Malia is a stay-at-home mom with a passion for writing. Her novel, Saving Eve, and her children's book, The Christmas Spirit, are both available on Amazon. She enjoys writing in a variety of genres and sharing her imagination with others.
The Other Woman
"Sorry I'm late," Maria said as she came to the tablet. Charlotte never would've been late, Jeremy thought to himself. In fact, she would have been ten minutes early.
If You Like Anything, Then You'll Like Jericho
Whenever I'm asked to recommend a TV show, the answer is always Jericho. It doesn't typically matter who you are or what your interests are, I will still recommend the same show. Why? Because it's a one-show-fits-all.
Stop Cancelling Shows Without Adding an Ending!
I don't always binge watch TV shows, but when I do they're usually shows that were cancelled before having any semblance of a final resolution....
Mordor is real. I know, because I've been there. Lizzie reread the opening line in the little black notebook in her hands.
The 10th Kingdom
My guilty bingeing habit is definitely The 10th Kingdom. I say "guilty" not because I am ashamed of the content of the show; rather, I feel guilty for how I choose to watch it. The 10th Kingdom was a five-episode miniseries that aired in 2000. I never saw the show when it aired live, but when it released on VHS, my family rented it (back when both VHS tapes and renting videos in an actual store were popular.) We hadn't planned on it being six hours long and certainly hadn't planned on watching for more than two hours, tops, but we became so enthralled in the story, the phenomenal cast of characters, and the imagery that we watched over half the movie in one night. Since my first viewing of The 10th Kingdom, I have added the movie to my own personal library, first as a VHS, then as a DVD, and currently in digital format. When I watch The 10th Kingdom now, I tend to watch the entire seven hours' extended version in one sitting. If you're a fan of fantasy and have seven spare hours (either consecutively or over several days if you're not the binge-watching type), then I suggest you check out The 10th Kingdom for yourself.
The Five F's of Wellness
So often, the word "wellness" becomes synonymous with a healthy weight. To me, however, wellness encompasses so much more. While nutritious food choices and an exercise regimen that work for you are important, I believe that wellness should also consider the mental and spiritual aspects of living. My wellness resolutions for 2021 aim to improve all areas of my life that I consider important. My "Five F's" of Wellness for 2021 are food, fun, faith, family, and fire.
How to Save the World by Walking
Ok, so you won't actually save the world...but that is the premise of the exercise app called The Walk. This program plays like an audio book, but you have to walk certain lengths of time before unlocking the next piece of the story. With each audio that you unlock, you are given a reason why you must keep walking (to escape an enemy, to reach a certain landmark, etc.) I've just completed episode 27 (there are 51 episodes total, plus some optional "challenges"), and I am just as invested in the storyline now as I was at the beginning. Below, I will outline the basic plot (don't worry, no spoilers!), what I love about the app, any criticisms I have, and an overall cost-to-benefit analysis.
WHO? WHO? WHO?
“Hoo, hoo, hoo.” “Who? Are you asking who I am?” the young woman asked the mysterious voice. Her body trembled as her hands fumbled with the bag of powder. She knew it was poison to her body, but she also knew how it made her feel for just those few brief hours.