13 January, 2011

Snow, Pepsi Refresh Project, Spirited Away, Writing, And The Presidential Address

There has been a lot of snow lately. Not feet of the white stuff (at least not around here) but schools and other institutions like that were delayed/closed and the streets around here aren't so good.

Hope all of you are safe and warm, wherever you are, and that you aren't saddled with the task of shoveling.


Go HERE to vote for an awesome idea via the Pepsi Refresh Project.

You have to have a Facebook account, though, or an account with Pepsi. (Rats. I don't have either. What happened to polls?)

But aside from the fact only some people can vote, it's an excellent idea, if you ask me--there are projects for $5,000, $25,000, $50,000 and $250,000, from building computer labs in nursing homes and planting 10 million flowers in Memphis, to rehabilitating victims of human trafficking and setting up youth centers.

Well? What are you waiting for? Vote!


I watched Spirited Away on Saturday. (It was directed by the same person who did Howl's Moving Castle.)

Excellent, I have to say. I love the main character, despite the fact she starts out as whiny and kind of annoying, and I love the setting. The plot is interesting--not many books focus on saving the MC's parents, these days--and the other characters were 3-dimensional. (Of course, dragons are always a plus.)


You those days where you think you won't be able to write a thing, and then--yes!--you actually get some good stuff onto the page? That's what happened to me this morning. It's a relief: I was afraid I'd get stuck when I'm so close.

To what? Oh. The end. *grin*


The President's address last night at Tucson, Arizona:

(My thoughts are with the victims and families of the tragic event.)

-----The Golden Eagle


Madeleine said...

All sounds good stuff Glad you felt inspired to write :O)

mist of the blossom rain said...

Congrats on your writing! we got two feet here, so unfortunately, shoveling was a priority:(

Charles Gramlich said...

No shoveling here. WE've got bright sunny skies today, and it's gonna warm up some it looks like.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you're so close!
Hear the president's spech was un-political and very well done, which is good. Focus on the tragedy of those shot by the crazy idiot and what we can do as a nation.

Holly Ruggiero said...

We got lots of white stuff too. It is absolutely gorgeous outside.

I don’t have a Facebook or a Pepsi account so not voting for me either.

Congrats on being so close to the end. It’s so exciting, isn’t it?

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Way to keep us posted! Montana has a pretty good amount of snow too, but the east coast has us beat! :-)

Carol Kilgore said...

No voting for me either :(

I'm glad your writing went so well. That's always a real plus.

N. R. Williams said...

I didn't get a chance to watch the President. Thanks for sharing it.
N. R. Williams, fantasy author

Colene Murphy said...

Awe I love Spirited Away. Actually, they haven't done a movie I haven't liked as far as I have seen. Princess Mononoke is still my all time favorite!

Snow is already gone around here. Still cold as all junk but no more snow!

Brian said...

Our white stuff is still here too, burrrrr!

Clarissa Draper said...

It's really sad the events that happened in Arizona.

But that's the bad news. The rest is good.


Jai Joshi said...

My thoughts are also with the victims of that tragedy. It's so sad and shocking.

It snowed last weekend here in Texas and was so cold for the next few days that the snow wouldn't melt which annoyed the heck out of me.


Old Kitty said...

Thank you for the clip. I think President Obama's speech was truly spot on!! My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims too.

Oh now, Spirited Away is beautiful! Isn't it just beautiful?? :-)I could watch it forever!

Well done you with your writing!! Yay!!! Onwards and upwards for you!

Oh I've been voting for the pepsi challenge - one of the projects that was like no 165 when I voted yesterday!!! So I must go and vote again!!

Take care

Lynda Young said...

I've not seen Spirited Away although I've heard good things about it.

And yay no shovelling here. Hot summer here in Sydney, Australia.

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

THE END is such a tricky time. Good luck! I usually only feel like I'm stuck before I write - once I get started, I remember, Oh Yeah! I know how to write! (Ha!)

Liz Pezzuto said...

Spirited Away is such a great movie - glad you enjoyed it! You should also check out Princess Mononoke and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. More Miyazaki goodness!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

We're expecting some more snow over the next 7 days, but nothing like the east coast...

What happened in Arizona is really sad. We all need to pay attention to those around us and to respond when we see someone who is struggling, before they get to the point that that young man got to. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the people affected by the tragedy.

L'Aussie said...

Ha snow, I'd like to see a bit of it here. Would make a change from water.

We saw clips from Obama's address over here. These sorts of things are incomprehensible. Those poor people and their families! Did you know that Australians are not allowed to own a gun (unless you belong to the underworld, I guess, or a shooting club, or a farmer with a special dispensation.) I don't get the mentality that a gun is the right of an ordinary citizen but you may disagree vehementally.

