Friday, October 30, 2009

Resident Expert: Mr. Darcy

Mr. Darcy.

Saying that name gives me chills.

He's my literary crush, my escape, my dream of what could be.

The inquisitive brow, the fancy cravat... what's not to love?


Alright, I know that this isn't really Mr. Darcy...

PROOF


...but let me pretend, okay?

There have been numerous other Mr. Darcys...


...but I'll always associate Matthew Macfayden with Mr. Darcy. Sorry, Colin.

Even cravat-less he is glorious.

I'm thinking I should post more on this subject, like how my standards are impossibly high because of this literary figure, but alas, my mouse is broken and it upsets me greatly.

Please comment on the magnificence that is Mr. Darcy.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

YA Cliches

I'm a busy, busy bee today, so I leave you with this little gem that I found on a NaNo forum.

Do you have any of those cliches in your writing?

Also, speaking of NaNo, you should totally add me as a writing buddy! It's so fun to have me pester you about your word count (and vice versa). Click my NaNo linky thing on the side if you want to be awesome.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

During my fall break (neiner neiner) I finished reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.

It was amazing.

I thought that I might not enjoy it because I love the original sooooo much and I'm not particularly fond of zombies licking brains and whatnot. There were ninjas, though. That made me very happy (Darcy ninja? Yes please).



Here are a couple of the hilarious illustrations:





Elizabeth and her sisters slaying "the stricken" after Mr. Darcy is first introduced.


Elizabeth and Darcy bonding as they behead zombies together for the first time.


I'm glad this spinoff was written; I've actually heard several guys say they have read it and enjoyed it. That makes me say "Yay!" because I'm glad to share the experience with them, and because they finally realize how awesome Jane Austen is.


Anyways, the writing itself is dead-on with the original book, but Seth Grahame-Smith cleverly tied zombies into his version. I'm usually squeamish, but the way in which the zombies were written made them humorous rather than disgusting. Plus, if I ever felt squeamish, I could think of Mr. Darcy:



I strongly suggest this to anybody that's a hardcore P&P fan like myself.

Oh, and before I forget, I believe this was requested yesterday.





Tuesday, October 27, 2009

More "Research"

Research is in quotes because it's a relative term.

A relative term for a new site I found called Morphthing.

With this magical site, I can see what my baby with Orlando Bloom will look like.

Here it is, 'cuz I know you're curious:



I can't actually tell if it's a boy or a girl, but it's still fun.

Anywho, back to the "research" thing, I used this site to mash up celebs that look like the characters from my NaNo book. Drumroll please:



This is Jane, the MC. I mixed Zooey Deschanel, Alexis Bledel, and another Asian-y actress together to make her.




August, the love interest, came out a little funny because I used a painting that was all pixel-y and mashed it with Orlando Bloom's face (alright, alright, I promise to stop talking about him now).

No, wait, not yet...

Behold! Orlando plus James McAvoy! The two heartthrobs of my life combined!

Okay, now I'll stop.


Monday, October 26, 2009

I'm Not NaNoing Yet, I Swear

I only have less than a week until NaNoWriMo!

There is so much work to be done! Research to conduct! Plot to outline! Characters to develop!

If you have not noticed, I am a little stressed. I did, however, get some research done: I watched The Magnificent Seven this weekend (after watching The Two Towers, of course, and all because of my last post).


Yes, I feel that I am somewhat more prepared to write my western. But we shall see how things go once the writing actually starts. I need to research Native Americans as well... *sigh*

Has anybody else been nervously getting things together?

Now, if you will excuse me, I believe it is time to watch The Return of the King.

I can write elves into my western, right?

Right?

I suppose I shall have to stick with men and their glorious scruff. Looking good, Viggo.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Resident Expert: Orlando Bloom

I'm super excited about this post. Super giggly and happy and squeaky.

Why?


Orlando Bloom! That's why!


Orlando was my first "real" celebrity crush.


I think this is why!

Yep, I'm pretty sure that's the reason.


I became obsessed with Orlando Bloom. The accent, the hair, the dreaminess...

Sorry, I just started drooling.

I used to have this poster hanging in my room. For reals.


Then, after first reading all of The Lord of the Rings books (this was in sixth and seventh grade by the way, I started with my LOTR obsession early in life) I saw this:

I <3 elves.


Mmm... string that bow.


This video is hilarious:


So much sexual tension. It's probably because Legolas is so pretty. And because the song "Kiss" from The Last of the Mohicans is being played. Has anybody else read the Very Secret Diaries?

