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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

To My Anti-Muslim Friends

I am tired of listening to you say Muslims are terrorists and violent.

I don't know much about Muslim theology or the Koran, but I do know enough about Christian history to say we're treading hypocritical ground when we take pieces of it to "prove" Islam is inherently violent. (See here for more perspective.)

Lots of people calling themselves Christian have exploited that image and the issues surrounding it for political and personal gain (such as a large number of American politicians and rich preachers making money off donations) or as an excuse for violence and other discrimination against women and minorities.

You're probably thinking "But those aren't true Christians." First, we still have a responsibility to do something about them. Secondly, why do we get to brush our extremists off as not our problem but Muslims don't? Especially when, as a direct result of the fear and hatred of Muslims, they are being harassed, assaulted, and killed.

It's cliché to quote the Bible verses about the branch in one's eye, but it's still appropriate.


Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
-Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)


So Christians, please show us you are better than this.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday Madness:Just Checking In

Hello everyone. Hope you had a good December.

While the family was not feeling particularly festive, we still had a nice holiday, as well as a steak dinner. And I continued my tradition of being sick on Christmas. The good news is I'm feeling better today and I could be over it by New Year's.

Current blog plans are to do a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule at minimum, maybe more often if I feel up to it. Also got a new type of review I want to try out so I can express some strong opinions about the free TV episodes I get off Google Play.

In the mean time, enjoy what remains of 2015.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Thanksgiving


It being Thanksgiving in the U.S., I'm posting this a day early.

First, I'm grateful for this very blog-hop and Lexa Cain for maintaining it. You guys have been encouraging, especially during the weeks when I haven't been doing well.

Second, I love the internet. I can talk to people from around the world on everything from theology to movies to racism to writing or I can find resources on subjects I never would have known about otherwise. It is just plain amazing.


Now for the stuff that's specific to this week.

  • My brother has recently realized he's asexual. So far, our other family members have been ok with it.
  • I've been following the #4thPrecinctShutdown protest in Minneapolis, and so far, no one has been killed despite being shot at.
  • For the first time in a while, I went to my local library and used bookstore. I was looking for craft books, and I found plenty.

Have a good weekend and a happy Thanksgiving.

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family cover reveal

This sounds fun.

Title:Self-Help 101 or: How I Learned to Take Over the World Through Tolerating My Family
Author:L.G. Keltner
Genre:Holiday/Humor
Length:27,000
Cover Art:L.G. Keltner
Release Date:December 1, 2015


Blurb:

Dani Finklemeier has decided to write a self-help book about how to take over the world, but she’s not sure where to start.  After all, she’s only seventeen and looking for a better way to make money than babysitting.  She buys a self-help book that promises to teach her how to write a self-help book in the hope of getting the job done.

Not that it’ll be easy to get any work done this holiday season.  Her family is staying at the house for Christmas, and fights break out almost immediately.  Dani also has to deal with the fallout from an unexpected kiss with her best friend Seth and the feelings that go along with it.  On edge around her family and unsure how to interact with the one person she’s trusted with everything in the past, she can only take what inspiration she can from the crazy circumstances surrounding her and see what happens.

One way or another, it should be an interesting holiday.


(Yes it should.)


Bio:

L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband.  Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six.  Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.

Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.

You can typically find L.G. lurking around her blog, on Twitter, or on her Facebook page.


Pre-Order Links:

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B017NADK4C
Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B017NADK4C
Barnes & Noble - http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/self-help-101-or-lg-keltner/1122797603?ean=2940152405781
Kobo - https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/self-help-101-or-how-i-learned-to-take-over-the-world-through-tolerating-my-family

Add it on Goodreads-https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27243175-self-help-101-or


© 2015 by M.R.R. (Well not really, cause I didn't write most of it.)

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

IWSG:Another Bad Half-Month


Back for another round of sharing our problems.

The end of October was much like the end of August for me, in that a lot of negative things happened. A death in the family, being stuck hours away from home and not getting back until nearly midnight (which happened two weekends in a row), sudden feelings of depression and wanting to be alone, and freaking cramps have been making things difficult. In short, I've been too busy, sick, or depressed to write, plus I've been avoiding most social media for days.

