Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's Candy Time!

Today's entry is brought to you by Miranda!

Last week I started asking everyone what their favorite Halloween candy is or was. And while I received few opinions, I was fairly surprised by the ones I did get! This surprise may be due to the fact that the responses were so in contrast to *my* favorite candy. I guess I was egotistical enough to assume that my favorite candy to get while Trick or Treating and the reasons why would be everyone else's favorite candy! How wrong I was.

An overwhelming majority of people have selected Chocolate and Peanut Butter candies as their favorites!! Reese's Pieces, Peanut Butter Cups, some unexplained chocolate peanut butter carmel concoction... these are the types of treats you all thought were the best and would be the most excited to get when going door to door dressed as goblins!


For me personally, my favorites come down to three fun sized bars-- Snickers, Milky Way, or Three Musketeers. When I was younger, there were no better candies to get in my pumpkin. I'm not even sure why. I guess they were just my favorite candy bars, so getting them in abundance on the most magical of nights was such an awesome thing!

One final idea brought to my attention was when a friend told me he liked getting Butterfingers. The reasoning behind this choice is that he liked to get candy that he wouldn't normally buy for himself. I'm assuming it was his way of trying new treats without the hassle of spending hard earned allowance money. And, as he put it, who actually buys Butterfingers on their own? Who does, indeed.


Trick or Treat, everyone!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Props and Office Needs

As the 9-5 job changes by fiscal year (no lie), I find myself searching for different things. Last week was no exception.

The task: Find where one purchase book props.

Pretty easy task. Of course, since the current incarnation of my 3 week temp job* is only a few months old, I'm still learning. No problem. Amazon has everything, right?

Oh yeah.

When searching "book prop" under the Office Products category, I get the following suggestions by Amazon. Just in case I didn't mean "book prop" of course**.


So tell me: what kind of office would need the iPad case and two axes?


* Longest temp job in history. This month marked my four year anniversary.
** I know what I'm looking for Amazon, thanks.
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Last.fm hit of the day: Hail Murder by Dark Funeral

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Walking Dead



Zombie Thursdays is a weekly feature with guest blogger, Miranda. You can read more about her here.

Only a few days now until Halloween!! Does everyone have big plans for this weekend? I know I do! If I had it my way, the actual day of Halloween would be a huge deal this year with parties, movies, and all sorts of fun. However, since Halloween falls on a Sunday, most people seem wary of celebrating because they are too concerned with having to go to work the next day. Thus, it seems most parties are happening Friday or Saturday nights.

If you are of this mind and expect to let the actual day pass in quiet contemplation, think again! Sunday night is not only officially Halloween, but it is also the premier of the new AMC television series The Walking Dead! There has been a lot of buzz and hype about this show over the last year, especially the last few months, and I have to say, I am pretty excited about this one! We know all forms of good and bad zombie movies exist in the world, but here is a television show being made for an extremely legitimate (dare I say "highbrow") channel. As much as I love SciFi, or SyFy... whatever they call themselves these days, we all know what kind of quality of horror shows and movies they produce.


To me it seems like it was only a matter of time before a well produced, directed, and acted zombie show hit the airwaves. In fact, one of the main reasons I finally broke down and purchased Comcast cable is so that I made sure I had access to AMC to watch this premier on Sunday night! I wish someone had just randomly said, "let's make a zombie apocalypse television show!" Completely original and different. However, this new show is based off the graphic novel series of the same name. The Walking Dead was first published in 2003 and is written by Robert Kirkman with artwork by Tony Moore and later Charlie Adlard. The newest in the series is set to be released next month.

I highly, highly encourage you to check this out on Sunday night while you are sitting on your couch in a Halloween Candy Coma!* Below is the trailer for what will hopefully be an awesome new show everyone can become obsessed with!


*Still looking for opinions on best Halloween Candy! Seriously, let me know and ask your friends!!!

Zombie Thursday Double-shot: Chocolate



It came to my attention that it's National Chocolate Day. This is important because:
  1. I'm a girl.
  2. I write.
  3. I stress.

