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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Poem of the Day - Know Thyself, Robi


Know Thyself, Robi
To be me is to be free,
My day my own to plan to choose.
Set plans and norms are there to abuse,
Hours I wake or sleep I self decree.

Mellow eyes of brown, puppy dog's- my best friend said,
Widest smile, infectious smile, beautiful, he claimed.
Easy smiling, easier laughing, positive I'm proclaimed-
Emotional, highly neurotic when distressed I'm famed.

Hair course as grass tuff of the dry savanna I adorn.
The state of my hair, my poor ma does daily mourn.
'Tis my hairdressers' constant source of headache-
For to straighten it I've refused, I won't quake.

Skin, dark brown that near glows when shone,
Body slim and long despite all junk I've fed it.
As a teenager a constant nightmare 'twas, I must admit-
For queries on if I'm aneroxic or bulimic, were frequent, groan!

Comfy clothes I love best,
Throw a sweater, jeans and converse- I'm happily dressed!
My face in a mirror often only twice I see-
In the morning and evening while brushing my teeth.

Disastrous for me are days ventured with make up on, I swear!
Oft upon the pushing of friends or dear mother.
I'm bound to smudge it, mess it, smear it- I'm a lost cause, I declare!
Better it weren't there to begin with, we'd all much rather.

I wrote this poem because someone in a group I'm a member of in goodreads started a discussion thread where people could post description of themselves as they'd like to see it in a romance book.
What started out as an attempt to write a prose description of myself ended up in verse form, but I still managed to get the idea across :)
I'm glad for this exercise for it helped me appreciate things about me, both the negatives and the positives. So go ahead and write one of your own, I'm sure it'll help you too. And feel free to share on the comment line or on the discussion thread.
Here's the link to the discussion thread: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1889404-describe-yourself-as-if-you-were-the-heroine-in-an-ir-book#comment_id_106195075

~Robi
#penwarrior

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Poem of the day! Breaking from the mold

Breaking from the Mold by Carol Robi

I wrote this poem as a self reflection on just what has brought me where I am today. I'm still not sure what exactly is responsible, but I know my defiance against fitting any set mold has been a great factor in most of my decisions.

Saturday, 6 September 2014

Book Review!!! Game, Set, Match by Nina Malone


Game, Set, MatchGame, Set, Match by Nina Malone
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this story.

Izzy was a great MC and Jason was also a wonderful protagonist.

Izzy met Jason when she was in college, and she liked him then, though he chose not to follow through. Years later, she still has feelings for him, and their careers make them meet again.

I enjoyed the story, though not enough for five stars.

I could have done without the foul language, Izzy and Jessica cussed a lot more than I'm comfortable with. However, the story was interesting enough that I managed to get over it.

Jessica, a support character was slightly annoying, and I honestly felt sorry for Simon. His character was hated so much, yet the author didn't convince me enough to make me understand why Nick, Jessica and Izzy were so hard on him.


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~Robi
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Saturday, 30 August 2014

Poem of the Day - Serengeti

Serengeti is a poem I wrote, inspired by the character Nandi in the Drachenburg School for the Supernaturals Books



Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Strange Bedfellows at only 99c

An Interracial Contemporary Romance..


Friday, 22 August 2014

Book Review!!! When You Come To Me by Jade Alyse

When You Come To MeWhen You Come To Me by Jade Alyse
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I loved this book- could hardly put it down from the beginning to the end. A very difficult thing to do, considering just how long it it.
I especially loved the author's style of writing. Especially the first half of the book, though the second half the style dwindled a little. I love the descriptive writing told in an almost poetic way, though of course this contributed to why the book was so long..
I loved the MCs. I warmed up to Natalie almost immediately, but Brandon took me a while. He almost seemed too self-entitled at first, just assuming Nat had nothing to do but drop everything she was doing and listen to his relationship problems. But I soon warmed up to him, and pretty soon I loved him as much as I did Natalie.
I loved riding the rollercoater of emotions that is Natalie's life. Her character roped me in from the beginning, and though this book reads like a very drammatic telenovela, I never once tired of the whole relationship drama.. Okay, maybe in the end, but I blame that on all the weddings lovey dovey sap. I'm not into those.
The constant mention of racial differences put me a little off, not because it is irrelevant, which it isn't, but because it did not need to be mentioned so often. I did not forget that they were of different races between every few pages. However this love story is so endearingly sweet, that almost nothing could stop me from finishing this book. n

