Monday, March 29, 2010

hehehe: This makes me laugh.

A Good Book

Has there ever been a book that you could return to again and again, and just know that it would bring joy and comfort to you, every time? A book that always challenged your imagination, your heart, your emotions, your logic, every time you opened it and read a sentence?
A book that you like to bring with you on trips?

Mine is The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. Whilst looking for a quote by Tolkien I saw a few from The Fellowship of the Ring, and it reminded of a time when I was troubled about something, but I had to leave home for one night. I had been wanting to read the book, so I took it with me, and it somehow made me feel better to know that I was taking something familiar with me. Sort of like a security book.

After seeing those quotes, I'm suddenly all psyched to read The Two Towers - I read The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring last year. *sigh*....this promises to be excellent. To quote Bilbo: "I think I'm quite ready for another adventure." :)

Anna

Sunday, March 28, 2010

A nice list:

1) My sore throat is gone. Zip. I am very happy. I feel like it's just barely still there...but it doesn't leave me miserable and complaining, so that's good.

2) I'm craving tea. This is weird; I don't very often, but it's the only kind of tea I ever drink, so I need to go to the store and get some today.

3) Slept horribly late. I'm sure I'll pay for it tonight.

4) Hoping this afternoon will be more productive than yesterday - although I did do some writing on The Great Elation.

5) Addicted to Primeval :P

6) I like apples with peanut butter. :D

7) I was in a strange state of mind when I woke up. I'm not sure that I can explain it; but I was barely awake, and it reminds me of the time when I was just barely awake and I thought I was a CD, and I needed to get to the right song before I got up. ;-/ No I didn't make that up.

8) Oh...no sore throat....just sneezing. Maybe coughing later. That'll probably develop next. But who cares? The sore throat is gone! Coughing and sneezing are almost enjoyable! Well, especially sneezing.

9) :D

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Today =

1) Catching up on Theology Reading
2) Catching up on Les Mes Reading
3) Finishing Star Trek Academy book
4) Starting a new book
5) Writing in The Great Elation
6) Outlining Writing Assignments
7) Cleaning Room - sort of
8) Artsy Stuff
9) Primeval and Castle. :)
10) Hmmm............I'm sure they'll be something else. OH Editing. there you are.
11) Oh yeah. Reading Script Frenzy Stuff and preparing.

Will I get all of this done? Probably not. Can I dream? Oh yes I can!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Reads. Yes, I am actually posting my reads. Try not to faint.


I am finally posting my reads of this year! The count is horribly low. :P But I'm still posting them, and hopefully someone will profit from them in some, small, irrelevant way. Or a great big relevant way. Whatever works.
January:

1. Star Trek 1 by James Blish
I love these. Only a Trekkie would, though - these are novelizations of the original series episodes. They're just fun to read. Plus, you'll get facts you didn't know existed, occasionally, and inconsistencies, which are fun to find. (At one point Spock talks about a moon - but Vulcan doesn't have one. ;) ) I can't remember all the stories included in this book, but they aren't in the order of which they were aired.

2. Star Trek 2 by James Blish
Same goes for what I said up there - another thing about them is that since they aren't chronological, you can skip around and read them in whatever order you want to. :) I got a set of five of these for Christmas, in this cool box. It's very pretty.
3. Star Wars by George Lucas
This was brilliant! George Lucas's novelization of the movie - and it's also different. It has a lot of stuff about Luke that wasn't in the movie, and that was great to read. And I love reading all the technical terms. It's good education for a budding science fiction writer. I'm going to continue on and read the novelizations of The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi - then I might turn around and read the prequel trilogy, too. :)
4. On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
Hysterical! I love this book! I've bought the sequel, but I haven't read it yet. I'm letting my friend read it first because I already have a gazillion things to read. I'm not really exaggerating that much. ;) This book was funny, creative, original...but especially funny. And creative. And original. From the Fangs of Dang to Podo the Sockman, the book offered very nice fantasy in Tolkien-esque terms. I think the sequel will be even better. It also had a great ending (I saw it coming - but what can I say. I see stuff coming a lot.) I also collected a few quotes from it. :D
5. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald S. Whitney
A more serious book. I liked this. It was very good, and I enjoyed reading it a lot! It occupied my time every morning for awhile. :)

