Student Writer: Balancing writing with school, work, and a bunch of other stuff

Hello, hello! It’s been a while since I’ve posted a rant, since I’ve been incredibly busy with school, work, and editing my first book for publication! That being said, today’s rant fittingly is about how I manage to fit in time for writing/editing while balancing work and school.

For those who don’t know me, I’m currently a senior in college, and am working toward a psychology and sociology double major, with a minor in law/societies/justice. After class, I either head to work or to my internship, often followed by my volunteer position at a homeless shelter. On top of that, I’m often making cosplays for upcoming conventions, editing my first book for publication, and writing the first draft of the second book. So how to I manage to balance all this??

This quarter, a typical school/work day for me starts at 10AM and ends around 6PM – and if it’s a at the shelter, 10PM. As a student paying thousands of dollars for my education, I put my homework first. Luckily, my editor is super understanding and patient. In an ideal world, I would write or edit at least one chapter per night. With school, this isn’t really easy for me. There have been weeks where I don’t get to even open one of my manuscripts until Friday night. It sucks, but midterms and essay deadlines are far less forgiving than my editor. Luckily for me, essays are a piece of cake ¬†– if I know what I’m writing about, I can whip out a standard 5-paragraph, 2-3 page paper in about an hour. I realize this isn’t so simple for everyone, so I’m really thankful for my speedy writing skills (I’d like to thank all my SAT essay prep for that). I do all my reading and studying on my bus rides to/from work. My classes are less intensive this quarter since I’m focusing a lot on my job and internship, so I’m usually free by around 7pm to work on homework, writing, or any other projects.

However, my spring conventions are coming up, and naturally I planned more cosplays than I can handle. Much of my free time goes toward sewing, painting, crafting, etc. I do try to get a head start on most of my costumes, so I usually try to do writing every other night, and cosplay making on the nights I’m not writing. Or sometimes I’ll do a few hours of cosplay, then a few hours of writing, depending on what needs to be done. When my editor has new edits for me to look at or needs a new chapter, that takes priority over anything else. If I know I’ll be busy in the future, like if a con is coming up that weekend, I generally try to get ahead on edits and homework.

Surprisingly, I have something of a social life. Granted it’s all in the evening, but I try to set aside at least one night to go out with friends, and I hang out with my boyfriend as often as we can make time for each other between our busy schedules. Sometimes when I have a lot of studying to do, I meet up with friends to keep each other company while we work on our own stuff.

Sounds like I have everything laid out pretty neatly, huh? Well. . . there’s a few sacrifices.

I get about 4-5 hours of sleep on a good night. My classes aren’t too difficult this quarter, so I don’t need to spend hours each day on studying. Meals are often rushed during bus rides, at odd hours, or I’m stuffing my face while I work on other stuff. Unless I am eating with friends or family, I never really spend time just enjoying my food. Even with free time, I’m often not in my “writing zone” until around midnight, and I’ll often stay up until 2 or 3AM writing. Because writing – and cosplay, since it’s con season – takes up so much of my free time, I rarely have time to watch TV shows, play video games, or really do any of my other hobbies during the week days. Every where I go, I’m almost always brainstorming ideas for chapters and story lines, so I know what I want to write whenever I get the chance. I don’t think it’s necessary to dedicate so much mental energy and free time to get writing time in, but it’s what works for me with my schedule.

Whatever your schedule is, I think the main takeaway point here is managing your time wisely. Know how many hours you need to spend on work, homework, studying – the mandatory stuff. Dedicate how ever much of your free time you fee comfortable with to writing. Cut out mindless browsing on Facebook. Make a schedule. Do whatever you gotta do to find time to write.

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How does my daily schedule compare to yours? Do you have any suggestions for balancing writing with a busy routine? Comment your thoughts below!

Thanks for reading! ūüôā

 

 

 

TOP 9 Pokemon Games

With only one month until Pokemon Sun & Moon are released, the hype is pretty strong among Pokemon fans! Trailers have been showing so several¬†new mechanics and hinting at interesting story lines,¬†and many fans have already formed strong opinions on the game and its new Pokemon. As difficult as it may be, I’d like to break away from the latest news, just for a moment, and look back at all the great (and maybe not so great) elements of the previous Pokemon games, and see how far we’ve come in the past two decades. If you have time to cram in a game you haven’t played yet, here is my personal list of worst-to-best, that hopefully can provide some aid or strike up¬†an interesting debate!

