Monthly Archives: September 2011

A Round of Words in 80 Days

 

A few months ago, I was introduced to A Round of Words in 80 Days by Elizabeth Ann West, whom I met through blogging.

As it’s written on the blog:

A Round of Words in 80 Days is the writing challenge that knows you have a life.

 

The 80-days challenge happens 4 times per year and the next one, round 4, will start October 3rd.

This community is actually more like a big cheer squad. You set up your own goals for the 80 days, anything so as it is measurable. If needed, you can change it as your life changes …

Since I’m all for encouragement  and gathering with other writers, I signed up for round 4 (click here if you want to signed up too).

To view my goals, click here.

 

Cheers,

 

Model Monday #3: Assassins

I love stories about assassins who, deep down, are good people and are the hero/heroine of a very intricate story.

I would love to write a story about an assassin (or many), but it seems that all the explanations I come up with for why the MC became an assassin are cliches …

Until I come up with some incredible idea, I have fun with these:

 

Sydney Bristow (Alias)

 

Elektra (same actress … coincidence? =P)

 

Assassins Creed (love me some games!)

 

Dark Angel (not exactly an assassin, but …)

 

Katsa (MC from Graceling by Kristin Cashore)

 

James Bond (Idk about you, but I like Pierce Brosnan more than the other actors)

 

Kitana (Mortal Kombat)

 

Jason Bourne

 

Raizo (Ninja Assassin)

 

And just for the eyes (because I couldn’t resist!) here is Rain–the actor who played Raizo in Ninja Assassin =P

 

La Femme Nikita

 

Alex and Nikita (one of my favorite shows of the moment!)

 

Michael, played by Shane West (because I had to finish with a hot male =P)

Aren’t they dangerously sexy? So much fun …

Hope you enjoyed it!

Cheers,

Mission Impossible? I hope not!

So, I set up a challenge for me.

It’s not that hard, actually, but the past 2 or 3 weeks were kind of chaos over here (sick kid, holidays, vacations, friend’s wedding, etc) and I couldn’t get much writing done.

Now that things seem more calm, I want to get back to my hardcore writing schedule and I guess that the easy way to do it is to glue my butt to my chair, keep my fingers on the keyboard and just write.

I’m setting up a goal to reach 5k words each day, from Monday to Friday for the next 2 weeks.

That means less online time … less Twitter, less Facebook, less blogs reading, less emailing, no Vampire Diaries, Nikita and ThunderCats (I’ll so gonna catch up later!) … but it’s for a good cause =)

 

The hottie up here called me last night and told me “You can do it!” That’s so refreshing =)

 

I’ll probably just keep a few blog post running here once or twice a week, to keep my own blog active.

If nothing out of ordinary happens, I’ll extend this challenge to 3 weeks, but let’s see where it takes me.

Oh, on October 5th (a Wednesday) I have an appointment to check on my foot (for those following me on twitter, you know it’s been hurt a lot), so, depending on what exams the doctor asks, I’ll allow myself to skip this day.

At the end of the 2 (or 3) weeks, I plan to post about the challenge, including the word count for each day.

Keep your fingers crossed for me and let the fun begin!

Cheers,

Versatile Blogger

 

I’ve got another blog award! This time it was from Jani Grey and Jenn.  Thanks ladies!

 

The rules for accepting the award are:

1. Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this Award along to 15 recently discovered blogs and let them know about it.

 

Number 1 was done above, but I’ll repeat it here: Thanks Jani and Jenn for the award!

 

Number 2—share 7 things about me:

  1. I danced ballet from 3 to 19 yo. I went back to it last year, but then ruptured 2 tendons on my right foot. And now I can’t dance anymore =( Worse of all is that my foot started hurting again last week. I’ll have to go to the doctor soon.
  2. When I was around 5 yo, my parents had 10 dogs at our house. Big dogs. Bigger than me.
  3. I’m Brazilian but I lived in the US from 2004 to 2009. I miss it. There are plans to go back, but nothing definite yet.
  4. I have a BA in Art Studio with emphasizes on Graphic Design. And I’m a terrible Graphic Designer lol
  5. I became a reader at an early age and I thank my mother for that. Looking back, I can’t remember her without a book on her hands. I hope to pass this habit on to my daughter.
  6. I’ve been diagnosed with Orthostatic Intolerance. I’m not kidding.
  7. I’m tall and I don’t like it. I’m 5’9″ (1.75m) and I love high heels. If I could choose my height, I would be 5’7″ (1.70m). That way, I would be able to wear my 4 or 5 inches heels and wouldn’t feel bad about it.

 

Number 3—passing on the award:

  1. Tracy Rohlfing – Scarlets Sanctum
  2. Stefanie Gaither – A Sort of Mental Squint
  3. Melissa Hurst – Chasing the Dream 
  4. Ladonna Watkins – the writer in me 
  5. Heather L. Reid – I’d Rather be Writing
  6. Avery Olive
  7. Allison Merritt – Have Novel, Will Edit
  8. Theresa Paolo – No Rhyme or Reason
  9. Kelley Lynn – Between the Bookends
  10. Laura Pepper Wu – Because Books Don’t Sell Themselves
  11. Monica B. W. – Love YA
For now I’m citing only 11 blogs. If I remember more, I’ll add accordingly.
And I encourage anyone who wants to promote their blogs to post the link at the comments below.