All three are important parts of a chocolate addiction.

But, Alicia, why are you telling me this?
Because now you can make your own zombie chocolate pops!
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I know, not the most appealing thing in the world. The detail is pretty cool, but I'd be wary about eating gray chocolate too. Of course, that never stopped me as a kid from eating any colored chocolate I found in those sample buckets in the candy making aisle*.

One thing that's awesome about the zombie pop is the detail. The nose is missing. Besides, you know how I love the tack. This goes on the top of that list. Edible tack=awesomeness.

(By the way, this entry is done without the aid of caffeine so I apologize for all rambling.)

*a hem*

But what if I no longer eat chocolate because human tastes that much better?
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You've recently turned into the living dead? First off, I'm sorry. Second off, this shouldn't be a problem. All you need to do is get chocolate in the shape of brains. 

Depending on where you go for your brains you can get different types of chocolate. I'd go for the dark since that's actually healthy and despite being a zombie, I'd still need to eat healthy.




* It was free and therefore didn't count toward my daily calorie intake. Of course, at 8 I didn't know shit about calories or fat kid logic.
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Last.fm Hit of the Day: Funeral in Carpathia by Cradle of Filth

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Best of October: The Book Thief

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: What's the best book you've read this month?

The growing trend is that reading isn't happening lately. I don't know if it's the change of seasons, the start of shiny new television, or a severe case of "too many words." Whatever the reason may be, I've succeeded in reading one book with a second one to be done by month's end.

The book I managed to read was The Book Thief.

In case you haven't read it, here's the blurb from Barnes and Noble:
"It s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, this groundbreaking novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can t resist books. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul."

What I'm going to say isn't going to make a lot of people happy.

I didn't like The Book Thief.

There. I said it.

I read to be entertained,* not to be reminded of the horrors of WW2 or how people are bastards, but some really redeem the human race... Etc, etc. This book felt like required reading for 12th grade English. I could go days without reading it and not care. I never wondered "Christ, is Max going to be discovered?" or "Hmm... Who is telling the story**?" I finished reading it on Sunday and I haven't thought about it since***.

Markus Zusak deserves the praise he received for writing this and I understand why it got tons of awards. The writing was haunting and the story heartbreaking. One of the blurbs on the book calls The Book Thief the type of book that could be life changing and for the right person, but I'm not that person.

Be sure to stop by YA Highway and see what others are saying.

What's the best book you've read this month?

* The exception is when reading craft books or anything for research.
** Which I guess was a big surprise to some. Me, I figured it out after the prologue.
*** But I've thought about the most recent Vampire Diaries book at least 6 times since I finished chapter whatever last night.
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Last.fm hit of the day:   World of Shame by Ego Likeness

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Black Band Shirt

Confession: I own close to 100 band tees*.
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The majority of these are in some shade of black. Besides being the color choice of Hot Topic clones everywhere, black is also the T-shirt color of choice for metal bands.

The question is why black?

In my so-not-professional opinion, it's because WHATEVER BAND NAME thinks they're badass**. They showcase their badassedry by wearing black shirts of their own to complement an influx of (sometimes badly drawn) Technicolor tats. Fans in turn, show their unwavering faith in WHATEVER BAND NAME with a band shirt. Generally in black.

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Black is versatile and goes great with jeans--the other standard piece to any metal uniform. If you doubt me, walk into a Black Label Society*** show where the colors are black, white (for silkscreen purposes ONLY), and denim.

Clubs and other music venues are dark. Wearing a black tee aids in the average concert goer to blend with the night, like a ninja. This is also why if you just go to a club, you'll see a lot of black. Why there's sparkles, I can't explain.

When you wear the standard badass band uniform, you feel a bit like one yourself. It can be intimidating when paired with an obnoxious/ scary design or a scowl.

