Category Archives: Light My Fire

Sugar and Scream Blog Launch

Oh that’s right kiddos. The terrible twosome have united once again to rain horror, science fiction and fantasy down on your heads! (That’s myself and Ignited Moth if you hadn’t figured that out already.)

If you’re looking for a monstrously good time, rest assured, you’ve come to the right place. We’re two best friends with a sisterhood forged in the Unholy Trinity that is Horror, Fantasy and Science Fiction. When we’re not busy devouring books, we’re cooking up sinisterly scrumptious baked goods and other delights (and sometimes horrors) in our kitchens. Expect the unexpected, because we like to shake things up. Our blog is its own Frankenstein’s Monster of our own hobbies and passions all stitched together into one glorious abomination that encompasses everything from what we’re reading and watching, to the hobbies we’re working on, our adventures in baking, and plenty more!”

FOLLOW THE DELICIOUS CHAOS HERE.

Coffee & a Chat – From Novels to Textbooks

First book haul of 2021. All from the dollar store. A whopping $3.18 was spent.

I didn’t accomplish much this week aside from working. No new recipes, no book reviews. Hell, I barely even read the current book I’m working on. I’m a bit ‘meh’ on it currently and don’t know if I’ll finish it.

There were a few other things accomplished though;

I received my second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. This time, the side effects kicked my ass. Super sleepy, achy, hot flashes and cold sweats (no fever though) and a minor headache. I felt like an old woman going through menopause. I started feeling super tired the night of the vaccine, didn’t sleep too well and felt like garbage for about 12 hours the next day. The day after that, I felt normal again. 10/10 would do it again though.

As of this morning, I applied to go back to college. There is a recent initiative provided by my state for adults to go back to school to earn a degree where they pay for your tuition fees. Years ago, I went to community college with the intention of getting a degree in small business administration. For a myriad of reasons, I never finished. Now, I’m going back to earn a degree in business administration – associate of arts. The way I see it, it will help the small business that I currently work for and any future enterprise I may start myself. (see last post.)

I should start back to school in May so I’m sure you’ll see a decline in posts then but I’m hoping to be more organized and be able to balance life and school better than I did back in the day.

So that’s it for this week folks, did anyone else get the first or second dose of the Covid vaccine? What were your side effects if anything?

2021 Blog Resolutions

I mean….truth. Sure, reading is fun but so are photos/memes/gifs.

I’ve been a bit of a scatter brain lately, I meant to address this stuff in my Bookish Resolutions post but I did…….not.

Mr. C&M poked fun at me in 2020 for backing off of blogging. As he pointed out, I was being lazy about it the instant people were looking for new content to keep them entertained while trapped at home. It was a fair point BUT work became hell at that point and mental health became a prerogative. (Not to mention he jumped in the game streaming ocean both feet first, so one of us was doing the world a content favor anyway.)

Despite my lack of activity, the blog continued to grow in 2020. I’m now up to 886 followers and I just want to say THANKS for joining me AND for hanging in there while I wasn’t posting much.

All that being said, with my new fancy laptop, my motivation has seemed to return. The hope is to be posting twice weekly again, at bare minimum once a week.

I’ve also decided to return to writing book reviews. *insert cheering masses here* I’m going to be more relaxed about it than I used to be however. It became a job at one point and then I stopped enjoying it. So, I’m only going to really review anything that makes me feel strongly one way or the other. Mediocre books produce lame reviews when it comes to me, so I’ll either skip them altogether or do mini-reviews at the end of the month.

I would also like to revive Mr. C&M’s craft beer review section, although since we’re still not going places and he’s not drinking that much, that one might be a little while.

Lastly, I spruced up the front page of the blog. Probably nothing too noticeable though, changed some fonts and colors. Maybe this will be there year that I actually figure out how to do more things with WordPress. I only recently figured out how to do photo galleries if that tells you just how little I’ve tried anything past basic posts.

SO THERE.

Those are my big plans. Hopefully 2021 doesn’t take a big fat dump all over them.

