Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for the ‘Playing With Darts’ Category

Movies (favourites in bold):

  • The Chamber
  • Charlotte Gray
  • Too Late to Say Goodbye
  • Mission: Impossible 3
  • Cadillac Records
  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • Deep Blue Sea
  • Scott Pilgrim vs The World
  • Unknown
  • The Town
  • Machete
  • Mission Impossible 2
  • Tamara Drewe
  • Layer Cake
  • I am Number Four
  • Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adèle Blanc-Sec
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
  • The Green Mile: I HIGHLY recommend it
  • Ghost
  • Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Diva
  • Battle Royale 2: Requiem
  • It
  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Thing
  • The Mummy
  • The Mummy Returns
  • The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
  • Planet 51
  • Sucker Punch
  • Tangled
  • Hellboy II: The Golden Army
  • Hellboy
  • Big Fish
  • Beetlejuice
  • Scream 4
  • Black Swan
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Beaches
  • Intolerable Cruelty
  • Bandidas
  • Jumper
  • Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides
  • My Sassy Girl
  • Largo Winch 2

Books:

Rant by Chuck Palahniuk: Loved it.

Writing progress:

Almost non-existent.

Movies I’m looking forward to seeing (in no particular order):

  •  The Avengers
  • Real Steel
  • Thor
  • Captain America: The First Avenger
  • The Hangover part II
  • Jane Eyre
  • Hanna
  • Super 8
  • The Help
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Fright NIght
  • Spy Kids 4
  • Dirty Girl
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Immortals
  • Sherlock Holmes 2
  • Mission Impossible 4
  • Underworld: Awakening
  • Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
  • X-Men: First Class
  • The Hunger Games
  • American Reunion
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • Men in Black III
  • Snow White and the Huntsman
  • Sleeping Beauty (with Emily Browning)
  • The Bourne Legacy
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Expendables 2
  • Resident Evil: Retribution
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • World War Z
  • Django Unchained
  • Dark Shadows

Read Full Post »

EDITED: I remembered that I’d seen another movie.

Last book I finished reading: Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? by Louise Rennison. It was okay, although Georgia, the main character, is so stupid that she’s unable to realize which guy she really likes…

Writing Progress

The Way Wars Are Won

Word count: 61 966

Excerpt:

Maeve never thought she’d miss the sensation of blushing—cheeks burning, like a fire beneath her skin, heart pounding, head dizzy. She closed her eyes. “But I miss being human.” William’s hand still touched her cheek, and his right arm was still wrapped about her waist. If she were human, her body would react in so many different ways to his touch. “You’re wrong about things feeling better. I felt more when I was human.”

Kenna’s Choice

Ideas for new, improved plot. Might add a POV. Will be awesome. Too lazy to start working on it though, because I’d have to go through every chapter and write a mini-summary for the Plotting Spreadsheet. Argh!

Word count is same. No excerpt.

Movies (as per usual, bold=better than the others)

Webs

Bienvenue Chez Les Ch’tis

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

Vampire Bats

The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Day of the Dead

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2: Wow… I laughed, I cried, I felt nauseous (because of the tension). Maybe on second viewing I’ll find plenty of things wrong with it, but, having seen it just once, I’m 98% happy with it. The 2% mainly stems from the epilogue. It was way too short to my liking. The Battle of Hogwarts was very epic.

Whip It

Satan’s School for Girls

The Usual Suspects: Amazingly, the twist wasn’t spoiled for me. (If you know me, this is quite an achievement–I’ll usually spoil it myself…)

Read Full Post »

So chapter 27 of The Way Wars Are Won has been kicking my ass for the past 6 (SIX!) months. I’m serious. Since November 17th, I’ve barely written anything and I just couldn’t bring myself to rewrite the whole chapter. Finally, on Tuesday, I grabbed all my papers involving chapter 27, printed out all the different versions (I have 3 versions of this one scene–it’s ridiculous) and spread them out on the floor.

Items needed:

  • Paper
  • Pens
  • Highlighters
  • Post-its

I used the highlighters to really see the different scenes in the original chap 27. Then I summarized each scene onto a post-it. With that outline, I compared versions and picked which pieces I’d be using. Kinda like a puzzle. Now I just (ha–JUST) need to type it all up. Of course it’ll still be a mess, but it won’t be as much of a mess as it was. So it’ll be an improvement.

Word count: Who the hell knows? Maybe I will tomorrow.

