Announcement: Ultimate 70’s Blogathon!

Hello, my lovely friends!

Today is a special day! Drew from Drew’s Movie Reviews and I will be hosting our third blogathon this year! Following our past two year’s theme, we are continuing the Ultimate Decades. We went forward in time last year to the 90’s and now we’re going to the past as we dive into the 1970’s.

I’m excited to announce the Ultimate 70’s Blogathon!

Ultimate 70's blogathon

Why 1970s, you ask? 1970s had a lot of great films that came out. For starters, the second half of the decade saw the beginnings of some great franchises from being hunted by a giant lethal alien Xenomorph in Alien to being pumped up by Eye of the Tiger in Rocky. Of course it doesn’t stop there. The world was introduced to the frightening Michael Myers in Halloween and the shores of Amity Island was terrorized by a shark in Jaws. Of course, we can’t forget the more lighthearted movies that took us into a dancing and singing musical world in The Rocky Horror Picture Show which showed us how diverse Tim Curry’s acting is as he transformed into a mad scientist/transvestite as well as John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John experiencing a life-transforming love in Grease. And of course, we also got introduced to the Corleone family and their ruthless mafia ways in Godfather.

Just look at all those selections! I’m sure all of you have your reasons of what started your love for 70s movies whether you grew up with it or later was introduced by some iconic title. 70’s is a little before our time but we have found our love in 70’s film nonetheless and like previous years, we will be kicking off the blogathon with our choices.

For this blogathon, here’s our question for you: What 70’s movie do you love? What sparked your love for the 70’s? What movie do you think is a movie representative of the 70’s as a starting point? 

Ultimate 70’s Blogathon is quite simple like previous years. The rules are straight-forward: You can choose and review whichever movie you’d like as long as it was released in the 1970s. Preferably, it is a choice that inspired your love for this decade whether its one that you love watching over and over again or one that you grew up with or the movie that you simple love.

Ultimate 70’s Blogathon kicks off on February 12th, 2018. We have allocated 3 weeks to sign up and get us your posts. The deadline to send us your reviews is February 4th. However, we do fully acknowledge that everyone is busy so if you do need more time, just send us an email to tell us and we can plan accordingly. We will be posting it alternating between our two blogs so please remember to submit to us your review. If you do plan on posting it on your blog/website as well, do tell us and we will match up the posting day.

We really hope that you can participate! You can tell us whether you can participate in the comments below or send us an email at kim.tranquildreams@gmail.com and drewt510@gmail.com. We love to have your choice as a surprise so if you participate, please email us your selection as well. 

We’re looking forward to seeing all the choices and submissions! Feel free to use the banner above to show off at your sites! If you know anyone that might be interested in joining in, do spread the word! The more the merrier! 🙂

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2017 in Review!

2017 is only a few hours away from midnight! I’ve waited all day to think about how to put this together. We’re looking back at 2017 and thinking back, this year has been a really tough one. While the stats for Tranquil Dreams have been dropping slightly in the last two years, I don’t mind so much because I’m actually happy with the content I put out because I put a lot more time and effort in everything. This year has had a lot of fun stuff of course, the tough parts all really go to the personal life part being difficult, in particular the biggest aspect being that my health wasn’t great with getting hit with one infection after the next. Hopefully 2018 will bring better times. At least I have things I’ll talk about tomorrow that I hope for 2018 to accomplish that might add some balance. The wonderful balance that we all try to strive for when juggling blogging and real life.

Taking a look at the dropping 2017 stats, I’m still fairly  happy with it.

Views: 53, 757
Followers: 2419 (went up 300 followers exactly..you all rock)
Top 5 countries: USA, Indie, Canada, UK & Australia
348 posts published (excluding this one)

Another fun fact is that Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter actually brought in more readers this year. I’m really happy to see that because hey, I’ve been working hard on social media and especially on the Twitter front. I can’t say that I’m a pro by any means but I’m trying really hard to figure it out a little more.

According to Letterboxd, I watched 137 movies. Most of them new viewings with a few exceptions that were repeats. To be fair, I might not have logged it but a few of my faves and were on Netflix were watched on repeat on the tougher days.

