Friday, December 30, 2016

Infinity Dream Award // tag time

Where these awards get their names?

Thank you Gennifer @ Ready, Set, Read! for tagging me! I love tags. As you all know, that's what I'm best at. I'm also not answering the questions because 1) I do what I want, 2) I have to give 11 facts and then answer 11 questions! People, that's just too much. Do you know how long a list that makes? *counts on fingers* *needs toes* *and elbows* I'd run out of appendages if this list was much longer, let's just put it that way.

The Facts

1) So I'm trying to be chill and all, but did you know that Sherlock is finally coming out in two days?

 Best Martin Freeman gif possibly ever...... I pinned this already?! *pins again*

But who am I kidding? TWO DAYS!

 Sherlock excited (gif) @Jim Schachterle Schachterle Moriarty  My Dear Jim why do you not have this one yet?

Do you know what it feels like?

My reaction to seeing a new photo of Sherlock

Is it time for a Sherlock marathon, or is it time for a Sherlock marathon? Come on, now. Smile everyone! [And if you know where that quote's from, I'll give you a death frisbee.] 

randomly smiling at the wall, you know, like when you're thinking about a scene you're about to write and your character's facial expressions come across your own face
[This is probably my favorite gif ever.]

2) Apparently, there's a difference between "a while" and "awhile." But I've always found it overbearing and mildly convoluted.

 Sherlock Sign of Three It Is

So I've never bothered to remember the difference.

3) The first book that scared me when I was a kid was There's a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Suess. . . Come on, don't tell me that Bofa on the sofa didn't make you nervous. And I always flipped the page with the Vug under the rug very fast. [In case he jumped out of the book to live under my rug. Oh, no. That wouldn't happen on my watch.

4) I want a Coca-Cola T-shirt. . .

5) Me after being social: "I did it! I actually talked to people, and LIVED!"

I get absurdly proud of myself; it's pathetic.

6) I love this Switchfoot song.

Oh, and this one too.

7) I'm awful at make- up. Sometimes I think, "Why bother? I can't put it on right, so just skip it." And other days I think, "But if I want to get better at it, I guess, I need the practice. Just not at eight in the morning."

basically me, in the early morning, aka 8am, yes that's early

Sometimes I put make-up on after coming home. Which is strangely more fun and relaxing than doing so before leaving. I could be nerdy and speculate why that is, but I'll spare you.

8) Sometimes I tell my self that one day I'll learn how to do my make-up with the perfect "smoke eye" [seriously, make-up trends have such odd names] But then I trade my make-up skills for the finer things in life like good books, good music, and good naps.

10) There's also a difference between the usage of "which" and "that." And do I bother to remember yet another highhanded, useless rule?


11) I might write this post titled If I Beta-Read for You. It would basically list most of the things I tell people when I beta-read. [Who woulda thunk?] But I'm still wondering if this is a strange and possibly pretentious topic. I'm not trying to be pretentious. I just want to put out useful information. You know, instead of being great at tags

So if you're interested in such a post, let me and I'll make it happen.

I shall tag people. But of course, if you want to thieve the questions and tag, have at it.

Skye @ Ink Castles
Emily @ Ink Inc.
Carly @ Books and Etc.

Here's the questions for your choosing.

1) What is the first book that scared you when you were younger?

2) What is your favorite snack?

3) What quote is your go-to quote and why?

4) What is the more recent book that left you smiling at the end?

5) What were you obsessed with when you were a kid?

6) Do you like French fries?

7) What does your favorite shirt look like?

8) What is your favorite breakfast?

9) If you could live in any era, when would you choose and why?

10) If you were to cosplay a favorite character of yours, who would you choose?

11) What is your current favorite song?

That's fun...but just sad too

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Around the Circiut World // Music Monday

 Currently, I'm at my parents for Christmas break. And it's rather nice. I have various friends to visit while I'm here. [Strangely, I do have non-internet friends.] But I also have things to get straightened out for spring semester, so not everything's fun and games, folks.

Today I'm linking up with Lauren @ Always Me for Music Monday. I recently discovered the Divergent movie score. I didn't really like the movie much? I mean, it wasn't awful. . . My loyalties lie with the book, okay? The score though is fantastic! Why didn't I listen to it sooner?

