Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Writing Prompt- If you were a celebrity...

What would you do?

What kind of celebrity would you be? Acting? Singing? Something else entirely?

How would you treat your new fame and fortune?

Write a short story in which you, someone you know, or a character becomes a celebrity. Write about what kind of celebrity they would be (what they're known for), and how their life changes.


Friday, August 24, 2012

I've been recently obsessed with J-pop and K-pop.

Thanks to the former members of Inkpop.

SNSD (AKA Girl's Generation)- Run Devil Run
SNSD- Bad Girl

G.NA- Top Girl

G.NA- I Will Get Lost, You Go Your Way

BOA- Obsessed

Boa- Hypnotic Dancefloor
Other bands

  • 2 pm
  • Wonder Girls
  • Beast
  • Utada
  • T-Ara
  • 2NE1
  • Trouble Maker (I just love their song, "trouble maker")

Friday, August 17, 2012

I'm Opening this post on Relationships...by starting with Open Relationships.

So today I've decided to talk about open relationships (by the way, I'm going to end up using my Fridays to explain to you my logic of important relationship things, important issues I want to address, and my own dating advice, for a bit.)

Anyways, this post stemmed from two close friends of mine (who may or may not read this post) who apparently have decided to be in an open relationship.

Which I have nothing against.

Except a) there's some personal issues going on there I can't discuss here, b) I think they're silly. I would say stupid, but stupid is a mean harsh word and I don't intend to be mean. Maybe harsh, but not mean.

So there's a number of reasons I don't like open relationships. And I'm going to use a picture to help explain me.

  1. They just ususally don't work out. And this happens for a number of reasons. Mostly jealously, but there's other reasons. But I'll just talk about jealously here because the other points for this one are really their own points. 
    1. Jealousy. Yep, to me at least, there will always be at least one person who gets jealous. Even if both B and C agree to it, either A or D will get jealous (or both). If B and C both agree, B could still be jealous but just doesn't want to say anything because B doesn't want to ruin anything. 
      1. And I have my own experience with this. When I and this guy first figured out that we liked each other (I actually knew for a while that he liked me because he was being pretty obvious about it), he told me that he was in an open relatinship with this other person (it was an open-long-distant relationship from what I gathered). And I thought about it and said that he'd have to break up with her to date me because I figured she'd get jealous (which turned out turn when he did break up with her and this eventually led to some issues I'll post about later). 
  2. B is always wanted to get with C, but C kinda likes B but also likes D. This also comes with another point I'll get to in a sec. But I've noticed this and I make this statement because usually at least one person likes someone else and can't make up their mind. In the diagram above, C & B agree that they like each other, but they also both like another person. So what do they do, call it and open relationship so that they get the best of both worlds. 
  3. I think its cowardly. In a way, so let me explain. This person, say C (because I want to blame this all on C) just can't decide who to be with. So instead of sorting out their feelings, making a choice, or just staying friends with them until they decide, C, calls it an open relationship. 
  4. Dating is for marriage. For me at least it is. I understand it when people date for fun, they like a person and want to get to know them better, or they're too young to get married. But when I look at someone and want to date them, I'm always going to think, "Can I see myself marrying them?". Why? Because the point of dating (when it comes to it) is to find someone to marry. 
    1. Dating should be exclusive because of marriage. Unless you're a polygamist, when you marry someone, you're marrying just one person. And going off and seeing someone else while you're married is called adultry. (In normal dating, its called cheating.) You cannot have have an open marriage, otherwise, its basically a polygamist marriage. And those are wrong. (Cause God intends for there to be one man and one wife.) Sure, dating is your chance to see two people, your chance at an open relationship, but in the end, you're going to have to cut the crap, and choose. 
  5. An open relationship is basically saying:
    1. "I kinda like you, but not enough to actually date you."
    2. "I want to date someone else but not hurt you."- I want to expand on this point because truthfully, it is its own point. Say C is already in a relationship with B, but wants to date D now. And C knows that if they break up with B, B will be hurt. So instead of breaking up with B and hurting B, C says that they're in an open relationship so that they're free to date anyone else and not get in trouble with it. (Point 3, its cowardly). 
    3. "I am allowed to go and screw anyone else I like and you can't object because we're in an open relationship. I am also allowed to screw other people and then screw you too." (Sorry if my points start to sound like other ones. They kinda overlap and repeat in different forms.)
  6. Its basically friends with benefits. Except friends that are a little bit more romantic with each other. And this point is why I don't consider open relationships to be actual dating because to me, dating is exclusive. 
So in the end, with all this mess blurring together, I'm basically saying that I don't like open relationships because they never work out and no matter what, it will never work out with at least one person. (unless you're polygamist). Because when you're dating and its rightfully exclusive, you can either get married (in which it works out) or break up (and in which it doesn't work out). 

