Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sunday Post #157



The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer


This week was more reading and less TV thanks to the Olympics being over. I'm on track with my reads and reviews so it's all good. I debuted my Tagline Tuesday feature this past week and am having fun with that- it's one more thing to fit into my schedule but I like a good tagline.  Other than that just dealing with end of summer stuff and trying to plan out the fall a bit. 

Summer is winding down and we're getting closer to autumn, which is a favorite time of year. I like the cooler nights, the turning leaves and the smell of bonfires. Pumpkins (and pumpkin spice latte), the red gold colors of a northern autumn, just everything about it. I'll miss the sun and the beach, and Bookstore Spotlight is one thing I didn't get to this summer, but maybe I can fit it in this fall.  

As I mentioned last week SciFi Month is returning in November. Hosted by Rinn Reads  it's a celebration of all things scifi. Reviews, discussions, movie reviews, even bingo. This is the 4th year running, and it happens in November. 


Vicarious (Vicarious, #1)Truly Madly Guilty

This is a pretty good Star Wars fan film. And the cinematography is amazing- probably the best part. I mean this looks like Hoth- and I love the shot at night with the starry sky. They filmed this in Canada on a glacier I believe. Check it out-- it has a pretty good twist too. For all the silly ones you see occasionally a good one like this pops up. 



And I'm listening to... 



Last Weeks Stuff:

Cover Characteristics The Ocean       
 
Tagline Tuesday #1      
Waiting on Wednesday #27
Time Siege    
Bookcover Spotlight


Next Week:

Cover Characteristics

Fandom Mashups #2
Tagline Tuesday #2
 
Top Ten Books in a School Setting 
Waiting on Wednesday #28
Truly Madly Guilty 
Bookcover Spotlight



This is a bluff over by the lakeshore and is a pretty good place to hang out and just watch the waves. 








A view from the bluffs at Sleeping Bear Dunes- it's about 450 feet more or less straight down to the water. 


This is actually way out in the water- you can't tell but there's a little spit of land (every year the water level is different) and at the very end is this pile of rocks. A nice place to hang out- very peaceful there, the water is amazingly shallow and the wind ruffling the waves, boats in the distance- very nice. 


Same area. 


PULP COVER OF THE WEEK: 



NEW ARRIVAL/ UPCOMING REVIEWS:


The Wanderers (The Wanderers, #1)

BOOKISH LINKS

A nice Lindsey Stirling video.

 


This is a peek at the Star Wars Rogue One YA novel 

9781484780831-prelim

 Have you heard about No Man's Sky? It lets you explore literally zillions of planets in a wide open universe. Here's a look.  


Here's a video showing how the gameplay works.




Here's a fun interview with two of the stars of Dark Matter. 



83 comments:

  1. nice pictures and illustrations! I wonder about the first book you had, I heard nice things about it. I didn't know about the other. happy reading!

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    1. Thank you! Vicarious is one I'm looking forward to, hopefully it will be good.

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  2. Yeah much less TV now the Olympics are over. I can't wait for fall. I am ready for some cooler weather. LOVE your pictures. So pretty! Have a great week!

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    1. I know, I'm actually reading ! Although I miss the Olympics a bit... :)

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  3. First off, I wanted to wish you a happy blogoversary! Hope you enjoy many more years of blogging!!

    I love the picture that you shared of that spot with the rocks - it definitely does look peaceful. And I always look forward to the art that you share. My favorite this week is Beyond the Forest - love it!!

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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    1. Thank you! It kinda crept up on me, I almost forgot. And thanks about the picture- it really is a nice spot!

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  4. We're not getting any cooler here but it's nice to hear that fall is in sight in some places as that hopefully means it'll show up here at some point! I don't like being cold but I do miss sweaters. I love that Treasure Island picture! It makes me want to go exploring. Have a great week!

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    1. It's not really cooler here yet either lol but I know it's coming. I like fall as long as it comes gradually- no sudden drop offs in temp, I don't want to be cold yet. :) And I liked Treasure Island too- the sense of the massive island with the waterfall.

