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Merlin, Christmas, and a bit about chick flicks

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Hello there!

So first things first: I did win NaNoWriMo but I didn’t finish my novel. It has decided that it wants to be more than 50,000 words and who am I to stand in its way? 😀

Now that I have that out of the way, you may be wondering what it is that I do when I’m not blogging, vlogging, tumblring, doing school, or getting injured. The answer to that comes in three parts, placed in the title of this post for your convenience.

My latest TV fascination sustaining me during the hiatus of Doctor Who is Merlin.  Basically, it takes the story of Arthur and Merlin, turns them into teenagers, and places them in a court where magic is outlawed. Is it cheesy? Definitely, but it’s fun. And it’s clean. Plus, it seems like everyone in the show is good looking. Yes, I can be that shallow.

Moving on… a good deal of my time lately has been spent on making Christmas presents, buying Christmas presents, wrapping Christmas presents, worrying that people won’t like their Christmas presents and so on. I have this mindset where I want to get The. Best. Present. EVER. for people. And consequently, I have this fear that after all the time and energy (but not money, because I’m poor) I spend on a present, it is simply destined for the re-gifting pile.

It’s not just Christmas though. Whenever I get a present for someone, I want them to love it. I want it to be personal. This translates into me rarely giving gift cards or money. I don’t want to give a gift just for the sake of saying I gave you something. Ramble over.

The third and final part of this post is the idea of chick flicks. For those of you who are unaware of what this genre is all about, we turn to the ever reliable Wikipedia:

Chick flick is a slang term for a film mainly dealing with love and romance designed to appeal to a female target audience. Although many types of films may be directed toward the female gender, “chick flick” is typically used only in reference to films that are heavy with emotion or contain themes that are relationship-based …”

That may be one of the broadest definitions I’ve ever heard, but it works for my purposes. Basically, a chick flick is a sappy romantic film that involves exaggerated plots, unrealistic relationships, and happily ever after endings. Right?

So, in that case, I would not consider myself a fan of chick flicks. Sure, there are a few I like (anything with Audrey Hepburn), but many of the “romantic” films I like have sad or even tragic endings (Casa Blanca, Phantom of the Opera). And what about films like Marie Antoinette (2006) which is female-oriented, but not relationship based?

Movies seem more complicated now than when I was a child. Then I could either like a movie or dislike it without having to explain why. Now? Not so much. 🙂

That’s all. I have a video project that I’m hoping to create during the Christmas break and I’ll continue editing (read: “finishing”) my NaNoWriMo. Is it ok if I simply bombard you with poetry instead of actual post until after the holidays?

I’m sick

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Not mentally. I’m actually physically sick. My eyes are watery, my nose is runny, and my outlook on life is negative. That’s how I know. I turn into a pessimist when I’m sick.  I also crave the Beatles. And Audrey Hepburn. So I’m a pessimistic, Beatle- enthused, Audrey Hepburn watching girl with bleary, teary eyes and a nose that would give Rudolph a run for his money when it comes to redness.

Lately, I’ve had another interest related to being sick: watching all my favorite movies…in Spanish. I do actually know Spanish, or at least an elementary amount. I studied it for one year in middle school and two in high school. But the whole idea of watching films in Spanish never occurred to me until my mother brought me the Spanish version of Lilo and Stitch . Now I love it! My favorites are Toy Story 3, The Princess Bride, and The Phantom of the Opera.

It strikes me as funny to watch a movie I know and love in another language. It’s not that Spanish is a particularly funny language. At least, I didn’t find it funny when I was studying past participles.  But hearing Gandalf speaking with an unfamiliar accent or watching Wesley’s mouth move out of sync with his dialogue somehow seems like first-rate comedy to my cold med affected mind.

I’m not alone in my strangeness. Everyone in my family has their own little quirky thing they do when they’re sick. My mother watches Civil War flicks ranging from Gettysburg to Gone With the Wind (she was born in Georgia, which might explain it…). My youngest sister needs cuddle time, soup, and about 25 stuffed animals. My middle sister watches Hallmark movies while eating Top Ramen. My daddy takes long naps in his comfy chair and puts warm rice bags over his eyes.

I have no idea where this comes from. Do you have any odd habits when you’re sick?

Got to run! I hate everyone, “Hey Jude” is playing on my Pandora account, and Breakfast at Tiffany’s is in my DVD player set to Spanish audio.