30 April, 2010

Hello, Earthlings

Took a cat out on a leash today. Yes, a cat on a leash. Duster didn't really move around like a dog does exactly, and he did run up and down the driveway with me at the other end of the leash and afraid he was going to pull right out of the halter, but it was fun. :) Maybe he'll get used to it and walk instead of *run*sniff*run*JERK*

*collapses*

So. What do you people plan on doing this weekend? Hmmm? Me, I'm going to write, read, run, walk, and watch New Moon. I am seriously hoping that it will be better than the book, since I thought that the Twilight movie was better than Twilight the book.

-----The Golden Eagle

Teen Girl's Day Book, Hannah's Tag, and a Rant on the Oil Spill

Date...April 30th, 2010
Starting time...7:19
Mood...Equanimical
Outside my window...Clouds and sun, and thankfully no lawn mowers
I'm thinking...about my story (I'm always thinking about my story these days. When I'm walking, when I'm watching TV, when I'm eating . . . maybe I need a break, but I just want to write.)
I'm reading...I just finished something, so nothing right now.
I'm listening to...ze computer
I'm wearing...San Francisco sweatshirt, black stretch pants
Yesterday, I...woke up late because I watched TV until 11:20. (It was Hamlet! It's educational . . .)
I'm excited for...today.
I'm sad because...oil is in the Gulf of Mexico!
I'm hungry for...not really hungry. I ate breakfast a little over an hour ago.
The song stuck inside my head is...nothing's stuck in my head except the name "Mulally". (He's the CEO of Ford.)
I want...the neighbor to take a vacation
I love...writing!
I loathe...I'd say Twilight, but I've already said I hate it. So I'll say I hate Breaking Dawn, and believe me, that book really sucked.
This week, my goal is...to, um, design a really awesome subterranean city (?)
Did I meet last week's goal?...Yes.
Ending time...7:26

***

Hannah at My Nutty Life has tagged me!

If you could be a color, what would you be?
Green. Preferably the kind that comes through the tree leaves in a forest when the sun's shining.

If you could be an art material, what would you be?
A silver and gold paintbrush with fine, smooth, and light brown hairs finely trimmed to an exact length. (So I'd be a rather fussy paintbursh. :)

If you could be an animal what animal would you be?
An eagle! My name says it all.

If you could be a shape what would you be?
The shape of a willow tree. Graceful and leafy.

If you could be a sound what would you be?
A strong breeze chasing up leaves and dust.

If you could be a smell what would you be?
The outdoors. :)

And I tag:

Bridget
Bleah Briann
and
Tay in Real Life

*****

CAN YOU FREAKING BELIEVE THAT WE MIGHT HAVE 4 MILLION GALLONS OF OIL IN THE OCEAN BY THE TIME THE WELL STOPS LEAKING?

I would seriously like to throttle BP for this. And I almost hope that they find some kind of exposing email that states they cut out a fuse because of cost. 500,000 dollars is tame next to what they're paying for the cleanup now.

Wildlife is threatened, people's livelihoods are threatened, the shores are threatened, industy/tourism is affected, and if the oil drilling policies that are being discussed in Washington are ground to a halt, GOOD. We don't need anymore things like this happening!

-----The Golden Eagle


29 April, 2010

Hamlet

Last night on Great Performances I watched Hamlet with David Tennant as Hamlet and Patrick Stewart as Claudius.

The story of Hamlet is does not have a happy ending, and nothing else is all that happy either.

For those of you who don't know the plot, Hamlet's father is killed, and he finds out through his father's ghost that Claudius (Hamlet's uncle) murdered the late king, and Hamlet vows revenge. And then he seemingly goes mad, somewhat pretending, somewhat not. Ophelia--who is in love with Hamlet, though if he was ever really in love with her is questionable--then becomes miserable herself, when she's set up in front of Hamlet because her father Polonius thinks that Hamlet's miserable because he told his daughter not to encourage him. Then Hamlet, after his "friends" try to engage him in a pasttime, tells the players that come to use lines that he's written in hopes of revealing his uncle's guilt. The play is cut off, and Polonius suggests to his mother, Gertrude, that she should try to get the reason for his dementia. So he goes to her "closet" (bedroom/private chambers) and then practically attacks her, shouting at her for marrying Claudius so soon after his father's death. And when he heard Polonius move behind a mirror, he snatches up a pistol on the bedside table and shoots; no pause, no nothing. Just shoots, and Polonius stumbles out, dying fast. Gertrude refuses to listen to her son as he tells her about his uncle, and he leaves her in misery. Then Hamlet starts to drag Polonius's body through the castle (or chateaux, or whatever the building is) and the king sends for the guards to hunt him down and get the body. They demand to know where it is from Hamlet, and he finally tells them, while strapped to a chair and immobile. He is then taken away to England, drugged. Ophelia, already miserable about Hamlet's fury, goes mad herself as she finds out Polonius is dead. She drowns herself, and Hamlet watches her burial, as Laertes also goes mad. (This play is full of people going mad.) Hamlet bursts out of his hiding spot, and hangs over Ophelia's grave, shouting at everyone there as Horatio (poor Horatio) tries to calm him down. Then the king challenges Hamlet to a duel with Laertes, and Laertes and Hamlet slit each other's throats. His mother drinks poison intended for Hamlet, dies, and Hamlet forces the king to drink out of the same cup, killing the king. Laertes and Hamlet both die, Hamlet in Horatio's arms. 

That's Hamlet for you.

It's not the cheeriest play by Shakespeare. I liked watching it though, since I haven't before.

-----The Golden Eagle

28 April, 2010

A Tag

Bleah Briann at ~With Love an Kisses~ tagged me!

What's your favorite boy's name, and what's your favorite girl's name?
Boy's name: Connor
Girl's name: Sheherazade. (Jk. But I can't seem to think of anything right now . . .)

Who do you miss most right now?
No one in particular . . .

Do you sing in the shower?
No. I hum a lot outside of the shower, and I hardly ever sing.

What are some of your favorite movies and books?
Movies:
Spirit
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Prince Caspian
Night at the Museum
Duma

Books:
Beka Cooper
Sammy Keyes
Darkwing
Airborn
My story

Describe yourself as best you can in one sentence.
I am a Chinese-American with a love of learning, I try to stay calm, and I love running.

Do you believe time travel is possible?
I think it is unlikely, but not completely impossible, I suppose. There is that light barrier and all. :)

What were your favorite books as a child?
Phantom Stallion
Junie B. Jones
Magic Tree House

Would you rather be hated by everybody but one person who loved you, or have everybody think you’re an okay person?
I spot of hope in the dark is better than a dull and dreary existence.

What's your guilty pleasure?
Haha. I don't have any guilty pleasures.

If you could go back and redo one thing in your life, would you? What would it be and why?
Hey, I'm only 13. I shouldn't have made all that many ginormous decisions that turned out wrong.

And the recipients of this tag are:
Audrey
Alex
Shimmer the Cat
Icewolf

-----The Golden Eagle

27 April, 2010

20 Followers!

I have reached 20 followers in less than two months! Thanks to all of you for keeping this site running with your comments and feedback on the posts, polls, and reactions. Here is a list of all twenty, and I've included links if I know the blog URL or if it's listed under your name on the list of followers. If I don't have a link to yours and you have a blog, leaving it in a comment would be great!