If our branding exercises at the 9-5 gig taught me anything I already knew, it's that colors pop more against black. It's an attention seeking method that makes the viewer do a double-take. It's chic. I know, if you're a die hard metalhead, you probably don't want to know this about yourself. Just pretend you didn't read this paragraph.

Now it's your turn. Tell me why black is the band color of choice. Also, stay tuned for tomorrow's blog entry where I'll probably shoot myself in the foot.


* At least 20 have "Aerosmith" emblazoned across the chest. With the demise of my fan contract, I only wear 2.
** Sometimes the bands are really badass and the fans, fucking crazy, but a lot of times not so much. 
*** I'm pretty sure that every BLS band member is badass, and therefore deserve the black uniform. Besides, it's in their name.
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Last.fm hit of the day: Devil in a Gucci Dress by Stoneman

Monday, October 25, 2010

Halloween Week!

It's the Monday before Halloween and as work yet again kicks my ass, let me introduce you to my neighbors across the way and they're Halloween decorations...


I'm not sure what's better: the gargoyle or the reaper.

Have an awesome Halloween display? Send it to me!

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Last.fm hit of the day: Horror Movie Baby by The Texas Drag Queen Massacre

Friday, October 22, 2010

Writing with Jack Ketchum

While at Rock and Shock on Saturday, Hubby and I met Jack Ketchum.You might not know who this guy is. The only reason I do is because of Hubby.

From all accounts, Ketchum writes horror that borders on "graphically violent" side of things. Hubby calls it "unflinching." At any rate, it's a safe bet I'd wet my pants reading his stuff. If you want to learn more about Jack Ketchum, you can here.

You'd think if someone is that graphic in their imagination they'd be freaky in real life. That's not the case with this guy. He was down to earth, friendly, and funny. I didn't make an ass out of myself while talking, something I'm chalking up to the fact he writes and I write. He answered the questions both Hubby and I threw at him honestly.

He talked about how many drafts he goes through on short stories (two only) and on full-length works (varies per project). Each day, he edits the previous days work before he starts writing new material, so when he's done, it's not a true first draft. He talked about that one project that has kicked his ass. He talked about his beta readers, which he calls his preferred readers. Contrary to everything I've read online, he admits his girlfriend is his main reader. He trusts her to be honest and he trusts himself to pick and choose her comments.

The most important thing I got from our brief conversation was not to give up. After my doubts of last week, this was so important to hear.

What's the best writing advice you've received?

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Last.fm hit of the day: Hypo)crypticK(al by Diary of Dreams

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Zombies versus Ghouls, the Ultimate Showdown?



Zombie Thursdays is a weekly feature with guest blogger, Miranda. You can read more about her here.

Greetings! We are DAYS away from Halloween! I hope you are all as excited as I am! I also hope you've been enjoying all the zombie goodness, tacky lawn ornaments (who won best comment caption, Alicia?), horrible children costumes, and more. There's more fun to come, so stick with us!

Today I'm going to briefly talk about a creature that seems fairly similar to our friend the zombie. In fact, this creature shows up quite frequently in popular culture as well! I am referring to the Ghoul!

So what is a ghoul, and how does it compare and contrast to a zombie? Great questions! A ghoul is a mythological/folkloric creature that is said to live in graveyards and other burial grounds and survives by consuming the flesh of the living or the dead (very zombie-ish). In some instances, they are thought to be undead beings, much like a zombie. However, other popular myths classify these creatures as shapeshifting demons. A major difference to the zombie is that ghouls seem to be highly intelligent creatures and are often very tricky. With their shapeshifting qualities and their abilities to alter reality, they lure unsuspecting victims to their deaths. A far cry from ambling and moaning "brrraaiiinnnsss...."


As mentioned above, the ghoul is quite common in modern popular culture. The first recorded appearance is in the famous One Thousand and One Nights Arabic story collection. These ghouls were dessert dwelling and often took the form of animals (hyenas) to lure their prey. In modern entertainment, ghouls often appear to be human until the moment in which they reveal their true nature and begin to devour people! Recognizable appearances of ghouls in books and television are in the show Supernatural, Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book (Excellent book! Read it if you haven't), the Harry Potter series, and (SPOILER ALERT!!)......... 2001 Maniacs (another fantastic Robert Englund film, see the Sex-tacular for more on him).