My top 10 movies watched (not only 2017 releases in no particular order):

  • Mr. Right
  • Singin’ In the Rain
  • The Edge of Seventeen
  • The Vampire Cleanup Department
  • Better Watch Out
  • A Taxi Driver
  • Blue Jay
  • The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Fast Convoy

However, I did fall short technically of my Goodreads Challenge although two of my selection were three book packs so I should have surpassed the goal. However, I’ll put some thought in how many books I’ll set for next year. In terms of book reviews, this year I took on some book tours from Shannon from Reads and Reels who has her book tour gig. If you are an aspiring author and need some promotion, go seek her out for some book tours. She’s offered up some great reads in the past year. If not, you should still check out her blog for some fantastic content on both book and movie reviews.

2017 also saw the official start of a TV Binge index since I’m enjoying having more TV binge posts. Diving back into more TV series has been a refreshing turn in events that has been a fantastic journey. I have a few series that I’m looking to catch up on next year.

Its been a great 2017 despite personal issues that has hindered some blogging motivation but overall, I’m happy with how things are going. Sure, some things like the Classics and the Baking Through Disney hit a snag but next year, you’ll see that I have some rather concrete plans for them. I’ll talk about that tomorrow.

Its almost midnight here and I’ve sneaked up away from my guests to finish up this post!

Hope you’ve all had a fantastic 2017 and I’ll be sharing my plans for 2018 tomorrow!
Happy New Year, my lovelies!

My Weekly Adventures #56

Its December! Christmas month just started for a few days on the blog. I already talked about how I had done all the Christmas decorations in late November and a bit in early December so we’re not going to talk about that. There are a lot of events going on and in general, its been pretty busy as end of year stuff piles in before the holidays drop by and we all take a few days off. The blog won’t be affected as I’ll have stuff backlogged and ready to go, plus we’re hosting Christmas this year so I’ll be here and just taking it easy.

Let’s check out whats happened the first part of December!

Alight at Night

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Check out the full post HERE.

On the first weekend of December, we headed out to Upper Canada Village in Ontario to go to the opening weekend of Alight at Night, which is a Christmas/winter event. This historical town has put up all its lights and its a walk through a town. There’s a place to visit Santa as well as different areas. Overall, a cool experience to get in the mood for winter. We didn’t have any snow yet but I’m guessing this weekend would be really pretty, although it does come with the extremely cold weather.

The Game Awards & Playstation Experience 2017

This is just a quick mention. The Game Awards happened on December 7th and the Playstation Experience was last weekend. There were some cool reveals and we, (Game Warp aka Elwood & I) did a full recap of both events (remotely thanks to the magic of livestreaming). You can find the links below:

The Game Awards
Playstation Experience Panel Recap
Playstation Experience Trails Recap

What was also very cool was that Norman Reedus and Guillermo Del Toro both made appearances which was incredibly cool.

Salon des Metiers D’Art

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One of my annual December events is going to Salon des Metiers d’Art. I usually end up going two times. I went the first time last week and picked up a few little things. I’ll be heading back very soon to scope out some other stuff and see if anything else catches my eye on gift ideas and such. I’ll be doing a haul post on it soon or some places that caught my eye if the haul isn’t particularly inspiring.

Signé Local – Le Vitrine du Fait au Quebec

signe local

Finally, for another local event is this one that I spontaneously found on a shopping outing with my husband at this shopping district called Quartier Dix30 in the suburbs. Every weekend, there are different vendors (for the most part) that sell their products from local arts and craft companies. Its pretty cool. I definitely have a mini haul post for this one as well and since I’m not a millionaire, I couldn’t get everything I wanted to but I’d like to highlight some really cool companies (and log them for future reference when I do have more disposable income).

Cute Kitty Pic

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Upcoming:

  • Christmas Movie Reviews
  • Sunday List (Christmas related)
  • 2017 Movie Reviews
  • more Christmas related stuff…

That’s it for this Weekly Adventures!
Not exactly a ton of stuff but just a few moments here and there!
This will most likely be the last one as the next will probably do a 2017 in review!

Announcement: Holiday Marathon & More

Welcome everyone! The holidays are just 2 weeks away!

