A @poppin office makeover review! #workhappy

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Hello there!

Last week I splurged on my first pay check by giving my office space a much needed makeover! When sharing a space, it’s a good idea to make it your own.

Can the right office supplies improve your work environment?

Find out in this here VIDEO review by me. Fancy huh?

 

With the right coffee, and the right office environment, you can turn any job into a great job.

~C.E. Smith

How do you feel about your office desk? What are your favorite office supplies? Share in the comments!

Cover Reveal—A Murderous Game By Patricia Paris

Claire Smith:

A gorgeous cover reveal from Blue Harvest Creative! Just Add Blue! http://www.blueharvestcreative.com/

Originally posted on Blue Harvest Creative:

We’re excited to present our cover design for A Murderous Game by Patricia Paris. A Murderous Game is a romantic suspense thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Front cover for eBook and Trade Softcover—Available December 2014

Blurb:

Passion. Second Chances. When Murder’s a game…be Careful how you Play.

Abby Carpenter is a woman with a few problems: a little red diary that has a way of showing up at the worst times, a creepy coworker trying to sabotage her career, and a philandering ex-husband who won’t stay dead—and now, the CEO of the largest account to land on the doorstep of the marketing firm she works for, happens to be a man she made a complete fool of herself over fourteen years ago. Abby’s convinced if he recognizes her the firm could lose the account, and she could lose her job.

Gage Faraday can’t shake the feeling his…

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Dragon’s Call Fans!

Claire Smith:

Exciting news to all who love dragons! If you missed the first book of this incredible series, check it out here: http://amzn.to/1vmaPOB

Originally posted on A.D.Trosper:

Ashes and Spirits, releasing February 13, 2015! Keep an eye on next Monday though for some surprises!

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How To Ruin Your Story With Conflicting Morals

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Well I was beyond excited that I got to FINALLY see How To Train Your Dragon 2. I admit, the only reason why I saw the first one, was because David Tennant was in it. But from the get-go of the first film, I was hooked. The stunning visuals. The epic flying scenes. The sweeping, inspiring music. And a fun not-so-cheesy story line. Especially once we met Toothless. Because…Toothless! That little dragon will steal anyone’s heart.

So I was excited this weekend to rent on Amazon the sequel. And at first, it was as I was expected and that made me a happy-panda. An older Hiccup enjoying the freedom of riding Toothless, and a delightful twist, they were exploring the world looking for another Night-Furry.

Now, THIS would have been a plot I’d be just fine with. Exploring and discovering with his dragon would have made a great sequel, and they could have made it romantic by throwing Astrid in there. And I’m sure they could have made it just as exciting as the first film without being as self-contradicting as it was.

But alas, that’s not the direction the story went with. Such a shame.

And I had no problem with the long lost mother plot-line that the trailer was kind enough to spoil for everyone. But there was a BIG problem I had about mid-way through the movie. And that was confusing and conflicting moral story-line.

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The beginning of the movie, Hiccup learns there is a bad Viking trying to control ALL the dragons in the world. And of course once he tells his dad, the chief, this news the dad runs into war actions. Hiccup begs his dad to let him meet with the bad guy and talk some sense into him. He said if he could convince his dad to like dragons, he can convince anyone. And I thought: okay cool they are taking a Doctor Who type approach…what a great lesson for kids!

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But then BAM!

When the bad guy refuses…it’s full on war that Hiccup assists with leading, once Toothless got in trouble. Okay, so one big thing happens that motivates Hiccup, but, spoilers! Still, with how dead-on Hiccup was about saving peace, it was a big shock even with the catalyst couldn’t justify his change of heart.

What I had a problem with this was this: First Hiccup wants peace, and then when Plan A didn’t work, he didn’t even try for a Plan B to change the bad guys mind. He basically forced the bad guy into loving dragons…or else. And so, the bad guy got the ‘or else’.

I just wish they tried a little harder for a peaceful outcome. It might not have been as “dark” as this version, but it would have taught kids a better lesson. And I don’t have kids myself, but this is in fact…a kids film.

After I felt this way about the film, I reviewed the reviews on Amazon and was surprised everyone was raving about it. Only a few one or two star reviews, and no one said anything about the conflicting morals dilemma. So I consulted my good friend Google and found I wasn’t alone in this thinking.

Here is what one reviewer on Fried Green Tomatoes said about this subject:

…but its mixed message is troubling: It begins by endorsing nonviolence, as Hiccup insists that friendship can be a more powerful motivator than force, but it ends by bludgeoning the bad guys into submission. The filmmakers pretend not to notice that their story ultimately privileges strength over reason as it requires its young hero to be not just a resourceful and brave Everyboy but a dictator, however benevolent.

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Still, I would give it 3.5 stars for the visual effects…and, TOOTHLESS! That dragon deserves an Oscar!

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Have YOU ever felt thrown off by what a movie was trying to teach you? How has this affected your opinion of the movie?

Did you see How To Train Your Dragon 2? What was your opinion of the film?

Share in the comments below…or else :) haha, JK, I’m no Hiccup! But seriously, comments make me smile. Just saying.

 

Dirty Martini: the burgers best friend!

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Last night at Applebees I discovered just how amazing the classic Dirty Martini is with a hamburger! Got it without the bun because if I have fries, I skip the bun. As my “diet”.

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Anyway, the combination was just very spot on. I rather impressed myself with how well the saltiness and yumness of the olives paired up with their lightly seasoned fries and yummy bacon burger.

So yes, I would give it five stars!

What is your favorite adult beverage with a burger? Share below :)

Computer Viruses Suck…kinda like sparkly vampires

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Oh wait, except sparkly vampires REFUSE to suck blood, so computer viruses suck like real vampires.

I know no one likes getting a computer virus. That’s like saying YAY I CAN’T WAIT TO GET MY TOOTH EXTRACTED! Or, YAY I FAILED THAT CLASS AGAIN! Nope…no one enjoys getting a computer virus. I bet even hackers, the people who make the viruses even hate getting them.

So why I am stating the ever so obvious?

Because last week, I had to factory reset my computer. And it SUCKED. I was so sick of not being able to use the internet without an ad popping up, that I totally reset the computer, because deleting everything that I didn’t need wasn’t working. And, in my frustrated haste, the only file I backed up was my beloved work-in-progress.

I clearly wasn’t thinking properly enough to SAVE EVERYTHING on a drive. Nope. I was only thinking of my story. God I’m such a writer!

Anyway, have YOU ever lost everything on your computer? Lets mourn, together!

Are you still reading spooky?

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Two weeks ago, it was Halloween.

And we were super excited to get our hands dirty with all things horror. From scary movies to keep us awake at night, to spooky soundtracks to listen to. And of course…scary books to fill up our Kindle with.

But now that Halloween is over, and Thanksgiving draws near for at least fellow Americans…one question remains: are you still reading spooky?

Are vampires, zombies and werewolves still on your mind? Or are you now in the mood for a light-hearted holiday read or movie? What is your favorite type of fiction in November?

I have been in a Steampunk mood lately, so my fictional tastes are most defiantly not seasonal related :)

Share in the comments below if your reading tastes are seasonal or not! Or if you have been more into scary movies or seasonal movies than reading. And with Fall TV still in full swing, it’s easy to keep eyes glued to the tube and not on the books!