Monday, December 20, 2010

So Long For Now...

Things have been crazy busy ever since I got home for Christmas and they aren't going to settle down anytime soon because...

I'M GOING TO CHINA IN TWO WEEKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In addition to the holiday madness, I'm currently preparing for a month long trip to China for a study abroad course. I won't be able to access the wonderful inter-webs that easily when I'm there (and I'll be studying in China, which is more of a priority), so this will be my last post until February.

*sob* I'm going to miss you guys! I promise to come back with lots of photos and stories to share! Until then, have a happy, safe holiday season! See you in 2011!

Monday, December 13, 2010

RAWR + LOL

A couple of nights ago I had a BRILLIANT idea to work into my revisions of The Quiet Calling. I was about to fall asleep (because I was in bed, trying to fall asleep), so I reached over to grab a notepad I usually keep by my bed for events such as these to write it down.

Only, for some reason, the notepad wasn't there. It was across the room, on my desk. If it wasn't the middle of the night and I wasn't so tired I might've gotten up to get it, but I didn't. I thought "This is so BRILLIANT there's no way I'll forget it."

Guess what? I forgot it.

RAWR.

Has this ever happened to you? You think that you've finally figured out something that will make your book a-freakin-mazing but you forget what it is? Incredibly frustrating.

Good thing I'm going home in a couple days for Winter Break. My brain needs to rest. Too bad I still have two more final exams to go!

Since I haven't been funny recently, please accept this link to the best "invisible" LOLCats. It's Monday... we all need a good LOL!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Review: Anna and the French Kiss

Or, as this post should probably be called: Mariah gushes over a swoonworthy book.



I honestly absorbed this book. It's accessible and intelligent, funny and thought-provoking. Here's the blurb from Amazon:

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss? Stephanie Perkins keeps the romantic tension crackling and the attraction high in a debut guaranteed to make toes tingle and hearts melt.


Now, you may be thinking "Boarding school? That's been done before." And I'll say that no, it hasn't been done like this. Partially (okay, mostly) because of the English French American Boy, Etienne St. Clair. I lurve him.

And the story isn't only about a romance in Paris. Anna really works on discovering herself as a person on the way to romance, which I love. All her relationships feel real and natural, because all the characters are so well developed. But, on top of it all, they are in Paris, which leads to some amazing events that couldn't happen anywhere else.

I really can't recommend this book enough. Anna's voice is so strong and unique that I loved her from the beginning. True, we are alike in many ways, and that just leads me to believe that someday I'll find my Etienne <3

Stephanie Perkins, this book exceeded all my greatest expectations. Thanks for writing such a good book. Now, I think I'll go read it again.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday Blabber

So just when NaNo ends and I expect my life to be returning to a state of semi-normalcy, I have to start getting ready for finals. After that, I'll be going home for winter break, and after that I'm going to China.

Yep. China. No big deal.

I worry if I blink too fast all this might pass me by. The next couple months are going to be intense. No complaints, just awestruck, really.

Hmm... and now I wonder what I should share with you on this lovely Monday. I think you need a laugh. How about you go to Hark a Vagrant? It's one of my favorite websites. If you're a history nerd and like cartoons, you're gonna love it.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Resident Expert: Eoin Macken

've been waiting to share Eoin on RE for a while now... SO EXCITED!!!

Why?

Because I can look up photos like this:




He used to be an Abercrombie and Fitch model, ya know.






Also, he's Irish, and on one of my favorite television shows (from BBC) "Merlin" as Gwaine, a handsome, loyal friend to Merlin (although he does get into trouble a lot).

Just another reason to love the already awesome show:



In that photo, he looks like I imagine the best friend of the main character from my new book looks like (which is totally a legitimate reason to change it to my desktop background if I want to).

Apparently he was also an officer in "The Tudors"... I'll have to go back and look for him :)

One more thing before I wish you an awesome Friday:



I LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE HIM.

Have an awesome Friday!






Thursday, December 2, 2010

Best Month Ever?!

So far, I'm thinking December is going to be pretty awesome.

Exhibit A:

Today is the release date of Stephanie Perkins' debut novel, Anna and the French Kiss. Congrats, Steph! I can't wait until my copy arrives :)


Exhibit B:

Coldplay released a new song. A Christmas song. I LOVE IT.


In conclusion, December is totally kicking November's butt.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DECEMBER IS HERE!!!

HUZZZZZZZAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!!

WHY AM I TYPING IN CAPS LOCK? BECAUSE I WON NANOWRIMO. DOUBLE HUZZAH ALL THE WAY.

The book I wrote isn't finished yet, but considering I barely made it to 50,000 words in time, I'm okay with that.

And I've just realized that I've told you next to nothing about this book (that's probably a good thing, trust me). I will tell you the title (because I just thought of it last night): Half a Brother.

That sounds so much better than Untitled Fantasy Novel, right? Right?

It's a book about twin princes and (basically) their fight for the throne. Fun. Times.

Now, if you'll excuse me there's a leftover pumpkin pie in my mini fridge with my name on it.*

HAPPY DECEMBER!!!!!!



*I kid you not.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Day 30

Well, as of now I have to write 9,545 words before midnight for NaNoWriMo. I always fall behind during Thanksgiving.

Good luck to my WriMos that haven't finished yet, either... we can do this!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Day 23

Thanksgiving is only two days away (and the end of NaNo is seven, but I can ignore that for now)! It's my favorite holiday though, ironically, I don't like turkey.

I love it because I get to spend time with my family and friends while eating good food. What's not to like?

So, in honor of Thanksgiving, a list of things I am thankful for (in no specific order):

1) My family
2) My friends (bloggy friends included!)
3) Books
4) Reading books (that's totally different)
5) Writing
6) My education
7) Tina Fey (I love 30 Rock SO HARD)
8) Fuzzy socks
9) The color pink
10) Old films
11) New films, especially ones featuring my celeb boyfriends
12) Cameras
13) CAPS LOCK
14) Writers that are so good I want to quit writing altogether
15) Cardigans
16) Cute shoes
17) Dresses
18) Headbands
19) My notebook of awesome ideas
20) That I have the opportunity to travel to China in January
21) Music
22) Time
23) All the little atoms that make up the universe
24) Reese's
25) Thanksgiving!!!