Read Full Post »

The second week of NaNoWriMo 2010

  • Monday 8th: 516
  • Tuesday 9th: 1002
  • Wednesday 10th: 305
  • Thursday 11th: 1719
  • Friday 12th: 103
  • Saturday 13th: 162
  • Sunday 14th: 939

Total for week 2:

Current NaNoWriMo total:

Total for novel:

Total NaNo-fail, I know. A mix of school, being sick, having homework and plain ol’ procrastinating got in the way of writing. Also: a problem in chapter 27 that I haven’t been able to overcome. Last day I wrote: Wednesday the 17th of November. And thar was 79 words. FAIL.

But tomorrow morning, I might get up an hour early and write. And I’ve done some homework in advance. *GASP!* I almost NEVER do that.

Movies

  • Bandslam: MUCH better than I expected. What I expected was a cliche-ridden film. I expected the nerdy boy to fall for the bitchy girl and not realize that the quiet outcast was THE ONE for him. I expected stereotypical characters and stupid insults. Guess what? There was only one cliche (that I noticed anyway) throughout the entire movie. And it was a small one. Most surprising part? Almost crying. This movie really seemed like a typical Disney movie. And later, I looked it up on IMDB. Turns out they advertised it by comparing it to High School Musical. That’s exactly what I thought it was going to be like. But that was based on the DVD cover alone. Okay, I’m rambling…
  • A Sound of Thunder: Not a fantastic, brilliant, genius movie, but it was entertaining. And I love that whole “survival” aspect. If you ignore the obvious plot holes, it’s entertaining. Or you can make fun of them, like my sister and I did.
  • Tout ce qui brille: French movie. Sad/funny. The thing I hated the most was seeing this one character pretend to be someone else, all to fit it with rich people. Rich people who didn’t even give a shit about their own kids. And the other main character who DOESN’T do that still pissed me off with some of the things she did. Do not recommend.
  • The Condemned: Kinda like “A Sound of Thunder”: not brilliant, but it’s entertaining. As long as you don’t mind violence that is.
  • Nicotina: Mexican movie. Very similar to Pulp Fiction–characters, dialogue, plot. I liked it.
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1): Being a HUGE HP fan, I SHOULD write a whole post about it, but it’s late. For now I’ll say this: HP7 part 1 surprised me. It was dark, sad, funny, and a 1000 times better than the previous 6 movies. I only hated one scene in the movie: when Ron explains how he found Harry and Hermione, with the ball of light from the deluminator, I found it cheesy/corny/sentimental. Totally unlike Ron. And the music didn’t help either. Apart from that scene, I am VERY pleased with it. And is it just me or was Daniel Radcliffe much funnier in this movie?
  • Simone: Okay, I’m too tired to think of anything to say about this movie. Average. Some funny moments. Definitely the worst out of the 7 movies on this list of movies I’ve recently seen. You’ll be fine if you don’t see this.

Books (this is gonna be short–I have to go to bed SOON)

  • Alpha by Rachel Vincent: Last book in Shifter series. Loved it. Cried. Averagely happy with ending. Want more.
  • Break by Hannah Moskowitz: Devoured it in one day. I was half-happy with the ending (though a lot of people HATED it), the writing could have been better, but she was only 17 or so at time of writing it. Her blog and the excerpts of her new novels she posts show that her writing has improved. (She’s now 19.) I intend to buy all of her books.
  • Fallout by Ellen Hopkins: Last book in trilogy. Loved it. Also devoured it. Very happy. (I own ALL of Ellen Hopkins’ books.)
  • Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead: While I enjoyed reading it, and I definitely want to read the rest of the books in the series, I don’t desperately NEED the next book NOW. Very funny, though. Very interesting to see what writers look/are like to non-writers. Made for some funny scenes.
  • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: Some of the writing/dialogue was corny (like some of Brittany’s inner monologue, or her dialogue. She actually says “I’m completely grossed out!”–seriously?), but I tried to ignore the writing and focus on the story. That was the interesting part. Alex (Mexican) and Brittany (rich white girl) fall in love. At first they hate it each other. Hated that Alex and Brittany judged each other based on where they came from–they both knew better. Brittany knew people thought she was a rich bitch with a perfect life and body and boyfriend–and she knew those people were wrong. Alex knew people thought he was a bad guy, involved in drugs and murder–and he knew those people were wrong. And yet what do they do? They judge each other. Shouldn’t they know better?

