Sunday, September 30, 2007

Reading my own writing

You know, I experienced something strange today. While in bewteen working on a plethora of study reviews for Government class, I would take a break to write some on the currently unnamed novel I've been working on for a few days (hey--we all have to start somewhere!).
So I wanted to read over what I'd incoherently scribbled right before hitting the pillow. And I found something to my astonishment--I actually liked the story and the characters!
Craziness!
I kept reading on and on, enjoying the strange names I'd thrown together in my sleep-deprived mind, and the characters themselves. And then it stopped midsentence. For some strange reason I thought Man! I can't believe the author didn't finish it!. Then I remembered. Oh yeah, I wrote this.

^_^ Only I could be so dorky. It's a gift, and a curse.....

Happy Writing,
Sookie

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fantasy Fiction-Writing Cook for Hire!


Sorry again that I've been incognito for awhile. Senior year is becoming even more hectic than I thought. Writing has become, even more, a source of detox.
Anyway, tomorrow in my English class, we have two assignments due. One of them is to submit a food or dish that symoblizes a character or theme in The Great Gatsby (the feast is tomorrow--it's too bad we couldn't make it a REAL Gatsby-style party, but the only person who knows how to make mocktails was told she couldn't). So I've decided to make a strawberry cake with rich chocolate icing and a liberal amount of sprinkles. The cake has a three-tiered meaning. The Chcocolate Icing= the wealth and moral decay that we think Gatsby has before we really get to know him. The Strawberry Cake=Gatsby's true goodness and uniqueness. The Sprinkles=the parties Gatsby throws to attract Daisy. I'm thinking of naming it "The Green Light Cake" (Note--if you haven't read the Great Gatsby, you probably don't understand this).
The other assignment that just happens to be due tomorrow: our senior surveys. These are the things that have ridiculous questions like this: "Where do you hope to be in ten years?" "Can you list your strengths and weaknesses?" "How have your strengths and weaknesses affected your high school experience?" "What career would you most like to pursue?"
For me, these are pretty bad questions, because I have no idea what *secondary* career I want to pursue other than writing. I have no idea where I intend to be in ten years.
Perhaps I could be cook--since I like making food so much these days (or that might have been the intense hunger I get from running Crosscountry for hours in 100 degree heat). The only problem is--it would get in the way of my writing. Besides, the other cooks might scoff at my desire to write about dragons and faeries and vampires. *tear*
You see--this is how I think about 60% of the time.
But right now--I need to focus on getting into COLLEGE!!!!!! I suppose that's what I need to write on my senior survey. Has this whole entry been a very deceptive way of ignoring my homework?
Perhaps........
Much love and strawberry cake,
Sookie ^_^

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale


Set in a fantasy world that mirrors medieval Mongolia, B1000 is the diary of a girl named Dashti who is shut in a tower with her mistress after she refused to marry a certain suitor. Dashti learns how to live in a tower without seeing the sky, and about why her lady is always so frightened. And we learn with her, as she records everything in her diary.

I don't think there has ever been a more likable main character than Dashti. She's not "too perfect" or one-dimensional. We hear her voice and her story, and both are beautiful. Shannon Hale always has a way with words in her books--but I think this one is my favorite. It's just so brilliant. And it's spun with a bit of magic too....

It did take me a bit to get used to the diary-style writing and the illustrations. But I found by the end that I loved both. Don't pass up a chance to read this book!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Crosscountry Hurts--A Haiku

Crosscountry Hurts
my feet are running
my lungs are aching for air
the Texan sun burns
--by me


ps. I promise I will review b1000 soon!!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Blogiversary!

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Happy Birthday dear blog! Happy birthday dear blo-og, happy birthday to you!!!!


Yes, today is officially the day I started my blog!!!!!! I'm so happy to have had this experience of sharing books, opinions, and my writing with all of my wonderful internet friends! I wish I could actually *make a dish* and serve it to people here, but unfortunately, our technology is thus limited in the way of creating virtual parties. So anyway, this blog thing has been very fun, and the people I've met here are so cool. I'm not sure I'll be able to keep it up when I'm in college (*tear*), but for now, I'll keep on blogging.
I've also come across a really cool tag, by the way of Miss Erin which I've decided to convert to: all the things I love when they happen on my blog.

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I love it when I have a lot of comments(!!!!)
I love it when I post some writing or a poem and I get really great feedback
I love it when I make a new blog friend
I love it when I introduce people to books they've never heard of before.
I love it when someone writes something that makes me laugh in a comment or on their own blog.
I love it when I learn about new books I've never heard of before.
I love it when I realize I've been blogging a whole year and I never want to stop!

With lots of ,

Sookie

Sunday, September 16, 2007

My New Favorite Song

Coldplay--The Scientist
This music video is kind of wierd, but I just love the song.....

Saturday, September 15, 2007

What Comes to Mind: Tag by Bohae

Type the first word that comes to mind: scary

Type the first country the comes to mind:The Netherlands

Type the first song that comes to mind: "Drag" by Placebo

Type the first book that comes to mind: Book of a Thousand Days (Because I'm reading it!)

