June 26, 2013

"Cheer up! I am still here. I have never left you, and I never will!"

If that doesn't say what this post is intended to say, I don't know what will.  : )
I've been craaaazy busy these past few weeks, but it looks like I'll have some time later this week or next to update you on my insane life, do some random blog posts, tell you guys ALL about my graduation last Saturday (had a blast!), and let you all become eternally jealous of me as I tell you about The Graduation Gift That Rivals All Graduation Gifts Past.  *nods*  Yup.
(The title quote, by the way, is from one of my favorite Gilbert and Sullivan operas, Patience.  So funny!  I like the Anthony Warlow version best.  This is one of the best scenes!)
I'll leave you all with a link to two minutes of pure epicness and a fond au revoir!!

June 7, 2013

The June Crusade Tag!

(Ahh, yes.  Two tags in a row.  Lazy blogging at its best.  Hey.  I have a busy life.  Deep and profound blog posts will come later.)
Well, it's that time of year again!  Anne-girl over at Scribblings of My Pen and Tappings of My Keyboard is hosting The June Crusade again, which I thought was a grand success last year – after all, I got a novel out of it!  : D
Greatly looking forward to this year where, instead of writing 50k words (my schedule doesn't allow it this year......  *insert sad Laurie face from Meg's wedding*), we'll be doing a peer review/critique of another participant's novel!  Exciting, right?  I've been teamed up with Kendra Ardnek and I've been enjoying getting to know her and reading her novel, The Ankulen.  (Check out her blog, if you have the time!)
To start things off, Anne-girl has issued a tag for all the participants, to be answered by my characters!
Hey, you guys....  This is Nikki Scott.  (Haha, this is kinda weird....)  Eowyn wanted me to answer these questions, but I got a little nervous about answering them myself.  Alec was busy, so I decided to ask my best friend, Natalie, to help me.
So I'm only your second choice?
Not exactly!  I mean... ummm....  Yeah.  But I can't wait to do this with you!
Me, neither.  Let's do this thing!
Describe your author in one word.
Only one word?  Wow....  That's hard!
She's kinda weird....
I know, but I was trying to be nice.  She's going to read this, Nat.
I know!  So it'll help her like us more if she knows our true feelings for her.  Right?
Um...  I don't think so.  Think of a nice word to describe her.
She's a nerd.  A geeky nerd.
Ha!  Well, knowing Eowyn, I think she'd probably agree with you.  She's a self-proclaimed Whomizzer.
See?  Weird!
Moving on.
If your author had a theme song what would it be?
'I Have Confidence' from The Sound of Music.  *nods*
I don't think so, Nick.  I think she's exactly like Jo from Little Women, so her theme song would be 'Astonishing' from the musical.
Minus the feminism.
Probably.  She's independent, though.
If you could pick an actor to play your author who would it be?
Ooh, I know!  Ashley Clements!
I'd say Samantha Barks.  She'd be happy we gave her a beautiful voice.
What are your author's strengths?
People tell her all the time that her eyes are really blue....  To the point of it becoming slightly annoying.
That's not a strength, Nat.  I'd say she's got a determined nature – she'll work hard at a job to do until it's done.
Yeah.  And she's a people person.  She loves kids.
And an introvert.  But in a good kind of way.
*cracks knuckles*  Well.  Let me tell you.  I've spent a year with this girl and –
Hey!  Be nice.
I'm being honest.  She's really prideful sometimes.  And a little selfish.
And self-centered at times, but she's trying to be more focused on others.
What type of laugh does he or she have?
Her laugh changes!  Have you noticed that, Nat?
Yup.  She recently started laughing like Jordan from BlimeyCow after doing a marathon of episodes.
I'd say her normal laugh is more of a guffaw, really.  Yeah.  A loud and slightly annoying guffaw.
Yeah....  Whatever that is.
Any strange hobbies?
She collects stamps!
And she sings.  A lot.  Whether it's in tune or not.
And she plays piano and violin.
And she writes.  That's strange.
What was the weirdest thing she did for his/her writing?
She once wrote fifty thousand words in a month.  That's weird.
Yeah, she's crazy.  Other than that, she once climbed a tree and wrote on her laptop... at her piano teacher's house....
Yeah....  She also has a folder on her laptop of actors and actresses she likes so that she can cast them as her characters.
And constantly freaks her dad out about saving all these pictures of good-looking guys.
But!  Be not dismayed, dear father of Eowyn.  She's only getting a picture of him so that she can study his features... so that she can best describe how she'll kill him off.
Yeah.  Or make him be a public disgrace forever by ruining his good looks with a freak burning oil accident.
If you could make him/her do one thing differently what would it be?
She needs to write more.
Girl, you're crazy!  She writes herself insane already.
Yeah, but she doesn't do it enough.
Whatever.  I'd say she needs to publish her novel.  It's been on her mind too long, and if she doesn't do it now, she'll start doubting herself and get scared and not be able to do it.
And then we'll never see the light of day!
What is your favorite thing about his/her writing?
She listens to a ton of movie soundtracks while she writes, so that's fun to listen to.
Yes.  And Josh.  We're all very fond of his voice around here.
And she always rewards herself with chocolate, which is a plus.
And when she rewards herself with chocolate, she writes better.  Which means we act and talk like real people.
And aren't cardboard characters.  And then she gets obsessed with us and replies to tags in our voices.
Which is something we probably should have said earlier....  In the strange habits question....
Well.  I have to go practice at the rink.  Nationals is coming up and we have to be on our toes.
Literally.  Hey, stop rolling your eyes at me!
Well.  That was one of the weirdest thing I've ever done.  : D

