Time Travel: A Christmas Eve Ramble of Absolute Weirdness!

It’s Christmas Eve and all I can think about is time travel. I’ve already opened most of my presents with most of my family., so now what? I have to wait quite a few more hours until I get to open more, so what’s on my mind?

Time travel.

Of course. The theme of one of my favorite shows, part of my blog username, and the thing that I am so obsessed with I’m surprised I haven’t discovered how to make it a reality myself. Although it’d be pretty cool, I don’t think I have the brain energy or determination to pull out a task of that scale; I thought I’d start running at least five times a week and I only did it once! I have no willpower.

So. Time travel. Thousands of theories, fears, hopes, dreams, and visions all come from one single concept. Here are some of my favorites:

  • The Grandfather Paradox

The theory that time travel is impossible because what if you traveled back in time and kill your grandfather right before he had your mother/father? Well then how could you go back into time and kill your grandfather? This would then create an eternal paradox of he died before you came into the world, how do you exist and how did you kill him? Well you couldn’t, because you were never conceived and born because either your mother was never conceived and born herself to give birth to you, or because your father was never conceived and then born to help bring you into this world. So how is your grandfather dead if you never existed, therefor never being able to kill him.

Of course, I know some of you are asking the question of “Why you would even want to kill your grandfather in the first place?” Well what if, for one, Adolf Hitler somehow had children and let them live, and then you found Adolf Hitler was your grandfather? I know I sure wouldn’t mind putting a bullet through his head if he was my grandfather, whether he had my blood or not.
Blood is thicker than water they say, but you know what’s thicker than blood? Syrup. And I sure wouldn’t mind creating an eternal paradox to give some Jewish kids some syrup to put on their waffles.
  • The Butterfly Effect

This is a personal favorite of mine, although I don’t know why. Now this one is really complicated and when I tried Googling a way to describe it, I got lost. So basically, I’m going to describe it the way I’ve always thought about it:

Say you travel back in time and you step on a butterfly, henceforth killing it. Now say perhaps, that butterfly was going to fly on over to the windowsill of Allen Turning, a WW2 hero and the man we have to thank for computers (there’s a movie that just recently came out about him called The Imitation Game which is one of my absolute favorites. You should definitely go watch as soon as possible). So anyways, in theory, that butterfly may have, I don’t know, helped Allen Turing have courage to keep making Christopher, the first computer and the very machine that helped England win the war against the Germans. 

So what if that butterfly that you just theoretically stepped on and killed didn’t help Allen Turning finish make Christopher fast enough to save millions of soldiers lives, or maybe he wouldn’t have even finished making Christopher at all and the Allies would’ve lost the bloody war! Makes you think about everything different, doesn’t it?

  • Einstein’s theory of “special relativity”

So I just looked this one up and I rather like it a lot, actually.  Einstein basically believed that say you have a twin and he’s down on Earth while you’re in a spaceship. Okay, and so this spaceship can go the speed of light. So when you go the speed of light, or maybe even faster, you’ll start to age slower than you’re twin on Earth. And not only that, but if you are able to go faster than the speed on light, then, with the help of gravity and time, you can slow down or speed up time and make time “bend.”

Of course, I just looked up this theory and have a very loose interpretation of it, so if you see some flaws in this understanding, then please tell down in the comments below!

  • What the Doctor says about all this

This would have to be my favorite part of this post and really this is just to gives this all some lightheartedness to all this talk of paradoxes and WW2 (really, what is it with me and WW2 today???). So here’s a little quote from the Doctor about all this and really, part of me agrees with him on this:

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbley, time-y wimey stuff.”

And with that quote, I leave you all and bid you a goodnight/good day. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good book!

Home is where your books are,

The Time Traveling Writer.

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella:: Book Review

Hello hermits! Long time no see, haha. So I realized when looking over my past book reviews that they legitimately suck and I don’t even know how or why my school newspaper used to let me write book reviews. So this round for my book reviews- this being a whole new Round 1- I’m trying out a different format for the review. So here goes nothing, and let’s get down to business!


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Book Being Reviewed: Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Goodreads Synopsis: “An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she’s never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.”

Where I Bought It: Walmart!

When I Began Reading It: July 26th, 2015

Date I Finished It: July 30th, 2015

My Initial Reaction To Buying It: 

“Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh I got it I got the book Ohmyflippingchickennuggets THIS IS FANTASTIC I GOT THE BOOK.”

My Reaction When I First Started Reading It: 

“Ooh, how interesting. So she’s was bullied… Wait, why won’t you tell me…? I’m so confused. So the mom hasn’t pushed the computer out the window yet? Who’s he? Who’s she? Who are you? You’re British? Am I British? WHO AM I?”

