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Cover Reveal! An upcoming series.

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You could have learned this earlier over on my Patreon! (shameless plug ends here)

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I am working on a new series that I plan to release in episodes (then in collections when there’s enough of them) that’s a dark fantasy series. And above is the new cover! I don’t want to say much about it since I want the three fans I have to be surprised but it will be about dead people.

Because I’m sure you can’t guess that from the title.

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This Week’s Runs!

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I haven’t been posting my runs like I should be but I HAVE been running.

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“Veronica” was my best run this week. I hit mile one in 14:46 and mile two in 28:04. It wasn’t easy and my knees ached but I powered through.

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“Battle Born” was my endurance run for this week. I put the treadmill at 3.2 MPH and stayed there for 30 minutes with no walk breaks. 3.2 is usually my “walk break
if I’m running at 3.5 or 3.7 (I haven’t quite made it back up to 4).

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The results for “Carry Me Home” were: Mile one 14:42; Mile two in 29:50. I’m still keeping steady with 2 miles in under 30 minutes.

Wednesday I took off from running to do some cross training with my new resistance bands. It’s the closest to weight training I’m gonna be able to do since there is no way I can afford the super fancy adjustable dumbells I wanted. I am hoping to build up muscle in other places than my calves. I haven’t forgotten my goal to do a legit pull-up before the end of the year.

I wish I could say that the weather is better so I’ll be running outside more but the weather’s been all over the place. I’ve been sticking to the treadmill. Eventually, I may make my way outside on the weekends but for now, I’ll stick to being a hermit.

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Finally Watched It: Felidae (1994)

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This movie tells the story of a cat named Francis investigating a string of cat murders in his new neighborhood.

This movie absolutely has a “what the fuck just happened” sort of vibe. The animation style is wonderful and the entire thing is a testament to how animated stories can and SHOULD be used to tell stories to children AND adults. There’s graphic murder, sex, blood, and a fucking CULT. But its all cats!

This is a short watch, only about an hour and twenty minutes and is a German movie; even though I watched it with the English dub and found the voice acting to be pretty good. It reminded me of The Great Mouse Detective. It is also based on a book, which is on my list of things to read, and even though it’s demented and kinda predictable, it’s a cool movie! Just don’t let your kids watch it. It’s more adult than Watership Down and has just as much nightmare fuel.

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Today’s Run: Getting faster!

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I know I haven’t posted a run in awhile even though I have been running. And my work is paying off.

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  • Mile one: 14:47
  • Mile two: 29:50

I FINALLY got to two miles in under 30 minutes! I was able to do the ‘run to ten” thing three times when I usually end up not making it entirely through that third round. It wasn’t easy but I got there!

Ten seconds may not seem like much but to me, it’s a damn miracle. Other than good ole hard-won muscle soreness, I am not in any pain.

I hope this means my next runs will be even better. I don’t even care if the scale hasn’t moved because I got stronger and faster. I feel encouraged to run even more but I won’t overdo it.

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Lenni Reviews: “Same Love” by Tony Correia

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and geeks.

Upon finding out their son is gay, Adam’s parents ship him off to a Christian camp and warn him they won’t tolerate having a gay son. But while there, he falls for Paul and both teens must reconcile their faith with love in order to find happiness.

First off I gotta say, I’m Pagan and even I wish there were nicer Christians in this. From the parents to Randall, they’re almost cartoonishly evil. Boys can’t go shopping together? That means they’re gay? How do you get clothes then?

Anyway, this is a quick story; which makes sense considering it takes place over a short period of time. It has the innocence and charm of a summer camp story without it feeling too much like a typical coming of age plot. I empathize with Paul’s struggle and it’s portrayed in a realistic way that doesn’t overstay it’s welcome. Despite being brief, the story does feel complete instead of rushed like some short stories can be. I can see a teen reading this and liking it and for me, it’s a nice change from the quickie smut. 3 out of 5.

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Zombies Run Virtual Race: Spring 2018

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With the clock ticking, I hopped on the treadmill today and ran my virtual race!

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At first, I wasn’t happy with my time. I thought I could finish in under 50 minutes and in the end, I didn’t quite make it. I felt like I needed too many walk breaks that slowed me down. But after I grumbled and hung up my medal;

 

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It’s cute!

