Tag - Good times

New Year, New Home, New Goals

We’re finally in our house!

  • The Kitchen!
  • Dining Room!
  • Living Room!
  • Master Bedroom!
  • Ensuite!
  • Tupperware!

(Do you think I have enough Tupperware? Probably not…)

We moved in on December 30th, so we got to bring in the new year in our new home. I am currently writing this in my half-setup new office! Woo, first time home owning!

Anyway, now for something not as exciting… I failed at my 2015 goal of finishing a full first draft of a novel. I know, I know… LAME! But I did get further than I ever have before, so that’s something right?

But now it is 2016, and I am setting the bar even higher! (Then, even if I don’t reach it, I will probably get further than I did this year. That’s my problem… Not setting the bar high enough!) This year I am going to PUBLISH my first book. Crazy, I know. I’m going to dive right into The Tree of Eternity and get this book DONE. New year, new home, new (lofty) goals!

How am I going to do this? I’m going to write. And edit. And write. And edit. REPEAT. Until I am done. Then I am going to put it out into the world and see what happens. Oh, and start writing my next book (Which will be the first of a trilogy that I am super excited about!).
I better get to work!

What are your goals for 2016? Comment below so I can stay on your case 😛 (And please stay on mine!)

The Wheel of Time

“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In one age, called the Third Age by some, an Age yet to come, an Age long past, a wind rose in the Mountains of Mist. The wind was not the beginning. There are neither beginnings nor ending to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it was a beginning.”

Day 23 of the A to Z Challenge is about the amazing book series by Robert Jordan, The Wheel of Time. (Click here for a list of all the topics)

The Wheel of Time

When I was 12 years old, I ran out of books to read and went to my dad to ask if he had any for me. He gave me Clan of the Cave Bears by Jean M. Auel. It was beyond my 12 year old self to understand what was going on in that book (If you’ve read it, you may understand), and eventually I went to him and said that I couldn’t read it. My mom was shocked my dad had given me that book to read. Apparently, he hadn’t actually ever read it. So my dad gave me The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan; the first book in the Wheel of Time series.

I devoured it. And once I had read all five of the books my dad had from the series, I bought the next few and devoured those. Then I began re-reading and re-reading the series until the next book came out. Then I re-read again until the next came out. And I did this until the final book, A Memory of Light, was released. Now I am re-reading once again just because.

That’s one of the things I love about this series, it is so very re-readable. Each time I have read the series, I have discovered new details and small plot lines that I didn’t pick up on the times before. It’s also fun to see how the characters act and talk when I know what is going to happen to them. Or to see the mass amount of foreshadowing for books further down the line. I don’t think I will ever get sick of re-reading The Wheel of Time.

After the 11th book in the series, Knife of Dreams, came out, I found out that Robert Jordan was sick. One day I went in to work and my coworker informed me that my favourite author had died. I was in shock, and my coworker quickly realized that I hadn’t already known and was now very upset. What was going to become of my favourite series?

Luckily, Harriet (RJ’s wife and editor) was able to get the amazing Brandon Sanderson to finish the series with all of RJ’s notes. He did an excellent job (Although some may point out the inconsistencies, but I think those were bound to happen and that they were few and far between anyhow).

As for my favourite characters. Well, I love each of the characters each for their own reasons, but my top two are Matrim Cauthon and Egwene Al’Vere.

Mat Cauthon

In the first few books, Mat seems like an inconsiderate scoundrel, and well, he is. But as the series progresses, I saw that underneath his facade of the “I don’t want to do any work or be in any danger even if my friends need help”, was a guy who really cared about his friends and wanted them to be safe and wanted to help but was scared to do so. He grows a lot in the series and well, who can resist a flirty gambler anyway?

Egwene Al'Vere

Egwene wasn’t always on my top two list. I started out thinking that she was to hard on the boys and was stuck up. But then I began to notice how she only acted that way because she was trying to prove that she could do anything she set her mind too and that she was strong. And it turned out that that was the truth. Egwene becomes an amazing, strong, and powerful woman. She is selfless (as an Aes Sedai should be since it literally means Servant of All) and willing to sacrifice everything in order to save all.

I don’t want to give away too much, in case you haven’t read the series or haven’t finished, so I will leave it at that.

I know that The Wheel of Time is a long series and therefore very daunting, but I promise it is worth the time to read the books!

Have you read the series? Who is your favourite character and why? (Please keep your answer as spoiler free as possible!) 🙂

Viva La Bam

“Bam Margera. What will he do next? ‘Whatever the %#$@ I want!’”

Day 22 of the A to Z Challenge is about the TV show Viva La Bam! (Click here for a list of all the topics)

Viva La Bam

When I was a teenager and young adult, I LOVED Bam Margera. Seriously, I watched Viva La Bam all the time and I had posters of Bam all over the place. I asked for a video camera as my graduation gift, so that I could record my friends and I doing stupid things. Which we did, but very very tame in comparison to Bam (Like saran wrapping my brother to a flag pole).

Bam

One time, a friend and I even spontaneously drove to Whistler for an autograph signing event at the Billabong store. We got there and realized we hadn’t brought anything to be signed, so I said that I would get Bam to sign my wrist and then get it tattooed the next day. Well, they had posters there for him to sign, but as well as the poster, I got him to sign my wrist. And we got pictures with him, which was awesome.

That night we went partying and the silver sharpie on my wrist started to wipe off. But even so, the next day, once we had reached home, I went into a tattoo parlour and got them to tattoo the autograph from the poster onto my wrist!

Leetah's Bam Tattoo

I still love the tattoo and I love the story behind it.

Bam Margera is a different person than I originally liked, but I still love rewatching those old episodes of Viva La Bam, Where the #$&% is Santa, and, of course, Jackass.

What is your favourite prank/stunt TV show, movie, or YouTube channel?

**UPDATE**

As coincidences go, this one is pretty crazy… My friend, Jessica, who went to Whistler to meet Bam with me, tagged me in a Facebook memory today… Apparently it was exactly 6 years ago today that we met Bam!

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