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Sometimes it's a tie between The Lion King and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Lion King is my comfort movie, the one that still stands as one of the first movies I've watched in theaters, and I have the entirety of that movie memorized from line to line. But The Hunchback of Notre Dame made me sit up and really take notice of its powerful themes and cast of characters when I was seven years old, all of which I've craved and tried to look for in other narratives. That and its sweeping scores and choruses made me listen to its soundtrack over and over again until I wore out the CD.

Sometimes I just want to say, "Fuck it," and go with The Fox and the Hound. That movie made me sad when I was younger, but now I relate too much to it. You never quite get over the loss of a friend, and while the movie had a bittersweet end, I like to think that they still saw each other as friends in spite of what happened between them.

Sometimes it's all of these movies. Plus Beauty and the Beast because you can feel all of the love that was put into it, and Beast/Belle, UGH. ; ;

FINAL ANSWER: THE LION KING AND I LIKE TO THINK STICKING TO IT BUT SOMETIMES I CHANGE MY MIND FREQUENTLY. aklakjlgakjga.

Also can we talk about Don Bluth movies, too? Those movies rocked.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (writer's block)
You ever have one of those nights where you can't sleep, it's five in the morning, you have the odd inspiration to write something except it's all stupid fanfiction? Then you discover that you're not comfortable writing fanfiction so instead you try to focus on original characters that aren't giving you the inspiration you need?

So you're just sitting on your bed in front of your notebook or computer and staring awkwardly at it and waiting for a dumb idea to come out of nowhere. It never comes. You should be going to sleep but, again, you're not tired and you're bored and you've lost control over your life.

This happens to me a lot lately. I hate these nights. Maybe I should read a book.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (the solution: kill everyone)
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See icon.

(Just kidding about the killing part. But whoa man, I would be so pissed.)
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (the sword of doubt)
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Yes. Physical education is extremely important, especially in today's times where kids can't really play outside like they used to. If a family isn't fortunate enough to pay mind to nutrition in their household, gym classes can provide opportunities for kids to stay in shape and remain healthy. Also, I imagine a lot of kids need to burn their energy someplace; sitting in a classroom all day without activity or recess can't be good for anyone. I believe it's just as awful of an idea to remove gym classes from a school curriculum as it is to remove art classes or music programs. It's a bad idea.

On the other hand, physical education was never a pleasant experience for me. Gym classes always seem to be an excuse for kids to pick on each other, especially if you're playing a game like dodgeball. It got better in high school, but it was so boring. Physical education isn't necessarily going to be a fun class for you if you're not interested in sports, and that seems to be all anyone ever wants to do in those classes. :/

So...yes, I do think it should be mandatory, but I also think schools should make sure gym class is a fun time for everyone.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (she holds you captivated in her palm)
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A mother fucking lion, that's what. I'm sure there's tougher animals to call upon, or a gentler animal that represents me, but fuck it, I'm calling a lion. Why? Narnia. The lion was practically Jesus. Another reason why: the Lion King. And I would call it Mufasa and ride on its back while we rode into battle or some shit like that.

So. Yeah. My spirit animal is totally a lion. It was meant to be.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (fake at the seams)
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...Celine Dion.

I don't know why. When I was seven, I heard her song "It's All Coming Back To Me" at a friend's house because her older sister was watching the music video, and that sparked my curiosity. I thought the video and the song were cool, but I had no idea who she was until a few weeks later. As soon as I realized who it was and that she had other songs, I became obsessed with her. Anything that was on television that featured her, I had to watch it. I had to own all of her CDs, and the ones I didn't, I *~borrowed~* them from my brother's friend Phil. I constantly played the songs in my grandmother's bar whenever I had to go for a family gathering/party, much to the displeasure of everyone in my company. I loved her music because they were all sappy love songs and I just happen to associate sappy love songs with my characters and their romances.

I really adored her. I still love her, even though some of her recent albums don't hit me as much as her older stuff still manages to do. And no, I don't care what anyone else thinks about my taste in music, because SHUT UP, I love wonderful taste in music.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (you've got me all wrong)
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lol, Sheldon and Penny. I don't even watch that show and I knew who these characters were.

Well, I like fanfiction! It can lead to a lot of questionable stories and trends, but it's a fun pastime for fans. I wrote my share of it when I was younger, and once in awhile I'll read it if I find a good hook. I do believe fanfiction is a good way to introduce younger people to the idea of writing; once they get comfortable writing that, then maybe they'll consider writing their own characters! Or they won't, but they will learn to respect writers and their work.

This reminded me of the recent drama with Diana Gabaldon who openly complained about fanfiction. Dude! If I published my own series and I discovered someone was writing fanfiction for it, I'd love every minute of it. I'd be one of those creepy creators who lurked behind some secret account on FanFiction.Net and save all of these stories. How can you NOT love having a fanbase like that?
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (he can't read my poker face)
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Hahah. Um, spoilers for a book, 'The Time Traveler's Wife' )

Real life is okay. Mouth still hurts. Scruffy's home from the vet and he's recovering. He didn't have any cancer. Actually, his testicles were inside of him rather than out, which we've always known about but we never thought it was a danger to him because he was fine for eight years. Well, those have been removed completely.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (oh my god what was that?!)
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The only thing I can recall from my earliest member is the Oklahoma City bombing. I remember that because I saw the victims on television. Some of them were small children, just like me, and I think that's why it stayed in my head for awhile.