So the next few days (or maybe weeks) will be spent trying to catch up on writing and visiting people. And watching TV, because it makes me feel better and the Hulu episodes are going to expire soon.


© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Back Into It

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Between being out all day Sunday and then getting sick later in the week, I've been out of it. But hey, I'm doing better now and I get to visit all you friendly people. We're off to a decent start.

  • I'm catching up on some blog hops.
  • We moved some furniture on Saturday, and I've reached the point where I like it.
  • When the car wouldn't start to get us home Sunday, a friend of my brother's was gracious enough to drive some of us while the others rode in the tow truck.
  • Hot baths.
  • Fluffy pajama pants.
  • Today, I don't think I have much to do beyond the daily stuff, and I am grateful for that. 

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Monday, October 26, 2015

A List Of Lists (The Listing Fest entry)

Well, I couldn't pick any one list to post, so instead, here are some that I've got stashed away that are waiting to be added to.


  1. Reasons I wonder why the world as we know it hasn't ended
  2. Things I care about more than I want to
  3. Songs I would sing/write if I ever formed a band
  4. Story ideas based on particular songs and albums
  5. Bible verses as fiction-writing prompts
  6. Names that would work for superheroes or villains

Friday, October 23, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Making It



This has been the kind of week when you're just glad you made it. A week ago, a relative of mine died and we've been dealing with the aftermath and uncertainty about the future.

But they are always some little things to keep you going, such as....


  • blogs on Tumblr loaded with writing prompts.
  • video games again.
  • finally finishing that post about the trip I took last month.
  • snuggles with the puppy.


How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

My September Trip

Well, it's been a month, but I finally finished writing about the trip I took back in September.

A trio that consisted of me, my mom, and one other relative went to stay with our cousin for a few days. The drive took six hours. Mom was behind the wheel the whole time while I was in the back seat handling snacks.

Day one was hanging around the house getting used to things. I met the dogs, claimed the bed the computer room, and found out the bathroom sink was designed for someone shorter than me, because I had to bend over or squat to reach the faucet.

I also got to sleep with the one-year old dog April jumping in and out of the bed all night (more on her in a bit).

Friday, October 16, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Count Your Blessings



  • Going to the beach and getting my feet in the sand.
  • Video games, and a decent post-apocalyptic setting.
  • Getting the puppy used to being out around people. We took him on a road trip over the weekend, and he took it relatively well.
  • Got into a better routine for writing, and it's been going well.

How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Another Week

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  • Puppies make life better, even if they like to bring in "treasures" from outside.
  • Sleep, as always.
  • Places to go this weekend.
  • Funny Tumblr blogs.
  • The people who commented on my IWSG post earlier this week. Thanks for the encouragement.


How are things on your end?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

IWSG:What Am I Doing

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Today is going to be a lot of rambling.

I've been a member of this blog hop for over a year and I have little to show for it. And finishing one of my stories then getting it published somewhere is going to take another couple years at least. I just might leave before too much longer, haven't made a decision yet.

And I've noticed a pattern where I feel fine for a couple weeks, everything's good, then I suddenly don't feel motivated to do much besides sit on the couch and stare at the TV for some time after that. I don't think it's depression, but it is messing things up for me. My current life can be summarized as "what am I doing?"

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And I keep thinking and talking about getting off my butt and doing things, but it just doesn't happen.

In happier news, a friend is celebrating his birthday today. Which reminds me, I need to wrap his present.


© 2015 by M.R.R.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Celebrate The Small Things:Oh Dang, It's October

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  • A friend's car breaking down didn't result in any injury or other really bad situation.
  • Video games with a different friend.
  • I spent an entire day in pajama pants and a goofy T-shirt.
  • I felt sick earlier this week, but I'm doing better now.
  • It's finally starting to feel like fall around here. We even got some rain.



  • How are things on your end?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015

    Movie Review:Despicable Me 2

    Premise:A crime fighting organization finds the retired villain and gets him to search for another villain threatening the world.

