Author has written 4 stories for Twilight.
I'm an editor, not a writer. Pushed even further: I'm a reader, not an editor.
Being the only one that doesn't have her heart set on being an author, I got stuck with the job of reading/editing all my friends' masterpieces. Now, I'm finally registered as a beta reader if anyone is interested. That being said, I like nothing better than reading just about anything with a good storyline.
Sometimes I get the writing itch that won't go away unless I pen something down. The results of those moments can be seen below. Recently, my itch steered me toward Twilight. I have read the first three books, but I will not read Breaking Dawn nor will I see the movie. I read the first couple chapters of Breaking Dawn but was already somewhat disappointed so I told myself not to ruin the story by finishing the book. So if the storyline or characters are a little different from Meyer's, there's my justification.
I believe when it comes to the writing process...
~There is no great writing, only great rewriting.—Justice Brandeis
~The wastepaper basket is the writer's best friend.—Issaac Bashevis Singer
~Abuse is often service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence.—Samuel Johnson
Anyways, personal likes...
Brilliant Bands and Magnum Musicians
1. Blackmore’s Night—That folksy, Renaissance feel.
2. Josh Groban—Need I say more?
3. Sarah Brightman—The one and only Angel of Music.
4. Michael Buble—Frank Sinatra of the 21st century
5. Secret Garden—Mostly orchestral but their music makes you feel like you’re floating.
6. Nightwish—Dark symphonic metal with meaningful lyrics. I recommend the old Nightwish albums more than the new one since they got a new singer.
7. Within Temptation—Similar to Nightwish but great music anyhow.
8. Celtic Women—Pure, warm voices…nothing more soothing.
9. Trans-Siberian Orchestra—Orchestra…that should explain it.
10. Leaves’ Eyes—They’re in the symphonic metal category but their songs are based off Norse history/mythology. Tres cool.
11. Aeone—Breathy, chanty, songs about spirituality and belief.
12. Maire Brennan—She was in Clannad but I think she went solo. Anyways, she’s great.
13. Nigel Kennedy—Superb violinist. Vanessa Mae doesn’t even exist next to him.
14. Hans Zimmer—Bow down before the King of Soundtracks.
15. Danny Eflman—Pay homage to the Prince of Soundtracks. He wrote a symphony too titled Serenada Schizophrena.
16. Javier Navarette—He did the Pan’s Labyrinth soundtrack. Beautiful.
17. Loreena Mckennit—Similar to Enya and Aeone; plus she’s a harpist.
18. Enya—We all know who she is.
19. Tarja Truunen—The old singer for Nightwish; she went solo.
20. Epica—More metal than symphonic but their singer has a great voice.
21. L’ame Immortelle—Their songs are usually in languages I don’t understand, but who needs to know the meaning anyways.
22. Tori Amos—Her songs are simple, raw and moving.
23. Emmy Rossum—She wasn’t Phantom material but her voice is still good. Her album’s different, worth a listen.
24. Heather Dale--I love her songs based off Arthurian Legend. If you like King Arthur and his knights, she is a must listen.
There’s more in my iPod but I don’t remember off the top of my head…
1. Jacqueline Carey—Kushiel and Imriel trilogies are flippin’ awesome! Serious mature materials though.
2. Laurell K. Hamilton—Vampires are legal and pretty in her world. If you start reading her just read the beginning of the Anita Blake series. Her recent works are dismal.
3. Kim Harrison—Go Turn yourself! Vampires, witches, faeries, pixies…the works.
4. Sherrilyn Kenyon—Smexy Dark Hunters…yummy. I want a were-hunter, preferably a drakos ;)
5. Charlotte Bronte—Jane Eyre is a must read for every girl.
6. Louisa May Alcott—Empowering young girls everywhere.
7. Mark Twain—He’s a trip!
8. Victor Hugo—Les Miserables, the first and only book that ever made me cry.
9. Robin Mckinley—Her fairytale retakes are wonderful.
10. Charlaine Harris—Ain’t no other like her.
11. Sharon Shinn--Angels...purdy wings.
12. Tamora Pierce--Stories are cool and epic-ish. AND it's female-oriented.
13. Anne MaCaffrey--It all started with fire-lizards! I heart dragons.
14. Tanya Huff--Bastard song of Henry VIII is a vampire writing romance novels...I had the same reaction.
15. Donna Jo Napoli--I love her fairytale re-tellings. She gives the character so much life and personality and her settings just sucks you right in.
16. Anne Rice--I think she's a staple for any reader of vampire fiction.
17. Alice Borchardt--Anne Rice's sister. Her Wolf series is beautifully written. Her writing styles totally different from Rice's so don't think she's like Anne.
I read a lot of one-hit wonders too (i.e. The Gargoyle and DaVinci Code)…but the above are consistently good reads.
1. Lord of the Rings: all 3—Duh!
2. Pan’s Labyrinth—It’s not the horror-movie shudder, but the struck-something-in-the-humanity-in-all-of-us shudder (this is a good thing…).
