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December goals

December 2, 2017 — 4 Comments

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Finish reading these:

Those that are crossed out were on my list for the previous month and are now finished.

  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • The golden orb by Douglas Niles
  • The war of the worlds by H.G Wells
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  • The Dunwich Horror by H.P Lovecraft
  • The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen
  • This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch
  • The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The players of Gilean by various authors
  • The book of dragons by Edith Nesbit
  • The land that time forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The old curiousity shop by Charles Dickens
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  • Winterheim by Douglas Niles

 

Actually finish Christmas shopping. I’m awful at procrastinating and year after year I find myself somewhat prepared for the holidays but there’s always a present or two that I end up forgetting to purchase. It’s so annoying because I only seem to remember when there is very little time left to get it done.

Keep up with exercising. I have been exercising regularly, or well, an hour of fairly intense exercise about two times a week for the past month and I can already feel that I have more energy for things. I just hope I can switch some of my diet with lower calorie options too to help boost a possible weight loss. It will be difficult to pull off during the Christmas holidays but I will try my best. The only day I won’t restrict myself is Christmas eve.

Sending the Christmas cards I’ve written for family and blog friends. With our post office being closed for a bit and me having to buy a new car because mine had rusted to death, I’ve had to postpone sending out cards for a bit, but hopefully I will be able to do so as soon as I get my next paycheck on December 12th.

Continue my low-buy period. I have been better at not spending money on unnecessary things or too much food. My wallet is happy and so am I so it’s a good thing. It also gives me a push into using up everything I have already instead of constantly buying new things. Better for me and better for the environment.

What are your goals for December?

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 What I read in November.

Some were started in October but didn’t get finished in November. There’s a few shorter stories, but anything is worth reading if it’s good. I think my favorite must have been This Crowded Earth, it’s a very possible future.

Icewall trilogy #1: The Messenger by Douglas Niles

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Exiled in disgrace to the harsh land called the Icereach, Kerrick, a Silvanesti elf, encounters a group of barbarian villagers that is making a determined stand against the encroachment of the remnants of a powerful ogre empire that is out to seize control of the frozen world.

Icewall trilogy #2: The Golden Orb by Douglas Niles

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Towering aloof and secure, the isolated fortress offers humankind a place to survive and flourish in the barren realm of Icereach. Even the elven Messenger Kerrick Fallabrine has made a home there, living among the humans and teaching them a multitude of skills. But the ogre enemies are always near, and they have developed a powerful weapon, a destructive magic encased within a sphere of solid gold. Its existence forces the humans to confront the threat of extinction that lurks outside their walls.

When the sleeper wakes by H.G Wells

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Graham, an 1890s radical pamphleteer who is eagerly awaiting the twentieth century and all the advances it will bring, is stricken with insomnia. Finally resorting to medication, he instantly falls into a deep sleep that lasts two hundred years. Upon waking in the twenty-second century to a strange and nightmarish place, he slowly discovers he is master of the world, revered by an adoring populace who consider him their leader. Terrified, he escapes from his chamber seeking solace—only to realize that not everyone adores him, some even wish to harm him.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

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Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not reciprocated, leaves Wuthering Heights, only to return years later as a wealthy and polished man. He proceeds to exact a terrible revenge for his former miseries. The action of the story is chaotic and unremittingly violent, but the accomplished handling of a complex structure, the evocative descriptions of the lonely moorland setting and the poetic grandeur of vision combine to make this unique novel a masterpiece of English literature.

The war of the worlds by H.G Wells

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With H.G. Wells’ other novels, The War of the Worlds was one of the first and greatest works of science fiction ever to be written. Even long before man had learned to fly, H.G. Wells wrote this story of the Martian attack on England. These unearthly creatures arrive in huge cylinders, from which they escape as soon as the metal is cool. The first falls near Woking and is regarded as a curiosity rather than a danger until the Martians climb out of it and kill many of the gaping crowd with a Heat-Ray. These unearthly creatures have heads four feet in diameter and colossal round bodies, and by manipulating two terrifying machines – the Handling Machine and the Fighting Machine – they are as versatile as humans and at the same time insuperable. They cause boundless destruction. The inhabitants of the Earth are powerless against them, and it looks as if the end of the World has come. But there is one factor which the Martians, in spite of their superior intelligence, have not reckoned on. It is this which brings about a miraculous conclusion to this famous work of the imagination.