Other

  • School: My grades range from average to good to very good. Only one is really bad. Overall, I’m happy (and surprised) with my grades.
  • Health: My eyesight has declined a little (yes, I wear glasses–I’m nearsighted) so I have to go to the ophthalmologist the 7th of December; I have lordosis (google it) which means I have to go swimming twice a week and see a physical therapist once or twice a week; I have light aquagenic urticaria, but that’s old news (we found OxyHives–homeopathic and it works). Man, I am NOT a very healthy person… The two fingers I burned the other week are healing though. (Why the look of surprise? Did I not mention I burned two fingers last week? I’m pretty sure I mentioned it on Twitter.)

Read Full Post »

The first week of NaNoWriMo 2010

  • Monday 1st: 1906
  • Tuesday 2nd: 1752
  • Wednesday 3rd: 142
  • Thursday 4th: 207
  • Friday 5th: 389
  • Saturday 6th: 20
  • Sunday 7th: 535

Total for week 1:

 

Current NaNoWriMo total:

 

Total for novel:

 

As you can see on the right, most of the people in my NaNoWriMo support group are doing much better than me. But I vow to catch up by this Sunday, where the expected word count is 23 338 words. *gulp* I can do it?

Muriel’s Wedding

Oh. My. God. That movie was amzing. The characters were all so different and fascinating. It was funny, sad, dark. Muriel was at first annoying and you just wanted to yell at her and tell her to grow up, to DO something. But then she does do something–and she changes. By the end of the movie, Muriel is 1000 times more awesome.

I’d say a lot more, but it’s 1 am and I have to shower. BUT I want to add that I’ve noticed movies released in 1994, coincidentally the year I was born in, are awesome. Pulp Fiction, Muriel’s Wedding, The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Interview with the Vampire, Little Women, The Little Rascals (which I LOVED as a kid), Frankenstein (with Kenneth Branagh and Helena Bonham Carter), Thumbelina (another favorite when I was a kid) and the last Freddy movie (awesome series which led to my sister and I often quoting this line “Let’s go kick the motherfucker’s ass all over dreamland!”).

Enough evidence?

Read Full Post »

School

I knew I was going to be busy this school year, but oddly enough, all I’ve done since going back to school is:

  • go to school
  • do homework
  • eat
  • sleep
  • go to school
  • do homework
  • watch TV
  • a little bit of reading
  • a teeny tiny bit of writing
  • do more homework
  • go to school some more
  • go to ONE party
  • sleep
  • sleep
  • go to school

Notice what pops up a lot on this list?

I guess it’s understandable I’d have a lot of homework–I AM in my before last year of school… But school is so much more tiring this year, and even though I haven’t had THAT much homework, I’m always tired, so my free time goes to waste.

Oh, and as it turned out, there are people in my class I know, namely Naomi (http://greyperception.wordpress.com/), a very good friend of mine. But because of circumstances, we only have normal maths and sport together. Wanna know these circumstances? I’m sure you do. Here they are:

  1. We’re not in the same Physics/Science group
  2. I take Spanish LV2, she takes Italian LV2
  3. I chose Italian LV3, she chose HIDA (history of art)
  4. I chose maths as my specialty (different from the other maths), she chose HIDA
  5. While I’m in normal French class, she’s in FLE because she doesn’t speak fluent French (for those of you who don’t know/forgot, I’m French and go to an International school in France)
  6. For English, History and Geography, we’re in different groups

What else can I tell you about school? Oh, there are 3 guys in my class. That’s two more than last year. Of course that’s only for the, well, “core class”, I guess you could call it, which is 1ereL1, meaning Literary 11th grade 1 (there’s 2 Literary 11th grade classes).

Movies

  • 7 days: Boring.
  • The Godfather: Enjoyed it.
  • Life of Brian: Loved it, especially the end.
  • City of God: Now this one… This movie was MIND-BLOWINGLY GOOD. I HIGHLY recommend it. The actors were unknown/had actually lived in such conditions, so the acting is perfect. It could have been a documentary. And despite having many scenes where kids kill other kids, those are not the most shocking. The most shocking, horrible scene is when one character shoots two little kids in the foot. Just writing that sentence is making me feel sad and horrified again. And this is coming from someone who must have seen at least a hundred horror movies. Oh, and if you’re wondering, I watched it in the original Brazilian Portuguese (with French subtitles) which makes the movie much better than if I’d watched in the dubbed French. Dubbing should be illegal–usually the voices sound so fake because they’re not truly acting; all they’re doing is speaking, they’re not also running through the forest like the real actors were, climbing a tree, etc.

