Sunday, May 31, 2009

Enchanted Blog Award and Literary Blogger Award

I got two more awards from Steph of Hey, Teenager of the Year. Thanks so much, Steph!!! XD
First is the Enchanted Blog award. Yay!
The only requirement for this award is that you share it with whomever you like, sharing the love is always a good thing. The blog has to show only one characteristic, caring. So, start sharing this enchanted award with five other bloggers. Let your bloggers know they have received this enchanted award. (Remember, fairies are fickle wee things, don't incur their displeasure by ignoring their gift.)
This award goes to....
Next is the Literary Blogger award. Whoo-hoo!
The Literary Blogger Award acknowledges bloggers who energize & inspire reading by going the extra mile. These amazing bloggers make reading fun & enhance the delight of reading!
The Rules:
1) Put the logo on your blog/post.
2) Nominate up to 9 blogs which make you feel comfy or warm inside.
3) Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4) Let them know that they have been nominated by commenting on their blog.
5) Remember to link to the person from whom you received your award.
I'd like to give this award to....
Thanks again, Steph! And congrats to the lucky people named above! :D
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Friday, May 29, 2009

Q&A Friday 1: Bravechickens

Okay, you remember how I interviewed Misamiera a while ago? Well, here's the second interview, the first in the Q&A Friday series. This week's guest is writer Bravechickens from Bravechickens Look On the World and her character.

For Characters
Name: Unnamed
Genre: YA Contempoary Fiction
Author: bravechickens

Note: The character who will be answering the Character questions hasn't actually been created. The only place she exists in is in my mind. I haven't even written her down yet.

1. If you could put yourself in any other story, what would it be???

Dude, my life hasn't even been written down yet. How can I put myself in another? Now put two and two together. Take it easy, don't stress. Deep, calm breaths.
2. If you were to write a book about your author, what genre would it be???

Her life is a drama too. But because I know she just adores 'The Hobbit' and just adores fantasy, I'll say the genre would be Middle Earth Fantasy.
*bravechickens comes barging in* Hey! You know I can't stand fantasy, (though no offense to anyone who does). Now take that back! Now!
Fine, I'll set in you, let's see... a girl-power-action-with-adventure-and-buttkicking genre. I don't know what this genre is called, but that's what bravechickens is whispering in my ear.
3. What would you be in a zombie apocalypse, a zombie fighter or a zombie???

Zombie apocalypse huh? I guess I'd be the Head Zombie. Of course, I'd be the smartest zombie of them all, and I'll be the one giving the orders. hey, have you read 'Generation Dead' by Daniel Waters. it's about zombies...
4. If you were given control of your story, would you change anything? What and why???

I'm not exactly in a story yet. I just exist in bravechickens mind. but if she's here and listening, can you pretty, please, with sprinkles on top, take me to NYC in my story?
bravechickens: Dude, I haven't even written a word about you yet. Whaddya think the answer is?
Um...?
bravechickens: I'll think about it. Now stop occupying my mind for a sec.
 5. Do you ever try to give your author writer's block (don't lie)???
Sure I do. THAT'S the real reason why I'm not down on paper yet. Hasn't she told you that?
bravechickens: *nods head* I think this might be true.
Ha. Loser.
bravechickens: Loser you too *sticks tongue out* You're part of me. Didn't you know?
For Bloggers

1. What is your blog about???

My blog is a really random when-I-feel-upto-Blogging blog. basically it's just another weird random girl's blog in the big wide world of the blogosphere.
2. What would you be in a zombie apocalypse, a zombie fighter or a zombie???

Zombie fighter dude!
 3. Would you say you're obsessed with blogging???

Hmmm, not obsessed, but I think it's a really good/fun passtime.
4. Name 1-3 blogs you love.

Ananka's Diary, Thumbiter, BAP's blog, Steph Bowe's, Meg Cabot's and your wonderfully eclectic blog too(sorry I didn't stick to 1-3, forgive me ^_^) !
I too love Ananka's Diary and Steph Bowe's blog.

5. What's you favorite book, movie, or band/singer (answer as many as you want)???

Book: Kiki Strike series, Roman Mysteries series, Little Brother and many other's.
Band/singer: Definitely depend on my mood, but Sneaky Sound Sytem and Evanescnace(spelling?) are always there.
Kiki Strike is one of my fave series. I can't wait until the third one comes out (or until I can at least find out what it's about).

6. If you were going to be famous, would you want to be a writer, actor/actress, musician, or athlete???

I can't play an instrument, not fit/strong enough and acting isn't my thing.I guess, I WANT TO BE A WRITER! Yay!

Thanks for stopping by, Bravechickens!
Check back here in a week for another edition of Q&A Friday (here's a hint at who'll be visiting). :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Is It getting A Little Crowded In Here?

It's recently come to my attention that my sidebars are getting kind of crowded, giving my blog a very cluttered feel/look. So, I think I'm going to try to clean them up a bit. The only problem is, I don't know what to get rid of. There are certain things, like the following window thing, the hit counter, the awards, and the about me that have to stay, they're just basic blog necessities, but there are a lot of other widgets that can probably go without being missed too much.
I'm going to make a poll, and I'll put everything I'm willing to get rid of on it so you guys can vote 'em off Survivor style. Maybe I'll make a whole event sort of thing out of it and actually have something voted off every week (or every few days, otherwise we could be doing this for a while). I'll put two widgets against each other, you guys vote for your fave, and the loser gets taken off the blog. To make sure I'm not going to lose something I can't blog without, I'll only put the kindofsortof useless widgets.
So, which idea sounds better, a big poll with all the unnecessary widgets where you vote for all your faves at once, or a weekly Widget Duel??? I need feedback on this, so don't choose now to become a blog lurker. :)
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

One Lovely Blog Award

I just received the One Lovely Blog award from Steph of Hey, Teenager of the Year. Thanks, Steph!!!

Okay, the rules for this award weren't posted, but I found out on someone else's blog that I'm supposed to give it to 15 other blogs. I can't think of 15 blogs, so I'll just give it to however many I want. :)

HeiLaLa: My iNTUiTiON
Brave Chicken's Look On the World
Readergirl Reviews
With A Sweet Cherry On Top
Nano Dump
Bethany-la's Secret Cave

Okay, folks, get 'em while they're hot. ;)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Q&A With... Misamiera and Her Character

So, I've added a new feature to the blog: interviews. My first interview is with writer Misamiera of With A Sweet Cherry On Top and one of her characters.

Character
Name: Ruben Falconheart
Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Author: ... ? Misamiera?

1. If you could put yourself in any other story, what would it be???
I would be the star of my own video game, if that counts!
 2. If you were to write a book about your author, what genre would it be???

Hahaha. I would put her in a fantasy/adventure story like mine and see how she fares.
3. What would you be in a zombie apocalypse, a zombie fighter or a zombie???
A zombie fighter! They're sooo much cooler!
4. If you were given control of you story, would you change anything? What and why???

I would change stuff. Like, uh, everything. *cough* But the main thing would be my friend not dying. For the obvious reason.
5. Do you ever try to give your author writer's block (don't lie)???

Do I? That's a hard question. Let's say this: I try to give my authors a writer's block, but she doesn't listen. She never does.
Writer

1. Why do you want to be a writer???

I love being able to create worlds in my head. It's amazing. Then when I write it out, it's awesome. It's like making fantasy a reality, in some sort of odd way.
2. Do you have anything in common with your characters? Do you wish you were like them???

I have so many characters that I think I have things in common with all of them. But for the character above, Ruben... well, I like video games. And I like the fun side of things. I would not want to be him, though. I like who I am.
3. Do you base characters on people you know? Do they end up like that even when you don't try???

I do not base my characters on people I know, although I sometimes base characters on other characters. *gulp* Don't sue me! Sometimes it's subconcious, and sometimes it's 5-10 different characters. Strange.
 4. What would you be in a zombie apocalypse, a zombie fighter or a zombie???

Seeing that I've never been either, my best guess would have to be a zombie fighter.
 5. What books/authors inspired you to write???

Um... well, a lot of books. Definitely some books (which I won't name) which made me think, "Hey. I bet I could do better."
 6. How do you feel about killing your characters???
... I don't kill my characters off unless they have no importance whatsoever to the story. I imagine that I would feel sad, though. But the thing with characters is that even if you kill them off, they're still in your head, and although they're not in your story, they still talk to you.
 7. Do you have any advice for other writers???

Since I'm a fairly new writer myself, I don't think I have the credentials to give advice--although I'll repeat something which other veteran writers have said: Keep writing.
 Blogger

1. What is your blog about???

It's a place where I keep all of my random writings.
 2. What would you be in a zombie apocalypse, a zombie fighter or a zombie???

A zombie fighter, maybe? I'm not sure.
 3. Would you say you're obsessed with blogging???

No, but I would say I'm obsessed with making and designing them.
 4. Name 1-3 blogs you love.

Ooh, that's hard. Will I be graded on this? If so, I'll put Dahlia's Eclectic Mind... ;) Just kidding. I happen to love a lot more than 3 blogs, but for now I'll say Hey, Teenager of the Year (Steph Bowe), with a sweet cherry on top (mine), and Dahlia's Eclectic Mind. I love a lot more than that, though.
A+!!!

 5. What's you favorite book, movie, or band/singer (answer as many as you want)???

I have too many favorite books and movies and my current music obsession is Coldplay right now. That could all change tomorrow, though.
 6. If you were going to be famous, would you want to be a writer, actor/actress, musician, or athlete???