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  5. Gorgeous pics as usual Greg and that one of the waves coming in (at sunset?) is just so relaxing.

    I must admit I didn't watch any of the Olympics and had barely had my television on over the period as everything else was in a hiatus. I did catch up on something I'd been taping though - American Gothic. Have you seen that? I'm really enjoying it.

    Our winter was pretty much non-existent in my part of the world, but I'm glad we've still go spring as a buffer before summer.

    Keen to hear what you think of the Moriarty!

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    1. Thanks, and yes that was a sunset (or close enough) shot. It is so relaxing there. I haven't seen that show but I feel like I've watche so many shows it's amazing I haven't seem them all lol.

      Sounds like you've had a pretty mild winter, although they're probably usuaully like that aren't they? I don't think you ever get too cold down there do you? Looks like a nice climate where you are. And I liked the Moriarty a lot- I've seen this one get some mixed reviews but I liked it.

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  6. I hope you enjoy Truly Madly Guilty. I am interested to check out the Tagline Tuesday event.

    Love the photos, especially the cats, and my favorite is the cat hiding between the pillows.

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. I did like it. Just finished last night- didn't like it as much as Big Little Lies but it was very I thought.

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  7. Awesome pics- I love the view from the bluffs especially! One thing I really miss about living up north is watching the leaves change color in the fall. We don't really get an autumn here in FL, so I'll just have to settle for burning some pumpkin scented candles, lol.

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    1. Thanks! I do like fall although the part that comes after- that's the time I'd like to be in Florida lol.

      Pumpkin scented candles sound pretty good!

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  8. I see kitties!! Lindsey Stirling did an amazing cover of the Dragon Age: Inquisition theme: https://youtu.be/AuJnvC8voJY the video looks like a movie trailer.

    Have a great week!

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    1. Yup. And they're nothing but trouble either lol. And I have seen that video- I love the fantasy ones she does.

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  9. Beautiful photos, Greg! And awesome illustrations as always. I can't wait to see Civil War! I love autumn but in no hurry for it as winter follows. LOL

    My Sunday Post @ fuonlyknew

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    1. Thank you, and I hope you like Civil War. It's coming out soon. And I agree about winter- no fun.

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  10. I look forward to fall, too! We have the change of color too, and it's so beautiful, like the nature is giving us a final show before the leaves fall off the trees...
    Little miss Kitty is so cute! And your water pictures made me long for the beach. Good thing I have an outing to the lake planned for this afternoon ;)
    Have a wonderful week ahead and happy reading.
    Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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    1. Exactly- about the colors! Other than the cool temps I love fall too- and the cooldown is nice, actually, until it gets too cold! Have fun at the water!

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  11. Yeah, that's the one good thing about the Olympics being over, I actually got more reading done this week. Oh, and funny story about the tagline thing. I just commented the other day and mentioned that I don't pay attention to taglines, but literally I came across a book that sounded kind of interesting, but it was the tagline that really caught my attention and decide to request it lol. Can't remember what it was now. I'll point it out next week if I get the book.

    Mmm the smell of bonfires... But is it really actually about to be fall?! I didn't even realize because it still feels like summer. We don't really have fall where I live lol.

    Gorgeous photos! Love the sky in the first one.

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    1. I love it, see taglines work lol! I remember your comment so glad one caught your eye. I like how they try to make them all mysterious specially on a YA thriller or something... :)

      Bonfires are great, and I'm not sure anything is better than the smell of burning leaves. Sounds weird I know but have you ever smelled that? It's the best. And it's not really fall like here yet, I'm getting a little ahead of myself, but in about a month it'll be cooling down. And I love when the leaves all fall...

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  12. Your pictures are lovely, it looks like a very relaxing place to visit. And tagline Tuesday sounds fun, so I'm going to check that out in a minute. I'm delighted Autumn is here, as I love it too.

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    1. Thank you! I'm looking forward to fall.

