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The Undertaking of Lily Chen Book Review

51hlkeqrf9l-_sx348_bo1204203200_When Deshi Li’s brother dies in an accident, his family is not only in a state of panic because of the death, but because Deshi died unmarried…meaning he will have to enter the afterlife alone…for somewhere deep in the mountains of Northern China where the Li family lives, ancient custom demands that every man must have a wife to keep him company in the afterlife.  You can probably imagine where this is going…

In an effort to make good with his brother, Deshi heads out on a mission to find an eligible dead body for his brother before the week is over.  During his travels, he meets a woman named Lily Chen, a sweet and salty girl who needs money and a fast ride out of town…

Unaware of each other’s mission, the two embark on a journey together with two different destinations in mind…Deshi hoping to bring Lily home freshly killed for his brother; Lily hoping to marry Deshi and escape the life she once knew.

Both haunted by their past, literally and figuratively, Lily and Deshi travel through the Chinese countryside, meeting several characters along the way that help and hurt the end goals for both characters.  However, things get extra complicated when Deshi and Lily begin forming a romance neither one saw coming.

Told in a beautiful collection of illustrations that pay homage to classic Asian watercolor paintings, The Undertaking of Lily Chen is a beautifully sad and sweet story told in stunning picturesque detail.  Hauntingly human and wry, this graphic novel was a surprising read that combines duty and desire in the most poetic and humbling way.

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13 of the Best B-Rated Horror Movies for Halloween

Anyone who knows me knows I’m a sucker for campy, horrible, B-rated horror movies…the worse, the better.  Horrible CGI?  YES.  Terrible acting?  YES.  At least 6 pairs of boobs in the first 2 minutes?  DONE AND DONE.

Sure the Sharknado franchise is great…I’ve seen and love them all…but they just can’t compare with these other awesome 13 B-rated movies I’ve seen over the years.  Three-headed sharks, zombie beavers, gay werewolves…yup, all those and more await you in this epic list of 13 Awesomely Horrible B-Horror Movies Worth Watching NOW.

Now, there are some ground rules to getting on this list.  These movies are actually ENJOYABLE…a good chunk of movies on the market like this are honestly painful to watch…but these will at least offer an entertainment factor.

OK, everyone…Halloween is only a few days away…if you’re up late crafting your costume like I am, turn on Netflix and get ready to watch some seriously amazing cinematic gold…


In no particular order…

13 Awesomely Horrible B-Horror Movies Worth Watching NOW

Lake Placid

Something is rotten in the state of Maine.  A monster is lurking below the shallows of Black Lake and is attacking humans and animals alike.  When local law enforcement finds an ancient tooth in a victim, two Fish and Game officers are called in to help solve the mystery…however, when they discover their monster is a giant saltwater crocodile, the team must figure out a way to transport the beast back to the ocean before it kills everyone on the lake.  Starring Brendan Gleeson, Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt, and Betty  White (of course), Lake Placid easily has some of the best lines in campy movie history, including, “Stop throwing heads at me!”, “If I had a dick, this is where I’d tell you to suck it!”, and “…maybe you can chew the bark of my big fat log.”  I mean, how can you NOT want to watch it?  The success of Lake Placid also spurred two direct sequels, both of which were terrible…and not in the GOOD way.  It also inspired another film that was aired on Syfy, Lake Placid vs. Anaconda

Lake Placid vs. Anaconda

…which was epic in all the RIGHT ways!  Set in Clear Lake, Maine (which is across from Black Lake, naturally), the fabulous plot of this movie involves a giant anaconda being crossbred with a giant crocodile.  Why?  Why not!  However, when both creatures escape the testing lab, it’s up to local law enforcement and an assortment of colorful sorority girls to save the day.  Filled with all the boobs and blood you could want, Lake Placid vs. Anaconda showcases horrible (awesome) CGI special effects that were probably made using a free PC editing service.  Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger) is probably the most well-known actor in this lineup and there are several nods to both the Lake Placid and Anaconda franchises throughout the film.  An entertaining and hilarious movie with a fabulous surprise ending, Lake Placid vs. Anaconda is a must-see for fans of either series.

Snakes on a Train

In case it wasn’t clear, Snakes on a Train is a near direct replica of the feature film, Snakes on a Plane, starring Samuel L. Jackson.  Personally, I was not a fan of Snakes on a Plane…I thought it took itself way too seriously.  Snakes on a Train however…now that’s more my speed!  Released by The Asylum Company, a production company specializing in “mockbusters” (they also are the brains behind the Sharknado franchise and Three-Headed Shark Attack, which we’ll talk about later), Snakes on a Train is a gem in this lineup of campy horror movies.  A woman who has been put under a Mayan curse boards a train with her collection of snakes (all of which she has grown and hatched herself, by the way).  When she is attacked by bandits on her way to visit a shaman who is supposed to lift the curse, the snakes escape and begin attacking the rest of the passengers on the train.  As you might have guested, there are few survivors in this epic battle between man and beast…and when the curse transforms the woman into a large snake herself, well, you can just imagine what happens.


OK I very rarely watch clown movies…like, basically never.  But one night my husband and I were just looking for a fun scary movie to watch and he picked Stitches.  With lots…LOTS…of convincing (there may have been a beer bribe in there), he finally convinced me to watch it…and I’m so glad he did!  Even for those of us who hate clowns, Stitches is a comical and dare I say, enjoyable (?) scary clown movie that pretty much had me in ‘stitches’ the whole time.  After he’s accidentally murdered at a kids birthday party, Stitches the Clown returns from the dead several years later to seek revenge on the kids responsible for his death.  Filled with clever and amazing death scenes, this movie is perfect for a Halloween movie night.


I gotta be honest, this movie BARELY made it on this list.  It tried a little too hard to be bad, and everything was done just so to make it look intentional…but nonetheless, it was still somewhat enjoyable…and had a little cameo by Bill Burr, which was a fun surprise!  When a traffic accident sets a tub of toxic waste into a local river, beavers become infected with a virus that turns them into zombies.  Nearly un-killable and hungry for flesh, these beavers attack a local camping ground where a bunch of boobs and their dumb boyfriends are camping for the weekend.  A battle of life and death ensues…and when our dumb-witted heroes are eventually bitten by these zombie beavers, well, things get really interesting…P.S. not family friendly, in case that wasn’t obvious enough.  Queue ALL the vagina jokes in the world.

Three Headed Shark Attack

Another creature feature from The Asylum Production Company, Three-Headed Shark Attack was everything I wanted it to be and more.  Maybe it’s just that I’m a sucker for shark movies…or that’s all that really seems to be in the market now, but this movie is a treat for any B-horror fan.  What’s worse than a shark attacking boob-a-licious beach babes?  A SHARK WITH THREE HEADS!  As our survivors get picked off one by one, or three by three, this shark continues to feed and grow…and nothing can stop this monster that is three times as deadly as a great white.  As the group fights to the finish, the shark’s intelligence and brain power grows…and in a culminating battle of epic proportions, the survivors and the beast battle in a bikini-filled war for dominion over the ocean.

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Another clown movie I was forced into watching, Drive-Thru is about a troubled mascot named Horny the Clown.  Yup, that’s right.  The face of the local chain “Hella Burger”, Horny insults a group of hungry teens on their way through the drive thru.  One of the teens enters the restaurant to confront the voice behind the intercom and is dunked head first into a deep fat fryer.  The other teens meet similar ends and that is how this redonkulous movie STARTS.  Horny continues torturing and murdering unexpecting teens in a bloody gruesome series of events.  Personally, I found this a little too gory for my tastes, but it still had comedic charm and stars Leighton Meester, probably best known for her role as Blair on Gossip Girl.  If you hate clowns, I might pass on this one…but for those of you who have no qualms with clowns and love a good gory romp, Drive-Thru is sure to entertain.


Let me just explain the premise of this movie to you, dear readers:  a tire comes to life and kills people with its psychic powers.  That’s it.  That’s the movie.  It’s amazing.  An ironically deep movie, Rubber starts off in the middle of a desert with a group of people who are gathered together to watch a film.  A sheriff in the crowd points out that many moments in cinema happen for “no reason” and that life is full of this phenomenon.  It’s presumed that the sheriff is talking both to the film the group is gathered to watch as well as the film Rubber, which adds to its deep and meaningful subplot:  sometimes, shit just happens.  A very loose representation of Shakespeare’s “play within a play” scenario, Rubber is a hilariously bad movie with kind of an unexpected and interesting message.


How can you have a list of awesome B-movies and not include Tremors?  A personal family favorite and actually a very funny and enjoyable movie to watch, Tremors is about giant worms in Perfection, Nevada that attack their prey from under the ground.  With a great cast made up of Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Reba McEntire, and Michael Gross, Tremors is a definite go-to if I need a good monster movie.  Despite its position on this list, Tremors was actually really well-received and was hailed by critics for its diverse cast and humor.  It was considered “an affectionate throwback to 1950s creature features” and was deemed “solid entertainment” by TV Guide.  Not surprisingly, Tremors also has an array of sequels, the fifth of which is streaming on Netflix now (and is actually a really good movie!).  Love bad jokes, witty rednecks, and lots and lots of guns?  This is the movie for you!