So anyways, there's my take on open relationships. I'm not saying I have anything against them, I just don't like them and I would never willingly be in one. While I can see the benefits, I just see more negatives then positives. 

So what's your take on open relationships? Are you in one? Do you know someone in an open relationship? Has anyone you know (or you) been in one where its worked out for the parties who agreed to it? 


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I've been on vacation.


Well not really. Actually I knew I was going on vacation, I just didn't expect that I wouldn't have internet for a week or that I would be so busy that I wouldn't be able to post until tonight.

Anyways, since its late here already, I'm going to start regularly posting again tomorrow hopefully. If not, Sunday or Monday I will for sure.

So until next time,

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

In the News- Heroes vs Villains. Oh, and a Painting.

Our First Villain Tries to Steal a Baby

A woman disguised in scrubs was stopped before she could steal a newborn baby girl from a Southern California hospital in a tote bag. Yep, she thought that a tote bag was the perfect way to carry off a baby. Thankfully the senors attached to the baby alerted employees who stopped Grisel Ramirez, 48. She was arrested at Garden Grove Medical Center and they don't seem to know why she wanted to take the baby.

Apparently she posed as a nurse, went into the baby mother's room and told her to take a shower before a doctor came. Once the baby's mother was out, Ramirez put the baby in a purple tie-dyed tote bag and tried to whisk her away. Many hopsitals apparenlty have security systems where patients, like babies, have an electronic sensor on them as either a bracelet or anklet that sets off an alarm when the patient leaves a certain area.

The baby thankfully wasn't harmed throughout her ordeal and was in the bag only for a short time. Ramirez has been identified as the woman who walked into a hospital in Anaheim last week to ask several questions about a pregnant woman. The  pregnat woman told police who put up fliers with Ramirez's picture on it. You can read the whole thing and watch the video, here.

Our First Hero Dies to Rescue Two Boys

Dr. Donald Liu, chief of pediatric surgery at the University of Chicago Medicine's Comer Children's Hospital, didn't hesitate to save two boys when they were swept into the water of Lake Michigan. The two boys were friends of the family and despite the dangerous conditions and protests from his own children, the brave doctor jumped in. While the boys made it back to shore near Cherry Beach in Chikaming, Dr. Liu, 50, didn't make it back.

After the doctor was finally found, his wife, also a doctor, tried to do mouth-to-mouth but it was too late. The Coast Guard had been responding to another call nearby when they got the call to come get Dr. Liu, but they were unable to make it in time. Dr. Liu is remembered for his passion for helping children not just at the hospital, but for being such a good dad to his three children. You can read the whole thing here

Our Second Hero Stops Villain Number Two
Juan Carlos Alvarez, 29, walked into a sporting goods store in Yuba City, California and held Allyson Taylor at gunpoint for hours. He eventually surrended to police outside the Big 5 Sporting Goods store with Taylor unharmed thanks to good thinking. After opening some dialogue with him about him wanting to see his daughter again and some calls from hostage negotiators, she was freed. You can read the whole thing and watch the video here.

Possible da Vinci Painting Found

A scottish woman, Fiona McLaren, 59, recently found out that an old painting her father gave her could be worth up to $150 million and be over 500 years old. After getting it appraised, experts suspect that the painting may be a Leonardo da Vinci original or at least, made by one of the painter's pupils during the 16th century.
A papal bull was found attached to the back of the painting and is believed to have originated from the era of Pope Paul V, head of the Catholic Church in the early 17th century. McLaren says the word "Magdalene," is visible on the faded paper.
McLaren says she hopes the painting is sold to a museum, and she plans to donate a percentage of the painting's sale value after it is auctioned.
You can read the whole thing here.


Writing Prompt- The Olympics

So in another post about the Olympics, the prompt for this week is write a scene or a short story where your character is either in the Olympics or visiting.

If your character is in our world, our time, what sport would they be in? Or what sports would they go see?

