Are We Human or Are We Dancer?

Hello my fellow internet-addicts! So, I recently listened to this song called Human by the Killers. First off, it’s important that I say what an exceptionally good song this is, particularly the lyrics. Check it out below before you look at my little explanation.

“Brandon Flowers from the Killers said that the lyrics were inspired by a disparaging comment made by Hunter S. Thompson, where he stated America was raising “a generation of dancers” (basically suggesting that americans lacked the imagination to be original instead of copying others).”

the-killers-human-coverFrom a lyrical perspective, the Killers have generated a lot of metaphors – the word dancer could almost be substituted for puppet. The diction of the song is also important, for example the word “cord” could relate back to the strings of a puppet, and the words “cut the cord” is a metaphor for becoming your own person, cutting the strings that make you the puppet.

The really great thing is that he’s never really sure whether he is a human or a dancer.

And so the question arises, are we human or are we dancer?

Are we completely are own persons, or are controlled by others?

You want to know what I say? Lets be both. At least in the sense that we are our own persons, but we’re still being influenced by others. I am human, but I am also dancer.

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So let me know what you think? Do you agree with my conclusions? Disagree? Let me know in the comment section!

On the Subject of Television

Hello my fellow internetees! So, yet another lazy summer day going by, and I can honestly say that I’m enjoying every second. Although I do have concrete plans of go-carting, fantasy conventions, and amusement parks, I have to say I rather enjoy the days like this one – where I have nothing planned whatsoever.

However, much to my disgust, I find myself staying indoors watching TV, instead of going out and enjoying the lovely temperature and sun. Now, don’t get me wrong – I do go out rollerblading, running, swimming, sunbathing, biking, etc. I just feel like I’m watching way too much TV.

The thing is, though, I live in Thailand, but I am on “vacation” in my home country, Sweden. TV in Thailand is, in one word, awful. There are three channels I can watch, because the rest of them are either sports channels or in Thai (which is a language that I don’t speak). So, the thing is, I don’t watch TV on a regular basis – seriously, I don’t watch more than maybe one hour per week… if even that.

top-gear-10But now, everything on the television is so normal and familiar – and after 10 months of barely anything normal or familiar, it’s great… normal television. And although this has resulted in me watching more TV than I perhaps should, in my defense, I’m making up for 10 months of barley any TV watching.

And also, they send out Top Gear several times a day, and I can’t resist Top Gear.

If you don’t know what Top Gear is – it’s essentially a car channel, that has very little to do with cars, and more to do with hysterical british humor. I particularly enjoy the episode where they try to make amphibious cars, but that’s just me…

Ok, back to topic – watching TV might not be the worst thing in the world, but I think I’m going to try to be outside more and do more “social things”.

So what about you? Do you feel like you watch too much TV? Too little? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Killing Off Main Characters Makes Me Want to Scream

Hello my fellow internetees! I am upset. Very upset. This blog post is going to contain spoilers and some not-so-kind criticism.

This post might interest you if you watch Game of Thrones – if you don’t, then, maybe not. Although (just to contradict myself) if you like rants, then you’ll probably like this post.

Ok, (SPOILER ALERT!) why in earth did they kill of Robb, Catelyn, and Talisa? This is a DISASTER! And yes, I both italicized and capitalized – that’s how infuriated I am!

I still can’t really believe that they seriously killed off those people – urgh, it’s just so annoying.

I am torn between slapping George R.R. Martin in the face, or falling down and crying in the corner of my room. Not only have I lost the will to live, but I’ve also lost the will to continue with the series.

(That may have been a tad overly dramatic)

Seriously people, it’s one thing if the whole story is about someone dying, or if it’s just the ending of a single story. But when they kill of characters of a TV-series, it’s as if a close friend has died.

And for those of you in the comments section who are going to complain about the fact that I am a relatively wealthy individual, in the wealthiest time period in human history, and I should just be grateful, well, yeah, I do realize that. But them dying still upsets me, and it still hurts when stuff like this happens.

And yes, I do comprehend that the author does this to make the story seem more life like – the fragility and unpredictability of life, and all that – but isn’t the point of these fictional stories supposed to take us away from our own misery? I like to be blissfully oblivious in regards to fiction, and believe in a happy ever after for everyone, but I can’t do that if everyone just keeps on dying!

I know I’m being slightly melodramatic, but, seriously, today just went from a great day to a sucky one

And, although I don’t really like gifs, this occurrence calls for one.

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Thanks, I really needed to rant.

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Has this happened to anyone else? Anyone else feel completely and utterly empty inside because of this? Let me know in the comments section!

An Explanation of Nerdfighteria

Hello fellow internetees! Today’s topic is going to be about… wait for… wait for it… NERDS!

Now, I am a renowned nerd – and I actually like that I’m a nerd. I like that I cry whenever I read The Fault in Our Stars, I like that I can practically recite Star Wars, I like that I get excited whenever a new Game of Thrones episode comes out. All these things are parts of me, that make me, well, me. These are, in my opinion, the better parts.

(I’m also aware that I’m emotionally unavailable – the parting words of my last boyfriend – I’m can be kind of mean, I’m sort of selfish, and I know that I’ve very spoiled, but those are parts about myself that I don’t like…)

So, not completely inexplicably, I became a nerdfighter!

And now you’re probably wondering, “Well, what is a nerdfighter?”

In short, a nerdfighter is someone who instead of being made out of bones and organs and all that stuff, is made entirely out of awesome.

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Nerdfighteria is really just a big community of nerds who love other nerds and who love being nerds.

Anybody can be a nerdfighter – and if you think you are one, chances are that you are a nerdfighter. It’s really not that difficult – just be awesome and you are one.

The writer inside of me is committing suicide from superfluously using “awesome,” but in situations like this, there really is not other option.

If you still have questions, check out the link below (these guys – Hank Green and John Green – are basically the founders of Nerdfighteria) because they explain it better than I just did, or simply ask me in the comments section!

Dftba guys!

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If there are any other nerdfighters out there in the wordpress blogosphere, let me know in the comments section! We nerds got to stick together!

Reading and Eating

Hello my fellow internetees! So, this morning, as I was eating my breakfast (strawberry yogurt and coffee – breakfast for champions), I had a revelation regarding reading and, you guessed it, eating. You see, there are certain foods that are perfect for eating when you are reading, and certain foods that aren’t. These are my “top” 6!

First off, I am going to point out the obvious sustenance of choice for a bibliophile – coffee. Not only is this the one thing that can make you get up in the morning, but it’s also the perfect blend of sweet and bitter, that (for some reason) goes perfectly to whatever book you’re reading.

Observe, tea as a similar effect, but alas, I dislike tea, and therefore never drink it. I’ve been assured by an adamant tea-drinker that this is the case, so even though I don’t drink tea, I know it works.

Hot chocolate is also a nice supplement to your book, but it works best in cold places – I’m from Sweden, so I have a great deal of experience regarding cold places. But if you have a Jane Austen novel and a cup of hot chocolate, everything inside you becomes gooey warm – even when it’s -20 degrees Celsius outside.131392-Student-girl-reading-and-eating-apple

Apples. It’s super easy to get and eat, you can have it in one hand, holding a book in the other. It’s healthy (unless you eat like ten of them – fruit sugar), and delectable. It’s really the ideal food for your fiction.

Pizza… now, the thing about pizza is that it’s super unhealthy and fatty, not to mention the fact that if you eat pizza whilst holding a book, you will undoubtedly get fat on your fingers, which will unquestionably end up on the books – and fatty finger marks on book pages hurt my soul. However, I do understand the deliciousness of the unhealthy fattiness, and so, as long as you have an infinite supply paper towels, it’s pretty good food for when you’re reading.

*On a side note, I would like to point out that pizza is perhaps, more on the “movie side”, rather than the “book side” – but it works for both.

Popcorn may work with your book, but again, the fatness dilemma arises. Popcorn is more of a food for a writer, rather than a reader, but again, if you have paper towels, it may work for you.

*On another side note, this food is perfect for a NaNoWriMo contestant.

In general, avoid food such as pasta, soup, or anything really “slippery”, that could accidently fall onto the pages of your book. Food stains on books, also, hurt my soul.

So, there you have it – the top foods to compliment your reading.

Have a good one!

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Can anybody think of any other foods to go with reading? Was there something I missed? Do you disagree with me? Agree? Let me know in the comments section!

P.s. yes, I’m super hungry right now, and all I can really think about is how I skipped lunch… I’m going to go snack now.

The Importance of Punctuation

My fellow interntees, I have something of “vital importance” to discuss with you.

First and foremost, I want to say that I try to be polite. I believe in showing respect to my fellow human beings, I believe in saying “Thank you,” I believe in punctuality, and I think it’s very important to behave.

However, there are a few things that just make me want to explode. Punctuation is one those things. It’s actually rather ludicrous to get upset over the misuse of punctuation, I understand that, but it just bothers me. So bear with me while I rant.

Punctuation is imperative. Not only is important so that your colleagues and/or teachers take you seriously, but it’s also so that other people can understand you.

To get your attention, I have a few examples to show how punctuation errors can lead to, well, not good things.

Punctuation can save lives…

Lets eat Grandpa.

or

Lets eat, Grandpa.

This is a common “Dear John” letter – try and figure out which letter John would prefer:

Dear John:

I want a man who knows what love is all about. You are generous, kind, thoughtful. People who are not like you admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me for other men. I yearn for you. I have no feelings whatsoever when we’re apart. I can be forever happy–will you let me be yours?

Jane

And when we change the punctuation…

Dear John,

I want a man who knows what love is. All about you are generous, kind, thoughtful people, who are not like you. Admit to being useless and inferior. You have ruined me. For other men, I yearn. For you, I have no feelings whatsoever. When we’re apart, I can be forever happy. Will you let me be?

Yours,

Jane

A drug related punctuation error…

Say ‘NO’ to Drugs from the NMB Police D.A.R.E Officers.

What are those officers up to?

And finally, a gender comparison:

An English professor wrote the words:

“A woman with her man is nothing,”

On the chalkboard and asked his students to punctuate correctly.

All of the males in the class wrote:

“A woman, without her man, is nothing.”

All the females in the class wrote:

“A woman: without her, man is nothing.”

Observe the power of punctuation!

So, there you have it! Punctuation is more important than you think, so be sure to always spell check.

See you later, guys!

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On a side note, I’ve been thinking about making a series out of “The Importance of…”. What do you guys think?

A Philosophical Thought on Insanity

Hello my fellow internetees? I’m not sure exactly what I’m supposed to call you guys… practically all the good names are already taken, so for now I guess I’m stuck with internetees.

Oh well!

So, this is simply going to be me philosophizing about insanity, and the meaning of our lives,  what we should spend our time doing, etc. Yes, it’s all very… philosophical.

On side not, it’s been made aware to me that I abundantly use “…”. Do you guys agree? I can try to stop… He, he, obviously not!

But back to the philosophizing – I’ve recently had an… epiphany, if you will. Whenever we read books, or watch movies, or watch TV series, or even write, we believe in things that don’t technically exist. We feel compassion for things that aren’t there, we emphasize with people that don’t exist, we cry, or laugh, as it were, for things that aren’t real. We become momentarily insane.

True, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, excepting a different outcome, but there is another definition of insanity, which is it’s a state of when someone is mentally ill.

Of course, I’m not saying that we’re all mentally ill, but for a moment, for a little while, we are at least delusional.

And this, of course, brings up the question of why were seeking this momentary lunacy. Are our lives really all that bad? Do we need to escape from reality? Why do we want to leave our own lives?

Maybe the only thing we’re doing is trying to find a creative and/or emotional outlet. A way to relax.

But I’m just a sixteen year old, sipping ice-tea and thinking about her freshman graduation.

What do I know?

But, just to end this on a philosophical note, what do any of us really know about anything?

Thanks.

Summer Reading

Hello my fellow Internet addicts! So, first and foremost I should apologize for my absence these last few weeks. I go to school, and (unfortunately) I have homework and finals – everybody who’s ever had to endure this torture will (hopefully) understand that I’ve had more than my hands full.

Don’t get me wrong, I like school just fine, but the homework load I’ve had these past few weeks have been anything but light – not to mention the amount of assessments/projects/tests I’ve had to deal with as well. Again, it’s not that I hate school; it’s just that I’ve had little time for anything else.

On a more cheerful note, I am going to talk about my Summer Reading Plan – I know I sound a bit like an English teacher, but I actually like planning (and, yes I am a bit control-freak/perfectionist – I’m not even going to deny it), as well as the fact that I have a TON of books I wish to talk about.

I have decided to read Game of Thrones. Now, I am already a huge fan of the series – because come on, how could you not love it! – and like any devoted enthusiast, I feel the need to explore every aspect of the Game of Thrones phenomenon. Plus, I want to see what’s happening inside of Jon Snow’s head (and yes, he is my favorite).

I also plan on reading Ender’s Game. I cannot believe that I haven’t read it yet – I am such a disgrace to all of my fellow bibliophiles. Seriously, I just have to read it – and if you haven’t, I encourage you to read it as well.

