Friday, December 31, 2010

New Year's Resolution

  I am making a new year's resolution for 2011. I don't normally do this but a couple of things have inspired me this past year to make one. And normally, if I decide I want to resolve to do something I just do it but this is something that has a deadline and measuring it chronologically is part of it so I am starting it on January 1, 2011.
     The first thing that inspired me was a video. Around this time last year I started watching videos on this youtube channel. I went back and watched some old videos and I came across this video in which a girl resolves to read 50 books in the year 2008. I think she did it but you can see in this video that she cheated by reading some children's books.
     The second thing was this blog I started reading this year which sort of inspired me to create my own blog, and also inspired my resolution. She has a really cool thing on her blog - a page that shows what she's currently reading. It looks like this. 
     I thought it would be a good idea to start keeping track of all the books I read in a year, just to see how many it is. 50 is a nice number, so I am going to try to read 50 books in 2011. That means there are only going to be two weeks where I don't have to finish a book.
     I won't be taking any English classes all of 2011 because of  how my schedule is so that is both bad and good. Bad because there will be no outside factors forcing me to finish a book by a certain time, and good because it will leave more time for leisurely reading. I am not going to say that I have to read 50 new books, re-reads count. And if for any reason I have to read a certain book (like say I have to teach a novel and I've never read it before or something) that counts. But picture books and magazines and stuff don't count.
     And I think I'll say that I need to complete 50 books in 2011, because books I start but don't finish shouldn't count, and books that I'm currently reading but not yet finished should count.

So here's the tl;dr version: I resolve to finish 50 books in 2011.

Now those of you who read this blog know that I don't always finish everything I start *coughNaNoWriMo2010cough* but the main point of this resolution is just for fun, to see how many books I read in a year, and to encourage myself to read all the books on my shelves that I haven't read yet.
    I'll be putting a "currently reading:" and a "total books read so far:" at the end of each blog post, and possibly writing some book reviews on here, or letting you know when I start a new book. I think this will be fun!

Tell me in comments if you made any resolutions, what they are, or why you didn't make any if you didn't.

Happy New Year, everyone! Good luck with your own resolutions and have a great 2011!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Favourite Albums of 2010

*Disclaimer: The following post contains music snobbery and personal opinions that some readers may find offensive. (But probably not)*

     I was making a mix tape ("mix CD" and "iTunes playlist"just don't sound as good) for a friend and I wanted to put songs I loved in 2010 onto the mix for him. And this got me thinking about all those "Top 50 Albums of 2010" lists I saw a few weeks ago. (Like this and this.)And I kind of wanted to make my own list...not 50, of course, I'm not that ambitious, but maybe a top 10 list?
Here you go:

10.  This was a toss-up between The Roots - How I Got Over, Ghostkeeper - Self-titled and possibly some other contenders but mainly I just didn't feel like choosing. Insert your own 2010 album here, I guess.

9. The xx - Self-Titled.
     Even though it came out in 2009, I first heard it in 2010 and they won the Mercury Prize in 2010 and played a lot of festivals and stuff so you know, it was still big this year. A great record but I didn't put it higher up on the list because I felt that would be cheating (even though there's another one higher up that didn't really technically come out in 2010 but because of my personal love of that particular record, it deserved a higher up spot despite its release date.)

8. The Black Keys - Brothers.
     My boyfriend put this onto my iPod, introducing me to this band. It's just a fun, funky album.

7. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More.
     A friend gave me this album for my birthday and I hadn't heard of these guys before. It's a great record, but it didn't make it higher up on this list because while I enjoy listening to it I haven't really made a personal connection to the album.

6. Sarah Harmer - Oh Little Fire.
     I got this album for my birthday this summer a couple weeks before I saw her live. Obviously she isn't on any of the hipster top album lists but she makes it onto mine because she's always been one of my favourite artists, I thought it was a good album, and I enjoyed the show she put on at the music festival I saw her at.

