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5 Halloween Movies I’ll Be Watching This Year

Halloween is almost upon us! I am so excited and slightly stressed, for I haven’t shopped for my costume yet.

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I should be okay though. Hopefully ,I can gather something from the thrift store to make my costume. My boyfriends costume is so much easier, sigh. I won’t tell you what my costume will be, but look here to see which characters I am thinking of dressing up as for Halloween.

To get in the Halloween spirit and mood these are the movies I will be watching.

1.) Sleepy Hollow & The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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I know these are two different movies, so I kind of cheated, but they are based off the same story by Washington Irving.

The first one I watched every Halloween for the longest time on VHS when I was a kid. I remember being scared every time by the Horseman. Nothing can beat the original, I recommend watching this one first.

Now my parents bought the Tim Burton movie quite a few years ago and  when I saw it my first thought was “Oh Great another Johnny Depp/Tim Burton movie. Actually it is really good and I really enjoy it.

Both are good for the Halloween season and a must watch to get into the spirit.

2.) The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Yes, another Tim Burton movie. This is one of the few movies one can watch both around Christmas time and Halloween, so why not watch it. Also, I love Jack’s Lament from the movie as well. So haunting and beautiful.

3.) Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island

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One of my favorite Scooby-Doo movies. I watched this a ton when I was little and this to scared me. I loved the idea that the Zombies were…well I won’t give it away for those that haven’t seen it. I will tell you though, the Island is cursed. Go watch it, I love it!

4.) Hocus Pocus

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For as long as my boyfriend and I have been dating we had been trying to find this movie on DVD in stores, whether used or new. It was impossible, we almost broke down to order it online, when my boyfriend found it by chance at McKay’s! We have already watched this movie about 15 times (at least) since October began.

5.) The Rocky Horror Picture Show

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This movie freaked me out a little when I was younger, it is still slightly scary (I scare easily) but for me you can’t get in the mood without watching Rocky Horror. Every year I watch it and every year I’m still left confused, but amused by it.

Do you watch any of these movies around Halloween? What Halloween movies do you watch that is not on this list?

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Life As Cindy

Looking for a potential new web series that can fill the gaps in your hearts.

Well look no further, help Cindy be a reality.

The man who co-produced and co- wrote Beetlejuice and co-wrote The Addams Family, Larry Wilson needs your help raising funds for the new web series on Kickstarter.

Cindy is the foster child in a family that is on a reality show. Her Step-mother and Step-siblings treat her like the family maid. The web series though follows her experience and shows her side of the story. Check out their website.

It has dark humor and some disturbing aspects to it just like you would imagine a writer a Beetlejuice and The Addams Family to create. My persona favorite character that I am excited about is the Fairy Godmother who is addicted to fairy dust.

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Cindy is very different from Disney’s Cinderella. I am not sure what to think of Cindy myself, she is very pessimistic, even more than me. Understandable with the situation she is in, but I hope that she develops into a less pessimistic individual if the series is able to get its feet on the ground.

If you love Cinderella, love modern day takes on classic tales, or you are just desperate to see another good web series be developed, please donate to their kickstarter*.

 

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Web Series I am Currently Watching

Since the ending of The Lizzie Bennet Diaires, The Autobiography of Jane Eyre, and Emma Approved; I have been needing a new web series to watch.

Thankfully I have  found some web series that have been filling the gap that has been existing for a while. Click on the title of the web series to go straight to the channel to watch it, you won’t regret it.

Frankenstein, MD

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A Modern day take on Shelly’s Frankenstein.  Victoria Frankenstein becomes inspired to revitalize the dead when someone close to her dies.  The consequences though are more than she suspects.

I won’t lie, she really irritated me in the beginning and I just wanted to slap her. I know that is part of her character. While I am glad to be watching this series I have felt that her character development has been too fast and not realistic enough for me. Some plot points felt thrown in their just to get the story along.

While I have that it will only be lasting about 25-30 episodes (which is a shame, for this series should be longer with all the material) parts of it could have been done better.

