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Writing Fever!!

I have been writing for National Novel Writing Month since November 1st, so I have been pretty busy on fiction and not blogging other than daily updates on my other site

So for my Savage Soliloquy this week, since I didn’t get irritated enough to find a topic, I am going to share a selection of what I have written. The basics of the story are this:

After the apocalypse humanity is raptured to heaven. The world is sectioned into varying types of “Hell” and people are scattered all over, trapped in the apocalypse with monsters of all types. 

We follow a character named Jacob Cross, who lives in a world of night where the vampires have taken over. He survives by escorting people safely throughout town, fighting vampires as he goes. 

When he finds out his daughter is alive in another plane of Apocalypse he sets out to find his way to her. Along the way he must learn his true heritage and role as a djinn, and find his true power. 

Following is a first draft train wreck of Jacob learning the history of the Djinn. Hope you enjoy it!

 

 

 

“You heard about Adam & Eve, and all the stuff about apples, right?” Mama Ti asked.

“Of course,” he replied.

“Well, that ain’t all. Most folks, they think everything was said an done in a week. Now, that is just silly. No things took a long time before the world started spinning, and snakes were giving people fruit.

“God created humans on the sixth day, but he created the heavens and earth on the first day. That includes angels, harps, halos, and all that. Now, angels are interesting. They think, live, and do things just like humans do. Except they don’t have the one thing, free will. While humans were made of dirt, or clay. Angels were made of air. They were the messengers of God. If he told them to jump they were obliged to jump. There wasn’t any question or argument because they couldn’t without free will.

“Most people think it jumps from angels on the first day to humans on the sixth, but it doesn’t. He created the whole world, and everything that ever lived during that week, animals and all. Thing is he also created other types of creatures too. Ones that most people either never see or they never notice. One of those types of beings God created are called Djinn.

“Now djinn, what most people call genies, are made of smokeless fire. It could be some type of energy, no one really knows. Well, the one thing Djinn have that angels don’t have is free will. In addition to that they have a few similarities to angels, just without being forced to do whatever God tells them to do.

“So, you have all these creatures, and beings wandering around God’s creation. The djinn are a proud race. Most of them are as loyal as they are fierce. They were powerful too. They fought among themselves, full-blown wars took place before mankind was a twinkle in His eye. During that time they also had access to all the knowledge available. They learned about nature, sciences, mathematics, all of that. They also had access to God’s all knowing thought.

“Now not even the angels could stand directly in God’s presence, and neither could the djinn. That is why there were the Heavens. The angels could access the highest heaven. That way they could get their instructions to go do this or that. Whatever He needed them to do.

“The djinn could reach more of a mid-Heaven, they could hear some but not all of the information God was passing out. But, it was enough for them to learn from. So, they formed a proper society with leaders and systems of rules.

“They took that knowledge and that wilfulness, and fought their wars. They did this for a long long time. Over time, they had factions. Each group thought they were better than the other group. This lead to a caste system, and a high court made up of individuals from all the various castes. They made the tough choices, when they needed to be made.

“They even had a leader who all the djinn followed loyally. His name was Shayteen, and he was the strongest and some say the most wise. He was also arrogant and prideful. Now, he was loyal to God as much as any angel, but willingly. He was given access to the highest heaven, the only djinn known to attain that position.

“So, on the sixth day, God calls all of creation to see his new masterpiece, Adam. The animals even came to praise this new creation, as did the angels. The djinn, lead by Shayteen, came also. God then told all assembled that Adam (humanity) would rule over all his creation. Then after this decree all were asked to bow before Adam.

“Each group came, one by one, bowing and pledging their obedience. Animals. Angels. All of them. That is until the djinn came forward. Shayteen stood in front of Adam. Then raised his voice to the heavens, ‘What can this creature do that I can not do better? I have sat at the foot of God and learned all the knowledge in the heavens. I have explored every inch of Earth and creation, and learned all it has to offer. Even my own kind have learned of war, magics, and society. I have done everything, and after all I have done, I am told to bow before this thing made of dirt and mud. I am told to swear my allegiance and my obedience to Adam? Adam, who has done nothing and knows nothing of this Earth and nothing of the Heavens. I refuse.’

