June 2011 - further up and further in

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Awkwardly Awesome, Part Two

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Awkwardly Awesome, Part Two
Awkward:

1. Earlier tonight, I went with my mom and brother to the grocery store. The air around here has been really smoky because of the recent fire in New Mexico, so my brother and I resolved that we would hold our breath, all the way from the car into the store. It went fine when we walked in. When I was walking out, however, I made a loud, exaggerated motion of holding my breath - puffing out my cheeks, the whole bit. I did this, only to see another teenage girl as soon as I walked around the corner. Yeah. I bet I made a good impression.

2. Last night, I realized that I have a roll of toilet paper in my room and couldn't remember why. (Afterwards, I remembered that I was using it in place of tissues, so don't worry. It's not that awkward.)

3. I accidentally broke a rule in a game on the Narnia forum I moderate... even though I am a moderator and enforce the rules. Don't worry, I do follow the rules... most of the time. I'm only human.

4. At the same grocery store, a country song started playing over the radio, and I randomly started to sing along. (It was "I'll Stand by You", by Carrie Underwood.) My mom looked at me and asked me where on earth I'd heard that song. I still don't know, but somehow, I knew all the lyrics. :P

5. This conversation took place right before we had company this evening: 
Mom: Did you brush your hair yet?
Me: I brushed it. Whether I got it to look nice is debatable.
Mom: There's a piece sticking straight up.
Me: I know. I can't get it to go down.
(Thank God for bobby pins.)

Awesome:

1. The new music video for Deer in the Headlights.

2. Thanks to the stormy weather earlier, I got to wear my Converse earlier for the first time this summer.

3. Yesterday, I officially submitted Reese's Pieces to CreateSpace so that I can get my free proof copy. This morning, I got the email that it shipped. I'm so excited! I'll be sure to post pictures when it arrives.

4. I got to eat vanilla ice cream tonight. Life is good.

5. Characters that make me smile. Yes, I have new ones since I last posted. Is that not sad? My brain just does not stop.

6. I got to play Wii sports last night with several of my closest friends. :) It was fun. And yes, I beat them soundly at archery a round or two. ;)

7. God's grace that, even though I lazed around and had a bad headache today, makes me feel like I did something just by being with Him.

8. My awesome friends. :)

9. This picture:
(click here for part one of Awkwardly Awesome.)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

I'm The Kind of Girl Who...

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I'm The Kind of Girl Who...
I'm the kind of girl who...
... watches Merlin just so she can see this. (Thanks for inspiring my daily dose of fangirlishness, Lia. ;)


I'm the kind of girl who...

... stayed up till one o'clock last night reading her history book about past civilizations.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... has always wanted to go swimming/splashing around in a real-life fountain.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... rests assured 'cuz dreams don't turn to dust.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... went to the pet store with her family to get cat litter and walked out with a betta fish.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... carried a notebook into the mall and walked around scribbling ideas down into it the whole time.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... talks about fictional people 95% of the time.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... also sings and/or quotes movies 95% of the time.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... reads her history book in the summertime. For fun.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... purposefully did not ask her hairdresser to cut her bangs because she likes them long.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... never thought she'd wear her bangs long.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... writes blog posts like this one when she has nothing to do.


I'm the kind of girl who...

... is pretty sure this post makes no sense but clicks publish anyway.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Beautiful People: Ben Carter

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Beautiful People: Ben Carter
I finished typing up the last page of my hand-written novel, Reese's Pieces. So, in honor of the mostly-completed 2nd draft, I'd like to introduce you to another dearly beloved character of mine.

{Ben Carter.}

Ben Carter



Ben is the kind of guy who's very laid-back and likes to tease you about EVERY. THING. He has a quick wit, and a wonderful sense of sarcasm - though it depends on who you ask. He's the best friend to Reese's brother, Justin, and is basically her unbiological older brother, too. And to be honest, he'd probably be very mad to find out that I'm referring to him as a "beautiful person."

Also, I named my bass guitar after him. :P

Ben, meet bloggers. Bloggers, meet Ben!

What kind of music does he/she like?
Rock music, and anything with a good beat. He plays drums, so that may have something to do with it.