Many people confuse the term 'ghoul' with 'zombie' or use it interchangeably. Although they have some similarities, they are obviously vastly different in appearance, intelligence, and their mythos. So why the confusion? It may stem partly from the grandaddy of all zombie films, yes, the original Night of the Living Dead. Many, many months ago when I wrote a Zombie Thursday blog about this film, I believe I mentioned that at no point in that film are the flesh eating creatures called 'zombies.' They are referred to as ghouls!! Thanks, Mr. Romero, for creating years of confusion and inaccuracy! Even Max Brooks, author of the Zombie Survival Guide, calls them ghouls in many cases.


So now you are a little bit wiser to the reality of zombies versus ghouls! And I hope to never catch any of you ever using the two terms incorrectly ever again!

As a final request, I would like to propose a reader poll that will help with a future blog--

What is/was the best Halloween candy you want/wanted to get during Trick or Treating? Share your thoughts on the what and why in the comments section!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Comp Me

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks  their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you  answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on  board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: Who are your comp titles/authors?

For the record, I'm full of dislike on this question. Why? For the following reasons:
  1. I always feel inadequate reading things that are similar. I'm sure there's medication this problem.
  2. Thinking this hard makes my head hurt. Literally.
  3. I'm afraid no one will agree with my comparisons.

I know I'm not alone in this. Scanning through the rest of the entries today, a lot of people are saying this is the hardest RTW to date*. The purpose of comp titles is two-fold: it's so the agent/ editor can see where you envision your book and it's also pure marketing. The best example of the latter comes from Erinn's blog today where she describes her book New York Karma which is Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist for the 20-something set.

Falling to Normal is about a fifteen-year-old girl's transition from juvie into the "real world." A lot of things happen, but this is now the meat of the story. When talking it over with Erinn, she suggested Monster by Walter Dean Myers, so that's now on my TBR list**.

The good news about comp titles is that not every agent wants them. They might ask once you get past the query stage, but initially you can pass go and collect $200.

It is easier to comp other books than your own. Like, The Dark Tower blends the Spaghetti Western style of The Dollars Trilogy with the epicness*** found in Lord of the Rings.

Tell me, how would you describe a book you read recently?


* In case you couldn't tell, I'm in full agreement.
** Hint to family and friends in The Lurkdom: Christmas and my birthday are right around the corner.
*** Epicness IS key.
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Last.fm hit of the day: Allergic to You by Trashlight Vision

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Dear Parents

It's Halloween season and I get how great it is to dress your kid up in cute-ass costumes. I do. I like dressing The White One up too.




But! (There's always one, isn't there?)

Don't put your child through this. Please.


I think the hot dog is the worse costume choice ever. Parents, please tell me why you'd do this.

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Last.fm hit of the day: Cafes and Bombs by The Other

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Word from the Sponsor

Happy Monday Lurkdom!

I want to apologize for the radio silence last week. The 9 to 5 job was in overdrive which triggered a minor meltdown for  yours truly. I think this week will be better, but send me some calorie-free chocolate anyway just in case.

So what's been happening? A lot.

Fun stuff, I hope. Saturday was fun. Hubby and I went to New England's annual Rock and Shock Convention in Worcester. Rock and Shock is an almost-three-day horror convention/massive rock show. It was our first time going and the only reason we did was so I could see Fangirl Crush Numero Uno perform. Murderdolls opened for Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, and all three sets were worth all the fees Ticketmaster forces. I'll talk more about the con later.

Anything else going on? Personally, nothing I feel like reporting. *But* there are a lot of contests happening right now. TH Mafi is giving away $100 worth of books and you can enter until tomorrow. Writers' Ally is having a Freaky Writing Contest through October 29.

Final thoughts for today? My neighbors set up their Halloween lawn ornaments last night. Bonus.


Have your weeks been too insane? Spill below.


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Last.fm hit of the day: Baby's Got a Secret by Vains of Jenna

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tofu, the Vegan Zombie!



Zombie Thursdays is a weekly feature with guest blogger, Miranda. You can read more about her here.

And how is everyone enjoying their Octobers? Mine has been fantastic so far! I still feel like I'm catching up on all the sleep I lost while attending the Music Box Massacre, and I can't believe the month is already half over. October is a time for mischief, and I will admit that I was off partaking in some debauchery yesterday. So, I apologize for posting Zombie *Thursday* on a Friday. But it's the weekend now, so you all will have more time to view what I am about to share with you!

One truth about me is that I have been a vegetarian for almost thirteen years. That is almost as long as I've known Alicia! Kind of scary when I think about it. Obviously veggie living is a large part of my life as I love to eat (and have to eat) constantly, just not meat. And by now you know...clearly... I love the zombies. So imagine how awesome it was to discover (while at Dragon*Con) a cool new zombie character named Tofu, the Vegan Zombie!


Tofu is a zombie whose zombie brain was transplanted by a lab monkey. The monkey used, what else, a block of tofu! Whenever Tofu has his tofu brain in his head, he has no desire to eat human brains. But if it ever falls out... beware! In the world of Tofu, it is believed that the zombie virus was created and passed through genetically altered meat products, mainly beef and poultry. Tofu's "father," Professor Vost, is on a mission to cure the zombie plague and believes that Tofu just may be the cure!

The creators of Tofu made a cute little animated short that introduces some of the main characters-- Prof. Vost and his daughter, Addie; his dead wife, who is a zombie; the lab monkey; and of course, Tofu! I bought a Tofu shirt at Dragon*Con and they were also selling some really cool vinyl figures, both of which can be purchased from the Tofu website.

Enjoy the video, but be warned, the theme song got stuck in my head for several days...


Trick or treat, everyone!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloweenie Fun, Lawn Ornament Style

If you've lurked for a while, you know I have this thing about lawn ornaments. They're usually tacky and totally filled of awesome. Halloween is no exception to this, especially since in recent years, we have to outfit every marketable holiday with lawn stuff.


Words escape me on this demon clown lawn ornament. Really. I'm hoping you guys will do better.

I want you to either caption this picture or explain how it got on this lawn being ridden by an ass. Maybe a prize will be in order for the best*.






*Yes, I know I owe CDs. I've been having technology fails and will send them out shortly. I promise.
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Last.fm hit of the day: Graveyard Tree III by Koffin Kats

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy Leif Erikson Day!!!

Wait, that was Saturday.

Since it's a federal holiday, I'm taking a day off from the blogging (even though I'm still at the 9-5 job). Go entertain yourself by reading something in one of these categories:

The Life of Little Phantasma.
All Things Music.
Road Trip Wednesday.
Zombies. (It is October, after all.)

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Killer Klowns!

Hey all, Miranda here! I'm hijacking Slice of the Blog Pie today to bring you a little horror goodness! I'm about to head to a twenty-four hour horror film festival that is held every year at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago. This year they are showing a great lineup of some classic horror films including the original silent Phantom of the Opera, The Raven, Pet Sematary, The Funhouse, Fright Night, and KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE! I'm very excited for this weekend, so I wanted to share with you the awesome trailer from Killer Klowns! Enjoy!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Four For Friday

Saying this week sucked hard would be an understatement. I had repeat technology fails, waking nightmares at the 9 to 5 job, and three days of cold rain. There were only two highlights to the week: my 3 year anniversary to Hubby and 90s music references on the Twitters and IRL.

With that and the disturbing mashup of Baby Got Back and Rico Suave rolling in my brain, I bring you

Four For Friday: Musical 90s Edition!!!*

1. Good Vibrations by Marky Mark & The Funky Bunch. 
(It takes a second to start. Patience, grasshopper.)
 

I'm not sure what was better for middle school Alicia. The beat of the song or the fact there were abs to stare at.
2. Bullet With Butterfly Wings by Smashing Pumpkins.

