Saturday, October 30, 2010

Will not be silenced

I am sooooo frustrated at Blogger right now. It's messing up my page layout for no reason.

I like to click around on the blogger bar that says "next blog". From there, I can check out random blogs around the community. I know that's what Blogs Of Note is for, but I have a bit of an ego, and it gets me down when I'm constantly bombarded with blogs that are better than mine. (Doh! Why didn't I think of that idea?) my inner blogger yells at me. From clicking around on the blog community, I have noticed these consistencies:
~Parents like to post pictures of their babies.
~Teenage girls like to post pictures of fashion, or music, or their lives
~artists(THEY always get lots of followers) post pictures of there art.
~other people post random pictures of random things.
I just clicked the "Next blog" button twice. The first was one about inspiring photos.(see?) The second one was lots of pictures of a little boy in a language which I can't comprehend.


What gets me really confused sometimes, is these blogs are popular.  These people get hundreds of followers by posting pictures of flowers and shoes! Maybe I'm just jealous. I've only been around a little while. My posting is erratic and inconsistent. Is it just me, or does it take a lot to get settled into the online Star Wars community? Maybe it's the fact that I don't always post just about Star Wars, but lots of random things as well.


I don't want to post only about one thing though. That seems kind of...limiting. Most of the news that gets circulated about Star Wars is the same thing. New lightsaber chapstick, reviews of TCW, viral fan videos...? With all the other sources of Star Wars news, why would they pick a random girl who also posts about trees and spaghetti, and whose blog design changes drastically every couple hours?


Also, I would rather have a couple loyal followers who are like friends and leave personal comments, than 3000 followers whose comments I don't have time to read?(Exception: Allie Brosh, of Hyperbole and Half, should be applauded for personally reading and responding to every one of her often 100+ comments on every post.)

You guys wouldn't like it if I posted only about shoes just to gain popularity, right?

 I'll try it:
File:Red High Heel Pumps.jpg

Look! Shoes! They um...go on your feet. You would wear a shoe like this to.....actually, I don't like high heels. They hurt my feet. I would much rather prefer boots. Like Obi Wan's in Attack of the Clones! They're leather and they have these leather straps at the top...

http://www.padawansguide.com/obiwan/images/obiwan_fullcostume.jpg ooohhhhhhh


I don't think this is working that well for me, guys....

 Yours,
Amaranthine 

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thank Goodness

It's almost the weekend. This week has been the absolute longest of my life. Hey, guess what- This weekend is Halloween! That means-costume debut!(actually, I already debuted my costume at my Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout party. They liked it. They kept stealing my lightsaber and trying to hit people with it. I forgot that playing with lightsabers is actually a rare occurrence to some people.)
But, this weekend is my church's Halloween fair. And given the size of my church, there will be a lot of people there, hopefully in costume. I'll take pictures! I'm still trying to figure out how to show you a picture of my costume without showing my face. Maybe I'll just put a censor bar or something on it.

Also, I'm playing keyboard in the church band! I'm not that nervous-it's just that I'm not used to playing in a band, where you get the chord letter and you have to improvise.
I'm totally going to get it, though.

Amaranthine

NaNo starts Monday. I have my outline/character sheet. I'm ready.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sometimes I think life will kill me.....that sounds weird when you think about it

As this seems to be the popular topic on most of my friends' blogs, I will confess: This will be my first NaNo this year. I'm a little nervous. I barely have time to post here! Luckily, I already know exactly what I'm going to do. My username is: Amaranthine, so you can add me if you'd like.
If you don't do Nanowrimo, I'd advise you to check it out if you like writing: www.nanowrimo.com.
Still working on novel review, I"ll keep you posted(Ha.)
PS. I'm reviewing Fate of the Jedi, the current series, and hence the most popular.
PPS. Any tips on surviving November?
 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Random SW Tuesday

Hello.
This morning I was miserable, I felt like I had no friends, and that I was trapped in a meaningless existence. 
Then I realized it was because I had forgotten to eat breakfast.
Anyways, now I feel much better. Here's your post.

From TFN(sorry I couldn't credit each author individually):
Things Star Wars Characters Would Never Say:

Palpatine: "Can't we all just get along?"

Leia: "I need a vacation. I don't care about the state of the galaxy right now."

Kyp: Luke, Jacen, I've been thinking, and I've decided that you two were really right all along.

