Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Books!

So I finished The Eleventh Plague yesterday.


Eh, it was average. It reminded me A LOT of The Road, almost to the point that a few chapters in I was thinking to myself "holy crap, this is The Road 2.0." But eventually it veered off in its own direction. It wasn't quite as compelling as some other post-apocalyptic/dystopian novels I've read, but it was kind of interesting. Maybe I would have liked it more if I were a teenage boy, or hadn't read 82937492783 novels just like it already. Full review here.
I started reading another book, Anna Dressed in Blood, a few days ago. It's really good, but I haven't had time to finish it because I've been dealing with work as well as a lot of family stuff this week. But next week will be much calmer, I know, so hopefully I can finish it as well as the other zillions of books I have on my to-read list, both on Goodreads and in my head.

P.S. Posting pictures on Blogspot is ridiculously easy. I love it.

Monday, January 23, 2012

The moviegoing experience just isn't what it used to be

Ever noticed that the more you do something, the less it affects you? As much as I love horror movies and would generally pick them over any other genre, it's next to impossible for them to scare me anymore.
I keep seeing people talking about The Woman in Black and how scary it looks. Every time I go to a movie and see the trailer, everyone freaks out and jumps at the smallest thing. It was one of the things that annoyed me about seeing horror movies in the past, especially the PG-13 ones that attracted lots of teenage girls -- every time someone on the screen so much as blinked, the audience screamed like they were at a Justin Bieber concert or something.
I'm planning on seeing The Woman in Black. I like ghost stories and Daniel Radcliffe is pretty cool, if only by default because he wasn't only in the Harry Potter movies, he IS Harry Potter. But I get the feeling it won't be half as good as it's being hyped up to be. Cheap thrills don't really affect me anymore. Well, at least not on screen -- though when I woke up at 5:30 this morning and had to stumble to my shower in the dark, all those TV spots came back to me and I ended up looking over my shoulder to make sure there wasn't a creepy woman standing behind me. But it's difficult to find a movie that will genuinely want to make me sleep with the lights on. And they haven't scared me for awhile, so why do I keep watching them? Probably because of the adrenaline rush. Any movie, book, or other story should be about a character, and the audience should care about that character and want something to happen to them -- even if they're watching a slasher movie and they just want the stupid, selfish teenage girl to get hacked up or the sweet heroine to make it to the final scene. I'm hoping The Woman in Black (as well as any other horror movie I see this year) will at least give me that. But I'm not getting my hopes up.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Why can't people just be responsible?

So last Friday at work, one of my supervisors asked me to cover someone's shift. It was the midday shift, so I got there at 10 and was supposed to leave at 6 (I work at the cafe/snack bar in Target). Well, the girl who was supposed to close didn't show up. Most of us aren't even sure if she worked there anymore or why she was even on the schedule because she hasn't been showing up lately. Actually, a lot of people have been doing that. We've lost 3 or 4 people because they just stopped showing up and sort of got fired by default.
So when this girl hadn't shown up by 5 or so, another supervisor who came in asked me to close. And I was like...wtf? I had already worked almost 40 hours that week, no way was I going to close. And nobody else could do it, so we shut the place down early. Well, guess what happened this week? The exact same freaking thing. I worked the same shift, the same girl was supposed to close and didn't show up, and the same person -- me -- had to shut down early.
I don't really mind working some shifts I wasn't supposed to work because more hours means more money, right? But I don't get how you can just not show up for work. Even if you don't want to work there anymore, why not just quit? It's so much easier than having to say you got fired when you look for another job. I just can't imagine being that irresponsible. Of course I get paid more when I cover those people's shifts, but I have a life too and really don't care to stand on my feet for 8 hours at a time serving icees to whiny little children.


Anyway...while I was at work, my mom went to the library and got a bunch of books I had on hold. Yay! Too bad I can't spend the whole weekend reading...I've got dinner plans for tomorrow night and I have to work again Sunday. But at least I'm in Starbucks Sunday. Woo hoo. :D

Thursday, January 19, 2012

First post

So I was looking at some random author's blog earlier today and realized that there was a little thing up at the top of the screen with my e-mail address and an option to go to my dashboard. Guess I created an account awhile back and didn't remember it. Oops. Anyway, I figured it was the perfect opportunity to create another blog (other than my old livejournal, which I never use anymore) since I've been meaning to do it for I don't even know how many months. Maybe I'll actually use this one.
Sooooo...my name is Mary. Nice, classic name I guess. It was the most popular name for girls in 1900, I believe. I have a degree in Creative Writing and hope to become a published author one day. Not hope in the sense that it'd be nice to write something and get it published, but hope in the sense that I am determined to get it done within the next few years. Or at least to give it my best shot. I also have a couple of online columns that I write for, one for horror movies and one for young adult fiction.
So since I am a writer, I love reading. I read as much as I can, mostly YA stuff but I'll pick up just about anything that looks interesting. And obviously I love horror movies, or I wouldn't write about those either. I also love traveling, especially to see random boy bands, but I live in the middle of nowhere and work during the week for an hourly wage, so I don't get to do that too often.
Anyway, that's the main stuff about me. Guess if you want to know more, you'll just have to keep reading the stuff I post.