Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring Break Is Always Too Short

That's right. Spring Break is over.

*cries*

It was nice to go home and relax for awhile, and now it's time for me to dive headfirst back into schoolwork and other college-y things.

BUT... here are some awesome things from when I was away from the blogosphere:

1. I found a great used books bookstore as I was driving home, and it turned out the store was closing forever the very next day. Every book was being sold for twenty-five cents. I bought 51.

2. My local Blockbuster is closing. All the movies there were being sold for next to nothing, so in addition to having waaaaaay too many books in my dorm room I now have waaaaay too many DVDs. *fist pump*

3. I'm just now realizing that things that are awesome for me involve stores closing and people losing jobs. This sucks.

4. I keep having futuristic dreams. My subconscious has been very overactive.

5. I went shopping and bought three new dresses for this spring/summer. I LOVE dresses. And, only one of them is pink (I'm trying to incorporate more colors into my wardrobe!).

6. And, last bit of big news, I am now the proud owner of a MacBook Pro. It's so shiny (and pink)!



So, how have you been lately?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Resident Expert: Firefly



Firefly is one of those WHY DID IT GET CANCELLED?!?!?! kind of shows.

I've only recently started watching it (the whole one season, *sob*) and I'm soooooo hooked.

It's a futuristic scifi show... here's the description:

"Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small, spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them."



I absolutely love the characters on the show and the storyline in every episode. It's funny, dramatic, and easily developed a following, but it wasn't enough to keep it on the air. As a broadcast major, I understand why shows have to get canceled, but that doesn't mean that I don't hate when it happens.

I started watching the show because I've recently become a huge buff for Joss Whedon, the show's creator. Seriously, he's crazy-talented.

Anyways, have you ever seen Firefly? Have any of your favorite shows been canceled before their time?

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The Search Engine Don't Lie

Do you ever look to see what people are searching for when they find your blog?

Most recently, my favorite has been "kittins with green mustashes". You just can't make that stuff up!



Perhaps I shall now become an expert on mustaches. It's clearly what the people want! I'm allergic to cats, so that's definitely not going to happen.

My top search, and someone that I'm an expert on? Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Next, Tim Riggins, a character I actually wrote about by request, rather than actually knowing anything about him (I find it funny that it now brings so many people to my blog).

Then, Constantly Risking Absurdity, because besides being the title of my blog it's also a poem.

Then come MY FAVES... Eoin Macken and Ben Barnes!

I think it's safe to say that the searchers of the Internets come to me for the attractive menfolk. And mustaches.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Oh, hello.

Hi! I think I remember you. I haven't been away from my blog for a reaaaalllly long time, have I?

Have you done something with your hair? You look nice.

You know what? I think I've lost an hour recently. Did that happen to anyone else? I usually keep all my hours in my pocket, but one slipped out Sunday and sneaked back in later. We haven't been on speaking terms since.

I'm in the middle of midterm madness right now. Luckily, that means that Spring Break is right around the corner!

In other news, my subconscious is trying to tell me to write a futuristic book. Make it stop! Maybe a nicely worded email from YOU would convince it to back down.

Yeah, it definitely would. Also, my subconscious doesn't get much mail so I'm sure it would give it some self-esteem.

Wait... where am I again? Could you be so kind as to point me to the exit?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Holding On and Letting Go

Lately, I've been battling with the novel I started during National Novel Writing Month last year, Half A Brother (the main word being STARTED... I made it to 50,000 but it's a stand alone fantasy and has to be waaaaay longer than that).

I'm stuck in a writing rut. Don't get me wrong, I love the story and the characters, but recently I can't get anything to click like it should, like it would if I'd done more planning before writing it.

So far as a writer, I've been one that won't let go of something once I've started it. It's been difficult for me to decide, but I know that I need to let go of Half a Brother for a little while... tearing it apart in frustration isn't doing either of us any good.

As soon as I made the conscious decision to move on, I was flooded with new ideas. It's been SO LONG since that's happened. You may call it a coincidence, but for me it reaffirms the part of me that wants to smother the book to death to just LET. IT. GO.

It's actually kind of sad to think about how this has been weighing me down lately, but I am excited to get back into edits of The Quiet Calling (and maybe start something new). Because TQC is THE ONE. I've known it since I started it. And Half a Brother hasn't lived up to that yet, no matter how much I want it to.

So, has anyone else faced a decision like this, or am I the only one that holds on to things a little too tightly?

Monday, March 7, 2011

BACK UP YOUR FILES

Dear writers (and anyone that uses a computer, for that matter),

Remember to back up your files, especially those novel drafts. Email them to yourself or save them on a flash drive... it only takes a few minutes. Do it often. Do it now!



This PSA brought to you by the eight hours Mariah was freaking out over a virus trying to gobble up everything she's ever written in her life.*

*Don't worry, I managed to save everything.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

My Three Seconds of Fame

At my school, Elon University, I work on a comedy sketch show called "Elon Tonight". I kind of do a lot of the odd jobs, and for our latest episode, I got to be an extra.

I have a line and everything, which was surprising because I definitely can't act!

Anyways, my big moment is from 1:04 to 1:07 AND I'm on the thumbnail.



*is famous*

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Happy Release Day!

Today is The Liar Society release day. Congrats, Lisa and Laura Roecker!

Lisa and Laura are funny, sweet, and trend-setting YA authors/bloggers. I couldn't be more happy for them today! I even dyed my hair pink:




Well, sort of. But don't I look good?

Here's a synopsis of the book from Amazon:

Kate Lowry's best friend Grace died a year ago. So when she gets an email from her, Kate's more than a little confused.

To: KateLowry@pemberlybrown.edu
From: GraceLee@pemberlybrown.edu
Subject: (no subject)
Kate,
I'm here... sort of.
Find Cameron. He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell. They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace's death was more than just a tragic accident. She teams up with a couple of knights-in-(not-so)-shining armor-the dangerously hot bad boy, Liam, and her lovestruck neighbor, Seth. But at their elite private school, there are secrets so big people will do anything to protect them-even if it means getting rid of anyone trying to solve a murder...





Congrats again, Lisa and Laura. I can't wait to get my hands on a copy!