Harder to Remember Than I’d like

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And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

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Sometimes,  I know there is a part of me just looking for reasons to not do something.  Reasons to do them are the worthier part. Accomplishment is a good feeling.  People aren’t always as kind as one likes,  but if I take time and listen to my gut and my soul,  I know that I feel best when I do what I can anyway.

Further, even my own projects.  I make excuses,  but I know what I really want.  And as is often said, standing on your own way is mostly fear.  Doing my best shows. 

Review: NOS4A2

NOS4A2NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not going to lie, I expected a more traditional vampire type. must be the year for the King Boys to play with vampire lore.It’s cute,  the way Mr. Hill managed to put in shout outs to his and hos father’s other works.  It’s also kind of over the top,  but I liked it.Some thing in me both loved and hated the end and the fate of the main family, but I liked the story. I was always involved, and always interested. Joe Hill’s protagonists in his novels always seem to take damaged to another level. If they heal, it’s always to a questionable degree.  At best, they feel like they’ve reached a satisfying end, or had some basic tenant vindicated.  That’s a worthy journey, no doubt, but a bittersweet conclusion to leave someone I’ve grown to like with, in my opinion.  “NOS4A2” turns out to be the story of The Brat, who grows up to be a children’s author and artist. She has an uncanny ability to find anything but her own happy endings.  She is warned, early on,  that there is someone else out there on her roads and she is probably the only one who can find him. It’s her gift and her burden to face that in the end.It’s her empathy that seems to make her stand out in the final battle. She can clearly see that each one of us, no matter how twisted or evil, is the protagonist,  even hero, of the story they are experiencing.  If her life had been a different one, there is much she could have done with all thisself awareness.

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Workywork

I’ve  pretty busy balancing my work,  my personal life and projects and freezing.  How bad had this Winter been, anyway? 

I’m finally coming back together.  I don’t know I’d it hurts or helps that work has involved coding, too.  I gave the work website a thorough and ongoing work over, including an interactive estimates page. Based on that,  I also made an android app to user mobilely. Haven’t tried my hand at an IOS version, yet,  but I was also told to work on a desktop version.  This has me back on OOP. I’m learning a lot,  and it’s keeping me busy.

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It’s also made me think about my “own”work,  the CMS and RPG social platform.   I want to work on roar, too. 

I’ve been picking up the practical engineering that I was only competent at about 15 years ago. Lots of reading up and finding some great sites that help me through.

Also being less neglected is the writing: this blog,  the stories. 

Mental and physical fitness are also on deck.

All of these deserve their own entries and will get them, soon. My word.

Each of ther things deserve their own entry and I’m going to try. 

Review: American Vampire, Vol. 1

American Vampire, Vol. 1American Vampire, Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Seems like everything comes down to vampires,  but maybe I’m just down to the vampire part of my to-read list.  Either way,  this little story of the wild west and prohibition Hollywood has my attention. The premise here is that the first vampire sired in the U.S.A. is different.  It’s not known fully how or why by the European contingent,  but it drives them nuts.  The obvious  Old World/New World metaphors are right there. I don’t know if those are the themes that will carry out, but it’s a possibility.  The characters in the “modern” 20’s Hollywood storyline are the more sympathetic protagonists, and I think this volume had noisy of shall we will get off the Wild West origin story.  The last frames leave us with the seeds of vengeance and a story that may bring all our “heroes” back together. If I were to compare this chapter of American Vampire to something it might be “The Godfather, ” by Mario Puzo. The past and present sins informing one another and meeting in the New World, where the rules warp and change. American Vampire has potentially the same scope and complexity of character and had already surpassed the body count.I look forward to reading more.

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Worth Contemplating. The Simple Things

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1 Chronicles 4:10 KJV

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.


This one stuck with me.Simple things are important, and…even when I’ve had doubts, those things haven’t been kept from me. That’s not the point, though, I know that, but I have many blessings and that comes to mind.

The thing is, in the midle of a dry chapter of begats, this verse appears. Suddenly it’s notable that this man asked for love and safety, and he got it. If one can count on that, think of the freedom that comes of it to do so much.

Maybe this: We need to put faith in the Lord for the things he will no doubt give, and work from that place of confidence.

I’m going to try.

Review: Carpe Demon, Julie Kenner

Carpe Demon (Kate Connor - Demon Hunter, #1)Carpe Demon by Julie Kenner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When I first read this book,  years ago,  I was hooked.  It reminded me of a lot of the “Buffy grows up, and somehow manages to avoid trouble for awhile” fanfic I’d been seeing a short while prior–but better because with new characters and world it made more sense. This probably wasn’t really an accident, and the jacket quote pointed people that way. It’s a fun bubble-gum read and Kate Connor is a fun, believable protagonist.  She’s no magically perfect heroine. I gobbled this book up with my eyes in an afternoon and waited for more.I’m still waiting for more, actually. It seems we were promised a fourth book a few years back, but she is stuck on her “50 Shades of Grey” rip off.

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Review:Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 9, Volume 4

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 4: Welcome to the TeamBuffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 4: Welcome to the Team by Andrew Chambliss
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

BOOM! ILLYRIA! That’s most of what I have to say. It covers a lot, but I do like Buffy getting a higher powered team-up.I’m not loving Billy. I wish I could say more, but that’s the extent of my feelings. Well, it feels like a Politically correct tag on, and a sop to the fact that everyone else is leaving her. It’s not an equal power relationship and not the family support she has had from her true family. The pressure of Matriarch-hood is something I feel Buffyu could use some respite from. Then again, maybe that’s what she wants, no respite. Some things just feel right to people. Buffy might not be avoiding decisions, she is, perhaps, having the forward motion she desires.  Either way, this was a good sequel to “Apart, of Me.” I miss Spike,  but it’s a good time for him to give both of them space. I think Buffy and Spike compliment one another, and I am kind of glad that Buffy met Illyria,  but also glad that Spike wasn’t their focus at any time. Yay, Series, keep making me happy in tiny ways. Speaking of those things: the Council was great! I have always loved the little glimpses into demon society. Reluctantly “contacting” Buffy was fun and interesting

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Review: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Volume 3

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve always thought there was some percentage in monetizing the Slayer thing. Finally, this “episode (…of their lives…. yuck yuck) thinks about that, too. Rich-girl, Kennedy, is at her least annoying here, running a slayer-powered bodyguard service. Buffy, tired, takes her up on her offer of work, but putting the Job before The Calling proves to be difficult.

No Spike, which makes me sad, but it’s still fun and a necessary step for Buffy. It’s also another interesting angle on the world post-seed. Season 9 continues to be stronger, to my mind, than 8, but I still miss Buffy’s family. It feels like the comic seasons have been particularly rough on her, and it’s going to have to go far to heal what it did to my affections by destroying the Buffy/Giles relationship.

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