The Bulb

Sometimes a bulb is planted but
It chooses not to bloom until the planter waters another.
When there are too many blooms, the planter
Chooses the prettiest to cut and display, hidden from the light, but
It is the one not cut that will survive the longest.
This one will contain the beauty shared with the world,
As it blooms in nature, for all to see, for all to behold, but
It too will pass one day, but when it does it may leave a child
For the world to keep forever, and through this,
The bloom will never fail.

Many bulbs are planted.
Few will bloom.
And only one could ever last forever.

Unknown

You wake up in an unfamiliar room
You look around you, but you can’t see
They meld together unknown…

You wake up in an unfamiliar room
You try to speak, but words don’t exist
You see them meld together unknown…

You wake up in an unfamiliar room
You try to touch, but there is nothing
You say they meld together unknown…

You wake up in an unfamiliar room
You listen intently, but there is no sound
You feel them meld together unknown…

You wake up in an unfamiliar room
You inhale deeply, but there is no smell
You hear them meld together unknown…

You wake up in an unfamiliar room
You try to lick, but there is nothing to taste
You smell them meld together unknown…

You wake up in a familiar room
Say the chant, feel your brothers, taste and smell their presence, hear yourself and them and you and them and you and you alone.

You meld together as one,
Known.

 

 

Star Trek: Beyond — Amazing

Star Trek: Beyond is a fantastic film! I absolutely enjoyed it.

One of the biggest draws was the spectacular CGI. I simply cannot get over how amazing the art was in this movie. In every scene, everything was so well done, and the space scenes were simply beautiful.

The acting was on point as was the engaging story line. There was even character development!

I recently posted a review on MoviePilot.com where I elaborate on why it’s such a great film. Please check out this link https://creators.co/posts/4016242.

Ghostbusters — A Hilarious Delight

Now, I am not all too familiar with the original Ghostbusters franchise. Prior to watching this movie tonight all I knew was the renowned “Who you gonna call?” line, but everyone knows that. Ghostbusters was an absolute hilarious delight.

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The plot of the movie is pretty standard. A group of people work together to ward off evil, which in this movie comes in the form of ghosts, who receive full access to NYC from one man.

But the delivery was fabulous. The characters were all so quirky and funny! Ghostbusters delivered a lot of laughs. The humor wasn’t too much nor was it too dry. There was a good balance of commonly used jokes and humor situational to this specific setting. Kevin was a riot. I was, obviously, extremely thrilled to see the exceedingly handsome Chris Hemsworth appear on screen. His character, however, was only hot. He was kinda an idiot, but the lovable kind that makes you laugh… a lot. Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig played their characters very well. Kate McKinnon’s character might be my favorite. She acted like life was a joke and as if she took nothing seriously, but she was actually a brilliant engineer who gets the job done. Leslie Jones’ character was a confident gem. It’s always great to see minorities on the big screen portrayed in a positive light. Speaking of positivity, it was also fabulous to have a cast of mainly women, strong not sexualized women at that!

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This dorky look is something I definitely dig on Hemsworth. Even if the dorkiness was not on par with the character, lol!

So, the characters were great and needless to say I approve of the casting. The plot was easy to follow despite the constant paranormal-speak, and the special effects were at an appropriate level. They were very well done. They were animated to fit the humorous nature of movie. The movie was charming, humorous, and just a lot of fun! It’s worth the time to kick back and enjoy.

Flash Season 2: Mixed Feelings

UGH. Okay. So last night I finished the Season 2 Finale of CW’s The Flash, and I have many issues. Now granted, I obviously very much enjoyed the show as I binged the entire series in three days, but that was due to its good superficial entertainment value. After an A+ first season, I hopped into the second season full of love for the characters, so I was already invested, but after the 23 episodes I was left disappointed and oh-so-annoyed.

Now normally my reviews are spoiler free, but not today, so I regret to inform you that if you aren’t looking for major spoilers, you’ll have to stop reading this post until you finish the show.

Season One of The Flash contained an excellent storyline. We viewers were dragged through intriguing twists and turns and everything made sense. Of course, the villain was given away a little too early, ruining any surprise. We knew Dr. Wells, or actually as it turned out Eobard Thawne was a sketchball from the beginning, but his character was still intriguing, and his villainy made sense. His relationship with Barry was so special which made his betrayal all the worse, but we were met with many believable relationships. It was encouraging to see Barry grow and accept things such as the fact that Iris wasn’t in love with him. Life happens. But in Season 2, it felt like they were trying to force this relationship to happen. Barry was very happy with Patty and Iris was genuinely happy for them, but midway through the season she starts questioning her feelings? Why? It honestly led nowhere and was quite pointless.

Speaking of forced relationships…Hunter and Caitlin. I was not buying that one bit. Oh no, evil villain destroying many worlds has a weakness because of his fondness for some girl. Hunter and Caitlin’s romance was cute at first, but once it was discovered that this so called Jay Garrick was actually Zoom, I couldn’t buy that his emotions of love were strong enough to influence his decisions as they did. In fact Zoom as a whole after his reveal didn’t really make sense and with this speedsters grabbing time remnants of themselves (these still confuse me) at their very whim made me wonder why Zoom’s grand plan was just to race Barry. That’s it? Zoom is honestly SO powerful and has apparently already ruined other Earths that he could’ve done better. It was REALLY hard to get invested in this season’s major storyline after the reveal. Here I was rooting for the team as they worked to try to stop Zoom and save Jesse (Omgosh, I’m still in love with Wells), but after that happened, everything sort of became blase. And Barry giving up his powers? Stupidest.Move.Ever.

Flash One
Nope, this really wasn’t happening. Maybe a cute fling, but Zoom acting as he did? Nope.

And Barry running back in time to talk to Eobard Thawne/evil Wells? Another stupid move. Plus, he was sooo bad at not letting the timeline remain intact. He warned his team about things instead of letting them happen, and he didn’t even do a good enough job to fool me, so it’s no small wonder that Thawne/evil Wells, a brilliant man figured out something was amiss. I just wasn’t buying that. Plus the only repurcussion of Barry’s screwing with the timeline was that Hartley was around when he returned to the present and that creepy ghost thing followed him. No. There had to be many more changes. Speaking of altering the timeline…the ending. NO. In the season one finale, Barry had the chance to save his mother, but he knew he shouldn’t, especially with the help of other Barry shaking his head to stop him, but here soon after Barry finally comes to terms with his mother’s death, Barry goes back in time to save her. WHAT THE HECK?! Like honestly this is ridiculous. In stopping Reverse-Flash, Barry just destroyed the whole storyline of Season One, on which Season Two continued, so everything that just happened is gone. And Barry loves Joe. Joe is his dad. He’s said that. What is his problem? Yes, he’s shook up because his dad just died, but if he can travel back in time all willy-nilly, why not just save Henry? Also, won’t the Speed Force (which apparently is some deity-ish entity) be pissed about this? And Barry is integral to the rest of this DC Universe thing these CW shows have going…like Arrow. How much does this change everything? I know people have probably been complaining about all this for a couple months, but this decision was ridiculous. Barry can’t just be changing his mind like this.

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Come on Fam! You legit just accepted your mom’s fate, and here you are trying to change life?

Barry actually got a bit annoying in this season…second half that is. Iris didn’t seem to have as important of a role which was a little disappointing. Same with Joe. I missed his great mentoring from the first season. Cisco got an upgrade which was fun. And of course Wells was back!! As you know, from my ranting from the first season, I absolutely love Dr. Wells (or as he was in the first season Eobard Thawne). I needed to get used to the angrier and more brusque demeanor of Earth Two Wells, but it didn’t take long. His lovable intelligence was intact, and I loved Earth Two Wells’ seeming nonchalance and brisk responses when people would tell him things or compare him to evil Wells. That was a thing, although Wells had his secrets at first, he was a good guy. Yayy. Honestly, I have to throw appreciation to Tom Cavangh’s superb acting skills for part of my affection for Wells. I would even go as far to say is the best on the show. Unfortunately, I felt the season two acting was rather mediocre (other than Bae Cavangh of course). Teddy Sears was a bit monotone as Jay Garrick/Zoom/Hunter and Danielle Panabaker didn’t pull off evil very well. Honestly, the Earth Two doppelgangers were almost laughable. I mean, I loved the ideas behind those episodes, but it didn’t seem to work very well.

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Can’t complain about Bae. ❤ Obvi, I’m biased, but I honestly think Wells’ character was well-developed. 

While I’m here bashing the season, I did enjoy it. I mean I did happily watch it all in three days. I’m not happy with the ending, but the first half of the season was honestly pretty engaging and the plots were going somewhere. Actually they were pretty good. Unfortunately, their appeal was lost after the Zoom reveal. Something just happened and it all went downhill. And there is just too much wrong with the time travel and questions surrounding these paradoxes that in a way helped ruin the second half of the show. Cisco and Wells were the true heroes of this season as they helped maintain engagement for the second half. I look forward to seeing how Season 3 deals with the epic time crisis Barry has created, and I hope for stronger relationships between the characters as well as a more engaging and intriguing storyline. Season 1 was SO good, Man. Season 3 better bring the attack this fall. I miss my good Barry. ALSO: one thing with the timeline crisis is that this totally means that Dr. Wells, the original, the real Earth One Wells can definitely come around in Season 3, and I will gladly accept his existence.