Blogging Anniversary Q&A

I didn’t intend to wait a whole week to answer questions but that’s just what happened and you know what? I am a-okay with that because you guys came up with some interesting questions and the blog officially hit 700 followers. Thanks for that!

Now let’s get to it.

  1. Hot or Cold? (As in weather and beverages.)

A. For weather, chilly. That’s right, I commit to nothing but autumn weather! If there was somewhere that it was autumn 24/7, that’s where I would move to. Beverages, hot coffee. I like cold coffee drinks too but even during hot weather in the summer, I need hot coffee to start my day.

2. Why blog?

A. I wanted something different to do. I read all the time, I read the internet way too often. I started reading other people’s blogs and thought it might fun. It took me two tries but on the second try, when I changed topics, it was fun.

3. What are your opinions on thongs? And do you own many pair?

A. Damn Aussies, always gotta make fun of the difference of dialect. 😛 I still don’t 100% know whether this means the footwear or the underwear and frankly, I’m afraid to google it. The footwear, fine. I own a pair as I like to be as barefoot as possible in the summer. The underwear, well I don’t want to see anyone in their thongs to be honest lol. I’m sure there is a pair or two lurking in our house for sexy time with Mr. C&M. 😉

4. Which character (book, movie, or TV) do you identify with most and why?

A. Throw down the ultimate question gauntlet why don’t you? The first answer that springs to mind is Sabrina from the Netflix series. I like getting dark and spooky, but I’m nice and just want to enjoy life with my friends and loved ones even if there’s always someone trying to ruin it. Plus, I really wish magic was real.

5. Why did you start the blog, and why did you restart your blog?

A. Originally, I started the blog to vent my frustrations about the world and people at large. Although, I did it in an anonymous manner as I was paranoid that someone would figure out who I was and who I was talking about. When I restarted the blog, it was to focus on book reviews, random things I enjoy and still do a little bit of the same thing. However, I don’t hide behind anonymity anymore. I try to be a very honest person, even if people don’t like it.

6. What blog posts are you most proud of?

A. I enjoy all my book reviews but I think the one I love the most, just personally, is the one venting my frustration with Kathy Griffin when she did the stupid Trump pic that got her in trouble.

7. How would you describe your blog in 3 words to someone who is new to reading it?

A. Shenanigans, reading, and humorous. (I think I’m funny and that’s not up for debate.)

8. Do you own an actual machete?

A. I’m really surprised that no one has asked this until now. I don’t! But Ignited Moth does and she’ll loan it to me if I need to hack someone up. 😉

9. If you could only have one kind of cake for the rest of your life, what cake and why?

A. Cheesecake. I don’t have a good reasoning for this.

10. What genre would you never read?

A. ‘Never’ is a strong word. I like to think that I’m open to trying just about any genre at least once but if I had to pick one right off the top of my head to ignore forever, it would definitely be erotica. I like plenty of books that have sex in them, it’s just that sex isn’t the whole point of the book.

11. What is your unpopular bookish opinion?

A. I find it horrifying that anyone would write on the margins of pages in a book. Text books I’m a little more understanding of but you’ll never catch me doing it in a million years.

12. What do you love most about blogging?

A. The perfect question to end this Q&A. I can say with 100% certainty, the fun people I’ve met. I love chatting with people from all over the world about common interests and learning about fandoms that I’ve never been introduced to before. (I’m looking at all you Warhammer modellers out there.) It’s probably half of what keeps me going with the blog. I enjoy rambling about things I like and finding other interesting people to chat with.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to think up a question. I had a blast answering them and who knows, here’s to 7 more years of blogging!

Conservation – Let’s Help

Something I don’t talk about enough is my passion for wildlife and environmental conservation. If I lived life over again, I would go to school for biology and find a career in some type of conservation. Sure, I could do it now, I’m not horribly old or anything, but now is not the time for student loans and school expenses. So, instead, I join conservation organizations fighting to help the planet and endangered animals. Currently, I’m a member of both The Sierra Club and The Nature Conservancy. In fact, renewing one of my memberships is what made me think of doing this post.

