Tuesday, January 31, 2012

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

"I can't fight the sun. I can only 
watch helplessly as it drags me 
into a day I've been dreading 
for months."

(don't worry, no spoilers)

I had heard about The Hunger Games. They were slightly making a buzz around BYU. I knew of some people who read them and liked them. I didn't really know what they were about. In my head I had a combination of The Lord of Flies and The Most Dangerous Game going on; I don't really know why I didn't pick them up right then, I love both The Lord of the Flies–I own it–and The Most Dangerous Game.

“So, what do you think they’ll do to him?” Katniss asks.
Prim sounds about a thousand years old when she speaks. 
“Whatever it takes to break you.”

They were picking up in popularity and the last series that blew up across America I can't stand and can't believe I wasted my time reading. Yes, I'm looking at you Twilight. The Twilight fans are too much for me, the books are poorly written (and more importantly, poorly edited) and the movies are a joke. The fans are insane. I'm fine with being a fanatic. I am a HUGE Harry Potter fan and those fans are insane too, but in a normal way. They grew up with Harry Potter from being small kids, just like me. Twilight's taken on this whole cult following that I don't approve of, and they make me like the series less. I was okay with Twilight until people freaked out about it, now I can't stand the thought of them. (However, for the record, I would be Team Jacob, it's a no-contest. Who in their right mind would choose Edward. But I'm REALLY Team Charlie, he's normal and cracks me up).
You never forget 

the face of the 
person who is your 
last hope. 
Anyway, back to The Hunger Games. So, I wasn't rushing out to read it. For my 20th birthday however, my older sister sent me The Hunger Games. I finally got around to reading it over Christmas break when I was on a cruise.

It. was. amazing.

"Katniss Everdeen, the girl who was on fire, you 
have provided a spark, that left unattended, 
may grow into an inferno that destroys Panem."

I absolutely loved it. It is beautifully written (and edited). It is exciting, dramatic, suspenseful and can pull at your heartstrings. Everyone likes them: young, old, guys, girls.  The characters are real and so relatable. Now, they are slightly disturbing, but so is The Lord of the Flies and The Most Dangerous Game. And possibly Suzanne Collins should see a therapist just to make sure she's okay–I mean creating a world where children and teenagers are forced to fight to the death in a gladiator-esque games while an entire totalitarian ruled country sits and watches, but then so should all of us who couldn't read fast enough to see who would die next and who are waiting with baited breath for the wonderful day in late March when the movie premiers.

It takes ten times as long to put
 yourself back together as it does to fall apart
I got back to school and my roommate borrowed the series from her aunt. I quickly read Catching Fire and Mockingjay in three days. I basically ignored everything else except class and did only the homework I had to do. That way, I could get sucked in, read them and enjoy every word on every page and then get back to life. I really, really enjoyed this series. It's going up there with my favorites: Harry Potter, To Kill a Mockingbird, Hatchet, to name a few. The Hunger Games was my favorite. Catching Fire was dramatic and unbelievable. Mockingjay concluded the story in a way I found intriguing and real. I would reread entire paragraphs because I simply loved the way it was written, how the characters thought, the conversations they had, what they were doing and the descriptions of places and emotions. I will probably read them again this summer when I have more free time. I am so glad my sister got me the first one. I laughed, I cried (yes, I will admit it), I was angry, I was relieved, I was reading so fast and couldn't put them down.

Some small gnarled place inside me hated her 
for her weakness, for her neglect, for the months she had put us through. 
Prim forgave her, but I had taken a step back... 
put up a wall to protect myself from needing her, 
and nothing was ever the same between us again.

"Here's some advice. 
Stay alive."

Now, I am so stoked for this movie. I've been excited for this movie for a month now. I haven't been this excited, this far out, for a movie in SO very, very long. I get so giddy and excited every time I watch this trailer; I can't even handle it. I usually don't go to movies at midnight, I've gone maybe twice; I don't even go to them

The voice doing the countdown to start the games is SO FREAKING INTENSE! [I know, I'm totally geeking out about this]

“Winning means fame and fortune.
Losing means certain death.
The Hunger Games have begun…”

Monday, January 30, 2012

Chicago and I Have a Love/Hate Relationship

No, not the city.