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  13. No Man's Sky looks fabulous! I hope my son gets it because I would certainly watch him play it. Maybe I would do a little exploring myself, but the fighting pirates thing would be too nerve wracking. Ha ha. I want to live on that pile of rocks in the water. It is so pretty there. We finally had a day without high humidity here yesterday and I am hoping that trend continues. Have a super week. :)

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    1. Doesn't that game look fun? I need it NOW lol. I haven't played a game like that where I put hours into it in so long, how will I blog? Although yeah I'm more interested in the exploring planets part rather thn the space stuff. It just looks so wide open. And that rock pile is a great area- very peaceful.

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  14. Love you pics. I will miss summer, but since I'm in Florida, mine will last a bit longer than others. Fall is nice, but don't get much of that here...except the darn oak leaves falling on my head and in my pool. LOL
    sherry @ fundinmental My Sunday Memes

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    1. Yeah your summer will outlast ours, definitely. :) And I hear you on leaves- nothing worse than leaves in a pool!

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  15. Lovely beach views Greg. We've had the hottest weather of the year so far this week. As ever, the pics are awesome and I liked your review of the Wesley Chu book:). Have a great week and take care. This is my Sunday Post
    https://sjhigbee.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/sunday-post-28th-august/

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    1. Thank you, that was an interesting read. I hope you have a great week.

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  16. It cooled down a bit last week here but it will take a long time for the really cool weather to roll in...usually after Halloween!

    Enjoy your week!

    Here's my Sunday Salon!

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    1. Yeah it won't really get cool here til October probably... although you never know! I'll just be glad to see some of the humidity go.

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  17. I managed to catch some of the Olympics, mostly swimming. My 17yo son was totally into it and watched quite a bit. Though he may have just been having sports withdrawals with no Tarheels basketball or NFL and may have been looking to fill the void. I mean, I caught him watching golf one day. Golf! LOL

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    1. I watched a lot of swimming, and diving too. Some rowing. I haven't watched golf although some of those golf courses do look pretty relaxing. :)

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  18. Summer is winding down for you and coming up for me - YEA!!!! Then it is my turn to post all those lovely summery pictures. Hope your upcoming week will be great with a few good books! Here's My Sunday Post: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/08/the-sunday-post-double-up-to-100.html

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    1. Yay for summer there. I'll miss ours but the cooler temps will be welcome too.

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  19. Renegade is my FAVORITE Lindsey Stirling Song, not a fan of her new album, like her better when she plays just the violin and not with other people. I didn't like it at all. Found maybe a few songs with just her I added to my play list but that was it.

    Do you know I didn't watch the Olympics at all. Not even one event. It seemed to be over before it started since we were away the week it starts. Wait does that make sense?

    Love this pictures. Do you know the pirate one you posted a few weeks back I copied and made my background on my computer, I just love the way it looks. Beyond the forest would make a good one too :)

    I hope you have a great week, Greg! Happy Reading!

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    1. I love but I haven't heard her latest album, I'm still listening to a lot of her older stuff. I love her game tie- ins, so cool! The Olympics went by fast, I watched quite a bit in spite of NBC's sucky coverage. Seriously they're the worst. So you probably didn't miss much!

      That's awesome about the pirate pic! Glad you liked it- I think that would be an awesome background!

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  20. I can't wait for fall! I am done with this swampy summer weather, bring on the brisk and crisp of autumn; jeans, bonfires, trips to the orchard, Halloween, and hard cider! Lol.

    The photos are great! I love Sleeping Bear Dunes. :)

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    1. Yeah I'm ready for fall, everything about it. Cider yes and hard cider lol and pumpkins and all that. And Sleeping Bear is the best! I love hiking the trails and just being up there. I didn't get enough traverse City this year though. :(

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  21. Those pictures in Lake Michigan look so much Lake Superior, especially the one of the rock jetty. I kayaked around Isle Royale for 10 days and that little rock island looks exactly like the little rock islands all over the inland lake on the island. You are soooo lucky to live close to all that beauty :)

    Do you have 2 cats?!?! They are so cute and they're pretty small, huh? Or do they just look like that in the pictures?

