Thursday, November 29, 2007
Or maybe I'm just trying to put off finishing my history paper by blogging about the end of NaNo.
Yeah, I think that's it.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
With any luck, I'll make it to 48K or so.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Saw Beowulf on Thanksgiving night, and I'm not quite sure what I think. I love Neil Gaiman (who co-wrote the screenplay), but something about it didn't really work for me. The animation was cool and very well done, it's just...I felt like there were a lot of unnecessary bits, as well as a lot of things left out that could have been put in. It was cool the way that Grendel and his mother spoke Old English to each other, though. I'd give it a B- or so.
Friday, November 23, 2007
This is an unacceptable state of affairs and must be remedied. Tonight: sneak attack! I will aim for 45,000 - which I think I can achieve by staying up until 2 or 3 AM.
Justice will be swift.
Monday, November 19, 2007
36 hours till my journey home for Thanksgiving begins. Mmmmm...pie and cranberry bread. Oh yeah, and some turkey, I guess.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
1. "Ring of Fire", Johnny Cash
2. "Lost Control", Unwritten Law
3. "I Will Follow You Into the Dark", Death Cab for Cutie
1. "Fight For Your Right To Party", The Beastie Boys
2. "With A Little Help From My Friends", The Beatles
3. "Bohemian Like You", The Dandy Warhols
1. "Pain of a Troubled Life", Alison Krauss & Union Station
2. "Independent Women, Pt. 1", Destiny's Child
3. "Bed of Roses", Faith Hill
1. "Destroy Everything You Touch", Ladytron
2. "My Body Is a Cage", Arcade Fire
3. "Career of Evil" , Blue Öyster Cult
Friday, November 16, 2007
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Here's a well-articulated writer's perspective from Doris Egan, a writer on House: the WGA strike.
(In unrelated news: Heroes! Eeeeee! Awesome episode!)
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I really like NBC's new video dealie, NBC Direct. It used to be that I hated NBC for taking their shows off iTunes and forcing me to watch them on the internet player, which was terrible - skipped, paused every few seconds, etc. Then they came up with NBC Direct, which lets you download the most recent episode of selected shows and keep it for 48 hours. This is cool because it means that you have the whole thing loaded beforehand, and thus there is no skipping.
For anyone who wants it, you can download the beta version for free on NBC's website.
So, my rankings of networks' free video players:
1. FOX. They keep all the old episodes available, there's practically no wait for it to load, and it hardly ever stalls.
2. ABC. Same deal as Fox, but the commercials are more annoying.
3. NBC Direct. See above.
4. CW. Waiting three or four days to post a new episode? That's just not cool.
5. NBC. Stalls, skips, and they don't keep all the old episodes available. Boo.
Well, that's about it. I will return to avoiding my novel.
Monday, November 12, 2007
How did I come up with a title, you may ask? Well, in English 223 today, we were reading John Donne's poem "The Ecstacy" (cool poem, by the way), and I noticed a footnote explaining the title - it comes from ekstasis.
Ekstasis is the Greek word meaning "the movement of the soul outside the body". Since my novel is all about dead people and is influenced by Les jeux sont faits and Paradise Lost and Inferno in a very bizarre way (except nowhere near as literary), I think Ekstasis is a very appropriate title.
Plus it makes me feel good to have a real title. And it's a million times better than "Survivor: Purgatory".
Kindly do not mock. These are songs that help me write. I make no claim to have excellent taste in music, and a number of these songs were introduced to me by my roommate and lodged themselves in my head until I listened to them repeatedly.
Top 30 list in iTunes:
1. "Maybe, This Time", Ok Go
2. "Paralyzer", Finger Eleven
3. "Every You and Every Me", Placebo
4. "Breakin' Dishes", Rihanna
5. "You Can't Hurry Love", The Supremes
6. "Whatsername", Green Day
7. "I Don't Wanna Stop", Ozzy Osbourne
8. "Teenagers", My Chemical Romance
9. "Photograph", Weezer
10. "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", AC/DC
11. "Shut Up and Drive", Rihanna
12. "Angel's Wings", Social Distortion
13. "Girlfriend", Avril Lavigne
14. "The Bitter End", Placebo
15. "Offend In Every Way", The White Stripes
16. "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want", The Smiths
17. "The Hand That Feeds", Nine Inch Nails
18. "Since U Been Gone", Kelly Clarkson
19. "Good Idea At the Time", Ok Go
20. "What Does a Girl Do", The Shirelles
21. "Foolish Little Girl", The Shirelles
22. "Faithless", Social Distortion
23. "Stab My Back", The All-American Rejects
24. "Mama Said", The Shirelles
25. "Learn to Fly", Foo Fighters
26. "Pon de Replay", Rihanna
27. "There's No Home For You Here", The White Stripes
28. "You Know I'm No Good", Amy Winehouse
29. "Back to Black", Amy Winehouse
30. "The Well and the Lighthouse", Arcade Fire
No? Ah, well. It's poetry class, I should be able to handle it. It's unfortunate that I'm so freaking tired, since I've just gotten a bunch of ideas for things I want to write in my NaNo novel and now they're just drifting in and out of my head...
Aaagh. Need sleep.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Current total: 16,431
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
1. Fill out a Declaration/Change of Major(s) form. Twice.
2. Find an adviser in the English department.
3. Create a Four-Year Course Plan
4. Answer the following question: Before you declare your major, please consult with the faculty member who has agreed to serve as your new adviser. Review the courses you have already completed. Then write below (or attach a separate document) a 100-200-word rationale evaluating your liberal arts education to date and setting goals for the remaining semesters.
5. "...give a brief explanation of your reasons for wishing to declare an English major."
6. Decide now about grad school, certification in primary or secondary education, off-campus study, interdisciplinary concentrations, and honors.
7. Try not to go insane.
It's like applying for college all over again. The only upside to this mess is that my friends and I are having a terrific time figuring out how many times we can include "my Liberal Arts education" in our rationale without sounding like we're mocking the process. Right now, the total stands at zero.
Well, I suppose it's not as if they're going to reject me from being an English major, as long as I turn in something decent. I just have trouble focusing enough to do that when half the time I'm irritated by the question ("Why do I want to be an English major? I just do!") and the other half of the time I'm panicking ("Oh God, what if I get rejected and have to start all over as a Biology major or something horrifying like that??").
Needless to say, this isn't having a terrific effect on my NaNo progress. But I did some solid writing yesterday, and tonight I am library-bound once more for a solid six or seven hours of writing. God bless extended battery life and my renewed love of writing longhand.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
2. Don't stop, walk back to your dorm, and then try to start again. You'll ruin your delicate thought processes.
3. Eat. Lots of food. Caffeine is rough without it.
God, I love this month.