What are you thankful for? Have a great holiday!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Resident Expert: Harry Potter

So, unless you've been living under a rock, you're probably aware that "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" was released at midnight. No, I haven't seen it yet, and won't have the chance to do so for a while, but that won't stop me from talking about Harry! Today I'll talk about my personal experience with the books, and hopefully ya'll will share yours, too!

I think I remember reading the first book in fifth grade, so I was what, ten? My friends had already read the first two books and and I wasn't about to be out read by anyone, so I asked for them for Christmas. They changed my world.

There was something so exciting about a boy wizard that didn't know his own heritage until letters started flying through his house, bringing the entire wizarding world with it. Like Harry, we as readers didn't know what was going on, a brilliant move on Rowling's part. Through Harry's eyes, we watched as a world different from ours developed and became more fantastical than our own wildest imaginations.

Looking back, I think Harry Potter books were the first fantasy books I really read, really became dedicated to. I'd always been reading more than the average ten year old, but after Harry Potter I was ravenous. I always wanted more. I'd always be wondering when the next book would be coming out. A bit obsessive? Probably. But I wasn't the only one. Harry Potter created a community; nerds could be nerds with their fellow nerds.

Harry Potter got more and more intense as we both grew older. It was like he was there with me, taking on the world. His struggles made my petty teenage problems seem silly. My heart broke for him with every page.

And I think that's why I didn't read Deathly Hallows until January of this year. Yes, I know it was published in 2007. I kept making excuses not to read it (too busy being the best, but also that I couldn't afford a copy right away, or that I was waiting to borrow from a friend).

It wasn't until I actually made myself sit down and read it (in record time) that I realized why I hadn't read it yet: I was afraid. I was afraid of it all ending. Since I was ten Harry's world was the best escape and there was always another book just around the corner. What would I do after it all ended? There were so many things I wanted for Harry; what if he didn't get them?

But I read it and I was relieved. It was like a burden was lifted from my shoulders; finally, Harry's life wasn't in limbo in my eyes. We've both gone in our separate ways, but I'll never forget what he's done for me. I'm just hoping I don't get overly emotional when there are no movies left, either.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Day 17

Does passing 30K in a novel freak anyone else out, or is it just me?

As of now, my NaNo novel is at 31,400 and I'm feeling kinda stuck in a rut. Like, for reals? I still have to write 18,600 more words? But my characters are getting so annoying! Blergh.

In other news, I've slowly been watching (because it's three hours long) David Tennant as Hamlet (linky link!) and HE IS BRILLIANT. I lurves me the crazy-pants Dane when he plays it.

Here's a little teaser for you:



CHILLS.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Day 15

I hit 25,000 words on Saturday and I've never been more afraid.

I've been powering through this book with only a vague idea of where it might end and once I got to 25,000 words I began wondering if I'll be able to write 25,000 more. It's not that I can't, it's just that there are several secret plot twisty things in the story and I don't know how much longer I can get away with them. The main character is already super supicious. And super close to dying, like, all the time (which I know probably sounds strange, but in context it's not!).

BLERGH.

In other news (which I almost just spelled as "knews") I've been watching more Doctor Who than is healthy and its lead me to be afraid of statues. And yes, I cried when David Tennant left and was replaced by Matt Smith. Also, I began knitting hats. For some reason it helps me think. The only down side is I look a bit strange.

And music for the writing week is from an obscure Danish indie/folk group, The Rumour Said Fire. I promised my friend, a huge fan of their music, that I would help spread the love!



So, fellow NaNoers and other non-crazy writers, how are things?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Resident Expert: Doctor Who

Hello, hello! What a busy week it's been! Let's wind down with some RE Friday, shall we?

Today, the topic is my latest obsession: Doctor Who.




Doctor Who is a scifi show from BBC, aired in the UK. It follows the Doctor, the last of the Time Lords, who travels through time and space in his TARDIS (spaceship). The character has been played by eleven different actors since it began in 1963, but my favorite is David Tennant.




David Tennant is the tenth reincarnation of the Doctor (I'm only in the middle of the fourth season of the new series) and I love him to death. As the doctor, he's the epitome of everything that is amazing, awkward, funny, and lovable, not to mention extremely intelligent. Also, easy on the eyes, in my opinion (especially with his glasses):



Once I'm finished with this season, the eleventh doctor (Matt Smith) takes his place. You see, whenever the Doctor is about to die, he's able to regenerate his entire body, take on another form entirely. It's one of his alien/Time Lord trick-things.

Anywho, almost important as the Doctor are his companions. Here they are, seasons one through four:



On the left, Rose Tyler, from seasons one and two, who the Doctor fell in love with, but couldn't be with because she got trapped in a parallel universe (it's scifi, guys!). In the middle, Donna Noble from season four. They're just friends, and they announce it to everyone they meet, which I find hilarious. Last, Martha Jones, from season three, who fell in love with him but he couldn't love her back because he was still hung up on Rose.

And, if you're thinking that he only likes to travel through time and space with womenfolk, there's also occasionally Captain Jack Harkness, who also stars on the Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood (which I've never seen, but probably will):




So yes, scifi. I thought I didn't like scifi, but Doctor Who proved me wrong. Long live the Doctor!

Have a good weekend, everyone, and good luck to my NaNo buddies!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 9

It is day nine, isn't it? My brains hurt.

Last night, when I was at about 16,500 words, I hit a fork in the writing road. It was one of those forks where I had to decide whether a character knew something or not, something that would effect the rest of the story. It was a difficult decision, but if I change my mind, that's what revision is for!

I'm really loving my characters. I feel like I've known them forever, but there are still things I don't know about them and it's nice to have little surprises pop up as I write. It's actually pretty helpful because I'm still not entirely sure where this book is going!

Anyways, this was my writing music over the weekend (and I'm kinda digging the video as well):



Annnnnnddddddd........ GO WRITE!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Resident Expert: NaNoWriMo

Since it's been five days since NaNoWriMo began, I thought I would finally share some tips I picked up last year for today's RE.

First, don't be afraid to wing it. NaNo isn't so much about planning as it is about just doing it. Don't stop to revise. It feels crazy but it's exhilarating to let go of control and see where the story ends up.

Second, don't let yourself get burned out. If you've been sitting at the computer for a while, or a notebook, or whatever method you use to write, step away for a few minutes. Take breaks. Movement will help you get your mind back on track. I like to exercise, take a hot shower, or (and I know how weird this sounds, but it works for me) brush my teeth. Whatever you do to get ideas, don't stop!