We usually start off our holiday month at the beginning of December but as I tried incredibly hard to catch up with everything, I had to push it back with other commitments that didn’t feel fitted for the holiday theme I wanted. A lot of that is out of the way now and I happily did get it all completed so we can move onwards. The original plan that I thought of back in October was to give it a franchise linked slightly to the holidays. My choice was the Harry Potter franchise, which surprisingly hasn’t been covered on the blog yet. However, with starting later than usual, I’m debating whether I’ll still do it. Of course, there is still time.  If that does interest you, sound off in the comments and I’ll fit it into the schedule. gilmore girls

It is also important to note that over the years, its changed a lot and honestly running out of Christmas movies to watch also so these next two weeks will be an array of different holiday content: recipes, holiday events, book and movie reviews and more random stuff. I have some posts ready to go already. If you aren’t into the holiday/Christmas overload however, don’t worry about it. I’ll have a few two post days if it all goes well with normal stuff as I catch up with some rentals and some Shudder viewings along with books that I need to finish since I’m wildly behind with the Goodreads challenge also and of course, TV binges for the rest of Gilmore Girls are  upcoming up and I’ve noticed recently that I never actually did the TV Binge for Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Its a busy time of year on and off the blog so I’ll try my best to keep things rolling here and always fun to hang out and hopefully have a post for whatever reason you follow (or drop by) here. The final week of December will be a slower one as I finalize the plans for 2018 and do a ton of housekeeping to get all the indexes updated.

With that said, the official start of the holiday marathon is tomorrow with Music Obsessions! 
Have an awesome day, my lovelies!

Blog Tour: Fender by Brent Jones [Promo & Giveaway]

R&R Book Tours hosts a blog tour for Fender by Brent Jones. First of all, let’s start off with the cover.

Fender
by: Brent Jones

Fender

Publication Date: August 21, 2017

Genre: Contemporary Fiction/ Drama

How far must we travel to find our way home?

Nothing could have prepared Brennan Glover for the car crash that claimed the lives of his wife and six-year-old daughter. Stricken with grief, the only things that get him through each day are breaking his sobriety and clinging to Fender—the family dog and the sole survivor of the crash.

Desperate to distance Brennan from tragedy, his two closest friends take him on the cross-country road trip they had always talked about. But what begins as an effort to mend his broken heart ends up unraveling a secret that changes everything he thought he knew about his family. Can a journey of six thousand miles lead Brennan to acceptance and new beginnings?

From finding the good in an often cruel world to learning to say goodbye to those we love most, this sophomore release from author Brent Jones is sure to leave readers longing for home, wherever that may be. – Goodreads

Excerpt of Chapter 1

Brennan sat on the living room floor staring at his polished shoes, his back pressed against the leather sofa, a bottle of Jim Beam in his left hand, a lit cigarette in his right. Traces of afternoon sun peeked through lush drapes, adding a hint of color to an otherwise dark and empty room. He tilted the bottle back and flicked ash in an empty drinking glass between his legs, trickles of silver smoke rising up past his face. He was too stricken with grief to hear the front door open.

“You here, Bee?” Rocco entered with Franky in tow. He lowered his head, taking in the scene before him. “We’re so sorry.” He offered Brennan a sympathetic frown, his forehead wrinkled with worry. “How’re you holding up?”

Brennan flicked more ash in the drinking glass without responding.

Rocco let out a deep breath, added, “It was a beautiful service.”

Brennan kept his head down, making no effort to suggest he had heard Rocco.

“Should we come back later?”

“It’s all right if you wanna be alone,” said Franky.

Brennan raised his eyes with pronounced difficulty. He was immediately turned off by their concern, which looked a lot to him like judgment and shame. Rocco, evidently concerned about his drinking, and Franky, concerned because Rocco was concerned. “Go ahead,” said Brennan. “Say it.”

“Say what?” asked Rocco, exchanging a glance with Franky.

Brennan dropped his cigarette in the glass, raised the Jim Beam to his lips. “Say I shouldn’t be drinking again.”

“What you’re going through right now, Bee, I understand—”

“Oh, you always understand, Rocco. Don’t you? Not thisss one, though. You fucking can’t. You didn’t loosh yer family.” Brennan could hear himself slurring.

“I didn’t mean it like that.”

“He’s saying he’d be fucked up, too,” Franky chimed in. “That’s all.”

Brennan hadn’t taken a drink since the day his daughter was born—hadn’t smoked a cigarette since that day, either—and he knew drinking himself senseless was no way to honor her memory. Just this one time, he had told himself. I need this today. But so far, it had brought him no peace. It only heightened his sense of hopelessness.

A faint jingle echoed down the hallway, getting closer, a senior beagle with a limp and fresh stitches emerging at last. Franky knelt down, extended his hands. “Fender,” he said in a singsong voice, scratching behind the dog’s ears. “Who’s a good boy, Fender? Who’s a good boy?”

