Saturday, November 21, 2009

Write about whatever I want

That's today's sharing topic, so here goes.

I guess I will write about one of my great dreams, though it may be unattainable.

Ever since I was about 13, I've dreamed about living New York. I was in love with the city for a variety of reasons and most of them to do with various books I had read and the idea of Broadway and Times Square and the shear size and excitement that I was sure I could find in that city. Can you really blame me? I spent the early years of my life in Fort Smith, Arkansas after all. I wrote my first blog on this site, sitting at my dad's computer in my family's office on a street in that town and let me tell you something, there is no glitz and glamour to living in Arkansas. We never got attention that other cities in other states got and it frustrated me to no end.

New York was the epitome of all that was exciting and fashionable and fast paced. There are huge universities, artists and designers and authors make there home there and I had this dream, especially after my voice instructor commented on my voice, of singing on Broadway. I wanted to sing and act, I wanted to be Christine in a production of Phantom of the Opera. I wanted to be a famous writer (a dream I've not quite give up on).

I've really let my voice go in recent years, I no longer have a voice tutor and I don't think I've actually sung scales in 2 years, much less practiced difficult songs and worked on my vocal range. It's probably not too late, but it's certainly true that making the choice for that sort of career would take a lot of backtracking and a lot of hard work. Writing is still something I want to do and I practice when I can, that would be the whole reason behind doing NaNoWriMo this year.

I suppose I would still like to live in New York, despite what I say to my girlfriend about hating cold weather (I'm like a lizard, cold-blooded). I visited New York once and it left me wanting more. The subways and museums, the little restaurants tucked into little corners on streets, the cemeteries and parks and barges and even the crowds and noise all just call to me. I want to go back there someday, someday soon I would hope. I have yet to live in a place that called to my, for lack of a better word, soul more than New York City. I've met others that can't stand the city, but I agree with Cole Porter's song. I happen to like New York.

Favorite Quote

This was yesterday's question, but once again I was unable to post on time. I was at my girlfriend's house and she doesn't remember the password for her wireless, you get two today as well.

My favorite quote is actually is from the preface of the book Les Miserables. I think it pretty much speaks for itself.

"So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation which, in the midst of civilization, artificially creates a hell on earth, and complicates with human fatality a destiny that is divine; so long as the three problems of the century - the degradation of man by the exploitation of his labor, the ruin of women by starvation, and the atrophy of childhood by physical and spiritual night - are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words, and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this."

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My favorite Book

I'm going the cheat here and just use a whole series, but I can't pick just one of the books, they were just all too awesome!

My favorite series of books is The Legend of Drizzt by R.A. Salvatore. I picked one of these books up from my either the library or my brother's book shelf, I can't remember which, but I will be eternally grateful that I did. I love the characters, the story lines, the action scenes (which are so well described that I feel like I'm watching a movie, not reading a book) and the intricate way the plot winds in and out and revisit past characters and story arcs through out the series.

As for classic novels, I would like to say a few words for The Phantom of the Opera, by Gaston Leroux. I was once told that it was not a very good book and I didn't actually pick it up until a few days ago as a result of that, but since I did I haven't been able to put it down, much to the disappointment of my NaNoWriMo wordcount. I'm going to finish typing this, hide the book at the bottom of my backpack and get back to work now!

Favorite TV series

I was to tired to write this last night, so you'll get two today.

I had a lot of trouble coming up with this one, I've watched a lot of television series, usually on dvd. However I finally decided, it's one show that, while occasionally Cliched, I've always loved watching.

My dad got me hooked on Sci-fi TV shows and while I never shared his enthusiasm for sci-fi novels, we definitely enjoy watching the shows. Stargate SG-1 was probably the first television series that I watched, it's been around a long time and I started watching the show when I was 15 and had to play catch up with the series. Yeah the show gets repetitive sometimes, but the story idea was really creative and I enjoyed watching a show that combined my love of Sci-fi with my love of Mythology. All things considered I can say that my love for mythology was not nearly as large as it was when I started to watch the show and the show caused me to want to research the myths behind the different "gods" of the show.

