Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review: The Great Grisby by Mikita Brottman

It's no small secret that I'm a dog lover, so when The Great Grisby popped up in my Amazon Vine queue, I had to give it a go.

I was actually the first meanie to rate this book below three stars on Amazon (I rated it two, to be exact), but I'm honestly surprised at how well received it had been so far. Is it a terrible book? No. It's a bit dry. The author jumps around a lot (from writing about one dog to another) and her transitions are, more often than not, quite weak.

Though Ms. Brottman makes some pertinent observations (about dogs, people, and our relationships with each other), I just feel that this book could do with some reorganization. In addition to her weak transitions from talking about one historical/literary dog for another, the chapters seem mostly nonsensical and her insertions of the story of her own dog (Grisby, of course) are often jarring. Perhaps instead of trying to write a book that was part memoir and part historical/literary study, Ms. Brottman should have focused on one or the other.

Why two stars instead of just one? Well, besides the aforementioned pertinent observations, it is clear that The Great Grisby is well-researched and I enjoyed learning a lot about these "literary, royal, philosophical, and artistic dog lovers and their exceptional animals". 2/5 stars.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Suicide Prevention/Awareness Day

I wasn't going to write today, but as it's World Suicide Prevention Day and I've been dealing with some pretty hefty issues lately, I wanted to make a quick update and link back to my recent blog entries regarding my mental health.

Even more difficult things have occurred in my life since I wrote about seeking help for my severe depression and anxiety, and I've had some really bad days and nights. Really bad. But I'm still working on myself. Some days are harder than others, and I'm not even sure I can say some days are good...but sometimes I am able to breathe and accept things for what they are. To, as I was taught, do some "opposite action".

Today is one of those days. I'm cleaning! I'm doing work! I even put some laundry in! I have fun - and likely therapeutic - plans with friends later!

Tomorrow may not be so easy, but again, I'm trying to listen to what I was taught and take things day by day, one day at a time.

I'll say this - I have more amazing people in my life than I could ever be worthy of, and every one of them has participated in making my state of well-being more positive.

And considering the day, I just wanted to say that if you are experiencing anything difficult - whether it be suicidal thoughts, a personal trauma, general depression and/or anxiety, even if you're just 'in a rut' - don't ever be afraid to reach out. To someone. To anyone. To your pet - I've done that more times than I can count, now. Go to the hospital if you have to - I've been there.

All that said, I'm going to leave you with a recent photo of myself when I was having a great time with some great friends, and hopefully I'll be back soon with some Dragon Con updates!

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Monday Confessions

I confess...that I only just now remembered it was Monday and that's why these are getting posted so late.

I confess...I got home from Dragon Con a week ago tomorrow and still haven't unpacked a single thing. Seriously.

I confess...I love that I have two awesome friends who live halfway around the world - in Australia, specifically - and are both named Natalie. And that we're planning New Year's Vegas trips and summer 2015 Eurotrips with each other because that's how we roll.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Confessions

I confess...I may have reached a state of zen in terms of my Dragon Con costumes. As in, several of them will be either not finished at all or totally half-assed, and I've got too much other important stuff going on to really care. I think. Perhaps. Heh.

I confess...that on the same subject, all the rest of my cosplay items finally arrived in the mail, but I can't bring myself to be excited about them. Yeah, I'm a bit of a downer today...

I confess...while I'm at it, I might as well share my interview with Dragon Con's Social Media Director, which I posted over on The Geekiary last week. Never even finished posting about SDCC and here I am, on to another convention already. Oops?

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

One Week 'Til Dragon Con!

As usual I'm struggling to finish costumes for Dragon Con, despite having the best of intentions in terms of getting things done months ago. Or at least weeks ago. To be fair, if you've been reading my blog at all you know that things have been a bit rough for me...and to be honest, if I don't finish things, I don't finish them, and that's something I'm going to have to live with.

But I'm sure as hell going to try ;)

So let's see...things I've learned as I try to throw costumes together last minute...

~ Mod Podge burns if you get it on your skin. But hey, only for a second!

~ Nothing ever dries fast enough when you're in a rush to get stuff done. Not the aforementioned Mod Podge, not wood glue, nothing.

~ I really, truly, honestly don't have enough creativity for cosplay, and quite often find myself wondering why I bother with it at all.

~ There's nothing better than a really sharp Exacto when cutting craft foam. Like, really sharp. And I didn't have one of those when I needed it. Sigh.

~ Wait...there is something better - friends who are willing to help and encourage you as you struggle to deal with personal issues while finishing costumes on time for Dragon Con ;)

On a side note...I'm a panelist on the American Sci-Fi Fantasy Media's Game of Thrones: Loosing the Chains panel on Friday evening at 7 come check it out! Pin It

Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday Confessions

I confess...I'm not ready for Dragon Con and I'm not even sure I care.

I confess...I deactivated Facebook for a couple days at least. I'll probably have to get back on it soon and I dread it, but I need it for certain things (Geekiary stuff and Dragon Con stuff) so it is what it is I suppose.

I confess...the idea of facing this week, let alone getting through it, is overwhelming.

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