From the Mind of Master Imaginationist Crystal Connor ~"A Trusted Name in Terror."

The Darkness, Artificial Light, In The Valley of Shadows

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The Suspense is Killing Me!

As an indie horror/scifi/dark fantasy film I accept direct messages for review request, and I get to cherry pick the ones I review for Horror Addicts but sometimes I am flat out told which movie I will be reviewing for Horror Addicts. Despite the fact that I quasi bitch and moan when this happens I actually like being assigned films, because every single one of them are movies that I wouldn’t have picked if left to my own devices.

The latest film assigned to me is Phil Stevens’ LUNG II (here’s the official Facebook page) I usually stream the movies I review but this time my mailing address was requested which can only mean I am getting a DVD and possibility some art work and/or a T shirt (just in case I’m a size XL) so much for being subtle …lol

Anyway, I LOVE DVDs, I even have an old school DVD Netflix accounts because one of the things I love the most are the DVD extras so I am keeping my fingers crossed for a bunch of behind the scenes goodies.

Another thing I am looking forward too is the movie itself. The LUNG II team was being very vague, almost secretive in regards to sharing the synopsis or reveling the plot. I love this tactic as a way to build suspense. When I am assigned a movie I don’t watch the trailer or read any reviews and the fact that they are doing this deliberately pipes more than just general interest. There are reviews out for both LUNG II and FLOWERS but I am avoiding them like the plague as clearly the director wants film viewers to experience these movies with an open mind and virgin senses.

I am more than happy to oblige! I will keep you all posted and will also do an unboxing with my review!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Magazine Lifestyles of the Starving Artist

For those of you who are following me on Instagram must think I am just rolling in the funds, but trust me I’m not…it just looks like it. I’m always jokingly tell my sister and friends that I want the life I lead on social media lol.
Being a working author is awesome but trying to earn a living while still growing a fan base can be exceptionally challenging, especially when sales are lean. So the point of these series of blog posts will be to share my secrets, tips, and tricks on how to treat yourself to the finer things in life without being fiscally irresponsible.
Since most of the pix I post of are me dining out, why don’t we kick off this series with food!
This culinary deal of the day was found at the Dollar Store: Jamaican Chicken Patties.
Ok so 1st off these are not patties, they are meat filled pastries, so I’m not sure why they’re calling them patties. This is bigger than a hot pocket, the directions say to microwave it but I decided to cook it in the oven instead.  
The crust is very flakey and flavorful. Try to imagine if CheezIts were made with real butter and that’s what it taste like. The filling is surprisingly spicy, if you think the Taco Bell fire sauce is hot, then this would be too spicy for you to enjoy.
The filling is meat and veggies but it’s really blended so that the contrasting textures of the chicken and vegetables are gone but for what it is, its not really a bad thing.
Wanting to stay in the island theme of the meal I paired it with a Bai5 Bubbles in Peru Pineapple. I snagged this from my sister who bought them from an online store called boxed. Each can ends up being $1.60 which is cheaper than buying them individually at a specialty store.
This infusion drink isn’t overly sweet and is the perfect paring for this spicy pastry.
At $2..60 this 430 calorie meal is one I will be having again but next time I think I’ll have it with a spinach and strawberry salad.