Third, eat healthy. It's easier to focus when you've eaten a balanced meal. I admit I'm one that writes late into the night and sometimes caffeine can be tempting, but in my experience it's better to go to sleep and let your mind rest. Your body gets tired for a reason!

Fourth, have fun. That's the point, after all! Make writing friends, post ridiculous questions in the forums, or go to a write in. Writing is easier when you're doing it with someone else.

And my last piece of advice speaks for itself: GO WRITE!!!



I had a pretty successful NaNo week, how 'bout you guys?!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day 3

Well, things are going as well as could be expected, I suppose. I've been able to stick to the writing schedule of 1,667 words a day, but I usually don't get it in until just before midnight. I'm definitely a night owl and I don't have time to write until the end of the day.

Right now, the MC is six years old and he's sooooooo adorable. He's young in the first few chapters (not even born in the prologue) and I will fast forward ten years after an important event.

So far, everything's been fly by the seat of my pants. I'll be sitting at my laptop thinking "What now?" and then something random pops into my head and I think "Might as well!" Do any of you guys write like that during NaNoWriMo? I think it's common, since there isn't much time to doubt yourself.

As for writing music, I pretty much obsessed with Lykke Li at the moment. Especially this song:



"Luh-luh-luh-luh-love with me!" <3

My next post will probably for Resident Expert Friday. See ya'll then!

Monday, November 1, 2010

November, or NaNoWriMo Day 1

Well, the good news is that this past week I was able to finish my current draft of last year's NaNo novel, The Quiet Calling. I'm sooooooo happy that I'm able to get it out of my head for the next month.

The bad-ish news? It's November, which means I shall slowly be losing my sanity. Also, I definitely won't be posting as often because any free time I have will be spent writing my NaNo project.

I actually woke up early this morning (first to finish up a paper, then to start NaNo Day 1) and so far things aren't going so well. First, I suck at openings, and second, I'm writing a prologue. A PROLOGUE.

I'm kinda anti-prologue, if you couldn't tell.

This fantasy I'm writing is totally putting me out of my comfort zone. It's gonna be a rough month.

But you know what? It's gonna be a fun one, too. Good luck to all my fellow WriMos!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A Combination of Things

My manuscript and I are finally getting along again, which makes me think I won't be around the blogosphere much for the rest of the week. So, I think I shall combine a couple posts right.... now!

First, (and I know this is been around for a while) I'm seriously addicted to this song. It combines my favorite things: literary things, rock music, and Ben Folds. I'm quite fond of the vlogger as well :)



Next, last night I watched the new PBS show "Sherlock" and O-M-EFFING-G it is such a good show. I can barely even put into words how much I loved it (thanks for telling me about it, Stephanie). It's funny, intense, and has some Brits, which we all know I'm fond of. It's a great modern adaptation of Sherlock Holmes; I envy the writer who wondered what Holmes would be like in the 21st Century (he loves texting).



Thanks to the show, I've picked up a number of one liners. Fabulousity!

Last, a real live writer is coming in to my creative writing class on Wednesday. Her name is Jill McCorkle, and we read her new book of short stories, Going Away Shoes. I definitely think it's something worth checking out. If I have time, I'll try to write a post about some of her writing tips.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I only have five days before NaNoWriMo to finish my current round of edits... starting now!

Monday, October 25, 2010

In Which I Make Mountains Out Of Molehills

You know what stresses me out every week without fail? Trying to do my laundry.

I, and probably 240 other students by my guesstimate*, have access to six washers and six dryers. In my opinion, this is absolute craziness, especially when half of the machines don't work on any given day.

I always think to myself, "Now's a perfect time to do laundry. I bet no one's down there." This is usually half right, because although there's no one in the laundry room, there's always laundry being done, and all the machines are always filled.

True, this is probably a silly thing to be stressed out about, what with all the other things I have to deal with on a daily basis, but it's a problem that could be fixed and that's why it irritates me.

RAWR.

How could I think that laundry was fun when I was little? Maybe because everything was pink.



Playing house sucks.

In other news, I finished watching every episode of "The Tudors". It will be awhile before I can watch anything with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in it.



*hides*



*Spell check totally thinks this is a word!!! I win.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

How To Write A Book

Jackson Pearce, anyone?

She's challenged herself to vlog for 30 days in a row, and this is my favorite so far!



I love when authors make videos because I feel that I get to know them a little better. Besides reading their books, that is :)

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What I've Been Up To

Fall break is over waaaaaaay too quickly. I was only home for about three days before I had to get back to school. I had a great time with my family, but didn't get any writing accomplished like I had planned. I didn't even turn on my laptop. Crazy, right?

Here's what I did do:

- drive home for six hours
- eat one of my favorite meals as soon as I got home (steak salad with blue cheese dressing)(and a brownie)
- go to my sister's soccer game (her team lost, but the team jerseys are pink, which equals a win in my book)
- finally watch "How To Train Your Dragon"... LOOOOOOOVE.
- go shopping and find the best pair of boots that have ever been made by human hands or machine, erm, levers?
- eat at favorite restaurant, P.F. Changs
- have a "How I Met Your Mother" marathon
- read The Blue Sword, a book I haven't read since I was probably 11, and it was so much more amazing than I remember
- beat my dad at games on our Wii (I get a little too competitive)
- drive six hours back to campus



Yeah.

What's been going on with ya'll? I feel like I missed a lot in my internet absence!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Resident Expert: The Tudors

I'm talking 'bout the television series, but I like to think I'm a general expert when it comes to the Tudor family. What can I say? History nerd!



Anywho, I've been watching waaaaay too much of "The Tudors" lately. Before that, I've only ever seen an episode here or there (evil Culpepper!) so I never really got into it. Even now, knowing everything that happens with Henry VII, I'm still kept interested because there's so much I didn't know about his council.

A lot of the times the show leaves me with mixed feelings, though. One minute, I'll be thinking "That guy is cray-cray!" and the next I'm like "Oh, poor guy. Why does Henry have to kill him?"

Yeah. Lots of killing and craziness. Also Henry saying "I love France, no wait, I hate France!"

Then the show goes "Too much killing. Let's have some sexy sexiness! Who will Henry's mistress be this week?"

