February 17, 2018

Superhero Name Generator

It's the last day of the  'We heart superheroes week' blogathon. Here is your chance to find your superhero name. Have fun!

Here's an example of how it works:
choose a number - 7 which is between 1-10 and the word is = The
choose a color - Purple = Badass
choose a superhero - Captain America = Kindred Spirit
and combine the words = The Badass Kindred Spirit
< click on the image for a larger view >
Here's the quiz in case you can't view the image above:  
Superhero Name Generator
01 —  Choose a number:
1 - 10 = The
11- 20 = Professor
21 - 30 = Mister
31 - 40 = Sir
41 - 50 = Miss
51 - 60 = The Last
61 - 70 = The Great
71 - 80 = Madam
81 - 90 = Dame
91 - 100 = The Mild
Undecided = ___ (Blank)
02 —  Choose a color:
Red = Beardless
Orange = Wrecky
Yellow = Awesome
Green = Tuneless
Blue = Frantic
Purple = Badass
Indigo = Discount
Black = Wicked
Gray = Frisky
White = Exotic
Undecided = Evil

03 —  Choose a superhero:
Superman = Fighter
Iron Man = Generator
Captain America = Kindred Spirit
The Hulk = Crusher
Batman = Shadow
Wonder Woman = Phenom
Spider-man = Webber
Professor X = Reader
Black Panther = Enforcer
Wolverine = Scratcher
Supergirl = Flyer
Thor = Hammer
Deadpool = Spook
The Flash = Speedracer
Human Torch = Firestarter
Invisible Woman = Phantom
Mr. Fantastic = Expander
The Thing = Entity
Doctor Strange = Ghost
Daredevil = Messenger
Undecided = Bastard

04 —  Combine the words and you have your superhero name. Let us know in the comments what your result is.

February 15, 2018

A Trip to Rome & Paris

Today's for Top Ten Thursday, we're taking an imaginary city trip! Pick a location you've been wanting to visit, google the h*** out of the internet and put together the top ten things you want to see, do, experience, eat, etc. there!

DAY 1 — Rome, Italy
The flight to Rome was not great but the view of the clouds removed some of the bad vibes though I was stuck in the middle seat between a tall man with a scowl on his face and an old lady who chattered into a phone recorder. The noises were hard to ignore but at least, I got ear plugs which only worked slightly.

01/ Check into a small, homely hotel (Roman Holiday)
It was night when I arrived in Rome. The lady behind the desk spoke broken English but at last, I went up to my room by many winding stairs. It was small but lovely. In the morning, when I woke up to take a shower, I found a strange lady there. She was the maid and she was surprised to see me but she smiled before she left me the towels. I should never book hotels again without first asking how the cleaning service was.

02/ A ride on a motorbike on the streets of Rome (Roman Holiday)
It was a warm afternoon when I woke up after a long nap. Somehow I managed to secure a ride through the street of Rome from a really nice fella who was an American. He smiled far too much showing off his perfect but coffee-stained teeth.

03/ At the Mouth of Truth (La Bocca della Veritá) (Roman Holiday)
We stop at the Mouth of Truth and the American dared me to stick my hand in the mouth. The myth is that it would bite the hands off of liars. I shook my head. I'm not a liar but who wants to take the chance of losing a hand?


04/ A walk on the Spanish Steps (Roman Holiday)
I brought an ice cream cone and sat on the Spanish Steps. Though it was still hot, the ice cream made it a very enjoyable day plus I had another cone and a whole bunch of junk food.

05/ A party out in the night (Roman Holiday)
Somehow I ended up at a party and I danced with a barber and then a very handsome gentleman. I danced rather clumsily but he didn't notice or pretended not to notice. Though there were some strange scuffles about but otherwise the evening was quite lovely.

DAY 3 — Paris, France
Soon I was on a flight to Paris though I had to pay extra for a later flight as I missed the first flight. I woke up late. The time difference wasn't much but it certainly affected my sleeping habits. The flight was short which was nice. A quick check in at a hotel, a short nap and off I go.

06/ A visit to a bookstore (Funny Face)
I strolled around the streets and found a little book shop. The place was small but it was heavenly. Most of the books were old paperbacks and in French but I looked through them just the same. A whole bunch of people came for a photo shoot and ushered me out rather quickly.

07/ A night bateau-mouche (open boat) ride on the Seine (Charade)
Met an American there, he seemed nice but somewhat sly. Could he be a spy or some sort of government agent? It's hard to say though he was quite a gentleman.


08/ A visit to the Eiffel Tower (Funny Face)
What's a visit to Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower? There were these people bursting into song right there but I didn't mind. It was fun to watch them. But the best part was the view - it was amazing.

