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NaNoWriMo’s Passed But…

I will openly admit at the beginning of this post that I have been falling down on the job, so to speak. NaNoWriMo, well, let’s just say it turned into NaNoWriHaMo with the Ha standing for Half. Yep, I bummed out at about 30,000 words… Considering that when I did NaNoWriMo for school the outcome was about the same, I’m not too disappointed in myself. However, I really wanted the 50,000 this year, I guess I just didn’t want it badly enough.

Enough rambling on that. Since I openly failed on NaNoWriMo, I thought, let’s try to openly win at something else. That something being a theme month on this blog for December with *gasp* a post a day. Now, this is a lot to promise for me, but I will do my very best. I think there are seven of you following my blog, so please, if I fall short, yell at me (in not so harshly worded comments). Or just kindly remind me that I’m letting you down.

Also, I thought it might help to have a theme for each day within the overarching theme of the month. Oh, did I forget to mention the overarching theme of the month? Silly me! Okay, here goes: the holidays! Oh, I know what you’re thinking: “Jessie that is the most unoriginal theme for the month of December you could have possibly picked!” Well fret not internet strangers who somehow know my name, it gets better, I promise.

So I’m a bit of a Christmas junkie. I love the brightly decorated stores and the beautiful holiday season clothes that look like clothes I would wear any day of the week. I love nutcrackers and snowflakes and candy and Christmas trees and ornaments… I’m rambling again. Anyways, I like the holidays, so if you don’t I’m really sorry. (But there is a day for you in the week, I promise.)

So without further ado, I present to you the schedule I will be doing my best to stick to in the upcoming month of December. Sorry this post is so long-winded, I’m feeling a bit Dickensian, which to me means getting in the holiday spirit!

Musical Mondays:

Yes, that’s right, I will be conforming to the strange tradition that is holiday music. I like some of it, don’t get me wrong, but it does baffle me a bit. Nonetheless, I will be writing musically charged posts, as always, on these days including holiday type music. That means, the rest of the days can include normal music if they so desire. So expect your dose of sleigh bells ringing on Mondays.

Traditional Tuesdays:

Tuesday, the day where we will talk about lots and lots of different holiday things. The traditions of times past, the traditions of times present, and the traditions of times mine. (Did that make sense? I hope so.)

Whimsical Wednesdays:

That is pretty much an open-ended day. Maybe I’ll talk about my semi-weird obsession with nutcrackers… Maybe I’ll throw in some Charlie and the Chocolate Factory magic. (What does that even mean? Sometimes I don’t even know.) You’ll just have to wait and see, people!

Throwback Thursdays:

Oh, I get the feeling this is going to be my favorite day of the week. On this day I will talk all things vintage. Whether it be 50’s inspired holiday looks, or fun factoids about time periods past, expect lots of old school on Tuesday. I’m in a bit of a phase right now, so I’m looking quite forward to this!

High Fashion Fridays:

Whether it be a gift from a haute house or a look that seems somehow Christmas related that showed up in fashion week, expect it on this marvelous day!

Scrooge Saturdays:

Generally, a day where I can choose to not talk about the Holidays. So, if you don’t want to hear about anything Christmas-y then this is your day. However, I may actually talk about Scrooge and literature and the awesome ghosts in Dicken’s Christmas story, so be prepared for that too.

Snowy Sundays:

Just a generally wintery day that will focus on all the pretty white stuff we’re now seeing outside (dependent on where you live). Trust me, I will not talk about snow or the way which it is formed on this day. Just think, snow-themed. Like activities, clothes, music, etc.

All right!! I’m excited, and nervous. I hope you’re excited, and… Just excited. Let me know if you have any suggestions on the days, because I would love to hear them. Also, I’m kind of a comment hoarder… I just want more!

So now, I have to figure out how to leave you with a song… This is difficult, let me tell you. Oh I’ve got it!

In honor of NaNoWriMo ending, and hopefully all of those who participated having success (not including me, of course), here is a song:

Oh, oh, oh! Sorry, I know I should be gone by now. I just thought, you know, if you actually listen to the songs I suggest, you should listen to Books & Books by The Almost, too! I sometimes forget how epic they are! Also, it’s along the NaNoWriMo theme, so yeah.

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Nothing Can Change…

Happy November 2!

As for a NaNoWriMo update, I was fairly successful yesterday in getting my word count (I think I’m like 50 words short), and I’m hoping to keep it up today. Anyways, yesterday I talked about an album that was coming out shortly. Today, I want to talk about something coming out a little further in the future. Here’s your hint:

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning it over in my mind ever since.”

Did you guess it? Well, now I have to tell you to avoid copyright infringement… That quote is the beginning of: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Yes, this is one of the best books ever written, and yes you are allowed to disagree with me, but only if you’ve read it. If you haven’t, then please do so! Seriously, please do. Also, if you haven’t read it you may want to stop reading this post because I make no promises that there will not be spoilers. Sorry about that sentence, I hate double negatives too!

Oh, and because I love it so much I want all of you fellow nerds to see this video (again, only watch this if you’ve read the book). This video is amazing to me because I’m a bit obsessed with literary criticism and having book discussions. Please enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/vlogbrothers#p/search/1/ehjTS6AhMJ8 (For some reason the video won’t display itself in this post so here is the link.)

As some of you may know, next year is to be a year chock full of great movies. Not only will it be another Marvel-tastic year with the release of both The Avengers and The Amazing Spiderman, but we can also expect more amazing geek outs from The Hobbit and Star Trek 2. Plus, the long anticipated Hunger Games. Yes, I’m on that band wagon. (By the way, I credit my best friend for pointing out that all these movies are coming out next year to me.)

Anyways, though I am beyond excited for all of those releases, the one I’m going to talk about today is the movie based on the book I just quoted from. Yes, they are remaking The Great Gatsby, and Gatsby is to be none other than Leonardo DiCaprio! Perhaps you may be disappointed with this casting, but I am elated. I am also excited that Tobey McGuire (Did you notice that they both have two capitalizations in their last names? I did.) will be Nick! Can you say perfect cast? I can! Perfect cast!

 So, for your enjoyment, here are some cast photos leaked from the set. I love these pictures. It’s perfect. I can’t use that word enough about this movie. However, I hope they do the book justice. Expect a review much later in this blog.

Did I mention that Isla Fisher is Myrtle? Is it just me or is that a little off? I guess I never imagined Myrtle as pretty, maybe that is just a personal bias because I don’t like the character.

How’s that for book accuracy?: “…Gatsby, in a white flannel suit, silver shirt, and gold-colored tie, hurried in.” (Chapter Five, Fitzgerald)

Well, here’s one more thing. If you don’t understand how important this gold tie and silver shirt that Gatsby is wearing are, I encourage you to read this website. Also, if you’re a symbolism nerd like myself you should read it. This page discusses all of the colors in The Great Gatsby and what they represent.

http://www.lesekost.de/amlit/hhl252c.htm

So who’s your favorite in The Great Gatsby? Mine is Owl Eyes, yes Owl Eyes. Well, he’s my favorite minor character… I love a lot about this book so that’s actually a very difficult question for me.

Okay, that’s enough from me. Here’s one song for today which references both the title of this post and the category of this post. Yes, I know this isn’t the original version of this song, but I’m a sucker for The Ramones. Also, sorry that this is a random Heroes tribute video, but it was the only clear version of the song I could find.

Just so you know, the original version of this song is by Max Frost & The Troopers. (That’s your trivia of the day.)

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