My Reaction Once I Was Half-Way Through It: 

“Oh my Hades, please shut up. Why am I reading this? Awe, you’re cute together- wait. Did you just let him do that thing that people without anxiety do? Did you literally just let him tell you that you’re ‘cured’ all because you did one thing outside of your comfort zone without having a nervous breakdown. Oh my God, I just- I just can’t, like I am just so done with you right now.”

What I think of the characters:

Well, I have a lot of opinions and y’all know that. Usually I go with what most people think because that’s just how my mind works, but unlike most I really liked only three characters in this book: Audrey’s older brother, Frank; Audrey’s younger brother, Felix; and Audrey’s dad. Yup. The older brother who was way into gaming, the five year old who was pretty much the cutest thing, and the father of the protagonist. That’s about it.

Audrey, being the main character with anxiety who tells the story from a first person point of view,  at first I was willing to sympathize with and understand. She was bullied so badly that she could barely leave her home- something I’ve been close to myself. I wanted to hug her and tell her everything was okay, and part of me still does- but part of me also wants to whack her in the back of the head with a book.

I feel you Maka, I feel ya.

I mean, who with anxiety would honestly just let a person ask them if they were suddenly relieved of their anxiety just because they did one thing- ONE thing- out of their comfort zone and didn’t have a total mental breakdown. Like, um, excuse me what? I have anxiety and would bite off a person’s head (and I kind of already have) if they asked me like that. And I understand that not everybody is able to just explain these kinds of things to people- I get that. I’m not soulless (for the most part).

But what irked me the most was that she literally just smiled and went along with it. Not even a stony faced “no” or shrugging of the shoulders and suddenly changing the topic to stay off that topic- she just went straight to smiling and nodding along. Those are the kinds of things that will send me flying off the wall in anger. I can’t stand that. Maybe it’s because I’m a feminist; maybe it’s because I’m too cold-hearted and not understanding person; maybe it’s just because I’ve centered myself around action packed books that have no time for spineless girls who just nod along. But whatever the reason may be, when she did that, I knew that I would never be able to look at this book the same way.

And then Linus, the love interest, who asks Audrey this god awful question. Please tell me that this author did not choose one of my biggest childhood crushes and heroes to name this character after and that she just liked the name. Please. I beg of you. I mean, I guess he wasn’t too bad of a character, but he definitely wasn’t the comforting and understanding boyfriend love interest I thought he would be. Goodness.

And then the mother. I guess she wasn’t too bad, she was just a bit too eccentric for my liking. Just a bit, and that then leads me into the the plot.

What I think of the plot:

This book was very interesting, and I have to say I like the writing style of this author. I’ve never read any of her books before, but I have to say I was pretty impressed when I read this book. I really just wish though that she had given us more insight as to what exactly happened to Audrey when she was bullied. That’s left a very gray area and vague topic. Audrey never really explains and actually tell the reader she’s not going to talk about it because to her it’s not “important.” Well if you have anxiety and depression episodes over it honey, I think it’s kinda “important.”

I feel like this book was pretty good for a contemporary read on how teenagers can get anxiety and how they cope with it- a little unrealistic at times and sometimes a little over-dramatized, but whatever. I’m a very critiquing person, so it may not be as bad as I say it is, but these are just opinions. 

Now onto Linus and Audrey’s relationship. May I just say, “Awe… huh? I mean awe, like yeah it’s cute, but huh?” I was very confused at times with their relationship. They had really cute moments and I suppose he was kind of attractive (I keep imagining Linus from the Peanuts comics and movies I used to (and still do) watch and read as a kid whenever I think of this kid), but they’re relationship reminded me a bit too much of what the Homestuck fandom refers to as a black hearted romance (yes I am Homestuck trash and proud; I have a kid OC and a fantroll- deal with it).

This is where the relationship between lovers turns obsessive and controlling, with one lover, or even both, sometimes using physical violence or threats to keep others away from their significant other. Now obviously with Audrey and Linus being teenagers, nothing was too extreme and really nobody was controlling using violence or really even threats, but I’ll just quote the book here:

“Linus.” I nod. “He’s still Linus. He says hi, by the way.”

“Oh!” Dr. Sarah seems taken aback. “Well, say hi back.”

“And he says, ‘Good job.”

There’s a silence and a little smile creeps round Dr. Sarah’s face. “Well,” she says. “You can say that back to him too. I’d like to meet this Linus.”

“Yeah, well, don’t get your hopes up,” I say with a deadpan shrug. “He’s mine.”

So. . . yeah. She say that to her therapist, who has never shown any intentions or anything like what Audrey’s implying. I’ll just leave at that.

How Many Pusheen Cats eating apple pie I give for this book: 

3


So have you ever read this book? Did you enjoy it more than me? And if you haven’t, do you now plan on reading or have I scared you off? Tell me in comments!

Home is where your books are,

The Time Traveling Writer.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige:: Book Review

So this is my first ever book review and I am so excited!! So here goes nothing:


Book Title: 

Dorothy Must Die 


Book Cover:

Dorothy Must Die Book Cover


Author:

Danielle Paige


Goodreads Synopsis:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.

