The book festival was really nice. It had lots of local authors and a cool kids corner that looked crazy busy. The two notable people I saw at the festival during the writing track were Anne Girard and Deni Dietz. I learned some editing and formatting tricks from Dietz that I had no clue about while laughing at her crazy querying stories. She was a hoot.
The festival was in Old Alabama Town which was really neat. It had old time set ups of a small Alabama town, each with it's own section. Sometimes we drifted and ended up in a soda shop or a printing press office.
The biggest disappointment was that there wasn't really anything to buy besides a t shirt from the festival itself. Everything else was pretty much books. It was a gorgeous day with interesting people though, so how disappointed can you really get?
There are some places I will never feel at home. Montgomery is one of them. My mother and I were able to take a nice little trip down there with my significant other's generous offerings of hotel points and independent child rearing this weekend. We intended to go to the Alabama Book Festival and have a couple of good meals. Those things happened but they weren't the highlight of the trip-not in the slightest.
The above picture is some random pic I yanked off the internet of Wisteria. Wisteria and I have a complicated relationship. I think it's beautiful; it wants me to feel like I'm dying.
So I have been having sever allergies half the month. It's been great. We did so many things in Montgomery we thought we had stayed more time than we did-we got to see the Fitzgerald House, The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, and The Alabama Shakespeare Festival.
There is a lot to go over, but I have to wait on my pictures, also I feel like I got hit by a train, so you know. I haven't been keeping up with my new format and schedule for the blog but it will change next month when Nano is done-
My son played One Night Ultimate Werewolf with my husband and I the other night. He thoroughly enjoyed trying to trick us. The game says 3+ players, but if you're playing the narrator it's kind of hard to not see what is going on because you have to read if you aren't used to it yet.
Geek Dad explains it better than I could, as I don't feel I got the full gist of the game since I was playing with three people, which also consisted of a six year old.
Happy hunting-and don't trip yourself out.
Today, we are featuring the illustrious Jace Wayland. One of the snarkiest, bravest, brattiest heroes that we all love to think of as our best example of the perfect bad boy that's really good. Let's get started, shall we? (These are not in order by the way)
1. His Vanity
I mean, this boy knows he looks good, but he also doesn't put people down for it either. He actually goes for artsy fartsy badass, Clary Fairchild.
“No. That's Clary; she's my best friend." Simon pocketed his phone. "And she has a boyfriend. Like, really, really, really has a boyfriend. The nuclear bomb of boyfriends. Trust me on this one.”
“You're the first Shadowhunter I've ever met."
“That’s too bad,” said Jace, “since all the others you meet from now on will be a terrible letdown.”
2. His Sarcastic Wit
There's really too much of this to list. Let's just say he's too good with his words.
“Medium clever,” Simon acknowledged. “Like a cross between George Clooney in Ocean’s Eleven and those MythBusters guys, but, you know, better-looking.”
“I’m always so glad I have no idea what you’re vacantly chattering about,” said Jace. “It fills me with a sense of peace and well-being.”
3. His Inner Turmoil
Not only was he raised by someone who was pretty much the devil incarnate, he was raised to be a killer. The Lightwoods did a good job of helping Jace develop normally, but some of that darkness tended to creep in occasionally.
4. His Ethics
Jace always does what he thinks is the right thing, even if it goes against the Clave, or even his own family.
5. His Loyalty
“I don't care," Clary said. "He'd do it for me. Tell me he wouldn't. If I were missing-"
"He'd burn the whole world down till he could dig you out of the ashes. I know," Alec said.
6. His Undying Love for Clary
“I love you, and I will love you until I die, and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.”
“And now I’m looking at you,” he said, “and you’re asking me if I still want you, as if I could stop loving you. As if I would want to give up the thing that makes me stronger than anything else ever has. I never dared give much of myself to anyone before – bits of myself to the Lightwoods, to Isabelle and Alec, but it took years to do it – but, Clary, since the first time I saw you, I have belonged to you completely. I still do. If you want me.”
7. His Cleverness
“He grinned. It was a wicked grin, the kind that made the blood in Clary's veins run a little faster.
"You want to go on a date?"
Caught off guard, she stammered. "A wh-what?"
"A date," Jace repeated. "Often 'a boring thing you have to memorize in history class,' but in this case, 'an offering of an evening of blisteringly white-hot romance with yours truly."
"Really?" Clary was not sure what to make of this. "Blisteringly white-hot?"
"It's me," said Jace. "Watching me play Scrabble is enough to make most women swoon. Imagine if I actually put in some effort.”
8. His Bravery
Sometimes more reckless than not, he always puts Shadowhunting first. It's his job, and a little bit of blood lust goes far in killing the underworld's worst demons.
9. He Doesn't Really Believe in Black and White (and it's the best)
His male Parabatai has a crush on him? Eh, still best friends. Downworlders might be right? Hmm lets take a listen to what they have to say.
