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Extremely Random Stuff April 27, 2008

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Song in My Head: “Down” by Miranda Lambert

So, since I’ve been away at HW-land for a week, I’m sort of in an interesting mood. So I’ll list the stuff I’m thinking about, what I have to do, etc.

-I feel so loved. Not that I’m an ingrate or anything, but when I got my new e-mail, I didn’t do anything with it unti today. I mean, I found how many people I keep in contact with daily (or often) and added their e-mails in my Contacts and I ended up with 33 people! And I can’t forget the other friends and family I have in my life who don’t have an e-mail or do have an e-mail but I don’t know it. Plus, I got my first e-mail on that one from a real human. Not a computer bot like Goodreads, but a real human PERSON. Wow.
-I really adore the sayings, “wow and soil”, “grr and foil” (animeactress’ spin on our favorite interjection), “tree sap”, and “Kartik the Daffodil”. I also enjoy calling anime “Kartika”.
-I’m also learning to do this little wavy finger thing that anime is very talented at.
-I’m a little stressed, but it’s the good kind of stress, the one that keeps you busy. Eustress is the scientific name for it (learned that in Health). If you’ve heard “Nothin’ Better to Do” by LeAnn Rimes, I know I always have something better to do. With that said, I shall commence with my handy-dandy to-do list:
1. Finish HW (OK, well, that’s not really fun, but….it does keep me busy; I’m trying to be a bit optimistic here!)
2. Clean and organize old papers from this year and last (yes, I have last year’s papers still; grr…)
3. Finish reading stuff for school (Kidnapped and Left to Tell)
4. Write, write, write (as well as re-write; I never though about re-writing until I started recently, and it’s all because of Shannon Hale)! And about writing and stuff….so I know I promised you guys a plot summary of the novel that was inspired by LRRH-ers. Well, it’d be helpful if someone can tell me if I can password protect it (it would also be helpful with rants). If you’re confused what I mean, then go to Ani Isilee’s blog. I know she has WordPress, but is there any way that I can do that with Blogger?
5. Post my brand-new Ripsnorter Review layout. Yes, it will be slightly revised, and made better than ever. Believe me you.
6. Afterwards, revise and repost my PA review on RR. Then, post this on Goodreads. w00t! w00t! (first time I used the 2007 M-W Word of the Year, seriously)
7. Must….buy….songs….from….iTunes. Yep, I’m in that phase again where I start actually getting sick of all the songs on my iPod and must purchase more songs from iTunes. Then I listen to those songs 2 billion times and then I start re-liking the other songs on my iPod. (wow, I really sounds like a brat there; sorry! 😦 )
8. I’m setting up my Project Playlist! Yay! I’ve only friended two of y’all (Taiger, mimagirl), so if you have a Project Playlist account, e-mail me, PM me on LRRH (with your e-mail), or just comment so that I can buddy you or vice versa. More than likely, your playlist is put on private, so I can’t search you.

Also, I’ve added a new feature: at the beginning of every post, I’ve added “Song in My Head”, which sort of explains itself.

Well, since I do have a long to-do, I shall be off! Ta-ta for now!

Lots of Love,
bookbutterfly

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Attention, Shaniacs! April 15, 2008

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SQUIGGLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Squee + Giggle = Squiggle; something I came up with while I wasn’t on here or LRRH)

I, the “Editor-in-Chief” of BB Times, am very pleased to announce (after my long, stressful break–isn’t that an oxymoron?) the release of a new Shannon Hale book. No, it is not Rapunzel’s Revenge, nor is it Forest-born, but it is… *drum roll, please*

ENNA BURNING in KOREAN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fantabulous or what, my friends? Indeed, after almost four years of selling well in the U.S., EB was released in Korea, April 15, 2008! Take a good look at the cover: (I’m not quite sure whether the black frame is there in the cover, but I doubt it)

EB is the third Shannon book to be translated and published in Korea. The first is actually Princess Academy (directly translates into Princess Academy), which came out July 16, 2007. Second was The Goose Girl (in Korean, Goose-Keeper Princess, but if you try to translate this using one of those computer translators, you’ll get Princess Hitting a Goose…oh dear…), which was released December 15, 2007. The official title (translated) is The Princess’s Maid and the Secret of Fire. Sorry, Enna, but you aren’t mentioned in the title.