The Inmost Light by Arthur Machen

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The Inmost Light, one of Arthur Machen’s most disturbing stories, involves a doctor’s scientific experiments into occultism, and the vampiric force instigated by his unrelenting curiosity regarding the unseen elements. A large and glorious gem-stone is the vampiric mediator; soaking up the soul of the doctor’s wife; in the place of her spirit a demonic energy too-terrible-to-believe enters, transmuting her brain into that of something “not human.” Whilst the stone is the spirit appropriator, it is the process of scientific exploration into dark waters, perhaps those considered taboo, which brings about this horrific energy exchange. Dr. Black steals his wife’s soul; his own energy is then gradually sucked by the stone too. In attempting to enter the forbidden and dark zone of the “other world” for never-before-glimpsed-knowledge, he sacrifices his most valuable attribute in this world. And the sacrifice persists..

This Crowded Earth by Robert Bloch

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This Crowded Earth is a taut and compelling story about an all too possible future. Earth is overcrowded and its resources are being taxed to the limit. The government has a desperate plan, but will it work and at what price? By the author of Psycho and Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper

The Dunwich Horror by H.P Lovecraft

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The town of Dunwich, Massachusetts is thoroughly unremarkable until Wilbur Whateley is born.His “decayed” and inbred family was already unpopular due to their dabbling in the occult, and when Lavinia Whateley gives birth to a strange-looking child and refuses to say who the father was, it doesn’t improve anyone’s opinion of them. Wilbur grows incredibly fast – he begins talking at 11 months; by the time he’s three, he looks ten years old; and at four and a half, around 15. The townsfolk don’t trust him, as he gives them the creeps even more than the other Whateleys. For all that, though, they’re still willing to sell cows to the Whateley mansion; money’s money, after all, even if it is in the form of weird antique gold coins. Although for some reason, despite the truly vast amount of livestock Old Whateley buys, his herd never seems to get bigger…The household only gets more suspicious with time. The farmhouse always seems to be mysteriously under construction, with more and more windows being boarded up; the townsfolk also suspect that interior walls are being knocked out. When Wilbur is ten, Old Whateley dies, shrieking instructions to Wilbur on his deathbed; two years later, Lavinia Whateley disappears on Halloween night and is never found.Around this point, Wilbur begins to search for an unabridged copy of the Necronomicon, having learned all of what he knew from his grandfather’s library; his copy of said book is a shortened English version, which he apparently found insufficient. He discovers that nearby Miskatonic University has a complete copy, but the librarian refuses to loan it out to him. So he breaks in to steal it, only to be killed by a guard dog.And that’s when things get really weird.

The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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Written in his distinctively dazzling manner, Oscar Wilde’s story of a fashionable young man who sells his soul for eternal youth and beauty is the author’s most popular work. The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.” Just a few years later, the book and the aesthetic/moral dilemma it presented became issues in the trials occasioned by Wilde’s homosexual liaisons, which resulted in his imprisonment. Of Dorian Gray’s relationship to autobiography, Wilde noted in a letter, “Basil Hallward is what I think I am: Lord Henry what the world thinks me: Dorian what I would like to be—in other ages, perhaps.”

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

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In his “Ghostly little book,” Charles Dickens invents the modern concept of Christmas Spirit and offers one of the world’s most adapted and imitated stories. We know Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, not only as fictional characters, but also as icons of the true meaning of Christmas in a world still plagued with avarice and cynicism.

 

What did you love this month? 

November goals

November 1, 2017 — 12 Comments

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Finish reading these:

Those that are crossed out were on my list for the previous month and are now finished.

