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Enter Zombie Todd

Although I feel like a zombie at this moment, I’m not dead, I promise. I do want to apologize for the lack of updates, though, and catch you guys up with some things going on.

In short, Fall Semester has kicked my butt. I’m not just talking about school. I’m talking about the past four months in general. Here are some things that went on:

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July and Summer Semester Recap

I have a lot to catch you guys up on. Josh and I just returned from a much-needed vacation. Summer Semester just ended. July was pretty crazy. I am going to try to hit on all of these things. This entry will be jam-packed with stuff, but I will use headers and bullet lists to keep everything organized and easy to read.

Let’s start with the fun stuff. That’s me to the left, on a beach. Our trip wasn’t a beach trip, and we didn’t go swimming, but we were really close to the ocean, so we took a couple walks along it and experienced some gorgeous sunsets along the water. I’ve only been to the beach a handful of times in my life despite living so close to it (about a 4-to-5 hour drive). Walking on it the couple times I got to this past weekend, I realized I love the beach. I want a beach vacation next year. One where we don’t go see and do a bunch of stuff, but rather spend time relaxing, swimming, and reading.

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Goosebumps: Let’s Get Invisible!

Let's Get Invisible!Hello from Charleston, SC! Josh and I came down for a four-day vacation. We’ve been visiting Civil War sites, seeing some beautiful views, and spending some time relaxing on the beach. I’ll make a post about our vacation when I get back! In the midst of all the excitement, I somehow found time to finish another Goosebumps book, and here I am with some surprising downtime to put together this recap, so here we go!

I have been pretty pumped to get to Let’s Get Invisible! I have vivid memories of watching the episode of the television series based on this book as a kid, and although I didn’t remember much from the book–I’m not even sure if I ever got around to finishing this book as a kid–, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it this weekend. I can see why I probably put the book down as a kid; this book is slow. Having said that, its atmosphere is thrilling and engaging. It’s a lot like Night of the Living Dummy in that way. It deals subtle scares, and leaves you wanting more. Like Night of the Living Dummy, the book doesn’t outright hit you with the book’s evil until the end. Up until that point you’re left wondering, is Max imagining these things? Is the mirror evil? What is it doing? Much like the mirror pulled Max into it, this book pulled me into Max’s world. Not many Goosebumps books are able to do that, so these good books are worth calling out.

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My Online Focus

An old friend, Chris, told me the other day, “Hey, it’s so great you are keeping your shrines online even though you’ve quit that hobby.” I replied, “Thanks! Wait, what?” It occurred to me that although I have an About page, what I hope is clear navigation, and detailed descriptions in each section detailing what you can find on this site, I haven’t really discussed what I’m doing here or what my online plans are. I’ve just kind of been working away and hoping you guys enjoy what I put up. I want to take a minute to talk about where I see the site going, what I enjoy working on and want to continue working on in the future, and give you guys a space to ask questions and clear up any confusion. Having an idea of where I want to go is just as important as knowing where I am.

I see this site having four major focuses: personal blogging, recaps, fan sites, and writing.

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