Just one more reason

I’ve been trying to come up with the right words to express just how upsetting and disgusting I find Trump’s comments, actions, and attitudes toward our military, veterans, and military families and I can’t come up with anything that will do it.

This isn’t the only reason he’s an awful and terrifying choice for POTUS – and not even the most compelling – but it does show his incredible disrespect and ignorance with regard to the principles and dedication required to be a member of the US military.

I urge all of my fellow veterans, do not vote for this draft-dodging piece of shit. For so many reasons this man is a danger to our country and to the larger global community. Voting for third-party candidates only serve to boost Trump’s chances of securing the necessary number of electoral votes. Protest voting isn’t the way to effect change at this point. There’s too much at stake. People of color, LGBTQ folks, non-Christians, women, and others are in danger of losing hard earned rights. His influence wouldn’t just be felt for a minimum of four years, but for decades to come by filling the Supreme Court with extreme right-wing judges.

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Fun Read!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had no idea what to expect when I started this book. A friend read it, didn’t tell me anything about it, and I didn’t read the blurb before I dove in. I didn’t even look very closely at the cover, which would have given me some clues. I did later see that someone had compared it to X-Men meets X-Files and that seems about right.

I was hooked from beginning to end and am a little sad to say goodbye to some of the characters. I’ve heard the second book in the series isn’t like the first – still good, but pretty different – and I don’t think I’m ready to tackle that one just yet.

One thing I didn’t expect was to laugh as much as I did. What a great story and a great main character. I certainly recommend this one to anyone who enjoys political intrigue and science fiction.

Oh, and the narrator did a great job on the many different voices. Her inflections during narration, though, kept pulling me out of the story. Not too badly but enough to think repeatedly, “please change that!” I understand that she doesn’t do the second book so I’ll be interested to know how I like the new narrator once I get around to it.

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Enjoyed the madness!

I thought I read this book in my teens but the farther I got into it, the more certain I became that I hadn’t. I would have remembered how well done Jack’s descent into madness was. For me, that was the best part of the book. I did enjoy Danny’s parts of the book, and Wendy’s to a lesser extent, but the star of the show was Jack’s changes and his growing connection to the hotel.

I think my biggest shock was just how different Kubrick’s film is to the novel. I need to watch the movie again since I don’t remember a lot of the details. That and the insane number of times the N-word was used. I wasn’t expecting it and it really put me off.

I listened to the audio book and initially Campbell Scott’s calm tone made me wonder if I wouldn’t fall asleep while reading. Luckily, he got down to business when the dialogue and more intense narration called for it. He did a really good job.

I don’t know if it was just the audio book and there were clearer demarcations in the physical book, but I was throw off regularly which POV switches. There were a few times when I had to rewind to see if I either missed something or to figure out who was sharing info.

I’m glad I read this one. It won’t end up on my all-time favorite Stephen King list but I enjoyed the story. 3.5 stars for me.

Wide Awake at 3:30am

I’ve been meaning to move the land line from my nightstand to the guest room. I was reminded of that task this morning when someone in California called and woke me up. It was clearly a wrong number since the only people in California who would intentionally call me know that a) I don’t answer the telephone and b) I’d be sleeping and really pissed at being woken up.

I have a tough time getting back to sleep, particularly after I’ve gotten a few hours of pillow time. This morning was no exception and I lay there with my mind running from one topic to the next.

I need to get back to writing flash fiction. But maybe I should blow the dust off the NaNoWriMo project from 2014. Oh, and there’s that potential business that I’ve been kicking around with a couple of people. Also, holy crap, we’ve lived in this house for nearly eleven months and still don’t have the painting in the bedrooms done or the floors finished or any pictures or art on the walls. Abby and TJ have a nice snoring harmony going. I hope Micah isn’t so nervous about his first day at a new school that he’s unable to sleep tonight. How many minutes does he get with his new phone? I’ve got to make that pot roast today before the beef goes bad. And on and on it went until I’d had enough and got up at 5:30 and opened up the novel from 2014. By 6:30 I was overwhelmed by the amount of work it would take and shut it all down.

Maybe the next flash fic I write will deal with wrong numbers.

Mostly Fun and Interesting

I’ve always liked Felicia Day. Well, since I first saw her on Dr. Horrible and then crushed on her after watching The Guild. My crush waned, and wasn’t rekindled by this book. I enjoyed hearing the author read to me – I think all memoirs should be read by the author, if possible – because I don’t think anyone else could have done it justice.
I learned a lot about Ms. Day and had quite a few, “wow, I never would have guessed that,” moments. Glad I read it. I wish her loads of success and happiness in the future.