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I don’t post political entries on purpose. My opinion is my own, and I don’t feel that it’s my job to change someone else’s mind. Not only that, but I’m not nearly as educated in politics as others are, so I leave the explanation and persuasion to the many diverse blogs and authors who can articulate far better than I.

However.

I feel compelled to write something, simply because my heart hurts at just how much hatred is going on the USA right now, on BOTH sides. Regardless of how you voted, regardless of how you feel, what’s happened has happened.

I saw a meme floating around FB that said something along the lines of hoping for Trump to fail as President is like hoping the pilot will crash the plane we’re all flying aboard.

That just about covers it, in my opinion. Yes, I truly hope that Trump does well as President, just as I would have for Clinton. Not because I necessarily like either of them, but because I want this country to do well. I know I might push some buttons by saying this, but STOP IT.

To the Democrats: Your nominee lost. Move forward and stop being jerks about it.

To the Republicans: Your nominee won. Move forward and stop being jerks about it.

Seriously, people, this is the exact opposite of what this country stands for. We are the UNITED States of America. I have many friends that I disagree with who I still manage to love. It doesn’t mean that your voice doesn’t count. It doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t believe what you do. It doesn’t even mean that you can’t say exactly how you feel. It just means we need to at least be civil with one another. Try to keep the other person’s feelings in mind when you speak.

In the long run, we’re still all in this together.

So please, EVERYONE…be kind.

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Update

Just to give a quick update on Samus and her new home – I’ve been receiving pics and text messages from Sister-in-Law, like with the bandanas and whatnot. (Of course Samus has different colored bandanas every day to feel special. Heaven forbid she should wear the same one all the time.)

So I was sent a picture of Samus curled under some blankets, with the information that when the teen daughter has to work late at night, her mother tucks Samus into bed with a warmed-up corn bag so she won’t get too cold.

I’m starting to feel like I was a bad puppy parent.

And I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t come home with me now if I begged her.

But you know what? I’m thrilled that she is being so spoiled and loved, because if there was ever a dog that deserved such a wonderful, loving family, it’s Samus. She gets to go for truck rides with dad, hang out with mom during the day and snuggle with daughter at night. She must be in absolute heaven right now, so thankfully I made the right decision.

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Well, my apologies that I’ve been rather missing in action lately. We’re in the process of moving (long, boring story, but basically we’re waiting on the bank right now). I have no wi-fi connection at the house where we’re currently staying, so my access is limited to when I’m at the library or what’s available on my phone. Thus I have to take a slight hiatus until we get settled. Cross your fingers for us! 🙂

I look forward to posting again soon.

– K.C.

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So I’m on this Hobbit kick lately, which is slowly growing to…what’s that look for? Just because I have a Lord of the Rings collection, an elf fetish and soft spot for giant fire-breathing dragons doesn’t mean that I’m a total…oh, who am I kidding. I’m a geek and a fangirl and proud of it, dagnabbit. And yes, despite the fact that the movies strayed so far from the books, I’ve enjoyed The Hobbit so much that I actually changed my wallpaper and theme for my laptop from The Legend of Zelda. You may not think that’s a very big deal, but I’ve had LoZ as the theme for the past 6-7 years or so. It changes as updates each time the newest Zelda game is released, but still. New computer, same old theme. It only changed one other time several years back, and that was to LotR. And it really didn’t last that long anyway.

Not since the days of Prince Nuada have I instantly fallen in love with a character so easily. That's saying something. (Don't worry, Nuada, there's still room for you in my heart.)

Not since the days of Prince Nuada have I instantly fallen in love with a character so easily. That’s saying something. (Don’t worry, Nuada, there’s still room for you in my heart.)

Thanks to Thranduil the movie, I now have a reason to change it for an extended amount of time. Yes, my love of all things elf has been sparked once again. Come on, are you really surprised that Thranduil was my favorite character from the two Hobbit movies? Not really, right? (Though I’ll warn you now, whatever you do, DON’T GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH SPECIFIC CHARACTER NAMES. Sweet cracker sandwich, the fanart some people come up with…my eyes are bleeding just thinking about it. All I wanted was some stinking backgrounds for my laptop, not nekkid reimaginings of some of the most beloved characters ever created. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Dragons are made of win.

