Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stephen King's 'Salem's Lot review

I've decided that I will do something I don't usually do, and that is to write a review.In my blog post from yesterday, I mentioned that I decided to read at least 12 book this year, so my first one is done and dusted, just in time, since it is the end of the month and all.

I just finished reading 'Salem's Lot by Stephen King, but something you should know, is that I started with this book June 2013. It took me such a long time to finish this book, it is insane, but I have to admit that I lost interest in this book and left it for a year, not reading at all. But after I restarted and finished, I thought it high time to write a review as well.
But before I start the review, there is something you have to know about me, I have the ability to stick with a book, even if it doesn't catch my interest and even if I think it is a horrible book. I just can't give up on a book. I have to know how each book ends. And I always have the hope that a book will get better the longer I read.
The plot of the book: Thousands of miles away from the small township of 'Salem's Lot, two terrified people, a man and a boy, still share the secrets of those clapboard houses and tree-lined streets. They must return to 'Salem's Lot for a final confrontation with the unspeakable evil that lives on in the town.
Okay, so here is my review on 'Salem's Lot:
First of all.... it took me way too long to finish this book. There's like a million and one characters in this book, which means you can't always remember who is who. Since Stephen King jumped from person to person in different chapters of the book. It was extremely hard to keep up with the happenings of each character, which later resulted in me just ignoring the fact that I don't have a clue who a minor character is when he refers to one. Another thing that sort of irritated the living hell out of me, was that basically everyone was already dead by the time you have reached the middle of the book. I get the whole concept of vampires and that everyone is suppose to die and blah blah blah... but that's exactly the point I decided that I don't even care to remember which character is which since they are all going to die anyway. The basic plot and idea of the book wasn't bad at all, and that's the only part that kept me reading. There's also a ton of things King describe which is not relevant at all and takes up way too much pages of godawful reading. It is basically two pages of how pretty a tree is or the color of the sky.I still think it was kind of a good read, despite some irritating flaws. And the fact that it took me a couple of years to finish, and because of all the characters, I struggled to get a hold of the book and keep reading.
Okay, enough about what bothered me, the general story line of the book was really good. I loved that the book progressed into something that kept me tense as I read. Even though it took such a long time to progress!!
I loved that vampires are still old-fashioned scary vampires and haven't turned into the modern, romantic-brooding-kind. I'll recommend this book, but you have to love to read to enjoy this book.
Overall I gave this book three stars out of five on Goodreads, which I though was being really generous.



Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Written in my ink

I’ve decided to write a little something for my blog today, something I haven’t done in quite a while, as a matter of fact I last posted something in 2014.
First off, you should know that I’m not artistic with words, but I’ll say what I feel.
And this is how I’ll start…
I haven’t written something on my blog for a while, and for such a long time I couldn’t figure out why I didn’t feel up to it. Not only was it hard to find the time to write a blog post, but I realised that after I came back from London in December 2013, I fell in a rut, missing London every-damn-day. Ever since I placed my feet on the very hot South African soil, it felt to me that nothing I see and do in South Africa will ever compare to that of the UK. Everything was beautiful, everything was different. I was one of those people that took photos of my feet, because I thought that even the ground that I’m walking on was beautiful and filled with history.
Don’t get me wrong, South Africa is absolutely gorgeous, but we don’t have history going back as far Roman-times. 
When I came back from London, I had to job hunt and find my feet, I missed London, but I only now realised that life goes on and I’m happy to be where I am in my life. I just had to collect a little inspiration to start.
Since the last time I wrote a post a lot happened to me, some good, some bad… 
So, let me tell you what I’ve been up to:
I got a job as a journalist at the local newspaper in my hometown, which is pretty cool and quite adventurous. Take it from me, I’ve never read a newspaper, I never listened to the radio or even tried to catch up with any news from South Africa before I started this job, to be honest, I didn’t even know who our president was. God forbid how I got this job in the first place! I’ve been working for the Daller newspaper for two years now, and I can’t even begin to describe the amount of things I’ve learned!
I still do a little freelance graphic design things on the side, whenever I find the time, but as the only journalist at the local newspaper, time is everything.
Somewhere in this time, I was able to find, the boyfriend. After almost two years of dating, we now live together and own three cats. Yeah! My lifelong dream – owning cats! Sorry boyfriend, you’re not far behind on the list.
So, at the end of last year, I decided that I will find the time in the new year to do the things that I used to love to do and that other life things and obligations and work won’t stand in my way this year.
This year I will start to blog again, I will read a couple of books – I set a goal for 12 books, you know, one for each month. I don’t want to be too ambitious – I even promised myself I will find the time to play Sims, as someone who had a lifelong dream of playing Sims for a living, I’ll need to start practicing again. 
Well, I had everything planned out, that 2017 will be a good year. I had tons of hope, but as soon as you know it, the new year disappointed me. I had to start the new year off without my ginger-cat-baby, Freddy, he went outdoors to play and never returned – this happened three days after Christmas and I basically cried everyday since. I recently decided that crying won’t help and that I’ll have to face the facts, that maybe he won’t come back. After deciding this, the boyfriend got me a new tiny-grey-cat-baby, Ash. He’s adorable. 
Also, back to 2017 that sucked since day 1, for some odd reason my medical aid decided that my premium should go up with a R1 000 each month. So, it took me a week and a half to cancel my medical aid I had and find a completely new one. 
I won’t lie if I say that financially this year sucks too.
And I basically, almost, fell back into old habits and focused all my energy on “not caring” and work.
Today however, I’ve decided that my 2017 is going to start February 1st… And that January was a free trial month.
Here’s to the hope I have inside of me, that this year, will be a good year. 

