Random Wednesday: A few of my favorite things – Music

John Williams is better than Danny Elfman.

I SAID IT! I AM NOT TAKING IT BACK EITHER!

You can watch the whole thing but, I suggest jumping to minute 3:00. For a good time, change your phone ringer to the theme of Indiana Jones. Nothing stops a conversation than a phone ringing the Indiana Jones theme while you panic and start searching through your purse. Hilarity and instant friendships will be made.

But, since this is Random Wednesday let’s take this to a new level of random…

Back to Danny. Danny Elfman is a composer and is most known for his work with Tim Burton (Edward Scissor Hands, Nightmare Before Christmas, and Sweeny Todd though Sweeny Todd is a musical so I’m not exactly sure how…anyway…) He actually sang for Jack Skellington in Nightmare Before Christmas –

Believe it or not.

While researching for this post I discovered he is married to Bridget Fonda. Who the hell is Bridget Fonda? Good question. This is Bridget Fonda with Danny Elfman…

Still don’t know who she is? That’s okay. It’s not important. This is just being used to segue into something worth knowing and has a little bit but, not a terrible amount, to do with her smoking pot, banging Robert De Niro, and then getting shot for being annoying in the one of the best soundtrack movies since Jaws…

I’m talking about one of the best Tarantino movies of all time…

If you are unfamiliar with this movie, here is a brief synopsis:

“When flight attendant Jackie Brown (Pam Grier) is busted smuggling money for her arms dealer boss, Ordell Robbie (Samuel L. Jackson), agent Ray Nicolette (Michael Keaton) and detective Mark Dargus (Michael Bowen) want her help to bring down Robbie. Facing jail time for her silence or death for her cooperation, Brown decides instead to double-cross both parties and make off with the smuggled money. Meanwhile, she enlists the help of bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster), a man who loves her.” (source: Google. I mean come on, of course I just did a quick Google.)

And, as mentioned above, this movie also includes Robert De Niro and Bridget Fonda who assist Samuel L. Jackson’s character as well as a very young Chris Tucker.

As with all Tarantino movies, this one has an amazing soundtrack that sticks with you. Tarantino doesn’t hesitate either, he hits you right at the intro.

Do you know who the Delfonics are? Well, after watching this movie you’ll fall in love with them just as Max Cherry does thanks to Jackie Brown.

Bonus: This movie is on Netflix. Watch it now. You’ll regret nothing. And then, when you are done with this movie, pick up the sound track to Death Proof, another awesome Tarantino movie. I leave you with this song, a personal favorite, from the Death Proof soundtrack.

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Random Wednesday: Lone Wolf Edition

My wolf pack is in upper Michigan writing their little hearts out. I’m not. I also really want an oreo milkshake but I don’t have one.

This is about the time I talk myself out of unhealthy habits even though I’m a grown ass woman and can have an oreo milkshake if I want one. Will power. Or laziness. It all depends how you look at it.

So what does one do without their wolf pack? They stare at their computer and wonder what to write when a topic isn’t given. Contemplate a creative idea when sleep deprived and craving sugar. It’s not as easy as it sounds. However, this is the point of writing. Challenging yourself even when there isn’t a muse, idea, subject, hypothesis, and or bitch fest to be had.

I guess we can ask, where is my writing process today? Well, I’m still posting to agents which has gotten a little easier. I now have an arsenal of submission requirements prepped and ready to go.

Query letter – yup.

Bio – here it is!

Synopsis – check it.

One paragraph synopsis – eh…here? I mean honestly? The Slim Jim to eating at Ruth’s Chris.

I plan to keep submitting as I find agents. I know it’s going to be a long road and I don’t have terrible high hopes. Just one realistic one in that – I can’t fail if I don’t try. Keep trying.

The next plan is to write an outline for my next project and write during Nano in November. It’s optimistic, I’m aware. But, if I’m going to be a writer, be published, and achieve my personal goals I have to keep moving forward.

…and then finally reward myself with that oreo milkshake.

Random Wednesday: Five Words – My Work in Progress, My Characters, My Setting, & My Conflict

I’m still mad about Game of Thrones. You expect me to write a blog today when I’m still stewing? Gahhhh. I’ll try to not let personal life get involved in blog work but #FuckOlly.

Anyway, five words or less to describe aspects of my manuscript. Let’s go:

My Work in Progress: Hi agent! No? Okay. NEXT!

My Characters: I’m not defeated. They are.

My Setting: Springy.

My Conflict: Swing and a miss!

….and shortest post ever completed!

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Brownwyn Green

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Random Wednesday: When I am stressed, I relax by…

Weed, sex, and alcohol?

Watching movies, playing video games, and something something killing zombies?

Speaking of which, are zombies still a topic anymore or have we finally moved past that? Once Brad Pitt did the World War Z movie which ruined the imagery from the book, I think we all casually swept that one under the rug and moved on to something else. Thanks Brad for ruining zombies for us.

