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Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies

Oct 29, 2011
So, because I love horror movies and it’s almost Halloween I've decided to follow in the footsteps of many other bloggers and do my own top 10 favorite horror movies post. For real guys I am a complete horror movie junkie, and there's nothing like a good horror movie post to really welcome All Hallows' Eve. *evil laugh*

1. The Others
This is my number one favorite horror movie of all time. Everything about this movie is perfect. The atmosphere and the big twist at the end really makes it one of the best ghost movies I've ever seen. I love this movie. 
2. The Sixth Sense
This one also has a really big twist at the end. The actors were great and the whispering really gets to you. "I see dead people" has to be one of the most famous horror movie lines ever. 
3. The Orphanage 
Not to be confused with Orphan is a Spanish horror movie I saw not too long ago. It quickly became a favorite of mine. The subtitles don't pull you out of the movie at all. And like the first two the twist at the end is one I totally didn't see coming. 

4. Poltergeist 
This was a favorite of mine when I was a little girl. I think this was the movie that really began my lifelong love affair with horror movies. It's an all time classic.
5. 1408
I'm a big fan of Stephen King movies and 1408 takes the cake for me. If you've seen Rose Red you'll automatically love this one. There is nothing creepier than being trapped in an evil hotel room as silly as it may sound. 
6. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 
If I had to watch any horror remake over and over again it would be the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes. I feel like a complete sicko saying this but I love these movies. I love that they aren't any real raunchy scenes and I love that they use the same actors for the Hewitt family in every movie.
7. Resident Evil 
When it comes to zombie flicks Resident Evil is my number one pick. Alice is my number one favorite butt-kicking protagonist next to Buffy of course.

8. The Mist
Another Stephen King movie that I really enjoyed. The special effects could have been better, but I really felt for not just the main characters but all of the characters. It really makes me wonder what I would do if I were in that situation. 
9. Insidious
As someone who's suffered from sleep paralysis this movie really scared me. The costumes could have better, but it really is one of those movies that keeps you up at night. I get scared just thinking about the creepy old woman at the end. 
10. The Descent 
This one should really be higher up on the list because it is truly an awesome movie. The acting, the setting, those creatures everything about this movie makes it one that everyone should see. It will really make you think twice about going cave exploring. 

That's it guys. What are some of your favorite horror movies?

NaNoWriMo 2011 Update

Oct 17, 2011
There are only fourteen days left before NaNoWriMo, and I've already cheated and started my MS. I couldn’t help it. The story was practically begging to be written.

So a change of plans is in order.

I guess I’ll be using NaNo as an opportunity to finish another manuscript. Or I might start fresh with a brand new idea that I’m calling To NetherNether and Back Again. Which will be another middle grade novel inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

I’m having a blast reading all of the posts in the NaNo forums, and I’m really getting into it. The frantic nature of it all is very exciting for me. I’ve also been doing a lot of lurking on Amazon. I really love their Read First Chapter Free option. For a girl on a budget, it’s really helpful.

My favorites so far are:
  • The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
  • The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: Book I: The Mysterious Howling
  • Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes 
  • Liesl & Po
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Wildwood: The Wildwood Chronicles, Book I

All of which I hope to buy someday. 

As for my current work in progress, I’ve given it a new name it’s now being called The Inexplicable True Story of How Eleanor Blanchard Died, Came Back Again, and Haunted Penelope Dalcour. It’s long, I know, but it’s the best I came up with. I've written up a brief outline, which really helps during NaNo, and I've picked out a theme song.

So, tell me, how is your NaNo project coming along? Have you written up an outline yet? Or are you flying by the seat of your pants? 

NaNoWriMo 2011

Oct 11, 2011
I've been thinking about giving NaNoWriMo another shot. Last year I totally failed, somewhat. I had trouble getting the voice just right, which is my fault because the whole point of NaNo is writing straight through, and not editing as you go. That's where I went wrong.

I'm a pantser so editing as I go gives me some sort of reassurance that my drafts won't be a complete mess once they're finished. I guess I'm just going to have to suck it up, outline, and do the best that I can.