5. Jonsi - Go.
     I've heard people say that the singing in English ruins it but I disagree. I went for many bike rides to this album over the summer and until you have listened to "Animal Arithmetic" while riding a bike, looking at all the trees and green grass and sunshine and blue sky, don't talk to me about this album. On a less snobby note, my friend saw Jonsi live in New York this summer! How cool is that?

4. Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record.
     I saw them live again this year, and met Kevin Drew (an anecdote you can read about here if you missed it) so it was a big Broken Social Scene year for me. One of my favourite bands ever, probably my second favourite Canadian band (number one favourite makes an appearance on this list in the appropriate number one spot) so of course this album is on the top ten, even though it wasn't my favourite album of theirs. (Obviously. You Forgot It In People is and will always be my favourite.)

3. Broken Bells - Self-Titled.
     The Shins is my favourite band so anything James Mercer touches, I will shell out money for, basically. This album just had to have the number 3 spot because I started from number one and worked my way down, and it just has to be top three because of James Mercer, mostly. But it's a really great album. If you haven't seen it, they did this thing to promote the album, where they had kids listen to the tracks and rate them. The kids didn't know that James and Brian were the musicians and they said what they liked and didn't like about each song and it's pretty funny. If you live in Canada you might not be able to watch them all because of stupid Vevo but you can at least watch some here.

2. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Self-Titled. 
     Even though this album technically came out in 2009, I first listened to it in 2010, and the full-length release, Up From Below came out in 2010 so it counts for the list. "Home" was the anthem of the summer. There are a lot of great tracks on here, I really like this band. And they played a lot of big festivals this summer and I heard from people who went that they killed. Sadly I didn't see them live this year but I enjoyed the record.

1. Arcade Fire - Suburbs.
     I don't care about people who say this record is overrated. I saw them on tour this year and it was the best show I've ever been to, a stellar album, every single track works as part of an album and as a single, I have nothing bad to say about it. Except I wish I could see Arcade Fire live again in the immediate future.

Do you agree or disagree with any of my choices? What are some of your favourite albums of 2010? What's something you got into this year that you never liked/knew about before? What albums are you excited for that are coming out in 2011? (I'm excited for the new Iron & Wine and the rumour [that I don't believe] that a new Shins album might come out.) Feel free to make your own lists in comments.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!




Even if you don't celebrate Christmas you can still appreciate the song. It's a cover of my favourite Christmas song performed by my favourite person.

I made this video on my Canon Powershot SX 120 IS which is admittedly not a very good video camera but it's the only camera I have and I wanted to make a Christmas video for you, so enjoy!

Have a wonderful week and weekend, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Why I Haven't Been Blogging Much Lately

What have I been up to lately?

1. Studying. I had a final last Thursday. It went well, I think. and I have one tomorrow morning. At this point I don't even care about it because it's so late, it's so close to Christmas and I'm just kind of done with school mentally but I have to go and write it and get it over with and then afterwards I am going for lunch with my friend so that will be good at least.


2. Working. I've been working a lot. My last day of work is Wednesday and then I get a break because I work with kids and when kids have no school I don't have to work. I had the opportunity to pick up some extra shifts but I need a break more than I need extra money at this point so yay, no work for a while.

3. Christmas parties! One of my best friends. (The person I wrote this about) is moving away for a while to go be awesome and kick ass and learn things and I am so excited for her! but anyways, she had a little Christmas/going away party this weekend and it was super fun. And I got my mom to take a picture of my boyfriend and I all dressed up before going out but I'm not gonna put it up here cause he doesn't want his face on the internet.

4. Eating crap. It's that time of year. One of the girls I teach made me this baking tray thingy and my family and I ate some of it last night. Yum.



5. Wrapping presents! I finished all my shopping last week and I wrapped everything on Saturday. Yay!



6. Singing Christmas songs! All day every day!


7. Watching Christmas movies! Not as much as I'd like but I watched While You Were Sleeping last week with my mom, and I watched Elf at work on Friday, and I watched part of It's a Wonderful Life on TV yesterday.