    Cast:Steve Carrell as Gru, Kristen Wiig as Lucy Wilde, Miranda Cosgrove as Margo, Russell Brand as Dr. Nefario, Benjamin Bratt as Eduardo Pérez, Moises Arias as Antonio, Ken Jeong as Floyd Eagle-san, Dana Gaier as Edith, Elsie Fisher as Agnes, Steve Coogan as Silas Ramsbottom, Nasim Pedrad as Jillian

    Directors:Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud

    MPAA Rating:PG for rude humor and mild action

    Genres:Animation, action comedy

    Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards. Updated 12/29/2016 to add some additional points.

    Pros:Gru. Good slapstick. Decent antagonist.

    Cons:Annoying love interest. Too many innuendos.



    Gru may have retired from the villain business a while back, but he still has insight that most would not. So, when someone steals a serum that makes users practically invincible and looking like a Sesame Street monster, the Anti-Villain League wants his expertise.

    Friday, September 25, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:Take What's There

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    Time to make up for missing the last time this hop happened.

    I'm glad for the trip I took with some family last weekend (I still have a post about the visit I need to work). But I'm also glad to be home and relaxing.

    On a more somber note, as one of my family members is approaching the end of her life soon, I am grateful we get some time left to spend with her.

    How are things on your end?


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, September 11, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:Friday Has Returned



    This week, I've been seeing a lot of reminders on the internet that we live in a screwed-up world. What I celebrate is that there are still good things to enjoy, positivity (like this blog hop), and that the internet I've been visiting more recently has been causing me less stress and facepalms.

    How are things on your end?


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, September 04, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:It's September


    Once again, I'm glad this week has been quiet.

    I'm also glad for the holiday weekend. There are some things I'm hoping to get done (like laundry and video games) and this is a good time for it. Also a great time to sleep.

    Finally, we'll be moving into fall and winter soon, my favorite seasons. And while Christmas and Thanksgiving and all that can be stressful, I look forward to them.

    How are things on your end?


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Wednesday, September 02, 2015

    IWSG:Stress & Mess

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    I'm kind of glad August is over, because the last couple weeks have been a little rough. One of the dogs died, we're moving furniture around which means misplaced crap all over until we get something figured out, I got trapped in a car with a friend who seems to like talking about subjects like the coming apocalypse, blah blah blah excuses blah blah blah life blah blah blah. I write so fricking slow. But for the most part, it's going fine in that area.

    I just hope nothing too big or exasperating happens in for at least a couple of weeks.


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Monday, August 31, 2015

    That Annoying Rug

    Well, I'm feeling generally stressed and I haven't done a good rant in a while. Let's vent a little frustration.

    So we've been doing some redecorating in the living room, moving stuff around and buying new decor.

    And then this rug came in yesterday.


    Well, maybe not a rug per se. It's made out of a straw-like material, and would be perfectly fine for the patio (where most of us would be wearing shoes while walking on it). However, it is not out on the patio, it is in the middle of the living room floor. Being hard and rough, it's uncomfortable to walk on barefoot. And when the weather gets cold, I doubt it will be kind to my socks.

    I'm sure they will be more discussion about this later on, but given what was said today, I fear I may have been outvoted.

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, August 28, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:Fall's On The Way



    I'm glad this week has been calm for the most part.

    • After months of waiting and shots, the vet has finally cleared Rocket to go out. He's still adjusting to being out and about (as well as being around people and other dogs), but we'll get there in time.
    • Nice hot showers.
    • That the weekend is just around the corner.
    • Finally saw Man Of Steel and liked more than I expected to.

    How are things on your end?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Monday, August 24, 2015

    Movie Review For Paul Blart:Mall Cop

    Premise:A socially awkward security guard at a mall is the only one left inside to save hostages from a gang of crooks.

    Cast:Kevin James as Paul Blart, Jayma Mays as Amy, Raini Rodriguez as Maya Blart, Keir O'Donnell as Veck Sims, Bobby Cannavale as Commander James Kent, Shirley Knight as Paul's mom, Stephen Rannazzisi as Stuart, full cast can be found here.

    Director:Steve Carr

    MPAA Rating:PG for some violence, mild crude and suggestive humor, and language

    Genres:Comedy

    Notes:Poster taken from IMDB. Updated 12/29/2016 to add more notes about the content problems.

    Pros:Decent protagonist. Some funny moments. The soundtrack.

