Almost time!

11:22 on the east coast!
Ready those pens!

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Count Down!

I’ve got a sugar rush aiming for a sugar hangover as we count down the hours until midnight!

**WARNING!**
The posts from here on may get more and more loopy. You have been warned!

I have my notebook and index cards before me, not to mention a MASSIVE bowl of candy, as I’m preparing to begin my 50k challenge.

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Have you set any goals for the first weekend? Let me know in the comments! I love to hear from you!

9:47 on the east coast!

Ready, Set, Write!

While I’ve been reading and working like a little busy bee my mind has been spinning! And it wasn’t until yesterday that I finally noticed the date.
Saturday is the kickoff of NaNoWriMo!!!

It’s that time of year again! Where thousands, maybe even millions, of writers tackle that 50,000 word novel!

Join the fun on NaNoWriMo.org! How?
By signing up for a free account! When you sign up you are given access to people who encourage you as we all endeavor to succeed!
And while writing that many words seems quite daunting, never fear! There are loads of items in their store you can purchase to aid in the journey. All kinds of things to pump you up!

When joining the NaNoWriMo community you are added to that region’s role and have access to all sorts of writer’s gatherings! Be a part of all the socials, pep-talks, and forums! Learn that you are truly NOT alone in this world called literature. And when you’ve felt like you’ve struggled enough there’s someone around to cheer you on.

NaNoWriMo is an amazing month! Don’t miss out!

I, myself,  will be taking on the challenge. Putting my creative brain to work as I scribble furiously to finish my novel. I am committing to posting something each day to encourage you to keep writing!

So go to your local office supply store and stock up on pens, pencils, index cards, highlighters, and battery chargers then dart over to your super market and pick up all the coffee and RockStar you can to prepare for weeks of writing!

Remember you ARE a writer!

For those of you who are more tech savvy I highly recommend using One Note. It allows you to type up your thoughts and create tabs you can search. It is a GREAT way to neatly compile your chaotic writers mind for future reference. It connects with most devices (except Kindle Fire apparently) and syncs up automatically. So whenever you are on your laptop, cell phone, or tablet you are viewing the same list you made on the others.

(No I am not sponsored by any of the companies listed, free advertising is free. )

Have a great day and get ready to write!

Taking a personal day…

When your best friend has open heart surgery the entire world stops. (Or I wish it did. )

We’ve been house hunting still, keeping tabs on my friend, working, moving a family member into assisted living, trying to keep up with laundry (we need a maid! ), raising acrazy dog, and trying to have a life!

The strange thing is when work becomes the vacation. Doing hair becomes personal therapy. Driving to and from turns into me time.

So through it all somehow I’ve managed to read two to three books at once! And now Books A Million has appeared on our mall scene and given me new stomping grounds!
(This is kind of a big deal around here because since Borders closed its doors our pretty busy town has been completely bereft as far as books! )

Not counting independent bookstores and kindles, which are all well and good. But there’s something therapeutic about the smell of hard copy print. *Deep breath*

So, running off early and catching my hubby we race to Starbucks (for their infamous pumpkin spiced latte) then to the mall for a browse. (Can you believe he found something to read? )

But anyway, you can expect Jane True book 2 review soon. As well as Sense and Sensibility *gasp!*. And one more that I’ll have to find in print somewhere since nobody bothered to mention in book three of this particular series that it was, in fact, book three!

Hope your week has been less stressful than mine! Have a good one!

Five Awesome Things That Are Unfortunate

Today we are addressing a few things that are popular in mainstream America, and possibly around the world, that probably shouldn’t be. Not that they aren’t cool, but just that they have been over used to sell merch, make films, attain new fans that don’t even get it. Posers, if you will. Let’s begin.

 

Number 1: Tinkerbell

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Now Tinkerbell is a fairy from the story Peter Pan. She is a narcissistic, vain, pretty fairy with a thing for Peter. She also hates Wendy, stating horrible things about her when frustrated.

Tinkerbell in society has become a starlet. As a sexy Halloween costume, a nighttime shirt, and many other marketable pieces. Not that she isn’t cool, or that the movies weren’t good, but it’s time that all those preppy girls tone it down and let the magic of the fairy tale be kept to a bedtime story. That’s what made this character great, the dream world magic.

 

Number 2: Alice in Wonderland

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Now, I know it’s actually Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland¬†so lay off me. While I love this topsy-turvy world that is really trippy and all of the characters in it, I feel like they are trying to make this into something mainstream as well. However, with its questionable roots and imagery it may still stand a chance.

This classic, in it’s weirdness, has spawn many, MANY different projects. Everything from the odd miniseries to horror video games (Alice is freaking awesome!). But with all the twists and turns, people trying to make this strange children’s story an innocent, easy going tale is crazy! We want it to stay odd, but not common.

Yet another sexy Halloween costume? No thanks!

 

Number 3: Batman

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This is a hero that can permeate multiple demographics. Which, to a point, is great. I get that super heroes are always going to be popular. Whether you are a child or an adult they maintain their captivating nature. Who doesn’t want super powers?

Batman, being a hero without all the powers of spiders, kryptonite, or other worlds, has always been the hero with a dark past. (Duh, the Dark Knight!) But as times have changed Batman has become more mainstream. It’s as if they are still trying to maintain that man-in-tights classic image.

I’m not knocking honoring the history, I’m pointing out that while I respect the origins, trying to recreate the original is not a good idea. People are always redefining the storyline, but you can’t change where you came from.

Sexy batgirl Halloween costume? Eh, no one really cared for her anyway…right?

 

Number 4: True Blood

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….*sigh*…..

I mean, did you even read the books? And the last two or three of those? Let alone the show….

No, just no. Great actors in bad shows does not a good show make. And bad accents are bad.

 

Number 5: The Nightmare Before Christmas

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This movie was freaking genius!!!

I have yet to see a movie that Tim Burton has done that didn’t work on some level. I love the dark light to his stories. As a child my older brother and I really bonded over this strangely beautiful movie. From the original figurines, to him buying me Jack and Sally dolls on his honeymoon in Disney.

But, unfortunately, this has become another one of those merch pits. Every Halloween the paraphernalia takes center stage with Jack masks and sally dresses. We’ve all seen those crazy gloved hands.

Even Tim Burton himself tried to rehash his own success with the Corpse Bride. Lightning certainly didn’t strike twice here.

While I appreciate a really clever T-shirt and the occasional mega snow globe, companies like Hot Topic (sorry guys, love ya!) and Spencer’s Gifts (ditto!) have made this into a mega marketing device and nearly ruined the indie movie. It was, and should remain, a cult phenom.

Sexy Sally Halloween costume? Please no.

 

What do you think? I’d love your opinion! Or let me know if I’ve left anything out!

Have a great one!