But...I especially came by to thank you for responding to my 'disaster' post. I appreciated your thoughts. I kept my head above water and am now watching the river go down. I am still isolated in the CBD as am surrounded by water and no businesses are operating.

BTW I have a Publication Party started on my blog. I'd love it if you could come by and read what authors have to say about getting published. Perhaps you could leave a comment about your aspirations. There are prizes each week. Please come by. The champagne's free!

Denise :)

Anonymous said...

Congrats! on your writing. And thanks for the clip as I missed the speech by the President.

Stephen Andrew Jackson said...

White stuff is cool, pun, for a day. Then it needs to go away.

And yes, Spirited Away is awesome. Check out Princess Mononoke if you haven't already.

Trisha said...

I have awarded you something here:

Deepali said...

I loved Spirited away! Thanks for the comment on my teaser about Howl's Moving Castle, I enjoyed that too :)

keep up the writing..

Paul C said...

Thanks for the movie tip. The Refresh project also sounds like a great proactive initiative.

....Petty Witter said...

Yet to see Spirited Away, I loved Howls Castle though.

Thanks for a great mixed post, I'm so glad you felt inspired.

Talli Roland said...

Hope you're staying safe and warm with all the snow around. Have a happy weekend!

The Golden Eagle said...

Madeleine: I am, too. :D

Emily: Thank you!

Ah, well. It looked like you were having fun in the snow on your blog, though. :)

Charles: Lucky! Hope the weather stays that way.

Alex: Thanks!

Definitely good. I still haven't watched it all the way through--I should get around to it this weekend.

Holly: Snow's pretty, isn't it? :)

Too bad! I wish they had a poll instead, or something like that.

Thanks! Oh, it is--my mind is spinning about trying to get everything to come together just right.

Shannon: Did you hear that 49 states got snow on the same day?

Carol: I wonder why they did that; seems like they're losing votes!

I hope it continues to carry me forward--to the end!

Nancy: You're welcome! :)

Colene: Me, neither. I've watched Howl's Moving Castle, Kiki's Delivery Service and Spirited Away and I've enjoyed them all.

I watched the trailer; it looks like an amazing movie!

Guess you don't have to shovel, then? That's always handy!

Brian: The downside to snow: it's cold!

The Golden Eagle said...

Clarissa: Right! :)

Jai: It is. When I first heard, I couldn't believe something like that had happened.

It snows down there in Texas? I always think of the state as being warm, but I guess that's just my perception. :P

Old Kitty: You're welcome! I agree--from what I heard of it, and from the things people have been saying, it seems to be a good speech!

I plan on watching it again, tonight. :)

Thank you!


Lynda: It's a great movie. :)

It would be summer, wouldn't it? Since Earth tilts and the hemispheres point in opposite directions . . .

Susan: Thank you!

I feel the same way sometimes, too. But once I get into it . . . well, it all comes back.

Liz: I'm definitely going to check out his other movies!

Sharon: There's a lot of snow to fall over the USA in the coming week. :P

Exactly. Loughner might have been prevented from doing what he did if there had been people really paying attention to others who seemed to need help.

Denise: The waters in Queensland are shocking--they're so high, and flooding so much.

No, I didn't know that--I agree, I don't see why a gun should be considered a right. There are laws against using pest control products, ironically, but people here in the USA strongly feel that there shouldn't be so many gun laws.

Thank goodness the waters are receding! I hope things start returning to normal there in Australia--it must be hard living where the floods hit. Stay safe!

I'll definitely come by and check out your Publication Party! :)

The Golden Eagle said...

Stephen Tremp: Thanks! :)

You're welcome--glad you found it helpful.

Stephen Andrew Jackson: I agree!

Nope, haven't watched that movie yet, but I want to! Miyazaki makes the best movies.

Trisha: Thank you so much, Trisha!

I posted on the award yesterday.

Deepali: You're very welcome! It's always great visiting and commenting on your blog. :)

Thanks for the support!

Paul: You're welcome!

I agree--I found out about it on the site mongabay.org, because they're in the running for a project to create a site for increasing rainforest awareness among kids.

Tracy: I love that movie as well!

You're welcome for the post! :)

Talli: I am--though it's snowing right now!

~Chris said...

Thanks for your thoughs on the tragedy... May we learn who we truely are and grow in love for each other.
Blessings ~ Chris
<a href="http://dailystepstohim.blogspot.com/2011/01/touching-our-very-heart-and-soul.html>Peace or Pieces</a>

The Golden Eagle said...

Of course. That is something we should all be striving to do.