Saturday, January 29, 2011

A Post Gasparilla Post

It's 2 hours until the week is over and I am sitting in a hotel room with some good friends contemplating what I could blog about from my phone in order to keep this resolution of mine.

We're recuperating from Gasparilla and I ended the day having to borrow a tank top because I foolishly believed that the weather would be cool enough to warrant my long sleeves and heeled boots.

And thank goodness someone leant me that tank top because let's just put it this way: I'm sunburnt. In January.

Gotta love living in Florida.

More substantial post when I don't have to post from my phone. For now... Resolution kept.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Hunger Games and The Kingdom Keepers

I have had an inordinate amount of free time lately.  Thank goodness I'm starting a second job in a few weeks because I seem to be working less and less at my job as a host, and I somewhat desperately need to make money.

But since I have all this free time and no way to solve it, I've started reading two new series:

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games:  Read this one for the obvious reasons.  Reading circles have been flailing about it for months and I finally just needed to read it for myself.  I loved it.  LOVED.  IT.  Somehow it gets lopped in with juvenile fiction at my local library, but as the series centers around a dystopian society that hinges on annual fights to the death, I personally think it belongs more in the young adult category.  

But I digress.  

This book was perfect.  PERFECT.  The plot was glory, the inner workings of Katniss (the main character) amazing, and despite the grim idea that only one out of twenty-four people will survive the Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins still manages to insert enough humor that the book is not just plain sad.  I loved it. Had it delivered from the library today and finished it basically in one sitting.  Could not put it down.

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark
And at the opposite end of the spectrum, we have The Kingdom Keepers series.  I got through the first one by force of will and okay, because I'm a bit of a Disney freak and I liked the premise of the books, which is overly complicated, but involves Disney.  That's usually enough for me.  The books are published by Hyperion which, is (surprise!) Disney's publishing imprint.   But unlike the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, which is also published by Hyperion, these books just feel like an ill-contrived marketing scheme for Disney.  I'm not sure that someone else would have published them.  

The writing's nothing special and in places it even irks me as there are some pretty basic mistakes.  A character changes how she prefers her sister to be called from one book to the next.  And the Point of View shifts.  Dear God, I'm not sure that I've ever seen so many, or had it irritate me so much.  Are we in Third Person Omniscient or Third Person Limited? Make up your ever-lovin' mind! The author seems to lean towards Omniscient and it drives me absolutely batty.

I'm muscling through the series by sheer force of will.  If this guy can get published, then hey, there's hope for me.

The comparison between the two series?  There is none. The Hunger Games wins it by a mile.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Snapshots of a hostess life

Hidden drink under the host
stand. Just a day in the life.
There are many things that I like about my job as a hostess.  There are many things that I do not.  The pay is among these... as are the tolls that I incur on my way to work.

Some other things that I don't like are moments like these...

Enjoy a few snippets of my life as a host.

Customer: "Greetings, Earth woman!"
Me: "Greetings... Earth man?"
Pause
Customer: "You are from Earth, aren't you?"
Me: "I am... are you?"

Me: "Party of 3?"
Group of 3 guys: "3 guys isn't much of a party... more of a sausage fest. Wanna join us?"
Awkward laughter

Customer: If you hate your job so much, you should just quit. You should just be happy you have one.  I mean McDonald's is always hiring.
Me (bewildered): "But I like my job."
Customer: "You should just remember that customers like me pay your salary."

Child while on a wait: "If I don't eat, I will DIE."

The list could (and does) go on.  But that will have to wait for another day.  I'm off to live the dream as a host again.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The State of Affairs in Almost Grown-up-dom

This was me working on my
novel on my new netbook
So, in the spirit of attempting to keep my New Year's Resolutions, here I am with a post this week!  I'll admit to having a bit of difficulty with the whole motivation thing lately, but when I went to a party recently and 3 people (ahem: Adam, Ben, and Rene') brought up my blog, it not only made me smile, it reminded me that more people than just my parents read Almost Grown-up.

Not that I'm not grateful, Mom and Dad. ;)

So, how are things in Almost Grown-up-dom these days?

Could be worse.  Could be better.

I've got a second interview today for a second part-time job because the fact of the matter is that I just do not make enough money as a hostess.

I know, right?  Who'd've thunk it?

I'm still working on my novel because no, I don't want to be working two part-time jobs for the rest of my life.  I browse the listings for office jobs from time to time, but wind up clicking that little red 'x' when I realize that none of them hold even the slightest bit of interest for me.  I contemplate grad school and studying for the GRE from time to time and then wonder if I really want to go to grad school or if I just want to try to go back into a bubble of academia and avoid the real world.  What would I study?  What would I want to be if I didn't want to be a writer?

Does anyone else have these future/identity crises?

At any rate, right now, it's looking like maybe it'll be a little easier to pay my bills until I finish my novel (which is currently untitled since I decided that I didn't like the one I was working with), revise it, get an agent, and get my break.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Project 365 and other resolutions

Are any of you doing this Project 365 thing?

The premise is that you take a photo a day for the entire year. I completely stole the idea from my best friend, but she stole it from someone else, so all in all, I'm not feeling too terrible about my petty theft.

I've noticed that I feel a lot more pressure to make my life look somewhat interesting with the photo each day.

But I haven't done anything altogether exciting this year. Yet.

So that's among my resolutions this year.  Others include:

Invite one of my roommates out more (because she told me to make it my resolution, so I listened and obviously it's been a pleasure and I know it will continue to be!)
Be more conscious of my spending habits
Finish rough draft and 1st revisions of my book.
Blog at least twice a week
Figure out job and living situations

I think that that's ambitious enough for now for the moment.  New Years Resolutions are pretty much an excuse to concretely name the goals I'd probably have regardless, so I'm sure more "resolutions" will present themselves as the year progresses.

Friday, January 7, 2011

In which I get possibly too excited about something minor.


I know, I know, I've been the world's worst blogger recently.  Excuses?

No.  Not really.

However, I did get my day made today with a critique by The Knight Agency of my first page.  Overall, it wasn't awful.  The changes they suggested were most superficial ones, and easy to fix when I get to the revisions process.  Things like tense, POV, minor grammatical things, et cetera.

A real live agent looked at my work.

And didn't hate it!

This is me actually wanting to write again.

Feels good.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Hasta la vista?

So we all know that the Mayans or the Aztecs, or whoever, have been predicting the end of the world in 2012.  While I don't reeeeeally believe that, I do have the smallest niggling doubt that just maybe the world is going to go bye-bye in a year or so.

But we've got a new apocalyptic prediction on the floor!

Four horses of the apocalypse?


Drumroll, please.

According to a Christian radio broadcaster named Harold Camping, the world is now reaching the end of its final chapter on May 21st, 2011, when the Rapture will occur.  Homeboy thinks that there's a hidden calendar in the Bible prophesying this date.

Personally, I think that he's just trying to drive some sensationalism and get a few more listeners and publicity.

And it's probably working, too.  "No publicity is bad publicity," after all, right?
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