8. Watching Tv - been re-watching Gilmore Girls on my computer as you know, and last night I watched the Survivor Finale with my family.

9. Reading. Again, not as much as I'd like but I've been reading this book and I'm enjoying it quite a bit. I have some book-related plans for this blog in 2011 and I will probably talk about them next week some time.


10. Preparing a Christmas-y post for later this week. It's done now and will probably be up Wednesday. 

Have a great week!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Gilmore Girls

I've been re-watching Gilmore Girls lately in an effort to avoid studying. (It's been working.)
I made these out of boredom/an attempt at making something useful out of all that time spent watching TV on the computer. At least it's a blog post now.

2.10 The Bracebridge Dinner

2.11 Secrets and Loans; 2.9 Run Away, Little Boy; 2.11 Secrets and Loans

2.6 Presenting Lorelai Gilmore

2.13 A-Tisket, A-Tasket

Friday, December 10, 2010

Weird Google Searches

Most of these make sense but I found some of them surprising and weird. Mostly the last two, 
which only happened yesterday.

Things People Have Searched that have led them to my blog
the other dani
theotherdani
theotherdani.blogspot
broken social scene saskatoon
broken social scene odeon
leaves become most
leaves are most beautiful when
leaves become most beautiful when they're about to die....
"that's what she said"- offensive sexual term
booklicious
ive interrupted a deep thought. i can see it getting smaller
dani snow
kalan porter
sarah mclachlan

Somebody in Japan googled "sarah mclachlan" and found my little blog...
where I have mentioned Sarah McLachlan ONCE.
The internet is a weird place. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Favourite Holiday Songs and Films

This girl made a video yesterday about this and I thought it was a good idea...so I stoled it. No, really I'd been thinking about doing this earlier this week.
Favourite holiday songs and films.

Songs

I love:
-"Carol of the Bells/Ukranian Carol" (The David Foster version especially but anything really.)
-"My Grown Up Christmas List" (especially the Natalie Cole version.)
-"Christmas Is All Around" from Love Actually. Favourite line: You gave your presents to me and I gave mine to you/ I need Santa beside me in everything I do. Epic.
-the entire Boney M album The Most Beautiful Christmas Songs of the World (so titled not because they are claiming to have the best songs in the world, but because the album has songs from all different cultures) because I grew up with is and it is just awesome. and all you haters and skeptics can suck it.
-"The Christmas Song"
-"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
-All the classics, really - "White Christmas", "I'll Be Home For Christmas", "Winter Wonderland", all those.
-I love "Baby It's Cold Outside", especially the Zooey Deschanel version from Elf because I love her voice.
-I like that "Mary Did You Know" song - the version by Kalan Porter. When it came out my mom really liked it so I've listened to it a lot and it's pretty.
-The Barenaked Ladies holiday album, particularly "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings" feat. Sarah McLachlan
-speaking of Sarah McLachlan, her cover of "Song For A Winter's Night" always feels very Christmasy to me although it's not specifically a Christmas song.
-same with "The Prayer" by Celine Dion and Andrea Bochelli - one of the only Celine Dion songs I like.
-"Step Into Christmas" by Elton John
-"Wonderful Christmastime" by Paul McCartney
-"Happy X-Mas (War Is Over)" by John Lennon & Yoko Ono
And of course, my all time favourite song EVER not just for Christmas but year round....
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" by Mariah Carey.

