Missing: Veronda Kay Sanders

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This week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Veronda Kay Sanders. Veronda is classified as a missing person. She was last seen on October 17th, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Veronda was born on May 13th, 1958 and was 60 years old when she went missing. She is described as a black female, 5’3”, 135lbs, graying black hair and brown eyes. Veronda has pierced ears, a small rose tattoo on the back of her shoulder, she also has moles under both eyes and a pockmark on the tip of her nose.

Veronda was wearing a white shirt, blue denim shorts and possibly a black fanny pack when she disappeared. She was last seen riding her bike in the S900 black of Westover in Houston at 8:30pm on October 17, 2018. Veronda has never been heard from again. Her bicycle is described as a light teal Huffy Good Vibrations Women’s Cruiser with a large black seat, there is no basket or fenders on the bike. It has not been found and few details are available in the case. If  you have any information on Veronda or her disappearance, please contact the Houston Police Department at (832) 394-1840.

Charley Project: https://charleyproject.org/case/veronda-kay-sanders

NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/53822/details

Tomorrow for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the true crime podcast, Crimes of Passion. Next week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the case of Michael Brandon Rapue. Until then keep sleuthing the cases; Nerd out!

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The Iron Circle by Alex Montague

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the adult fiction novella, The Iron Circle: The Tale of Harry Thomas by Alex Montague. This novella was released in September 2020 with a page count of 202 pages. There is no audiobook information available. The follow overview is provided from Amazon: Intending to write the definitive history of the West Ham United football firm, The Iron Circle, sixty year-old architect Gav Goldstein comes across his great-Uncle Harry Thomas’ wartime diary. By the autumn of 1944, Harry was the only member of The Iron Circle not to be sent overseas under the war effort. Left in bombed out East London, his only semblance of social life comes in the form of the young handsome Jakob, who Harry suspects to be a German refugee. Piercing the information from the diary with other letters and paperwork the family have inherited. Gav discovers that it was not only fear, loneliness and isolation that tormented a man separated from his tribe, but something much worse, something seeking revenge.

I enjoyed this novella. I was getting lost in the weaving of the story and then it abruptly course corrects to remind you of the whole purpose of the book. It was jarring and made it hard for me to care at the end. However, I did love the story telling and there are certain characters I would love to learn more about. I think this would work out better if it was flushed out into a full novel. Something just felt lacking when I finished it.

I give this novella 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Veronda Sanders. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the Audible Original A Grown-Ups Guide to Dinosaurs by Ben Garrod. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

**It should be noted that I did receive a promotional copy of the book in exchange for this review.

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Personal History Part 45

This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting the latest installment of the Personal History series. I hope you enjoy this new personal writing piece found below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the adult fiction novella, The Iron Circle: The Tale of Harry Thomas by Alex Montague. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original scene. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

Do you have kids?

I have 3 earth-side, an angel baby and two bonus kids. There are 3 boys and 2 girls that range in age from 4-18. They mean the world to me.

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Missing: Michael David Long

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This week for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Michael David Long. Michael is classified as an involuntary missing person. He was last seen on July 23, 2019 in Kihei, Hawaii. Michael was born on June 9th, 1971 and was 48 years old when he went missing. He is described as a white male, 6’0”, 165lbs, balding with grey hair around the sides, and blue eyes. Michael has a tattoo of an eagle head on his upper right arm, a scar on the left side of his rib cage, small circle scar on his inner-outer thigh, chipped front tooth, and crooked teeth.

Michael usually wore shorts and a t-shirt. He had called his family using someone else’s phone on July 23rd, 2019 at 9:33am. He has not been seen or heard from since. If you have any information about Michael or his disappearance, please contact the Maui Police Department by phone at (808) 244-6400. Please make sure to reference case number 20-006779.

Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/5380dmhi.html

NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/68153

Tomorrow for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting the latest installment of the Personal History series. Next week for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Amber Marie Whitmer. Next week for the True Crime Wednesday feature, I am recapping season 2 episode 4 of the true crime documentary series I am a Killer. Until then keep sleuthing the cases; Nerd out!

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Altered Carbon

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This week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the sci-fi action drama, Altered Carbon. This show ran from 2018 to 2020. It is rated TV-MA for the following reasons: severe sex & nudity, severe violence & gore, moderate profanity, moderate alcohol/drugs/smoking, and moderate frightening & intense scenes. There is a total of 18 episodes across 2 seasons. Each episode has a running time of 1 hour. Starring in this series is Chris Conner, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Will Yun Lee. The following overview is provided from IMDB: Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and restored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

I absolutely loved season 1 and was very excited when they renewed the show for a season 2. Then season 2 got released and I wasn’t entirely sad when they cancelled it. I don’t know what exactly about the storytelling that changed but there was something missing in season 2. I believe that if you are a sci-fi, fantasy, and/or action fan that season 1 is a must watch, Whether or not you watch season 2 is really up to you. I loved the casting and enjoyed watching each actor fall into the characters they played.

I give this series 4 out of 5 stars.

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Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts

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This week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the documentary film, Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts. This movie was released in 2019, with a running time of 1 hour & 21 minutes. This film is rated TV-MA with no details provided for why it received that rating. Starring in this movie is Brian Firkus, Reuben Asberry Jr., and Willam Belli. The following overview is provided from IMDB: Trixie charmed audiences and judges as winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. But the grind of performing and the pressure of the title proves that heavy is the head that wears the tiara.

