Monday, November 19, 2012

Robert Pattinson Tells Us What He Really Thinks of Twilight

Although I've seen barely any previews of Breaking Dawn and the couple I have seen look awful, I can't help but go see the last and final installment. I'm too invested now and, of the books, I really liked Breaking Dawn. I still loath that they broke it up into two movies but there's nothing to be done about that now. Expect a review to be coming shortly.

In the interim, enjoy this series of clips. Gives you a sense of how Robert Pattinson really feels about Twilight:

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

WTF Wednesday

1.  Uma Thurman had a baby. Have you guys all heard this? Except the baby's name is Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson. Seriously. That's 7 names, 6 if you're gracious with the hyphen. And believe me, I already know all too well how confused people seem to get from something as small and un-intimidating as a hyphen. But this poor kid won't be able to remember let alone spell their full name until their age is in double digits. Come on. WTF?

2. This guy thought this tattoo would be a really good idea. Sure, someone paid him $15k which is a lot of cash but $15k and a permanent tattoo on my face doesn't really sound like an even trade. And, now, I'm sure he's regretting it even more. Dude, haven't you watched The Hangover, Part 2. Face tattoos are  a no-no.

3. Relationship news: RPaztz, as you all likely know by now, are back together. Yeah, that might be a WTF in and of itself. But, really, what I want to know is: didn't they learn anything from their time apart? Must they still dress like matching, unshowered hobos? Thank goodness they get cleaned up for their movies.

In other relationship news, a little more breaking, these guys have called it quits:

My WTF moment is actually less about them and more about me. The other morning my husband was reading the paper and got to the entertainment section and said, "Oh, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez broke up" and somehow this came out of me, "NOOOO! What?! Seriously?" and then my alter -ego had to talk my fangirl back to a calm place. I never knew I was so vested in the tweeny bopper romance. They were cute and sweet and somehow normal despite the huge glare of the spotlight so, perhaps, that's what I liked most. There's not enough of that in Hollywood if you ask me. Nevertheless, I didn't see this coming--and neither did my fangirl self.

4. So I promised to give an update on how my NaNoEditingMo is going (since I'm editing this month rather than writing anew). Well, between work and commuting that's about 13 hours of my days lately and every time I get home I'm exhausted (like mono exhausted) and have a headache, could be better. After a week I made it 1/15th of the way through my novel which, if I keep it up, means 60% done in a month. Not entirely shameful but not as ambitious as I would like. So I ask, who cares about daylight savings? If we're going to alter time, why not add more of it and, if we can't, then I need to do what what Michael Keating did in Multiplicity. I need a clone (or several).
No cloning technology available to the public yet? WTF?

So please share, what have been some of your struggling or head-scratching moments been lately?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Election Day!

I try not to get too political on this blog but, regardless of where you stand on the spectrum, this is a huge election and it's so critical that you vote. And today is election day, so get out there!

I can't help but think of countries where citizens are still fighting for the right to vote or endangering themselves when they do so. As a woman, I'm also reminiscent of the days when women's right to vote was still a contensious issue so I go to the polls very thankful of where we are today and, also, optimistic of where we're going tomorrow.

Since the rhetoric coming from the media and both camps are likely to be strong-worded and, if political ads have been any indication, likely negative, I thought I'd share a funny clip with all of you to lighten the tension.

So, without further ado, I bring you funny man and one of my favs Will Ferrell:

Monday, November 5, 2012

B*tches in Bookstores

You guys, have you seen this?! It's hilarious and awesome. Anyone who tackles a remake of a Jay-Z and Kanye West song to spin the lyrics as an ode to their bibliophile ways is sure to grab my attention. Enjoy!

Friday, November 2, 2012

National Novel Writing Month

November marks National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), a fact I loathe. Not NaNoWriMo itself, which I think it great, but the fact it takes place in November. Typically, between my family and my in-laws, I celebrate three Thanksgivings (and all out of town!) which means I have about 1/2 the month to achieve the same end goal if I'm to participate successfully.

For those unfamiliar with NaNoWriMo, it requires you write 50k words in a month (which, to me, is really a novella but just go with it). It's a huge feat nevertheless. I'm also not a speed writer but tend to re-read passages I've written along the way and tweak where necessary. NaNoWriMo is not the time for those kinds of tricks. To hear some kinds of tactics you should consider visit here.

This year, I do have a couple of new novel ideas but I'm also trying to do an edit to a WIP I have--and one that, along with my blog, has been woefully ignored for the last couple of months due to crazy hours at my job (which consequently pays for my very nice new MacBook so I can't complain). So I'm dedicating the month of November, at least what parts of it aren't lost in transit and fattening up, to wrapping up my edits. Instead of a word count each day or week, I'll have a certain number of chapters that need to be edited.

In short, I'm turning my YA urban fantasy into a YA urban fantasy spy thriller. Given my husband works heavily in defense and getting his master's in military war strategies, I have an in-house researcher so the only hindrence is time. But that's the beauty of NaNoWriMo--everyone has to do their work and do it quickly.

So I'm committing to the cause, in my own special way at least. And to hold me accountable, at the end of each week I'm going to post how many chapters I've edited  and I encourage you to provide updates too if you're participating.

So what are your thoughts about NaNoWriMo: love it or hate it? Are you participating, and if you have in the past, what advice would you share?