09/ The art museum Musée Carnavalet (The Musee Carnavalet) (How to steal a million)
Everything here was wonderful though the security seems rather serious standing guard. It was far more crowded than usual but I did get to see some artwork and sculptures though no cameras was allowed so no pictures. There was some excitement about a special sculpture but I didn't pay much attention.

10/ A meal at the Maxim's, 3 Rue Royale (How to steal a million)
The meal was satisfying and the company was interesting and quite handsome. The man just appeared and started talking to me though he seem quite focused on crime. A quick after dinner walk and that was the end of the trip.

Where do you want to go on your on trip?  For more Top Ten Thursdays, visit Tamara here.

Image credits links: Rome, Italy image by David IliffRoman Holiday screenshotsSpanish Steps in Rome Photo by Piotr aka 2pi.pl  • Paris, France photo by Sergey Ashmarin  •  Funny Face screenshots  • Charade screenshots 1 , 2  •  How to steal a million screenshots 1, 2, 3Musée CarnavaletMaxim's photo by Natlo47

February 13, 2018

Judge romance books by their covers

This week's Top Ten Tuesday is 'Love Freebie'. I decide to write imagined conversations & thoughts using romance covers. I didn't read these books or their synopsis which I think it's more fun this way. (Click on the covers for a larger view)

01/ Race against the Duke by Charlotte Darcy

She: Why are we dancing outside. Does he have a fetish for horses?

He: Why did I let Mother talk me into holding a ball outside? I hope it does not rain. Duke the Second really cannot withstand rain. It rust his shoes. I hope the stable boy has not fed Duke the Second sweet potatoes again.

She: Something smells funny. Keep smiling. Just keep smiling.

He: Never again shall I hold a ball outside. I do not care if Mother threatens to kill herself.

She: I hope he is not like his horses. I certainly do not know how to get the smell out of the carpet. At least, his estate is large.

02/ The Wayward Heir by Kelly Anne Bruce

He: I hope she thinks I am marrying her for her mind.

She: I hope he have a great body because I cannot stand the way his left eyebrow twitches every time I mention 'children.'

He: I wish we are alive because being half translucent ghosts really dampens the bedroom.

She: Oh, I wish I can be alive again. I would marry an earl instead of this half duke. At least, our ghost child will have a nice place to live in.

03/ A viscount's second chance by Joyce Alec / The devil may care by Emma V. Leech / A lady like no other by Claudia Stone / The archaeologist's daughter by Summer Hanford (FYI: all these are separate books using almost the same image)

He: I hope she does not notice I have a fetish for woman who have pale ghostly complexions.

She: I hope he does not have a limp. Oh my, does he always stand so awkwardly?

He: I hope she does not think I chose this puffy bow tie myself. I would rather die a thousand deaths but at last, Mother overruled me again.

She: Why does he wear that ridiculously large bow tie? Does he think it make him attractive? I hope he's not into men. Never again, not after the incident with George The Third. Why are his ears so red? Oh well, at least, he is rich and not ugly to look at.

04/ His Future Bride Mercy by Indiana Wake & Belle Fiffer / The Gift of Christmas Love by Callie Gardner (FYI: same photo, two different books)

She: Is he looking at my breast? Who did I just agreed to marry?

He: I hope she doesn't notice I'm a bit cross-eyed.

He: Oh no, I hope she doesn't find out I have another bride who looks just like her in the snowy hills.

She 2: Gosh, does he always have to wear that dumb cowboy hat? Why does he keep looking at my chest?

He: I hope they both won't found out I brought them the same dress.

05/ To Chase the Storm by Kimberly Cates

She: Why is it so warm tonight? Oh yes, I forgot, there's a ship burning behind us. I just wish he would stop burning ships just because I told him it makes me hot.

He: I hope she appreciates that is my father's last ship.

She: Ugh, the ships smells bad. Why does he thinks this is romantic?

He: Why does she never let me wear a shirt? We are outside after all. And this leather pants is making me sweat in all the wrong places.

06/ Winning the Merchant Earl by Arietta Richmond

He: "Darling, you have dark smudges on your gloves. Have you been cleaning the fireplace again? I told you, mother will not kick you out now that we are married."

She: "No, my dear, I have not been cleaning the fireplace but I have been polishing your boots. They are ghastly."

He: "Darling, you are not a maid anymore. You are my wife. But as long you are at it, remember to polish them properly. I really need them to shine. I have an engagement with the duke tomorrow. I hope he will purchased my collection of buttons. You know how much I have worked to keep them from rusting."

She: "Of course, my dear. Anything for you."

07/ The Hens, The Third Day (The 12 Days of Christmas Mail-Order Brides Book 3) by Merry Farmer

He: "Which one of you is my mail order bride?"