Fender parked himself at Franky’s feet—not out of obedience or affection, but sheer exhaustion. He was normally playful and energetic—even at twelve years old—and never allowed anyone to enter the house without barking to alert his humans. But at that moment he whimpered, sullen and subdued, rubbing his snout against Franky’s leg.

“When’s the last time he ate?” Rocco asked.

Brennan shook his head.

Rocco motioned to Franky. “Why don’t you take Fender out for a bathroom break? Maybe fill up his food and water bowls, too.”

Franky nodded and Fender followed him out of the room.

Rocco sat on the floor next to Brennan. “Listen, Bee, I get that this is tough.”

Brennan rubbed his temples and said nothing. He was a sensitive man, emotional, fragile at times, and now near speechless. He could almost feel himself shutting down, giving in to the pain, letting go of the world. It felt like he was drowning in a sea of sorrow, violent waves of grief washing over him, and he was losing the will to keep his head above water.

Rocco touched Brennan’s shoulder. “Me and Franky want to take you away for a little bit. It’d do you good.”

“Now?”

“Yeah.” Rocco motioned to the Jim Beam. “I think now’s good. You’ve been outta work for a couple months. I’ve got vacation time saved up at the office, and Franky can walk away from roofing anytime. We were thinking of taking that trip to California we’d always talked about.”

“We talked ’bout ’at shit when wurrr kidsss.”

“Yeah, I get that, but we could still do it. We’d make a road trip out of it, just like you, me, Franky, and Colin—” Rocco winced, having unintentionally drudged up the past.

“My family was just kilt in a car crasssh,” said Brennan. “And you think the best place furr me ish out on the open road?”

Rocco nodded. “I do, Bee. You need to get away and clear your head.”

Brennan listened without speaking, his line of sight again lowered toward his shoes. Tears spilled down his cheeks.

“You can’t stay here by yourself. It’s—it’s too much. It’s too much for anyone to have to handle.” Rocco glanced at Brennan through narrowed and swollen eyes. “Our hearts are heavy, too, and we all need to grieve. But nothing good can come of you sitting here alone and drinking. You need something to take your mind off it.”

Franky returned a minute later. Fender hobbled behind him, his movements labored and graceless, his eyes wet and dark. He positioned himself near Brennan in slow motion. Fender was the last member of the Glover household to see Rosie and Abby alive, and the only survivor of the crash that killed them both.

“Did he eat?” asked Rocco, gesturing toward Fender.

“Not much.” Franky changed gears without blinking. “What’d he say?” He asked the question as if he and Rocco were alone in the room.

“Bee says he’s gonna think on it,” Rocco said, standing. He looked down at Brennan before walking out. “You will give it some thought, right? That’s all I’m asking.”

The house was quiet again, but Brennan was certain nothing could silence the storm in his heart. He ran his finger over the tattoo on his left shoulder through his shirt, as he often did during difficult times. He knew its intricacies by heart—the anniversary of Colin’s death inked in a simple script. He once thought losing his best friend had prepared him for anything life might throw his way, but now he knew better.

Where to buy Fender:  Amazon & Barnes and Noble

About the Author 

From bad checks to bathroom graffiti, Brent Jones has always been drawn to writing. He won a national creative writing competition at the age of fourteen, although he can’t recall what the story was about. Seventeen years later, he gave up his freelance career as a social media manager to pursue creative writing full-time. Fender and The Fifteenth of June are his first two novels.

Jones writes from his home in Fort Erie, Canada. He’s happily married, a bearded cyclist, a mediocre guitarist, (sometimes) vegetarian, and the proud owner of two dogs with a God complex. Subscribe to his newsletter (AuthorBrentJones.com) or follow him on social media (@AuthorBrentJ) for updates.

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Back to Normal Programming Tomorrow!

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to drop a quick message about the last few days. Its been feeling super neglected over here since the weekend. I do apologize for that! Its all because of my bad time management and how I didn’t think ahead to get more posts ready before Game Warp had to focus on the E3 Conference recaps. However, that is what I’ve been working on with my fantastic co-host Elwood Jones for the last few days.

We’ve recapped all the big shows and have just the PC Gaming Show and the Nintendo show (which is happening as this post goes up).

Here is a list if you’d like to check it out!

