Superheroes

I think it would be super cool if I was a comic book character. I could defeat bad guys, travel the world in one frame, and still make it home in time to do my homework and maintain a super cool image at my high school. Yeah, being a super hero could have it’s advantages.

Anyone seen Phineas and Ferb? One of the things I love most about it is how the evil dude (who really isn’t evil…) always tells Perry the Platypus his plans for evil world domination, or maybe just to get everybody dressed up in formal gowns, before he puts them into action. Now I’d rather be a superhero than an evil villain (although that does have certain advantages) but if I was an evil villain I hope I wouldn’t do that.

Also, I would wear a cool costume cause some of those outfits are pretty ridiculous. Maybe I wouldn’t even wear a costume, just dress like a normal person. Seems like you would stand out less that way anyways πŸ˜‰

This does bring up the issue of super powers though. I’ve been asked that question so many times. If you could have super powers, what would you choose? I would probably choose something useful, but at the same time it would be fun to be unconventional and do like emy 9th grade science teacher suggested, and choose something like the power of absolute zero! That would be pretty ridiculous, but I think that would be more useful for an evil villain.

The best part might be that you get to travel, cause the whole famous thing doesn’t actually have that much appeal to me. People watching your every move, and critiquing you whenever they can… sounds icky. * nods very seriously *

But really this whoel argument is pointless because I don’t have super powers… where is that vat of toxic waste when you need it?

So that in a nut shell is a half critiquing half encouraging viewpoint on superheroes. But I’m still not sure what powers I would want. Maybe the power to make people fall in love with reading! But then again, that could be bad too because what if they all fell in love with Geric?! EEK! We can’t have that, enough competition as it is πŸ˜‰

July 2, 2009 at 11:27 am 22 comments

I offer no excuses…

I’m just incredibly busy and you all know why. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, 4.0’s are also not maintained without effort, and boy have I been busy. The past month has been filled with final projects in humanities, and this little thing we like to call death to our grades where it’sΒ  culminative core class project worth one third of our grade! Eeeeek! It’s scary! I’m done using exclamation points! Maybe not! Ok seriously, done. πŸ˜‰

Now I may be extremely busy, but I’m one of those people that when life gets way too busy to handle I fight back by reading (and coincidentally, practicing piano which makes my piano teacher quite pleased with me, haha). I’ve discovered that when my life is spinning out of control, I like to read abotu characters that are on adventures or the like. Puts things into perspective: at least I’m not on the verge of death! (<— Exclamation mark is back…) So you should go check out my books read in 2009 page to see what I’ve been reading lately. I would definitely recommend Fablehaven, and Sleepaway Girls. Maybe once summer comess I’ll post a few reviews and such.

And… Yesh. That’s about all I’ve got. I’m really excited for the release of Along for the Ride coming out next week! Should be a great procrastinating tool for when I should be studying for finals, right? πŸ˜€

Promise to post more soon πŸ˜€


June 10, 2009 at 8:15 pm 4 comments

My Sister’s Keeper

Anyone seen the trailer for this yet? Oh, that’s kind of a dumb question considered I just posted it…

Ahem, anyone read the book My Sister’s Keeper? The odds are probably pretty high that you have, it’s a fairly common book. I read it back in January and upon finishing it proceeded to bawl for an hour. I was sitting outside of the barbershop while my dad and brother were getting their hair cut and when they came back out to the car they found me just crying. And I couldn’t stop! This is one of those books that affects you for many reasons. You think you know exactly what’s going to happen; but really you have no idea.

The trailer looks promising. I’m very excited to see this movie. Maybe excited isn’t quite the right word, but I will definitely be there as soon as I can manage to go see it. I recommend you do too.

May 10, 2009 at 8:12 pm 5 comments

Good Titles Can Be Hard to Come By

I fail at posting! No actually, I’ve just been way too busy/sick/uninterested to post lately. But I decided that I need to update. Except for I have nothing I can think of to say.

Well, except maybe a few general life updates? I guess I can try.

I did not successfully finish NaPoWriMo (didn’t expect to either), but I made about twenty-three poems which I’m quite happy with! That’s still a lot of poems for one month. Some of them are going to be permanently deleted and never again exposed to the light of day, but some I’m really pleased with actually and it will be good to continue working on those.

