“fly the plane, maddie.”

Romeo&JulietHullo!

I’ve got a lot of randomness on my mind, so I decided to do a Random Post.  Y’all seem to find those interesting, and it works for when I have a bunch of little things to say, so.

Sweet tea is amazing.  I mean, seriously.  What’s better than cranking out a few thousand words with the assistance of a few glasses of sweet tea and a warm brownie?  Sweet tea = writing fuel.

Speaking of writing, I took my brother to a birthday party the other day.  The party was centered around the PC game Age of Empires.  It was my BFF’s younger brother’s birthday, so I stayed while they played the first game, ate some pizza, and then talked to my BFF up in her room while the second game happened.  I’ll be the first to admit that I know nothing about this game, but it was fun to hide out in the basement with the birthday boy’s family’s team – the other team was upstairs, with a total of eight people playing – and write.  I keyboard-smashed  over two thousand words.  It was pretty awesome.

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i feel like this dude should have a more substantial role in the plot. considering i’ve cast dylan o’brian to play him… 😉

Which brings me to my second-and-a-half point, which is this: Is it wrong to introduce a character in the last two chapters of a novel?  The novel in question is The Art of Letting Go, if it makes any difference.  He just popt in and I have no idea what his future-relating-to-my-novel is, but I know I need him.  It feels a little weird to wait ’til the last few chapters to introduce a new character, but I don’t know if he’ll have any part in the rest of the novel.  SO.  I do have a feeling that he’s going to be pretty amazing.  So far, he’s just been referenced, but I have a few scenes planned for the possibly-last-chapter (sobbbbbb).

Another interesting thing that’s happened since my last post happened Rather Uniquely and is Equally Rather Exciting.  (No, I’m not in a relationship, although Dad caused half the church to think I or my sister was because of something he said on Sunday. *facepalm*)  The interesting thing is…

I’M GOING TO SEE NEWSIES!!!

NewsiesI still can’t believe it.  Honestly, I can’t.  I’ve been wanting to see it for so. long.  It was so cool how it all happened, too!  See, I posted something about Newsies two posts ago and a friend texted me that she was going to see it.  So, naturally, I replied with an all-caps request to TAKE ME WITH HERRRR!!!  And she said I could come and then it turned out that she was going with a group and that, miraculously, they had an extra ticket for suuuper cheap, and then my younger sister got a ticket and another friend also decided to come after they found out they had another extra ticket, so I’M SO EXCITED IT’S GONNA BE AMAZING I’M SO HAPPY I CAN SEE IT BECAUSE THIS IS FIXES MY ONE REGRET FROM MY GRADUATION PRESENT TRIP TO NYC AND EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT BROADWAY IT’S ALMOST AS GOOD BECAUSE I’M GOING WITH MY PEEPS AND I’M SO HAPPYYYYYYYYYY.  *melts into a puddle of rainbows*

Moving on.

*refills sweet tea jug*

(On a completely unrelated note, my mom thinks I blog about food too much.  Hmm….  Wonder why?)

Anywho, I’d like to show you guys a recent picture of my adorbs baby sister, JellyBean.

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(Obligatory disclaimer about the baby’s name not really being JellyBean.)

ISN’T SHE ADORBS?! Even though she’s a messmaker, I mean. Right now, we’re sitting on the couch and watching You’ve Got Mail while I blog. Because she’s too little to be offended by the offensive content in that movie. (Second obligatory disclaimer about the offensive content and the suggestion of watching this otherwise AWESOME movie with ClearPlay.)

She’s starting to talk now. SO. CUTE. She calls me “Ash,” which is closer than any other 20-month-old I’ve known (most call me some variant “Addy”). She’s also just learned how to say thank you – “Dahk oooooooh” – and says it as often as she can. She says “pretty” (“pippy”) and loves to wake me up by whispering from across the room, “Hiiiiiiii.” It’s vaguely creepy, but I’ve gotten used to it.

You've Got MailIn other news, I’m almost a Junior. In college. Wut. When did that even happen. Halfway through my higher educational experience and I didn’t even see it whiz by.

“As far as I’m concerned, the Internet is just another place to be rejected by women.” Oh, George.  The Bean and I have found ourselves home alone for a few hours, and we were going to watch something BAD because we can.  So I put in the Barbie Princess and the Pauper.  Because I can and because the music is fantastic, even though the animation is icky.  But then the ClearPlay blocked it because it’s mean.  So now we’re watching You’ve Got Mail.

OH OH OH. We interrupt your usual programing to fangirl over the fact thAT CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR IS GOING TO BE FILMED IN MY STATE. CLOSE(ish) TO ME. BLAHHHHH.