“—kiss me?” Jace finished.
Alec looked as if he were about to fall off his chair. “WHAT? What? What?”
“Once what would do.” Jace did his best to look as if this were the sort of
suggestion one made all the time. “I think it might help.”
Alec looked at him with something like horror. “You don’t mean that.”
“Why wouldn’t I mean it?”
“Because you’re the straightest person I know. Possibly the straightest
person in the universe.”
“Exactly,” Jace said, and leaned forward, and kissed Alec on the mouth.
The kiss lasted approximately four seconds before Alec pulled forcefully
away, throwing his hands up as if to ward Jace off from coming at him again.
He looked as if he were about to throw up. “By the Angel,” he said. “Don’t
ever do that again.”
“Oh yeah?” Jace grinned, and almost meant it. “That bad?”
“Like kissing my brother,” said Alec, with a look of horror in his eyes.
“I thought you might feel that way.” Jace crossed his arms over his chest.
“Also, I’m hoping we can just gloss over all the irony in what you just said.”
“We can gloss over whatever you want to,” Alec said fervently. “Just don’t kiss me again.”
10. He's Willing to Sacrifice Himself
There are so many times he sacrificed himself to protect Clary, the Lightwoods, even Simon (need we mention a light vampire Shadowhunter snack?). Most of the time it came at a pretty big cost one way or another.
Doctor Strange looks badass. Maybe a little Inceptionish, but I'll take it. My significant other and I had a discussion on SHIELD last night, and how I was getting a little burnt out on all the comic hero crap. I think it's great for the people that enjoy it, but for me there can only be so much boom boom and not enough story development before I get bored. Loki for me-very well done-his brother is more like "Me smash more for pretty girl". I can cherry pick my favorites, but I feel kind of like they might be my favorites because there's a little something going on behind their shiny suit (I heart you Agent May). I found this pretty awesome poster online that shows some of the Marvel girls (I squared the only ones I think are interesting-we can talk about Pepper and Karen later) (Click the pic for the link).
I shouldn't really be complaining about this hobby. We are about to have a super influx of Harry Potter items and media in our house, and I will make no apologies for this.
Come on-Eddie Redmayne in Harry Potter verse? How much better can it get?
I'm not very fond of pop music, but for some reason Pillow Talk has been growing on me. I finally watched the video today-it's one of the most beautiful synesthesian experiences I've had from a music video-It is a little NSFW (Mature Content). It's almost perfect as far as a music video goes in my book. I really like aesthetics that work together in media, and this one just did it perfectly.
Now, I was super bored this morning, so I was casually going down the internet rabbit hole and finding funny videos. This one took the cake. Two brothers decided to torment their sister and tell her they were in a zombie apocalypse after she had her wisdom teeth out and she was still high as a kite. She reacted quite well. I firmly believe she would have outlasted her brothers considering they kept trying to give her silly props to protect herself and she was like, where are the guns? Why do you keep loading garden equipment in the back of the car? Leave the dog and take the cat, he's already dying anyways. Priceless.
I'm still doing Camp Nano-I dropped my word count the other day to 25,000 though. I was super excited about this project but now that I'm working on it I feel, bland. I've been trying to listen to music, read, and watch stuff that I thought might help but I'm still kind of melancholic about it. Last night was good with a steady 1600 words though. Sometimes it just takes introducing the character you've been thinking about to get the juices flowing.
The more involved I get in group and in learning the craft, the scarier this gets. You have to lay yourself out there or nothing is going to happen. The thing about writing is that most of the time your stuff isn't perfect, so it's always going to be criticized at first. It takes learning to expect and appreciate the corrections in order to move forward. No writer is really as confident as they seem, I guarantee you. And the thing is, they wouldn't be writers if they were. Writers are a big mess of emotion, analytical thinking, and creativeness. Most of the time they are at odds with one another. That's why we go crazy. That's why a lot of us don't really like people that much. Books are where it's at.
I have a huge weakness for dark Victorian tales, probably more modern than classical ones though. I wasn't one for Wuthering Heights, and I had watched a fifties movie version of Jane Eyre that was much scarier due to the fact I already knew what was coming once I set eyes to the page. The Infernal Devices and A Great and Terrible Beauty are a couple of books I can name off the top of my head. When I went to refresh my memory I realized I hadn't read a lot of it-I had WATCHED a lot of it. Penny Dreadful, Crimson Peak, The Prestige, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (wait, I did read that one), and Interview with the Vampire (I have read this one, but I think I watched it first).
It hurt my heart when Crimson Peak didn't do well at the box office. I honestly thought it could have been so much scarier-but it's so good I don't care. There's a new movie coming out that looks a little The Fall/Pan's Labrynthish so I'm excited for that one (It's not really Victorian but it is creepy)-I put it below the Penny Dreadful Season 3 Preview.