Han: You're right, Leia, the Falcon's a piece of junk. I'm trading her in for a Sorosuub luxury yacht. 

Padme: "Ani, maybe we should take some time off from our relationship while you resolve your anger issues."

Vergere: Everything I tell you is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but truth!!!

Tenel Ka goes running along with headphones on:
'I'm a barbie girl, in a barbie world! Life in plastic, it's fantastic!'
Get that out of your head!

Grand Admiral Thrawn Song(you BETTER get this one.)

I'm the very model of an Imperial Grand Admiral
I've information tactical, strategic and artistical
I know the age of Waru and I quote the fights historical
From Yavin 4 to Coruscant in order categorical
I'm very well-acquainted with matters of a martial kind
When adversaries think they've escaped guess who they just find
My knowledge is superior and I am such a war savant
Their art can tell me any information I could ever want!

Chorus
Their art can tell him any information he could ever want
Their art can tell him any information he could ever want
Their art can tell him any information he could ever ever want

&c

Thrawn
But though sharp and acute as a surgeon sucking out Zsinj's lard
I will artistically be killed by my very bodyguard
But still in matters tactical strategic and artistical
I am the very model of an Imperial Grand Admiral

Chorus
But still in matters tactical strategic and artistical
He is the very model of an Imperial Grand Admiral

Hint: The Pirates of Penzance.

Captioned picture: from Wookieepedia's Caption Page


"You will take me to Jabba now... wow, man, my hand's huge... and, like, the fingers go all different ways..."  


If you are the author of any of these, I will credit you! Tell me!

 
Quote:
"A trap is only a trap if it takes one by surprise. Otherwise, it is merely an obstacle to be overcome."
Gavar Khai[src]
Take that, Ackbar!

Yours~

Amaranthine

 
No TCW review tomorrow! I haven't had time to watch! I know, I know. So instead I'll review a SW book. Happy? What book(or series) do you want to hear my opinion on? Tell me!



Sunday, October 24, 2010

Update

Hurg. Piano competition(bleahhh) @1. Pray for me! Must. Start. Silver. Award report. I really should do it when I get back. Small group today-oh, and I need to finish my costume. By tomorrow. My hem is about 5 inches too long and dragging on the ground......argh. And I must buy my Thrice and Rise Against songs on iTunes. Lab report due tomorrow, and a Halloween party needs to be planned.
Bleah. (sigh)
And life goes on......

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review Wednsday: Where to start reading in the EU?


http://images4.wikia.nocookie.net/starwars/images/b/b6/Lotf-sacrifice.jpg

 Awesomeness.

The Expanded Universe of Star Wars novels can be overwhelming, confusing, and complicated. Most people have no idea where to start? The EU can be difficult to navigate(Wookieepedia is your friend!) but it is so worth it.
I wrote a little crash course: The books can be hard to find, but you'll find them all at your local Barnes and Noble's. Promise.

I'm only writing about the teen-adult novels. Though if a kid's series is especially good, I'll put that too. 
The EU novels are classified into 6 categories: These are ALL chronological in Star Wars time, not publishing time.

-Sith Era(Sith related) Lots of Sithness. I know pretty much nothing about this era.
-Old Republic. (Old Jedi Order-related) Jedi! Jedi! Jedi! 
-Rise of the Empire(The Phantom Menace-Revenge of the Sith. Everything related to the Clone Wars fits in here too.) Nuff said.
-Rebellion Era-(A New Hope-Return of the Jedi) What it sounds like.
-New Republic Era-(Pretty much the second the credits roll on ROTJ -The New Jedi Order)
-New Jedi Order-(New Jedi Order series is so long, it pretty much gets its own era.)
-Legacy Era(Millenium Falcon-eternity.)

 You can categorize these by publishing eras too, but I like this way better.  My favorite eras are New Jedi Order and Legacy. (That's cause I like Jaina.) 
I know this is confusing, but hang on there!
Prominent works in each era, with a less than 6 word short summary.

Best place to start(Pre ROTJ): Um. Does anyone have any recommendations? I am TOTALLY a Young Jedi Knights+ expert. If you don't mind looking in the kiddie section for books, I like Jedi Quest/Apprentice by Jude Watson.

Best place to start(Post-ROTJ) This is split into two neat categories(for me):

"Classic" EU: Heir to the Empire-Young Jedi Knights
 Lots of Han, Leia, and Luke action. More people like these. Start with: Thrawn Trilogy, Hand of Thrawn Duology, and Jedi Academy Trilogy. If you've got the time, also standalones like Darksaber.