EA E3 Conference Recap

Microsoft E3 Conference Recap

Bethesda E3 Conference Recap

Ubisoft E3 Conference Recap

Sony E3 Conference Recap

After some lack of sleep and a lot of time writing, I just need a day off from it. I might stream a little tonight or play some catch-up on posts. I did just wrap up Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 3 last night so I’m not completely not doing anything for here. Maybe I’ll do some video posts for the rest of the week to just ease back into writing. My Youtube Channel could do with some activity. I also have an event recap for Grand Prix weekend here in Montreal. Lots of fun stuff coming up and I’m ready to get back into regular blogging. Just a minor day off as we wrap up the E3 2017 stuff (kind of).

Have you caught up with the E3 conference? What games caught your eye?

If you all want to chat with us about gaming, the best place is on our Facebook page HERE.

My Weekly Adventures #40

The incredibly work-related April is upon us! April always is the month that murders us at my work, so if it gets a little sporadic in the next few weeks, I apologize in advance. However, it has been a whirlwind of busy for the first quarter of 2017. However, everything’s been going pretty great. I love being a workaholic especially if it means working with a ton of great people and getting to do all the things I love. The last two weeks of March has been pretty awesome. I did manage to just get in those new segments despite being a little backtracked by the trip I took to Toronto. In fact this is where I’ll start this Weekly Adventures segment!

Toronto ComiCon (with Drew’s Movie Reviews)

Toronto

For the second year in a row, I went down to Toronto and met up with Drew, my fantastic blogathon co-host for the Toronto ComiCon weekend. We jam-packed our schedule with tons of panels and went to a party and even found time to eat some good food and visit a beautiful touristic attraction, Casa Loma. You can find the recap for ComiCon here, Casa Loma here and the Toronto haul here.

On that note, one of my prints are already framed! I’ll be framing the other two in the few weeks. Our office is going to look awesome! 🙂

2017 Parks Canada Discovery Pass

More geared towards my fellow Canadian readers, to celebrate 150th birthday of Canada, Parks Canada has offered up the Discovery pass which allows free access to National Parks along with some other centers and whatnot. You can find all the info on the Parks Canada site. I ordered this pass a few weeks ago and got it in the mail some time before or after the Toronto trip and we’re super excited to plan out some more hiking day trips this summer especially since we managed to pick up another set of hiking poles for myself also. We will eventually have to change the hiking boots soon but we’re still looking for a good pair. On that note, if any of you in Ontario or fellow Quebec residing bloggers or have visited and hiked, do tell us where you suggest.

Course Update: Guitar & Photography

Both the courses ended this week! At this point, I’m done with the Guitar course final assignment (yay! and why this is going up later) and preparing for the final assignment for Photography, continuing after this goes up. I did have to work overtime to play catch up. One of the few things I’ve realized happen when I lose a weekend to going away. I think it also is because I don’t own a laptop anymore and when I’m away, I don’t feel like working on my phone as much so its really just watching TV and relaxing, which is a good thing. Actually, it was very refreshing to recharge even if it took a while to recuperate. Does that make sense? I was tired but more motivated to write. Anyways, point is, courses are over and hopefully these great time management skills I’ve used this past month (for the most part) will stick around.

One New Segment FINALLY Live!

Battle of Ingredients

In case you missed it, my team-up with Phoebe of Starry Traveler’s Road for this new segment, Battle of Ingredients is finally live! If you missed it, you can find it HERE! We started simple but we’re going to be doing a hopefully monthly deal with this. Planning time to meet up and gathering up friends and then coming up with recipes all take time between our own work, blogging duties for myself and parental duties for Phoebe makes it all so hard to make this more frequent. However, I am quite pleased with how the post turned out. Hopefully you all are and will enjoy it.

Learning a New Tools: Canva

Would you look at the image for Battle of Ingredients? I actually learned about Canva a little while ago but I’m truly enjoying working with it to build simple images and giving the blog a more professional header image for various segments. I have one for Music Obsessions coming up tomorrow and working on one for the new segment. Also, I’m trying to get something together for the actual blog header.

Birthday Month

March is THE birthday month of our family. My in-laws and my husband and even myself has birthdays in the second half of March. My birthday was yesterday and I turned 31. It was a pretty calm day which is always great. There were a few a little things that bothered me for a short while but overall, it was pretty relaxing and efficient, which is great. My husband and I will celebrate this weekend by going to a movie, Ghost in the Shell, which I’ll probably have the review ready for Monday.

Cute Kitty Pic

Upcoming:

  • New Youtube project 
  • Ghost in the Shell review & more

What have you been up to? Anything new?