Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Five Book Covers I Wish I Could Redesign

This is an old topic for a Top Ten Tuesday but I thought I'd snag it because it looked really interesting and fun.

So, I couldn't think of ten different covers of books that I wish I could redesign, but I definitely thought of five.

Note: covers link to Goodreads page

Okay, I love the Harry Potter books and the artwork in them, but this cover has always bothered me. How is Fawkes flying if Harry is holding his wing? And why is Fawkes' head going the opposite way from its body? Look at the talons--they're facing to the right, but the left wing and head are facing towards the left. I've never been able to figure this out.

There are plenty of other Chamber of Secrets covers that I do like, though:

This book was surprisingly good! But it was definitely more of a fantasy than a romance. It maybe had one romantic scene, but it was only PG-13...nothing too steamy. Definitely nothing to warrant this cover. I felt kind of embarrassed to carry it around with me, even though the story was so good I didn't want to put it down.

YOU HAD ONE JOB. Seriously, if the white lines and uncentered text weren't enough to make you turn away from this cover, just look at that chin! There was definitely a Photoshop error there. It looks like a child tried to do this on Paint. It's so sad because this is one of my all-time favorite books.

Thankfully, there are different versions of this cover, but the girl-face-closeup is probably the most popular, which disappoints me.

This book was amazing. But I honestly had no desire to pick it up until the movie came out. The cover didn't look interesting! It wasn't inviting. And I hate when the author's name is bigger than the title of the book. And what are those things on the left side--hair? Scratches? I just don't get it.

I actually prefer the movie tie-in version:

What is with this flower? I get that all the twilight books have this black and red theme and while I like that, this flower is completely meaningless. Even the author is clueless as to what it means.

Do you guys know of any books that have really bad covers? Do you judge books based on the covers? (I completely do.) Do you like any of the covers on this list? Let me know in the comments!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ten Things I Want To Do This Summer

I'm a bit frustrated/sad/disappointed today.

Originally, I had planned to take this summer off. After my first year of graduate school and my first semester teaching, I am definitely in need of some time to relax. But on Friday, I got an email from my department about two openings at a local company for technical writing internships.

After a series of emails and digging to find more information, I finally was able to get to the application page yesterday during my office hours. I started filling out the online application, then realized I needed to update my resume and write a cover letter. That only took me about twenty minutes, though, since it's part of what I teach in my technical writing class. I went through the rest of the application and saw that it required me to have three references in addition to my previous work experience. *sigh* So I had to email and ask around for names, phone numbers, and email addresses. I went home and waited for responses and finally had all the necessary information by about 6 PM.

But when I went to reenter the application, the link was no longer up. I emailed the company and found out that the position has been filled.

I was really bummed about it for awhile, so Deacon took me out to get some ice cream (because there are very few things in life that ice cream can't cure). Even though I had originally planned to take the summer off, I was kind of looking forward to this internship. Finally, something that I'm 100% qualified for! Something that I don't have to move away for! Experience that fits my career goals!

And even though I still need time for relaxation, I'm the kind of person who always has to be doing something. I need to have some sort of something to be working on.

But today, I'm taking a deep breath and reminding myself that there's probably a reason that the internship happened to be filled within the three hours that it took me preparing for it. Maybe there's something else in store for me. Or maybe I just needed to be reminded to always have an updated resume and list of references on hand. 

Instead of worrying about it, I've decided to make a list of ten things I want to do this summer.

(Update: Apparently there might have been a mixup and there's a chance that I got the internship. No word yet, but one of my instructors is under that impression. I'll keep you updated. In the meantime, I still want to accomplish everything on this list this summer.)

1) Write.
I really want to finish the novel that I started during NaNo last November. Even though my writing was really terrible, the story and concept was really interesting and I want to see it through.

2) Edit
I don't want to just finish writing it--I need to go back and clean up that writing that I feel so bad about! I saw this suggestion a lot on this post at Paper Fury, and it really made me think. If I'm so unhappy with a part of my writing, the best thing I can do is work on it. Nothing is going to be perfect the first try.

