Friday, May 18, 2012

Charity Event at The California State Fair on July 23, 2012 | World Record Breaking | Abbey's Wheel Deal

abbey's wheel deal logo for the state fair

Apparently Facebook thinks I'm spamming because I've been posting about a local charity event (called Abbey's Wheel Deal) happening this Summer in Sacramento, California on July 23, at The California State Fair.

Local. Charity. (For sick kids, no less!) Event.

How else am I supposed to get the word out? :P

Then again, that's exactly what our challenge is all about this quarter in my Content Media Production class. Our quest is exactly that -- how to get the word out about this event.

My classmates were all broken down into 3 major groups and each group has to come up with their own social media marketing package to present to the owner of the charity event, Christina, as well as the leaders of The California State Fair, and a huge-deal local advertising agency called RS&E (Runyon Saltzman & Einhorn, Inc.)

The charity is called Abbey's Wheel Deal. The charity creator, Christina, named it in honor of her best friend's daughter, Abbey, who was born with a congenital heart defect (there's more of Abbey's story at abbeyhelpsbrokenhearts.com.)

stock image of a ferris wheel: http://lostchild-sora.deviantart.com


For the charity event, Abbey's Wheel Deal, Christina will attempt to ride the Ferris Wheel at the California State Fair for 26 hours straight. Yes. 26 hours straight! Wow. That's insane, right?! But very awesome! :) And all of the proceeds generated will be going to The Children's Miracle Network to help other kids just like Abbey.

And so, to raise awareness for this obviously awesome charity, our 3 groups will be competing to deliver the best pitch with the best ideas and the best advertising strategies, and whichever group has the best package will get to oversee their ideas to fruition!

Not only is it a great way for us students to learn, but it's free advertising for Abbey's Wheel Deal (AND the fair), and a GREAT way to get people involved in helping children, who are already the most weakest and defenseless members of our society -- the only help children have are the older people around them! Imagine that fact, and then put a sickness/heart defect on top of that. :(

This charity REALLY needs a lot of help, support, and Facebook "likes"... so, if you guys live in California and are going to make it to the California State Fair this year, don't forget to check out the Ferris Wheel on July 23. And, if you aren't able to be there physically, check out the Facebook page for Abbey's Wheel Deal, and "like" and share it with your friends. Also, if you are able to sponsor and/or donate, please do!

Thanks a lot! :)

My team's slogan? "Break a record; Mend a heart"

~*~

And THIS is the support me and one of my team members got from some local people around Downtown and Old Sacramento earlier today. We wanted to show that, as a community, we could mend a broken heart together. The right side (and some other places around) of the heart is filled up with signatures, showing people's support! :)

a broken chalk heart on the ground being mended by people's names

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Some Things My Mom Likes

Some Things My Mom Likes
 
Estée Lauder "White Linen"
Almond Roca
TOOtsie ROlls
Sushi!
Korean Dramas
C H A N E L
Red Nail Polish
*~NEW~* Appliances
Bond. James Bond. (but only Roger Moore)
South Korea~
T A C O S !
 

Happy Mother's Day, Mom. :)

Rue from Hunger Games Racist Tweets?

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THIS BLOG POST CONTAINS SPOILERS ABOUT:
The Hunger Games.

***** I REPEAT: SPOILERS! *****


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I have not read any of the books in The Hunger Games trilogy yet, but I did see the movie. When I first saw Rue, I thought she was a sweet little angel, and I felt intense emotion over her tragic death. Had I the capacity to cry in public places, I would have absolutely done so.

Apparently other people felt intense emotions (and cried) too... but only when they read the books. When they saw Rue in the movie they felt nothing but hate and disgust for Rue. For RUE. That sweet little girl. And when they watched her die, some people confessed to not feeling all that bad.


How could ANYBODY feel hate, disgust and nothing but resentment and dissatisfaction from looking at Rue? How could somebody say that her dying in the movie didn't make them feel bad?

Because, based on what they thought they read in the books. According to these people, Rue was supposed to be white.

Yes, you read correctly. They were mad because the black Rue they saw on the screen was the not the white Rue they saw in their heads.

Apparently there has been a huge amount of controversy over this, and I only became aware of it today thanks to a blog post over at Cuddlebugger.com (scroll down to reason #5), which lead me to another blog post over at Jezebel.com.

Even though it clearly stated that Rue was black in The Hunger Games book, people conjured up some sort of other image of her in their minds and completely changed her race. Might this be some sort of self-censoring-denial-while-reading? I have no clue.

The blog post over at Jezebel.com, titled "Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed" has quotes taken directly from sections within the book itself that clearly describes the appearance of Rue. It also shows tweets of people that obviously misread (skipped over?) these sections who felt the need to express their uber-fan anger over the producers not following the book.

I wonder if these same follow-the-book people feel the same way about the disaster that was Avatar: The Last Airbender? Probably not. Apparently changing a white person to a black person is blasphemy, but changing a black person to a white person is a-okay.

Oh wait, but Rue wasn't even white in the first place. There was no change.

And as far as The Last Airbender is concerned, that's a whole other issue to discuss in another blog, perhaps.