Jojo 
Julie

Just to let you know, this is post #78 and when I reach 100, I will have a contest/giveaway! I still haven't quite figured out the details but there are only 22 posts to go so keep watching!

Ursula K. Le Guin

Title: The Wind's Twelve Quarters
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Genre: SF/Fantasy Collection  of 19 stories
Rating: 3 out of 5

The good: She is a good writer. I like the style and the settings, and some of the stories are thought-provoking. The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas especially.

***Spoiler free version***
The bad: For one thing, nearly all of the stories ended up with someone dying. Either the main character died or ran away from the situation, not facing the problems they created. I found that a bit morbid and I wonder why they couldn't just get on with their lives. The Good Trip was strange in that sense, and I think the man is not quite sane.

***Spoiler version***

In Semley's Necklace, The Word of Unbinding, The Rule of Names, Winter's King, The Good Trip, Nine Lives, A Trip to the Head, Vaster than Empires and More Slow, The Field of Vision, Direction of the Road, and The Masters, there are people who either run away into oblivion, commit suicide, or die. Sometimes it is the secondary character, and sometimes it is the main character. For once I would like to see these people actually face what they're running from, and the problems that they caused by not being responsible and/or reasonable.

Do I recommend this book? That depends. If you enjoy SF/Fantasy then yes. But if you are't particularly interested in that kind of writing in the first place, then probably not.

26 April, 2010

It's Raing, It's Pouring, the Old Cat is Snoring . . .

Well, it certainly is raining.

It's spring. Why can't it rain at night?

And the cat really was snoring.

*grrrrr*

At least I can manage to write, even if the sentences I come up with overly dramatic and I fail to come with evil plans and plots. Gosh, do you know how hard it is to be in the enemy's mind? I can figure out motives, but plotting . . . well, I need to be a genius and come up with spectacular ideas to murder the good guys. I don't really want to murder the good guys (and girls) and then the evil people have to start going after each other too which, while it is the desired result, culminates in a big snarly mess of nasty people and plans and schemes. Then I have to figure out who the good girls (and guys) are.

*****

The Fellowship of the Whales

Excellent Nature program, folks. (I like WNET.) No dead calves (there is always something dying on Nature, but c'est la vie, I suppose) and the general whale life seemed alright. They're huge, so not many things would want to attack them, it's just their calves. They eat, they mate, they swim, they sleep, and they sing.

-----The Golden Eagle

25 April, 2010

I got this award from Fearless!



Apples, oranges, or bananas?

Apples.

How many siblings do you have?

0.

How old are you?

13 1/3

Do you lone on a prairie, woodland, swamp, city, or other?

Other. I inhabit a temperate forest.

Scissors or glue?

Scissors. Cutting is better than gluing . . .

Describe your dream house:

Down a secluded forest path in the hills with pines/maples/etc. and a creek, in a large clearing where I can see the stars at night. Large glass windows, spacey interior. Differently colored rooms, with different themes.

Is your room clean?

Dusty, more like. There aren't any dirty socks or laundry, but it could stand a dustmop.

If you could be a movie chracter for a day, who would it be?

Arya, from Eragon.

Italy, Greece, France, Spain, or England?

Greece. Ruins and the sea . . .

What denomination are you?

I don't go to church.

Do you sleep with a stuffed toy (BE HONEST!)?

No. (It's the truth. I slept with a large purple unicorn until a 1 1/2 years ago, though.)

Gum, chocolate, or jelly beans?

None. Fruit, please.

What is your favorite book?

Beka Cooper. (I have tons of favorites, but I've read that one 4 times in the last month . . .)

Favorite ice cream flavor?

I don't eat ice cream all that much, but it's strawberry. :)

If you had to eat one type of food for two weeks, what would that food be?

Pizza.

What is your favorite Olympic Sport?

Gee . . .

If you woke up and discovered that you had turned into Miley Cyrus for the day, what would you do?

Try to find some reasonable clothes from her closet, march outside and start a humanitarian aid campaign to help people in Africa and other distressed places. Donate millions to non-profit organizations, and then motivate my fans to help others.

Describe yourself in three words.

Imaginative. Intelligent. Ingenius. (And those are just the "i"s.)

What chore do you hate?

Dusting. I'm mildly allergic to dust, so I try to avoid it.

If Elmo came into your room with a gun, what would you do?

(Is this a jab at the accusations that Elmo is selfish?) Freeze up, then wait until his back is turned. Then launch out of bed and tackle his fuzzy person to the ground, knocking the weapon out of his hand. (Weird question, but that's a tag for you. :)

*****

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

Hilarious. :D

The Night at the Museum movies are great, if you ask me. I watched this one last night, and laughed during a lot of it.

Nick: "You don't have a plan."
Larry: "I have a plan!"
Nick: "No, you don't have a plan."
Larry: "Yes! I have no plan!"

Al Capone: "Why are you wearing a dress?"
Kahmunrah: "It's not a dress. It is a tunic. There is quite a difference. It was the height of fashion 3000 years ago."
Ivan the Terrible: "Do we have to wear a dress?"
Kahmunrah: "Did you not hear what I just said? It is a tunic."
Napoleon Bonaparte: *raises hand*
Kahmunrah: "Any more questions not about my dress--I mean, tunic."
Napoleon: *lowers hand*

Larry: "What?"
Napoleon (with a heavy accent): "Were you two friends in college and now you are just afraid to say that you like like each ozzer?"
Larry/Amelia Earhart: "NO!"

Larry: "Quite down! Shhh!"
Amelia: "They're adorable!"
Cupids: *sings*
Larry: "I didn't mean change the song! I don't need the Titanic theme tune!"

Okay, so maybe you have to actually watch it get the real amusement, and not my slightly faulty lines that I'm calling up from memory. But it is funny.

-----The Golden Eagle

24 April, 2010

Icewolf's "Randomness is Sweet" Tag


Icewolf at Icewolf's Den has tagged me! Here are five random things on one random topic:

1. Snakes are cool. (I like snakes. One flying snake can glide up to 300 feet and actually flattens its body out into a thin ribbon, and then it undulates, directing itself through the air.)
2. Spiders are not so cool. (I don't like prejudice, believe me, but I do not like a whole lot of spiders. Non-poisonus is alright most of the time, but poisonus even a little bit? *shudders*)
3. I like skunks. (Yes, those smelly blakc-and-white creatures that you all-too-often see by the side of the road lying there dead. They can be sweet pets, you know. And their fur is really, really soft.)
4. Parrots are too squak! Squak! Squak!-y for my tastes. (Someone in my neighborhood has at least 2, and while they're pretty with those bright colors, I really wouldn't want them as housepets.)
5. Dragons rock!

There you have it, folks. I tag:

Hannah (my newest follower--welcome to this blog, Hannah!)
Bridget
Liliejane
Bekah

That's all for now!

-----The Golden Eagle

5 Awesome Blogs

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G'day, everyone! Saturday again, and with that comes this post . . .

1. A Girl of Many Colors

2. Caliginosity

3. Journies of a Jesus Freak

4. The Storming Souls

5. Sounds of Melodies

*****

IRONY.

It's so very . . . ironic. I find it amusing.

For example, Moody's Economy is saying that it might lower the US Treasury rating. At the same time, Moody's is being grilled in Washington for its flawed ratings of stocks/bonds/etc.

Apparently Apple has a policy against the ridicule of public figures, and turned down a guy named Fiore's app because he's a political cartoonist. Lo and behold, he wins the Pulitzer for his work. Apple then goes and requests him to rethink that app of his.

