Thursday, January 28, 2010

Emily Brown and the Elephant Emergency.

If all bedtime stories were read in a clever scottish accent like this, I think I would make it a point to listen to more of them. As they're not (and as all stories don't call mothers 'mummy' ) I don't s'pose I will...but then again, a good bedtime story is a good bedtime story, clever sco'ish accent or not. :)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Playlist for Bumping Midnight: Chapters 7 -12

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Chapter Seven: 1) Life is a Highway, Rascal Flatts
2) Sweet Thing, Keith Urban
3) Flying, James Newton Howard, Peter Pan Soundtrack
Chapter Eight: 1) I Cannot See His Color, James Newton Howard, Village Soundtrack
2) Jedi Funeral, John Williams, Star Wars Soundtrack
Chapter Nine: 1) Monster by Meg and Dia
2) Spaceman, The Killers
3) Starlight, Muse
4) E.T. Theme, John Williams, E.T. Soundtrack
5) Fairy Dance, James Newton Howard, Peter Pan Soundtrack
Chapter Ten: Goodnight, Travel Well, The Killers
Chapter Eleven: 1) Fireflies, Owl City
2) Remembering Childhood, John Williams, Hook Soundtrack
3) Dark Eyes, Iron and Wine
4) Send Me On My Way, Rusted Root
Chapter Twelve: 1) When Ginny Kissed Harry, Nicolas Hooper, Harry Potter 6 Soundtrack
2) Ghost in This House, Alison Krauss

Monday, January 25, 2010

Playlist for Bumping Midnight: Chapters 1 - 6.

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Chapter One: 1) Friends, Band of Skulls,
2) Shooting the Moon, OK Go
3) Imaginary, Evanescence
Chapter Two:
Out of the Woods, Nickel Creek
Chapter Three:
Latika's Theme, Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack
Chapter Four: 1)
I Will Survive, Stephenie Bentley
2) Down in the Valley, Little Axe
3) Houses, Great Northern
Chapter Five:
1) Somewhere Only We Know, Keane
2) Those We Don't Speak Of, James Newton Howard (Village soundtrack)
Chapter Six:
Real Gone by Sheryl Crow

Sunday, January 24, 2010


When I learn something new or realize I need to learn something new, I notice all sorts of things related to that, or I get a chance to apply it, or I find the new word in a book I'm reading, or whatever. Things like that. Is it just because I notice those things, or notice the thing I'm trying to learn about, now that it has my attention, or does God provide those opportunities? Maybe it's both.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I do. Not.

I do. Not. Publish. Anonymous. Comments.

It's frustrating when I get two or three a day. They either don't make sense or are spam. Weird. And I never publish them.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Pure Imitiation, while it may be the sincerest form of flattery, is difficult

Today I learned that Mark Twain is more difficult for me to imitate than Charles Dickens.

Although part of the problem may have been that I already had the perfect character, which I've vaguely known for a long time for the Dickens style, and no characters and no exceptional ideas for the Twain style.

Writing assignment stuff. Difficult or not, you gotta love it. I'm kinda proud of the Charles Dickens one....


Rewrite two Aesop's Fables in the style of two different authors. I had four authors to choose from and I chose Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. The Fables I chose were The Fox and the Grapes and The Hare and the Tortoise.

Dickens to the Fox and Twain to the Hare.

A Day in the Life of Ted Dekker

A Day in the Life of Ted Dekker

If you have a facebook account, you MUST watch. It's pretty cool.

And huzzah, he writes 2000 words idea. Guess I've got the right idea.

Oh, and coolest of cool things, it plays a Muse song all through it. Ted Dekker is a big fan of Muse. Funny how the Circle Trilogy and Twilight have like *nothing* in common ...... except that both are great books.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

People Who Have My Shoes #7

Marty McFly

Movie/Book: Back to the Future 1-3

Shoes: Black Chuck Taylors

Again, I was watching a random scene late the other night and noticed my shoes while he was running around, trying to get back to the future.

Seriously, why do I never see girls wearing cool converse in movies? I see girls wearing them all the time in real life...check out lines, airports, random stores....I think I saw three people the other day in the airport wearing my chucks. All within like, ten minutes. It was funny.

People Who Have My Shoes #6

The Kid/ Rusty Duritz

Movie/Book: Disney's The Kid

Shoes: Black Chuck Taylors

I was watching this late the other night and noticed it and I was like, "Whoa! How cool is that?"

Thoughts on Comments and Commentors

What kind of comments don't get published?

For me, it's usually:

  • Spam comments
  • Most Anonymous comments
  • Mean comments....profanity, etc.
  • A comment from a blog that I don't want my blog to link to in any way, for whatever reason.

What kind of comments do you reject instead of publishing? How many of you moderate your comments first?

