Mind Sieve 5/29/17

Memorial Day

Let’s remember and give thanks to all those serving in the armed forces who’ve died to keep us safe and our way of life intact.

Fan Fun

Fun music video Hubby shared with me! Fergie – A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)

It’s Gonna Be Okay – The Piano Guys w/Sir Cliff Richard. Very upbeat song. They do look like they’re having fun! lol.

Marvel’s The Defenders Trailer – misfit team of awesome! Sweet!

Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger Official Trailer – yes! Loved that comic!

Social Media/Author Platform

3 Simple Mistakes to Avoid if You Want to Make Your Book a Best Seller by Matthew Turner – some popups but not bad. Another post that infers I need a clone. With a full-time job and writing, there’s no time for all this stuff. 🙁

Writing

Be Specific! How to Get to the Point in Everything You Write by Grammarly – some basic but super important items. 🙂

Forget About Being a Good Writer (And Do This Instead) by Jeff Goins. Some helpful insights. 🙂

Mind Sieve 5/15/17

Morning all!

Going to try to do a full post. Wish me luck!

FanFun

Symphony of Science – Onward to the Edge! Hubby shared this with me. Once the song starts, it’s just too cute!

Something else he sent me. These solar panel roof tiles from Tesla look awesome! 🙂

Despicable Me 3 “Minions Prison Trailer” and more. Like a musical! lol.

IT Trailer 2 (Extended) – Okay, that is one creepy looking clown! o.O

Social Media

Facebook Video for Marketers: Strategy for Future Success – I need clones. So many clones…

Introducing Instagram Stories – they disappear in 24 hours if you don’t move them to the feed. Not sure of the point of it?

Writing

Want To Grow As A Writer? Transform Your Critique Group by Writing Coach at the Writers Helping Writers Blog. Some excellent points in the article!

Have a great week ya’ll!

Movie Review – The Circle

The Circle

The Circle

 

Starring: Emma Watson, Ellar Coltrane, Glenne Headly, Bill Paxton, Karen Gillan, Tom Hanks, John Boyega, Mamoudou Athie, Patton Oswalt, and more.

Directed by: James Ponsoldt Screenplay by: James Ponsoldt and Dave Eggers Based on the Novel by: Dave Eggers Cinematography by: Matthew Libatique Music by: Danny Elfman

Premise: Thanks to a friend, Mae gets a chance to interview at the prestigious company The Circle. A social media giant, The Circle is pushing for 100% transparency across the world. As Mae embraces the culture of her new employers, she begins to see that total transparency can cut two ways. Her willingness to share all inadvertently affects others around her in negative ways. Are the company’s and her own ideas going too far? (Rated PG-13)

Review:

1) Acting – Total Thumbs Up: A lot of new and familiar faces appear in this film. Emma Watson does a great job as Mae. Her suffering and helplessness with regards to her father’s illness really came across. Her open-eyed eagerness to embrace the ideals of the company, even as she scoffs at some of the directions they are heading in, were very well done. Tom Hanks and Patton Oswalt were slick as the company’s leaders. Karen Gillan as Mae’s friend Annie brought several angles to the tale as well as a lot of energy. John Boyega as Ty proves yet again that you can be alone in a crowd and not just when you’re by yourself. 😛 Major kudos to Bill Paxton and his portrayal of someone with MS.

2) Special Effects – Total Thumbs Up: The film had tons of subtle special effects. The cool compound for The Circle when viewed as a whole. The user interfaces for the different pieces of software. The frames around the visuals to make the scene look as if it were being viewed through a camera. And let’s not forget all the neat pop-ups on the screen as you’d see on your phone screen. A lot of the comments were fun all on their own. (Some a little freaky too!) 😛

The section with the kayak in the dark, the fog, and the ship came out very well. The medical software was cool as well.

3) Plot/Story – Thumbs Up: This type of story can go terribly wrong, but luckily they treated it right. Both sides of the question were evenly weighed. Thus allowing the audience to see the pros and the cons rather than the film just picking a side and making the movie preachy or heavy handed. As with all power, the question that must always be asked is “who watches the watchers?”. Anything powerful enough to make a difference always runs the risk of being abused. The film is quite thought provoking.

4) Locations/Cinematography – Total Thumbs Up: Lots of lovely cinematography, especially of the Bay and The Circle compound. Tons of different sites in California were used to create the illusion of The Circle. There were some beautiful beach shots for our intro to one of the men controlling the company.

Conclusion: Good, thought provoking film. Both sides are shown evenly, leaving the audience to draw their own conclusions.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 (Hubby’s Rating: Worth Full Price of Admission)

Mind Sieve 1/23/17

Happy Monday!

Fan Fun

The LEGO Batman Movie Trailer #5 – uh oh, a ton of villains!

Logan Trailer #2 – looking forward to it!

Wonder Woman Trailer #2 – Can’t wait!

Social Media/Author Platform

Facebook Community Development: How to Cultivate Loyal Fans by Michael Stelzner – I need like 10 clones now. Lol.