One of the only songs where Billy Corgan's voice doesn't irritate me. Also it's *just* angry enough to sate the rage on those slow-burning days.

3. Black by Pearl Jam.

4. Creep by Radiohead. 


My favoritest song by them. It's all about that first hard chord.

Four for Friday Bonus Song!
Ice Ice Baby by Vanilla Ice

Enough said, I think.

What are your favorite tunes from the 90s?

* These songs are not intended to be considered my favorite of the time period. This is only what came to my head.
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Last.fm hit of the day: To Be With You by Mr. Big

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Seasons Greetings!



Zombie Thursdays is a weekly feature with guest blogger, Miranda. You can read more about her here.


"It's the most wonderful time of the year!" And no, I'm not singing about jolly elves in red suits or candy canes and mistletoe. I'm talking about zombies, witches, pumpkins, and everything else that makes October the GREATEST month of the year!

But before we get to some spooky fun, I want to wish our hostess Alicia a very Happy Anniversary!! I was lucky enough to be at her wedding three years ago, and it was beautiful. Although, funny side note, they had guests fill out in a book some questions and memories about the day. One question was something about, "what's the best part of the day?" And I cheekily responded, "You getting to see how awesome I look!" But I digress. Happy Anniversary to Alicia and Josh and many happy more in the future!


Onto October! This month you can expect a lot more than just your once weekly dose of zombie fun. Alicia and I have been chatting about some cool ideas and topics to throw at you in the month of October that will all culminate in a week long extravaganza of macabre mayhem in the final week leading up to Halloween! Are you excited? I sure am!


So today, I'd like to share with you one of the ways I started celebrating the season. I recently attended a 'Zombie Tea Party' at a friends house. What is a Zombie Tea Party? It's a party where guests get all decked out in their finest zombie rags and blood, look for brains, and have fun! While I didn't turn myself into a zombie (I decided to be the lone survivor, a zombie hunter of sorts), I did do the make up for a couple of people at the party (pictured below), which turned out to be great fun. I didn't end up drinking any tea, but there was deliciously spiced rum cider, and an apocalyptic photo shoot that followed--



So what are some of your plans for Halloween? Throwing a party? Have an awesome costume idea? What's your favorite candy? We want to hear all about it all month long! Don't be afraid... we won't bite...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Island Picks and the Incredibly Hot Everyman

Every Wednesday, YA Highway asks their readership a simple question to answer on your blog. Once you answer, you link your blog in the comments for other readers to hop on board. This is Road Trip Wednesday.

Today's question: You're packing for a month on a deserted island. What, as a reader and writer, must be in your backpack?

I'm kinda old school, so I'm going to assume I got to the island via a three-hour tour*. And believe you me, I can pack a shit-ton for a short trip. Alicia = expert packer.

There will be other people on the boat, but due to the tragic storm, The Minnow and everyone was lost with the exception of Yours Truly and the Incredibly Hot Everyman who rescued me from the watery abyss.

 The Necessities
Sunblock. Let's just say that despite the Southern Italian genes, I fry like I'm Irish**.
Hoodie. It gets cold on the water.
Gum. I always have at least two packs with me.
Lip gloss. Because I'm a girl and with The Incredibly Hot Everyman around, you never know when puckering will happen.
iPod. Who leaves home without music these days?

I won't need food or water because Incredibly Hot Everyman is an excellent hunter and gatherer. He's also like MacGyver-smart. That means he can make salt water drinkable and come up with a way to have electricity.

Words & More Words
Books. Since we're dealing with my fantasy life again, I'd have my entire library on an eReader. When I wouldn't be distracted by Incredibly Hot Everyman's washboard abs or quarter-bouncing butt, I'd dive into all things Tower-related***.
Several notebooks and pens. There'd be one large unlined notebook for brainstorming and the rest would be lined for writing out my brilliance.
Sticky notes. For when something needs to be inserted into my brilliance, of course.
Notecards. For plotting purposes and to make a deck of playing cards****


If you were on a desert island for a month, what would you bring?