I mean, I guess it keeps me guessing.

Anyone else watch this show? I'm pretty sure it's over now; there were only four seasons and I just started season three.

Have a good weekend! I'll be on my fall break :)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Writing, As Told By Television Production

I've been studying the last few days for a Television Production midterm, and I stumbled across some good writing advice that seems perfect pre-NaNoWriMo.

It's about how to go from an idea to the production of the idea (in a couple steps).

Okay, so obviously you need to start out with an idea of what you'll be writing.

Then, think of your angle. Who's your audience? What do you want them to get from your writing (message)?

Next, two questions to ask yourself: Is it worth doing? Is it doable?

If you answer no to either of those questions, move on to a new project!

See? Streamlined and to the point. I like being a communications major. My book even reminded me that a minute has 60 seconds in it (I'm bad at math, but not that bad [well, not all the time])!

Now to actually take the midterm...

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I Dare You to Read This Poem and Not Smile

I Remember

by Anne Sexton

By the first of August
the invisible beetles began
to snore and the grass was
as tough as hemp and was
no color—no more than
the sand was a color and
we had worn our bare feet
bare since the twentieth
of June and there were times
we forgot to wind up your
alarm clock and some nights
we took our gin warm and neat
from old jelly glasses while
the sun blew out of sight
like a red picture hat and
one day I tied my hair back
with a ribbon and you said
that I looked almost like
a puritan lady and what
I remember best is that
the door to your room was
the door to mine.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Smell Like a Monster

I had to get online just to share this adorable Sesame Street video.



"I'm on a cow!"

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Finally, A New Vlog!

McHotVoice couldn't handle the pressure after yesterday (did you see that terrible formatting?) so I'm back at the helm.

AND...

I have a NEW VLOG!!!

Since it's been about seven months since my last one, I thought it was time!



Wow! It's not six minutes long!

I think I'm getting better at this vlogging thing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Stretched Thin

Wow. I guess I missed Poetry Tuesday in the madness that is college life. Apologies!

I'm being pulled in about a zillion different directions right now, so, sad to say, the blog isn't exactly my first priority.

*GASP*

McHotVoice? What's wrong?! Why aren't you finishing my paper *cough* I mean, doing my laundry.



Constantly Risking Absurdity isnae yer first priority?!

Umm, no. Please don't have a heart attack.

Mah followers will be sae disappointed!

Your followers?

Yes, ma followers. They're aw haur fur me, an' mah scottish brogue..

Really? So you think that you could handle taking over my blog for a little bit?

Psh. Eh'd barely e'en hae tae mah wee finger.

Alright! The absurdity is in your hands now! *walks away*



It's abit bludy time!

Monday, October 4, 2010

October

I officially have less than a month until NaNoWriMo.

Eek!!!

I signed up this weekend and it's giving me a mini panic attack. I said I would have my current draft of The Quiet Calling finished before NaNo and I'm not even close. There's so much to be done!

I also need to do some more brainstorming for the fantasy I plan on writing for 30 days. Blergh.

Anyone else signed up this year? My username is "Mariah Irvin"... we should be writing buddies!

In other news, this video is ridiculously awesome:



I wish I could make something like that!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Re-vision

It's Wednesday.

Besides pointing out the obvious, I will also use this post to talk about revisions, or re-visions as I call them.

When you break up the word revision, you literally have "re-vision", which is a good way to look at what you're about to do to your book, poem, screenplay, essay, etc. You've written a first draft. Huzzah. Now it's important to imagine this draft, only better. Imagine all the things it could be, rewrite what doesn't work, and adapt your original vision to something that conveys your message more concisely than before. And repeat this process multiple times.

Last year, I had a professor that had a good point about revising. She said to look at a first draft of a piece of writing as a house with a partially collapsed roof.

When partially collapsed roofs are rebuilt, the WHOLE ROOF is rebuilt. Otherwise, there's no way of knowing if the undamaged part of the roof is structurally sound.

So, basically, when you rewrite anything, it's a good idea to rewrite THE WHOLE THING. This idea works better for poems and short stories than for novels, of course. For novels, it's important to be dedicated to every. Single. Word.

Does any of this make sense? I hope so!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

"Markers of Time Forgotten" by Dara Sorensen

It's time for Poetry Tuesday! On this particular Tuesday, Dara has been brave enough to submit her own poem for critique! Yay Dara!

So, let's all leave some nice, helpful comments for her.



"Markers of Time Forgotten"
by Dara Sorensen

Deep within an ageless forest
Where light and sound doth fade,
The passage of time seems to stem
To those who tread this glade.

Within this dell between time’s weeds,
Covered by countless years
Four faded gravestones catch the eye
A sight that one reveres.

Beneath a tree with sprawling roots
A tall white marker stands—
Enshrouded in a veil of moss,
Reflecting a life once grand.

Another stone stands tall within
The regal marker’s wake.
The only words that do remain:
“The Lord my soul doth take.”

Yonder within the shaded grove,
Two smaller stones still lie—
Akin in size, shape and shade
The two sit side by side.

One little stone is chipped and cracked,
A victim of the years.
The other fares little better,
Erased by heaven’s tears.

Four lonely graves within the grove,
Abandoned to the past.
Bygone memories, cherished lives—
Forgotten oh so fast.

Our lives are but a moment now
On this temporal sphere.
Seasons pass and memories fade
Relics of yesteryear.

These four stones will surely crumble
As time and years pass by.
But these four lives will surely wake
With the final trumpet’s cry.



Great work, Dara! This is a nice narrative poem, but I think you got a little caught up in the rhyme scheme in some parts and focused less on content of the actual lines. Otherwise, this is an excellent piece, one that sounds like it could be part of a book!

Friday, September 24, 2010

Resident Expert: Florence + the Machine

Happy Friday, ya'll! I was considering writing about Speak and Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, since I just finished reading them this week, but I think they need a little more time to stew in my brain. So let's have something happy!

I can't remember how I became addicted to Florence + the Machine, but I found this song/video a few months ago, and I wanted to BE Florence.* Still do.



I can watch that video over and over and never grow sick of it; it's simple and beautiful. She seems so energetic and passionate... and I TOTALLY dance just like that (Sometimes. Crazy times.)!

Why wasn't I born as a crazy-talented British redheaded singer? The world will never know.

Another fave:



Hear any good music lately?

Have a great weekend, everyone!



* I do know I didn't find her from the "Eat, Pray, Love" or "Eclipse" soundtracks, but I'm glad she's gaining so much popularity!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

"White Knuckles" Music Video

I've decided today is a video day.

Have you seen the new OK Go video yet? No?

We need a remedy! Stat!



And there were dogs! Everyone wins.

Well, except for anyone who is allergic to dogs like I am.

I lose.

But wait! I just added tabby pages to the top of my blog!

Tabby pages= WIN!!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Writing Progress

Me: Progress? What progress?

Other Me: Writing progress. You know, like the title of this post says.

Me: *squints* Oh. Did I just write that?

Other Me: Yes!

Me: Okay! Don't get your panties in a twist.

Other Me: You mean your panties.

Me: OUR panties.

Other Me: Can we please stop talking about panties?

Me: Yeah, this is getting weird.

Other Me: Just talk about your writing progress for The Quiet Calling and I'll leave you alone.

Me: Well, I've read over all my critiques...

Other Me: AND?!

Me: *in tiny voice* ... and revised the first chapter?

Other Me: *sigh* You're never going to finish revising this draft before November.

Me: Shut up! I totally will. But first, let me make this Wordle...

Wordle: Untitled
http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/2359569/Untitled (link will make it bigger and clearer, promise!)

Other Me: Stop goofing around!

Me: Fine. Don't get your-

Other Me: ENOUGH!!! I'm leaving you!

Me: See if I care!



There's a lot of echo space in my brain now.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tuesday

I'm thinking that I should make Tuesdays "Poetry Tuesday" from now on. Why? Because they both have "e" as a third letter.

And because my creative writing class has gotten me thinking about it.

Here's a poem I liked from class. It's simple and understandable, but the imagery is beautiful.


"What Makes the Grizzlies Dance"
By Sandra Alcosser

June and finally snowpeas
sweeten the Mission Valley.
High behind the numinous meadows
ladybugs swarm, like huge
lacquered fans from Hong Kong,
like the serrated skirts
of blown poppies,
whole mountains turn red.
And in the blue penstemon
grizzly bears swirl
as they bat snags of color
against their ragged mouths.
Have you never wanted
to spin like that
on hairy, leathered feet,
amid the swelling berries
as you tasted a language
of early summer? Shaping
the lazy operatic vowels,
cracking the hard-shelled
consonants like speckled
insects between your teeth,
have you never wanted
to waltz the hills
like a beast?



So, Poetry Tuesday... yay or nay? I could feature my own poems for critique, even some of yours if your brave enough!

Monday, September 20, 2010

SPEAK Loudly

I'm going to upfront admit that I haven't read the book Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson, and also that that is a crime I'm about to fix.

If you haven't already heard, Speak is under attack for being "pornographic", "filthy" and un-Christian. Here's Laurie's retaliation.

Once again, I have not read this book, but it isn't because I'm too afraid of things that are scary and true, like book censors would have me believe. I'm honestly shaking with rage right now. How DARE anyone take away and individual's Constitutional rights? How does that "protect" anyone? Yes, censorship is in place to "protect" the young, but no book should ever be banned out of fear of new or different thoughts.

True, I've heard that Speak has rape scenes. Like Laurie says, this should not be considered pornographic. If anyone's offended by it in some way, they can certainly walk away from the book, maybe even tell their friends they don't like it, but don't ban an entire school system from reading a book otherwise beautifully written!

My own book, The Quiet Calling, has delicate subject matter. Knowing that in the future, if it's ever published, it could be banned.... I can't help but cry.

I'm going to go find a copy of Speak right now and I'll be one more person that isn't afraid of the unknown.

ALSO: Lisa and Laura Roecker are donating a copy of the book to a library or classroom for every 25 comments left on THIS post. Go comment now!


(Sorry this post is all ranty and incomprehensible. Book banning does that to me.)

Friday, September 17, 2010

Resident Expert: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

*runs onto Internets*

Whew! I almost didn't make it to Resident Expert Friday!

But I did, so everyone can calm down now so we can greet our very special guest.

Everyone ready?

I present to you....




JOSEPH GORDON-LEVITT!!!


*sah-woon*

I admit, for a while I only thought of him as "that kid from that show about aliens or something", but after "500 Days of Summer"...



... LOVE.

But, I mean, Zooey Deschanel + hot guy = <3. style="display: block; margin: 0px auto 10px; text-align: center; cursor: pointer; width: 240px; height: 200px;" src="http://whi.s3.prod.lg1x8.simplecdn.net/images/1034191/joseph-gordon-levitt-hosts-snl-video-02_thumb.jpg?1259013409" alt="" border="0">

I haven't seen "Inception" yet, but this makes it seem promising:



Enough of my blabbling. Let's get to the good stuff!

Look, he dances!



Also, he's in some steam-punky, high-falutin' languagey short films I recently found.

Ahh, what a nice Friday.

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

FRIENDS

Today is a SUPER DUPER busy day for me, so in lieu of being witty and charming, I'm giving you guys some clips from "Friends"!





Wednesday, September 15, 2010

WiP Wednesday

It is Wednesday, right?

*checks*

Right.

First, I must remind everyone to give me vlog ideas if you want my vlog next week to be super awesome! You have until Friday, so make your voice heard!

And now for WiP Wednesday!

Okay, I'll admit I haven't written in a while.

*dodges staplers*

Hey! I've been busy (and I'm the Queen of Lame Excuses) and I've been trying to give The Quiet Calling a little space before jumping into revisions again. As of now, my goal is to have a good draft finished before November so I can maybe-possibly-I'm-thinking-about-it enter National Novel Writing Month again this year.

So, instead of sharing my writing today, I thought I'd share the things I've been using to inspire me to start writing again.

First, I watched "For a Few Dollars More" this past weekend.



This is a great Western and I really loved the towns they traveled through. It gave me a lot to think about!

I also love Clint Eastwood when he was in his 30s. Such a great voice. So handsome.



Then, I've been listening to this song by Ray LaMontagne on repeat.



It's SOOOOO August (character from the book) that it tears me apart. Seriously. It makes me a mess.

Anyways, what have you guys been working on? Anything inspire you lately?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

In Which You Give Me Vlog Ideas

I have a vlog in the works guys, I swear, but I want to make another one for ya'll while you wait for it. So...