And I learned something. Dictionary.com is so funny! If you translate: ν”„λ¦°μ„ΈμŠ€μ˜ μ‹œλ…€μ™€ 뢈의 λΉ„λ°€ (EB in Korean), it comes out to this: “maid and sudden secret of phosphorus three”.

Now…names. Very important. English names don’t translate into something into Korean that actually mean something, but I thought I’d experiment with Dictionary.com, just to see what they say.

Shannon Hale: μ„€λ„Œ 헀일 (pron: Shah-nun Hay-ill; Dictionary.com says: “The Hale whom it spreads out”–lovely, eh?)

Ani: μ•„λ‹ˆ (pron: Ah-nee; Dictionary.com says: “It knows”)

Isi: 이지 (pron: Ee-gee; Dictionary.com says: “Intelligence”; so I guess if you say “Ani-Isi”, Dictionary.com would think that you’re saying “It knows intelligence.”)

Enna: μ—λ‚˜ (pron: Eh-nah; Dictionary.com says: “Enna”–surprise, surprise)

Leifer: 레이퍼 (pron: Lep-pah; Dictionary.com says: “The ladles”–don’t ask why)

Miri: 미리 (pron: Mee-ree; Dictionary.com says: “In advance”–which is sort of ironic, because in the PA cover above, Miri is in front of all the rest of the girls)

Peder: νŽ˜λ” (pron: Peh-der; Dictionary.com says: “Feather”–they rhyme! Kind of reminds me of the linder hawk…)

Olana: μ˜¬λΌλ‚˜ (pron: Oh-lah-nah; Dictionary.com says: “It rises”–maybe her temper in the beginning of PA does? πŸ˜‰ )

Mt. Eskel (called Eskel Mountain): μ—μŠ€μΌˆ (pron: Es-kehl, then with the Korean word for mountain; Dictionary.com says basically the same thing)

Danland: λŒ„λžœλ“œ (pron: Dahn-lahnd; Dictionary.com says “The land which it puts”–OK, puts…what???)

For more info, you can go to: http://www.openkid.co.kr/author/author_view.asp?id=011688&svrt=00. It’s all confusing and everything, but the first red link is PA, the second is GG, and the third is EB. If you click on them and scroll down, you can see one of the illustrations in the books. Yes, Korean readers get Shannon books with ILLUSTRATIONS. So lucky! And the drawings are very cool and awesome. I’m so jealous!!!!!!!

Shan-fans and Shaniacs, isn’t it a great, happy feeling when you know that the international Shannon love is spreading? πŸ˜‰

Lots of Love,

bookbutterfly πŸ˜€

iTunes Dilemma! April 7, 2008

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Okey-doke, first off, thanks to everyone who commented on my last post (coughcoughcough). Just kidding! Whatever. πŸ˜‰ I know everyone is, in fact, reading, since I got the wonderful, fantabulous (<–huh, first time I ever used that word, actually) StatCounter! Woohoo! Ahem. Anyways, as I type away, iTunes keeps popping up (goodness knows why). Maybe it’s because I am installing the new version of it. I dunno. *shrug* OK, so my point is…I’m iTunes rich. I don’t mean to sound snobby or anything (really, honest!), but people keep getting me iTunes gift cards. So last Easter, in my basket, I got from “The Bunny” a $50 gift card. LAST Easter. And I barely used half of it; to be exact, I have $32.18 left. And then in the summer of last year, my dad got some sort of giveaway thing from work, and it was a $15 iTunes gift card (ka-ching! And at that time, I don’t think I had even used my $50 gift card, so then I had $65). So on *thinks in head* Saturday, yesterday, my mom’s friend (who is super awesome!) came by and gave each of us gift cards to different places. Take a guess what she got me? $25 iTunes gift card. Yup. So, if I hadn’t used that $17.82, I would have had $100 to spend at iTunes, but now I have “only” $82.18. Crazy. *grins* πŸ˜€ Anyhow, you’re probably wondering what I used the $17.82 on. The 18 songs were:

