pikestaff: (Clockwork Pike)
I have, over the course of my life, owned four different copies of "Watership Down".

The first was a paperback that I sort of "inherited" from my parents (read: I took it and they never noticed it was gone.) I read it so many times that the spine snapped in two and I was left with two halves of a book. If I recall correctly this happened partway through one of my readthroughs and I continued reading it anyway.

Anyways, after that I must've mentioned it to enough people and I got two brand new copies of the book for Christmas. I kept one for myself and gave the other to my sisters. That was five or six years ago, probably.

Just last Christmas, my dad bought me a hardcover copy. I haven't read it yet. I think it's about time to.
pikestaff: (March Hare)
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"Watership Down" REALLY needs to be remade. The current movie adaptation of it sucks (and I seem to be one of the few people that thinks so, but. It really does.)

Actually I think it's such a BIG story that it would probably work best as a TV series, but I'd be dubious on the resulting quality. The book's visual adaptation deserves to be really high quality. Film-quality. Something you'd see on HBO.

Also, if it was up to me, most of the movie/series would be computer animated, except for the El-ahrairah sequences which would be traditionally animated, and the one chapter toward the end where the little girl finds Hazel, which would be live-action. (As you can probably tell, I've thought about this a lot.)

I re-read this book once every couple of years and I can't ever read it without just aching to have it made into a quality movie or series for once, you guys have no idea.


I think that the novels I've written should be turned into movies. Not because I think particularly highly of them so much as everything that comes out of my mind is so freaking visual that if I had money and a crew I'd just skip the middleman and jump straight to making movies, instead of writing books and then hoping that someone else realizes how very visually-oriented they are and makes them into movies for me.

Speaking of which, I'm really failing Script Frenzy. xD

Tax Refund!

Feb. 9th, 2011 03:22 pm
pikestaff: (March Hare)
Federal refund + Montana State Refund (WA doesn't have one, apparently... they do Sales Tax instead) equaled out to about $1300, which was deposited into my bank account today.

With the money I promptly got an oil change for my car and bought a birthday present for my sister, and also invested in a Sony Reader which happened to be on clearance.

It looks exactly like this:

I bought it partially because I've wanted one forever, and partially because I owe like five different people NaNoWriMo Draft Read-throughs and I figure this way I could just upload them here and read them wherever I want... say, at work, for example. Or on the bus, which I need to figure out, since work is doing things like scheduling me six days a week and putting 300 miles a week on my car is stupid when I could just man up and figure out the bus.

The rest of the money is going straight into bills/savings. I've sort of turned this "whittling away my debt" thing into a game; it's fun to put a little more than the minimum into payments so I can see how much smaller the minimum payment is the next time... and then do it again.

I'm still in dire need of a job that is more than 30 hours a week, and that preferably does not require a full tank of gas each week in mileage, but until then I at least am staying afloat, and that's a good step to climbing out of the hole I dug myself into. I won't make the same mistakes again.


Feb. 7th, 2011 08:53 am
pikestaff: (Foxkeh)

It feels like there should be something that I say to tribute the man who is probably tied with Walt Disney for influencing me more than any other person (outside of my family and friends). The love of anthropomorphic animals, a lot of early influence on my writing style, my early internet shenanigans, even the entire persona of Pikestaff the Hare all came from this. I haven't read a Redwall book in years (my last one was The Legend of Luke back in 2002 or so? Or Lord Brocktree maybe?) But man, this hit like a ton. Never thought he'd go so soon.

Back when I was about ten years old or so I met him at a bookstore. He said, "Tell you what, we'll make a deal. As long as you keep reading the books, I'll keep writing them."

Maybe I shoulda kept reading.
pikestaff: (Giddy Snaps)
I don't read very often.

There, I said it!

When I was a kid, things were different, of course. I was the world's biggest bookworm ever. I devoured books like candy. Like Skittles. I have memories of sitting on my bed with a pile of about ten books in front of me and going through and reading a chapter in one book and then moving on to the next and then to the next and on and on, all day.

But as time went on I was reading less and less and by the time I was in high school I was down to probably two or three books a year, max, and most of them were books I'd already read before. These days it's probably even less.

Since then, I have tried to make various valiant attempts to get back into reading, although usually these aren't very successful.

I'm not really sure why I stopped reading. "Busy" seems like a lame excuse since I'm really only working 36 hours a week. "Video games" aren't a good excuse, either, since I've always played those-- I've been gaming as long as I've been reading. The only thing I can think of is that I would rather spend time "creating" than "consuming", but I find that conclusion to be rather unsatisfactory, firstly because it sounds pretentious and secondly because it makes it sound like reading is a Bad Thing, which it's obviously not.