Films
I love:
-Love Actually
-any of the Harry Potter movies - they all have Christmas in them and because they're some of my favourites I love to watch them when I have a large chunk of free time (Christmas and summer)
-While You Were Sleeping - if you haven't seen this, go see it now! You can borrow it from me if you know me. Srsly. It is the greatest. It's funny, sweet, charming, sad, Christmasy, and there is a globe light in it.
-Elf
- A Muppet Christmas Carol (Henson + Dickens = how could you go wrong?)
-Mrs. Santa Clause - this awful made-for-T.V. Christmas musical starring Angela Lansbury. Love it. Know all the songs. 'Nuf said.
-A Christmas Story
And almost every year I re-watch this VHS tape we still have from when I was a kid (yeah, we're old school.) with a Flintstones Christmas Special (the one where they sing Which One Is The Real Santa Claus? if you ever saw it...and you can actually watch it HERE if you want. I love the internet!), a Saved By The Bell Christmas Special (yeah, I like Saved By The Bell. whatever...and you can watch this one HERE in multiple parts.) , this little cartoon version of The Twelve Days of Christmas, something called Christmas Every Day (also a cartoon) and a cartoon version of The Nutcracker (after looking around on the internet I've realized this was called The Nutcracker Prince and starred Kiefer Sutherland. Weird.) It's probably horrible from an outsider's perspective but I love it because of nostalgia.

*For those of you who actually followed the many, many links on the post, I hope you enjoyed the candy canes. (Like Easter Eggs, but Christmas-y....)

What are some of your favourite holiday songs and films?

Monday, December 6, 2010

The lights are shining so brightly everywhere and the sound of children's laughter fills the air!

Hello folks. Sorry for my long absence. End of semester busy-ness and all. I will update you on a couple things.

NaNoWriMo: my sister had actually written like an extra 5000 words and just didn't update her word count so I really had no chance but because she's nice she said if I hit 20000 we could go Dutch for sushi. 
Her final word count was 25,056 and mine was 21,646. Pretty good.

Cell Phone: the guy who told me I would have to pay the monthly rate ($400 dollars for the phone I ended up getting) was wrong. I went the next day to decide what phone I want to know how much I would have to save and the girl told me I could get it for $50 that day and an extra $5/month on my phone bill. And they refunded the $25 I spent the day before to get them to put my number on my old cell phone. So, I was happy. I have a black blackberry curve 9700 and I like it.

School: I am done classes now and I spent all day Friday working on something that I had to hand in before going to work at 3 that day so that was fun (not.) but I finished that. And then I spent most of Saturday and Sunday working on other stuff for school. I am going to school later today to hand in three things and that is it for the semester. Then I have two finals - one on the 16th and one on the 21st. So I am on holiday now! I'm just working part time until the 22nd, then on a real break. I am very excited for all this extra free time to read and write and take photos and reorganize my bookshelves in my room (right now there are books all over the floor and everywhere and it's just a total mess) and watch Netflix and play guitar and just do a lot of cool fun stuff that I feel like I haven't had time to do for the last 4 months. Woohoo.

That brings you up to date, I think. I have some sweet plans for this blog for the rest of this month and for the new year so I'm excited about that.
I am really looking forward to handing in my assignments today, then getting a much-needed hair trim. 
On Thursday my sister and I are going for our celebratory sushi lunch, then we're going to set up the tree at my house and decorate for Christmas while listening to Christmas tunes. (probably Boney M's Christmas album. It's a family tradition.) Then we're going to decorate my Grandma's tree at her house. It's going to be a very Christmas spirit day. 

I still have some shopping to do for Christmas, too. I have to get the rest of my boyfriend's present (I got part of it already,) my grandma's present, presents for my two nephews, and then a present for my Secret Santa. This year all the adults in my family are doing Secret Santa because there are 8 of us and that's just ridiculous. I already got part of my Secret Santa's present so I have to finish that up. I'm excited, I love giving presents! 

To put myself in the Christmas spirit, I made this wallpaper for my computer. Up until yesterday my wallpaper was a scary and intimidating to-do list of stuff I had to do for the end of the semester. It was intense but it felt good to scratch things off the list as I did them. Now that's all over and I get to look at this all the time!


All images taken from We Heart It, I just compiled them.

Have a lovely week, friends!

In the comments tell me your favourite thing about this time of year! What are your favourite holiday traditions? What are you most looking forward to?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Life Update and Februrary 29th

Hello. This blog post comes to you in 3 parts. (Vlogbrothers reference.) Part 1: My Week so Far (Personal Blog type stuff) Part 2: NaNoWriMo (an Update) and Part 3: a poem. And all these parts are kind of related so sorry if there's overlap.

