Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
I actually watched some of last night's Rock The Cradle live... it has gotten better, more performance driven. The band is more involved. And the song choices better. I'm sad about the double eliminations, especially this round because at least one of my favorite people (Chloe Latanzi, Jesse Blaze Snyder, or Lucy Walsh) will be going. I voted for Lucy this round, because she just blew me away with her version of Fall for You by Secondhand Serenade. Beautiful song and I loved her voice. Just perfection.
I enjoyed Chloe's version of Freak on a Leash (and who doesn't love that song?) and I still think she is the most unique and unusual contender. And I do like me some unusual. But I also feel like I've seen enough to know I like her, she needs to work on controlling her vocals, and when she's polished up a bit I'd totally be buying whatever she's got to sell.
That brings us to Jesse Blaze Snyder. He's ready for something. Not sure what. Not sure I'm ready for the eighties rock star revival. I'd like to see him dress more modern, 'cus he's hot and I don't feel like crushing on a guy in patent leather. Been there, done that, got the t-shirts. So please, Jesse, I know you can do it--dress like you belong int his decade. Thank you! Ring of Fire was rockin' btw.
Monday, April 21, 2008
"The prince, second in line to the throne, landed a Chinook helicopter -- normally used for transporting troops -- in a field next to the home of Kate Middleton, according to the News of the World tabloid." CNN.com
You have to watch the video!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Speaking of books that have been made into movies--what is your take? I enjoy it. Right now I'm reading Fight Club. I saw the movie first, so it may not have quite the impact that it could have. But then again, it may not be nearly as confusing--and while I love the writing, I can see how it might be confusing. Plus I know what is what with you know who.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
YALSA (did you know they have a cool blog?) and readergirlz are partners in Operation Teen Book Drop (TBD). To celebrate April 17, 2008, Support Teen Literature Day, they've organized a massive, coordinated release of 10,000 publisher-donated YA books into the top pediatric hospitals across the country!
How cool, huh?
They've also rallied multitudes of teen lit authors (like me) to drop an autographed copy of their book somewhere in their community. So I'm getting suited up in my pink camo and going on a scouting mission for the perfect location to Rock the Drop... I may even get a Vanilla Frap while I'm on recon...
If you know an ill or injured teen or one with sick family members or friends, the following books are recommended by YALSA librarians:
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Fever 1793.
Aronson, Sarah. Head Case.
Bingham, Kelly. Shark Girl.
Brashares, Ann. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
Crutcher, Chris. Deadline.
Downham, Jenny. Before I Die.
Hautman, Pete. Sweetblood.
Halpern, Julie. Get Well Soon.
Hamilton, Bethany. Soul Surfer: a true story of faith, family, and fighting to get back on the board.
Hopkins, Ellen. Impulse.
Koss, Amy Goldman. Side Effects.
Mass, Wendy. Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall.
McDaniel, Lurlene. Six Months to Live.
Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. The Off Season.
Napoli, Donna Jo. Breath.
Picoult, Jodi. My Sister's Keeper.
Rapp, Adam. Under the Wolf, Under the Dog.
Runyon, Brent. The Burn Journals.
Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie.
Voight, Cynthia. Izzy, Willy-Nilly.
Weaver, Will. Defect.
Westerfeld, Scott. Peeps.
Werlin, Nancy. Double Helix.
Zevin, Gabrielle. Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
The books listed here are all about teens whose lives are affected by illness and injury, either their own or a loved one's. Some of these books are realistic fiction, some nonfiction, some historical fiction, some science fiction and fantasy. By reading these books, ill and injured teens, or those with sick family members or friends, will know that they are not alone in their battles against disease.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Jordan Woolley, AKA "Nick" on As The World Turns
I LOVE him for being so gorgeous and I hate him for leaving me after only 67 short episodes. Yes, it has been like 2 years (which is 14 in Soap Years) since he left, but I'm not over it.
Not be a long shot.
Monday, April 7, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
Also on the reading list... I went to the book launch of my dear friend Jordan Dane's No One Heard Her Scream and naturally got sucked into the Best of Books Young Adult section. I picked up an autographed copy of Peak by Roland Smith (not sure how a book in Oklahoma got autographed by an author from Oregon--but YAY me!) and I also bought The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon. Don't know why it has taken me this long to pick it up as it is touted to be "bitterly funny" among other great things.
Did anyone notice that two of the books have dogs on the cover?