Saturday, August 6, 2011

Finding my Muse...

... Is proving rather difficult.

I want to write more interesting blogs but I am drawing a blank. I don't want this to be like say, "Livejournal"- which translates to me as more of a blog specifically about your everyday life. I have a corporeal and personal journal already, besides, a lot of everyday life isn't to interesting. Its not like I have big adventures or side splitting hilarious moments ALL the time.

So the the question remains- what do I want to blog about? I am very interested in doing reviews for books and movies, as well as products (focusing mainly on beauty related items)- but where to begin? And how to organize? I guess the first move would be to just start doing it of course but do I dare admit I'm shy? This notion seems odd to me especially since on a normal basis I know people on the other end of a screen do not have personal influence on me, in terms of "I will never actually meet them, so I should be brave enough to say what I want, how I want." AKA people being rude or acting tough via the cyberspace DO NOT move me, especially to self doubt or embarrassment.

I guess my shyness stems from a fear that the things I review would fall on deaf ears- or "blind eyes" in this case. The whole point of a review is to help people by stating our honest opinion because lets face it- products are sold on hype and over exaggeration. Its all about the mighty dollar in the business world and a lot a companies are willing to lie and embellish just to sell something- while many book and movie reviews are purely opinion biased or based on shameless backbiting. 

 If only there was a Muse of blogging... Calliope the muse of epic poetry will have to suffice. Now- to find her! (Or maybe email her, because you know the greeks are hip.)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mischief Managed...

So I finally saw the final film installment of Harry Potter last weekend and I must say I'm crushed. After nearly 10 years of these movies being in my life, its hard to except that its finally over. Though I do believe the spirit of the boy wizard shall never falter as long as there is still one soul alive who loves him! The Harry Potter septet by JK Rowling is by far one of the most moving and important series' of the 21st century (with Lord of the Rings as its 20th century predecessor). Why?
When I was in Elementary school I DESPISED reading. It was new and time consuming. The only books I ever read were Eyewitness and I Spy Books- you know the ones I'm talking about. Anyway, by the time I was in 5th grade, four of the Harry Potter books were already out and starting to pick up speed in terms of popularity. Then, all of a sudden- BOOM. First movie. I have always been a sucker for fantasy movies so I was willing to watch it with a friend. From that day forward I was hooked. Not only do I love movies, but if movies are book adaptations I love to see how movie magic interpreted the words on a page into fantastical imagery.
My friend offered me the first book to read to see if I liked it and again, I was hooked. I read all the Harry Potter books available at the time and reveled in the fact that three more were to come- that only got thicker.
After Harry Potter I read many more books- including the Lord of the Rings Trilogy in 7th grade (both series made their film debut in the same year and I received both as movies on VHS the following year of 2002).
I am not the only person that the Harry Potter series lit a new fire under I'm certain. Getting the younger generations to read is become increasingly more difficult in this day in age, with all of the new and time consuming technology available today. Now I'm not saying the Internet and cell phones are trash compared to books- believe me I love my beast computer- but what I am saying is the exploration that books inspire is important.
Before if you wanted to learn something you would get a book- now you go to google. You used to have to get up, travel somewhere, find your book/buy it, probably find an extra book that catches your attention, read it, return it/shelve it, and probably get another interesting book. You see how you explore? You get out of the house, burn a few calories etc. And for me, books gave me the power of vocabulary. If I came across a word I couldn't figure out based on context clues alone I would go EXPLORING inside a dictionary- a book that EVERY household should have. What better way to show the world that you are well educated, than to spout off at least one $20 word a day?

Another aspect that makes the Harry Potter series so amazing is its progression with its fan base. True people of all ages love these books, but it started off as a children's book- and defiantly didn't end as one. It was full of many themes that really need to be addressed more often to the world populace. First you have the hero, Harry Potter who is humble and loyal to his friends- two amazing qualities that to few people possess. Then you have the female heroine Hermione Granger, who proves that a girl in a story doesn't have to be the damsel, and can continue on strongly without the help of a boy (take the hint Bella Swan). Then of course you have the theme of good vs. evil- but with strong emphasis on the fact that it can be conquered with less violence and more intelligence.
And the fact that a large christian group hates on Harry Potter is absurd and pathetic- especially since their only logic is that it "represents" unholy witchcraft. I mean the biblical symbolism probably wasn't intended by JK Rowling (I might be wrong), though it shines through. I can't say I'm a christian by any means, though I do feel that SOME ideals within its bible are logical and good to take in stride. The symbolism include the lion (Gryffindor/ God), the snake (Slytherin/Satan), evil with a want for power (Voldemort/ Satan), a humble hero willing to die for the cause (Harry Potter/Jesus).... can you see it now? If anything this story preaches bravery in the face of evil and loyalty among friends more than it ever mentions magical spells. I think the haters are just missing the point.

