Crazy Septemberishness

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September 2016

Hiiii, roadlings! How are you all? 🙂 *collapses* Well, now that we’re a third of the way into October (WHAT??), let’s see if I can get some sort of ishness post together…

LIFE-ING

I officially had an INSANELY busy September. In the words of Olaf from Frozen: “All good things, all good things…” Just… busy.

Most notably a roadtrip, which was why I was gone for a week there at the end of my blog party. ‘Twas great fun! I met some wonderful people and had a fabulous time kayaking etc. And so many hours sitting in a car. XD

But between my trip and a bunch of other things going on, it was very heavy on the “life” part of things and less going on in the categories of writing/reading/etc.

Still, let’s see what I did on those fronts anyway, shall we?

WRITING

There was a lot of prepping for NaNo going on, mostly ML stuff and a possible decision on what I may write for this NaNo? Subject to change… I’ll get back to you on that. XD But regardless, at least a story exploded into nearly-full-plot, so that’s always exciting.

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Well. Not that I’m complaining. Always happy to have him communicative, especially when he hasn’t hardly been at ALL since last NaNo. *cough* So I got over 3K words written on dibs and dabs of KW2, which I’m quite pleased about! 🙂 (We will not dwell on the fact this is almost the most writing I’ve done in a month all year, with the exception of the other time I did 3K, in July… Ahem.)

So, considering how busy I was, I’m quite happy about the writing things I did manage to accomplish! 🙂

While we’re on the subject of writing, everyone needs to go read this post that Claire Banschbach posted on her blog: Writing — As Explained By Firefly. It’s my fave. ❤ (Because Firefly + Writing = Best. Ever.)

READING

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I finished my Reading Challenge on Goodreads for the year, of reading 60 books! *celebrates* I’d still like to read more, obviously, but that was the minimum I was going for.

Unfortunately, I hardly got any reading done in September, though… *shifty eyes*

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Erm. Yeah. That’s the least I’ve read all year. O_O Especially since one was a novella and one was a very tiny nonfiction book, namely Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman, which, by the way, I’ve read FOUR times now and highly recommend (read my review here). The only real NOVEL I managed to read was a Georgette Heyer which I greatly enjoyed, managing to squeeze in reading it around shopping and packing when I really should have been paying attention to such things and not reading. *cough*

I did also finish beta-reading Sarah Holman’s to-be-released excellent retelling of Emma, which is not shown since it’s not on Goodreads yet. But hopefully it’ll be coming out next year, at which time I’m sure you’ll all hear a LOT more about it, given how much I loved it. ^_^

BLOGGING

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Obviously, I had my 3rd blogoversary and a very fun blog party celebration! I’m still on an excitement high after that. ^_^

If you missed ’em, you can read the original post, as well as my wrap-up post where I list all the tags I did during the month, including on my book blog to catch up on tags. All caught up! *twirls*

Other than tags, giveaways, and last month’s Ishness, I guess the only other post during September was my review of Make Good Art. All of which adds up (if you include both of my blogs) to . . . 20 posts last month! O_O Um. Yeah. So if it felt like I was always blogging . . . I was. XD

WATCHING

Another thing I did, apparently, was to watch a bunch of movies. …Rather a strange bunch, too.

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(All posters/cover images found on Pinterest)

  • Divergent & Insurgent — Interesting . . .
  • Tron: Legacy — Weird/cool/not really sure what I think of it?
  • To Catch a Thief (with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, neither of whom I’d seen before) — Neat/great fun! 🙂
  • Treasure Planet — Definitely my favorite of the month! I kind of loved it a lot. ^_^
  • The Aristocats — Cute. 🙂
  • The Sword in the Stone — Um. It was kind of awful? *cough*
  • The Emperor’s New Groove — So. much. fun. XD

OCTOBER PLANS

Well we’re already a third of the way through October (HOW DID THIS HAPPEN, EXACTLY???) but my plans mostly consist of preparing for NaNo…

Next week I’ll have a post about past NaNos; the week after, I’m planning to do a Beautiful Books post introducing my NaNo project for this year (assuming I haven’t, y’know, changed my mind and settled on something totally different… *cough).

Meanwhile, I’m off to work on NaNo things — see ya!

