Let’s Have a Cuppa: May 2020

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people. This is Let’s Have a Cuppa. On the 1st of each month I’ll be doing a catch up on what’s going on in my life. Having a look at the past month, what I’m doing right now and what I hope to achieve over the next month. Kind of like a long journal entry. Who might be interested in reading that? I have no idea but there must be someone out there. I do know it’s good to have a check in every so often. Good for the mind. So without further ado let’s get into it.

April has been a month. I think we all know why. First I want to say thank you to everyone who has followed my relatively small blog. The content can only get better, I promise. I’ve technically uploaded one post a week this month but I want to do more. One problem I have is lack of confidence. I’m too focused on what others might think. Like I’m worried about posting too much of one thing. Right now I would be happy to do several posts on Anime/Otome games. Really it shouldn’t bother me and I should post about what I want. Is this entertaining? Is my writing any good? Am I giving misinformation? All self destructive questions that plague both my blog work and story writing. Even if you know that you have to keep doing something to get better at it, self doubt and the fear of failure can still hold you back. This is a battle that I know most creative people fight against. I’m just happy I no longer fall into depression. This is a mental area I still need to improve. All I can do is be myself and deal with those moments as they come. When in doubt, be yourself. Something else I need to figure out is the balance between my blog work and competition writing. At the moment I think it will vary depending on the competition rules. Over in social media world I think I’ve been doing quite well, at least on Instagram. Granted I’m not as consistent as I could be but considering before I never really posted anything. In my eyes that’s a big improvement. Follows on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are always appreciated.

So what have I been up to? Buckle your seatbelts because there’s a lot to cover. As you can gather I’ve been working on a short story. It follows an apprentice searching for a new power source to prevent her Master from losing his magic with a bit more to it. I’ve entered this fantasy tale into the Bristol Short Story Prize. It’ll be awhile before you guys get to read it but I’ll keep you updated on what happens. I’ve also had this urge to write lyrics for some reason. Bare in mind I’ve never dabbled in that world before. I’ve got to do more research before I give it a go. We’ll see what happens. I do have friends who are musicians and have beautiful singing voices so who knows. Something might come of it.

I am still reading The Vampire Lestat. Two months I’ve been clawing my way through this book. It’s not bad, I just want to move onto something else. I can already hear you asking, ‘why didn’t you just read a different book and come back later?’ Because I like doing one thing at a time and I know I would forget what I’ve already read. But I’m close to the end now. I might even post a review. I’ve also started the habit of listening to audiobooks whilst in the bath. At the moment it’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, narrated by Stephen Fry. Not my first venture through this tale but I am noticing different things when it’s being read to me. And I’m not 5 or 6.

I haven’t really thought about talking about music on here but why not? I’ve been really interested in listening to Powerwolf lately, particularly Demons are a Girl’s Best Friend and Sanctified in Dynamite. A new band discovery for me is Once Monsters. They don’t have many songs but I like everyone I’ve listened to so far. I hope to hear more from them. Imagine Dragons Natural has been on my repeat list, alongside It’s Terror Time Again by Skycycle. You know, the chase song in Scooby Doo on Zombie Island. A bit random I know. Doing music clip quizzes on Sporcle has been occupying my time as well. I’ve heard clips of songs I’ve not heard in years as well as being exposed to new things.

Game wise I haven’t played anything new, even though I have a huge backlog. I regularly play online games with my brother, Overwatch being a main one we usually play. There is a new hero that again I may or may not talk about here. Another game I’ve been wanting to revisit is Vermintide 2. Kerillian is my girl.

I’ve been dabbling with a handful of mobile games. I revisited Harry Potter Hogwarts Mystery with the intention of catching up on the main story. I was greeted with events that ultimately requires you to spend money to reach the end. Oh well. I’m stuck at home, constantly connected to wifi, might as well enjoy my Hogwarts adventure. Obey Me! Is one I’ve been playing for awhile. I think since it’s release. I love it so don’t be surprised if you see full length posts about it. Another one of those card collecting games but it keeps me coming back. I won’t say anymore because I might start rambling so I’ll just move on. All of you know I’m playing A3! I’m trying not to wiz through the story since they’ve made all of it available. I just hope I get to keep all the chapters unlocked after I’ve read them and all this is over. Finally I’ve been playing Uta no Prince Sama Shining Live. Yet another game where you collect cards but it’s mainly a rhythm game. No surprise all the music is from Utapri, many songs from the members of Starish and Quartet Night. There is a story but from what I can tell it’s a means to unlock more songs. Wow! You can tell a lot about me from my choice of mobile games. I say C’est la vie.