* That's the only way I would make it on a deserted island. As much as I'm a misanthrope, I like civilization.
** Which I'm not.
*** I'd have to skip over the lobstrosities though, since I'd be stranded on a beach. Too close to home at that point.
**** Incredibly Hot Everyman and I will get bored. That's when strip poker will commence.
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Last.fm hit of the day: Blue Monday by Orgy

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Cat v Squirrel

In the meantime, check out what's for dinner. If you're a cat, that is.

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The Stripey and White Ones don't get excited about squirrels. Birds, yes. The random ant that shows up mid-summer, most definitely. They don't care about these furry potents of doom.

I'll have to correct that.

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Last.fm hit of the day: Sick One by Trashlight Vision

Monday, October 4, 2010

You Came Here How!?

So if you blog using Blogger, you've probably noticed the statistics tab. If you don't use it... Blogger has a tab that allows you to see all your stats: hits, top posts, top demographic, who tap dances, etc.

Since looking at statistics is higher in priority than cleaning my desk, I check them out a lot. I like to see how I've been found. The best thing is which keywords people use. Like:



Obviously if you found me with that search string, we need to talk.

Why would you be searching for this? When you hit it on the Googles, you get 13 results, one being mine. I'm not sure what you're trying to figure out, but you're not going to learn it here.

While I will agree that the mall does have some import, I'm not going to rank it up there with the sun or the Tower. Trust me on this. I've paid my dues as a mall rat. I've crowded the Galleria when cast members of the original 90210 visited. Social mecca it isn't.

That said...

Reasons the mall can be important

  • One-stop shopping. If it has a grocery store attached to it, you are entirely golden.
  • Possible protection from the zombie apocalypse
  • It's a place to hangout if you have nowhere else to go*.
  • It's too rainy to walk around the track.
  • It has the only Dunkin Donuts in a one hour radius**.


Miranda and I are cooking up some fun October topics this month, so don't forget to come back!

* This should never be the case. There's always some place better. Think the library.
** So not applicable to Massachusetts.

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Last.fm hit of the day:She Is The New Thing by The Horrors


Music Month Week 4 Winner Is...

SARAH ENNI!!!

Sarah commented on Best of September with:
"must. read. book. Sometimes I feel like I'm the only one on the planet that hasn't, so I am heartened to see you read it for the first time this month!

Unlike you I love sci-fi, but I agree that sometimes it gets a little wonky (I'm looking at you, Carl Sagan) and loses the story. Good to know OSC avoids that." 

Even though I only know Sarah through electronic means, I swear I can hear her say "I'm looking at you, Carl Sagan" and maybe pointing her finger too.

Sarah, email me at ragdoll29 (at) yahoo (dot) com with your address.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Four For Friday

TGIF, Lurkdom. It's a balmy 70-something in Boston with humidity that can make the flattest hair rival that of a French Poodle. A huge-ass rainstorm is on it's way and the sky is this awful dishwater gray. Basically, it's depressing. What better way to get undepressed than to think about the happy.

Four Friday: Happiness Edition

Giraffes. There's something about their faces that make me smile. Whenever I'm at the zoo, I spend a lot of time watching them. They're pretty and docile and have tiny horns on their heads. Also, I used to have one as an imaginary culprit.

Comfy pants. I love snuggling into a pair of oversized lounge pants once I'm down for the count. As most writers I know can attest, nothing is better than being comfortable when working. It actually helps the brain relax too.

The Stripey and White Ones. Like you didn't see this coming. They purr, cuddle, and do cute pouncey stuff with random house stuff.
The Sun. It's true. Above all else, I'm happier when the Daystar is out. It burns and it's hot, but it makes everything crisper and cheerier.

What makes you happy?
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Last.fm hit of the day: Rock Me by Great White

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