    Have a great week!!

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    1. Ooh nice I haven't spent much time at Superior but I'd love to see Isle Royale. And do you ever kayak around those rock things over by Caseville I want to say? I saw pics of some cool kayaking areas over that way.

      I have 4 cats (yes) although 3 now- I had to put one down a few weeks ago he was older and not healthy anymore, poor guy. so it was tough. 3 left, his sister is older but the other two (the ones in the pics) are about a year. and they're crazy!!

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  22. I feel I should have come across Lyndsey Stirling before, but I don't think I have, so thanks for that, will definitely be checking out her videos/music in the future!

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    1. Glad you like, she has some nice videos and some great music. I like her gaming/ genre tie- ins. Roundtable Rival is a good one.

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  23. Sleeping Bear Dunes looks wonderful. I am excited for Autumn myself, I love the leaves and cooler temps. Glad you are on track with the reading! Have a lovely week Greg.

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    1. It's so relaxing and a nice place to be. And I'm definitely ready for fall!

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  24. I'm super excited that it's almost fall as well. It's my favorite season too. Plus I'm ready for the weather to cool off. Too much humidity here the past few days.

    Thanks for linking the Lindsey Stirling video! She's always a lot of fun to watch.

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    1. Yup, me too. I love summer but can do without the mugginess. And Lindsey stirling is always fun, I love her gaming and genre videos.

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  25. I like fall as well I just don't like that winter comes next...lol. I like that the cooler/cloudy weather just oozes read something suspenseful or creepy. :)

    Great pics!

    Stormi
    Week in Review

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    1. Same here. Can we just skip the winter part? If I could just take myself down to FL for the winter stuff and come back, life would be good. :)

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  26. I may have said this before, but visiting your blog each week is one of the few things that makes me miss living in the rainy Pacific NW (i.e near the water) rather than the sunny SW (i.e. the desert). I really need a vacation, but don't have one on the horizon.

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    1. Aww, I do love to be by the water and I'm sure the PAcific coast is awesome. I hope you get a vacation or some time off soon! Have a nice week. :)

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  27. I love love love your pulp cover section. I'm not much of a fall person (I actually dislike this season most) but Walking Dead and quite a few other TV shows have started to change my mind about that. Your pictures are gorgeous! Enjoy your week Greg!

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I wasn't sure how many people care but it's fun to find those. And fall TV- I know I need some shows now that I'm all caught up. And I will miss summer...

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  28. Your pictures were beautiful. "I want to go to there!" I really like the idea for Tagline Tuesday. There are some really clever phrases out there and look forward to seeing the ones you share.

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    1. Thanks Whitney, I think it will be fun to find some of the taglines out there. And thanks about the pics too! :)

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  29. I love the fantasy pictures you post always so awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  30. I love the photos! I hope to one day live near the water and get to enjoy it more.

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  31. Beautiful pictures! That looks like a gorgeous place to spend a day or two or forever. Great artwork, too, as always.
    Have a great week, Greg! :)

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  32. I love those pictures! Beautiful!

    I do like fall, but it seems like time is flying! Summer just went so fast.

    Hope you have a great week!

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  33. I love the photographs! Wish I could hang out there! AND I love the Lindsey Stirling video! Boy, she can really play. It is interesting to see how far she's come from that first video too! Thanks for sharing! I always like to see what you're going to show us!

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  34. Great photos! I loved Vicarious. I hope you enjoy all of your new books!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fantastic week, Greg. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  35. Fall fall fall! I always dream about fall - crisp, cool days, fresh apples, the trees turning red and gold....and then I remember that I live in Vancouver and it's just going to be grey, dreary and soggy until next June...! ;)

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  36. I wasn't quite sure what a tagline was so went over to your post for Tuesday and so now I do know! :) I must start taking more of a note of them.

