Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Boxing Day Haul

Today was my boxing day shopping since yesterday my mom was hosting Christmas for my dad's side of the family. I managed to get FIVE, count 'em FIVE books for under $60 Cdn at Chapters. I bought The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Illusions by Aprilynne Pike, Evermore by Alyson Noel, The Necromancer by Michael Scott, and Tolkien's Ring by David Day. I also received a Kobo from my aunt this holiday. I can finally cross these books off of my list, except for Tokien's Ring, which was never on my list and turned out to be an impulse buy . . . However, they probably won't be read until May when school is finished.
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa

Illusions by Aprilynne Pike
Evermore by Alyson Noel
The Necromancer by Michael Scott
Tolkien's Ring by David Day
Original Kobo
Quote of the day: In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through you. - Mortimer J. Adler

Thursday, 22 December 2011

More Hobbit-Stuff

"Far over the misty mountains cold
To dungeons deep and caverns old

... The pines were roaring on the height,
The winds were moaning in the night.
The fire was red, it flaming spread;
The trees like torches blazed with light."

This is the song that is being sung in the trailer of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. It's only part of it, the actual song contains ten verses. The words come right from Tolkien's The Hobbit, nothing was changed aside from the parts that were left out.

Quote of the day: "Where now are the horse and the rider? Where is the horn that was blowing? Where is the helm and the hauberk, and the bright hair flowing? Where is the harp on the harpstring, and the red fire glowing? Where is the spring and the harvest and the tall corn growing? They have passed like rain on the mountain, like a wind in the meadow; The days have gone down in the west behind the hills into shadow. Who shall gather the smoke of the deadwood burning? Or behold the flowing years of the Sea returning?" - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

The Hobbit

I am so excited for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey coming out December 14 2012. The first trailer is now out and looks EPIC. The book was super awesome and I really can't wait to see the movie! I reall love the song being sung in the trailer. I enjoyed how there was a song for each movie based on what had happened, so if this is being continued The Hobbit definitely seems like it will be a good movie.

Quote of the day: “I wish it need not have happened in my time," said Frodo. "So do I," said Gandalf, "and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” - J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Gift Giving

Oh my gosh I cannot believe Christmas is only a week away!!! I am super pumped! I find I've gotten much more excited about how the people who I give gifts to are going to react. I know my brother will LOVE his present, as well as both of my parents. And I am certain my best friend will also greatly adore her gift. But it's not enought just to know that they'll enjoy it, but the looks on their faces when they tear open that wrapping paper! Ohmygosh!!! My heart thrills just thinking about it! I just realized that exclamation points were used in excess in this blog post, but I can't help it. I will not appologize for enthusiasm! Ahem. Super excited!!!! 

Quote of the day:  One rose says more than the dozen. - Wendy Craig

Friday, 16 December 2011

Vacation Time

My appologies for the lack of blogging. I have been super busy with my midyear exams. They are done now and I have three and a half weeks before I go back to school. Yesterday was the first day of vacation, but I was out most of the day doing errands so I'm counting today as the first day of vacation. I look forward to finishing Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens and two other books one of my new friends lent me. I also plan on catching up on my readings and typing up all of my notes, not to mention working! Yup, it sounds like it's going to be a pretty busy holiday.

Unfortunately, my creative writing class has ended since it was only a half course. If I want to continue taking the course next year, I have to submit a protfolio by the end of February, which I intend to do! I got my final portfolio back from my professor and she had really good feedback for me. She said I should develop my characters a bit more and that my short stories sounded more like the beginnings of novels. I never was very good at writing short stories . . .

Anyway, happy holidays to all! I'll try to blog more this holiday. Eat lots of good food and enjoy time with family!

Quote of the day: Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Monday, 5 December 2011

Freefall Writing

Today was my last creative writing class this year. I really am going to miss it, it was tons and tons of fun! I will definitely be sending in a portfolio in order to continue taking it next year. I hope to have a minor in creative writing and a major in English language and literature. So, as a last exercise in my creative writing class, my professor had us do some freefall writing stuff. I wanted to post it here because it has stuff to do about writing and how I feel about it. I edited the grammar and spelling because that stuff bugs me a lot when it's incorrect. Each one has something to do with writing.

As a beginner I am nervous about what will happen in the future. Where will this take me? Will I enjoy it? Will I succeed? Of course I hopt to succeed, no one wants to fail, unless they're odd. But then, there is no such thing as normal so everyone is odd! But I still hope to succeed. I want to write large epic fantasy novels and become a household name, like Tolkien (my favourite author!)

As a writer I am very determined to enjoy what I write and read about. If I don't enjoy the topic then why should anyone else enjoy it? I want to be able to express myself and take my mind to other places. I want to enjoy the experience and feel as though it is real. That's what reading and writing are all about after all.

As I writer I want to become wealthy and well-known. But I know this probably won't happen. Most writers have a second job because writing alone doesn't make much money. So along with writing I want to become a publisher or an editor of novels. Everyone always thinks of magazines or newspapers when I say that, but I don't want to do that at all!

As a writer, what are you? As a beginner, what are you? As a writer, what do you want?

Quote of the day: Advice is like snow-the softer it falls, the longer it dwells upon, and the deeper it sinks into the mind. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge