Zimmy Sunday #6: Gone in 60 Zims

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Happy Sunday dear readers! And what a happy Sunday it is! Yesterday was a decidedly bleak Saturday, filled with rain and wind and an inordinate amount of car crashes on our local roads. It was a dreary reminder that fall is here and that, in the words of the Starks, winter is coming. Today, however, is gorgeous. The sun is shining, it’s warm, and Zim is hiding pieces of our broken dishwasher in the garden (though I think he wishes it were raining; he loves playing in the rain). It feels like a shame to spend the day inside, particularly when yesterday was so miserable, so this week’s Zimmy Sunday will once again be short so that Zim and I (and you too, dear reader) can go enjoy this last weekend day before the Monday grind begins again. Couple of things to note: keep an eye out this week for my review of the A Song of Ice and Fire series thus far and my thoughts on its HBO adaptation. I will also be trying out a new writing schedule based off of some of the things I noticed in my research for the writers’ daily routines post, so I’ll keep you updated on if it works or not, dear reader. Happy Sunday!

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Retail Therapy: Book Finds of the Day (9-14-13)

 

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It pains me to admit this, dear readers, but every once in a while I succumb to the consumeristic urge to spend a Saturday afternoon shopping. What can I say? Sometimes the call of the two-story Barnes and Noble is just too powerful to resist, even though I already have dozens of unread books waiting to be opened on my shelves. The way I see it, it’s better to buy books than shoes (though I may have bought shoes too…). Continue reading

Double Video Find of the Day: Game of Thrones-1995 Style & Game of Hearts

Well, I finished A Feast For Crows, and all I’ll say is this: FINALLY. Even though it was a good 200 pages shorter than A Storm of Swords, it felt like it took forever and a day to get to the last page. To make matters worse, when I did finally get to that last page instead of having the same “oh my god WHAT?! NO WAY!” response I had with A Storm of Swords, I just went “…huh?” I’m sure it will all play out later in the series, and there was a satisfying moment several chapters earlier, but overall I was underwhelmed. That said, I have heard very good things about A Dance With Dragons, so I’m eager to shake off the disappointment I’m feeling right now with A Feast For Crows and get cracking on that one!

Anywho, even though I’m more than a little disappointed with this book, I do still love the series, so in honor of Game of Thrones I have not one, but *two* very, very funny videos re-imagining Game of Thrones as a 90s TV show and as a romantic comedy, respectively. Each is quite short, so be sure to check them both out. Enjoy!

Epic Quote of the Day: George R.R. Martin

Alright so as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I’m trying to power through George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. I gave myself 3 weeks to finish the last three books…and 2 weeks later I just finished A Storm of Swords. I may have underestimated just how much time it takes to read these books (just a bit). But I have finished A Storm of Swords, and for all you Game of Thrones fans who have been on the fence about reading the books in addition to watching the HBO series, get off the fence and go read the books. They’re worth it, even if they are monstrously long (Martin reeallyyy needs to get a more cut-happy editor…). And season 4 of the show is going to be intense. That’s all I’m going to say.

Anywho, because I’m still more than a little bit obsessed with these books right now, I’ve decided to throw in a quick and fun (yet also serious) Epic Quote of the Day by Martin himself before I go back to reading the last two books at breakneck speed. Enjoy!

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Zimmy Sunday #2: Attack of the Zimster

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Oh no! An extreme close up of a very annoyed dog! That must mean it’s Zimmy Sunday!

Yes, I know, this picture isn’t the most attractive picture ever taken of a golden retriever, but I really couldn’t help posting it. I mean, really. That is an *intense* look he’s giving the camera. You can literally see straight through his golden eyes and into his doggy brain where he’s going “Alex. I’m playing with a really dirty tennis ball. Leave. Me. Alone.” How could I *not* post it?  Continue reading

What I’m Reading 8/21/13

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A writing professor once told me that sometimes writers needed to put down their pens, step away from their laptops,  and get their butts in some comfy chairs and start reading. She argued that reading is the best way for writers to keep at their A-Game, because reading lets you see how others are telling their stories and handling the writing craft, both in the past and in the present. As a writer, reading can be a love-hate relationship. Sometimes I find a writer who I’m absolutely blown away by, because he/she is writing about content similar to mine and doing it in a way that I’ve a.) never thought of and b.) could never possibly do myself. Bret Easton Ellis is like that for me. And while I am awed and inspired during these experiences, I’m also disheartened because it makes me feel inadequate as a writer because I know that I could never write a story in the way that this other writer did (hence the love-hate relationship). Fortunately, I eventually remember that I’m not actually trying to be like these other writers, I’m trying to be my own writer, and so these thoughts of inadequacy quickly fade into thoughts of “yeah, you did a good job with that story, now I’m going to write my own story in my own way and you know what? It’s going to be good too.”

So, long story short, I make sure I spend a good amount of my free time reading in order to get the creative juices flowing and keep myself motivated towards that ultimate goal of the completed novel. Alright, enough babbling, time to get to What I’m Reading this week!

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Zimmy Sunday

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It’s Sunday! Which means a quick update on what happened this weekend and, because I firmly believe that everyone needs more pictures of dogs in their lives,  a weekly picture of my dog Zim (yes, Zim as in Invader Zim. I am indeed that cool). How can you not be just a little bit happier after seeing that adorable face? Continue reading