Life is full of things like that. As the teacher says in Wicked: "Irony is the juxtaposition of two incongruous situations." (Or at least something along those lines; I'm miserable at remembering phrases.)

-----The Golden Eagle

23 April, 2010

Opal Skies . . .

"Sapphire" seems to be the usual description of the sky, so I thought I'd use something different. After all, skies aren't as solid blue as the Hope Diamond (which would sell for a totally ridiculous and insane amount of money if the Smithsonian every lost its head and decided to sell the thing) it's more like an opal, with the swirly clouds (or puffy ones) and, of course, the sun's bright yellow on good days, and etc. I've even seen the Hope Diamond (and many other museums at the capital) and it doesn't completely remind me of the sky.

Gee, that was random.

ANYWAYS. Today was a good day, and I turned 13 1/3. (I like the way it looks.) Not really imporant, but it's a milestone, in its own way. I failed to work on my story, but I was in the back entry room with a case of nostalgia. (My mom (and I, somewhat. :P) were packing up old doll stuff.) I even remembered little glue caps that were from years ago. How is it that I can remember the shape of little glue caps, but not even the names of the planets in my SF story? Memory is strange . . .

Just some thoughts, and I felt like posting them. :)

-----The Golden Eagle

22 April, 2010

New Money

I think the new 100-dollar bill is better than the last, with the new watermark, EURion constellations, and motion. (Motion uses 650,000 micro lenses, if you can believe it.) It's more colorful, anyways, regardless of security and less risk of counterfeits. The inkwell and feather pen is cool, although I think the large 100 on the back is a little too gold and big. But it's not just plain old green anymore, and the purple-ish line down the side should help stop money laundering and other illegal activities.

-----The Golden Eagle

TODAY is Earth Day!!!

Happy Earth Day, everyone!

Be green!

*****

Date...Earth Day!
Starting time...7:13 AM
Mood...Edgy
Outside my window...A red sunrise. (It's supposed to rain today, so no surprise there.)
I'm thinking...that I really need to alter the names of some of the weapons used in my story . . . I mean, snakes? I named missiles snakes?
I'm reading...The Wind's Twelve Quarters
I'm listening to...the computer
I'm wearing...Black exercise pants, tan shirt, purple overshirt (or whatever it's called.)
Yesterday, I...ate pizza.
I'm excited for...mmmm . . . today?
I'm sad because...people are DESTROYING THE EARTH.
I'm hungry for...something
The song stuck inside my head is...nothing
I want...to understand calculus!
I love...life!
I loathe...trash.
This week, my goal is...to manage not to explode.
Did I meet last week's goal?...Yes! My portfolio is nearly (but not quite) done, since, after all, it's not June yet . . .
Ending time...7:20 AM

***

-----The Golden Eagle

21 April, 2010

I Think My Head is in the Clouds . . .

For those of you who noticed that case of mistaken dates--oops. I must not have been thinking about time all that much, and since E.D. is not something I normally pay attention to, well . . . . I'm going to have to pay more attention. Thank goodness I'm homeschooled, eh?

Another Tag!

(Do I overload you guys with tags? I know I do a lot of them . . .)

1. How many toes do you have?
47. I'm a Species II Hybrid centipede with maximized walking capacity.

2. How many bones have you broken?
I believe my toe is broken right now.

3. Name an epic thing you have done.
Um . . .? I wrote over 80,000 words for my story in the last 8 months (since the end of September) and I started Blogger. :)

4. If you had a pet lemming, what would you name him?
Rosto. (that was the first thing that popped into my head.)

5. What color are the clothes you're wearing right now?
Black, green, green, blue, aqua, plaid, white.

6. How awesome are orca whales on a scale of one to ten?
10!

8. How old do you want to be when you die?
I'll be old enough to die once I've made some kind of difference on this planet.

9. Name a pet peeve and an addiction.
When people look smug! I hate that. I even hate it when our cat looks smug, and she does it often.

And addiction? READING. I'd DIE without reading anything.

10. Write a paragraph detailing your life. 100 word minimum.
I was born in China, adopted in 1998, stopped at the airport in Seoul, lived in ______ for a year, now live in  _____ , enjoy writing, reading, running, math, science, (esp. physics right now) love playing my piano and violin, am homeschooled, love being homeschooled, have black hair (that's all I'm going to tell you) and have strange dreams at night about random things in life. (And books.)

11. Name one thing that really isn't a secret, but that you really haven't gotten around to telling anyone.
I don't go to church.

12. Name another pet peeve.
People who hate math! I love math! Math rules the world!

13. Sprechen Sie Deutsch?
Nr., die ich Chinese anstatt lerne.

14. Tell a joke.
(The following must be said with a heavy British accent)
"Knock knock."
"Who's there?"
"Ecomonist." (Pronounced "Ih. Can. Ah. Misst")
"Economist who?"
"Economist the financial recession, but we'll try to do better next time."

(Get it? No? Yes? A little? Economist is supposed to sound like "I kinda missed")

15. How many question have you answered in a witty manner so far?
All of them, of course. (Kidding. Do bad jokes count as witty?)

15. Compose a haiku.
This is a tag that
I am doing right now and
You can do it too
(Horrible, huh? I don't know all the rules to haikus, so I might have violated something in that one.)

17. Have you ever notived how sour candies taste even more sour if you rub them against the side of your tongue?
Yes. Blech. I don't like candy . . .

18. What book(s) are you reading at the moment?
The Wind's Twelve Quarter (collection)
Mouse (reread)

19. How many doors are there in your house?
There are plenty of doorways that are door-less, but with regards to doors on this apartment . . . 8, I think.

20. How would you solve a problem like Maria?
I'd go hold a moonbeam in my hand.

21. Think of something about yourself. Anything. Go on, think of it.
I like wearing plaid flannel shirts. (Like I'm wearing now.)

22. What's wrong with your legs?
Wacko question. My toe's broken, so does that count?

24. What's your favorite show tune?
I don't know any show tunes.

25. Okay, you can tell us what that first thing you thought of for number 21 was. We all want to know.
I answered it truthfully. You're not getting anything deep and dark . . .

And I tag:

a) Anyone who can speak German
b) Anyone who watches PBS on occasion
c) Anyone who enjoys running like an ostrich
d) Anyone who wants (or has) a cell phone

20 April, 2010

Some Intel on Eyjafjallajokull (Iceland)

DYK that the last time Eyjafjallajokull (yes, that is the name of the volcano--quite a mouthful, isn't it?) erupted in 1821, the activity went on for 2 years? 2 years!!! Passengers can't survive on airport crackers and hard, cold floors for that long! Air travel is getting clobbered by the ash and dust that can get into the turbines and get them clogged (resulting in engine failure, possibly crashes) and the people are stranded, especially in places like Heathrow. Total, over 17,000 flights were cancelled on Friday. Apparently the News Hour's Ray Suarez is stuck in England, too, when he went there to report on Britain.

*****

Earth Days (PBS last night) was very interesting, I think. It talked to 6 (? Can't really remember) people (coservationists/radicals/politicians/authors/etc.) about the 50s and on to the present situation. It's pretty chilling, the way people think the Earth is going to overpopulate and the world's resources will crash as human populations expand. We need to recycle and so forth! Like it says on a grocery store's plastic bags (which are a 2) Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Right with you!

