The Masque of the Red Death

This tale of woe starts with a warning. A sickness stalked the land. It was called the Red Death. It was called so because one that had it soon shown the fact on their face with the red stains there. But there was a Prince who decided to take his court away from the horror of the illness in a coister. There they waited in merry dissapation to wait out the sickness. But will Death be content to wait outside?

THis is a well-known short story by Edgar Allen Poe. And I blame it for making me so scared of sickness! It has a wonderful, yet chilling way about it, and the descriptions are breathtaking to behold. I won’t lie. I love this story. And it is the one that made me fall in love with Poe in the first place. I don’t know why. It just is so.

I hope you injoy this audio version I found. It is not as good as the one for the Tell-Tale Heart, but still quite good.

 

 

And Happy 31 days of Halloween

 

 

 

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The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart is a short story that would probably be familiar to most of my readers. Mostly because they were most likely forced to read it sometime when they were in school. It is funny how books and stories we are forced to read somehow seem dull and off-putting to us. Even when they are in fact anything but. The Tell-Tale Heart is a good example of this.

It is the story of a criminal confessing to a crime he had committed somewhere in the past. We are never given much detail as to the when and where. But the narrator wants to make one fact quite clear. He is without a doubt not a madman. And the reason he had murdered was for a very logical, rational reason. Weither we agree to that assertion on the other hand….

I think this short story is masterfully written. The prose is very compact and to the point, without a single wasted word. The tone remains constant. The climax and resolution is thrilling. And the characterization is quite remarkable consitering the lenth of the tale.

It is hard to find someone able to match the tone in an audio book reading. They either make it too dramatic. Or the delivery is too deadpan. But I think I had found a reader that hit the perfect note.I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I have.

 

 

Happy 31 days of Halloween!

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day everyone! Yes, the holiday is still here, even though the union that founded it is being strangled to death. Ahh, good times

Here is a link that will show the history behind Labor Day.

https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

And here is a video to show some recipes for enjoying the day, you know. For the ones that get to. Ahem, no salt or anything. I’m not mad.

 

And lastly, here is another post, from Town and Country magazine, with a really interesting read on Labor day. It’s for those who don’t want to read the first, for the faster read. It also has some pretty fun facts.

https://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/arts-and-culture/a10318921/history-of-labor-day/

 

Labor day is a holiday with a lot of history behind it. Surprisingly so for one that started so late in history. And it is one that deserves our respect. Even more importantly, the people behind the holiday are very much deserving of respect and honor. First off, there are those who fought and sweated and struggled to start unions and give working people a voice. Don’t let that voice go silent. I am not saying all unions are awesome, or even always right. But look back in history, and see for yourself what the past was like for the average working man and woman before unions were around.

And secondly, we must honor the working men and women that are the main reason why the whole world runs even a little smoother. America especially, we need to get our acts together! There is a saying that our country was formed by farmers. I think this is true. The soldiers may have fought for our freedom, and are totally deserving of respect. And that is why we have holidays that show that kind of respect to them.

But it is the blacksmith that made the weapons, the miner that got the ore from the ground. It is the innovators and inventors that found new methods and metals for the blacksmith. It is the farmer that fed everyone else, it is the weavers and seamstress that made the clothes and even the flag. Every worker, tugging their staw or pebble along and doing their appointed task is what makes society happen. And those workers are the ones that deserve recognition today.

But we are also the people who get the least amount of respect in America these days. Think about it. How do many people celebrate? By going to sales. Cook-outs. Maybe eating out. People have to be there working to make the sales happen, the groceries available, or the meals prepared and served. Not to mention keeping everything clean and stocked. Yet American workers as a whole continue to have poor health care, insufficient support with childcare and general living expenses and the fewest days off. I can’t be the only one that finds it ironic that many people will celebrate labor day by laboring hard at a poorly paid, thankless job. In fact, on labor day, many of us will work a longer shift than normal. Yay. And I am not just saying that because I’m one of them.