Despite this, I still enjoy it and it makes every Tuesdays and Fridays a little better too.

Classic Alice

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Following College student, Alice, who is trying to live her life according to literature and the complications that follow as a result of this decision. Like Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Emma Approved the characters have twitter accounts you can follow.

What I love about this show is that it is not just adapting one book, it is adapting multiple stories for one long story. The main actress is relate-able and being an English Major I can imagine running into her in one of my classes. There is some potential romance in it and I am glad it is back on (they had to take a break due to funds).  I really enjoy the show and I hope this series goes on for a really long time.

The other really cool part about this show is that is produced and created by women.

I watch this show as soon it comes on every Tuesday and Thursday. I only wish that there were more episodes a week.

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5 Characters I would Love to be for Halloween

Halloween is coming up and I am so excited. I already have an idea of which character I want to be for Halloween this year, but these were some of the characters I have come up with.

In no Particular Order:

1.) Velma

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For me this is a no brainer.  She is smart, clever, and a badass. I always thought she was under-appreciated and without her, the team wouldn’t have solved nearly as many cases as they did.

2.) Padme

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Besides being a Queen from the Star Wars prequel trilogy at such a young age ,she is strong willed individual and just happens to be the mom of Luke and Leia.

Out of all of her costumes, this is my favorite. I love this costume, since I love renaissance and medieval fashion, makes sense.

3.) Susan Ivanova

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She is snarky, sarcastic, hilarious, and Russian. She is from the 90’s TV Show Babylon 5, a show that for me was my 1st fandom.

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A Century of Revolution, Protest, & Chaos

I remember hearing somewhere that the beginning of a century can define the feel of the entire upcoming one. It seems that since 9/11 we have been a time of protest, revolution, and chaos

I couldn’t tell you a time since 9/11 when the world has not been in conflict. It seems within the past 6-8 years that more and more conflicts have arisen throughout the world. And it doesn’t look like it will stop anytime soon.

Just here in the United States alone: our economy is a mess, we can’t trust our politicians, our borders are open to anyone (which brings in children who are now orphaned, drug cartels, terrorists, disease we haven’t faced before, and a whole slew of problems we haven’t thought of yet), most Americans under the age of 30 most likely does not remember a time when we weren’t at war, we will probably be the first generation in a long time that doesn’t do better than our parents, and so many people my age are disillusioned by the state of the world.

I have honestly lost track of all the protests that have taken place throughout my lifetime, even just with the past 5 years,

Thanks to Wikipedia I was able to get an idea of all the current ongoing protests (as of the date this is published.

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And for the 21st Century Alone, not including the last 10 years of the 20th Century…

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Can’t read it? Go Here to see it. By the way, this will probably change and only more will be added.

There is nothing wrong with protesting or fighting an injustice. If one exists, one shouldn’t let themselves be walked all over. It is just very sad that there are injustices that still need to be fought.

I find it heartbreaking that so many people in this world are still suffering and still dealing with tyranny and oppression. While I am glad people are gathering their courage and strength to resist tyranny and oppression, I am sorry it is needed.

I think it finally hit me during the Ukrainian Revolution, Euromaiden, etc. You hear me talk about that a little more here as to why it affects me. To sum it up, I have Ukrainian ancestry in me. Although I am an American citizen I have heard the stories of my ancestors and they have stayed with me.

I remember those days, watching all the protests with obsession. Others began to be brought to my attention: Venezuela, Thailand, and now currently the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong.

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Comforting Fall

Despite all the craziness I have talked about on this blog lately here and here, I still find fall comforting.

When I was younger I wouldn’t look to fall as a time of excitement, for me it would be a time of dread. It was the end of summer, no more free time being lazy at home, and I would go back to school. An experience that I rarely enjoyed when I was younger.

Now that I am older that has all changed. Despite still being in college and dreading going to school at times, I find comfort in it.

Why do I find comfort in it:

1.) Cool Weather

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It is a relief to be blessed with cool weather after a summer of horrid humidity. I have lived in Tennessee for about 10 years and I am still not used to it.