*This list contains only the main games for Pokemon. N64, Gamecube, Mystery Dungeon Series, etc. are not included.

9. Black/White/Black 2/White 2 (DS)

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I’ll be honest, I really didn’t like Black/White. Everything about it really didn’t jive with me. I wasn’t a fan of the new Pokemon designs, the graphics looked¬†clunky, your friends in the game are kind of annoying, the story wasn’t that great, and it honestly just wasn’t that great as a whole. The seasons thing could have been cool, but it wasn’t. It happened way too quickly for me to really enjoy. I have yet to personally meet someone who actually liked Black/White, but I guess they were liked enough to actually receive direct sequels.

8. Diamond/Pearl/Platinum (DS)

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Honestly, I found these to be a little too similar vibe-wise to R/S/E, if that makes sense. Wireless/wifi trading – and having internet connection in general – was groundbreaking, I’ll give them that, because struggling to keep connection with the gamelink was troublesome, but I found the games to be a little. . .boring. It really just felt like another Pokemon game. Catching Pokemon, battling through gyms, defeating some sort of enemy team – you can only do it so many times. D/P/P weren’t horrible, but there really wasn’t anything there to make them better than the earlier games.

7. Leaf Green/Fire Red (GBA)

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I think it might have been a little too early to remake the original games. Yeah, having updated graphics was nice, but they didn’t feel necessary to me, and the addition of the Sevii Islands wasn’t really enough to make a whole new experience, compared to ORAS’s Delta Episode. LG/FR weren’t bad games, they’re definitely worth checking out, but other than being able to trade with R/S/E, there really wasn’t much of a point for me. Now, if the original games could be remade for 3DS, I’d be stoked.

 

6. Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald (GBA)

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So. Much. Surfing. It’s really no wonder how¬†I found a shiny Tentacool. I think the coolest thing about R/S/E were the graphics. Yeah, it’s a given that they should improve over the Game Boy ones, but it was still neat to actually have full scenery and color in a Pokemon game. More cool new stuff was added, like contests, but we lost the day/night feature. With the addition of new teams, the game you got changed the story line a bit more drastically. That being said, some kind of story beyond “Hey, Team Rocket sucks, can you get rid of them for us?” was added, though I can’t stay the plot was really the game’s strong point. Having a new Pokemon game on a new system was cool, but it really did not match the excitement that G/S/C gave me. Also, after the additions Yellow and Crystal brought, Emerald didn’t really meet my¬†“special edition” standards. On a side note, I knew¬†braille for about a month from trying to catch the Regis, so I guess I learned something new from playing.

5. X/Y (3DS)

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After Black/White, I wasn’t sure if I even wanted to attempt X/Y. Luckily, the 3DS Pokemon games were a huge step up. Though the 3D could have been neater and utilized more, the anime-ish graphics were aesthetically¬†pleasing, as well as the game’s French-styled scenery as a whole. I’m also a sucker for Pokemon-amie. Though it was the most recent and high-tech game, it somehow had a back-to-basics feel. Plenty of beloved Kanto Pokemon appeared in the wild, plus the inclusion of the original starters and legendaries was a great way of bringing the past into the present. I’m still a little bummed that we never got a Z version. . .

4. Heart Gold/Soul Silver (DS)

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Fantastic remake of G/S! Everything I loved was there. ¬†. ¬†. So keep reading to find out why I thought G/S/C was so fantastic! I have HG/SS ranked a little lower though since it didn’t have the same excitement around it for me, and wasn’t as big of an advancement for the series as the original was. However, the first Pokemon in your party would follow you around and it was super cute! WHY did they take that feature out??

3. Red/Blue/Green(JP only)/Yellow (GBP/GBC)

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The games that started it all! When the Nintendo eShop released them for digital download, it was hilarious to hear the new reactions of people who were playing them for the first time. “Where is the Daycare to lay eggs? Why can’t my Eevee evolve into Sylveon? Why is Magnemite only electric? I WALK SO SLOW!” Sure, R/B/Y are pretty dated, but they are still excellent games that should be played by all Pokemon fans. Very basic game play, simple story line, but still pretty fun compared to some older games in different series. Even if the game is too simple for you, there are hundreds of crazy hacks and glitches you can do to entertain yourself, like catching Mew, multiplying your items, visiting Glitch City, and encountering Missingno. Yellow especially was neat since it loosely incorporated the anime’s story, so you had a Pikachu as your starter and it followed you around, eventually are given all 3 original starters, and you occasionally encountered Jessie and James. Plus, it was for Game Boy Color, while the originals were for Pocket, so every town had its own unique color scheme.

