Review: DEADPOOL

Luke and I finally got to see Deadpool this past Tuesday. We wanted to see it the previous week, but I was struck with the flu. It was worth the wait! Plus, I got my LootCrate subscription in the mail, so I had a sweet Deadpool shirt to wear to the movie.

12719270_10205304473363589_3251194564084322386_o.jpgIt. Was. Great! The trailers and hype were all worth it. And I was actually surprised, because I thought the nudity and gore were going to be much* worse than they were. Pleasantly surprised. I don’t usually watch overly gory or violent movies, but Deadpool’s humor kept it lighter than it would’ve been in a different film with the same amount of action.

Deadpool is the anti-hero I’ve been dreaming of (and more)! I need to get my hands on the comics now, so I can read more about his adventures as I wait for another movie to happen.

Ryan Renolds. He really IS Deadpool. And the other actors and actresses in the film did an amazing job as well. I was sucked into the plot and acting so much that I forgot that I was watching a movie at all. Plus, when you throw X-men into the mix…I’m game.

I’m not sure when we will have time for another date night, but I hope it’s soon.

*Deadpool is not for anyone who is remotely offended by vulgar language, nudity, intense fighting, or gore. I’ve had several people tell me this offends them. My response is DO NOT see the movie then. I will still go see it…again! Just because you are offended doesn’t mean I shouldn’t see it. The studio (and Deadpool himself) made it crystal clear what the movie was about. Go see Captain America or something if you want a “family friendly” superhero movie. Those movies are awesome too! But this one is rated R for a reason.

The death of someone I don’t know

This week has been tough. Not for any personal reasons (unlike last week when my car battery died, my phone fell in some water, and I hit a deer).

Two great men died this week. I didn’t know them personally,
but they still affected my life.

David Bowie and Alan Rickman were part of my childhood growing up. Now, as an adult I can appreciate them even more for their talent and what they gave the world.

Each of them gave us a piece of themselves that in turn changed our lives.

Whether it was hearing David Bowie’s music and knowing that just because someone is a little different, it doesn’t make them less than others. Being different is awesome!
His music inspired generations up until his death this week and will continue until the end of time.

Alan Rickman played roles that included villains, wizards, and more. He inspired those around him to be better or even just to believe that magic was real for a little while.

These moments they created for us who never met them are powerful.

We are changed for the better.

Even if we never met, I love you.

Rest in peace, Alan Rickman and David Bowie. You gave the world such gifts.

Always.

-THE KATY

(David Bowie called this version of “Space Oddity” the “most poignant version of the song ever created.” )

Christmas songs are awesome

Can you believe that Christmas will be HERE in three days?

NEITHER CAN I!

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Ok, no one can be as excited for Christmas as Buddy the Elf, but let’s just say that I’m ready! We’ve had the decorations up for a month, baked cookies, bought and wrapped presents, and danced around the kitchen with the kids to Christmas songs.

This one is my favorite song this year. Because…minor key. Can’t go wrong with a song in minor key.

“All I Want For Christmas” sung by Chase Holfelder.

Another favorite. I think it’s adorable. Their version is probably my favorite rendition of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

 

“Mary, Did You Know” by Pentatonix is absolutely gorgeous.

 

And of course, “Carol of the Bells.” This version is played on piano by David Hicken.

 

What are your favorite Christmas songs? Do you have any least favorite songs? I could write an entire post about that too…
“Blue Christmas” ::shudder::

I hope each and every one of you has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! I have a few more book reviews to put up this week, but we’ll see how busy we get at home.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

BOD ZOMBIE CRAWL GIVEAWAY WINNERS!!!

Wow, I cannot believe that Halloween is over! Time to put away my goggles and blaster for another time. Sigh. I always get a little sad after Halloween until I remember that MORE Holidays are on their way! Which holiday do YOU like best? I am probably most excited for Christmas.

This is ME:

Ok, you’re probably a little anxious to hear who won the awesome prizes on my giveaway in the Zombie Blog Crawl! Here is the original post if you’re interested. The contest is closed, but the interviews and fun posts are still up if you’d like to find some new authors!