Still, I appreciate the holiday for the idea behind it, and I want to give a shoutout to everyone that goes to work every day and do what you do. We would not be where we are without each and every one of you doing your share of the labor needed to keep society going. Thank you.

I apologize for the long-winded post. I didn’t plan for it be go on like this. But there you are. And again, Thank you.

 

Hi

5250f-95802b-2babsurd_res2batomicgreymon2bemo2bemo_pie2bpie2bpinkamena_diane_pie2bpinkie2btransparent Hi everyone. I just wanted to post about the last few weeks. I have been feeling pretty sick, tired, down and just generally not that good. I don’t even think I can write that well, around a headache I currently have. Around this time of year, I end up hurting. I know I work fast food, and when the kids start school, and the older kids start college, that it’s going to be a busy time for us. But I don’t know. I feel like this year is hitting me harder than normal.

My body aches have been pretty extreme this year, my headaches come more often. I feel like I need to take better care of myself, but just don’t have the energy or motivation.

But in the end, I suppose it is our outlook that matters And I won’t end this as a whine session. I am grateful for my friends and family. I am grateful that my job is allowing me to be able to pay for a place to live, kinda, and for food to eat and clothes to wear. I am grateful for those of who take time out of their busy lives to read this blog. I am grateful for books. I am most of all grateful for my heavenly Father, without whom I would not even be here.

I am even grateful for my pain and suffering because it is what does the most shaping of a person’s character. And I hope that it will continue to act as a lash to finding a job where I would be a better fit, and could better use the talents God has given me. And I will keep working on this blog, and adding content, no matter how I feel. The post may continue to come in spirts, but at least that’s better than nothing, right?

 

Carrot Dogs

Care to eat like a true Manehatan Pony? Then how about a carrot dog?

Ponies in the show, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, are often seen eating this treat. And now, thanks to this video I found from Tasty, so can you!

I been enjoying the videos on the youtube channel Tasty for a while now. And will probably rate it soon. But first, here is something fun for my friends, bronies/pegasisters or not. Let me know what you think.

 

Just a little comment I made on Youtube…

Okay, this one is going to take some explaining to do. I was watching a youtube video, that was showing the five deadliest roller coasters designed by some game called Planet Coaster. Here it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yJX4jKdS3k

And to put it in perspective. Number three is the Euthanasia Coaster, designed specifically to kill the riders. If that is number three on the list, you can imagine how twisted one and two are going to be!

And one of the comments was someone asking how the coasters could possibly kill you. And you know something? That made me wonder the same thing. So I decided to write an answer down, using the miracle that is Google to better understand and explain the concept myself. Now I have a headache. Thank you curiosity. Of course, some of that might have come from just watching the video. Those last two coasters, whew. Just watching the video showing what they would be like if someone was crazy enough to build it made my head swim! I still feel funny, like I want to grab my head to keep it from getting more whiplash or something.

And well, I realized that I didn’t know anything about why a coaster worked in the first place and found this site. Really, it explained everything in a way even I understood. So check it out if you want to know the workings of one of the most popular rides you’ll find in an amusement park.

https://www.learner.org/exhibits/parkphysics/coaster.html

 

 

“It’s all in the gs. Past a certain point without training is impossible. With training, you can take more. But even with training, anything past 7-8 is killable. Hey, look at me. A science noob about to sound smart. 😛 Or trying to. Now bear with me, because this is a big idea, and I am not a scientist. Just a writer with noo much curiosity for her own good.

First off, what is a G of force? Well, actually there are two kinds. Big G is what Newton called the constant approximately 6.67 x 10-11 N * m2 / kg2. The little m is the mass of the object and the little g is the g-force or the amount of acceleration caused by gravity. The little m is the mass of the object and the little r is the radius of the object.

