Monday, May 14, 2012

Where I Found a "Life List"

I'm going through my documents on my laptop and throwing my four writing projects into Scrivener. I found some fun things that I forgot that I had here and there. I think out of all of them, this is the most surprising. I do like to write goals every year, but this I didn't expect (even though I'm a goal writing, list orientated kind of girl. See the photo below). I wrote this back in October of 2006, 10 months after I got married. I think this is part of something from the Ellen DeGeneres show.

Life List

1.      Write and/or Read every day! (This one is always a bit of a stretch, isn't it?)
2.      Experience Los Angeles/California as much as you can when at Star Wars Celebration IV (May 2007)!
3.      Raise my self-confidence. Watch what I say. Apologize and mean it. Don’t always blame myself- focus on the situation and not on whose fault is what. Learn to laugh more.
4.      Write in regular journal every two weeks, and in my livejournal whenever!
5.      Learn more healthy habits--- and live by them! This includes eating healthier, eating less, and exercising three times a week.
6.      Someday travel to:
a.       England (we also went to France!)
b.      Ireland
c.       Scotland
d.      Australia (this one I'm not sure of right now, ha!)
e.       Japan
f.       Prince Edwards Island (Anne of Green Gables!)
7.      In the US:
a. New York City
b. Las Vegas
c. Seattle (again!) (we were in the airport on the way to Japan, does that count?)
8.      Make a costume or cloak
9.      Learn to knit
10. Go to Comicon (going again this year, but who knew I would move to San Diego?)


I don't know why, but here's a list that was with it. Not sure what the difference is here:

1. Write and/or Read every day! (again, a bit of a stretch. Both are always on my mind every day!)
2. Go to Japan
3. Go to the United Kingdom
4. Learn how to make a cloak (yeah, we shall see!)
5. Go on our honeymoon (Atlantis, Disney World... somewhere!) 
6. Stop being so hard on myself
7. Complete my stories and publish them (this is the one that breaks my heart the most, but I'm on my way!)
8. Go to a Jewel concert
9. To be continued.... (indeed, as in, I need to make a new list!)

Google created a website called Schemer that is a lot of fun where you make goals of things you want to do. Looking at this Lifelist, it is time to create something new. I can't believe how far I've come in the past six years. I'm curious what the next six will bring!

What is one thing you would put on your list?

Natasha

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Heroine's Geeky Faves: May 7th, 2012

Here are my Geeky Faves! (Be sure to check out my last Geeky Faves from April)

Category: Video
One of my childhood friends works for Reading is Fundamental. This video is part of their campaign to get books into the hands of children. 


One of my favorite songs right now is "Hey Ho" from The Lumineers

Category: Art and Comics
Extra Ordinary is a web comic that kept me giggling one night. I love the sense of humor and, well, there is a kitty. So, yes, this is something that I would totally like. I love seeing how art progresses in web comics. The few color comics she does are quite beautiful. 

Nerd Girl Problems tumblr is another thing that has me laughing out loud, especially the ones about books. They are fun to scroll through so bookmark these things. Or you will become sucked into a black hole and end up with tears on your cheeks. 


Zen Pencils helped lift my spirit. I feel like having prints of these plastered on my walls and to make a point of reading them every morning. Go and be lifted!
Category: On Writing
9 Books on Reading and Writing at Brain Pickings
The Secret Live of Novellas Talks about word counting. Novellas are becoming a bit more common these days due to the ebook market. 
DIY MFA One of my new favorite writing websites that helps me focus
Neil Gaiman does an interview with Stephen King My favorite quote from this is: “I never think of stories as made things; I think of them as found things. As if you pull them out of the ground, and you just pick them up. Someone once told me that that was me low-balling my own creativity. That might or might not be the case. But still,  on the story I am working on now, I do have some unresolved problem. It doesn’t keep me awake at nights. I feel like when it comes down, it will be there..."

The Most Honorable of Mentions:
It has been a Joss Whedon filled month! I'm a big fan of his work with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dollhouse, and Firefly Serenity (I mean, I do have a Kaylee costume). I picked up a Serenity and Buffy comic this weekend at Free Comic Book Day so I was quite thrilled. I loved The Cabin in the Woods and had a fun time at The Avengers. I've read Joss's work in comics, and know his writing skills well, so I knew that he would to a fantastic job. I'm happy that non-fans are able to see his caring for these characters while giving us the action punch. If you haven't seen The Avengers, or The Cabin in the Woods, both are out in theaters now. His shows listed above are also available on Netflix. Go, go, go!


What I'm Looking Forward to Next:
The Fierce Reads Tour that will roll into San Diego in June. I'll be reading the books already out and the others as they do. I think I can get used to going to these events!

What needs finds have your discovered this month?

