Wednesday, July 20, 2011
My sister had a teacher who said "When you can't think of anything to write, just write "blah blah blah blah" over and over. For the past six months, when I even think about writing, "blah blah blah blah" overpowers any thoughts, ideas, and desire.
Someone I know has studied a bit of palm reading for fun, and apparently my palm would have you believe that I'm talented but not creative. If I put stock in palm reading, this would be an earth shattering tragedy. It did make me pause and consider. I've played the piano all my life, but I've never written any music. I've danced for forever, but have spent very little time choreographing. I love books, but I've always had a hard time committing to writing. Granted, these may just be areas I haven't spent time developing, but it's an interesting trend. Well, palm, I defy you! I will write! I will spend as long as I need developing ways to fight writers block. It will happen, and then I will eat ice cream.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I've gone shopping
I've spend several weekends away
I watched [almost] all of the Star Wars movies
I auditioned and got into a show! One that requires a Scottish accent
I signed up for Google+
I found a place to live (moving at the end of the month!)
Although I have been living, working, and passing through life over the past few months, it almost feels like I've been on vacation. I haven't been doing anything terribly tangible.
Now, I'm performing again, moving into the big city, writing a bit more, and low and behold, I wrote a blog! A short blog, but a blog!
Hi everyone! I'm back! At least until the next vacation. Which shouldn't be for a while...
Friday, February 25, 2011
Toy Story 3
The Good: Is it just me, or do these movies keep getting better? The characters continue to grow, as do their relationships. The voices, as always, are phenomenal and the addition of Barbie (a very likeable portrait) and Ken (More amusing than likeable) are genius. The development of the story is logical and heartbreaking.
The bad: nada
Final thoughts: This movie made me tear up the first time I saw it. The second, I still had to fight back emotions. Toy Story has grown up with us (well, okay, me). This story rounded out the trilogy nicely. It's something special that does not come around often.
The good: I felt like I was trapped under a rock for 94 minutes trapped under a rock (granted, better than 127 hours). The directions was intense, beautiful and clasutrophobic. James Franco's performance was masterful. He was this film and he lived up to all of his massive potential.
The bad: There was very little that was enjoyable about this movie. The cinematography was beautiful when it spanned away from Franco's character. Otherwise, it was incredibly difficult to watch (Though it is an inspiring example of the indomitable nature of the human spirit).
Final thoughts: I had mixed feelings after watching this movie. The tone told me that I was watching something important, but upon further thought, it seemed like something I did not need to see. Don't get me wrong, Aron Ralston story is incredible. Maybe the ending was a bit much for me.
The Kids are All Right
The Good: The acting is what made this movie for me. The cast was extremely strong (but you didn't need me to tell you that) and the performances were memorable. The LA setting was beautiful and the depiction of a family led by homosexual females was encouraging and had some funny moments.
The bad: The relationship we are supposed to be rooting for held very little for me to sympathize with. There are almost no sparks of love or tenderness portrayed. Annette Benning is domineering and shrill and Julianne Moore is beaten-down and timid. It seems like the writers/director wanted to show the slow breakdown of the family, but they did it too well, leaving me not wanting to see it repaired.
The Good: I love this movie. It gets so many things right. The tone drew me in, the cinematography is beautiful. The acting is pitch perfect. I love well done westerns and this is one of the best recent attempts!
The bad: (spoiler(ish)) I'm not a big fan of the ending. It pulls me out of the story and shatters my connection with the characters. This may have been the point with the commentary of time passing. However, even if this is the case, it feels abrupt and tacked on.
The good: Christian Bale was insanely good in this movie. He was almost unrecognizable in the face of the character he created. The story was also fun and somewhat inspiring.
The bad: While it was a nice story (based on real events), it was cliche. Also, few of the characters are sympathetic at all. Mark Wahlberg's central character felt weak (Or maybe it was his acting weighing in next to Bale's...he was just fine.
