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Fun Fact Friday: Analog Sci-Fi lit mag [8]

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This series occurs (almost) every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!! Or just answer in the comments. 🙂


This week’s (maybe not super) Fun Fact: I have a bunch of Analog: Science Fiction and Fact magazines that I pulled from my Great Grandma’s house after she passed away.

Okay, so I know that this week’s and last week’s fun facts haven’t been so fun but I promise this does get fun!!

A little over a year ago my Great Grandma passed away. She was 93 and lived a long, very happy life constantly surrounded by her daughter, her grand kids, and great grand kids. She, like me, loved to read anything she got her hands on and was a subscriber of the literary magazine Analog: Science Fiction and Fact.

Anyone, when she was on hospice in a nursing home and it was clear she wasn’t going to be coming home, my grandma started going through her house. It started with cleaning it and seeing what was around. Eventually she asked everyone to come over to see if they wanted anything. (a little morbid but my great grandma would have been furious if we didn’t)

Anyway, I poured over all her old books. Aside from the magazines I nabbed (which span from 2011 to about June 2015 because my grandma couldn’t be bother to cancel the subscription), I also got really old copies of the Iliad and the Odyssey (let me know if you guys may want to see pictures some time of any of these books I’m mentioning). Some special editions of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz.  I got The Tree of Life, a book that talks about different religions and philosophies and how they fit together. The complete works of Edgar Allan Poe and a book on the Middle ages. I also grabbed a few of her writing books. The Key: How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth and The Writer’s Complete Fantasy Reference.

However, it’s the magazines that really fascinate me. In the time I was getting the things from her house I was in a Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature course. I knew had would have to write a term paper on a work of my choosing and I thought about using Analog. This, sadly, didn’t happen because I just didn’t have time to comb through all the magazines to see if there was a worthy thesis hidden in any of the stories or a group of the stories.

Instead, these gorgeous lit mags have been sitting on my shelves unread and unloved. I want to change that. I keep meaning to read them but something is stopping me and what’s stopping me (right now) is  that I want to make my reading useful. I want to be able to add it to this blog. So I have a question for you guys???

How would you feel about Sci-Fi Sunday being a thing? Every week (or maybe every two I haven’t decided) I will read one of the Analog magazines I have and write a post about it. I might end up doing it regardless of feedback but I thought it’d be nice to see what you guys might thing.

I know this is a long drawn out post. Sorry about that. But I really want to know what you guys think.


Aside from wondering if you guys like Sci-Fi Sunday…(please let me know!!) Have any you been given something from a passing relative? Have you ever stumbled upon old books or literary magazines? 

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Fun Fact Friday: I go through phases [7]

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This series occurs (almost) every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!! Or just answer in the comments. 🙂


This week’s Fun Fact: I go through phases.

No I don’t mean like physically though that would be hella cool. I mean that for some reason I can’t ever seem to stick to something for very long (aside from writing and music but those have phases within them). I have phases where I play The Sims for hours on end for a month and then I don’t touch the game for year. Or (as you may have noticed) I’m able to read any book I get my hands on. Reading upwards of 10 books a week and then suddenly I’m struggling to read one a week.

It’s been like this my whole life. The first phase I remember having is my A&W Cream Soda phase. I got a rootbeer out of a vending machine once but instead of rootbeer it ended up being cream soda. I was hooked. My mom was constantly buying it for me along with Pepsi lime for herself. I drank almost nothing but cream soda when I visited her on weekends. Definitely not my healthiest phase and it lasted for about half a year.

I’ve always had cereal phases. I have cereals I love for about 4-6 months and then it changes. Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Frosted Flakes, Captain Crunch (this phase never lasts long because it hurts the roof of my mouth), Special K, Cinnamon Bunches of Oats, and so on and so forth.

I have phases of extreme video games, and no video games. Extreme Korean drama watching and not watching anything at all. I have phases where I love watching movies and then phases where I absolutely no matter what can not seem to sit still or be bothered to try to watch a movie.

Sometimes I enjoy that I’m constantly flitting from thing to thing. And mostly I have set phases that I switch between. Reading to shows to movies to videos games and back to reading or something like that. But most times, I’m extremely frustrated with myself. I’d love to be able to stick to one or two things and do them consistently in moderation instead of having these over the top phases where I want to do nothing but my particular phase for that time.

This post is more about my frustration than a fun fact but I wanted to share and get it out somewhere. No one really understands my phases. Hell I don’t really understand them but I figured if there was anyone, anywhere who could relate it’d be on the internet. Though it now occurs to me that these phases could be part of what makes me bipolar. The phases being different expressions of my manic periods. But that seems a little too Meta for me today.


So, do you have phases? What are your phases like? Do you enjoy it? If you don’t have phases, how do you keep the things you love doing fresh?

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Fun Fact Friday [6]

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This series occurs every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!! Or just answer in the comments. 🙂


This week’s Fun Fact: I’m really superstitious about selective things.