 

Have a great week, everyone!

 

Cheers,

Today is a Holiday …

… in the South most Brazilian state, Rio Grande do Sul (or RS).

For those trying to situate themselves, RS is where Gisele Bundchen, Alessandra Ambrosio and Carol Trentini are from.

Soccer player Ronaldinho, ex-Milan, is from RS.

Erico Verissimo, a famous writer/author, was also born from RS.

 

Map of Brazil, RS and flag of RS

 

Now, why is it a holiday you ask. Because today is Revolução Farroupilha, or War of the Ragamuffins in English.

The summary of the events is that the RS tried to gain independence from the rest of the country, but the Imperial Guards crushed the gauchos and we are still part of Brazil =P

There is a parade, with horses and torches and flags, during the day. It’s like we go back in time and honor our origins.

 

The parade

 

Gaúcho typical attire

Here in Brazil, each state has some kind of nickname for the person born there. People born in Rio de Janeiro is called Carioca, for example. In RS, we are called Gaúcho (male) an Gaúcha (female). Girls can also be called Prenda.

Prenda’s dress

Dancing. We have many typical dances.

Churrasco. That’s our Barbecue!

Chimarrão (it’s like tea. I drink this nearly every day)

 

Now, for fun, I posted two videos with dances from Rio Grande do Sul. I hope you enjoy:

 


This one is known as Chula. The guy can’t touch the wood stick or he “looses” the game.

 


Typical group dance.

 

More fun yet: there is this Gaucho comedian, called Guri de Uruguaiana. He makes fun of our own life style. He is hilarious.

Last year or so, he started a series imitating famous singers and dancers.

Here I posted the one for Michael Jackson’s Thriller, but he also has videos for Beatles, Village People, Just Bieber, etc.

 

Gauchos are really proud of who they are and where they came from.

I hope you liked this bit of info about my country and my origins.

 

Cheers,

 

Model Monday #2: Zuko

I love Avatar: The Last Airbender and, although I don’t think it’ll be as good as the first, I’m looking forward to watch the sequel, called The Last Airbender: Legend of Korra, promised to start at some point next year.

My favorite character from The Last Airbender? Zuko, by far.

He has an incredible arc during the three seasons of the show.

First, he is the villain. A bad guy trying to capture the Avatar to redeem his reputation before his father. During the second season, he is a fugitive, trying to fit in, but he can’t let go of the past, nor can he imagine the future. He is changing, but not much. And finally, at the third season, he realizes he is a good guy at heart and helps Aang (the Avatar) to defeat his evil father.

Yay for Zuko!

But the cool stuff is during the many episodes of each season. We see Zuko making others suffer, we see him witty and snappy, angry, hurting anyone who dared to cross his path. We see him learning and struggling with that. We see him helping others. We see the hate and anger confined inside of him, the way he wants to blow up and take everyone with him. Then we see him changing, learning to control his anger. Zuko makes new friends, finds out what really matters …

I love that he is so not perfect. I even love his scar. He wouldn’t be the Zuko we know without it.

Another thing I love about him is his girlfriend, Mai.

Mai is kinda of a brat, very spoiled and cold. But, IMO, she is important to the story. Through flashback, we learn Mai is Zuko’s love interest and that they sorta dated when he was a prince.

During the first, second and half of third season, Mai is banded with Azula, another villain of the story and Zuko’s sister. She is an awesome fighter.

At some point, Azula is about to get Zuko (and, more important, the Avatar), but Mai helps them escape. She chooses love over duty, love over her freaky friend. And I love that!

In the end, Zuko becomes Fire Nation King and Mai becomes his queen.

Great, great characters. Great, great character arc.

Roman, from the Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead (first book here), reminds me of Zuko.

He begins as a villain, on a killing spree, but then falls in love and realizes he can change. And his development continues throughout the series.

Gotta love the  bad-turned-good boys =)

Don’t you want to write about them too?

 

Cheers,

 

Liebster Blog Award

 

I’ve received this award from my friend Tracy last week. Sorry it took me so long to pass it forward.

“The basic idea of the Liebster Blog Award is to showcase bloggers with less than 200 followers. When you get the award, you keep the love going and give it to 5 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers.”

Below is the list of five ladies I chose. I met them through twitter or blogging, which is an effective way of making friends and connections.

May Arend

Avery Olive

Elizabeth Ann West

Stacy Green 

Stacy S. Jensen

Extra one (because I want to!):

Allison Merritt

I should probably mention that there is no obligation to continue this award. If the people tagged here don’t feel like tagging other 5 bloggers, it is okay!

Have fun checking out these six lovely gals =)

 

Cheers,

E-book pricing poll results

On a previous post, I started a poll about e-book pricing. Here is the link.

The poll remained open for 4 weeks.

Here are the results:

 

As you can see, “up to $5” for an e-book won by a large margin.

Second is “up to $7” followed closely by “up to $2.99” for an e-book.

Not surprisingly, some people still don’t buy e-books—something that will change in the future, I think. Not that they will only buy e-books, but they are bound to try it, and I’m sure they will juggle between print books and e-books after that.

I could bet that in the far future about 90% of the books sales will be on e-books. But I’m no Joe Konrath. I don’t make previsions. I just go with the flow and try to make the best decisions for me. As should you. For you.

 

Cheers,

 

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