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  37. No Man's Sky looks amazing, I was reading up on it over the weekend (not that I have a console to play it on) but it seems epic in its gameplay, something like quintillions of planets to explore.

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    1. I want to play that game, but where will I find the time? Oh yeah blogging. If I disappear for a while maybe that's where I'm at!

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  38. Sleeping Bear Dunes as in Michigan? So pretty up there.

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    1. Yes, the same. I love it up there. You're familiar with them too? It is such a beautiful area.

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  39. Stunning photographs, thanks for sharing! I see you have Liane Moriarty's novel on your reading list. I recently went to her author event - it was great! I am yet to read her latest book so would be interested in what you think. Have a great week and happy reading.
    Amanda @ mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to meet Liane Moriarty, I absolutely loved Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty is quite good too. She has a writing style and a sense of humor i her writing that I think is great.

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  40. I find Truly Madly Guilty intriguing, but I haven't pulled the trigger on whether or not to add it to my TBR shelf. Have a great week!

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    1. I liked Truly Madly Guilty a lot, I've seen it get some mixed reviews but I thought it was quite good!

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  41. Autumn is my favorite season too and even though it's still quite warm here at the moment, I am REALLY looking forward too cooler nights, leaves changing colours, pumpkins, Halloween and all of it ♥ LOVE the kitty pictures as usual and the dune pictures - we have dunes here too but yours look even nicer :D

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    1. Autumn rules and it's still hot here too but with the end of August (when did THAT happen) it feels closer now. I love October and all the scary stuff!

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  42. I really enjoyed your tagline feature. I can't wait for the next one. Also, DOROTHY! Yey! :D Love all the kitty pictures too. Great post! :D

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    1. * Kitty and other pictures. :P

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    2. I'm glad you liked it! I always get a kick out of taglines (good ones anyway lol) so I thought it's be fun. And yes Dorothy! I'm glad someone else likes them- every time I hear a new song I love it.

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  43. I love the pictures and illustrations!
    No Man's Sky has been somewhat of a disappointment. It had a lot of brilliant ideas, but the reality of it doesn't make for a game worth spending a lot of hours on. :/
    Summer is normally my favorite season. I love the heat. But it's been insane this year...if my skin doesn't feel like it might burn off (I'm super pale) then I'm having trouble breathing because of intense humidity. So I'm sort of looking forward to Autumn's cool temperatures, even if I hate all the rain we'll end up with.
    I hope you have a lovely week Greg.

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  44. YES. More reading, less TV. :) The US Open starts tonight so I only got a week off from being glued to the tube, but I sure did enjoy it.

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  45. Oops. I'm late to the Monday party! But yes, more reading, less TV!

    Buuuut - then there's tennis this week. :)

    Here's my #IMWAYR (even though it's not Monday anymore!). :)

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  46. Love the photos of the lake and lakeshore! Are you able to go there often? Do you live on the shore, or nearby? There's something so soothing about water, whether it's a lake, a stream, or the ocean. We're lucky to live across the street from a small lake, even if we can't see it from our house. (Artificial lake, and the road is the high point between us and it.) But I can walk along part of the shore, or go over to watch the sunset or the stars. I'm looking forward to cooler weather so I can actually go out there and enjoy it!

    Nice artwork curation; I like the raptors. Have a great week!

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  47. I'll have to keep my eye open for SciFi November. That sounds like a lot of fun. And it might spur me on to read more SciFi.

    We didn't get to the beach this summer unfortunately. Your photos make me which I had more of an effort. There's still time, I suppose. Maybe one of these weekends.

    I hope you are having a good week!

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  48. That's nice you got some more reading done now that the Olympics are over. I notice you got a new background for your blog, it looks great!

    I also love autumn and I hope it gets here soon and the temperatures will cool down a bit as its still warm here.

    I participated in SciFi month once, it was fun. Not sure if I'll be joining again this year though.

    Such pretty pictures and that buff looks like a nice place to just sit and watch the waves. The artwork you shared looks great too. I hope you'll have a good week!

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