So, if I’m understanding this right, one g is a person standing at sea level. They weight about what you expect and there is no speed pressing on them. Just a normal person standing in place. Well, technically, G-force stands for either the force of gravity on a particular extraterrestrial body or the force of acceleration anywhere. It is measured in g’s, where 1 g is equal to the force of gravity at the Earth’s surface, which is 9.8 meters per second per second. But that is just being picky. 😛 And to really understand it, you have to figure out Newtons which would look something like this. One g is the acceleration due to gravity at the Earth’s surface and is the standard gravity (symbol: gn), defined as9.80665 metres per second squared, or equivalently 9.80665 newtons of force per kilogram of mass.

Seriously, why did I even bother to try to understand this again? I need pain meds for my headache that’s forming. Again. Curiosity leads to headaches, people. Headaches!

A person that goes from 0 to 60 will hit roughly about 1.55 gs of force. Think about it. Ever did that 0 to 60 jump car commercials are always going on about? That will make your head swim, and you lose your bearing for a few seconds. And that is only 1.55 g’s pressing on you.

Let’s put this into perspective. An average astronaut during launch withstands 3 Gs of force. Nascar drivers also experience up to three Gs of force when they drive. And that is during the turns. Mad props for tough red necks, am I right? Most roller coasters, you will experience 4-5 Gs. And there are plenty of people who pass out during the ride.

Number three, the Euthanasia Coaster, is designed to deliver a constant 10 Gs for over a minute, cause the blood to rush to your feet and starving the brain of much-needed oxygen. Hence the name. It was made to kill you. It is technically survivable, but only if you get the blood back to the brain immediately after.

Two and one, I didn’t catch the name, looks like they took the concept behind number three and gave it crack. Number one looked like they gave it crack, speed and some kind of future super drug for good measure! Geesh!
Seriously, I would hate to be the guy to clean up after the ride. O.o The therapy bills alone!

And here we have tracked the cause of the end of the earth. It’s all the super nut jobs created from the terror coasters people dared each other to build that will kill people off by the hundreds of thousands, and someone had to deal with the bodies.

O.O I think I just delivered plot bunnies, everyone. Clear the way for the horror plot bunnies!! Also, I think I ended up writing way too much here. Let me throw this on my blog, and call it a day. See, I’m smart. I know how to use google search and everything. ;)”

Ready Player One. A Book Review

 

 

“In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked up into the OASIS, a vast virtual world where most of humanity spends their days.

When the eccentric creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of fiendish puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past. Whoever is first to solve them will inherit his fast fortune-and control of the OASIS itself.

Then Wade cracks the first clue. Suddenly he’s beset by rivals who’ll kill to take this prize. The race is on—and the only way to survive is to win.”

This is the premise of the book, Ready Player One, which was written by Ernest Cline. It is also, I think one of the best sci-fi novels that ever came out. It is especially wonderful if you are an eighties kid like me, steeped in wonderful pop culture references and subtle and not so subtle pokes at the nerds and geeks that love and obsess over them.

It is also a pretty great social commentary. It gives us a picture of what our world could look like, as we start to show many of the problems that the book shows such as severe famine, joblessness, poverty, crime and the troubles that come with gaming addiction. And all of it tied to a gripping adventure/mystery that will literally have you on the edge of your seat the whole way. I found myself deeply empathizing with the main character, Wade Watts, who was blessed/cursed with his mane because his desired father thought it made him sound like a superhero. Let’s face it, Wade was doomed from birth to be a geek/nerd.

His surroundings in what the book described ‘the stacks’ only made that obsession more understandable and even relatable.
Wade is a really dynamic character, who could have easily suffered from the male equivalent of mary sue, but was prevented from this dire fate by his relatable flaws, and contradictions. And I think many geek/nerds would be able to relate to a character like him because, while trying not to sound like a stereotype, he manages to encompass the trials and tribulations (Star Trek Reference here…because I can) that many who are called a nerd and/or geek go through.

What can I say. The story is engaging, the twists and turns are amazing, the characters are wonderfull and the whole experience is a delight. I recommend it to all readers, but especially those who remember the eighties/nineties. Or are a fan of the culture that was a big deal in those decades.

Now, I’m back to reading this book for the second time. Or is it the third. I lost count.

