Bring Back the Gentleman

I recently reread Jane Eyre; and then just this morning, I watched, for the billionth time, Pride & Prejudice (the Keira Knightley version).  It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve read the books or watched the movies, every time Mr. Bingley proposes to Jane I tear up; and then Mr. Darcy and Lizzie come together and I start crying all over again.  

Now, I am not a gal who cries easily at any little thing.  I guess I am particularly partial to the time periods of those novels, because there are no love stories like those anymore.  I have yet to meet such a gentleman.  The way Bingley agonized over his proposal, his adorable awkward behavior.  And then Mr. Darcy, so strong and stern, and yet falls to pieces for the girl he loves.  Even Jane and Mr. Rochester’s dark love story is beautiful.  Why, oh why cannot men have manners such as theirs?  If there is a reason for my pessimistic attitude towards marriage, it is because there is no-one I have seen to contradict it.

Further, it is not just the men’s manners that cause trouble.  There are just as many women out there who settle for various reasons; or women who put up with their significant others’ behaving poorly.  There are also women who throw themselves out there a little too much, leaving no mystery.  To be specific, having sex five minutes after you meet someone.  Now, I am a 21st century girl, and I am very outspoken and open-minded, but that doesn’t mean I would just sleep with the next guy who gives me a compliment.  Both men AND women should mix their 21st century minds with the genteel actions of the past. 

As a writer with an over-active imagination, I will always have that spark of hope that a Mr. Darcy will sweep me off my feet, but until then, I will be perfectly content becoming successful on my own!

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Rejection Only Makes You Stronger, Right?

Change is scary; and major changes such as your relationship status or career moves are even scarier.  But doing nothing, living in a way you don’t actually care about or want, I think that’s worse.

I entered a few short stories in writing contests recently.  So far, two have been rejected.  It sucks.  And I SUCK at handling rejection.  When I got those emails, I wanted to stay in bed and eat Snickers Ice Cream Bars for the rest of the month.  But, alas, I did not.  Honestly, I would be pissed if I got fat from a couple of critics telling me my writing sucks.  I’ll get fat on over-priced steaks and loaded baked potatoes after I retire.  But not just yet…

I started two more short stories this past week.  I’ll attach them to my next post, if I finish them.  I have a lot of unfinished stories.  I don’t think any critic could be as hard on me, as I am on myself.  J.K. Rowling was rejected a whole mess of times before Harry Potter was finally picked up; and she isn’t the only writer to go through difficult times.  You can let me know how good/bad my  stories are.  Either way, I plan to keep writing.

Ahhh and so far…New York City is treating me very well! Everyone should visit at least twice.  I say twice because there is so much to see and so much to do, one visit isn’t enough.  Plus, sometimes weather is bad, trains are down, cabbies are rude…but not always.  Two visits will give you a better taste.  And if NYC isn’t the city for you, try another one. Try another country.  After all, you’re only young once, right?

Call to the Wild

Last November, I took a trip to Washington to visit my friends who were living outside of Seattle.  My friend and her hubby are both in the Navy (thankfully both out now!!).  I had always wanted to visit Seattle and I am a Twilight fan, so I thought what better time to visit then when Breaking Dawn Part One comes out in theaters!  The trip started off great; I even had a layover in Arizona, which was where Bella lived before she moved to WA, for those who haven’t read the books.  We took a trip up to Forks and even farther to see the beaches along the Pacific Ocean The scenery was absolutely gorgeous.  The fresh air and massive, bushy trees were amazing; it was nearly impossible to take a bad picture.  Outside of visiting all the Twilight fanfare (we made Team Edward t-shirts and saw the movie at midnight), my favorite place was the wildlife park called Olympic Game Farm.  The OGF is a huge space of land surrounded by mountains and forests that houses wild animals, some who have appeared in movies!

I don’t know if you’ve seen the waving bear that was on the news a little while back?  Yea, I met that bear before he was famous on the news and he was totally my friend first. The tour of the farm is a driving tour, but I never follow the rules.  So I got out of the car and went right up to the fence to take his picture.  I would have jumped the fence and given him a hug, but I didn’t have enough time to sneak in a snuggle.  Anyway, the bear was even the best part…I am an all-around animal lover, but wolves are one of my favorite wild animals; and OGF was FULL of them.  All different kinds.  We stopped in front of one fenced off area to see a massive wolf standing a top a big piece of wood.  He stood there, regal as ever, regarding us with little interest and proceeded to lean his head back and howl away.  It was the, for lack of a better phrase, coolest thing I had ever seen.  After a moment, as the lone wolf continued to howl, we started to hear other wolves howling, and not just the ones on the farm.  Howls echoed around us from the forests covering the surrounding hills and mountains.  It was an experience I won’t forget.  If you ever get the chance to travel to Seattle, make sure to make the drive to the Olympic Game Farm.

