Avengers: Age of Ultron // Review (Spoiler Free)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Watched this a few days ago. SUCH a good movie! I loved the humor and banter in this one... the dynamics between the characters was fantastic, and of course the bad guy was amazing.

So I went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron a last month. The verdict? 

It was amazing.

I think that it is one of (if not the best) Marvel movies yet. It was funny, fairly clean (from what I can remember), the plot kept moving, and the special effects were great. There were only a few problems that I had with the movie. One was kind of a big deal for me, the other was more of an "eh, it's annoying".

My first minor problem was that I felt that sometimes the script was trying a little too hard to be funny. Don't get me wrong--I laughed so many times, and it's humor was right up my alley. There were just a few spots where the jokes felt forced. 

My major problem had to do with the Vision. When the Avengers asked what his name was, he said, "I am... I am." I did not like that at all. In the Bible, Jesus referred to Himself as the Great I AM. So when I heard that in the movie, I was not okay with it. I feel like the scriptwriters knew exactly what they were doing when they added that line in there. Maybe they didn't, I don't know. But I still have a problem with it.

What I Loved:
While they team had their moments, I loved how they were more of a family. The Avengers are the Kings (and Queen) of one liners. Poor Captain America is never going to forget about the "language" thing, is he? And about the hammer contest: If anyone could move Thor's hammer, I thought it would be Cap. Apparently Thor was concerned, too.


When I saw the trailers, I wasn't sure about the twins. I thought that they were going to take away from the Avengers. But I was wonderfully proved wrong. They brought so much to the movie. Scarlet Witch's mind-power thing was neat (and a little creepy) to see. Steve's nightmare (or whatever that mind-control-see-your-worst-fear-thing is) was hard to watch -- all of them were, really. I can't wait to see more. By the middle of the movie, I was a total Quicksilver fan. He's so snarky -- I love it! Plus, brother-sister duos are the best.

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RDJ Iron Man was amazing as always.
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There was so much going on in this movie. There was a new ship that appeared out of nowhere (I don't know how I feel about it... so many mixed emotions...), major plot twists and there were a lot of doors left open for the future. Is anyone else nervous about what could happen in the next Avengers? Because I am. 

If I wasn't worried about spoilers, I could write two more posts all about this movie. There is so much to talk about. But I will zip my lips and throw away the key.

Did anyone else see the movie? What did you think? Is it just me, or is this the best Avengers movie yet?!


Plans Change

Sunday, June 21, 2015

I'm going back to school.

I'm going back to school for nursing.

If you would have told me this five years ago, my mouth would have dropped to the floor. Back then, I thought that if I went to college, I would go for writing. That was my passion, so duh, I was going to get a degree and write books and be rich. The end.

Then I got old (not really) and decided that I didn't want to go to college, because I just wanted to get married and why waste a ton of money on school if I wasn't going to use my education? After I thought about it and talked about it with my parents, I realized that it would be a good move to have some sort of trade -- what happens if I don't get married, or if I do but my husband dies? Besides, I didn't want to just sit around and twiddle my thumbs until Prince Charming shows up (he could be lost and too stubborn to ask for directions, so I could be waiting awhile).

I went to a local college for a one year certificate program and became a registered medical assistant, which was a mix of medical and office work. I loved the medical stuff, but the office work.... not so much. I ended up working at a preschool -- which is where I will continue to sub until I graduate.

No doubt about it, this was a tough decision to make. I absolutely love working at my preschool -- but I also love anything medical and taking care of sick people. Nursing has been at the back of my mind for a few years now, I've just been scared to take the plunge. There has been plenty of praying and talking and crying about this. It's going to be tough. But I can do it if I really focus. One of my best friends told me that nursing is one of those things that you have to just jump in and commit to -- otherwise you'll always second guess about whether it's right or not.

Quote: "And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it." Lesson to learn: The secret to accomplishing great things at work is to love what you do. Keep taking the steps that will get you closer to a career you love.

So I jumped. And I'm scared. Sometimes I'm terrified. But I'm also happy. And excited. So excited. I'm also amazed at how much plans change. I never would have dreamed that I would ever want to be a nurse. I thought I would do something artsy. But there's a beauty about nursing -- you're dealing with human lives when they are at their most vulnerable and needy. I'll have the opportunity to make a huge impact of people's lives. It's definitely going to be an adventure.

What adventures have you jumped into?


Beautiful People :: Parental Edition

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This month's Beautiful People (hosted by Sky and Cait is all about parent's!! If your character is an orphan (which most of mine tend to be. why??), then you can write about their parental figure. My main character's parental figure is her older cousin, Erik, who raised her after her parents were murdered. I have to be honest -- I have a love-hate relationship with Erik. His character just makes me... ergh... so mad sometimes. Then other times he's a sweetheart.  When he isn't being insensitive, he tries to show his cousin that he does care about her. Even if he isn't sure how to.

1. Do they know both their biological parents? Why/why not?
No, she doesn't. Brynn's parents were killed when she was just under a year old.

2. Have they inherited any physical resemblances from their parents?
She has her mother's dark hair and dark eyes but she has her father's facial features and expressions.

.3. What's their parental figure(s) dress style? Add pictures if you like!
When Erik is doing paperwork, he wears khaki dressy/cargo pants and a semi-dressy shirt. He likes to look professional (he is leading a revolution, after all) but down to earth at the same time. If he's on the front lines, he wears a combat uniform.

4. Do they share any personality traits with their parental figures? And which do they take after most? 
Ha. Brynn takes after Erik a little too much. Pretty much every bad quality comes from Erik. They are both pig-headed, impatient, and terrible perfectionists. Not to mention arrogant. But when they care about something, they care deeply and fight for whatever they want. So Brynn thinks everything evens out.

