Sunday, October 6, 2013

Halloween and October

Halloween is turning out to be a buys month. Of course, for me and my daughter it's the 31 days of Halloween costumes. We're starting a little weak, but her birthday was this past week, so she had a party of course, then I had a stamping class on Saturday and she was sick on Sunday. Photos are only up on Facebook this year. I may post some on Google+ but really hate posting photos twice.

The events on the calendar are pirate festivals (2 possible), a zombie walk, any Halloween activities for Kira, and my stamping classes. I have Kira's zombie dress to finish and I don't have a costume for myself but I think I can improvise - I may just order a bustle for me and see about making parts of other costumes work. We'll see how that goes! Plus I need to bring in some extra money, so I should work on some cards and items for my etsy shop even though I am rather disappointed in etsy's move to allow manufacturing into their handmade marketplace. Once a company on etsy reaches the point where they need to manufacture, shouldn't they start their own website? That would be growing, leaving etsy for a larger following because they obviously don't need etsy to do their marketing for them any more.

My western story idea is taking shape. I've been reading Louis L'Amour and watching Tom Selleck westerns to prepare and I actually feel confident about the story. Hopefully when I start writing it, I'll continue to feel as confident. My weakest part of writing is editing. I think I come up with a pretty strong story idea and can actually get most of it down, but when it comes to rewrites and editing I seem to fizzle. Maybe I should seriously consider paying for an editor to read my stories. I did consider it once, even to the point of the free evaluation, but didn't feel the story was strong enough to continue. Hopefully this new story will get me through the entire process.

On a side note, I am very disappointed in our government. Shutting down everything because a few people aren't getting their way? They are hijacking democracy for their own perverted ends. That's terrorism! My family is being impacted directly from this shut down. My dad is a contractor on a military base - they may withhold his pay and have revoked all leave. How are my parents to make ends meet without the pay? And making him work 7 days a week indefinitely? That's inhumane! And my husband who is a contractor working abroad may not be able to return home because of a bureaucratic office of our government closed because of the shutdown. That's not right. I hope everyone sends nasty letters to their congressmen and representatives telling them to get back to work or take their pay and healthcare away until this is resolved. We the people are entitled to everything congress gets. They are not privileged. Their should be no privileged class in this day and age. Everyone is equal and that means we are all entitled to the same benefits that modern society can provide. If we can't have those benefits, no one should get them! Excuse my rant, but this may be the end of democracy in America.

Monday, September 30, 2013

GaelSong contest

For the past few years GaelSong.com has had a writing contest on their site. I entered last year but didn't place. Maybe it's because of voting and to be considered the entry needs to be early enough in October to get enough readers and votes. This year I've been thinking about the image and what to write to it since I saw it released. Here's my current attempt. I will change it in the next few days to hopefully make it stronger and more effective.

http://www.gaelsong.com/samhain_contest for the image

The autumn chill arives with the turn of the seasons. As I gaze into the crystal balls I see the coming winter. The change of the seasons and the end of the celtic year mean rebirth. The land will sleep and the owls will watch over us as the cycle turns ever onward.

Candles light the darkness and I reach for an old book as though reaching for an old friend. The key to who I am lies in the pages of those old books. What I want to be and what I could be are on those pages. I know the books will bring me comfort in the cold months ahead. I will need to warm my heart to keep looking forward to the rebirth in the spring. Winter is the perfect time to renew oneself and contemplate where you wish to go. And since the trees are bare and the plants and animals sleep through the long cold months, it's also a time to reflect on our mortality. Not in fear, but in the accomplishments we wish to make before our time is up. If I look closely into the crystal ball, I can see the clock hands and the time when they stop. It doesn't terrify me, this knowledge that my life will end one day, but gives me hope that I will finish all that I desire to complete before that last tick.

My heart is comforted by the old books and the wisdom reflected in the owls' eyes. I remembe the name of the goblet as "forevermore" and know that nothing lasts forever, but our love and passions in those that we care for and care for us. That love of those that have gone before and will come after is what I yearn to keep. Forevermore. Forevermore.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Writing exercise

Qualities of my ideal writing guidebook:
concise, helpful, not condescending, well thought out, enjoyable, exciting, makes me want to write, fun, silly, annoying, confidence inspiring, teaches how to write, explains what writing is, explains how to work at being a writer, teaches how to motivate myself, makes me want to do better, teaches how to make my writing stronger and less wordy, best use of point of view, writing characters, reviews dialogue, helps me with setting, makes me feel like a writer.