February: 1. Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
Okay, this could have been sooo good. It was so creative, and original, and so vivid, but....the writing was lacking. And sometimes, bizarre creatures, when they come one after the other and are just gross in a boring way...well, it gets old. I was ready to be finished with it. I won't be going back for more.
2. Star Trek 3 by James Blish
:)
3. A Praying Life by Paul Miller
Oh my goodness! This book was great! I'm going to read it again. I feel like I need to, to really help me get it. But it was so good. I read it hungrily.
March: 1. Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke
I liked this, but it was still a little bit disappointing. I mean, I expected great things after reading The Inkheart Trilogy! This took a long time to read. And....*sigh* I was a bit bored. I'm not cutting the author at all. The Inkheart Trilogy is one of the most brilliant achievements ever. Especially the first two books.
2. The Prestige by Christopher Priest
Did this book deliver? Oh yes it did. But now how I expected. The POV sections of the book for Andrew Weston were lacking for me - I still liked them, and found the whole twin thing intriguing. The part I enjoyed the most was actually Rupert Angier's section - surprise, surprise! Borden has always been my favorite, but I'm liking Angier better for two reasons now: 1) I read his part in the book. I just like him. 2) I like Hugh Jackman better after seeing him in X-men and Australia. So here's my take: the book is very good. But sometimes, a brilliant idea goes astray. The movie brought it to its full potential. And I hate to say that. The books are *always* better. But I guess they aren't - because the movie is better. The plot of the movie is better. The characters in the movie are better. The ending in the movie is better. Therefore, I am going to watch it tonight.


My cuts for Books of the Month are:
On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson
A Praying Life by Paul Miller
The Prestige by Christopher Priest. (I still really did like reading the book. A lot. Just... the movie is better. But the book pulls its own weight in value. Go ahead and read it. I was very impressed. The movie is better thought. That's all. Yes, I know I have repeated myself several times. It's called dry humor. I think. It might not be, but we'll pretend it is.)

Right now I'm reading Star Trek Academy by William Shatner. I love it! It just might be book of the month next month - or at least get an honorable mention. ;) I'll finish it this weekend for sure. I'm a little bit anxious, though - it was published in 2007. The sequel isn't out yet! Where is it?! Bill Shatner, you need to deliver.

March has been terribly lacking in reading! Blah! Well, I hope to boost that up soon over the next couple of months. But alas, Script Frenzy approaches. As does a ginormous, hopefully brilliant paper from writing class. And also hopefully the finished First Draft of my NaNo book. Don't worry; you will know about it when it is finished. My whole neighborhood might, actually. I might scream. Or attack my Dad with a hug that breaks his ribs...something. ;)

Anna

Yay!

I just checked up on a very important sequel.

Batman the Third has been confirmed. Christopher Nolan is directing, Jonathan Nolan is already working on a script. WHAT'S UP?!

And it'll be the end. No more sequels after that. The very last, in a perfect trilogy. Probably. If it's anything like the first two, how could it not be perfect?!

I checked on Star Trek, too - it'll be 2012 before it comes out, looks like, but it's in the making, and that is very exciting. :) No script for it yet though....:-/

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Great Elation: Official Playlist


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Official Playlist for The Great Elation (character's name/initial appears after song, so you know who's thinking it - E stands for Ensemble/Everyone)

-Far Away, Nickelback (E)
-Hard Times in New York Town, Bob Dylan (E)
-I'll Go Crazy if I Don't Go Crazy Tonight, U2 (Hurley - also her theme song. :D)
-Hang On, Seether (Dex)
-Meant to Live, Switchfoot (E)
-If You're Gonna Jump, Natasha Bedingfeld (Dex)
-Let Me Die in My Footsteps, Bob Dylan (Dex)
-Dreams, The Cranberries (E)
-Everybody's Changing, Keane (Marty, Hurley, Dex)
-Paper Planes, M.I.A., (Hurley)
-Starlight, Muse (E)
-Heroes and Thieves, Vanessa Carlton (Hurley)
-Next in Line, Meese (Marty)
-Get Off of My Cloud, The Rolling Stones (Dex)
-Spaceman, The Killers (Hurley)
-Barking at the Moon, Jenny Lewis (Cody)
-Discover, Minnutes, (Hurley)
-Read My Mind, The Killers (Dex)
-Feeling Good, Muse, (Hurley)
-Such Great Heights, The Postal Service, (Dex)
-Send Me On My Way, Rusted Root (Cody)
-Shark in the Water, V.V. Boom, (Hurley)
-Supermassive Black Hoke, Muse, (Dex)
-End of the World, Blake Lewis, (Marty)
-1000 Miles, Blake Lewis (Marty)
-Fools Like Me, Vanessa Carlton, (Hurley)
-Leave Out All the Rest, Linkin Park, (Marty)
-Satellite Heart, Anya Marina, (Xarryn)
-Done All Wrong, Black Revel Motorcycle Club, (Dex)
-Dare You to Movie, Switchfoot (Dex)
-Dancin' in the Moonlight, Toploader, (Gabriel)
-Someday We'll Know, Jon Foreman and Mandy Moore, (E)
-Everything Will Be Alright, The Killers (Hurley, Gabriel, Cody)
-Satisfy, Vedera, (Hurley)
-Set the Fire to the Third Bar, Snow Patrol, (Shada)
-Stick with me Baby, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (Marty)
-Smile Like You Mean It, The Killers (Hurley)
-All These Things That I've Done, The Killers (Marty)
-Goodnight, Travel Well, The Killers (E)
-Neon Tiger, The Killers (Dex)
-Savin' Me, Nickelback, (E)
-Hero, Nickelback (E)
-Little Wonders, Rob Thomas, (E)
-Maybe, Kevin Hammond, (E)


