Took two days off

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

Taking time off while in lockdown is odd. I took two days off cause I was feeling a little frayed and poor work paid for it. Came back to 50+ emails. Poor boss that had to cover for me.

My days consist of watching Adrien while working and doing house stuff. On breaks, I’ll try to write or edit. It’s exhausting.

My two days off were pretty much a writing marathon trying to get chapter 15 of The Untitled Mystery Book Project finished. It was in my head and I needed to get it out.

Unfortunately, I also crashed physically. Full migraine, nausea, aches, and weakness. It’s like I just needed to get that chapter out and then my body said, “You’re not going to rest unless I force you.” So the weekend was painful. I hate migraines, I lost all peripheral vision on my left side for two days and every time the kids shrieked, I just saw red-ish static.

I’m feeling better today and the time off was restful, but taking time off with the kids home and lockdown going on is hard. At least I didn’t have a full social calendar.

It’s also why I forgot to prepare a post for today until just now.

All said and done, what you should take from this is that with me finishing chapter 15 and Jen finishing 16 we’re at 16/26, which is 2 chapters away from the end of the second act and that means we’re 2/3’s done. YAY.

Writing with Jen has been awesome, but that’s another post.

Be safe and be kind,

Éric

The Sleepover – JenEric Movie Review

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Hello Cinephiles,

Today we’re talking about the 2020 film The Sleepover.

Story

The main plot seemed to be that the kids needed to save their parents… except they didn’t need to nor did they save them.

Someone took a bad “I’m a secret spy” movie and mushed it with a decent Adventures in Babysitting ripoff.

There’s nothing I dislike more than having competent kids end up being useless.

Chekhov would be very disappointed in the laser pen and alarm underwear.

Score: 0

Characters

There were two characters out of 7 that actually got a story arc and growth. The rest were just there to prop up the plot and make jokes. Mim started out as an amazing and fun character but had to be toned down to make the main girl look more awesome. The dad was goofy and fun and then he became a complete idiot.

Score: 0

Dialogue

The dialogue wasn’t bad. A lot of over acting, but that was a bonus in this genre. It wasn’t particularly great but not bad.

Score: 0.5

Visuals and Music

This movie was stylish and had some impressive action scenes. It also had a significant amount of vomit which loses it points in my book.

The music was good and had a small moment of great, but overall was derivative.

Score: 0.5

Fun

There were times I enjoyed the movie, but the complete lack of agency in the kids at the end and the vomit scene really took my enjoyment away.

Score: 0

Overall

This movie wanted real hard to be a spy movie and then forgot to do anything like a spy movie. The excellent actors were underused, characters were changed for plot, and the awkward bodily humour wasn’t much fun.

Final Score: 1 star out of 5

Changing tastes

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

Little Dragon is going through a phase of discovering what she likes. It’s quite frustrating since it changes ALL-THE-TIME but I understand it’s because she’s trying to figure out what she likes and who she is.

“I really don’t like spicy,” she’ll say and then turn around and ask for Jalapeno cheese or extra hot sauce on her meal.

It’s as adorable as it’s frustrating. I know it’ll even out, but it’s hard to guess what she’ll eat. Sometimes when I ask her she changes her mind by the time it’s in front of her.

In the same vein, I’ve noticed that my tastes have changed in music at least. The Mystery Book Project is set in 2002 and we made a music playlist appropriate for the time.

There’s a lot of music from the time that I really enjoy and then there’s some others. At the time I enjoyed Eminem and Nine Inch Nails. They spoke to a part of me back then. Now not so much, it’s either a lot of whining and noise that sounds either entitled, pretentious, or both.

It’s interesting how tastes change over time, some over a couple of decades and some over a couple of minutes.

Ok. I have a lot of writing to do.

Be safe and be kind,

Éric

Just Add Magic – Recommendation Monday

Hello My Imaginary Friends,

Keladry loves magic and loves baking, so when I came across a show on Amazon Prime that was about 3 young girls who find a magic cookbook, called Just Add Magic. I thought she’d love it.

I really expected a cheesy magic show for kids. It reminded me of Alex Mac or Eerie Indiana. And to start with, it was pretty much that, but by the end of the first season, I was hooked.

The seasons have story arcs that are planned and cohesive, the magic system is as fascinating as the mythology. They even plant hints at next season’s stories.

There are some seriously awkward stories but overall it’s really well done.

We’re just about to start season 3 and I can’t wait.

Check it out if you have Amazon Prime. Warning, it’ll make you want to cook.

Be Safe and Be Kind,

Éric

We Can Be Heroes – JenEric Movie Review

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Hello Cinephiles,

Today we’re talking about the 2020 film We Can Be Heroes.

Story

This is a weird combination of superhero origin, kids saving parents, and invasion movie. It doesn’t quite work and is really slow in some parts. The first twist was well set up and had a great reveal, the second twist felt too easy and much too contrived.

Score: 0

Character

This is where the movie shines. The characters are extremely likeable and for such a huge cast and regular length movie they are well developed.

My favourite was the little girl water bender.