Flash is actually good!

I was pretty hesitant to start watching the Flash after my little stint with Arrow last summer. I had somewhat of a love/hate relationship with Arrow. There were so many things I couldn’t stand, but Flash was quite a pleasant surprise. First of all, I much like the main character (yeah, Oliver Queen is obnoxious in my opinion). Secondly, there isn’t annoying drama! Yesss! I’m so happy to be at episode ten and be not finding any ridiculous or excessive drama. Thirdly, there isn’t an annoying repetitive opening sequence. I am SO grateful Barry switches up how he introduces each episode.

Flash is fun! Barry Allen is ABSOLUTELY adorable. I love his character and the actor is quite cute too. 😉 He has a great group of people he runs with who are useful as he chases down the bad guys every episode. And he’s learning. He’s new to his powers and it’s cool to see him grow. Actually there was an episode where Oliver Queen trained Barry. I could not believe how mature and likeable Oliver appeared…Okay, I need to chill before this turns into a rant about Oliver Queen.

Every episode just makes Barry more lovable, and the show has a light-hearted yet serious nature, which is wonderful. While every episode focuses on a new villain, there is also two other mysterious storylines that weave through the series. I’m excited to see how they turn out.

I mean, I’m not even halfway through the first season (Goodness, I only started yesterday), but I’m really enjoying Flash, and so far have zero complaints. XD

Turned to Grey

Black and white; sharp and pristine
Until tears cloud them into a grey scene.

From a distance, unavoidable beauty does the portrait hold.
Edging closer, emotions sparked, double-takes, and some fakes
Initial awe diminished.

“‘Tis hideous!”
Easy to say
Unless you know the artist
And your pride is washed away.

Nodding in accordance
Judging from afar
But when it’s your turn
Your whole life is ajar.

Make her a dove
Make him a dove
They are doves
Nothing is evil.

Your lady is a dove
Your man is a dove

Why sting the dove?
How could anyone hurt the dove?
Could one actually bite the dove?

The other was evil.

A portrait, a painting, whatever art may be remaining
Unblurred beauty and lines, easy to see
One drop of emotion
And everything turns to grey.

Khabi Kushi Khabie Gham

The movie was 90% crying, I swear. Okay. Maybe I’m exaggerating, but not by much. It was like 85% crying, but it was good crying. It was real crying because this movie was about 85% feels, literally. That was not an exaggeration there.

Khabi Kushi Khabie Gham is a 2001 Bollywood drama, so it’s a little old, but I did enjoy it so I figured it was worth talking about now. K3G is about family, simply put. Rahul is adopted as a toddler by the wealthy Raichand family, and they take him in as their own, with immense love. Later they have a second son, Rohan, and the family is in bliss. As Rahul comes of age to take over his father’s company, he makes a mistake: he falls in love. What is unacceptable to his father is the girl who he falls in love with, one of the working class. In choosing the girl over duty to his family, Rahul leaves the Raichand household, only to be found ten years later by his younger brother, who does his best to reunite his family. Rohan knows the stubbornness keeping his family apart can be mended by the love they all share for each other.

This movie is a little long, but I didn’t feel like I wasted my time in watching it (which is basically how I rate movies nowadays. If I don’t regret the time spent, then it’s okay!) K3G is beautiful. Brokenness is a real thing, and this movie captures it greatly. It also has a few great musical numbers, colorful and fun, just as Bollywood is known for. With big names like Shah Rukh Khan, Amitabh Bachan, Kareena Kapoor, this movie does not disappoint.

Plus it’s on Netflix, so y’all really have no excuse not to check it out. I don’t need any “I don’t have Netflix” excuses. Someone you knows does.

(By the way, I totally rate this movie 3/5 tears. XD)

 

 

Six Word Stories: Anticipation

This is my entry for Sometimes Stellar Storyteller’s Six Word Story Challenge. The prompt was “Anticipation.”

 

She reread his last text everyday.

Framed & Burning

I’m excited to be a part of a book tour for the first time!

Lisa Brunette is gearing up for her new release of Framed and Burning: Book Two in the Dreamslippers Series.

 
Framed and Burning, Book Two in the Dreamslippers Series
Published by Sky Harbor LLC

November 27, 2015 pub date

Genre: Mystery


Book Synopsis:

The Dreamslippers are a family of private investigators who have the ability to “slip” into your dreams. The first book in the series, Cat in the Flock, was published to critical acclaim and is trending at 4.5 stars on Amazon with 35 reviews. In Framed and Burning, someone sets fire to Mick Travers’s art studio, killing his assistant, and Mick won’t give an alibi. His dreamslipping sister–the eccentric Amazing Grace–is convinced he’s innocent, but her granddaughter and the police aren’t so sure. Was it Mick, or is something darker behind the fire?

