Looking Back a Year

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So I wasn’t sure what to write about, which has been happening a lot actually. With that, I looked back at what I was talking about a year ago. Working with just one post, I would have nothing really to talk about besides just recapping what I said then. With that in mind, I grabbed the three posts around exactly one year ago today. I wanted to buy a camera, was in the middle of a depression rut, and missing some old zombie novels I read in High School. Let’s dissect me from a year ago, shall we?

My lovely ghost!

Starting with the camera I still love, a Canon Rebel SL3. I don’t know what it is, but this little camera is just so cute! I love it and want one so bad still. The quality on my pictures overall has improved drastically in the past year, I still really like the idea of having a real camera. I’ve got a friend who has a really nice camera and ends up with some of the most amazing pictures. Knowing myself though, I’d do it for a couple weeks and just quit bringing it around. Woo, ADHD…

My mental health has improved quite a lot considering over the last year. My memory therapist and I aren’t working together anymore. Not for any negative reasons, we’re just out of sessions is all. Apparently I paid her for a whole year just before August was over? And I forgot? And thought it was free because I never got a bill? That was a fun conversation we got to have, but that’s why I hired her. Well, more like why she is the professional. (I made myself laugh having to explain that.) There really isn’t much else we can work on without getting another therapist, and I don’t have the money anymore so I probably won’t do that for awhile.

Those old zombie books, with an updated link to purchase them yourself, were a huge piece of my grade eleven year. I would one hundred percent reread them for a Multimedia Monday post. at least the first two. The third was written differently and I wasn’t its biggest fan. I have a very vivid memory of my English teacher getting mad at me for getting too into the book and almost screaming when a character almost died. Out of all the novels I fell in love with, that set is one I don’t currently own though. There’s another series I have to find that I read in Elementary School that I have memories of. I have no idea what it’s called however and don’t know how I’d even find it. Is that a future blog post? Frick yeah it will be, probably.

What a beautiful sunset

But yeah, that’s an update! This was a lot of fun to go back and look into. However, that’s all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have an awesome day! Be safe out there!
— Deryn

Dune

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I finally did it. I finally picked up Dune. We’re going to give this a shot guys, here we go!
I can’t do it. The writing is too much for my brain. I reread the first paragraph four times and I just, I can’t. I’m not going to give up on it though, so my next option would be audio book then I guess. I’ve never actually listened to an audio book before, so this introduction is weird. I dig it though. Okay, here we go!

Dune in Audible

This is much easier to listen to than to read. I’m only about twenty minutes in, but it’s easy to follow and I can see myself getting really into this. The character we’re following has a good amount of intrigue, hopefully he doesn’t lose that over this novel. I got an idea, I have the book, why don’t I try and follow along? Cool okay, so this is a great idea! The narrator reads at a good pace, and being able to see what he’s saying, frick I feel smart right now.

Our main character, at least who I think is anyway, is finally starting to do “main character things” and the story is starting to go. I’m excited, there’s a good amount of tension without feeling like I’m going to burn out before the next chapter. My real gripe right now, his name is Paul. Every other name of anything or anyone has been so, not English, but Paul. This narrator says “room” like “rum” and I’m here for it.

Well, I’m through the first chapter now, and holy frick. That was intense! There’s so much about this universe that you get to see right away, and yet there’s still so much the reader has no idea about! I can one hundred percent see myself getting the whole series. This is definitely going into my “favourite reads”. And I’m only one chapter in! If you haven’t yet, go watch the trailer for the new movie(s) that are coming out soon. There’s a scene where it looks like one character has his hand stuck in a box, and that’s chapter one!

The cover of Dune

I’m so glad I gave this book another chance, and I’m hoping to get a decent way through it today! If work isn’t too busy, I’ll make it through at least a few more chapters. I’m about half way through chapter two and I don’t want to put it down. I’ll probably be posting updates on Twitter for the next little while. Want to read it before the movie comes out?

But that’s all I have for today, mostly because I’m going to continue reading it. Thanks for stopping by, and be safe out there!
— Deryn

Supporting Friends

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I have a few friends who also do the “online” thing that I do. Some stream, others art, and I even know a couple who take the time to edit YouTube videos. I love all of them, and am hoping that stuff like this can help them just that extra little bit to continue kicking ass. I can’t really split them up into any real sections as that just wouldn’t work, so here they are.

First off, my buddy Dominic. He’s an entertaining streamer, and sometimes let’s me kick his ass at Fall Guys. His twitch is the best place to find him. Come November he’ll be almost exclusively playing Destiny 2’s new expansion. All the dog walking posts with Taz, this guy is his owner / dad.