MatildaI’ve also discovered a new musical – Matilda! I, like most musical-lovers, watched the Tony Awards performance, but didn’t really know what the story was until I listened to the music. Then I read the synopsis, listened to the musical again, watched a bootleg on YouTube, and got the book from the library. Basically, I love it. The music was done by a rock star, so it’s really unique! My favorite songs are ‘Naughty, ‘Silence,’ and ‘The School Song.’ Oh, and all of the different parts of Matilda’s story. Have any of you seen it?

I’ve been reading a lot of good books lately, which is just fantastic, considering the three books I finished 2014 with were pretty terrible. There was The Best of Me – the only one I actually finished – was okay, but I didn’t like any of the characters and actually *blushes* cheered when one of the main characters died. Meh.

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Then there was The DUFF, the one I got because I saw the trailer for the film adaption and thought I’d give it a try. Baaaaad mistake. If I tried to play an M&M game where I ate an M&M every time I saw a taboo four-letter-word – think drinking game for homeschoolers – I’d be sugar high before the second chapter. And then the material got more offensive. *facepalm* Flipped through the rest and returned the book. I see enough moral depravity as it is, thankyouverymuch.

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And theeeennnnnn there was Afterworlds, the one I wanted to enjoy. : ((((( The premise was AWESOME. The main character gets a publishing contract for her NaNo novel before finishing it – half the story is her novel, the other half is told from the main character’s perspective as she adjusts to life in NYC and finishes her novel. But the carry-through. Ick. The story was a paranormal romance, and the main character was homosexual. : ( Needless to say, I returned that one unfinished, too.

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Returning a book to my library (thank God they were library books!!!) without finishing it is really uncharacteristic of me. Usually, I’ll finish a book no matter how terrible it is (which is, tragically, probably half of the reason I’m still watching The March Family Letters, even though I don’t like it), but those two… ugh.

f38f53916c4d8557a1c918bdeb0578f1And then, last night, I finished Code Name Verity, thus breaking the bad streak. Smashing it to pieces is more like it. The title of this post is from Code Name Verity, actually. I stayed up ’til midnight crying over it – two nights in a row. I didn’t think I’d like it at first because it took me almost a week to get through the first fifty pages. And then I tumbled through the rest and loved it. It’s got some language and a few intense references to interrogation methods (comment for specifics), but I absolutely loved it. The themes of friendship and resilience really impacted me. And I now have a fictional character crush on Jamie, who was brilliant and hilarious and amazing. (“MA CHERIE!”) Scottish accents are my one weakness.

‘Til next time…

“Kiss me, Hardy!” *sobs quietly in the corner*

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26 thoughts on ““fly the plane, maddie.”

  1. I think it’s alright to add a character near the end. I mean, why not? And your little sister IS SO ADORABLE!!!! It almost makes me miss my little siblings’ cute days. *nostalgic sigh* and food luck with trying to sneak some stuff out of the CA:CW set! Mwahaha! And swearing in books…ugh. That’s the only reason I wouldn’t suggest Jurassic Park. I mean, if you have the choice to not put it, don’t!

    • Okay, thanks for the advice! I knowwww. They grow up so fast! LOL, I SHOULD TOTALLY DO THAT. “‘Scuuuuuse me, Chris, I’ll just take that shield off your hands – you’ve probably got another three or four somewhere around here. And Seb, do you mind taking off your prosthetic? Thanks.” Oh, my stars, swearing in books is the worst. Especially when the book is fine otherwise. 😛 I didn’t like the Jurassic Park movie, so I probably won’t read the book. I KNOW! Or else use the old writer’s trick that I use (sparingly) – “He swore/cursed under his breath.” That’ll do it. Let the readers’ imaginations decide what word it is.

      • XD dahahahaha! [Gasp!] How could you say that?! I’m just kidding, but Jurassic Park is my favorite movie franchise (can’t wait for Jurassic World!!!) Haha, yeah, that’s a pretty good trick!

        • Probably because I’m not a guy. 😛 I do love action movies, though, so… I dunno. Anywho, I *am* excited about Jurassic World, though. If my younger brother is allowed to go see it, I’ll probably make up some excuse to take him. XD

          • Yes! Hah hah hah!!! Take him to see the movie! It sounds like it will be the best sequel to any movie ever (in my opinion) must…not…geek out…here….okay, just this thing: the T-Rex in Jurassic World is the same animal character as the T-Rex from the first one. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (<—I've decided that shall be my new thing when excitement is beyond words)

            • 😀 Okay, I will. HAHAHAHA. Don’t worry about geeking out – I do it all the time. 😉 Huh! Wait, how does that work? You can email me if the answer is too long. (I’ve been meaning to reply to your email but just have NO TIME. 😛 ) Hahahaha, I do that, too. Like when I found out that CA: Civil War was being filmed in my city, I texted my friend this: “!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” XD It’s the equivalent of “ASDFJEIUOIAEG.”