I went to see my results on the leaderboard and for shits and giggles, I checked my time on my previous races. Not counting the Halloween one where I had to walk it because my knee was messed up; I compared my results from the first virtual race I ran and I was faster! Through all the damn bullshit with hurting my knee and the surgery and all that hard work and determination paid off! The 2017 race I finished in 50:50 and my leaderboard says I finished the 2018 race in 49:36!

Seeing those numbers completely lifted me out of my self-hatred at being a lazy blob and now I feel kinda awesome! Even with all the hiccups, I am getting stronger and faster.

This has me super psyched! I am SO ready to kick ass and do even better!

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Lenni Reviews: “Escape Velocity” Jason M. Hough

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

After the destruction of their ships, Captains Skyler Luiken and Gloria Tsandi with their crews are stranded within enemy compounds, scattered and separated with no escape and surrounded by the Scipio; having survived a huge attack, and now must find a way to find their comrades, defeat an armada, and get out alive.

Despite the flurry of characters, this is an interesting space opera with some high handed concepts that feel bigger than they really are. Other than my personal curiosity about the previous books in this series, this one stands alone just fine. It’s enjoyable, the characters and writing kept me interested but not enough to get truly lost in it and I found myself easily distracted instead of engaged. It comes in, does its thing, then it leaves fulfilling its task. Not bad, though. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Ghost, The Owl” by Franco and Sara Richard

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

One night, an owl spies the ghost of a young girl skipping across the swamp and goes to investigate. Despite the advice of his fellow owls, he decides to help the lost ghost figure out why she is lost and the mystery of how she died.

Despite being predictable, this is a beautifully drawn, sweet story. The art is a treat for the eyes; soft and flowing when it needs to be and crisp and scary when it needs to be. The detail is fantastic so, even though this is a pretty standard ‘find out why the ghost died so they can move on’ story, it’s so pretty, it should be seen.

The ending is a bit abrupt and I would say this is too dark for very young kids but I enjoyed it and give it a 3.9 out of 5!

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Well, this sucks…

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So…

Remember when I moved the thing? Yeah, I think I strained my back. Because it’s less like I did a week of P90X now and more like “You dipshit. You’re not 25 anymore.”

I can blame this on age all I want but I am pretty sure I strained my lower back. I am sure now, people who know me well are making big boob jokes and that’s fair. I do have a large bust and they do put strain on my lower back.

But some lazy self-diagnosing has deduced that I need to take a decent rest and not push myself in order for my lower back to get back to normal. What sucks is the Zombies Run virtual race ends on April 30th.

I am NOT missing that, I don’t care if my spine is actually protruding from my skin.

This means I am going to be doing some light walking, I have a mini peddler under my desk at work and I will be using my bike desk that I bought. I should use it more often but to be honest, I go run. It’s my thing now, it seems.

Go figure.

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Today’s Workout? I moved the thing!

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This is the infamous bit of furniture I moved last week (if you followed my workout whining on Instagram) and in that move, I got it out of the kid’s room, down to the first floor of the house and onto the porch. Now, where I live, I gotta call special pick-up to have things such as this taken away. My neighbors must have LOOOVVEED having this thing sitting on my porch for days until I could put it out this evening…

Anyhoooooo, the very nice woman I spoke to at the sanitation office said to put it out Tuesday night and like a dutiful member of society, I obliged. I didn’t hurt myself but there is some lingering soreness there so I took it easy, did a short round of Ninja on the Atlas Shape, and the first day of this Belly Fat Blast 28 Day Challenge… Thing. Since I have said plenty of times how my belly is a part of my body that bothers me.

The first day was not so bad. I’m not gonna say my back was happy about any of this but it didn’t make me run to the painkillers either. And honestly, I’ll take ANYTHING that will shrink my middle. Or at least my lower middle so my jeans will fit again.

I will say that something I’m doing is working because I went to my friend’s house this weekend and got a bunch of jaw drops as to how my body has changed since the last time they saw me. The muscle definition I have gained is physically visible to people who know me and that’s kinda awesome! Even with the setbacks of various knee issues and my Advil Adventures; all the time I spent on running made a difference. It mattered. And I gotta say, that’s fucking surreal to me.

And I still have some glorious scars from that which itch from time to time. I take them as reminders to not push it too far. Which is why I didn’t jump on the treadmill today. I have way too many people who will show up at my door and put me in the hospital if I don’t put myself there so, don’t shame me too badly for giving it a break today.

And, as sitting in this chair typing is annoying my back, I’m going to bed early like the lame thirtysomething that I am. I’ll be a badass tomorrow.

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