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Recap and Ramble

Recap on my last post “A Café Encounter”: I got the illustration job!

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Seriously, though, that is majorly exciting! I cannot wait to get started on this project.

In the meantime, I’ve started binge-watching the CW‘s “The Flash” on Netflix today.

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I’m already about halfway through the first season. And, you know, Season Two starts soon. January 19th, to be exact. The exact same day I resume my college classes. I think I can watch all of Season One by then. Downright easy.

Now, please, let me gush over the Sherlock “Christmas” special that aired New Year’s night and be a good fangirl. (Ahem, spoilers ahead).

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It was pure gold. A beautiful merge of classic and modern without missing a beat concerning wit, snark, action, mystery, and adventure. I’m sure that by now it is common knowledge that the episode is a flip-back between the modernized Sherlock we know and love and the Victorian-classic of the stories origins. I especially loved the mix of three Sherlock Holmes stories in the episode. I laughed at the orange pips because I knew exactly what they were, which story they were from, and what they meant. It was excellent! Truly.

I really don’t want to give a full recap because I don’t want to ruin the episode for anyone who missed it and is waiting for the second showing on January 10th (again on PBS). However, if you really want to read a full review, the Den of Geek has a fabulous article: Sherlock: The Abominable Bride Review.

All I will say is that I am big admirer of Benedict Cumberbatch’s portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and of Martin Freeman as Dr. John Watson. The two really do bring the characters from the books’ pages to life and that is what I truly love and appreciate. So thank you both for your time and talent. Please continue to do an amazing and wonderful job.

And that is all for now. Please look for my words again soon!

Soleil

 

 

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Update

Just popping in to say hi!

Also, it was raining so I decided to bake some cookies! Please check out my recipe for these delicious Blueberry Nutmeg Cookies on my food blog, found here: Tuck In and Chow Down.

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Thanks!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

The “NaNoWriMo-Is-Beating-Me” Update

NaNoWriMo has been kicking my butt. While I was able to plow through for the first couple of days, I hit a serious road block early on: I don’t know where I want the story to go.

It should be stated the story I chose to work on for the month was one I had been previously working on but I decided to re-write it because I wasn’t entirely sold on the manuscript I had already written. Unfortunately, this change has caused me to realize that I’m not happy with how the story has gone. It used to be a lot more fun than this and somewhere through all of the words and descriptions, character development and world building, scene transitions and dialogue, I got lost. So, I feel like I’m writing aimlessly which, in turn, feels rather pointless.

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I understand that NaNoWriMo is all about having a complete novel at the “at least 50k” mark but I’m one of those writer’s who would rather spend the time figuring out what I want and how I want it instead of needless writing unnecessary things just to reach a word goal. This is because that means I’ll just have so many thousands of more words to go through and take out when it comes to the final editing process.

What I really need to do is sit down somewhere where I will have no distractions and figure out what I want for this story. How I want it to change from the previous manuscript, why I want it to change from that, and where to start it.

Also, I seriously miss having Microsoft Word. I finally made myself buy a new Macbook Pro because the one I was using was a 1st Generation MB Pro and it wasn’t letting me use programs properly for my homework/schoolwork. Seriously, this Apple Pages application is such a pain!

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That being said, I think that’s enough for tonight. I’m going to post this and continue to sit outside with my parents in front of the fire we have going. It’s funny, because it’s about 47F outside but the fire is keeping us so warm that it’s pretty pleasant. The Christmas music is a nice touch, too, haha!

Look for my words again soon (because NaNoWriMo is ending in 9 days!)

– Soleil

Happy 4th of July!

To all of my fellow American friends, I’d like to wish you a Happy 4th of July!

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We had a wonderful BBQ today. Kels came over and so did her brother. Although, Kels left before her brother came. Anyway, Jae and I went with Kels’ brother to see fireworks tonight in one of the local towns. I snapped some photos and I wanted to share the best two with you. I managed to get decent shots of the American flag that was set up in the park along with the fireworks. I thought it looked cool, so here you go!

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While the quality isn’t amazing (I took the photos with my phone, and hey it was dark with brilliant flashes of exploding gunpowder and color!), I hope you like it and I hope you also had a wonderful holiday!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

A Surprise Coming Home and Happy Father’s Day!

Dinner last night at the “Crab Trap” was delicious. There was an hour and fifteen minute wait, though, so we sat outside on a bench for awhile. It was very loud inside. Even louder still when a 70s-style band began to play, because everyone had to talk even louder over the music. It was quite the busy atmosphere.

Today, I went to Shop Rite with my parents to pick up a pumpkin pie for my cousin, since we are going to my Uncle and Aunt’s place for a Father’s Day jamobree! My cousin loves pumpkin pie (he’s only 13) and he really wanted it, but our Aunt didn’t have time to make one, so we went to buy one as a suprise.

We had a surprise coming home. Beni decided while we were gone to take ALL of our shoes lined up by the door and bring them into the living room and put them on the couches in a new line. It was actually really hilarious and I couldn’t help laughing. Beni is just too adorable. Oh! I don’t think I’ve ever shared a photo of her, just of Leila and Pocket. Here is Beni:

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Her actual name is Beignet, because the night we got her, Kit was making beignet’s, and she’s sort of the same color of the finished product. That pretty fawn color. -insert admiring sigh here- She’s a year and 8 months old. She still has puppy habits and she’s sooooo cute! I love her. She’s a good cuddler, and she’s really calm. Her mother is a therapy dog. Her demeanor is much calmer than Leila’s. She hardly barks, unless Leila riles her up. And…she’s staring at me with adorable sad puppy eyes as I’m typing. She wants me to pay attention to her, so I’m going to indulge her and wrap this post up quickly so we can play!

Lastly, though (before I do go), I want to wish all of the Father’s of the world a very happy and fun-filled Father’s Day today!

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil

Dinner for Dad

Since Kit has to work tomorrow, we’re celebrating Father’s Day this evening by treating our Dad to a place called the “Crab Trap”. I’ve no idea where this place is, but Dad has been raving about wanting to go there all week, so Kit and I have planned to take him there, along with Kit’s girlfriend, and our Mom, of course.

Everyone in the house likes seafood, except for me. However, I’m going along with the plan since it’s for Dad. It wouldn’t be very fair of me to object when we’re supposed to be celebrating him. Actually, I’m looking forward to the trip. It’s a fair ride, apparently, and I like long car rides. It gives me time to slip into my imagination and come up with story ideas, write, read, or to chat with everyone in the car.

That being said, I should help get things ready so we can go.

Look for my words again soon!

-Soleil