 

Writing

The Ultimate Guide to Pitch Writing by Jami Gold. Just in time! The edit for “Alien Redemption” is done so I need to start shopping it. 😛

5 Things Psychology Can Teach Writers by Angela Ackerman and Tamar Sloan.

 

 

Mind Sieve

Happy Monday!

Fan Fun

Cars 3 Teaser #2 – so sleek!

Star Wars Rebels Mid Season 3 Trailer – Obi-Wan you and old! And other characters from Rogue One will be coming! Sweet!

Clara Official Trailer #1 – Looks weird but cute! My favorite combo. 🙂

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Live Video and Marketing: Where the Industry Is Heading from the Social Media Examiner. Article by Michael Stelzner. Ack more stuff to do! Aiiieee!

Free eBook! Self Promo Stories by Authors, Fun Strategies to Sell Books by Beth Barany. Looking forward to seeing what they have to share. 🙂

Writing

Happy New Year! Start 2017 Right By Jumping On 3 Important Tasks by Angela Ackerman

Guest Author Jodie Renner: Set up Your Story in the First Paragraphs by Jodie Renner. Great advice!

 

Have a great week! And wish me luck. Doing Year End accounting right now at work. Oi!

Mind Sieve 12/5/16

Fan Fun

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Official Teaser Trailer #2 – Booyah!

 

The Mummy Teaser Trailer – this could be good!

Legion Trailer 2 – (a short one then a longer one in the same video) Should be trippy! Woot!

Assassin’s Creed “The Creed” Feature Trailer – it’s almost here!

Simon’s Cat in Bed Sheets – too cute! (dang the cat is aggressive! lol)

 

Social Media/Author Platform

8 Social WordPress Plugins to Improve Your Blog from the Social Media Examiner by Kristel Cuenta

3 Social Media Design Tools That Create Stunning Images from the Social Media Examiner by Peter Gartland

Writing

Christmas Gift Ideas For The Talented Writer In Your Life by Angela Ackerman. Some of these are just too cool!

The Single Largest Secret to Success by Kristen Lamb. Some great insights!

 

Woot! A full blog post! Woot!

Mind Sieve 11/7/16

Okay, going to see if I can actually do a full out post this week! *crossingfingers* Woot!

Fan Fun!

Wonder Woman Official Trailer 2 – I am so looking forward to this! Themyscira looks awesome!

The LEGO Batman Movie Trailer #4 – this looks like a hoot! lol.

Arrival Official Trailer 2 – Looking forward to this one! Woot!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

10 Ways to Grow an Organic Instagram Presence by Julia McCoy at the Social Media Examiner.

 

15 Browser Extension to Increase Productivity by Lilach Bulloch. So many extensions…So little time! 😛

 

Writing Life/Writing Advice

13 Reasons Authors are Mistaken for Serial Killers by Kristen Lamb. Bwahahahaha!

Do Your Settings Contain An Emotional Value? by Angela Ackerman at the Writers Helping Writers Blog.

 

Have a great Monday!

Mind Sieve 8/29/16

Morning all!
Trying hard to get back on schedule. The chaos of 2016 continues!

Fan Fun

 

Justice League Official Trailer – Oh this is gonna be fun. And cyborg looks super pimped out! lol.

Luke Cage Official Trailer – sweet!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Finds Them Trailer 2 – looking forward to it!

 

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Ads are NOT a Brand and Promotion is NOT Platform—Understanding the Difference by Kristen Lamb

How to Improve Social Media Posts With Custom URL Shorteners by Derric Hayne at the Social Media Examiner.

 

Writing Advice

Do You Share Your Work in Progress? by Jami Gold. Stuff to think about!

 

Have an awesome week!

Mind Sieve 6/20/16

Morning!

 

Fan Fun

 

Anthropoid Official Trailer – Oooh! Prague!

Storks Official Trailer #2 – this looks so CUTE!

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life Official Trailer #1 – this looks like it will be a BLAST! Lol.

 

Social Media/Author Platform

Monthly Newsletters/Blog Post from a couple of my publishers – It is social media! And helping promote them will also help promote me! 😛 Zumaya Publications – June 2016 News and Uncial Press Letter June 2016. 🙂

Launch Strategy: A Case Study in How to Move People to Action by Michael Stelzner at the Social Media Examiner. This is actually a little depressing. lol. I need me like 50 clones! 😛

 

Writing Advice

Grammatical Malpractice by John E. McIntire at the Baltimore Sun. Oh! Very eye opening article.

 

Have a fabulous week!

Mind Sieve 5/30/16

Morning!

Fan Fun

 

The Space Between Us Official Trailer – looks so cute! Hanky time!

Sing Official Trailer #1 – looks fun! And possibly also a hanky movie. 😛

Beauty and the Beast US Teaser Trailer – redoing the Disney film as live action! Looks gorgeous!

 

Social Media/Author Platform

4 Tips to Improve Your Pinterest Exposure by Carla Gadyt at the SocialMedia Examiner. Weird that one needs to go to this much trouble? Surprised about needing to delete pins.

 

Have a great one!