Part 1: My Week So Far
     I am having a not-so-great week. Not that anything particularly horrible has happened but just a lot of stupid trivial things and a general grumpiness on my part that turns those little things into reasons to whine, complain, and sulk. 
     It's the end of the semester so everything is due and classes are finishing and stuff and everybody's just tired and burnt out and since I'm in school and I work at a place where a lot of students work I just spend all my time around people in school who are grumpy about school and can't think or talk about anything other than assignments and finals and stuff. And it's been blizzarding, windy, and cold this week so people are just in a funk.
     And yesterday I was having a pretty good day - I made a presentation in a class that went well, I got to eat supper with my boyfriend and 2 of my classmates that I'm friends with. and I had my last class of two of my classes for the semester, so that was nice. But then I broke my phone. So I was just grumpy. And I came home wanting to be cheered up but then I found out one of my favourite youtube channels is going to stop making videos after December. So I was just bummed. Then there was this thing about NaNoWriMo which will come in part 2. 
     Anyways, today I went to the phone store and got them to switch my number over to my old phone. I had to pay them $25 and since my phone company is stupid and doesn't use SIM cards, they couldn't recover my contacts because my phone wouldn't turn on. So I have the contacts that were in my phone 3 years ago when I used this phone. My contract expires on July 1st so I can get a new phone then. If I want one before then I will have to spend a lot of money because of the stupid nature of phone companies in general and this one in particular. So...if I find a wad of hundreds on the ground somewhere maybe I will use it to buy a new phone. Until then, I have to readjust to my old phone which means no QWERTY keyboard or any other luxuries. :(

Part 2: NaNoWriMo
     Basically, I resigned myself to the fact that I would not be winning NaNoWriMo this year weeks ago. But after my last blog post I made a deal with my sister. Since neither of us would likely hit 50K, whoever had the lowest word count at the end of the month would have to buy the other sushi next week when we go for sushi to celebrate the end of the semester. (For me. She's not in school anymore...although she is going back. Anyways...)
     So I was ahead of her for a while so I didn't bother to write, I had other stuff to do. Homework and such. But yesterday she wrote like a thousand words and actually passed me. So I wrote about a hundred words to regain my lead but it's the last day and I just bet she's going to write a bunch just to win. And I can't afford to/don't want to buy sushi for 2 next week so I have to write so I can win.

Current word count: I have 19, 873 and she has 19, 731. Wish me luck.

Part 3: A Poem
     This morning I went to a workshop for school. I was pretty grumpy about having to go because I had to go to school about an hour earlier than normal and I just didn't think it'd be very good but it was actually cool. It was a spoken word poet and we got to do some writing exercises and watch some clips on youtube and listen to some of his poetry and it was overall pretty cool. 
     One thing we did was write a love poem to something. We initially had to pick something we couldn't live without and I was going to say books but someone else said it before me and we couldn't say the same thing more than once. So I said writing but I didn't like that topic. Later he asked who didn't like their topic and we were allowed to switch right before writing. I didn't like mine so he assigned me the topic "February 29th."
     So I wrote this poem and I don't think it's all that great or anything but I shared it with the class and people really liked it and were very complimentary, so why not post it here. I mean...there's more anonymity here than there was in my classroom so whatever. Also, I don't want to make this blog post a total life-update-post because I always find those boring and never read them on other blogs. So here it is. While I can't take credit for the idea, which was given to me, the words are mine. I'm not sure how well it works as a written poem versus a spoken poem. Whatever. Here. 

A Love Poem to February 29th

You are special.
You are unique.
You only exist 25% of the time
and even then only for
24 short hours.

In a bleak white season
so sparse
with nothing to look forward to.
In between the blatant commercialism of 
Valentine's Day
and the sacred commercialism of
Easter.

You are like a special treat.
The thing everybody wishes for.

