Back From Vacation!!

Yeah, that’s pretty much it, hehe.

M.

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Extension for Review Club

Hey guys. I’ve been surprisingly busy this week, and haven’t even had time to watch this week’s film, so I’m extending it to next wednesday. And I think that I’ll be doing it only bi-monthly. Weekly is kinda rough. So you’ve got another couple of days to both watch and review Beyond Clueless, and to vote on next week’s film. Sorry bout that!!

M.

By vampireplacebo Posted in Life

Review Club, Anyone?

So I’ve been thinking of starting a small review club. For anything, really, but I imagine it’ll be mostly movies, since that really is the easiest thing to review quickly.

I was thinking something like this: You’ve got saturday to friday to watch and review a film. Send me the draft on or before friday at midnight, and I’ll have the post out by the following wednesday (so it’ll always be the film of last week on wednesday). And then maybe once a month, or 6 weeks we can do a book review? How does that sound?

The only rule I’d have is to not make the reviews too long, so people wouldn’t have a 10,000 word post to read every week. Maybe try for between 3 to 6 hundred words, max? I think that could work. Other than that, everything goes. I’ll take suggestions for our weekly film and monthly book all the time, and I’ll pick one at random. Or maybe I could post a list of ten films or so, then have you all vote? Yeah, I kinda like that one better.

So here are a few personal invitations: Eric, Vinnie, Abbi, Zoë, Samm, Emma, Matthew, Katherine, and Frankish.

But of course, everyone and anyone is free to join. Even if they aren’t following me, you can ask friends to join if you like. The more the merrier 🙂

M.

OMG 100 Followers!!!

So I have just reached 100 followers this morning!! I don’t even know what to say, I’m so happy! When I started blogging, I was expecting no more than 10 followers or so, and those to likely be people I already knew. To have 100 of you following me, and only 4 of you being previously known folks, it’s just so amazing! Since I’m kinda speechless at the moment, I’ll let these images speak for me…

 

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dean

 

 

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In case you didn’t get that, THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU GUYS!

M.

Haven’t Been Well

Hey guys.

So, no, I haven’t forgotten about you all. I have just been having an extra rough time lately. My doc called me at home to tell me she needed to see me next week, in 7 years she’s never done that before. So maybe she’ll know why things have been so hard for me lately. Here’s hoping for some answers.

I’m (slowly) working on a post, though, and will try get it up asap 🙂

M.

The Sunshine Award

Sunshine Award

So Natasha over at Films and Things nominated me for this Sunshine Award thingy, and I’m finally getting around to it. I’m so unmotivated lately, it’s really hard for me to make myself do stuff, even stuff I love. But anyways, enough of that, let’s get down to business! I’m kinda crappy at this sort of thing, though, so sorry if my questions suck :-p

The rules for this award are as follows:

Include the Sunshine Award icon in your post and/or on your blog.
Link to the blogger who nominated you.
Answer 10 questions about yourself.
Nominate 10 other bloggers to receive the award.
Link to your nominees and let them know you nominated them.
Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.

And here are the questions that Nat asked me:

Q1. What’s your favourite film that most people think is crap and would probably laugh at you for liking?
A. Hmm. I don’t think anyone would laugh at me for my taste in films (well, no one in my real life anyways, netizens don’t count :-p ), but I usually get looked at a little strangely when I admit to loving Josie and the Pussycats. It’s silly, fluffy, and slightly (ok, a lot) ridiculous, but I dunno, I love it! hehe

Q2. If you could pick an actor/actress to play you in a movie about your life, who would you choose?
A. I love both Jen Lawrence and Scarlett J as young actresses, but I look nothing like them, at all. So if I were to choose someone who looked a little more like me, I’d have to go with a young Andie McDowell, or Trini Alvarado. When I let my hair grow and leave it in its natural state, we have the same curls.

Q3. Favourite film genre?
A. Horror, duh :-p

Q4. What TV series are you watching at the moment?
A. I’m currently in season 7 of Criminal Minds.

Q5. What did you last go to the cinema to see?
A. Oh dear, let me think. I used to go to the cinema all the time, but I barely leave the house anymore so I haven’t gone in ages. But lemme see… it was… Gravity. Yup, I’m pretty sure that was it. Which was over a year ago, I think. I really need to get out more…

Q6. What do you want to see in the cinema next?
A. I would really love to see Dracula Untold before it stops playing. I really love the cinema, I should go more. Who wants to be my date?? hehe

Q7. When you go to the cinema do you go for front, middle or back?
A. Between the middle and the back. And right in the middle of the row, if I can.

Q8. What’s your favourite alcoholic drink?
A. I don’t drink, but I do love me some (virgin) strawberry daiquiris. Mmmmm….

Q9. What’s your favourite flavour ice cream?
A. Mango. So good!

Q10. If you could have any animal in the world as a pet, what would it be?
A. One of each. I’m gonna need a bigger home…

So, that was the easy part. Now to come up 10 questions of my own. I’m so bad at this… Ok, here goes:

Q1. What’s your favourite horror movie?
Q2. What do you like doing for fun besides watching tv and movies?
Q3. If you had to pick 5 bands to listen to for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Q4. Have you ever been arrested? If so, why?
Q5. Do you have pets? If so what are they and what are their names?
Q6. Married? Girlfriend? Boyfriend? Lover?
Q7. What food could you eat every day?
Q8. What’s your all-time favourite tv show?
Q9. Who’s your number one celebrity crush?
Q10. If you could travel in time, where would you go, and why?