Regardless of the reason, I always feel kind of bad about not really being a Reader. Sometimes I try to pretend to be one, in order to keep up with all my super well-read Literary Peers, but who am I kidding? Books simply aren't as important to my life as they once were. Which makes me feel pretty terrible! =X

Anyways, as a sort of sideline to this, I really want one of those newfangled e-reader things. I think what would happen is that I would become positively enamored with said device (as I tend to get over small electronic/mechanical things that I find particularly clever), and then I would read A TON just as an excuse to use the thing. I dunno if I can justify $200 on one, though. Especially since I'm supposed to be using this time at my parents' to, you know, actually pay off all my bills.

Decisions, decisions...
pikestaff: (Default)
I am sick. Bleh.

But my watch shows up the day after tomorrow! Woot.

The heat in the apartment seems to have officially gone out. This also means that showers are cold and generally un-fun. This wouldn't be as much of an issue if it would actually, you know, stop snowing in the mornings.

Anyways I signed up for this thing which is like Twitter for books, mostly because I wanted to motivate myself into reading more often. It's called GoodReads and it has already inspired me to spend the entire day reading a complete book, so I'd say it's working thus far!

Now I intend to spend the rest of the night working on my own book, while curled up with a blanket and hoodie cause I know it is about to get chilly.

P.S. I resub'd to WoW. Well actually, Nick bought me a game card so we could dork around together in game. I definitely don't want to go back to raiding or any of that stuff that previously devoured my life-- I want this to be a purely social activity this time. To be honest I'd have gone much longer without the game, but it's tough when a.) your entire family plays, and talks about it all the time, b.) most of your coworkers play, and talk about it all of the time, c.) your boyfriend plays, and talks about it all the time, and d.) most of the people you socialize with play, and talk about it all the time. I really had no chance. =S
pikestaff: (March Hare)
Snatched from [livejournal.com profile] beloved_tree.

In her words:

This idea was shamefully stolen away from [livejournal.com profile] breathingbooks, who pointed out that the meme where you highlight the classics you've read doesn't really do much else besides tell people you are, to use her phrase, "literate and practicing" (I kind of want that on a t-shirt now) without passing on what you think of them. So here, then, are my own responses to the first 14 on the list.

I'm actually not as literate as I really should be, so I'm just picking and choosing from the entire list based on what I actually have, in fact, read. Pike's thoughts!

It actually took me a good fifteen minutes to find the original list )
pikestaff: (Default)
Frankly it's rather difficult to quantify this one, I think. When I was younger I devoured books of all sorts, and all genres, and then as I grew older my reading time grew lesser and lesser to the point that when I first decided to revamp "Windshifter" this last October, I actually hadn't really read anything in a long time. Maybe this was actually a good thing, because it allowed me to mostly use my own style rather than emulate that of another author's as I tend to do... but I digress.

Cut for length )

I could go on and on and I'm sure I'm not scratching the surface of this, but it's bedtime now...


Nov. 1st, 2009 08:25 pm
pikestaff: (House O RLY)
So apparently I'm doing the NaNo book thing. This was mostly coincidence from the fact that I didn't actually come up with a book outline that I was satisfied with until about two days ago and by that point everybody was like "zomg November 1st!" so I figured I'd do it too. May as well take advantage of the literary frenzy everyone is worked up in!

Anyways, in case anybody else cares, here is my NaNo site profile thingy. I'm not being super serious about it and honestly if it takes longer than a month, that's fine, but the whole "such and such words a day thing!" is actually kind of helping to motivate me so I'ma try and stick with it for now!
pikestaff: (Pichu ^^)
"This lad was thirty years old, and his age was to that of his master as fifteen is to twenty. May I be forgiven for this roundabout way of saying that I was forty?"

- Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


Edit: "As comfortable as a hermit crab in the shell of a whelk." Dostoyevsky has competition you guys. This is amazing. xD
pikestaff: (8bitDND)
The Golden Compass holds a special place in my heart. It has a magical quality to it and is quite possibly one of the most original pieces of fiction I've ever read. I've read the entire His Dark Materials series, of course, but quite honestly, the first book was the best-- The Subtle Knife delved into this whole weird sidestory and The Amber Spyglass sort of redeemed it, but it wasn't the same. I know the series is about parallel universes and the like, but taking the trilogy out of the original, delightful, steampunk-inspired universe and shoving it into worlds that weren't as cool (like ours =P) killed a lot of the magic for me. As such, while I'll re-read the whole series on occasion, I much more frequently tend to just read the first book and pretend it ended there, and call it good.

So I put off watching the movie for a long time, because I loved the book so much. I was afraid it would kill it and mangle it and destroy it. At the same time, though, I was excited for the potential eye candy of seeing a world full of daemons in glorious technicolor.

So I watched it today.

General spoiler warnings, hoooo~ )
pikestaff: (Dizzy Spinda)

ILU Pearls Before Swine! <3


Aug. 28th, 2008 07:22 pm
pikestaff: (Default)
LJ Revamp 2008: New LJ theme (well, old one, but I haven't used it in a while), deleted some user icons I never use (still got more I want to delete later), new LJ title for literally the first time since 2004, new default user icon of the Most Esteemed Pikestaff the Hare Esq., et cetera, et cetera, and so forth...