Does he/she like to go outside?
Yes, he likes to take walks, and occasionally play games of Frisbee and football.

Is he/she naturally curious?
Yes and no. He's kind of impartial to a lot of things, just because he doesn't really care. But if it's something he cares about, then yes, he'll want to find out more about it.

Right, or left handed?
Right-handed. :)

Favorite color?
Blue.

Where is he/she from?
A small, nameless town in Colorado that does not exist. :P

Any enemies?
Nope... though he has people he gets along with better than others.

What are his/her quirks?
He has an iPhone, he likes to eat ketchup with his eggs, he doesn't like getting his haircut, and he has a weird phobia of spiders.

What kinds of things get on his/her nerves?
He really, really, really does not like banjos.

Is he/she independent, or needs others to help out?
He's definitely very independent and if you try to help him, he may or may not let you. ;)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beautiful People - June/July Edition

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Beautiful People - June/July Edition
"Writing is easy. You only need to stare at a blank piece of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead."— Gene Fowler



And now it's time for BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE! 
(The place to showcase all your, uh, beautiful people.)


Yep, it's that time again! Beautiful People is once again happening now! In case you don't know what on earth I'm talking about, click HERE to read more. :)

And now, I have a semi-important announcement... we are now scraping the bottom of the barrel of our questions submitted way back when on my Meet Avary post. So now, we're turning to you guys! If you have a question (or two... or three... or many :P) that you'd like to see used in a round of Beautiful People, leave a comment on either mine or Georgie's blog. :)

Speaking of questions, this month's round of questions were submitted by iGirl and Charity - thank you girls so much! :)
  1. What kind of music does he/she like?
  2. Does he/she like to go outside?
  3. Is he/she naturally curious?
  4. Right, or left handed?
  5. Favorite color?
  6. Where is he/she from?
  7. Any enemies?
  8. What are his/her quirks?
  9. What kinds of things get on his/her nerves?
  10. Is he/she independent, or needs others to help out?

Go ahead and sign the linky below, with a direct link to your BP post. I can't wait to read your entries! (Even if I don't comment, I still try to read as many as I can. :))


Thursday, June 16, 2011

All Things Bright And Beautiful

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All Things Bright And Beautiful
First off, I have to say, it wasn't my birthday recently. That was back in April. :P The post about my frying pan was just a belated post about the experience I had upon turning another year older. A very belated post. :P

Secondly, this is another post about Owl City. Be forewarned.

Thirdly, Georgie Penn pre-ordered me Owl City's new album, All Things Bright and Beautiful.

It is... brilliant.
I saw the autumn leaves peel up off the street,
take wing on the balmy breeze and sweep you off your feet.

You blushed as they scooped you up on sugar maple wings,
to gaze down on the city below, ablaze with wondrous things.

Downy feathers kiss your face and flutter everywhere.
Reality is a lovely place but I wouldn’t want to live there.
My initial thoughts... well, when The Real World, the first track, started playing, I fell in love instantly. The piano chords and melodic feel made me endeared to the album, even if the rest of the songs stank.

They didn't.

Angels has a beautiful melody line. Deer in the Headlights made me laugh out loud the first time I heard it. Hospital Flowers is weird on first listen, and gorgeous on the second. And when January 28, 1986 played and then gave way to Galaxies, I had chills running up and down my spine.

There are a few songs I don't like as much as the others, Kamikaze being one of them. It's kind of strange, though I appreciate Adam Young's willingness to try new things. And I haven't listened to The Yacht Club or Plant Life a second time, mostly because when I get new music, I listen to a bunch of the songs more than the others. But I plan to give those two a second go later tonight.

Ocean Eyes, Owl City's first album, had more of an ocean-y feel - or at least that's how I interpreted. This album is very reminiscent of galaxies and the stars and space and astronauts and, well... all things bright and beautiful. :P It's inspiring me for Avary's story.

There's actually one more funny story I neglected to mention. On June 14th, I was excited because the CD came out. And because of the implication of "pre-ordered", I thought it would come immediately. (Good things usually never do.) So when I went to the mailbox, I was disappointed to find no package.

