Sunday, November 29, 2015

Leverage

Well, I've heard a lot about a certain TV show from a certain blogger that I follow, and I finally gave it a try.


Well, let me just say it is fantastic. The characters are hilarious, the plot line is fun, and I just really like it. I think I found my new TV show to binge watch. 

I really like Parker. She's kind of odd, but definitely awesome. 
So totally using this line.
Hardison is just...hilarious. 
The entire cast of characters fit together really well, and the chemistry makes it really fun. Even if there wasn't a plot, and it was just the characters sitting around eating pizza, I feel like it would still be great to watch. 
Toodlepip

Thursday, November 26, 2015

NaNoWriMo Update/Tea Appreciation

My rations (aka tea) are running low, but my spirits are high. Sort of. I'm kind of stressed that I'm not going to make it. Honestly, what happened to me last year is happening to me this year. I'm rushing things in order to keep my momentum. Luckily my family is kind enough to listen to my rantings about it and pretend to look interested. I realized that I'm not leaving enough room for the re-action part of a scene.

I also found out that Word Wars* are really helpful.

Update: This was written a couple days ago, and I have since then finished. Yay me. 
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Word Wars: The act of battling against other NaNoWriMo-ers to write the most in a designated amount of time.
"During the Word War, I wrote 1,000 words." or "That was an intense Word War." <---Actual thing that someone said.                                                                                         

Now you know what a Word War is. We're just learning things all over the place today, aren't we?

I've also started getting into water coloring. Disclaimer: I am no good at said water coloring as I can draw as well as a penguin trying to fly.
It's really relaxing, and a lot of fun to play around with. Taking breaks from NaNoWriMo and going to Starbucks to watercolor is such a treat for me, plus, those salted caramel mochas are lovely.

I've drinken drinked drank so much tea this month it's not even funny.


Question: Why would someone ruin their tea? That's a crime, but it is a purty picture. 
See? You should drink tea. Everyone should. Tea for everyone!!!! This kind of spiraled from a NaNoWriMo Update to a Tea Appreciation post. 

That is a fantastic pun. 

Anywho, I better end this before it spirals down into another topic, like bagels. 
Mmm, bagels. 
Toodlepip

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The Nightmare Before Christmas Thoughts.

This was originally supposed to be a Halloween post, but I kind of forgot, so here it is...not Halloween. It could be for Christmas, but who's willing to wait that long? Not me.

Okay, this is actually my first time seeing this movie, so I have had no time to prepare any opinions or understandings or deep philosophical life outlooks based on this movie. This should be interesting.
I am also freaked out by claymation. Let's get started.                                                    

Okay, we start out with rhyming narration. Wait, does this whole movie take place in rhyme? Oh gosh, please say it isn't so.

I'm gonna have this song stuck in my head all day, aren't I? "This is Halloween, this is Halloween."
Wow, this movie is dark already what with pumpkins being impaled by metal spikes.

Holy cow!! Everything here is terrifying and creepy and hideously proportioned. "I am the clown with the tear-away face." WOW. My life will be different after seeing this movie, that's fo sho.

Then Jack Skellington emerges from the weird, green goo like a florescent-green nightmare. He walks by a monster jazz band. That's funny.  For being so weird, this movie is dramatic and oddly entertaining...though the claymation is freaky. "And because I am dead, I can take off my head, to recite shakespearean quotations." 

OHMIGOSH!!! HE JUST BROKE OFF A RIB!!! To play fetch with his ghost dog, he broke off a rib, and this isn't the first time by what he said! Wow, Jack is hardcore. 

The animation in this must have taken so much work. "There's children throwing snowballs instead of throwing heads." How messed up is this movie??? 

And now he's in their room??? He's walking through their room. If this movie doesn't scream pervert then I don't know what does. 
Oh, I just googled it, and it was directed by Tim Burton. That would certainly explain...everything. 

This movie calls to attention the peculiarities of Christmas. 
THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!!
This movie is so creepy!! Why did it ever happen?? Though it is done really well.

Ignore the 'Get it together, L's.' This was the only picture I could find.
This is terrifying. She flung herself out a window, and her limbs came off. That is some messed up stuff right there though the claymation is really on point. 

