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5 Tips for Productivity

1.A ‘Don’t Break the Chain Calendar’ like this beautiful one by Karen Kavett.

I’ve used these somewhat sporadically over the past few years (and should probably start up with it again), and I’ve really enjoyed them. Here’s how they work: you set a daily minimum goal for some activity (e.g. 1 hour writing, 30 minutes running, etc.) and every day that you meet that particular goal you x-out that day. Eventually you make a chain with all the days you achieved your goal, and the desire to not break the chain will theoretically motivate you to keep meeting your goal.

5 Tips to Increase Productivity
source: karenkavett.com

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Top 5: Supernatural Books

As we all know the month of Halloween– er, October– is all about the spooky, fantastical, and supernatural, and what better way to celebrate that than a good book jam packed with vampires, zombies, or other miscellaneous supernatural creatures? Here are five great supernatural books to read this October.

 

1.The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey.

Top 5: Supernatural Books
source: amazon.com

In a post apocalyptic world ravaged by the Hungries, one little girl wakes up every day in a room by herself. She waits for the Sergeant and the other men with guns to strap her into her wheelchair and take her to the classroom where she learns about the times before Breakdown and about Greek myths from her favorite teacher, Miss Justineau. Then she is taken back to her room, and the process is repeated day after day. The only thing about her life that she truly dislikes is Dr. Caldwell and her frightening lab.

Melanie is a very special little girl, but she isn’t entirely sure why. Her teacher calls her a “little genius”, even though everyone else seems to be scared of her. But when Hungries attack, Melanie, Miss Justineau, the Sergeant, and Dr. Caldwell are thrown together as they try to navigate the outside world and stay alive.

Great quote: 

“It’s not just Pandora who had that inescapable flaw. It seems like everyone has been built in a way that sometimes makes them do wrong and stupid things.”

 

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Book Review: Dumplin’

Book Review: Dumplin'
source: amazon.com

Book: Dumplin’

Author: Julie Murphy

Genre: Fiction/ YA

Rating: 4/5

What it’s about: Willowdean (or Dumplin’ as her mom always calls her) is a self proclaimed “fat girl” and she’s not ashamed of it. That’s not always easy living in a small Texas town whose claim to fame is hosting the oldest beauty pageant in the United States, especially when your mom is head of the pageant committee and former Miss Teen Blue Bonnet herself. There are the two universal truths in Will’s life: she is comfortable in her own skin and she loathes the beauty pageant and all who enter it– but those two truths are about to get turned upside down, because lately Willowdean has been questioning herself, and the only way to regain her confidence may be doing the very thing she least wants to do: entering the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant.

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10 Amy Poehler Quotes to Take to Heart

Amy Poehler’s amazing, funny autobiography/advice/humor book Yes Please is just as good as you would expect anything created by one of the Queens of Comedy to be, and then some. If you haven’t already read it you should, but here are a few great tidbits of advice and life lessons that she imparts in its pages for you to enjoy as you wait for you ebook to download or for the UPS truck to deliver you shiny new paperback.

10 Amy Poehler Quotes to Take to Heart
source: boundandglossy.com

 

1.“People are their most beautiful when they are laughing, crying, dancing, playing, telling the truth, and being chased in a fun way.”

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He Who Controls the Pumpkin Spice

He Who Controls the Pumpkin Spice
source: jesskhoury.tumblr.com

I present to you one of the greatest mash-ups of all time in honor of the spiciest of all seasons, fall. It hasn’t been very cool or breezy in the South so far, but we all know the real sign of fall’s beginning is the return of the Pumpkin Spice. And the pumpkin spice, of course, is controlled by the…Fremen? I don’t know. It’s probably Starbucks that controls it, actually.

I’ll be trying to post some more fall/October related posts over the coming month for reasons of FUN! and HALLOWEEN! Anyway, I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful season and all the pumpkin spice-flavored-everything you can stand.

Happy fall, y’all!

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Top 5: Current Sci-Fi TV Shows

I’m not even gonna try to pick my all time top 5 shows because YIKES that would be a doozy! I mean, it’s hard enough to choose as is with all the great sci-fi shows on TV right now. So, these are my top 5 currently running sci-fi shows. Check ’em out!

1. The 100 (on The CW). Set one hundred years after a nuclear apocalypse left the Earth uninhabitable, The 100 picks up with a group of juvenile offenders being sent back to the ground from their space station to discover if the Earth is safe again. Left to fend entirely for themselves after their communications devices are destroyed in the landing, Clarke and the other ninety-nine delinquents discover that the Earth is not only habitable, it not exactly uninhabited, either. And the “Grounders” aren’t too happy about the company.

I am super obsessed with this show. Seriously, ask any of my friends. They’ll be like ‘Oh, you mean that show I’ve never seen, but Rachel won’t shut up about and keeps trying to make me watch?’ because I just really love this show and want everyone to watch it, okay?! Anywayyy, this show really is excellent and very underappreciated. I mean, it has the only bi leading character that I can think of on any show currently on television, it is extremely well written, and it is all-around amazing. Just go watch it. Go watch it right now. Seriously, stop reading my blog post because that show is way better than this. And I guarantee if you watch the first episode you’ll be hooked.

Standout moment:

Every time Clarke uses her masterful powers of manipulation to make people do what she wants.

Top 5: Current Sci-Fi TV Shows
source: netflix.com

 

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Book Review: Fortune Smiles

Book Review: Fortune Smiles
source: amazon.com

Book:  Fortune Smiles

Author: Adam Johnson

Genre: Short Story Collection

Rating: 4/5

What it’s about: This book is a collection of darkly insightful, but diverse short stories focused on everything from death to family to compassion to learning how to meet all the moments life brings you. The stories are told with mastery and humor, and each is riveting in its own way.

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September Musical Theatre Obsessions

It comes as no surprise to anyone who knows me that I am a total musical theatre geek. I love watching musicals, being in musicals, belting out the songs from musicals like a maniac while I’m driving… basically I just love musicals!

Right now, I am completely head-over-heels in love with Hamilton.

Current Musical Obsessions
source: popculturebrain.com

If you haven’t already heard of this show that has completely taken Broadway by storm, it is the newest production by Lin-Manuel Miranda (who also created and starred in In The Heights on Broadway in 2008). Hamilton is a hip-hop musical about the life of one of our founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton. I haven’t gotten to see the production for myself yet (here’s hoping I will at some point!), but I have been listening to the soundtrack nonstop for the past few days.  Some of my favorite songs include: “Alexander Hamilton”, “My Shot”, “Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)”, “Hurricane”, and “The World Was Wide Enough”, although honestly I love all of it.

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Current Reads

Current Reads

Just Finished: Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

I really enjoyed this one. It’s a collection of short stories (which I don’t read too often) that I won from a Goodreads Giveaway. There isn’t much better than a book you got for free that also happens to be really good!

I’ll be posting a review soon.

Just started: Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

I am so excited about this book! I’ve seen lots of good things about it on the interwebs, and I have high hopes for it. So far it is definitely living up to them!