Today, I'm going to talk about Improv Club. See, in the first month or so of college, I made a good friend who was not only in the Music department, but also in Drama. A double major, like me. She's a character, definitely the perfect kind of person to keep me open and crazy in a good way.
Now, I haven't been a Drama person since elementary school, when I was given a non-speaking role in the school play. It ticked me off, and I realized then that I wasn't really that good of an actor. Not in front of people. As a writer, I have to be able to act, to step into someone else's shoes and take that perspective into the book. But you don't write with an audience right there staring at you. It's different. Plus, you can edit books, fix up the perspective if you mess up. You can't exactly go back and edit a performance.
But my Dramarama friend here, she was convinced that I should come to this thing called "Improv Club". It was at five on Mondays and Wednesdays, it had something to do with acting fast, and some of my other music friends were in it, that was all I knew. That was just enough to get me there one Wednesday evening, and pretty much, the rest was history.
I actually really liked it.
Now, I'm still not into going up and doing improv myself, although I have done so, but it is the best thing ever to watch. Such a great creative environment. To see these people just walk up and make up things off the top of their heads, funny things, interesting things--it's fantastic. Genius storytelling in seconds.
I only wish I could make up a story so fast.
Hello, my friends. Today I'd like to talk about a new medium of media that has come to my attention since I started college. Yes, I didn't discover music videos until college. But I have a legit reason. A lot of music videos really aren't good. I saw a few on Disney Channel and stuff, mostly pointless, although I was a fan of the Jonas Brothers' "Burnin' Up", haha.
Anyway, hanging out at college and exploring the Internet has opened my eyes to the actual artistic quality of some of the music videos out there. So I thought I'd share some of my favorites and get your thoughts. I'd love to expand my list too! Tell me about your favorite non-explicit music videos and I'll check them out.
My first set is going to be Linkin Park--actually, the majority of this post will probably be them. Linkin Park was already my favorite music group anyway (so awesome and intense!), and when I discovered the incredible depth and artistry of their music videos, I got hooked. So here are some of what Linkin Park has to offer:
Hi guys, and happy Thanksgiving!
In honor of the holiday, I'm going to tell you guys some of what I'm grateful for this year. Feel free to add yours.
1) I finished my novel, and won NaNoWriMo in eleven or so days, finishing the novel in eighteen, which is a personal record. That means next year, I get to try and write two novels in a month. Wanna see how that goes down? Come around next November and check it out... This also means I've written seventeen novels, and I have a whole new project to love and enjoy and edit. Inspiration makes me happy!
I just thought I would update you all on the most recent news, this being that I just finished writing my first draft of MERCIFUL, my YA epic fantasy NaNoNovel. Yes, it is complete! It's at approximately 70,000 words now, and I'm going to begin my first edit this week. This is a record for me, 18 days to write a novel. So I'm pretty proud. I think it's a decent piece of writing.
I must go catch up on homework now, so I will see you all again Wednesday. Thanks so much for your support! :)
Image via sodahead.com.
Time for another round of humor! I like these posts. They're easy to make and fun to read. Plus, I get to indulge in my readerly obsessions. So, this time we're doing my favorite series ever, Harry Potter. Harry Potter is genius, and gives a good laugh, in these cases.
So thanks for reading! Don't forget to subscribe to e-mails through the blog sidebar, and come back next week for a bit on stuff I'm grateful for. With any luck, by the time I post that, I'll have finished writing my novel! Now, sit back and enjoy!
Well, this should be an interesting post... I actually won NaNoWriMo last night! Yes, I'm a winner. :D It's a record for me too, 18 days early. Last year it was 11 days. Now to finish the actual full novel, right? So how about we cover yesterday, the Winning Day in the Life of a NaNoWriMo-er (specifically, me, collegiate Kira)?
8:00 AM Alarm goes off, roll over and go back to sleep because there's no class til 9:30.
8:30 AM Get up, get dressed, eat gluten-free Oreos in my room while watching One Direction award some random girls something random on TV.
9:24 AM Race over to Psych 101. sit down, and take the online Psych quiz instead of paying attention to the lesson, which is on personality. Then work on NaNoNovel. Hit a climactic point just as class ends.
10:50 AM Go back to dorm, and write a bunch more.
11:45 AM Realize I'm going to be very late to my church-sponsored religion class. Decide not to care because I'm working on my novel and given the point of the story I'm at, it's much more interesting than a church class.
Today, I thought I'd present some of my writing outside of the prose I usually do. You see, I also do write poetry, and I've had some published and awarded various titles. Poetry isn't, and never will be, my central focus. But it's a good release for when I'm feeling overemotional--which I'll admit happens often. So, here are some of my favorites of my own poetry. Enjoy!
(Written on the 5th of May 2012)
Love is a murderous desert.
Look to it, and you’ll find yourself
starving sinking drowning dying
in the endless sands.
It doesn’t matter how you try.
Beauty is in the eye and I
have plentiful weaknesses.
Like caring too much.
The beating sun you so desire
Will never let you run.
Instead, you’ll burn silently, alone.
Only the scorpions see you.
Just try and reach the oasis.
I promise you, you’ll never get there.
Today we'll do simple music survey I found online, because it's easy, and because I like surveys and music. If you want to fill it out yourself in the comments, I'd love to hear your own answers.
Did you play in the school band?
Band, no. I was in the orchestra from fourth grade up, playing my dear little cello to my heart's content.
Do you sing in church choir?
Off and on, yes. Right now I do. It really depends on how much time I have and how willing I am to stomach the others there.
What is your favourite song right now?
Right now? Um... "Paradise" by Coldplay.
What are your favorite lyrics?
Favorite lyrics. Um. A lot of the reason I'll choose a fave song is for the lyrics, so if I tell you I like a song, it's probably got some of my favorite lyrics in it. Unless it's a movie score track, obviously.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. Basically, stories are my life.
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