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Princess Bookie is hosting a recreate a cover contest- Go play! Here is my entry, a recreation of Aimee Carter's "The Goddess Test"

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A BLOG? Under MY name? Whaaat? Where did you come from little friend? Did I just leave you amidst the vastness of the interwebs never to be seen until such a time as is convienient to me? What a cruel, cruel world... If it makes you feel better, it's been even longer since I've logged onto Twitter*

But I am going to try actually actively blogging for at least this quarter because... Well, it's too cold outside to do pretty much anything else all through Winter Quarter.

Also, I got a whole bunch of awesome books for Christmas including, but not limited to, the Complete Works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Matched by Allie Condie, the Replacement by Brenna Yavanoff, and Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry. Oh yeah, and this collection of short stories called Zombies vs. Unicorns which I'm having trouble getting through because all of the zombie awesomeness keeps getting interrupted by these unicorn stories. I would like to say this just once, listen closely; I. Do. Not. Like. Unicorns. I have never liked unicorns. Even as a little girl going through the typical horse loving phase, I wasn't into unicorns. I believe that they are a thinly veiled symbol of women's repressed sexual desire. I think i'm going to start skipping the unicorn stories and just reading the good flesh ripping brain eating stuff.

My IT teacher (Really pointless class, obviously created for kids going to college in the nineties but ultimately a waste of time for those of us who were raised on Microsoft Office) Needs to resign and go teach first grade or something. She made us all take turns reading out loud from the syllabus (One sentence at a time, mind you, because a whole paragraph would be too much for us university kids) And then she would repeat the last half of each sentence after we read it and then paraphrased it. (Because, you know, we are incapable of actually deducing the intent behind "Attendance will not be taken, however, exams and quizzes cannot be made up so be sure to check the class calander every day.") OMFG. Longest hour of my life. Also, the program we're using to learn all about Microsoft Office only works with 2007, but I got 2010 for Christmas so I cannot do my assignments from the comfort of home. Which sucks.

Anything else? I don't think so... I'm taking two pre-rec classes that are so back to back I have to leave one thirty minutes early** and arrive to the other fifteen minutes late every Tuesday and Thursday. I'm watching the first season of Fringe right now. It took me a while to get into it but now I'm pretty much hooked. Oh! And i have a job interview tomorrow morning. I'll let you know how it goes. 

*I don't even remember why I have a Twitter account. I was just like... "Oh, look! Bandwagon! Let's catch it!"
**Don't worry, it's a two hour class. And the scheduling snafu wasn't my mistake, it was the campus website's which is why my teachers are cool with the whole situation.

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It's been a long time since a book has come out that's gotten me really excited. But there are some titles that are out or coming soon that actually make me want to run out to a books store right this minute.

John Belushi is Dead



Pink-haired Hilda and oddball loner Benji are not your typical teenagers. Instead of going to parties or hanging out at the mall, they comb the city streets and suburban culs-de-sac of Los Angeles for sites of celebrity murder and suicide. Bound by their interest in the macabre, Hilda and Benji neglect their schoolwork and their social lives in favor of prowling the most notorious crime scenes in Hollywood history and collecting odd mementos of celebrity death. Hilda and Benji’s morbid pastime takes an unexpected turn when they meet Hank, the elderly, reclusive tenant of a dilapidated Echo Park apartment where a silent movie star once stabbed himself to death with a pair of scissors. Hilda feels a strange connection with Hank and comes to care deeply for her paranoid new friend as they watch old movies together and chat the sweltering afternoons away. But when Hank’s downstairs neighbor Jake, a handsome screenwriter, inserts himself into the equation and begins to hint at Hank’s terrible secrets, Hilda must decide what it is she’s come to Echo Park searching for . . . and whether her fascination with death is worth missing out on life.

This looks really great because it is not about whining teens who want to be popular and have no friends or are madly in love with their [vampire, zombie, werewolf, garden gnome...] boyfriend but they can never be together because [wants to suck blood, wants to eat brains, something about beastiality, made out of plastic...] Also the title and cover are both haunting and intruiging.