Okay, bad book to movie adaptations aside, there is that little nagging thing that is still below the surface we need to talk about. Not just the stereotypical extracurriculars, the bad jokes, the even worse movies. What we are talking about is stress. Everyone has stress and for me it’s most difficult because I internalize stress. This means I adapt to my surroundings even if it causes anxiety and insurmountable tension to do so. Most of the time, I don’t even realize I’m doing it. The results are, migraines, body aches, teeth clenching, and fatigue. I cried to my husband just a few days ago, tears literally streaming down my face, choking back hysteria, “I’VE HAD A REALLY LONG WEEK AND I’M EMBARRASSED TO ASK YOU THIS BUT… I REALLY WANT A COLD STONE OREO MILKSHAKE. Will you get me one?”

Sure, pregnancy could be to blame but I’m not going to use that as a scapegoat here. I was under a lot of stress that I had bottled all week long and let it go all at once by the time Friday evening came around. Now, crying because he was putting the butter knives in the dishwasher a way that was to my disliking, THAT was pregnancy hormones.

In high school I was told by my orthodontist, “You have impressions in your retainer from clenching your teeth at night, you may have issues with stress.” In college I was told, “You need to learn to slow down. The reason you are so ill is because you don’t rest enough.” Within the past few years my dentist and my regular doctor asked me, “Is your job stressful? You show signs of severe stress. You need to learn how to control it.”

So maybe a little less of this:

And a little more of this:

Not to say I haven’t tried to manage stress. Working out is helpful, kickboxing, tai chi, yoga. Yoga I’ve stuck with the longest. I mean, there is a yoga position where you just lay on the floor and pretend you are a cloud. How can that go wrong? Hint: It can’t. I also enjoy writing and reading. Creating or going to worlds away from my own. I mean if I had to weigh my stress level I think I have things slightly better than Katniss Everdeen, just saying. Children are also a big stress reliever. Everything is new and exciting to my daughter and it’s nice to sit with her and talk about things from her perspective. Like how the purpose of houses is for people to live in them. People also live on Earth. The Earth is a planet. They are lots of planets. If you have now caught on, our conversations contain several tangents.

I think the most important way to deal with stress is not how to relax from it but to identify stress triggers and avoid them.

I avoid Facebook.
I avoid work gossip or those who like to gossip about anything and everything.
I avoid high traffic areas by going to places at off times – take my lunches early to avoid the rushes, grocery shop at the ass crack of dawn.
I avoid TV shows and movies that I find frustrating. Seinfeld. That show. It raises my blood pressure. Sure, it’s hilarious but frustrating at the same time.
I also have a food rule. I can only “cheat” twice a week and eat something I shouldn’t. Oreo milkshakes are on that list of “you shouldn’t eat this, but it’s okay once in a while.”

Sure, I can’t avoid them all. I can try different relaxation techniques to deal with those stress inducers I can’t avoid. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. But at the end of the day I always get hugs and kisses from my family and…

an oreo milkshake is optional.

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Bronwyn Green

Jessica Jarman

Kellie St. James

Gwendolyn Cease

Kris Norris

Random Wednesday: Favorite Quotes

When I read the schedule and saw the topic Favorite Quotes my first thought was, “Crap.”

There, that is your quote. Happy Wednesday.

Just kidding.

I’m not really an inspirational quote person, or funny quote person, or whatever other type of quote persons there are out there. So how am I going to complete this assignment?

Movie quotes! Now, Jaws should need no introduction but the below quote is from the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall which is full of great moments.

We’ve also engaged in “movie quote” competitions to how many lines we can quote from a particular movie. Grandma’s boy is one of our favorite movies to play this game with.

My husband however, is too good at this game when it comes to certain movies. I have to remind him once in a while that other people don’t necessarily understand our game and he should quote Dogma a little less often in general conversation.

And as I compile these pictures I realize they all are swearing. I don’t want this to be misleading. We also quote a large handful of children’s movies. Recent popularity vote has been Hotel Transylvania.

And Monster University…

But that doesn’t mean we don’t slip grown up movie lines in with our daughter around. Recently we bought a rug for her room and of course one of us couldn’t help but sneak in a line from The Big Lebowski.

I do think the top quote for the week goes to a movie we recently watched for the first time and resulted in purchasing almost immediately once we watched it…Pitch Perfect.

We just couldn’t help ourselves. That movie is just too much fun.

I could keep going but I won’t. I enjoy writing and reading but I can’t say any quote I enjoy will ever be deep, powerful, and or lead to meaningful moments. They are simply quotes that I enjoy for one reason or another and most just make me smile but…really only work in context. As a warning, you don’t want to quote a movie in the wrong company who doesn’t get the reference. You just look weird when that happens. On that note, I leave you with Clerks 2.

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Jessica Jarman

Kellie St. James

Bronwyn Green

Kayleigh Jones

Gwendolyn Cease

Kris Norris

Paige Prince