New Years Resolutions

As I mentioned Tuesday, I’m going to try to make some writing goals/resolutions for 2014. Said post wound up being me rambling, so I didn’t actually have to worry about today’s post mimicking it. And, by the way, Happy New Year!

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2014 Writing Goals and Resolutions

I’m going to try my best to

  • write every day
  • continue blogging every Monday-Friday
  • read at least a page of something every day
  • finish the novel I started in November 2013
  • write one short story every month
  • write one poem every day, or at least every week
  • write in my journal every day
  • submit to at least five places every month

Frozen (2013)

For a long while now, Mondays have been for sharing poetry. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue that, but I am planning on changing what I do on Mondays. This doesn’t mean that I’m going to stop accepting poetry submissions.

My new plan for Mondays is literature reviews. I was going to say “book,” but I also love poetry, movies, TV shows, and other forms of creative expression. We may not have access to it, but all of these start out, in part, with the written word.

As I’m sure you’re already aware, reviews of any nature are subjective, so I’ll essentially be expressing my opinion. I’m open to discussion; that is one of the main purposes of a blog, after all. There isn’t going to be any real rhyme or reason to the works I chose each week. I will, of course, write about works after I finish reading or watching them. But, I’ve read and seen plenty of other works that I have much to talk about in between.

I’m thinking that I should do some sort of rating system, especially for movies and TV shows. I keep forgetting that, along with revamping the posts of this site, I need to update and change the pages. For part of this, I’m going to change the weekly posts pages and will include a rating system for my weekly review posts.

Also, in regards to movies and TV shows, I’m going to attempt to refrain from giving any spoilers. I’ll warn you if there are going to be any though.

Rating: 5

Frozen_castposterToday, I’m going to talk about a movie that I saw with my boyfriend on Saturday December 14–Frozen. Now, when trailers first started coming out for this movie, we weren’t sure whether or not we wanted to see it. All of the previews we saw didn’t really tell us what the story of this Disney film was.

While the teaser trailer is funny, it’s bordering on goofy and seemed rather strange, to me at least, for what I’d usually expect from Disney. But then I found an official trailer on YouTube for Frozen today, and I don’t think I’ve seen it anywhere else. In this preview, we meet the main characters and learn the major conflict of the movie. This is something that would have really piqued my interest and made me want to see the movie for the movie, not simply because I love Disney and animated flicks.

In the above photo, you can see the main cast of characters from Frozen. From the left there is Elsa (voice by Indina Menzel), Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff), Olaf the snowman (voiced by Josh Gad), Sven the reindeer, Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell), and Hans (voiced by Santino Fontana).

These characters were unleashed on the world on November 10. Considering the fact that this was a Tuesday, we should have been expecting the swarm of parents and their children at the theater. If we’d considered this, we would’ve left sooner for tickets and seats. As it was, the 3:45 show only had seven seats left that weren’t guaranteed to be near each other, so we decided to see the 4:20 instead. This showing also wound up being packed, but considering the fact that we were there almost an hour early, we were able to get the seats we wanted before it got too crazy.

The story focuses on Anna and Elsa, the only children of the queen and king of the Arendelle. As small children, the sisters were extremely close. Then one day, with no explanation given to Anna, Elsa locks herself away and refuses to have any interactions with her younger sister. On top of that, their parents lock the gates of Arendelle so Anna is essentially left by herself. Later in the story, when the Elsa comes of age, the gates are once again open in celebration. Anna is elated while Elsa can’t wait to get it over with so the gates can once again remain closed. During the course of the day, Anna meets her prince charming, Hans, and they instantly fall in love and decide to get married. Elsa is dumbfounded by this and become angry when Anna and Hans insist that they’re getting married. In her anger and fear, Elsa out lashes with the magic no one knew she had. Their guests call her a monster and start yelling to have her captured, but Elsa escapes, finally releasing herself from her self-made bondage of hiding her true self. Sadly, the release of her powers causes all of Arendelle to turn into a freezing winter despite the fact that it’s summer time. So, Anna sets out to confront her sister and try to stop winter. On the way, she meets Kristoff, Sven, and Olaf; all of them help her in her quest.

And, you’ll have to find out what happens on your own.

I loved this movie. It was warm, comical, at times romantic, adventurous, and a movie for people of all ages. Part of why I enjoyed this movie is because it didn’t focus on the romance. The movie is wonderful whether or not Anna gets the guy, and there aren’t really a lot of those movies out there right now where the main character doesn’t have to find the perfect significant other.

The story and characters are so easy to connect with and become invested in that some parts of this movie can become a tearjerker.

I highly recommend that you see this movie. Even if you aren’t a theater goer, make sure that you find yourself a copy after it’s released on DVD.

I’m Back! Again

I’ve been gone for…how many months? Probably all year, or there abouts, but I’m not going to go into the why of it because I already have to a certain degree.

This year hasn’t been all bad though. I still have family and friends in my life that love me. I’m successfully living in an apartment by myself, which I’m currently enjoying decorating for Christmas. I have a full time job that I love with crazy people that have become family. And, last month, I rediscovered the thrill I’ve always had in words.

As you may already know, every November since 1999 is National Novel Writing Month, lovingly referred to as NaNoWriMo. This is a challenge that many writers elect to give themselves in which they attempt to create an original novel that is 50,000 words long in the measly 30 days of November.

I was not among this year’s winners.

But I don’t consider myself a failure in this endeavor. I stopped working on this novel when I had reached about the halfway point–24,731 words. Why did I stop? Because I realized that my brain wasn’t as invested in the story anymore as it was at the beginning and I was tired of living in the mess that I had let accumulate. I decided to wait a while before picking the novel back up as I attempted to clean my home.

Other than jump starting this novel for me, the NaNoWriMo challenge helped to revive my love in words.

  • I’m reading again
  • Poetry is freely floating around in my head again
  • I’ve started a new short story
  • I’m blogging again
  • And, I’ve started studying the Bible again, journaling while reading

I’m so excited with all of it and with life in general. And, it’s December; I adore this month. But the holidays aren’t the same without Grandpa. But I know with my God, family, and words, I will make it through.

Now, back to this darling blog of mine.

No matter how many different blogging and social mediums I’ve experimented with, I always come back to I Breathe Words–it’s my baby. And, now that I’m returning to it after so long, I’m excited to start fresh.

Naturally, there are going to be some changes, which are hopefully for the better. My number one thought, which I’ve claimed to be in the process of doing several times now, is buying my very own domain name. Also in regards to the cite itself instead of the content, I finally finally added that darn “e” to the url. I’ve also changed the theme (or background) and a few of the widgets. What do you think of said background?

I’m also contemplating on changing the content, specifically, the weekly posts. Well, the posts in between will also probably change, and, you know, just everything about this place…

Can you tell that I’m super excited? Because I am.

I don’t know how quickly all of these changes will be happening. More than likely, it’ll be a slow process. I doubt the new domain name will take place before the beginning of 2014, which is fast approaching, because that costs money and I still have more shopping to do this season.

While scrolling through my most recent posts, I saw that one from August consisted of a list of what I’ve been doing this year. At the risk of being annoying, I’d like to complete that list now.

In September, Mom and I did go to Disney World as planned. In addition to that, I moved out of the house and into my one bedroom apartment.

In October…I can’t think of anything too eventful happening…Halloween? I did survive my first month living alone.

In November, we had our first major holiday without Grandpa–Thanksgiving. It wound up being a good day, in part because I didn’t really allow myself to do much thinking. There was also NaNoWriMo.

And December has just started so I don’t yet know what it’ll hold. But it’s usually my favorite month because I love the Christmas season.

I’ll attempt to stop rambling now. Please let me know what you think about these potential changes.