Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt

Friday, November 23, 2007

Jesus Christ! It's a feature!

Though I already had plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving day, and pretty much everyday, I got a surprise to be thankful for. A new column/piece of mine is the feature on Intrepid Media this Black Friday, through Monday. If you haven't already done so per my last blog post, please do visit IM to read my featured column, Jesus Christ!

Hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The effects of writer's block

I've been so busy since I got back from Mexico, that writing something worthwhile with a clear head has been near impossible. This is a bad thing, since there is a deadline coming up for a short story writing contest I'd like to meet. But writing short stories is a little more complicated than having to meet a deadline.

My Intrepid Media presence has also suffered since my return, but I've finally written a piece with a holidays theme. It's a rant, but it's really more of a humor thing. I hope you take a look and perhaps laugh at my Jesus Christ! piece in the gallery, but I will just expect you to take a look and think of the laugh as an added bonus.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Sign this...

In support of the WGA strike Petition

I have just been "newsed"!

I have a couple things to announce.

First, a couple months ago, I submitted a piece I had written and published on Intrepid Media to The Shine Journal. It is an online publication that publishes everything from poetry to photography. Just this morning, I received an email from The Shine Journal's editor telling me that she would like to publish this piece for the January issue! This is so exciting, because it is the first time since college that I will have a submission published anywhere outside of Intrepid Media!

The second announcement is that the minute I found out the awesome news about getting published in January, I let everyone know about it on Intrepid Media, and as a result, my accomplishment has been "newsed" on Intrepid Media's main page. Check it out!

It's a tiny success, but it's enough to inspire me and encourage me to go further and beyond. I will provide a link to the published piece on my blog later on, and I hope everyone reading this will plan on reading it come January. It will certainly be a happy new year for me, and a happy birthday at that!

Life is just good right now.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Trying a new way of trying new things

So now that my parents are back in town, my life has become easier, and I have a lot more time on my hands to do the things I enjoy doing. Though I'm proud and happy to say that I've gained some culinary experience in my parents' absence, along with ninja cleaning expertise, and even made a Halloween costume, I did neglect to write anything publishable outside of this blog. I suppose I am going through a brief and mild writer's block I plan to overcome in the next few days.

In the meantime, I'm into trying new things, which is pretty much what I like to do anyway... but usually, I try new things privately. Up until now, I've either read or watched videos to learn something new. I even attempted to learn Portuguese on my own just a couple of years ago, and though I made good enough progress for being self-taught, I suppose I missed out on the conversational part, which is essential for learning a language and can only be achieved in a group.

Anyway, I'm trying a new way of trying new things... I'm taking classes. I have yet to be on a role sheet for Spanish or dance classes (my ultimate goal), but I took the first "class" since graduating from college just today. Cycling at the rec center. It kicked my butt, and I was nervous walking in not knowing how to set up or adjust the stationary bike, but I found myself enjoying the experience of working out in a group, where you can ask questions and get encouragement that is aimed specifically at you. It was nice to say the least, and I plan on repeating this experience with more than just cycling.

Of course, I'll still read and watch videos to learn about things, but now I am more inclined to take a class that is convenient and fun.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

The Braveheart Costume, part deux

As a continuation of my last post, I now have pictures, thanks to a computer savvy co-worker of my sister's. And here goes:

I am most proud of the sword. Not the greatest, but my sister said her co-workers thought it was very creative and they gave it an honorable mention. I feel I should remind you that I made it out of foam and spraypaint. You can't really see the detail of the handle, but you get the picture.

A group picture. If I had to choose anyone other than my sister, I'd pick the Native American costume, as it was cute and well-done with that adorable wig.

The face off. The winner of the contest is the other woman in the picture. My sister says that everybody loved her sword, because it was made out of wood. Supposedly she was a gladiator, but last time I checked, gladiators didn't use pirate swords, nor did they wear chokers... and Romans weren't big on pants, either. They were more into skirts in battle. But what do I know? I just minored in history in college and spent an entire semester learning about the Roman Empire! Cast your votes, folks! I vote for the woman on the left! (your left!)

So, they may have taken the prize away from us. But they'll never take away our FREEDOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!

PS Once the camera returns from Mexico, I will take more detailed pictures of the costume and its components.