And around that time, my second grade teacher (in Catholic school) told me that Jesus was going to end the world, and I was going through a strange crisis over whether or not my existence mattered. (I was seven/eight. Not a fun thing to go through at that age, let me tell you.) So...seeing something that horrific for the first time may have unconsciously affected my view on the world.

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Outside of that, I'm debating whether or not I should buy a Nintendo DSi. They're on sale at Target for $155, and my sister said they can play both DS games and some games from the Gameboy Advance system. We have a regular Nintendo DS, but it belongs to my little sister, and the touch screen is starting to act up.
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I had to sit and think about this! I'm usually tolerant of movies. It doesn't take much to please me. Even if there's something bad about a movie, I'll try and find something enjoyable about it.

I can't think of the worst movie ever--it'll come to me eventually, but I'm drawing a blank at the moment--but I think the worst movie I've seen recently was Ghosts of Girlfriends Past. It's a horrible spin in a classic story about Christmas. The plot basically goes like this:

A selfish womanizer is visited by the ghosts from the past, present, and future, to show how big of a douchebag he's been towards women all his life, shortly after he ruins his brother's relationship with his fiance the day before their wedding. The love interest/trophy is Jennifer Garner's character, who used to be the main character's childhood friend. Even though he used her for sex once upon a time, and he acts like a prick to everyone around him, Garner still loves him against her better judgment and secretly pines for him. (Watch the movie, and come back and tell me whether or not even Garner herself doesn't believe this. Her performance is painful to watch.)

The plot itself isn't as bad, but the main problem I had with this film is that the main character doesn't seem to completely learn his lesson until the very last minute, and it seems to find excuses as to why he acts the way he acts. The film showcases how his uncle was a womanizer himself and taught him how to follow in his shoes, as though this is supposed to excuse his deplorable behavior. His uncle was a bad influence, I'll agree with that, but it was the guy's choice to follow in his uncle's footsteps.

Another problem I had with the film is the future sequence the main character is shown. Garner is marrying a successful, handsome doctor who's a decent, loving guy, and she appears very happy with him. What does he do? He keeps insisting, "She was supposed to marry me! She's supposed to belong to me! This isn't how it's supposed to go!" It's like, yes, how sweet that you selfishly insist that this woman gives you another chance and marries you and you realize her importance, even though you used her for sex and moved onto the next woman because of your overwhelming fear of commitment/getting hurt. Boo-hoo for you! How dare she move on with her life and finds a man that treats her right!

Both of these don't measure up to a strange scene where the ghost of his uncle--who is seemingly a new man in the afterlife and regrets his own lonely existence--appears with the character in the middle of a street, and makes it rain with tissues and tears to showcase how badly the character's hurt his past girlfriends. Then the uncle makes it rain used condoms to showcase how much of a whore he is. They didn't show the condoms, but it was still...pretty disgusting.

Predictably, the plot wraps itself up lazily, the main character stops taking scandalous photographs of half-naked women for magazines and becomes a wedding photographer instead, and Garner gets back together with him instead of, you know, finding a man that she can actually trust.

The only good thing about the movie was the fact that he kept a photograph of Garner from when they were children in his wallet. That was sweet and it could've worked if it was a different movie.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now ((ff7) time to go into an inn)
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Um. Maybe it's just me, but it looks like one of the weapons from Final Fantasy VII, except this one's got spikes coming out of its shoulders. It kinda looks like a butterfly, too, but I didn't pick up on that until I googled it, and now I can see it.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now ((ff7) dude looks like a lady)
Name a fandom, and I'll tell you my

Favorite character:
Least favorite character:
Character with the best hair:
Character with the best eyes:
Character with the best smile:
Character I'd most want to kiss:
Character I'd most likely have sex with: TOO WEIRD FOR ME
Character I'd make lunch for:
Character I'd go singing in the rain with:
Character I'd go shopping with:
Character I'd go dancing with:
Character I'd take over the world with:
Character I most want to see more of:
Favorite pairing:
Least favorite pairing:


Pick any fandom I've ever talked about, or have icons for, or any you'd think I know.

I'm slowly crawling out of my writer's block. I think I stopped writing/getting into the mood for any character because a new one's been on my mind for months. I'm finally starting to get a grip on her, so the other muses have been waking up again, if that makes any sense?

ALMOST FORGOT. My brother Barry and his girlfriend Amy got a new puppy today. They stopped by a farm outside of Chicago and picked the puppy up. It's a black lab, just like their dog Riley, except this one is a boy. His name is Zero - like the ghost dog from The Nightmare Before Christmas. He's such a sweetie. <3
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (♥ smokey with a hint of pessimism)
• So uh, now that I'm officially done with work, I'm going to annoy you guys one more time about memes. The Top Five Fannish Things meme still hasn't had any hits. You don't have to, but I'm very bored and too sore to do anything else except sit and whine.

• Uhm. I'm slowly getting my groove back, meaning, I'm slowly starting to write again. It still looks very sloppy, at least when it's not edited, but at least the juices are flowing again. And I WILL WRITE THAT CAIS LINE. ... When I'm not busy playing Final Fantasy VII.

Edit: Okay, I changed the icon of my entry and edited this because I just found out about the Burr Oak Cemetery, right here in Chicago. DX!!! I nearly threw up in my mouth when I heard about what happened to the bodies and saw the dump.
samatethecookie: holy crap, I have this hairstyle now (♥ dazzle)
I don't get how I can get writer's block and have two new muses for original characters come out of nowhere at the same time. How does that even work?! :/

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