I have a few ideas including a fairy tale, a ghost 
story, and a contemporary romance. I'm not sure whether my NaNo project will be MG or YA. But since I have the tendency to write short, and MG tends to be shorter than YA, I might be writing another MG book. Although, I do really love a hot romance. And hot romances are the best part about writing YA fiction. 

Here's a blurb I came up with so far for my ghost 

There’s a little girl living in the manor Penelope and her parents moved into. They call her the Blanchard girl. The only problem is Penelope is the only one who can see her. Ever since she was a little girl she’s been seeing ghosts, a gift past down from great-great-grandma, Voodoo Priestess Mama Lucile. Penelope knows that humans and spirits don’t need to be mingling, but when the Blanchard girl starts getting restless bad things begin to happen, like Penelope’s mother being shoved down a flight of stairs. The only way Penelope can stop her from hurting the people she loves is by giving her what she wants, a friend.

Are any of you participating in NaNoWriMo this year?

Saturday Sweet Reads: Jason and Kyra

Oct 8, 2011
I borrowed this one from a friend. I must have read it maybe twice, probably even more than that. It's really a sweet read.

I read it while I was in middle school. My thirteen-year-old self really loved this book. It gave me hope for the girls like me, awkward and totally unpopular.

Kyra Evans isn't popular, or a girl who you stare at when you are walking down the hall. So why can't Jason-basketball star and the hottest guy in school-get her out of his head?Under normal circumstances, Jason and Kyra would live in their separate worlds up until graduation. But fate intervenes and the unlikely duo is paired up for a class project. Preconceived notions abound on both sides. But Kyra soon realizes that Jason is not the dumb jock that she had assumed him to be. And Jason finds himself telling Kyra things he can't even tell his best friend. As the two become friends and eventually start to fall in love, no one in school can believe it-especially not Jason's ex, who is determined to break them up. Being together means navigating the obstacles that are coming their way-but staying apart may be impossible.

Image and description from Goodreads

Thursday Love: A Few of My Favorite Things

Oct 6, 2011
I wanted to share a few things that I've been crushing on for a while now in this weeks version of Thursday Love. 

1. I can’t remember exactly when I came across this blog, but I instantly fell in love with the prose. The prose is stunning and lyrical and the pictures are amazing. Girl Meets NYC is my number one favorite thing this week.

2. 500  Days of Summer has become one of my all time favorite new romantic comedies. I've seen it several times already, and it never gets old. The actors have amazing chemistry and the premise is believable. It's really one of those bittersweet movies.

3. I originally went into the bookstore looking for Some Girls Are but came across Cracked Up to Be instead. I'm absolutely in love with it so far. Courtney Summers definitely has a knack for capturing the perfect teen voice.

4. Lately, I've been really into jazz and blues music. Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald are just a few of my favorites. Listen for yourself here and here

5. My recent novel idea includes fairies, lots of them. Think Wicked Lovely meets Paranormal Activity. The only thing now is figuring out where to begin. 

So, what have you been crushing on this week? 

Life Is But a Dream by Brian James

Oct 3, 2011
I usually save these types of posts for Waiting on Wednesday, but I really wanted to gush over this novel now. I came across this novel while doing a search for covers to recreate, and I instantly fell in love with the plot.

Now, I haven't read many books on mental illnesses, but this one sounds really good. I mean amazingly good. The cover, the title, is gorgeous to boot. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

Alec and Sabrina are crazy in love. Problem is: Sabrina’s really crazy. 

Sabrina, an artist, is diagnosed with schizophrenia, and her parents check her into the Wellness Center. There she meets Alec, who is convinced it's the world that's crazy, not the two of them. They are meant to be together; they are special. But when Alec starts to convince Sabrina that her treatment will wipe out everything that makes her creative, she worries that she'll lose hold of her dreams and herself. Should she listen to her doctor? Her decision may have fatal consequences.

Image and description from Goodreads.