Friday, June 19, 2009

100th Post Extravaganza Spectacular and All Those Other Adjectives

100 posts baby!!!

This moment is definitely rated five exclamation points.

Now that the party's started, it's time to announce the contest.

Are you ready?

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Okay, three words: deus ex machina.

What?

Definition time! Deus ex machina: a person or event that provides a sudden and unexpected solution to a difficulty. Examples can be found here.

So, I bet you're wondering what any of this has to do with the contest. I want you guys to come up with funny examples of deus ex machina. Anything original that will make me giggle (keep it clean, though). What will I do with these entries? I will pick the funniest entry and illustrate it. Then the illustration will become a blog award for anybody dasaloff. Yes, I know you're disappointed I can't give out schwag 'cuz I'm broke, but trust me, if you have a good entry it will be hilarious. Like I said, I'm judging based on which entry is the funniest, so don't worry about how ridiculous it might be (I will still attempt to draw it).

This contest closes on Friday July 3 at noon because that's when I'll be back from Italy. You can leave entries in the comments. And if you mention the contest on your blog leave me the link and you will definitely get some brownie points...and maybe something else.

I know it's a challenge, but I'm excited to see what everyone comes up with. You can do it!

Oh, and when I get back the contest will continue. See this post for more details.

Alright then, I guess I'll be back in two weeks! Have fun and be creative!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Quick Post

Wow. I'm crazy busy today. Have to post something quickly though because tomorrow must be my 100th post no matter what!

Okay, here's one of my favorite music videos. Enjoy.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Photo Essay

Hello everybody! I thought for today I would share some of my random artwork. You see, it has a little bit to do with the contest being held this Friday. Now remember, I'm not proclaiming to be a fantastic artist, but painting/drawing is something I enjoy.

Let us begin.



This was a self-portrait done in watercolor. My face is reflected in my iPod touch (I'm totally rockin' out to techno). The actual iPod is pretty awful looking but I love the hand.



This is what I'd look like if I had curly red hair and was an Irish dancer. Oil paints.



Study of my eyes in watercolor. Don't think I'm really vain, all these were for an art class.



Watercolor landscape.



Oil landscape.



LOVE these eyes. Watercolor.



Random vase. Watercolor.

Methinks I should save more for later.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Excitement!

I'm leaving for Italy on Monday! That's only six days!!!

So...happy...

I plan on taking lots and lots of pictures, some including this little fella:



That's right. It's a crochet ninja. Ultimate dasaloff, courtesy of Carrie Harris.

This little ninja is slightly part of the contest. You see, when I return, I will post pictures of this cute little ninja somewhere in Italy, and contestants will guess where in Italy the ninja is based on its surroundings. The rest of the contest will be announced on Friday, so you'll have to wait to find out what (hopefully) you'll be doing when I'm gone.

In other news, brand-spanking new characters have been making me obsess over them. Sigh. I've already established the MC of my western YA as Jane, but what is the name of her love interest? I don't know! I have, however, narrowed it down to several names I approve of: August, Cooper, or Gabe. Gabe has been high on the list so far, but I think Gabe and Jane sound too similar. Does anybody have any opinions?

Until tomorrow...

Monday, June 15, 2009

Book Review #2 and other news

You guessed it! It's time for another YA book review by yours truly. This time I chose Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.



I chose to read this book because I had seen so many other writers had it in their "favorite books" sidebars. My natural curiosity begged me to finally read it. I'm so glad I did.

Aislinn, the MC, can see faeries, something few mortals are able to do. Tradition says that if faeries find out that a mortal has the Sight they will blind or even kill that mortal, so Aislinn doesn't interact with faeries at all. Until, that is, faeries from the Summer court come looking for her to be their new queen.

This book is written in third person, but I still felt like I could connect to Aislinn's character. She, like most teenagers are, is confused about her place in life, as well as her relationship with her friend, Seth. Ah, Seth. Loved him! Seriously, I need to find me one of him. Fan girl swoon!