The puppet scene from the 200th episode
just...don't ask...

The star trek scene from the same episode

Once again...don't ask, just watch and laugh.

Stargate: Resident Evil

The 200th episode was gold

yeah...there's a bunch more, just youtube Stargate SG-1 200th epidode

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Favorite movie

And the meme continues!
Today's topic is my favorite movie.

That's actually a really hard choice, I've like many movies, but I'm trying to think of one that I can watch over and over again. I eventually chose three, sorry. I'm indecisive and I love all three of them so much, I can watch them over and over again and never get tired of the stories.

The first of these (at least on the time line of when I saw it) is The Princess Bride. It's cheesy, it has a corny romantic story line and it's not like it's a story line that hasn't been done before. However, it has some of the best lines and characters of any movie ever. The movie has me laughing out loud one moment and on the edge of my seat the next. The way the movie switches from the fictional story to the "real" story of the sick grandson is great as well, though I've had friends who say they find it annoying.
I can unabashedly say that Inigo is my favorite, with Fesik as a close second.
The infamous rhyming scene

The next favorite of mine is Batman Begins, in my opinion one of the best superhero (okay I know he's hasn't got special powers) movies in my life time . Spiderman let me down, Daredevil was a crying shame and I'm not even going to try to think of any others (Okay, so I liked Iron Man, but not as much). This movie just hit all the right buttons for me as a geek. Seeing the creation of Batman, so to speak, was what really clinched the deal for me. I was not a big fan of Katie Holmes in her part to be honest, but Morgan Freeman, Michael Cain, Liam Neeson, Christian Bale and Gary Oldman made the movie amazing. I can watch this one over and over again as well.
Finding the batcave

My last favorite would be Serenity, the sequel to Joss Whedon's, sadly cancelled, Firefly. I only was made aware of this series and movie last year, but I've watched the movie several times since then. Summer Glau is an amazing actress and her job at portraying the severely mentally damaged River Tam is spetacular. I'm a fan of Sci-fi, any of my friends can tell you that. I fan girled over meeting Brent Spiner last year and was severely disappionted that I did not get to meet Wil Wheaton. I had a crush on Harrison Ford as Han Solo for years, much to my embarrasment, but this movie ranks right at the top of my list of favorite Sci-fi movies, just as Firefly ranks up at the top of the list of Sci-fi series. Watch it if you've never seen it!
Serenity trailer

So there you have it. I couldn't pick just one, get over it.

Monday, November 16, 2009

one question a day about myself answered.

A friend of mine over on Livejournal, whose life has a tendency to revolve around LJ to be honest, loves to email me about all of the memes she takes part in. I don't normally take the time, but this one seems like fun and I need to have a little bit of writing outside of NaNoWriMo. This is not Livejournal obviously, but I don't post there often and I like my blog better. So here goes several questions of completely random observations about me and my favorite things. I'll post one a day for now, since I'm still busy with NaNo. Feel free to post back your own... if the posting feature is working the way it's supposed to be.
These question memes spread like wildfire over at LJ and this is not the first time Slash has tempted me with one, but I've finally given in. Will I go to hell for this? Maybe...

My favorite song

For a long time I don't know if I could have answered that question, but over the years I keep returning to one song in particular. The first time I heard Iris by The Goo Goo Dolls, I was watching and anime music video and I've since listened to it dozens of times. I love the sound of the song and the story the lyrics put before the listener.

I will classify myself as a hopeless romantic easily and this song portrays many of my feelings about love, especially for me as a lesbian. The lines of the chorus

And I don't want the world to see me
Cause I don't think that they'd understand
When everything's made to be broken
I just want you to know who I am

Are something that I feel perfectly sum up my feelings on what it feels like to be in love. No matter how bad the world gets, that one person will always know the real you and that's really the only thing you need in a world that's broken.

Youtube video
unfortunately I can not find the original AMV that I watched along with it, which was part of the reason I adored it to begin with. *le sigh*