"More controversial a.k.a newer" EU: Young Jedi Knights+
My favorite favorite category.  There's Han, Leia, Luke and a whole bunch of other guys too! (<3 Jaina, Tenel Ka, and Anakin) Fans are divided among their likings. I heart every single book in this era, even the ones I haven't read yet. Start: Young Jedi Knights.  These can be hard to find, so if you must, start with New Jedi Order. NJO is a bit hefty, so if you don't have the time to read the whole thing, read Vector Prime, Balance Point, Star By Star, Destiny's Way, and The Unifying Force to get the idea. I strongly recommend reading all 15 books. (I've read 12.) My favorite series. 
After that, read Legacy of the Force. They're all pretty AWESOME, and I strongly suggest reading all nine. If you want to rush through, Betrayal, Sacrifice, and Invincible are the way to go. 
The newest series, Fate of the Jedi, is the absolute worse place for any beginner to start. And, because it's new, it's also the most popular among beginners. I absolutely cannot comprehend trying to read that without the context.  Also it's not :eherm: the absolute best series, so the characters :eherm: might seem a little flat. Just a little.  When you've literally grown up with these characters, it's different.


That was a doozy. Maybe a little confusing. Hope it helps! I've always wanted to do a post on this.


Amaranthine

PS. And reading these are so worth it. Plus you'll be able to get my jokes. Heh.

PPS. Maybe I'll post individual book reviews too.

PPPS. My opinion on Dark Nest Trilogy? Let's not go there.
PPPPS. Pre-Destiny's Way NJO not for the squeamish. Just sayin'.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Random SW Day

 Disclaimer: This is hilarious for Star Wars fans but really confusing for everybody else. 


 For today's random day, we'll:
 Borrow from the TFN forums: 


Some ways you can know you're a EU(or Star Wars) fan:
  
-a friend asks how much cash you have on you and you say, "uh...about fifteen credits."

-You say "Yes Master" to your teachers.

-when someone mentions monks, you think of mechanical spiders with brain jars 

-You have designed your own superweapon   

-When you meet a new group of people and you think talking like Yoda will make you sound smart. Get some gas, we must.
 
-When you refuse to take painkillers when you are ill because you believe in honoring Yun Yuuzhan.

Some things SW characters would never say:

Yoda: I only talk funny because it messes with other people's heads. *snickers*
 
Mara: I'm bored. (lightbulb) Hey, let's go smash my favorite ship into a hanger bay! That sounds fun!

 Any Tatooine pilot: No way am I going to fly a ship through a small trench and shoot at a thing the size of a womp rat. 

Daala: I suppose I wasn't that good.

Rouge Squadron: That's impossible! We can't do that!

Tsavong Lah: Who stole my iPod?

Nute Gunray: Someone get me a blaster, I'm going to kill Senator Amidala myself.

Vergere: There is a dark side and a light side. Follow the light, moron.

And a captioned picture:

"Yay! An invasion! That means no school today!" 



And a quote:

Han: "So there are two reasons to play sabacc, Leia. For fun, or to make money. If your main goal is to have fun, losing a little money isn't too bad. If you're out to make money, and you do, not having fun isn't much of a hardship."
Leia: "I worry whenever anything that sounds even vaguely like philosophy comes out of your mouth."
Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo[src]   If you get all these references, you're my best friend.  Tomorrow: No TCW review! Preview of next weeks' episode, and article on where to start reading on the EU . (To everyone else: Don't worry, I only dedicate 2 days a week to Star Wars.)



 

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Power....of comments




 We bloggers live for comments. There is nothing more exciting and encouraging then a good comment, or several good comments!! If you want to encourage a fellow blogger, then comment on one of their posts. Heck, even if the design burns your eyes and the writing leaves much to be desired, a little "Nice post!(with something specific to indicate that you actually read the post)" can't hurt. 

So if you know someone with a baby blog, leave them a comment, and make their day! There is nothing worse than the feeling that nobody is reading what you're writing.

If you look at my very early posts,  you will see that I had a faithful commenter, (name-AIOFreak or Madeline). She always found something to comment on for every post and really encouraged me. She doesn't update her blog much, anymore, (life is taking priority) but I can say that she may have saved my blog's life.  

I wanted to say thanks to you all. I treasure each follower and each comment. I was on vacation this weekend, and I came back and saw two new followers! Yay! 

