Thursday, May 13, 2010

Yeah...

I know I freaked out yesterday, but I couldn't help it. Although I should aim high, I shouldn't collapse when I don't get there.

Balance, balance, balance.

That's all that matters apparently..

~Becky

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Roger Ebert

He's a great man. I love his movie critiques and mostly always agree with them.


Say what?

Should I pick shitty films and say cinema is a disgrace to human minds? That's what it felt like he did. I'll admit, I couldn't go through the entire article, but comeeeeeee on.

Also,


Personally, I agree with you. At the age of 45 I've just started to play my first MMORPG and it is anything but art. It's a game. I don't play it to achieve some sort of greater understanding of humanity - I play it so I can get my mind off the drudgery of my day. That's not art - it's entertainment. (And you of all people know there's a difference.)

Some one in the comments said that.

Uhm...yeah...no. Great video games--like all forms of art--help you sit down and think. Just look at the tittles I mentioned above. I just LOVE how all video games are simply chunked down into one category by people who don't know jack shit.

There are good video games, there are bad video games. Some are art, some others are just crap.

*sigh* The rest of the comments defend this waaaaaay better. I could barely read through it so I'm sorry.

And because I loved this next article, here's what cracked.com said about it.

Becky

P.S: Still freaking studying. Should not have taken a break.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Yet another quick update...

So I did good on the Drama quiz/test/whatever it was, but now I have a quiz tomorrow in History, a quiz on Friday for science, and I'm anxious about psychology and math.

In math she gave us a worksheet of 11.4 since our teacher wasn't there, and since we weren't too sure about it, I just KNOW she's gonna get pissed tomorrow at us. And in psychology, well, he posted something on the website about a presentation on Friday, but he hasn't assigned any groups or who's suppose to do what module. He's gonna kill us tomorrow.

Plus we got a shit-load of homework for English because of the research paper. The Insanity Defense thing is interesting, but this outline is gonna make me commit suicide.

And on next Monday, not only do I have to take ANOTHER drama quiz (or is that on Friday?) I also need to take one for Psychology.

I'm deaaaaaaaaaaaad. How am I suppose to get my grades into straight A's this semester when I couldn't even do that the last 3 semesters and they were the easy ones.

Aahaoidaslbew uhfsad lawreoafhakrhhrwaopw awed.

Finished my History homework, now I'm gonna do a little of my English one and review for psychology and drama while I render the video for my best friends birthday.

Guess I won't be writing Broken till the Holy Summer comes :P

I hope Debbie doesn't get disappointed...and I hope my reviewers don't ditch me.
Becky

Saturday, May 1, 2010

The extra chapter :D

So I finished half of my lap report and I'm still researching coulrophobia. Who knew Johnny Depp--awesome, Johnny Depp who played the closest thing there is to a clown in Alice in Wonderland--was coulrophobic (no, Google Chrome spell check, I do not mean claustrophobic.)

So I'm taking a break for a while, reading off random things on the internet. Then I opened the folder where I keep my short stories, fanfiction chapters, and in-progress novel. Apparently I still have the copy of the extra chapter for FANG: A Maximum Ride novel.

This reminded me of something. I never mailed the extra chapter, so I'll explain why.

A couple weeks ago I saw that there was a contest to write an extra chapter for the book Fang. I didn't really read the rules correctly and thought it said that we couldn't write less than 500 words rather than up to, so I wrote a short chapter, around 2,000 words. In truth, I did it for the money. I know I would have taken the opportunity from people who actually love the books, but I only did it for the money. I've never really liked them much. The first 3 were bearable, and I didn't hate the 4th despite it pushing the message (which I do sometimes, but I'm trying to get better.)

But it had a cool price, so I went with it. When I read the rules back I realized I had to cut it down. I edited all I could but I couldn't shorten the chapter. I couldn't make Dylan fly in half an hour despite that was what the book said. I had to add trail and error. Had the book been written by me, Dylan wouldn't have learned how to fly until his 9th day attempting to fly (or maybe...I would have had to do research.)

In the end I realized I couldn't write it like that, so I didn't send it. I know I completely eliminated the possibility of getting good money out of it, but I couldn't send something mediocre. I know, it's weird. It shouldn't be hard to cut down 2,000+ words into 500- words, but I still couldn't do it right.

It made me think a lot about the Maximum Ride series in general--how they get powers as the plot demands it, how it crosses all the way to science is evil, the Lego genetics, the Luke I am your Father moment, and pretty much everything T.V tropes can cover--because I decided to re-read the books after it. It also made me think about my own stories, so I'm hoping to make things better out moments like this.

Sorry for the pointless post, I'll go back to my homework xD
Becky
"Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
- Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.