  2. !!!!!! You’re going to see Newsies?!???! SO EXCITED FOR YOU! I’m also a bit jealous, but not as much as I would be because in April I have my own exciting musical to go see–Phantom of the Opera!!!!!! So let me just say I can share your excitement!!! Congratulations!!!

    • I AMMMM!!! (Scratch that – I did. Last night. ‘Twas awesome!!!!) Awesome!!! Phantom is amazing. That was my first real musical. You’ll love it! 😀

      • Oh, cool!!!!! That’s so great! I’m listening to Newsies as I’m writing this-haha.
        Thanks! I’m sure I’ll love it! Phantom was my first “real” one too! Thus, it’s my favorite musical! So excited! 😀

        • It was fantastic. 😀 It’s such a great soundtrack!

          Awesooooome!!!! The chandelier crashing is my second-favorite part, my first-favorite being the last in-the-Lair trio. ❤

          • Ah, yes the final lair sequence is definitely the best. I’m also really looking forward to title song and wishing/wandering child. Basically, I’m looking forward to all of it though, hee hee.
            Thanks for sharing my excitement! I’m so glad you were able to see Newsies!

              • I know! I love musicals too!
                I want to let you know, I ordered your book! It came today and I started reading it! I’m at the accident part…and it had me crying…..I can’t wait to find out what happens next!!!

                  • Haha, I know what you mean about the crying. I always feel that book is “good” (or at least well written) if it makes me cry! 🙂 I finished it not too long ago and loved it! I’m glad I got it- it’s such a sweet story and I absolutely LOVED the brother-sister aspect of it (as I thought I would). 🙂 Nikki and Alec are definitely my favorite characters, although I like them all, mostly. Especially Natalie and Kate. And I loved all the movie references you scattered through the book! I’d write more, but I hope to do a review on it sometime at my blog. 😉
                    I hope you publish more books in the future!!

  3. I think it’s okay to introduce a new character close to the end if he had no bearing on earlier parts of the book. Even if it’s not…Go for it.

    “No, I’m not in a relationship, although Dad caused half the church to think I or my sister was because of something he said on Sunday. *facepalm*” Heehee. At least he explained what he was REALLY talking about without too much delay. 🙂

    They filmed parts of Catching Fire and Mockingjay here too. Our state is becoming a very popular place for filming.

    You hadn’t read Matilda yet?! I first read it a loooong time ago and many times since then. It’s one of the best Roald Dahl books, along with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG. Some of his others are…weird. I haven’t seen the musical, and I didn’t know there was one until you started pinning stuff about it. I’ve seen the 90’s movie with Mara Wilson, which is really good and a pretty faithful adaptation of the story, though naturally it has some minor changes.

    Too bad you’ve had to stop so many books. You should read mine. You should get all the way through. 😀

    • Okay, thanks for the input!

      LOL. Yeah, he kinda saved it. 😀

      I know! I think that’s fantastic. 🙂

      #coneofshame Nope. It’s by my bed, though, so I’ll get to it after The Importance of Being Earnest. 🙂 Oh, the musical’s fantastic! I want to see the movie – I thiiink it’s on YouTube.

      Heehee. I will! Soon! I just got four thick books from the library – proooobably a mistake. 😉

      • I think we got the Matilda movie on DVD from Netflix, back when we did DVDs, and I know it was on streaming for awhile. Speaking of Netflix…have you watched Doomsday yet? And did you cry?

        My sister checked out 8 books on my library card last time we went. I want to read some of them, but I’m not sure I’ll get to them all. ARCs come first.

        • I might get it from there, as I don’t think it’s at my library. YES. I did cry – which was weird because I wasn’t expecting to. It was just SO. SAD. Ughhhhhh.

          HAHAHA, nice. I’ve got thirteen. So there. 😛

  4. Random posts are so fun! XD

    While I’ve never really heard of introducing a character at the end of book (unless it’s one of those “mysterious person is referred to by other characters until the big reveal” sort of thing of course) but I suppose one could pull it off! ….Hmm!

    You’re going to have so much fun on your trip! EEEK! I’m so happy for you!

    That’s so neat about Civil War! It’d be so awesome if you were able to see the actors or sets or something!!!!!!!

    ~Jamie

    • They are! 😛

      Ahhh…. Nope, nothing like that. I’m thinking about his character, and if I decide to make him a bigger character, I’ll add stuff in before. This is still the first draft, though. Everything is permissible. 😉

      Heehee…

      I KNOWWWW!!!!! I’m want to camp out there the entire time they’re filming. 😛 I’ll definitely post if I see Chris or Seb!

      -Ashley-

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