    Cons:Bad acting. Glorifies stalking. One obnoxious character. Clunky exposition. Small things that don't make sense.


    Paul Blart is not doing so well. He failed to become a cop like he wanted, people love to mock him, and he has yet to find a girlfriend (though that new saleswoman is pretty cute).

    Friday, August 21, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:All Things Considered...



    I'm still feeling a little off-balance after our dog died earlier this week. But there have still been things about this week


    • got some pictures of her a few months prior.
    • Rocket, our surviving pet. He has made it a little easier to deal with, and helps the food and treats still left not to go to waste.
    • And I'm happy for the people who have taken the time to leave constructive comments here this week.
    • Mass Effect 2  for improving after the first part of the story. I wasn't exactly into it at first, but it had gotten much more interesting.
    • That the fall TV season is almost here.
    • Autumn itself not being too far away. But we still have a while before Thanksgiving and Christmas.
    • Finally, we've been rearranging furniture in the living room. In the process, we've cleared out a lot of dust and some movies we no longer want.


    How are things on your end?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Tuesday, August 18, 2015

    Sad News

    Earlier today, our dog Poochie died.


    I don't think I'll have much to say for the rest of the week.

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    On Target, Toys, & Gender

    This post has more links than usual, so it might take a while to get through them all.

    So in (the unlikely) case you haven't heard, there has been a storm of debate over gender and whether or not society is about to collapse because of godless heathens. This reached a new point sometime after a mom tweeted about her disappointment with Target's "building sets" versus "girls' building sets". And now, the powers that be at Target have decided that they will no longer label toys according to gender. Many Christians are outraged over this decision to the point that they have declared Target has lost a customer.

    And if you ask me, how upset people are over this is just plain ridiculous. It's not like we've suddenly been commanded to ignore gender altogether. We've just seen strict, arbitrary definitions of what it means grow less powerful.

    Monday, August 17, 2015

    Things I've Learned Because Of Blogging

    Today, this blog turns two years old. And ever since I started it, I've been learning.

    Copyright law
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    The nuances of fair use took a while to figure out, but thanks to Creative Commons and websites of public domain pictures, things have gone well.



    Being a writer
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    Not only have I done a lot more writing both on and offline in the past couple years, I've also connected with a lot of authors. Thank you for giving me a clue about what I can expect.



    Social media
    There are at least four different social platforms I've joined specifically to help with my posts. And most of them have become fun for me even outside of blogging.


    So if you're a blogger, what have you learned because of it?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, August 14, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:So It's August Now


    I finally remembered to post for this hop! That's a start.

    • Music. And one album turning out better than I thought it would.
    • Getting a good score in a video game that I've been trying to get for a while.
    • I uploaded a bunch of files to Google Drive because I got paranoid about not backing things up. And I'm still way under the free storage limit.
    • Blessed alone time.
    • We had peach pie for dessert last night. I should see if there's any left.

    How are things on your end?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Wednesday, August 05, 2015

    IWSG:Feeling Fine, Actually


    Good news:I'm not feeling insecure about my writing at the moment. I've actually been more productive in the last month, with my main focus on developing a medieval world (and I found a cool site about castles in the process.) So I'm going to be working on that some more, and enjoying the weird things my brain comes up with.

    So for the most part, I'm doing all right, and I'm happy about that.
    Credit:Krabat der Zauberlehrling at Wikimedia Commons


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, July 24, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:Thank God It's Friday


    I'm happy it's Friday.

    • I finally deleted my Facebook account.
    • The dogs are starting to get along better. They're hardly best of friends, but we can put them in the same room without it turning into a biting/barking match.
    • Once again, Plants Vs. Zombies. I have been this game an awful lot recently. Minesweeper too.
    • Adventure Time's fifth season is on DVD.
    • Good food, specifically shrimp quesadillas and cotton candy ice cream.

    How are things on your end?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, July 17, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:Friday Comes Fast


    Wow, that week didn't last long.