More time.
Just one more day.
Time to sleep, clean,
read that book I've been meaning to read,
write that book I've been meaning to write,
tell someone I love them.

You are opportunity.
You embody carpe diem.
An unexpected surprise.
We don't deserve you. We don't appreciate you.
You're just another Tuesday.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Snow, and all the forms of the radiant frost.

These were all taken in my front yard and back yard with my Canon PowerShot SX 120 IS. 



I love hoar frost. So pretty.



There's this big evergreen tree in my backyard, and when I sort of crawled under it, I found...

Some icicles hiding!

These ones are my favourite.

" I love snow, and all the forms
Of the radiant frost."
-Percy Bysshe Shelley, Invocation.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 Film Review

Okay I know a lot of you don't really care about Harry Potter, but whatever. I have a photo post coming up later this week with some wintery pics I took earlier this week, so you can look forward to that and just ignore this. 

When I went to the film, I wore this sweet Harry Potter shirt that I got in 2007 when Deathly Hallows came out. I worked at Coles then, and it was a big deal. And this shirt is awesome, because it has all the release dates of all the books on the back and it says "10 years of Magic" in French, and everything about it is great.

I also painted my nails Gryffindor colours. Yeah.

Follow the jump to read my (raving) review of the film. 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Harry Potter!

Guess what the theme of this post is! HARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTERHARRYPOTTER!

woo hoo!

First, sorry about the lack of posts this week. I've been working on this huge assignment that's been totally consuming me but it's done now, so that's a relief, although temporary. (There are only a couple weeks left in the semester, though! phew.)

So, I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I love the books and the films and everything and I love when the new films come out because it brings back the excitement. So, even though I've had a busy and stressful week seeing this crop up on the internet first thing this week made me happy. 


I've been watching a lot of clips of promo interviews online. (I love Emma Watson!) and I've just been thinking about it a lot and talking about it a lot (probably an annoying amount to my boyfriend and people close to me.)
    I am going with my boyfriend and sister on Saturday and I am very excited! Here are a bunch of pictures that have cropped up on various tumblrs this week that I like. (I don't have a tumblr, so I'm compiling them here. Sorry if this post is annoying to anybody. The pictures at the start are sentimental/cute and the ones at the end are funny, so they're probably worth looking at even if you don't like Harry Potter.) 
   Then, if you're interested click through to read my thoughts on books vs. films, my order of favourite films and books from favourite to least favourite and etc. Okay, enjoy! and Happy Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 week!

                                        
                                               I love how they match!
At the London Premiere




Friday, November 12, 2010

This SHIRT is Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

     I got some exciting mail this week! A while ago, on Tee Fury, a site where they have a tee shirt for a day and then it's gone, there was a Nerdfighter shirt that a nerdfighter designed, and it was $12 and all the proceeds went to charity, so I bought one and it came this week! It's really geeky but I like it. 

  And an even longer while ago, Threadless (one of my fave sites!) screwed up an order of mine. Well, not really. I ordered this beautiful shirt and it came cracked, so I had to send it back. And they reimbursed me for shipping, and then even though I had bought the tee in a $10 tee sale (my favourite!) they gave me a $20 coupon. So I ordered this shirt, which I think is awesome. (I'm wearing it right now!) 


   And I ordered the $5 Trick or Tee they had for Halloween, which was...buy a $5 shirt, pick your size, and they'll send you a surprise tee. And I got this one, which is really pretty and a great colour. And in the package I got a $7 threadless coupon! woohoo!


        I think I will be using that coupon to order this baby. I wanted it a while ago but it sold out and then they reprinted it! Yay. I'm still hoping they reprint  this one and this one

    Threadless shirts I have (if you are interested) besides these two:  this, this, this, this and this. I think that's it but I have a lot of dirty laundry right now so there might be more.

NaNoWriMo word count so far: 10773
     I wrote like 2,000 words yesterday morning so that was awesome. I haven't written all week though, been too busy. I am supposed to be at 20,000 words but I think I'll still finish on time. </delusion> No seriously, I plan on doing some writing on Sunday afternoon.....