She: "I am."

She 2: "No, I am your bride."

He: "You? It doesn't matter. I hope one of you can turn me back to a man because I don't want to be a hen. Wait! Isn't hen a female? Oh no, will I be a lady when I turn back?"

08/ An affair in winter by Jess Michaels

She: I hope he can read. I can't be with a man who can't read.

He: Why does she look so happy when I'm about to fall and break my bones because she likes to see me in awkward positions?

She: I hope he doesn't notice I smell like an 80-year-old book.

He: What is that strange smell? Is it her?

09/ Lord of the Privateers by Stephanie Laurens

He: God, I am so bored. Does she not know how much I hate ships? Just because I am the Lord of the Privateers does not mean I like spending my time on a ship.

She: Where are all the gorgeous pirates? Sissy told they usually appear along this harbor.

He: I'm dying to know if Lord Stephen will wed Lady Gowin when he finds out she's really a cleaning lady.

She: Oh look, another ship. I hope there's a pirate there to take me away from this grumpy man. And perhaps rob him of his gold and his ship. I didn't spend all this time with this boring man for nothing.

He: I hope the maid doesn't find my secret library of romance novels and my chocolate stash.

10/ Snatching the Bride by Ehiee Atkinson

He: "You should know my hair is very important to me. I will never cut it. But you may cut yours."

She: "I will do anything you ask. After all, I did agreed to live in a house surrounded only by the mountains and a strange gapping black hole after you snatched me from the only home I know."

He: "But, my darling, promise me you will not wear that hideous green shirt again. It makes me ill at ease."

She: "I know. My father picked it out. He has horrible taste in clothes. But at least he agreed to let me marry you. I hope you are very well endowed."

He winks at her: "I am."

She attempts to not roll her eyes: "What I meant, is, I hope you are rich because I'm not marrying a poor mountain man."

What do you think when you see these covers? 
For more Top Ten Tuesday, visit That Artsy Reader Girl. 

International Book Giving Day
Do you know February 14 is International Book Giving Day? Me either. Anyone who leaves a comment will get a chance to win a book of their choice (under 30 US dollars) from The Book Depository. Giveaway ends at the end of the week or when I remember I have a blog which is usually on a Friday. Happy Reading!

February 12, 2018

Favorite superhero movies & tv shows

Hamlette at Hamlette's Soliloquy is hosting a 'We love superheroes week' blogathon from February 11-17.  Today, I'm listing seven of my favorite movies and tv shows.

01/ Superman the movie and Superman II — Christopher Reeve is the ultimate superman for me as I have seen these movies first so it's reasonable that I'm attached to them more than the new ones. Super III & Superman IV were a bit off but I didn't hate them.

Favorite quote: "I'm here to fight for truth, and justice, and the American way."

02/ The Incredibles — I like the family of superheroes and there is a lot of humor here. My favorite is Violet Parr, the Invisible girl and Edna Mode - what a great character, she is so funny.

Favorite quote: "I never look back, darling! It distracts from the now." 

03/ The Bionic woman — Some might said Jaime Sommers (as played by Lindsay Wagner) is not a superhero and she doesn't have powers but she does have a pair of bionic legs, an arm and an ear. I like she is a normal person who just happened to become bionic and she keeps her job as a school teacher while going on missions. There is a lot of humor in the show too.

Favorite quote:
Tipsy Man: "Man, where did you get a grip like that?"
Jaime Sommers: "In the police academy."

04/ Sky High — it's just a fun movie thought a bit cliche but it is enjoyable to watch.

Favorite quote: Principal Powers: [over the intercom] "There is no smoking on school grounds. Or freezing, or bursting into flames."

05/ The Incredible Hulk — Every time I hear the theme song, I'm reminded of this show. So the special effects aren't so great compare to today but I didn't mind. I like that his name is David Banner instead of Bruce Banner. David just sounds so much more likable.
Favorite quote: "Mr. McGee, don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

06/ Captain America: The First Avenger/Captain America: The Winter Soldier — they're both good movies though I think it's more enjoyable to watch one right after the other.

Favorite quote: "I don't like bullies; I don't care where they're from."

07/ Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman — Dean Cain is definitely my second favorite Superman actor right after Christopher Reeve. This series is pretty good though it did took a long while for Lois to find out Clark is Superman which I suppose makes sense but at least they addressed it pretty well. And I totally adore Clark's parents - they're so supportive and fun.

Favorite quote: "Well, what he can't do, it doesn't matter. It's the idea of Superman. Someone to believe in, someone to build a few hopes around. Whatever he can do, that's enough. I just wish that I could tell him that."

What are your favorite superhero movies and tv shows?

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