Monday, December 31, 2012

New Years

I'm in denial about New Years. Far be it from me to further inundate you with cliches about how fast the year has gone....but I'm going to anyway. The year has sped by so fast I can't believe it. It seemed like yesterday I was posting LAST year's complaint about how fast the time passed, and now...ahhh.

I had a great trip! The highlights were going to visit Google's headquarters(THAT PLACE IS SURREAL. Free awesome food, free big park with climbing ropes/track/soccer field, swimming pool, bowling alley, free yellow/green/blue bikes. Android beanbags and life-sized smartphone, and a google maps room with a nearly-360 google earth panorama on like ten flat screen tvs placed horizontally.) and seeing Les Mis with cousins.

And I'm leaving again to go skiing! Yay!

Anyways, new years.

This past year has been insane. This year, I went on a mission trip, saw my blog traffic grow(and drop, and grow) experienced everything with my TLF sisters, and read bad sequels to Artemis Fowl and Maximum Ride.

I'm not really sure why I keep blogging on here, because blogging has changed so much from when I first started. But I like it, so I'll continue.

New Year's resolutions:

1.) the classic: lose weight. XD I gained five pounds this past week on my trip...I would like to be below 130 XD

2.) Get More Better At Dance: I would like to perfect my front/back walkover and do triple pirouettes. And get my middle split


4.) Visit more online friends!

Please pray that I survive the rest of the junior year and get into one of those summer programs I'm applying for! And pray to help me keep my grades up and get good test scores.

Friday, December 21, 2012

my favorite month

December is always my favorite month of the year, and now that most of the stressful things are out of the way,  I can see why.

I like cold weather. But because I live in Southern California, we never really get to see it for a while. Summer lasted a really long time this year. It didn't start to get cold until about two weeks ago.

I'm pretty excited for this Christmas! We've never had Christmas away from home before, but this year we're going to my cousin's house up near the bay area.  I really love their house. My city is very planned and clean and boring and suburban with houses that all look the same, but their house is in the middle of an epic pine forest and has lots of old interesting houses. One of their neighbors has a llama. A legit llama just hanging in the backyard.

This past month has been super busy for me! I'm applying to several super-exclusive summer programs, and the applications are almost like college applications.

I'm applying to:

MIT's Minority Introduction To Engineering and Science(MITES): a 6 week residential program with lots of math/science classes and engineering electives. I'm not really an underrepresented minority, but I wrote about being homeschooled in my app.

MIT's Research Science Institute: One of the most prestigious programs in the country. It is said that admissions to this guarantees you admission to prettty much any college in the country, because it's so much harder to get in. Like, a 1% acceptance rate. Through this program juniors can do scientific research on a topic of their choice ^.^ and present it at a conference. I am so underqualified for this it's not even funny XD. Their suggested PSAT score was 220, mine was 211 XD. My application should be good for at least a couple of laughs though.

Bank of America's Student Leaders: I actually haven't worked on this much cause the deadline is later. Leaders get a paid summer internship with a non-profit and a conference in Washington, DC.

Dance is going pretty well! I kind of mostly have my front and back walkover. :D I made some more acquaintances as well. Somebody's mom bought her a GIANT box of glazed donut holes. They attracted a LOT of attention. XD So a bunch of us sat in the hallways and ate them and talked, mostly about gaining weight. Imagine, if you will, a bunch of super-skinny dancers(excluding me) sitting and talking about how fat they are, while stuffing their faces with donut holes. Twas awesome.

it's me! bwhahaha nope. It's calkiradances at gifbloom.

I don't have a lot of time for reading or watching anime or fun stuff, but I finished Shadows in Flight(AND CRIED) and am almost done with Kuroshitsuji (aka Black Butler) season one. I love that show so so so so much. 

Oh, and I watched the first musical! The musicals are actually not that bad. The choreography is AWFUL, but the fight choreography is super good. I love every single one of the songs. The plot was decent, although not the best. Yuya(Sebastian) did an aerial! And a tour-jete :D 

This is a song that I like 8D

 RIGHT after our family reunion, we're going skiing in Mammoth. :D I love skiing, so I'm excited.

I hope that I'm done stressing, and that my winter will start looking up! It is already :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

When writing makes me tired.

People get confused when I tell them that writing makes me tired. And it does. After writing any sort of narrative(aka school essays don't count) for a long time, my head spins and I get really cranky.

It was hard to explain why writing had that effect on me. Why does something that I love drain me so much?

Then I saw this passage by Roald Dahl in his memoir Boy, and I thought it was summed up perfectly:

"The life of a writer is absolute hell compared with the life of a businessman. The writer has to force himself to work. He has to make his own hours and if he doesn't go to his desk at all there is nobody to scold him. If he is a writer of fiction he lives in a world of fear. Each new day demands new ideas and he can never be sure whether he is going to come up with them or not.

Two hours of writing fiction leaves this particular writer absolutely drained. For those two hours he has been miles away, he has been somewhere else, in a different place with totally different people, and the effort of swimming back into normal surroundings is very great. It is almost a shock The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze.....A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I'm sure, is why he does it."


Thursday, December 6, 2012

New Ender's Game Still

I'm super excited about this article published by Entertainment Weekly yesterday, which includes this still of Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield and some army.

It looks ah-mazing, but I'm still a little troubled. Because even though OSC SAID that almost none of the scenes of the movie were in the book, and vice versa, it's still scary. As in, in Ender's Game Graff never visits the barracks. O.O Also, the article says "He’s facing off with the imposing Colonel Graff (Harrison Ford) over whether his emails to home are being blocked."  In the book, it's a given that they're blocked. And when did he write any emails to home anyway? >.>

In the comments of this and other articles, you can find many an outraged fan ranting over the stools next to the desks, the socks(!!) and the not one, but two girls you can find if you click on the entire picture  here.

Also, I wasn't too terribly upset about Major Anderson's change from a guy in the book to a gal(Viola Davis ) in the movie. I was upset at his/her downgrading to a "psychologist". Reading the book a second time, I loved Anderson's role opposite Colonel Graff, and I'll miss it. :(

Normally, I would just throw my hands up in the air and go weep bitter, bitter, tears. But the confusing thing is, everyone working on the movie really does seem to respect the book and love it. So I still have hope that they could pull off the movie, maybe different than the book, but still capturing that same awesomeness.

"Despite that change, Hood wants fans of the novel to know that he holds Ender’s Game, the book, in high esteem. (We already know he maintained the emotion-monitoring chip on the back of Ender’s neck.) “I am a fan,” he says, “and I have had a desire to do this and have been working on this now for nearly four years.” To that end, the director promises that the book’s dark ending (which I won’t spoil here) has remained fully in tact. “That ending — and the complex moral questions that it raises — is one of the reasons why I love the book, ” says Hood. “I promise you that it is very much there.” All together now: Phew!"

I wonder what they mean by that...Exactly which dark ending are they talking about? This is a totally legit question. Dark ending as in ending early in the normal, logical place, or the whole, way-too-much-closure, fifty years later, Speaker for the Dead ending in the book?

Read the whole article here.