All About Me Monday No. 02 #thetoiboxofwords #geek

I’d like to start the day off by counting my blessings. Here’s number 25.

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Currency (printed or coin money)

While working on a story, set in a time of little technical and social-economic advancements, I begin to realize what a blessing currency is. I’m not talking about a love of money and the pursuit of it; this isn’t about greed. I’m talking about economic exchanges. While the barter system will never go out of existence, it’s nice to not have to depend on it daily.

Currency gives us options and opportunities. If everything we acquired in our lives was based on trading, I don’t believe many of the riches people in the world would still be so rich (this could be a good thing or a bad thing). Currency eliminates the need to always have something that someone else wants in order to get what you want or need. If I had to carry chickens with me everywhere I went in order to pay for clothes, fuel, entertainment, etc. I don’t think I’d be going out very much, not that I do anyway. I’m blessed to live in a world with currency, even if it isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

Now it’s time for some inspiration with My Geekdom 25: Hellboy

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You may or may not have noticed that I have a thing for angels, demons, and other similar creatures. For me, Hellboy is the ultimate misunderstood hero. As much trouble as the Hulk has to face, Hellboy may actually have it worse- I mean “Hell” is in his name.

So let’s break this down into the most basic quandary. He’s red (that’s not normal). He has horns and a tail all the time, not a shapeshifter (that’s really odd and scary). He has a hand that looks like a brick wall (that’s really intimidating). Oh and he’s the spawn of hell, an actual demon, but still a good guy (see why adoption and proper care is so important).

I like heroes that break the norm and challenge people to look at themselves and face their own demons, so to speak. Even with the current popularity of superheroes, in general, there are still many people who won’t even consider reading about or watching anything related to Hellboy. I think that’s part of the reason some people won’t pick up my Eternal Curse Series, but there’s more to it.

In any case, people who do give Hellboy a chance soon find that the wise-cracking, cat-loving, monster to be a true blue hero who just happens to be more than a little rough around the edges.

Now it’s time to get a little personal with my Top 5Animated Comic Book Movies (24).

sample This is a list of my top five something. Most of the time my lists are pretty static, but sometimes I do change my mind. While I do try to apply some logic to my choices, sometimes I pick things that make no sense and for no good reason other than “I like it.”

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Animated Comic Book Movies

1. New Frontier, DC

2. Batman – Red Hood, DC

3. JLA Paradox, DC

4. Planet Hulk, Marvel

5. Next Avengers, Marvel

If DC could consistently do with their live action films what they’ve done with their animated features, and some of their TV shows, maybe they could have a movie monopoly like Marvel. As of right now all they currently have is one good Superman movie that they are trying to use as a bridge to bring in a new Batman and all new Justice League down the road. Until recently, you’d think Batman was the only hero in the DC universe because of the success of past movie franchises, but hopefully that will all change soon.
BTW- I <3 Batman!

So now, it’s time to end things on a more biographical note with my Listography of: My Guilty Pleasures (24).

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These are the lists that tell my life story. They are in no particular order and some of them are very personal. Please be nice, and if you want to share, I’d be glad to take a look at what you have.

My Guilty Pleasures & Vices

– White Cheddar popcorn and chocolate together

– Violent Foreign Films (not sure why they have to be foreign, but violent US films don’t appeal as much)

– Saying I’m “pissed off”. (I rarely am, usually only annoyed, but I need to find a better way to express myself.)

– Shifter love stories (though finding non-erotica or non-YA ones is becoming harder, I might lose this GP)

– Dog and puppy videos any time of the day.

– Cursing when I’m angry (I’ve actually gotten better at this, and all my anger issues in general, but until I get complete control of my tongue, it’ll always be on my list).

– Robot/Android/Cyborg, etc… movies, books, shows, whether A-list or D-list. Can’t get enough of em.

While I’m no monster, I’m definitely not a saint, but this is all I can think of right now.

Listography are books and a website dedicated to helping you write or consider your autobiography through the process of making lists.

Go ahead, add your two cents. I’d love to know about you.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

All About Me Monday No. 01 #thetoiboxofwords #geek

I’m making some changes around here. I’m combining four posts into one- one day all about me and, hopefully, you too if you care to join in and comment. I’d like to start the day off by counting my blessings. Here’s number 24.

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Plastic (synthetic fibers)

While nothing will ever be able to compare to the smooth, delicate warmth of genuine silk or the shiny luster of precious gold, there’s something to be said about plastics and other synthetic fibers. This is one advancement in technology that I have no trouble standing behind, except for when it comes to debating the use of all natural products (which I am for), but sometimes it’s good to go against nature. If we left everything up to nature, when a soldier loses a limb in battle or a construction worker gets maimed, we wouldn’t bother trying to give him/her new limbs because that’s not how nature works.

I like plastics because they do make our fast moving world safer. They protect us from ourselves. I also like that most, not all, but most plastics are recyclable and naturally reusable. I’m blessed to live in a world where a childrens’ playroom can be filled with soft round plastics instead of hard pointed wood, glass, and metal.

Now it’s time for some inspiration with My Geekdom 24: Dragons

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I am going to write a story about a dragon as soon as I come up with a storyline worth sharing with the world.
Dragons are magical, powerful, mystical, spiritual, mythical, and so much more. They can be good, bad, or somewhere in between. Tales of dragons go back to the beginning of time. There isn’t much more I can say about them. Just thinking of dragons makes me want to read or write something filled with magic and wonder of the great unknown.

