Dreams

I’m here, I’m here. I disappeared, but only into books, games, and new ideas.

Books
As a reviewer for Nevada Young Reader Award (NYRA), I’m swamped with reading! There are several categories for the nominated titles, and I focus on the intermediate reads. I have about… 12 books to read by the March conference. Let’s see, that’s about 3 books a week to be on track. Yikes! I am hoping to finish all of them, but I won’t be able to supply full reviews on them through this venue. Check for me on goodreads for my updates, if you’re curious!

Games
I’m a nerd in more ways than one!

I’ve finished earning a platinum trophy on Atelier Ayesha for the PS3! If you’re a fan of synthesis, role-playing games (RPGs), fantasy, and a laidback plot, you’ll like! I found the game beautiful, but very slow. It lacked intensity with the storyline, but had a strong focus with character development. The character designs were cute, and I enjoyed watching the characters interact with the main alchemist character named Ayesha. In the story, Ayesha, who runs a humble apothecary, journeys to find her spirited away sister. With the help of a dynamic cast of characters, Ayesha discovers the truth, alchemy, and herself as she unravels natural mysteries around her.

I’ve also finished playing the new Life is Strange (Episode 1: Chrysalis) game on the PS4. The game is developed by Dontnod Entertainment, and published by Square Enix. You follow the character the young teenage photographer Max when she returns to her hometown and observes that so many things have chanced since she has been away for five years. Most of the mystery centers around a missing girl named Rachel and her best friend Chloe. In the beginning of the game, Max is caught in a vision of a swirling tornado near the town’s  lighthouse. She awakens from the vision and finds herself in class wondering what was real or not. After leaving class, Max witnesses the murder of student and discovers she is able to reverse time. Using this power to her advantage, she ultimately makes choices throughout the game that change events, outcomes, and the way the other characters respond. I love being in control of the character, but it can be stressful making these choices that change the game’s outcome. I like the rating at the end of the chapter and seeing how other people responded differently or similarly. Older teenagers and younger adults will love this game. Be aware: profanity, sexual themes, violence, and drugs.

The other game I’m playing and loving (after beating Tales of Graces f) is Tales of Symphonia. I know, I’m like 10 years late. I remember my brothers playing this game and seeing snippets of the game, knowing it was a good game, but never getting around to it. At that time, it was made for the Gamecube, which was my brother’s console. Because they released the first and second game as a set on the PS3, I now have opportunity. I’m only about 20 hours in, but so far, I’m enjoying. The plot isn’t too complicated, the characters on complex, and I love the skits which allow the player to get closer to the characters and discover more about the plot. This is another fantasy game full of depth and excitement!

New Ideas

I have a new project in the works! I’ve always dreamed of becoming a novelist. In fact, when I was 14 years old writing fanfiction, I dreamed of attending a small liberal arts college and majoring in Creative Writing. In high school, I was never able to take the Creative Writing course (it was for seniors, and by the time I became a senior, the class was cancelled and then renewed AFTER I graduated). Now, I have decided to pursue my goal of publishing a book in my lifetime, and I’ve come up with a fantastic idea. I won’t share too much here, but let’s just say – I feel like I’ve struck gold! Wish me luck on my progress.

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New Year, New Goals

Happy New Year, folks! I hope everyone had a safe and fantastic holiday. Around the holidays, I tend to relapse on posting and focus on personal obligations. It was especially busy due to being away to celebrate my mother’s birthday and attending a family wedding. After the whirl of holidays, I was able to establish my goals for 2015.

First off, I’ve set the number for my reading challenge of the year. In 2013 and 2014, I decided to read 50 books. This year, I’m aiming for 50 books as well. I may decide to extend this reading challenge further should I find I’m able to. Goals should be realistic and obtainable, so while I want to challenge myself, I want to ensure my success rather than failure. Reading 50 books in a year means at least 4 books a month or 1 book a week, sometimes 2. That seems doable!

Feel free to send me suggestions, or books you would like for me to review.

If you have a goodreads account, go ahead and set up your challenge here: https://www.goodreads.com/challenges/3082-2015-reading-challenge

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Other goals, I would like to further expand this blog and my branded identity. I have some ideas in store for weekly segments and reviewing other materials related to children and teens. Professionally, I would like to gain more experience working or volunteering with children and teens, as well as land a librarian position, as I graduated from Library School last month.

Other than that, as a big proponent for health and fitness, I am maintaining my exercise with POPilates and a low-carb lifestyle. Always remember to take care of you! I also would like to practice more yoga and relaxation techniques.

Speaking of which, I completed a paper last semester by selecting books for an early elementary school audience on the topic of exercise. I will update this week about that project and brief reviews on those three resources!

Leave a comment and let me know what some of your goals are for this year!