“With that declaration Shayteen turned his back to Adam, and began to leave. The other djinn, knowing the power and greatness of God, still were loyal and prideful to a fault. One by one they all turned from Adam, without giving any sign of humility or obedience. Only solidarity with their leader.

“As this was all new, no one anticipated what the consequences might be. They didn’t even think there would be any. God might be loving, but he is also known to be a vengeful God, full of wrath. The refusal of the djinn to bow as he demanded, and the sheer arrogance of Shayteen infuriated God.

“So much so, that he shortly called creation together again. He presented Adam again. Asking in front of all those assembled if the djinn still refused to bow. Thus, a second time, they refused. This time the djinn did not speak a single word. God then did something none of them expected.

“He called Shayteen forward. He asked if he was too good to bow before his God. In response the djinn leader bowed, back turned from Adam. He was asked again if he still refused to accept Adam’s dominion. The djinn remained silent, unmoving.

“It was then that God commanded from that point on all djinn would live in the shadow of mankind. The djinn would be required to serve all of humanity in life and in death. Especially in death. The djinn with all of their knowledge, abilities, and power were tied to Adam’s will and desire. Forever they would be barred from the highest heaven until they obeyed His command.

“That being said, the djinn erupted in protest. Some bellowing loud enough to make the very ground shake. Some of the more warlike djinn began attacking whatever they could, fellow djinn or otherwise. There were many who just broke down sobbing and begging forgiveness, their loyalty damning them as much as the other djinn. Shayteen, however did none of these things.

“He slowly rose to his feet, turning towards Adam. He walked to within inches of God’s chosen one. Then he spoke, and all the djinn stopped as if frozen, listening to their leader:

“ ‘If we are to be in mankind’s shadow we will call them into the darkness. Away from the light. If we are to serve them in life & death, we will make every moment an obstacle. Even in death they will find no peace. If we are tied to one another, then we will be the noose around your neck. Your anchor keeping you from ever knowing the highest heaven. If our Father forsakes me, brother, then I forsake you.’

“Then they all departed, leaving creation. Oh they returned, of course. How do you think Eve ever got that Apple? That apple was the first action taken in an eternal war. Over the ages, the djinn have found creatures of like mind and purpose. Vampires, demons, ghosts, and damn near everything that you’d consider monsters were influenced by Shayteen.

“Now, that isn’t to say there aren’t good djinn. Free will is an amazing thing. Djinn can worship whatever they wish. They can be good or bad. The can be you and they can be me. But, we all carry the burden of Shayteen within us. Even now that the world has gone bad, Apocalypse or not, we all have a choice to make.

“What side do we serve before it’s all said an’ done?”

 

End of October and Weight Loss Competition Results

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Starting weight: 220 on 8/1. Ending weight: 198 on 10/31. 22 pounds in 3 months!

The only bad news is I was not in the top 3 for the competition. I was number 6. Which I am not mad about. I didn’t get any money though which would have been nice. I also didn’t have a ton of weight to lose so I pretty much figured I wouldn’t win, but the possibility showed itself so I decided to try for it anyway. I am going to keep going after this because these are only the beginning of what I would like to accomplish. I am really liking the way my body is shaping up and excited to see what I can accomplish.

I have been working a crazy schedule lately and it is finally starting to slow down after this week. I will have more time during the day to get my workouts in and be able to continue where I want to go. I may lose a few more pounds then work on the bodybuilding idea I had. I haven’t started that because I have 2 jobs now and with Halloween and stuff, I had no time. Thanksgiving and Christmas aren’t super huge in our house so I can finally focus on what I need to do. I also have a burlesque show this week that I was getting ready for. After that show, I will have my mornings open for what I want to get done in the gym again.