Qualities of my ideal writing class:
Friendly, ask for help, teacher is there to be useful, classmates are non-judgmental, a non-hostile environment, learning how to read our own work out loud and to others, editing techniques, ways to use what others suggest, enjoyable, feels more like a gathering than a class

Best student-like qualities:
At the beginning I am very focused and eager to learn, I like sitting up front in a class, I take good notes, know how to listen, am willing to participate, am friendly to others, I don't judge the teacher until I've been in the class 3 or 4 times, when it's a subject that really interests me I am willing to put aside distractions and tend to throw myself into the work, I enjoy a deadline and find it easier when I know I have a limited time to get something done, I frequently re-read my notes to make sure I understand what I learned, if I don't understand something I like it repeated until I do figure it out, I am willing to practice/learn outside of class if it helps me get the material, I try to make friends with my classmates and teacher or at least get to know them, I can focus on a favorite subject, I think we can all be better learners

Monday, September 16, 2013

Honey, belly dance, and browncoats

I read recently that taking a cup of hot water, 1 tsp of raw honey and 1/2 tsp of cinnamon half an hour before breakfast and right before bed is good for helping weight loss. Well, so far so good. I started last Tuesday and have shed 5 pounds. Hopefully that trend will continue, maybe not that fast, but it's still a promising start. I began belly dancing last week and am still practicing my old routines from California. I am also mowing our lawn - it's not that big, but it does take me an hour to complete and in Florida heat, that's a lot of activity once a week.

A couple of women I know have expressed an interest in belly dance, but want to take the class with me. I may consider teaching them the routines I know and maybe trying to choreograph a new one just for them. Have to see what they think and if it's a good idea. Don't think I would charge anything, since I've only been belly dancing for less that a year, but I would be teaching dance again, and they'd be getting some belly dance experience.

Today is Browncoat unification day! Down with the Alliance! I'm a proud Firefly fan and am happy to support anything Firefly. My husband wants to meet other browncoats in southwest Florida and start a movie night for Serenity. I think he really wants to start his own convention. That would be really cool. Ft Myers, Florida has a small convention center right on the Chattahoochee River and they want to bring in a hotel which would help bring in larger conventions. If we started a small one, eventually we could get more and bigger stars. It's worth looking into when the hubby returns from his African jaunt.

Monday, September 9, 2013

New story idea

It's actually a western. I was trying to make it science fiction or steampunk, but I can't see how that would work since everything I thought about sounded contrived. It may evolve over time, but for now it's just a simple western.

The story starts with two best friends who live and work on a cattle ranch at the end of the 19th century. Haven't figured out where or the exact date yet. The one man is the son of the owner of the ranch, the other is the son of the head cowhand. The cowhand falls for the daughter of the local general store but she doesn't know it. She goes east with the ranch owner's daughter to Philadelphia to go to finishing school. The ranch owner's daughter stays in Philly to get married and the ranch owner's son goes out to Philly for the wedding and to escort the general store's daughter home. On the way back, they fall in love. When they return home they get married and the cowhand admits to his friend that he's in love with her.

Years go by and the couple have two daughters. They do have 2 sons, but both die before their second birthday. They live on the ranch so the cowhand sees her all the time and doesn't have a chance to fall out of love with her.

One fateful day, the ranch owner's son has an accident and is badly wounded. They are able to bring him home but he only lives for about a week before he dies. His wife blames the cowhand even though he tried to save him and brought him back. She comes to hate him and there's a lot of friction between the two.

The ranch owner (who has to take back control of the ranch that he'd given to his only son) is worried about nefarious men who would marry his daughter-in-law to gain control of the ranch so he passes half ownership to the cowhand. This infuriates his DiL and more friction occurs.

Her two daughters are very fond of the cowhand and the eldest who is eight has a crush on him. She tends to show off and will sneak out late to listen to him play his guitar.

That's the basic story, and I have to flesh it out more so I can attempt NaNoWriMo this year.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Writing exercise

The prompt: A few weeks before your thirtieth high school reunion, your former class president gives you a call. He teases you about skipping all the previous reunions and then says that your absence over the years - along with your new celebrity status as a famous author - makes you the perfect keynote speaker at the upcoming reunion. Your topic? A quote from George Eliot: "It's never too late to be what you might have been." Write your speech.

It's never too late to be what you might have been. This has meaning to me, since I am now realizing a dream of mine to be an author, but it also has meaning to all of us here - we can all be more than what we are now. We all had dreams, things we wanted to accomplish in life. What is holding you back? Money? You will never have enough even if you are the richest billionaire on the planet. They always want more. Time? You are running out. We're all halfway through our life so what are you waiting for? Your ambition is still there, buried under the excuses. And that's all they are - excuses.

What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Those fears keeps us from becoming the best of ourselves. Fear is a great motivator. It keeps us from trying because we're scared of what others will think or say. So what? Who put them in charge? And who are theses mysterious "They" anyway? You want to know who they are? They are people just like you and me with the same fears and misconceptions and excuses. And so what if they don't like what you do? There are going to be plenty of people out there who love you and what you have achieved. Those are the people you want to strive to make happy. Because in turn they will make you happy.

What is too late anyway? It's death. That's what too late is. When we are in the ground or turned to ash what's it matter what we did or did not achieve in our lifetimes? It's gone. The time is up. And you won't care anymore. So it's not too late if you're still breathing. Your dreams are still there. Your wishes are still there, sitting quietly. Waiting for you to do something. Make yourself proud and be what you might have been if fear and excuses hadn't stopped you!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A little personal insight

If you could go anywhere, where would that be - the shop down the street, your favorite restaurant, a cruise, a foreign country, space or another planet? I am talking about really pushing boundaries here. From a writers perspective, doing an exercise like this gets the creative juices flowing. But thinking about how far you would push yourself if it were an option is something more people should think about. What would you do if you weren't scared to try? Since I am a Star Wars fan, I will quote Yoda here: "Do or do not. There is no try."

I've been on some cruises and I went to England on my own after college for two wonderful weeks. I don't enjoy flying but have flown alone and with a child. So, would I push myself and go to space? Maybe a visit would be nice, although that height thing might really bother me from outside the atmosphere!

Not sure why I asked myself this morning. But it's worth thinking about. How often do we contemplate the doing something out of our comfort zone? I have friends who don't travel because of the fear of getting lost. But to me, getting lost can be part of the adventure. We have such a safe society (relatively speaking) that I understand why there are the thrill seekers who bungee jump, climb mountains, participate in extreme sports, and so on. It's to feel alive. How often in regular every day life to we feel that sense of thrill or excitement? Most days the most exciting thing to happen to us is to avoid hitting something with the car.

All I'm saying is this - push yourself. Consider trying something that frightens you. Not that terrifying thing that would cause you to hide under your bed like a small child. But a small thing that is just a little frightening. You'll feel better for it. You might discover something of yourself. At least you'll know if you can push your limits farther or if staying safe is your ideal. Get out of the comfort zone once or twice and you might just surprise yourself. I've done it. I drove across the country with just my daughter and a cat and I enjoyed the trip. Yes, there were boring stretches and times I didn't want to think of getting back in the car. But it was an experience and I saw things and places I might not ever have seen.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Etsy shop back online

Last night I decided to restart my etsy shop. Now that I'm back in Florida, I can sell my things that have been packed away for a year and a half. I've missed crafting and can now get back to doing something I love! Of course, my craft room is still a mess and needs massive reorganizing and clearing but I'm working on it! I only have the plastic canvas gift boxes on etsy right now - they're the first things I came across. I realized I don't have a complete set of them - there are supposed  to be 12 in all - one for each month. But I think three were sold and I didn't get around to replacing them, so there's a project for me. The October box is one of the missing ones, so I guess that will be the first one I make. Hopefully my sales this time around will be better because we could really use some extra money.

I am planning on a yard/garage sale in a few weeks to clear out some of the doubles from having the house here and the apartment in California. And there is furniture we don't need or use or want that we are going to sell. There's a bedroom set, a dining/patio set, and perhaps some odds and ends furniture - not sure. Do I want to try to sell a complete 8 piece bedroom set at a garage sale or sell it online with photos? It's solid oak and made in southern Pennsylvania - don't think it's Amish but it is good workmanship.

It really isn't fun trying to sort through boxes and find supplies and get organized. Like my daughter says, "Why can't it do itself?" She hates homework. This is my homework. She has to go to school and I get to organize a house. I've got paint colors decided on, except for the living room. The original color we liked was a shade of green but now that color looks like pea soup and not appealing. I think green will still be nice in the living room, but I have to work on a new shade.

Monday, August 12, 2013

San Diego Comic Con 2013

This post is over due - going to Comic Con then moving across country then shipping husband off overseas and starting child in 3rd grade in the course of 2 weeks is an exhausting endeavor!

So here I am, 7 year old is in school, husband is somewhere in Africa, and I am adjusting to life back on the east coast.

We arrived at Comic Con on Saturday night. I got tickets to see Serenity at Petco Park (the baseball stadium). We took a shuttle bus from our Holiday Inn to the convention center and was astounded by the amount of people. It took 15 minutes before the bus was able to pull up so we could get off. We saw Lou Ferigno walking on the sidewalk as well as some amazing costumes. Small child, hubby, and I got off the bus and moved to the side to decide our next course. We were standing there maybe 5 minutes when someone called hubby's name. It was a coworker. What are the odds? If we'd planned it, it wouldn't have worked out that well.

So we trekked our way through the crowd to the stadium to wait in line. I learned that most of Comic Con is waiting in lines. We saw some pretty amazing sites outside of the con, while waiting in that line. At last we got in to the stadium, found a nice spot on the grass in the outfield, and waited for the movie. There was a rope line between the crowd and the screen and after dark, a man with a beard (I didn't recognize him but later learned it was Zachary Levi) did cartwheels in front of the screen. This was the inauguration of movies at the Park. Shortly after he introduced the movie, Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk came out and spoke a bit about Serenity and then for about the first 10 minutes of the movie, did an awesome MST3K.

Seeing Serenity in the Park, with the sounds echoing off the stands was mind blowing. I mean, how often do you get to see a movie in a baseball stadium? Let alone sitting on the field???

The movie ended, we all applauded and started filing back though the tunnel. Up above us on a balcony was Mr. Fillion interacting with the crowd. He waved, threatened to dive into the crowd - of which we offered to catch him (he was 4 or 5 stories up), and seemed really happy to be speaking to his fans. Our small child (who was perched on hubby's shoulders) called up to him, "I love you Cap'n Mal!" to which he replied, "I love you, too, small child I cannot see." We had our nerd-gasm and walked out the gates.

We trekked back to the busses (it now being 11:30 pm) and back to our hotel.

The next morning, we got up, had breakfast and shuttled back to the convention center. The line to get our badges was amazingly fast. We got our swag and headed down to the exhibition hall. I must say - having been to GenCon, I was expecting something big. This was bigger than I even imagined, and I'd seen the map, photos, and video footage. And the number of people! Woah!

So we had a list of booths we wanted to visit so started circling our way through the rows of exhibitors. We made it over to the Quantum Mechanics booth where I knew John Barrowman had been doing autographs all weekend, unsure what his schedule was. We saw him, got photos with him and autographs from him. To start the day with him was just amazing. It was all just walking around seeing cool stuff and enjoying being at Comic Con. I'm sure we missed some awesome things. We went passed the Marvel booth where Tom Hiddleston was signing autographs and the line was so long we didn't stop. There was something going on  at the CBS booth but we were on the wrong side to see what it was. All of it was mind blowing.

Now that we've been to Comic Con - we have the chance to go again when pre-registration starts. There are so many people and it is so crazy, but everyone is a geek/nerd and it's like being surrounded by one hundred thousand friends. Just too amazing!

Monday, July 22, 2013

BBC Book List Challenge

The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books on this list. How many have you read? The average Goodreads member has read 24 out of 100 books on this list — how many have you read?

I've read 30. I am going to challenge myself to read more from this list. If reading makes me a better writer, then I suppose these are just the books to help me on that path.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1) - J.K. Rowling
2. The Da Vinci Code - Robert Langdon
3. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
4. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
5. Animal Farm - George Orwell
6. The Lord of the Rings (The Lord of the Rings #1-3) - J.R.R. Tolkien
7. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
8. 1984 - George Orwell
9. Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
10. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy #1) - Douglas Adams
11. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
12. The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
13. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
14. Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
15. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
16. The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
17. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
18. Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier
19. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
20. Lord of the Flies - William Golding
21. A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
22. Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
23. Gone with the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
24. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass - Lewis Carroll
25. A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
26. Charlotte's Web - E.B. White
27. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott
28. Bridget Jones' Diary (Bridget Jones #1) - Helen Fielding
29. The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
30. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
31. Holy Bible: The New King James Version - Anonymous
32. The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
33. Atonement - Ian McEwan
34. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
35. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
36. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
37. Dracula - Bram Stoker
38. The Five People You Meet in Heaven - Mitch Albom
39. Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
40. The Show of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Books #1) - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
41. Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
42. Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
43. One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
45. The Chronicles of Narnia (Chronicles of Narnia #1-7) - C.S. Lewis
46. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
47. The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
48. The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
49. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
50. Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
51. His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3) - Philip Pullman
52. Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne
53. Anne of Green Gables (Anne of Green Gables #1) - L.M. Montgomery
54. Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
55. Persuasion - Jane Austen
56. A Prayer of Owen Meany - John Irving
57. Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
58. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
59. The Complete Works - William Shakespear
60. A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
61. Tess of the d'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
62. Les Miserables - Victor Hugo
63. Corelli's Mandolin - Louis de Bernieres
64. Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
65. A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
66. The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
67. David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
68. War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
69. The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
70. Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
71. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
72. The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
73. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes #3) - Arthur Conan Doyle
74. On the Road - Jack Kerouac
75. Moby-Dick - Herman Melville
76. Emma - Jane Austen
77. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
78. Far from the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
79. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
80. A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
81. Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
82. The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
83. Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War - Sebastian Faulks
84. Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life - George Eliot
85. Bleak House - Charles Dickens
86. Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
87. Possession - A.S. Byatt
88. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
89. Dune (Dune Chronicles #1) - Frank Herbert
90. Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
91. Watership Down - Richard Adams
92. A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
93. Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
94. Notes from a Small Island - Bill Bryson
95. Ulysses - James Joyce
96. Swallows and Amazons (Swallows and Amazons #1) - Arthur Ransome
97. Germinal (Les Rougon-Macquart #13) - Emile Zola
98. The Color Purple - Alice Walker
99. The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
100. A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole

Monday, July 15, 2013

Just a rant, feel free to ignore me....

I am really not political and am not one to rant (except maybe to my husband). But I read some news last week that bothered me. In Florida, the un-dead governor (if you haven't seen Rick Scott or his mother - go take a look. They have dead eyes and appear to be zombies) has passed a bill that bans illegal online gambling. That's an oxymoron to start - if it's illegal it's already banned. The problem comes with the wording of this bill. I have read it an cannot believe it hasn't created a massive storm of controversy but that's Florida for you. Basically it states that if you do any online transactions with a credit card that is illegal. So in Florida, online banking, bill paying, ordering tickets to a concert - all are illegal. Go ahead Florida - just you try to enforce that one.

One thing it got rid of was ClubWPT - an online non gambling internet site where poker players could have chances to play in the WPT. It's a sweepstakes page basically because of the online poker fiasco a few years ago. I am not a gambler but how dare anyone tell anyone else how they can spend their money? If I choose to blow all my money gambling (and all poker players will tell you that poker is not gambling) then damn it, I am going to do that. The government should not be a parent telling us what is good and bad for us. I am capable of making that decision and ignoring the bad.

Of course, that takes me into the drug war - where recreational drugs are bad but prescription drugs are good. How is this better for us? Why does a drug company who is out to make every cent they can off the sick get to make the decision what I can and can't put in my body? Prohibition doesn't work. If it's out there, it'll be abused. But treat these problems like problems, not criminal offenses.

I am mostly proud of our government, but the hatred, control, bigotry, and just plain evilness that is appearing makes me want to kick everyone in government out and start all over with people who do NOT want to be in office.

There - I've had my rant and said my peace. You may see things differently than I do, but that's your opinion.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Story idea - science fiction (very rough draft)

In the future Miami is mostly underwater. The high rises are still usable but all the buildings under 2 stories are submerged. People live and work in the city but are only able to get around by boat or helicopter. Supplies are limited - people have created gardens on rooftops and balconies. Food and water are scarce due to the lack of outside contact.

Conflict - a hurricane is being tracked and will possibly make landfall at Miami. It's a category 5+. Hurricane status was never updated so the rating 5+ means that a storm making landfall on this scale pretty much wipes the slate clean. Since Miami is already a floating city, this scale of hurricane will blow down the buildings above the water line.

People who have the means are evacuating, leaving everything they have behind. Those without means are radioing for help, but no one has responded. They track the hurricane of their computers and video screens but not one mentions the people who are trapped in the city.

Finally a small ship arrives to try to rescue some of the remaining population but will only be able to save a fraction of the trapped people. The eldest choose to stay but the rest are trying to decide how to choose those who will go. A lottery is considered but there isn't time to implement. Those with children will be the first to get on the boat. If there is room after the families are on board, they will allow those closest to also board.

The main character - Molly is a marine biologist. She studies the ocean life and how the rising ocean waters have affected their habitats. She is stranded in Miami when the hurricane warnings come out. She was part of a scientific group but was cut off from them and missed the evacuation. She meets an engineer who thinks they might survive below the water level if they can seal themselves in the building. There is a chance that they might never get out if the water level rises to high or the building they take refuge in is destroyed.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Challenge Accepted

While reading my Google+ page, someone posted about Fandom Music Video Awards at Dragon*Con on a Firefly board. So I read the rules and the entry requirements and thought that I can do this. So, this weekend, I dusted off my knowledge of Adobe and got to work re-editing my video of The Avengers: We Stand Together (posted last year on YouTube). I honestly didn't think I would have it done by this weekend. But I got it done. Amazing!

The original edit on YouTube was pieced together with trailers and whatever I could find on the internet. This new incarnation is of shots I wanted to use but didn't have. It's strange how things morph over time and how things that came easily the first time get harder. Matching music to the footage was harder than I remember, but maybe that's because I was fighting myself and the flow wasn't as strong this time. Over the next few days, I will view the video a few times to make sure the feel I want is there and then I will upload it somewhere and enter it into the contest.

Yes, the Avengers is not Firefly. But, it's for any fandom, so I am covered. I can enter in a total of three videos is 12 possible catagories, so I am thinking of working on a Firefly video. Just have to find the right music and inspiration to start that.

The music for my Avengers video is Nickleback - When We Stand Together. I know that Nickelback has a love/hate relationship with listeners, but the message in the song is what is important to me and it fits so well with the Avengers. I have had many comments on the YouTube video that it is inspirational and a great joining of music and genre and my video is just fun. And how can anyone hate any type of music anyway? It's music.

I know I posted a link to the video before, but here it is again:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LgZAkziwj4

When I get the new video uploaded, I will post a link. Now I am off to find a inspiration for a Firefly themed video.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

A new challenge for myself

My last post was in October, so I have seriously let this blog fall behind. Tends to happen in fits and spurts. Not quite sure why that is.

I am going to try something new. I am going to give myself a deadline for my blog. I must have a new item posted on here once a week. On Monday by 11 AM.(for now PT), I must have a new entry. It may be complete rubbish, but I am trying to get back into writing something so making myself have a deadline each week may be helpful. For the next few weeks the subjects may be a bit odd as I try to get into the swing of things. I have been considering a word count. Not quite sure about that yet, so will have to think on it. I think my minimum will be 300. I think I’m going to work up to a minimum of 1000 by Christmas. That’s actually a good goal. We’re halfway through the year. I have not been doing NaNoWriMo and I used to enjoy it – even finished a few times. Not sure if I’ll be ready for this year but I won’t rule it out.

This entry isn’t going to count as my entry for next week; starting a new month, new deadlines, new goals, second half of the year, and all that.

Possible subjects: photography, dancing, music, writing, stories, crafts. I think the title of the post will be what it’s about – won’t try to get too cutesy.

In other news, I am cat-less. Boris, who was 16, was put to sleep in April. I didn't want to do it, but it was best for him and us but I still feel bad about it. And it is really weird having no cats in the apartment. But I don't miss litter box duty.

Ok, this post is a little disjointed, but next week, will hopefully be on the ball. And look, I’m off to a good start – I made my word count!