A few things put me off:
1. Some plot holes like:
 1.1. We are told constantly that Brandon is a bad dancer- then at some point he miraculously becomes a good dancer.
 1.2. Natalie's original description as an introvert or quiet person is highly debatable- she often had a lot to say to strangers like when she first started hanging out with Scott and Brandon.
2. A few grammatical errors here and there- he instead of she, repetition of the, spelling mistakes- however the story is so intresting, you'll almost never notice them.

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Here are notes I wrote during my reading progress..


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Our Collective Social Responsibility

Let us stand together against all form of prejudice! It is our social responsibility.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Strange Bedfellows - A romance story


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

DEFIANCE - Why it's my Favourite Sci-Fi Show Currently

Defiance is my favourite Sci-Fi Show currently running because of a number of reasons.

Defiance (2013) Poster

The first reason, is its awesome music. I love it's theme song, and the mechanical, futuristic music it features in the episodes is awesome.

Another reason I like it is the unlikely pairing of father and daughter Joshua Nolan and Irisa. The two are just so great together as a family, and their pledge 'we live together and die together' is a very touching notion. I like seeing that view of father figures, protective but also allowing for independence. Normally it is mothers that tend to play this role of a parent- lay their life down countless of times for their child, but I admit the change is good.
And the fact that they both kick major ass only makes me love them more!



I also love the fact that she did not have to be his blood relative, for him to love her so much as though she were carved out from him. He adopted her, after rescuing her from some crazy cult hurting her, and has protected her ever since as his own, never once shying away when people question the fact that they are not even in the same species. It tramples all our silly issues of race, religion and cultural differences, doesn't it? Because Nolan and Irisa couldn't be more different.



Alak Tarr is another of my favourite characters. Just a punk kid trying to do his thing, despite the troubles back home, and even going as far as to pull a Romeo and Juliet for us by falling in love with the daughter of his father's greatest rival. I love it, and look forward to their developing relationship.
Sci-Fi Romeo and Juliet


Besides the music and personal relationships, I like the idea that the invading aliens also have varied cultures and races like humans do on planet earth, and I also enjoy the tribalistic spirituality of one alien race contrasted with the opportunistic capitalistic way of life of yet another alien race, and all those caught in the middle, together creating just as messed up beings as we humans are.



I hope this shows stays on longer.

Check more about it here:
>Defiance (2013– ) on IMDb
     

~Robi
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Book Review!!! Orion by A. S Johnson

A sweet romance story that starts at a space station.

Orion



The MC and her love interest get together early on in the story. In all honesty, I drifted off a few times because a big part of the rest of the story was too lovey-dovey and sweet- about their happy relationship.

What I liked:

  • I am a hopeless sucker for romances where one party has haboured feelings for their interest for years but kept them hidden. I lick up such stories with as much zeal as I do the blueberry icecream in my freezer!
  • The MC is not an air-head.

What I disliked
  • Quite a number of punctuation issues. Commas where full stops ought to be, and commas missing where they ought to be. full stops in place for qsn marks at the end of questions. Small locks starting sentences. It made the reading less 'flowy' than I would like.
  • Editing issues and over description, though if you are engrossed in the story, you just might not notice the issue. The punctuation fails were more of an issue for me, and are what led me to notice the editting issues more.
Here is an example of the 'over descriptions' I was not a fan of..
"His body glowed under the celestial moonlight casting itself on his body from the heaves above.."
susananderson (2011-09-18T02:28:10.476401+00:00). 9781609765453_Johnson_Orion_REV1.indd (Kindle Location 929). Kindle Edition. 
  • Everything is happy and bliss in this story. Even Fairy tales are dark compared to this book. Some people might like that though, I do not.
~Robi
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