Overall, based on my five exclamation points system, I give this book four exclamation points (!!!!) because I felt like the plot was predictable.

Anyways, in other news, Friday will be my 100th post. Hooray! This means...wait for it...

CONTEST!!!

The contest will be announced on Friday, though, so you'll just have to wait. Lemme just say that it's awesome and the prize is dasaloff.

Anticipation!!!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Entry Numero Dos

I couldn't resist! Here's my quick pen drawing of a zombie.

"Zombies Break Da Rulz"

Eww. Sorry the lighting sucks. The crosswalk sign says "Don't Lurch" by the way.

Here's a close-up of our zombie friend:

I wanted to make him more gory, but my sister was watching me draw, so I had to keep it pretty tame. I think he's a cute zombie!

Happy Friday everybody!

Oh yeah, I go to Italy in TEN DAYS!!!


Thursday, June 11, 2009

My Zom-Com Entry

Carrie Harris is having another snarftastic contest! Since the rules state I must create something that has to do with zombies, I've decided to write a short story. Ambitious, I know.

I've also decided to throw in a couple other elements I know Carrie is a fan of: Tom Cruise, Richard Simmons, merpires, and sparkles.

Without further ado, here is my explanation of how Tom Cruise became Zom Cruise.



In the year 2095, Tom Cruise bought a spaceship. Katie said he was going through another one of his mid-century crises, but she was easily ignored from space.

Tom quickly realized, however, that without any air in space, he couldn't put the top of his spaceship down and cruise for chicks with his hair perfectly still despite a cool breeze. Bummer, he thought, as well as some other inappropriate words.

While re-entering the Earth's atmosphere (or lack thereof) he realized he couldn't actually land the spaceship. More inappropriate words ensued as he cursed the spaceship, the spaceship's family, and its sexual history. This made the spaceship commit seppuku. Tom survived the explosion, though, because, well, he was Tom Cruise.

Tom, always an intelligent fellow, noticed he had crash-landed onto an island. He began to search for inhabitants, but as the day grew long, his hair fell out of shape and he became disheartened. Finally, while he slept in the smoldering spaceship carcass that night, he heard a noise.

"Unnnnnnnnnnngggggghhhhh!"

"Hooray!" Tom Cruise pranced. "Ehem, I mean, that's cool. Hello? Is somebody there?"

"Unnnnnnnnnnngggghhhhh?"

"Yes, I am Tom Cruise, thank you for noticing," he said as a figure drifted towards him. Or, rather, lurched towards him. "Wait, I just spoke zombie, didn't I?"

"Shrung unnnnngh..."

"Yeah, well so are you, you idiot!"

"Fruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuungslugnrgiogjrgo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

"Sure, go ahead and eat my brains."

"Plhuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuungjjsjgljslg!!!!!!!!"

"Of course I was being sarcastic!" Tom Cruise began to think long and hard, his diminutive brain working overtime. After ten minutes of extreme concentration, he spoke once again to the zombie.

"I challenge you to a dance off! If you win, you can eat my brains. If I win, I become the new ruler of Zombie Island and all zombies become my slaves."

The zombie quickly agreed. Unknowingly, Tom Cruise had entered into a dance off with a zombie trained by Richard Simmons, sparkles and all.

There's no need to go into the lengthy dance off details, because the zombie was wearing neon spandex. Tom Cruise's brains were rapidly devoured and what was left of him entered into the zombie cult as "Zom Cruise".

After that, Zom's career took off for the first time in over ninety years. He entered into record contracts and video deals, and sold miniature non-lifelike Zoms to kids everywhere. His sanity was questioned after a queer appearance on a merpire talk show, but most people still sympathized with him because of his "brutal" zombie attack.

And Katie never noticed the difference.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Don't Be a Coffee Boiler

I'm officially one week away from my 100th post! Squee!

