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Merging July 31, 2008

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Tomorrow, (hopefully) I’ll find the time to do….well, something that may not please y’all. I’m merging BBT with B1000. Leastways, right now, I want to. Why?

1. It’s hard to keep up 2 different blogs that talk about the same stuff.
2. Both are, fairly, BO-RING. (admit it)
3. I have way too many blogs on my hands.
4. It’ll be easier with the template and all, since I’ve been meaning to change it…but haven’t yet.

Yeahh…er, so that’s why. Another thing, B1000 seems to exemplify ME more than BBT does (after all, I’m still obsessed w/ the bk). BBT is getting too, well, pointless, and B1000 actually does have a point.

So after tomorrow, you all will have to go to B1000 for more BB updates. That is, unless I get some vehement protestors that DEMAND and convince me to I stay put.

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Sorry!!! (and a partial rant) July 27, 2008

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Oi, I have been such a bad, bad, bad BB. Y’all can punish me. I haven’t been updating B1000 faithfully, and I have so many things I want to post about!

This is going to be a post mainly on how PB is going, but before I do so, I want to first and foremost say that if in any way I sound like I’m bragging or being pretentious about my work, I do not mean it in that way. I know what writer’s block is like, and I had that same experience with PB for…meh, maybe an year and a half, and the most recent one was about 2 months long. So, again, please do not get the wrong idea that I’m trying to boast. It’s just something that occurred to me last night.

So last afternoon, I found the time to write a bit of PB. I’ve probably said it a billion times already, but Pandora is a pain in the neck (or the bum, whichever preferable). She can be so annoying that she’s so much fun to write about. I’ve finally figured out her personality: she’s a cross between Hermione Granger and Emma Woodhouse with a quick temper and tending to be a bit of spoiled brat (which she knows, but doesn’t like to admit). The most bizarre thing is, I intended to make her a lot like me, and ended up letting her write the story (so it seems *roll*). So now, Pandora is not, indeed, like me. OK, so I am like Hermione, but not in the way Pandora is. Pandora has this really annoying, bossy, know-it-all (ok, I can be a little bit of a know-it-all), but Dora is good intentioned like Emma Woodhouse…yet still ends up in a strange situation.

I wrote this scene last night which I enjoyed reading as well as writing (I mean, which Pandora wrote). I want to see what you guys think of it so far. Note that Pandora goes through a name change at this point (which is Ch3), and she is called “Lena” or “Noelena”, and right now she’s in Sandria (long story how, and it would be spoiling Ch2) dressed in a Regency England-style gown. Phil is a guy who becomes a friend and mentor of hers (in the last chapter, his leg got injured…that’s another spoiler, so I can’t explain much at this point), and the two have a brother-sister-type relationship. So here’s the scene! Enjoy! (P.S. I changed it from 3rd person to 1st person narration. It’s easier and makes it more fun for me. The original PB, for some reason, skipped from 3rd to 1st person, but I’m fond of 1st right now.) (P.P.S. Some of it is slightly altered from the original in my WordDoc due to the fact that it’d reveal too many spoilers.)