  • Death from a top hat by Clayton Rawson
  • The nature of the universe by Fred Hoyle
  • Saturn by Ben Bova
  • Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Invisible Man by H.G Wells
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  • Anthem by Ayn Rand
  • When the sleeper wakes by H.G Wells
  • The messenger by Douglas Niles
  • The time machine by H.G Wells
  • The body snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The golden orb by Douglas Niles
  • The war of the worlds by H.G Wells
  • The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • The players of Gilean by various authors

I feel like my lists just get longer and longer with each month, and I think I make a comment about that each month too. It feels good to read so much though.  I wanted to read at least five books a month and I have been successful so far.

Attend more events that interest me. My anxiety has always held me back and I have missed out on many cool things, like lectures about the universe or an arts and crafts weekend at the closest library.. Or Christmas markets when that time comes. I don’t want to be too scared to go anymore so I need to make a conscious effort to go through with it.

Get better at talking about myself. When I attended a CV and job application workshop I realized just how bad I am at talking about myself and figuring out what kind of good qualities I have. A little bit of confidence is important when applying for jobs and I have none.

Exercise more. The past month I got horribly ill and haven’t had any energy to exercise at all. It’s not easy to do anything when a cold/flu just hits you like a damned train and knocks you out for over a week. Hopefully I can start going on more walks now that my lungs and throat are clearing up and I won’t end up coughing whenever the temperature shifts a little bit.

Wear more comfy socks. I usually walk around barefoot at home and I always feel like I’m freezing, so I need to make an effort to actually put on all of the cute, fuzzy socks that I have lying around. I also have a lot of knee highs that I need to wear more often. I never thought wearing socks would be something I needed to change about my life.

Think twice about make up before buying it. Just because I think something is a good idea there and then, doesn’t mean it will be the day after. I’ve bought so many things that I end up just using once and never again. I’m usually good when it comes to everything else but not when it comes to make up. There are more times when I don’t wear make up than when I do so I honestly don’t need as much as I purchase.

 

What are your goals for the month? 

 

 

 

 

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What I read in October

Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allan Poe

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The melancholy, brilliance, passionate lyricism, and torment of Edgar Allen Poe are all well represented in this collection. Here, in one volume, are his masterpieces of mystery, terror, humor, and adventure, including stories such as The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Purloined Letter, and The Pit and the Pendulum, to name just a few, that defined American romanticism and secured Poe as one of the most enduring literary voices of the nineteenth century.

The Invisible Man by H.G Wells

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This masterpiece of science fiction is the fascinating story of Griffin, a scientist who creates a serum to render himself invisible, and his descent into madness that follows.

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The Invisible Man is a story about an Albino man who creates a serum to make himself invisible. Then he turns absolutely batshit crazy, kills people, steals, burns buildings down… It’s a rollercoaster ride from about the middle of the story so strap yourself in after you begin reading this one!

The Time Machine by H.G Wells

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“I’ve had a most amazing time….”

So begins the Time Traveller’s astonishing firsthand account of his journey 800,000 years beyond his own era—and the story that launched H.G. Wells’s successful career and earned him his reputation as the father of science fiction. With a speculative leap that still fires the imagination, Wells sends his brave explorer to face a future burdened with our greatest hopes…and our darkest fears. A pull of the Time Machine’s lever propels him to the age of a slowly dying Earth.  There he discovers two bizarre races—the ethereal Eloi and the subterranean Morlocks—who not only symbolize the duality of human nature, but offer a terrifying portrait of the men of tomorrow as well.  Published in 1895, this masterpiece of invention captivated readers on the threshold of a new century. Thanks to Wells’s expert storytelling and provocative insight, The Time Machine will continue to enthrall readers for generations to come.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

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The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring….

In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close.

The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own.

Only it’s different.

At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go.

Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself.

Saturn by Ben Bova

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Earth groans under the thumb of fundamentalist political regimes. Crisis after crisis has given authoritarians the upper hand. Freedom and opportunity exist in space, for those with the nerve and skill to run the risks.

