Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What I've learned from watching movies

My top ten list from Late Bloomer Online
10. Always turn the lights on when you walk into an empty house at night.
9. To hot wire a car, all you have to do is touch a bunch of wires together under the dashboard.
8. While driving in the car with a passenger, looking at the road is optional. 
7. One man shooting at 20 men has a better chance of killing them than 20 men firing at 1 man.
6. It’s never a good idea to build a home on top of an old cemetery. “You moved the headstones, but you forgot the bodies!”
5. An electric fence, powerful enough to kill a dinosaur will cause no lasting damage to an eight year old child. 
4. If a dark haired, serious-faced man approaches you with an air compressor in his hand, run.
3. If you discover your super rich boyfriend is a dark, super hot vigilante at night, don’t leave him. Accept him for who he is.
2. The more a man and a woman hate each other, the more likely they will fall in love.
1. If a vampire sneaks into your room to watch you sleep, it’s not cool. It’s creepy. 
 Did I miss anything???

Monday, March 26, 2012

My favorite movies

I'm in the middle of my blog tour and one of the bloggers asked me what my favorite movies were. I thought this was such a good question, because I think a person's favorite movies says a lot about them.

I thought I'd share with you my top ten (a top 100 hundred would've been easier).

Top Ten Movies
10.  Ladyhawk
9.  Napolean Dynomite
8.  Nacho Libre
7.  Phantom of the Opera
6.  Far and Away
5.  Alias series with Jennifer Garner (okay, not technically a movie, but one of my favorite DVD’s)
4.  Moulin Rouge
3.  Batman series except for the weird ones, Batman 3 and 4.
2.  Count of Monte Cristo
1.  Underworld’s

What are some of your favorite movies?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Defining Characters

For those of you into writing, I ran across this blog entry by Les Edgerton that was just wonderful. He discusses how to define characters and their arcs using the movie Thelma and Louise. I had no idea that movie had so many writer "teaching" moments.

If you get a chance, read it here. Your WIP's will be better for it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dirty Thoughts

Every year I look forward to Easter. You’re probably thinking it’s because of some spiritual reason, like the tomb is empty or something, but no. My reason is shallow and will probably send me to hell.

It’s this bad boy. A Cadbury Egg. Just the sight of it invokes all sorts of sinful thoughts. It has a shape perfect for holding, a creamy center filling, and, when devoured, leaves me with a feeling of complete and utter satisfaction.

And so, here sits my heavenly egg atop a fluffy pedestal and when the sun sets, bringing the cover of darkness, I will take my egg, carefully peel away its shiny exterior, and sink my teeth into its warm, gooey goodness.


Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Oceans and Owls

The first thing I hear every morning is the sound of ocean waves crashing to shore. I love this sound and if I could, I'd lay in bed all day listening to it.

This morning I heard another sound. It was just as beautiful because it brought back fond memories of my childhood. It was the soothing voice of an owl whoo-whoo-whooing.

When I was little my three sisters and brother loved to sleep outside on the trampoline during the summer. We would always fight over who got to sleep on the outside, because we knew that whoever slept on the inside was always squished by morning. I don't know why my little sister ever got involved in this argument. She always lost. Maybe that's why she can sleep anywhere now. I really miss those days.

I listened to the owl for several more minutes until it flew away, but the memories warmed my heart.

What sounds do you love?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Emerald City Book Review

Welcome to the blog tour of Emerald City!

Olivia’s sad, solitary life in Seattle comes dangerously close to ending one fateful night, if not for a neighbor saving her in the nick of time. Curious about her mysterious rescuer, she seeks him out in hope of getting some answers, but instead finds something she never thought she’d have again.

My review:

The touch, the feel, the fabric of a perfect romance. This is the story of Emerald City.

The tale unfolds with the story of Olivia, a seriously depressed young woman. She’s experienced great sorrow for her tender years, and finds little to hope for. This hopelessness leads her down a self-destructive path until she ultimately tries to commit suicide. She would’ve succeeded, too, if it hadn’t been for the careful observations of her next door neighbor, Jude.

Ah, Jude. He’s kind, handsome, loyal, dedicated… if there was a list of the perfect man, Jude would be the title. It doesn’t take long for Olivia to realize this, but that’s not all she realizes. There’s something up with Jude. He’s not what he says he is, and she’s determined to discover his secrets. And Jude is determined to help Olivia get better. But the closer they get, and the more they sacrifice, they’ll realize their relationship has severe consequences.

I enjoyed Emerald City. It explored some dark issues many people go through. The author didn’t hold back when she created Olivia’s character, taking her to the brink of death and back. Anyone who has suffered through depression will relate to Olivia, but for those who haven’t, they will get a realistic view into that world that will tear at your heart strings.

It takes time, but through Olivia’s determination and Jude’s help, she gets better. The author did a great job developing her into a strong female heroine. And although readers don’t know much about Jude, the author gives just enough to make you want to keep reading.

If you love timeless romances, I recommend this book.

Feel free to check out other reviews on this blog tour, and if you wish to find out more about Alicia K. Leppert, you can do so by visiting her on these sites:

Website: Alicia K. Leppert
Twitter: @alicialeppert
Facebook: Emerald City
Goodreads: Alicia K. Leppert

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Fractured Light Reviews

Sometimes I forget things. Sometimes I'm not so smart. Back in December I had a huge blog tour, and I just realized that I didn't even mention it on my blog. Maybe I should take a class on this whole social marketing thing.

In a couple of weeks I have another blog tour coming, which I will remember to mention (I think, probably) but I thought I'd post links to some of the December interviews and reviews I had of Fractured Light.

Feel free to browse through them if you'd like to see what others are saying.

Jaclyns Musings
Cindy Bennett
Living, Loving, Laughing, Reading
Reading, Eating, and Dreaming
Books and Needlepoint
A Casual Reader's Blog
Michael Tate
Roro is Reading
Just One More Page
Ka'Ao: Tell a Fanciful Tale
Alexa Loves Books
I am a reader, not a writer
My life with books
Getting your read on
Blooming with books
Imaginary Reads
A bookalicious story
Me and reading
Chapter by chapter
Krazy book lady
Hollow readers
Fictitious musings
Mundie Moms

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Children movie pushing an agenda

Over the weekend I took my kids to see The Lorax. It was my daughter’s sixth birthday and she loves Dr. Seuss. I knew what the book was about, and I always thought it had a good message so I was looking forward to watching it with them. But I was sorely disappointed and left with a bad taste in my mouth. And it wasn’t from the burnt popcorn.

The original book promoted environmental responsibility, which I’m all for, and it was done in an artistic and reasonable manner. I can’t say the same for this movie.

 It turned out to be one of those shows pushing an agenda, a very obvious one. I don’t mind subtle themes that take a backseat to a child’s story, but this one was so in your face it was ridiculous. It was anti-industry, anti-capitalist, and pro-environmentalism. I don’t want to watch a movie I just paid for feeling like someone wants me to feel guilty for building a fort out of trees branches when I was a child.

The climax of the movie is when Once-ler sings a song dedicated to greed called “How Bad Can I be?” It depicted him as a super rich man who stomped on everyone and everything all for his love of money. Only when he saw every last tree destroyed did he realize the error of his ways. (Why didn’t anyone think to plant more?)

I know a lot of wealthy people, who employee a lot of people, and I can honestly say they are extremely generous with their money. That’s not saying there aren’t stingy rich people, but I think overall people are good. They want to help their fellow man. They want to protect the environment. They want to keep things in balance.

Balance is key.

Did anyone else get a chance to see it? Am I alone here?