired by Remus Lupin from Harry Potter.
  3. What are you currently working on, writing wise? A distant sequel to Venus and Lysander that ties everything together.
  4. What is your favorite character you have ever created and why? Vespair from my current two published books. She’s misunderstood and not at all black-and-white as characters so far believe her to be. I’m looking forward to showing her truth in the next book.
  5. Do you have to write in order or do your ideas just come to you and you put them in order later? I have to write in order. If I have to change a sequence of events, I get discouraged and distracted. Editing a few words or sentences here and there is fine.
  6. What was your path like until you found writing? Everything felt railroaded to get me to this point, honestly.
  7. How is your relationship with your publishing company? They were the first ones to give me a chance, so I’m grateful to them
  8. Tell us about your covers. They’re only stock photos. I had to pick what looked best and felt the most relevant.
  9. What inspires you to write? Everything and anything, as broad as that sounds. Mostly music, video games and my own experiences.
  10. How do you get book reviews? I don’t have a set method at the moment.
  11. What is harder: writing, editing, or marketing? Marketing.
  12. If you could publish every book idea you’ve ever had, how many books would you have out right now? Just counting the folders I have saved on my hard drive—about 20 books. Counting everything else—over 100, I’m sure.
  13. Have you ever considered co-writing a book or series with another author? I tried that. It didn’t work.
  14. What do you do to relax? Sleep. No matter what I’m doing while I’m awake, my mind is always on, absorbing ideas.
  15. If you could tell your 14 year old self one thing, what would it be? “This is going to keep happening over and over again. It won’t hurt as much next time.”
  16. What advice would you have for this upcoming generation? The same as the above.
  17. Have you ever read a book that changed your outlook on life? Consider What Becomes of the Ashes by Pixelnyx.
  18. Do you have a classic piece of literature or a classic author you are fond of?  I like philosophers such as Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir.
  19. Any type of music that gets your writing juices flowing? Anything I have a personal, emotional connection with. I’ll usually listen to a song over and over while I envision a scene or chapter. Hearing the song again automatically immerses me in everything all over again.
  20. If you could pick three people who are your heroes or role models, who would they be and why? My favorite philosophers I listed plus Toni Morrison. I admire them for writing unconventional, unexpected work and making a living from it.
  21. Dog or cat person? Dogs.
  22. What do you want to eat right now? Nothing just now.
  23. If you could be in any movie that has already been made, which one would it be? I’d rather work behind the scenes for films like Moonlight or Black Swan.
  24. What is your favorite holiday or time of year? Around this time. It’s usually when a lot of good video games come out.
  25. Anything else you would like to add? Thanks for taking the time to read all of this. I’m not anyone all that important. Even if I was, I’d still appreciate it.

Excerpt from “Lysander and Venus:”

Valerie and I said not a word as we walked from the gallows out to the grounds. I didn’t want any of the guards to overhear our conversation. We stopped once we were outside in the chill of night, away from overhearing ears. She seemed embarrassed to have let her guard down with me. She couldn’t know how much it pleased me to see this rare side of her.

“Expect to see me at court this weekend,” I said. “Once I have a better feel for you, His Majesty will want to have a private audience with us. Let’s give it a few weeks first, shall we?”

“Yes…that’s fine,” replied Valerie, blinking hard to stay awake.

“For now, you ought to return home. I’m certain your family misses you terribly.”

“My sister-in-law will never let me hear the end of it…”

I smiled over her misfortune. “Have a good night, my lord.”

Unexpected, Valerie bent down to kiss my hand. She lingered there, uncertain, staring down at my boots. She then left across the grounds to her estate, oddly subdued. This transformation in her from defiant to demure was beyond fascinating. I’d always known Valerie as a private person who expected danger around every corner. But I sensed she was also deeply sensitive, as I was. She was multi-faceted, as she needed to be to survive.

I wished to see more of her faces—if they were just as beautiful as the one she wore each day.