Now the governments of Earth are encouraging many of their most incorrigible dissidents to join a great ark on a one-way expedition, twice Jupiter’s distance from the Sun, to Saturn, the ringed planet that baffled Galileo and has fascinated astronomers ever since.

But humans will be human, on Earth or in the heavens―so amidst the idealism permeating Space Habitat Goddard are many individuals with long-term schemes, each awaiting the tight moment. And hidden from them is the greatest secret of all, the real purpose of this expedition, known to only a few….

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At first when I started reading this, I thought it would be more about the planet Saturn itself, but it’s more of an anthropological book about what would happen if you send 10.000 people into space to form a new kind of society. It’s full of deceit, action and a lot of scientific stuff about Saturn so for me it was very interesting. I’ve always been really interested in the universe so learning more about it is great.

The Body Snatcher by Robert Louis Stevenson

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A young man studying medicine in Edinburgh is asked by his professor to be responsible for receiving the cadavers to be dissected by the school’s students. Though he knows many are stolen from graves, he keeps his silence. Then one night he recognizes one of the cadavers as the victim of murder. Instead of turning in the culprit, he allows himself to be drawn deeper into the gruesome intrigue. But justice has the last laugh when the evidence of the man’s crimes – evidence he thought long since dissected and disposed of – mysteriously resurfaces to his everlasting horror.

Anthem by Ayn Rand

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In Anthem, Rand examines a frightening future in which individuals have no name, no independence, and no values. Equality 7-2521 lives in the dark ages of the future where all decisions are made by committee, all people live in collectives, and all traces of individualism have been wiped out. Despite such a restrictive environment, the spark of individual thought and freedom still burns in him–a passion which he has been taught to call sinful. In a purely egalitarian world, Equality 7-2521 dares to stand apart from the herd–to think and choose for himself, to discover electricity, and to love the woman of his choice. Now he has been marked for death for committing the ultimate sin. In a world where the great “we” reign supreme, he has rediscovered the lost and holy word–“I.”


What I played in October

Ether One

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Ether one is an exploration and puzzle game which takes on the heavy subject of dementia. You play as a ‘restorer’, a person who enters someone’s memories to discover the source of the dementia and finds a way to destroy it, remove it completely. I first played the game in 2014 when it was released, but it was a bit too heavy for me and hit a bit close to home so I haven’t been able to finish it until now. It is a wonderful game and it really shows you how difficult dementia is, both for the one suffering from it and those around them.

The Long Dark

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The Long Dark is a survival game, which has been out with a sandbox mode for ages, but recently the story mode was released. The premise is that due to a geomagnetic storm, your plane comes crashing down in the Canadian wilderness and you have to survive and find your way out of there. It is really difficult but rewarding.

Saints Row: The third

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I don’t know why I suddenly wanted to play this, almost exactly 4 years after last time I did so.. My last save game was from October 3rd, 2013, so it has been a while! Saints Row has been a franchise that I’ve loved for a long time, it has quests, character customization, it tackles really odd themes, has dark humor and it’s generally fun.


 

What have you loved this month?

Also, what do you think about all of my favorites in one post instead of doing three separate ones?

 

I’m always looking for new books to read and I like to alternate between books in my actual bookshelf and books in my Goodreads “To-read” bookshelf. The reasons why I haven’t read these can vary between not having time yet and not having funds or not having found a legit pdf version of them to download. But I will get to them as soon as I can. What is on your to be read list?

Yes please by Amy Poehler

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Poet Anderson: The Dreamwalker by Tom DeLonge

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Sekret Machines: Gods by Tom DeLonge & Peter Levenda

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Fairest (Lunar Chronicles 3.5) by Marissa Meyer

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Cathedrals of glass: A planet of blood and ice by A.J Hartley

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There are plenty more but I suppose this is enough or else I would be here pretty much all day writing this list.

Check out Lisa’s Endless blog challenge posts for more ideas.