And that’s it! Oh, right I almost forgot, I have to tag people! I won’t tag 10, just cause, but here’s a few:

Abbi at Where the Wild Things Are
Zoë at The Sporadic Chronicles of a Beginner Blogger
Matthew at Horrorville
Samm at Blood, Lace, and Faeries
Emma at emmakwall (explains it all)

Thanks again to Nat for nominating me, and stay tuned for more!! 🙂

M.

Unmotivated and Bleh

Hi guys!! Sorry I haven’t been posting lately. I don’t really have an excuse except that I’m really unmotivated lately. I’ve been working on a nice, big post, but I always seem to get sidetracked while working on it, so it’s only about half done. But I’ll try my best to get it done soon.

This always seems to happen to me. I get really interested in something, school, books, tv shows, writing, art, therapy, whatever. And no matter how much I like doing it, I always stop. I don’t know why. It has nothing to do with how much I like something, I just always eventually poop out. I’m taking a professional makeup course, for example, and I was so excited when I started, and now it’s just impossible to get myself to do it. And it’s not cause I’m not interested in makeup anymore, I really am. I just… I dunno. I feel so bleh a lot of the time.

And now, the same thing is happening here, and I really don’t want it to. I love blogging. I love making the articles, I love reading your comments and chatting back and forth with our varying opinions. But lately I’ve been finding it harder and harder to work on it. Sometimes I’ll open up the “new post” page, and just stare at it blankly, even though I know exactly what I wanted to write.

Do any of you guys have motivation and depression problems? What do you do to get through it? Let me know, and I’ll see you guys soon… hopefully.

M.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Why It’s Important

For the last 2 or 3 days, the internet has been inundated with videos of celebrities, YouTubers, bloggers, and even just regular Joes doing this challenge. And it’s been quite amusing to watch some of these, especially the people who put some thought into it and made it funny or interesting. Benedict Cumberbatch was especially memorable, getting dunked not one, but SIX times, including once in the shower. Meow.

But the internet can’t seem to let anyone have a good time for long, someone was bound to start an anti-ice bucket challenge rage. And sure enough, these started popping up all over the place:

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Besides the fact that they pull all the fun out of something amusing that also just happens to have a good cause, it’s also a bunch of hypocritical bullshit. The people posting these aren’t third world people, they’re people like us, with all the luxuries we have. If you’ve ever stayed in the shower for 5 minutes longer than it took you to wash yourself, then you just “wasted” more water than Benedict did in his whole video. So get a little perspective, hunh?

The Ice Bucket Challenge IS important, because for all the people who do it only for the gag of getting doused in freezing water, there are those who are really doing it for the cause. Benedict talked about ALS and had a sign with the info you need to donate money. Lady Gaga said nothing, but donated 10,000 of her own dollars to the cause (and her video is the shit, too). Even the ones who say nothing of ALS are still spreading the awareness. It’s not a very well known disease, and, like other rare illnesses, cures are long in coming because there’s not enough money to be made if only 30,000 people in the world are sick with it. So really, anything that can be done to get things rolling in finding a cure is good.

I had a more visceral reaction to that photo than most people, I guess, because I know what it’s like to have a disease that gets no funding for research. I’d dump a million buckets of ice on my head if it meant finding a cure. Seven years ago I got diagnosed with Lupus. Not much is known about it, why it happens, where it comes from, even exactly how it will evolve (devolve?). It’s an auto-immune disease, like Crohn’s or AIDS (though Lupus isn’t transmittable), that seems to attack almost whatever it feels like. The full name is Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, short-formed to SLE. The most common form (discoid) is the one that attacks the skin, causing painful (and yes, ugly) red rashes on the skin, usually the face, neck and/or back. At the moment my rashes seem to be mostly controlled, but every so often I still flare up. Next is musculoskeletal SLE, which I also get, which is inflammation of the joints causing pain, which is sometimes so bad I can’t walk on my own. On top of the physical distress, patients with SLE also often battle depression (a disturbing 60% of patients), chronic fatigue, insomnia (which pairs awesomely with the fatigue, let me tell you), anxiety, confusion (also called “brain-fog”), photosensitivity, and even psychosis. And that doesn’t count the side effects from all the medication you have to take to try control it.

Thankfully, “all” I have for moment is all that (minus the psychosis, I think :-p), and if I’m “lucky” it’ll plateau here. But SLE can be fatal. If it decides to attack my heart, I could be in for a short ride. I still haven’t decided which straw is shorter, quick death, or life with very limited ability. I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

So that’s why I think raising awareness in any form, even in a silly challenge, is good. A lot of people who didn’t previously know what ALS is now know. And the campaign has raised a ton of money, over 53 million last time I checked. That’s amazing. More than amazing. Hopefully that money will help find a cure, or at least something to help improve quality of life. I know what it’s like to live in fear of what your body is going to do. No, my physical body will never get as bad as ALS sufferers. I can move and, no matter how much it hurts, I can walk. But really, we’re not going to start the “who’s suffering more?” game. Nobody wins. Any disease that takes away a person’s ability to do things on his or her own is going to be that much harder on the psyche.

 

This video is from a young man named Anthony Carbajal. It will change the way you see the Ice Bucket Challenge. It starts as a funny and silly video, but things quickly get heartbreaking. I was literally in tears at the end, because so much of what he feels, I feel. And he’s so very brave to face the camera as he’s talking about it. I’d originally planned to make a video about this, but no, I’m not brave enough to risk crying on camera. My hat’s off to you, Anthony. And my deepest sympathies.

So thanks everyone for taking the time to read this. If you haven’t already, go on over to the ALS Association website and give a little something if you can. You can donate any amount starting from $5 (on credit card, checking account or PayPal), and if that’s all you can afford, that’s fine. Every little bit helps.

Your regular, light-hearted programming will resume normally tomorrow. Stay tuned!! 🙂

M.