Slice of Cherry


Kit and Fancy Cordelle are sisters of the best kind: best friends, best confidantes, and best accomplices. The daughters of the infamous Bonesaw Killer, Kit and Fancy are used to feeling like outsiders, and that’s just the way they like it. But in Portero, where the weird and wild run rampant, the Cordelle sisters are hardly the oddest or most dangerous creatures around. It’s no surprise when Kit and Fancy start to give in to their deepest desire—the desire to kill. What starts as a fascination with slicing open and stitching up quickly spirals into a gratifying murder spree. Of course, the sisters aren’t killing just anyone, only the people who truly deserve it. But the girls have learned from the mistakes of their father, and know that a shred of evidence could get them caught. So when Fancy stumbles upon a mysterious and invisible doorway to another world, she opens a door to endless possibilities....

Ah! This just looks so creepy and awesome. I can honestly say that I have never read a YA book where the main characters are serial killers. And the cover looks so Tim Burton-esk and grotesquely beautiful.

Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.

This is not her story.

Unless you count the part where I killed her.

I honestly have no idea what this book is about. But those three lines give me chills. The good kind of chills that promise late late nights of reading, curled up under the covers with a cup of coffee. And I cannot remember the last time I had that.

Delirium


Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't.

I love love love love loved Lauren Oliver's debut novel, Before I Fall, and so I'm really hoping that Delirium is just as good if not better. The concept is really interesting. Kind of like a Scot Westerfeld's Uglies idea but with emotions I guess. I'm expecting it to be wonderful.

Matched



“Do not go gentle into that good night.” Cassia’s feelings of security disintegrate after her grandfather hands her a slip of paper just before his scheduled death at age 80. Not only does she now possess an illegal poem, but she also has a lingering interest in the boy who fleetingly appeared on her viewscreen, the one who wasn’t her match, the man she will eventually marry. What’s worse, she knows him—his name is Ky, and he is an orphan from the Outer Provinces. How could she love him as much as Xander, her match and best friend since childhood? The stunning clarity and attention to detail in Condie’s Big Brother–like world is a feat

I am always a fan of a well established dystopian world and this one looks scary and wonderful. Although I don't always go for the openly romantic types of books, this is a really interesting concept and I feel like it may delve deeper into the human psyche than just the "I'm hot, he's hot, we're in love." that is excessive in YA these days.


That's it. A lot of them don't come out for months so it'll be a long and boring wait.
 

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Five things I should be doing instead of re re re re re re re re re re watching season three of BtVS

1. That stupid anthropology "paper". I use the phrase paper loosely because it is only a two page analysis of this thirty page scientific paper on the development of the human consciousness and it will seriously take me about a half an hour and plus it's not even due until Thursday.* And because of this "paper" that we have to slave away over all, I've been given Friday off and since Anthropology is my only class on Friday that means THREE DAY WEEKEND! Woot.

2. My sketch book assignment of the week. Also not due until Thursday.** We're supposed to draw anything we want as long as it's something that we're looking at, not out of our imagination, and we're to focus on drawing the shadows of the shape and not the lines. I'm not sure what that means because my attention span in class only lasts for the first ten minutes. When class is two and half hours long, that's a lot of lecture that I'm spacing out of.

3. Laundry. It's been three weeks since I've done laundry and I'm running out of clothes. The problem with the laundry scenario is that I only have enough quarters to do one load and I have at least two loads worth of clothes.*** I really don't know how to prioritize my outfits so I think I'm just gonna hold off until I figure out how to get more quarters. And also the laundry room is a long ways away and by a long ways I mean down the stairs and to the left but I just really don't want to walk that far right now. It's been a long day.

4. Eating a well balanced meal. I ordered a bag of caramel corn from my cousins to support their Boy Scout troop and it's magically delicious. I keep taking a handful and thinking "You know, I really should go get actual food from the student union at some point today." And then I find a wonderful sugar coated almond and realize, "Oh! Protein. I'm good to go." If I don't stop I'm gonna have to change my Halloween costume to a t-shirt that says Goodyear.

5. Gyming it up. I did not run this morning. I've been literally sitting all freaking day and I feel icky. So so icky.**** Although I'm pretty sure the gym is closed right now. I might pop my dusty pilates DVD in the TV before I go to bed and do a good half hour of that to feel better about myself :-)

 

* "What if they were kidnapped by Columbian Drug Lords? They could be cutting off Xander's ear right now! Or other parts!"

** "You're not friends, you'll never be friends. You'll be in love till it kills you both. You'll fight, and you'll shag, and you'll hate each other till it makes you quiver, but you'll never be friends. Love isn't brains, children, it's blood. Blood screaming inside you to work it's will. I may be love's bitch, but at least I'm man enough to admit it."

*** I would instert a fun Buffy quote here but they've been throwing punches for the past ten minutes with pretty much no dialogue to speak of.

**** "Your logic does not resemble our Earth logic."

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What was the last song you couldn't get out of your head no matter how hard you tried?

My ringtone is Nothing Suits Me Like a Suit from How I Met Your Mother, so pretty much every time somebody calls me, I get that song stuck in my head for the rest of the day. It drives me insane but it's not too bad because it's such a great song.

I'll be back later this afternoon for an actual entry :-) I just couldn't resist answering this.

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Obsessive
Compulsive
Editing
Disorder

.. I think I have it.

Today my Anthropology teacher handed out a sheet that detailed how he would be grading our papers and it made me want to cry. There were so many grammar and punctuation errors I would never have believed that a man with a High School degree had written it, much less a university professor. I mean, there was a punctuation error in the sentence about deducting points for punctuation errors. It was everything I could do not to raise my hand and ask if he was actually qualified to grade papers for technical writing. Also, I am very confused as to whether I'm supposed to "Use my own words, not the author's" or "Use my own words, not the authors" as he instructed us to. I'm not sure how he thinks I can use multiple authors to create my paper.

And on Friday I was road tripping to Seattle with some friends and we were listening to the new New Medicine album and the song Little Sister came on. Overall, it's a very good song, however, the chorus repeats "Do your wings fit good?" Over and over again and it drives me insane. Whenever I listen to it I have to pretend that they're actually saying "Do your wings fit? Good." To get through the song.  

In other news, I applied to a summer volunteer program in Costa Rica that works on conserving Sea Turtle beaches. It looks like a lot of fun and I'm really hoping that I get in. I wouldn't get school credit or anything for it but I would be in freaking Costa Rica AND I would be saving my favorite animal. So I feel like it would be a few weeks well spent. There is a chance that I would be sent somewhere else if the Costa Rica program is full but I'm not sure if I would do it then, I would probably just hold out until next summer and apply earlier.

I have to go draw a still life now.

Ta.

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1. I hate boys. Not in a "OMG I have so much drama whine whine whine" kind of way, more like in a "I just listened to my two friends talk about a boy for three hours and I couldn't get up and leave because they were in my dorm so I would've had nowhere to go" kind of way. They just make things boring because when a girl like a boy he's pretty much all she can talk about and it really limits the conversation. boys themselves are pretty cool and actually, most of my best friends are boys. So just ignore the first sentence because it's not exactly true.

2. *

3. I think that ART is going to be my lowest grade this quarter. Mostly because I keep skipping it and it really is an attendance heavy class but also because I'm terrible at it. I was so good in middle school but throw me into a class full of art majors and my stuff looks like a toddler's finger painting. I keep wanting to ask my teacher if I can just... write instead of draw. I'm a lot better at that.

4. I was a little bit not at all pleased with last night's Glee. I thought it was weird and I really really wanted the New Blonde Kid to be with Kurt and then of all the people for NBK to end with... Quinn? Ugh. And if you haven't watched Monday night's Castle, do it! It's tres awesome and Nathion Fillion wears and awesome steampunk sleave thingy and there's death and mayhem and I just love it so much.

5. I have recently been informed that the way I phrase certain sentences is weird. Is this true? The way that I write here at LJ is pretty much the way that I talk in real life so can somebody please tell me what it is I'm saying wrong or whatever?

6. I'm going home on Friday to see In the Heights at the 5th Avenue Theatre! I've wanted to see this musical for pretty much ever in the sense that I've wanted to see it since it opened and one of my friends at NYU came home raving about how amazing it is. 

7. I was watching Interview With the Vampire with a friend in my dorm's lounge and my RA walked in and started watching with us right during the scene with the vampires pretending to be humans pretending to be vampires in a play. She was like "Oh, I've never seen this before, it looks interesting... Oh. Um. What are they doing?" It was mildly uncomfortable. 

8. **

9. My roommate and I just ate a bunch of flavor blasted gold fish and they were delicious but now my stomach hurts. 

10. I. Am. So. Psyched. For. NaNo. That is all.  

*Number two is a ninja

**Ninja Two stole number eight

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So on friday night, my friend, we'll call him Big D for anonimity's sake, got really.... we'll say crazy for legal reasons, in my dorm. And in trying to leave my dorm to go back to his room, stumbled into the closets that line the hallway and broke two of them. The two that broke were both my roommates', however, they decided that since it was my friend, I would be the one responsible for calling the Repair Guy and sitting around the dorm until he decides to show up. Which is definately fair. Big D felt bad but not bad enough to skip class and come wait with me. So I am alone. In my dorm. On a Monday afternoon with no homework.



I think I failed two questions on my Hinduism quiz but 18/20 isn't too bad. And I really want to get this sticker for my mom.



Cause that's like the story of her life.

I have a lovely set of empty Diet Dr. Pepper cans lining my desk because I like to recycle but I always forget to when I take the trash out so the cans just kind of accumulate and add a lovely festive color to the otherwise extremely monochromatic room.


^ I want this chair.

And also the following survey was fun because who doesn't love talking about themselves on the internet?

 

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I just finished writing an essay on the Ramayana for my Religious Studies class (Which is definately my favorite class this quarter, I thought it was gonna be art but it turns out, I really suck at drawing with charcoal AND my teacher likes to draw scribbly lines on our drawings which makes the OCD in me go like this



and then I want to cry a little bit because my perfect lines are all scribbly and not perfect.) I also did some number crunching in the sense that I didn't actually crunch numbers, I just went through all of the credits I had and the classes I needed to take and discovered that if I do summer quarter either this summer or next summer, I can graduate next year, a year early, and be DONE with school for the rest of my life! YAY! The only problem is that summer classes would conflict with the summer job at the theatre that I've been doing for five years now and I really really like that job. But I'll take each quarter as it comes.

Also, the freezing winter cold is already starting to set in which means that it is going to snow a shitton this year which is gonna suck but not as much as last year when I was on crutches for pretty much the entire snow season (or at least the fun snowball, sledding, etc part of the snow season. I could walk for the icy slushy part that makes you want to lock your doors and curl up under your radiator until the sun comes out)



In other not school or weather related news... Christmas cannot come fast enough because I NEED ME SOME DOCTOR. Even if it is Matt Smith. I've been on a mega DW kick lately, rewatching every season. Want to hear something interesting that may not me interesting to you but it is to me? Look at the names of the revived Doctor Who Doctors;

Christopher Eccleston
David Tennant
Matt Smith

So the next Doctor has to have a really short name, clearly, so that the names can keep shrinking. And also, I don't know if you've noticed the Tennant flavored theme of tonight's post, but there is a reason. It is NOT because Tennant is my favorite Doc because my favorite is Eccleston (I truely love them all but Eccleston was the Doctor that got me into Doctor Who so I'm very loyal to him the same way I'm loyal to Billy Pipper) It's because I just found out that David Tennant will be playing Peter Vincent in a remake of Fright Night. Here is a picture of the original 80's Vincent;



And here is the first promo shot Tennant's Peter Vincent

 

Now we learn three things from this; 1. This movie is not coming out for a very long time. 2. David Tennant is sexy no matter what his hair looks like. and 3. Hollywood cannot leave wonderful movies alone. They must destroy them. Don't get me wrong, there is no doubt in my mind that Tennant will be absolutely brilliant. I just don't understand why they are even remaking this movie in the first place. It's gonna be terrible. (And yet you know that I'm gonna be there, in costume, opening night, to show my love for David Tennant, the 80's, and vampire movies that aren't Twilight.)

Also, on a completely different note, I have changed my NaNo project again. For the fourth time since school started. And I'll probably change it one more time before November is actually upon us. Here's the cover I made to go along with my new outline of a completely different story;



It's about aliens. Not like funny Doctor Who aliens, creepy aliens that disguise themselves as children. (I don't know why I never paired the two up before. The two things that scare me in horror movies are aliens and creepy children. Speaking of creepy children, I just watched the Orphanage by the same guy to directed Pan's Labyrinth and it was super awesome) The title comes from Robert Frost's "Stopping in the Woods On a Snowy Evening" Particularly the last stanza which will be heavily referenced by one of the MCs

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep."

Does Frost give anybody else chilld when you read his work? I had to memorize this poem in the fifth grade and I still remember every word I loved it so much.

Let's be NaNo buddies! My username is KatBrown. Find me :-) Say hi!

Now I shall watch an episode of Jeremiah on Netflix (I. Love. Luke. Perry. I know that I've said that before, I just wanted to make sure you knew.) And go to bed. I have a quiz on Neandertals in the morning and a test on Hinduism at noon. Sleep is required.  

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