 A collection of posts

The fabulous Cait @ Paper Fury tells us about Australian bloggers and their habits. She also has a tutorial for origami stars! Lots of pictures [my kind of tutorial]. And I actually made one! Yes, one star and some mangled pentagons.

The Penslayer as usual is very helpful in offering this Simple Guide to Being Impossibly Awesome. Oh, and this other post about characters and prayer.

If you're into grammar, better yet, if you're not into grammar here's some grammar videos about various rules and breaking them. I love this guy and his articles. He's hilarious and against-the-grain.


This one by Nadine is about believing. I love how she chose a word to explore for the year instead of making a new years resolution.

I love, love Liz's @ Out of Coffee, Out of Mind post about a typical day during NaNoWriMo. If you only click on one link, make it this one. She also gives some awesome writing advice.

Miriam's I choose to be the moon is great and I love her various conversations with strangers.

Of course, I'm going to hand you another down by the willows post. How could I not?

And this book review by Emily @ Ink, Inc.? I really want to read The Secret History by Donna Tartt, guys.

Your friend here is only mostly dead:
[This is my new fav pin. If I randomly start giggling, it's probably because I'm thinking of this.]

Here's a thing I made from a series of photos for a bookstagram challenge. The prompt was candy canes and books, but I needed only one photo. So I thought I'd do something with the rest of the photos.

So recently, my brother wanted me to watch this movie called Prestige with him, and I loved it more than I thought I would. It's about magicians and REVENGE. [Don't look at me like. Revenge is a good theme.] Great stuff that. And now I kinda want to write a story about a magician.

 The Prestige Print By Anton Lundin:

And I recently saw the new Pete's Dragon which is so adorable! Just go watch it.

Oh, and I've been drawing lately. You know, because I took a drawing class this semester. I should've taken more photos of my portfolio for you, but I didn't think about it. 

 These shoes are from my sketchbook, but I drew a larger version for finals.

Sorry this one's so hard to see. I drew the kid with balloons after I finished finals. And I had more fun with it because I wasn't doing it for a grade. [Our professor was kinda harsh. . .]

So what have you been up to lately? Anything new with you? What have you been reading? Are you enjoying Christmas?

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Popcorn Review: Rhyme? and Reason? by Lewis Carroll

 I noticed this book at the college library [mostly because Carroll's section is right above Conan Doyle's]. And I thought I'd give it a go since I've love Carroll's poems in his Alice series.

I will have to say my favorite is probably the first. Phantasmagoria is a lot of fun and hilarious. A ghost appears to the owner of the house the ghost has been assigned to haunt. The poem is the long conversation the two have. Most of it is the ghost telling the owner all about being a ghost and his life history. [So I *might* have written a short story inspired by this Phantasmagoria, and if you want to read it, email me.]

Some of the poems were done in parodies. Like Hiawatha's Photographing was done to the meter of The Song of Hiawatha. I'm sure that would've been amusing if I remembered what I read of the original in high school. But I don't. The poem itself was amusing though.

The Lang Coortin' is hilarious, most especially for it's dialect. It took me a bit to understand some of it, but after awhile I could hear it.

One of my other favorites would definitely be A Valentine! It's not what you think, and it's shorter than half of the other poems. Just go read it! It's hilarious and so true. 

This collection also contains The Hunting of the Snark, which I've read before. It's really good and hardly makes any sense [but what would you expect?]. I rather love it's preface. Especially the bit when Carroll complains that many people mispronounce the words to his Jabberwocky ["Such is Human Perversity."]. As a fantasy writer, I definitely relate. He also has a lovely paragraph in there about portmanteaus.

A Game of Fives is funny and makes me think of what must've been going through Mrs. Bennet's mind in Jane Austen's P&P. 

I also loved Poeta Fit, Non Nascitur. Someone tells a younger person how to write poems properly. Quite good advice in there.  

"Next, when you are describing 
A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don't state the matter plainly,
But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things
With a sort of mental squint."

Have you read any of Carroll's work outside of Alice in Wonderland?