Marvel Defenders Review

I have been looking forward to this show for MONTHS! And I definitely can’t say that I’m disappointed. I did have some reservations at first about the Iron Fist and Luke Cage being in it, but like I said, I’m not disappointed. Here are some of the things that I loved about this show:

Color Schemes

Did you notice that The Defenders has a very specific color scheme for each character, especially in the beginning? The color schemes/camera filters go as follows:

  • Alexandra Reid: White
  • Daredevil: Red
  • Iron Fist: Green
  • Luke Cage:  Yellow
  • Jessica Jones: Purple/blue

Every time the camera switches to a new character, the filter changes accordingly and so does the color schemes. For example, Daredevil is always bathed in a red light. And as much as I didn’t like Alexandra, I did like how she was associated with white. White is the color of purity, of innocence. And although Alexandra puts up a front, she certainly doesn’t have that reputation.

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Miraculous Ladybug Chapter Excerpt

I have a new book coming out that will be published on Wattpad in about a week! To read the entire story, tune in for the announcement about when this will be published.

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Adrien pounced on the new female Hawk Moth, wincing as purple moths swirled around him and cut into his skin. Just one moth didn’t do much damage, but a whole swarm of them hurt more than he thought possible. Even the small motion of holding Hawk Moth down took more effort than he ever thought possible.

To his surprise, Hawk Moth laughed menacingly as she stared up into his eyes. “So you’re the infamous Chat Noir. Oh, I have lots of plans for you. Revenge, being the first on my list.”

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Anxiety and Depression: Does Medication Actually Work?

I have wondered this time and time again, and seeing several people I care about take medication for their mental health has led me to the same conclusion: It doesn’t really work.

Now, I may be wrong about this and I fully accept that possibility, but writing down my thoughts doesn’t hurt either. I’ve been there through the thick and thin of an anxiety/depression problem of someone I care about and I’m seeing a trend here. A very unfortunate trend: the medication they are taking is only making the problem worse.

On top of suffering from an enhanced anxiety and depression, they have to suffer the effects of the medication, including:

  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Panic attacks
  • Headaches
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Plenty more, depending on the person and medication

How terribly sad that that they have to suffer from these things on top of their mental health issues! But really… Isn’t the medication supposed to work? Isn’t it better to trade the effects of taking the medication with not having anxiety or depression anymore?

This is what I noticed with those who took the medication to help solve their problems. The problems didn’t go away. Not at all. In fact, anxiety and depression only enhanced. Thoughts of suicide and considering the action itself more and more increased. Clinginess, panic attacks, a sense of ownership over a person, always needing to know what their friends were doing all the time, thoughts of everyone around them hating them, and everything else that comes with anxiety increased.

Did I mention emotions? Rather than getting a boost to help with depression, they just felt flat, as if their emotions had been stripped away. Wouldn’t you rather feel something than nothing at all?

Okay, so maybe it was the type of medication given that didn’t work. After changing medication, do you know what I saw? The exact…same…thing. And on top of that, a dependence on the medication increased ten fold to the point where coming off the medication would create withdrawals.

Is the medication still worth it?

Perhaps for some individuals, it is. But did you know that one in six Americans take antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs? Is it really needed and does it really help? At some point in their lives, everyone copes with anxiety and depression. It’s a natural part of life. Consider these natural remedies to lessen the effect of depression and anxiety in your life:

  • Regular exercise: This one is a given because it releases feel-good chemicals into the brain and if done regularly, that can be a great way to feel good every day.
  • Not skipping breakfast: You’ve probably heard of this all your life while in school, “Make sure to eat a balanced breakfast before you take your test tomorrow.” Well, your teachers were right. Breakfast, especially eggs, helps provide your body with protein and choline that give your body a boost and naturally lowers anxiety levels.
  • Omega-3: This nutrient can help lower cellular inflammation in the brain, which helps combat depression. Here are other benefits of omega-3 and what foods to find them in.
  • Stop overthinking things: Admit it, we all do this. Oftentimes, I have a problem with this and for people with anxiety, it only makes the problem worse. Channel your negative energy into other things and rather than dwell on a problem, look at the problem in perspective and either let it go if you can’t fix it, or find a solution to the problem. This takes lots of practice but it definitely helps.
  • Meditation: This can put you in the “now” and help quiet an overactive brain. Accept that your life will never be free of problems but rather, learn how to cope with those problems and accepting the existence of those problems.
  • Sleep: This doesn’t come easy for some people, but sleep can do so much to help you with anxiety and depression. Try to get to bed early and remove distractions from the room such as the tv and dare I say it, your phone. Ever heard of blue light? When you stare at your phone screen when trying to get to sleep, your body misinterprets this light as daylight, which in turn stimulates your brain and makes it more difficult to get to sleep. As hard as it might be, it just might save your sleep if you charge your phone across the room rather than putting your phone within reach.

