December in Review

Some of you may have noticed that I haven’t done a heck of a lot of blogging this month. I feel bad, but I also knew it was going to happen: December is crazy times. Y’all understand, what with holidays and all. And in my case there was also the matter of weird work deadlines and trying to take vacation days before I lose them today, etc. (I’d planned to be super productive with those days, too, and I basically just ended up sleeping the whole time. Boo.)

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great whatever-you-celebrate season and are ready to get 2013 started with good vibes. Here’s how I closed out my year:

Books

Not a one. I’m in the middle of reading a biography of Ann Richards by Jan Reid. It was due back at the library yesterday, as a matter of fact, but I’m just going to have to take late fees on this one because I really want to finish it. Sorry, people on the waiting list. I’ll hurry.

Movies

I was super impressed by “Silver Linings Playbook” with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. What a smartly written film! If y’all haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. The subject matter — a man who suffers from bipolar disorder who is trying to rebuild some kind of life after being released from a mental hospital — sounds heavy and dry, but it’s so heartwarming and funny and totally worth the price of admission.

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“The Hobbit” was crazy long but I enjoyed it. It wasn’t as exciting to me as any of the LOTR movies (“Two Towers” was my favorite of those), but it was cool to see the only Tolkien book I’ve actually read brought to life. Peter Jackson has a gift for delay. That sounds like a backhanded compliment, and I guess it is: how he managed to only get through 1/3 of the book and yet end up with a movie almost 3 hours long is quite a feat. The back stories/sub stories/lengthy LOTR cameos helped, I’m sure. My biggest complaint? No Legolas. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

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Internet Highlights

My score on this Teen Novel Quiz was 11 out of 13. What did you get?

If these 10 steps to overcoming a creative block are accurate, I should be way ahead of the game with all this sleep I’veย  been getting. Seriously, if sleep was a guy, I would totally marry him.

Bookish’s list of internet highlights, which had me with the words “Hogwarts gingercastle.”

I learned these life lessons the good old-fashioned way, but putting them in context with Jane Austen’s writing seems classier.

Celebs who have modeled for book covers! The Babysitter’s Club one is hysterical – like anybody would know that’s who that was.

Normally I’d laugh at people who take things like handbell choirs seriously, but this cover is pretty impressive.

Literary fashion! The dresses made out of actual book pages are artistically amazing, but for actual wear I’d choose The Bell Jar sweater and the Gatsby and Alice in Wonderland tees.

A list of quotes to boost creativity. I’m bookmarking this one.

Coming up in 2013

My long-term goals/resolutions are to go to bed earlier, get back to the gym regularly and, as always, work on my posture. Also I’d like to be more kind to my cuticles. The poor things are tortured mercilessly.

My short-term goals are to try to eat vegan on weekdays (a cleanse from eating nothing but sugar and carbs for a month, or so it feels) and start sending out query letters to lit agents. Alcohol is vegan, right? I’m going to need some to calm my nerves. Oh, and, I really need to clean and organize my apartment.

Before we say goodbye to 2012, I’d just like to give a shout-out to my sister: HAPPY BIRTHDAY NATALIE!! ๐Ÿ™‚

See y’all next year.

Photo Prompt 11 – Nephew’s submission

My 6-year-old nephew and I decorated this gingerbread house over the weekend. I asked him to help me make up a story about it. Here’s what he said:

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If the whole word was made of gingerbread housesโ€ฆ

Then the whole word would be covered in candy. Everybody would want to eat the buildings. And if it rained the candies might melt. But if it rained candy, then everyone would get sick if they ate it all. But the dentists would love it because everybody would need extra visits for their teeth. If their teeth were covered in candy they would have cavities.

If someone lived in a gingerbread house, they would have chocolate chip furniture. They would have TVs made out of Dots. And their beds would be made out of marshmallows.

If my school was made out of gingerbread then I would eat it all and I would be fat.

Everyone would get sick and never want to eat candy again.

So there you have it. ๐Ÿ™‚