3) Plot
 And while I want to finish that story, I must admit something: I have another story in my head. I've been passively plotting it for a few months now, but I need to sit down and actually get it thoroughly worked out. But unlike my past stories, I'm not planning on sharing this one with you guys. A lot of it is pretty personal, or at least based on more personal aspects of my life, so I doubt I will share much of it during the writing process. Besides, I think it will be good for me to have a piece of writing kept to myself for awhile, like when I was younger. There's something special about that.

4) Read
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I wanted to put this first on the list because let's be serious, it's going to be my main pasttime, but I was trying to be optimistic about the amount of writing I want to get done. But I also want to read a lot this summer! Remember that list of books I want to read in 2015? Yeah, I haven't torn through many of those yet because school has been so time-consuming (and, if I'm being honest, it's a lot easier to have a date with Gilmore Girls or Switched at Birth on Netflix than a 400-page novel that was written a century ago). Besides, I've gotten into the book-blogging side of the internet recently, and you guys make me feel so bad when I haven't read as many books inspire me to read more.

5) Get Healthy
I have definitely gained about ten pounds since last summer, and I wasn't even satisfied with my weight last summer, so I want to try to change that. I'm tired of barely fitting into my clothes anymore and feeling bad when I try everything on. I don't want to be lethargic and down anymore. So my goal is to eat healthier and wake up earlier to go on a walk/run in the park each morning. 

6) Study
I don't really want to do this one, but it's out of necessity. My comprehensive exam is less than a year away, so I need to start preparing for it. Next semester is also probably going to be busy (based on the instructors I have) so I want to get ahead on the reading so I don't have a repeat of this semester.

7) Decorate

Deacon and I have been living on our own for nearly a year now and there is still literally nothing on our walls. Just blank spaces (cue Taylor Swift). This has to change...I kind of hate having blank walls. 

8) Adopt (a fur-baby)

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So...Deacon and I are strongly considering moving, partly because we need more office space, but also because we want a pet. We've actually been wanting one for a really, really long time. So we will hopefully be able to get a kitty this summer and make our home a little sanctuary for him/her.

9) Photograph

I love photography...maybe not as much as other people want me to, but it's definitely one of my favorite hobbies. And I haven't been able to take many pictures lately! We barely have any yard in our apartment, which is like a culture shock coming from my parent's house where they have woods right outside the window. So this summer, I want to take more photos...not just for scheduled shoots, but also just for fun.

Plus, I have a photo printer now and I need to experiment. =)

10) Prioritize
I need to focus on what's important: God, family, friends. I want to be able to schedule time with them, maybe spend a few days in my hometown with my sister, plan a movie night with old friends, and just have a good time. I want to stop worrying so much about everything--about not being able to get that blog post done on time, or not reading that book before the movie comes out. I spend way to much time putting myself down because I don't always achieve the weird and unimportant standards I put on myself. So this summer, although I want to do a bit of items 1-9, I mostly just want to remain stress-free and be with the people I love.

What do you guys have planned this summer? Let me know in the comments!


Top Ten Characters Who Are Having a Rough Time 
This is my first time linking up! (I think.) I wanted to do the post last week but never did get the chance. This week, the prompt was a little open-ended, so I chose to do "characters who are having a rough time."

10. Jane // Jane Eyre
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9. Charlie // Flowers for Algernon

8. the monster // Frankenstein
7. Pi // Life of Pi

6. Severus Snape // Harry Potter series 
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5. Esther // The Bell Jar
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3. Kathy //  Never Let Me Go

2. the Dollanganger children // Flowers in the Attic
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1. Holden Caulfield // The Catcher in the Rye
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Do you agree/disagree with this list? 
Are there any other characters that you think would be a good fit? Let me know!


Monday, April 27, 2015

in which I daydream about our honeymoon, July 2014.


currently missing
saltwater and ocean breezes,
toes dug in sand,
waiting for sunsets,
time together


Sunday, April 26, 2015

In which I am the most awkward of all awkwardness.

You guys, I was just going through some video files on my computer because I have to do a video project for a class (I even had to buy my own headset & microphone...which I think means I'm officially a tech comm student) and I found this really, really awkward video that I don't remember making at all.