How about you, my roadlings? How was your September? Are you doing NaNo and ARE YOU READY FOR IT?? Have you read/watched any of these? How’s your writing been going? AND HOW IS IT OCTOBER??? Tell me all! 🙂

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Sweater Weather Fall Tag

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Since tomorrow’s the first day of Fall, I thought I’d do an Autumnal sort of tag today! And how fortunate that Aspen @ Texas Rebel Girl tagged me (awhile back) for the Sweater Weather Tag — thank you, deary!

Sweater Weather Tag

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1. Favorite candle scent?

All of them!

2. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Hot chocolate, always! 🙂

3. What’s the best Fall memory you have?

Visiting relatives for Thanksgiving during NaNo that one year.

4. Best fragrance for Fall?

Ummm… the smell of cinnamon maybe? I have no idea. XD

5. Favorite Thanksgiving food?

All of it. (Okay, okay, I’m partial to stuffing and corn and cranberry sauce and those little dinner roll things. And pie, of course.)

6. What is Autumn weather like where you live?

Usually… hot. 😛 It’ll cool off eventually, but it tends to be kinda warm most of the time. Oh well…

7. Most worn sweater?

My NaNo hoodie! *hugs it*

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8. Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

LEAVES ALL THE WAY. I do not understand football at all. *shakes head*

9. Skinny jeans or leggings?

Leggings I guess? You can wear them with skirts too. Jeans are kinda cold to wear in the Fall…

10. Combat boots or Uggs?

I had to look up Uggs. XD Um… combat boots if I actually had them? I like laced-up boots and it’s normally not cold enough for warm boots… and you can always wear extra socks if it is.

11. Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

It depends. If it’s in pumpkin bread, then…

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Otherwise… Eh, not sure.

12. Favorite fall TV show?

I… don’t watch many TV shows, and then always from the library on DVD so… I don’t know? So I’ll just use this to say my favorite TV shows instead. 😉

  • Firefly (it looks Fall-ish!)
  • Sherlock
  • Hustle
  • Leverage

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13. What song really gets you into the Fall spirit?

So Ghostly Then the Girl Came In by Kate Price… simply because I heard it first in Fall, and it’s eerie and makes me think of NaNoWriMo because of my NaNo poem.

14. What do you want to be for Halloween?

I don’t really do Halloween so… I dunno. I’ve always thought it would be fun to dress up like an elf though. *shrug*

15. Hats or Scarves?

Um. Since I don’t really have a hat (how did this happen?), scarves I guess. I tend to use a soft neckwarmer instead actually. I even actually use one for a hat-ish thing too sometimes, because that way it holds my hair back. I’m eccentric. XD

16. What’s your #1 favorite thing about Fall?

The feel in the air of adventure, the cooling weather, and NaNo probably.

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How about you? Do you enjoy Fall? Anything favorite about this Autumnal time of year? Feel free to snag the tag if you’re feeling Fall-ish!

(Also, FYI: if I don’t reply to comments for awhile, it’s merely because I will be internetless for a week. But I shall return! 🙂 )

Favorite Screen Characters Tag

(I really should have titled this post “In Which I Fangirl a Ton”…)

So I’ve been tagged by both Victoria and Tracey for the “Favorite Screen Characters Tag”! So I thought I should do it. 😉 Do check out their awesome blogs! Stori Tori’s Blog and Tracey Dyck: Adventure Awaits!

The rules for this tag are to list your ten favorite characters from movies or TV, and to tag ten other bloggers. We’ll see how this goes…

Okay. Ten is not nearly enough, so these are going to be fairly random, off-the-top-of-my-head-ish, and not necessarily my FAVORITES, but a good selection, and not in any particular order.

I’m keeping a one-character-per-movie rule so that I don’t end up with only Lord-of-the-Rings-and-Hobbit characters and Avengers… >.> Also I am keeping it down to live-action because that’s how it ended up. (Even though I love Hiccup and Toothless and Flynn Rider and Jack Frost and Howl and… yes. *cough* I will just stop now. TEN IS FAR TOO FEW. *wails*) And somehow this ended up entirely a list of guys. Whoops.

Um. Yes. Anyways, I had to make some rules, otherwise I would be here all day — or possibly not here at all because I would be trying to wrestle it down to ten and would be at it for the next several hundred years… Ahem.

