June 20th, 2012
April 20th, 2011
|11:59 pm - Basically spamming this on EVERY site I'm on.|
My wonderful fiance John entered to read in Neil Gaiman's American Gods audiobook--one of the 20 most-voted entries will be reviewed by Gaiman himself and chosen!
John has always been REALLY interested in reading audiobooks, and this would be an amazing opportunity! Please vote for him! http://tinyurl.com/3qdgw5b
You don't need to do much to create an account--you can use Facebook to log in, and you can go back and vote once every day! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE help us get to the top 20!
December 25th, 2010
|11:02 am - Merry Christmas!|
I hope you're all having a wonderful day with family and friends! This year is the first Christmas spent away from my mom, Dad, and siblings, and I miss them very much, but I'm very happy to be with John and his family, who have shown me so much love and hospitality!
Spread some love around today.
Be joyful! Christ is born! :)
November 5th, 2010
|01:11 am - Day 5 of 20 Days to Deathly Hallows!|
05. What is your favorite magical location, apart from Hogwarts?
It's so hard to pick just one! Probably Diagon Alley, because it was the first glimpse into the world, and also the busiest! You can learn so much about the wizarding world from just reading that chapter in SS. They have suppliers like Ollivander's, the Apothecary, Flourish and Blotts, Eeylops; services like a post office, tailors, lodging, food (at least ice cream ;P), and of course, the fun things like the Weasley's Wizard Wheezes, Quality Quidditch Supplies, etc. It weaves such a rich tapestry of everyday wizard life...I wanna goooo! :P
November 3rd, 2010
|06:30 pm - Day 4 of 20 Days to Deathly Hallows!|
04. Is there a character you disliked in the books but preferred in the movies or vice versa?
I'd say it was less any one character as a whole, but the way the movies interpreted certain moments. The most noticeable are the changes between the Dumbledore and Snape characters of the books and those of the movies--apparently all of book!Snape's temper was absorbed by movie!Dumbledore! I was really disappointed that we didn't get to see 1) Snape's tantrum about Harry accessing his memory of the bullying he endured, and 2) Snape's freak-out over Harry calling him a coward. THESE ARE PIVOTAL CHARACTER MOMENTS.
As for a book-to-movie moment I appreciated, I loved the moment just before Sirius' death in OotP when he calls out "Nice one, James!" to Harry--like the impact of Snape's reactions in the books, this was a great show-not-tell moment for Sirius' character regarding his relationship with Harry and how he equates it to his previous relationship with James to the level where he actually forgets who he's speaking to--he's almost transported back in time. It speaks volumes about Sirius' maturity and disposition!
|02:03 am - Day 3 of 20 Days to Deathly Hallows!|
03. Who is your favorite villain in the series and why?
Voldemort. This may seem like the obvious answer, but he is truly the most layered, fascinating villain. Umbridge is purely hateful and one-dimensional in that hatred--which is partially due to the story; we don't get to see her origins like we see Voldemort's. Voldemort is like Batman--he made himself a symbol, an entity.
Tom Riddle was smart, handsome, talented, and an excellent manipulator--those were all born in him naturally. His disposition to reject others came from his own intolerance for weakness--foremost, weakness in death. His mother abandoned him because she was weak enough to die. HBP shows us that young Tom thought his weak, dead mother MUST have been a Muggle, because she couldn't survive. This deduction shows us that Tom equates magic with strength, with life. This bred the idea that all non-magical people are weak, which snowballed into the devastating 'Magic is Might' movement and the suggestions that non-magical people are not only weak physically, but are thieves, cowards, and usurpers. Ouch.
Not to mention his lineage! That backstory is tragic and it's impossible to blame Merope for her desperate actions--she was abused and inbred, and saw a handsome young man as the symbol of freedom, of a beauty she didn't know. Oddly enough, she decided the converse of what her son eventually would--non-magical people were safe, harmless, and beautiful. Her obsessive nature, borne of her desperate circumstances, is echoed in her son's reaction to his dreary upbringing--he longs to be special above all others. His mother only wanted to be special to one person.
Damn, these books are great.
November 2nd, 2010
|03:47 pm - Day 2 of 20 Days to Deathly Hallows!|
I geek out more below--Question Three will be up later tonight!
02. What are your top three favorite characters and a paragraph on why?
Simply, Hermione is me. I know a million girls say that--which is probably the basis for Hermione's mass appeal--but it's true. We're both anxious, insecure worrywarts with serious know-it-all tendencies. In fact, I was reading her Wikipedia page yesterday (I was surfing around thanks to yesterday's question) and it was like reading an analysis of myself, particularly my constant need to prove my worth and maintain control.