I think most people may be under the impression that donating or becoming a member of these types of organizations is pretty costly. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t expensive, it’s easy to do, and honestly, it makes you feel good. A little bit of money to help make a difference in the world, is something most people can handle. And, it doesn’t even have to be a monthly contribution. With most organizations, a one time donation makes you a member and if you want to contribute monthly, more power to you!

To prove my point, here are just a couple of organizations and their donation rates:

The Sierra Club – $39 for a yearly membership. My renewal rate was $19 the next year. Plus, the renewal came with a sweet hiking bag as a thank you and I received a 2019 calendar as a holiday gift. You also receive a bi-monthly publication keeping you up-to-date on the work they’re doing and things going on the world that you don’t hear about on national news.

*Note, you can select with most places to not receive a gift at all. I like getting the swag to represent and spread the word of their missions.

The Nature Conservancy – Minimum donation of $15. My renewal rate was as little as $10 but for $15, I’ll be receiving some swankin’ reusable tote bags.

The Oceanic Society – You can do one time or monthly donations OR you can adopt an animal as a donation. Adopt a Dolphin: $40/year. Adopt a Humpback Whale: $60/year. Adopt an Albatross: $45/year

The Ocean Cleanup – Is an organization of engineers working to find ways of removing the mass amounts of plastic and garbage in the ocean. Minimum donation of $10.

National Audobon Society – Become a member for as little as $20. Birds are super cool.

World Wildlife Fund – Become a member for as little as $25.

By the end of the year I plan on joining another one of the aforementioned societies (probably Audobon), to make that a total of 3 places I contribute to. These are also great gift ideas for the animal lover/environmentalist in your life. Each group has the option to donate or purchase a membership for someone else.

So that’s my soap box preaching for the week? Month? I don’t normally do these kinds of posts so who knows, might become a regular thing.

If this isn’t up your alley, just help pick up garbage where you see it! Sure, you weren’t the loser that put it there but you can be the winner that helps keep the planet clean.

Celebrate the Ladies – Finale

Happy Easter one and all! Saturday officially ended Women’s History Month but I decided to wait a day for people to get in last minute submissions. I failed myself, to work in one last book review. My brain decided to have a serious case of ADD last night so I’m still working on the last 100 pages of Conspiracy of Ravens.

Here they are:

Man of Tin featured Suffragettes! I love it.

Imperial Rebel Ork threw another curve ball at me and featured my beloved Tank Girl!

Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. collected her entire contributions into one helpful post. Be sure to check out each one as I learned about some awesome ladies I had never heard of before.

GamersUnitedGG featured a lovely little list of some female fronted video games. Samus Aran will always have a special place in my heart. Not because I’ve ever played a Metroid game, but because my husband who loves the games named our youngest dog after her. 😉

My personal contributions for the last week include; Saga, Volume 4 – Comic ReviewThe Prey of Gods – Book Review & Favorite Female Authors – Part 2.

Below I am going to link every blog that contributed to this Women’s History Month celebration. You guys are some bad ass mother fuckers for helping a girl with  her first blog event. Oooodles of thanks!

Field Notes From Over the Hill

Imperial Rebel Ork

Precinct1313

Man of Tin

Leadballoony

Ignited Moth

Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P.

UnitedGamersGG

I hope everyone had as much fun with this as I did. It inspires me to participate in other people’s blog events. This is definitely a fun little community I’ve wandered blindly into. ^_^

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Celebrate the Ladies – Week 4

Wooo! I’m rushing to crush a couple more things into this blog event. Fingers crossed I can get them done in time. 😉

Next Sunday will be the last update for this blog event. March had a whopping 5 weeks in it and you guys really delivered!

Precinct1313 featured the Girl of Steel this week and DC’s expansion of diverse characters.

Leadballoony shared with the world his last banshee. Candy. You probably shouldn’t mess with her.

Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. kept up her speedy posts and featured yet more women I’ve never heard of. Including, the first women to circumnavigate Earth disguised as a man in the French navy.

