The Weekly Update: 7/16/17


I have some good news! I had a fantastic creative/bookish week! I read/received some books about uncommon supernatural creature MCs, ordered some books with gift card money while they were on sale and I had free shipping, and…

I actually wrote something! Like, 3500 words of something! It’s about Jacovine because I have #Jacovine4Lyf on the brain. (If you missed the post or have forgotten, I’m talking about my sims.) And in case you were about to ask, no, I am not going to post it. It’s awful. Also, half of it is just vampire sex. The other half is based on half-formed, inconsistent ideas that I’m not even 100% sure about. And then it just kind of trails off. But at least I wrote! (Of course now my arms are hurting and I might not get around to everyone’s Sunday Posts this week.)

I also wrote a poem! Something else I haven’t done in a long time. I’ve only written one poem in like two years. Well, now two poems. It’s about a misunderstood merman. (I’ve also had mermen on the brain.)

Anyway, I probably won’t write again for like another year now since that seems to be my pattern.

Other than that, I watched a few more movies this past week while I still had a free Amazon Prime trial. Nerve was not exactly what I’d call believable, but it was fun in a mindless kinda way, and I liked the visuals. Age of Adaline was alright, but I didn’t think it was anything particularly special. I also watched American Beauty, which I’ve seen before but didn’t really remember. It’s really a strange movie.

Blog/Bookish Updates:

Nothing I didn’t mention already in the intro.


Books I Received for Review:

Seti's Heart by Kiernan Kelly
The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon

Seti’s Heart is from Dreamspinner, and The Glamour Thieves is from Riptide on NG.


Books I Finished:

Graveyard Shift by Michael F. Haspil
Seti's Heart by Kiernan Kelly
The Storm Lords by Ravon Silvius
The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon

One of my goals for like a year and half has been to read more books about uncommon supernatural creates, and I’m finally managing to do that! First mummies (Graveyard Shift, kind of Seti’s Heart), then orcs (The Glamour Thieves)! Graveyard Shift was a great, gritty UF, and I loved the mummy aspect. Seti’s Heart wasn’t really about a mummy since he was just reanimated to the same human sorcerer he was before, but it was a fun, albeit not super memorable, book. The Storm Lords was enjoyable and sweet. Annnnnd to top off my great bookish week, I finally found a book that impressed me! The Glamour Thieves was fantastic! Gritty and raunchy, so maybe not for those with delicate sensibilities, but really strong characters and writing!


Song of the Week:

Nothing this week.


Laugh of the Week:

Nothing this week.


In Case You Missed It:

– I reviewed Ghosts by Nicholas Sansbury Smith, a gripping, gritty, unique post-apocalyptic.
– I shared my history of failed blogs (before I started this one).
– I reviewed The Nero Protocol by Victoria Zagar, a thought-provoking M/M sci-fi romance with androids.


The Sunday Post Link-Up:

Once again, I’m linking up to The Sunday Post at Caffeinated Book Reviewer πŸ™‚


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Have you found any good books or music lately?
Have you written any stories/poems/anything lately?
Do you have any recs for books with MCs who are uncommon supernatural creatures?


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  1. Greg

    Aww post it! We want to see the Jacovine doings. But hey even if you don’t post it you’re giving them life. πŸ™‚ Yay for writing! And I feel like mermen could be easily misunderstood?

    Nerve cracked me up, especially with Machine Gun Kelly in it. But I kinda liked it?

    I need more uncommon supernats too.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Lol if I keep writing about them, I’ll try and post something at some point. And right? Merpeople could totally be easily misunderstood.

      I didn’t even know who Machine Gun Kelly was lol. I had to look up who you were talking about. But yeah, in terms of just pulling me in and making me want to keep watching, it was good.

  2. Laura Thomas

    I love supernatural beings. Looks like you have some good ones to read. We had hot steamy weather with lots of rain so I spent some time watching movies and reading. Now I’m behind on reviews. LOL

  3. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    Yay for writing even if no one else will be reading it! That’s the best kind of writing as at least you get to stretch your writing muscles and that is always fun. Although boo for arm pain, that sucks. I watched Nerve a little while ago and I totally agree, it was a fun film but I was a bit like ‘really?’ through parts of it. I actually really enjoyed Age of Adaline, though, I’ve been meaning to rewatch for a while so we’ll see what I think the second time around.

