What Reileen Ate YesterdayBreakfast:
Half a can of Mountain Dew.Brunch:
Two small packs of Welch's fruit snacks. Eaten during JPN104.Lunch:
Two fried breadsticks stuffed with pepperoni and a Mountain Dew from the soda fountain.Lunchinner:
One package of Maruchan pot ramen, chicken-flavored. A small bottle of water, followed by a bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade.Dinner:
One hot dog with ketchup. Finishing up the bottle of Mike's Hard.What Reileen Ate TodayBreakfast:
A bag of regular chips (Miss Vickie's brand, yum) and a bottle of Mountain Dew. Consumed during ANT120.Brunch:
Another bag of regular chips; still working on that bottle of Dew.Lunch:
Five pieces of crab rangoon. Finally finishing up the bottle of Dew.Dinner:
Will be pasta, apparently, and another can of Dew.
I'm not sure why I thought this would be interesting to post, but there you go.
Despite staying up 'til 11:30pm working on an ANT120 lab report that I'd wanted to finish earlier and waking up at 6:00am grumpy and groggy as hell, I actually found myself less likely to want to nod off today. This may have been in part because 1) I had a lab today in ANT120 that actually required me to do work and to stay for almost the entire scheduled time of lab, and 2) I went to Chinatown today to stock up on incense, which required train travel and ambulatory travel. I bought sandalwood, cinnamon, strawberry, and "fragrant forest", and the total came out for around $11 for all of it. Yay.
Received my "specialty area" for ART233 today: it's Classical Greece, of course. Although I have to admit I was also leaning towards Sumerian or Babylonian art as well
despite the fact that I skipped the lecture where the professor actually talked about these areas
. I think I'll probably look those up on my own. Also, I'm wondering if there's a book or a few out there that deal specifically with studying temples from all over the world. In class today, we were looking at the temple of the Egyptian queen Hatshepsut, and I was "dfkljaldkfjaldkf GLEEEEEE!" I love temples. I can't articulate why, exactly, beyond "OMGCOOLANDPRETTY!", but I love 'em. If I'm in a game and we're exploring temples or temple-like areas, it's likely that I'm going to spend a large part of the game with the character just looking up and around at the exterior and the interior of the place. (The Temple of Time in Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
makes me squee. Am also fond of many of the Sephiroth points in Tales of the Abyss
and the Spirit Temple in Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
.) In short, I am a whore for nearly anything that evokes ancient pagan temples.
(...would that make me a "temple whore"?)
Anyway, I think that's it for interesting things from Reileen's life (which tend to be few and far in-between), so onto the link-o-llection!
***Kit Whitfield blogs about depression and children's fiction
, comparing depictions of depression in Harry Potter, Avatar: The Last Airbender, and in Antonia White's novels. Hefty, but a very interesting read. In particular, I love her interpretation of the Fire Nation royalty in Avatar in the context of depression-running-through-families. She also nails down the strength of Zuko's character in the show - and by strength, I mean not only how Zuko himself would be a strong person if he existed in real life, but also what makes his character from the show so memorable. He struggles; he despairs; he makes mistakes; and ultimately, he grows. I was pleasantly surprised at the care given in drawing this portrait of him throughout three seasons of the show.Here's a set of candid shots of Barack Obama taken before, during, and after the debate in Oxford, Mississippi last week
. My personal favorites are this one
, this one
, and this one.And here's Build-O-Bama, where you can cut and fold your very own Obama paper doll for...some...reason!For every comment made on this blogpost, Tyson Foods will donate 100 lbs. of food to food banks in the Bay Area
. Easiest charity since Free Rice. How do these types of things work, though? Technically speaking, this strikes me as a more charitable version of "Give me five reviews and then
I'll update with the next chapter!"Artist builds "temple of science"
. Let me tell you, I've got at least two characters in my headspace who are going all drooly-mouthed and starry-eyed at this idea. (For background, they're both scientists - or as much of scientists as a scientifically-handicapped person as myself can write - of strong divine heritage.) And now I'm tempted to see if I can build a "religion of science" in a novel. I can already see places where I'd be running into problems, but it would be a fun thing to play with.kaigou recounts an interesting anecdote that reveals insight into why a person might seem gluttonous when eating.
She also now has a post up of 348 personality quirks that could be worked into a character
, which would be an excellent reference for all the NaNoers out there.Disgrasian wonders about where the hell Asian Barbie is in Mattel's current line of Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Barbie Dolls.
Meanwhile, Reileen wonders how it's possible that Barbie has gotten skinnier
over the years.
At the Temple of Kraden, a Golden Sun forum (that I actually am on under my fandom name), there's a thread going on
in which people post funny pictures, and others reading the thread try their best to get as far as they can without laughing. Man, I didn't even try that - I just wanted to see the lulz. Which there is a fair amount of. (Be warned, though - that thread is 38 pages and counting.)
for Major Fucking Truth from here
: "In each faith are found strange and subtle truths. The study of comparative religions is learning the shape of the Divine by groping your way all around the elephant, in the happy company of other blind people."
Also quoted for MFT is this excellent post
about writing fanfiction vs. writing original fiction:
So when you remove fandom from the equation, you're removing exactly what people came to fandom for in the first place: the characters and the worlds. You've got to create your own. And maybe writing in someone else's world has been like training wheels, maybe it's shown you the kind of thing you're going to need to do for yourself. Without having actually written narrative fanfiction, I still look at what JK Rowling's said about her process in terms of planning out a long series. What do you give away, how soon do you give it away--her decision to move Horcrux info from Chamber of Secrets to a later book, that kind of thing. But you're also in danger of having steeped in someone else's world for so long that you write your own thing, and it's like everything everyone's already seen.
Yes. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.
Eerily enough, look at dien
's list of things you learn writing fanfiction vs. what you learn writing original fic. Replace "things you learn writing fanfiction" with "strengths as a writer" and "things you learn writing original fic" with "weaknesses as a writer", and those two lists describe me to a big fat T. My strongest points are easily dialogue, characterization, and "the power of well-crafted language" (at least I'd like to think so). My weakest points are plot (which I quickly found out doing NaNoWriMo for the past few years), stories with staying power (again, NaNoWriMo pointed this out to me), and stories that matter.
Also, check this interesting analogy in the original entry from ETA 2: "...we might think of fanfic versus original fic as two different musical instruments-- you can learn how to play music on either a guitar or a piano, but learning how to play one doesn't necessarily mean you will automatically be able to play the other."
-Reileenyour eyes tell of a star's death