All Jack's songs are super creepy and sound like a villain's origin song or something; for example, he put Christmas lights on an electric chair. 

Now there's this delightful song about all the different ways to kill Santa Claus, including drowning, burying alive, beating him with a stick, and chopping him up. This is almost as bad as Coraline. 

Jack scares children into obeying him. This is so creepy. They're beheading dolls and making rat hats. 

So the boogeyman is a gambler? That seems odd, but at least he has a really cool evil lair. I wouldn't mind having a lair that glowed in the dark. 

Now they're getting the military involved. "Look Zero, searchlights." And Jack just got shot down!! Oh no, it's okay, he can come back to life because he's not even really alive.

He's saving Christmas and fighting giant cowboy dolls trying to shoot him. That sentence sounded a lot less weird in my head. 

The Boogeyman is actually made up of bugs and burlap. Wow, childhood ruined. The Boogeyman was always made up of shadows and bad dreams. He fed on fear and fables. You know, Pitch from Rise of the Guardians is exactly what my idea of the Boogeyman was. 

Sally and Jack are having a little duet. Their romance seems a little sudden, especially on Jack's part. Sally had a bit of an infatuation with him if you ask me. 

Aaand the movie is over. Wow. That was...scarring, entertaining, and creepy. I am surprised that it made it to the big screens.

Anywho, thanks for bearing with me. 
Toodlepip

Thursday, November 19, 2015

WARNING: PTX Fangirling Ahead

For the past year or so, I've been listening to Pentatonix and loving them. Well, on the 16th of October they released a new album. OH MY GOSH. It's like listening to a magical waterfall of beautifulness. My favorites have been Na Na Na, Sing, and Rose Gold. They're so catchy and just...

beautiful. 

I also want to say that PTX has made me a better rapper. This might come as a shock, but I actually really like rapping. I don't mean the rap music that is out today, that stuff is...


not great. I mean stuff like the beginning of Can't Hold Us by PTX. The clean rapping. And because of them, I've gotten a lot better at it. Don't laugh. :)

So yeah, this is just kind of a Pentatonix appreciation post. Good job on the great album, it's lovely. 

Bravo.
Toodlepip

Monday, November 16, 2015

5 Female Characters Tag

I decided to go for this like the blogger outlaw that I am. 

Lez do dis!!
note: As I am a very indecisive person, I am not going to do my alltime favorite female characters according to each category. I don't really want to think that much right now, but we can do this anyway. I was nominated for the Five Male Characters, and then I just had to do this one. 

5 Female Characters

I don't know what the rules of this tag are, but I'm assuming that I tag people and link back to the person who I was tagged by...except for the fact that I wasn't tagged by anyone, though I was inspired by the post Olivia posted.
Heroine- 
Villain- 
Superhero-
That I would want to be friends with-
That I wish had better development- 

heroine


I learned a lot of stuff from Little Women, and it's stayed with me for eight years. Jo March is one of my favorite literary heroines. She reminds me a lot of myself, especially because she's a writer, too. Those late nights writing by candlelight seem like paradise to me. 

villain

This is not a surprise that the first one that came to mind was Umbridge. She is the worst. 

She is just awful. I don't even want to keep talking about her because she just makes me so mad. Grrr.

superhero (spoiler from Age of Ultron)

I love her backstory and attitude towards things, and the sibling dynamic with Pietro is spot on. That's right, I said is. Present tense. Denial is a wonderful thing. Death cannot stop my adoration for Pietro. 

that i would want to be friends with
Leslie from Bridge to Terabithia 
Or book Annabeth. Not movie Annabeth.
I've always wanted to be best friends with Leslie, like she is seriously the coolest. She really seems like she would be an awesome best friend. 
Or 
Annabeth (if she was the proper age instead of 17 *glares at movie*), I feel like, would be the kind of friend that discusses the themes, plot structure, and all the technicalities of writing, not to mention that would mean that all that mythology and monsters were real and CAMP HALFBLOOD! Let's be honest, I would go in a heartbeat if it was. :) Y'all know I just love Percy Jackson...

that i wish had more character development

Eowyn is pretty awesome. She has fabulous development, but in the movies, they seemed to brush over her. Yeah, they included her, and in some pretty awesome moments too, but they never really delved deep into her character. I suppose that movies can't really do that as much, but I do wish that she had more development. 

