The Nerd Journals

Filling up journals as proof of my meager existence.

School for Psychics

2/5 stars

Thank you to NetGalley and Simon Schuster for providing me with a free advanced copy of The School for Psychics in exchange for an honest review.

This is a paranormal book about Teddy Cannon, a Sanford drop out gambling addicted young woman who never knew her birth parents. A lot of this story walks side by side with Harry Potter and I found it difficult not to think of Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone several times throughout this book.

Both are raised by parents who are not theirs under the impression that their birth parents died in car accidents, both Harry and Teddy were collected to go to boarding school by someone in the field, whisked away to learn about their true powers. Neither Teddy nor Harry are particularly gifted an have to rely on friends to for backup.

Teddy is a lot less likable than Harry though and for several reasons. Firstly she’s a grown adult that acts like a child. At least Harry had the fact that he was eleven keeping him from harsher judgments on his choice of actions.  She’s careless and she squanders opportunities.  She’s a shit to her friends.  The only thing redeeming about Teddy Cannon is that she makes the right decision in the end.  And Teddy is just the main characters, let alone mentioning all the other characters that were either one dimensional or unlikeable or both.

School for Psychics is a fast-paced government conspiracy theory book wasn’t the worst fictional story I’ve ever read but it certainly wasn’t the best, either. This is an okay introduction to what I believe will be a series of books in the Whitfield Institute universe but I will not be reading the next.

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The Time Traveler’s Wife

4/5 stars

This is my second time reading The Time Traveler’s Wife; my first time reading it was when I was a young woman in the early aughts. A couple of days ago I decided that it was time for a reread, which I don’t normally do these days. (Why read old books when there are so many books I’ve never read before?)

So I picked up this book, a little skeptically- was it just a young woman newly in love who enjoyed this magical realism love story or was it truly a good book? I enjoyed the book again, of course, as told by the 4-star rating, but I can say that I didn’t like it AS MUCH as I did when I was young.

Sometimes I got a little confused on when things happened chronologically and I had to flip back a couple of pages and check (and recheck) the date. Sometimes I was appalled by the language and graphic sex scenes and I, by no means, consider myself a prude. But I still really enjoyed this story, even more than a decade after my first read.

The foreshadowing in this book was very well done, which of course I appreciated more on my second read than I did on my first; it was enough to cause me emotional goosebumps up and down my arms. I loved the art, the punk, the architecture, the clearing, everything. I loved it all. The high highs and the low lows of this love story that transcends time and death is still a beautiful love story.

Art journal prompt: spring

I was blessed with the challenge to make an art journal spread based on the prompt of spring.  Here you can sit and watch me through my process as I pick out what I want to use and put it all together in a journal spread devoted to my spring resolutions.  Thank you for watching.  Please remember to leave a comment and a thumbs up on a video and subscribe to me via YouTube or on BlogLovin’ (or your favorite feedreader) to keep up with me here.

Flip Through of my Book Journal, February 2108

I got this journal from Ex Libris Anonymous– it was made from a book called Little Navajo Bluebird by Ann Nolan Clark.  Join me as I flip through my month of February including lots of Valentine’s nonsense, 90s inspired music and collages, and lots of blackout poetry.  I like my Book Journal and I would be open to using one again in the future.  I encourage any of you readers to check out Ex Libris Anonymous for your next notebook.  Warning: Book Journals are not Sharpie or Copic marker friendly.

A tour of my art desk

I am so pleased to be finally showing you all a tour of my creative space.  I went from having a tiny desk in a large art studio to owning a large desk in a small living room so it took me a while to figure out just want to keep and what to get rid of and organize everything the way I wanted it.  I still have some things I will probably never use (see: alpha cardstock) but I kept around because I’m more likely to use than some other things I didn’t keep.

Without further ado, here is a list of the things I keep in, on or around my desk for quick and easy access while arting, farting and crafting my life away.

Cupboard on the left (top): lots of acrylic paints, a little pot of idk ink, a couple jars of fountain pen ink, gesso, mod podge and mod podge sealant spray.  (Bottom): a basket with a pallet, paint brayer, watercolors, tubes of acrylic paints, paintbrush stash, watercolor pencils, mini-canvas, glue gun and miscellanea.  Bubble wrap, a small glass jar for water and paintbrushes.

Glass on desk: Dr. Grip Paperwhite, Tul pen, TWSBI Eco, Jinhao 159, white Sakura gelly roll, pencil, eraser, and Stabilo highlighter.

Drawers on the left (top): Miscellanea.  Staples, stapler, X-Acto knife, rulers, glasses cleaning kit, stamps, TWSBI pen box, etc.  (Middle): envelopes, card making kit, postcards, lamination sheets, stationery, envelope templates.  (Bottom): scrapbooking paper, old calendars, cardstock and stencils.

Keyboard shelf: magazines that need to be clipped (mostly National Geographic but there’s a couple more as well), St. Patrick’s Day things (stickers, journal cards), inbox and outbox.

3 tier Sterilite container (container on top): pens, Sharpies, scented crayons, markers, brush pens, pencil case pouch with pencils, colored pencils, extra mechanical pencil graphite and erasers.  (Top drawer): washi tape, deco tape, packing tape, tape runners and my entire sticker collection.  (Middle drawer): stamps, ink pads and hole punches.  (Bottom drawer): seasonal miscellanea.

Shelf above desk: canvas, coloring books, art journal, tarot art project, alpha cardstock, Jagermeister box filled with odds and ends, a binder of magazine clippings, greeting cards, collected artist trading cards, Xyron sticker maker and packing envelopes.

Walmart & Hobby Lobby shopping haul

I’ve been using so many things up lately that my collection was a bit more sparse than I prefer it to be.  I got myself a few more stickers and rolls of washi and tape rollers, as well as a couple of things I wasn’t really looking for but found on clearance anyway.

Breathe – a magazine flip through

I got this magazine at a pharmacy while picking up some medicine and I’m so in love with it, I thought you guys might be interested in a flip through. I paid full price for mine like a chump but if memory serves me correctly, Meagan from TulipTube got a deal on her magazine by purchasing it second hand from eBay. If you find yourself interested in health, beauty and overall wellness I do recommend checking out this magazine. Hope you all have a day that’s easy like Sunday morning.

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