I would be a writer. Definitely. :)

Thanks so much, Misamiera!!!
If you would like to be interviewed here, just click the tab that says Q&A and follow the instructions on that page.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Specials by Scott Westerfeld

""Special Circumstances":

The words have sent chills down Tally's spine since her days as a repellent, rebellious ugly. Back then Specials were a sinister rumor — frighteningly beautiful, dangerously strong, breathtakingly fast. Ordinary pretties might live their whole lives without meeting a Special. But Tally's never been ordinary.

And now she's been turned into one of them: a superamped fighting machine, engineered to keep the uglies down and the pretties stupid.
The strength, the speed, and the clarity and focus of her thinking feel better than anything Tally can remember. Most of the time. One tiny corner of her heart still remembers something more.

Still, it's easy to tune that out — until Tally's offered a chance to stamp out the rebels of the New Smoke permanently. It all comes down to one last choice: listen to that tiny, faint heartbeat, or carry out the mission she's programmed to complete. Either way, Tally's world will never be the same."

I've been struggling with this review for a while now. I think I finished the book over a month ago.
I really liked Specials. It was really, really good, and yet I don't know what to say about it. Tally was definitely less annoying in this book. She seemed like a bit of a pushover in the last two books.
It's been so long since I read it that I'm having trouble remembering what all happened. There were some really good action scenes, and the plot was really good. As with all the other Scott Westerfeld books I've read, the writing was amazing. Tally's world is just so awesome (though, I'd never want to live there, it's just really fun to read about). That's really all I can think to say. Oh wait, I really, really, really want a hoverboard. They're one of the most awesome fictional forms of transportation EVER! It would be so awesome if the Specials' hoverbaords were real. They were the best. :)
Okay, now I'm out of things to say and I've officially hit my limit on "reallys" for the rest of the week. On to the rating.

This book is (really) Too Much Rock for One Hand.
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Sunday, May 10, 2009

In My Mailbox 4

In My Mailbox was started by The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. None of these books were or ever will be in my mailbox, but whatever.

From the library:
The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson
Pub. date: August 2005
"In this fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme park "guides" find themselves pitted against Disney villains and witches that threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and the stability of the world outside its walls. Using a cutting-edge technology called DHI--which stands for both Disney Host Interactive and Daylight Hologram Imaging--Finn Whitman, an Orlando teen, and four other kids are transformed into hologram projections that guide guests through the park. The new technology turns out, however, to have unexpected effects that are both thrilling and scary. Soon Finn finds himself transported in his DHI form into the Magic Kingdom at night. Is it real? Is he dreaming?
Finn's confusion only increases when he encounters Wayne, an elderly Imagineer who tells him that the park is in grave danger. Led by the scheming witch, Maleficent, a mysterious group of characters called the Overtakers is plotting to destroy Disney's beloved realm, and maybe more.
This gripping high-tech tale will thrill every kid who has ever dreamed of sneaking into Walt Disney World after hours and wondered what happens at night, when the park is closed."
Evil Disney characters trying to take over the park? That could be interesting.

Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock
Pub. date: September 2007
"Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way.
But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused — and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.
Shane Peacock has created a boy who bears all the seeds of the character who has mesmerized millions: the relentless eye, the sense of justice, and the complex ego. The boy Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating character who is sure to become a fast favorite with young readers everywhere."
I'm usually not that into mysteries and stuff, but I liked the first book in the Young James Bond series (I still need to read the second one) and in my mind James Bond and Sherlock Holmes are pretty similar, so I thought I'd give this one a try.

From Barnes & Noble:
Necropolis by Anthony Horowitz
Pub. date: April 2009
"As the fourth novel in the spellbinding Gatekeepers series begins, the world is under the greatest threat it's ever known. The evil corporation Nightrise has amassed an immense amount of power . . . and the devastating force of the Old Ones is about to be unleashed around the globe. To stop this from happening, Matt and three of the Gatekeepers head to Hong Kong--not just the modern city of skyscrapers and wealth, but the secretive underworld beneath. In Hong Kong they will meet the final Gatekeeper, a girl named Scarlet, whose fate is inextricably joined to their own...."
I've been waiting for this book ever since I started reading the series way back in 05. I believe this is the first book by the author with a female main character. I thought that the super awesome cover to the left was only going to be available in England, but it appears I was wrong. Yay!!!!! The original American cover that was on B&N.com was really lame (like the second and third hardback covers).

This week I also received a lovely zombie drawing from Steph over at Hey, Teenager of the Year. Thanks, Steph! :)

So, that's what I got this week. I'm so excited about Necropolis!!!!!!!!!!! XD

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Mini Blog: Next Few Days

DEM is undergoing a few minor changes. For the next few days or so I'll be posting a few things that might seem kind of random and pointless, but I assure you they have a point. Those posts are going to be linked as new pages from the tabs just below the header. Right now I'm working on an "About" page and a "Shop" page that will replace the "Writing" and "Awards" tabs (I can only fit so many tabs, so some have to go).