So please enjoy all the raw and unedited awkwardness of Emily from March 2013.


In other news, I was going to use Camtasia to do a trial video of a Lightroom photo editing tutorial, but the free trial on my laptop has expired, so I'm not sure if that's going to happen, which really makes me sad because I was looking forward to it. Let me know if anyone would be interested in that, and if so, I'll try and find another way to get it done.

Have a wonderful week! And let me know if you guys have ever come across a video of yourself that you don't remember making.


Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Definitive and Authoritative Ranking of Emilys

Because I'm 100% an expert and authoritative figure on the subject of what it takes to be an Emily, I have decided to rank the most well-known Emilys in the world. This ranking has been decided very carefully and systematically and is not in any way based on trivial matters or opinions. 

Also, did you know that "Emily" probably stems from the Roman word for "rival"?
Take that as you will.

And please enjoy this playlist as you read through the rest of the post.

8. Emily Deschanel
Although I'm sure that Emily Deschanel has a good percentage of Emily in her, I'm not familiar with her enough for her to rank higher on this list. She's mostly known for her character on Bones, which I have never watched. She's also the sister of Zooey Deschanel, who I think has a little bit of Emily in her, too, so it's safe to say that she deserves at least some ranking on this list.
Amount of Emily: 65%

7. Emily Osment
Emily Osment has been in a lot of teen movies and is probably most well-known for being the best friend in Hannah Montana...or for being the sister of child star Haley Joel Osment. Either way, you'd think she'd be overshadowed, but she really isn't. She stands out, people remember her. She's got some spunk to her. She can sing, too.
Amount of Emily: 67%

5. Emily Watson
Not to be confused with Emma Watson, who  I would love to claim as one my Emily kin but unfortunately she is one syllable off. Emily Watson, on the other hand, is a different British actress, and a relatively famous one--she's been nominated for two Academy Awards. You might recognize her from The Book Thief, in which she played Rosa Hubermann. 
Amount of Emily: 74%

Bonus: We share the same middle name!

5. Emily Browning
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I know she's been in other things, but the only movie I have seen her in is A Series of Unfortunate Events. But I don't care--I can tell her level of Emily just by looking at her. Look at that face, so broody and gorgeous and mysterious. I always feel like she's more of a person than a celebrity, someone I want to get to know. But at the same time, she seems deep and introverted, like there are a thousand layers to dig beneath. I think this is why you see her face literally on every aspiring writer's list of "this-is-what-my-main-character-looks-like."
Amount of Emily: 77%

4. Emily Brontë
A good heart will help you to a bonny face, my lad and a bad one will turn the bonniest into something worse than ugly. -Emily  Brontë
Of the Brontë sisters, Emily was the recluse of the family (definitely an Emily trait). She was shy, loved animals, and wrote a pretty famous novel, but maybe not as famous as her sister's. She died at age 30, a year after the publication of Wuthering Heights.  
Amount of Emily: 85%

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3. Emily Blunt

I haven't seen Emily Blunt in too many things--well, that's a lie, but all the movies I've seen her in I have only watched once and most of those were a long time ago. But I loved her in Edge of Tomorrow. She's fierce, while still being insanely beautiful. Plus, she's married to John Krasinski, which is just perfect. 
Amount of Emily: 88%

2. Emma Stone
But Emily--you're saying right now--how can Emma Stone be on the list but Emma Watson was excluded? Well, dear ones, it's because EMMA STONE'S REAL NAME IS EMILY. It's true! But, I must say, she doesn't share a lot of qualities with Emilys--she's pretty extroverted and always able to make the crowd laugh. But she's also really talented and just amazing, so I can overlook her non-Emilyness and put her near the top of this list. But she does get points deducted for shredding away her Emily identity and masking it as an Emma. Where is your Emily pride?
Amount of Emily: 92%

1. Emily Dickinson
Emily Dickinson is the epitome of all it is to be Emily. That is all, no defense necessary.
Amount of Emily: 100%

So what do you guys think--did I leave anyone out? Do all you Emilys out there agree or disagree? Do you know any 100% Emilys, or Emilys that are not much of Emily at all? And if you are an Emily, where do you think you would stand on the list?