2. Gold/Silver/Crystal (GBC)

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If the game battery didn’t die so freaking fast, it would be perfect, especially for its time. Having a new region and group of Pokemon was super exciting for those who played or watched through the first region. At the time, we had no idea there would be more than 151 Pokemon, so having a sequel game was a really big deal. G/S/C really set the pace for every game after it. Pokemon were gendered, they could hold items, lay eggs, more types and evolutions were added, you had some sort of gadget with neat apps. As annoying as some of the phone calls were, it was still a cool feature that I wish stayed in the later games, along with the radio. Crystal was also the first game to give you the option to play as a female, which was especially appreciated among little girls like me. Though the graphics were still subpar (as they seem to always be), it was the first in the series to be¬†in more than one color, and the Pokemon battle sprites in Crystal could move, so it was definitely a step up.¬†Being able to play through the Kanto region was awesome, and it would be cool to be able to play through old regions more, but I suppose cramming now 7 other regions into one game may be a bit of a hassle. More than anything, the day/night feature was stellar, despite the toll it took on the battery (and the amount of times my mom yelled at me for playing past my bed time). I really hope to see Sun and Moon bring this back, given the game titles.

1. Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire (3DS) 

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It almost feels taboo to put the latest game as my number 1, but I was blown away by the 3DS remakes of Ruby and Sapphire. Tech-wise, it had the same features as X/Y, plus the Pokemon radar system, which made finding Pokemon SO much easier! The story was presented so well, I wish the actual anime was like this – maybe I would have kept watching it! Lots of the cut scenes were really cute, exciting, and even a little emotional, and the delta episode provided plenty of post-game fun. Flying with¬†Latias and¬†Latios was an incredible new experience. My only complaint is that if you don’t look at an online guide, finding all the legendaries may be a struggle, but in this day and age, that isn’t too hard to do. Even if you weren’t a fan of the original Ruby/Sapphire, ORAS is definitely worth checking out.

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So, how does your personal list match up with mine? Are there any games that you loved or disliked? How are you feeling about Sun and Moon so far? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

Thanks for reading! ūüôā

 

Gothic Outfit Challenge

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I made a fashion post, so I’d like to share with you a photo challenge I did on Facebook about a month ago!

Drawings were circulating around various pages about a “gothic outfit challenge,” where everyday you had to wear a different goth style for a week. A handful of friends tagged me in the posts, so I eventually caved and did it. Here are the results!¬†Heads up, lighting isn’t fantastic in my room, so it’s hard to show off black clothing e.e

MONDAY: NU GOTH

Nu Goth (aka “tumblr goth,” “hipster goth,” or “goth lite”) is the most modern, and probably msot popular style among peeps my age, given its simplicity and online presence. It basically is modern fashion with a dark twist, heavily influenced by goth stereotypes, like crosses, skulls, spikes, platform shoes, etc. For this outfit, I was sure to include my skull hair clips, tattoo choker, Forever 21 cross cardigan, creepers, and over-the-knee stockings.

TUESDAY: DARK MORI

Dark Mori (aka “forrest goth,” “witchy,” “forrest witch”) is basically what would happen if a goth got lost in a forest. “Mori” is Japanese for forest, so mori fashion is characterized by flowy shawls, scarves, garments, and grays/browns/dark greens, and of course black if you want to go Dark Mori. It kind of reminds me of forest fairies or witches, which is pretty dope. For this outfit, I included my flower and butterfly hair clips, a floral lacey top, and this drapey shawl-like thing that didn’t photograph too well :/

WEDNESDAY: DEATH ROCK

Gonna start off by apologizing for not having a mad rad death hawk. The look is kinda incomplete without it, but I’d rather not shave my head for a facebook challenge.

Death Rock (aka “punk goth,” “zombie punk,” “goth is literally dead – or undead, undead, undead?”) is an older style in the goth family and is the fashion counterpart for death rock music. Inspired by post-punk and punk rock, death rock is like punk with a spooky twist. With shredded clothing, spikes, big hair, and platform shoes, if you look like an undead punk, you’re doing it right. I wore my favorite Demonia platforms, Lip Service fishnet top, and layered fishnet stockings with stripes.