Books

  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: I started this book in January and finished it in September. I read it on and off for NINE months–does that give you ANY idea of how well written the book is? Nabokov’s prose is beautiful and vivid, but what truly made it difficult for me to read the novel is Humbert Humbert (hereafter referred to as “HH”) who, by the end of the book, is completely insane, unstable, unreliable. And you could think that HH is the one with the power in his relationship with Lolita, but she’s the one who manipulates him. Recommend it.
  • Fang by James Patterson: Guilty pleasure, enjoy the story and certain character but not the writing. Dialogue is mostly cheesy or immature for characters of those ages. Entertaining nonetheless.
  • Third book I’ve read recently gets its own paragraphy thingy.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Wow.

Summary from Amazon (UK):

Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped from Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian Outback. This wild and desolate landscape becomes almost a character in the book, so vividly is it described. Ty, her captor, is no stereotype. He is young, fit and completely gorgeous. This new life in the wilderness has been years in the planning. He loves only her, wants only her. Under the hot glare of the Australian sun, cut off from the world outside, can the force of his love make Gemma love him back? The story takes the form of a letter, written by Gemma to Ty, reflecting on those strange and disturbing months in the outback. Months when the lines between love and obsession, and love and dependency, blur until they don’t exist – almost.

Characters

  • Ty: At first, you hate him, just like Gemma does, then as she learns about his past, the way his father never cared about him, the way his mother abandoned him, the way he ended up living all alone at the age of 11, you feel sorry for him, you understand why he is the way he is. And at the end, when Gemma is confused about her feelings for him, so was I. You know you should hate him, but he never truly hurts Gemma.
  • Gemma: I read a one star review of this book on Amazon that calls Gemma boring, and I actually have to agree with them on that one. (They say the whole book is boring–that’s where I disagree.) Based on what we find out about her as kid, I’d say she’s interesting, but maybe as a teen she wanted to blend in, be accepted and liked, so she stopped being herself. But I suppose one thing I can say in her favor is that she tries to escape several times and even when she realizes she cannot escape, she’s alone with him in the Australian Outback with the nearest town VERY far away, she doesn’t give in to Ty. She could have easily given up, completely given up, she could have spent her entire time crying (she does spend some time crying–I mean come on, she’s away from her family, her friends, her home and everything she’s used to), but she doesn’t.

The word “fuck” in this novel

It was so nice to see the word be used in the book. Most of the time, writers are afraid to use it, but people say “fuck” when they talk, especially people like Ty–he kidnapped a girl, he’s not going to say stuff like “Gosh darn it” or “Frick.”

I, for one, say “fuck.” But I know not to say it in front of teachers, extended family members (I say extended because in my house, around my parents and my siblings, almost anything goes), strangers, etc. But “fuck” is just a word–kids reading it in a book won’t become juvenile delinquents just because of it. Nor will they become juvenile delinquents if they start swearing, or swearing more often.

If you believe this, well…does that make me a juvenile delinquent? Because I get good grades, never ditch school, have never stolen in my life, never smoked, never done drugs, never had sex or even kissed a boy. So I’d say that if you firmly believe swearing leads to bad behavior, you might need to rethink that belief of yours. Ditto if you believe novels in which characters do bad thing influence people, because I’ve read books such as “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess, everything by Ellen Hopkins, “Speak” by Laurie Halse Anderson, etc.

Writing

I have written, I kid you not, 667 words since the 1st of September. Pathetic or what? So I’m thinking of using NaNoWriMo to help me finish writing The Way Wars Are Won, just like I did with Kenna’s Choice. It’ll be the kick up the butt I desperately need.

Read Full Post »

I don’t know why but lately, well, look at the word count:

18th    Wednesday    245
19th    Thursday    1426
20th    Friday    277
21st    Saturday    0
22nd    Sunday    15
23rd    Monday    0
24th    Tuesday    0
25th    Wednesday   314

As for editing Kenna’s Choice… It started out fairly well, but I haven’t made any changes since… Sunday? I’m not actually sure. All I know is I’ve been wasting time on the internet these past few days, feeling tired and doing very little reading. The very little reading=a few pages of Lolita and the 91-page play “Our Country’s Good” for school.

Yeah. Maybe it’s the heat getting to me, and the lack of sleep. Or lack of leaving the house.

Sometime soon, we’re going to see Ondine, which I think will be good for me. Then maybe I should see my friends.

Words behind on goal for TWWAW: 2279

Depressing thing is that some writer write more than that in one day. I guess I could catch up if I had one or two fantastic writing days.

Zombies vs Unicorns giveaway

Jackson Pearce will give away an arc of Zombies vs Unicorns when she reaches 2500 followers on twitter. Even if you don’t want the arc, go follow her. She’s funny, nice and an amazing writer.

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »