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Name: Gregory Martin
Date registered: March 20, 2009
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  1. Tattoo ideas — November 18, 2013
  2. Percy/Nico in House of Hades — October 24, 2013
  3. Hosting page updated — September 19, 2013
  4. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan — June 17, 2013
  5. Every Day by David Levithan — June 17, 2013

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Nov 18

Tattoo ideas

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Oct 24

Percy/Nico in House of Hades

So I just finished House of Hades.

Four years ago, I called it.

Percy/Nico OTP 4ever.

I will be updating the LIST soon.


The Cupid scene made my heart break a little lot. I feel so bad for Nico. :( Need some fanfic to mend my heart.

Sep 19

Hosting page updated

Eh, nothing super important.

Just to note that – for anyone interested – the hosting page has been updated. It’s a bit more professional and smart sounding.


Jun 17

Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

I just posted by review on Every Day by David Levithan because I just read Invisibility by him today. The parallels are strong.

About the Book
Stephen is invisible. He’s been invisible since birth (how that birth went, I’m not so sure I want to know) and no one has ever been able to see him. He lived with his mother for the first fifteen years of his life, and then she died… and he’s been alone ever since.

Enter Elizabeth. (Also know as Jo, Josie, Liz, that girl, etc.) She’s just moved to New York City from Minnesota (and she says it correctly) and she’s bringing stuff up to their apartment and while trying to get the key in the door, she drops bags of stuff onto the ground. And then gets pissed when Stephen doesn’t at least offer to help pick it up.

He’s like “You see me?” and she’s like “Durr” and thus begins their fragile little romance. He manages to keep it a secret from her – that he’s invisible to rest of the world – until she tricks him into meeting her brother, the kind-hearted (and gay, because David Levithan wrote this) brother Laurie. Laurie can’t see Stephen, and this kinda forces him to come out (haha, get it?) and come clean to Elizabeth about his condition.

This sends the trio of them into the magical underworld of NYC, where they discover that there are cursecasters (that’s why Stephen is invisible) and spellseekers (which is why Elizabeth can see Stephen) and suddenly, it’s a race to see who’s going to finish first.

Was it any good?
Good question. I loved Every Day and I loved Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares. I though Will Grayson, Will Grayson and Boy Meets Boy were okay. I have to put this one somewhere in the middle of my David Levithan readings. It wasn’t great, but it was better than okay.

What really threw me was the supernatural aspect of the book. It’s a surprisingly similar set-up to Every Day, but the supernatural aspect totally threw me for a loop. I wasn’t expecting it at all – and when he came out to her not even half way through the book, I was rather dumbfounded on what was going to happen. So in a way, I liked that surprise aspect.

On the other hand, it was a little annoying. One of the biggest challenges of creating a fantasy world is that you have to create a fantasy world, not just part of it. And I feel like only part of it was done here. There is a huge world that we got a glimpse of, but not enough of.

Okay, if you name your male child “Louise”, what do you expect? Though I found him to be a good comic extra, and his budding relationship with Sean was cute. And the sisterly love and protection that Elizabeth had was nice and it helped further her character well. :)

Final Verdict
B+ or an A-

The cover is brilliant though. Bravo to whoever designed it.

Jun 17

Every Day by David Levithan

Every Day by David Levithan was sooo much better than the last solo book I had read by him (Boy Meets Boy). And here’s why.

Every Day, “A” wakes up in a new body. He’s done it for his entire life – as an infant, it was just something normal, something that happened – but as he grew older, ideas of “tomorrow” confused him. How could you plan for a tomorrow where you could be anywhere? It’s at this point that he realized he was special – he was alone.

So he (or she, depending on the day) continued living life. He’d mindlessly go through days as teenagers. He stayed in the same age bracket, so he never woke up as an old woman or mid-life crisis-prone man, but as a kid and then a teenager. He’d take tests, do homework, whatever. It was just monotonous. He had no reason to connect to anyone, because he wouldn’t see them again.