Score: 1

Dialogue

The dialogue is the best and worst you get from a superhero movie combined with the weirdness that is this director’s style. It doesn’t land very well most of the time.

Score: 0.5

Visuals and Music

This movie was the next step after Spy Kids in style and borderline archaic special effects. The aesthetic was there and it was kinda pretty, but still not great.

The music was good but unremarkable.

Score: 0.5

Fun

I enjoyed the movie. I like when the powerless kid doesn’t get super powered at the end. And overall it was a lot of fun. A little slow and that ending just doesn’t sit right with me. It felt too easy and invalidated the kids’ work.

Score: 0.5

Overall

An okay movie with great characters and an unfulfilling ending.

Final Score: 2.5 stars out of 5

The Holiday Shopping List

9five7 Pyrography

Geeky/wood burned art

Where to find them

9five7.deviantart.com

Shipping Deadline

December 15th


Brainy Bird Creations

Original acrylic and watercolour paintings, prints, digital illustration, and custom pet portraits.

Where to find them

www.brainybirdcreations.com

www.facebook.com/brainybirdcreations

www.instagram.com/brainybirdart

Shipping Deadline

First or second week of December

Sales

Special on 8×8 wood panel custom pieces and a few other special promos


Dark Arts by Sonia

Bespoke, handcrafted leather gifts and art.

Where to find them

http://darkartsbysonia.weebly.com

Shipping Deadline

December 14th


Éric Desmarais Author

Adventure, magic, fantasy, and friendship. Books for young adults and the young at heart.

Where to find them

https://renaissance-107765.square.site/s/search?q=Eric%20Desmarais  (HOLIDAY15 for 15% off)

https://www.EricDesmarais.ca

https://Coffee.Jeneric-designs.ca

Shipping Deadline

December 11th

Sales

Free Shipping in Canada over $75 with code CANFREESHIP


Float or Fly

Handmade chain maille jewellery and holiday ornaments that are colourful and lightweight – a modern twist on a medieval artform.

Where to find them

https://www.floatorfly.com/

https://www.facebook.com/FloatOrFly/

https://www.instagram.com/floatorfly/

Shipping Deadline

December 4 (December 13 for local pickup/delivery in Ottawa)

Sales

Free local delivery on purchases of $20 or more, and use code HOLIDAYLIST for 15% off until December 13


Gilove2dance Designs

Buttons, prints, keychains, stickers from various fandoms including Doctor Who, Voltron, Avatar: The Last Airbender, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and more!

Where to find them

http://www.lindsaycoderre.com/

Shipping Deadline

December 13th


JenEric Coffee

Fresh roasted, fair trade, flavoured coffee with geeky themes.

Where to find them

coffee.jeneric-designs.ca

Shipping Deadline

December 11th

Sales

Free Shipping in Canada over $75 with code CANFREESHIP


JenEric Designs

Scarves, hats, hair clips, dice bags, and everything else crocheted a geek might want for the holidays.

Where to find them

coffee.jeneric-designs.ca

Shipping Deadline

December 11th

Sales

Free Shipping in Canada over $75 with code CANFREESHIP


Mirror World Publishing

An Independent Canadian Press of Escapism Fiction for all ages! We publish paperbacks and ebooks in science fiction, fantasy, romance, and adventure as well as children’s books and some art books.

Where to find them

http://www.mirrorworldpublishing.com

http://www.mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com

Shipping Deadline

Varies by location and product

Sales

Use discount code BUNDLE at checkout when you buy a paperback to get 50% off a second paperback! https://mirror-world-publishing.myshopify.com/discount/BUNDLE?redirect=%2Fcollections%2Fpaperback

Or for Ebooks, Use code: BOGO at check out to Buy one, Get one


Pastel Dreams Nikki

Selling creepy cute, pastel goth, and fairy kei products such as mask bundles, scrunchies, hair bows, dice bags, and much more! New products are created every month 🙂

Where to find them

http://pasteldreamsnikki.bigcartel.com/

Shipping Deadline

December 8th

Sales

Limited quantities of bundles available


Popsquatch Designs

Nerd themed tee shirts and goodies! We make traditional shirts as well as bleach dyed designs in all sizes from infant to 3X.

Where to find them

www.Popsquatch.ca

Shipping Deadline

Ottawa, December 15th

Rest of Canada, December 4th

Sales

Free shipping within Ottawa


The Princess Party Project

The Princess Party Project aims to make royal visits a little more accessible with free birthday party visits! Currently taking requests for holiday video messages.

Where to find them

https://www.princesspartyproject.ca/

Shipping Deadline

Deadline to submit a request for a holiday video message is December 10th

Sales

Did I mention it’s free? 🙂


Renaissance Press

We sell books by diverse Canadian Voices

Where to find them

pressesrenaissancepress.ca

Shipping Deadline

December 10th

Sales

HOLIDAY15 for 15% off between November 1st and December 10th


Sofi’s Silly Slime

Sofi’s Silly Slime is where I create and make handmade custom and designer slimes, make DIY Slime kits, prepare party favours, loot bags and sell other sensory items like squishies. Slime is beneficial for creativity, focus, fine motor skill development,

Where to find them

www.sofissillyslime.com

www.facebook.com/sofissillyslime

www.instagram.com/sofis_silly_slime

Shipping Deadline

December 15th

Sales

I offer contact free curb pick up, CONTACT FREE delivery, as well as International shipping at current Canada Post rates. From October 6th to December 29th we are offering FREE DELIVERY TUESDAYS.