Then I stormed out the front door. How could Phil be so idiotic? And why did boys always act as if they had no brain in their skulls?
It was a little chilly, and when I stepped out, I saw Phil cutting up some wood, limping a little as he walked to and fro between stacks of lumber.
Walking up to him, I put my hands on my hips, and, right before I was about to open my mouth to scold him, he looked up at me. We were about a yard apart, and I could see that his dark hair was plastered with sweat onto his forehead.
“How do you do, miss? Are you traveling from the town?” he asked, and began to bow, but lost his balance from his limp. He began to fall, but I quickly caught him, and, somehow, he ended up right in my lap.
I sighed, clucking my tongue. “Don’t be ridiculous, Phil,” I said, trying to sound angry, though it was all quite amusing.
“Lena?” he looked up at me, confused, squinting his eyes. “I barely recognized you, what with your gown and cloak and your hair and all.” He got up, brushing himself off. “You look nice, by the way.”
“Thanks,” I said, but noticed how soiled my dress had already gotten from the forest dirt. Annoyed, I retorted, “And you look sweaty. What are you thinking? You just got injured yesterday—”
He laughed. “You’re quite a funny girl. I’m fine, I’ve just got a scar on my leg, [but it won’t heal right away,] and especially with such a deep cut it’ll take awhile—”
“So why were you working when you could be resting your leg?” I asked, exasperated.
“This is my job, and, anyway, I can’t [and shouldn’t let anyone else do it.]”
I sighed again. I couldn’t scold him for doing his chore. “Fine…We’re having breakfast soon.”
I spun on my heels, about to go, but Phil cried, “Wait! Stay here.”
“Why?” I asked, still aggravated.
“Just wait! I have to tell you something,” he said. He was picking up some of the lumber and taking it towards the side of the cabin.
“Don’t you need help?” I asked, running up to him.
“It wouldn’t be right if I had a young lady like you carry this. Anyway, you might get a splinter. I already have several,” he said carelessly.
“For goodness’ sake, this is the 21st century!”
Phil wrinkled his nose. “Not in Sandria.”
Without further ado, I snatched half of his bundle and cried like a child in a playground, “Last one to the cabin is a rotten egg!”
“Hey! I thought you cared about my injured leg!” he cried behind me.
I beat Phil instantly, but found splinters on a couple of my fingers that hurt terribly.
“Told you I could carry them,” I said.
“Told you you’d get splinters,” Phil replied back.
“Why’d you underestimate me?” I asked.
“Oh, I don’t know, you were always a little on the spoiled brat-side. Now, let me see your hand,” he said.
With a dirty look, I muttered, “I’ll let you see my hand,” but before I could get the chance to slap him, he had grabbed my hand and had formed little puffy white clouds over my splintered fingers. The clouds turned grey, rained on my fingers, and, before I knew it, the splinters were gone.

In which I talk of…well, random stuff. July 27, 2008

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This is not a rebirth of the old Random Remixes, which were thoroughly annoying in their prime. But yes, this is a post about random blah-blah-blah.

Google Reader. What a handy little overwhelming tool. Yikes. You know what happens when you get lazy for, eh, I don’t know, three months? You get 215 items from about 30-something of your friends’ blogs. Not that I’m complaining, since y’all write such great blog posts, but it’s actually a ton of fun to look through so many posts at one time.

Butterfly Forest. Woohoo! Finished my album review. It’d be real nice of y’all to go check it out! Don’t forget to check out the poll!

Kiki. The little rascal of a dog. She won’t eat her doggie food; she’ll only eat food off the floor, and when she does that….well, I hope none of you are eating something while reading this, but she…never mind. So this afternoon, she finally decided to eat her doggie food (reluctantly), with her tail right between her hind legs. She might as well grumble, too, while she’s at it. *roll* Another thing; so in our house, the door to the backyard has a window, and near the door is Kiki’s bed. So I went to the backyard to check out how my dad was doing (he’s doing a little woodwork project), and decided to practice some Irish dance steps, since I’m going to Irish dance day camp starting tomorrow. Lo and behold, my canine starts barking at me from inside the house. Note well, my friends, that Kiki is like the little annoying sister in the movies and on TV that tries to do everything her older sister does. Yep, that’s Kiki alright. She starts barking her head off at me as if to say, “Hey! What are you doing out there? I want to come out too! I want to Irish dance!” Oi, and have I told y’all about Kiki’s aversion to the song “Memory”, from the musical Cats? When I get in spazzy mode (which is often and somewhat frightening 😉 ), I start “bark-singing” “Memory”, and, whaddya know, Kiki starts joining me. Like howling and barking along. I’ve recorded it…but it’s awfully strange and I don’t know how to put it on here.

Anyway, so that’s that. For B1000 readers, I may make the blog public again, and I hope to have a post written up in a few mins.

YouTube, Netflix, and Lists July 25, 2008

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I’m BA-ACK! Again.