I couldn't find the song Discover by the Minnutes anywhere. But there's a link to the last song on the list - it wasn't available on playlist.com. It's very important. It's one of my favorite songs on the playlist. :)


Enchanting Old Books, Poems, and Notes Written in Pencil.

One of the books I've been using for school this year is a very old 'Complete Course in Freshman English.' I'm not sure if it's meant for highschool or college, but I've been reading through it, and since the beginning of the year, I've started picking and choosing what to read in the last section of the book, which has essays, short stories, poetry, and plays, among other things.

Today I read Tiger, Tiger by William Blake - a poem I just like, even though it's a bit dark. I just like Tigers, so the poem has always appealed to me.

All through the book, I find various notes or little sentences underlined in pencil. I love old books like that. But today, I really realized the value of the book for the first time - it's an old thing, coming apart, with all of these great penciled notes that I generally can't read very well! How cool is that? I always assumed that it was my brothers' book, but I'm not sure now - I found some dates scribbled in the contents that make me think that it was used long before their time. They were all born in the seventies and eighties; the book has some dates from the sixties written about titles. Here's the poem and the notes I found today:

[illegible word - it looks like amystic, but that doesn't seem to be a word. :/ ]

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame they fearful symmetry? ['symmetry was underlined, with a note saying: 2 identical sides]

[illegible word - evil. just going about its business. all a part of creation.]

[In God's sight, the Tiger is not evil.]

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when they heart began to beat,
What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was they brain?
What the anvil? what dread gasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did He smile his work to see?
Did He who made the Lamb make thee?

[beautifully designed as the Lamb, stars and heaven.]

Tiger! Tiger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame they fearful symmetry?

The notes were even better than the poem. I'm not sure who wrote them. Can't tell if the handwriting belongs to any of my brothers or not- and I can't tell if it belongs to either of my parents, but it doesn't look like it! Too neat to be Dad's. It could be Mom's. No one's name is written on it, either. :/

Well, whoever wrote them - I'm glad they did. They made the poem a great experience to read.

I'm a bit obsessed with anything tiger-related right now because I had an idea for a story involving them the other day....

So. You romantics out there, I hope this post was fun to read. ;)
Anna

Sunday, March 21, 2010

YAHOO!!!!

It's been awhile since I've had one of these.

I have 14 and 1/2 chapters to go, roughly, before The Great Elation is FINISHED! FIRST DRAFT COMPLETED, WHAT'S UP?!

YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm very happy about this. :) First book to ever be completed....

And then rewriting and adding and more and more and more of that! Yay! If I did victory dances, I would do it now. But instead, I'm going to go enjoy some warmth and a good book. Maybe I'll get this evil knot out of my neck, too. ;)

Anna

And yes. Someday I will do book reviews. Someday. Really. Honest. Someday.

Friday, March 19, 2010

New post. New post, New post, New post....book reviews?! SHOOT!

The fact that I have yet to write book reviews has come back to haunt me. Shoot.

Well, today will be busy.

1. It's Friday. Okay, so that's not really a reason for it to be busy, but I do have school to do today. And that Star Trek novel to finish...mmm. Mmmm. Ice cream. Star Trek. Ice cream. Mmmm.