Yesterday, I ran to the mailbox, thinking that maybe, just maybe, today would be the day. I was sorely disappointed. But not for long. It turns out that our mail truck returned, bringing my package with it. :D

And yes, my earbuds have been in my ears ever since.

In addition to that, I realized today how many of my Polyvore sets are inspired by Owl City. So, I decided to showcase them all for you, oldest to most recent. Welcome... to Owl City.


Monday, June 13, 2011

The Tale of Me & My Frying Pan

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The Tale of Me & My Frying Pan
I smile as the movie fades to black and the credits roll with an upbeat song by Mandy Moore. Yes, the movie is Tangled, and yes. I’m in love. Who couldn’t love a story filled with humor, chameleons, Flynn Rider, and frying pans?

My sister stands up and starts to dance. I grin. This is shaping up to be the best birthday ever. My day consisted of Skyping with friends and cheesecake. What could be better?

I just wish it didn’t have to end. That’s the trouble with birthdays. They always end before you want them to.

My sister continues to dance, and in the background, I notice my cat, Tuxedo, on top of our oak entertainment center. I frown. He doesn’t normally get up there, so why is he….?

“Whoa,” I say. “What is that?” I point to the ceiling. My mom turns to look, and I slowly stand.

“That’s the centipede I saw earlier this week,” my mom says with realization in her voice. I gasp and walk over to inspect. There is a giant centipede on my ceiling.

There is a giant centipede on my ceiling!

“Oh my gosh,” my brother says, walking over to the scene. We now all stand below the aforementioned centipede, forming a cluster of gaping mouths and widened eyes.

“What do we do?” I ask. It’s not everyday an insect with a hundred legs shows up on my ceiling. That rarely happens. If ever.

“Um… well…” Mom pauses. “We’ll have to use a broom.”

“Got it.” I race up the stairs into our kitchen, and grab the broom from the small space in between our cabinets and the fridge. Urgency propels my steps, but then I stop. My eye catches on the Lazy Susan in the corner. I giggle.

There, in the cupboard, sit a bunch of frying pans.

And what better weapon to use than a frying pan?

Rapunzel has taught me well.

I grab the frying pan, mostly as a joke, and hurtle down the stairs again, to where my gaping family awaits.

“Here,” I say, trying to catch my breath. I thrust the broom handle towards Mom, who takes it and hands it to my brother, bidding him to take care of it. He grasps the broom, looking up at where the centipede is perched on the ceiling. I stand a short distance away, my feet spread apart, holding tightly to my frying pan in a battle stance.

Hey, it’s a long shot, but I can at least be ready with my frying pan, right?

Right.

My brother slowly lifts the broom above his head, then thrusts it upward towards the ceiling. It knocks against the roof, but somehow, it isn’t strong enough to smush that little darn bug up there. Instead, the bug falls.

Well, that was effective.

It seems to happen in slow motion. The centipede plummets in slow motion to the floor. I am ready, frying pan in hand. I run over to the scene as the centipede tries to make its getaway.

So not happening, buddy boy.

I give the ground—and consequently, the centipede—a good whack. Make that two. Or… five. I beat the floor until it cries for mercy. I want to make sure that bug is good and dead.

Rapunzel would be proud.

I finally stop mauling my carpet and take a chance to look at the centipede, which, hopefully, should be dead right about now. I kneel only to see a smashed mess curled up on the carpet. I’m assuming that would be the centipede.

I look up at my family, whose eyes are wide in wonder. I take a look down at the frying pan still clenched in my hands, and I laugh. We all laugh. We bust a gut laughing. Because that was just plain funny.

“You—we just watched Tangled, and… and…” My mom wheezes. “You were so vicious! I had no idea that you were that violent.”

I crack up and look at my frying pan. “Neither did I.”

Oh, the irony. I used the frying pan just like my new favorite Disney princess would. Now I just need to locate Flynn Rider.

Long story short, we have a good laugh and clean up the (non-poisonous) centipede and give it to my sister, the resident entomologist, for further inspection. I twirl my frying pan in the air victoriously. And the rest… is history.

Therefore, we all lived happily ever after.

Even the frying pan.



Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Day In The Life Of An Editor

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A Day In The Life Of An Editor
I've been privileged to edit 2 novels this summer. "Privileged", meaning, it's a lot to handle but I'm glad to do it anyway.

The only problem is, I've never edited a novel before in my life. In my life. And I have 16 days to edit 16 chapters & 85 pages, respectively, in order to get the aforementioned projects done by June 25th.

I'm not going to make excuses, but that's kind of why I've been a bit absent in the blogging world.

I'm editing both my novel, Reese's Pieces, and Georgie Penn's novel, The Way We Think, so that we can both get real proof copies of our novels by the end of June. It's pretty exciting, albeit kind of boggling in that I have no idea what I'm doing. I must be crazy. Yeah, that's it. I'm crazy.

Since yesterday, I've taken on an interesting lifestyle. It goes something like this:
  1. Wake up.
  2. Come downstairs and eat a bagel.
  3. Wait till naptime.
  4. Take a shower.
  5. Come downstairs.
  6. Help clean up the kitchen.
  7. Ask Mom if you can edit.
  8. Get on the computer.
  9. Procrastinate by getting on chat.
  10. Open a document.
  11. Start to edit.
  12. Chat some more.
  13. Get serious about editing.
  14. Finish a chapter of The Way We Think, aka Novel To Edit #1.
  15. Open the notebook of Reese's Pieces, aka Novel To Edit #2.
  16. Chat some more.
  17. Open the document for Novel To Edit #2.
  18. Type up some of Novel To Edit #2.
  19. Fret about how much my novel stinks.
  20. Get some dark chocolate.
  21. Feel better.
  22. Edit some more.
  23. Repeat.
Wish me luck!

Monday, June 6, 2011

My Imagination’s Taking Me Away!

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My Imagination’s Taking Me Away!
Ever since I found out about Owl City's new CD, I've been awaiting it with anticipation. Then, when Alligator Sky was released off the new record, I thought it was weird.

It wasn't long before I fell in love with it.





I listened to it again tonight and could NOT stop hitting repeat. I couldn't understand why I liked it so much.

Then it hit me like a spaceship. (Pun thoroughly intended. :P)

I love this song because of Avary.

Where was I, when the rockets came to life?
And carried you away into the alligator sky?
Even though I'll never know what's up ahead
I'm never letting go
I'm never letting go!

In case you haven't met Avary yet... here's a glimpse of her style.


This probably won't make much sense unless you know what Avary's novel is about. I can't tell you all of it - since every author has her secrets - but I can tell you it has to do with spacecraft, stars, dear old scientists, and visiting other worlds. In other words, it's the essence of Alligator Sky. Imagination.

Remember to breathe
Because it'll take your breath away
When the engines cough
And you blast off
Ignite the night with a firecracker flash

Remember to live
Because you're gonna be thrilled to death
When the stars collide and your eyes grow wide
Take it in with your breath against the glass

Avary isn't the only character in this novel, either. There are others. Violet, Brian, Sawyer, Dr. Flanigan. They all make up this amazing novel that I call mine.

And believe it or not, I have started this novel. It's coming slowly, though. It's just one of those novels that's like soup. There are a whole bunch of ingredients that come together to make a whole. And it's going to have to simmer for a while until it's ready. But just like soup, you hope it comes out right. And somewhere, deep down, you know it probably will.
Roller coaster through the atmosphere
I'm drowning in this starry serenade
When ecstasy becomes cavalier
My imagination's taking me away

Reverie, whisper in my ear
I'm scared to death that I'll never be afraid
Roller coaster through the atmosphere
My imagination's taking me away!

Until then, I can only dream about stars and spaceships and dear old scientists. And until then, I feel like yelling this at the top of my lungs:


MY IMAGINATION'S TAKING ME AWAY!

Because... it really is. ;)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chocolate Cake, Anyone?

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Chocolate Cake, Anyone?
Watch this. Crack up. Then go make your own.



{If you're reading this in a blog reader or from email, you'll have to go to my blog to see the actual video. :)}

P.S. - No, I'm not leaving Blogger! How could I? ;) My Tumblr is just for those random bits of inspiration and awesomeness. :) I'll be back to post again soon!