3. Perfume: Story of a Murderer—For a movie on scents, it does a pretty good job. Book was good too.
4. Singing in the Rain—Classic!
5. Anchors Away—Gene Kelley and Frank Sinatra, it’s like PB&J!
6. Kung Fu Panda—Awesomeness Abounds!
7. Madagascar—I like to Move it, Move it!
8. Batman and Dark Knight—Dark, powerful, action packed; Batman for the new generation.
9. Hairspray—I dare you to finish the movie without smiling.
10. Sleepy Hollow—Johnny Depp and Tim Burton…exactly.
11. Pirates of the Carribbean:Black Pearl and Dead Man’s Chest—Cap’n Jack Sparrow!
12. Nightmare Before Christmas—It keeps the family from talking to me during the holidays; I LOVE it!
13. A Beautiful Mind—Moving.
14. Finding Neverland—Johnny Depp’s tour d’force.
15. Rattatouille—Rat and patooey; ratpatooey!
16. Girl with a Pearl Earring-Beautiful, sensual, deep. Not a lot of words but...wow. The book is great too.
17. Repo: the Genetic Opera-Futuristic horror/drama/musical. Basically in the future, everyone's addicted to surgery. The music is really cool, something for everyone.
18. Pink Panther-Damburger!
19. X-Men Origins--Wolverine-Wolverine humor and a butt-nekkid Hugh Jackman. Can I get an 'Amen'?
20. Up-A little more mature than the usual Disney audience but it was hilarious and wonderful.
21. Howl's Moving Castle--Calcifer is one awesome demon.
22. Castle in the Sky--There's so much hidden messages behind Laputa, I'm still reeling from it.
23. Kiki's Delivery Service--Actually the first Miyazaki film I ever saw. I think I wanted to be Kiki one Halloween...
24. Spirited Away--It was strange, but awesome!
25. Grave of the Fireflies--The first and only anime that made me cry. A wonderful anti-war movie. (Not one of Miyazaki's works)
1. House—“There’s no I in team, but there’s a ME.”~Gregory House
2. Monk—“It’s a gift…and a curse.”~Adrian Monk
3. Psych—“The spirits tell me your pants are on fire.”~Shawn Spencer
4. CSI—“I wasn't being rude, I was being curt. Rude would be "When I know, you'll know." Friends?”~Hodges
5. Bones—“It’s like pornography. You’ll know when you see it.”~Seeley Booth
6. Stargate: SG-1—“We came here in peace. We expect to go in one... Piece.”~Jack O’Neill
7. Stargate: Atlantis—“I'm sorry. It's just... I react to certain doom in a certain way. It's a bad habit.”~Rodney McKay
8. Avatar: the Last Airbender—“Monkeyfeathers!”~Aang
9. Burn Notice—“I said I was a freelance superhero Robin Hood kinda guy.”~Sam Axe
10. The Starter Wife--"Of course I'm cranky, I haven't eaten in 12 years!"~Molly Kagan.
11. Buffy the Vampire Slayer--I'm pretty sure everyone knows what that is but it ended.
12. Angel--Spin-off of Buffy; still awesome and I was sad when they ended them both.
13. Charmed--It ended already but the beginning was good. They dragged it on too long though. I was sad and happy they ended it if that makes any sense.
14. Sex and the City--Yes, I do watch it and I'm not afraid to admit it. I love looking at the clothes and shoes and wish I have the dough to spend.
15. Will&Grace--It ended a while ago but I heard Karen and Jack are having a spinoff. I can't wait!
16. Leverage--"I literally cannot make this slower or any more boring. You know why they say, 'Justice wears a blindfold'? So you can't see that Justice is asleep."~Hardison
17. In Plain Sight--"Where are my mother-humping clothes?"~Mary Shannon
18. Law&Order (SVU and Criminal Intent)--I have a morbid fascination with crime.
19. Royal Pains--"Don't objectify me, Sidekick."~Divya
20. Castle--"Three men huddled around a computer... that better not be porn. And if it is, I want in."~Richard Castle
21. Merlin--"No! No way, no, there must be another Arthur cause this one's an idiot!"~Merlin
22. Dead Like Me--"I'm so smart, I'm practically retarded!"~Mason
23. Mad Men--Dude...the writing, the story, the sets, the clothes--ohmygawd, the clothes!
24. Pushing Daisies--I LOVE everything about it! Ned, Chuck, Olive, Emerson, the Narrator, the Aunts...gosh, why can't life be that colorful?
I think I watch too much T.V. now...
I had a brain fart and the personal Bucket List was born. I thought it would be longer but apparently, I'm goal-less...Huh!
My Bucket List...So Far
-Start a Conga Line
-Visit New Orleans during Mardi Gras
-Visit Venice during Carnivale
-Plan the PERFECT murder
-Fold a thousand paper cranes
-Drink Absinthe in a Parisian Cafe
-Go to a Nightwish or Within Temptation concert
-Steal a kiss in the shadow of Cinderella's Castle
-Get into a 25in. corset
-Make a Pushing Daisies dress
MEMO Updated on 12/20/09
I know I should be updating the story instead but LIFE's a bitch. On the bright side, I'm going to DISNEYLAND (Happiest Place on Earth!). Some buddies of mine, who are as religiously/holiday neutral as I, are packing together into a van and chugging our way to SoCal. Hopefully this trip will recharge my batteries!.