Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Funny thoughts to ponder



I came across some funny questions that I've (and probably YOU as well) have wondered about.  :)

How far east can you go before you're heading west?
How does a Real Estate company sell its office without causing confusion?
Do dentists go to other dentists or do they just do it themselves?
If, in a baseball game, the batter hits a ball splitting it right down the center with half the ball flying out of the park and the other half being caught, what is the final ruling?
 
In the song Yankee Doodle, is he calling the horse or the feather "macaroni"?
Is there a time limit on fortune cookie predictions?
Since bread is square, then why is sandwich meat round?
Do they have the word "dictionary" in the dictionary?
Can you daydream at night?
Why is it that on a phone or calculator the number five has a little dot on it? 
Can crop circles be square?
How can something be "new" and "improved"? if it's new, what was it improving on?
Why aren't drapes double sided so it looks nice on the inside and outside of your home?
Why is it that when we "skate on thin ice", we can "get in hot water"?
Why do people say beans beans the magical fruit when beans are vegetables?
Why does the Easter bunny carry eggs? Rabbits don't lay eggs.
Why doesn't McDonald's sell hotdogs?
At a movie theater which arm rest is yours? 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Book review of "Grey Eyes"


Review of "Grey Eyes"
By: B. Alston and Q. Ramey


Book Description:

15 year old Anastasia Adams has spent her entire life on run. She and her mother have never spent more than 18 months in any one location, often times leaving with just the clothes on their backs. Despite the havoc that this is wreaking on Ana's social and academic life, her mother offers no explanation as to why it is they're constantly moving, or even what it is they're running from. But that all changes one night in the woods of Pelion, SC--the night the terror catches up with them.

Fearing her mother dead, and having barely escaped with her own life, Ana is whisked away to world of privilege and tradition. It's a fairytale come to life. The poor girl used to living out of a suitcase is now a resident of one of the most exclusive addresses in the world. The people there adore her and she catches the eye of a young guardian who sees her as a refreshing change to the girls he's grown up with.

If only they could find her mother. If only she knew the consequences of being born a "conjurer." If only she knew who that green eyed stranger was, the stranger who'll tell her about a past too romantic, and too tragic to be real. In the end, she'll have to choose between the boy who has captured her heart and the stranger she can feel down in her soul, assuring at least one of them an almost certain death.

Review:
I am intrigued by stories that catch me right away at the beginning. This story did that. Ana is awaken in the middle of the night with a "code red". An intruder shows up looking for her. Eventually, Ana escapes but her mother does not. Her mother tells her to go, and she does, eventually returning to the grandmother that she never knew. There she is treated like royalty, and meets one of her love interests, Darren. He is the local bad boy, and is instantly smitten by her. His love for her helps him to turn around to be a better person.

While this is all happening, Ana meets Tristan, a mysterious stranger who seems to know a lot about her. He shows up at night, and seems to carry a lot of heartbreak. As the story continues, you learn that Tristan is actually a vampire- the same species that attacked her mom. Ana should be repulsed by him, but she is not. The reason is that they have loved each other forever- literally. It has endured through numerous lifetimes. He has always found her, but she has always been taken away too soon.

The love story in this book hooked me. The authors added a lot of paranormal aspects such as witches, warlocks and vampires, and it becomes a little chaotic toward the end of the book. What saves the story for me is the bittersweet tragedy of Ana and Tristan. Will they be together or not? CAN they be togethr or not? It gave the book a lot of heart, and motivated me to finish the story. 

I'm not going to give away the ending of what eventually happens, but it's definitely worth it for you to read on to find out J 

RECOMMEND.  4 out of 5 stars. 

"Write Attitude"


Some quotes I stumbled upon :)



"Is life not a hundred times too short for us to stifle ourselves?"
- Friedrich Nietzsche

"Believe in yourself and in your own voice, because there will be
times in this business when you will be the only one who does. Take
heart from the knowledge that an author with a strong voice will
often have trouble at the start of his or her career because strong,
distinctive voices sometimes make editors nervous. But in the end,
only the strong survive."
- Jayne Ann Krentz

"This is for writers yet to be published who think the uphill climb will never end. Keep believing. This is also for published writers grown jaded by the process. Remember how lucky you are."
- Terry Brooks

"You must keep sending work out; you must never let a manuscript do nothing but eat its head off in a drawer. You send that work out again and again, while you're working on another one. If you have talent, you will receive some measure of success - but only if you persist."
- Isaac Asimov

"Dig until you hit rock. Then take out that jackhammer and go a little deeper."
- Allison Brennan

"The heights by great men reached and kept were not obtained by sudden flight. But they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night."
- Thomas S. Monson

"It's never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot

"Screw the fear."
- Jo Leigh

"The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you've got to put up with the rain."
- Dolly Parton