Still contemplating a new mood theme; I spent FOREVER on my custom webcomic one which I am using currently, but I've been using it for a long time and I'm feelin' like something different. This will be thought about.

Nick and I rolled matching Gnome Mages on an RP-PvP server. I am... so not supposed to be having this much fun playing a non-hunter class. SO WRONG. =|

Contemplating applying for a job at Wells Fargo; word on the street is that they have a really good entry wage. And it's not open on Sundays, so I wouldn't have to jump through hoops to get Sundays off. And I'd have the evenings off. I have, at this point, accepted the fact that I have sort of failed a lot of "life things" and my college education has culminated in no real immediate prospects other than clawing my way up the minimum wage ladder, and for some reason I'm okay with that. I went to school, I had a good time, I'm tens of thousands of dollars in debt now and wishing I'd majored in something else, but hey, at least I went.

Fall is in the air, and it's making me happy. The Post-School Funk is sorta getting to me again, but it's not as bad as last year. I still feel this itching to buy school supplies...

...in closing, Nick been reading me "Star Wars: Heir to the Empire" and I have been reading him "WarCraft: The Last Guardian". All your geek books are belong to me.
pikestaff: (Gir Mage)
PetsMart needs to call me so I can start working. I could really use a nice paycheck. If they don't call me tomorrow I'm probably going to call them.

The new WoW patch messed up my sound, and my UI, and my addons, and dumped a bunch of random stuff from my bank into my bags, and wreaked other assorted havoc on me. Fortunately I seem to have gotten it all sorted out. So far, anyways.

Speaking of which, everybody else in the world is playing Halo 3 and owning it up as Master Chief and I'm... I'm fixing my addons and going herb-farming in WoW. ... /cry. I wish I had an Xbox360.

I'm kind of glad I didn't have to work during the Halo 3 midnight release last night but I also kind of feel like I missed out on some big huge awesome event. =P

Oh, remember when I house-sat for those people a few weeks ago? They want me to do it again, starting next week, and they'll be gone for nine or ten days. So I'll be there for a lot longer than I was last time. I'm actually considerably more fine with this than I was last time because I know how to get wireless set up this time, my car will actually be able to get me there without breaking down (hopefully >.>), I sort of have a feel for what I'm doing, and I think it will actually be more relaxing this time as opposed to all hectic like it was last time.

I have some ideas of what I want to do while I'm there. I want to take a lot of pictures because the views are really amazing there. I want to work on some writing. I want to play some FFVI Advance because I've been feeling this random urge to replay it again. And I want to finish reading "The Hobbit". I've actually never read it before but they had a copy of it at that house, and I started reading it and got about a third of the way through and then had to leave. When I go back, I'm gonna finish it. Cause it's really good so far.
pikestaff: (Osaka)
Here are a few random items of business and the like.

We got dumped on by about a foot of snow yesterday. It was surprising and somewhat enjoyable, especially considering how it's been like 70-degrees this past week and then suddenly winter came back from out of nowhere. The snow was a nice change of pace and it didn't last too long (just one day) and I liked it.

The SUB renovation (our Student Union Building, for you non-MSU-types, is being entirely redone) is sort of weirding me out. That building has played a huge part of my life for the past five years, and now part of it is closed off and they're shutting the rest of it down, piece by piece, as the days go by... I guess Avogadro's Number is either closing very soon or has closed (I haven't checked); I ate countless good sandwiches there. It's just weird to me that the last I'll see of this building is, well... like this. I think it's because its lifespan is coming to a close just as my time at university is coming to a close, so it heightens the reality of it all and makes everything more tangible to me. Or, I could just be reading way too much into stuff again. I tend to do that.

I think I have pinkeye or something. This morning when I woke up I noticed my left eye was kind of itchy. So I rubbed it a bit. Cue three hours of searing pain and blurry vision. Finally most of the severe pain went away but it sort of turned into a dull ache/itch that has persisted throughout the day. On top of that, the corners look pretty red and inflamed and there's... gooey stuff... that seems to be seeping from the edge of my eye. I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to do that. So tomorrow morning I'm heading to the doctor to get it checked out and hopefully taken care of.

Hmm, what else. Oh, I'm re-reading "Watership Down", which is still one of my favorite books ever. And if you haven't read it, you're missing out.

Lastly, I know I promised pictures of various things, but I got the film developed and about 75% of the pictures didn't turn out at all. This was some of the film that went with me on the airplane when visiting Nick, so I'm thinking it must have been destroyed by the X-ray machine. SO! I'll take more pictures and develop them as soon as I can. I do have some pictures of the Kimberly Akimbo set (fortunately), but I won't be posting those now because there are quite a few of them and they deserve their own post.

I think that's all for now. Ja mata~!

P.S. NOTE TO SELF: Do taxes sometime BEFORE 10pm on April 14th this year. Kay? Kay.

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