“Mini-Adventure” ThreeLineTales – Week 188

I got this prompt from 3LineTales. Here is the link to the original post https://only100words.xyz/2019/09/05/three-line-tales-week-188/. If you want to participate, I posted the instruction below. This is my first attempt at it. If you follow this blog, then you know that I like to try to tell stories in as few words as possible. I think I’ll try it again next week!

Mini-Adventure

“This isn’t so bad,” she said aloud while attempting to not scream for dear life as the snake made itself comfortable around her neck. 

“Okay, okay! I’m done!” she exclaimed, waiting impatiently for the man to remove the snake. 

That was enough of trying new things for one day for her.

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You’ll find full guidelines on the TLT page – here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write three lines inspired by the photo prompt (& give them a title if possible).
  • Link back to this post (& check the link shows up under the weekly post).
  • Tag your post with 3LineTales (so everyone can find you in the Reader).
  • Read and comment on other TLT participants’ lines.
  • Have fun.


Poem: Pain Killer

For the first time in several years, I got up in front of an audience and read some of my poetry. I have to admit, it felt good and made me think about what more I could be doing with my poetry. Life gets in the way of dreams sometimes, but this blog gives me a chance to express myself and share my art. Here’s the video of one of my poems Pain Killer. I hope you enjoy it.

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Staying Motivated When Life Gets Tough

This is something that I’d normally post on my health blog fit2bemyself.com. However, I figured this is a message that could apply here, too.

Life gets tough sometimes. And it is in those tough times that it is most important to take care of yourself. Speaking from experience, one of the most stressful and emotionally draining things that a person can experience in their life is watching their loved one decline and face the possibility of them dying due to health problems, some of which could have been prevented with a little more self-care. 

For the past several weeks, I’ve eaten more than my share of hospital vending machine food, as if I needed any additional inconveniences to make eating healthier difficult. Watching a life deteriorate while trying to maintain my own life and bring up a child’s life is hard. Add to that financial troubles that make going to my favorite fitness classes nearly impossible. My haircare has also fallen by the wayside. How do you stay committed through all that?

Book Review: Hunger by Roxane Gay

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Bad Feminist: a searingly honest memoir of food, weight, self-image, and learning how to feed your hunger while taking care of yourself

I ate and ate and ate in the hopes that if I made myself big, my body would be safe. I buried the girl I was because she ran into all kinds of trouble. I tried to erase every memory of her, but she is still there, somewhere. . . . I was trapped in my body, one that I barely recognized or understood, but at least I was safe.

In her phenomenally popular essays and long-running Tumblr blog, Roxane Gay has written with intimacy and sensitivity about food and body, using her own emotional and psychological struggles as a means of exploring our shared anxieties over pleasure, consumption, appearance, and health. As a woman who describes her own body as “wildly undisciplined,” Roxane understands the tension between desire and denial, between self-comfort and self-care. In Hunger, she explores her own past—including the devastating act of violence that acted as a turning point in her young life—and brings readers along on her journey to understand and ultimately save herself.

With the bracing candor, vulnerability, and power that have made her one of the most admired writers of her generation, Roxane explores what it means to learn to take care of yourself: how to feed your hungers for delicious and satisfying food, a smaller and safer body, and a body that can love and be loved—in a time when the bigger you are, the smaller your world becomes.

My thoughts:

I had been wanting to read this book for a couple of years. The title and subject matter had me intrigued as a plus-size woman myself. I wasn’t familiar with Roxane Gay before I listened to this book, but I am going to be reading/listening to some of her other books in the future. As for Hunger, I have mixed emotions about this book.

My mixed emotions are not because I think this is a poorly written story. I keep calling it a story even though it is not, it is a memoir. It is the author’s truth and personal experience with life. Lately, I have really been into listening to audio versions of memoirs read by the authors themselves because I just love biographies and learning about people and individual psychology. Listening to Gay speak was fine. I thought she did a great job of telling her story. However, it is the story itself that I have conflict with.

