Tuesday, May 31, 2011

new blog format?

For those of you who are slightly sane, please do not take offense at the following post, it seems that I've finally gone crazy!
It's kind of depressing, given that I will soon be needing to create a new blog (because I'm no longer homeschooling), that I am only now thinking of giving my blog a tiny bit of a makeover...but, I figured to heck with it! why not?
And just in case the world 'ends' again sometime in the near future, at least when we're all dead I can tell all the other dead people that I was productive, and I made my blog look nice...of course if I hang out with Vctorian people in heaven, they won't know what a blog is, but at least I can feel superior!

  Okaaay, now I really am starting to write like Edgar Allen Poe, I'm talking about dead people! (I hope i don't have a fever...)
   Nope no fever, anyhow, as long as we don't all die I the near future (which I certainly hope we don't), you can look forward to a possible change in my blog! Yay!
Sorry about that strange post, it seems that I'm feeling slightly out of sorts today...must be the heat!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Reaction Paragraph to "I Write Like"

While on the plane to visit family last week, I wrote a reaction paragraph to my 'I Write Like' experience...It actually came out quite well, so I figured that I'd post it!

   When somebody reads my writing, usually, they don't immediately after say, "oh! You write like Edgar Allen Poe!" In fact, people have never told me that I write like Edgar Allen Poe. I don't even want to hear that I write like him. To a happy anti-depression person who hated morbidity, like me, that could even be seen as an insult!
     So when the computer analyzed my writing and told me that I wrote like Edgar Allen Poe, my sensible reaction was: "Ummm, WHAT?!?!" Maybe I was overreacting, but I write like Edgar Allen Poe? I don't think so!
     But then I began to notice a similarity: we both use a lot of adjectives...however on second though, so does Jane Austen.
     Hmmm, Jane Austen, now there's someone who I might enjoy writing like. It's not that I have anything against good ol' Edgar, but--to put it frankly-- he is morbid, I am not!
     I briefly wonder what other authors I might write like. After being told that I write like a famous Canadian blogger and the woman who wrote gone with the wind, I'm still not quite satisfied. I think of long gowns at tea, and immediately I have an idea:

"'It is a fact universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.'
       As I opened the novel by Miss Jane Austen, I felt a thrill tremor through my body. How exciting it was to read a novel by one of the greatest female novelists of all time, and even more exhilarating: to memorize each line that Elizabeth Bennet, her sisters, Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and of course Caroline Bingley
     This was in fact my sole reason for reading Pride and Prejudice as many times as I had, I could not get enough of dear, prideful Lizzy, or handsome, prejudiced Mr. Darcy, and of course I treasured reading about their intricate and convoluted relationship.
    Somehow, I could identify with Elizabeth, who wasn't as beautiful as her eldest sister, but would certainly be considered a beauty. She who judged harshly (though not without reason) but who was also a compassionate, loving, and loyal sister. I envied the relationship between Elizabeth and Jane Bennet and how protective they were required to be towards their youngest sisters, and I felt a connection with all of their family, no matter how foolish and unabashed the two youngest sisters and their mother were.
    This is a novel of which I cannot pretend to get enough, and which shall be opened, and treasured, many more times during my life and the course of history"

I click the analyze button and hold my breath...the image that pops up on the screen 1.5 secounds later? "I write like Jane Austen". My sensible reaction? "YESSS! I've always wanted to write like Jane Austen" [my father walks in the room] "guess what?! I write like Jane Austen!"
     He's excited for me, I can tell...not bad being told that you write like one of the best female novelists of all time...it sort of boosts one's self confidence a couple degrees!
   Still if I ever publish a historical novel, what are the chances that someone will tell me, "Oh, you write like Jane Austen!"?
  After reading that last (morbid/depressing) paragraph, Edgar Allen Poe may be more likely.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

I'm still here {mostly} 2

I feel like I'm always apologizing for never writing on my blog...and I must say: its true, I don't often write on my blog, certainly not as much as I would like to...

So anyhow, I apologize, and instead of telling my excuse I'm just going to say that I do write posts very often when I can, but I am a very busy person, so sometimes I can't.
I'm going to leave it at that.

I just got back from a lovely trip to see some family and will hopefully have some cool pictures up as soon as I get them onto the computer!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

I Write Like...

Through another blog, I recently came across a website that analyzes your writing and tells you who you write like...depressingly enough, the first time that I tried this I was told that I write like Edgar Allen Poe:

I write like
Edgar Allan Poe
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

Happily, after that first try, I got less morbid results!

I write like
Cory Doctorow
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

I write like
Margaret Mitchell
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

...and most happily, I write like my favorite female author of all time:

I write like
Jane Austen
I Write Like by Mémoires, journal software. Analyze your writing!

And now (to write like L.M. Montgomery might) my heart is exploding with happiness!
To see who you write like: click here!

Blog award!

Hey, guess what??? Emily (from Mist of the Blossom Rain) is a really nice person...(go check out her blog sometime)! Anyhow, she nominated me for the Magical Blogger award by Deirdra Eden-Coppel
This is my first award and I feel very specail.

So, thanks everyone for reading and following and commenting on my blog...I really appreciate that!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Animal Photo Contest

I just read about this photo contest on my dear friend Emily's blog...and I thought that I would enter a picture. The contest is being hosted by Little Somethings (who has an amazing blog), and the theme is animals...so: here it goes!

Here is my picture (this is my cat Bonnie, and basically I captured her sweet--and scared--sides very well)!

a blur of a week

The last few weeks have been sort of a blur, with one family emergency (or tragedy) after another.
 First, a cousin of my mother's who was only 47 died very suddenly, then a half a week later my step grandfather died. So, we've been traveling a lot to go be with family and I haven't had much time to blog...
  I just read that last paragraph and realized that I sounded very much like I was searching for sympathy (which I am most certainly not!), so ignore the sadness and stop feeling bad for me...

[Random but nice photograph]
Anyhow, I still don't really have much time to blog, but I just wanted to quickly put a post up explaining (and apologizing for) my absence, thank you, my wonderful readers, for putting up with me and my blog!