Where Fantasy Lives

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Once upon a time, the world was enchanted. Her caretakers were magical beings who worked side-by-side with humans to create harmony and balance for the earth to grow and thrive. But then something went disastrously wrong, and humans were banished from the enchanted realms forever . . . or so we thought.

This fall, I will release the first book of my new series in which magic is restored to our ordinary, mundane world. Those feelings of awe and wonder that we’ve allowed to fade from our lives will be recaptured as we journey along side my three protagonists into unbelievable and captivating adventures. Feel the shock and bewilderment when Noah, Skye and Ethan find Neevya (the faerie you met in Grum’s Tales) in a haunted forest where the Darkness has awakened. Experience elation and joy as we learn just how real magic is. But not all is fun and games. The heroes will find themselves in a race against time to help Neevya return to her realm, while discovering themselves and their own magic within.

Between now and the release date, I will post updates about the novel. I also plan to include some short stories, and although many of them will take place in the same mystical realms that will be explored in the novel, they will not interfere with the main storyline.

I invite you to join me on this journey and allow the enchantment to unfold and the magic to take hold within your lives.

As Ol’ Grum would say, “Best to click that blasted follow button so you can take time for a good sit down and a nap without missing out.”

Struck my Funny

I’ve been traveling across the United States for the past three months, and have taken advantage of the opportunity to visit friends and family on the way to my destinations. While visiting my grandparents, my grandmother sat down on her couch, patted the cushion, and said, “Laura, why don’t you come sit by me. I have something from church I’d like to share with you.”

Well, of course I thought she would share bible verses or something spiritually based. Imagine my surprise when she pulled out a piece of xeroxed paper titled, “Hysterical Church Bloopers.” Then she proceeded to try and read the sheet of paper. She had to stop several times to dry her eyes or to give me time to catch my breath between bouts of laughter, which made it one of those memorable moments I will always cherish. Therefore, I’d like to dedicate this post to family, and the memories we share with our loved ones.

Now…if you’re ready to laugh (and think you can refrain from being offended), have a look below:  (read to the end…they get better and better)

Enjoy!

HYSTERICAL CHURCH BLOOPERS

The following announcements actually appeared in various church bulletins:

1) At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be “What is Hell?” Come early and listen to our choir practice.
2) A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
3) The rosebud on the alter this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev. And Mrs. Julius Belzer.
4) This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the alter.
5) Next Sunday a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and do so.
6) This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.
7) Don’t let worry kill you –let the church help.
8) Thursday Night –Potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow.
9) Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
10) For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
11) Wednesday the ladies liturgy will meet. Mrs. Johnson will sing “Put me in my little bed” accompanied by the pastor.
12) Tuesday at 4:00pm there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk will please come early
13) Thursday at 5:00pm there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All ladies wishing to be “Little Mothers” will meet with the Pastor in his study.
14) The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind. They can be seen in the church basement Saturday.

Look for Ol’ Grum’s tales to start next Wednesday!

Captain America: Civil War Logo Revealed!

Captain America: Civil War Logo Revealed

 

Jeremy Renner recently post on his Instagram page a photo that apparently reveals the logo for the upcoming film Captain America: Civil War. The photo had fans of the Marvel series overjoyed and heightened their enthusiasm as they wait anxiously for the next film to be released.

The much hyped third installment of the Captain America film series will be coming out May 6th, 2016 and will star an ensemble cast featuring  Chris EvansScarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr.Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, and Paul Rudd. The film will take place after the events of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and, according to Wikipedia, will have “politicians look to form a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to call in the Avengers…”

My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of the Marvel films, particularly the Iron Man films, so I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this film. The film will star the new formation of the Avengers, War Machine taking the place of Iron Man, Vision taking the place of Thor, Falcon taking the place of Hawkeye, and Scarlet Witch taking the place of the Hulk. I find this roster compelling as it’s still got the mix of “normals” and “otherworldlies” but is still very different from the original roster. I’m personally excited to see Vision in action more as he’s a really cool character in my opinion.

What Are Your Thoughts?

What do you think of the new logo? Also, what do you think of the new roster of the Avengers? Will it be better than the first? Write your thoughts below!

Will Jared Leto’s Joker Suck? I Don’t Think So.

jaredletoWe first saw previews of Jared Leto’s version of the Joker for the new DC comics film Suicide Squad last April and all I have to say is wow! Judging from the photos released this version of the Joker looks really menacing! Though to many fans Leto’s Joker looks promising, some fans are up in arms over the Joker’s “punk” appearance and all his tattoos. The question is, will this version of the Joker hold up to the previous versions of the character played by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger? I think it will, though I do think that it’ll be tough shoes to fill given how impressive Ledger’s version of the Joker was in the 2008 film The Dark Knight.

Jared Leto has had success as an actor with roles like the heroin-addicted Harry Goldfarb from Requiem For a Dream and John Lennon’s killer, Mark David Chapman, in Chapter 27. Leto is probably best known, though, as the lead singer of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars.