June 5, 2013

The Barricade Boys Week Tag!

Hello, Blogosphere!

Sorry for the long absence – been terribly busy with school and whatnot, so I decided to leave you with my short story for a long time.  Glad you all enjoyed it!  Your comments totally made my day.  : )
So.  Over at Rambings of a Janeite, Eva is hosting a totally awesome Barricade Boys Week, dedicated totally to My Boys, who star in Les Miserables.  (Yes.  They star.  Do not argue.)  So far, there's been tournaments, giveaways, quotes, sob-inducing guest posts on Enjolras and Gavroche (especially the latter....  Amy, you have no compassion on my poor nerves!!), and general awesomeness!  If you're a fellow Mizzer and have some time, you should definitely check it out.
I've finally found the time to answer her questions!  And, instead of just writing "Enj, because he's awesome" as the answer to every question, these will be well-thought-out answers.  So there.

  • Do you know about the barricade boys from the brick, the musical, the movie or all three?
A little of all three.  : )  I've never read The Brick (shame, shame...), but I've read enough quotes to know that I'm going to read it as soon as I'm done with the book I'm on.  : )
  • Who is your favorite barricade boy?
Enj.  Because he's awesome.
(Behold.  The exception to my promise.  : D)
Seriously, though, he's honestly the best.  Strong, resolute, totally determined to see the revolution through, and willing to do whatever it takes to make France free again.  He's got some of the best lines in the musical ("Have you asked of yourself what's the price you might pay?" comes to mind).  All of the Les Amis look up to him, which means there's something to be said about his character and what makes people look up to him.  He's also got some awesome hair and an amazing sense of style, no matter who plays him and whether or not he's wearing The Vest of Power and Awesomeness.  (Because, come on, y'all – didn't Aaron do a good job pulling off the non-Vested Enj?  Yes, we were all sad to find out that he wasn't going to wear The Vest, but we got something totally awesome instead, right?)
  • Who is your least favorite barricade boy (yes...I'm forcing you to choose)?
Nooooo....  *insert sad picture of Courf crying*  Alright, fiiiiine.  I think my least favorite would be Bahorel or Bossuet, simply because I didn't know their names until recently or anything about them.  BUT.  That will all end after I read The Brick.  : )
  • What is your favorite barricade boy quote (can be from the brick or one of the songs - or both)?
Now, in this, I fear I cannot satisfy you.  I have added an 's' to the word 'favorite' and changed 'is' to 'are.'
From the musical –
"Let us die facing our foes – make them bleed while we can!  Make 'em pay through the nose!  Make 'em pay for every man!  Let others rise to take our place until the earth is free!"
"It is time for us all to decide who we are....  Do we fight for the right to a night at the opera now?  Have you asked of yourselves what's the price you might pay?  Is it simply a game for rich young boys to play?  The color of the world is changing day by day...."  (Then comes one of my favorite Barricade Boys song.  *nods*)
"Drink with me to days gone by.  Can it be you fear to die?  Will the world remember you, when you fall?  Could it be your death means nothing at all?  Is your life just one more lie?"
  • Which barricade boy do you think you have the most in common with?
A friend of mine says I'm like Feuilly, but I think I'm more like Jehan Prouvaire, who likes flowers and walks and books.  : )
  • What is your favorite barricade boy-related song (i.e., Do You Hear The People Sing?, Drink With Me, Turning)?
Do You Hear the People Sing?  It's their call to rise and fight for freedom!
  • Which one would you most like to have lunch with (and think realistically...even if your favorite is Enjo, if you're a girl, he definitely wouldn't go out for a meal with you. Courfeyrac, however, is a different matter ;)
Well, I'd try to ask Enj out and say it's only to talk about political things, but if he said no, I'd have lunch with Courf or Gavroche.  : )
  • And lastly...a hypothetical (well, the one above was a hypothetical too, but...). How do you think it would turn out if some of the barricade boys helped with your homework? :)
Hahahaha....  I can just see Enj making red (*wink, wink*) marks all over my math homework – "Yet another one wrong!  Eowyn, you're no longer a child!"  Grantaire would give me some wine, of course.  Jehan and I would talk about walks and books.  I don't know about the rest!  After we were done with homework, though, I'd take them all to Ikea and we'd build a barricade.  *nods*