I don’t feel like talking about everything horrible happening in the world. I need a break. And luckily I somehow have lots of other stuff to talk about this month!
I’ve been tentatively going by Kit on Twitter lately to see if I like it because I want something more gender neutral. (Though I found out Kristen is apparently a male name in Scandinavian countries, which is cool, if that’s true.) I’m just so used to Kristen though that it feels weird being called anything else! I also don’t know if it suits me. So I don’t know yet if I’m going to end up sticking with it. Have any of you ever attempted to change your name or go by a nickname?
In other news, I’ve fallen hopelessly in love with this vampire artwork. This painting is so incredible and realistic, and this man is gorgeous. His facial expression, his body language, the sheer confidence he exudes—it’s so well done. I would let him drain me dry just for the honor of being touched by him. I want to buy a print so badly, and I feel like it would look absolutely perfect on my book shelf with my dead dried roses, but the smallest size is too small to appreciate the detail, and the next size up is too big. They have acrylic prints in the perfect size, but that presents new problems and is a lot more expensive. So idk :-/ But I do know I’ve never wanted to own a piece of artwork this badly before.
This one's an oldie but still my favourite. The theme and mood was so close to my heart that it almost painted itself. It became quite clear that if I found ways to make each painting feel like that, like it's really mine, everything would be just fine. pic.twitter.com/XFv8XMzZKV
— Martina Fačková (@MFackova) July 11, 2020
I also forgot to mention last month this BEAUTIFUL (NSFW) body paint art I found! It temporarily broke my brain when I found it. My favorites (again, do be warned, these are NSFW because there’s nudity) are this gorgeously contrasting orange and blue one (everything about this—the paint, the pose, the photography and editing—is perfect), this Alice in Wonderland inspired one, and this Jack and Sally one (maybe partly because I’m jealous and want to be both Jack and Sally too lol). They’re all amazing though.
I watched The Circle on Netflix! I don’t normally care for reality shows, but it was recommended by two different podcasters I listen to, so I gave it a try. At first everyone seemed insufferable, but I ended up really liking the show!
I also finally got caught up on Season 5 of Peaky Blinders. That ending was a doozy.
I finished all the endings for Arcade Spirits! It was a cute. Something that was just nice and unstressful during this stressful time.
I also bought Scribblenauts Unlimited while it was on sale. I haven’t played much, but this happened:
I just tried Scribblenauts Unlimited. Had to create an object for a fountain. I made a mermaid. The game turned her to stone. I felt bad, tried to change her back by adding "living." Instead she was still stone but also sentient & sad, and this game got dark real fast 😬😂
— Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight) (@whykristenburns) July 9, 2020
In not-so-good news, the company that was making this kefir I ate every day stopped making it, and I haven’t found a suitable replacement that helps with my food sensitivities and digestive issues. Does anyone have tips or remedies for such problems, other than probiotics? And while I’m asking, does anyone have any for silent/acid reflux? (Natural remedies or OTC meds, I’m open to ideas.)
I’m also really upset that the Google TTS engine removed a bunch of voices, including the ones I liked best. I noticed other people upset too when I checked recent reviews, so it’s not even just me. They left us with one female and one male voice for US English, and the male inflection is all over the place, which is distracting and makes it hard to enjoy a book 🙁 I checked out a bunch of other TTS engines and voices, but none were any good except ones you have to pay for per character, so that sucks.
Anyway, I hope everyone is continuing to stay safe and wearing masks and all that <3
Books I Received for Review:
Only the second ARC I’ve requested since last August or so (of course right before this TTS thing happened): On the Wings of War by Hailey Turner from A Novel Take PR.
Books I Finished:
Most of this month was spent listening to the entire Shatter Me series (I just put the image of the first book because putting them all is too much work, even though technically I read the first book last month). The first three books were alright (they were rereads), but it really took a turn after Book 3. A turn I just couldn’t get into.
Stealing Summer was fun, and I was so excited to get back into the POV of the main character from the original series and also to return to some loose threads from those books.
The Time Traveler’s Wife was a reread, and it was amazing (again).
I started the Red Winter Trilogy, and so far it’s alright, but I’m not loving it.
In Case You Missed It:
Here are the highlights:
– I shared my 5 favorite books in 5 years of blogging to celebrate my blogoversary.
– I reviewed Highfire by Eoin Colfer, a fun, heartwarming book about a dragon and a teen from New Orleans.
– I shared mini reviews for some great m/m paranormal books.