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Month: June 2016 (page 1 of 3)

Review: Star Wars Episode 3

RevengeOfTheSithNovelBy Jessica Velez

First of all, I would like to say that I am a huge Star Wars fan.  I have seen each of the Star Wars movies multiple times.  I have won a game of Trivial Pursuit: Star Wars.  I have learned a few Star Wars themes on the piano.  And yes, I do like Episode I – III, even if The Phantom Menace has Jar Jar and Attack of the Clones has the whole Anakin and Padme “romance” that just didn’t feel authentic.  I found that I did not really empathize with Anakin as he turned to the Dark Side in Revenge of the Sith (I’m sorry, do these count as spoiler alerts?  I just always have this assumption that everyone has watched Star Wars). Continue reading

Review: Gregor the Overlander

by Jessica Velez


Suzanne Collins’ first book is described in the blurb as the type of Alice in Wonderland adventure one could have if the main character was in NYC instead of, well, wherever Alice was.  And that is what happens to eleven-year-old Gregor and his two-year-old sister nicknamed Boots, when they are sucked into the Underland…through a vent in the laundry room. Continue reading

Behind the Scenes – 30 Second Covers: Nascent

On Friday, Mateo asked me to help him film a video for a song he covered.

The song “Nascent” was released by the band Forevermore early that morning.

He wanted to do a simple cover, but I knew that with a few hours, I could do a lot better than that.

We set up the area and started to shoot.

I didn’t want to get too fancy with the angles. That’s something I learned when making Josiah’s “Shadows” cover.

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Second Hearts

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00010]In the second book in the Saving Wishes series, we pick up the story a year after the end of the first book. Charli and her, to uncomplicate things let’s just say “friend”, Mitchell, have traveled to a few different countries outside of Australia and are currently living in Africa, mostly surfing while working low paying jobs. Charli finally comes to the decision that she needs to see Adam, so she goes to NY, staying in Gabriella’s apartment. But when she finds him, she sees him with another girl, and heartbroken stays in the distance and doesn’t let him see her. Continue reading

Creating a WordPress Plugin #1


I am building a WordPress plugin for practice. It’s a modification on the Hello, Dolly plugin that doesn’t really do anything.

As it stands, the Hello, Dolly plugin displays a single, random line from the Louis Armstrong song “Hello, Dolly” at the top of the admin screen.

My version of the plugin will allow you to choose a different song to display. It will also allow you to input your own song with its own lyrics.

Shall we take a look at what we have so far?

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