In other news, I have forty-three days until school is out. That’s days in total, but just school days. That seems like a long ways away still. I wish it were sooner, but the good news is they will not be cancelling school anymore for potential swine flu cases so we shouldn’t have to go into Summer. Speaking of swine flu (or oinkbarf) I’m so sick of hearing about it! So I shall talk about something else.

I’ve recently started doing pilates on a regular basis with a personal instructor, and I love it. I suppose not that recently, I’ve actually been doing it for almost two months now, but I really enjoy it. It’s a challenge to the mind as well as the body, but you’re so busy thinking about the mind that you don’t realize (most the time) how hard you are really working your body. It’s good.

I haven’t had nearly as much time as I would like to do reading (school is a pain) but I have read all of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books and cannot recommend them highly enough. They are brilliant. If you like humor, adventure, action, greek mythology, and a dash of romance you must read these books. No really, they’re that good.

I’ve also read A History of The Middle East (not recommended at all), Two Girls of Gettysburg (highly recommended!), Palestine Peace not Apartheid (surprisingly interesting), and books like Trouble (pretty good), Forest Born and listening to The Goose Girl in audio book format, which is of course wonderful πŸ˜€

Hopefully I will be posting proper reviews coming soon too.

Which also reminds me, here are a literature picks for my next few weeks reading list (not really in any particular order):

1.) Distant Waves by Suzanne Weyn

2.) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

3.) Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr

4.) Deep Blue by Melody Carlson (reread)

5.) Out of a Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis

6.) Fablehaven Book One by Brandon Mull

7.) Lavinia by Ursula LeGuin

8.) Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare

9.) The Important of Being Earnest by Earnest Hemingway

10.) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

So some of those books I really do want to read, and others are just ones that I think I should read to enhance my mind, etc. I’m thinking I’ll do a post coming up with books that are being released soon, as well as the reviews and such. I’m planning on hopefully being more bookish around here, along with the interviews which will still be coming of course.

Oh, and I am so excited to start my AP classes, particularly APUSH. The teacher at my school is one of the most enthusiastic and passionate teachers for his subject, he makes me infectuously excited to start. Let’s put it this way, he started talking about a summer boot camp to get ahead in our learning and I started jumping up and down slightly with excitement. He makes me WANT to learn. I can’t wait to get started πŸ˜€

Hehe, and the LOST Season 5 finale is this Wednesday, so I will definitely have to give my thoughts on that!

And writing. I am planning on continuing work on my novel (and maybe persuing a few other ideas I’ve had lately in that regard) as soon as school is out. Life unfortunately is too busy right now for me to concentrate on too many different things at once. But finals will be here soon, and projects will be finishing up soon and then I will have time. And that will be nice.

May 10, 2009 at 4:25 pm 5 comments

Carpe Diem, er, Interview.

Next in the ongoing series of interviews, is Miss Maya at Allegro!

1.) Let’s start with how would you describe yourself… in a poem?
I would be the curious narrator who wants to explore the world around her. I’d refer to myself as β€œshe,” and you would find a lot of imagery in the poem.

2.) You think that people should…?
Carpe diem. End of story.

3.) Something (may I make that “Someone”?) that always makes you smile?
My family: my mom, who can crack really good jokes, my dad, who always manages to make me smile, and my sister, who is so incredibly spectacular (99.9% of the time) that she doesn’t need any explanation.

4.) If you could paint your room any color what color would it be?
Purple, hands down. I’ve got eight sections of wall, and each would be a different shade of purple. That’d be really pretty.

5.) After having become a published author, do you really feel much different, or is it still mostly the same?
As of right now, it’s mostly the same. It’s just those times when someone stops me and says, “Hey, I know you — didn’t you write a book?” that feel very different, because I’m finally able to say, “Yeah, I did.” Or when I’m signing books, or addressing packages, etc, I’m so grateful to my parents for letting me publish, and this whole “poetess experience” feels so, so good. And so very different, but I love it.

6.) Can you choose a favorite book? Or are you forced to resort to books, in the plural sense?
Mainly I’ve told people it’s “Paper Towns,” by John Green. But I think “North of Beautiful” (Justina Chen Headley), which I’ve claimed is my second-favorite, is almost just as good. What I look for in a favorite book is that it has to teach me something about life or the way I live it. Both of these books have done that, and NOB is such a close second, but Paper Towns takes the cake.