    I did see you mention you’d read books about unusual supernatural creatures to that’s always awesome as it meets your goals and seems like enjoyed your reading. I wish I had recs for you the most I’ve got is a book about zombies, I read the first in the White Trash Zombie series and you definitely don’t get too many books from a zombie perspective do you?

    1. Kristen Burns

      Exactly, I just needed to stretch my writing muscle. I never planned on these stories about my Sims to be anything more than practice anyway, but maybe I’ll share some eventually if I keep writing about them. But it’s difficult with my arms being so bad.

      I felt the same way about nerve LOL. But I guess Age of Adaline was pretty much almost like every paranormal romance within an immortal that I’ve read, just with the little father-son twist, so it didn’t seem like anything special to me.

      I can actually think of two books I’ve read from a zombie perspective, and at least one with a zombie love interest lol. But you’re right, there really aren’t a lot with zombie main characters. I’ve been wanting to read White Trash Zombie, but my library doesn’t have the e-book.

  4. Lola

    Sounds like a good week :). That’s nice you got so many awesome bookish stuff in a week and wrote some words! That’s awesome you wrote a bit about your sims!

    And seems like you read a lot of books this week and they all sound pretty good. That’s neat you read about mummies and orc’s as reading more paranormal creatures was your goal for this year. I don’t think I’ve seen many books with orc’s in it and if they are, they usually are the bad guys. The glamour thieves does sound interesting and I am glad you finally found a book that really impressed you :). I read 3 books this week, so i also did pretty good.

    I hope you have a great week!

    1. Kristen Burns


      I did manage to read a lot this week, but that’s only because most of these books were short. And I thought it would only be three books, but then I read The Glamour Thieves all in one day because I didn’t want to stop. But three in one week is definitely a good reading week too! I’ve never even thought to look for a book about Orcs because I’ve only ever heard of them in high fantasy. So that was exciting for me!

  5. Evelina

    Congrats on writing πŸ™‚ hope you can keep your creativity and drive to write some more. Also, it’s awesome how consistent you are with your Sims – I’ve never known anyone who didn’t just drop it after a week or a month.
    Failed blogs? Now that I’ve got to check out πŸ™‚

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks! I’m still feeling the creativity, it’s just my arms that are the problem :-/

      Maybe your friends are not being honest with you about how much they play, haha. I’ve been playing The Sims since I was like 10 years old, although there were some times when years would go by without playing. But any simmer can tell you that it’s the kind of game people tend to either play for 10 hours a day for a whole week straight, or they don’t play at all for months at a time. I’ve gotten better at squeezing it in here and there though. Although not this week because arms.

  6. Lindsey @ Lindsey Reads

    I love that one of your goals is to read more about uncommon supernatural creatures! I should definitely get to that myself, so I’ll be checking out some of those books you mentioned πŸ™‚

  7. Let's Get Beyond Tolerance

    Congrats on getting some writing finished! I really need to work on my own personal writing, but I did get a lot of books read in the past week, and I’m ALMOST caught up on writing reviews. I just need to actually schedule things now. LOL


  8. chucklesthescot

    I watched American Beauty when it was first out. I love Kevin Spacey but it’s a terrible film! I’ve been on a week long binge rewatching Game of Thrones so I’ve got a lot of catching up to do!

  9. Dina

    Congrats on writing so much! Ooooo, POEM. That’s exciting! I would LOVE to hear more about your writing process, and how you’re finding the inspiration to keep going. Enjoy the creative surge of awesomeness.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Ha, this is the first creative writing I’ve done in like a year, so I’m not the person to ask for writing inspiration advice lol. But that’s why I was so excited, so thank you!

  10. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I’m sorry your arms are hurting again, it sucks, doesn’t it? I have a new inflammation in my achilles tendons – both of them at the same time, of course πŸ™
    I would love to read your poem, and hope you’ll share it one day.
    Have a wonderful Wednesday and happy reading.

    1. Kristen Burns

      It does suck. I’m sorry about your achilles tendons. I might share the poem at some point! I’m a little late, but thank you! Have a great rest of the week πŸ™‚

  11. Di @ Book Reviews by Di

    Yay for good reading weeks and writing, although I’m sorry about your pain afterwards ?

    Orcs is a totally different supernatural creature and I can’t say I’ve ever read anything with them as a MC! That’s interesting. Glad it was a goodie too!

    Off to check out your blog history post and I want to read your Sims update. ?