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Lately (according to my phone)

On Thursday I drove to Groblersdal to visit my parents and friends, and I only got back in Pretoria yesterday. (A long weekend for me!) On Friday friends and I had a bbq, Saturday we woke up really early and had beers on a deck next to a river, and went out later that night. Sunday morning we went for breakfast and after we had a couple of beers at River Cottage, a pub next to the river at Loskopdam. So mostly I spent the weekend with friends rather than with my parents, at least I got to spend time with my parents on Monday as well as with my sister’s little daughter, Katinka, who turned 5. Basically, I had tons of fun with a lot of amazing people.

PicMonkey CollageI received that photo of Riley from Stephanie, with him playing with stickers. Probably the cutest photo! The photos above is from the time I’ve spent with my parents and with Katinka, also a photo of me and the puppy cuddling on the couch watching Bones. And below, photos with friends and the time at the river and at River Cottage.

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My favorite for this week is my red lipstick I bought in London, Rimmel’s Kate Moss Lipstick, which I only re-discovered recently. And the last photo made my day when I accidently discovered it on my phone, it was when a friend and I went out for beers at a local pub in London when I was still there.

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Camden Town

Happy Friday! I’m in Groblersdal to visit my parents for the weekend and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

My definite “must see” when I was in London was probably Camden Town, and I absolutely loved it, really beautiful and really old, it was laid out as a residential district from 1791. Camden is well known for its markets, dating from the 1970’s and later.

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Camden Town tube station was not designed to cope with the volume of traffic it handles since the area increased in popularity, it gets extremely crowded. As of 2011, Camden tube station is closed to outbound passengers on Sunday afternoons for safety reasons. The closest tube station is Morning Crescent which I took to see Chinatown, the Strand area and St. Paul's Cathedral.

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My favorite part of Strand was a building built in 1625, and the only Strand building to survive the Great Fire of London in 1666.

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Thursday, May 29, 2014

This is not a book {Part 1}

So on my birthday last year, I received This is not a book by Keri Smith from my sister, Stephanie. I thought it was high time to start with this book, and probably the best challenge to start with. It taught me to carry This is not a Book around with me ALL. The. Time.
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I collected a few photos throughout the week to show you that I really carried this book around with me for a WHOLE week.

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One photo for each day of the week plus a couple more. This was actually not too bad. The week flew by pretty quickly and I have to admit, I can’t wait to start with the next couple of challenges, there’s some pretty interesting once. I’ll try to do one page once a week.

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wreck this Journal {part 3}

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I’ve always had a thing for monster doodles, so I decided to cover my “Poke holes in this page using a pencil” page in doodles of monster, so that the monster’s eyes could be poked out by the pencil.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

lately

The past few days had been really busy, I’m working on a bunch of new designs for various new projects, one of which is designing posters for my cousin’s dance school, which I’m extremely excited about! Winter is almost in full swing here in South Africa, so a bunch of my time in spent under blankets and drinking coffee.

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My favorite photo from this week is the photo Stephanie sent me of tiny Riley sitting shirtless in the sun. I miss that little guy so much.

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