Natasha

Friday, May 4, 2012

My Life Wouldn't Be the Same Without Star Wars

My life wouldn't be the same without Star Wars. I know that I'm not the first person to have utter those words, but those words are true.

I'm part of the generation that has always had Star Wars. I was born between ESB and RotJ. My brothers were the ones that were given the Star Wars toys and dressed up as them for Halloween. When I was a teenager, the Special Editions were released and the books started taking off. Brother #2 (eleven years my senior) and I shared the books back and forth. He took me to A New Hope and it was something really special that we bonded over.

The first time I met Sue in 2002 at SW Celebration II.
I love how it looks like we are on Naboo!
When I was 17, I was really getting into looking up things on the Internet at school. I decided to e-mail my favorite artist, Sue Dawe. I somehow mentioned Star Wars, and little did I know, she is one of the biggest fans of Star Wars. She lives in California, and when she was in college, Star Wars came out. She was already a part of the science fiction and fantasy community, and Star Wars changed everything for her too. It actually encouraged her to become the amazing artist that she is. We became fast friends through e-mail, and when I was 20 and in college, I went to my first ever convention with her-- Star Wars Celebration II. It was the first time I traveled in an airplane (and by myself!). It was the first of many travels and adventures (most with Sue!). She helped me through some of the hardest times in my life, and there to celebrate the best. I couldn't ask for a better Jedi Master!
Buttercup Valley where they filmed the sand
barge scene in RotJ. We found pieces
of the Sarlacc Pit 25 years later!

I met my husband Joey because of Star Wars. We both worked at K-Mart and it was his second day of work when I went to give him a watch to check-out for a customer. I noticed his Star Wars shirt and Darth Maul watch, and that was it. We both instantly liked each other, happy that we found another Star Wars person, and started dating six months later. He couldn't believe a girl could be a Star Wars fan. Little did he know what he found! Now, almost ten and a half years later, we are married and live in California near Sue. It is the thing, in a way, that defines us to people. And we love it.

As you can see, Star Wars wasn't just about the movies. It is about the relationships that I've formed with people, the most important people in my life.That is just one aspect of how the movies changed my life, but it is the most important.

And that is why my life wouldn't be the same without Star Wars.

Feel free to share your Star Wars story.

Happy Star Wars Day!

May the Fourth Be With You!

Natasha

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Heroine's April 2012 Reads

Happy May Day! As you can see, April was a great month for books! I'm getting into the groove now having time to manage my writing and reading at home. There is more on that, but that is another post for another day. Here's the April reads.

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Aria and Perry live in two drastically different worlds in this dystopian novel. Aria lives in a world of luxury and technology. Perry lives in a world of survival and archaic tribes. The book starts right into the action so it takes a bit to become adjusted to the setting, but once Aria is thrown into Perry's world, it picks up the pace. This maybe a common storyline (see the next book), but this one works so very well. The secondary characters stand out just as much as the two main characters. You see everything from Aria and Perry's perspective, and having how one sees the world compared to the other helps build this world into something neither one expects.

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
This is the second book in the series. Delirium is a love story that kept me turning the pages. This is the aftermath when Lena is on her own in a world not her own. The author chose to tell us the story in a non sequential order by having the chapters go from "Then" and "Now" which really added to the story a lot.This helped build the suspense until the very end. I'll be in line for book 3 for sure.

A Temptation of Angels by Michelle Zink
The gothic historical feel of the book really sticks out to me, especially after looking at the author's Pinterest board. The book is another one that starts with the action, and the main character Helen has no idea what is in store for her. She is thrown into a world where she is one of the last three people keeping the world held together, and someone is out to kill them all. There is a bit of mystery laced throughout the book as Helen tries to figure out the clues that people have left behind for her, and in the meantime, she has to rely on her own abilities. Not sure if this is part of a series, but it definitely left me in a place where it should. (And look at that gorgeous cover!!!)

YA or Bust! tour books
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard
I wrote a whole post about attending the tour at Mysterious Galaxy here in San Diego. The only thing that I will add is that you will see these names again since I need to pick up their most recent books.

Unfinished
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
I was going to read this as part of the Sword and Laser's book club, but decided against it. This is the first book that I checked out at my new library in San Diego, and I promptly returned it after a few pages. This blog post from Tor helped put the reason why into perspective. Mostly, I decided this isn't my kind of book. I wanted the adult Harry Potter, I guess.

Currently reading
The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah Maas
One of four novellas that precedes her upcoming book, Throne of Glass.

In the Mail
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

On the Agenda
Picking up the books and having them read in time for the Fierce Reads tour that will blaze through San Diego on June 6th.

Now onto the May reads! Any books that you want suggest to add onto one of the upcoming months? Comment below!

Natasha

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