In other news, I went shopping yesterday and found the perfect shirt that says "Will Work for Shoes". How yay is that? Pretty yay in my opinion. Also dasaloff. Wow, haven't used that word in a while, have I?

My new WIP is coming along slowly, putting Piper and The Not-So Meet Cute on the back burner, but only until I realize how out of my element I am with a old western setting.

I did, however, find this website filled with slang from the old west. I think from now on I'm going to walk around saying things like "I don't care a continental" just to see if they stick. Funsies!

Talk to ya'll later, I'm gonna go see the elephant.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Space Babies

I love this video.



Yes, that was completely random. Enjoy your day!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Stuck in My Head

No, I'm not referring to the song "It's a Small World After All".

Ha ha, I got it stuck in your head, didn't I?

I'm talking about the stupid new MC that's demanding my attention. Grr. As if I'm not busy enough. I've even begun finding perfect music. Keep in mind that this book is supposed to be a western.


Ooh La La (Album Version) - Abby Dewald

I guess I should go write about Jane, the MC, now. Piper's gonna be soooooo angry.

Friday, June 5, 2009

The Presinator

I was going to post this yesterday, but got distracted by graduation rehearsal and whatnot. Oh yeah, I graduate today! Anyways, I was originally planning Presinator Thursday, so I'll just have to post it now, on Mad Lib Friday.

This is a collaboration between Sonador but I've done some editing on my own. Don't tell!

Here's the first excerpt from "The Presinator". Enjoy!

P.S. This doesn't belong to you, so don't steal it. Thanks :)



"The Presinator"

The effects were everywhere. The population was declining. Natural resources were depleted. Global warming had taken its toll. In the year 2107, only one man was left standing. The man many called the President of the United States. Other knew him as Arnold Schwarzenegger.


Arnold was cowering behind his desk. He gave orders to imaginary advisors, trying to prepare the country for imminent war against bloodthirsty invaders. His most common exclamation was “I want my mommy!” but his mommy was nowhere to be found. She, as well as everyone else, was lost in this apocalyptic world.


The President’s sleepless eyes scoured the room. “What now?” he thought, “What will happen to me?” The once attractive body builder scratched his scruffy, multi-chinned face. His pudgy body now resembled the Pillsbury Doughboy. His diet had begun to waver when he first entered office, but this new world left him horizontally challenged. As his stomach rumbled, he wondered what food supplies were let in the kitchen. Then he remembered: eighty cans of beans, the one food he detested. It was better than toxic sludge though, he thought reluctantly.


What will happen next week? *Gasp*


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

The Crazy Things We Get Into

I spent the day with Sonador yesterday. It was crazy awesome.

We collaborated on a video, in which we argue over who's funnier.



It reminded me of the creative writing class we took junior year. Our teacher made us write short stories about global warming. Being naturally crazy and funny, we wrote ours about a post-nuclear war earth with Arnold Schwarzenegger as President of the United States. SEW FUNNY!!!

I should find that...

I'm getting closer to 100 posts! There is going to be a big hoopla celebration in its honor (including a contest) so stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Mariah vs. Piper

In this video, Piper and I get into an argument about whose blog this is.

Don't worry, Piper's hair doesn't really look like that. That was the only redhead offered. Saw the idea at Carrie's blog and loved it! Enjoy!


Monday, June 1, 2009

June Has Finally Arrived!

Today I'll attack things in list format.

1) It's my last day of school!

2) I graduate on Friday!!!

3) I spent all day yesterday working on graduation announcements. I know what you're thinking, "That's what she gets for procrastinating."

4) I finally joined Facebook. So, if you feel like reading more of my random posts, feel free to check it out.

5) I had an epic dream on Saturday night. One that makes me want to write a new book. This might be a challenge, especially because it's a western. I have no clue when it comes to westerns. Also I haven't even finished The Not-So Meet Cute! Stress!!!

Hmm... I guess that's all for now, folks. Happy June.