Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Crazy Never Felt So Good

All my graduation stuff is in order.  I got a little congratulations bag and everything.  I only need 1 class to graduate.  We knew this.

So, I dropped all but two of my classes.

Put your eyes back in your head and take your jaw off the floor.

Yep, this late in the semester, I just quit everything but two classes.  1 class I wasn't going to pass anyway.  And the other two I just hated.

The stupidest thing I've ever done is being 1 credit short of being able to graduate last spring semester.  THIS is probably the most irresponsibly crazy thing I've ever done.  Except, perhaps, standing in the bed of a truck, while the driver's driving with his feet with half his body hanging out the truck while it's going...never mind how fast we were going.  You don't need to know about that.

Dropping all of my classes, this late in the semester, yeah, that's pretty irresponsible and crazy for me.

But, like the other crazy, irresponsible thing I've done, it felt good.

Going off the deep end was probably the best thing I could have ever done.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Last Night's Once Upon a Time

I've been following the series since it's pilot.  (Well, I missed the premiere, but I Hulu'd Episode 1 the very next day.)  Since then, I've been a pretty faithful viewer.

The creators of Once Upon a Time know their stuff.  I almost wish I watched Lost, since it's the same people.

Last night's episode left me a little...I don't know.  I liked it.  I love the show and what it's become.  However...  The episode felt crowded.  There was too much going on at one time.

Things I Like About Once Upon a Time:

1 - It's fairy tales, duh!
2 - Rumpelstiltskin.  I want to say, oh he's a supervillain, but he's not so easy to peg down.  Rumpel rules the show.
3 - The rest of the cast.  Even the real villain, Regina, is pretty sympathetic.
4 - Emma's facial expressions.  I'm serious.

Things I Want to See in Once Upon a Time:

1 - Who Henry's father is (which we're supposed to find out)
2 - What happened to August?  I know he turned back into Pinocchio, but where is he now?
3 - I know Mary Margaret/Snow and Emma are supposed to be in "their land" for a while, but the Charming-Snow soap opera is getting old.  Resolve, please.  Move on.  There's always Rumpel and Belle to torture.  What about Ruby and Granny?  Please.  The dwarves and their fairy dust.
4 - For them to put in some Andersen fairy tales.  
  • "The Little Mermaid"--they already bought the rights from Disney to copy their usage of fairy tales and they may as well fix the mess Disney made of that one.  (The dwarves aren't named in the original fairy tale.  They had to buy the rights to use those names.  Same with Gaston and Phillip.)
  • "The Real Princess" or "The Princess and the Pea"--depending on your translation.
  • "Thumbelina" --just for fun.
  • "The Ugly Duckling" --Emma's last name is Swan.  Hint hint.  Actually, come to think of it, the whole story could be the ugly duckling story.  Emma's taken away from her family, raised by not-her-people, grows into her metaphorical feathers, etc.
  • "The Snow Queen" --dare I hope?  Although, since there's two adaptations coming out, Once may put it's own spin on it.
Anyway.  As much as I would like to say, I'm not big on TV and I don't follow many shows, that's not entirely true.  Still, it's the only thing I'm following faithfully at the moment.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

My Existential Crisis

Don't you just love existential crises?

So, I Googled, "I like looking stuff up, what job should I get?"

And it's true, I really do like looking stuff up and other than this writing thing, I have no idea what kind of job I want.

Ahem, day job.

I am a writer.  It's the rest of my life that concerns me.  Which, is ironic, because I didn't think there was more to life than writing and the occasional outing with one of my friends.

Being a young adult is messy and complicated and what I wouldn't give to be a little kid again.

Anyway, getting back on topic...  I Googled what I should do.  Obviously, this isn't Googled very often.

The full list

Some of my favorite ones were:

10 things not to say in a job interview (Useful)

175 Secrets Men Keep From Women (Um, Google, what does this have to do with anything?)

18 Social Media Slips that Will Get You Fired (Useful--and HILARIOUS)

How to Become a Badass (Google?  Good girl me?  Become a bad ah, ah--you know what?)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My Odd Attraction To Moliere

What I remember from World Lit II: Literature during the Enlightenment was meant to entertain and instruct.
Generally, I don't like the classics.  However, I did learn that I like Enlightenment era works in World Lit II.  We read Tartuffe by Moliere, and Candide by Voltaire.  Yes, they're a little anticlimatic with their endings, but I liked them.  A lot.

Since then, I've found some more plays by Moliere.  The School for Wives was okay.  The Misanthrope...well, I liked one portion of it, but overall, it's a pretty screwed up story.  The Learned Women is kind of sexist, and the learned women are so annoying... No, I liked it too.

I just finised The Pretentious Young Ladies today.  It's a lot like "The Swineherd" by Hans Andersen.  Young ladies get above themselves and need to be taught a lesson.  Simple as that.

I don't know why I like Moliere's plays.  Or maybe I don't.  But why would I read them, and look for the ones I haven't read, if I didn't like them?

Because they are funny.  They make sense when I can make sense of them.  The storylines are interesting, but mostly ridiculous.  I guess because as annoying at the antagonists are, and you really doubt whether or not it'll have a happy ending.  And when it's over, you're glad it's over.  They're short.  I know, because I read two (or three?) in the space of a single day.  In two days' time, I'd read three of his plays and re-read Tartuffe.  Four plays in two days.

Next up, I think I'll read Don Juan by Moliere.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Expectations of a Terminal Spinster

Straight up, I made this on Print Artist so
I can pin this post and put it on Pinterest

I used to think romance books didn't give me unrealistic expectations about love and romance.  Country love songs did.  Some of you will get that.

What Romance books taught me to expect:

1.  Love in strange places

2.  Guys fall in love with pretty girls on sight.

3.  Plainer girls have to be given a chance (or pitied?).

4.  With the exception of marriages of convenience romances, you marry someone because you want to be with him, not because you necessarily need him.

5.  It's only right to want to be happy.

I've mentioned in passing before that my sister's come home pregnant twice (I love my sister and my godkids, I promise).  Since then, she's almost always been in a relationship, or was trying to get into one.

It also always seemed like she would want to get more educated or get a job, but then a man would come along and say, "I'll take care of you."

For my mother and my sister, this is music to their ears.

As someone who values my intelligence, and craves a little independence more than anything, I just think that, this is the twenty-first century.  No woman should need a man to take care of her.  Maybe a century or two ago, but not in 2012.

I am not a feminist.  At least, not to any real extent.  But I like the rights I've been given in 2012 America.  My family and I are resigned to the fact that I'll never marry (not saying I don't want to, just saying I probably won't), but if I did, it wouldn't because I needed a man in my life (as tempting as the idea of being taken care of is), but because I actually wanted to be with said man.

Was I wrong to expect that?  It seems my family around me doesn't see things that way.

If you need someone, and he knows you need him, how would he ever know you loved him for him and not just what he could do for you?  Again, this was fine a century or two ago.  But why not take advantage of what we can do now that it's socially acceptable?  Even expected?

I was born in the twenty-first century. I can vote.  I can work.  I can own my own property.  I can make my own social status.

I hope the only two men I should ever need in my life are my Daddy and Jesus.