Literary Scrutiny

Hello, my name is David and I am a bibliophile.  I first noticed my addiction during high school where instead of socially interacting with other people of my age group, I would fortify myself in the school library any free minute I had until the closing bell rung to let us know we did not have to go home but we could not stay here.

Years later, and my itch still persists to this day.

When reading, my interests no longer are confined to the tradition page cover media.  I get by with eBooks, news articles, fan fiction, and audio books.  If you catch me looking at my phone and I chuckle, I am probably reading the latest chapter of a great fan fiction like Traveler.  Headphones in my ear at work?  Probably listening to some A Game of Thrones audio book or two.  I think you get the gist.

As a result of my fascination with the literary world, I too long to join my words with the great sky being known as literary art.  Sadly, I am not skilled enough yet to publish my own works of art or express my thoughts through the paper medium.

Instead, I decided to start reviews for anything I read that I enjoy.  Just as my literary drugs are not confined to physical pages, so to will the subjects of my reviews.

The series will be called Literary Scrutiny, something I’m sure you couldn’t have guessed from the title of the blog.

A bit of forewarning, I am not a literary scholar so please do not expect me to write essays to help you with your English Lit homework  I do not have an English degree or a thesis on the various writing styles of our times.  What I do have is a lot of experience reading.  I have read many wonderful works of writing.  I have also read many piles of crap.  What I am just trying to do is separate the two for you and save you a bit of time in the process.

 

Dream.doc 03/13/17

I dreamt that I was back in high school as well as 17 years old.  I was happy and I did not know why.  While on the bus I gazed upon a friend and someone I had a one sided love for during my high school days in real life.  In the dream, she had a mischievous smile and her hand rested on her lovely cheek.  My heartbeat drummed faster whenever my eyes stayed on her figure.  We eventually boarded off the bus into an empty street.  With no eyes upon us, she slid her hand into my sweaty palm and gripped it firmly as if she whispered, ” I will never let you go.”  We did not look at each other while we headed to my home.  As we walked, she leaned her head onto my shoulder in a content bliss of a moment.  I turned my head slightly towards her scalp and placed my lips upon her hair in a gentle and chaste kiss.  Her fragrance filled my being with warmth and a love I knew my real self could not comprehend.  I love you did not pass through either of our lips; there simply was no need to declare our love with words when the act, the joining of our hands was enough for our love to remain undeclared.

I wish to tell you that this was a memory of my childhood, a picture of my youth that really did happened.  But I can’t.  I  really did declare my love for my friend, a one sided love secret I poured and confessed to her one day.  She cried, not from joy but because she did not feel the same and she knew that her answer would only bring a sad despair upon my young unblemished heart.  She would not allow me a chance to make this dream true.  I knew the term friendzoned, but I did not truly understood its meaning until that day.  To make matters worse, months later I learned that she was dating a friend who I thought was a brother to me.  They hid their love from the world, a scab or wound hidden from all but the two of them.

The dream wine is always sweeter than the bitter draught of reality that is  my life.

Dream.doc 03/07/17

I dreamt that I was back in my childhood apartment where I grew up.  I do not know if I was in child size or if I was fully grown.  I remember in real life that I had a dog when I was young but since it lived in my small balcony, it was miserable.  In the dream, I had my current dog, Vivi instead of the shar pei I had as a child.  In addition, I also had a baby horse and a baby donkey that I help raise.  

 

The baby horse, I loved more than anything in the world.  The baby donkey I did not really care for.  I would walk my baby horse with a leash around the grass area of the apartment complex, similar to what I have done for my shar pei.  When the horse was big enough to support my weight, I began getting it used to my weight, hoping it would not buck me off.  Eventually, I was able to ride the horse everywhere I wanted to.  The horse was very intelligent, it would respond to all my commands and knew all the ride signals.  I wanted to name the horse the name used for Woody’s horse in Toy Story but I could not remember what his name was.  Instead, I named by horse Roundup, after the weed killing product people use in their homes.  I do not know why I called it Roundup, it just sounded like a unique name to dream David.  Eventually, I had to give up an animal due to little room to house all of them.  I gave up the small donkey in a heartbeat.  For some reason, the donkey remained baby size while my horse grew up.  I miss Roundup, he is the best horse I never had.  

I’m going to Marie Kondo this blog!

I would like to start by apologizing.  Not to the millions of nonexisting followers I have, but to myself.  I have allowed myself to get lazy and essentially abandon this blog that I had such high hopes for.  Life happened, but rather than writing about these events I just let this site die.  Well I say no more! (Hopefully my enthusiasm won’t fall again…)  This will be my second (more like fifth) wind!  I am revising this blog and will post frequently every week.  I would like to focus more on covering my likes such as books, video games, fanfictions, some tech, and of course my puppy.  As lost in the road of life as I am, I think this is the best I can do right now until I find my niche in life.  I would like to have some sort of legacy/journal for my possible future children so why not a blog?  Pic of my puppy in 3..2..1..

VIvi
Her name is Vivi and at the time of the picture she is only a couple of months old.  I love her but she is such a pain in the ass.  She can also knock me on my ass if she tried.  Luckily I am still stronger than her but for how long?

 

I would like to get more into writing.  It has been a while since I had to use my brain for any deep thought other than solving a puzzle in a video game.  I love games on Steam but those things seriously can cause detrimental damage to ones potential.   Pokemon is a great example.  I been addicted to Pokemon since my parents bought me Pokemon Silver for the Game Boy Color.  Since then, I have bought at least one main game of every generation (none of the spinoff games like mystery dungeon, so much money!).  Currently, I stuck playing Sun and Moon and they are great (although my Pokebank account is frozen cause of some bullshit reason).  Even though I am an active fan, I admit these games are a huge time waste.

 

Maybe this subject might become a future post.  The point is I am back baby!  For how long?  Who knows.

App of the Week-1Mobile

Friends, Romans, countrymen, I was wrong.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m wrong almost everyday but on this one occasion, I was definitely wrong.  In what occasion was I wrong?  Recall a few months ago when I first started out my blog by reviewing one of my new toys, the Kindle Fire HD.  In this review, I mentioned one of the dislikes I had for the tablet was the fact that I could not download an app from a different app market than the Amazon App store.  I was under the impression that any app I tried downloading from the Google Play store or Apple App Store would be unsuccessful due to incompatibility in the software.  Boy was I wrong.

I’m a regular reader of Andrys Basten’s blog entitle A Kindle World Blog and when I came across her blog post that told the world how to access third-party apps on the Kindle Fire models, I just had to drop what I was doing and try out her advice on my Kindle Fire HD.  Unfortunately, I was using my tablet to read her post so in the midst of things I accidentally bumped my HD with the ground though it is still working fabulously (Amazon really knows how to build their stuff!).

The particular advise I followed from Andrys basten’s blog was the portion where I went into my settings, tap the more button, then tap the device button, and finally checked the box that said Allow Installation of Applications from unknown sources.  From then on, my Kindle no longer held a 3rd party download app restriction.  This meant that if I had the right program/app, I can download the wonderful apps already available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store but sadly not available on the Amazon App Store.

1Mobile App store
1Mobile App store

I decided to use 1mobile to download third-party apps.  It is very easy to use.  First thing you do would be to go to the 1mobile website and download the app to download the app (Yo Dawg).  Once it shows up in your app selection screen, open it up and take a minute to explore the wonderful ease of the app.  The layout is very similar to the Google Play Store in that you search through categories, view the feature apps or top rated, and even search the app if you already know the name.  First app I downloaded on 1mobile was the Curiosity Game app I wrote about earlier (so addicting).  I then opened the app and guess what, it worked perfectly.  In fact, it worked better than the app installed on my Android device due to the fact that my HTC Thunderbolt has a habit of shutting down the app after a few seconds.

Have any other ways of downloading 3rd-party apps on to your mobile device?  Teach us your tricks by commenting below.