 

THURSDAY: TRAD GOTH

Trad Goth (aka “traditional goth,” “real goth,” “I’m a non-conformist and my look is original – what? No, I did not steal this look from my favorite band”) is the original goth fashion, around since the early days when goth evolved from punk. Therefore, trad fashion borrows many elements from punk, like fishnets and snazzy jackets. Also, it was the 80s, so big hair and heavy makeup are a must. Where yesterday’s death rock is more “zombie punk,” trad goth is more “punk going to the (soon to be) zombie punk’s funeral.”The jacket is an old Tripp relic, with pins added and an ankh painted on the back. The skirt is from Queen of Darkness.

FRIDAY: CYBER GOTH

Cyber goth (aka “raver goths,” “not actually goths,” “ravers who think they are goth but are actually just ravers in black and neon”) is probably the most different of the bunch – not because of the neon colors necessarily, but because it focuses on futuristic elements and is associated with electronic dance music rather than rock. Dreadfall and cyberlox hair extensions are a must, often paired with goggles and a respirator. Fishnets, spikes, and platforms are still popular like with the other goths, but cyber goths are more commonly seen wearing biohazard and radiation symbols over crosses and coffins. My dress is from Cyberdog, and I wore a mixture of crin cyberlox and dreadfals from sellers¬†local to my area. The shoes are 5″ platforms I thrifted, just say Hot Topic in them.

SATURDAY: RIVETHEAD

The challenge specifically calls for Military Goth (pretty self explanatory what that is), but I don’t own anything like that e.e So I did the next closest thing.

Rivethead (aka “industrial enthusiasts,” “darker, more badass cybergoths,” “‘are you from the Matrix?'”) often takes military elements like camo and combat boots, and mixes them with punk, fetish (girls often wear PVC or leather), and cyber, but without the neon colors. It is associated with industrial music, both the harsher ends of electro-industrial and industrial rock like KMFDM and Rammstein. The dress is from Lip Service, the dreads from a local seller, I think I actually got the goggles used on eBay?

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And there you have it! Do you have a favorite style? Have you ever tried this challenge? Please comment your thoughts below! ūüôā Thanks for reading!

Pokemon 20th Anniversary!

Happy 20th anniversary, Pokemon!

I remember like it was yesterday where I was when I first learned about Pokemon. I was 3 years old when it first came to the US. My neighbor was showing me his new game he got for his GameBoy called Pokemon Blue. He was showing me how to look for Pokemon by walking through grass and surfing in water. It just blew my mind. I honestly don’t know why because I didn’t understand how to play really, but I knew I NEEDED that game.

Shortly after, my mom bought me Red version. I couldn’t read, so I didn’t really know what to do. I knew you could catch pokemon and battle (I knew numbers, so I knew about leveling up), but I didn’t know what the names of the pokemon were or how to save. I would play for hours on end, just so I could make it past Veridian City. The farthest I ever got was to Rock Tunnel in one sitting. I had the game guide – which is now a torn-up mess than not even tape can save, but it didn’t help since I COULDN’T READ. But I liked the pictures and it came with stickers, which I made a pretty picture with. It wasn’t until one of my 4 yr old friends (who could read) taught me how to save that my love for pokemon exploded into something uncontrollable and amazing.

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Soon, everyone I knew was obsessed with Pokemon. It seemed like the entire world had fallen in love with its charm. I had a plush Pikachu that I carried around with me. I even shared my Happy Meals with him. I watched the TV show all the time, and when my mom gave me and my sister the first tape, we watched it every day until she got us more. I continued to get more games, cards, toys, clothing, comics, even bed sheets – I was a walking embodiment of Pokemania. From cereal to underwear, Pokemon was everywhere, and I had to own it all.

I never stopped loving Pokemon. I still play the games religiously. I don’t watch the new episodes, but I still rewatch my tapes. I hardcore fangirled when I met Veronica Taylor, the voice of Ash Ketchum, last year at Emerald City Comicon. I don’t think it’s possible for me to ever stop loving Pokemon. With Pokemon Sun and Moon soon to be released, I look forward to many more years filled with my favorite series of all time.

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Also, for old-time’s sake. . .who remembers this classic ad?

How long have you been playing Pokemon? Do you have any Pokemon memories you’d like to share? Are you doing anything special to celebrate the 20th anniversary? Comment below! Thanks for reading! ūüôā

 

 

Anime Review: Himouto! Omaru-chan episode 1

Hey, everyone! It’s been a while since I did an anime review, so I’m going to do one today! Today’s anime: Himouto! Omaru-chan!