Though Leto does not have quite the acting background as, say, Heath Ledger did, Leto’s performances as a serious actor do make his casting as the Joker look promising. Leto showed dedication to his role as Mark David Chapman by putting on weight to look like him and studying his movements, similar to how Ledger prepared for his role as the Joker by locking himself in a hotel room and coming up with how the character would act.

What Do You Think?

Will Jared Leto’s performance as the Joker overshadow Ledger’s performance or will it suck? Write your thoughts below!

Ant-Man: Paul Rudd as a Superhero?

Ant-ManWhen I went to see the new Avengers movie, I remember wondering what upcoming films I’d see during the previews. Honestly, seeing the upcoming film previews beforehand is one of my favorite parts of going to the movie theater.

Pretty soon after taking a sip from my dixie water cup (they barely give you any water at the movie theaters…it’s like they MAKE you buy a drink or bottled water otherwise you’re left with next to nothing in your cup) I looked up at the screen to see one of my favorite actors: Paul Rudd! I thought to myself, “What is Paul Rudd doing in a Marvel movie?

Then he donned the Ant-Man suit.

And I thought nooo…are you serious? Paul Rudd’s gonna be a superhero! Awesome!

Needless to say I was ecstatic.

 

My Thoughts

I’m always curious as to what new superheroes Marvel will add to the roster for the Avengers films, and I’m definitely pleased to see Ant-Man in action! The trailer looks incredible, and I’m actually looking forward to seeing Paul Rudd play as a superhero.

Paul Rudd has always been one of my favorite comedic actors. From the Anchorman films to I Love You, Man, his delivery and ability to improvise makes him a brilliant comedian. I personally think actors who are naturally funny and have starred in comedies end up making great superhero movies.

Although this isn’t always the case, there have been some great examples such as Ryan Reynolds playing Deadpool in X-Men Origins and, of course, the naturally funny Robert Downey Jr. donning the Iron Man suit for the Ironman films.

 

What Are Your Thoughts?

Are you looking forward to the new Ant-Man film? Do you think Paul Rudd will nail the role or will it end up being a flop? Write your thoughts below!

Avengers: Age of Ultron Is AMAZING!

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***THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS SO WATCH OUT!***

If you still haven’t seen Avengers: Age of Ultron I suggest you crawl out from the rock you’ve been living under and get your butt to the theaters! This movie is amazing!

What I Loved About the Film

Robert Downey Jr. is the man, and I love his characterization of Tony Stark in the Marvel films. In Avengers: Age of Ultron, you really get to see the hilarity of Stark in action. From the opening scene where he makes fun of Captain America for asking him to “watch his language” to his “I’m sorry” while fighting the Hulk, Iron Man truly shines in this film.

Another one of my favorites from the film is Quicksilver. Played by newcomer Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Quicksilver has the ability to run really, really fast. He also has a pretty awesome Russian accent in the film, which I loved. Unfortunately, Quicksilver’s screen time was cut short as he was killed after saving Hawkeye and a small child towards the end of the film. It’s possible that Johnson was only signed on for one film, which is why they had to kill him off. Who knows, though? Maybe he will return due to popular demand?

Ultron was pretty awesome too. Voiced by James Spader, the character had somewhat of a weird personality. A bit comical at times, and yet very serious in his demeanor. To me, he seemed a bit unstable as he was exposed to so much chaos that humanity has brought over the years, which is why he felt driven to “purge the planet”. The problem, of course, was that he focused entirely on the negative aspects of humanity while disregarding all the good that humanity has done. So the real question is, are we humans truly the problem or are we the solution to suffering? This struggle is best represented by the conversation towards the end of the film between he and Vision, who brings balance to the equation by focusing more on the good of humanity rather than the evil.

 

What Are Your Thoughts?

Do you think this second installment of Avengers was better than the first? Do you agree more with Ultron or with Vision? Write your thoughts below!

 

 

A New Dragon Ball Z Series?! My Life Is Officially Made!

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On April 28th, 2015, nerds everywhere like myself rejoiced as it was officially announced that the Dragon Ball franchise would receive a brand new series: Dragon Ball Super. The best part? Akira Toriyama, the original creator of the Dragon Ball manga, is in charge this time. This is huge for Dragon Ball fans everywhere after the lackluster Dragon Ball GT which Akira Toriyama had little to do with. After the latest Dragon Ball Z movies having been released in 2013 and 2015 respectively, almost ten years since the original run of Dragon Ball Z, this brand new series is truly a dream come true for die-hard fans who have waited patiently (and sometimes impatiently) for new Dragon Ball Z releases.

The series is set to be released in Japan in July 2015, and no word yet as to when it will be released in America.

 

My Thoughts?

If you can’t tell already, I am a HUGE Dragon Ball Z fan, so when I heard that a new series was set to be released I was ecstatic. Growing up, I remember coming home from school and switching on the TV to channel 26 (Cartoon Network) at 3:30 PM when they used to air Dragon Ball Z on Toonami, a set block of time where they showed several anime shows dubbed in English. While shows like Yu Yu Hakasho and Sailor Moon were cool, I always favored Dragon Ball Z just because of the show’s unique story line and the powers the characters had. I mean, what’s cooler than being able to shoot fire balls out of your hands and flying? Dragon Ball Z will probably stay my favorite cartoon show of all time and my second TV show of all time (the first being Breaking Bad. Yup, I’m one of those people!)

