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Nov. 30th, 2010

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Writer's Block: All generalizations are false, including this one

What was the last juicy generalization from which you freed yourself? What caused your perspective to change?

There was no last generalization that I have freed myself from, because actualy within the last year I've freed myself from all sweeping borad generalizations. I've accomplished this through education and striving to be more tolerant and inclusive. There is always an exception to the rule. I live for that. I have completely taken out of speech such things as "all ___ people are ___". The most liberating was in regards to women. I no longer say 'slut' or 'whore' even in jest. They are out of my volcabulary completely. There is no such such thing as generalizations, like the title suggests-they are all false. I am more free than ever not spreading lies and misconceptions.

Aug. 24th, 2010

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Mockingjay Book Review




Synopsis (from goodreads.com): Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Read more...Collapse )My ThoughtsCollapse )My Thoughts: This was hands down the most satisfying conclusion to any series I have ever read. I love love love the way it ended and couldn't ask for anything better. I feel with Harry Potter Rowling lost a little of her magic and Breaking Dawn was submitted by a crack head so I steeled myself for the worst possible outcome because I obsessively fell in love with this series. And it seems that other not-so-well-known series always end so awkwardly or so terribly. Mockingjay does not fumble the ball. It kept me on my seat just as much as the other 2 books in the series. Collins raises the stakes in the rebellion and delivers a bloodbath finale...where absolutely no character is safe. This falls right into step with tone and pace that heightened the previous books. It's dark, suspicious and you can't trust anyone! It is not romantic but gut-wrenching and epic. There are lengthy times where major characters disappear from the story telling...which is one of my only MINOR gripes. Oh, also, I love that Collins has not been 'fading to black' in her books...I hate in YA lit where something gruesome happens they just eliminate it from the tale all together. We stay right there and see all Katniss sees, good or bad. God, I could hug Collins for his refreshing narrative. Katniss is still an amazing character; I loved being in her head seeing things from her perspective. My jaw dropped numerous times and tears welled up throughout Mockingjay. Hats off for a great finale. I can sleep well tonight...oh and MY TEAM WON!!! (/end fangirl) Sorry this review is so scatter brained I'm still coming off of reading for 7 hours...it was a great read. HIGHLY recommended.
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Jul. 22nd, 2010

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BBC Book List
Apparently the BBC reckons most people will have only read 6 of the 100 books here. That's disturbing.


Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an 'x' after those you have read.
2) Tally your total at the bottom.
2) Put in a note with your total in the subject


1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen [x]
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien [x]
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte [x]
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling [x]
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee[x]
6 The Bible [x]
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte [x]
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell [x]
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman [x]
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens [x]
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott [x]
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy [x]
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare [most...haha]
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien [x]
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulks
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger [x]
19 The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger [x]
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
26 Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll [x]
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis [x]
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis [x]
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini [x]
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Berniere
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne [x]
41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown [x]
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery [x]
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood [x]
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan [x]
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen [x]
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon [x]
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tart
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold [x]
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushing
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett [x]
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath [x]
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White [x]
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom [x]
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [x]
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad [x]
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare [x]
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl [x]
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo


...hey makers of the list...put more women on it! no woolfe? chopin? but about 8 dude authors i've never heard of? classy. and we get 47 dickens novels but only one george eliot. *rolls eyes*
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Mar. 10th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Kids or child-free?

Whether you've chosen to have children or live child-free, how and when did you (or will you) reach this decision? If you're in a relationship, did you (or will you) decide separately or together?

I think conciously around 13ish I debated whether I'd ever want kids or not. I'm 25 and I more or less joke I'll "start" having kids at 30 or so, I guess I'll see where I am then and decide (LIMIT 1, or 2 MAX). I've wanted to adopt an Asian baby for years now. XD I would love to be finacially free to do that in the future. I feel this cosmic pressure to let part of myself live on but my higher brain says...uhh why? What's the point? The world sucks but life is awesome. Also, I love kids and hate most parents (how they talk to their child, raise them IMO totally wrong, have too many to take care of and generally pass their terrible views on the their offspring). I believe kids are born tabula rasa and no on asked to be born, it's not their fault at all, it's the parents fault. I KNOW I would be great a mom. Yet, I am no where near where I want to be in a career or financially, and will not burden a child with my lack of finances/flightyness with jobs and college. I want to lead MY life first, I haven't done nearly enough of things I want to do and a child would burden me in my quest at this point.

Jan. 30th, 2010

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Writer's Block: Killer tomatoes

What's your favorite cult film of all time, and why? What are the essential ingredients for a cult classic?

Donnie Darko and Fight Club.
What makes a cult film is something that did very poorly in theatres but every other person you meet loves the film. And they usually quote about half of it back.

Nov. 18th, 2009

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Writer's Block: Book review

Any book ever written should be available to any inquiring mind seeking it. REGARDLESS of literary matter, or lack there of.

Jan. 26th, 2008

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tie a cat to a pole...



Yeah I had to go there.

And MAN I'm glad I did. I needed to read this after the depression inducing Kite Runner. Elizabeth Gilbert=my hero. What and amazing woman! I love her after reading this book. It's a memoir of sorts strating at the end of her divorce and depression and her travels through Italy, India, and Indonesia. It was interesting and uplifting. I loved her veiw on having kids and being married in the begginning of the book. Her take on God is right up my alley. I found this book refreshing and wise.
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Jan. 14th, 2008

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goals in '08

  • read 60 or more books
  • get my novel going.
  • write ,write, write
  • enroll full time again
  • save money for said enrolling
  • decorate my apartment

Jan. 10th, 2008

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it's the way you sell every word & phrase

 

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan


From bn.com-It all starts when Nick asks Norah to be his girlfriend for five minutes. He only needs five minutes to avoid his ex-girlfriend, who's just walked in to his band's show. With a new guy. And then, with one kiss, Nick and Norah are off on an adventure set against the backdrop of New York City--and smack in the middle of all the joy, anxiety, confusion, and excitement of it all.

My Thoughts- Wow this was really good. It alternated between David Levithan's writing from Nick's point of view to Rachel Cohn's writing of Norah's point of view. Levithan's lyrical, descriptive writing and development of Nick blew Cohn's writing out of the water. Norah was just skeezy and bipolar sounding the whole time. The constant stream of consciousness that is the teens thoughts are written maybe a little too smart to be realistic but it was great. And what is really strange I thought was that this book had hardly any dialog. Hmm. 
       The book took me back to being 17-going to shows, thinking my music was elite, sarcasm being the second language spoken, hanging out with cute band boys all night, with the occasional drag queen thrown in. 


"The mind has an ear of its own and sometimes memory is the fiercest f-cking DJ alive."-Nick

Jan. 8th, 2008

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It never got weird enough for me.

Totally stole these quotes from my brother.

 
-Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system. Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts. Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.

-You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

-There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.

-Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.

-To be alone is to be different, to be different is to be alone.

-Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men.

-Its better to aim for the stars and miss than aim for the gutter and make it.

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