If your character isn't in our time, but is in our world, (past) do they play some kind of sport or game? (Future) Are they in the Olympics if they still have them? Or if so, what sport would they go see?

If your character is in a totally different universe, what sports do they have there? Which one would your character be in? Or which would they go see?


Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Long Long Sleep, Imaginary Girls, Blood Red Road, & Beautiful Days

It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone-- and her future full of peril.

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose-- hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire-- is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes-- or be left without any future at all.

So I'm really happy I rented this from the library. I loved this book. Well for the most part I did. 

I thought that all the characters were very realistic. I liked Rose although at times she got on my nerves and I wanted to whack her with her own book. There was one point in the story where it seemed like the author was just using "I've been stassed for so long that my emotions are out of whack. Therefore, its okay for me to act however I want" as an excuse for her character's behavior. Plus I didn't like the love interest, Ben, so much. 

The plot was very good though and gripping. It kept me reading and I loved it. But there was this one really creepy plot twist that made me want to scream in horror. Okay, maybe not that bad, but it was still really creepy and kinda disturbing when one thinks about it. 

Overall I think it deserves a four and a half stars. 

On Goodreads: A Long Long Sleep

Website: Anna Sheehan

Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.

I liked this book but I wasn't as impressed with it as I was with other books. Firstly, the book is SUPER slow and it doesn't feel like a lot is happening.

But it was creepy too. The point of view character, Chole, suspects what's going on but no one will say anything. And oh gosh, Ruby is so creepy. The story is about Ruby I think, but she was creepy in this controlling manipulative way.

I was also confused at some parts and I didn't fully understand what was going on or why. The only good characters in the story were Ruby and Chole and I think everyone else was kinda flat in a way. I think they were suppose to be that way, but I didn't really like it.

Over all, I'd give it about two stars.

On Goodreads: Imaginary Girls
Website: Nova Ren Suma

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.
Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.
Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

I really liked this book. It has an original setting and plot. The characters were for the most part, realistic and good. I loved the little sister, Emi, and I didn't like the protagonist all the much. For some reason she was totally obsessed with her brother, and pretty much out right hated her little sister. I mean, I understand why, but it bugged me. 

All the other characters were good. I wasn't totally crazy about the love interest, but I liked him well enough. I loved the idea of the Free Hawks, they were super cool although I'm sad we didn't get to see a lot of them.

The plot and setting was very interesting, but the most interesting thing about the book was the lack of quotation marks. Which is something I'm seeing more and more of. The last book I saw this in was The Girl in the Arena where instead of quotation marks, the author uses dashes. Here I think it was commas that separated speech from the rest of the text, but for me it got really confusing at times. I like the accents and the way they spoke though, it was interesting. 

Overall, I give it four and a half stars.

On Goodreads: Blood Red Road
For the bright young things of 1929, the beautiful days seem endless, filled with romance and heartbreak, adventure and intrigue, friendship and rivalry.

After a month in New York, Cordelia Grey and Letty Larkspur are small-town girls no longer. They spend their afternoons with Astrid Donal at the Greys' lush Long Island estate and their nights in Manhattan's bustling metropolis. But Letty's not content to be a mere socialite. She is ready at last to chase her Broadway dreams - no matter the cost. 

Cordelia is still reeling from the death of her father at the hands of Thom Hale, the man she thought she loved. Now she is set to honor Darius Grey's legacy... and take her revenge.

Promised to Cordelia's half brother, Astrid is caught up in a world of dazzling jewels and glittering nights - and the sparkle is blinding. Charlie Grey is a gangster playing a dangerous game; and for Astrid, Cordelia, and Letty, the stakes could be deadly...

This is one of my favorite historical fiction series of this generation. Not only am I a recent fan of the 1920s, (which frankly, I've always found interesting but I've always been more interested in ancient history rather then modern history) but I think that Anna Gobersen does a fantastic job with her setting and the way her characters act and talk. 

I think her characters are all realistic and interesting, plus I love their last names. Especially's Letty's name itself. Letty Larkspur. I just think that's a great name. The way they speak is for the most part, well researched. Slang in the 1920s has some very familiar terms but there's also a lot of confusing ones or ones where the meaning has changed for us today. But I think there's a good blend of slang and no slang that its easy to read and follow along even with the slang. 

The period is also well researched in my opinion. From the way they went to speakeasies and to who famous people showed up. Techonological inventions were true to the time and so was the way the characters acted. The flappers were flappers and the gangs were gangs. 