-----The Golden Eagle

19 April, 2010

Frogs & Frustration

Hello, everyone.

You know how some things just make you hopeless and insignificant, since you can't do anything about them? Well, I'm an animal-enthusiast, and watching Nature last night really made me sad. And mad. Maybe getting upset about little slimy hoppity creatures is strange to some, but to me it's important . . .

Frogs: The Thin Green Line looked at the decline of frog populations all over the world, caused by BD or by synthetic chemicals, or anything else that is affecting amphibians. Bullfrogs taking over the native species, kitrid rampant and killing frogs worldwide, hormones that we use and flush down out toilets making male frogs turn into females, parasites that make their hosts grow extra and deformed limbs, habitat destruction . . . gosh, what next?

These same situations could show up in humans, and then what? People ignore these things because, after all, they're "just frogs".  They're living, breathing, organisms. So are we. And I don't want a frog-less world anyways, regardless of whether they affect us or not. They're so amazing if you really look at them, and global warming, habitat loss, and other factors are decimating species--we lose so many to extinction every year. We lose hundreds of animals every year, in fact. Those animals are never to studied, examined, and they could possibly even save human lives through the chemicals they produce naturally.

The reason I feel hopeless about the whole thing, is that a lot of people aren't motivated to save little creatures in a rainforest where big companies are building houses and complexes for human benefit. What's the point? they ask. What can a little amphibian in the jungle do? It can do a lot. It's smack in the middle of the food chain, and affect all of the animals around it. Algae grows faster, insects change with the lack of predators, and snakes and others that eat the frogs decline as well. We can't live on a planet with just ourselves--it's just not possible.

Link to Nature Episode

-----The Golden Eagle

17 April, 2010

5 Awesome Blogs!

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Hello, everyone!! (Can you believe it's 6:58 and I've been awake for almost an hour--on a SATURDAY? I was just so not tired this morning, even though I had a dream about not being able to sleep. Zzzzzz.) Here are 5 (more!) Awesome Blogs and they're all different ones than last week's:

1. A Celtic Cowgirl
Light, open blog with nice posts.

2. The Word Crafter
Interesting posts, great-looking blog.

3. Fragments of Life
Book review/interviews blog, and the blog author is in the Phillipines.

4. Shimmer Kitty's Blog
Pawbook and illustrations (see Icewolf's profile image) and ICF. (Inora-Charry Fest)

5. Treble Clef
Currently having a Harry Potter-themed caption contest, and the blog is great.

So, there you have it.

16 April, 2010

A Literature Tag For All!

First off, thank you Cassie! Anyone who wants to {steal} this tag is free to do so, and I will not set the dogs on you. ;D It's super-long, and I like that. Now, here are the questions and here are my answers:

Top 3 Authors:
Eoin Colfer
Neil Gaiman
Kenneth Oppel
(there are SO many others that write just as well and I love them too, but these came to mind immediately)

Top 3 male characters:
Artemis Fowl
Matt Cruse
Dodge Anders

Top 3 female characters:
Kiki Strike
Hok
Sammy Keyes
(once again, there are many others, but these are a few especial favorites)

Top 30 fiction books in no particular order:
The Five Ancestors: Tiger
Monkey
Snake
Crane
Eagle
Mouse (I have not read Dragon, but you can bet it would be on here)
Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City
Kiki Strike: The Empress's Tomb
Artemis Fowl
Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
AF: The Eternity Code
AF: The Time Paradox
(So I like Artemis Fowl . . .)
Airborn
Skybreaker
Starclimber
Beka Cooper: Terrier
Evil Genius
Incarceron
Sammy Keyes: The Hotel Thief
SK: The Art of Deception
Graceling
Fire
The Dragon Keeper
The Garden of the Purple Dragon
The Dragon Never Sleeps (not part of the above-mentioned series of two)
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment
MR: School's Out--Forever
Deeper
The Looking Glass Wars
The Mysterious Benedict Society
(That's 30, right?)

Top 3 books most recently read:
Tim: Defender of the Earth
Beka Cooper
Scat

Worst 3 books ever read:
Twilight
The Dark Portal
A Curse Dark as Gold (I know this book is popular, but I really didn't like the characters or the plot)

Top 5 scenes from any book:

Artemis Fowl: When AF Jr. and Holly are in the pod, right after Artemis realizes that he'd been mindwiped and that he and the elf were friends. (It's not as sappy as it sounds, you know but that's the scene in a nutshell . . .)

Airborn Trilogy: When Matt points to the Aurora and is with Kate.

Hrrrmmm. This is getting tough . . .

The Sweet Far Thing: When Gemma is with Kartik at the Tree of All Souls. (I can't say much, for it would give it away . . .)

Crane: when Hok and her mother are reunited after 8 years.

The Abhorsen Trilogy: Last scene with the Disreputable Dog walking along the river.

The book(s) that made me cry the most:
The Book Thief
The Bartimaeus Trilogy

The book(s) that made me laugh the most:
Kiki Strike
Twiliight (it was just so corny I couldn't help it.)
Artemis Fowl
Pendragon (I'm not recommending this--amusing, sure, but very, very repetitive after a few books. Same plot/poisons/similar places.)

The book(s) that made me feel that best at the end:
The Sweet Far Thing
Airborn
Coraline
Gosh, I can't seem to remember anything else, yet I know there are dozens . . . why is it that things fly out of your head when you try hard?

Contemporary or Historical?
Contemporary, though historical can be very interesting, given the character and plot . . .

Science Fiction, Fantasy, or Horror?
You're asking me to choose between SF and Fantasy!?!?!? Both, I'm afraid. I love both.

Hardback, Trade Paperback or Mass Market Paperback?
Hardback, please. I like reading things that have substance.

Barnes & Noble or Amazon?
Barnes & Noble when I can, but Amazon is much easier if I just want to order something. If I want to smell that wonderful aroma of the cafe and fresh pages, though, I prefer B&N.

Bookmark or dog-ear?
Bookmark. DOG-EARS ARE BAD FOR THE BOOK.

Alphabetize by auther, alphabetize by title, or organize not at all?
By where they fit on my shelf.

Star Wars or Star Trek?
I've never seen either, though I'd like to.

Keep, Throw Away, or Sell?
Keep, if I like the book, or if I don't really like it, I guess donate, although I've never had to do that . . .

Keep dust-jacket or toss it?
Keep the dust-jacket. Books are so much more attractive when they have a nice jacket with a good image on the front.

Read with dust-jacket or remove it?
With, most of the time.

Little Women or Anne of Green Gables?
I've never read Anne of Green Gables, so I suppose Little Women.

Short story or novel?
Novel, please. However, as long as the plot's OK, I'll take either.

Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?
Chapter breaks. Unless the story really doesn't attract me.

"It was a dark and stormy night" or "Once upon a time"?
"It was a dark and stormy night" of course!!

Tear Jerker or Belly Laugh?
Both TJ and BL.

Charlotte, Emily, or Anne Bronte?
I haven't read any of those, though I probably will withing the next few years, either for fun or for school.

Buy or Borrow?
I use the library a lot, but buying is always nice, especially if the book is something I'll re-read over and over again.

Buying choice: Book Reviews, Recommendations, or Browse?
All! Browsing's by favorite though, since I like forming my own opinions.

Collection (short stories by author) or Anthology (short stories by different authors)?
Anthology. I get to learn about authors who write similar things through anthologies.