Gay’s story is not necessarily a pleasant one. In fact, it isn’t for the faint of heart at all, especially if you have dealt with traumas similar to hers. It is difficult to listen to her describe the wrongs done to her body by other people, which led to the mistreatment of her body at her own hands, which led to her overall perspective about how society sees her and how she sees herself because of her body.

Going into it, I thought the book would merely be a reflection over being plus-size, however, Gay’s story is more sophisticated than that, as most of our stories are. I guess I regretfully thought the presentation would be more shallow. Then again, I wasn’t aware of who Roxane Gay is before this book.

I appreciate her story and her storytelling. It wasn’t like a cohesive chronology of her life, but pieces. As I was listening, I felt like she was reading a series of journal entries or personal essays, which I didn’t mind at all. I thought that she expressed herself clearly for the most part. However, there were times where she would introduce ideas or past experiences or personalities and then say that it was too difficult to speak about or that she just didn’t want to speak about them and I found that a bit annoying. She doesn’t have to speak about anything that she doesn’t want to. However, whenever she did that, I felt like I was being left hanging waiting for and wanting more details and would have to force myself to forget that she brought up certain things.

Some of her thoughts about society and human behavior I disagree with, but it was interesting to hear. Some of the thoughts and experiences as a large person I could directly relate to. I’m not super morbidly obese, but I have always carried extra weight and know what it is like to have to explain to some people that I can’t always move the same way that they do or fit in the same places.

Roxane’s story is not an easy one to consume. I can’t say that I enjoyed it—it is never enjoyable for me to listen to/read a description of a sexual assault– but it is one that I can appreciate. As difficult as it was for me to listen to in some parts, I imagine must have been even harder for her to write and relive. Overall, I give it a 4 out of 5 stars.

If you are interested in checking it out for yourself, I’d recommend getting it from the library. If you’d like to own a copy for yourself, you can purchase from Amazon*, Books-a-Million, & Barnes and Noble.

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Book Review: Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

I listened to the audiobook version of this book. I only listened to about half of it and never finished and there are a few reasons for that. First, the voice actor was terrible. Her voices for different characters were unbelievable and the pace at which she read the book was a bit slow. When I increased the speed on the app it sounded like the narrator was actually reading at a normal pace.

Second, the book is a little too long, in my opinion. Without increasing the speed of the audio, the book was nineteen hours long. This leads me to my critique of the actual story. I didn’t care for it. I watched the movie version when it was first in theaters and felt extremely disappointed when it ended because I felt it did not live up to the hype. I figured, maybe the book will be better. That’s usually the case with most books made into movies. After listening to the audiobook, I don’t feel like it that’s true for Fifty Shades of Grey.

There was nothing likable about Christian Grey to me. There was nothing likable about Ana. I really wanted to like them. I really wanted to be interested in the build-up between them and watch their relationship evolve. However, they bored me to tears. Even at times where Christian showed what were supposed to be redeeming qualities, he still came across like a controlling a**hole to me. I didn’t feel the chemistry, I wasn’t impressed by the sex scenes (perhaps I’ve read too many erotica books to really appreciate this) and I just kept waiting for something to happen when nothing ever did. It’s the same way I felt while watching the movie.

I borrowed this audiobook from the library and I didn’t get a chance to finish listening before my rental expired. However, I didn’t want to. I may muster up enough patience to borrow it again to finish it, but I doubt that will be anytime soon.

If you are interested in checking it out for yourself, I’d recommend getting it from the library. If you’d like to own a copy for yourself, you can purchase from Amazon*, Books-a-Million, & Barnes and Noble.

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Poem: I Love the Way You Admire Me

I love the way you admire me.

Breath in sync.

Embrace as infinite as the sky.

With the view from where we are

I could reach up and touch heaven.

Stay at my side and let me warm you

and provide your place of rest.

Lay your head on me and squeeze for dear life

Let’s hold on to heaven forever.

 

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