The Jezebel.com article is shocking, but insightful, and worth the read. I feel like I could say more, but I'm tired now. Humans make me sad and tired sometimes. :(

How could you hate on this girl???

Saturday, May 12, 2012

DOCTOR WHO songs in METAL!

I was JUST about to go to bed because I'm supposed to be on set at a classmate's film shoot in about, 4 1/2 hours...

But what did I find?

DOCTOR WHO SONGS... played in the style of METAL.

Oh yes.





I'm too excited, hyper, and happy and... and... alsdfjij;ljasdflkweli to sleep right now!!!

So happy. It's like a three year old meeting Santa for the first time, and Santa gives them like twenty things they really, really love and tops it off with ice cream and cookies and kittens and unlimited McDonald's ball-pit access. O_O

I'm going to watch it ONE more time, drool all over myself, and then go to sleep. :D *super uber happy face*

Oh, have I ever mentioned how much of a HUGE Doctor Who fan I am? Well, I am. :D

PS: I am also dancing.

Amazing transformation! Keep a good attitude. :)

I was browsing through the list of blogs that I follow in my blogger feed, and one of the blog posts really caught my attention. It was a blog post by Marion over at Affection for Fitness, and was titled "Amazing Story of Never Giving Up."

I love inspirational stories and testimonials of persistence, optimism, overcoming, and triumph... so of course I clicked it right away.

Marion introduced the video and embedded it in her post. It was about a man, Arthur Boorman, who became physically disabled after too many jumps as a paratrooper in the military. Doctors told him that he would NEVER walk unassisted again.

The description alone caught my attention, but it was really one line that she said that really made me click the play button... "Oh, I was smiling and had tears in my eyes at the same time..."

Smiling AND tears?! I live on emotions like that. I live for stories like that.

I watched the video... and was BLOWN AWAY. I mean, I felt like I had an out of body experience.

Even with all of the inspirational stories I've heard and seen my whole life, with each one that follows, I still get blown away. I still get WOWed and my jaw still drops.

Here is the video:



Of course I had to post my reactions on Youtube. This is what I said:

This is so beautiful! I went through a multitude of emotions in under 5 minutes. Thank you so much for sharing! TRULY inspirational! When people say they can't do it, they REALLY need to re-evaluate their obvious over-statement. They CAN do it. ANYBODY can do it. Arthur sure did! Another Youtuber put it best when he quoted Scott Hamilton: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." -- Eternallyraven @ Youtube

Remember, folks:


The ONLY disability in life is a bad attitude!

So, have a good one. :)

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

FLY - Excerpt 01

This is an excerpt from one of my old works in progress… a novel-to-be titled Fly. Fly is about two star-crossed lovers -- one from the realm of Sky, and the other from the realm of Earth.

When Haneul, a Winged one, falls to the Earth after an intentionally malicious injury to one of his wings, he is nursed back to health and consciousness by Inanna, a Wingless woman of Earth. He reluctantly accepts her continuing help after regaining consciousness because he is unable to fly back home until his wing is healed.

After Haneul is well enough to fly back to his aerie kingdom, he is met with disdain from his fellow people. He has been tainted by Earth and its inhabitants, and no longer has a place in Sky -- much less as its future ruler. That is, not until he is Cleansed.

Haneul is banished to the Outerlands to complete his Cleansing and is surprised to see that Inanna has been banished from her people as well. They each try to preform their repentant duties on their own so that they might be accepted back into their respective communities, but soon find themselves aiding each other in their tasks.

I still have a lot to flesh out in regards to back-story, social and cultural aspects, etc. But here is a scene that I know I want to keep.

~*~

"The Angel" by heise @ Deviantart.com


 FLY
by: Esther Kim Cotton 

            "My people take the oil from these fruits and use it in our salves. Put it in our soaps and creams. We eat them too, these fruits. You and I should gather them for our dinner tonight, and I will make a soap from them as well, so that we might bathe."
            "You eat them?" Haneul asked with a skeptical look on his face. "These fruits? And they are good?"
            "Yes," she said and smiled. "Would you like to try one?"
            After some hesitation he nodded and she worked at one of the more greener colored ovoid fruits, pulling out the hard brown pit in the center. She held the green flesh out to him and he reached for it slowly, still hesitant. She gestured for him to take it and nodded her head at him, reassuring him that it was edible.
            Warily, he took the fruit and brought it to his lips.
            Inanna's smile widened as she watched his face contort with the first chew, then laughed as he chewed again, contorted his face more, and spit the fruit out onto the forest floor.
            "Fruit?” He exclaimed. “It's as bitter as a vegetable!"
            "They are fruits," she laughed. "But they are not sweet. Fresh, extremely bitter. But I will wash them and ferment them, and they will taste better after time.”
            “Time.” He set his lips in a straight line, suddenly grim. “We have plenty of time, now, don't we? In this wretched place.”
            Inanna started but did not stop gathering the fruits. In their brief tour around the forest and the cave, she had forgotten why she and Haneul were there in the first place. She had forgotten completely of their mutual exile.
            She had forgotten completely of his anger towards her.
            Struggling a faltering smile to her face she said sadly, “Yes” and straightened from her stooped position where she was gathering the fallen fruit from the ground underneath their mother tree. She picked up her makeshift sack, made from her outer garments, and nodded to him.
            “I'll take these back to the cave.”
 

