Changing Venues…

Hello again,

So I have spent some strange time this summer trying to 1. be a better blogger 2. be better about blogging, you know coming up and following through with content. 3. having a new space, a real, owned by me space on the web where I can keep doing all of this fun stuff. So for those of you guys here that enjoy what I write, please continue to follow me on the new home of Lace, Literature, & Lattes. I hope to see you guys there, and let me know how you’re all doing, it has been for.e.ver! Hope all is well 🙂

Pokemon GO | Writing Prompts

It’s the sensation that’s sweeping the nation(s)! That’s right Pokemon GO is kind of taking over my thoughts lately….well when I’m not working or attempting to be productive in other ways. So I figured why not get some writing prompts inspired by the game that’s making me want to take down my friends?

  1. You’re walking down the streets playing Pokemon GO and as you the “gotcha” sign comes onto the screen, it isn’t the Pokemon anymore…you were brought into the game.
  2. Talk about your experience as a Pokemon fan.
  3. Rewrite the Pokemon theme song with your Pokemon GO experience and knowledge.
  4. AU in which the Pokemon hunt humans.
  5. Create your own Pokemon, who is it? What does it do?

Okay so these are just some ideas for prompts with the Pokemon GO theme. Seriously, I am loving this game guys. I truly am. It connects everyone in my opinion. I find myself walking around my neighborhood and people will stop to give me tips as to when to evolve, or “there’s a bunch of Eevees over there”. I can pinpoint Pokeplayers from afar and it’s nice to see people enjoying their fandom. When I was a kid all I wanted was a Togepi and an army of Eevees for eeveelutions. I am so close to this. I was at work and some of the guests were playing, we talked about playing the game, our favorite Pokemon and our teams, why we picked our teams and so on. It is truly an amazing experience. I love being able to see people of so many ages enjoying something like this. Some people think it’s childish and that’s fine, maybe it is. But it’s healthy and fun and it unites a lot of people, so I love seeing people play. I love watching people talk about it online. I like it when people have a way to connect to their inner child, to have this “childish” thing that brings us all back to the happy times when we enjoyed Pokemon. It’s reviving that time for some of us. I loved Pokemon as a kid and I still do, but I hadn’t done anything Pokemon related in so long that this game is great to bring me back to those days.

I hope if you play Pokemon GO you’re enjoying it. Leave me a comment with your team and favorite Pokemon!

Best of luck!

Gissel

P.S. here goes my team and level so far 🙂

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Ilvermorny House Sorting and My Interpretation

So like most crazy Potterheads, I jumped right on the opportunity to get sorted in Ilvermorny. I am proud to say that I am in the House Wampus. This house was “founded” by Webster Boot the adopted son of Ilvermorny founder Isolt Steward nee Sayre.

On the naming of Wampus House, J.K. Rowling said that “for argumentative but fiercely loyal Webster, it was the Wampus, a magical panther-like creature that was fast, strong, and almost impossible to kill.”

The Wampus house favors warriors. It is a house that represents the body of a witch or wizard.

To me this seems to be related to not only the physical aspect of the body but also the fact that some people, yes myself included, are willing to exert themselves in physical activities. We are not afraid to push the limits of what we are expected to be able to handle. It’s more like we push our own personal boundaries in order to keep ourselves going, and face whatever comes our way. In a sense, I feel that those who are sorted into Wampus are hard to kill, hard to break…in spirit. I feel that they are not warriors in the literal sense of warriors, but in the things that life generally throws at us all.

Again this is just my personal, brief, very brief understanding so far based off of the information currently available and my own interpretation of what the Wampus House is all about.

 

What houses did you guys get sorted into? Wampus people, what interpretation(s) came to your mind as you read about your sorting? Please share your Ilvermorny thoughts with me! What information would you like to see revealed?

Summer Reading Adventures | Fitfoodnista Collab

It’s been a while, lovelies, and here I come back without much of an explanation. Well, none, actually. However, I have something much, much better for you guys today. Lately, I’ve been trying my best to start reading again. So what better way than to just jump into whatever magical and awesome book(s) I can get my hands on? So I am teaming up with one of my best friends Becca from the FitFoodnista and we are going to share with you some of our summer reads. Our lists are fun and pretty different so take a look at both and share with us what you like!

  1.     The Trials of Apollo book 1: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

Yes, I had to get my hands on this book right when it came out because DEMIGODS, people! I miss the amazing world that Rick Riordan brought out with the gods and demigods. They’re pretty amazing in my personal opinion and so far I have been in love with Apollo. Y’know, more so than I already was. I’ll most likely go through my feelings for this book in more detail in a different post.

  1.     Asking for it by Louise O’Neill

I have yet to start this book but a lovely Youtuber named Hannah Witton spoke about it a while back and it just sounded absolutely interesting to me. In a way it makes me think about Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson except more public and perhaps more involved with the crime committed.

  1.     Flawed by Cecelia Ahern

I got this one from the April Owlcrate and have been trying really hard to get my hands on it. But alas, I decided to go with the ones that came first. This one, however, does sound like something I’d love. Dystopian, screwed up manipulative society: my, my how I’ve missed those dystopian societies.