Avalanche Sharks

After a snowboarder accidentally starts a major avalanche at Twin Pines Ski Resort, the moving snow uncovers and awakens a prehistoric “snow shark” that has been trapped underneath for years.  When several skiers go missing, the resort owner becomes nervous…as the big Bikini Snow Day (the busiest day of the year, obviously) is no time to start losing customers to ancient snow sharks.  To make matters worse, local law enforcement has cut off roads to the resort, trapping all these scantily clad snow bunnies at this shark-infested resort.  How do you outrun a snow shark in a bikini?  Well, I guess you’re just going to have to wait and find out!


Half shark, half octopus…100% predator!  Complete with some of the worst acting I’ve ever seen (maybe even comparable to The Room…maybe…), Sharktopus is another mash up of epic proportions, involving a creature with a sharks face and teeth and an octopus’s body.  Originally engineered by the U.S. Navy to be used for combat, the sharktopus creature escapes the control of its creators and makes its way to Puerto Vallarta.  While hunting the beaches, it consumes several busty beach goers and even has a few magical powers to help make it one epic killing machine!  Another classic from the SyFy network, Sharktopus is worth a watch if you’re a fan of shark or monster movies.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead

I had to save the best two for last.  Probably #1 on my list of horrible but awesome B-movies, Poultrygeist follows a group of folks trapped inside a fried chicken restaurant which is being attacked by a chicken-possessed zombie demonic alien spirit…all because the restaurant, American Chicken Bunker, is built on a sacred Native American burial ground.  Best of all, it’s a MUSICAL.  That’s right.  A musical.  A chicken-zombie musical.  I really can’t do it more justice than that.  With dark hilarity and amazing puppetry and special effects, Poultrygeist has to be appreciated for its shear production value.  I mean, some money went into this…not a lot, but some.  It took six years to get this film from script to screen, and was shot on 35 mm film.  Amazing costumes, great dance scenes, and awesome music make this horror flick a MUST on any bad movie line up.


Sometimes the best movies are ones we just stumble upon.  While scrolling through On Demand one night, my sister and I came upon this gem of a movie.  The description said something like this, “A film consisting of four stories that take place at a drive in.  Stories include Wadzilla, I Was a Teenage Werebear, The Diary of Anne Frankenstein, and Defecation.”  We looked at each other and pressed play immediately.  Man, is this movie amazing.  As an audience, we join a group of teens gathered together at the drive-in to view a lineup of short monster movies.  Each segment pays homage to a different genre and style of film and really has potential to exist all on its own.  Each drive in movie is about 10-15 minutes and each one is glorious in its own way:

  • Wadzilla is a spoof of 50s monster movies and is about a guy that goes to get his sperm count raised, only to create a large sperm that attacks New York City.
  • I Was a Teenage Werebear is a musical spoof of movies like Rebel Without a Cause and Grease about leather-toting gay werewolves.
  • The Diary of Anne Frankenstein is a black and white film about Hitler trying to create the perfect killing machine to help him win the war.
  • Defecation is exactly what you think it is.  And that’s all I’m gonna say about that.

So tying all these stories together is the framing story taking place at the drive in.  Chillerama starts when a worker at the drive in digs up his deceased wife’s body in an act of drunken stupor and attempts…shall we say…things.  But when the wife WAKES UP and bites him in his naughty bits, things quickly go from bad to worse for this worker, as he begins turning into a zombie on his way to work.  Once at work, he begins to infect all the movie snacks, in turn causing the folks at the drive in who eat them to turn into horny blood thirsty zombies…so all of that is happening during and between the featured other segments.  Phew!  It’s an adventure, for sure…and one definitely worth taking, if you ask me!

So there you have it!!  What other movies should I add to this list?  Let me know in the comments below!

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5 Inspiring Quotes from Johnathan Swift

It was on this day in the year 1726 that Johnathan Swift first published one of his most famous works, Gulliver’s Travels. Though it was first published anonymously, it had a bit of a surge in popularity upon it’s release, selling 10,000 copies in the first three weeks…which is a lot for a book in the 1700’s!

Rehashed and re-purposed several times over, Gulliver’s Travels was originally written as a satire and told the story of the many travels of Lemuel Gulliver, a man who, mostly by mistake, ends up traveling to a variety of islands inhabited by a range of unusual animals and people.