5. Do they get on with their parental figure(s) or do they clash?
They clash more than they get along. Because their personalities are so similar, Brynn and Erik are always arguing. Moments where they get along are rare and brought on by some impending danger.

6. If they had to describe their parental figure(s) in one word, what would it be?
Stern. Or maybe aloof. Ooooohh wait -- busy might be better. Any of the three (that's cheating, I know). Brynn feels that Erik is too busy with the rebellion to be a family. So any word that would sum that up would work.

erik & brynn7. How has their parental figure(s) helped them most in their life?
Erik taught Brynn that you need to fight for what you want and keep your eyes on the prize. The world might be falling apart around you, but you have to stay strong and focus. Brynn might not even realize it, but that thought affects her life everyday. She also learned how to fight from Erik -- Brynn's life wouldn't be the same without that instruction.

8.What was their biggest fight with their parental figure(s)?
Brynn decided that she wanted to join the special ops team -- Erik said absolutely not. They didn't speak to each other for a week or two. Brynn thought that Erik was being unreasonable until she chewed him out one day and he explained why he didn't want her to join. She was finally able to see it from his point of view -- and she got her own way (she's spoiled :p).

9. Tracing back the family tree, what nationalities are in their ancestry?
Brynn's father and Erik's mother (who were brother and sister) were of Irish heritage. People say that's where their fiery nature come from -- Brynn swears that's just a stereotype and therefore, isn't true. Erik isn't sure what nationality his father's family was, and Brynn's mother was sure that she had Italian in her blood.

10. What's their favourite memory with their parental figure(s)?
Her sixth birthday, no doubt about it. Brynn can see it when she closes her eyes -- Erik ran in late to her birthday dinner, just when she thought he wasn't going to come. She stayed up late eating too much cake and playing with her gifts, then Erik tucked her into bed and sang silly songs and danced until she fell asleep. Whenever Brynn feels neglected, she remembers that day. And she doesn't feel so bad.

If anyone else is doing Beautiful People, make sure to leave a link in the comments!!


Beautiful People :: May Edition (in June)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hello there! I know that this is a little late, but I figure that it's better late than never. Right? Right. The point is that I finally got this posted. Let's just be happy with that.

May's edition of Beautiful People (hosted by Cait and Sky) had 10 random questions. It really got me thinking about my character (as always) and gave me the breakthrough that I have been waiting on for nearly three weeks (my writing buddy--who happens to be my cousin--will attest to that).  Three weeks is a long time to go without writing, people! But now I have enough inspiration to make sentences again. So I'm happy.

It took me a few days to decide which character to feature for this... er... last month's questions. I finally decided on Maverick Adams from my novel Beginning of the End. I originally couldn't stand this character because he was such a pain in the neck. He's now one of my favorite characters. Isn't writing a mysterious thing?

So here is my once-hated-now-loved Maverick.

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1. Do they get nightmares? If so, why or what of?
The one thing that haunts Maverick is the day his parents were killed. Usually something triggers the nightmares, whether it's a battle or a phrase that his dad used to say. He sees it so clearly: the bombs fall and a cloud of dust envelopes his parents. Then he wakes up and has to relive the pain all over again.

2. What is their biggest guilty pleasure/secret shame?
Maverick hates that he has nightmares about his parents. He doesn't want anyone to know that he still isn't over his parent's deaths--because that means he's weak. Any show of his soft-side embarrasses Maverick. He has a tough image to portray, after all.

3. Are they easily persuaded or do they need more proof?
It really depends on what is at stake. But for the most part, Maverick needs proof. He gets more stubborn every day. Sometimes he's stubborn just to be stubborn and annoy people.

4. Do they suffer from any phobias? Does it affect their life in a big way?
Yes, he does. Bombs have filled Maverick with dread ever since his parents were killed. If Maverick hears the whistling of a falling bomb, he freezes. That can be deadly when he's in combat.

5. What do they consider their "Achilles heel"?
Maverick knows that his parents are gone, but they are still his weakness. Nothing can get to Maverick more than something that has to do with his parents. If you want to get to Maverick, bring up his past. It will work every time.

6. How do they handle a crisis?
With a cool head. Others might panic, but Maverick thrives in emergencies. He sees the wisest decision and steps up to what needs done when no one else will.

7. Do they have a temper?
Oh, yes. Oh my my, yes. Get in his way and he will tear your head off. It might be something simple, like a glance that Maverick doesn't like--you never know what will set him off. First his face turns red and his jaw tightens. That's your cue to leave.

8. What are their core values and/or religious beliefs?
He isn't sure what he believes. His father always taught him to put others first, but Maverick cares a little too much about himself to be sacrificial--unless it benefits him. Sometimes when there's quiet, Maverick thinks about his feelings and beliefs. He usually walks away without figuring anything out.

9. What things do they value most in life?
His most prized material possession is the outfit he wore when his parents were killed. It's the only thing he has from his old life, and it makes him feel closer to his parents. What he values most, though, is his aunt, who raised him when he was orphaned. Next comes the Kearney--and his position in the Kearney.

10. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?
Obviously the death of his parents changed Maverick forever. He was sent to live with his aunt in the rebel camp and was befriended by Riley. Then his fighting skills and intelligence were noticed and he was offered a spot in an elite fighting group. None of that would have happened if Maverick's parents were still living. It also made him a little more cynical than his friends.


Did anyone else do Beautiful People in May? Anyone planning on joining up for June?