What do you want to see me do in a vlog? Sing? Dance? Dramatic reading of something terribly written?

YOU CHOOSE! Tell me what to do, peeps! And if you do, I promise I won't call you "peeps" anymore.

My only rules are I won't do anything violent, illegal, or disgusting.

You have until Friday because I'll probably film it over the weekend.

In the mean time, here's my last vlog (from April):



It's silly.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Classic Movies

When you read the phrase "Classic Movies", what comes to mind?

No right or wrong answer here, just curious.

There can be a couple of interpretations. For example, I think of "Gone with the Wind", "Casablanca", and "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly", just to name a few.

This could be because when I think of classic books, I think of books like Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, and Crime and Punishment. Other classics may be books I happen to enjoy extremely well, but not necessarily "classic" in the strictest sense of the word (which is defined as of the first or highest quality).

Why am I babbling about all this, you wonder?

Well, I got to thinking this weekend as I was watching "Gone with the Wind", do people my age watch movies like this? Are we supposed to enjoy "old" movies? I mean, they're only about 70 years old. We read books older than that all the time, although not everyone enjoys doing so.

Basically, my main question is this: Will future generations watch "Gone with the Wind"?

Maybe my grandchildren will just wait until it's remade. Or maybe they'll have some strange technology that lets them watch movies on the inside of their eyelids. I have no idea.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Resident Expert: Suckiness

This is an old video (from, like, February) but I'm posting it for three reasons:

1. Maureen Johnson is awesome.

2. This video contains good advice.

3. My WiP sucks.



So, for those of you that haven't seen it, I humbly present DARE TO SUCK!!!



I, Mariah Irvin, give myself permission to suck.

What about you?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Blogger Dilemma

Question to all bloggers that are more technologically gifted than I am:

Why can't I comment on certain sites using my Google account? Or even my name and web address for that matter? Is it me? *cries*

For example, I can't post a comment on Jon's blog. This was very frustrating yesterday when I was trying to proclaim my love the Freelance Whales.

I've definitely been reading all your blogs, my bloggy friends, but until I can figure all this out I can only comment on a few. Sorry!

Here, have some love:



I... can't... tear.... eyes... away....

*bobs head*

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Poetry. Oh Noetry.

I'm in a Creative Writing class this semester and we've started out with writing poetry, otherwise known as that which I fail at.

Sure, I can appreciate poetry. I'll read it and analyze it all day long until the BenBarnes comes home (What?! You think I'm going to be waiting on a bunch of smelly cows?).

When I write it, however, it becomes a black hole of suckiness.

I'm over exaggerating, but not by much.

I think the big part of my struggle with poems is the length. Every. Single. Word. Counts. Yes, the same rule applies for all writing, but I feel more self-conscious about my word choice when they just dangle around on the page trying to hold multiple meanings.

*sigh*

Okay, whinyness over. It really is an excellent class and I can't wait until I get to write fiction. For now, I'll just pretend that Chris Martin of Coldplay is crooning my poetry like song lyrics.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

*is laughing her head off*

The drummer in this video....

That's all I can say without bursting into laughter.



And the really awesome part is he never missed the beat.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Will this excerpt redeem my absence?

I'm back in the blogosphere for reals this time, you guys. PINKY SWEAR. I'll even be dropping by other blogs to say hi.

Blows your mind, don't it?

Anywho, I've been in a writing funk lately. Sure, I love The Quiet Calling but things haven't really been clicking.

Until this past weekend, that is.

I had a MAJOR epiphany.

*salutes Major Epiphany*

So, in celebration of this epiphany, and of my FOR REALS return to the blogosphere, I'm posting an excerpt today.

SAY WHAT?

Yep, it's true. Excerpt time!

From what I've gathered, a lot of you guys seem to like August (the character, not the month) so this excerpt is for all of you.

Just a little background: Jane Hawkes, the MC, ran away from home in the beginning of the book to a town called Silver Creek, where August Phoenix works as a doctor's apprentice. They got into an argument the night before this scene. Let's see what happens.



She walked back towards the saloon at a slow pace; it was about a half mile from the church, but she didn’t mind the walk. Other young ladies might have worried about walking by themselves, but Jane wasn’t. She wasn’t even surprised to see August fall into step with her out of the corner of her eye. He had been waiting for her near the tanner’s shop and caught up to her when she walked by.

“I knew you would try to make a getaway,” he said to her while they walked.

Jane didn’t respond. She continued to look at the path ahead of her and ignore the presence by her side.

So they walked. The sun was beginning to grow hot, but neither one of them mentioned it. The left side of Jane’s body resembled that of a rag doll; her broken arm hung by her side, but if she had any pain she didn’t discuss it. She looked very fragile to August, but he knew that she was far from it. That fact had been proven the previous night when she yelled at him.

Jane felt her anger towards him receding as they walked farther and farther. Then she remembered that she was going back to the saloon, and later to visit with Strickland. These thoughts were more than she could handle.

August stopped walking when he felt her absence. “What’s wrong?” he asked.

She sighed. “I don’t want to go back.”

“What do you mean?” he stayed where he was, but let his curiosity show.

“You might not know much about me, but you know how much I hate being a saloon girl,” she explained. “Also, I’m exhausted.” Then she sat. Right in the middle of the road. She sat in the middle of the dusty dirt road in a dress that didn’t belong to her. Then she lay down fully, determined to stay there until Mrs. Slate came to marry her off the Strickland. Her hair was in a tight bun, which hurt her head as she lay on the ground, so she let her hair out to mingle with the earth.

August let his mouth gape. Did she really just lie down in the middle of the road? This girl never ceased to surprise him.

And he hoped it would stay that way.

He lay down next to her.

They both closed their eyes and let the sun warm them.

Jane’s mind relaxed and she decided not to be angry at August anymore. He was probably the only one in town that was willing to help her, besides his uncle.

“August, I’m not angry at you anymore,” she stated matter of factly, eyes still closed.

“What made you change your mind?” he asked, skeptical of her sudden change of mind.

She propped herself up on her good arm to face him. When his eyes opened to look up at her, she said, “Because you’re laying in the middle of the street with me.”

He cracked a smile. He couldn’t help it. He was lying in the middle of the street with a beautifully stubborn girl.



Wow, I just realized that was kind of longish for a blog post. Apologies!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Resident Expert: Workspace

I have this awesome bulletin board hanging over my desk.