It became a classic almost instantly, and Swift went on to continue writing for what would be the the remainder of his life. After Gulliver’s Travels, he published A Modest Proposal in 1729, which is widely considered to be the greatest works of sustained irony in literature. He died in October of 1745 and left his entire estate to charity.

Some of Swift’s works are hefty to read, but hidden within his words are little gems of inspiration and truth. So to celebrate the anniversary of the publication of Gulliver’s Travels, here are five more true-to-life quotes by author Johnathan Swift.


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Ignite the Light and Let it Shine!


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10 of My Favorite Pasta Recipes

When the weather blows cold and the snow and rain fall in heaps, there’s literally nothing better than a nice big bowl of soul-soothing pasta.  Whether it’s a cheese sauce, a tomato sauce, a beer sauce, or a garlic sauce, these delicious pasta recipes are sure to warm you up from the inside out!

To make today an even BETTER day for eating pasta, it’s WORLD PASTA DAY!  I mean if that’s not the perfect excuse, I don’t know what is.

Pinterest Top 10:  My Favorite Pasta Recipes


Creamy Mozzarella Sun-Dried Tomato Tortellini


Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet


One Pot Cajun Chicken and Sausage Alfredo Pasta


Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese Casserole


Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells


Crispy and Baked Toasted Ravioli


Pasta with Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce


Cheese Tortellini in Garlic Butter Sauce


Slow Cooker Beer Mac & Cheese


Orecchiette with Baked Mini Chicken Meatballs in Tomato Cream Sauce


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13 Memes Only Walking Dead Fans will Understand


Well, we’re only two days away!  This weekend marks the return of The Walking Dead and I seriously cannot wait!

Chances are no matter what the outcome, the season 7 premier is gonna hurt.  It’s gonna be an emotional roller coaster.  So let’s not dwell on that today, mmm k?  Let’s have some fun!  Because if you’re a follower of TWD on any social media channel, you know this cast loves to have a good time!

So here are a few fun memes based on The Walking Dead.  Feel free to have it up on your phone or computer on Sunday for when you need a break from, what’s sure to be, one of the most intense episodes of the series.  I know I will!  I hope you’ve all enjoyed this little week dedicated to The Walking Dead…and I’ll see ya’ll on the other side!

The Best Walking Dead Memes!














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40 Fun Facts About The Walking Dead

We’re almost to the season 7 premier!!!  It’s been a long summer waiting for the return of The Walking Dead and I’ve filled several days this summer reading articles, watching videos, and completely immersing myself in TWD universe.

In doing so, I’ve learned so many fun facts about this awesome show.  From “death dinners” to Breaking Bad Easter Eggs, this list of “40 Fun Facts About The Walking Dead” is sure to get you in the mood for Sunday’s premier!