Dragons are made of win.

Anywho, my friend and fellow fangirl, the one who made those amazing cookies for my birfday, has been re-watching The Lord of the Rings trilogy with her mother as of late. (We had just watched the newest Hobbit movie together, and while she loved Thranduil as well, I think she was more smitten with Smaug. Though I daresay that’s mainly because of the actor who voiced him rather than the dragon himself.) Anyway, they’ve been watching the original LotR movies together, and her sweet, naïve little mother, who I love just as dearly as my own mom, keeps asking, “Where’s the dragon? Isn’t there a dragon in this?” Every time I see my friend with a new post about it on Facebook, I start laughing. The latest post was as follows:

“Still watching LotR. On the second half of Return of the King.
Mom: Is THIS where the dragon is?
BY THOR’S HAMMER, WOMAN, THERE IS NO DRAGON IN LOTR!!!!!”

She does go on to mention that she still loves her mother, no matter what. I don’t think poor mom could quite grasp how the new movies could be taking place in a different location in the same world, but have events that happened before the older movies. Yeah. Just try to explain it. It’ll make your head spin.

Honestly, it seems almost cruel to tell her WHY the dragon can’t be in the Lord of the Rings. I’m not looking forward to that part in the upcoming movie, even though I know it has to happen. *sniffle* I’ve always liked Smaug. Even if he does have a funny-sounding name. It shall be a sad, sad day.

EDIT TO ADD: I just found out something else that bothers poor mom about LotR. She apparently keeps asking, “Why do the elves have grass? Who is mowing that grass?” Hmm. Now that you mention it, I don’t really know. Maybe that’s what they do in their spare time…?

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This time it’s not for my book, but it’s still another great contest to enter! (Aren’t you just thrilled with all the freebies that are being thrown your way? I know you are!) Since I’m lame and haven’t been able to blog as regularly as I normally would, I’m trying to make up for it any way that I can. The lovely Michelle (who let me be a guest on her blog a while back, if you remember) is now hosting a giveaway for her book, Kindar’s Cure. You’ll also get to help her decide on which really awesome cover she’s going to have. (I’m torn between a couple of them, personally.) I’ll admit that I haven’t read the book yet, but the description sounds like something right up my alley. In fact, I sense a guest post by her in the very near future. She’s a super nice person and quite a gifted writer, so give her a looksie.

Contest and covers here!

Also, congrats to the two lovely ladies who won the copies of Prince of Light! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

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I am so saddened to hear of the shooting in Connecticut. Whenever there is violence like this in any school is something horrific, but to see these children, these babies, cut down when they were so young brings absolute sorrow to my heart.

I am not one to cry easily. (Husband can attest to this.) But my eyes welled with tears as I watched the live coverage and they told of the doctors and nurses at the hospital, ready and waiting for patients who would never arrive. Ambulances drove away without flashing lights, unable to save the ones they came for. Parents returned to their homes, greeted by Christmas presents that will never be opened by their children. Teachers and students alike will have to walk back into those halls, once a safe place of learning, now a place of death. Mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, brothers, sisters and hundreds more who will never see their loved ones again.

I truly cannot imagine the depth of such pain.

Families of Connecticut, you are in our thoughts during this horrible time. May the Lord bring comfort to your broken hearts.

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The Age of MiraclesThe Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A haunting, coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of a dystopian future.

There are everyday ups and downs in middle school: bullying, peer pressure, discovering your first love and suffering through the awkward changes your body is going through. It is a difficult enough age without having to think about the end of the world as well. But that is exactly what Julia has to deal with, as she and the rest of humanity discovers that the world has start to spin slower. Days and nights become longer and longer. Chaos and panic fill the streets.

Amongst all of this, Julia still has to learn about first kisses and what it feels like to lose your best friend to another. Ms. Walker’s illustrious writing style perfectly captures the feelings and longings of an almost-teenager, and her descriptions of the world’s end were at times almost *too* real. Heartbreaking and bittersweet, this story won’t leave your mind for a long time.

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