Saturday, August 29, 2015

Saturday Meanderings

I have been thinking of several different blog posts I could make. However, none of those got written down. So this is going to be an abbreviated version of some of these ideas.

I think fantasy novels are on the rise and over the next few years we will find several fantasy novels entering the canon of modern literature.

I was reminded this week why second, third, or fourth hand information isn't accurate and shouldn't be trusted.

I do not trust easily. I expect people to let me down, so I hold them at a distance. Consequently, I don't make friends easily. I'm not sure if I should do anything about that or not.

My to be read list just keeps getting bigger. I can't seem to find enough time to read. This is a regular problem for me, but recently it has become a dire problem. I might start skimming some books to finish them and move on. Oh! The struggles of a bookworm.

The church as whole seems to be doing an epically bad job of loving people. Not just the general population, but the people within their buildings. We know the church is made up of people and therefore it is flawed. I know that, but it really doesn't excuse the selfishness that comes out so often. We can't keep getting this wrong.

Social media can be used for good or for bad. With filters and unfollowing, we would be able to arrange our accounts to help us be encouraged and to encourage others.

I might be back with a more elaborate post next week. Cross your fingers.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ten days later.. I can do this

Several days ago I wrote about my cholesterol news, so I thought I would write a follow up.



I did have an appointment with the doctor and he was so encouraging! This is why I love our doctor.  He is encouraging and wants the best health for the whole family both physically and emotionally. I shared some of my food ideas and he thought they were good ideas. He thought my age was in my favor. He days he thought that if I corrected one meal a day my numbers should be fixed by next year. And that is the time he wanted to give me to fix it. He didn't want to give me medicine right away. Those were all the things I wanted to hear!

When I have been at home, I have been more careful about what I eat. I have been reading labels. Eating better carbs and better fats. Eating less processed foods and less in general. Drinking more water and less calories. We did go visit my family in Illinois and eating on the road isn't easy. I also didn't worry about it. I have a year to fix this, so I'm not going to let one or two meals stress me out.

This morning I am back to my oatmeal, honey, and fresh fruit for breakfast and Greek yogurt with honey and fresh fruit as a snack. Quinoa and black beans for lunch and an egg. I am glad to get back to eating this because they genuinely sound good to me.

So less fast food and more slow food. Less sitting on the couch and watching hours of Netflix. More walking around the neighborhood. Less wasting time and more enjoying time. I am still nervous about failing with food or Bible reading or any of the other things I have to do, but this is a good change. I can do this.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Two Sci-Fi Novellas

Relics: The Dawn: Relics Singularity Series Book 1Relics: The Dawn: Relics Singularity Series Book 1 by Nick Thacker
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There is a lot of tech speak in this novel. I understood most of it, but there were moments that didn't make any sense. But since it is Science Fiction, I assumed it was made up. Most of those things were specific details. The general idea of those conversations was clear.

I don't particularly like series of books because I have a hard time caring for the long periods of time in between novels. And I was prepared to not like this one as I couldn't see how there could be a satisfying ending. I was wrong. There was a satisfying ending. So much so that I am even willing to wait on the next book in the series.

After all that negative, you might be wondering why I gave it 3 stars. Thacker creates great characters and a compelling plot. I genuinely like the main characters and I'm desperately hoping for the best for them. The plot seems simple, but really has many layers. Just when I start to understand one part another part comes up with questions.

So the plot and characters are worth 3 stars even if the details are sketchy and it is a series. Fascinating read that will make you think. It is worth the money.


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The Lucid - Season One: The BeginningThe Lucid - Season One: The Beginning by Nick Thacker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I'm so glad they didn't use the word zombies. They used the word suppressed. I like that idea much better. It seems more realistic and less gruesome. It fits this novel very well.
I also like Adam's heart. His love for his family is developed throughout the novel. It isn't just a throw away thought to show his humanity. It is his driving force. This makes him the obvious good guy. And the obvious bad guy has no family and seems to have no feelings for anyone else. He doesn't have much humanity left in him.
I like the clear cut good guy and bad guy. I like that the problem of humanity is brought down to a personal and familial level. These things set this novella apart from other "end of humanity, machines are taking over" novels I have read. I look forward to others in this series.


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I preferred The Lucid to Relics. However for just a few bucks a piece, they are both a good investment. If don't like science fiction, you may not like these. Relics is very computer tech heavy. The Lucid is more about chemicals in the tech department, but not too much in the first novella anyway. They are both great to get you thinking about what if.