Inspiring, right? Also covered with my favorite guys and cuteness.

What does your workspace look like?

(Also, sorry for the lameness of this RE. I'm still settling into school, picking up and dropping classes and such. Next week should be dasaloff).

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

The Do Not Read List

Aren't you tired of hearing about all the awesome books you need to read? How about all the books you should avoid?





Brought to you by a sad, sad girl without her copy of Mockingjay. And Jimmy Fallon.

Monday, August 30, 2010

?!?!?!

Hello.

Mariah is not here.

She is at college.

She is not reading Mockingjay. Mostly because it hasn't arrived yet.

Here's a random website.

Go there for a random surprise.

"Bluebirds in Spring" and "Mini Muffins" are Mariah's favorites.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

In Which I Won't Talk About MOCKINGJAY

Mockingjay was released today. I'm trying not to think about it. I've preordered it from Amazon, of course, but only recently because I wasn't sure if I would be back at school when it came out. So, as I sit in Maryland, my book is probably being sent to North Carolina.

*sigh*

So, seriously, what else is there to talk about?!

*crickets*

Umm... I just watched the movie "Babies" and it was frackin' adorable.



Bayar was my favorite!

And now...

*runs away into self-imposed Mockingjay hiatus so she doesn't accidentally read spoilers*

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Cutest Video Ever

Seriously.



I hope that makes up for Friday.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Resident Expert: Lady Gaga

Alright, alright. I give in. This is my public confession.

I LIKE LADY GAGA.




*phew* It feels good to get that off my chest.

Seriously, though. This lady fascinates me. Sure, it's in a "what-the-crap" kind of way, but still. Fascinated.

And I actually listen to her music. Repeatedly. Unlike other pop stars, I don't mind listening to her songs more than once. Her songs grow on me over time, and they're a nice addition to my otherwise mellow iPod music.

I read somewhere that she's working on a collaboration with David Bowie. Many say this is just a hoax, but I wish on McHotVoice's hot voice that it's true.






See? It's meant to be.

So... what's your favorite Lady Gaga song? Do you like her at all?

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Win an ARC of ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS

Hey bloggy friends. You know who's awesome? Stephanie Perkins.

Why is that?

Well, she loves Hot British Men, but who doesn't? Also, she has supercool blue streaks in her hair. Make that SUPERKEWL.

But what makes her really awesome?

HER BOOK IS BEING PUBLISHED IN DECEMBER, YA'LL!!!

Anna and the French Kiss
, her debut novel, is full of awesome things, like kissing cute French boys.

And you know what?

STEPHANIE IS GIVING AWAY AN ARC!

Stephanie is giving away a rare Advanced Reader Copy of Anna at her blog, so you should go enter her contest to win it!

Except, I want to win it. Because seriously? Kissing cute French boys? I am SO THERE.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

LINGER

A couple of weeks ago, I read Linger by Maggie Stiefvater.



This book was the sequel to Shiver, and it's one of those books that makes me want to stop writing.

That's a compliment! I swear!

You see, Stiefvater's prose is so eloquent it makes me want to stop writing because it makes me think I'll never write as well as she can.

Yep. THAT GOOD.

I don't want to give anything major away, so I'll just say it left me wanting more, and dying for the final book Forever to be released. I would post the synopsis of the book, but it gives away parts of Shiver for those of you that haven't read it yet. So you'll all have to trust me when I say that this book made my heart ache in ways I didn't previously know were possible. I was left gasping for breath, hungering for more.

Also, Sam = SWOON.

This is how I picture him:



Only, with yellow eyes, of course.

You know what's kewl? You can go win your very own SIGNED copies of Shiver and Linger at the First Novels Club! That is, if I don't :)

Monday, August 16, 2010

A Case of the Mondays

I have no idea what to post about.

I go back to college in less than two weeks and I'm not anywhere close to being finished with my current draft of The Quiet Calling like I had originally planned. But, the strange thing is, I'm okay with that.

*gasp* Say WHAT?

I usually hate missing my self-imposed deadlines. But I seem to write better at school. Don't ask me why, it's just the way it is.

Anywho, blog ideas, anyone? I'm planning an epic vlog (to be released early next month), so I guess that's something to look forward to.

BLERGH. Monday.

Eek! I just thought of something to post, but it will have to wait until tomorrow. Here's a preview:




What? I've gotta keep you coming back for more :)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Who Do You Write Like?

According to I Write Like, I write like Margaret Mitchell (Gone With the Wind). Only in The Sequel to The Quiet Calling, though. Apparently The Quiet Calling is most like Stephen King, which perplexes me a little. *shrug*

Try it out and let me know what famous author you write like, and if you think it is a proper assessment. I think it's so cool!

In other news, I am procrastinating right now. Back to work!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Resident Expert: Oscar Wilde

First, thanks for the welcome back comments on Wednesday. I missed everyone too! I promise I'll be back to visiting everyone's blogs soon.

Also, RaNdOm capitalization has been APPROVED by the masses! All letters are EQUAL on this bLog.

So. Oscar Wilde.



I've been reading The Picture of Dorian Gray for FUNSIES this past week and it's incredible. Seriously. Probably one of my new favorite books.

Why, you ask? It feels so REAL. Wilde writes poetically but realistically in my opinion. He'll describe the setting in some florid paragraph and then characters like Lord Henry and Dorian Gray will speak, say rather horrible things, actually, and it kinda puts everything in its place. If that makes sense. Maybe others that have read it will get what I'm trying to say. I'll probably talk more about this book once I finish it; there's simply too much to cover right now.

Besides Dorian Gray, Wilde was a FASCINATING guy. For reals. He was a poet, artist of sorts, novelist, journalist, and playwright. What COULDN'T the man do?! Mariah has a literary crush, if you couldn't tell. If he was a rock star I would throw him my panties (THERE'S a visual you can pretend you didn't just imagine).

Plus, when I'm reading, I can imagine my CELEB boyfriend, Ben Barnes, as Dorian Gray.





*le drool*

See? Resident Expert Friday is always hawt, even if I'm talkin' 'bout an author.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

August

Hello Blogosphere! It is I, Mariah Irvin, and I return to you ready to share more randomness than ever before! Let us voyage into the Internets in search of distractions when we should be writing!

