Sunday, July 31, 2011

Writing Contest

Sayonara! :)

If you didn't know(didn't look @ the profile description), I love writing, and aren't too bad at it, if I do say so myself. In any case, a friend of mine told me about a fabulous, FREE-TO-ENTER, writing contest that can be found @ this link:
The contest's deadline is actually tonight(midnight) so hurry and get your Word 2007/11 running! There is a word limit of 300 words so you should have time to complete an awesome SHORT STORY.

Good luck!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Howl's Moving Castle

An utter success, in my opinion.

Howl's Moving Castle

The only other movie besides Howl's Moving Castle I've watched that's been directed by Hayao Miyazaki is Spirited Away. My impression of Spirited Away was very was definitely interesting, oddly hooking, but at the same time, had a creepy edge to some of the animations. When I decided to check out HMC, I had no idea how much I would love it, and appreciate Hayao M's style like so many others have. I now consider myself a new fan of HM's films and plan to watch the rest of his movies.

Book Progress: Not enough to post about.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011


OK, I returned from the library around 1 point 5 hours ago and guess what I got?
Yeah. Books. But not just any books...lemme list 'em for ya! :D It's very interesting how ecstatic I can become when I go to the library and pick up a buncha books I put on hold that I was waiting for a very long time to receive.

1. Howl's Moving Castle(DVD)
2. AP Calculus(Barrons)
3. AP Chemistry for Dummies(and Medallion)
4. How to Draw Anime and Game Characters(V.1)
5. Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
6. Dialogue by Gloria Kempton
7. Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell

All in all, I got 1 novel, 3 instructional books, 2 prep/supplementary resources, and one movie. I'm still reading The Singing by Alison Croggon, not at all implying that it's not good. On the contrary, it's very, very good.

-Questions about any of the books I got? Feel free to comment. questions, opinions, your own recommendations are greatly appreciated

-I'll keep you posted with reflections on my reading! Right now, in addition to the Singing, I'm reading Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. Good so far(only on pg. 21)


Wednesday, July 6, 2011


Hey again :)
Upcoming books I'm very much looking forward to:
Unwholly by Neal Shusterman(Sep, 2012)
Commentary: Unwholly is the sequel to the epic novel Unwind by Neal Shusterman. This is one of the books that have literally caused me to rave about it for considerable time(in this case, with the amazing person who introduced it to me, Bree). I highly, highly recommend the book Unwind.

The last book of the Maximum Ride series. I don't think we know the title of the book yet. I honestly thought the series would last longer...some dreamy part of my subconscious thought; Fang, Max, Angel, then Iggy, Nudge, etc...but I suppose not. I heard a rumor that there was going to be...was it 12 books or so in the series? Well, facts are, there's gonna be one more book. For those of you aren't familiar with the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson, it's a science fiction(in the last few books meandering into the romance genre)/action series centering around a "flock" of bird-human kids who have formed a family since they escaped their hostile "School"(laboratory where scientists performed cruel experiments on them) and encounter various tribulations from both inside and out of the flock. Very good series, but I preferred it more in the beginning. It was the ultimate ride(quite literally, the pages fly) full of sweet combat and action and a witty narrator, Max. Recently, the series hasn't  been focusing on the things I really loved about it. I still do like it, I suppose. But you really should read the first books and not start at Fang or Angel. Anyhow, that book is coming out in Feb of 2012. 

Pottermore and Books


For those of you who didn't wake up insanely early like myself and Marvel to view J.K. Rowling's highly anticipated mystery announcement, click the link and watch the video. There was actually a countdown starting from February, I believe, on J.K.'s YouTube channel; it was very, very unique. The background was purple, and essentially the theme was owls gathering to hear her announcement. As the numbers ticked down, more and more owls would literally appear and take their places on branches. Somehow, J.K. had gotten the page to be animated. Anyhow, thank God I found out about pottermore less than a week before the announcement; I didn't have to wait too long. Still, the anticipation was incredible. I somehow was left as uninformed, confused, and excited after watching the announcement as I was before doing so. She revealed a bit of information, but then counteracted it with some more unknown material. Can't wait till July 31st!!! Why? GO TO: WWW.POTTERMORE.COM.

All righty, now let's go to books.
I currently am reading Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Summary from
Magic is dangerous--but love is more dangerous still.
When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.
Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What's more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa's power for his own.
Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by--and torn between--two best friends: James, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm's length...everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world...and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.
Clockwork Angel is actually the first of a planned trilogy. The sequel, Clockwork Prince, is coming out later this fall; I can't wait! The book is going pretty well so far but it's not rave-material yet. It's very, very captivating though. I especially love the cover:
Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, Book 1)

I have realized I've made this post a bit longer than I'd like so I'm going to continue my thoughts in another post. Thanks for reading, and comment, comment, comment