Thursday, 26 January 2012

Nothing Special

I honestly have nothing to blog about. There is nothing new or exciting going on in my life. Except that my philosophy professor has been replaced with someone who, in my opinion, teaches the course in a way that I can actually understand at a pace that I can learn at. My original professor would just talk and no one was really sure what he was talking about so we wrote down everything, but our replacement prof actually talks about the texts that we've been reading. My original prof had surgery and he was advised to stay home, which I honestly feel sad about, but this new prof kind of trumps the sadness. That sounds a little horrible, but if you were taking this course with me, you would understand what I mean.

That's basically it. I think I'll end this post with a song and a quote. And quite possibly a bang.

Quote of the day: I have all the time in the world from life to life to do what is to do, to do what is done, to do the timeless doing. - Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Show, Don't Tell

I know this is a day early, but I just had to post. I find I've always had trouble showing instead of telling, or at least I would think I was telling even if people told me I wasn't. I've always tried to think about what the character would do, how would they act, etc, etc. And not what the right decision was, what they would do based on their personality, environment they grew up in, etc if something was happening right in front of them or they had to make a decision. I like to create my characters before I write. Sometimes the characters are created by my writing. I like to know all their strengths and weaknesses before hand, it makes it much easier to figure out what the character would do. Obviously this can't be done for everyone, so sometimes I just have to remember what they did in the past and try to remain consistent. Anyway, I found this post on showing character traits by S. B. Stewart-Laing to be a really good way to remind myself of what to to. And telling isn't a bad thing. If telling works with your story, go for it!

How do you show/tell your character traits?

Quote of the day: Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books. - Gaston Bachelard

Friday, 13 January 2012

Tale as Old as Time

I can't believe Beauty and the Beast is coming out in theatres in 3D! I am so excited to see this next weekend. Clearly I am a bit of a Disney fan. I sincerely hope more of the classic Disney animated movies come out in theatres again.

Quote of the day: Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter's night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman's ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast? - Narrator, Beauty and the Beast

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Florence and the Machine

I absolutely love this song and have been listening to it repeatedly this past week. Nothing interesting has really happened since I last blogged, but I'll make sure to keep a list in case anything does. I've also read two books out of the fifty I hope to read this year. I want to put the goodreads widget on my blog but I can't quite figure out how to add it! Any help would be much appreciated.

Quote of the day: The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not abandon it to his enemy. - Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Regularity and a Grammar Rant

I have decided I want to blog more this year so I think I will blog every Wednesday (the day with the least amount of school).

This is also a rant on some lack of grammar/spelling in a book I recently read. The book will remain anonymous throughout this post. I find that, being an English student, I am really picky with grammar and spelling. It really bothers me when people make grammar/spelling mistakes, especially when it's something you're taught your entire life (i.e. there, their, they're, your, you're, it's, its, etc). I do make mistakes sometimes too, but I always try to fix them before handing in anything final for essays, resumes, and assignments. Even when I'm texting I use correct spelling/grammar. I completely understand if there is one or two grammar/spelling mistakes in a novel I'm reading because we can't always catch everything. But this book had upwards of five mistakes and it was really starting to bother me. What's even worse is that this book has been out for four years now, so they've had plenty of time to catch mistakes and fix them if they chose to. I just hope that the rest of the series has much better grammar/spelling than this first book.

And I suppose that's the end of my rant! Have a good week.

Quote of the day: No iron can pierce the heart with such force as a period put just at the right place. - Isaac Babel

Monday, 2 January 2012

Resolutions for 2012

I've been thinking about resolutions and have come up with a few that I will try to keep this year. 1. I want to lead a healthier lifestyle (eat healthier, be more active; of course) just because I want to be a healthier person, 2. I want to read at least 50 books this year, including school textbooks (books required for a class, not actual textbooks), 3. I want to do at least one thing this year that scares me, 4. I want to keep an open mind, and 5. I want to be a better person (I make this resolution every day, but I'm never really sure if I keep this).

What are your resolutions?

Quote of the day: I dreamed a thousand new paths. I woke and walked my old one. - Chinese Proverb