Book Re-Review: “A Creature of Moonlight” by Rebecca Hahn

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Updated Review, 5/24/2020

DNF at 7%

“A Creature of Moonlight” was a book that I was looking forward to rereading. I borrowed it from an online library that I am a member of. I waited for a bit to receive it on my Kindle, and instantly dove in. Sadly, I did not finish my reread of the novel.

While the book itself is well written, I found that it was simply not as charming or captivating for me on the second pass through. Though I could see how and why I enjoyed the book the first time I read it, I feel that, as a person and as a reader, I have simply grown away from this type of story-telling.

Maybe in the future, I will try again.

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‘A Creature of Moonlight’ was a charming novel about a girl named Marni who may or may not be the daughter of a dragon. I liked the novel itself, though the pacing was a little off, feeling slow and sluggish in the middle while the beginning and ending were very rushed. I finished the book in three days, so it was a quick read for me, but at certain points I lingered, just because of the language.

Reader beware: There is magic between these pages!



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Oh No, He’s Going On About Video Games Again…

Yes, it is that time again for Devyn to go on and on about video games and other nerdy things.

I finally received my 2DS XL the other day, and I sort of have already amassed a bunch of games for it. I’m not done yet, though. There are so many more games that I would like to acquire for the system. I’ve also been researching games for my PS Vita and for my PS4, as well as for the Nintendo Switch–which we haven’t purchased yet, but are hoping that the price of them goes down soon. People are selling them for insane amounts.

3DS Wish ListPlayStation VITA Games Wish List

I’m in the process of making lists for the Switch and for the PS4 as well. For now, however, those two lists are basically me collecting games. Will I play them all? Who knows. I just really want them to at least try.

As for 3DS games that I own–I have ten of my own now, as well as a few that Covey owns that I will play and borrow (they donated their 3DS to a kid that lost his home last year in a fire, but the games they had for the system were a bit too adult for the child. We ended up keeping them, knowing that I would be getting a new system eventually).

Mother’s Day…For the Rest of Us

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the grandmothers, aunts, sisters, etc. who take on the role of mother when no one else will, or no one else can. Happy Mother’s Day to the single fathers out there, to the men who step up and play both the role of the father and the mother. Thank you, all of you. You are loved.

Happy Mother’s Day to the mother-in-laws, to the grandmother-in-laws, the sister-in-laws, and so forth.

And to all of the children who can’t say “Happy Mother’s Day” to their moms for any reason, it’s okay. You, too, are loved.

Today is going to be a rough day for me. I have plenty of mothers myself–a wonderful birth mom, a stepmom, a mother-in-law, a grandma, a nana, etc. It’s just that sometimes we don’t all get along. There is some family drama happening right now that I am certainly not into, nor do I want to be pulled into it. Hopefully today goes off without a hitch.

Hopefully.

It’s strange for me, too, to not be celebrated this Mother’s Day. Not that we have children in the traditional sense; we have Jasper, our fur daughter, but no two-legged, human children. That’s fine. We are still a family.

But today isn’t for me. Father’s Day will be my first one that I can celebrate as myself. I am Jasper’s dad, and this year, I can fully celebrate that part of my life. It kind of makes it more special to me, more awesome. And today is definitely a day for my beloved spouse, even if she doesn’t consider herself one way or the other (but, to Jasper, she’s mom).

Today, I have begun to wonder if the titles of ‘mother’ and ‘father’ really matter that much in the long run. There are parents out there that are horrible people–people who are abusive in a way that can kill their child, or harm them in other ways. Then there are parents out there that aren’t the textbook definition of ‘parents’–they might be legal guardians, or they might be an older friend who just cares for that person, that child. Hell, it can sometimes even be an animal that cares for them enough to keep them alive.

Maybe I don’t know what I’m talking about.

Minor Updates; Probably Some Rambling

My 2DS XL will be here tomorrow, along with some other orders. I am still waiting on the boots I purchased. My spouse managed to snag a used SNES Classic Mini from the website Mercari; it seems to be lost in the mail. Hopefully everything will make its way to us soon.

I feel a little robotic tonight. I am going through the motions, just living. Existing. It’s Thursday, which means we will be playing Dungeons and Dragons in about half of an hour. There will be food to eat shortly as well; Covey is cooking sauteed onions and mushrooms to go on steak, along with corn on the cob, and cheesy garlic bread. A right feast.

Why do I feel so bland?

Sleep! Finally!

Last night, I was finally able to get a full eight hours of sleep. This marks the first time in about a week that I slept for longer than four hours. It felt nice, but now I am super groggy! I guess you can’t have everything.

I should know today (in about five hours) if I won the bidding on a gently used New Nintendo 2DS XL in orange and white. It comes packed with the charger and a copy of Pokemon Sun (which comes without the case). If the bids stay where they are, I will have an extra forty dollars afterward–the current bid is eighty-one dollars, and my max bid is at one hundred twenty five. I’m not holding my breath, though. It is very possible and likely that I will lose the bidding war, as handheld consoles are super popular right now.

I do have back-ups just in case I do not win the bid. GameStop.com has a pretty nice selection of used and refurbished 2DS XL consoles, along with their 3DS XL counterparts. I have to get the “New Nintendo” model of either, though, as there are games that I have and that I want that will only place on that version of the system.

