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My Healthy Journey: Reading and Writing for Your Health

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I’ve said it before on here, but I’ve always loved reading, and I’m not always very good at making time for it. I read a lot of news but not that many actual books anymore. Funny, because I don’t have any furniture in my apartment, besides the books on books.

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The Dead Zone

When I was 12 or 13, I read my first Stephen King book. As I’ve told you all before, I strive to be Stephen King one day. Once upon a time in my father’s bachelorhood, my father had read and owned many King novels, but in the combination of him and my mom, some of his nerdier and creeper things lost out, and these books were one of those things. Unfortunately therefore, there were none of his books to be pilfered in my home when the time came. Instead, I asked my father what novel I should start on from the vast King collection, and hiked down to the tiny local library to search for it.

He recommended The Dead Zone.

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Sleeping Beauty

First of all, movie posts seem popular, so I will try to increase those. This is my first effort to do so, bear with me.

Sleeping Beauty is my favorite Disney Princess movie. Always has been. I don’t know why, but I think it had something to do with the cake propped up by a broom, the cutest prince, the creepiest of the evil witches that turned into that badass dragon, and Aurora’s voice not being screechingly annoying or inducing the urge to writhe as Snow White’s always did (seriously, ask my mom, I used to fast forward through the part where she sang into the well.)

So when I was living in NYC and reading enough magazines and movie blogs to drown in, I was insanely pumped to discover the ads for this movie, Sleeping Beauty. I am going to start you off with the trailer so that you will understand my following sentiment more thoroughly:

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My Top 13 Horror Movies You’ve Probably Never Seen

First, let us establish a few things. These are not my favorite 13 horror movies ever, although some of them do make that cut. Also, while an avid horror movie fan and consumer, (one of the only genres I ever pay to go to the theatre for,) I do not just consume horror movies to be scared.

A horror movie is good to me in one of two ways: one, it is genuinely frightening. To be genuinely frightening to me, it is not really about the blood and gore and jumps, (for instance the first Saw is the only one I put any stock into.) Rather, a genuinely good horror movie is well-thought out, well planned, ingeniously terrifying or interesting, just as the first Saw is, yet is watchable. The Human Centipede is a genuinely horrifying, well-thought-out concept with a great villain brought to life. It is not a good horror movie because I don’t ever want to watch it again, and I really don’t want to see its sequel, which looks more disturbing than the first.

A good horror movie is not just horrifying, instead I leave feeling satisfied about watching people die, a hard thing to accomplish.

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