Monday, May 07, 2012

Ask a Ninja! (Storyboard for Motion Graphics)

For my Motion Graphics class last week we were assigned to create a storyboard for an opening title sequence for a popular podcast/vodcast show called Ask A Ninja. This is honestly the first time that I've heard of it, but it looks funny!

This is the storyboard I came up with. (Click to enlarge)


The storyboard uses free-for-use and creative-commons images that I found online, so if I were to animate these images, it would be a-okay... however, the final animated project will actually be with video footage that has already been shot. So, by next Monday, I'm going to work on tweaking my concept to fit with the pre-shot footage and come up with a hopefully noteworthy animation! :D

Friday, May 04, 2012

Animals Are Sooo Cute Pin #1: Snacking Chipmunk


This chipmunk is so cute! I just wanna squish his little cheeks. :3

This photograph was something that I re-pinned to my "Animals Are Sooo Cute" Pinterest board.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Writer's Block -- GONE!

The word celebrate comes to mind. Or rather, CELEBRATE!

Why? Because my writer's block is gone! And I have a plan (but more on that, later*).

I was so excited, I couldn't help but share on Facebook, as well.


It's such a simple phrase: My writer's block is gone. And it's an oversimplification of the blight that I've been through for the past few years. Although I have never stopped writing, I haven't quite written the way I used to. Most of my writing has been tied to assignments for school -- quick, very short screenplays without much emotional connection; rough outlines and ideas; essays -- or the limited writing I've done through my personal blog, forums, and social media sites.

Recently, I signed up for a Goodreads account and it rekindled not only my love and affinity for books, and also my love an affinity for novel writing. I've always been a storyteller of all sorts -- by mouth, by painting, through music, via stageplays, and via screenplays. But the medium that is the most familiar, engaging, and sustainable to me is through writing prose. Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted to be not only a storyteller, but an actual novelist. A published author.

Well, now I'm a film student. Don't get me wrong -- I love, love, love writing screenplays... but not all of the stories that I write are appropriate for a screenplay format. They are either destined to be too long, or they need to delve inside of my characters' minds... or perhaps the scenes are flourishly written with words and descriptions that are meant to be read.

Some stories are just meant to be read.

Others are meant to be watched, or heard, or whispered in low voices into awaiting, eager ears.

As such, a lot of my writer's block (or "writer's agony," as it were) was due to the fact that I was trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. I was trying to force my novelistic ideas into the format of a screenplay.

Now, if I had been adapting an already-written novel into the body of a screenplay, it would have been a different thing entirely and would not have been agonizing at all. But, taking something that has yet to be created and limiting it before you even start... well, it doesn't leave you much left to work with. You lose motivation, you get frustrated, you censor yourself far too much, and you lose interest. Something just isn't right.

I had been putting self-imposed limitations on myself with labels like filmmaker, screenwriter, and director. I had let go of the labels author and novelist.

But, as I browsed through Goodreads, I discovered books that I've read before and their authors... and books that I want to read someday, and their authors. I browsed authors' blogs and in turn browsed literary agents' blogs.

I used to do this all the time. I would eat stuff like this up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I could never get enough information or buzz about the publishing world and all its participants... I digested all of the experiences of writing... of character creation, world building, editing, querying, rejections and contracts -- all of the good and all of the bad.

As I re-informed myself and discovered new authors to stalk follow on Goodreads and at social media sites, I felt it... that familiar spark. That spark of inspiration, creativity, and hope. I was excited!

I especially found inspiration in Gennifer Albin's blog post about HOPE, and Amanda Hocking's journey with self-publishing through Amazon & Kindle ebooks. Their testimonials and admonitions filled me with anticipation and excitement and set my soul ablaze again for writing -- all writing.

I've always wanted to publish a book, and I am going to be published. I am going to write, finish what I write, edit (and edit, and edit, and edit...) and I will publish a book.

*And here comes my plan:

I am going to write, and I am going to post what I write on my blog!

I want to generate a little indie following, and get critiques from my fellow interweb peers. Some of my writings will just be cool-sounding sentences. Others will be a scene. There will be short stories, and novel chapters. There will be screenplays -- both shorts and scenes from aspiring features. I am going to do what I love, and do it often. :)

For those of you who didn't fall into the TL;DR trap, thanks for reading this far as I shared my heart & mind, and my hopes & dreams. :)

~*~

TMI/FYI: I stayed up until 6AM from last night to this morning writing... and afterwards, I could not stop *dancing* -- I could barely get myself to bed, I was so happy! :D

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Health & Fitness Pin #1: From Fat to Model

I think I want to start sharing the things that I pin and re-pin from my Pinterest account. :)

This one is an inspirational fitness and weight loss picture taken from my Health & Fitness board.

This guy went from being fat to being a model... I feel the inspiration! Not to mention he is smoking hot. ;)

a picture of a man named nick who went from fat to being a model through nutrition and fitness

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