What is your favorite character from this book?: so far--Dashti

Type the first author that comes to mind: Charles Dickens

Best work by this author (that you've read): A Tale of Two Cities

State your problem with the world around you: I love the world around me, I love my friends, my family, I love art and writing and singing and living and breathing....But very soon I am going to have to make a CHOICE about what I do in this world. And that is my problem: there are too many paths, too many choices. I'm stumbling around in a maze, haven't a clue where I am going, and my thoughts are just getting dizzier and dizzier. Well, I could actually condense this whole thing in one simple, little, two-word phrase: Senior Year.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Jippity Crickets! I'm Aunt Eller!

Okay, so life update: after school today (it was a short day--it only lasted until 2pm when really we get out at about 3:30) the two teachers who are in charge of this year's musical, Oklahoma!, posted the cast list on the door.
And guess what I got....
Yes, that would be the fabulous(if not a little crazy), eccetric, pantaloon-buying Aunt Eller!
I'm so excited to be playing her!
I want to bring as much personality and comedy as I can to the table. This will be new to me, since I've only done tragedy (Les Miserables--Eponine; saddest play ever!).
But I'm up for the challenge.

The only downside is that three of my best friends wanted this part also, and me having formerly NOT been picked for a part, I can understand this dissapointment a little too much.

Well, anyway, I plan to take lots of pictures and post them up here!
Yes yes, I know, everyone who's read this blog has just been waiting for the opportunity to see me with silver-gray hair, dressed in Old-Western style apparatus (Ha ha!).

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Probably the best quote on essays ever...

"For in Calormen, story-telling (whether the stories are true or made up) is a thing you're taught, just as English boys and girls are taught essay writing. The difference is that people want to hear the stories, whereas I never heard of anyone who wanted to read the essays."

~ C.S. Lewis (taken from The Horse and His Boy, pg. 36)

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Tag

Last book I bought:
Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell

Book I'm reading:
The Last Battle from the Chronicles of Narnia


Total number of books I own:
Let's just put it this way--I have about two feet of space in my room plus the bed and a few furnitures--the rest is the books' lounging area. Though they're strewn about my house.

Three books that mean a lot to me:
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
Night by Elie Wiesel
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Favorite Book:
Lots. But here are my official top ten right now: A Tale of Two Cities, Romeo and Juliet, New Moon, All the Harry Potter books, The Horse and His Boy, Wuthering Heights, and The Princess Bride....

Last film I saw:
Mr. Deeds (International House Pancake!)

Three (or four) films that mean a lot to me:
Pride and Prejudice (latest version)
The Princess Bride
Simply Irresistable
and I had to add one more:
Beauty and the Beast

Last CD I bought:
I haven't bought any CDs in the past year since I got an iPod. But right now I've been buying tons of songs from Muse and Beth Waters

Song currently playing:
The Boy who Blocked His Own Shot--Brand New


Songs that mean a lot to me:
(I think if my life had a soundtrack, it would pretty much be this)
Over My Head or any song from--The Fray
Loverly--from My Fair Lady
Sing for Absolution--Muse
On an Eveneing in Roma--Dean Martin
Crimson--Nicole Nordeman
Over the Rainbow--from Wizard of Oz
Leanring to Breathe--Switchfoot
Butterflies and Hurricanes--Muse
Fly Me to the Moon--Sinatra
Fairytales and Castles--Lifehouse
Starlight--Muse

Favorite Food:
Mmm....I envy all of those who have never been to Texas (in particular: south Texas) and have never had our Tex-Mex. I love tacos, nachos, enchilladas, and chalupas--oh and flan and sopapillas!
Besides I all that, I like French and Italian food a lot. Plus my American staples: pizza, cheeseburger, brownies, and hot dogs.

Favorite Drink:
The Raspberry Italian soda at this place called Gritalia.

Favorite Vacation:
I've only been out of the U.S. once: to the Bahamas. But I know I will love it when I go to Israel to study. Oh, and when I go to Romania and Italy also.

Favorite Vice:
Well, I'm not sure I like any vices. But if I had to choose....It would be Pride.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Carpe Diem by Autumn Cornwell

Carpe Diem: Cease the Day
Vassar Spore lives out her days making extensive lists of goals (including going to her namesake, Vassar, and winning a Pulizter prize, not to mention marrying a 6'5 blond surgeon, or judge). And also watching her father revise his book: How to Increase Your Persoanl Productivity in 2,000 Easy Steps--while going over her goals with her mom in the appropriated Hour of Reflection.
That is until Vassar recieves a sixteenth birthday present from her mysterious grandmother Gertrude (who lives in Southeast Asia) a few months late: A ticket to Malaysia. And also--an offer to be her assistant while trekking through the Laotian jungles in search of a rare beetle....
At first her parents refuse point blank (and so does Vassar) but whispers of blackmail and a sinister Family Secret send Vassar packing on a plane to Malaysia in less than two weeks, with her ten monogrammed suitcases and all. But Vassar and suitcases # 2-10 may be in for a wild and surprising ride, not to mention the unveiling of the Secret, a little romance with an Asian cowboy, and some strange Asian toilet adventures as well.
Will Vassar come out of this experience unscathed? Or will she learn to Cease the Day (instead of plan it out)and, like her grandmother, Live in the Moment?

I loved this book more than I can tell. It is one fourth adventure, one-eighth romance, and two halves of excellent writing. I enjoyed learning all the phrases and words from Maylay, Laotion, Cambodian, and Latin, and learning a bit more about Southeast Asia. It is definitely my kind of book--and is worming its way into my top ten.