Saturday, March 31, 2012

Motivation Tricks

Any writer will tell you that coming up with a great idea for a story is one thing, but actually writing it out is something else entirely. It is a very time consuming process that you have to be determined to finish.

I have just entered this stage of the writing process (you know, the actual writing part) and decided I needed to have something to remind me that I should be writing instead of sitting on Stumbleupon.

"The Great Eye is ever watchful"
I decided the best way to motivate myself to write is to have my story somewhere I can always see it (and where it can always see me, silently judging every moment I'm not writing). I wrote out a very rough outline of the main events and details of the book on sticky notes and stuck them to the wall of my apartment. There is still a lot to fill in when I am actually writing it out, and I'm sure I will be adding stickies here and there, but I think its a pretty good idea. Hopefully it will keep me writing until it is finished, or until I have to move out at the end of the semester, whichever comes first.

Newsworthy Nails

Whether you are writing obsessed, a lover of literature, or are just looking for a new way to do your nails, you simply must try this!

A not so great webcam pic of my finished nails:)

I would give credit to whoever came up with this ingenius idea, but I stole this from someone on facebook and have no idea where they got it from. So I'll settle for telling you I didn't come up with this on my own, though I wish I had.

Creating the look is really simple. All you need is:
  • White nail polish-though I am sure a beige would work too
  • 10 Newspaper clippings
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Top coat polish
Paint your nails white (or beige) and let them dry. Make sure to let them dry completely before going on. Once your nails are dry pour some rubbing alcohol into the bottle cap and dip a newspaper clipping in it. Once its soaked in the alcohol press it to your nails and hold it there for a few seconds. Repeat with the rest of your nails and then let them all dry. Once you are sure they are completely dry put a top coat on them to seal the newsprint and voila, newsprint nails!
You can try to pick out specific words if you want but keep in mind they will show up backwards on your nails.

Definitely give these a try the next time you go to do your nails. They are super simple and everyone will want to know how you did it. Enjoy!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Dear Hunger Game Haters

*SPOILER WARNING* If you have not yet read the book The Hunger Games or haven't seen the movie I am about to ruin the ending for you. Don't let me do that. I would never forgive myself!

Since the Hunger Games movie has gone into theaters I have read a number of ridiculous complaints about both the movie and the book. Its obvious to me, and just about everyone else, that the people making said complaints either A: did not read the book carefully enough or B: did not read the book at all but still feel they are entitled to an opinion. Lets clear a few things up shall we.

Complaint 1: Rue and Thresh were black in the movie.
Rue and Thresh are from District 11, the southernmost District. They also spend the most time out in the sun as they are the Agricultural District of Panem. They are described as dark-skinned in the book.

Complaint 2: This movie was too violent for my children.
The Hunger Games are a forced fight to the death between kids 12-18. The movie is rated PG-13 for a reason. Maybe you should have watched the trailer before taking your 10 year old to see it.

Complaint 3: There was no happy ending.
It is the first book of three, hence the first of three movies. You haven't seen the ending yet. Within the first book: if you read the book, which is written in first person, you'll find that Katniss surviving is a fairly happy ending all things considered. If you want happily ever after, stick with Disney.

Complaint 4: Cinna was black.
Cinna's race is never specified in the book and Lenny Kravitz portrayed him perfectly. Where's the problem exactly?

I am not saying the movie was perfect, there were some things they changed/took out from the book that I would have liked too see. However the people hating on the movie, and the books for that matter, because they are too violent are just ignorant. And besides that, the main point of the books is not a bunch of kids killing each other. Its a revolution series. When Katniss and Peeta acted like they were going to commit suicide via nightlock, therefore forcing Seneca to declare them both victors, they outsmarted the capitol on live television. President Snow is not going to take kindly to that. You have to keep in mind there are two more books. The story isn't anywhere near finished at the end of the Hunger Games.

Come on people. The movie is based off a book. Reading is good for you, try it some time.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Dare to be a Writer

Dare to be a writer. Don't write because you have to, write because you want to. Write because you have something to say. Write because you can't help yourself. Write because you have a story to tell. Write because you are inspired. Write because you are happy. Write because you are sad. Write because you are excited. Write because you are confused. Write simply because you are.

Dare to be a writer. Keep a journal or three. Write about what you think. Write about what you don't understand. Write about your dreams. Write about a conversation you had. Write about a conversation you overheard. Write a bio for a new character. Write a poem about the sandwich you had for lunch. Write about a happy memory. Write about someone you miss. Write about why you love to write.

Dare to be a writer. Read for inspiration. Write with passion. Write because you can. Write because you live for it.

Delve into the elusive arts of language. Be bold enough to share your story with the world. Breathe in the amazing things around you and strive to put them into words.

Be a writer. I dare you.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

May the Odds be Ever in your Favor

Can I just how pumped I am for The Hunger Games movie tomorrow night?  I can't remember the last time I was so excited for a movie premiere.
I just recently read the trilogy and was immediately hooked. I read the first book my last day in Florida over spring break and the first thing I did when my plane landed was as my Mom to take me to Barnes and Nobles where I bought the box set. I had the trilogy finished before the end of the week. If you have not read these books I cannot recommend them enough!
For those of you who have been living under a rock and have missed the constant previews for the movie, The Hunger Games takes place in the country of Panem in the ruins of what used to be North America. Once a year the Capitol requires that each of the 12 districts send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate as tributes in the annual Hunger Games where they will fight to the death until only one remains. In this year's reaping, the drawing of the names to determine who will be the tributes, 16 year old Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take the place of her 12 year old sister, Prim, whose name is drawn.
This book, along with the other two in the trilogy, Catching Fire and Mockingjay, were a fresh of breath air for me, something completely different from anything I have read. I had been having a hard time getting any ideas for my writing and had been getting somewhat discouraged. Now, after reading the books, the ideas seem to be coming constantly. Maybe it could do the same for you.
Basically these books are amazing and the movie, which I will be standing in line for in roughly 5 hours, is sure to match. They are an absolute must read. And I beg of you all, do not go see the movie without reading the book.