Right, well, that's the end of this tag. I don't think I'm quite allowed to tag anyone. 

This was fun. We should do it again sometime! Thanks for reading, and comment below what some of your favorite female characters are! Or better yet, steal this and join me in blogging outlaw-dom (that's not a word. Sorry Google).   

Toodlepip

WAIT! DON'T GO. I have an honorable mention that I can't believe I almost forgot. I don't quite know how she fits into this, but I just gotta mention her anyway. 
Djaq from BBC Robin Hood
She's awesome. She gets along with the boys so well, and she's so funny. I love her relationship with Much. She kinda reminds me of the older sister that he never had.
 "What do girls eat?" "Special girl food." 

Anywho, now it's Toodlepip for real this time. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Mischief Managed

This little series of writing posts is drawing to an end. I had a lot of fun writing them and learning some things as I went. I hope that I was in some way able to help you realize something in your own writing, or even just entertain you. :)

I should do this again sometime.

Well, until then...

Toodlepip
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Just in case you missed the others, here ya go. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Prince Caspian Thoughts

You all may hate me for posting another Narnia related post, but none-the-less, I'm still gonna post it.
So here it is, Prince Caspian Thoughts.

Disclaimer: I know that the movie is very different from the books in many ways, but I'm not going to be addressing that in this post otherwise that would be...a whole different post (which is actually coming up soon). 

The first one was a lot of fun to do, so I decided why not do another? And you all know my love for the Chronicles of Narnia is just too great.

Alright...a woman is having a baby... And the servant is bringing...is that wine? Well I guess it would be appropriate. "Hey, you just gave birth to the equivalent of a watermelon, but let's drink!"  I'm just kidding, I'm sure it was water...or something.

Lord Miraz: I hear my general running to tell me that I have a kid. I wonder what gender it is... Either way I can stare out this window dramatically and say something really profound. "The heavens have smiled upon us." That sounded a lot better in my head. Ooo, now I'll be all ambiguous and unnecessarily vague. "You know your orders."

I kid you not, that was what was going on in his head.

Yay!! Ben Barnes is awesome. And he has incredible aim with that spear! I suppose that he would, I mean, he's a prince and all. Wow, there's a lot of galloping in this. 

Ooof, outran a Telmarine army and he's taken out by a tree branch. You're really lucky no one saw that. 

Aww, it's been a year?? If I had been in their shoes, I don't know how I would have been able to stand it. 

"Look like you're talking to me." "We are talking to you." Edmund's sass gives me life. He's so great.

This moment... This moment is just so peaceful. They're back in Narnia, and everything is right again in the world. It's so carefree and kind and simple. I know that I'm probably crazy for loving Narnia as much as I do, but once a Narnian, always a Narnian. Right?

That would be so weird to see the home that I remember so well destroyed and ruined.
"I was so tall." "Well, you were older then." 
And then seeing a statue of your older self that's really old. 

And then the music starts to play and Susan nocks an arrow. This is it. I love this moment. 

And there he is, Ben Barnes with a bandage. It's weird to see him now because I just saw him in Seventh Son, and he's so much older looking in that movie, but here he's a lot younger. 

I wonder where they filmed this, because it's really beautiful. I know that a lot of it is green screen, but what isn't is breathtaking. 

Yay!!! Reepicheep. "You are a mouse." "I was hoping for something a little more original." Reepicheep is my spirit animal. He's a tiny little warrior, and he's ma bro. 

The soundtrack for this is absolutely stunning. I seriously love this music. I always feel nostalgic when I listen to it. 

Oh my word, the forest is so beautiful. I have got to go to New Zealand. That's where they filmed most of this, and LOTR. So that destination just rose up a couple places on my list. 

I love their meeting. "I thought you'd be older." "Well, if you like, we can come back in a few years."

"Oh my gosh, he's so cute." "WHO SAID THAT!" Reepicheep is the best. Lucy and Reepicheep's relationship over the course of this movie and the next is so funny. 

Have I mentioned that I love this soundtrack? 

These movies are so precious to me. Not only because they were my first "scary" movie when I was little and because I've watched them at least once a year since I was five (that's over half my life), but because it inspired my writing so hugely. 