There are a lot of ways to naturally combat depression and anxiety, so I would recommend you be diligent in trying these ways and only if they don’t work, then turn to a doctor as a last resort rather than a first. Who knows, maybe you’ll even discover a new hobby!

Wonder Woman Movie Review

I’m fangirling as I’m writing this. What can I say? I LOVED the movie Wonder Woman.  Did I expect to love it so much? No. In fact, I expected it to be just about as good as Superman, Batman, Batman vs. Superman, etc.

I liked Superman to a certain point–when buildings started to come crashing down for about half the movie. That meant that only half the movie (the first half) was worth watching to me. After that, I didn’t even have to watch to know what was going on. Buildings were coming down, Superman was being thrown two miles each time he got punched, and more buildings got destroyed. I’m more into the story of a movie and not all about the action.

The same thing goes for Batman. The movie was great but way too many fighting scenes. Unless they can make fighting scenes like you find in Daredevil (<3 ❤ ❤ best vigilante EVER, a MUST-SEE), I’m not very interested in watching them.

And then there’s Wonder Woman. There’s so much story to it! And the action scenes are unique. The story keeps me guessing the whole time about who Ares might be and on top of that, I LOVED Wonder Woman’s naive but straightforward and honest personality.

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Now I can’t mention Wonder Woman without mentioning Gal Gadot. She’s BEAUTIFUL! So perfect for the role. And did I mention she can sing, too?

Spiderman used to be my favorite superhero but now Wonder Woman might knock him right off his pedestal. I hope that Spiderman: Homecoming might change my mind! Then I’ll just have a favorite Marvel superhero and a favorite DC superhero.

No matter your gender, Wonder Woman is a great movie to see. Really, I didn’t see the movie as empowering feminism. I saw it as a great movie worthy of watching. So if you haven’t seen it yet, then go see it!

Beauty and the Beast Live Action Movie Review

Let’s talk about this movie for a sec.

First of all, I am a HUGE fan of Disney movies, especially when there are princesses involved. When the live action Cinderella movie came out, I loved it so much that I felt so floaty and happy after I came out of the theater. The casting was perfect. The story was perfect. Even the twists that weren’t in the animated film were perfect. So it makes me disappointed to say that I definitely did not have these same thoughts and reactions to Beauty and the Beast live action. Why?

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It Started as a Dream

Some of the best ideas end up coming from dreams. In fact, the very first book I ever wrote when I was 12 years old came to me as a dream. I wanted to write that dream down so I wouldn’t forget, and that turned into a novel.

Well, the same thing happened just a few weeks ago when I dreamed about a world with the gifted living among regular humans. Could this idea turn into something? It definitely did!

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Russian Mob Chapter Excerpt from Double Crossed

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“I spent twelve years trying to groom you into the perfect heir!” Blaine shouted at Sophie, hitting her hard across the face. She cradled her jaw, meeting Blaine’s gaze with fearful eyes. “What will it take for you to follow directions? You’ve given me no reason why I should trust you as the next leader.” He clenched his fists as if he were going for another attack, but he didn’t. “Give me one good reason why I shouldn’t denounce you as my heir?”

She couldn’t. Actually, she didn’t even want to be his heir. She wanted to go home, wherever home was. The only home she could think of was in Matt’s arms.

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Spy Chapter Excerpt from Insurgent

 

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This could not be happening.

Johnny couldn’t get back to Colorado fast enough the moment he heard from Scott that they managed to get information out of one of the five men they had captured. Ever since his activity in Berlin when he had been shot, the Schrecken had been searching for information on Johnny and they finally found it. That mixed with the fact that Johnny had just helped bring five more of them down, there would be no doubt that the Schrecken’s next target would be in Monte Vista.

“Drive faster!” Johnny groaned, his head in his hands. He could not sit still for the life of him.

“You know what, punk?” Scott growled, his lip curling in a snarl. “Why don’t you drive next time and I’ll make the phone calls? Maybe I’d actually be able to reach someone.”

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Excerpt from Crimson Sky: MI6 Agent and CIA Agent

 

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Little Bird, do you come in?”

Skye had to do all she could not to snicker as Agent White’s voice came through her earpiece. She knew it made sense to use codenames, but she honestly only ever thought they did that in movies.

“Copy that, Big Bird,” Skye answered with a straight face, wary of all the people filing into the stadium all around her. She craned her neck to peer into the stadium where the soccer match was in its first quarter. 0-1. Manchester already scored a goal. Talk about dumb luck. There was no way they were going to win. Liverpool had this game in the bag.

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