    • I finally started to delete parts of my Facebook account and announce to my friends that I'm leaving it site soon. I should finish that either today or over the weekend.
    • The house is slightly cleaner (and less dusty) than it was, and I utilized extra storage space in my bedroom. Still more work to do, but we're off to a good start.
    • Got a handful of old pictures scanned and put on the computer.
    • Free TV episodes on Google Play. Not everything has been good, but I found one series that I liked.
    • Read some good blogs and articles, in part thanks to Patheos.
    • I'm finally doing better about visiting other blogs during these hops.

    How are things on your end?


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Tuesday, July 14, 2015

    Movie Review:All Creatures Big And Small

    Premise:Two young animals separated from Noah's ark try to survive as the flood encroaches on the land.

    Cast:Callum Maloney as Finny, Ava Connolly as Leah, Dermot Magennis as Dave and Mr. Griffin, Amy Grant as Hazel, Martin Sheen as the lion, Paul Tylak as Obesey, Chris Evans (not that one) as Stayput, Aileen Mythen as Mrs. Griffin

    Directors:Toby Genkel and Sean McCormack

    MPAA Rating:G

    Genres:Animation

    Notes:May also be titled God's Little Creatures. Poster taken from AMC Theatres.

    Pros:Good animation. Different spin on the story of Noah's ark.

    Cons:Some bad characters and acting. Story has been done before. A forced lesson with no bearing on the plot.



    What if an animal supposed to be onboard Noah's ark got left behind? This is the dilemma of Finny the nestrian (a colorful, fur-covered creature that's constantly migrating) and Leah the grymp (a grouchy mammal resembling a combination between a cat and a small dog). Meanwhile, Finny's panicking father and Leah's angry mother are trying to get past the unhelpful crew to find their lost kids.

    Friday, July 10, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:July


    Here is a reminder that you survived the week.

    • First, I love movies.
    • Despite some idiots in our neighborhood, the 4th of July wasn't too bad.
    • Junk food (specifically the sugary kind). Even though it's bad for me.
    • I'm back to getting enough sleep after keeping an eye on the cute-but-obnoxious dog (who likes to get up much earlier than I do).
    • Comfy clothes too.
    • And making this list much longer than I was expecting.


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Tuesday, July 07, 2015

    Notes From My Roomates

    The people I live with are a strange bunch indeed, as evidenced by a couple of messages left in the past week.


    On the microwave


    "Do Not Use
    making scary noises w/lights + stuff"



    On the computer when I woke up


    "Went shoppping. Be back later. Poochie is in charge."

    Poochie being our 14-year-old mutt.


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, July 03, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:Time For July


    We have made it another week.

    • Making it this far.
    • One of my cousin's kids had a birthday party over the weekend (and there was a waterslide). I didn't stay long, but it was fairly good.
    • Caffeine. Not that good for me, but it keeps me going.
    • A few nights off of krav maga. I like it, but a break is nice.
    • PopCap Games for making Peggle and Plants Vs. Zombies.

    How's it going on your end?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Movie Review For Terminator:Salvation

    Premise:In the war between humanity and a robot army, a convicted criminal plays a crucial role in humanity's future.

    Cast:Sam Worthington as Marcus Wright, Christian Bale as John Connor, Moon Bloodgood as Blair Williams Anton Yelchin as Kyle Reese, Bryce Dallas Howard as Kate Connor, Helena Bonham Carter as Dr. Serena Kogan, Jadagrace as Star, Common as Barnes, Michael Ironside as General Ashdown

    Director:McG

    MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action, and language

    Genres:Action, sci-fi, war

    Notes:The fourth film in the Terminator franchise. Poster taken from IMP Awards.

    Pros:A couple of awesome moments.

    Cons:It's just plain boring. Bad acting. Uninteresting characters. A plot hole.


    Judgement Day has happened, and what are we to do with what's left? (Note to movie makers:Do not spoil the most interesting part of your movie in the trailer.)

    The descriptions I gave may sound dull. The movie really isn't any better. The action scenes felt ripped off from the film's own predecessors or Transformers. More problematically, I felt almost no connection to the characters. Kyle Reese was okay, but how did Skynet know about him? Where would there have been records of him? The famed John Connor (getting an over-dramatic performance from Christian Bale) was far better when he didn't appear onscreen. Newcomer Marcus Wright might have had a shot at salvaging things if they had made him the main character instead of splitting the focus between him and John. As is, I barely care about him or can make sense of how he thinks and acts. And finally, there's the general guy whose only purpose is to make cold decisions for our heroes to defy.