I think everyone has their own weird things that they follow for no reason. Mine tend to err on the superstitious side. But I only follow certain ones. Here are the ones I can think of off the top of my head:

  • Opening an umbrella indoors (My luck is bad enough as it is. I won’t do anything to worsen it)
  • Being around a mirror in the complete dark (IE Bloody Mary *shivers* too many day camp situations to make me want to even attempt being in a pitch black room with a mirror)
  • Putting any part of my body over the edge of my bed (something or someone will inevitably grab me. No thank)
  • I have to have one dream catcher by the head of my bed and one by the window. (My grandfather said that in order for the bad dream to go away you have to have a way for it to get out of the window so this is the perfect set up.)
  • Going along with the above, I believe (pretty heavily) in the meaning of dreams/dream symbols. I swear my dreams have told me to break up with boyfriends when the relationship wasn’t healthy among other things.
  • Knocking on wood/jinxing things (if I have high hopes for something and voice those hopes I have to knock on wood.)
  • I check my horoscope pretty religiously and most times it’s pretty accurate. I known its vague and too broad to really mean anything but it makes me feel better when it predicts good things.

On top of this superstitions (and I feel within in same train of thought), are the few religious beliefs I cling to. I consider myself atheist. But there are a few things from varied religions that I do tend to follow. The biggest being Karma. I try not to bring bad karma my way and to comfort myself when people are being rude I say they have bad karma heading toward them.

I also ALWAYS say god bless you when someone sneezes. I understand that it’s not everyone’s religion. And the superstition it stems from is old and most don’t believe it, but I find it impolite to not say it. I wish there was some other phrase I could say that would help because I have qualms with saying god bless you automatically since not everyone believe in god and I certainly don’t.

These are just a few I can think of off the top of my head but I’m sure there’s more. For some reason, I can be highly superstitious even though I know it doesn’t really matter. Still I guess holding onto these things helps people feel better.


Do you have any weird superstitions or beliefs that you follow for no apparent reason? 

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Fun Fact Friday [5]

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This series occurs every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!! Or just answer in the comments. 🙂


This week’s Fun Fact: What I do to “find a happy place”

With everything that’s been happening at work, I’ve been in need of mood boosters. AKA, something that can create a happy place for me. Lots of times that books, but you can’t really do that quickly or while in the midst of working. I also turn to music and Korean dramas sometimes.

I mean seriously how can anyone be unhappy watching these two???
I mean seriously how can anyone be unhappy watching these two???

But even those take a little too long. Which is why I’m going to share the thing that makes me insta happy. Legitimately I can’t even think of this thing without a slight smile being brought to my face and watching it (even though I’ve seen it thousands of times) still makes me literally laugh out loud.

First a little background info. SHINee is a South Korean boy band who debuted in 2008. I have been a fan since I discovered them in 2009 and they are the reason I’m so invested in South Korean pop culture. One of the longest running jokes about the group (good naturedly of course) is Minho’s dibidibidis rap. It’s in two of their songs and it’s what he used to feature on variety shows when asked to show his talent.

The video below is a clip from Korea’s Saturday Night Live with the 3 of the 5 members actively poking fun at themselves with this song. I legitimately lose my shit when I see this and even if others don’t quite find the joy I do from it I wanted to share. Plus it may provide you guys with a happy place as well. 🙂

This whole skit is amazing. But this is my absolute favorite part. During the whole of the Ill Brothers skit, SHINee continually makes fun of their own songs and I think it’s one of the best things. Recently when I’m at work and need to restore my mood quickly, I watch this a few times (usually just the unsubbed 30 second clip) to boost my mood and I’m almost as good as new. Much quicker than dramas, books, or music.


How do you find your happy place quickly? Do you have any standbys that instantly make you happy? Share with us and maybe you could help others find their insta happy.

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Fun Fact Friday [4]

Welcome to the newest series on my blog! Fun Fact Friday!! I want to give my wonderful followers a chance to know me better (and for me to know you better) so welcome!!!

fun fact friday

This new series will occur every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!!

I’d also like to say sorry for being kind of absent this week. I got some bad news at work which is making me too anxious to focus on things. But never fear I am not going anywhere. 🙂


This week’s Fun Fact: I hope to work for Simon & Schuster Publishing someday while also writing my own novels.

I suppose it comes as no surprise that my ultimate dream is writing novels. But part of that dream is also having the day job of helping others write their novels. My dream publishing company is Simon & Schuster and it has been since I was about 12. S&S has published so many of my favorite novels. I’ve applied to S&S several times but I need more experience. I will get there someday.

I learned early that writing (for most people) isn’t their day job. Even for relatively successful authors. Book deals are rare and I don’t want to rely on writing to be my main source of income. I love the entire book writing process from conceiving an idea to the final editing touches and I want to be apart of that process both for myself and others.

Also nothing irritates me more than seeing typos and grammar mistakes in published works. That’s what made me want to go into editing in general. I get irrationally angry when a book (published by a company that is) is published with typos. There should be people there to catch that. And I know to err is human but I also think that fresh eyes (coughmyeyescough) could help.

Today’s post is a little job centric I know. But currently I work as a temp and I’m trying to find a permanent job hopefully in my field of study so jobs are on the mind.


What’s your dream job? Why do you want to do it?

