Monday, May 28, 2007

Underwater Zombies, She Wrote

Miss Erin's post about her first book inspired this one.

The first time I knew I was going to be a writer was when, in my Creative Writing Class (in seventh grade, I was about thirteen or fourteen), we were assigned to free-write a horror story. It could be about anything-people with no eyebrows (scary to me!), ghosts, or in this case-murdering zombies stowed away on the titanic.
Now, these zombies weren't just any zombies. They were ugly. And mean. And they were desparate to murder an innocent girl named Emma by killing her friends one by one and snatching away her one and only love interest with a potential early-twentieth-century hottie.
And as soon as I really got into the story-and the characters-I found that I just couldn't STOP writing.
After two weeks of telling my teacher "I'm just not done yet!!!" I finally caved and told her I was making it into a novel.
She was totally cool about it-she let me use her computer to type up its pages and everything. And she never criticized it-ever. And on the day when we were supposed to read our horror stories aloud-an experience I wished to skip-she didn't make me do it.
Although, you know, I told her I had a severe case of strep. But I think she got the point.
Of course-I ended up not finishing that novel. Something which I regret doing. But hey, I still have the original hand-written copy of THE BLANK TELEGRAPH (every time someone was about to die-the zombies would send poor Emma a blank telegraph; not that they, the zombies, would stoop to just killing someone, no-these were highly intellegent Zombies; and well, also-I wasn't sure what a telegraph was when I was thirteen, really, so there you have it).

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Some things I did not know about Josh Groban

Ten Top Trivia Tips about Josh groban!

  1. Josh groban is the only bird that can swim but not fly.
  2. In the 1600s, tobacco was frequently prescribed to treat headaches, bad breath and josh groban.
  3. There are 336 dimples on josh groban.
  4. Josh groban is black with white stripes, not white with black stripes.
  5. If a snake is born with two heads, the heads will fight over who gets josh groban.
  6. Josh groban can be very poisonous if injected intravenously!
  7. It is bad luck to light three cigarettes with the same josh groban.
  8. Josh grobanicide is the killing of josh groban!
  9. Czar Paul I banished josh groban to Siberia for marching out of step!
  10. It takes a lobster approximately 7 years to grow to be josh groban.
I am interested in - do tell me about

I tag anyone who wants to see what they didn't know about whatever they are interested in (I put in Josh Groban- one of my favorite singers!)

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Sunday: Double Feature (book reviews)

Anther Edit: Don't be alarmed! I'm not taking this site down! I think a few people might be confused-because I really didn't explain it well. No, I'm not taking this site down (or the header! Thanks by the way, Erin!). I'm just merely not writing for awhile, that's all. I currently finished one of my "client's" (still can't believe I'm typing that word!) sites and finished their layout. So that will leave me with a few more moments of spare time!

I may not post to this journal again seeing as I have a livejournal account that will now support all my book reviews/personal stuff. Also, it's hard enough keeping up with two websites! And I have five (including this blog)! Plus two more than I plan to open in the summer. I love this blog, I really do. But I may to have hiatus from posting for awhile-at least until those other two sites get going. And if I don't have another client. Oooh-by the way, I took the AP English test this morning! Pray, knock on wood, and cross fingers that I will get a three or higher!!!!!
bye guys,
Ps. The Link to my LJ (come and visit me!)

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Okay, so here are two book reviews on the two books I read last. I'm starting a new tradition today: The Sunday Double-Feature (this will come in handy when I haven't read enough books for a Monthly Top Five).

(B Y O . R . M E L L I N G)

I loved The Summer King. It is the sequel to The Hunter's Moon.
The book was charming (though it's a tear-jerker, I have to say). I love O. R. Melling's beautiful descriptions of Faerie (especially the boctogi-I hope I spelled that right-the sea fairies) and Ireland. I love how the story intertwines with history, modern times, and fantasy all at the same time.
It's hard to keep up with the many Irish phrases and the non-American phrasing. But it's definitely worth reading! There's even a glossary for the Irish at the back! I especially recommend reading these books if you're of Irish ancestry-like I am-and are planning to go there next year!

Laurel goes to Ireland to visit her grandparents and to commemorate the one year anniversary of her twin, Honor's, death. She, however, gets more than she barganed for when the "Roly-Poly Man" (a Clurican with a penchant for drinking) tells her about a nearly impossible quest to find the Summer King and save all of Faerie (and Honor too-who hasn't really died but is sleeping in a deep fissure of Faerie and cannot be woken without the power that the Summer King will bring about if he can forge the ring of fire on Midsummer's Eve). Laurel, who hasn't ever believed in fairies until now, has six days to complete to quest. But she may be in for some serious surprises along the way.

(B Y M A R Y R O S E W O O D)

I first picked up this book because I noticed the cover (and loved it!). I know, I know. Don't judge a book by it's cover......But I still do it sometimes. Just like it's cover, this book is loud, comical, and fresh. The writing is a bit like a hybrid between Lemony Snicket and Meg Cabot (if such a hybrid can be made).
Here's a quote which illustrates what I'm saying:


Morgan is dumped by her boyfriend, Raphael, and goes a little mental in the process-by which I mean she is dumped by her boyfriend and immediately cuts off her strawberry blonde hair and dies what's left of it orange. Her parents freak-of course-and decide to send her off on a bike tour of Ireland. Where all chaos ensues. Involving fairies, being bald one minute and having waist-length hair the next, being tossed into the past, a cute warrier-dude, a couple of TVINS thrown into the mix, and sore bottoms. This is one cool, hip Irish fantasy that you cannot afford not to have!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Book Tag!

Just finished: Missing You by Meg Cabot, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, and Why I let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood
Just began: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fiztgerald
In the middle of: The Summer King by O. R. Melling

Thank you Erin for tagging me!

I tag anyone who wants to do this!

Also: an important announcement.
I've released another batch of icons at Icon Paradise- but I promise these are not Twilight/New Moon related!


Sunday, May 6, 2007

SAT Madness

Sorry that I haven't written in awhile. I've been a bit MIA lately, due to studying for the one, the only, SAT. It's every little girl's dream to grow up one day and take a test that makes your brain hurt so bad no amount of Advil will work.....Ha ha. A little sarcastic, I know. But I'm just really excited to see my scores. I put a lot of work into it-not as much as I wanted, but was only the first time. And it was so much better than the PSAT!!!
The key to the SAT is.......sleep. That's right people, sleep. If you're studying for the SAT and just on the verge of going crazy and inventing freaky people in your mind that come to your door and say "You stole my story," in a really weird southern accent, then close the books and prepare to enter the REM state. Because trust me, you'll need it.
Plus-don't stress about how your going to make it on time, where the room'll be...etc. Just a really big breakfast and watch cartoons that have absolutely nothing to do with education or college or your future. And yes, I'm listing all the things I didn't do, but needed to do.
If I had done them, I would have written a much more interesting, on-topic essay than I did.
And I felt like kicking myself after I left the room because now, coherent and un-stressed, I had thought of a better essay than I did at the very beginning.
But hey, now I know what to do next time around.
The SAT really does test your intelligence, but you have to be intelligent enough to give your body the basic needs: sleep, food, and activities that make you un-stress.

Now.....for the ACT; wait that's coming up in two weeks!!!!!!! MUUUUSSSSTTTT SSSTTUUUDDYYY..............
"You stole my story"
No no! It's all coming back again!

And that's a wrap, people.