*ahem*

I need to work on my intros. They're always over the top.

Anywho, I'M BACK. My blogging still won't be at it's normal weekday schedule, but I WILL post more often than every two weeks. PROMISE.

I will also CAPITALIZE random words or phrases more than ever.*

August is going to be a busy busy busy month for me. There is sooooooo much revision for me to do in The Quiet Calling and only a month in which to do so. Also, so many books to read and sooooooooo little time.

In honor of August, I've sketched August Phoenix from The Quiet Calling. Our relationship has been a bit rocky lately, but that doesn't mean I don't think he's hawt.



*sigh*

I think August is going to be a good month.



*This is a lie. OR MAYBE IT'S NOT.

Friday, July 23, 2010

Resident Expert: Bright Star

I thought I'd pop in for a quick Resident Expert Friday. I finally saw the movie "Bright Star" and day-um is it good. Seriously. Mariah was crying at the end.

Here's the trailer, if you haven't seen the movie:



Also, here is John Keats' poem that inspired the movie:

Bright star, would I were stedfast as thou art--
Not in lone splendour hung aloft the night
And watching, with eternal lids apart,
Like nature's patient, sleepless Eremite,
The moving waters at their priestlike task
Of pure ablution round earth's human shores,
Or gazing on the new soft-fallen mask
Of snow upon the mountains and the moors--
No--yet still stedfast, still unchangeable,
Pillow'd upon my fair love's ripening breast,
To feel for ever its soft fall and swell,
Awake for ever in a sweet unrest,
Still, still to hear her tender-taken breath,
And so live ever--or else swoon to death.




Sorry I don't have time to swoon over this movie more... maybe another day! Happy Friday!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Visual Inspiration

Recently I've seen other bloggers posting visual inspiration for the WIPs, so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon and share mine too. Better late than never, as I say.

These images, that represent The Quiet Calling, are from WeHeartIt and other places on the internet I can't remember right now.

Anywho, I'll stop blabbing and let them speak for themselves.















Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Contest Winner!

*Ahem* It has been a while since the contest (signed copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson) ended, but my internet has been spazzy. Apologies!

And now, the winner (according to random.org) is...

JAMIE!!!

Congrats, Jamie! Send me an email at mariahirvin at gmail dot com and your prize will be on its way!

Now that I've done that, I must tell you guys that I'll be M.I.A. more than normal for the rest of the month. I was promoted to a full time key holder at my job and I barely have time to do anything, let alone blog. Any free time I spend on the computer I spend writing The Sequel. I'm not gonna quit blogging completely, but just know that I won't be around the blogosphere as much and I won't have a chance to read your blogs, either (which makes me sad).

If for any reason you need to contact me, I'm usually on Twitter (ever since I downloaded it onto my phone), and I can always be reached via email.

Happy July!

Monday, June 28, 2010

In Which Mariah Meets Awesome Authors

Last Thursday I had the most incredible opportunity. I went to a nice little bookstore, Politics and Prose, in Washington, DC, and met John Green and David Levithan!!!

The coauthors of Will Grayson, Will Grayson were there to read from the book, answer questions, and sign books.

As some of you may remember, I absolutely love Will Grayson, Will Grayson, so seeing them was a dream come true!

The bookstore was crowded with crazy tweens screaming "OMGit'sJohnGreen!" (oh wait, that's me), but everyone there was super nice and it really felt like a community. Here's a picture of the crowd from the writer's table (as taken by John):



See? Crowded. Also, floor-sitting and 98-degrees-sweating. It was all worth it, though!

John and David were funny, thoughtful, and passionate as they answered questions, some of which were silly, and others were ones I would've asked myself. For example, one woman asked about both of their writing processes; John likes to write a lot and then cut it all out and rewrite later, whereas David tries to get it right the first time.

They also said some really interesting things about the book, but I don't want to give anything away for anyone who hasn't read it.

On to the photos!


David and John signing books.



Me (on the far right) waiting in line.



Talking to David and John! I couldn't manage to get my face in the photo, so you'll just have to believe that it's me.


Oh, and one last photo.



Gasp! That's a copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson signed by John Green and David Levithan, and IT'S FOR YOU!!!

Well, assuming that you win it, that is.

That's right, it's contest time! Enter to win a signed copy of Will Grayson, Will Grayson!

Here be the rules:

Contestants will earn points, which is the number of times a contestant's name will be entered into the drawing. The winner will be randomly chosen from the drawing, so the more points a contestant has the better his/her chances of winning will be.

Here's how to get points:

-new follower (+1)
-old follower (+2)
-Tweet it (and use my name, @mariahirvin, at the end so I can track it) (+2)
-Blog post (and the link) (+5)
-Link in blog sidebar (+3)

Leave a comment with your number of points (be honest!) by Thursday, June 1st, at 8:00 PM Eastern, along with questions about the contest if you have them. Sorry, U.S. entries only because I'm too poor to ship outside the U.S.!

Good luck, everyone!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

My Handwriting

Dara tagged me in a cool handwriting meme a little while ago, so I had to write out most of my blog post on paper! Ker-azy.

Here are the things I had to write:

1. Name/Blog Name.
2. Right handed, left handed or both?
3. Favorite letters to write?
4. Least favorite letters to write?
5. Write: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
6. Write in caps:
CRAB
HUMOR
KALEIDOSCOPE
PAJAMAS
GAZILLION
7. Favorite song lyrics?
8. Tag 7 people.
9. Any special note or drawing?


My scanner is being temperamental, so hopefully you guys can read this from my web cam!



The very top is hard to read, but it's number nine, drawing of my pen, and it says "my pen (honestly, this drawing makes it look like an earthworm)". Ya know, in case you were wondering.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Resident Expert: James Marsden

It's been a while since I've done a Resident Expert post... shame on me!

I feel like "27 Dresses" has been on TV a zillion times in the past week, so, naturally, I've decided to become an expert on James Marsden.



Everyone say hello to James!

Man, this guy has been in everything! "Superman Returns", "Hairspray", "The Notebook", "Enchanted", and soon to come... "Enchanted 2"! How exciting is that?!

The first movie I remember seeing him in was "Sugar and Spice".



That movie was hilarious in every corny way possible. I think the whole thing is on YouTube, if you've never seen it!

Hmm... I think I'm just going to post some more pics now. Enjoy and have a good weekend!