Standalone or Series?
If I like the book, series, if I think the story's short enough for one fat book, standalone.

Tidy ending or Cliffhanger?
Oooooh. If it's a series, cliffhanger, if not, please give me a tidy ending, but a few loose ends are fine . . .

Morning reading, afternoon reading, or nighttime reading?
All of the above. :) I read morning noon and night.
Favorite genre series?
Um . . .? What's that supposed to mean?

New or used?
I guess new, but libraries are my #1 source for books, since they are expensive.

Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?
(Besides on my Top 30 list) Have any of you ever heard of Monkey by Jeff Stone? A hint? A whisper? Very few people list as one of their favorite on the profile lists, so I am assuming that it's not very common. Hey, I could be wrong and you all could be like "Duh. Of course I've heard of it. Worst book ever . . ."

The Space Program

Yes!!! I'm happy that they're going to start building new rockets for the space program and not cut the whole thing, stopping spaceflight. After all, we can't advance if we're staying on the ground.

I know some people will not be happy with this, since tax dollars are funding this thing, but I think it's worth the cost. Space is unchartered and unknown--humans are adventurers and there could be goldilocks planets within reach in the future! (Okay, in the future, or wa-a-a-y in the future. But it's possible we'll find one sometime . . .)

*****

Now for a review of a book I just finished yesterday evening . . .

Title: Beka Cooper: Terrier
Author: Tamora Pierce
Genre: YA Fantasy/Adventure
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

The good: I like the heroine. She's strong, and has good ideas. I simply cannot stand people who are weak and don't have any backbone. As a Puppy (the terminology is a bit strange, but you get used to it) Beka is determined to find the Shadow Snake and crackdown on the person digging up fire opals through slave labor. She sticks with it, and while tired, she doesn't show many signs of being about to give up. Romance? Sure. Rosto may be a rusher (hired thug, essentially), but that doesn't seem to stop the "mots" from thinking he's attractive. Beka has willpower when it comes to him, too. She's not a sap.

The bad: Wording, perhaps. I think the whole Dog/Puppy/Fetch thing is a little weird, since they talk to Beak and her fellow peers like they really are puppies at their master's command. Sometimes it can be confusing. Like gixie, doxie, cove, mot, and a host of others.

Do I recommend this book? Yes! The plot is well done and it drew me straight in, even though I never expected to really like the book. (It's now one of my favorites and I can't wait to read Bloodhound.)

Back cover:

"The Lower City is mine, it's people are mine. If I find them that's doing all this kidnapping and murdering, they'd best pray for mercy, because once I get my teeth in 'em, I will never let them go." (Rebakah Cooper)
*****

I need to do The Teen Girl's Day Book, so here we go:

Date...April 16th, 2010
Starting time...8:09 AM
Mood...chipper
Outside my window...SUNSHINE. And after lightning and thunder last night
I'm thinking...about Beka Cooper
I'm reading...I'm in limbo right now with that, since I just finished something last night.
I'm listening to...nothing
I'm wearing...green plaid shirt over green tee-shirt, black gauchos
Yesterday, I...broke my writer's block once again
I'm excited for...today. :)
I'm sad because...not really sad . . .
I'm hungry for...excitement!
The song stuck inside my head is...nothing's stuck in my head right now
I want...to RUN today
I love...running, working vehicles (don't ask)
I loathe...polluters! *grrr*
This week, my goal is...to finish part of my portfolio just to get it over with
Did I meet last week's goal?...YES.
Ending time...8:12 AM

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Well, that's all for now, mates.

----The Golden Eagle

15 April, 2010

Faithful Elven Princess Tag!!






Eldarwen is hosting a blog party (and a giveaway) so here are my answers!

1) How old are you?
13 years and counting . . .

2) What name do you go by on blogger?
The Golden Eagle

3) When is your birthday?
December 23rd

4) If you could live anywhere in the world, besides where you live now, where would it be?
Japan! A little unlikely and far away (not to mentions there's a language barrier) but I'd love to live there!!

5) How did you find out about Blogger?
Through author blogs, originally at Ananka's Diary, and then I noticed Kristin Cashore had one, too.

6) Tell us something interesting about yourself:
I was born in Hefei China and adopted in 1998

7) What was your favorite toy when you were little?
That shifted a lot, but I played with Barbie dolls a LOT for a while, and I built tracks with a train set I had (and still have) and I also played with a bunch of other Barbie stuff . . .

8) What is your favorite meal? Have you ever cooked/helped cook that meal?
Does pizza count as a meal? :D I've made that, but I also like pasta, and I've done that, too.

9) If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I'd like to be a little more athletic. I can run, sure, but I usually tire after a bit, and I can't keep it up for miles.

10) Are you an outside person, or an inside person?
Outside.

11) Are you a mommy's boy/girl, or a daddy's boy/girl?
Mommy's girl, I suppose. Er, I've never had a dad in my life, so I can't really say I've had the experience of a second parent.

12) In one word, describe the feeling you get when you stub your toe, after just being told by your parents that you are grounded for the next month:
BLAST.

13) Let's say you TP'd your friend's house (for those of you who don't know what TP'd stands for, it means toilet papered. As in, put toilet paper on their trees, cars, house, porch, etc.). If someone asked you why you TP'd your friends house, you would say:
"I wanted to show them the virtues of eco-friendly TP."

14) Have you ever gone swimming in deep, dark, dirty water?
I cannot swim, alas. So no.

15) Have you ever dreamed about getting ready to leave the house, and forgetting to get your pants on?
Nope, not really. I've walked out of the house with pink fuzzy slippers on, though . . .

16) Have you ever done something so ridiculous, that you wish you'd never done it? If so, what?
Oooh, I'll have to think for a moment . . . . . . . . well, there was that one time where I totally messed up my dance onstage, starting at the beginning and missing the exit, then sort of stumbling into the wings. *cringes* But how much am I supposed to bare my soul anyways? :p

17) Imagine that you saw a purse snatching. What would you do?

a. scream and run away

b. move out of the state/country

c. tackle the purse snatcher to the ground.

d. ignore it, start whistling, and turn the other direction.
C., if possible. I'd first yell "YOU THERE! I SAW THAT MOVE! WAIT TIL I TELL YOUR MOTHER WHAT YOU'VE BEEN DOING THESE PAST FEW YEARS!" *tackles the vile snatcher*

18) How many friends do you have on blogger?
As long as people are nice enough, they're friends. :)

19) What makes blogging so much fun for you?
Sharing my thoughts with the WORLD!!! Meeting other with opinions and interacting with them.

20) You're a turtle, who has bet that you can win a race with a rabbit. How does it turn out?
The race starts at the top of a hill. I curl up in my shell, tuck in, and roll down, taking any competitors out along the way, knocking them left and right.

RANT

Last night, I was watching the News Hour on PBS and they were talking to a Republican about the new budget reform proposed. And then he kept repeating "bailout. bailout. bailout" literally several times. The reason? Because, like other conservatives, he thinks that by saying "government bailout" people will give the Republicans a knee-jerk reaction and start to get riled up over those words.

On the report about Florida, they showed a woman in a protest and she used "Socialism, facism, and Marxism" all in the same sentence. For one thing, these have nothing in common, and for another, that is plain ignorance about the real reform proposed. The guy who was talking in the discussion on the News Hour also refused to acknowledge that what the other person Felix Sammons was NOT talking about bailing the institutions out. He was talking about winding them down so that the market wouldn't collapse like they did two years ago. The conservative didn't respond to that, and instead repeated "bailout. bailout. bailout." when THAT WASN'T WHAT SAMMONS WAS TALKING ABOUT.