Imperial Rebel Ork created one of my new favorite villains, Corlina Rayne, the Wytch of Thorn Pass.

Last weekly update I forgot to link my own contributions so I’ll link them now including this week’s one book review:

Giant Days, Vol. 2 – Comic Review

The Fair Fight – Book Review

Dead Heat – Book Review

This quote from a famous lady has greatly contributed to my take-no-shit-from-anyone attitude since I was a teenager:

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Celebrate the Ladies – Week 3

I’m way behind schedule. We had a family tragedy that I’ll explain more in a book review because that book helped me keep it together the last few days.

Thank you to everyone who has been contributing even though I’ve been MIA the last half a week!

Imperial Rebel Ork – He earned top spot this week for two reasons, it was his first contributing post and he created awesome miniatures inspired by myself and Ignited Moth. It was not something I would have expected in a million years but it really made my night. Thank you.

Man of Tin – He painted a sweet Princess Leia miniature!

Ignited Moth – My twin sister per Imperial Rebel Ork, featured Joan of Arc this week.

Leadballoony – featured some of his femme fatale creations. They’re seriously bad ass.

Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. – is continuing her educational tributes. She’s been teaching about ladies I’ve never heard of before.

 

Inspired by Man of Tin, a quote from the princess ~

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Celebrate the Ladies – Week 2

Woo boy! You guys are keeping me on my toes. I have to dedicate my Sunday evenings to updating all these great contributions. I’m so ecstatic that everyone seems to be really taking to this blog event. You guys are the best! I reached over 400 followers this week and I hope that other people have seen an uptick in their numbers as well.

Let’s get to it!

Books and Traveling with Lynn posted her list of influential female authors. She’s much better with classics than I am so head on over and check her out.

Luna over at GamersUnitedGG shared her favorite fierce, female fighters in video games.

Field Notes From Over the Hill for International Women’s Day shared the strong women that surround her and influence her life.

Man of Tin featured his Mary Seacole figure, a Jamaican nurse who supported British troops in the Crimean War.

Ignited Moth featured the ever lovely Harriet Tubman this week. Art + information = good time had by all.

Leadballoony had a very interesting, special International Women’s Day post that featured other blogs as well.

Precinct1313 shined their spotlight on Mera, Queen of Atlantis this week.

Mostly True Stories of K. Renae P. ran away with it again this week! She takes the cake for the number of posts in one week (7!) so I’m just going to point you to her blog directly.

If you missed any of my own postings this last week, here’s a short summary: International Women’s Day, Saga Volume 3, and The Power book review.

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The Power – Book Review

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Published Date: October 27, 2017

Publishing Co.: Viking

Pages: 341

Synopsis link to Goodreads.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

If you want to follow the short road from liberated to disgusted, then this is your book. I don’t mean disgusted in the book, but where people take their power in the end.

The effects of war continue generations later in new, unimaginable ways. Thanks to chemical agents in the world wars that caused a genetic mutation, women have gained the ability to produce electricity from their fingertips. The balance of power shifts from women to men all over the world. Men were not ready for this possibility.

The liberating part; women escaping their oppressors. Women chained in basements in sex trafficking countries, killing and escaping their captors. Women turning the tables across the globe. A revolution among womankind.

The disgusting/disturbing part; how quickly women become the oppressors. I would really like to think that if women ran the world, it would be different, more compassionate. That’s what I would like to think but very well may not be the reality. In this book, that’s definitely not the case. Men become the controlled ones, needing a woman’s permission to do anything. Slaughtered and raped simply because they are men and no longer have the power.

This is definitely a powerful book, all puns intended. The women that we follow through this revolution all come from different backgrounds, all have different parts to play in the making of a new world. The one male prospective that we follow allows us to see the fear of a new world order, the losing of one’s rights.

While this is a fairly serious novel, there are plenty of parts with cheeky humor. The author pulls no punches when it comes to describing just how unbalanced the world is for women and displays beautifully I think, how quickly men fall a part and resort to violence when their power is threatened. People could definitely benefit from reading this book.