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Fun Fact Friday [3]

Welcome to the newest series on my blog! Fun Fact Friday!! I want to give my wonderful followers a chance to know me better (and for me to know you better) so welcome!!!

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This new series will occur every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!!


This week’s Fun Fact: I love music almost as much as I love reading/writing.

Legitimately music is the only thing asides from books/writing that I’ve consistently loved. I always have to have some kind of music around me. Even when I’m reading. Just like with books, I’ll listen to just about any genre and I’ll give anything a try. I most stick to pop punk, kpop (Korean pop), classic rock, top 40, and country but I rappers I love and R&B artists and folk singers. Even Celtic music.

If I didn’t love writing just a smidgen more, I’m sure I would have found a way for my career to revolve around music. Probably not playing an instrument or anything because I’m awful at playing consistently (/flashbacks to days in band) but maybe DJing or something low level in production.

Some of my favorite artists include: Rascal Flatts, All Time Low, SHINee, B.A.P., Mayday Parade, Gaelic Storm, Poison, Luke Bryan, Kim Feel, Bangtan Sonyeodan (BTS), Miranda Lambert, Cute is What We Aim For, and many, many others.

I actually have over 90GB of music on my computer last time I checked. Which is way more than I can possibly listen to all the time but I love always having unknown music to pour over. I go through genre phases with music the same way I go through genre phases with books which I think just proves how much I love it. I never stop just switch to something a little different. The same cannot be said of me for my other interests like video games.


How into music are you? Did you ever consider a career in it? What are some of your favorite artists/genres?

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Fun Fact Friday [2]

Welcome to the newest series on my blog! Fun Fact Friday!! I want to give my wonderful followers a chance to know me better (and for me to know you better) so welcome!!!

fun fact friday

This new series will occur every Friday and will feature Fun Facts about me. At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better. Feel free join Fun Fact Friday on your own blog and post a link below!!


This week’s Fun Fact: I am a casual gamer

My little brother likes to teasingly call me a casual whenever we discuss video games. While he prefers hardcore and challenging games like Dungeon Defenders, Dota 2, and League of Legends, I prefer RPGs and simulations like Kingdom Hearts, Civilization V, and the Dragon Age series. I also dabble in the occasional visual novel though not very often. Even with the few games I play I always try to make sure there is an easy mode (though never sandbox that’s just boring) because if it’s too challenging to me it’s not fun.

The thing about casual gaming is that I still consider myself a gamer (though many don’t) and I enjoy being a gamer. I enjoy trying out new casual games and find what I like and dislike. Sometimes that means spending an exorbitant amount of money on a game I hate but I think with any hobby that can be an issue.

The other thing about casual gaming is that in general since I game casually I don’t feel the pressure to keep up to date or to beat games. I enjoy just playing when the mood strikes. For me the game is less about skill and more about the story and the characters at in in RPGs. In simulation gaming is about building the story and characters myself. One of the reasons I love and play The Sims franchise. I’ve being playing The Sims since the first game came and have played every installation of it since (though I’m extremely disappointed with The Sims 4). In The Sims you create, design, and manage your own characters. You can create entire stories for them. Simblr (Sim tumblrs) dedicate hours to creating complicated stories using The Sims. The same cannot be said of “hardcore” games.

The Dragon Age series is has intricate plot and the outcome changes depending on your choices in the game. Even the beginning changes depending on what race, gender, and class you choose. You can befriend your companions or romance them. Most of the characters can be romanced by either gender and while it still has a long way to go it’s very progressive as far as video games go.

This post has become a mini-rant because although I love being a casual gamer I often have to prove myself as such. Casuals tend to be looked down on in the gaming community. But the whole point of being a casual is that I don’t give a shit about the gaming community.

On another note, I think the games I love so much I love because they are similar to books for me. They provide a different reality that I can immerse myself in for hours. I can create the reality in simulation games (like I do when I write my own stories/books) or I can lose myself in the reality someone else has created.


Do you play video games? Have you thought about getting into them if you don’t? What kind of games do you prefer?

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Fun Fact Friday [1]

Welcome to the newest series on my blog! Fun Fact Friday!! I want to give my wonderful followers a chance to know me better (and for me to know you better) so welcome!!!

fun fact friday

This new series will occur every Friday and will feature, well, Fun Facts about me in case you didn’t guess it from the title. 😛 At the end I will also pose a question or questions to you guys that will relate to my fun fact so I can get to know you better.

This is someone similar to my unpop opinion series but I think the main difference is that it will just be random things. It doesn’t necessarily have to be bookish. Feel free to suggest things you want to know as well!


This week’s Fun Fact: How I keep my TBR books and currently reading

Generally speaking, I don’t keep my TBR books on my shelves. Instead they are all stacked on (one of many) nightstands next to my bed like so:

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My currently reading books are kept in a similar fashion but on the other side of my bed.

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Also a rather outdated picture as I’ve finished all of these. But you get the idea. My room is an organized chaos and I definitely enjoy it. I love seeing the TBR pile slowly diminish by moving to the currently reading and then the read pile (my shelves).


Do you have a special way you keep your TBR, Currently Reading, and Read books?