An Excerpt From the Novel

Chapter 11

While her grandmother was puzzling over Ernesto’s dream that morning, Cat was trapped in a hoarder’s house with a battalion of beagles underfoot.

Maysie Ray Duncan had thirty-three of her great-uncle’s paintings. That is, if you could find them under the detritus accumulated over however many decades Maysie had occupied the cinderblock home. It was set down on a canal in a quiet section of Miami suburbia. The beagles, which seemed to number at least twenty, had the run of the place, and judging by the odor that hit the back of Cat’s palate the minute she set foot inside, the dogs had quite possibly never been bathed.

Unable to shake the feeling that they’d missed something about that first fire at Mick’s place, Cat was still investigating. Sure, maybe crazy Candace did set both fires. It was hard to argue with a confession. But Cat felt she owed it to her uncle to make sure.

She’d combed through a digital catalogue of Mick’s art and decided she needed to talk to some of his regular buyers, people who made a point of collecting his paintings. One of them could have a grudge against him, she reasoned, or maybe they only wanted to destroy some of his work so the pieces they owned would go up in value.

Which is how she got to Maysie Ray Duncan, apparently one of her uncle’s biggest fans.

Behind a tower of newspapers dating back to the Sixties, Cat found a piece with Mick’s tell-tale signature on it—a wide M followed by a scribble followed by a cursive T followed by more scribble.

“Oh, that’s Blue Shift Number Seven,” said Maysie with delight. “One of my favorites! Number Nine must be nearby. I wanted to get Number Eight, but I was outbid. Imagine that.”

Maysie wore a velvet housecoat over a long silk dress. Her arthritic feet were stuffed into velvet-trimmed slippers. Her face was made up as if she were about to do a curtain call. Her hair was wrapped in a silk scarf tied above her painted-on eyebrows, the fringe falling down over her forehead.

“When was the last time you purchased one of Mick’s pieces?” Cat asked, trying not to topple a tower of washed-out dog food cans.

“Let me see… I attend so many of the gallery openings, you know,” she said, as if wanting credit for her society status. “I suppose it was three or four years ago. I like to get them before they really make it big.”

Cat had to hand it to her; that was some shrewd collecting. If Maysie put Mick’s work out to a gallery or auction house now, she’d surely see a huge profit.

“Do you sell the work you acquire?”

“Oh, heavens, no!” Maysie shrieked, reaching out to stroke Blue Shift Number Seven. “They’re my babies. Even more than you guys, eh, Melvin?” She picked up one of the beagles and kissed him square on the mouth. Melvin seemed unfazed by the gesture.

“So you’ve kept them all.”

“Of course!”

Cat told Maysie about the fires in Mick’s studio and beach house, and the woman broke down and wept, clutching her chest. “It’s horrible, my dear! That poor man. His precious things.”

Cat left Maysie’s house gasping for fresh air. That had been a bust, but at least her mental picture of who collects art these days got more rounded out.

ADVANCED PRAISE

“Framed and Burning is the second book in the Dreamslippers series. It’s easy to follow and hard to put down, making readers who may not have read the first book race back to give it a try!”  – InD’tale Magazine“Lisa Brunette continues to develop vibrant characters in a stunning story that will keep you reading well past your bedtime!” – On My Kindle

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About the Author: 

Lisa Brunette is the author of the Dreamslippers mystery series. Book One, Cat in the Flock, is an indieBRAG honoree title that has been praised by Kirkus Reviews, Midwest Book Review, Readers Lane, and others.

Brunette is a career writer/editor whose work has appeared in major daily newspapers and magazines, including the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Woman, and Poets & Writers. She’s interviewed a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, a sex expert, homeless women, and the designer of the Batmobile, among others.

She has story design and writing credits in hundreds of bestselling video games, including the Mystery Case Files, Mystery Trackers, and Dark Tales series for Big Fish and AAA games for Nintendo and Microsoft platforms.

She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Miami, where she was a Michener Fellow. Her short stories and poetry have appeared in Bellingham Review, The Comstock Review, Icarus International, and elsewhere.

She’s also received many honors for her writing, including a major grant from the Tacoma Arts Commission, the William Stafford Award, and the Associated Writing Programs Intro Journals Project Award.

She blogs at www.catintheflock.com and has been a guest-blogger for Author magazine and Dr. Chris Michaels’s blog.

Brunette is a member of Mystery Writers of America and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.

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