Have a great weekend, friends!

Monday, November 8, 2010

These [books] fall like dominos, dominos



Every now and then something will show up multiple times in my google reader in a week. A couple weeks ago this video showed up on two blogs I follow so I knew I would like it.

That same week in my English class, my prof was talking about how the same word showed up in multiple poems in the same book, and he said, "It's like dominoes." And I thought of this.

This blog said, "Bookmans says their video “plays on connectedness, cause and effect, and non-linear lines while evoking the feeling of getting lost in a book so deeply that the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world fades away.” "

I love it and I hope you guys will, too.

It's a secret dream of mine to some day own my own book store. If that dream ever comes true I am totally going to copy this!

Have a great week everybody, it's a short one because of Remembrance Day!

NaNoWriMo Word Count: 8741 ... slowly getting back on track.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

NaNoWriMo

What is NaNoWriMo?
     National Novel Writing Month. It's an event where lots of people attempt to write 50,000 words of a novel in the month of November. It has a website where you can sign up for free and update your word count and become writing buddies with other people and encourage each other and help each other, and there are pep talks from people who have actually written and published novels. And it's really awesome.
     I did it last year and won (meaning I wrote 50K words in the month.) I wrote a young adult novel that was sort of a coming-of-age/falling-in-love/finding-yourself story, set in Saskatchewan.
     This year, I don't really want to tell you what I am writing so I am going to take a page out of this girl's book (haha, novel puns) and describe my novel using things that already exist. (because it's not that original.)  My novel is Looking for Alaska + The Bermudez Triangle + Gilmore Girls.
     I'm pretty excited about it. I'm not sure if I'll win this year. I think I probably will, but this week I haven't been writing much because I've been so busy with school and work. And November's probably going to continue like that. Last year when I tried this for the first time I was taking four courses and working 4 days a week.
Now I am taking five courses with heavier work loads, and working 6 days a week. So....we'll see how it goes.
     Also, my sister posted on her Facebook today that she is going to try to do NaNoWriMo for the first time, so that is exciting! She is starting 4 days in, so she's at a disadvantage but hopefully she can do it!

Why do NaNoWriMo?
     If you want the opinions of people more elequant than I, check out this or this.
If you want my reasons, here they are: (in no particular order and not too well thought-out.)
     I really like writing but I never make time for it. So for me, NaNoWriMo is a good excuse to dedicate some time to writing. I am lazy and a procrastinator and I don't have the best time management skills so having to look at the stats telling me I am "three days behind" only 3 days into the project is a pretty good incentive for me to get my ass in gear and write. And having to post my low word count on here for all of you to see is shameful and embarrassing. Not that I'm getting guilted into writing or anything, because really I don't care what the internet thinks of my ability to write 50k words in 30 days. But November is a month I dedicate to working on something important to me, when I don't often make time to do it otherwise. So I disappoint myself if I'm not making time for it. Wow, this is rambly and not making too much sense.
       I'm just gonna stop here, and go work on my novel until I go to work.

       If you are doing NaNoWriMo and want to become my "writing buddy" my profile is dani789 (my birthday is July 1989...so...07/89.)  Or if you aren't doing it and you just want to follow my progress somewhere other than this blog (there's pretty graphs and stuff) here is my profile page.

      Okay. That was the promised NaNoWriMo blog post. I hope it was all you hoped for and more. Now, time to write!

NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 2,370 (but I'm going to write right now!)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween (and NaNoWriMo)

Hello and Happy November!

Halloween isn't usually a big deal to me but it was this  year. I had to dress up four seperate times. I had to dress up three times for work because I have multiple jobs and they all involve kids. I wore some homemade butterfly wings my mom made for me when I was a kid. 
But my actual costume (which I wore to the party at my house Sunday night) was half of a couple costume with my boyfriend. We were a double rainbow. Some people got it and they are awesome. Other people had no clue. 
If you don't get it, watch THIS.

