Do say something funny so she can laugh! July 10, 2009Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, books, friends, holidays, movies, quizzes, school and other academic stuff, websites, writings.
Tags: Harry Potter
I pulled this off from Goodreads, though the original quote is “Now, do say something funny so she can admire!” It’s from River Secrets, and as most of you probably already know, I’m reading it right now, but I haven’t yet got to the part where that quote is but it just randomly stuck in my head because it fits so well with what I want to say.
First of all, I have been swamped (and I know I haven’t used that word sparingly, but I really, honestly do mean that this time) with work, and really cannot keep this up on a regular twice or three times a week basis. But also, I’m just a bit stressed at the moment. Well, actually, quite stressed.
I won’t go into details, but allow it to suffice to say that I’m in need of a break which I cannot get ahold of, and I feel like I’m just going up and down with everything.
And I feel guilty. I shouldn’t complain. It’s summer. I’m on vacation. And despite all the work I’ve had to do, I’ve had some of my own share of fun. I’ve been watching a LOT of movies. I’ve been staying up reading. I’ve made it a habit to stay up so late that two in the morning is quite early for me now. Especially after this week I stayed up until five twice.
And why am I complaining? I have good movies, good books, good websites, good blogs to read (which I haven’t lately; I have four hundred fifty unread items on Google Reader, but most of it is probably because I subscribe to three different Harry Potter fan sites, and you know how much buzz there is right now. Plus, I have so many of those interviews and fun Harry Potter stuff, so it’s still counted as unread. I don’t just zip through it and really take it in, you know.), writing that I want to do (including some quizzes and reviews! Funness!) and…good friends! So, that’s why I’m turning to you guys. Since I haven’t seen a single friend since school got out (except for a couple friends from my old school who are sisters that I got to talk to for a bit after Mass one day because they also happened to attend church at the same time), I’m asking you guys for a bit of help. This should be easy though.
As the title of this post states, I want something amusing. Funny. They could be articles, videos, songs, something Harry Potter related would be nice… You can e-mail them, or post them right here.
Or you can comment with funny questions for my FAQ (or FAQTWNRABSB, as I actually call it) on Butterfly Forest. Check it out here.
Or, if you’d like, you can guest blog on here. You can blog about anything. You can talk about potatoes. You can talk about how you began to collect slinky toys. I don’t really care what you blog about as long as it’s appropriate and clean, and contains more than one word and isn’t the length of a novel. Oh yes, and no posting your own writing…not that I’m against that, this blog just doesn’t seem like the right place to do that sort of thing. But you can talk about your own writing, or about writing in general. Honestly, I really don’t care about the topic except for those two…exceptions. 😛 😉
And WordPress changed their smilies!! Aw…I really miss the old ones. They remind me of LRRH. I miss LRRH, too. 😦
Blogging Hybernation…and Other News June 14, 2009Posted by bookbutterfly in blogs and blogging, books, friends, holidays, music, reviews and reviewing, school and other academic stuff, writings, yearbook.
Tags: Harry Potter, inside jokes, Netflix
As much as I’d very much like to go right back into my blogging mojo, I just can’t. My conscience (which, you may care to know, is named Hermione Granger) is telling me that I have five finals coming up next week and I better get cracking on four of them. So I must undergo a blogging hybernation, but I would love to blog more than once a week. *glares angrily at Hermione* But I shall be back on Friday.
Actually, scratch that. I will, but I won’t. I’m going to private this blog–as well as Butterfly Forest–for some major blog maintenance (or at least, I hope to do so). Don’t freak out (like don’t think I’m blocking off my blog to the world or something, ha), just keep coming back and checking. When they do reopen, I should have several new sections, no new layout (because I love this layout; the header picture just totally fits in with the quote up top), but two new posts on here (one will be privated, the other will be explaining why it is privated) and a new review (with another following) on Butterfly Forest.
And then…SUMMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Man, I just canNOT wait for that horrible, ear-tearing beautiful bell to ring at last (though it will be, I must admit, bittersweet). I already have a to-do list, and since this is my little corner of the net to ramble, I shall lay out my to-do list right here, right now.
- Blog maintenance (as just stated)
- Karoke (because I haven’t used my karoke machine in over a year now 😛 😦 )
- Write a TON of reviews
- Read the thirty-nine books that I’ve kept for years now and that have been patiently waiting on my shelf
- E-mail everyone I meant to e-mail (I’m so, so, so, so, so sorry to everyone who has been e-mailing me, but Hermione someone has been banning me from doing so)
- E-mail my portfolio project to everyone who helped (because, as I have previously stated in other posts, you all ROCK!!!!!!)
