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!