Thanks, Princess of Endor, Migillicuty, Alex, and others! Enjoy the link love!

Check out the two new followers as well.




Friday, October 15, 2010

COSTUME PROGRESS PICS!

I can't show any with my face in them, but here are some shots of the cloak in progress. The hood is done and lined, and the cloak is done, but I need to serge them and attach them together. Will easily be done by Halloween.

Fabric!
I thought that the sewing would be the hardest, but it's the cutting and pinning. Definitely that, and getting the pieces lined up perfectly would be the hardest. 

 I'm sure real tailors use tables and not the living room floor.....




My best friend:


Got to be the most unorganized work space in the world:

When I sew long seams, I literally take out the pins and chuck 'em back behind the machine, hence the mess behind the machine of pins, fabric remnants, patterns, and who knows what. And you can't see, but my desk is next to this, with my handy PC ready for handy internet browsing while I wait for...um, just for handy internet browsing.

I will find a way to post pics of the whole costume soon! The fabric is crushed panne velvet from Joanns, and I'm using McCalls-4139. My hood is a little small, you might want to enlarge the hood if you're going to try this.

Amaranthine

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Question: How careful should you be on the internet?

You've got to read this article if you haven't heard about this: http://www.pluggedin.com/upfront/2010/learninglessonsfromjessislaughter.aspx

And you can watch the original video too on youtube, if you want. But he's right: "Asking the internet for mercy is like asking the IRS for a 50% discount."

This article raises a lot of questions: and seemingly obvious answers. How careful are you on the internet?

I don't have a facebook, twitter, or youtube account, but I can relate to not being careful enough on the computer. I've got my name on here, but I don't post pictures of my face. Some of you don't use your real names, nicknames, or even names at all! Some of you post first, last names, and photos. It all depends on how comfortable you are with the internet. Remember when you posts something for the internet, you're posting it for the world to see.


And you have to be careful what you say, because your words can be taken completely out of context sometimes, and you can't delete it. I try to be as careful as I can on here and other places, with no bad grammar or bad language. It's tough though-my reputation went down several notches unintentionally on a certain site(eyebrows, eyebrows.) and I've even lost followers here!

Have you ever had any internet mess-ups or misunderstandings? (Hopefully not on Jessi's level, though.) How careful are you on the world's biggest playground? (I'm still trying to figure out how to show you a picture of my Barriss costume without showing a picture of my face.)


Amaranthine

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Testing, testing....Review Wednsday!

I don't want to become just another review site.(there are plenty that do that.) But I just wanted to try this review thing, for once. If reviewing isn't my thing, then maybe I'll keep away from it.


The Comings and Goings of TCW.
 Some of you are going "NOOOO! Not TCW again!" I know some of you think its juvenile and messes with pre-existing canon(and it does.) But yes, there are 10+ viewers who watch it for the sake of canon. Come on, we're looking at 4+ seasons here. If you've got the time, at least watch it for the sake of Star Wars.


Last week's episode: Corruption  Watch it on SW.com now.
Corruption was one of those "character development" episodes, with not THAT much to do with the Clone Wars. But it did a good job at character development. 


I hated Satine in Season 2, period. I was disappointed they were going to continue her. In Duchess of Mandalore, she seemed very confused and indecisive. And I wished they would leave Mandalore alone and go find another planet to pick on.  But Corruption had me thinking, hey,  maybe she's not so bad after all. She's joined the ranks of Star Wars signature tough girls. It's obvious she genuinely wants peace and cares for her people. She seems a little naive about corruption in government, but it's evident that she's hopeful to stomp out corruption in Mandalore's government.   Maybe Mandalore isn't a peaceful island in the midst of war anymore.


Coming up: The Academy

Preview:




  I still wish they would leave Mandalore alone, but this episode goes deeper into Mandalore's schools and debuts(for season 3)...........AURRA SING!!! Awesome! Sounds like a good episode. Lots of action!


(Who else forsees Mandalore joining the republic?)








PS. I think I'm going to do a little article on where to start reading in the EU. What do you think? Any suggestions?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Happy Empire Strikes Back Anniversary

Actually, it was some days ago. But Happy Empire Anniversary anyways.

Favorite scene: Millennium Falcon fleeing Star Destroyers. (Well, that was more than one scene. Wasn't it awesome, though?) 