Stitchnanigans

Geeky, nerdy and snarky cross stitches, patterns and kits.  Geeky cabuchon pendants as well!!

Where to find them

www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Stitchnanigans

www.instagram.com/stitchnanigansstitching

www.facebook.com/Stitchnanigans1

Shipping Deadline

Dec 5 Canada and US, Nov 15 international

Sales

10% off all cross stitch patterns, as well as all pendants, when purchased on Etsy. https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/Stitchnanigans?coupon=CON2020


Thésaurus Tea

Thésaurus Tea is blended with dainty claws by a geeky dinosaur, and then steeped in fandom! While we have all the usual classic blends (and more!) that one might expect of any tea shop, we also host an ever-growing list of original teas based on popular s

Where to find them

http://www.thesaurustea.com/

Shipping Deadline

Canada December 15th

Sales

Coupon Code JenEric before you check out to get 10% off between November 1-December 15


Tubby Tabby Soaps

Tubby Tabby Soaps is a (queer) family-owned, small-batch, handmade soap company based out of Ottawa. Sometimes geeky and sometimes classic, we make soaps and solid shampoo bars that always keep the earth in mind.

Where to find them

Shipping Deadline

ON/QC: December 11, 2020. Rest of Canada: December 4, 2020. USA: November 27, 2020

Sales

JENERIC for 10% off regular-priced products. Valid until December 31, 2020.


twoemu creations

Handmade items from new & upcycled materials, many items in geeky prints. Aprons, Hanging towels, Christmas Stockings, Bow ties, Scrappie Critters and more

Where to find them

www.twoemucreations.com

Facebook: twoemu creations

IG: twoemucreations

Shipping Deadline

December 4th for ready made items within Canada

Sales

Sale on twoemucreations website on many items from Nov 1-Dec 4th


The Wishing Fish

Whimsical, traditional medium and digital art illustrations. Custom commission, art prints, and colouring pages.

Where to find them

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/TheWishingFish

Redbubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/Wishing-Fish/shop

Website:  www.thewishingfish.ca

Instagram: @thewishingfish

Spoonflower: https://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/the_wishing_fish_

Shipping Deadline

December 15th

Princess – The Holiday Shopping List

The Princess Party Project

The Princess Party Project aims to make royal visits a little more accessible with free birthday party visits! Currently taking requests for holiday video messages.

Where to find them

https://www.princesspartyproject.ca/

Shipping Deadline

Deadline to submit a request for a holiday video message is December 10th

Sales

Did I mention it’s free? 🙂

Get your Hands Dirty…and then Clean Again – The Holiday Shopping List

Sofi’s Silly Slime

Sofi’s Silly Slime is where I create and make handmade custom and designer slimes, make DIY Slime kits, prepare party favours, loot bags and sell other sensory items like squishies. Slime is beneficial for creativity, focus, fine motor skill development,

Where to find them

www.sofissillyslime.com

www.facebook.com/sofissillyslime

www.instagram.com/sofis_silly_slime

Shipping Deadline

December 15th

Sales

I offer contact free curb pick up, CONTACT FREE delivery, as well as International shipping at current Canada Post rates. From October 6th to December 29th we are offering FREE DELIVERY TUESDAYS.


Tubby Tabby Soaps

Tubby Tabby Soaps is a (queer) family-owned, small-batch, handmade soap company based out of Ottawa. Sometimes geeky and sometimes classic, we make soaps and solid shampoo bars that always keep the earth in mind.

Where to find them

Shipping Deadline

ON/QC: December 11, 2020. Rest of Canada: December 4, 2020. USA: November 27, 2020

Sales

JENERIC for 10% off regular-priced products. Valid until December 31, 2020.


The Holiday Shopping List

Find all your holiday gifts from local Canadian Artists.


Material Art – The Holiday Shopping List

Popsquatch Designs

Nerd themed tee shirts and goodies! We make traditional shirts as well as bleach dyed designs in all sizes from infant to 3X.

Where to find them

www.Popsquatch.ca

Shipping Deadline

Ottawa, December 15th

Rest of Canada, December 4th

Sales

Free shipping within Ottawa


twoemu creations

Handmade items from new & upcycled materials, many items in geeky prints. Aprons, Hanging towels, Christmas Stockings, Bow ties, Scrappie Critters and more

Where to find them

www.twoemucreations.com

Facebook: twoemu creations

IG: twoemucreations

Shipping Deadline

December 4th for ready made items within Canada

Sales

Sale on twoemucreations website on many items from Nov 1-Dec 4th


The Holiday Shopping List

Find all your holiday gifts from local Canadian Artists.