Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Indiana Jones: the Adventurer

"I can't go to Panama!"
The outcry caught my attention and I turned to watch one of the kids I was watching that day. He was talking to his friend. Last I had heard, they were playing Indiana Jones. Kids after my own heart.
"I can't take it back there! It's what made me an adventurer!"
If I had my way, the definition of adventurer would be "the kid word for archeologist." I'm gonna go re-write the dictionary now.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Beautiful People - Krinna Rayne

In a crazy attempt to get myself excited for the outlining I'd like to do for my NaNo novel, I'm going to do my Beautiful People post on one of that stories characters. Krinna Rayne.

Krinna lives in a small village surrounding a small lake. The lake has almost a constant mist rising from it. The mist brings healing to any ailments. Krinna discovers a world beneath the lake and begins to learn a new way of life, only to be told she would have to learn three more. Not only did her survival depend on this, but the survival of everyone she's ever known.

Does she have any habits, annoying, or otherwise?
She tends to trail off in the middle of her sentences, forgetting she has a listener who may not predict what she was going to say.

What is her backstory and how does it affect her now?
She has grown up in a village steeped in tradition. Everyone around her took part in teaching her the basics of life as she grew to adulthood. There were certain way to do things, if you did them differently, you weren't welcome. This makes it hard for her to learn the costumes of new people as they're habits go against everything she has ever been taught.

How does she show love?
By listening. If she loves someone dearly she will almost always take time from her day to stop and listen to what they may have to say.

How competitive is she?
Not so much. It doesn't really matter to her if she'll win, or loose. Actually, if she's doing something that involves winning, she probably doesn't even want to be doing it.

What does she think about when nothing else is going on?
It depends on where she's at. If she's at home she'll think about the people in the lake, if she's in the lake she'll think about those at home.

Does she have an accent?
She starts with a Briton accent, but as she spends more time with other people she begins to take on a sound of her own, picking up bits of languages here and there.

What is her station in life?
She is the daughter of the lead villager. Although her Father holds this high rank she has always been treated the same way as the rest of the people.

What do others expect from her?
As a child they expected a smile and a laugh. As she's grown older she's become more withdrawn and quiet, preferring to spend time by herself then attend village get togethers. People are no longer sure what they expect of her, other than keeping to herself.

Where was she born, and when?
In the village, twenty-three years ago.

How does she feel about people in general?
She doesn't care for them much. They make her uncomfortable and she prefers to stay away from them as much as possible.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Beautiful People - September

After playing spider solitaire while simultaneously listening to insanely inspiring music for over an hour now, I guess I'm finally ready to write this blog post.

Honestly, I can't believe sometimes how fast the month seems to go by. I feel like I just wrote a Beautiful People post. Now, it's time for My Sam and I to give you 10 more questions for you to answer about your beautiful characters.

For those who are unclear on the matter, take a look at this post HERE. Feel free to join us whenever you like. If you have any question suggestions for the following months, don't be afraid to comment and give us some new ideas.

This months questions are...

1. Do they have any habits, annoying or otherwise?
2. What is their backstory and how does it affect them now?
3. How do they show love?
4. How competitive are they?
5. What do they think about when nothing else is going on?
6. Do they have an accent?
7. What is their station in life?
8. What do others expect from them?
9. Where were they born, and when?
10. How do they feel about people in general?

Have fun, and don't forget to sign the linky!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Jane Eyre and Robin Hood

Remember when I posted that picture of Jane and Mr. Rochester and every single person who left a comment knew who they were? Yeah, I didn't think I was going to stump to many people on that one. Anyway, this is that post I was talking about, but I'm also throwing in a few words on Robin Hood so grab your popcorn and get ready for a seriously opinionated persons view on various films.

Let's begin with Jane Eyre, shall we?

Jane Eyre (2011)

I actually already wrote a review about this. You can read it here.

Jane Eyre (2006)
Out of the three adaptions I've watched, this is by far my favorite. Masterpiece Theatre certainly knows how to please fans of the books. I love Mr. Rochester, I love Jane, I love the entire thing. It's just awesome.

Jane Eyre (1996)
I think you'll gather how I felt on this film when I say, I didn't finish watching it. It was almost comical. The plot was rushed, the characters were butchered and the acting was a farce. I skipped to the end just to see if they had managed to pull it together by then. They hadn't.

Moving on.

Robin Hood (2010)
Ever since I heard this movie was coming out I was interested. After all, its Robin Hood! The fact that Russell Crowe would be playing the infamous outlaw made me rather dubious, I tried to tell myself Ridley Scott knew what he was doing. In a way, I think maybe he did. I actually kind of liked the softer side Robin seemed to have in this movie, while still managing to be his irritating self. I liked the new twist on the story, that Robin Hood wasn't originally Robin of Loxley at all. I love this quote,

"Rise and rise again until lambs become lions."

It keeps running through my head and I find it rather inspiring.
However, as much as I liked about this movie, it just didn't come together for me. By the time it was over I had decided I didn't really like it. I'm not completely sure why. Maybe it just wasn't my kind of Robin Hood.

Friday, September 9, 2011

FASD Awareness Day

"What's it like to have a retarded person in the family?"
I've grown up being asked that question. Ever since we adopted my youngest brother. The one who still isn't "talking right." The one who can't read, or write. The one who has trouble throwing a football, and doesn't make friends easily, if at all.

Little known fact: September 9th is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) awareness day.

My brother has FASD. Because his biological mother chose to drink while pregnant, he now has brain damage that can never be repaired.

FASD is completely avoidable. Raising awareness is easy. Prevention is not impossible.

Check out FAS Families of Faith blog to learn more!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

"Sometimes the Questions are Complicated and the Answers are Simple."

I played with a seven year old today. He told me he was a doctor and promptly pretended to cut my knee open. When I told him that there was nothing wrong with my knee, and asked why he had cut it open he simply shrugged and said,

"I'll fix it... somehow." 

Gotta love the confidence of a child.