pastryqueen: (my stupidity frustrates me)
Brandy Colbert's Little & Lion was one of my picks for Book of the Month, and I just finished it today.

The book is about a girl named Suzette and her stepbrother Lionel. Suzette was sent away to boarding school for a year while her family dealt with her brother's recent diagnosis for bipolar disorder and getting him started on the right medication. Not only does she have to contend with her brother's illness and a secret that he's keeping from their parents, she's also in the midst of figuring out her sexuality, which inevitably ends with her caught in a (sort of) love triangle between a boy and Lionel's new girlfriend.

I really enjoyed it overall. Without spoiling anything major, I was a little concerned how the book was going to handle the topics of bisexuality and exploration, mental illness, and the romantic subplots, but everything was wonderfully woven together. Colbert handled the nature of Lionel's diagnosis sensitively. Suzette's bisexuality was also an interesting asset of her identity to explore, given that she's also black and Jewish, none of which she could've been comfortably open about at boarding school; her struggle to understand herself, while also dealing with a prejudiced environment and the ramifications of remaining in the closet, was something that hit very close to home for me.

I think the only complaint I have about the book was the ending. I can't go into the exact details about it, given that it's heavy spoilers, but I finished the book feeling that Lionel and Suzette's relationship should've received more focus in the very last few chapters. Their issues wrapped up a little too neatly, which made the ending feel completely rushed when the pace throughout the story felt fine otherwise.
pastryqueen: (take me back to the start)
My sister got me into Good Mythical Morning. She showed me a few videos months ago, but I finally got off my butt and watched some more. Turns out, the show is pretty damn funny. My favorite is the Will It Cookie? episode, which I highly recommend to anyone who wants a good laugh.

And with that in mind, I try and get some sleep.
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In light of the recent Tumblr bullshit, I might have to start using this space more often. I'm already on my way out thanks to the censorship of LGBT content, not to mention I'm starting to feel uncomfortable expressing fandom-related opinions at the risk of inviting unwanted feedback. It's not like have extremely unpopular or problematic opinions, mind you, but still, it's starting to feel weird posting anything anymore.

I have no idea where to go, though. I wouldn't mind using this platform more often--I got my start on Deadjournal/Livejournal, so I'm actually very comfortable using sites like this--but I have no idea where to begin.
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In lighter news, I've watched some new shows recently.

Daredevil - I heard good things from The Heroine's Journey, and a few of my mutuals and my younger sister really enjoyed it. I took my time with the episodes because it turned out to be more graphic than I anticipated, even with the warning from mutuals and podcast. I still ended up really enjoying it! I loved the writing, the characters, the cinematography...it was just brilliantly done and well-paced.

Sense8 - I'll be honest, I wasn't sure how to feel after watching the first two episodes. I thought the writing was a tad awkward, especially with Will and Wolfgang's scenes. (I never, ever want to hear a man talk about how he first got "his dick wet" ever again thanks to this show. Blech.) I stayed because Nomi and her girlfriend were a breath of fresh air, and I'm glad for that because I ended up loving it. Even characters I didn't expect to like pleasantly surprised me.

Girl Meets World - I just needed fluff, and I was curious since the whole season was up on Netflix. I really loved Boy Meets World so my expectations were set high. My verdict: I liked it just fine considering I'm not the target audience. It's cute, and there's glimpses of what made its predecessor special. However, it suffers from the fact it's airing on the Disney Channel, which led to a lot of episodes feeling watered down. I would blame it on the characters' ages, since they're thirteen at the start of season one, but I recall Cory and Shawn at that age were dealing with all sorts of hot topics like domestic violence and whatnot. Plus, I think it's a bit of a cop-out to make Maya almost exactly like Shawn except this one is an artist, not a poet! So, hoping it improves on those fronts, but I won't be surprised if they don't go there. and pls don't pair off Shawn with Maya's mother, he needs to get back together with Angela goddammit
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So, here's how my tags are going to work.

[fandom] - Anything relevant to this fandom is going to get its own tag.
[person's name] - If I talk about a person, they'll get their own tag, too! (Family stuff just gets a regular ol' "family" tagged onto it.)
sam talks about stuff and things - If I talk about anything with my life, or what I did for the day/week/month/etc, I'll go ahead and put it under this tag.
sad sam is sad - Whenever I get really whiny or upset about something, the posts will be under a cut and properly tagged with this.
sam plays [ ... ] - Ramblings about video games I like, or what I'm currently playing.
meme - Memes I stumble across.
recipe - I like to bake and occasionally cook things. If I find a recipe I really enjoy, I'll share it!
nsfw - Not Safe For Work content.

I'll try and add trigger warnings in the titles of my entries, as well, if it's necessary.

If I think of anything else, I'll update this post.
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I decided to go ahead and make a new journal. I thought about deleting all of my entries from my account on Dreamwidth, but there was no way to mass delete all of them. It's easier to just pack up and move to a different journal space.

The reason why I wanted a new account was because...well, a lot of my recent posts just felt very depressing to read over. That, and it's not as organized as I would've liked, and there's far too many journal posts for me to sift through an edit.

My paid account on [personal profile] samatethecookie isn't going to expire until a couple of months. So I'll keep using that for personal, whiny thoughts, and posting to the writing community both the wifey and I own, until my services expire. (I can't help it. I like having extra icons.) Once that happens, this will be my only active blog from then on, outside of my Tumblr account.

As of now, this blog is mostly friends only. If you want to be added, please comment and let me know who you are. If I know you from somewhere, I'll add you.

If I don't recognize you, I'm not going to feel comfortable enough to give you access to my private posts. You're welcome to follow me for the occasional public posts, though.
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