Republicans seem to think that people will stay ignorant. They use people's lack of knowledge as a tool for support, actually enforcing the American public's darker side. They never really explain what kind of reform they want; they just yammer "government. government. government" and expect the public to react like a pack of dogs at their master's command. People have a right to push back on government control, but that doesn't mean that they have to react explosively every time the word is used.

News Hour (there's some stuff about Eric Holder, but the discussion comes a few minutes after it starts)

14 April, 2010

Keywords

ARGH.

Not AGAIN people. I suppose most of you have seen the slideshow on the sidebar? Well, I used to use the flickr feed that the widget offered, and then I got this group of people standing in an auditorium so I changed to Picasa. And now that is showing me images of Jeeps.

I did (and do not) want JEEPS.

Ugh, keywords. Why can't people put vehicles under "vehicles" instead of "golden eagle"s?

I've been Awarded! (And here are the award-ees)


I've been awarded by Gwyn at The Celtic Cowgirl and the rules are to state 5 things people probably don't know about you (I'm online, so my responses are going to be extremely generalized) then award 5 people.

1. I've moved twice in the US and once outside of the US

2. My name is not something you hear every day, thought it's not weird like "Bliss-In-The-Morning-Dew" like the character in Bliss or whatever. (feel free to guess, but you're never going to get it. *cackles*)

3. I've never worn jeans

4. I've never been inside a movie theater.

5. I don't like chocolate, and whenever I walk around the mall, the Godiva store makes me want to gag.

Here are the people I award, and believe me, it was hard to choose since all of you are stylish . . .

1. Bleah Briann (I don't know if you've gotten this already or not)
2. Jojo
3. Jayden Black
4. ~Prism~
5. Kenzy

Okay, I think about sums it up!

*****

PIZZA.

Last night, my  mom (and I, somewhat, since I put on some cheese :D) made pizza! Homemade, too, so it didn't have to be reheated or anything. Then the whole apartment smelled food-y and the rolls she made later on simply added to it all. I love pizza . . .

*****

Nova last night was amazing, with all the images from the Hubble Space Telescope, other telescopes, explanations about red shift and dark matter/energy, and it was very informative. Astrophysicists, here I come! (Well, possibly. I'm still trying to decide whether to be a biologist or a physicist or a vet or an architect. I like keeping my options available.)

Well, I'd best be going now. Adios!

13 April, 2010

New Button!!

I made a new button at my banner maker, and it's where the old one was at the top right of the screen. (You've probably already noticed it.) I liked the old one a lot, but this one is customized by me completely, and I'm happy with it.

Lack of Writer's Block (yay!) and A View on the Supreme Court (also, a galactic idea)

My writer's block is gone! I now have a new idea for my story, so I really want to get moving on that once I can, but I still have some schoolwork to do, and I did that tag a few hours ago . . . so I think I shall go into the breach once more and battle the writer's block to oblivion! Muahahah!

*****

Based on recent speculation, I suppose I'd like to see Hillary Clinton on the bench, but if she was nominated (and confirmed, which is unlikely due to the conservatives) then she wouldn't be Secretary of State anymore, and who would take her place? Caroline Kennedy might also be in the works, and she'd be interesting too. I think Obama should try to get a liberal through now before the elections come around and there are more Republicans (there probably will be, anyways, since it looks pretty grim for the Democrats right now) because this might be his last chance to get someone he really wants in the Supreme Court.

*****

Wouldn't it be amazing if we found life out in the universe? Intelligent life, that is? Living beings that could communicate and interact and actually talk to us? I think that someday we will find life out in space besides ourselves and the animals on Earth, but that's still a major if. SETI and others are trying to find radio waves that indicate life--but who says they're going to be using radio to talk? Why not some other element of the elctromagnetic spectrum that we haven't even thought about using? It's perfectly possible, but people certainly believe that radio waves with information and communication from the beyond exist; and are heading for us. Finding life out there would be amazing in my opinion, but there would be trouble, certainly. Would they be hostile? Friendly? Welcoming? Violent? Cruel? Domineering? Compassionate? Would they even think even remotely the way we do, with emotions and deeply-rooted beliefs and values? I wish there would be some way to quickly find out if there's life, and if so, what they're like, but that's way in the future, and for now we just have to wait and see . . . . .

I've Been Tagged!!

I've been tagged by Breanne at The Whatnot Melting Pot, and the rules are to list 8 books you'd like to live in and why, then tag 8 people. So, here we go . . . (random order)

1. The Looking Glass Wars
I'd love to have Imagination, watch the Millinery, see Wondertropolis, and travel through mirrors.

2. Airborn
I'd love to live on an aerial ship up in the sky and the 1890/1900s atmosphere is great. New things are being invented left and right, and women are finally making a significant mark.

3. The Five Ancestors: Tiger
I love books on China, and this one integrates a lot of the culture, especially the Manchu control over the nation.

4. Eragon
DRAGONS. I love those creatures . . .

5. Lifeblood
All right, this is my own story, but what author wouldn't want to live in their own creation? It's science fiction and very futuristic, so there would be all kinds of amazing technology like lasers and DNA-programmed things.

This is getting harder now . . .

6. The Land of the Unicorns
I haven't really thought about this one in a while since unicorns aren't really my things these days, but this would be a fascination world to live in.

7. Dragonspell
Dragons, o'rants, elves, tumanhofers, and magic.

8. Artemis Fowl
Elves! Underground inhabitants! Technology! Worldwide adventures! Ingenuity and not a bit of genius . . . This is definitely a world I'd want to live in.

Here are the 8 tagged people (if you've been tagged before, sorry!)

1. Memzie
2. Kenzy
3. Icewolf
4. Bleah Briann
5. Shimmer the Cat
6. Jayden Black
7. Elyse
8. Quintessajazz

12 April, 2010

I have writer's block . . .

Darn. I cannot think of anything to write in P. 1 of Lifeblood! Maybe once I take a walk and ponder one of the main characters (name's Torment) for a bit, I'll come up with a brillante! moment. Then again, perhaps not, and I'll just have to hink up new ways of explaining futuristic computer firewalls . . . *grumbles annoyed-ly*

*****

ANYWAYS, the weather is great, and the next-door neighbor is out with her tractor-mower (whatever it's called) and is mowing like crazy. The people in my neighborhood think mowing is a BIG deal, and--literally--do it almost every day. It's a wonder the grass doesn't keel over from being chopped so much. I find all the whirring and humming and growling and buzzing aggravating. (Y'know, I haven't used the word 'aggravating' in a while. Ha. That was probably the first time this month . . . well, maybe my 2nd/3rd lol)

*****
Has anyone noticed that my blog button is kindly acting up and only displaying a nice, fat X? I dunno what's wrong, but Kenzy's is doing the same thing, and I don't know why . . . perhaps they'll reorganize themselves after a bit. I can always make a new one on My Banner Maker or something like that.
Goodbye, peeps. I shall blog you later (or perhaps tomorrow.)

11 April, 2010

The Trends in YA Literature

When Harry Potter came out, there was a faze of witches and wizards and wands and etc. People took up round glasses and dressed up in black capes and gold-and-red ties for Halloween, and then the movies came out, stirring up fans even more. Books with characters that went off to a boarding school and found magic there sprung up like weeds, and spread across the book spectrum.