2.) Hot Drinks

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You can drink hot drinks anytime of the year, but it just isn’t the same as having hot drinks in the fall and winter.  I can start drinking hot tea, have a pumpkin spice latte, and not feel like I’m burning up as soon as I go outside.

3.) Sweaters

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I get to wear sweaters again.  I just find it a comfort to bundle up in a big baggy sweater that is too large on me. It gives me another excuse to dress comfortably. Pair it with leggings and boots and I am a happy individual.

4.) Bonfires

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I prefer bonfires during the colder months. Many people enjoy them in the summer, here in the south I think that is the worst time to have them simply because its too hot and humid out.

5.) It feels peaceful

Summer to me always felt fast paced. I must go to the beach, I must go hang out with friends, I must, I must…

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With Fall though, despite having to go back to school and getting back to a regular work schedule with no vacation in sight, I still find it oddly relaxing to have no pressure to try to fit everything in before classes start, since classes have already started.

6.) Looking at the Sky

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Thanks to the humidity I am not up for doing a lot outside in the summer. I hate that sticky feeling that comes with it. Even at night in the summer it feels sticky outside, in the fall though I can spend more time outside.

I love looking at the sky at night. I love to see all the stars. We are not in the middle of nowhere, but we are far away from the city where we can still have a pretty good view of the stars at night.

7.) It’s Almost the End of the Year

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Whether it has been a good or bad year, I look forward to the end of the year. I just find it comforting in the fact that no matter what happens things will end. Whatever is happening right now will only continue on for amount of time.

For me Fall isn’t just about sweaters or pumpkin spice lattes, its about peace and comfort.

Have a Happy Fall!

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Why I Wouldn’t Use the Truth Serum

If truth serum or a potion existed that could help encourage people to tell the truth, I still wouldn’t use it or want someone else to use it either.

If you can’t tell me the truth yourself, that is something you need to work on. If you need an outside substance to encourage you to tell me or anyone the truth, that is a problem.

I do understand how hard it is to be honest. On my blog I have shared with you a lot of difficult and emotionally filled truths involving my life. Ranging from depression to what is currently going on in my life. It isn’t easy, but I have always tried my best to be honest to my readers.

I know why we feel the compulsion to lie to each other. We are afraid of being taken advantage of, we are afraid of hurting someone, we are afraid of someone hurting us, we are afraid of the consequences, we are afraid of being judged; we are just generally afraid.

Telling the truth about our thoughts, emotions, etc. today is so easy (somewhat) to do, with instant consequences. We can post our own feelings and ideas on the internet, anonymously if we want to, and people will automatically respond. Now sometimes it will be a kind response, other times it could be hate filled. It all depends on the topic being discussed, if hot button topics like religion or politics there is a higher chance that the comment will be nasty or filled with hate. People should be able to disagree and be honest without wanting to kill each other or resort to being nasty (that is a topic for another day though).

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I can imagine you pulling this face, hold on, I’m not finished.

I have an idea of what you are thinking. “They are just being honest about how they feel, both the original poster and the person responding to said post.” You are right, but you can still be courteous while being honest.

Here is an example with a topic that isn’t as potentially explosive as politics or religion.

Let us say a girl is trying on a dress. The dress enhances all her flaws and doesn’t look good on her. In fact it doesn’t maker her look pretty at all. Which response would you give?

A.) You look ugly in that dress.

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B.) That dress does not flatter you.

B would be (haha sorry) the better answer a majority of the time unless that individual has strong self esteem and you have such an amazing friendship that if you said this to her she wouldn’t flip you off, but say “yeah good point.”

Since sometimes trying to figure out a way with being honest with them without hurting their feelings is difficult or impossible, sometimes we have to be honest.  Unfortunately being honest comes with just as many complications as lying does. When it comes to some people they can’t handle the truth.

The stronger person is an honest one though. The more you tell the truth and face the truth, the better you will be character wise. I wouldn’t want to use Truth Serum on friends, family, or even strangers. It is not my job or this serum’s job for them to tell the truth, it is their job.

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