Have a lovely day! And keep creating.

 

 

Looking ahead

I have plans. Oh yes, I have plans for the future.

 

First, I am going to go back from the very beginning of My Little Ponies: Friendship is Magic, and I am going to review the episodes. I feel like the pressure is off on this, because there are so many reviews out there, with so many different perspectives and spins, that there is no way that mine can be that notable, so I won’t even try. I will only write my thoughts out as clearly and entertainingly as possible. And if people like them and want to read on, then so much the better. And anyway, I need the practice. And a bonus. Still obsessed! So there is that.

I am also going to go down the list of Bronies and going to rate them and their content. This would include voice-overs, reviews, animation, fanfiction, the whole shebang. And let me warn you here and now. There is a LOT of content out there! It is a very deep sea we are about to plunge in so I suggest you bring along your favorite snorkel and/or flotation device.

Lastly, I will go back to my first love. Books. Namely reviewing books. I have been reading a fair bit. And one of the book-based projects I am hoping to tackle is one near and dear to my heart. I will go through the Hardy Boy Casefiles from #1 onward. And that is a lot of books. Because if that, I think I will keep the reviews to a few hundred words and put them out about once a week or so. The number is pretty excessive, but I think it would be manageable because the storylines are fairly similar to each other.

And I might do the same with star trek novels. Not sure on that one though.

And I believe that is enough projects for the moment. I have a few things I do want to tackle, such as actually learning how to scan art with a scanner, and maybe even buy a microphone! Dum dum dum!!! Because I have not let go of the idea of starting a vlog. Or doing readings of short stories, poems, and fanfiction, and maybe even learning animation. But those are a ways away yet. And require a whole bunch of 30 seconds of courage. Honestly, I break out in a sweat every time I even think of putting myself on camera. ” God didn’t give me a spirit of timidity, but one of courage.” And I will cling to that verse even if it kills me!

So until my next post, I’m taking off. Byeeee!

Update. Again.

Well, I did it again. I jumped projects during my Camp Nanowrimo month. Again. And I had just tackled it in a major way.

Let me set the stage. I have gotten interested in a series from Josh Scorcher, really two of them. Both of the series are really good, by the way. They both are D&D campaigns and both the stories and the characters in them are really interesting. And it is so much fun listening to the interplay between the people as they play out the games. And I have some real favorite characters in each of them.

I won’t give away any spoilers. But I was playing with the idea of novelizing one of the streams for a few installations for a week or so now. My other projects suffered because of it. But then something happened in one of the installations that pushed me to a real drive. I had a real fire under me today and had written/edited for the last several hours to get this segment right. I admit that I worry that this event, which I admit was devastatingly sad, got me to get so focused on this is really troubling. But I’ll admit that one of the first rules of writing is that if it makes you feel the emotions you are trying to write, then your readers will feel them too.

Of course, that might also be because of the wonderful roleplaying ability of the various players who are portraying the characters.

Here is a link to that one.

 

Here is the link for the start of the other campaign, which is wonderful.

So anyway, This is what I have to report. I am working on a new project, but I won’t completely shelf the others. Even though one I gave away, and regretted afterward since I really don’t care for it when I looked at it afterward. Still, he said it was interesting, so I take hope that he had at least been slightly amused by it.

 

And until I see you again, take care, and keep creating!

Confession

I have a confession to make. I almost gave up on this blog.

That’s right. I came close to chucking it and walking away. And I’m still not sure if sticking with it is a good move or not.

See, here is the deal. Nothing I wrote seemed very good. Even what I ended up giving away was not my best and I knew it. I have tons of ideas still, but I just could not bring them to fruition in a way that I was happy with at all. And if you know me in real time, you know I do not have very much stick-to-itiveness. I give up at the first sign of difficulty. It’s my laziness coupled with perfectionism, I think. try figuring out how that is possible.

Still, I will stick with this for a bit yet. And I hope those who find my little corner of the internet is going to be amused by my continued attempts to mangle the English language. 😛