-Nothin’ Better to Do (LeAnn Rimes; this was the single before Family came out)
-Famous in a Small Town (Miranda Lambert; the ending is fabulous)
-I Don’t Want To (Ashley Monroe, whom I would add as one of my “Amazing Artists” links, but her official site is MySpace; that’s the artist who I was talking about on LRRH in case you were wondering)
-Save the Best for Last (Vanessa Williams; the very first song I heard when I was baby, which was why I bought it)
-Oh Love (Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood; oh me gosh, EVERY COUNTRY FAN MUST BUY!!!!!!!!! especially if you like Carrie Underwood)
-But I Do Love You (LeAnn Rimes; you will see that I went into this LeAnn craze)
-Looking Through Your Eyes (LeAnn Rimes; the video is so cute, as this was a soundtrack for…*thinks* The Quest for Camelot; I lied, I thought, couldn’t remember, then had to look it up)
-Soon (LeAnn Rimes; meh…)
-Tic Toc (LeAnn Rimes; used to like it, but…kind of strange now, but I still like LeAnn’s new stuff)
-Til’ We Ain’t Strangers Any More (LeAnn Rimes and Bon Jovi; *gasp* OK, so Bon Jovi did a duet w/ the fantabulous–used it again!–Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland which was wonderful, and he did it with LeAnn Rimes and…can’t describe! YOU MUST CHECK IT OUT. I didn’t care for it at first…but now it’s ringing in my head like crazy)
-I’m Only Me When I’m With You (Taylor Swift; TS craze coming…I play this song on the guitar and it is one of my faves from her!)
-Invisible (Taylor Swift; meh…it’s ok, I love the beginning, but the song is a wee bit weak and kind of repetitive of her others songs on the album)
-A Perfectly Good Heart (Taylor Swift again; so I didn’t really care for it when I bought it, I only bought these 3 b/c they were limited edition and TS, but…now I’m really liking this song and must look up the chords to play it!)
-Santa Baby (Kellie Pickler; this was during Christmastime, and Kellie is probably the best AI contestant that didn’t win)
-Will You Dance With Me (Julianne Hough; the DWTS pro turned country singer is FANTASTIC. I can’t wait until her first album comes out! I’v heard that people who hate country listen to this.)
-Before He Cheats (a piano instrumental to the Carrie Underwood song; this was for this project; I explain here)
-Down (Miranda Lambert; me luv this song, and it scares me how much it’s like this one song I wrote–both tune and lyrics–and I didn’t even know this song when I wrote mine!)
-Love Song (Sara Bareilles; wonderful! trying to figure out the piano notes myself though)

So my questions for my lovely blogging friends are this:
1. Do you like or have heard any of the songs I mentioned above?
2. What movie do you think I will review and are you excited for it?

Lots of Love and Randomness Forever,
bookbutterfly, Editor-in-Chief of The BB Times (and TBA WordPress blog)

What’s New at The BB Times April 5, 2008

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Ugh. Back to school after a nice long Easter vacation. If you’ve heard the song “Wake Me Up” by Norah Jones…that’s kinda how I feel. The main part is “Wake me up when it’s over/Wake me up when it’s done.” I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ah, so, anyways…I’m not really into the mood for Random Remixes right now. But…I thought it’d be nice to let everyone know that I’m going to do my first movie review, but it will not be on here…it will be on another blog on WordPress instead. I haven’t gotten started (and I want to ask my dad for permission before I do anything), but I will get both the blog and review done. Hopefully, it will get done tomorrow, and I will edit this post with the link to the review, but on this blog, I will set up a poll to see whether y’all like it!

I already have a blog title in mind…as well as the movie I’m reviewing! Any guesses as to what movie it will be?

Also, I shall get a Project Playlist account soon, so…if you flat out hate country, I suggest you mute your speaker. (muahahahahahaha) But it won’t be ONLY country. I will definitely throw in Anna Nalick, KT Tunstall, Michelle Branch, Jewel, Norah Jones…soft pop and good rock. And tons and tons of country. πŸ˜‰ (Darn it, I wish I could use LRRH smilies here! 😦 I guess I will just have to make do. *sighs*)

Over the weekends during school, I will try to post something new everyday, since I’ve got a couple things to ramble about! πŸ˜€ But for now…

Lots of Love and Randomness Forever,

bookbutterfly, Editor-in-Chief of The BB Times and TBA blog, as well as the only person who runs this blog and TBA πŸ˜€