I am getting to the point of having to do a new workout program again so I need ideas! Let me know if you have any favorite programs! If you have good bodybuilding programs, that would be awesome too!

Thanks for being with me on this wild and crazy journey!

Angela

*Fit Bitch in Training*

You Illiterate Trash Heap

A while back I over heard a girl of about seventeen talking to her friends. She was telling them that she doesn’t read books. Not in a shameful “I’m illiterate” way, but a cocky I am too good for books way.

This set my mind cogs to grinding. It was upsetting. It was the dawning horror that this prideful idiot strutted around as if the ability to not do something was and accomplishment. Feeling the sudden violent urge to jiggle the light bulb supposedly attached to her “brain” I began speaking.

You know reading is something important? It is a gift. Slaves weren’t allowed to read…. or write…. That was so slave masters could keep them slaves. Actual books have been written about how losing the ability to read by an entire society could destroy everything we have. I mean even a magazine article is a start.

When I saw the look on her face it made my hope for humanity weep. She looked at me as if I had just told her I was a priest who liked touching kids & vaping. She actually made a scoffing sound! I literally heard scoff! that was kinda of neat, but just not in this situation. This girl might one day be in charge at the retirement home I decline in.

Remember when you were a child and everyone made a big deal out of “You can be whatever you want to be!” speech? Apparently, this girl was absent that day due to a Bachelor marathon. She strutted away, as I struggled to find enough will to continue living.

All in all, it wasn’t disturbing in and of itself.

Well, then a day later, another late teen was within my hearing range as she read out loud, “My conduct is..” off of a bracelet. She laughed, and told her friends it was funny. Two seconds later she says unashamed, “What does conduct mean?” It was then that I prayed God was swift and merciful with my death. I was too dumbstruck to even say a word. Luckily, I know understand the meaning behind the word dumbstruck.

The news media calls this era the Information Age! Yet, the more information available the more idiots sprout from the womb of ignorance. This is the world my child will inherit one day. All the current population seems concerned about is whether the environment is okay. I say if we are becoming nothing more than willing  pack animals of existence who gives a shit about going green! So we can look forward to a pollution free AND an intellect free planet??

I plan to continue on my path of going against the green. I use any products that cause or increase my carbon footprint. Use pesticides & Frankenstein foods. Why not? If the whole world is going to hell in a hand basket, and yet still cannot spell either hand or basket!! Why not let it die a fancy apocalyptic death?

Instead of making school children computer literate & environmentally conscious  make them aware of how to crack a fucking book & learn. Using deductive reasoning (which they learned from reading it would naturally happen anyway.

Fahrenheit 451 …read it!

Or burn it, I don’t even fucking know anymore.

How Exercise Improves Your Sexual Health

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Of all the many benefits that exercise can give you, an improved sex life is my most favorite!

When I started exercising, I started feeling really good about myself. Exercise makes you feel better physically as well as mentally. When you feel better in both of those ways, you tend to be more confident. Confidence helps others feel more attracted to you. When you feel better about yourself, you are more likely to want to jump into bed with your partner. 

Exercise also improves mental health. When you have improved mental health, you are significantly less stressed. When you’re stressed out, you tend to avoid sexual contact, or the sexual contact isn’t as pleasurable. You can’t get turned on when you have a million stressors going on in your brain. Also mental illness medications can cause side effects which can decrease sex drive. 

Exercise increases blood flow, which improves many physiological factors. It can lower erectile dysfunction in men. Older males who are more active are less likely to have erectile dysfunction issues. Exercising can actually improve erectile dysfunction. Improved circulation in women can lead to better and more frequent orgasms. 

Doing yoga and strength conditioning can improve flexibility and stamina. That leads to better sex positions and longer sessions! Yoga has been known to improve the sex life in many ways. It helps the body be able to be more flexible which will mean that you can try a Kama Sutra book out! It also improves your mind and how to listen to your body. By listening to your body, you can get a better idea of what you like and dislike. 

