Sunday, February 27, 2011

Poetry Slam! Round 2!

Poetry Slam is back again for another go! Last time we did some haikus about childhood.

I Just Know Everything joined in with one of his own:

Watching Snick with friends
Every Saturday night
Then we would sleep in

So awesome. I think we can all relate to the sleeping in part. Lol. Thanks for that!

This months challenge comes from:

mikesteele05 - "Mushy foods. Doctor Suess style."

Ooh, this is going to be fun. :) Well, I'm taking a class on Shakespeare and we talked about sonnets so I'm going to do it sonnet style! Can a sonnet be Dr. Suess-ish? We'll find out. From what I've found there are many ways to write a sonnet but I'm going to do it the Shakespearean way. This is a 14 line poem that follows the pattern of - abab cdcd efef gg. A rhymes with a, b rhymes with b, and so on.

So I now present...

My Mushy Meals

I like to eat things known as mushy food
Those things that flop and plop and stand up too
They're great for building, but I'm not too rude
When it gets on my fork it's what I do

Oatmeal with sugar, flakes in milk too long
Bananas that have brown spots from old age
Cottage cheese that slides out of its bowl wrong
Toast soaked in butter past its crunchy stage

Pasta in sauce that glue them together
Twirling up in short and sloppy towers
Icecream melted in the summer weather
Giving fingers cold and sticky showers

Mushy foods have great things they're meant to build
But in a fight they are weapons to wield

How did I do? Did I take the challenge well? Let me know and give it a try yourself if you want. Leave a type of poem or a subject for next month and I'll see you then!

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Whining of the Writer

Warning: The following is a series of complaints made by yours truly and may mimic the sound of crying babies, whimpering puppies, and other sounds that express the feeling of being upset and are yet sometimes annoying. Read at your own discretion.

Hi, my name is Sarah and I reign over the Land of Lazy as Princess Procrastinator. Lately though, I've been thinking of resigning. *insert gasps from the Lazy natives*

Yeah, it's true. Procrastinating just isn't working out for me anymore. At the risk of sounding like a child, school has gotten really hard. Especially for a procrastinator. The further behind I let stuff fall at school, the more time that I have to spend getting it done again. And you know what has suffered as a cause to that? My writing.

Aside from school stuff and blog posts, I don't think I've written anything new in awhile. My poor, half edited, Nano 09 novel sits in my writing bag waiting for the return of my pen. It probably doesn't know who wrote it anymore. *sigh* I also have three shorts in mind, two of which have been started and one on the back burner of my brain.

So I hereby vow to work on my time management. During the daytime hours I will do everything school related. After dinner I will do what I want, writing and so forth. It has been decreed... (Because royalty are always decreeing something right?)

How do you all handle writing time and other priorities?

By the way, still looking for a challenge on the Poetry Slam for this Monday. Have a suggestion? Let me know. Leave a comment! :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Imaginary Love

Alright, character crushes. We've all heard about them and a lot of us have had them. There's just something about certain fictional characters that we just can't resist. Let's go through some popular ones:

Jacob vs. Edward - Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Of course this is the first of any imaginary love list. I mean people created teams for them for goodness sake. For myself, I'd choose Jacob. Come on. He's at least halfway normal. But for Bella I'd choose Edward for reasons that are obvious in the last book.

Peeta vs. Gale - The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Now this is a tough one. On one hand you have Peeta who grew close to Katniss by being the chosen boy in their pair, but on the other is Gale who grew up with her and is already like family. Ugh. I can't even make a choice. I don't know what I would do.

Brenda vs. Teresa - The Maze Runner by James Dashner

In the second book, The Scorch Trials, we are introduced to someone who could be a new love interest for Thomas, Brenda. So again we have the old friend and the new one. From where they're at in the book now I'd say that Thomas should go out with Brenda but it wouldn't work out then he'd be conveniently single when he runs into Teresa again years later. Classic romance movie scenario.

Regardless of what choices they make, I wish these imaginary characters the best. Here's to finding many new imaginary loves. Check out these books if you haven't already. Happy (early) Valentines Day! :)

Ps.- Check out the people over at The Treehouse Gang. They posted a story of mine today! Let them know what you think about it then check out their other posts too. :)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Scorch Trials - James Dashner

The Scorch Trials is the second book in the series following The Maze Runner. I'm going to try my best to avoid anything that might be a spoiler. After escaping one nightmare that they were forced to fight through, Thomas and his friends have come to a resting point only to find that WICKED, the group that's to blame for their troubles, wasn't done with them yet. It starts right where the last one left off. If you remember, back when I made a list of books that I couldn't wait for, this was one of those along waited books I sought after. I have to tell you, it was well worth the wait.

From the very beginning I was hooked. Every chapter just pulled me in and I could hardly find a place to stop that wouldn't have me wondering "what's going to happen?!" until I can pick it back up again. Once you get to the middle it levels out a bit but nearing the end of it he builds it up again till you finally think you have it figured out.

It's like a roller coaster ride the whole way. I highly suggest you pick up The Scorch Trials after checking out The Maze Runner if you haven't already. Check out James Dashner's blog for more details on all his books. I will see you guys on the next post. :)