Then there was Twilight, with the vampires and werewolves, and Bella. Now girls go around in casts at parties, pretend to be pale, superhuman creatures (boys too) and now the movies are making things even more popular. Vampires are everywhere in the library, with Academies, Diaries, etc., and werewolves are also in a lot of YA literature. (Now, I might just be overreacting, but has anyone noticed that a newer Honda vehicle looks an awful lot like the Mercedes Guard?)

Now I think the newer thing might be demons and angels. The children of an angel/demon and a "mortal" human. I'm not sure if that is a good thing or not. It depends on the writer, and what is put on the bookshelves. Stephenie Meyer and J. K. Rowling for example, write well. I can appreciate Meyer's style for certain, but I do not think that she put it to good use. So it depends on whether it's some kind of Romeo-Juliet plot or whether the whole thing actually makes sense.

Currently, my favorite genre is adventure/SF/fantasy, though I suppose they're three genres, actually, though they tend to be put together in books. I am beginning to enjoy science fiction more, though I still have to read some of the more well-known authors like Isaac Asimov. Some SF writers publish books I've read before and enjoyed, like Neil Gaiman (one of my favorite authors) Holly Black (I've read a few of her short stories, but never the Spiderwick Chronicles) and others like them.

So I guess I'll just watch the chips fall where they may, and see if I can find anything worth reading and blogging about.

10 April, 2010

5 Awesome Blogs

Okay, I said I'd do this in a comment after Kai gave me the idea, so here are 5 blogs that I think stand out in the blogsphere these days: (I'm following something like half a hundred, so it was hard to choose . . .)

1. Icewolf's Den

At the moment, you may want to check out the Inora/Charry Fest going on, which is hilarious . . . lol.

2. Cori's blog

Right now, she'd hosting a photo contest, so check that out!

3. Fearless

Art is great, isn't it?

4. *Fish Flakes*

Hosting a caption contest, and the blog is nicely fishy . . .

5. Dreamer

Artistic and interesting. She also has another blog, Pages, which is excellent.

There you have it. Maybe I'll do this again sometime, and list more!

*****

IT. SNOWED. The day before yesterday, I was wearing shorts and tee-shirt, and I was hot, and the next day I have to walk around in long pant and a sweatshirt, and then snow came down!! Granted, I wasn't really made at the skies, but c'mon! 80s/30s do NOT mix.

*****

Anyways, can you believe that the Kyrgyzstan government has been booted out of office? The President is somewhere in the south, 70+ people were killed when the government shot at protesters, and the interim government is demanding that the former president resign immediately. And it's not helping that the USA has an important army base there that takes supplies into Afghanistan. We need it, Kyrgyz!!

08 April, 2010

Starclimber and the Buddha

Title: Starclimber
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Genre: SF/Adventure
Rating: 5 out of 5

Matt Cruse has returned from the high up in the sky, Kate is now presenting her aerozoans, and life is getting to be almost (but not quite) ordinary for the Academy student and the amateur zoologist. Until they are told that a ship is being built by Mr. Lunardi that aims to go into space--before the French finist the Celestial Tower. With Babelites, armed terrorists aiming to stop them, an engagement, and bossy crew members, can they survive?
The good: Excellent, Oppel! This is the final book in a trilogy (I am miserable to see Matt Cruse's adventures end, but maybe he'll write more . . .) The prose is great, the plot is well put together, and the characters are very, very interesting. They keep you guessing at what will happened next, especially Kate de Vries. Oppel infuses the right moments with tension and apprehension, and there are plenty of highly active scenes that keep the reader eager to find out the next event.

The bad: Hmph. Sorry, nothing to say. :)

Do I recommend this book? YES!!!!

Inside flap:

Pilot-in-training Matt Cruse and Kate de Vries, expert on high-altitude life-forms, are invited abourd the Starclimber, a vessel that literally climbs its way into the cosmos. Before they even set foot abaord the ship, catastrophe strikes:
   Kate announces she is engaged--and not to Matt.
   Despite this bombshell, Matt and Kate embark on their journey into space, but soon the ship is surrounded by strange and unsettling life-forms, and the crew is forced to combat devastating mechanical failure. For Matt, Kate, and the entire crew of the Starclimber, what began as an exciting race to the stars has now turned into a battle to save their lives.
   Award-winning and bestselling author Kenneth Oppel brings us back to a rich world of flight and fantasy in this breathtaking sequel to Airborn and Skybreaker.
*****

Did anyone see The Buddha on PBS last night?

Well, if you have or haven't, it was still informative, and I liked the show enough. Unfortunately, PBS just had to bring in Americanized interviews and explanationg like they always do. (Example: This Emotional Life. That was not the best show ever.)
I'm not about to become a Buddhist, mind you. :) It is a very interesting religion in its own right, and the principles that are presented are another view on the world that people adhere to.

Teen Girl's Day Book

Date...April 8th, 2010
Starting time...9:48 AM
Mood...eager to write
Outside my window...clouds
I'm thinking...about EVERYTHING.
I'm reading...Starclimber (excellent book, I tell you)
I'm listening to...nothing
I'm wearing...excercise shorts/blue tee shirt
Yesterday, I...read over 500 pages in a really good book
I'm excited for...today?
I'm sad because...not sad a'tall!!
I'm hungry for...food.
The song stuck inside my head is...um, the music that was playing on a blog I just visited . . .
I want...TIME
I love...the weather. :)
I loathe...all the lawn-mowing that's starting to appear.
This week, my goal is...to write many thousand words in my story
Did I meet last week's goal?...YES!! Whoop-de-do.
Ending time...9:51 AM

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07 April, 2010

A Book Review, a Note on the Lovely Weather, and Thoughts on Mining

***MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS, continue at your own risk***

Title: The Sweet Far Thing
Author: Libba Bray
Genre: YA Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Gemma Doyle is a headstrong girl living in the later 1800s at Spence Academy for Young Ladies. She has bound the magic to herself, and now is trying to form an alliance with the tribes in them. Kartik is gone, the Rakshana are out to get her powers, and she soon discovers that Circe is not dead yet. Pippa is now turning into a monster, and Gemma has no idea how the magic works or how to properly use it.
The good: well written and amusing, and Libba Bray weaves many things into one complicated plot. The three girls Gemma, Felicity, and Ann are all complex and face their personal challenges that they eventually confront and deal with. Adventure? Certainly, and it springs along throughout the 801 pages. (I do love long books.) The plot is amazing, and there is always a new twist in a vision or from a dropped hint or a betrayal.

The bad: not much, really. The ending was sad; two important characters dead (the good ones, mind you) and Gemma experiences a personal tradgedy because of it. Then, of course, sad ending are all part of a story, so I can't really say it was terrible. It was invigorating, at the least.

Do I recommend this book? Quite. I highly recommend it!!

*****

Not much today, except temperatures reaching the 80s! Warm, definitely, but that probably means thunderstorms later; something I like. :) I ran and walked and sat and read the aforementioned book all afternoon in the sun (privileges from being homeschooled) and the sunset right now is lovely.

*****

Massey energy (and other, for sure) needs to get its act together. Safety violations, etc., and that is totally unacceptable. People die and in the US, people certainly should not be dying in preventable accidents from some corporate carelessness. Clearly, they didn't get their hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars fine with much consideration, since they're still being lackadaisical when it comes ot protecting the miners that work for them. That has to change, and fast.

