The post title is a quote from “My Soul To Save” by Rachel Vincent.
I’m back! And I’ve got lots of things to blog about: movies, books, writing, spending 6+ hours in a car stuck between my siblings.
First, though, an explanation for the lack of blogging and tweeting: internet stopped working on my laptop. My dad and I fiddled with the settings to fix one problem and ended up causing another without even solving the other problem. Typical. My dad fixed internet problem last night, or rather this morning, because it was 2 a.m.
Do NOT judge me for watching Disney movies. When you’re lazy like I am and you sit down on the couch, you end up watching whatever’s on. Anyway, the ones I watched weren’t too bad.
- Dadnapped: Melissa’s father is a writer, he gets kidnapped and she decides to save him. It was okay. Cliche: police ignores a kid’s call because a kid can’t possibly be telling the truth. Oh, your dad’s been kidnapped? You saw it on a camera, you have proof? Call in a missing person’s report in 48 hours. Ridiculous.
- Princess Protection Program: Demi Lovato plays a princess who moves in with a normal American family to protect her country and mother from some evil dictator guy. Meh.
- Wizards of Waverly Place: The movie: It was missing that something the TV show has, but overall I liked it.
- The Nanny Diaries: IMDB summary: A college graduate (Annie) goes to work as a nanny for a rich New York family. Ensconced in their home, she has to juggle their dysfunction, a new romance, and the spoiled brat in her charge.
I loved it! Brilliant and I loved what Annie did at the end.
- The Bounty Hunter: Funny, but if wasn’t for Gerard Butler, I don’t think I would have wanted to see it. Unexpected ending.
- Friday the 13th: Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan: When a series of movies go on and on, the movies tend to get worse, but I actually liked this one. Of course, it’s ridiculous that people running for their lives trip and stumble so much, but that happens in all horror movies. In real life, it’s not like that. My dad would know: he once had an ostrich running after him. Once he was safe, my mom told him she’d never seen him run that fast when he played rugby. And did my dad trip/stumble/fall? No. When a person runs for their life, the adrenaline rush and fear means they don’t trip. And the “Jason Takes Manhattan” part took ages to appear.
Books (there will be spoilers)
My Soul To Save: I finally finished reading it, but I’m still working my way through 4 books. Damn it! I shall start no more books, except the 3 books I have to read for school.
Anyway, what did I think of this book? I loved it as I love all of Rachel Vincent’s books. Kaylee Cavanaugh is a banshee (written bean sidhe in the book) and in this book, the second in the Soul Screamer series, she wants to save a singer’s soul: Addison Page sold her soul to become famous and rish, thus saving her family from poverty.
BIG SPOILER: Addison’s sister ends up also selling her soul, making it even more difficult for Kaylee to save their souls before Addison dies. They know in advance that Addison will die on a Thursday, only days away. I was really hoping Addison wouldn’t die, but she does. And Kaylee can’t save Addison’s soul. Sure, she saves Regan’s, the little sister, but Addison’s soul will be tortured for all eternity.
I wonder how Kaylee will deal with the guilt she feels. Also: for a YA series, it’s pretty dark. Which I LOVE, because I’m weird that way.
My goal for August is to write 610 words every day. This will bring me to almost 60 000 words by the 31st. (Exactly: 59 995 words.) See how bad it’s going? I’m 3552 words behind.
My goal for September is 500 words a day.
Other problems: I’ve got another time line problem. Here’s what I emailed my critique partner:
It is so hard writing when you go from one POV to another, and have 8 POVs in total, and character X dies in chapter 14, on a Thursday but because chapter 20 takes place on a Wednesday, X is still alive. Not to mention character Y does/says stuff in chapter 14 that doesn’t make sense anymore because of a secret revealed in chapter 20. All while making sure I alternate POVs often enough and keeping track of my huge cast of characters that keeps growing.
Let’s say that the time line is a long piece of rope. That piece of rope is one giant knot that I’ve been trying to undo for the past few days. I have made very little progress.
Word count: 42 888.
So the first of August, I went to see Ghost Stories. Maybe you saw my two tweets?
Ghost stories starts in 20 minutes. Apparently it’s really scary.
Lights are dim. Cold air. Loud, scary noises. Wondering if this will scare me.
Having seen a LOT of horror movies, and only two of them scaring me to the point where I didn’t finish them, I wasn’t sure this could scare me. Did it?
Answer: Yes. It freaked me out, I jumped, I gasped, my heart raced and I was on edge for the next time something would make me jump.
The advantage a theater has over horror movies shown in cinemas or at home is they can involve more of our senses. We not only see and hear things: we can also smell and feel things. Such as the cold and the smell of [deleted].
At the end, they ask the audience not to reveal the twist, so I won’t tell you anything. But if you like horror movies and you’re looking for a good scare, and you live near London, then I urge you to go see it.
“Ghost Stories”, I think, has reinstilled a fear of horror movies in me. Example? Please, I beg you, don’t laugh, but in an episode of Wizards of Waverly Place, a ghost does this scary face where his head becomes huge and it made my heart race. But I think it’s more that I was still jumpy from “Ghost Stories.” But I was terrified of the dark for the following two nights.
Now I’m fine.