Overall, I give the book about five stars. 

On Goodreads: Beautiful Days
Website: Anna Godbersen

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Interesting Facts- The Olympics.

So in honor of the Olympics, I've decided to do an Olympic themed post tonight (and probably one every day this week except for Thursday and Saturday).

  • At the first Olympic Summer Games in 1896, Greece, the host country, won the most medals with 47. 
  • The country to win the most medals at the Winter Games is Norway with 263. 
  • At the Summer Games, the U.S.A has won more medals then any other country (with a total of 2, 189).
  • The five Olympic rings represent the five major regions in the world- Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Ocaeana. 
  • The Olympic founder, Baron Pierre de Coubertin claimed that at least one of the ring's colors are in every flag in the world (blue, yellow, black, green, red, and including the white background).
  • London will be the only city to have hosted the Games three times- in 1908, 1948, and 2012. 
  • Only three continents have never hosted the Olympics (Africa, South America, and Antarctica).
  • The Summer Olympic sports are archery, badminton, basketball, beach volleyball, boxing, canoe / kayak, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, gymnastics, handball, judo, modern pentathlon (shooting, fencing, swimming, show jumping, and running), mountain biking, rowing, sailing, shooting, soccer, swimming, synchronized swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, track and field, triathlon (swimming, biking, running), volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling.
  • The Winter Olympic sports are alpine skiing, biathlon (cross-country skiing and target shooting), bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ice hocky, luge, Nordic combined (ski jumping and cross-country skiing), skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating.
  • The Olympic torch happened in ancient Olympia (Greece) too. There, the flame was ignited by the sun and kept burning until the Games ended. In our modern day, the torch is lit at Olympia by women wearing ancient-stlye robes and they use a curved mirror and the sun. Then its passed from runner to runner until it reaches the host city. After that, its kept alight until the games have ended. 
  • The last Olympic gold medals to be made entirely out of hold, were given in 1912. 
  • During the opening ceremony, the procession of athletes is led by teh Greek team, the followed by all the other teams in alphabetical order (in the language of the host country) and then the last team is always the host country. 
  • When the Olympic commitee chooses locations, they always give the honor to a city rather then a country. 
  • At the 1904 Paris Games, the winners were given paintings instead of medals because the French believed that they would be worth more. 
  • A ten year old gymnast from Greece, Dimitrios Loundras, is said to be the youngest participant in the Olympic Games, but there's also said the be a French boy who was recuited at seven by the Dutch team who won the Coxed Rairs Rowing Race at the 1900 Games. But he got bored and went off before anyone got his name.
  • Over 117 years, only three Olympic Games have been cancelled. Each time was because of a World War (1916, 1940, and 1944).
  • Over the years, some of the events dropped from the Games inlcude, tug-of-war, Pelote Bisque, Cricket, Polo, and shooting live pigeons. 
  • In the first Olympic Games, only nine events were given: athletics, cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling. All of these except tennis have been freatured at every subsequent Games. Tennis was dropped in 1928 but came back in 1988. 

Blog News- July 2012

In the News
I've been thinking a lot about this a lot, and I've determined that from now on, when I do "In the News" on Tuesdays, I'll either talk about one news article in particular, or I'll do my regular way and sum up the article. I'll also include a writing article if I can find something interesting. It might be a blog post or an actually writing related post on the news. Remember guys that you are free to submit news to me and on Tuesdays, I'll blog about it.

So maybe you're getting something published, or there's something interesting going on that you think people should know about. Or maybe you saw something interesting on the news that you'd like to see me blog about. If you'd like to submit something, you can either submit it by going to the contact form under "about me" or you can put it in the comments any day of the week. Although, I may or may not always blog about your suggestion because of some reason or the other- I'll let you know if I accept it or not via comments or email. 

Camp Nanowrimo Time!
So National Novel Writing Month is going on this month (I think I've blogged about this before), and I know I'm doing it. For those of you not familiar with it, Nanowrimo is when you try to write a 50,000 word novel in the course of one month. Its usually only in November, but now they have summer "camps" in August and June. I tried to do it June, but I didn't get very far. I'm doing better this month though. For this month, I'm writing Those Crazy Years, a Steampunk 1920s novel involving spies, showgirls, singers, dancers, crime lords, and all sorts of fun stuff! You can join Camp Nanowrimo and start today but going to its website.

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