Blog Post Number REALLY SAD STORY ALERT

Hey guys, I know it’s been a while, but I’ve been CRAZY sick. So, that’s my really lame excuse.

In other news, I wrote a short story! It’s not fantastic or anything. But I wrote it as an experiment. I wanted to try and write something messy, something vulnerable. Not entirely sure I lived up to the challenge. But I did cry when writing. And editing. That has to say something. Enjoy!

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Blog Post Number Opaque

HAPPY ALL CAPS FRIDAY EVERYONE.

And a merry all caps it is, as this week has had it in for me in the way only a truly passive sentence could express.

After that last sentence I’ve been staring at the screen for half a block because I’m not quite sure what to say. I could have some funny story or anecdote, but I’m running late and don’t really have the brain power. I could fabricate some outlandish opinion for a topic I only slightly care about and get all up in arms.

Or I could tell you how I’m doing, why I had such a long week.

There’s a fine line I think bloggers walk. Being vulnerable without being too open. Telling embarrassing stories, but not too awkward. Being a real person but not too real. I have no idea how to handle that line so my resting status is usually vague and obtuse. Not just in my blogging life, but real people like as well and especially in my writing.

How about you, Hypothetical Reader? How much is too much? Where’s the line for you?

Blog Post Number Oscar Noms

I found out the Oscar nominations while watching Fast and Furious 6.

I feel like that’s taboo. Not just talking about the Oscars (although I feel like most writer blogs don’t even give movies the time of day,) but actually admitting that I like the Fast and Furious movies. It’s like a dirty secret in Hollywood, we know those movies get made, mostly for money, but we don’t dare admit to watching something the general populous, the “peasants” who care nothing for “the cinema,” enjoys. It’s all Wolf of Wall Street and Dallas Buyers Club for us out here in La La Land. (OK. I loved Dallas Buyers.)

But not only will I admit to liking award shows and the fancy movies with their fancy people glittering across the screen like long dead stars just out of reach, I will also admit to liking the Summer Blockbusters.

My favorite movie of 2013 was Iron Man 3. Not just because SUPERHEROES or because my dad flew all the way from Florida to share it with me. No, IM3 was my favorite movie because of how the story touched my heart. It explained the nature of people, or myself, in a way I could understand.

I’m not asking YOU to like Iron Man 3. But that would have been my vote for best picture (or Short Term 12).

So I watch Fast and Furious. My big plans this weekend are to watch the new Jack Ryan movie. And my dad is flying out again for Captain America. These movies continue to mean the world to me, despite popular opinion downgrading them as nothing but entertainment fluff. Because popular opinion isn’t nearly as important so long as you have affected one person with your story.

Blog Post Number How to Fight a Gremlin

Morning, hearts and heroes!

Good news. Faced in the first battle, the gremlin was successfully defeated! HUZZAH. But it could not have been done without the help of my unknowing sister.

While walking home from work yesterday, I happened on Facebook (as most people do.) Low and behold, what stands at the top of the list? The best news in ALL CAPS from my sister! I called her immediately to hear all about it and every remnants of the war I’d been fighting with the pesky monster faded as I listened to her tell me all about the good news with such clear and innocent happiness.

Take THAT, gremlin!

Blog Post Number Tuesday

I woke up this morning with a gremlin in my throat.

He’s decided to take up residence there for the time being, despite my repeated attempts to offer him a nicer location such as a porcelain throne. But no, he seems content to stay lodged in the close quarters of my larynx which I can’t imagine to be at all comfortable.

Normally I try to be a hospitable host, desiring to give shelter to all those in need. But the problem with gremlins is their baggage. They are harbingers of discomfort, bringing bad influences in ugly colored carpet bags that have never once seen the color water. They sit around, lazing in their underwater and demand your full attention, no neverminding that you had a life once. Instead they break you down with their demands and despicable whispers until you can’t do much but sit in a pile of discarded dreams.

I woke up this morning with a gremlin in my throat.

Blog Post Number BOOK BINGO DAY 1

Happy Monday (an oxymoron if ever there could be one)

My weekend somehow managed to be FILLED with ingesting pop culture and entertainment in preparation for Oscar nominations this week (hello my name is Megh and I’m a dork.)

In three days I saw:

  • August: Osage County
  • Inside Llewyn Davis
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Prisoners
  • Don Jon
  • Philomena
  • Out of the Furnace
  • Episodes 1-3 of Veronica Mars
  • Golden Globes
  • The last episode of Sherlock

THE LAST EPISODE OF SHERLOCK

I would throw up the text conversation I had chronicling my death also known as SHERLOCK HOLMES but it’s basically just swooning and cursing.

However, in the midst of all that, I FINISHED MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN.

Should other people read it? Eh. It was well written in the beginning and then it got sloppy and dry in the end. A lot of the action felt writer forced and I just had a hard time believing the emotion.

Despite that, HERE YOU GO. MY BOOK BINGO CARD SHEET.

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How’s everyone else doing on their bingo sheet?

Blog Post Number Bingo Rules

UPDATE: TIME LIMIT ADDED

I’m so excited by the number of people that want in on this. It’s going to be SO MUCH FUN.

SO. RULES.

1. No rereads. This is about finding NEW books to read and the new experiences you have with said books!

2. You MUST post a short blurb about the book SOMEWHERE after you finish it. I don’t care if it’s on your blog, facebook, tumblr, bathroom stall. Just somewhere we can read about it and salivate over it. Sharing is caring! :)

3. ONE BOOK PER SPACE. Don’t be sneaky, for a book about a dragon, love triangle, magic, set in Paris, look below to Gimli for ruling.

4. TEN BINGO SPACES. Up, down, across, edges, whatever. The two lines must be in a row EACH, but not connected together (like, you can have straight down the I and straight down the O, as long as the I and O are complete). First to reach the two lines of Bingo gets a prize!

5. There is, however, a prize for finishing THE WHOLE CARD. And that isn’t limited to the first person, EVERY PERSON THAT COMPLETES THE CARD I WILL GIVE A PRIZE.

6. You MUST have started reading the book in 2014.

7. I PREFER YA, but if you have a book that fits the bill on the Bingo card, I will accept it.

8. Finally, LET ME KNOW YOU’RE DOING IT SO WE CAN GEEK OUT TOGETHER OMG I’M SO EXCITED

 

Added: 9. This contest is only valid through the year of 2014 and until my super awesome CONGRATS ON FINISHING THE BINGO CARD SHEET prizes run out.

Any and other rules that come up, I will make a note of it.

This isn’t a rule, but IF YOU COULD hashtag it #MeghsBookBingo that would make it so much easier for me to stalk you and your progress.

Happy reading, loves!