06 April, 2010

Not-so-good Day and Thoughts on the iPad

Well, today is going mildy bad. For one thing, I had to go to the dentist this morning and get two teeth filled, and now my mouth has a bad taste in it and my jaw was numb for several hours and my gum hurts where the dentist stabbed me with the syringe for the sedative. (or whatever it's called.) And for another thing, I found a dead kitten in the yard, a little gray thing that looks exactly like this female gray cat we call Lady Jane Gray, and that was sad. :( The car might not be fixable, too, to add on to the bad mixture, and I can't seem to get motivated to write anything of importance, but maybe I'll manage to finish a chapter.   

Anyways, hopefully tomorrow will be sunny (it rained hard this morning, even though I don't consider rain to be the bringer of evil :) and maybe Gray will perk up.

*****

So, have any of you seen the new iPad? I haven't (I like Dell, anyhow) and I don't think that it is entirely practical. For one thing, instead of getting this app and that app, why don't you just get a computer laptop or monitor that does it all? Internet, books, chat, webcam, etc., and a computer seems just as carry-able as an iPad. It seems like a beefed-up iPhone with more gadgets and gizmos, and there are certainly plenty of them. I also don't see the point in buying one if you already have an i-phone/pod/Mac or whatever, since it's just another electronic device. Then again, technology is a big industry, and maybe this is just a passing faze that will make way for another, better device.

Prince Caspian

***MAJOR SPOILERS***
I have to say that this is a good movie, if a bit more morbid than the book. The acting was fine, the music was great, and despite the fact they twisted almost everything around, I liked the plot, too.

One major thing they changed was when Caspian (Ben Barnes) blows Susan's horn. In the book by C. S. Lewis, he blows it right before the battle, but in the movie, he does in the beginning scene. I suppose it worked for the screen, though, since there was more action that way.

They also changed some other things, inlcuding an attack on Miraz's castle where many, many Narnia's die when the Minotaur collapses and leaves them trapped inside. The general then gives the order for the arches to shoot any remaining living thing down in the courtyard, and I found that really, really sad.

There is also a scene where the White Witch is quite nearly resurrected--for lack of a better word--and even Peter (William Moseley) lowers his sword. It's Edmund who stabs her from the back. I was a little surprised that Peter was giving in, since he did try to kill her in the first place. Then again, Edmund I suppose needed his revenge, in a way.

More emphasis is placed on Miraz and Caspian in the movie than the book. Caspian nearly kills Miraz in his bedroom when he finds out that he murdered his father. But even with the vengeance, he still keeps Miraz alive on the battlefield when Peter offers the sword to him. 

Changes are made to final battle as well, along with the way the High King and the Prince come together, the way they managed to eliminate some of Miraz's armies, and the way Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds Aslan, and she doesn't do it alone in the book.

Susan (Anna Popplewell) also falls in love with the Prince in the movie, which I don't know what to make of. It seems kind of strange, but I suppose it works.

Overall, I really liked it. So yes, go watch Prince Caspian!

04 April, 2010

To you all:

HAPPY EASTER!!!!!!

The day's finally come! And the weather here's wonderful, with a bright clear sky and a shining sun. :)

03 April, 2010

Patented Genes

There is a rule that products of nature can not be patented. Therefore, it seems that companies like Myriad should not be able to patent the human genome. It is, however, going on as we speak, and already, 20% of our genes have been patented, making it illegal to isolate certain genes and study them without that companies permission, which, of course, is going to be nearly impossible to come by.
Myriad has recently shown up in court because of this dispute, and their argument is that research-turned-commercialization is the way things are supposed to go, and the other side is arguing that research for the sake of research is what should be happening instead.
In my opinion, I really don't want a company having a patent on what is basically a part of my body, and I agree that research should be done to learn, not make money off of it. But the companies who make up so much of the influence, don't agree with that. Money is, after all, money, and that's what most institutions are after. 

*****

But on a different note, I think I'll point out that EASTER IS ONLY 1 DAY AWAY!!! Okay, so I might not be a fan bunnies and eggs (which, in case no one has noticed, do NOT go together, there should be platypi instead) or candy, for that matter, but Easter usually means SPRING in my book, and it is warm here. My area had record high temperatures last month, the highest since 1979! Of course, if that is a prelude to global warming or a very, very hot summer, than I'm not so enthusiatic.

Anways, not much else occurring. I'll probably watch Prince Caspian (Disney version) tonight, and blog about that tomorrow. Right now, I'm going to go work on my story . . . read the prologue here.

Zaijian!!

02 April, 2010

Oil Drilling

ARRRRGH. All right, I know it should be put on the table, not just chucked out the window no matter how many other ideas are out there, but I REALLY hope that this is defeated as soon as possible. We don't need oil and gas, we need hydrogen, wind, solar, thermo power, not fossil fuels! And where I am they're planning to start looking for oil, too.

GO AWAY, companies. You may have good ads, Chevron, but I don't like your business.

Alternative energy is what we need, and the government needs to put more money into that, in my opinion. Then again, I suppose we can't just cut off all the oil and gas from other countries and switch over to solar or something. That wouldn't work.

So I guess that drilling--for the shortest amount of time possible--is the only option, for now.

*sigh*

Maryland's Cardin has the right idea.

01 April, 2010

That little conundrum known as Spring Break

Since I'm homeschooled, it seems that everyone who goes to school gets a week off while I have to slave away writing essays and doing math challenges and ect. (Joking. Yeah, Mom, I hear you.)

But at least the weather's nice. The Sun's out, and it feels like summer!! Except for the doves cooing away in the trees. I don't know why, but I HATE the sound of doves cooing, especially in the morning. Twittering--no Twitter pun intended--fine, cooing, BOO.

SUNSHINE! HOW WONDERFUL YOU ARE! :)

Ah, well

I am afraid I must make a departure from Blogger, since I AM LOUDLY PROTESTING TOPEKA KANSAS AND WHAT THE HECK IS GOOGLE THINKING? *weep!* Good grief, Mr. Mayor, pick something else! Read the article HERE in case you have some other homepage besides Google (good for you) and don't know yet. *glares at corporate building in CA*

And here is my Teen Girl's Day Book, which I am finally remembering to do.

Date...April 1st, 2010
Starting time...7:10 AM
Mood...Diabolical
Outside my window...Clouds
I'm thinking...about Topeka'ing
I'm reading...The Abhorsen Trilogy
I'm listening to..."SI-I-INGING IN THE RAIN, I'M SI-I-INGING IN THE RAIN! OH, WHAT A GLORIOUS FE-E-ELING, I'M HA-A-PPY AGA-A-IN!"
I'm wearing...a shirt that says, "Google, I shall murder your CEO"
Yesterday, I...ate Newman's Own alfredo sauce
I'm excited for...THE FUTURE . . .
I'm sad because...*grrr* the world is not bending to my will
I'm hungry for...FOOD. Duh. ;D
The song stuck inside my head is..."To be, or not to be, that is the question! Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune . . ."
I want...MORE
I love...L-i-i-f-fe!
I loathe...Lalalala . . . feeling in a pretty good mood
This week, my goal is...To finish the Abhorsen Trilogy and get through the dentist. (Actually, I kinda like the dentist's. Mine's good, anyways, except for the fish theme they have.)
Did I meet last week's goal?...NO. BOOO!
Ending time...7:16 AM


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