  1. You can buy Daryl’s crossbow (The Horton Scout HD 125) at Walmart for about $300.00.
  2. HBO (the same network that brought you gems such as The Sopranos, Deadwood, Game of Thrones, and Oz) passed on TWD because they thought it was too violent.
  3. Norman Reedus (Daryl) originally auditioned for the part of Merle. The casting director liked him so much that the role of Daryl was written for him.
  4. In the 1830’s, the settlement at the end of the Western and Atlantic railroad lines was called “Terminus.” You might know it now as Atlanta.
  5. The flesh the walkers eat is actually ham soaked in vinegar.
  6. The characters of Daryl, Merle, Beth, and Sasha never appear in TWD comic series.
  7. The bag of drugs Daryl finds contains blue meth…a nod to AMC’s other fantastic show, Breaking Bad.
  8. And speaking of, the car Glen uses in the first season of TWD is the same car Walt Jr. drives in Breaking Bad.
  9. Daryl also refers to Merle’s drug dealer when talking with Beth in the episode, “Still” in season 4. He says, “Merle had this dealer…this janky little white guy…he says, ‘I’m gonna kill you, bitch.’”  Hmm…sound familiar?
  10. The word “zombie” is never mentioned in the TV series and very rarely shows up in the comics. This is because Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comics, wanted to create a world where zombie culture didn’t exist…making these monsters truly terrifying.
  11. Over the course of the series, the walkers have continued to decay. This was done purposefully, possibly hinting that even dead zombies won’t last forever.  The show’s logo has also decayed throughout the series.
  12. In the comic, Rick ends up losing his hand in a battle with the Governor. They decided to forego this in the TV series because the CGI would cost too much and would get in the way of Rick’s action scenes.
  13. Andrew Lincoln (Rick), Lennie James (Morgan Jones), Lauren Cohan (Maggie), and David Morrissey (The Governor) are all British in real life. In fact Lincoln’s real last name is Clutterbuck.  How delightfully British is that?!
  14. When it comes to The Walking Dead universe, walkers outnumber the living 5,000 to 1.
  15. The scientist at the CDC is named Edwin Jenner after the actual English scientist, Edward Jenner, who developed the smallpox vaccine in the late 1700’s.
  16. The CDC has a guide on their website for what to do in the event of a zombie apocalypse.
  17. The CDC plotline is also unique to the TV series…it does not appear in the comics.
  18. The farm the survivors build while bunking in the jail in season 4 was real. The cast and crew often ate from the garden during production.
  19. On set, there are separate eating areas for the living and the dead. They’re segregated because producers want the walkers and humans to feel as far apart from one another as possible.
  20. There was a series of webisodes released in 2011 that showed the backstory of “the bicycle zombie” that Rick shoots in the series premiere.
  21. After a character is killed off the show, the remaining cast and crew throw them a “death dinner” to celebrate the character. This gives the whole production team the opportunity to say goodbye and a reason for past actors to come back and hang out with cast and crew.
  22. Permanent residents of Sequoia, Georgia, where some of TWD is filmed (it’s the location of Woodbury), get paid an average of $400.00 a month for the trouble of having the show film in their backyard at all hours of the day and night.
  23. Head of the special effects team, Greg Nicotero, has made cameos as a zombie several times on TWD, being killed by both Daryl and Andrea throughout the course of the show. He was also the zombie who bit Amy (Andrea’s sister) in season 1.
  24. Johnny Depp’s head was used as a model for a decapitated walker in one episode of TWD.
  25. Scott Wilson (Hershel) kept a replica of his severed head and displays it proudly on his mantel.
  26. All of the cast and crew wore suspenders on the day they filmed Hershel’s death to honor Wilson.
  27. Jon Bernthal (Shane) used to play semi-pro baseball in Russia.
  28. Norman Reedus’s back tattoos are real. He says he likes to “carry his daemons with him.”
  29. Jeffrey DeMunn (Dale) has had a role in every film and project directed by Frank Darabont.
  30. Because Dale had become such a beloved character, his guts were made out of chicken breasts, quite the star treatment after months and months of eating ham!
  31. Melissa McBride (Carol) was actually a casting director before landing the role of Carol.
  32. Steven Yeun (Glen) was originally studying psychology and pre-med before starting his acting career.
  33. Each zombie “look” is unique. They each have their own set of teeth and their make-up is applied based on the shape of the face.
  34. Mad Men actors Jon Hamm and Christina Hendricks expressed interest in being zombies on TWD.
  35. Interstate 20, which runs from Texas through Georgia and into South Carolina, was used to film the scene in season 2 where the actors hide under abandoned cars. This was the same stretch of road used in the movie, Zombieland.
  36. Cast and crew use peppermint soap to keep bugs at bay on set.
  37. The poem written by the hanging man in season 2 was inspired by graffiti written on homes after Hurricane Katrina.
  38. Danai Gurira (Michonne) does all of her own stunts. #BEAST.
  39. Season 5 marks 1.5 years into the apocalypse.
  40. Traveling to Georgia in the near future? Be sure to take The Walking Dead tour!  A small jaunt around town will take you to Woodbury, Terminus, the homes of Rick and Morgan, and Hershel’s farm, as well as several other popular locations.

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Daryl Dixon-Inspired Necklace

I really don’t think there’s a TWD fan out there that doesn’t love Daryl Dixon. Armed with amazing hunting and tracking skills, a killer bow and arrow (that you can totally buy at Wal-Mart!), and rugged sexy good looks, Daryl is the guy you want on your side should the zombie apocalypse ever happen. Modeled after Daryl’s winged jacket and showcasing an arrow with a little bead of blood, this Daryl Dixon Inspired Necklace is a moderate and fun way to show your true love for this bike-riding man’s man.


Daryl Dixon-Inspired Necklace


  • Necklace Chain
  • Wire Cutters
  • Jump Rings
  • Metal Clasp
  • Jewelry Pliers
  • Wing Charms (2 needed)
  • Arrow Charm
  • Red Bead
  • E6000 Glue (optional)



  1. Cut your chain to size and attach your jump ring and metal clasp.
  2. String two wing charms on your chain, making sure the feathers on both sides face outwards.
  3. In the middle of the wings, use a jump ring to attach the arrow and red bead to the necklace.
  4. To make my wings stand out straight, I actually used E6000 glue to attach the two wings together on the back of the charms. This prevents them from moving around and flipping over when I wear my necklace.

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Just Life and Death


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