Friday, February 18, 2011
First, I was getting intensely frustrated by my quickly growing blog lineup. It's hard to keep track of 50 (as of right now) blogs! Granted, about 10 of them are either personal or fashion blogs (just for fun).
Rach, over at Rach Writes, wrote about organizing your blogs Using Google Reader. After years of denying myself a Gmail account (how long has Gmail been around), I signed up; just so I could gain access to this sacred program. You can skim unread posts quickly, star what you want to go back to, sort by type of blog, link to actual blog pages (to comment). It cut down my blogging time by at least an hour. If you haven't created an account, do it (seriously). Also, check out Rach's blog (linked above). It's great!
Second, I was an English Lit major in college and yet I didn't take a single writing class (I am so smrt!). I've always known that I would love to write, but never thought I would be able to do it (lacking talent or determination maybe?). I never took the time to actually sit down (or stand up...?) and consider the option. Also, because of my debilitating fear of failure (I know, failure only occurs when you stop trying. Try convincing my 20 year old brain of this fact), I was afraid of being told my writing sucked. It's no fun to have even only half recognized dreams squashed.
All that to say; I didn't take a writing class in college. So, I go into this journey with what little I've gathered from my writer friends and the petrifying feeling of becoming quickly overwhelmed. So, then I read This blog post by Melissa West at M.B. Writes and the light bulb hit me in the face. I realized that A) a first draft does not have to be as in-depth and scary as I was making it in my head (or on paper). B) I need to focus more on my main plot. C) I am not alone! I can look in books and ask for assistance. These were things I'm pretty sure were rattling around in my brain, but had not fully sunk in yet.
Thank you Rach and Melissa!
This week in review
- What I said in my blog above.
- I organized email this week. I am email Martha Stewart (Is there someone better I could compare myself to
- I at two yummy pieces of pizza for lunch.
- I'm happy
- I'm going swing dancing tonight.
- I'm getting internet tomorrow
- It's Friday!
- Tomorrow is Saturday!
- I get to see the first five Oscar nominated films tomorrow (Next five = next week).
- I watched Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog again this week
- I am cleaning my apartment tonight after shower/before swing dancing
- From my seat I can smell all cooking that goes on in the breakroom. Someone just burned popcorn.
- I have a giant pimple on my chin.
- I didn't shower this morning (eeeeeeeew).
- I've gone back on the soda this week.
- I ate two calorie ridden pieces of pizza for lunch.
- I'm tired from not sleeping enough all week.
- My hands smell like garlic.
- I haven't written much this week.
- My shoes are giving me blisters (although they are very cute).
- It will be a stretch making it to a gas station after work.
Monday, February 14, 2011
First order of the day: happy Valentine's Day! Despite the rain, I am cheerful. I got a rose from a work friend and many mass sent Valentine's Day best wishes texts.
Second, thank you to Hannah over at Musings of a Palindrome. She mentioned me in her hottest bloggers under 25 [followers] post and quickly made it so that I would no longer qualify for the honor (woooo 32!). Check out her blog, it's fantastic!
Third - me...stylish? Awwwww, thanks! Big thank yous to Carrie at Kiwi's Life, Heather at Pen, Paper, Lots of Coffee, and Lindsey at The Write Words. I'm thrilled that you thought of me!
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Marcus Flutie and Jessica Darling - Jessica Darling Series (Megan McCafferty)
Beatrice and Benedick - Much Ado About Nothing (William Shakespeare)
Or Maybe I just love Emma Thompson and Kenneth Brannagh
And then there is the fierce passion of Mr Rochester and Jane Eyre. Doesn't get any better than this (And who else is psyched for the movie!?) - Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Monday, February 7, 2011
I hate Mondays.
It's been awhile since I've updated this blog (more than a week...oh no...bad habits forming!). It's been a crazy week, but here's something small, so I can feel productive.
We all have someone in our lives that we love to hate. We adore them, find them amusing or fascinating, or just plain care about them. We can't flush them out of our lives because they live, breathe, and we can touch them. We don't want to.