(Fortunately this isn’t a BOOK characters tag… Because then I’d really be doomed. XD)

On with the show!

(…Get it? Show? *cough* Okay I’ll stop with the puns. >.>)

Eliot (Leverage)

First of all, we just need to take a moment to talk about how amazing Eliot Spencer is. He’s from Leverage, a super awesome crimey-heisty-con-artist-robin-hood-ish show, where each member of the team has their expertise. Eliot’s? He’s the fighter. You know that whenever Eliot’s around, everything will be okay because he always wins. (Or… Almost always.) If I was on a quest and could pick sidekicks, I’d want me an Eliot to keep me safe. You know you can trust him to do the best thing and do it well. I love his interactions with the other characters in the show who I love too. But Eliot can basically do any kind of fighting and is just beyond awesome. (Plus he can cook. Like, really cook. Like, we’re talking gormet, and he’s really passionate about it. Which of course is splendidly awesome because of how much it doesn’t go with the rest of him. Except they both can involve knives. But still. And he can sing too. Really well. I mean, is there ANYTHING this guy can’t do? Pretty much: no.) I only “met” him this year, but he’s definitely one of my favorite screen characters ever. He’s a very distinctive kind of hero.

Thranduil (The Hobbit films)

Do I even need to explain this one? For real, now. He is THRANDUIL and is just entirely awesome. His sort of grand aloof grumpiness, his hair, the way he talks with his flowing speeches, his elegance, fighting skills, general reclusiveness, the way he tilts his head, his MOOSE… Can we just talk about how awesome his moose is? ❤ Plus he’s the Elvenking of Mirkwood and Legolas’s DAD for goodness’ sake. (Thranduil is, not the moose…) Thranduil is just all around… well… FABULOUS. ‘Nuff said.

Aragorn (The Lord of the Rings films)

Don’t die of shock that Faramir isn’t listed here… Faramir is definitely my favorite Lord of the Rings character, book and film, hands down, BUT since they did mess up his character somewhat in the films I’m just going to have to go with Aragorn because of his sheer wonderfulness. I almost don’t need to even say anything about Aragorn, since we all know (or should!) how awesome he is. But he’s like the ideal hero, a great leader, and so so so noble. I think he like defines “noble heroic leader”. Seriously. And a super good fighter and the best Ranger ever. If I ever end up in a fantasy world, I need Aragorn. Plus he’s super nice, and understanding, and superbly kingly. And he never gives up even when he’s fighting against insurmountable odds and I just… More people need to be like Aragorn. Plus he’s just epic.

Hawkeye (The Avengers, etc.)

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HAWKEYE IS JUST THE BEST AVENGER OKAY. He was my favorite even in the first movie, where, let’s face it, he didn’t get a lotta screen time. But even then! I love superheroes the best when they don’t have actual superpowers, and instead have talent and gadgets and skill. He’s just a really clever/intelligent guy, who is super well trained in everything. Plus he’s a super skilled left handed archer with fantastic arrows that do anything. Awesome, much? The extra screen time he got in Avengers 2 just killed me with happiness. All the humor and epic! I feel like he was the heart of that movie. ^_^ …Of course, that could just be me… *cough* But Hawkeye is just the absolute best.

Mal (Firefly/Serenity)

So Captain Malcom Reynolds can have his problems, but overall he’s a really great, determined guy, who always looks after the best interests of his crew on his spaceship Serenity. He’s technically something like a thief, but he’s generally an honorable one… Just one man trying to make his way in the galaxy and keep his freedom. I don’t know why, but I just really really like Mal! He’s kind of amazing. But watch out if you try to do anything to his ship or his crew. You don’t want to be on his bad side… Oh, and I love his interactions with all the crew members. He’ll surprise you all the time with his unexpected heroism and awesomeness. And he can be pigheaded, and stubborn, and blunt, and sometimes hilarious. And once he sets his mind on something, he will never ever ever give up until he’s carried it out, no matter the odds. In the end, he can be the most surprising hero of all. Mal’s just awesome. Just try to come up with anyone more awesome!