2. As I said, I have to do school.

3. And lots of reading, I hope, but probably not.

4. The reason for that is: I have friends in town. They'll prolly steal my weekend.

5. I would still like to organize my room today. I brought my table back in from the apartment. Art beckons me, and so does that table. And I am not going to make the apartment a studio. It's too inconvenient, to have to walk all the way out there? Besides, it's cold. And it feels funny.

6. So my art supplies will be coming back in.

7. It'll be a mess, my room will be cramped again.

8. This is a good thing. With a housekeeper that cleans compulsively, it is refreshing to have a messy room and/or a messy bathroom. I keep my door locked now to keep them out. I feel no remorse for this. At all. I love my room to be messy.

9. I guess I'll stop at nine. I think it's possible that making lists is an addicting thing. What do you think? I think making lists is addicting.

10. OH! I'm going to make dinner tonight. Probably. :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Hello, my good sir/madam. (British greeting)

1. I feel very, very creative today. I have come up with all sorts of ideas. I am very excited about them, and I hope to soon execute the ideas for drawings/paintings/art projects in general. And perhaps learn how to spell. I just corrected a spelling mistake in this paragraph. See if you can find it...just kidding. :)

2. Back to creative ideas - lots of great ones for novels and such things. Again, very exciting, though those will take longer to put into affect than the artsy ideas. I got one...that I would love to tackle in April, during Script Frenzy, but I doubt that it'll happen, as I already have a plan for that, and I'm determined to stick it through to the end. Probably a grisly, miserable end, but I'll stick it through.

3. I went to the library today and came away with an Alfred Hitchcock Collection of Ghost Stories, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Gunslinger by Stephen King, his first Dark Tower book. I've never read any Stephen King before. I'm curious to see if I'll like him or not.

4. My mouth is hot from eating sausage. *Sticks out tongue and breathes to cool it down*

5. Book Reviews. Very soon. I just keep putting it off. But soon, very, very soon...because I'm way behind. And I need to pick books for this month and then get ready for next month!

6. I like having a Driver's License. I go to Lubbock a lot now for my writing classes and to meet with my friends for 'writers' group.' We have lots of fun.

7. I'm having fun making this list.

8. So I will add that I have rediscovered the delights of Blue Bell Ice Cream lately - just to make the list longer and also because I have really been enjoying Mint Chocolate Chip, Dutch Chocolate and Cookies 'n' Cream very much.

9. Again, to make the list longer - was anyone else confused by the ending of the Psych Season Finale? Because I was. I think I was supposed to be.

10. Loving Lost this year. Especially last night's episode. Sawyer is on my top five, and the whole alternate scenario was so funny. Especially the bit when he was watching Little House on the Prairie....

11. I need to stop making this list now, I'm afraid....

12. The End.

13. No wait - this can be The End. After Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Event books. 12 can be (is) penultimate. :)

Monday, March 15, 2010

*Sniff*

I just watched Dr. Horrible again. How can something be so funny and then ironic and horribly (no pun intended) sad at the same time? I could almost cry! Poor Penny...

and to think. It's Captain Hammer's fault!

I have to admit though, Captain Hammer's best line was: "I'm in pain! I think this is what pain feels like! Oh, mama! Someone maternal!"

Haha. Yes, I must definitely find the commentary and watch it. Or buy the DVD. Definitely download some songs from it.

Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog


Okay, first of all, this had to be brilliant. Joss Whedon came up with it.

Second of all, I was interested in it for other reasons besides Joss Whedon having created it, but when I was thinking about watching it, I found out that Nathon Fallion (Fillion, whatever) was in it. I'm a big fan of Firefly, Serenity and Castle, so this made me excited to watch it.

Third of all, WOW! It was so funny! I don't laugh at stuff by myself much. For some reason it just isn't as much fun to laugh if there's no one laughing with me - but I was giggling all through it.

Fourth of all, I like the music. There two or three songs especially that I liked, sung by Dr. Horrible and Penny.

Fifth of all, it was very original and different. Captain Hammer was extremely annoying. (Nathon Fallion/Fillion's character...but at times he was funny too, mostly because he made Dr. Horrible that much funnier. Dr. Horrible was likeable and sweet. The story itself was funny, but the ending was actually extremely sad. I was a little bit shocked, because I hadn't been expecting an ending like that. The heroine was sweet, although a little bit blind...(she ended up with Captain Hammer instead of Dr. Horrible. Gag.)