"We can collect nuts." "Yes, and throw them at the Telmarines!"
Oh Reepicheep... Even in the face of danger you have the spirit to be so hilarious and loveable.

"I think we've waited for Aslan long enough." That line saddens me for some reason. It's like they've almost outgrown him. And Peter is my favorite right now, so it's sad to see him say something like that. To me, that line is the epitome of losing hope in something and taking charge yourself. In the end, you're just going to get burned.

Ooo, yeah, super secret night invasion of the castle. Nothing can go wrong. At all. <---- Sarcasm. There needs to be a sarcasm font. 

You know, if I was fighting in close quarters with a bow and arrow, I would want a sword, but Susan seems to be rocking it. 

I hate the part where the Narnians get left behind in the fight, being picked off by crossbows. I really hate that moment. I humanize things. I start thinking about real life and how dieing in a part of war, and then I start thinking about how so many people lose their life every day, and then it just goes downhill from there.

Great, now Lord Miraz is king. That is just fantastic. But at least he gets an epic song to ascend to the throne to. This is an amazing song. 


The white witch seems so kind and alluring here. She looks like she could be a good guy, resting in the ice, playing to the human greed for power, but luckily Peter and Edmund get there in time. And this song!!! I know I'm totally freaking out over the soundtrack, but it is just so dang amazing. 

Yay for Edmund!!! He's the real MVP. Peter was about to give in to Jadis, but Edmund knew that he had to take action. He is seriously an awesome character. 

When I watched Seventh Son, Caspian didn't have an accent, and so I couldn't take him seriously because I can never picture him without an accent. 

There goes Caspian, being all smart and crafty, suggesting a duel. 

"This is not a question of bravery." "So you're bravely refusing to fight a swordsman half your age."
Edmund's sass, once again, is awesome. 

"There is still time to surrender." "Well feel free." I guess Edmund isn't the only one with sass. 


I've always liked Susan's armor because it's so practical. Most armor is really dumb, but her's is something that is actually good for fighting. 

Uhg, those Telmarines are awful. They started this, but the Narnians are gonna finish it. They have such a good strategy. Those Telmarines don't stand a chance.

"You're a mouse." "You people have no imagination!" Oh Reepicheep... Where can I buy one? They all look so epic in a slo-mo run. I guess that's the point. Plus, this song makes anything epic.

Alsan!! He's back!!

And the trees are here to help! Aww, don't die little tree. Yes, you go big tree, avenge your friend.

FOR ASLAN!!! I love that battlecry. 

Ahh, the good ol' river-giant-flood-the-bad-guy trick. Classic. 

Everything is saved and everybody is happy. Peace is once again restored to Narnia. Aww, this is Peter and Susan's last time in Narnia. This is really sad. 

Oh man, and the Call just started playing. This is the most heartbreaking song ever. Wow, dis song gives me all the feels. I don't know how I could ever go back. This is the saddest part for me. Though I do love this song. 

Anywho, roll credits.

Toodlepip

Saturday, November 7, 2015

One of the Most Powerful Tools

Caution: Spoilers from Harry Potter. If you have not yet seen/read this wonderful story then I do not suggest you read this post. Farewell.

...Why are you still reading this? There are spoilers!

Are you gone yet? Good.
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One of the most Powerful Tools aka Why Sirius Black Broke My Heart.
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Death is one of the most powerful tools of a writer. It is the motivator for most novels. It is the turning point in the hero's life, or it is the shaping of villains.

Death is a wild card.

It's can be the inciting event in a story, the climax, or even the tragic backstory, but the trick is using the wild card properly.
But how can a wild card be used "properly"?
It would easier to explain how this wildcard can be used improperly. When a death is used as a device to increase drama or simply to try and tug on the reader's emotions, most of the time it comes off as a cheap gimmick, and it doesn't have the desired effect.

But when properly employed, death can be the turning point in a story. In Harry Potter, Sirius Black's death was devastating for many different reasons.

#1. It was a big turning point in the story. It was right around there that things became truly serious. It was no longer a fun story about a boy who had dangerous adventures. It became a tragedy in it's own way.
#2. Harry was losing everything. He had lost his parents. He had lost so many people, only to find someone...and then lose them too. 
#3. His death was that of sacrificing himself for the safety of his godson. He made sure that Harry was safe instead of him. 