There’s quite a bit TV wise that I’m watching. First I’ll cover new and weekly shows. Batwoman has at last graced UK screens and I’m not disappointed. Granted I’m not anxiously waiting for each new episode but I enjoy sitting down to watch it. Sometimes I envy America for having the DC streaming service. Please can I have it. Please. Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist is like a fusion of Glee and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. I highly recommend everyone to watch it. The most recent episode featured a wonderful scene with a deaf character signing Fight Song. It’s beautiful. On Netflix I’m watching the latest season of Drag Race. Not much else to say there. Last Week Tonight is my only source of news at the moment. Honestly I’d rather stay updated on current events via a comedy show. At least it’s a little less depressing. Brooklyn 99 season 7 is now airing here. So happy to see Jake and Amy’s relationship going to the next level. Two crime shows I’m watching are Murdoch Mysteries and Miss Scarlett and the Duke. Two shows that could easily have a crossover episode but that likely won’t happen. I smell fanfiction potential. Any other Murdoch fans out there? Anime wise I have been sucked into My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Caterina is one of the smartest dumbest characters I’ve ever seen. I’m hooked and plan on reading the light novels. Finally there’s this Ghost Adventures series called Serial Killer Ghosts. They go to different locations supposedly haunted by the ghosts of serial killers. Two shows I’m rewatching are Leverage and Kim Possible. Leverage is essentially modern day robin hood and Kim Possible is a nostalgia trip for me. Two anime I’m working my way through are Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, I’m on Diamond is Unbreakable, and Fruits Basket (2019).

For May there are two writing competitions I plan to enter. Both with shorter word limits so I should be able to balance blog work better. That being said I aim to up my number of posts to the equivalent of at least two posts a week. May or may not sound like a lot but to me it might be a challenge. I also want to be more consistent with uploads on my both my blog and socials. Finally I want to learn and practise using GIMP so that I can make my own images. Baby steps at the moment.

And there we have it. The future is a bit uncertain right now but that doesn’t mean everything has to stop. Looking back helps to improve for the future. No matter how small. Let’s make May a magical month. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you all in the next post.

-Your Hostess-

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Photographer: Pixabay

Time to Find the Keys

Hello and welcome to all you beautiful people, today we’re going to be looking at the Netflix series Locke & Key. It was first released February 7th 2020 and created by Meredith Averil, Aron Eli Coleite and Carlton Cuse. The show is based on a series of graphic novels of the same name written by Joe Hill and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. 

The Locke siblings move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, after the tragic death of their father. They quickly find magical keys that hold the secrets of what happened to their dad and all the things he didn’t tell them. 

I didn’t read the original graphic novel series so this will entirely focus on the show. So without further ado let’s get into it.

I was drawn to this series because of the magical keys. To me it was an original way for magic to be used and I still see it that way. I like the magical keys. The problem is I don’t think they were utilised to their full potential by the main characters. The villain shows the audience how the keys can be used. Yes one key is used by one of the siblings that ultimately changes her personality but generally the keys are in the background. I do really like the designs for the keys.

I like the emotional journey and overall character development the main characters go through. All of the Locke family has an obviously big wound that affects them all in different ways. Through the episodes they eventually face their wounds and become stronger as a family because of it. The mystery of Keyhouse and what happened to their dad there leads them on this journey. Finding truth brings understanding.

The villain is also a plus for the series. Dodge is not one of those antagonists you’re going to love to hate but she is a decent villain. She has a clear goal and knows how to utilise the tools at her disposal to get what she wants. Her presence is felt throughout the series which is the sign of a decent villain for me.

Locke and Key is very much a supernatural teen drama series similar to the Vampire diaries but with no vampires or werewolves. However it does have some typical teen drama elements and story subplots. For some people that can be even scarier than monsters that might show up. This isn’t something I like or dislike. Really I tolerate it. I can deal with the love triangle and bullies getting their comeuppance as long as the ratio with the main plot is balanced. For Locke and Key I’d say it’s around that level.

Now for the dislikes, most pertaining to the several plot holes and terrible decisions the main characters make. Look I know the main characters are in their teens and a bit younger but some of their decisions are questionable. Especially in the final few episodes. I don’t want to go into detail and spoil anything but I am letting you know they’re there. You will question why they did this or that. It all comes down to how much that’ll bother you.

Something that is odd is Bode disappears until the plot needs him to be there. You notice it because Bode is the one who first finds the keys and knows they need to protect them from Dodge, yet in some episodes he’s absent for a good chunk of time. Some might consider this a good thing as Bode can be a little annoying sometimes. Maybe Bode knows to steer away from that teen drama. The logical explanation is that the actor is young and it’s probably best he’s only there when he needs to be.

It’s pretty evident that a season 2 is on the way, the ending does set it up. From what I can tell it hasn’t been picked up for another season yet. Whether another season is on the way or not, writing for a second season is already being worked on. Obviously a major change they can make is filling in the plot holes and making sure that there aren’t anymore in the future. I would like to see more keys be discovered and for the main characters to use them more. Maybe experiment with them so they can better use them in the future. A plot I would like to see is looking at the origin of the keys. Doing research I know it’s an important part in the graphic novels so I’d like to see it in the series.

In conclusion, Locke & Key isn’t the standout series of the year but some will find it entertaining. Like I did. It’s a short series filled with magic. Just make sure to look over the main characters’ lack of common sense and plot holes that are scattered about. If you don’t mind teen drama and want your magic presented in a different way why not give Locke and Key a try. Who knows you might find it entertaining despite its flaws too. Thank you for reading and I look forward to seeing you all in my next post.

-Your Hostess-

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https://www.menshealth.com/entertainment/a30799412/locke-and-key-season-2-release-date-cast-spoilers/