I liked it a lot. :) And it's really short, too. Like 42 minutes.

Anna

Oh, and the trailer itself is very funny. And you can watch this whole thing on Youtube. If you have 42 minutes, an evening alone, and an excellent TV dinner or pint of ice cream, I suggest you do so.








Sunday, March 14, 2010

Short Stories

I'm sleepy and cold, so this blog post will be short.

I want to get into short stories this year - as in, I want to read them and I want to write them.

Here's what I'm interested in:

Short stories that use the same characters over and over (like Sherlock Holmes)
Anything fantasy or sci-fi
Adventure/archeology type stuff
Any collection of short stories/vignettes/entries that are continuous and in the same book (parts of The Prestige are written in diary form)

But I'm also open to other things. Very open. Especially that stuff, but I want to read all kinds of short stories.

So if you are a lurker that rarely comments, now is the time to be heard! What are some of your favorite short stories or favorite writers of short stories? I like long comments. So leave long lists.

Anna

Monday, March 8, 2010

Recent Watches


1. Sherlock Holmes
I loved this. I went to see it in the theater twice. Robert Downy Jr. Is a brilliant actor, and I always like some Jude Law. The movie was funny, well done, and now I'm all psyched to read the novels/short stories. They're probably completely different from the movie, but I don't care. I've been curious for a long time, and want to read the entire collection over this year and maybe next year. When it comes out on DVD, this is a good one to get. To buy. And then watch multiple times.

2. Avatar
This one won't come out for awhile, but it's definitely worth a watch. The special affects and the music were both incredible, but it would have been better if they cut forty-five minutes. It was very long. But don't get me wrong, it was really good. But it's not the best movie ever. Sherlock Holmes was much better.

3. Secret Window
I always like me a Johnny Depp movie - and for some reason, I'm in a thriller mood. I blame it on Alfred Hitchcock. This weeks' Psych is going to have a lot of Hitchcock allusions in it, so I want to see Psycho before then so that I'll get it - and I always hear about that one...so when Psycho was unavailable to get on DVD (Dad isn't much for watching on the computer unless he has no choice) I got Secret Window instead. Mwhaha. Brilliant ending - I was disappointed in it, but not because it wasn't good. It just didn't turn out the way I wanted, but it was still really good, and surprisingly, the movie didn't bother me much. It was just...fun.

4. Empire of the Sun
Steven Spielberg and Christian Bale all in the same package?! Bring it on! I don't know why it took me so long to get to this one. I've wanted to see it for a long time, but I just never got it. However, Corinne (new friend :D ) was telling me how good it was the other day, so I think it was the first movie I got from Netflix afterwards. It was amazing. Christian Bale was a great actor even when he was thirteen. The soundtrack was great (John Williams, how could it NOT be great?!), the characters, plot and acting were all extremely engaging; the whole film was beautifully done and very artistic. New favorite. And like all Spielberg movies, it was a story told with wonder. So, the cuts for Recommended Movies o/ the Month are:

Sherlock Holmes
Secret Window
and
Empire of the Sun.

Empire of the Sun might be my favorite, but if it is, Sherlock Holmes is a close second.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Further Promises

Still wanna do book reviews. Very soon. Tonight or Tomorrow-ish. But maybe there won't be a tomorrow - there wasn't one today.

;)

Groundhog Day. Classic Bill Murray. Anyways...*clears throat*

Book reviews. and Movie reviews. and Music reviews. Soon. Very soon.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Promises, promises

I'm sure I've said at some point in the past two months that I would post my reads.

Well, I'm back, saying again. If I have time, I might do it tonight. But I will definitely try to as soon as I finish Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke - I haven't read a ton yet this year. I'm hoping to turn that around this month. But I have lots of reads to post from the past two months, so - soon.

Oh, and movies, too! Maybe music...Maybe I just need to set aside a blogging day this week. ;-/

Anna

Oh, but I will say, that when I went to Barnes and Noble on Sunday, they still didn't have The Prestige (which doesn't matter anymore - i caved in and ordered it) so I picked up a Doctor Who novel and flipped through the first fifty or hundred pages or so, looking for Ten. :) Would you believe that reading Ten is just about as much fun as watching him? I love reading about his smile. He's always smiling, and it was good for me to see that there are more ways to describe a smile than 'grinning from ear to ear.'

Perhaps my smile descriptions will improve from reading about Ten.