- Call all of my friends (and probably end up talking for hours on end) and finish up a video with animeactress (girly, we need to talk!! 😀 )
- After June 30, take a trip to the bookstore to “restock”, and try to figure out how to snag amazing ARCs (and if I don’t like them…well, maybe I will give them away on Goodreads or hold contests over at Butterfly Forest for anyone who wants them, haha)
- Netflix for the whole summer (w00t! w00t! My family and I NEED to finish I Dream of Jeannie!!)
- Figure out how to get to interview authors
- Manage my Goodreads to-read list
- Edit my stories so that they are at least somewhat presentable to all my friends who requested copies of them
- Make my “Portable Mini-Quote Wall” where I include inside jokes, quotes, and conversations from LRRH, Twitter, yearbook, and other random places (I will need your help on this one)
- Figure out more books I want to-read
- Do some amazingly cool picture editing stuff like what Delaney is PRO at
- Add lyrics to my iTunes library (because that would be AMAZING to have the lyrics to some of my songs on my iPod)
- Get back on the treadmill and bike over the weekends, since I am officially not sick anymore
- YEARBOOK CAMP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀 😀 😀 😀
So, as you can see, I will have an amazing summer. As long as these (see below) don’t spoil it.
- SAT Prep camp (which is three times a week, about five hours each session *already feels worn out*)
- Trig/PreCal tutoring
- Driver’s ed
- APUSH summer assignment of five chapters (which, thankfully, I’ve already read, back a few months ago) all HAND-WRITTEN 😮
Hm. I’m quite convinced there was more than that. Oh well. I’d like to think that’s all there is, when there is a whole bunch more fun stuff I will be doing this summer.
But first things first. Finals. Better get back to studying for them now. What finals are you all (or did you all, for those of you whose summer vacation already began, and phoo on you for your summer starting beforehand *is jealous*) take this year? Wish me luck! 😀
P.S. I know I said I would leave, but I just had to do this now. Reviewer X is having this fantastic giveaway of Lisa Mantchev’s debut novel, Eyes Like Stars. She just made a “Pub Story” about Lisa here, but you can enter in the fun here. Good luck! 😀
Sorry!!! (and a partial rant) July 27, 2008Posted by bookbutterfly in books, writings.
Tags: excerpts, Harry Potter, Pandora's Box, writer's block
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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.
Something I Noticed… May 18, 2008Posted by bookbutterfly in books, miscellaneous, music.
Tags: Harry Potter, LRRH
Song in My Head: “Lookin’ for a Good Time” by Lady Antebellum (w00t!! They’re awesome!)
Something I’ve noticed lately is that….most things (mind that I wrote the word “MOST”) that I first think that I’m going to totally HATE I end up getting OBSESSED with. Weird, huh? So I decided to make a little list of those things. I put them in chronological order that I got obsessed with them. 😉
1. Harry Potter: OK…so, I really did not like it at all. Honestly, the books came out when I was 4, and I started reading chapter books a couple years later, but…I think if my mom hadn’t bought the books just because, I don’t think I’d ever pick them up even when I was able to read them. (sorry if that didn’t make any sense) Look at me now: I’m freakishly obsessed with HP; I’ve memorized the HP trio’s full names (including middle name), as well as their b-days. *roll*
2. Country music: Yep, this is on the list, too. Well, when I was little, my mom would say how much she didn’t like country, so I just agreed with her just because she was my mom. What I didn’t know was that LeAnn Rimes’ “How Do I Live” and Faith Hill’s “Breathe” and “This Kiss” were country (and I loved those songs when I was little!). So…now, as you probably know, I love, love, love, love country music like crazy.
3. iPods and iTunes: Even in 6th and 7th grade, I had a little grudge against peoples with iPods. Until I got my first two years ago. And then…the rest is history! 🙂
4. Shannon Hale (more specifically, PA): Well, I think it’s just easier if you read this explanation (read Ch. 3) then me to retell the whole story. 😕
5. LRRH: Seriously, guys, I have a confession to make: I did not like LRRH at all when I first went on. Honest to goodness. I dunno why, I guess when I clicked the PA subforum, the whole thing seemed too whacked out to me (I know what y’all are gonna say: “speak for yourself!”), and all the siggie pics were all new to me. That was in Nov 2007. A few weeks later, I went on again, and I liked it better and better each time I went on (OK, well the Great Crash of 2008 prevented me from going on for a week or so) until I finally decided to join. Maybe I’m just a little obsessed with it…. 😉 Well, I’ve made terrific friends on the forum, and I feel so totally lucky to be an LRRHer, where geeks rule the world! muahahahahahah 😀