**Please note: this review is only on episode 1. I have not watched past this episode, so my opinions are purely based on episode 1.

So anyways, a few of my friends were really excited about this show when it first came out a few months back and kept recommending it to me. They were all excited about the little chibi girl or something, and I finally got around to watching the first episode last night.

The plot

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Omaru is a wildly popular, beautiful high school girl. She’s excellent in school, sports, music, and pretty much perfect.

But when she gets home, she transforms into a totally different person: a lazy, junk food loving, video game and manga addict. Who happens to be a chibi. And God forbid anyone from school knows her true personality.

She lives in an apartment with her older brother Taihei, who works hard to support the two of them and her obsessive lifestyle.

My review

From what I can tell, this show is one of those slice-of-life comedies. Omaru has some friends and classmates that I am assuming will become bigger parts of the series as the show progresses.

But honestly, at this point I’m not sure if I plan on continuing with the series.

1.) While I did catch myself smiling at some points, the show didn’t offer me anything new that really caught my attention. I felt like I already saw everything I needed to see.

2.) With character-driven stories (as slice-of-life stories usually are), it’s really important to have lovable – or at least interesting – characters to make up for the lack of a solid plot line.

And, to be frank, I couldn’t stand the few characters in this show.

Maybe it’s because I only stuck around for one episode, but I’m not really sure what the creators are trying to get at with this series. I think Umaru is supposed to be funny and cute, since everyone I know who watches this show seems to really like her, but I found her to be a lazy, manipulative, two-faced crybaby.

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I get that she might be a relatable character to many anime fans. I, too, enjoy lounging around my apartment playing video games and eating chocolates. Heck, Konata from Lucky*Star was an awesome¬†character¬†who happened to be a lazy otaku, but at least she wasn’t loud or annoying about it like Umaru, and she was proud of her fandoms. Umaru cares too much about being liked to be herself around her classmates.

I think what really bugged me was how manipulative and ungrateful Umaru was toward her brother. She throws a tantrum to get him to buy her a copy of Jump magazine, and when he finally caves and does it, she doesn’t even thank him. She bugs him to make her steak for dinner, and then she pigs out on potato chips and is too full to even eat it. I feel bad for Taihei, but at the same time he doesn’t do much to stand up for himself because he claims his sister is. . .hot? And can therefore get whatever she wants? (Let’s not even get into how weird or wrong that is. . .)

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While I was watching it, I thought,¬†Maybe I’m supposed to hate this girl. Maybe the creators are trying to make a point about how selfish some people can be, and will take the opportunity to make a show about a girl who because a better person.¬†But I’m not sure if that’s true. Toward the end of the episode, Umaru and Taihei are playing video games one weekend when they have to take a break to go grocery shopping. For whatever reason, Umaru is extremely pissed about this and won’t talk to Taihei about why she’s upset, leaving him to figure out why on his own. Eventually, he remembers that he promised her earlier in the week that he would spend the weekend playing with her, and then apologizes to her for taking time out of their day to make an essential grocery run. The show basically makes him look like an asshole for doing a necessary chore, because I guess it’s more important to play video games than to have food for the week.

It’s possible I’m reading too much into this. Maybe there’s some aspect of cultural humor I’m missing. But I honestly can’t find humor in a lazy girl crying to her hardworking brother to buy her a stinkin’ manga magazine.

That being said, my opinions on popular anime are usually in the minority. I’m curious on what you all thought of this show! Did you find it funny? Do you like the characters? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

Thanks for reading~

 

ATTACK ON TITAN MOVIE: Why I actually kind of really liked it!

Hello, everyone! Long time, no post! Hope you all have been well ūüôā A couple weeks ago, I saw the Attack on Titan live-action movie, and I’d like to share my thoughts on it today!

For starters, I am not a fan of the AoT anime (I did watch through all of season 1) and I’ve never read the manga. I heard from other reviews that the live-action movie is much different from the anime, thus disappointing many AoT fans.

Well. I’m not an AoT fan. Not even close. So I figured I’d give the movie a shot.

