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Off the Shelf: Waves in the Desert

After moving to a much smaller apartment, I had to part with a good portion of my personal book collection. I just didn’t have room! Don’t worry, they all found new homes 🙂

That being said, I started to realize just how much I re-read books. With a much smaller selection to choose from, I unfortunately found myself struggling to find something new… I am such a die-hard lover of real books, but lately I have had to accept just how convenient it is to be able to download digital books. I had only previously used my tablet to download books when traveling. I managed to finish nearly 5 books in a week when I went to the Dominican Republic… a total of 8 hours of layover and 10 hours flight time one way made it pretty easy, but I digress.

Viva Las Vegas

Back in February, I headed off to Las Vegas for a work conference. It was my first time in Las Vegas, but with my energy struggles paired with it being a work trip, I didn’t go out too much. We did walk up and down the strip, manage to get lost at Caesars, and hit up an amazing bowling alley, but ultimately, I was glad when we were boarding our flight home. I was down to the last 10% of my current book, and on a whim I downloaded another 3 onto my tablet from Amazon from the $3 list and a book is an impulse buy you will almost never regret… as I soon discovered.

Ocean Themed Reading

While it wasn’t intentional, all three books were ocean themed, and I lucked out that all were pretty decent reads, as my 3 hour flight home to Sioux Falls, SD ended up taking nearly 18 hours longer than planned. A blizzard that we were supposed to beat hit before we landed, and after an about 45 minutes of circling, the pilot re-routed us to Des Moines, IA, where we ended up spending the night. Thankfully, I was able to entertain myself with these!

The Widower’s Wife

By Cate Holahan

This was indeed a great thriller! While I thought that there was an undeveloped love in a secondary back story that the author did a great job of building and never followed through on, this book kept me guessing up to the end. Even when you think you know what is going on, she will throw a great twist into things. Definitely a good read.

All the Breaking Waves

By Kerry Lonsdale

This was a typical lost love story, but had some really beautiful twists in it. A bit of past romance, a bit of psychic powers, a mother’s love, and mermaid tears. Well written and a quick read, perfect for a weekend.

Everything We Keep

By Kerry Lonsdale

It was a coincidence that I happened to select two books from the same author, as I was quickly downloading them before I had to put my tablet in airplane mode. That said, this was a completely different read from the “All the Breaking Waves.” Dealing with psychology and the process of discovering yourself after loss, this book hits it hard from the first chapter to the very end. Totally different dynamic, and just as good. There is also a sequel coming out, so I read this one just in time!

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Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

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  • Good things happen when you leave the apartment for the first time in a week! These must've gotten dropped off when I was taking a nap, I opened my front door to find this gorgeous Halloween bouquet on my doormat from @bkbecker! I just can't get over those adorable bats!!! #ihavethebestfriends #halloween
  • Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
She was fascinated by the texture of the woman's back, her bare shoulder, and the lower part of her neck. The skin was finer than watered silk. But farther up on her neck... Rosie didn't know what those grey Shadows lurking just below her hairline could be, and didn't think she wanted to know. Bites were her first wild thought, but they weren't bites. Rosie knew bites. Was it leprosy? Something worse? Something contagious? 
Products used in this look are: 
Woochie cream makeup in Dead Guy Grey, @mehronmakeup aqua color in white and gray, Light green cream makeup from the zombie color set from Woochie, Eyeshadows from the @tartecosmetics artist palette.
Gold aqua color from the Mehron brilliant palette, @bennyemakeup bruise wheel.
Full tutorial on the blog!
  • One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Check out the full tutorial, now up on the blog, link in bio!
  • Here is my entry for round 3 of the #StrykingFEAR contest. Inspired by the recent excitement around the movie IT, I wanted to create a character from another of my favorite Stephen King novels, Rose Madder. The book is set in the late 80s or early nineties but I would imagine that it would be produced in the style of many of his older movies from the 70s and 80s such as The Shining, Carrie, or Salem's Lot.
This novel is unique to me because it includes elements of Greek mythology which is a different angle for Stephen King, and also because it covers the topic of domestic abuse, and with October also being domestic abuse awareness month I felt that it was very timely. In the book, Rose Madder is an “almost goddess” that saves the main character, Rosie, by showing her how to empower herself and escape from her abusive husband. 
One of the reasons I love Stephen King novels is because he illustrates just enough of the character for your imagination to kick in and fill in the horrifying details that make it real and terrifying for each individual. Because this has never before been made into a motion picture I was really excited to be able to make my own spin on how Rose Madder would appear.
Rose Madder has an ethereal beauty and raw feminine power, however, something is off... something not quite human. The shadows under her skin would be perhaps leprosy, perhaps something worse, and her eyes are rabid with madness. “Don't look at her face! That is not for the likes of you.”
  • Super excited to be entering the #StrykingFEAR Contest! It all started when I came across the round one intro video from @miss_stryx back in August. Suddenly I had a deliciously horrifying idea that has led to an awesome collaboration with @jibclimmer and I was more excited about Halloween this year then I have been for any years prior. Thanks @miss_stryx for the inspiration! Since I had to rush everything because of my surgery last week, I'm still working on editing and will actually be posting the rounds in reverse order. Round three coming up soon!
  • It's showtime!!!! It's been an interesting last week recovering  from my recent shoulder surgery, but in between bouts of falling asleep randomly and mindlessly watching television, I've been able to work on some of the video to tutorials I shot prior to the surgery. These are gonna be coming at you here pretty soon! In the meantime, here is my Beetlejuice from last year which you can find a tutorial for on the blog, both make up and costume! Link in bio.
  • I didn't want to say anything, then... or even now. But what someone else decided to do became a part of who I am now. A part of the damage I will always carry. My voice may have been small while I put myself together. Until I learned that the part of me that I am proudest of, the strength in me to overcome, is something you will never take. #metoo
  • Should have known #fridaythe13th would be the PERFECT day to start shooting my next project. You guys... I can't even begin to say how excited I am to share it with you, but for now, a quick peek.
  • Even in death, #pumpkinspice is life! Zombie walks are popping up all around the country, and if you want to wear your costume early as a "zombie" but don't want to actually damage the costume, this basic zombie is perfect! Or for me, it's a casual October Saturday....

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