Hey Howl Pack

It’s Mae Polzine! I started this blog back in 2015 to be a place where I could be creative and share things that I love. So, I post a variety of things. I stream a variety of things (gaming, body paint, art, etc.) on Twitch multiple times a week, with stream highlights and all VODs posted on my YouTube Channel. And I’m daily in my Discord chatting with pack members, this is also where you’ll get updates from me on when things are happening around the interwebs. Lastly, I offer Twitch emotes and sub badges over on my shop page, along with other things.

Reflecting on November and Goals for December 2021

How is there only one month left in 2021? This year both crawled and flew by at the same time. It was a stressful year for sure. I don’t know if I would consider 2021 better or worse than 2020. But it was definitely something. From almost losing my job to frantically working on getting things transferred to a new company to prevent lights out… it’s been a bit much the last two months. Not to mention there’s been a lot of health issues going on in my family. I’m looking forward to putting this year behind me. Still got one more month to go, but I’m hoping the holidays help lift things up a little.

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My Thoughts on Our Violent Ends (These Violent Delights, Book 2) by Chloe Gong

A year ago I read the first book in the Romeo & Juliet retelling by Chloe Gong called These Violent Delights and fell in love with the story. I wanted to see how the duology played out. Mostly if it kept with the Romeo & Juliet similarities until the very end or if it would take a different turn. So, when Our Violent Ends was announced for pre-order, I got it and finally got my hands on it over the weekend. And while I stick with the notion that I’m not doing reviews for the most part at this time, I have to for this book. Or at least share my thoughts on the books. Note there will be spoilers. If you don’t want spoilers, here is what I would rate the book: 4.25 out of 5 stars. It was freaking amazing! I cannot wait to see what else Chloe Gong releases in the future since this was her first series.

Pokemon Brilliant Diamond/Shining Pearl: Guide for Defeating the Gym Leaders & Elite Four

I recently got Pokemon Brilliant Diamond, so I thought I would do a little guide on the gyms that you have to go through during the course of the game. There is no difference between the games and the gym leaders. They are similar to the classic Diamond and Pearl games, so you go through the gyms to face the trainers before reaching the leader. There is no challenge or mission, or special feature of the gym like there was in Pokemon Sword/Shield.

My Thoughts on the Glass Sword (Red Queen, Book 2) by Victoria Aveyard

The next book in the Red Queen series is Glass Sword, and this one kind of killed my groove when it came to reading. So, I don’t know if I’m immediately going to jump into the third book after this. I might read a few other first then return to the Red Queen series. I do plan on finishing it, but it’s not going to be any time soon. Maybe the series will get better now that the main things I was spoiled to are over, but as I go into in the review Mare’s POV really made the book drag. She needs to have some serious character development in order for my opinion on the rest of the series to get better and right now I’m not in the mood to deal with it.

My Thoughts on the Red Queen (Red Queen, Book 1) by Victoria Aveyard

While I’m not writing book reviews for the most part at the moment, as I just want to enjoy the books without worrying about how they will come across in a blog post. Or what things I’m going to talk about in them. If something calls out to me enough I will write about it. The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard fits into that. This series has been sitting on my shelf for ages. I originally tried to avoid all spoilers, then months past and that went to the wayside. So, I thought I would share it on the blog. I was also going to write about the whole series in one post, but I’m going to separate it into each book instead.

Howl Pendragon with Calcifer from Howl’s Moving Castle Body Paint

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve shared a body painting on my blog. So, I thought I would share my most recent body paint/cosplay today. Since I absoltely love how it turned out. It’s Howl Pendragon from the beginning of the movie with a little Calcifer on my cheek. I created this look during a Twitch stream. So, chat helped me decide the direction of the look. I couldn’t decide between blond wig Howl with Calcifer or black wig with raven feathers similar to the ones Howl takes on later in the movie. We ended up going with the former.

My Thoughts on The Harbinger Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

After reading The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, I knew I was instantly going to start reading the follow-up series called The Harbinger trilogy since I knew it involved Zayne. The main reason I never got overly invested in the love triangle of that book since I knew Zayne was never going to be the love interest for Layla, but for Trinity in this series. But I didn’t really know what the focus of the series was going to be. I avoided looking at the descriptions when I ordered these, so there were no spoilers for either trilogy.

My Thoughts on Star Cursed (Zodiac Wolves: The Lost Pack, Book 2) by Elizabeth Briggs

I was interested in reading the second book of this series after reading Moon Touched a few months ago. I read some other books by Elizabeth Briggs while I was waiting for this book to be released. So, I knew what to expect when it came to her writing. I think the Zodiac Wolves is the best series of hers that I have read. I wouldn’t put it among my all-time favorites, but I do find it really enjoyable. Especially if you want a shorter romance read with paranormal/fantasy elements.

My Thoughts on The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Normally, I review books individually but I got so into reading The Dark Elements series by Jennifer L. Armentrout that I didn’t want to take a break to write reviews of each book. So, I decided to collectively review them similar to how I did with The Fair Isle trilogy… granted that one was because the books were combined. I enjoy the Blood and Ash and Flesh and Fire series from Jennifer L. Armentrout, so I thought I would read other series that she has published in the past. I was planning on reading The Harbinger series since that was another recent series of hers. But I saw it began with The Dark Elements series or at least one character came from there, so to avoid spoilers of that series I started with The Dark Elements.

Reflecting on October and Goals for November 2021

October and my favorite holiday are over. A lot happened in October for me. A good portion of that was stressful. From my dad being put into assisted living and his power of attorney trying to guilt-trip my sister and me to talk to him for the first time in eight years (not going to happen), to listening to our old neighbors complain about squatters that moved into his foreclosed home, to almost losing my job… it’s been a bit much. Not that there weren’t other elements that I loved from this past month. I’ve had a blast being creative, read some great books, and enjoyed playing new games that I saw pieces of before. So, I thought I would reflect on the elements I loved from the last month as well as go over my goals from last month as well as the ones I have for this month.