 

Now it’s time to get a little personal with my Top 5 – Movie Genres (23).

sample This is a list of my top five something. Most of the time my lists are pretty static, but sometimes I do change my mind. While I do try to apply some logic to my choices, sometimes I pick things that make no sense and for no good reason other than “I like it.”

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Movie Genres

1. Action/Adventure

2. Sci-fi/Fantasy

3. Comedy

4. Quirky/Independent

5. Animation

-Honorable Mention- Foreign

Thanks to Hulu and Netflix I have discovered the creativity of foreign storytelling through film. I like to be entertained and in doing so, I don’t always need to be shocked, intellectually stimulated, or challenged morally or emotionally. Sometimes a good movie is just brain and or eye candy.

So now, it’s time to end things on a more biographical note with my Listography of: Past Boyfriends or Close Encounters (23).

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These are the lists that tell my life story. They are in no particular order and some of them are very personal. Please be nice, and if you want to share, I’d be glad to take a look at what you have.

Past Boyfriends or Close Encounters
-Some kid when I was two – four. I remember there was a little boy I absolutely adored, but I can’t even imagine his face or think of his name now. The feeling is still clear though. I really liked that kid, as if he was one of my stuffed animals.

-Josh. A kid I knew in the third grade. He was awkward, but I like him.

-DeJuan. I boy from fifth grade who became a great friend before his family moved to another state.

-Richard. Another boy from fifth grade who followed me to sixth grade. He was good looking, but trouble. Way too mature for his age and I wasn’t willing to participate.

-Gentrey. Richard’s friend who I thought was different, but not so much.

-John. A high schooler in love with a middle schooler and very sweet. Also a little obsessive. 7th and 9th grades are not the time and place to be thinking about marriage.

-My Stalker in 9th grade was never my boyfriend, but he made me weary about dating all together.

-Derrick. Handsome and funny. My mom liked him and I liked his family. In the end, we were meant to be friends.

-Random first dates with serval guys who weren’t interested in dating a pretty girl who never “puts out.”

-The guy I thought was pretty nice until he joined the military and then went AWOL.

-The first date who died tragically a week later.

-The drop dead gorgeous guy with little to no personality and baby momma drama. It lasted three dates.

-My husband who almost ended up dating my roommate, but that was a misunderstanding on my part. Apparently we had been dating the whole time, but I thought he was hanging out with me to learn more about her. 😉

Listography are books and a website dedicated to helping you write or consider your autobiography through the process of making lists.

Go ahead, add your two cents. I’d love to know about you.

Visit my topics/categories to see previous installments of these posts.

Also, check out the new blog hog I’m trying to put together. BooktagsBlogHop

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Count Your Blessings 23: Tea

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Tea

I’m not much into vices, but I do like tea. I’m sensitive to caffeine so I must be cautious about what type I’m drinking and how often. There are many benefits to drinking tea, but when you enjoy the flavor, none of that really matters.

I sometimes go beyond enjoying the flavor. I enjoy the process and the presentation of having a cup of tea: selecting the type, deciding on additives, choosing a cup, choosing how to brew it, letting it steep, deciding what type if any sweetener, and more. Even when I’m in the rear mood for iced tea, I make it meticulously. I even have a monthly meme I write on this blog where I sit down with a topic and sip tea as I write about it. Then when I post what I’ve written, I share a Pinterest image related to tea.

I’m blessed to live in a world with so many varieties of tea, and while it doesn’t have the seemingly magical powers that music has, tea does tend to connect tea drinkers (same goes for coffee drinkers) across racial, cultural, religious, and even national borders…I like tea.

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Count Your Blessings 22: Trees

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Trees

I don’t think it’s necessary to mention why trees are so important, but I will just a bit. Trees help hold all the land in place, they give us clean air to breath, they offer us shade, can be as a source of food, can be used for fuel and building material, and more. Trees are an essential part of life on earth, but aside from all that, trees are beautiful. Even with my allergies I’ll take the natural shade of healthy, strong tree any day.

I’m blessed to live in a world where all the trees aren’t gone, yet. I hope I never live in world where- let me see; how does the song go? “They put all the trees in a tree museum, then they charged a dollar and a half to see them.” ~Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell

Some terms, when you hear them said so often, start to have negative meaning and “tree hugging hippy” is no different, but I understand it. Some people do go to unhealthy extremes, but I don’t see a problem with people wanting to preserve trees. Needless to say, I look forward to Arbor Day each year.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords

Count Your Blessings 21: Cameras

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Cameras

Art is sacred and painting is beautiful, but there’s something about a photograph. The idea of being able to capture a moment in full color without having to wait for someone to sketch it out and then add color to it astounds me. This invention has done so much for the world, some not so good, but I don’t blame the cameras for that, I blame their users/operators.

Just as words are able to capture and describe a moment, a story, or a feeling, cameras offer us the same but with the satisfaction of instant gratification. Instead of waiting for an image to become clear in our minds after hearing a description, we get to see the image for ourselves, right then and there. Even the camera itself has gone through an evolutionary process to become what it is today and I am grateful for it. I’m blessed to live in a world where I can take a picture of anything and have visual memories at my disposal.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords