Monday, January 28, 2013

World Word Observations

If you have a young child you probably know what I am talking about.

Duck - He seems to be the product of a poor upbringing. He lives in a nest not a house (or anything really similar to a house) like the rest of them do. He also seems to be the most uneducated one.

Frog- He's a slum lord. He lives in a nice uptown log while he makes the bugs live in the mailbox. 

Sheep - She's the token crazy person. She spends most of her time pretending to be something else. 

Bear - She's the survivalist. You don't see her often and she lives in a cave. I think that if there really was a zombie uprising she would be the one to survive.

Pig - He's the middle class average guy, however I think he might be a closet bulimic. I mean he eats all the time, and all this junk food and never gains any weight.

Dog - He's God in Word World. Think about it....he is the one that creates the others in the beginning of the show. He lives in the biggest house. He doesn't actually talk so he sometimes is misunderstood...and what do you get when you spell dog backwards?  Case closed

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Harry, Katniss, and Edward

Some one asked, just in general, who would win in a face off between these three characters. Here is what I said.

As in the literal since for the literary sense? Literary it goes; Harry, Katniss, then Edward.

As for literal since here is how it would go down. At least in my head, and it all takes place in the arena of The Hunger Games.

The meadow is clear, bright and silent. The slight rustling of trees indicates that while all is quiet, the meadow is not devoid of life. A shadow appears between the tree trunks. Edward steps into the opening following the scent of human blood. Katniss, who has been patiently waiting in the branches above, pulls the string tight on her bow, takes a steadying breath, and releases the arrow.

Edward, however, has heard her thoughts and has turned to avoid being pierced. Running with super human speed, he reaches her tree before she can do much more than blink. As he scrambles up the tree after her, she quickly lines up her second shot. Being an experienced hunter she knows that he is moving too quickly to be hit by aiming directly at him. Anticipating where he will go, instead of where he is, she fires her second shot.

Edward is caught off guard, as he it too busy worrying about what Bella and Jacob are doing at this very moment, and he takes the arrow to the arm. A roar of rage escapes him, as he pulls the arrow out. Katniss now realizes that she is in trouble. Her arrows will not be effective. Terror fills her heart as she scurries up the tree further to get out of his reach, she calls for help. 

Edward has just grasped Katniss's ankle when the tree branches begin to snap beneath them. Katniss gasps and clings to the branch above her, but it's too late. The branch holding Edward gives way. His grip on her ankle tightens painfully. She cries out as her hands begin to slip, the bark biting into her skin. The combined weight is too much and they both plummet to the ground.

Harry, who has been practicing Quiditch nearby, has heard Katniss's cry for help. He sees the two fall and knows he can not reach them in time. He pulls out his wand and slows them before they can crash to the ground. Edward instantly recovers, yet is trying to calculate his next move. Katniss takes longer, but instantly distrusts the boy on the broom. She loads her next arrow, but hesitates trying to figure out who is the biggest threat.

Edward now recognizes Harry from his days at Hogwarts where he was pretending to be Cedric Diggory. The recognition is mutual, yet Harry knows that Cedric should be dead. Perhaps this is how he became a Vampire? If that is the case Cedric can no longer be trusted.

Katniss takes advantage of the distraction that is happening between the boys, and starts to ease away. This catches Edwards attention, and he turns to her, Harry locks Edward in a body binder spell. Katniss realizes that Harry is helping her, but still can not bring herself to trust him.

She shifts her aim from Edward to Harry, not wanting to shoot, but also not ready to drop her weapon. Harry disarms her with an Expelliarmous charm and calls for a truce.

Katniss heeds his words and drops her guard. Harry swoops down, and releases Edward from his spell, so they can all speak to each other civilly. They clear up their differences and leave as friends.

Harry, of course, could have killed them both instantly with an Avada Kedvra curse, but he is much too noble for that sort of thing. So...Harry wins.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Apple Butter Cupcakes.

  • 1-3/4  cups
    all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2  teaspoons
    baking powder
  • 1  teaspoon
    baking soda
    • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
    1/4  teaspoon
  • 1/2  cup
    margarine or butter
  • 1  cup
  • egg
  • 1  cup
    apple butter
  • 1  teaspoon
  • 2  tablespoons
    lemon juice
  • 1  5-ounce
    can (2/3 cup) evaporated milk

    In a small mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and spices set aside. In a medium mixing bowl beat margarine or butter with an electric mixer on medium speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until fluffy. Add egg; beat well. Beat in apple butter and vanilla. Stir lemon juice into milk (mixture willcurdle). Add flour mixture and milk mixture alternately to apple butter mixture, beating on low to medium speed after each addition just until combined. 
    Grease muffin cups or line with paper bake cups; fill two-thirds full. Bake in a 350 degrees F. oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centers comes out clean. 

    Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting 
    8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
    1/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
    2-3 cups powdered sugar
    1. Mix cream cheese and butter until smooth and uniform.
    2. Add cinnamon and vanilla.
    3. Add powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pitchwars - How I got my story.

About a year and a half ago I woke up from a terrible dream. I was in a forest with little light but a lot of sound. I felt the brush of wings on my face, stumbled backwards and collided with a tree. Before I could even take another breath, the ground beneath my feet began to move. I slid behind the tree and watched as a mound of earth grew bigger and bigger, until a pair of hands burst through. 

Out of the ground came a girl with long dark hair, violet eyes, and a lot of power. She stood up, brushed the dirt off her face and looked at me. Her eyes radiated fury, her hands shook with rage, and when her gaze fell on me, I knew that I was in deep trouble. 

Of course then I woke up. I was completely covered in sweat and shaking all over. The image of that girl stuck with me though. I began to wonder a few things. One, what the hell was wrong with me that I had a dream like that? It took me an hour to get back to sleep afterwords. Two, how did she get there?
Since she was a figment of my imagination, I knew that the only way I would ever know the answer to the second question, would be if I wrote her story myself. I named her Evie and gave her life.

Now I know how she came to be buried in that lonely forest. 

I'm not sure I'll ever know what's wrong with me that I have dreams like that.