But then one day, he wakes up in the body of this big ole jackass. And for some reason, A decides to give Rhiannon (jackass’s girlfriend) a good day. They skip school, they go to the beach… and he falls in love. Something he’s refused to do before.

The next few days, he manages to find Rhiannon somehow. And then he finally confesses to her what he is. That he switches bodies everyday, that’s he’s the same person but at the same time completely different.

The story follows A and him trying to convince Rhiannon that they can be together, that they can have a true relationship.

David Levithan did an amazing job here. He made A’s story so painful – he’s so tuned out, he’s cold – except when it comes to Rhiannon. Their journey – because they both learn things about humanity – is heartbreaking, because it’s so obvious that anything like this would be a huge challenge. How can she love someone that’s never the same?

A core question of the book is what makes up a human. A has his memories, his own separate persona, but without a body, is he really human? And can he really love a girl?

I did a presentation on this for class. My professor said “Greg?” and I just sat there, and then the girl in front of me stood up and said “I’m Elizabeth today.” and sat down. Next, the girl behind me stood up and said “I’m Becca today.” and then sat down. And then I began, from my seat. I didn’t stand up until halfway through my presentation – I was being like A, hiding among the crowd. I pleaded with the class that I didn’t want to do this, I didn’t mean to steal anyone’s body… I was just borrowing it. And not to hate me for it.

The odd thing is… if A came and borrowed my body for the day, I’m not sure how I would react.

Apr 27

Back to reviewing

As my schooling (finally) winds down, I will once again have time to do what I enjoy the most… read! I’ve requested a number of books from NetGalley, so I’m excited.

The current ones I have on my Kindle:

  • Dare You To by Katie McGarry
  • There Are Reasons Noah Packed no Clothes by Robert Jacoby (I’ve actually tried starting this one, and I am having a hard time… it’s weird)
  • True by Erin McCarthy
  • Burning by Elana Arnold
  • Kindness for Weakness by Shawn Goodman
  • Listening for Lucca by Suzanne LaFleur
  • Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
  • Pretty Dark Nothing by Heather Reid

I’ve also got a bit of a backlog of books that I’d like to talk about that I’ve read over the semester.

  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Day of Tears by Julius Lester
  • I Am J by Cris Beam
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  • Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman
  • My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr
  • Absolutely Positively Not by David LaRochelle
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Greene (I’ve also picked up Looking For Alaska, but I haven’t read it yet. Fault in Our Stars was amazing though!)

And while it’s not a YA title, I also want to talk about Carmen Martin Gaite’s The Back Room (El cuarto de atras), because I’m actually doing a paper on it. It’s an interesting book.


So yeah… not this week, probably, but soon, I’m going to start flooding this blog with reviews about BOOKS. I am beyond excited about this. I’ve really missed being able to read freely. There’s been too much bullshit this semester.

Mar 22

Spring Break

So this week was my spring break. It’s my last spring break ever, seeing as I graduate in just a few months… (wow!) but it’s been a rather lame one.

I started out on Thursday by skipping most of my classes; my 11am was the only one that was “required”. My 12:30 class got cancelled ‘cuz the prof was sick, and my 2pm class was optional. So… I didn’t go to any of them. I went to my 3:30pm class and that was it.

It was poetry. Meh.

The weekend consisted of my closing 27 weekend. As a “27″ (Point of Sale Supervisor) I’m required to close a full weekend every month or so. Friday I worked 5 to close, Saturday 3:30 to close and Sunday 1:30 to close. And on Sunday we were there until 11pm… very long day. Urgh. But it wasn’t that bad of a weekend; credit goals weren’t absurd and we were able to make them easily enough. That takes a lot of the stress out of the job. :-)

We had a snow storm move in Monday that dumped a few inches on us, and then I ended up closing at Kohl’s again. -_- It was a SUPER slow night… I’m not allowed to give sales numbers out, but it was far from a busy day. :P

Which was good, because I had to open on Tuesday. 7:30-10:30 was like the longest three hours of my life. After that, I ended up going to look at a possible house for next year, and then applied for it! It’s a 3 bedroom townhouse, which I would be sharing with a friend and her baby. Kinda a scary idea… I spent rest of my Tuesday goofing off, which was nice.

Wednesday was a 9-4 shift at Kohl’s… once again, not very busy. All this stupid crap weather is killing me!!

On Thursday, my mom came out to visit. :) We ended up spending practically the whole day together, going shopping and whatnot. We had lunch at the Altoona Family Restaurant which was surprisingly good, and then had dinner at Milwaukee Burger Company, which was also really good. It was nice getting to hang out with my mom, I never get to see her.

Today (Friday) I had my first day at my new job! It was… okay. I can’t say I love it, but it’s not bad. My job is packaging. So, like, the bakers make the hamburger buns and put them in/take them out of the oven, and after they’re cooled down, I put them in the plastic bag and label it. It’s kinda monotonous… but whatever. It got broken up a bit by people asking for stuff out of the cases, which I get to help with.

It’s not the best job, but it’ll at least pay the bills. I get more stable hours and better pay than at Kohl’s.

As for the weekend… BLEH. Tomorrow, I work 7-3:30 at Festival, and then I get to come home and sleep, because I’m pulling an overnight at Kohl’s. Then it’s back to Festival 11-3:30 on Sunday, followed by Kohl’s from 4-close. Rest of the weekend is going to fly by.

I’ve never actually worked an overnight, so I’m kinda excited as to what that’ll entail. I think it’s for additional marks, so clearance is going to be even cheaper~ Woo woo.

{/end life rambling}

Mar 12

New Job

So, I got a call on my way to class… and was offered a new job.

Yay! :)

I am now going to be a bakery clerk – meaning, package stuff and get people goodies out of the case at…

I’m excited. I have orientation tomorrow and who knows when I’ll actually start~ :)

Mar 10

Winter in Wisconsin

So, it’s March in Wisconsin… and we’re expected to get about 4-6 inches of snow tonight! It’s like it’ll never end.

The last big snow storm we had left the area absolutely beautiful, tho!


It’s absolutely beautiful, but at the same time, doesn’t it make you want to stay inside, near the heater, with the devil cat?


And of course, it makes the streets absolutely treacherous. To illustrate it, I wrote a poem awhile back; here’s a quote from it.

heels sliding along the glaze
losing their mount
another gust, an old hag
cackles as she gives a final shove

arms open wide
a yell, lost in a sea of snickers
as london bridge topples down
to the cold thames below

Yes, that has happened to me. An icy road and me has equaled some very embarrassing situations. :\ It makes me really wish I lived somewhere warm.

California girls, we’re unforgettable
Daisy dukes, bikinis on top
Sun-kissed skin, so hot
We’ll melt your popsicle

Katy Perry really gets it right, doesn’t she? Where the sun actually warms you…

BUT! The good news is that it is March! It was 40 degrees yesterday, almost! It was really nice. And on Friday, I was running around in a short sleeve shirt.

So… winter may suck, but it’s only around for about half the year, and then it’s gone again! (Wait, some of you don’t deal with winter for about half the year?!?! Here in Wisconsin/Minnesota, our seasons are winter and road construction)

…thank God there’s no road construction.

Yay winter


Feb 13

Happy Valentine’s Day

So I went to my mailbox today and I saw a pink envelope in it. I got SUPER surprised and excited!


And then I chuckled, because of the ~girly~ handwriting. I thought it was from one of my little sisters!


But look! It’s from Albany, NY! I wonder who on earth?


Let’s see what Nellie thinks!


I think she approves! :) Now let’s look inside.





(Happy Valentine’s to everyone else too :))

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