Next lovely human, my dear friend Sophia. A brilliant artist who occasionally streams and making YouTube videos. Her twitter is definitely more alive than I feel right now. As of when this post goes live, her commissions are open too, go check them out! I own a lot of her stuff now and am one hundred percent a HUGE fan of hers.

Looking back, all of these lovely people were first introduced to me during my EB Games years. Kat and I never directly worked with each other (I don’t think anyway), but we bonded in that store for sure. Kat is a writer, witch, artist, and all around just an amazing soul. Her twitter is a good place to catch her latest updates! Through there she has links to her Facebook and Instagram.

A couple years ago I got to see Evanescence in Washington with a friend of mine Ian. An interesting guy who I’ve known since I was a kid, he’s now a published author! I bought a copy of his book, but my ADHD forgot until literally right now. Don’t be like me, go check that out! Now that I’ve remembered, I’m going to grab that book and give it a read.

Look at my friends doing cool stuff! I’m so proud of them all! Go check them all out! And we’ll talk again soon!
— Deryn

My Personal Library

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I have a problem, and I keep buying books. In case you were in the “if you read a book, and can get another book” mentality, I’m not. I’ve finished N0S4A2 this year, and bought about half a dozen books. I’m getting through Imaginary Friend slowly, but I also have to finish Dune before the Netflix adaptation comes out.

I have a bookshelf in my bedroom, and there’s a mutual bookshelf that we have in the living room. Anyone who can see it recognizes it from last Christmas.
I wrote a big thing on it, and I’m glad I still have a use for it.

But between us, occasionally we actually finish books. The ones that at least one of us finishes, live in the big bookcase in the living room, like a trophy. In my room, I have novels I haven’t even picked up yet, some textbooks, and a lot of poetry books. When I finish novels, I’ll add them to our growing collection, but I’ll keep the other ones I think.

There’s actually quite a few books up front that I put in there, so it looks less like I don’t read. But, that doesn’t mean I won’t sit here and bully myself for not reading enough, so I’ve made a list of hopefully all, if not most the novels I need to hurry up and read.

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky
Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Don’t Wake Up by Liz Lawler
A God in the Shed by J-F. Dubeau
The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias S. Buckell
Dune by Frank Herbert
These are just a few of the books I have to get through still. I’m at least a third of the way through Imaginary Friend, so I’ve got a foot in the door at least. I’m going to definitely try and power through some of these so I feel less bad about the other books I haven’t named and still haven’t read...

See, I finished N0S4A2!

I love to read, and some of these novels took my breath, my heart and tears for hopefully the better. I am doing my best to read more as I also want to write, and I don’t believe you can write something without reading a book in the genre first. Everyone has a different style and a story to tell, right?

As I read through these books, I’ll make a post about them. I’m thinking of devoting say, Monday, Wednesday and Friday to a book for a week. Just seeing if I can read through these faster.
Anyway, that’s all I have for today. Thanks for stopping by! Be safe out there!
— Deryn

Exploring by Myself

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I’m by myself today, and I don’t know what else to do besides go out and try to enjoy the day. Can’t start my day without a snack though, so I guess the mall is my first stop. Craving poutine today, so I have to deal with that. My journeys always start with a bus ride I’ve noticed.

Got to the mall safely. Complimented like four people along the way. Stopped at New York Fries for lunch, they’ve got a nice poutine. Now, I’m back on the bus headed to City Park. Or maybe Starbucks first. This week was the start of pumpkin spice. It’s not my favourite but it’s alright, and I’m feeling thirsty.

Got a trente? Trenté? Got a super sized cup from Starbucks. Did it give me a headache? Yes. Did I regret it? Not even a little. Sitting under a tree in City Park now. Going to read for about an hour and a half, then head home. Actually I’ll go right to the roommates job, then we can walk home together.

This book is actually pretty good. About a third of the way through now, and it’s getting spooky. I’m super into it, and with my headphones, I’m getting lost in it. There’s too many people walking through this park, so hiding under a tree was a great idea. The closest person to me is about twelve feet away, so I’m safe.

I’ve read fifteen chapters, granted, they’re small, but this book is great. I’m super digging it. 10/10 recommend if anyone is looking for something new to read. I’ve got to put it away for a bit though, I’ve got to go catch my bus.

Guess who literally just missed their bus? But that’s okay, because I caught up with a friend! We’re chatting all the way to my stop, his is one after mine. It’s cool to catch up with friends, especially with the world being where it is right now.

Back on my side of the bridge, got here a bit early, so I’m going to loiter and read until the roommate is off work. This book is great, have I mentioned that yet? I’m enjoying the almost plot twist going on. I’ve got like twenty minutes to read!

She doesn’t know I took this picture…

My dad got us, and we’re headed home now. So, that’s it for today I guess? I love y’all! Have a great day!

— Deryn