 

What Are Your Thoughts?

Are you a fan of Dragon Ball Z? What’s your take on this new series? Do you think it will fair better than Dragon Ball GT did? Write your thoughts below!

Jurassic World: The Greatest Jurassic Park Film to Date or the Biggest Flop?

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Jurassic World, the latest in the Jurassic Park film series, is set to be released June 12, 2015. The film will star Chris Pratt, who came to fame recently with his starring role as Star Lord in the film Guardians of the Galaxy, Bryce Dallas HowardVincent D’Onofrio, and Ty Simpkins. This is the first film in over ten years since the last installment, Jurassic Park 3, back in 2001. The film looks promising judging by the trailer, but with its director, Colin Trevorrow, being fairly new having only directed a few other films prior to this one could this highly anticipated film end up being a flop?

 

Synopsis of the Film

According to Wikipedia, the film will take place 22 years after the events of the first Jurassic Park film, and will feature an actual dinosaur amusement park just like John Hammond envisioned. Unfortunately, a new dinosaur hybrid (Idominus rex) created using the DNA of several dinosaur species escapes and begins terrorizing the island. It’s up to Owen Grady, played by Chris Pratt, and the security team to put an end to the Idominus rex’s rampage.

 

My Thoughts?

I like the Jurassic Park series, and I love that they’re reviving the series for the newer generation to enjoy. I remember the first time I saw Jurassic Park I was mesmerized by the massive dinosaurs and how lifelike they looked thanks to the fairly new CGI the animators used back in the day.

Now, several years later, kids these days are used to seeing CGI on the big screen, even in movies that end up being terrible, so will this film have the same effect as its predecessor on this younger generation? Guess we’ll have to wait until June to find out! I’m personally hoping that the film does well and reintroduces the Jurassic Park series to the younger crowd.

 

What Do You Think?

What are your thoughts on the new Jurassic Park film? Will it succeed like the ones before it or will it end up being a failure? Write your thoughts below!

Just Announced: New Jimi Hendrix Biopic 2015

Jimi HendrixThe estate of Jimi Hendrix has just announced their agreement with Legendary Pictures for an official biopic of the late rock and roll legend. For Jimi Hendrix fans everyone, this is exciting news. The film will be directed by Paul Greengrass (who also directed United 93 and Captain Phillips) and will feature actual recordings from Hendrix.

After the 2013 release of the unofficial biopic starring André Benjamin (better known as André 3000 from OutKast) was met with mixed reviews, Hendrix fans everywhere are still left waiting in anticipation for a great film to do their hero justice. With the announcement of the new biopic film, expectations are high, but will they actually be met?

Jimi Hendrix is considered by many to be something of an enigma: his vintage upside-down fender guitar that he played left-handed, his drug use, and his relatively short career as a mainstream musician having been cut short due to his untimely death in 1970. For these reasons, to be able to effectively convey the artist’s personality can be difficult, as we’ve seen in films like Jimi: All Is By My Side. The question is, will Paul Greengrass’s film be received well by Hendrix fans everywhere, or will it flop and be a box office failure like its predecessor?

While we don’t have a lot of information yet on roles, scripts, or release dates, fans are on the edges of their seats waiting with anticipation for who will play legendary rock star.

 

What’s your opinion?

Are you a Jimi Hendrix fan? If so, what’s your take on this news? Is Paul Greengrass a good choice to direct a film like this? Comment below!

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice: Can Ben Affleck Pull Off Playing Batman?

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A huge fan of superhero films, I am beyond excited for the brand new Batman Vs Superman film set to be released March 26th, 2016. The film will star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman, reprising his role from Man of Steel; Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman; Amy Adams as Lois Lane; Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor; Laurence Fishburne as Perry White; and Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman.

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My face while watching Daredevil

While I’ve seen the trailer and I must say – I am blown away by how good it looks, I am slightly concerned with the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman not because I don’t think he’s a great actor, I just can’t see it. Whenever I think of Ben Affleck in a superhero movie, I instantly think of the 2003 film Daredevil which was lackluster at best. With a track record like that, I can’t help but wonder if Ben Affleck will be able to effectively pull off the persona of the caped crusader.

I will say this, with an awesome director like Zack Snyder behind the film, it helps my doubts that Ben Affleck won’t be able to pull the role off. Not only that, but I’m slightly reminded of how I felt when I found out Heath Ledger, the dude from 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight’s Tale, would play the Joker in Christopher Nolan’s film The Dark Knight. As we all know, however, Ledger not only pulled the role off but he literally reinvented the Joker in a way that has never been seen before or sense. The role was so good it won Ledger an Oscar posthumously, so who knows? This film could potentially house one of those unlikely-actor-picked-for-role-completely-nailing-it moments, but only time will tell.

Check out the trailer for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice below!

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