This was a death that not only marked the beginning of the new "grownup" tones of the story, but it also forced Harry to grow up just a little bit more.

When you are writing your tragic deaths, don't use this wild card just to add drama or tragedy to your story, use it as it was meant to be used, as a furthering of the story.

Toodlepip


Wednesday, November 4, 2015

October Favorites

This month was a great month. I finished a novel, re-read a favorite book series, and I drank lots of tea. Overall, it was just a happy month.

Book

This book was an absolute joy to read. I've had a reading hangover since re-reading Percy Jackson (I reread my favorite books a lot) and no book seemed to hold my interest, but this one kind of snapped me out of my disinterest. It was so engaging and refreshing to read. It's in a dystopian world that, instead of boats and airplanes, have airboats. Everyone lives in the air because of a deadly fog that swept the earth long ago. The references that were made of TV shows and bedtime stories were funny and cleverly done. The characters were very likable, and the setting was well developed. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

Music
This month I've been listening to the Pirates of the Caribbean soundtracks a lot. They're so...epic. They help me get pumped up for math which seems like a silly thing, but I have a hard time with math, and so I kind of need to psych myself up to do it. The PotC soundtracks help,
And
30 Seconds to Mars. This music group is new but not new. My brother used to listen to it a lot, and I only recently started really liking it. Granted, I've only heard three of their songs, but still, they're awesome so far. The ones I've heard are "Kings and Queens", "Hurricane", and "This is War". 

Character
Guess who?
Okay, Leo Fitz is my favorite this month because I can't very well have FitzSimmons as my favorite, now can I? Let me just say, he was my favorite since Season 1. He's so awesome, and so adorable, and so funny. Fitz is just fantastic.

Drink
Green tea with a hint of lemon and honey. That is da best. When I get up early and just need a bit of a wake up, I can't turn to coffee because we're not on good terms anymore, but green tea is now there for me, and it's just delicious. 

Food
Well, I have to go with chicken noodle soup, wait... Have I already said that one? I am unsure. If I haven't, then it's chicken noodle soup all da way, but if I had, I would change to sourdough bread. I don't have bread a whole lot anymore because it's just plain carbs, and I'm trying to eat better, but sourdough bread is my weakness. It's so good! We got a loaf, and it was eaten mostly by my brother, but I might have had a few slices. 

TV Show
How do I decide? With all the fall premieres, it's so hard to decide. Let's see... I would have to say </Scorpion/. I discovered it right as the first season was ending earlier this year, and I really like it. It's a group of geniuses that are helping the government take down baddies. 

Movie

Yes. This movie was really awesome and lived up to the expectations that many people had because of the first three. It really upped the game and delivered a movie that I would see again. I saw it for my birthday. It was definitely my favorite for this month.  

Toodlepip

Sunday, November 1, 2015

NaNoWriMo For the Win

Well, November is here, and with it comes candy discounts, Thanksgiving, and even more pumpkin spice everything. Oh, and uhh...One more thing... What was it?

Oh that's right.

NANOWRIMO


Since I already did it last year (and won, yay me), my family already knows how much of a recluse I'll be, typing furiously into the late hours of the night, gulping down caffeinated drinks like there's no tomorrow. My friends that don't know about NaNoWriMo are about fed up with my fangirling and freaking out, but that's okay because soon they'll have to pick up the pieces of my emotional breakdown. 
For the first week or so, I'll be fine, relishing in all things NaNoWriMo, then slowly, I'll get caught up in the metaphorical hurricane of editing, and I will want nothing more than to go back and delete all my work, starting anew. 

Of course, for what little sanity I have left, I will refrain from doing so, but it will cause me extreme pain. 

Then after a couple more days of vigorously pushing through the editing blues, I'll begin to reread snippets and marvel in my writing prowess.

Slowly, but surely, I'll work my way through my questionably structured plot and weak characters, telling myself that it's perfect in it's own special way until I'm rocking back and forth in a straitjacket. 

In conclusion, NaNoWriMo is a crazy, 

wonderful, insanely fun month full of sweatpants, staying home, and social reclusiveness that I am so glad is here. 

Today is a happy day, a happy day indeed. 
Cheers, my friends, and good luck. 

Toodlepip