Archive for June 2014

Movie Review: 22 Jump Street

Movie Review: 22 Jump Street
22 JUMP STREET Genre: Comedy Rating: R Running Time: 112 mins. Premise: Jenko (Channing Tatum) and Schmidt (Jonah Hill) are charged by their superior officer to do the exact same thing they did last time, so they infiltrate a college, posing as students to bring down an illegal drug operation. Behind-the-Scenes: The whole gang is... Read more »

Top 10 Ways to Give Your Kids an '80s Summer at My Grandma's House

Top 10 Ways to Give Your Kids an '80s Summer at My Grandma's House
There have been a lot of posts lately about how summers were simpler back in the day, how parents used to let their kids run free from dawn until dusk when everybody met back at the house for dinner in front of the TV. Now we’re expected to act as camp counselors as well as... Read more »

5 ways writing a novel is like being pregnant

5 ways writing a novel is like being pregnant
I recently (as in yesterday) started writing a novel, a new novel. I wrote 720 words, and then I went on Twitter to announce that I was working on a new project. I called it a “zygote.” Naturally, that got me thinking about how writing the first draft of a novel is like being pregnant,... Read more »
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Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: The Watchers on the Wall

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: The Watchers on the Wall
Argh! This is the penultimate Game of Thrones Winners and Losers post for Season Four! Exclamation points! How has this season flown by so quickly?!? This week, the only folks we saw were on and around the Wall, so not a very diverse group. Lots of Crows, lots of wildlings, zero Daenerys, so that’s a... Read more »

Game of Thrones review: The Watchers on the Wall

Game of Thrones review: The Watchers on the Wall
Just to refresh my memory, I went back and reread the Jon Snow storyline from A Storm of Swords this week. I was having trouble remembering exactly what happened and the order in which things happened. (Apparently I should’ve read more closely because I’ve been mixing up names all over the place. I blame the... Read more »

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow

Movie Review: Edge of Tomorrow
EDGE OF TOMORROW Genre: Sci-Fi Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 113 mins. Premise: A public relations officer (Tom Cruise) is forced into an epic war with alien squid creatures, and finds himself caught in a time loop, living and dying and repeating the same day over and over.  As he faces the same battle scenarios,... Read more »
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Hammering Out... The Fault In Our Stars

Hammering Out... The Fault In Our Stars
Hammering Out… is a series of movie reviews featuring a lively he said/she said discussion between John and Julie.  This week: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. JOHN: Two things must be mentioned before we delve too deep here.  First, I’ve read John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.  I read it for the first time... Read more »

How to find a literary agent in 10 more simple steps

How to find a literary agent in 10 more simple steps
The fabulous Nikki Knepper of Moms Who Drink and Swear wrote a great post yesterday about how to find a literary agent. She is dead on right in everything she says. You must prepare yourself for rejection. You must write the damn book already. You must do your research. I’m assuming Nikki and I had... Read more »

Prom-a-lama-ding-dong: Jessica McClintock Dresses

Elena's Prom Story: I'm sadly the white dress wearing one with the transition lenses, but the girl in the purple is wearing Jessica
McClintock, and possibly some others.<br><br>So, here goes my prom story. My four friends and I decided to go to
prom together as friends, and then have an epic marshmallow
roasting/movie watching party at my friend's lake house afterwards.
That was our plan, until everyone got a date but two of us. We still
had our original plan, but the dates threw a wrench in the female
empowerment-i-ness of it all.<br><br>So, two days before prom, I'm trying on my yellow prom dress: it's
satin and has a cute flower detail, the pastel yellow is perfect for
my skin tone, and the zipper gets stuck. In trying to unstick the
zipper, the zipper rips part of the dress in the back, so my dress is
out for the count. I have to go run to the mall with my mom to buy a
new dress, and the crappy pop-up stores in the mall for when prom
season comes around again only have some truly hideous green numbers,
and a white one in my size. So, bridal prom, here I come.<br><br>We get to my friend's lake house, where the photo takes place, but I'm
late, frantically shoving too much eyeliner on my face to take a
photo. Everyone has a date but my friend and I, and she's pretty
bitter about the whole affair, so she starts antagonizing this cute
girl with her guy friend. That's just in the limo ride over, so it's
already going to be a bad night.
Here’s me finally posting the prom pictures and stories I collected in memory of the Jessica McClintock dress company, which is no more. I love the stories from these ladies. Some of them went with lady friends to the prom, which probably sounded like a good, low-key idea, but, in one case, ended up being... Read more »
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Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: The Mountain and the Viper

Game of Thrones Winners and Losers: The Mountain and the Viper
It’s not easy to find winners in Westeros right now. Everyone is balls deep (sorry, Grey Worm) in garbage. That’s what happens when we get to the final three episodes of a Game of Thrones season. Shit starts to get rough and real. Looking back on the season so far, there are only a few... Read more »