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WINNER 1: Megan Henn

WINNER 2: Cassandra Jones

WINNER 3: Jeri Rodriguez

I am still waiting for one of the winners to email me back, but they will have their awesome prizes soon. I’ll definitely be participating in the BOD Zombie Blog Crawl next year! So. Much. Fun.

I also had a gift card giveaway for my Facebook blog page reaching 400 likes! I’ll be having more giveaways in the future based on the number of likes I get, so share, share, share!

Some fun Halloween Photos below!

BOD ZOMBIE CRAWL ON THE KATY!

Today is my opening post for the Band of Dystopian’s Annual Zombie Blog Crawl! Basically, everyday from October 22nd-October 31st a different blogger or bloggers will have awesome new zombie related content to share along with awesome giveaways! See below for more information. I also have an AMAZING giveaway to share, so you’ll definitely want to check it out! Today is my day and I am so excited to be a part of BOD’s Zombie Crawl this year.

Onto the Zombie-ness:

I love zombies. But…I honestly can’t watch The Walking Dead. What I watched of it (cough…maybe four episodes…cough) was great, but my poor little heart can’t take how serious and horrible everything. is Yes, I know that it’s going to be horrible because ZOMBIES…but I still can’t. So, I am a BIG fan of ZomComs (Zombie Comedies)! I’ll post of few of my fave below, but be sure to comment if you have anymore that I didn’t mention. I would love to see more! I’ll add, that I also love reading zombie books. For some reason, I can handle those!

    1. The classic movie, Sean of the Dead. I’m sure you’ve seen this movie by now, but I make sure to watch it a few times per year to relive the awesomeness. “You’ve got red on you!”
    2. Fido. Not as many people (that I’ve talked to) have seen this one. It’s great! Basically, people keep zombies as servants, but one woman falls in love with theirs. Hilarity ensues.
    3. Watch this short, called “Steadfast Stanley.” Ok, it’s not really really funny, but it is sweet and endearing!

Steadfast Stanley from John Cody Kim on Vimeo.

  1. Zombieland. It’s been awhile. I need to watch this one again! I am not a huge fan of twinkies, but I can respect a man’s search for a sugary treat at the end of the world!
  2. Warm Bodies. May I say this movie is heartwarming or is that too much? A fun twist on Romeo and Juliet makes this zombie movie a Zom-Rom-Com (Zombie Romantic Comedy). I also read the book (ok, listened to the audiobook). I actually like the movie version better! That is RARE.

I hope you enjoyed my little list of Zombie movies! Please check out my giveaway, which is going to be EPIC. Many wonderful author interviews this week as well (many of them donated items for the giveaway!) so stay tuned!


GIVEAWAY

Where do I start? See the three prize packs below. You can enter the rafflecopter below the Prize Pack photos! I will be choosing three winners total. The giveaway goes from October 25th until Halloween. Have fun!

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View a schedule of the ENTIRE BOD Zombie Crawl below! Be sure to check out the other blogs and their giveaways!

A few prize photos!

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Print from “The Mortuary Arts” by Author John Hancock.
*Weimaraner not included.

“Skull-ombie” drawing by Artist Jenna Weaver of Fine Line Art

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Zombie Crawl 2 – Blog Party

October 22 – 31, 2015

by Band of Dystopian Authors & Fans

How it works: Each day, the scheduled authors and bloggers will post awesome zombie-tastic content for your enjoyment along with a giveaway on their site/blog/page. You can hop around to all of the participating sites and enter as many giveaways as you like! If you would like to be emailed links to the new posts each day, join this Zombie Crawl Daily Digest list which will ensure you don’t miss a post (or join the party on Facebook to get notifications). Make sure to leave comments and interact with the participating sites. Thanks for joining the party!

The Schedule:

OCTOBER 22 – Thursday

Band of Dystopian Authors & Fans (Party & Grand Prize Host)

Jo Michaels Blog (author)

Rissa Blakeley (author)

OCTOBER 23 – Friday

Claire C. Riley (author)

2 Girls & A Book (blog)

Emily Shore (author)

OCTOBER 24 – Saturday

Kathy Dinisi (author)

Us Girls & A Book (blog)

The Voluptuous Book Diva (blog 18+)

OCTOBER 25 – Sunday

Casey L. Bond (author)

THE KATY blog (blog)

OCTOBER 26 – Monday

Saul Tanpepper (author)