Grammar has taken over my life. I'm an editing minor and I have taken–or am taking–linguistics, grammar, grammar usage, and editing classes.  I edit everything in my head as I read it. At least I know I am not alone in this. My dear editing minor friends have the same obsessions I have. We edit and check grammatical choices in textbooks, facebook statuses, text messages, newspapers and emails as we read them. We painstakingly read over everything we write, knowing there must be a grammatical error somewhere we missed, because we surely have. We know when to use whom versus who. We know that these "" are called straight quotes and are different than smart quotes, which are the ones that are curved. We know the historical definitions and progression of can and may. We know that hyphens (-) aren't the dashes that we see all over the place; it's actually, or supposed to be, the em dash (–). See the difference? - vs – An em dash is longer. We own The Chicago Manual of Style and use it everyday. We also know it's approximately the same size as the 7th Harry Potter book because some editing minors like to disguise Chicago as such. We download the Merriam-Webster dictionary app. We think semi-colons are awesome and extremely useful. We realize we will be taking spelling tests for the rest of our lives. We know that this, & is called an ampersand and commas never precede it. We understand the change and movement of language and language trends. We think dialects are fascinating. We know all the forms of lay and lie and how to use them correctly. There is a difference in using different than and different from, also with fewer and less, and farther and further. The same is also true with if and whether. The comma before and  or or is called an oxford or serial comma. We use them in most writing, not in journalism though. We know that stet means to let something stand. We know that the / I used in this post's title is called a solidus.

We're super nerdy about grammar and cringe at glaring mistakes. We love to talk to other editing minors because they care about the newest thing we learned, and most others couldn't care less. We text and call each other when we find an awesome typo or an error in the New York Times or our grammar textbooks–ironically enough. We get frustrated when our usage dictionaries tell us that we can deal with an issue in several different ways. We know the difference a comma can make; the same is true of hyphens. We edit our friends papers. We know you really can split an infinitive, end sentences with prepositions, and start them with and, but, etc. And by now you should realize that I've looked up a few things in my copy of The Chicago Manual of Style while writing this simple post, just to be sure.

We know we still make grammatical errors. I'm know there has to be at least one in this very post.

And we love it.
And sometimes hate it.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

It Made so Much Sense at the Time

Post Secret marathon. These have been chillin' on my desktop for a couple months. And I think this is such a great thing, so I just want to share it.

2 things: I wish my professors would do this. I love the rain--watching it, listening to it, walking in it.

I just like this one.

Good thing because my friends & I are going to have a lot. I am a comedic genius after all. bud dum tshhhh. hahah

Also, 2 things: Star Wars/Yoda is amazing. Commentary on it- get it together before it's too late, oh wait, it is.

How sad is this? I will never stop wondering how the human mind works and how vulnerable it can be.

Again, I just really like this one.

I concur. There isn't really anything for to say about it, it says it all for itself.

Goodness, how I love driving so very very much.

Live in the moment. Enjoy your life how it is now and where you are now in life. Love the people you're with. Whole carpe diem thing, you know. This is why I like this one.

Seems like not speaking up is the story of everyone's lives.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Carnival Cruise

So, I wrote this a while ago, but just now got around to posting this.

Here I sit at gate B50 waiting for my 5:40 flight that will take me to Chicago and then to Salt Lake. Oh how I wish I wasn't on my way back to Provo right now. I love break. No class, no homework; being at home, my family, my dogs. Going to movies with everyone. And in this year's case, being on a cruise for a week with my family. That is where I really want to go back. Being on a cruise is the easiest thing. It was amazing. I did super fun things all week. There is food, literally 24/7 and your bed gets made like 3 times a day. Cruise staff are super nice and always on the ball. I went to the Bahamas, it was awesome. I went parasailing, jet skiing in the ocean, huge waterparks, putt putt on the top deck of the ship, shows, just to name a few things I did. All it is is fun all day, everyday. No responsibility, no drama. All your problems seem a thousand miles away (and well, they kinda are). When you're at the top of the ship and you do a 360 and all you can see is endless water and no land--it's a little surreal.

Cruises are the way to go. And I only got seasick a little bit.