I'd hate to end this so abruptly, but....

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

MAX by James Patterson

"Maximum Ride and the other members of the Flock have barely recovered from their last arctic adventure, when they are confronted by the most frightening catastrophe yet. Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone-or something-is destroying hundreds of ships. Unable to discover the cause, the government enlists the Flock to help them get to the bottom of the disaster before it is too late.

While Max and her team are exploring the depths of the ocean, their every move is being carefully tracked by Mr. Chu-a criminal mastermind with his own plans for the Flock. Can they protect themselves from Mr. Chu's army of mercenaries and save the ocean from utter destruction?"

I've been a fan of this series for years, so I was really happy when MAX came out. I mean, don't you just love reading something new in an awesome series you've read for years? To me, in the world of books, reading something new in an old series and finding a new series you love are the best things ever.
This book was soooo good! But I have to say, it didn't quite live up to the first three books in the series. Don't get me wrong, I loved it, but there was just something missing from MAX and Final Warning. I think the word I'm looking for here is, challenge. In the first three books, they were on their own and had to figure everything out themselves, but in the last two they had help. I prefer the struggle of the first three, which were filled with losses and whatnot to the assisted wins of the last two.
This one had way more Max/Fang stuff in it. And I mean, like, way more. It kind of bothered me, and every time it came up I was like, "Get back to the action!"
I wanted to kill Angel. I have never disliked a six-year-old more in my life, and that's all I'll say about it.
I find Brigid Dwyer to be creepy and weird. I keep wanting to scream at her, "Fang is only fourteen, you freak! Go find someone who's legal!"
I find reviewing books/series that I love really hard, because I'd rather ignore the things I don't like and I hate picking apart the things I do like. So I'm going to end this now and get to the rating.

MAX was Too Much Rock for One Hand.
Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Monday, May 4, 2009

My Blog Rocks! (and I'm Not Just Saying That)

My friend 21 over at In Stitches has created an award (click the link to learn the story behind the award). And guess who she gave that hand-drawn award to? ME!!! Whoo-hoo!!! Thanks so much, 21!!!

The rules are:
1. Rockin' bloggers who are awarded should pass it on to up to 5 blogs that rock your world either for content, writing, layout, or whatever!
2. Be sure to display the badge on your blog and leave a link to the person who gave it to you.
3. Write a post about it, and don't forget to thank the one who gave you the gig!
4. Oh yeah, and be sure to inform your nominees about their award by leaving them a comment. It's just good manners.

I'd like to give this awesome new award to...
Thanks again, 21! I absolutely love the rocker chick on the badge. :)

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Name Contest Winners!!!

Okay people, at long last the contest has ended and the winners have been randomly picked. Now, without further ado... wait, let's have a little more ado. Lalalala. Okay, ado over. Here's the dramatic name drawing ceremony.
The DisneyLand 50th Anniversary hat from which the names will be drawn.
Me tossing the names around.
 Me drawing Dude's Name
Me drawing Chick's name
Dude's name!!!
Chick's name!!!
 Amelia and Heilala!!!
Congratulations!!!
Amelia won the Dude half of the contest with the name Dmitri Sterling, and Heilala won the Chick half with her name, Jerica Lily-Anne Wiley. Here's your badge!
I'd like to thank everyone who entered: Tally&Zane, Nadia Murti, Maggie, Liyana, and of course, the winners. You guys are awesome!!! I really didn't think I'd get very many entries, but you guys just proved what great readers you are. Thanks so much!!!
I'd also like to thank 21 for helping me with the pictures. :)
Check out the other names that were entered here.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia

P.S.
I forgot to say, I loved all the names you guys submitted. I really wish this book had a larger cast just so I wouldn't have to leave any of them out! :)

Friday, May 1, 2009

Demon Bird

There is a very strange bird that lives somewhere near my bedroom window. There are three trees that it could live in, I'm not sure which one it is. But anyway, every night for the last three or four nights, the bird had chirped. Not incessantly, only at one time, the same time every night. It's always between 1:40 and 2:00 a.m. never earlier, never later. It's so weird!!! I have no idea why it does that, I don't even know what kind of bird it is.
Now, it's not like it wakes me up or anything, I'm still about an hour, maybe two hours away from sleep at that time.
Every time I hear it, I think of Failure to Launch (I watched it with Holland a couple time). And the quote, "What kind of devil bird chirps at night?!" (I don't remember the name of the character that said that, but the actress was also in Elf).

Anyway, that's really all I wanted to say. I'll announce the winners of my contest as soon as possible.

Eclectically yours,
Dahlia