But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy.

They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas.

I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.

I’ve been trained to fight.

And I have a mission.


Goodreads Rating:

3.85


Page Number Count:

452


Chapter Number Count:

Thirty four


My Review:

For awhile, all me and my best friend Gracen could talk about was the musical Wicked that was- conveniently for us being the little n00b bookworms that we were (now we are epic bookdragons)- was based off of the book by Gregory Maguire. One day were in the library talking to our librarian about what books we thought they should add to the library when the topic between Dorothy Must Die come to subject. I was immediately interested and was dying to know more. Lucky for me about two or three weeks later (I think), I was in Target while my mom was getting a massage and I found Dorothy Must Die in the book section. After asking my mom and also buying one or two dresses (the only ones I have ever owned and actually liked, I think), I was tearing threw this thing every time I picked it up.

Now it did take me awhile to read, but it was only because of how busy I was at the time and how thick that book is. But let me tell you this: No matter how long it is, you will never bored with this book. You will cry at certain characters’ deaths (someone always has to die in a YA book these days. Always.) and you will fall in love with some male characters, and you will definitely be frustrated with Amy (the main protagonist who is kick-butt awesome and totally a kick-butt mofo) but you will also feel sorry for her, understand her, ad laugh at her awesome sarcasm which all throughout the book.

From Amy’s somewhat-tragic-back-story to her grit-your-teeth-and-make-it-through attitude to her awesome pink hair (I know right?!), she is definitely my favorite character. It’s only maybe thirty minutes into her being in Oz and she’s already believing it. Amy, along with her mom’s pet rat named Star, meet a munchkin named Indigo who is totally kick-butt, Further into the book you meet some of Dorothy’s friends, like the Cowardly Lion who isn’t so cowardly and the Tin Man who has taken that heart of his and made it into something new. And Amy’s love interest, a young wizard named Nox- now their is another snarky and arrogant male love interest for you. I love him, but his type in YA books is just getting repetitive and annoying. And basically you will all probably hate Dorothy and be surprised with how Danielle Paige twisted this character. Definitely something… different.

Now for some warnings:

This book is more tame with cussing except for one side character who is there for about three or four chapters, but other than her it’s not so bad. The more sexual stuff is practically nonexistent, but there is a pregnant side character who is only there for really the first chapter.No drinking, drugs, or smoking. Amy is a wonderful role model for older girls going through tough times; she does have a fiery temper and does make some reckless decisions, but she mainly believes that there must be a way to keep fighting for what is right and win. Some positive messages all throughout the book is that even though some people in your life can hurt you and seem like they have no feelings at all, you should never fully give up on them; power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely; even the innocent can be turned evil; and that home is where your heart is, not where you necessarily physically live.


My Rating:

* * * * *

Five Stars. I loved it, you’ll love it, she’ll love it, he’ll love it, it’ll love it; EVERYBODY WILL LOVE IT. And if you do not, I humbly respect your opinion.

Just kidding!


Have you read this book? Did you like it? Did my review help you, and maybe make you want to read it? Leave your opinion in the comments below!

Home is where your books are,

The Time Traveling Writer

Love In Ten Lines

The Explanation:

This time, it is not a regular award nomination where I answer questions. No, instead I have been chosen for a poem nomination. So anyways, as always, I have had one of the most fabulous and most magnificent bloggers in the world have nominated me for this most interesting award/nomination.

So go follow her @ Tea With Ellie.


The Rules:

1) Write about love using only 10 lines.
2) Use “love” in each line.
3) Each line can only be 4 words long.
4) Nominate others who are up for the challenge.
5) Let them know about the challenge.
6) Title the post, Love in Ten Lines.
7) Include a quote about love.
8) Tag the post ‘ten’.


The Poem (first attempt before realizing that I have to have the word ‘love’ in each line):

“Put on your coat,

It’s really cold outside.

“Please buckle your seatbelt,

The roads aren’t safe.

“Now close the door,

You’ll catch a cold.

“I’m worried for you,

You aren’t acting yourself.”

I smile and say,

“I love you too.”


The Poem (second attempt):

Love is with you,

Love is with me,

Forget past demons, love,

Love is with us.

Fire can’t compare love,

Storms don’t touch love.

It’s love with windows

Down, love so vulnerable.

Love hits, strikes, blows

my wanderlust mind- love.


The Quote:

“I wanna scream ‘I love you’ from the top of my lungs

But I’m afraid that someone else will hear me.” – Fall Out Boy


The Nominations:

Alright so I’m really tired right now and kind of angry, so I just nominate all of you! Anyone who reads; if you are up for it then do it. If not, I applaud you for being honest with yourself. Do not feel forced. I DO NOT FORCE THINGS UPON PEOPLE IF THEY FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE.

So Thanks for reading.

Best of luck,

The Time Traveling Writer.