Kickstarter is up!

 

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Hey guys! The Alterna-Nerd Box Kickstarter is up. Please spread the link around if you can: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847046445/alterna-nerd-subscription-boxes?ref=nav_search

 

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Where Have I Been: Alterna-Nerd

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Hey everyone! I know I didn’t keep my promise about “being back” and I’m sorry for that. But I just didn’t have much to write about.  Basically, my life has been looking for work and getting constantly rejected. You can probably imagine how that can take a toll on a person. However, recently I have taken my life into my own hands and have something to write about.

I love subscription boxes. I get an Owlcrate regularly because I love to read. I used to get a 90s Pop Box for my love of 90s pop culture, but they closed down. So, I decided to combine these two loves and create my own subscription box.

I’m hoping this will catch on and supply me with the income that I need, as well as something I would enjoy doing for a living.

The box is called Alterna-Nerd and we already have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/90sbooknerds/

The Kickstarter will hopefully be up soon, so please keep an eye out for that.

Now, let me tell you about the first box.

The first box will include:
A novel set in the 90s with a grungy feel
An item inspired by A Nightmare on Elm Street (ties in with novel)
Grunge buttons
A 90s themed tote bag
A nostalgic 90s candy
An item inspired by the film Natural Born Killers (also ties in with novel)
If you are at all interested in this, please like the Facebook page and feel free to contact me about whatever. Talk to you guys soon!

Book Review: How I Created My Perfect Prom Date

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Wow…

I had been looking forward to reading this novel ever since I first saw the movie Drive Me Crazy. And…what a let down. I would have given it 1 star, but I gave it two. Just because, for the most part, it had the ability to keep me entertained. But I can see why they changed the movie so much.

First of all, I read the Kindle version and it was loaded with errors! Another thing that bummed me out was that I think the book was updated for contemporary audiences. The book mentions iPhones and Halo, but the movie came out in 1999. I’m sad I didn’t get to read the original version.

A lot of the characters come off as much more of a jerk than in the movie. Except for Alicia and Nicole, in fact Alicia is a lot tamer in the novel. Still don’t like her though. Brad and Chase come off as much bigger jerks, and I don’t like it. Dulcie is a WAY different character.

All in all, in the book vs. movie debate. See the movie, skip this book.

I gave this novel 2/5 stars on Goodreads.

Book Reviews: Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Book 1 of 5)

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I have a feeling I’m going to get a lot of heat for this, but here I go. My fiance stumbled upon the Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy one day while we were cruising Books-a-Million and decided to get it. He is a big fan of the film. I was also intrigued by it because book one is on my 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list. This version of the book (the Ultimate) is all 5 of Douglas Adams’s novels in one, so it saves time and money. So, I resolved to read the large book when he was done. However, not long after he bought it, Amazon was selling it for a mere $3.99. I took the bait.

I will not be giving a Goodreads star rating this time here on WordPress. I would prefer to review each novel individually and then give a star rating of the novel on its own, Since, I have the Ultimate as the book listed on Goodreads, it would take a long time to actually read the whole book and write a REALLY long review. By reading and reviewing each novel individually, it will be less confusing.

This book just did not do it for me. I’ll pause while I wait for people to stop throwing things at me. My fiance loves it, and I can honestly see why. The random type of humor that this book follows would be right up his alley. However, I am an avid lover of science fiction and I really feel that the science fiction aspect of this novel takes a back seat to the humor. I also feel that the plot really takes a back seat to the humor as well.

I will be finishing all 5 books because I have to finish what I started. But I will not be reading the sixth book by a different author. Unless, by the end of it, I really start enjoying the series. I will say this though. I feel like I have a connection with Marvin the Paranoid Android. I would give the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 2/5 stars.

A little 90s pop culture tidbit for you, Radiohead loved this series so much that they named a song “Paranoid Android,” The music video scarred me for life as a kid, but I love the song. The cartoon is of Swedish creation and is called Robin. I have all of the shorts on my iPod.

Book Review: They Don’t Wanna Wait (the stars of Dawson’s Creek)

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If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, you would know that I LOVE Dawson’s Creek (second only to Daria). I was born in 1990, but I really should have been a teenager in the 90s if you judged by my interests. One weekend while I was visiting my parents, I had Dawson’s Creek on the brain and was cruising on Amazon. This was on my wishlist for a while and I noticed they discontinued the Kindle version, but the paperback edition was quite cheap. I also snagged a trilogy series that puts the Dawson’s Creek characters in a horror story, and I can’t wait to read them!

This book was written around the time that the third season was about to air. It contains bios of the main characters (hello, Joshua Jackson!), the creation of the show and its influence to pop culture, and has a lot of interesting information on creator, Kevin Williamson. I skipped the last couple of parts because it was basically a recap of the first two seasons and I’m in the middle of rewatching the series.

It was great to find out that Joshua Jackson is a Nirvana fan. (Me too!) But Mr. Williamson’s story was the most entertaining part for me. I never would have guessed that the teacher from Teaching Mrs. Tingle was actually based on a real life teacher of Williamson’s that constantly belittled his abilities. Teaching Mrs. Tingle is actually one of my favorite films, despite it being a box office bomb.

Now days Kevin Williamson is known for working on the Vampire Diaries, but before that and Dawson, he was the creator of the Scream movies. I also learned that he also wrote the script for the Halloween H20. It was really cool finding out all this information about one of my most beloved writers. Minus the Vampire Diaries, ugh.

I couldn’t give this book a star rating because it is not listed on Goodreads. But if you are a fan of Dawson’s Creek or Kevin Williamson, I highly recommend it. It’s really cool owning this little piece of the 90s.

I Promise I’m Not Dead and I’m Not For Sale

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Heh, I hope you guys like the Stone Temple Pilots reference. I haven’t been blogging these past few days because I took some time off to dedicate to job hunting. I never heard from that company that wanted the second interview, so it is safe to assume that they went with someone else. Bummer.

So far, things are looking up a bit. I did manage to find a few jobs I was qualified for that are in my field. I just applied for them yesterday, so we’ll see. So far, the only one I’ve heard back for is only a part time gig that is a little far, so it may not be worth it. I’m still going to do the phone interview and see if full time is possible.

A few goodies I ordered should be here today, so reviews will be coming soon. I haven’t really tried out the new supplies I bought at Target yet because I haven’t had any reason to wear make up and it is really hot outside. But if you guys remember one of my previous posts, I discovered I had eczema and not rosacea. I’ll be trying out the new face wash, lotion, and ointment soon. My translucent powder and eye shadow primer are almost here and the foundation I picked out of the three is on its way!

I know it seems like I buy a lot of stuff for the sake of beauty, but I actually buy everything in a certain price range and make sure my bills are paid off first. But lately, I have been worried about our financial status. I’m still unemployed and my fiance is at a dead end job, However, he is getting tutoring for his GED and has been working very hard at it. And at least, I’m getting call backs, right?

Despite all that, I still find myself getting depressed at times. I really hope we can get at a better place soon. Especially because my fiance’s dad just informed us that their rent house will be available in a month. His current tenants are moving out. He said he would even lower the price for us (me. my fiance, and his brother). If I can get a job soon, MAYBE we could do it. But right now, it’s just not feasible.

Last night was wonderful though. My fiance and I stayed up and watched a couple of hours worth of Daria. We’re almost done with the series and it’s great to share something that is so near and dear to me with him. We laughed at my hero’s sarcastic wit and cuddled. That show will forever be in my heart as a childhood through adult relic.

Can’t wait to start reviewing again.