    Wednesday, July 01, 2015

    IWSG:July 1st


    Honestly, I don't know what to say this month. A lot of the stress I've been dealing with recently is related more to jobs, pets, and sleep than to writing.
    I need to go to bed earlier.

    At this point, I'm not certain how the future will go. Where I'll be in a few months, how my time will be divided, whether I'll have gotten any better at managing it (ha).

    On the bright side, the rest of this week looks as though it should be pretty mellow, so that'll give me some time to get a few things sorted out.

    How are things going on your end?


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, June 26, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:June's Almost Over


    Another week, and more small celebrations.


    • We took our chihuahua Rocket to the vet on Tuesday, and he turned out to be mostly healthy. He still has some minor problems, but nothing life-threatening. Oh, and he's still young enough to qualify for a puppy plan (which is a package for vaccinations and similar stuff that costs less than all the pieces would separately).
    • One of my friends has a job for two weeks. It might not be much, but it's still great he's getting work.


    How are things going on your end?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Thursday, June 25, 2015

    Movie Review For Terminator 3:Rise Of The Machines

    Premise:Yet another robotic killer is sent to kill people who are destined to fight machines in the future.

    Cast:Nick Stahl as John Connor, Claire Danes as Kate Brewster, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the T-800, Kristanna Loken as the T-X, David Andrews as Robert Brewster

    Director:Jonathan Mostow

    MPAA Rating:R for strong sci-fi violence and action, and for language and brief nudity

    Genres:Action, sci-fi/fantasy

    Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

    Pros:Schwarzenegger's character. Decent ending.

    Cons:Bland acting and characters. Rehashes the plot of the first two movies. Mediocre villain. Contradicts what was set up in the last movie.



    You know the drill:In the future, the machines take over while John Connor and his human army fight back. So Skynet, the big computer program in charge, sends a specialized assassin to the past to kill someone who will be important to the resistance. We've been through this before.

    As you can see, the plot doesn't cover much new ground. If you've seen the first two movies, you've already got a basic idea of how most of it will turn out.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    Post A To Z Road Trip/Why I Hate Touchscreen

    I've been pretty bad about visiting and commenting on other blogs lately, but I'm hoping to improve that starting this week.

    And now for the two main reasons I hate using touchscreen devices.


    Half the time, I accidentally click something I didn't want to.
    Then it's a bunch of hitting the back button.

    It takes a lot longer to type anything.
    I don't mind making quick notes or edits on blog posts, but for serious writing? No.


    So how has the A to Z Road Trip been for you? And what's you opinion of touchscreen?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Monday, June 22, 2015

    Movie Review For Terminator 2:Judgement Day

    Premise:A new cyber assassin is sent to the past to eliminate (currently 13-year-old) future leader of the resistance.

    Cast:Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor, Edward Furlong as John Connor, Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator, Robert Patrick as the T-1000, Earl Boen as Dr. Silberman, Joe Morton as Miles Dyson

    Director:James Cameron

    MPAA Rating:R for strong sci-fi action and violence, and for language

    Genres:Action

    Notes:Poster taken from IMP Awards.

    Pros:Good villain. Decent early plot twist. Some good action scenes.

    Cons:Unlikable protagonists. Starts the franchise's time travel inconsistency. Had me asking questions about the Terminators' actions.



    The first attempt to eliminate John Connor may have failed, but Skynet's not about to stop trying to end its worst enemy.

    So given my love of the first movie and the popularity of this sequel, you might think this is going to be a positive review. Good guess, but no.

    Friday, June 19, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:June 19, 2015

    Is it just me, or do Fridays seem to be arriving faster?


    Not much is new for me. But over the week, I found some interesting links that I want to share.

    Freerice.com
    Visitors answer questions on whatever topic they choose (the default is English vocabulary), and the advertising revenue is used to buy rice for hungry people.

    Oh Baby! Names
    Not only does it tell you the meaning, popularity, and origin of the names, but it also gives you trivia about well-known people or characters who have that name.

