I have a Patreon!

I have made a Patreon for Rae’s Violet Words. It combines both my creative writing and my art, which can be found here.

If you don’t know how Patreon works, basically it’s a monthly thing split into tiers that you can choose from depending on the content you want. This can be pretty much anything from exclusive sneak peeks of new content to coloring pages.

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RVW Review of 90 Day Fiance: Before the 90 Days S4

If you’ve seen the memes on social media of a short, stout, mayonnaise-y man and a very facially expressive Asian woman, you might have a basic familiarity with this show.

90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days is one of the many spinoffs of 90 Day Fiancé, a TLC reality show following the relationships of several couples going through or starting the K-1 visa process.

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RVW The Lobster Movie Review

This weird movie starring Colin Farrell chronicles a man, and others like him, checking into this hotel for single people. During the application process, they each have to choose an animal they’d like to be turned into. If at the end of the 45 days stay they’re still single, they’ll be turned into that animal and sent out into the world.

It’s a dystopian movie. Only couples can enjoy the city, taking trips and cohabitation. If you’re seen alone, authorities ask for papers proving you’re in a relationship. Also, at the hotel, it’s all about routine.

Scenarios are acted out by the staff, presumably, every morning as to how and how not to act in relationships and how women are safer from danger when accompanied by a man.

I wasn’t being held at gun point when watching this, but it sure felt like it.

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Reinventing Hannah Reedsy Book Review

You can read my full review on Reedsy Discovery: https://reedsy.com/discovery/book/reinventing-hannah-jack-ori Below is an excerpt of my review.

At my age, and having not experienced extreme sexual assault, I don’t think I’m the target audience for this book. However, I think a young adult audience and survivors of sexual assault may gain more from this book than I did. The reigning message in this book, which is rape doesn’t diminish one’s value as a person and brings about lots of complexities. Granted it’s a sensitive subject, is handled well at first. However, it encompasses the entire plot of the story to the point I began to wonder if any closure or solution would be reached over the course of 300 pages.

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RVW Review of The Chi S1 and S2

My first viewing of The Chi was only passive and in snippets as I would pass through the living room as my mama watched it. Even she began only partially paying attention as she began to drift off midway through episodes inching toward the second season.

Admittedly, I thought it was a boring mess of a show from the 1 1/2 episodes and pieces of other episodes I’d seen. Granted, I didn’t know what in the world was going on, which may have influenced my initial perspective. So I thought I’d never try watching it again, especially with hour-long episodes.

Fast forward a year or so later, I figured since I had Showtime on my iPad now, I might as well give the show another shot. So I started the right way: Season 1 episode 1.

It started to make sense as I pieced together scenes I saw the first time and connected them to what I was currently seeing. Coogie, Brandon’s brother, plays a more important role in the show than I initially thought. The little boys, particularly Kevin, also play a more important part than I thought.

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Ruby Book Review

Ephram could not help but think of Ruby. She entered him like a taste at the back of his throat—the memory of his mama’s peach cobbler.

Ruby, Cynthia Bond. Book 3 Ch. 23.

Ruby by Cynthia Bond, a tale that, at most times, seamlessly weaves fiction and bits of non-fiction throughout most of the story. My daddy recommended this book to me and I later found out, after I finished the book, he had never read it!

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