Exercising as you age keeps you more sexually active as you age. Because of all the above factors, you will be more likely to have more sex. Men who start getting more physically active have said that they are having more sex. Exercise increases the libido as you age. I know that when I start working out a lot, I get horny more often. Especially after strength training. I am not sure what it is about it, but I really want to hop into bed afterwards. 

With all this, how would you not want to start being more active? 

Exercise releases endorphins, endorphins make you happy and happy people want to have sex!!

Angela

xoxo

Are Cheat Meals a thing?

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So much eye candy in these pictures….

When I started losing weight, I used to do a cheat meal pretty regularly. I have heard varying opinions about cheat meals. I have always thought they were a myth up until recently. I don’t like to do cheat meals once a week now. I do them about once a month to kind of have that as a celebration of all the work I did that month. Makes me feel more empowered to work harder & longer. If I give myself cheat meals more regularly, I am apt to cave easily. 

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The frequency of your cheat meal is completely up to you. Make sure the cheat meal is just a meal. Don’t turn it into an entire day. I always like to have my cheat meals on days that I did a lot of cardio. You burn more calories doing cardio and you’re more likely to burn off most of the extra calories and fat you consumed. When you’re on a weight loss diet, you should consume fewer calories than your Total Energy Expenditure. Overtime, though, your body will grow used to eating less and then adjust accordingly, which can lead to a plateau. A cheat meal high in calories and carbohydrates can actually assist in revving up your metabolism and regulating the leptin and grehlin hormones. This encourages the body to keep burning calories rather than adjusting to this lower intake.

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Now a cheat meal is something you are doing to reward yourself, but you still need to keep it pretty healthy. The ingredients in your meals should still be fairly healthy. Use healthy fats and less processed food. If you go with packaged foods, go with ones that have the least amount of ingredients on the package. It is recommended that you cook them from scratch so you know exactly what the ingredients are. It has been proven that people who cook their own food from scratch, tend to be healthier, because the food has more natural ingredients. One of the first things I did when I started losing weight, was to look for the healthy versions of my favorite meals. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need to derail your weight loss by eating 3000 calories in a meal. Most people think it’s just a free pass to eat the worst food and binge in a meal. You’re only trying to jump start your metabolism, not gain 5 unhealthy pounds in a meal. If you know that a cheat meal could just lead to a cheat day, then take measures to prevent it from doing that. 

The day before as well as the day after a cheat meal, I like to make sure my eating is extremely healthy and clean. I like to make sure I do more cardio and drink a ton of water. I also never do a cheat meal right before my weigh in days. You tend to weigh more the next day due to your body swelling with the additional carbs. This is why you drink more water to counteract the swelling and make it go away faster. 

In the end, cheat meals can be extremely useful when they are done properly. You have to plan them out just like you do your healthy lifestyle. Cheat meals are part of your healthy lifestyle. They are a tool to aid in your weight loss when used properly. I hope this helps!

Here’s a link to my Healthy Recipes Pinterest Board

Angela ❤

 

 

 

Uncommon Sense

It’s just common sense.

It’s JUST common sense.

I want to do away with this expression. It is a useless phrase since it is never used when people have common sense. I have spent most of my life wondering wildly why this idiot or that moron can not seem to use common sense. It makes me angry and I know it makes you angry.

To be fair, it is our own fault.

Why? Because “common sense” would tell us if we complain about the mass amount of people with no common sense that it isn’t common at all. Think on that for a moment.

When is the last time you thought, “Man, that person has exceptional common sense!”?
The answer is never…because it is uncommon.

Sense of all varieties are a rarity.

 

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This is also a Rarity

 

Even the people who show some sense don’t tend to do it with any regularity. So even in cases where someone has sense it isn’t even common for that person on a consistent basis. So using what little brains I have in my head, I can safely assume that over 90% of the thoughts all of us have are ridiculous and stupid.