To prepare for the arrival of my newest gaming child, I have drawn up plans and written a tutorial for myself on how to sew a traveling case for the 2DS XL system. It–once I’ve made it–should hold the console along with eighteen games and an extra stylus. If it works out, I might consider making some to sell in different sizes. For example, I would make ones for the 3DS/2DS XL systems; some for the Nintendo Switch (both the Lite version and the regular version); PS Vita consoles; etc.

I will probably work on that today. I also have an order of masks that I have to make between today and tomorrow morning. They are due at around 3:30pm tomorrow afternoon, and I have to make eight of them in total. I’m going to be trying something new; I’ll be adding a third layer of cotton as the CDC suggests for better protection. I’m getting a bit of money for them, but honestly that money goes toward more supplies to make either more masks to sell, or for my new wardrobe.

Making My Own Wardrobe

A few things have happened to me during this pandemic. Some good, some bad. For example, the bad–my Grandfather passed away; Covey, Jasper, and I were forced to self isolate for a week due to symptoms that turned out to be nothing (but it’s okay; better safe than sorry); it snowed in April; and I haven’t been able to get out as much as I would like to (not only stores, but to see family, friends, and to go out for walks).

The good–we finally received my stimulus check; I explored my gender and discovered that I am just a really feminine straight male; Covey and I have been able to spend a lot of time together; we have been budgeting better; and I have had a lot of time to do things like sewing and art.

The most important thing, though, is that we are safe and healthy.

Also I am getting a new Nintendo 2DS XL from either eBay or GameStop.com! This makes me crazy happy. We were going to purchase a Nintendo Switch as well, but they are sold out absolutely everywhere.

Starting Wednesday, I am going to be creating a bunch of pieces for my wardrobe. I’ve decided to not be afraid anymore, and to embrace who I am. Part of that means dressing how I feel comfortable (and handsomely pretty!). My style (or, at least, the style that I would like to start dressing in) is sort of a colorful Gothic aesthetic. I want to wear Victorian-inspired outfits but in modern day hues, along with a bit of a feminine flair. There will be down-time days where I will simply wear a t-shirt, pants, and a vest or light suit jacket, along with some shoes (either boots or heels). I’ve also started to style my hair differently. It’s long enough so that I can pull it back, but since the sides and back are shaved, it allows me to have this neat look (my brother called it a Djinn’s tail, and I freaking love that).

A bit of makeup some days as well and I’ll be all set! It should be noted that, though I am male, there are days when I am going to want to look feminine. I don’t know how to explain myself other than my style is my own, but the body I am in currently is wrong. When I see my breasts, when I look down at myself, I’m disgusted. I feel all wrong, like someone put me in something that doesn’t fit right. So, while I am male, I still love some feminine things, and I still act a bit feminine–just because that’s who I am.

Ah, but I’ve gone off track! The entire point of this post was to introduce what I am going to be sewing for myself over the next month or so. Below are some images that I’m going for. I may post pictures of myself in my new outfits when I’ve finished them, but until then–just picture it!

Then there’s the more casual style I’m aiming for (probably my look during most of the summer months).

So, that’s about where I am right now. I need to purchase a lot more black fabric! As I mentioned above, though, there will be color in my wardrobe. I’m just sort of a colorful person. I’ve already got planned some pinks, reds, blacks, whites, and creams. I think I’m going to add some deep greens as well, and some royal purples or maybe more of an Eggplant purple? Something along those lines. A few brown pieces here and there, too. And, of course, on my casual days, my shirts will be geeky or joke-inspired.

Over and Over Again

Tomorrow.

Tomorrow will be the seventh day since we were told to self isolate. My spouse and I will finally be able to go outside again. We will finally be able to go shopping (with masks worn, of course) for food. We will be able to go do our laundry. We will be able to feel the sun on our skin, the wind in our hair.

Oh, Gods, never before have I wanted to go outside as much as I do right now. Who knew that locking myself away for a week would do this to me? Of course, I am not really complaining. We are healthy–it turned out to be a bad cold that attacked us and not Covid-19. We aren’t hungry, or out of toilet paper. It’s just a bit of cabin fever.

We also are not stupid enough to boycott any sort of quarantine. Obviously.

So how have we been keeping busy? Mostly, I have been sewing, cleaning, reading, and watching videos. There has been a bit of playing Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp on my mobile as well, since we don’t have the money for a Nintendo Switch. Even if we did, they are sold out everywhere and going for crazy amounts of money on sites like eBay and Amazon.

Starting tomorrow, I believe I will take an hour or so every evening to relax and play a bit of a video game. I have so many for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita that I haven’t gotten to yet, as well as tons of old classics and favorites that need some love. For the first game, I was considering a nice horror–either the Resident Evil Remastered Remake, or Resident Evil VII. I’ve started the latter, but because it was so intense I had to fear quit.

Speaking of video games…I used to own a Nintendo 3DS. I loved it, but I traded it in for my PS Vita. While I love my Vita to death, I really miss my 3DS! I’m considering purchasing a used one from eBay, considering how cheap they are right now. Seriously, I can snag one in decent condition for just under one hundred dollars! Of course, I’d have to purchase some games for it (I only have one still that I refused to get rid of when I traded in my original–that game being the Fatal Frame spin-off, “Spirit Camera”).

For 3DS games, there are a bunch that I would like to get–some that I haven’t played before, and others that are old friends.

…Just to name a few, of course.

I just found out that tonight, my Dungeons and Dragons group is getting together to start another game! We will be doing a GURPS game based off of the Shin Megami Tensei series of video games. Oh. My. God. I’m so excited.