The Grand Total

According to my Reading Notebook, I read sixty nine books this year.

Some of the books I didn't count for the reading contest I had with Andy, but here's what my notebook *says* (it is very possible that at some point, I messed up something, and since I go by what I wrote before, it could be messed up from that point) I read for the contest:

Sixty one books and 21, 681 pages. :)

2009 Books

Okay, so I have this idea of listing all of the books I read this year, and summing them up in one word. Just one word. Which will be difficult, and you won't be able to get as much as you would from a regular paragraph or two review, but I'm terrible at summing up, and this is a great way to practice. Yes, I am allowed to use the same word twice. :) Here goes nothing...

January 2009

1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: Charming December 2008 Book o/ the Month
2. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien: Fascinating Book o/ the Month
3. Restless Pilgrim by Scott M. Marshall: Interesting
4. The Princess Bride by William Goldman: Funny
5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling: Excellent (duh!*)
6. The Book of Names by D. Barkley Briggs: Naw'bad
7. Beowulf: Good
8. Calvin and Hobbes, 10th Anniversary Edition by Bill Watterson: Fun. :)

February 2009

1. Watership Down by Richard Adams: Fascinating Book o/ Month
2. Inside Prince Caspian by Devin Brown: Interesting
3. Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis: Classic
4. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham: Amusing
5. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne: Great!
6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling: Favorite...
7. Infidel by Ted Dekker: Favorite (in series, so far)
8. The Children of Hurin by J.R.R. Tolkien: Melancholy, Classic, Great (I'm sorry, I couldn't just put 'sad' - that just isn't fair to the great book that it is!)
9. Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: Good
10. Warriors: Firestar's Quest by Erin Hunter: Alright...:-/
11. Gingery Pye by Eleanor Estes: Awww!
12. Chronicles Vol. 1 by Bob Dylan: Fascinating March Book o/ Month

March 2009

1. The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket: Bad (haha!)
2. Anne of the Island by L. M. Montgomery: Charming
3. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien: Fun
4. Worlds of Wonder by David Gerrold (bits and pieces: as my notebook reads...) : Okay
5. Thr3e by Ted Dekker : Good
6. The Reptile Room by Lemony Snicket: Reptilian :D

April 2009

1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling: Magical
2. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie: Enchanting
3. Midnight by Erin Hunter: Alright
4. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien: Excellent
5. The Underneath by Kathy Appelt: Unique

May 2009

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling: Excellent
2. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling: Fun
3. Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James: Charming
4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke: Magical

June 2009

1. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke: Wonderful
2. Red Planet by Robert A. Heinlein: Adventurous Recommended Book o/ the Month (April?)
3. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield: Boring
4. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan: Alright
5. Rattlesnakes by J. Frank Dobie: Interesting
6. The Reason for God by Timothy Keller: Interesting Recommended Book o/ the Month (May?)
7. Same Kind of Different As Me by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent: Interesting
8. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Romantic
9. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis: Unique
10. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace: Epic
11. The Iliad by Homer: Classic
12. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander: Slow
13. Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis: Brilliant
14. Holes by Louis Sachar: Fun

July 2009

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: Charming **
2. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan: Alright
3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury: Interesting
4. Dinotopia by James Gurney: Disappointing
5. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke: Good
6. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer: Edge-of-my-seat...
7. Renegade by Ted Dekker: Fun
8. Faerie Gold edited by Lindskoog and Hunsicker: Classic
9. Heaven by Randy Alcorn: Thought-provoking
10. I Am Spock by Leonard Nimoy: Fascinating :) (Trekkies will get it...)

August 2009

1. Phantastes by George MacDonald: Pretty Good
2. The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein: Fun
3. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones: Excellent
4. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carrol: Whimsical
5. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol: Whimsical

September 2009
1. The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak: Unique
2. The Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson: Fun

October 2009:
1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer: Excellent
4. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer: (I can't think of a good word for this one. It was good, but it's not my favorite book in the series, and it's romantic, but it's sad part of the time, and then it's the end!)

November 2009

1. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer: Romantic - again 2. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury: Fascinating 3. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer: (In preparation for the movie...)

December 2009:

Unfortunately I didn't finish any books in December, but the books I started made for easy finishing and a jumpstart for January. So, maybe in a few days I'll be posting January reviews. :)

* Words like duh don't count, and neither do words in paranthesis or phrases that are hyphenated. I'm making the rules up as I go, heh heh....
**I either stopped doing Books of the Month at this point because I got too lazy to
keep up with it or I just didn't see it when I glanced at my old posts, so I just bolded and italicized some of the books that would have been contenders for the coveted (not really) spot at the time.