About the Book:

Title: Venus and Lysander

Author: Yoshiyuki Ly

Genre: Historical Romance / Fantasy

Living as a nobleman and as a woman, Valerie of Lysander is sick of waiting for the world to change. The discrimination she suffers as an outcast builds into resentment. Once Val takes matters into her own hands, the whole Empire of Tynan feels her brand of justice. The Emperor’s adviser, Lucrezia of Azrith, wants more of Val’s ruthlessness—for revenge against the unjust, and for her own desires. Venus and Lysander is an intricate romance set in the fictional Victorian city of Eden, 250 years after the events in The Scorpion’s Empress.

Lucrezia is Lady Chancellor for the Emperor and a sorceress-in-hiding. She is forced to conceal her identity from the religious public for fear of death. As she learns to trust in Val’s chivalry and affections for her, they both fall for the softer sides behind their similar bulletproof personas. Lucrezia receives a mysterious warning about a sadistic enemy threatening the Azrith and Lysander families. Once they discover their nemesis’ true motive, Val and Lucrezia’s tyrannous devotion for one another is all they can count on to survive.

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About the Author:

Yoshiyuki Ly was born in San Diego, CA. She lived there until moving away to college. In high school, she began writing fanfiction as a serious hobby. Her pen name represents her multiracial heritage and a unique, diverse outlook that reflects in her work. She is a writer and a gamer.

 

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Aspiring Author Spotlight- Sherry Howard (A.A.S. #30)

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Hello everyone! ^_^ I know it’s been ages, but I promise that this and next month, I will have more guest authors on my website, a blog tour soon to celebrate the year anniversary of the release of my second collection, “Fallen Star Dust,” and I PROMISE I am still working on my MASSIVE update from August, which will not only include inklings on happenings in my life, but all I have been working on, some mini con reviews, and future projects.  My new teaching job in my new district takes a lot of time, but it is very rewarding for me.  It’s just finding balance for everything. Thank you for the loyalty and patience with me. I love you all! <3

Now, on to the start of this amazing two month train of wonderful people.  I would love to welcome to my site one of the hardest working writers, women, and mothers I have ever had the pleasure to work with and I am so happy to have met her at one of my author book signs at our local library. 🙂  Please be entertained by the fabulous interview and work sample of Mrs. Sherry Howard.

Aspiring Authors Spotlight Questions:

  1. When you wake up in the morning, how do you see life?- I see life as a journey. We are connected to one another by the tiniest of threads and meet many interesting characters along the way. The journey is the destination. Live your live like you’re already at the end. Have no regrets about not stopping to take in those experiences that life has to offer you.
  2. How did writing find its way into your life?- I’ve been writing stories and poems since I was in middle school. I always felt like I wanted to share stories with other people, so I took a story to my English teacher and she told me not to give up. I still have that dream to see my work in print.
  3. What does writing do for you?- Writing has become an outlet for me. As a writer, you can let out your emotions and ideas without interruption. Also, you can live many lives through your characters, exploring worlds you can only imagine.
  4. What sort of genre or type of writing do you do?- While it’s not a widely accepted genre, I like to call what I write “New Adult.” It’s that bridge between Young Adult and Adult. I think we will find in a few years that the genre will become increasingly acknowledged.
  5. Do events in your life or people you know affect your writing?- Depending on what I’m writing, things in my life do affect my writing. I find bits and pieces of my daily living thrown in there from time to time. Experiences do shape the way we perceive our world.
  6. What are you currently work on or what was the last thing you wrote?- The last draft I was working on was titled Lyrics of My Soul. I wrote that story for NANOWRIMO. My current project is titled Daughter of an Outlaw Sinner and it’s a work in progress.
  7. Can you tell us a little about it and its inspiration?- Lyrics of My Soul was inspired by my love of music. It’s about a rising star and her journey early on in her career. Skye’s manger talks her into taking an opening act on a tour for Phoenix Rising, a band with a long history in the music industry. Along the way we learn the reasons behind Skye’s quick jump into the industry and the reasons why she may let her self-destructive behavior get the best of her. Lane is a member of Phoenix Rising and it his persistence that forces Skye to face some of her biggest challenges.
  8. What are your goals for the future?- Right now, I have 3 ½ first draft novels. I would really like to finish editing and revising at least one of those and start the publishing process.
  9. What are your interests or hobbies?- I love to read (what writer doesn’t?), hang out with my daughter, and binge watch Netflix. I am also working on several self-started projects. The 2017 No Tomorrow Challenge, which is about embracing your life and finding meaning in the now. And my other project, co-founded with two other aspiring authors, called Show Me Random Acts of Kindness. It’s a place for people to share their stories about how kind acts were spread to them. Both groups are just kicking off and their pages can be found on Facebook.
  10. If you could be a superhero, what are your powers and how would you use them to help the world?- Superhero’s are fun and amazing, but I’d rather be a mundane and inspire the humanity of people through my actions and compassion as a human.
  11. What advice would you give people who want to write?- Writing is work every day. No one becomes a sensation over-night. Writing is revising over and over again, so that you can present the best material to your audience.
  12. If you could be remembered for one thing or thought, what would it be?- I’d love to be remember for ability to inspire the greatness in others. I believe we all have something to offer the world and I’d like to see everyone reach their potential.