Anyway, I got a YouTube account! It’s right here, so if you want to watch my fave vids or friend me, go right ahead and do so. Enjoy! And yes, that I am indeed subscribing to country music artists. *is very proud of self*

Anyone who gets movies from Netflix? I’ve seen so many movies already (I’ve been listing them) and, well, we’ve been getting a lot of cool stuff!

Speaking of lists, I’ve been making a ton of lists lately: favorite books, favorite movies, and how I compare to the typical teen (the last of which I found 25 MAJOR differences at least). If wanted, I can delight you all in lists in those (Netflix movies seen, favorite books, favorite movies, and the differences lists).

Another thing: I’ve been needing to change the template. I shall be doing that soon and try to post more on both here, B1000, and BF. Sorry for holding y’all up! 😦

Last but not least, I have a sort of survey question for everyone: What’s the best book that you’ve read this summer, not counting re-reads?

While I was gone… July 22, 2008

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Hmm, seems like everyone disappeared for a week or two, missed the computer, and came back today. Do we all think alike or something?

Anyway, I was thinking of posting about this article on LRRH, but I didn’t want to spawn any “controversy”, so I hope this is ok to post here. I always thought that there should be age restrictions on books, but….well, what do y’all think? B/c I always hate it when I want to read a book and have to go through tiresome research to simply find out whether it’s clean, so, personally, an age restriction (like MPAA ratings, if you’re still confused) would be great for books.

Opinions?

Blogged out? July 12, 2008

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Maybe. I’m not so sure why, but I’m just not into blogging–and at times even going on LRRH–as of late. So just to let you all know that BBT is definitely going to be slowing down. It’s just that there’s not much to talk about, and, like I said before, a lot of the stuff I say is “blah blah blah”, “yada yada”–things not fit for classy readers like yourselves.

As for B1000….well, I shall try to post more on that this wkend, and for those of you who asked to be invited (Faith, Verity, Anilee, spider), I have sent all of you an invite. It’s never too late to ask to be invited, so you can still contact me (or leave a comment). Thanks to all who asked to be invited. 😀

BF? I’m still working on the album review, and…well, I just have to finish it. Sorry for another long wait, you guys.

Oh yes, and LRRH? I’ll still be going on, but I’m going to slow my visits. You know how often I used to go on before? Like 30-40 some times! Today? I only felt like going on once–I caught up with everything, and that was that. I’m still going to be responding to PMs and such that, but I just won’t go on LRRH so much.

TTYL!

L♥ts of L♥ve,
BB

As anime would say, "To Whom Who Cares"… July 7, 2008

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…b/c there must be quite a few of you, or how else could I have 1600 something visits? OK, it’s less than that, since it took me awhile to figure out how to make the thing not count my visits.

Anyhow, if you read my latest comment on the below post, I’ve been thinking recently of making B1000 private. I most probably will, as the majority seems to not care for it too much. It’ll be open all day today, but at night I’m making it private.

So if you want to keep updated on it, leave a comment on here, send me an e-mail, PM me on LRRH, just somehow inform me if you want to be a B1000 reader. I’m not going to automatically invite anyone, just to anyone who asks.

I’ve also been thinking about maing BBT private, too. I know, I’ve thought about it before, but I actually might this time.

~BB

Bliss! July 6, 2008

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Butterfly Forest is back on track officially! Right after writing up this post, I hope to get some new reviews written up. Next is an album review, and if you don’t know which one it is yet…well, I won’t tell you, it’ll be a surprise, but IT’S NOT A COUNTRY ALBUM. Yes, you’ll all be “le gasping”, but it’s not. Will y’all read it?

Next, on B1000, I’m going to write another new post about fictional characters. Ooh, how fun! I hope y’all will stay in tune to B1000, b/c there will be a lot of interesting posts on there. I’m telling you, you don’t want to miss it.

Another thing I’ve been wondering. I need everyone’s help on it. Do you think I should move to B1000, since most everything I talk about is MOLD related? Opinions, please!