Warren Fielding (author)

The Leighgendarium (blog)

OCTOBER 27 – Tuesday

Kody Boye (author)

Rhiannon Frater (author)

ER Arroyo (author)

OCTOBER 28 – Wednesday

Allen Gamboa (author)

Armand Rosamilia (author)

Ethan @ One Guy’s Guide to Good Reads (blog)

OCTOBER 29 – Thursday

Kate L. Mary (author)

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Eli Constant (author)

OCTOBER 30 – Friday

Aria Michaels (author)

Brian Parker (author)

Mama Reads Hazel Sleeps (blog)

OCTOBER 31 – Saturday

Cindy Carroll (author)

M. R. Pritchard (author)

Toni L.H. Boughton (author)

Digital Dirty Girl (blog)

To learn more about Band of Dystopian and/or to enter our Grand Prize Giveaway, visit BandofDystopian.com and don’t forget to join the group on Facebook!

Get to know YOU giveaway! (NOW CLOSED)

Well, I finally got with the program and started a Facebook page for THE KATY. I promised that once I received 100 likes I’d have a giveaway and you did it in ONE DAY. I’m amazed! Since I’m still getting my stuff together on my end as I figure out the Facebook page, I decided I want to get to know you all a little bit during this giveaway. I’ll go first!

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Book genre: That’s tough. I love reading all sorts of fiction. I love non-fiction too, but usually end up finding more and more non-fiction to read… Recently I’ve found a love for the Dystopian genre after joining the Band of Dystopian Authors and Fans group on Facebook. If you like this genre, definitely check them out. Such a great bunch of people. I also enjoy paranormal, fantasy, science fiction, romance (it depends), and I will try anything really.

Favorite Geek Fandom: I have to say Star Wars. It’s been in my blood since 1st grade (the boys I had a crush on loved it, but I’ll say my love for Star Wars definitely outlasted my crush for that boy!) and I married a man named Luke WALKER. Destiny? Definitely.

Other fandoms I enjoy: Various Anime, Supernatural, Firefly, OITNB, How to Train Your Dragon, Bob’s Burgers, Zombies (does that count?), Jurassic Park, and again, I will try (pretty much) anything!

If you want to hear more tidbits about me, check out the posts from the A-Z Blogging Challenge in April this year. I talk about kids, geek, books, and more!

Any questions? Anything you want to see? Comment below!

Without further ado, The giveaway! I hope to see you on the Facebook page. 🙂 (This giveaway is now closed! Congrats to the winner who has been contacted via email. Look forward to more giveaways as my blog grows. This was FUN!)

Facebook and Amazon have NOTHING to do with this giveaway.

Prizes: $5 Amazon Gift card, I created one of the prizes, “Ghostly Hugs” ink print, and the author swag was gifted (or won) from various authors. 

Click the Rafflecopter link below to visit the giveaway! Thank you!

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One of the prizes is a limited edition ink print. I carved the image out of a linoleum block and used black ink to create the image on paper. Fun!

One of the prizes is a limited edition ink print. I carved the image out of a linoleum block and used black ink to create the image on paper. Fun!

Saw Jurassic World Premiere…must write! (NO SPOILERS, DON’T WORRY)

Wow. Just wow. When I began seeing posts about how CGI is ruining movies and such, I was a little worried about seeing Jurassic World. Would it live up to the first one? Would the storyline be epic or just a bunch of explosions and CGI effects? Then I took a step back from those opinions and smiled. When I go to movie, I just go to enjoy them and that’s what Luke and I did. We went to the premiere for Jurassic World at a theater near us last night and sat down. And enjoyed it. Actually, that’s an understatement. Jurassic World blew our socks off!

1. Effects. I thought the CGI was amazing. We didn’t see it in IMAX 3D (yet) or anything, but I definitely think they did a great job creating a realistic effect to the dinosaurs. We did see the movie in High def 4K (I assume that’s good, I know nothing about screens). Of course, it would’ve been really cool to see them use some animatronics. That worked for the first movie, so imagine what that could’ve looked like NOW so many years later!

2. Acting. I saw a post complaining about the lack of women in Jurassic World. While the person they are talking about in the article is definitely dumb for saying that Jurassic World passes the Bechdel test because “the raptors are female”, women still get some kick ass parts in the new movie.