  1.     Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

If you aren’t in the shadow world just yet you probably won’t understand why I am upset with myself for not having read this book yet. But they’re back. The Nephilim are back and there are more issues. All I am hoping for is for some of my favorite characters to resurface and do what they do best and kick some butt. With all new characters, whom were briefly introduced in the last of The Mortal Instruments I am pretty excited!

  1.     City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I am almost done with this one. (Finally! I know). The last of the Mortal Instruments, and everything so far is getting intense. Characters are being introduced for the last of the Nephilim related series, The Dark Artifices. I just need a certain ship to set sail again before this book ends and all will be well.

Summer Book Wishlist:

  1.     Game of Thrones Series by George R.R. Martin
  2.     Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  3.     Zodiac novels by Romina Russell
  4.     Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan
  5.     Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

So there are a few books that I am going to enjoy soon, what about you guys? What’s on your TBR? What books can’t you wait to get your hands on?

Best,

Gissel

 

Figment Friday | Gemina and Coffee

It’s been a long  time since I’ve done a figment friday so here goes. Let’s try and make it happen again. Mainly because when I find a really interesting piece on Figment I need to tell someone about it soooo here goes everything.

  1. Gemina by Lindsey Stell.

This story was created a while back for the Good Vs. Evil contest on Figment. The rules were that the characters had to be twins and one of them had to be good while the other had to be evil. You were left to create the story. So what Lindsey did which I personally really enjoyed was that one sister was basically a good angel that gives life and the other took life. It’s an interesting concept in my opinion and I think it was well-written and I hope you guys do too.

2. Coffee by Coolio Dash

This story goes through the motions in the Westwood Diner, there are customers that through small narratives you get to know, and possibly relate to. A man sits there pondering his day after his recent breakup. A young woman does the same wondering about her life as it currently stands, maybe she would be better off if she were still as young as the waitress? Read it and find out what happens. It’s a short and sweet story that deals with life through alternating character points of view.

So there’s somethings for you guys to look into I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I know they’re pretty short but if you’re like me and your attention span lately only goes for so long then this is a good way to get started again, right?

 

Happy Birthday, Anne Shirley!

I heard of an eleven year old girl with red hair that changed the lives of those she came in contact with when she arrived into their lives. For a while I avoided this red-headed girl, I mean what could be so darn great about her? Silly eight year old me…everything.  The moment I decided to give Anne of Green Gables  a try I was absolutely smitten with her story. I think we all have that one character that we are just always ready to fight anyone for, because the characters become so deeply rooted into our systems that they are a part of us. You know what I mean, right? That character, or characters that have this thing that you know you can always count on. You can always go back to that character and their story, because sometimes you’re just itching to get back into the world that helped you out so much, that world that meant so much to you.

Anne of Green Gables is that for me. As a little girl I was always living in the clouds. Always. I was always making up stories in my head and on paper, I was always picturing things and I would get so distracted in my own mind and sometimes, much like Anne, I messed up on chores.

But there was just this solidarity of sorts when I read Anne of Green Gables, that I felt welcome and at home. I felt that Anne and I were kindred spirits. And ever since that first time that I read Anne of Green Gables in Elementary school I knew I wouldn’t let her go. Ever since then when I feel particularly homesick or I just need an old constant friend, I reread one of the books. Usually it’s Anne of Green Gables, but it can also be Anne of Windy Poplars, because I just love reading about Anne at school. It keeps me motivated. Anne’s House of Dreams just gives me all of the Anne and Gilbert feels and so much more, so if I’m nostalgic for that romance that I don’t have I go back there.

So today, March 2nd I would just like to wish this amazing character a happy birthday. I would like to take today to speak out to you all, and to Anne herself and say thank you. Thank you for teaching me about kindred spirits, and that I could be creative, and imaginative, and have my head in the clouds, thank you for letting me know that it’s okay to be a bit of an odd-ball.

I have a soft spot for Anne Shirley that even now, I can feel a bit emotional just typing this post. So Happy Birthday Anne Shirley!

 

Love Arrows!

I like to get my hands messy, I love using glue and scissors and paint and craftying. I also love making things for other people. So I borrowed this idea from my friend Jess, who made me an arrow last year. Much to the amusement of my French Professor who thought it was a gesture from a secret admirer using my friends…it wasn’t. My friends are just that great.

So here is a quick and easy way to express your love…or you know give some cheesy pick-up line like I did on them.

The things you need are simple:

glue, craft paper, scissors, Popsicle sticks, pencil, and sharpies.

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What you have to start with is creating a template for your hearts, I folded a piece of plain paper and cut half of the heart on that, it was even. Also cut out a triangle template.

Next assemble! I folded over the heart for the fletching or end of my arrow and cut up a few slits to serve as the “feathers”. Then with two triangles to work as the point. That’s seriously it. That’s all, and if you want to add a quote or note on the shaft of the arrow go right ahead.

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I wrote “you’re the Beta to my Alpha” on one of them and sent it to my friend Camille who loves Teen Wolf. I also wrote, “you’re the Doctor to my Companion” for Marissa, and “haveee ya met Mandy?” because How I Met Your Mother and Doctor Who are fun for us all. Have a great  Valentine’s Day!

Best,

Gissel

p.s. I totally mailed those out and the recipients should be getting them tomorrow afternoon!