Let’s see… what else… Oh, yes. I also plan on reading Of Triton, once it is released, as well as Goddess. I’m going to buy these books now that I’ve finished with my exams, as a treat for myself.

I am going to read Timeless, the last of the Parasol Protectorate series. I’ve had it sitting next to me for the past month, but I just haven’t had time to read it yet.

That’s all the books I’ve planned on reading, so far, but you never know which books I might discover in the future.

So many books, so little time.

For those of you who don’t know, and that makes all of you, I have entered a Summer Reading Contest – the contest is that you read 20 books, and write reviews of them on Goodreads. The winners get a signed first addition of a book. I don’t know which book, yet, but come on – a signed addition of any book has me jumping up and down in my chair.

Except a signed addition of Nightshade – I’d burn that book. (No offense, Andrea Cremer… ok, a little offense because seriously… no.)

And just to conclude, I have 8 weeks to read 20 books… ha, they underestimate the power of bookworms!

I’ll be finished in week 1.

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On another note, anybody else have a few books your just dying to read? Anybody got any plans for the summer? Any other Summer Reading Contests?

Let me know in the comments section below!

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The Importance of Bookcases

Anyone who reads my blog should have, by now, realized that there is one thing that I’m truly passionate about.

Reading.

Well, reading and writing, to be perfectly honest, but those two verbs sort of go hand in hand, don’t they?

Now, seeing as I’m a passionate reader, it’s only natural that I purchase novels every now and then, right? Well, I do, and I’ve got myself into quite conundrum… there is no more room in my bookshelves. Granted, I only have two bookcases, but they’ve filled up much too quickly…

So, I decided to go and look on the Internet for a future-solution to my “abundance of books problem”, and I’ve found some very interesting results.419319_367841723319856_286842695_n

My favorite book case was without a doubt the one on the right. When I was a kid, our house had a wine-cellar like this, and it could be that I’m just feeling sentimental, but this is one of the most epic ideas for a bookshelf that I’ve encountered thus far (I read the expression “thus far” in a book and just had to use it!).

Seriously people, this is something I’m definitively going to install in my future home.

YbLTDThe next bookshelf I’m only going to mention because of my love for Doctor Who. It’s actually not a great bookshelf, but I just couldn’t help myself!

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This next little bookshelf I completely adore because, well, look at it! Whenever I see it, I just want to make myself some coffee, grab a good book, and read. And that’s what these bookshelves should do, right? They’re supposed to not only provide a “home” for your books, but they’re supposed to make you want to read. They should be inviting.

Although, I’m not very partial to green – if I’m being perfectly honest…

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Now, I don’t particularly like this in itself, I think it looks a little sloppy, but I love the idea so much that it simply has to be on my Favorite Bookcase List.

Perhaps if the chair was in a more oval shape, so that you can lean… it does look rather uncomfortable, doesn’t it?

But then again, it’s so cute.

I believe I’m conflicted…

Anyway, this was my Favorite Bookcases List, and I hope you enjoyed it – as well as you got an unquenchable need to go and read!

What did you think? Do you agree with me? Disagree with me? Let me know in the comments section bellow!

And yes, I am a proud nerd!

The Oxford Comma

The Oxford comma (also known as the serial comma, or the Harvard comma) is a comma that is placed “after the penultimate item in a list of three or more items, before ‘and’ or ‘or’,” (New Oxford American Dictionary).

An example of the Oxford comma:

The man was wearing a hat, shoes, pants, and a jacket.

-Note that the Oxford comma is bolded.

The use of this comma is, in my opinion, imperative.

So, now you’re probably thinking, “What is she going on about? Why do people need to know about the Oxford comma?” (And Oh. My. God. I can’t believe I just wrote rhetorical questions… for those of you who don’t know, I kind of hate rhetorical questions – I’m such a hypocrite). Well, I’m going to give you the classic example of why you need Oxford commas:

With the Oxford comma:

We invited the strippers, JFK, and Stalin.

Without the Oxford comma:

We invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin.

-Note – read the examples out loud for full effect.

As you may have noticed, the one without the Oxford comma insinuates that JFK and Stalin are the strippers, which as you probably (and should) know, that’s not the case. This is why you should use it, people – it helps with clarification, as well as it helps to avoid awkward sentences.

Now, I’m no English teacher at Oxford (not even close), but I am a novelist, and I will preach about the necessity of this!

Do you also use the Oxford comma? Will you begin to use it after reading this post? Let me know in the comment section below!

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