I once plugged a lamp into a wall socket while my finger was firmly resting on one of the prongs…shocking myself. I stood there paralyzed, unable to move or understand why I couldn’t move.

It wasn’t a cute mistake. I wasn’t new to plugging things in either. I also knew the dangers of electrocuting yourself. I was a (seemingly) competent adult who stood frozen as I zapped myself to death like a complete moron.

At no point did I think, “Hey, maybe I should rest my finger on this conduit of death.” I did think OHHHHH GOD I CAN’T MOVE WHAT WHAT WHAT UUUUUHHHHHHHHH. 

As far as final thoughts go, not too impressive.

Less than a month ago I watched a coworker, who has worked in the same place for over a decade, walked head first into a glass wall. His lip marks are still on the glass. As if he was leaving some romantic memento for his love…the glass partition.

I will say this about our uncommon sense, and the lack of sense, it means only one thing is common…nonsense. The lack of sense.

So I suggest we replace, “It’s just common sense.” with, “It’s just nonsense.”

Of course, this is pretty much life and people summed up.

It’s just nonsense.

Quit Making Me Hate What I Love!

I don’t like enjoying things anymore.

Don’t misread that sentence, I still enjoy things all the time. I just don’t like it.

 
Let me explain… I love Halloween. It is a great holiday. All its variations that are celebrated are super interesting, each with their own flair. Reverence for the dead, calling up or thwarting evil, and even just celebrating dressing up. It is great, plus the season is the best one for comfort…it isn’t hot as balls & it isn’t covered in sheets of ice. Plus, it has its own flavors that embody it.

 
The problem is when I was growing up some people loved, some hated it. You would have the kid who had an elaborate costume who obviously loved Halloween. Then there was that douche bag who tied a shitty towel around his neck…his heart wasn’t even in it.

 

There was a clear line between fanatic & reluctant participant.

 

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Now? Now, everyone fucking LOVES Halloween. Not a lot of people enjoy it. Everyone by their own online admission fucking lives & breathes pumpkin spice from their Jack O’Lantern faces that are bobbing to Thriller, while cruising about town in their refurbished hearse. There is no clear line…the is NO line. Everyone was born sucking candy corn from their mother’s teats.

 

Everyone wants to deep throat a jug of warm cider while walking with their beloved through a graveyard.

It pisses me off.

 
Not the fanaticism, but the fact that there is ONLY fanaticism. Not just with Halloween… everything. Holidays. Movies. TV shows. Music.

 
Speaking of music, think about how everyone is heartbroken when some musician(or celebrity) dies. I am not saying they shouldn’t or cannot be heartbroken, but your over emotional bullshit rings false.

 
I mean I cried at the end of Puff the Magic Dragon when he left at the end. I bawled. I mean honestly, I don’t think I would’ve made it through first grade without him. He made me into the man I am today. Every year on the anniversary of his departure back to his magical homeland I crack open a Capri-Sun and wear my custom Puff the Magic Dragon memorial shirt…crying and angry that the closest we ever got to getting him back was Spyro…fucking Spyro.

 
This is why I don’t like enjoying things anymore. I can enjoy them, but there is nothing special about it. It is as if everyone is making a concerted effort to make everything i enjoy plain old vanilla bullshit.

 

All the weird shit I liked is now nothing but lukewarm tofu seasoned with tap water.

 
Do I still consume it? FUCK YES… but now I tend to do it out of spite of all the homogenized bastards hooting and hollering about how amazing it is.

 
We need a secret handshake or some symbol so true fans know how to identify each other. I appreciate your enthusiasm Karen, but I think I will hang over here with the people who wear fishnet arm sleeves in July.

 
Now I gotta go dig through truly obscure shit just so Harold & Laura over there don’t fucking ruin it with their suburban excitement.