Duchy (Sea Patrol)

I don’t know what he’s doing here… But I somehow ended up watching part of an Australian TV show called Sea Patrol. I haven’t seen a super large amount of episodes, and I’ll be honest: I mostly watch it for the accents. I am shallow like that. But what can I say?? Australian accents are just awesome! (As are British, Scottish, Irish, etc…) I love a bunch of the characters in the show, which is about the crew of an Australian Navy ship, but Duchy somehow turned out my favorite, even though he replaced my previous favorite so when I first watched him, I wanted to hate him. But then he became my favorite. Yeah. So that didn’t quite work out… But he is just super loyal and brave, to the point of rash stupidity at times, and has some problems but he also knows how to have fun and I don’t even know. He’s just kinda great.

Micky (Hustle)

So let’s talk about my other favorite crimey-heisty-con-artist-robin-hood-ish show. Hustle is one of THE best BBC shows ever and it is sad that nobody ever notices it. (And it is also sad that I can’t watch it anymore because the whatsit stopped carrying that channel. Allow me to go sob in the corner for awhile here…) I love each and every one of the characters in this show SO MUCH, but I had to pick Micky as my favorite. He’s the brains of the group and makes everything work, and you know there’s nothing he can’t work his way out of. I just love how SMART he is! This whole show is so clever, and Micky’s the main reason for that. He comes up with the cleverest cons to take down these horrible snobby nasty rich people, he adapts to problematic situations, and he leads the rest of the team so well, plays his roles to perfection, and can even have fun while doing it. I just… Gaaahh, he’s awesome.

Zorro (Zorro [1975])

I pretty much love almost every version of Zorro I’ve ever seen, but my absolute favorite is the film Zorro from 1975. Mostly because this particular version of Zorro (played by Alain Delon) just defines the character for me. One thing I really love is how well he pulls off the double-identity. His foppish self, the flighty-headed Governor, is so well handled and silly and hilarious. You would never guess that he is also the epic, serious (but with a great grin when he uses it), totally awesome bandit Zorro who is like the best sword-fighter ever. I just LOVE Zorro. He’s the best. (Also this may contain my favorite onscreen sword-fight ever, with the possible exception of the one with Darth Maul in Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.) He is my favoritest Zorro in the history of ever, which is saying a lot. This Zorro is basically the ultimate masked-man for me.

Mr. Thornton (North and South)

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Okay, I’ll be honest: this is probably just because he’s basically like a Mr. Darcy played by Richard Armitage, which I’ve ALWAYS wanted ever since I knew about the actor… But still. Mr. Thornton is just awesome. And misunderstood. And has some fabulous lines and a great accent. And is actually super caring once you get to know him. He’s really NICE beneath that gruff exterior and deep voice. Plus, y’know. Richard Armitage. ‘Nuff said. (I still wish he’d played Mr. Darcy. Then Mr. Darcy could have made it to this list. XD) And certain moments like the notorious proposal scene and “look back at me” and when he fell asleep on his desk… and just yes.

Dastan (Prince of Persia)

I just love Dastan. He’s entirely relateable and adorable and nice and awesome and funny and epic. He’s basically like a scruffy puppy. I don’t even know why but he’s just one of my favorite screen characters, which is no doubt partially why Prince of Persia is one of my top favorite films… But he’s also kind of humble, and kind, and entirely endearing. You just want to be friends with him, you know? And he just goes through so much! And loves his brothers and family and is hilarious with Princess Tamina. And he does so many cool things, especially the parkour scenes — gaaahh, I wish I could do that. So. Much. Coolness.

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So there they are! Just scratching the surface, you know, but it’s a start… There are so many others I wanted to include! But there are some of my favorites. 🙂

Tagging:

I’m notoriously bad at tagging, but let’s see what I can come up with here… You obviously only have to do it if you want, otherwise ignore me! And do feel free to snag it if I didn’t tag you as well!

I tag these stupendously awesome people:

Jillzy @ Writing in the Rain
C.B. @ The World of the Writer
Sarah @ Light and Shadows
Cait @ Paper Fury
Abi @ Rambling Writer
Shantelle @ A Writer’s Heart
Lisa @ God’s Daughter 4 Ever
Kelsey @ Kelsey’s Notebook
Jenelle @ Jenelle Schmidt, Author
And YOU if you’re reading this and want to. XD

(Okay, yes, I cheated… but that’s sort of 10!)

How about you? Agree? Disagree? Love any of these characters, or even heard of half of them? And who are some of your favorites? 🙂