Here are some photos of the costume. I had to crop some of them all weird because they were photos of both of us but my boyfriend doesn't want his face on the internet, and we are very different heights so it was hard to crop. But here. 
this was my costume (obviously.)

and this was my boyfriend's.

Some of the weirdest costumes I saw: (mostly on kids)
- a "princess" with wings and a wand. She got offended when I accidentally called her a fairy.
- a "Mexican." - sombrero, poncho, and maracas. 

Some of the best costumes I saw:
- one kid at my work came as Vince the Slap Chop Guy
- my friend (and pseudo sister-in-law) made this sweet awesome fish head and came as a fish to our party. I don't think she wants her face on the internet either so here is photo of me wearing the fish head. She said I was a "rainbow trout" which I found hilarious.


So that was Halloween. It was pretty great but Halloween on a Sunday makes for a tired and stressful Monday. I hope you guys liked my Halloween playlist I posted here. 
A lot of people have been checking out my blog which makes me happy. I creep the stats a lot (probably more than is normal.) I found out someone from Denmark was reading my blog this week! How cool is that. 
And last week someone found my blog through twitter. Nobody follows me on twitter except for like 3 spam bots because I don't tweet, I just follow people. But I tweeted (is that what you call it?) this girl to congratulate her on her blogoversary. and she replied to me! So I think she clicked through to my blog from Twitter and that is just awesome because she has one of my favourite blogs ever!!!! (this is the blog in case you were wondering or couldn't see the link on the side of this post.)

ALSO.

I am doing attempting NaNoWriMo this month. I will probably make a post about it later this week for those of you who don't know what it is but check out this if you are curious. So for all my blog posts in November I am going to put my word count at the bottom of the post. Today it is pretty pathetic since yesterday I had work and school all day and I had a midterm to write last night and I had an assignment to complete for this morning. So, I didn't write hardly at all, but I got out about 100 words so I would be motivated to continue rather than just not writing at all. So I am about 1, 000 words behind but that's nothing, I can catch up this weekend. This is probably really confusing to anybody who doesn't know what NaNoWriMo is but I promise I will explain it in a post tomorrow or Thursday. Promise.

That's it. Happy NaNoWriMo/Noshavevember/November.

NaNoWriMo Word Count So Far: 132. (pathetic.)

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Top Ten Indie Rock Hallowe'en Songs

10. Evil by Interpol

9. Date With The Night by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

8. Ghosts by Rah Rah

7. Vampire/Forest Fire by Arcade Fire

6. Dracula by Gorillaz

5. Ghost by Neutral Milk Hotel

4. Creeper by Islands


2. Monster Hospital by Metric

1. Ghosting by Mother Mother


Wednesday, October 27, 2010

First Snow

 It snowed here yesterday for the first time so far this winter. People were mad, people were surprised. Other people were mad that people were surprised. My facebook news feed looked like this:

20 people are mad that it snowed and are saying some dumb thing like 
"grr snow" or "I can't believe it snowed already" or "snoooww??!!!1"

10 people are mad at the losers talking about the weather but are actually 
also talking about the weather by saying some dumb thing like 
"srsly guys it's Saskatchewan. what do you expect?!!!111" 

5 people have uploaded cell phone photos of their cars 
covered in snow with captions like "first snow and my car's already stuck"

I was happy because I love snow and I took some pictures in the morning while the snow was still fresh and innocent, before people could get mad at it or blame it for their bad driving and unreliable cars and failure to remember what winter is. Here you go.






Poor confused flowers. I mean, the people had fair warning. We have weather reports and experience living in this place. The flower didn't know what was coming. He's the one we should feel bad for. (joke.)



Happy winter, everyone!

Monday, October 25, 2010

I'm so cool, I'm so cool, I'm so cool.

I found this temporary tattoo in a box of Freezies. I thought it would serve as a helpful reminder to all of you that I'm the coolest.


And it's on my bicep 'cause I'm cool like that. 

Have a great week everybody!