So bravo JK Rowling. And a handful of bravos to the productions teams responsible for making the books into movie screen magic. My life has been changed by you all. All of the films were just exacuted so well- and for all of you people griping about the fact that they "left out parts" or "changed some things around" just remember that if they made movies exact to the T as the books they would be hours long, and the reason they change some things around is because not everyone is cool and reads the books before hand and dont always get the punch line.

So go see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt. 2 right now! And if you have already seen it go see it again!
Btw bring a tissue D:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Time goes by... slowly.

Hiya again.

So the fall semester can NOT get here fast enough. This will be my 5th college semester and the start of my last year until I receive my (pre-requisite) AA Degree. When I say pre-requisite I mean that I must complete my AA with a few specific classes to be eligible for entry into a specific Bachelors program. That Bachelors program happens to be for Elementary Education.Wanting to be an Elementary school teacher eludes to many facts about myself.

Remember in the early Elementary school years, when going to class was fun and exciting? Everyday seemed more like "coloring day" or "lets glue noodles and other odd things onto paper" day instead of actually feeling like tedious busy work (as middle school and high school will feel like). Now I'm not 'post elem' grade school but it did feel like no matter how many different teachers and subjects I was "subjected" to, I wasn't really learning anything new. Everything was repeating, except now with a more extensive vocabulary. Yet as my $5 words evolved into $20 words, it seemed my actual knowledge was shrinking. Ever watch that show "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?". Yeah. Kinda like that.

Did we really retain that much insightful information when we we only ten? I struggled to even care about even simpler topics in High school- and even now. What I'm getting at is that I think many people lose the urge to learn after the Elementary school years because of the lack of creative teaching styles for older students. Making things into games and fun projects keeps young minds hooked in a society that basically teaches kids to hate school in general (coughstandardizedtestingcough).

I would like to say that I am a creative person. I love to draw, paint, and write. I also live by a few set-in-stone standards. The one for this situation being

"Be the change you want to see in the World."
- Mahatma Gandhi

I wish to inspire young minds and teach them that you can change the world. I want to know that I am making a difference for the future of this world. What is school if not an institute raising world soveriegns. Teachers are teaching you and your children to rule the world one day- to inevitably take over for the older generation. I firmly believe that the future really does start with the children. I mean it can be hard to undo years of societital mind beatings and safe routines. People like me can only go so Green. I can only work with the tools available to me- and I wish to provide more tools to children, making their horizons that much broader.

Plus, I want to color, play games, and have all summer off as well. So win/win.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

To Blog or Not to Blog...


A staple, as it seems, in modern society today. People really do using blogging for EVERYTHING from cooking to beauty, cars to books, music to science, and my all time personal favorite- nothing. People can really create 'virtual smog' as I like to put it on the ol' WWW. Is this a bad thing? I really can't be a good judge, seeing as I am the one writing my first blog... about blogging.

But I digress.

First of all- Hiya! This is my first blog if you haven't already guessed it and I'm hoping to make something out of it. I think even if you can't openly admit it, everyone loves to rant, rave, and occasionally get noticed for it. And lets be honest, it can be a lot easier to sit behind a screen and bleed your heart out to strangers than it is to deal with the drama of people forcing opinions on you in your own personal space. Don't get me wrong, I'm not afraid to say what needs to be said in front of the people that need to hear it, but I also have at least an ounce of tact and know that sometimes my opinion need not be heard. Plus I try not to associate with people that make me furiously opinionated on a regular basis, so I don't always get to rant to the ones that should be listening...
Wait- am I ranting about ranting?

This blogging thing is proving interesting.
I guess what I'm REALLY trying to say is that I can only hope that something I say will inspire something in another being- maybe laughter, maybe fury? Who knows.

What should I blog about next...?

Sleep well and Write ya later.