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I don't know that any song has made me cry, per se, without extreme situational circumstances--like maybe in a movie where sad stuff was happening? BUT I find this song very moving, sad, and sweet.



The youtube video, while I appreciate the effort someone went to, has a lot of background chatter. For an excellent production of the song, go here and listen. (No download necessary.)



30 Days of Music )
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Day 1: Your favorite Song

Honestly, who has just one favorite song? Oh well, Under the Weather is my favorite song often enough that it'll work. :) (Click on the link for the actual video, or just listen with the embedded video.)



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXGhfcaMqnI&ob=av2e

Day 1: Your favorite song.
Day 2: A song that makes you cry.
Day 3: A song that makes you dance.
Day 4: Your favorite male singer.
Day 5: Your favorite female singer.
Day 6: Your favorite band.
Day 7: One band/singer you're ashamed to admit you like.
Day 8: One band/singer whose popularity you will never understand.
Day 9: A song that reminds you of an ex.
Day 10: A song that reminds you of your father.
Day 11: A song that reminds you of your mother.
Day 12: A song that makes you want to have sex.
Day 13: A song you sing in the shower.
Day 14: A song from the year you were born.
Day 15: A song you liked in high school.
Day 16: The first song in your mp3 folder.
Day 17: The last song in your mp3 folder.
Day 18: An instrumental song you like.
Day 19: Your favorite love song.
Day 20: Your favorite breakup song.
Day 21: A song that makes you want to break stuff.
Day 22: Your favorite song from a movie.
Day 23: Your favorite duet.
Day 24: Your favorite cover song.
Day 25: Your favorite song from 2010 (so far)
Day 26: Your favorite music video.
Day 27: One song in your mp3 folder you're pretty sure no one else has.
Day 28: One song that needs to never be played again.
Day 29: One song that gives you the creeps.
Day 30: A song you'd like played at your funeral.
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I just watched 500 Days of Summer, and I loved it, almost entirely.



Just to get it out of the way: Summer is stated as being average height (5'5") and average weight (121 lbs). Ummm what average? If that's the average--the middle--how skinny are our skinny girls these days? Under 100? That's just grotesque, and anyone in a Hollywood movie (even if it's Fox Searchlight) does not represent average. Thanks for perpetuating our unhealthy weight prejudices....

BUT other than that it was an amazing movie, full of lots of little moments that felt real and believable, and made more so by the fact that ... spoilers of course )

Writing

Sep. 16th, 2010 04:45 pm
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I'm going to try for this novel again.

Wish me luck!
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How about haiku?
Surely that's not too much to ask.
*nag nag nag nag nag*

Titles

Sep. 13th, 2010 08:26 pm
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richlayers: I think I'm going with Sister and Serpent
ladytairngire: ok good
ladytairngire: I went with just the brownie
ladytairngire: and milk.
richlayers: lol
richlayers: Brownie and Milk
richlayers: now there's a fantasy poem waiting to happen
richlayers: WEEKLY CHALLENGE!
richlayers: DING DING DING
ladytairngire: awww, I think it sounds like names for kittens
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As I looked around, the light faded, and I found myself lost in the darkness.

I sat down, relishing the cool privacy—the puppets were often at hand and I did not have a great deal of time to myself.
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I think she's gonna win...

Chorley FTW

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] skullx for the inspired drawing! It looks exactly like her. :D
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richlayers: I MAKE PERFECT SENSE
FoxArris: ?
FoxArris: k
FoxArris: I know
richlayers: I KNOW TOO
richlayers: lol
richlayers: lots of coffee
FoxArris: ok
FoxArris: calm down lol
richlayers: okay
richlayers: I think I'm all right
richlayers: for the time being
richlayers: but I just might start yelling again if I need to
FoxArris: just dont hurt yourself
FoxArris: lol or anyone around you
richlayers: there's no one around me :)
richlayers: unless you count you
FoxArris: I sometimes do
FoxArris: even if I dont count for much
richlayers: I count you
richlayers: but I don't think I can do much damage from here
FoxArris: psychological maybe
richlayers: ya think?
FoxArris: its possible
FoxArris: I mean obviously you're not going to remotely bash me over the head or something
richlayers: that would be cool if I could, though
richlayers: I mean, I think it would be worth the pain and agony just because I'd be reaching through cyberspace, 1000 miles away
FoxArris: you'd be able to wake me up
richlayers: awesome
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Last week I got an email informing me that I was one of three First Prize winners in Melissa Marr's Radiant Prose writing contest. I didn't believe it at first, but it's sunk in now. The prize is a $25 Apple giftcard and a signed copy of Melissa's newest book, Radiant Shadows. I am totally thrilled. :D

ALSO, Chris is having three short stories published at Flash Shot, which features a daily flash fiction story. His first one will appear on September 21st.
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Chris and I made the mistake of going to see The Expendables a couple weeks ago. We spent the drive home analyzing it with more scrutiny than it was ever meant to hold up to. I told him, "I imagine the script started with something like, "SIX CAVEMEN ENTER A BOAT!"

He took the notion and developed it into The Expendables: Reverse-Engineered Screenplay. It is wholly worthwhile and hilarious; you must read it and laugh.
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hymiez: ugh. I wish I could rewind this year
richlayers: to where?
hymiez: New Years Day
richlayers: YOU CAN'T UNDO OUR NIGHT TOGETHER
richlayers: IT WAS MAGICAL
hymiez: ?!
hymiez: we never had a night together... lol
richlayers: ON THE BALCONY
hymiez: did we?!
hymiez: lol
richlayers: UNDER THE STARS!
hymiez: OH
richlayers: AFTER THE MOVIE!
hymiez: that :D
hymiez: yes
hymiez: lol
richlayers: WE TALKED AND I STARED INTO YOUR EYES FOR HOURS!
richlayers: AND DOCTOR TRAN!
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August

The Orphan's Tales: In the Night Garden by Catherynne M. Valente
When I Was King by Linda Ashman, ill. by David McPhail
Very Hairy Bear by Alice Schertle, ill. by Matt Phelan
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
To the Touch^ by Shannon Connor Winward
Blood on the Forehead: What I Know About Writing by M. E. Kerr
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
Toads and Diamonds by Heather Tomlinson
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I've finally snapped, gone completely mad. I've been moderating [livejournal.com profile] told_tales for about 3 years now, and in the course of that done over 50 little blurb reviews of fairy tale/mythology/folklore adaptations of one sort or another. So now I've moved all of them to Fairy Layers (cause, get it, richlayers / fairy layers?) on a timed release program. My dream/ideal/goal is to have one every day for... a year? A few years? I certainly read/watch/listen to enough fairy tale adaptations in different mediums. So if people click on a google adsense link, then all the better.

BUT the idea that it would be every day will be key, because people can go anywhere for reviews, and most of them more in depth than mine (especially since I hate spoilers -- even when I already know the story). But a little introduction to something you maybe haven't heard of before? Every day? Nobody has all the exact same cross section of books and movies of things. So. That's my idea.

Feel free to check it out -- there are a couple entries up already and more to come every day! Leave me any feedback you might have or care to comment on, here or there.

***

In other news, I have been writing quite a bit more (reviews aside) and have one editor holding a poem for possible publication, as well as other things out and about in the world looking for homes. So wish me luck!
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In case I forgot:

reminder


See you on the other side!
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ladytairngire: how long are you going to be gone?
richlayers: pff
richlayers: one week
richlayers: Aug 3-10
ladytairngire: i'll totally be texting you
richlayers: GOOD
richlayers: you can do that today, too
ladytairngire: and reminding you how close NY is to DE
ladytairngire: ok
richlayers: if you have any errands that require Rachel commentary
richlayers: haha you do that
ladytairngire: maybe i'll text you while i shave
ladytairngire: that would be nice and kinky
richlayers: that's what I was gonna say
ladytairngire: bigamy is legal in Utah,
ladytairngire: so i've been told.
richlayers: ooooh
richlayers: I could have a husband AND a wife!
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NEW S00J!

:D

:D

:D

I looooove it!
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Steal the coins!

You're ready to steal the silver coins your friend needs. You have a route across the rooftops planned. You have the location of a chimney-stack that seems to serve as a disguised entrance for senior Museum functionaries... if the stalking black-cloaked things you've seen are in fact Museum functionaries. You have the new locations of the major exhibits memorised. You might even be ready.(unlocked with planning a Theft from the Museum of Mistakes 5 - you have 5; A modest challenge for your planning a Theft from the Museum of Mistakes quality.

Hang the coins! Take whatever looks most valuable!

You've worked hard for this! And your friend isn't that good a friend. You'll just tell them it didn't work out.(unlocked with planning a Theft from the Museum of Mistakes 5 - you have 5; A low-risk challenge for your planning a Theft from the Museum of Mistakes quality.



See, Brian, a modest challenge shouldn't just arbitrarily fail like that!
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Me? Busy?

June

Betsy Who Cried Wolf by Gail Carson Levine, ill. by Scott Nash
The Tale of Custard the Dragon by Ogden Nash, ill. by Lynn Munsinger
Madeleine L'Engle Herself: Reflections on a Writing Life compiled by Carole F. Chase
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

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