Favorite second-appearance character: Han

Favorite first-appearance character: Yoda. (This is in chronological order.)

Favorite quote: Pretty much every single word from Yoda's mouth.  I like this scene though.


Yoda: "Stubborn and hard is your head. Soften it we will."
Luke: "I stood on my head to soften it?"
Yoda: "Mysterious are the ways of the Force."
Luke: "Did you just make me stand on my head for two hours because I was annoying you?"
Yoda: "Very mysterious."
Luke Skywalker and Yoda[src]
 
Okay, that's not from ESB. Oh well.
 
Least favorite scene: Lando goes to apologize to Han in the cell. (Oh, I betrayed you. Sorry! No hard feelings, okay?)
 
Favorite behind the scenes pics from Vanity Fair(Thanks, Club Jade!)
 
 
 
 for whole gallery.
 http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/features/2010/10/the-making-of-the-empire-strikes-back-201010?currentPage=1 
 
Hope the library gets the book!
 
 
 

Sunday, October 10, 2010

My favorite thing on the internet.

By far the best thing on the internet! If you play RP games, OR love Star Wars, this is for you.  It's a web comic called Darths and Droids.
You have to have some backstory. If you play RP, this will be a lot easier for you to understand.

Jim, Sally, Pete, Annie, and the Game Master are playing a unnamed RP game the Game Master(GM) made up. This is in a universe where Star Wars does not exist. The webcomic makers put screencaps along with the movie as the characters are playing it.


They have done the first two movies and continue to update on tuesdays, sundays, and thursdays.

MUST. CHECK. THIS. OUT. Their coverage of The Silence Of The Clones is my favorite. A couple of unrelated samples from different movies..(right click, "view image",  to enlarge.)



Episode 15: In Space, No One Can Hear You Shout



Episode 343: In Which the Intricacies and Details of Complex Combat Situations are Handled Masterfully

Episode 440: Fry, You Fools





http://www.darthsanddroids.net/archive.html (start at The Phantasmal Malevolence.)

My favorite thing on the internet!


Amaranthine

It might be hard to understand at first, but you'll catch on! It's worth the confusion at first!



PS. Roleplay games are imaginary games played with different people playing imaginary roles. The game is controlled by a game master and dice are used to determine certain end results.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Halloween Costume

We don't celebrate Halloween. But this Halloween, I am really excited.
I'm making myself a costume this year! This is the first year I'm actually going to have a costume. Hopefully I will get to wear it to a church Halloween event. And maybe trick o treating. I got the idea from here. http://www.freewebs.com/queenapailana/barrissoffee.htm


Did I mention it's going to be a Barriss Offee costume?

Barriss Offee is my favorite Old Republic Jedi, even though she gets about 10 seconds of screen time(if even.) But just look at this GORGEOUS costume. (from said link.)

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I'm just making the cloak, so I don't expect it to be this good. Wish Me luck! I'll post pictures!




Amaranthine


PS. Do you dress up for Halloween?

Monday, October 4, 2010

*facepalm*

 http://www.hardcore-stress-management.com/images/TeenAnger.jpg


 I would love to believe I am a calm, reasonable person who understands everybody and cares about everybody. However...
There are some people who just drive me insane. If it helps, they drive a lot of other people insane too.
Like this person. She uses "lolz" tirelessly. She's only my age and she cusses and says a lot of inappropriate things. Her grammar leaves MUCH to be desired and she won't let people correct her. And she keeps saying she's "one of the most mature people she knows"!!!! ?????????????????

Big, Red, Flashing, Light: When someone says they're mature(In front of people!), they're probably not very.



Unfortunately, I have a problem "telling people off." In front of people, I'm calm, and VERY patient. This comes from being a magnet. I have trouble telling people they have trouble, and SO the most annoying people who don't have any other friends follow me around.   And the interesting, cool, nice people  will stay away from me and my annoying "friends".

I'm glad I can complain quietly on this quiet little blog.


Did I mention their bad reputations affect mine? ("You know, that Amaranthine. She's okay, but she hangs out with [annoying person]. Let's just stay away from her.")








Don't take what I said wrong! Like I said, this is frustration coming out. I enjoy befriending people who don't have any other friends.-sometimes. But sometimes I need to just...let it go...Release. Take a deep breath. Explode. That's what I did here.


And I'm not talking about people who are shy or have disabilities. The people I'm talking about are just flat-out loud mouthed, annoying.