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The basic premise was the same: quiet village¬†enclosed by walls, titans attack and everything goes to shit, the main characters join the military to fight the titans. But that’s pretty much the only thing that’s similar. Yeah, Eren is still the main character. Eren’s mother isn’t in the movie, and he briefly mentions his parents both died when he was young. Mikasa is not his adopted sister who’s weirdly horny for him, but his girlfriend. . .which is probably for the best. Armin isn’t as main of a character, and is more or less there by the anime’s¬†necessity and to be a love interest for Sasha, who possibly likes potatoes even more in the movie than she does in the anime. Hange is even crazier about titans and is a more prominent character, which is awesome. Levi’s character is changed to Shikishima – which, as I read in one of the reviews, was to make him more “believably Japanese” – and is kind of a condescending creeper with the hots for Mikasa. . .but I actually found his character more interesting that way.

I can guarantee you that zero AoT fans actually agree with me on that.

Also, some new side characters were added, which was kind of cool since I felt a lot of the side characters in the anime were glossed over, but it also makes me wonder why they didn’t just use the anime characters and add more depth to them.

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The characters all look Japanese, which makes sense since it is a Japanese movie, but it did take away some of the character’s defining features, like Armin’s blonde hair. But it also makes sense since, while not explicitly stated, the movie takes place in a place parallel to 1940s¬†Japan rather than the anime’s more European setting. With mentions of war, weapons of mass destruction, big red flags, the movie definitely has a WWII vibe. Though¬†this disappointed many fans since it took away from the authenticity, I really liked the change since I like WWII stuff.

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Also, the colossal titan is basically an atomic bomb. Explosions, destruction, fire raining down on the villagers as they scream and run in terror, the titan disappearing into a cloud of black smoke. . .

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The standard titans are pretty much what you’d expect – creepy, yet goofy looking. Maybe it just felt this way since it’s a live-action movie, but the movie seemed a lot bloodier than the anime, with blood raining down as titans bite into people, ripping them apart.

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Also, showing children crying for their parents, people stampeding and cramming into temples for safety, committing suicide, crying as they leave their families to fight in the military – it felt a lot darker than the anime.

Yet it also felt more carefree than the anime. One of my biggest complaints about the anime is that it takes itself too seriously. I’m sorry, but giant naked people with goofy faces is too silly for me to take seriously. With the darker atmosphere,¬†quirkier characters, and soundtrack of heavy metal and hip hop music, the film felt more like a corny Japanese B horror movie, and it was actually really fun to watch.

On a side note, this movie is just part 1 and only covers the beginning of the anime. I have yet to see part 2.

Bottom line: if you like B horror movies, you might like this movie. If you’re a die-hard AoT fan, you might be disappointed by the changes, but it might be worth watching just to see what it’s like.

Have you seen the Attack on Titan movie? What did you think? Any thoughts you’d like to share? Please comment below! Thanks for reading ūüėÄ

Short Story Contest! My latest paranormal/horror story!

Hello!

It’s been a while since I ranted about writing. So I will rant about writing tonight!

I wrote a short story a few months back for a creative writing class I took at my university and class really enjoyed it, so I decided to enter it in a small contest for paranormal/horror stories. The top 10% most voted are judged and I am so close to having enough votes, but there are only a few days left! Please check out my story, leave a review, and if you like it, vote for it by logging in (you can log in via Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and click the little heart! I would appreciate it very much if you could spare a moment to support me! ūüôā But more than anything, I would love for you all to read my story since I love to share my writing! And of course, if you are in any competitions or have anything you would like me to read, let me know and I will be more than happy to check it out!

You can find my story by clicking here!

About the story:

Whispered rumors of the “13 steps to hell” lure a gang of goth teens to the notorious Paradise Lake Cemetery. Some spirits are better left to rest in peace…

“The Paradise Lake Haunting” is a semi-true story. Located in Maltby, Washington, Paradise Lake Cemetery is home to the notorious 13 steps to Hell. It’s rumored that those who dared to walk down the steps saw visions of unspeakable horrors (presumably Hell) and went insane. A few decades back, teenagers would sneak into the cemetery at night – usually after a few drinks – and investigate the steps for themselves. Due to the¬†frequent vandalism at the cemetery, it is now private property and the steps have supposedly been bulldozed over since they are no longer accessible.

Though¬†Paradise Lake Cemetery is very real, I’m not too convinced that these steps were haunted. I’m not even sure they really existed – there are no photographs of them and the stories of drunk teenagers don’t seem all that credible to me. But local ghosts stories have always intrigued me, whether or not they’re real, so I thought it’d be fun to put my own spin on this.

Please check out my story, leave a review, and vote for it if you enjoy it! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it in the comments section! ūüôā If your town has a local ghost story¬†or if you have a personal experience with ghosts that you’d like to share, please do so! ūüôā

Thanks for reading my blog!