But, more importantly, Hermione is the kind of character any girl can ASPIRE to be, with her bravery, her compassion for others (particularly for those less fortunate), her thirst for knowledge, her pragmatism, her loyalty, good faith, and sacrifice. I hope my own children will admire her like I do!
THE BIGGEST BADASS. Neville was such a sweet, pathetic doofus to me at the outset--I'm a sucker for an underdog. But he grows up. He's faced unimaginable tragedy, humiliation, and terror, but emerges to assist Harry and Co. in the Department of Mysteries, to lead Dumbledore's Army in Harry's stead, and to destroy the last Horcrux before Voldemort himself was destroyed.
Honestly, I think I cried more at Neville's interaction with his mother at St. Mungo's than I did for Sirius' and Dumbledore's deaths combined. Neville is a great example of not letting one's circumstances get in the way of one's duty to do right--he could easily have been a coward because of his parents' fate, or perhaps even vengeful and hard-hearted. But Neville rejects fear and bitterness and is instead brave, generous, and a born leader. Can it get any better?
The most complex, interesting, frustrating, awesome character I've ever read. First, he was just a mean teacher with a distaste for Harry Potter. Then the prejudice for James emerged, then his former loyalty to Voldemort, THEN his apparent active loyalty to Voldemort! (Although I admit, I knew Snape had to be good.) This character and his story have been twisted in a million directions since Sorcerer's Stone--from surface cruelty to the tragedy of unrequited love (as I said above, I adore an underdog).
I think my favorite part of Snape is that he is such a solid character--despite his redemption from evil, he is still a complete jerk because of the very real combination of his love and loss of Lily and his own self-loathing that he essentially caused that loss. BRILLIANT.
October 31st, 2010
|06:43 pm - Because I need to write more. And I love Harry Potter! :D|
Firstly, John visited for Halloween this weekend (photos of me as Catwoman to follow! ;D)--the visit went smoothly, which I'm so grateful for. Also, Dad gave us a gorgeous clock as an engagement gift--apparently it was meant to be my graduation gift, as HIS dad gave him a clock for his college graduation, but then I got engaged! So now it's a gift to start keeping track of our time together. :)
I've settled on an apartment in NJ, and I'm moving after Thanksgiving. YAY!!!
01. How did you first get in to Harry Potter? Was it love at first sight or did it take some convincing?
My little sister brought home The Sorcerer's Stone when she was in elementary school (I must have been in 6th grade--1998-99ish), but didn't make it past the first chapter. I had heard of it, but it took me a little while to pick it up--I eventually did and fell in love. I read the first three books very quickly--I remember the fourth book was the first one I had to wait for (EXCRUCIATING). I was already theorizing by then. :P I remember buying it, but waiting to read it because I wanted to save it for our long car trip to the beach. After that, I started joining up on websites (Mugglenet and Fiction Alley in particular) and immersing myself in the fandom. The first film came out on my twelfth birthday--my whole family went together. :) I wasn't allowed to attend the midnight release of Order of the Phoenix (BOO), but I attended both HBP and DH IN COSTUME, might I add. Aw yeah.
I always attend as Hermione. Duh. :P Here's the proof--me and two [female] friends as the Trio, and a random girl as McGonagall:
( The rest of the meme, for those who want to participate!Collapse )
October 21st, 2010
|09:09 pm - Writer's Block: Torn between two lovers|
Well, I moved to Forks, Washington and met this tooootally hot vampire. We totally fell in love and I was totally gonna be with him forever. But then, when he dumped me, I totally fell in love with a werewolf. He was my best friend, and we totally had fun. But then the hot vampire came back, so...
And then I reread Wuthering Heights.
August 6th, 2010
|10:54 pm - Bringing LJ back.|
I recently reread every entry I ever wrote in this LJ, and I realized that I need to keep updating! I pooped out in mid-'09 thanks to summer work and summer romance (or random makeouts). I've been pretty crap at updating either online journal/blog lately, but the miracle of copy/paste should've been keeping both alive.
SO, from here on out, I update! :) Keep your eyes peeled.
What you should know from here on out--
1) Things are a lot better in my house regarding my engagement to John (<---omg, first-ever entry about my future husband, and I didn't even know it!). Nothing is perfect, but I accept that it will take time.
2) Mom and Robert are getting married on Tuesday! Finally! :)
3) I start waitressing on Monday, and I've been working on a few art projects--a few ads for a local interior designer, and tomorrow I go scope out a construction project at my uncle's marina so I can make an artist rendering of the job, so he can get a permit to build.