The kids were not annoying. Definitely a PLUS over the first movie. The kids in Jurassic Park are so annoying, I almost want them to get eaten by dinosaurs (harsh…sorry). The kids in Jurassic World are easier to connect to (in my opinion. Maybe they will annoy you? But I liked them!).

3. Chris Pratt. Need I say more? Sigh.

Conclusion: Go see it. It was amazing! Luke and I are already trying to find time to get to the IMAX to see Jurassic World in 3D.

Read my other post on Jurassic Park sorta stuff here.

THE KATY’s Facebook adventure begins

The title is right. I have started a Facebook group for this blog. I’m pretty sure it’ll be like a huge book-geek-fx makeup-writing-whatever-loving group so you should join! It’s pretty empty at the moment, but I will be accepting member requests now so we can fill it up! Feel free to post book recommendations, projects you are excitedly working on at the moment, geekery, etc… I just ask that you don’t spam or try to sell stuff on the Facebook page. Authors or other bloggers, feel free to post about new books, events, cover reveals, giveaways, etc…but keep it to one post per day.

I hope to see you there!

Click here to visit/join THE KATY’s Facebook page!

Z is for Zombie

Wow. April is over? This is the last day of the A to Z Blogging Challenge! It has been a crazy ride, but I think I have grown as a blogger, writer, and reader. I found some new blogs to read and some others have found me as well. I hope you’ve enjoyed my posts this month. We finish up by talking about Zombies for the letter ‘Z’.

The Good: What can be good about zombies, Katy? Well, they aren’t REAL for one. Also, without zombies we wouldn’t have some awesome shows and books. I’ve listed a few of my favorite series/movies below.

Ann Christy’s Between Life and Death Series: Link to my review of the first two books, here and here. I can’t wait to read the third book, which comes out in a month! Ann just updated her covers and they are GORGEOUS. As I have mentioned in several of my reviews, I usually do not like when books show me what the main character looks like. I like to imagine them for myself. But these covers are awesome. I do not mind seeing her at all.

I really enjoy Zom-Coms (not sure if that is an actual term for Zombie Comedies, but it is now). Something so entirely serious about the end of the world, combined with laughable moments, makes an amazing movie. Love them so much.

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The Bad: Can you think of a worse way to go? Not only do you get either bitten by someone you used to love or torn to shreds by a disgusting, moaning mob….you have to come back and eat other people. Not my favorite ending if I got to choose.

The Katy: I was a zombie for last Halloween. It was awesome. Not just a zombie, but a Hipster Zombie. “I liked brains before they were cool” people. Zombie make up is fun to do! : )

That’s it for April. I have a lot of book reviews to catch up on, which will be featured right here next week! Happy end of April, everyone!

Y is for YouTube

We are to the letter ‘Y’, people. Only one more letter to go after this. Before this challenge, I pretty much just posted whenever I felt like it…now, will I be able to STOP posting? We’ll see. Other A to Z posts about ‘Y’ here.

The Good: I chose YouTube for the letter ‘Y’ because I love it. Lately I use YouTube for make up tutorials (see my post for the letter ‘M’, warning graphic photos of fake wounds), but before my SFX Makeup obsession I loved all manner of videos. Apparently, it was YouTube’s 10th Anniversary on April 23rd (yep, I Googled it)! I stumbled upon a tweet by FastCompany, with a video compilation of famous YouTube videos from the past 10 years. Oh the memories!

Another thing I love about YouTube is music videos. Music Videos are usually super weird, but I really love seeing the artists’ visions come to life. In college, Luke and I used to share music video links back and forth trying to 1-UP each other in our video battle. Ah, romance.

Here are a few of my faves lately.

I have more. But I’ll stop. This post took me awhile to write, which brings me to….

The Bad: 
Have you ever really needed to get something done, but instead you sat down in front of YouTube? Suddenly, it’s two hours later and you feel a little ashamed of yourself. It’s sort of like Pinterest that way.

The Katy: This was the first video I ever uploaded. I was in college and Luke and his roommate bought a coffee pot on clearance…. I have a newer account I use now, but the video of the “Redneck Coffeemaker” is still there. Ha! So sad.

Have any video suggestions for me? Comment below and I’ll check them out.