Some of the most interesting characters in fiction are the ones we revile. I'm pulled back time and time again to study Charlotte Martin, who I equally would like to strangle. There are few characters more interesting than Humbert Humbert. And of course, there is nothing quite like diving into the mind of Dostoyevsky's Raskolnikov. Twisted characters are the ones we are drawn to and are some of the most memorable in fiction. Real people are flawed. These characters threaten to inhabit the dark recesses our minds that we fear to confront.
How do you find the line between unreadable evil and intriguing and disturbing character sketches? Have you wrestled with any characters like this in your writing and who are you favorite controversial characters in literature?
Friday, January 28, 2011
The other day, I settled myself down in front of my computer, preparing to start writing. My WIP was up on my screen, I had ideas of where I wanted to take it, I was fearless, my hands were poised. Then...nothing. It didn't feel right. Maybe I was just lazy? Instead, I flipped over to my Windows Media Player and watched two episodes of Gilmore Girls.
Do you have a necessary environment for successful writing; the correct lighting, room, beverage, music? I have my best results in a local coffee shop, with a vente Chai Tea Latte (cliche? Coffee makes my tummy hurt) and a scone. I think this is mostly because there are less shiny distractions. There's also something about sitting in a coffee shop while working on a story. It makes me feel busy and productive, like I could take over the world with my pen (Or at least successfully ask the cute guy sitting next to me what makes his coffee smell so yummy...wait...no fair shiny!).
Monday, January 24, 2011
I would like to start a campaign to eliminate the use of the term “Love Triangle.” When we imagine said triangle, we see three points connected by three equal lines. The central character is usually at the top (Katniss), while the two romantic interests (with lines connected them to their desire) perched below in supporting positions (Peeta and Gabe). What’s interesting is the line that exists, connecting the two love interests. This is where things get fuzzy. Unless you like some slash in your fiction, there should be no connection between these two characters; especially not one that mirrors the lines between the lead and her choices. If you flip the triangle, all of the sudden you have Gabe as the central character with lines connected to Peeta and Katniss. Awkward!
Thus, I propose we change the title from “love triangle,” to “love angle.” There will be a central point (Katniss) with paths to outer points (Peeta and Gabe).
Now, granted, sometimes romantic interests do share a relationship (Best friends, acquaintances,
mortal enemies). With the love angle you can move the two outward points closer or farther away, depending on this relationship. There is also a play on words here because, let's be realistic, everyone has an angle (right?).
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I’m going to take this opportunity to officially admit that I am writing…something. I’m not quite sure what it is yet *lifts damp/limp something to examine more closely.* But it’s there. I’ve written a vague and flexible (ever changing) outline of what I might want, and about 1,500 words. I’ve even reluctantly shared information with two people. Yes, I have done this before. But this time I’m going to keep pushing (at least will try to) until my something either becomes a formed, breathing object; or disintegrates into shiny dust like a freshly slayed vampire.
I’m going to be frighteningly honest here. There were many reasons why I switched from music to English as a major my freshman year in college. One of the big reasons, however, was because I was terrified that I would not be allowed into (that I was not good enough to be in...) the Piano Performance Program. Failing in general, for me, ranks with losing all my teeth in a freak hockey accident (seeing as I haven’t stepped on the ice since a certain skate-meets-hand incident my first time EVER) in pleasantness. Being told that I am not good enough at something I love: my mind can’t even comprehend the pain this would cause. I imagine the world would implode, sinking me into a hell full of open water, spiders, sea monsters, and electrocution (On a temporary psychological tangent…maybe this is why I have such a hard time with breakups…and personal criticism….and, okay we’re done now).
So, as you can see, admitting that I’m writing…something, is a huge step for me. Because, if I fail, not only would I know (and have to admit to it); but at least one of my 12 (welcome latest follower person!) followers may also take notice.
Maybe next time I’ll even reveal the genre!
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
always good to keep learning).