7.) When did you first realize that Carrie Underwood was the epitome of awesome?
She’s always been the epitome of awesome, though I didn’t realize it until Saturday, March 14, 2008, and Sunday, March 15, 2008, two days that I spent doing my homework and listening to the 30-second previews on iTunes all afternoon long. She shows people that you can achieve anything if you just go for it, and I think that’s really important.

8.) What’s something you think not too many people know about you?
That I’m a very sensitive person.

9.) Do you think books should be made into movies?
Of course! It’s great to see something you’ve read being acted out. I know that when I read a book or write prose, the dialogue plays out in my head, like a movie. So, for me, getting to see those same scenes from someone else (the director)’s perspective is a really neat experience.

10.) Have you ever been truly, perfectly, and incandescently happy? Do share πŸ˜‰
Definitely. Anytime I’m doing one or more of the following things:
-writing (without struggling!) πŸ™‚
-listening to fantastic music
-it’s sunny + raining at the same time (I love both the rain and the sunshine, so this is a perfect compromise)
-spending time with my family

11.) How would you react towards a group of turtles in pink tutus, sipping strawberry smoothies with little umbrellas in it?

Where did they come from? *runs away*
12.) If you had to choose between beauty, curiosity, or creativity, what would you choose?
I’d choose curiosity. I don’t think beauty is as important as our society makes it out to be — even though your physical appearance is what a lot of people judge you by, you just have to be beautiful on the inside. Creativity is important, too, but curiosity is what you need to learn. It’s what holds all the answers. And that, I think, ranks a bit higher than creativity in my books.

13.) Where do you see yourself in 11 years, three months, and twenty-nine days?
I’d probably be finishing up college, studying journalism/mass broadcasting, creative writing, and/or psychology. I’m not sure exactly which one(s), but I’ve got a while to think about it. All three sound like a lot of fun.

14.) What never ceases to amaze you?
Sunsets. We get really pretty ones here in Washington — with gorgeous stripes and colors.

15.) What question have you always wanted to be asked, and never been asked? Go ahead and ask that now πŸ™‚
Q: Do you prefer black-and-white or color photos?
A: Black and white…unless it’s a sunset or sunrise. Such colors!

16.) If someone was willing to pay you a thousand dollars to spend the day with Miley Cyrus, would you do it?
I’m not sure. If we were going to do something fun, then yes. But if it was going to be all shopping, watching movies, etc, then a big no.

17.) Do you think that kids can make a difference in the world?
I really do. Most of the time, adults underestimate what children can achieve. But we can do so much more than what an adult can achieve, because our innocence allows us to believe in ourselves and be true to who we are.

18.) If you could choose a superhero name, what would it be?
I’m not into superheroes, so this is going to be pretty tough. What about…Auriga? It’s a gorgeous name and I definitely wouldn’t mind being named after a constellation.

19.) Do you believe in wishes?
No, not really. I believe in dreams, though. Wishes are more pessimistic — they’re more of longing rather than believing. Longing won’t make you go anywhere; if anything, it’ll only send you backwards.

20.) Are there any other forms of creativity you like to express yourself through besides poetry?
I love art. Drawing, painting, and the like — especially pastel work.

Thank you so much for a great interview, Maya! πŸ˜€

April 22, 2009 at 6:55 pm 7 comments

Knowing

The things I wish to know,
pondered behind closed doors
leaving shadows arched across the ground,
never knock, never enter.

I’d like to know why friends can laugh
with each other one minute,
and the next be strangers, cold
awkward and tiptoeing around each other.

Why music can so delight,
yet terrify the soul, with haunted
melodies, or agonizing rhythms;
just a few measures.

I’d like to know.

—-

Yet another NaPoWriMo poem. And then this as well, I think shall delight:

And for those who weren’t aware, which I really doubt is very many of you, I am a little more than halfway through reading the ARC I received of Forest Born by Shannon Hale. I loathe spoilers so I shan’t even be posting a review until September (I think. We’ll see.) but you can all rest assured that it is truly amazing so far. Have I mentioned how much I love her books? πŸ˜€

April 21, 2009 at 10:02 pm 2 comments

Love Story meets Viva La Vida

This is one of the most amazing things I have seen in a really long time. Going to the YouTube page makes the video format larger and thus better, but either way it’s the music that matters, and this is intensely amazing.

April 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm 9 comments

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