By Coldplay.  I’ve been listening to a lot of Coldplay lately.

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There’s a series that I’ve been reading lately.  It’s about a necromancer named Johannes Cabal.  One day in February, I was at Barnes and Noble looking for a new book.  I wanted something dark and funny.  I like dark comedies.

I asked for advice from someone who works there and he pointed me to this weird sounding book called Johannes Cabal The Necromancer.  I was sceptical because it sounded ludicrous.  A necromancer who makes a deal with Satan and has to run a carnival from Hell with his vampire brother?  No, that sounds absolutely ridiculous.

But I thought it was worth a try.  The character of Johannes Cabal sounded vaguely like Sherlock (from the show Sherlock), so I thought I might as well get the book.  I did that.  I flew threw it.  It captivated my mind and made me eager for more.  I got the sequel and swallowed it in maybe two days.  I looked into this author, Jonathan L Howard, and found that Johannes Cabal started as a short story in a magazine.

It took a while for me to get the third and fourth books.  That’s mostly because of financial problems.  I didn’t get the fourth one until a month after I finished the third.  It was difficult to go without Cabal.  This series is just…captivating?  That’s not a strong enough word.  Addicting is a bit better.  Or…it’s become an obsession?  I’ve now acquired and am reading all of the short stories.

I need to know if there’s more Cabal coming out in the future.  It’s been weighing heavily on my mind.  I know that writing books isn’t always easy, so I’m trying to not think about it.  But if a fifth Cabal book comes out (the fourth just came out in September), I will be eagerly awaiting it.

What’s the point of this story?  If you need a series to read that’s dark, funny, a bit supernatural with a hint of steampunk, you should read these books.  If you have a personality that gets addicted to things (like me), then you should be cautious but still read and enjoy it.

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Today is the 399th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.  Next year, I think I’m going to have a party to celebrate.  No one really knows when he was born, but they do know when he was baptised, so it might be a combined birthday/death day party.  These are my random thoughts on Shakespeare.

You know, there are all those conspiracies about who Shakespeare actually was.  I wonder what provoked them…and I wonder if there’s any truth behind them.  I want a time machine so I can go back in time and find out.

I think that he was brilliant.  I enjoy Shakespearean language and the thought of his plays at the Globe Theatre.  I hope to visit that place one day.

My mum has a book that’s the collected works of Shakespeare.  I want it.  I also want to get the No Fear Shakespeare editions of all of his plays.

I want to go read something by him now.  I should do that.

But I just had a great idea for a story: a girl builds a time machine and goes back to find out if Shakespeare was a real man or not.  That could be entertaining.

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Earth Day

Today is Earth Day.  For some reason, I feel like I never remember it even though I know the date.  Maybe it’s because I don’t do anything particularly memorable for Earth Day.

That’s kind of a sad thought.  I really like natural things.  Trees, natural light, dark chocolate…yes, I know that last one is pretty processed.  That’s not the point.  The point is this question: why don’t I ever do anything for Earth Day?  The answer is…I don’t know.  I don’t know what I would do, to be honest.

I remember hearing about people planting trees or going around picking up garbage for Earth Day when I was in elementary school.  I can’t really do that in Pittsburgh.  Well, maybe the garbage part, but I’m not sure how that would go.  Maybe all I can do is care for my potted plants and make sure they thrive (they do).

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Two Quotes

Because I don’t know what to say today and I’ve fallen behind in getting ahead in my work because of Carnival.  From thoughtful-mind.

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”

― Voltaire

“Just because Fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.”

― Les Brown

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Royalty isn’t a thing of the past.  I’m sure people know this by now.  Monarchies still exist in many countries.  The news likes to highlight the English monarchy, and the U.S. seems to have a fascination with it.  It’s understandable considering the U.S. was once under its rule.  But there are others out there.  I, personally, have a slight obsession with tracking the lineage of the UK’s monarchy from the times of William the Conqueror to modern day.  I find it fascinating.

I’ve gone to the most reliable source on the internet, of course: Wikipedia.  According to it, there are 12 sovereign monarchies in Europe.  They aren’t all kingdoms- there are also principalities and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the State of the Vatican City.  The Principality of Andorra and the State of the Vatican City have heads of state that don’t inherit their titles.

What I found interesting about this was that the Principality of Andorra.  It’s a tiny little thing that’s landlocked and sitting in the Pyrenees between France and Spain.  It has two heads of states- one is the elected President of France, and the other is the Bishop of Urgell (who’s appointed by the Pope).  Wikipedia says that they each have the title of “co-prince”, but since it’s Wikipedia, I’m not entirely sure about the validity of that statement.

This stuff is what I consider interesting.  It’s not politics.  It’s how ancient governments like monarchies still function today, and how they’re seen by people.  Their history fascinates me.  In Belgium, for example, the monarch is the King of the Belgians because of popular monarchy.  (Again, this being Wikipedia, I don’t vouch for these facts, but I find some logic behind them and accept them cautiously as true.)

These are the things about which I have many books.  This is what I read when I need something nonfiction and enjoyable.  Am I a nerd?  Am I a geek?  Probably.  Doesn’t matter, though.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarchies_in_Europe

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Assemble the Minions!

I’m sure that by now, people are well aware of my feelings toward Carnival.  I’m not a huge fan.  This year wasn’t as terrible as I expected, though.  Honestly, with everything going on lately, I thought it would be a lot worse.

The biggest reason why this Carnival wasn’t as terrible as I expected was because of my friends (who tried to keep my included and to whom I will be eternally grateful) and family.  My mum visited and, even though she left before I wanted her to, it was really good to spend time with her.  My middle sister made the last night of Carnival AWESOME.  How?

She got me Minions.  At Carnival there was one of those game booth things that’s meant to rip you off.  Whatever, right?  But the prizes included big Minions!  I saw one and wanted it.  I talked my sister into playing (and her partner paid for it, which was very nice).  She won a tiny Minion and a rose and gave me the Minion.  It. Is. ADORABLE.

But wait, there’s more.  After we walked around in a circle with a snow cone (because, really, how can anyone pass up funnel cake and a snow cone? I certainly couldn’t), we ended up back at the same stall thing.  She played again and won a bigger Minion!  Then she gave it to me!  Truth is, I was so happy, I thought I was going to cry.  I REALLY wanted this Minion.


It’s time to assemble the Minions!  This is our Minion family.


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