Monday, February 14, 2011

Redhead Jokes

My mother sent these to me in an e-mail.I have no idea where they came from, but I found them highly amusing and thought I'd share.

Q. How do you get a redhead's mood to change?
A. Wait 10 seconds.

Q. What do you call a redhead with an attitude?
A. Normal.

Q. How can you tell when a redhead has been using a finicky computer?
A. There's a hammer embedded in the computer monitor.

Q. Why aren't there more redhead jokes?
A. Someone made the mistake of telling them to a redhead.

Q. What is the difference between a redhead and a terrorist?
A. You can negotiate with a terrorist.

Q. How do you get a redhead to argue with you?
A. Say something...

Q. What’s safer: a redhead or a piranha?
A. The piranha. They only attack in schools.

Q. Why do redheads really like their hair color?
A. It does the same thing for the men it does for the bulls.

Q. Why didn't Indians scalp redheads?
A. They knew better.

Q. What do you call a woman who knows where her husband is every night?
A. A redhead.

Q. How do you know when your redhead has forgiven you?
A. She stops washing your clothes in the toilet bowl.

Q. How many redheads does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. One -- she holds the bulb while the world revolves around her.

Q. What's the difference between a redhead and a barracuda?
A. Nail polish.

Q. What's the difference between a redhead and a pit bull?
A. The pantsuit.

Q. What do redheads make for dinner?
A. Reservations.

Q. What's black-and-blue and lies on the sidewalk?
A. A guy who tells too many redheaded jokes.

Q. Why is it better to date a blonde than a redhead?
A. You can ignore a blonde safely.

Q. How do you remember a redhead's birthday?
A. Forget it once.

Q. How is a redhead like a tennis racquet?
A. They're both high-strung.

Q. What do redheads and razor-wire have in common?
A. Handle both with care.

Q. Why do guys date blondes?
A. All the redheads are taken.

Pretty sure none of these apply to me. ;P

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

The book is: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
I rated it: 5 out of 5 stars!  (LOVE)
The summary from Goodreads is: Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to.

In the Maze, life was easy. They had food, and shelter, and safety . . . until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago.

Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland. Government has disintegrated—and with it, order—and now Cranks, people covered in festering wounds and driven to murderous insanity by the infectious disease known as the Flare, roam the crumbling cities hunting for their next victim . . . and meal.

The Gladers are far from finished with running. Instead of freedom, they find themselves faced with another trial. They must cross the Scorch, the most burned-out section of the world, and arrive at a safe haven in two weeks. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Thomas can only wonder—does he hold the secret of freedom somewhere in his mind? Or will he forever be at the mercy of WICKED?

My Overall Thoughts: I loved every page of this book. I liked The Maze Runner, but I LOVED the Scorch Trials. I felt this was a stronger book than the first because while the plot was every bit as complex and exciting and mysterious, I thought the characters got a little more attention and development. I also liked that there was a tiny bit more romance in this book. (What can I say, I'm hopeless.)

I was sucked into The Maze Runner and was anxiously waiting for The Scorch Trials to come out, but after reading it, I dare say I'm as sucked into this series as I was The Hunger Games. In fact, if the third book isn't some EPIC disappointment, then I'll probably like the Maze Runner series better than the Hunger Games series. (Anyone who's read The Hunger Games knows that's saying something...)

The wait for the third book (which according to Goodreads will be called The Death Cure and is set to release in 2011) is going to kill me. Really. (So if I die this year, it's James Dashner's fault. Or Cynthia Hand's because I also have to wait for the sequel to Unearthly. Grrr....)

The best thing about these books is that they are completely and totally unpredictable. You can never truly guess where Dashner is going to take the story, and it's a situation that is like none I've ever read before. So original! So creative! So visual! So creepy! So worth reading!

I'd say  that if you like things like the tv show LOST you'd like these books. Not that the stories are the same, but the tones are similar in that you never know what's going on and when one question is answered it raise ten more.  I vote they make these books into movies!

My love for writing has been renewed!

I've totally been slacking on the blog entries! Once a slacker, always a slacker I suppose. lol. I'll have you know though, that even though it's taken me too long to get to this blog entry I've still been loosing that weight, reading my book a week, and am working like crazy on a brand new story that I'm super excited about.(The exercise goal, though, has been a huge resolutionFAIL. Oops! Better luck this month, right?)

It feels good to be excited about a writing project again. After finishing my latest manuscript I went back to see what I had, and planed on finishing a story that I've had in the works for a while. But I just couldn't get myself motivated to do it. Writing can be tricky like that. If you aren't excited about your project it's torture and will drag on forever. (And if you're me, it will make you really cranky and turn you into Momzilla.) BUT when a project clicks, you learn just how productive you can be and you remember why you like to write. That's where I'm at right now.

It used to be that I only wrote as a hobby because I thought it was a fun time filler when I was stuck at home with no car and two small babies. I loved writing my cheesy fan fiction and fictionpress stories. But after Being Jamie Baker was published something changed. I was no longer just writing to write. I was writing to accomplish something. There was suddenly all this pressure and a feeling of expectation. Writing became a job. It was work.

Don't get me wrong, I've definitely grown in my writing since deciding to take it seriously, and I'm grateful to feel like I'm making progress. But it has been a lot harder to relax and just love what I'm doing. I haven't been able to write just for the sake of writing.

Until now.

I decided that since I was having such a hard time getting into my other work in progress, why make myself do it? It's an old idea that's been in my "story ideas" notebook for years. Yes, I think it's fun, but it is also a little dated to my tastes. I'm not the same writer I was back when I came up with that idea. I have different tastes now. So I decided it was best to just shelf the old story and ignore the "story ideas" notebook this time, and come up with something completely new.


I have been having so much fun developing this new idea that I am finally writing just to be writing again. Yes, I'm still analyzing every line and being anal about the structure and outline, but even that has just been fun. I'm excited to be writing again. FINALLY.

            Let's all do a happy dance to celebrate this momentous occasion! 

FYI: I found the dancing frog here.