On the close of Foreign Language Week… July 6, 2008

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Just yesterday did I realize it was Foreign Language Week. Ok, actually, I read a whole bunch of blog posts from y’all about it, so what better day to close it off with a post like this one? Remember that post on BBT? Where hyper-active BB was getting crazed about that? If, for those of you who first read that post, didn’t get excited b/c they used the same covers, you won’t believe the Korean B1000 cover. It’s due out on July 15, and I screamed–really, SCREAMED–in my seat when I first saw it. Ta-da!To see a bigger picture, you can click on it. I think (I’ll have to check with my dad later) that the title is “Book of a Princess’s Maid”. If you can’t see the picture too well, still, the tower is on the right, Song for Evela is up on the hill, Dashti is in the purple, Saren is in the pink, and Khasar *SPOILERS; highlight the blank* as a wolf can be seen standing on the rock.Upon further investigation (gee, that sounded fancy), I found that it was drawn to look similar to the Alison Jay TGG cover. Take a look below:
Neat, eh? So, that’s cool thing #1. Cool thing #2 is that my dad taught me some Korean characters–basic ones–and we read through Day 1 of the Korean B1000. OK, actually, my dad read them to me and pointed out the ones I know to have me say them aloud and learn them. So, steadily, I’m learning some Korean. Cool thing #3? The site we found the excerpt on (the B1000 page for it can be found here, for those of you who are able to read Korean, like cuileann), AladdinUS.com, has a special event going on for Shannon’s books. If you can’t read it, it says that to celebrate “the best book of the year” (that’s the yellow characters on the “event” link), if you buy any one of Shannon’s books–TGG, EB, RS, PA, or B1000–you’re automatically entered (twice) into the sweepstakes to win tickets to the movies for 100 people! When I showed that to my dad to translate for me, he said, “Hey! We can win tickets to the movies for 100 people? Do we know 100 people?” Then he added in B1000 to the shopping cart (as a joke, sadly). It was hilarious! But maybe, one day, when I can read more Korean, I shall get my hands on every single copy of Shannon’s Korean bks.
Last note: AL is also available in Korean. I don’t get the cover (the illustrations on it, are, I think, something where you have to read it to understand it), but for those of you who have read it, you can check it out here. Other bks I’ve found on this site are A Single Shard (Linda Sue Park), Kira-Kira (Cynthia Kadohata), Penny from Heaven (Jennifer L. Holm), Half Magic (Edward Eager), Catherine, Called Birdy and The Midwife’s Apprentice (Karen Cushman) and most of the works of Kate DiCamillo and Eleanor Estes. There are a few others, but I can’t list them off the top of my head. If you want to take a look at any of these titles–or any other books I haven’t listed–I will and can gladly do some research and find the Korean versions of them. Just comment below or e-mail me or PM me on LRRH, and I will find them. Do note, however, that not US titles are available in Korea.

On the Fifth of July… July 5, 2008

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…I shall talk a bt about the Fourth of July. We didn’t get to BBQ (though we will next wk or something), but I did end up getting a stomachache all day. Fun, eh? *roll smilie*

Anyhow…BB news is that I’m working on my movie review (thanks to SophieCouture, b/c of her comment on my blog I was reminded that I should really get to work on it. I’m sure most of you know what it is already, but for those of you who don’t….well, it’ll just be a surprise then.

After my review, I hope to work on my B1000 post on B1000. (sounds strange if you say it aloud *lol smilie*) Then, hopefully, I can write some more reviews (but not necessarily post them), and finish up Sisters Grimm #2: The Unusual Suspects. Wow, that bk is good! Even better than the first, I have to say. I’ll do a review on that, too, of course.

So, since I have lots to do, and apparently this wk was Foreign Language week, I’ll say “Au revoir! Adios! Aufweidersein (sp?)! Ahn-neeng-gah-say-yo! (Korean, btw)”…I’ve ran out of foreign languages.

[edit: my movie review is now published. Please stop by and take a look at it on Butterfly Forest!]