Yes, Orlando was my world for quite some time. I had a Legolas pillowcase, an all-about Orlando magazine, and a wall of Orlando posters that my friends jokingly called a shrine.


I still get weak in the knees when I hear him professing his love to Elizabeth Swan, or watch him slay orcs. Ah, love <3

Ooh, I almost forgot Troy.

Now to photoshop Diane Krueger out...


I felt bad that he had to play the lamest guy ever. Paris, you were an idiot. At least you were nice to look at.

I also felt bad that he was in the shadow of other major hotties.

Don't worry, Brad, your "Resident Expert" day will come soon enough.

Anyways, I hope I haven't bored you to death with my ramblings (physically impossible, in my expert opinion).

Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Pandora's Box

I went to my mailbox yesterday and found the box of goodies that Sara sent me! YAY!!!

Sorry about the photos, I'm not normally that blue.

What shocking secrets would lay inside this mysterious box?


Reese's, of course.

...and necessary pirate-wear. I was lacking a dagger, though, so I used a Halloween pencil instead.

I also tried to master my alluring vampire look, but alas, I wasn't bejeweled with sparkles.

I ultimately decided to stick with the pirate gig because blood makes me queasy.

And then I ate some more Reese's.


It was a very productive day.

Anywho, come back tomorrow to find out who I choose to be an expert on!




Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Some Ninth Grade Wisdom

First, I must, nay, I am privileged to announce that Sarah now has an agent! Woot woot! I've read her work, and it's more than amazing, so please go congratulate her because she deserves it!



I've been on hiatus the last few days because my school was nice enough to give us a fall break *insert fist pumping* and I decided to soak up every moment.

While at home, I spent some time going through old papers from high school. One paper from U.S. History class surprised me. In ninth grade, I "interviewed" Thomas Edison, and this is one of my favorite things that he "said" when I asked him about his iron ore business failure:

"Many of life's failures are experienced by people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. This is why I do not call these life events failures, instead I call them life experiences. The only time I really become discouraged is when I think of all the things I would like to do and the little time I have in which to do them."


I think my ninth grade self knows more about the world than I do right now! I'm going to save this little snippet indefinitely for all the times I feel like my writing is inadequate, or that I'll never accomplish my goals.

Now I'll recommend that you go read L&L's post about good vibes! Let's all spread the writerly love!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Resident Expert: Johnny Depp

Mariah is very sleepy right now.

Oh, this is Johnny Depp, by the way. As if you didn't already know!


Mariah let me do a guest post today since it's her "Resident Expert" day and she's going home for fall break.

I think she's brilliant for choosing the true expert on Johnny Depp to write this post... me!

So... um... am I supposed to say anything, or do I just post pictures of myself?



What was that? Where you just nodding your head feverishly? Well, I'm not really a vain guy, but alright.

Oh, the things I do for fans.









Is that enough? Okay, okay, one more.

I tip my hat to you all. Have a marvelous Friday.



Sarah, is that you? You look lovely today.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Busy Busy Busy

Sorry I didn't post at my normal time, things have been quite hectic. Papers need to be finished before fall break, etc., etc.

Anywho, I would like some opinions. I've been thinking about my book title, The Not-So Meet Cute. It doesn't seem to fit in with the whole book, only the beginning.

So, how does Accidental Power sound? Like something you would want to read?

Also, check out the contest at Carrie Harris' blog. It's all types of fun.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Khaled Hosseini

Yesterday Khaled Hosseini came to speak to Elon University about his book A Thousand Splendid Suns, the freshman mandatory reading.

It was incredible.



He was there, in the flesh, sitting right in front of me! I was so excited I was literally shaking.



He talked a lot about Afghanistan and the international community, but my favorite part was when he described his experience writing A Thousand Splendid Suns.



First, let me say that I love, love, love this book.

Khaled started by saying how hard it was to begin writing this, especially because the main characters are female. But, once he started writing his characters as human beings, rather than strictly Afghan women, things began to fall into place. Miriam and Leila took over the story and he simply wrote what they were saying.



I can personally identify with this feeling, and love Khaled more than anything for talking about this. I wanted to rush onto stage and hug him for addressing how hard it is to write when you don't let your characters do what they need to do.

When he was done speaking, I got a picture with him!



I was so nervous I could barely breathe! Somehow, I whispered "Hi" before he signed my program.

He said hi back.

I'm still on what I like to call a "Hosseini high", and am beyond happy that I had such an amazing experience.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Poems of Pudding

Chocolate pudding.

It's amazing. It's dasaloff.