Trixie is everything I need when I am feeling homesick for the Midwest. I was not a fan of Trixie’s when she was on Drag Race. I don’t feel like you can get a real feel of a person on a competition show. I am not the same person in my day-to-day existence compared to when I am in a competition setting. However, watching Trixie’s documentary made me fall in love with her. I also have mad respect for her friendship with Katya. Trixie is hands down my favorite drag queen.  I don’t know how to explain it, but she just feels like home to me. Y’all really should watch this documentary. Trixie is strong, witty, and a workaholic with a heart of gold, she is the best of the Midwest.

I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the sci-fi action drama series, Altered Carbon. Next week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the comedy film, Father of the Year. Until then keep consuming the cinema; Nerd out!

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Teen Mom Time Podcast

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This week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the pop culture podcast, Teen Mom Time. This podcast debuted in 2018 and last updated in April 2020. There were 99 episodes available on Apple Podcasts at the time of writing. The following description is provided from the Apple Podcast page: From exclusive interviews to setting the record straight on rumors, tune in for the hottest tea on Teen Mom 2 and Teen Mom OG! Join us each week on Teen Mom Time as we discuss everything about your favorite MTV franchise.

I was the right age when this show started to be invested. However, as I got older and my life got busier, I didn’t have the time to always watch the show. This podcast was a nice was to keep up with all the news and episodes before it stopped updating. If you’re looking to revisit some of the Teen Mom drama from the past, this podcast makes it easily digestible. I wish it had lasted longer.

I give this podcast 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Missing: Tercel Anibal Samayoa-Menendez

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This week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Tercel Anibal Samayoa-Menendez. Tercel is classified as an endangered missing person. He was last seen on October 10th, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tercel was born on February 2nd, 1985 and was 32 years old when he went missing. He is described as a Hispanic male, 5’7”, 190lbs, black hair and brown eyes. He is known to go by the name Anibal Samayoa.

Tercel was wearing a green t-shirt, blue jeans, a red & black Casio watch and a necklace at the time of his disappearance. Tercel was last seen leaving his home near Lake Mead Boulevard and Hollywood Boulevard. He had been headed to meet an unidentified in the parking lot of the Department of Motor Vehicles at the intersection of Pecos Road and Charleston Boulevard to sell an unregistered 2009 white Toyota Corolla. Tercel had told his wife that he would call her when he needed to be picked up. She never received a call and when she tried calling him, her calls went to voicemail. His family says this is uncharacteristic of Tercel, and there was nothing of note happening in this life that would make them believe he left of his own accord. If you have any information about Tercel or his disappearance, please contact the Las Vegas Police Department at (702) 828-3745.

Charley Project: https://charleyproject.org/case/tercel-anibal-samayoa-menendez

NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/41626

Tomorrow for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the pop culture tv podcast Teen Mom Time. Next week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Veronda Kay Sanders. Until then keep sleuthing the cases; Nerd out!

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Revealed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast

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This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult fantasy novel, Revealed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. This book was originally published in October 2013 by St. Martin’s Press with a page count of 320 pages. This novel is the eleventh book in the House of Night series. The audiobook is 9 hours & 58 minutes in length and read by Caitlin Davies. The following overview is provided from Barnes & Noble: Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever—and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?

I enjoyed the inclusion of old magic in the modern world story plot. I like how this series has moved along. Besides loving Zoey and Stark and their dynamic. My other favorites are Damien, Aphrodite, and Stevie Rae. Where the story has gone is better than I could have wanted. This series is so well-written, I love all the pop culture references and locations. Each of the individual character arcs are well developed across the books. If you enjoy young adult urban fantasy this series is a must read. There is so many things I love about this book but I don’t want to spoil very important plot points for those that haven’t read it.

I give this novel 4 out of 5 stars.

Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the missing person’s case of Tercel Samayoa-Menendez. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the adult fiction novella, The Iron Circle, the Tale of Harry Thomas by Alex Montague. Until then keep reading on; Nerd out!

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Original Scene #27

This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original scene I wrote as part of a one-page challenge. I hope you enjoy this latest creative work that can be found below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the young adult fantasy novel Revealed by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original scene. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

Premise: A hostage situation

I could feel a trickle of sweat run down my side as we were held hostage. I nervously traced my fingers along the edge of a terracotta potted plant. It was cool to the touch which helped distract the panic I was trying to contain. Suddenly, I could hear one of the captors. I couldn’t make out everything being said, but I caught enough to understand it was a list of demands.

“My pledge to you is this, if our demands are not met in the next six hours we start plugging them.”

There was a slamming sound that I assumed was a phone being hung up. One of the other captors was practicing karate moves. It made me think of a child that couldn’t sit still while their parents needed to do something.

“Hey, you any more Hawaiian rolls?” the karate captor asked the demands one.

“No, there’s only licorice left.” The man growled.

“Do you think they will give in?”

“I don’t know, but I don’t see why not. Maybe we could annoy some of the hostages with this and it can help our case.”

The man took a kazoo out of his lapel and slide it to the childish acting man. It was at this point that I regretted this, my first day on the job.

~FIN

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