Casting Call

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To follow up from my previous post, I have been looking over all the celebrities to see who I want to play in the upcoming Fifty Shades movie.  And yes, who I want to play the title roles should be an opinion that is valued.  I’ve discussed it with other friends who have read the books and they agree with my picks, so it’s not just me!  Anywho…here they are…

Christian Grey should be played my Matt Bomer.  The man is gorgeous, undoubtably and in excellent physical shape.  Even better, he isn’t too famous yet.  I don’t think they should pick an actor who is already superstar status for some other movie because that title role will already be in everyone’s head.  Matt Bomer is well-known, but not so much to ruin the new character.

Ana Steel should be played by Emma Watson.  Yes, I know a lot of people are already saying this, and I have to agree.  She is adorable and witty, and I think she could handle the role.  Of course, she is already famous as Hermoine, but she is still fairly new to superstar status.  Plus, Ana’s role is just as difficult, if not more so, than Christian’s so the girl who plays Ana has to know what she is doing, and do it well.  And if her British accent slips out, well that’s no big because James’ writing sounds a little British sometimes as well. (“Put the petal to the metal.” ??? Yea, no one says that here)

Katherine K. I am not officially set on yet, but I was thinking Ashley Benson from Pretty Little Liars.  The girl can act, as far as I can tell from that show.  She is also very pretty, bubbly and yet tough enough for the “Katherin K. Inquisition.”

Mrs. Robinson, also not completely sold yet, but I think could be played by Charlize Theron.  The woman is gorgeous–as Elena is; and we just saw her pull off the nasty queen role in the Huntsman, so she could be the conniving other woman just perfectly.

Those are my thoughts and ideas so far.  So if the writers, directors, producers, etc could just take a quick once over of my blog that would be SUPER!!

Fifty Shades of Twilight

Alright.  So I recently finished reading the Fifty Shades of Grey Series; and overall, I enjoyed reading the books.  Now, despite that bit of pleasure, I have SOME issues with the books.  My biggest upset being that the series is ridiculously similar to Twilight.  It seems like James watched True Blood-for the kinky sex, read Twilight-for the love triangle and x-ed out the vampires and other magical folk.  I could literally make a side by side list of the two book series’ and show you all the similarities, big events (Seattle, really?) and small details–Bella’s ring was vintage and oval, just like Ana’s ring is oval.  I might seem overly picky, but as a Twilight fan, it just seemed too similar to be coincidence.  Of course, I’ve never published a book, so my opinion is just a speck in the big ocean of critics.

I do give James props for bringing back the erotic novel.  Everybody knows that people are reading dirty books under the radar, so a big round of applause for bringing them back into the mainstream.  And yes, I have spent serious quality time browsing pictures of movie stars to see who is worthy of being my yummy Christian Grey.  His character was clever and captivating.  Ana was interesting to follow as well, but since I was seeing Bella the entire time, not as fun to read as Christian.  I would love to read the story from his perspective!

There’s my two cents for the day.  Now reading Game of Thrones–yes I am so behind!

Excitedly Nervous, Nervously Excited

Helloo Internet Folk.

 

I haven’t posted any random thoughts lately, as I have been extremely busy…deciding to move to New York City!  I have been talking about moving to the Big Apple for about ten years now and I finally have the means to do so.  I’m so excited I could pee and so nervous I could vomit.  It’s a fun mix.  Either way, watch out city slickers, this Midwest chick is about to stir some shit up!

 

Distracted Comment:  Have you ever watched Mob Wives? I just found the show on Netflix and started watching it.

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Cast (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cracks me up!  These women are nuts!  I ended up Googling all of them and their famous mob relatives and am now fully educated on the mob life of New York City throughout the 20th century.  I dare you to quiz me.

On another note, the cartoon is still a work in progress; and by that I mean we haven’t actually started writing anything down.  But it is coming!  Hints and updates will follow!

 

Also, just entered two short stories into a writing contest.  Fingers crossed.

 

Later.

 

Getting Creative

Ninja Turtles Ridin' High

Ninja Turtles Ridin’ High (Photo credit: Calsidyrose)

I was playing with my baby cousin earlier today; and we were watching cartoons while he had lunch.  I discovered, cartoons absolutely SUCK today.  There are no awesome crime fighting turtles, talking gargoyles or pretty little ponies.  It’s just not the same.

I am going to write a new cartoon.

I have a friend who is just as entertaining as myself, and she is all in.  Stay tuned for updates on the newest most awesome cartoon on television!