I decided to write a sonnet to chocolate pudding to proclaim my love, but, alas, there was no time. Instead, I wrote a short poem. It's definitely silly.



The Chocolate Pudding Thief

Please don't give me beef,
I will resort to the life of a thief
just to eat my chocolate pudding for dinner.

Yes, I could buy it at the store,
but in someone else's kitchen I would like to score
food for a winner.

If I can only find vanilla there will be disappointment;
it tastes worse than a tube of ointment.
I don't need get thinner.

Chocolate pudding is on the menu tonight,
and no matter how hard you try, try as you might,
stealing pudding will not make me feel like a sinner.



I never said I was a poet.

Today Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) is coming to speak at my school, so I'm sure tomorrow my post will be more intellectual.

One can only hope.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Mariah Wants to be the Puppet Master

Was I the only one who didn't know about this video?




I probably watched it about five ten times this weekend. Funny stuff, those puppets are. Especially when Harry is all cocky, like "Harry Potter, Harry Harry Potter- yeah."

If I tried to put on a puppet show, I would probably have sock puppets because I'm not coordinated enough for string puppets.




Sad little sock puppets.

My puppets would perform on an elaborate stage, however.



Oh, and look at this! Coldplay puppets!

*Swoon*

Now that's advanced.

Have a Merry Monday (if that's even physically possible)!

Friday, October 9, 2009

That's My Face

Friday.

Thank goodness. I can't wait to sleep in tomorrow!

Yesterday there was a random used book sale in front of a main building in class, so I spent about forty-five minutes there and bought fourteen books- all for eight dollars!

Mariah is very happy.

The only part that made Mariah unhappy was carrying a box full of books more than a mile back to her dorm.

That part was not so happy, especially because yesterday was the only hot day of the week.

Okay, I'm changing topics now. Please don't get whiplash.

I've been thinking about using a legit picture of myself for my profile for the day (in the distant future) that I begin to send out queries.

Hey, I'm allowed to plan ahead!

I know everybody will miss the anthropomorphic cupcake, though.



I even considered this cartoon of myself for awhile, because I'm totally kicking butts IN HEELS.



After much deliberation, I chose to use this simple head shot:


I have some nice photos from Italy, but this is what I'll use for now.

Whaddya think?



Edit: Oh yeah, I changed the layout, too, because the new border was slowing down my computer!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Serious(ly)

First off, how crazy is this?



It has nothing to do with today's post, but it fascinated me nonetheless. Dinosaurs aren't extinct; they're hiding in Germany!

First announcement: I've decided to do my "resident expert" thing once a week, on Fridays, starting next Friday (since I've already done one this week). And they don't have to be on hunky guys (although that is preferred), so continue leaving me your requests!

Okay, here's the actual post of the day. I know, finally, Mariah, just get on with it.

Adverbs.

They have become my enemy. They don't make my writing any better, but they're so easy to use! I've been systematically chopping them out of my WiP as I edit, but I'm still sad to seem them go. They aren't getting cut out altogether, mind you, but they're practically an extinct grammar form now.

So, opinions on adverbs please. Love, hate, love to hate, hate to love? Hopefully there's another "hate to love" out there that's willing to commiserate with me.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Resident Expert

First off, look at this!

That's right, I am now the resident James McAvoy expert. Pleased to meet you.

Writing, on the other hand, is where you might need to seek different advice.

I haven't complained about my writing on this blog for two whole days! Don't tell me you're not impressed. Naturally, I plan on complaining tomorrow.

Also: I finally reached twenty followers! It's only taken ten months, ya know...

Anyways (back to the expert thing), I've already gotten a Johnny Depp request, but is there anybody else I should be resident expert of?

*Please say Orlando Bloom*

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Give the People What They Want!

Sometime last week I finally signed up for StatCounter. It's half addicting, half surprising.

For example, most of my page views are a result of people searching for pictures of James McAvoy. I've only posted two pictures of him in my entire blogging history (which is actually a crime, if you stop to think about it). These James McAvoy obsessed people come from all over the world, too: U.S., U.K., Germany, Spain, Poland, Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Slovenia, Belgium, Sweden, Mexico, India, Croatia, Czech Republic, Austria, Romania, Indonesia... the list goes on, and they all want the same thing.

Today I will give the people what they want.


*Booming announcer voice*

Ladies and gentlemen, please direct your attention to your computer screen for the dasaloff, splendiforous, heart-palpitatingly beautiful JAMES MCAVOY!!!!!!!

















*Swoon*

I like doing things for the people.

Let's see how many hits I get today!!!

*AHEM*

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