Example of Work:

Sample from Daughter of an Outlaw Sinner

Two years later

My heart is heavy in my chest as I pace outside the club doors. I know Preacher’s inside, but I’m having a hard time working up the nerve to speak to him.

I could end up like my mother. I’m eighteen and he could have the guys dig out a plot of desert right next to her. My life could be over.

I pull a folded-up letter from my jeans pocket. My future. The one I’ve dreamt about could happen. All I had to do was convince him to let me go.

I toss my long wavy black hair over my shoulders and puff up my arms in my leather jacket.

I can do this. I pull open the club door and stomp across the tiled floor in my riding boots.

The club is void except a few prospects cleaning up tables and Preacher sitting at the bar looking down at his phone.

I go behind the counter and grab a bottle of whiskey. I bring it down with a clink and grab two tumblers from beneath the counter.

He studies be from behind his phone screen.

“We need to talk,” I say as I pour our drinks.

I slide the drink over to him and toss mine back in one gulp. He sips his and places his phone face down on the counter.

“I already know,” he says. “I figured you’d have marched in here days ago.”

“How?” I ask after I pull my jaw up.

“I know everything about you. Every step you take.”

“Has Gadget been cyber stalking me?” I fume and pour another drink. “This is exactly why I want out of here. People have a right to privacy.”

“My daughter doesn’t,” he says in calm voice.

“I got into college. Most fathers would be happy for their children.” I huff.

He doesn’t speak only holds his glass up to his lips and stares at me.

“Please, let me go. I don’t want to be here. This isn’t my life, Preacher. This is the one you choose for me. Let me find my own way. I promise you, everything I know about the club dies the day I walk out the door.” I come around and take seat next to him. “Give me a chance to survive.”

He gazes into his empty tumbler and runs his fingers over the rim. His phone beeps and he looks down at it. He pushes himself from the chair and hefts up his cut and I see the dirt crested President’s patch over his left breast.

“There is one condition,” he says.

“Anything, I stand up. Please,” I beg.

“Blayze has to give his permission since you’re his old lady.”

Blayze. I should have saw it coming. Kegan turned Blayze the day after he patched in. It was fitting. When we were children he was always going around catching things on fire. Now, it was his club name. Kegan was gone.

“Alright,” I say.

He nods and starts to the door. “And you can’t come back. Not ever. If you go, there’s nothing to come back to.”

Preacher leaves out the front and I hear him rev his engine before he peels down the gravel road.

I lean across the bar and run my hands through my hair before I slide the whiskey over and bring the bottle to my lips.

It was going to take courage for me to tell Blayze. Sure, I was only his old lady in name. We’ve never consummated the relationship, but I was still his and he could tell me not to go.

About the Author:

I grew up in Las Vegas and moved to small town Missouri when I was sixteen. My life very much reminds me of Gilmore Girls. Art, pop culture, music, and books make up 75% of everything that I am. I consider myself a good role model because I love people regardless of who they are. Most of my time is spent with my daughter and taking her to various dance classes and practices. When I do have free time, I try to take advantage of that time and dive headfirst into my writing. I’m city girl with small town values. I’ve often referred to myself as a kaleidoscope because of the many different sides of my persona.

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