4) I'm attending a memorial tailgate tomorrow for a friend who died last year (on John's birthday :/ ). Obviously we're devastated he's gone, but I'm glad we can still celebrate his life. :)
I'm happy. :) There's so much right around the corner, which is scary! But I have complete faith that everything will turn out just right.
Glad to be back.
April 28th, 2010
April 23rd, 2010
|10:03 pm - GLEEEEEE!!!!!!|
I auditioned for Glee! Please view and give me gold stars!
(Hint: you can give as many gold stars as you want! ;D)
PS. For some reason the direct link doesn't work--search 'Alyssa' in the toolbar on the Glee page. I should be the first entry--I have no profile image. Thanks!
December 17th, 2009
|06:14 pm - Art Blog!|
As most of you may know, I'm in my final year of art school, and the time has come to put my artwork out there! (AHHHHH!) It's a bit bare right now, but...
July 2nd, 2009
|08:24 pm - I gots a Twitter.|
I know, I'm lame. :P
Follow me if you've got one!
June 13th, 2009
|02:40 am - Pens Win 7.|
And we are the 2009 Stanley Cup Champs.
Against all odds. Badass.
June 10th, 2009
|12:30 am - Last year in Game 5, I was certain:|
"That Fleury is a God among men.
That Malone is a warrior.
That Sykora is a psychic.
That Gonchar is a beast.
That Hossa is a magnet.
That Talbot is a catalyst.
That Malkin is Fort Knox.
That Therrien is a cuddlebear. :P
That the Pens are kicking ass and taking names."
This year, the Penguins are without Hossa (abandoned us for the Red Wings >:( ), Malone (traded D:), and Therrien (replaced as coach), and unfortunately, most of those other players listed didn't really do much tonight.
BUT, The first and last lines still apply (FLOWER POWER), and we can now add these:
That Scuderi is a brick wall.
That TK is a winner of hearts.
That Staal saves the day.
That Bylsma knew something we didn't. (Sid played so little tonight, it was like he was saving him for Game 7!)
Now it's Pens in 7. Let's make it Pens WIN 7! Lord Stanley, here we come!
Love you all,
June 2nd, 2009
|09:58 am - what else?|
"you always have so many suitors, reading your blog is like reading pride and prejudice"
You know--people (my roommates and MICA friends, mostly) have been telling me for months that I always seem to have a string of boys at my beck and call. I never saw it until I returned from Italy and it all exploded--I think I strike up flirtations, and occasionally make it to the first date, but then it all sort of dissipates from there. :/ It's happened with Ben, Eric, Dan (on a larger level), Doctor Hottie--and obviously things with the guys who actually stick it out long enough to be my boyfriends don't work out. That doesn't make me sad, really--it's just kind of frustrating.
Don't get me wrong. I really like 'playing the field' and all, but I'm worth the time. Now, that isn't the boys' fault, necessarily. Sometimes we just don't mesh, and that's totally fine. I guess I'm just sick of running into walls. :/
But, I figure, if I keep thinking I'm going to meet my true love in the next boy, or the next one, I know I'll be disappointed. Time to think in the now! :)
Love you all--
May 27th, 2009
|10:34 am - I figure it's about time to post again.|
Since I began a new blog, I've been neglecting this one like a bad, bad girl.
Since my last entry, I've moved back to Baltimore for the summer, reconnected with my roommates and best friends, and had a shocking amount of luck in the first date department.
Keep in mind, nothing has moved past first date stage yet. :/
But I'm happy. Very, very happy, actually. :D
It feels good to help others, to be in the loop again. It feels good to be with my friends, and to make new friends.
This is a pathetic excuse for an update, but more soon. :)
April 30th, 2009
|05:06 pm - GUH. TIME.|
I've been on LJ for five years.
April 21st, 2009
|03:28 pm - Drumroll, please...|
I am home.
On my flight into the USA, I saw rain-soaked jetties in New York, rain-soaked concrete in the Cincinnati airport lot, and then, like a welcome home sign, the Lite-Brite city of Pittsburgh came up to greet me.
Cheesy as anything, I know, but it's so great to be home. :)
Unfortunately, most of my friends are still off at their respective colleges, which is fine--I can be patient! I'm missing Baltimore/MICA a lot. :/ But, all in time.
I walked through my town today--not too many changes, although they took down one of my favorite wooden playgrounds and put up a plastic one. LAME.
KJ gets home from school/track practice in about an hour, and I'll get to see him for the first time since I got back last night--he was asleep, and I was asleep when he left this morning. I can't wait to see him!
Okay, I'm off, but I'll update with SOMETHING exciting soon enough.
Hope you're all well!