    Word Counter
    Should come in handy.

    Break Movies
    Part of a larger website, this offers free movies to watch online. I haven't gotten a chance to watch any yet, but since it doesn't seem to make a fuss about mobile devices, it should make a good alternative to Hulu for me.


    Also found a set of pretty cool social media icons for authors for 27 different sites.


    So how is your week going?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Monday, June 15, 2015

    Why I'm Worried About Marvel's Civil War Movie



    I've thought about Civil War and the whole superhero registration issue, and I realized that this movie may not come out well.

    First, they're setting up an event large enough to create a major split among teammates whom we've seen stick together through alien invasions, genocidal relatives, and evil robot armies. So unless they decide to have this affect future films, there's a good chance it'll come off as rushed.

    And according to an article on Marvel's website, they also plan to include "a new and nefarious villain" that the heroes must defeat. That same article contains a rather long list of characters that includes most of the current Avengers, as well as Bucky Barnes, Ant-Man, Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, Sharon Carter, Black Panther, Thaddeus Ross, and more. Several of these characters have arcs that still haven't played out yet, meaning the movie will be packed full (remember what happened with Age Of Ultron?). Forget two hours, I'd give it three to handle all of them. (Also, if it's about most of the Avengers team and superheroes in general, why isn't it called Avengers:Civil War?)

    So how do think Civil War will turn out?


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, June 12, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:Wait, It's Friday?


    Last weekend, I got my first blogging award. (Thanks, Eva.) Other than that, most of what I'm thinking of this week is basic stuff.

    First, let us celebrate fans and air conditioning, for summer is upon us.


    Monday, June 08, 2015

    I Have Received The Encouraging Thunder Reward

    Eva Solar over at My Miracle Life was kind enough to give me the Encouraging Thunder Award.


    This is what the award's creator had to say.


    What you can do with Encouraging Thunder award?
    Post it on your blog.
    Grant other bloggers with the award.


    What you can’t do with Encouraging Thunder award?
    Abuse or misuse the logo.
    Claim that it’s your own handmade logo.


    What you should do after receiving Encouraging Thunder award:
    Enjoy the award.
    At least gives thanks via comments and likes and or mentioning the blog who give the award.
    Mention your purpose in blogging.


    Most of the people I would think to nominate were already mentioned in Eva's post. My one nominee for this award is Storm Lantern at Clothed With Thunder. So far, he's my only blogging friend I also know face-to-face. He posts mainly about My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic  and music he likes.

    And since it said to mention my purpose, I'm out here to do two things:Vent my emotions, and talk about what's on my mind (whether it's a rant about obnoxious people or thoughts on a movie). And if you're reading, thank you for listening and chatting with me.

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, June 05, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:June Has Arrived

    First, I managed to get a higher quality version of the icon.


    Last week, we found a chihuahua we suspect was abandoned, since  we haven't seen any sign that there's someone looking for him (no lost posters or notices, and none of the neighbors down the street recognized him).


    We've started calling him Rocket (and considering how fast he moves when he sees someone he likes come nearby, it suits him). And so far, he has adapted to his new home rather well.

    The biggest thing we have left to do is get him and Poochie to play nice.


    Well, that's it for me. Hope you get a good weekend.

    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Wednesday, June 03, 2015

    IWSG:June 2015


    Another month has managed to go by.

    I worry I'm not cut out for writing or very good at it, put it off without any good reason, and can't seem to stay focused on one project for very long. But I want to keep writing. Even if I never make money from it or if it's just for me, I want to keep doing it.

    What motivates you to write?


    © 2015 by M.R.R.

    Friday, May 29, 2015

    Celebrate The Small Things:End Of May

    I can't believe it's already Friday again. Anyway.


    Yesterday evening, a couple of my roommates came across a lost dog and brought him inside.

    We have yet to find his owner, but at least he's better off that he would have been spending all night on the street. We'll keep looking for a few days or until we find who he belongs to. In the meantime, he's adorable.

    And for the small things I'm happy about:

    • New music. Always cool.
    • Been re-reading a comic I like.
    • I get peace and quiet for a couple of days. *internally throws a party*


    What are you celebrating this week?

    © 2015 by M.R.R.