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November 30, 2009

From FunnyExam.com

You may have noticed I’ve been a little sparse in the blogging department lately. The reason for that is largely attributed to the fact that I’ve been working on material that I one day hope to profit from. Not that I don’t love my blog and my readers, but, well, a girl’s gotta eat, and believe it or not, I operate this blog out of the kindness of my own heart, gratis. (Shocking, no?)

So in the mean time, just to satisfy your curiosity (wink, wink), I thought I’d post an update on all my goings on – and enlist the help of the internets at the same time.

First things first: as I type this, Part IV of Quest for Comic-Con is rendering. Then it will do battle with YouTube, and hopefully be cleared by morning. We have all the footage for episode 5, and it will probably debut some time in January. TELL YOUR FRIENDS. Make my video viral. Help me achieve World Web Domination!

Ahem. I mean, well, it’s a nice little series, full of plucky characters, and it’s kind of humorous, and, well, there are a lot of pop culture references, and – and – pretty please with a cherry on top?

I’ve finally got an actual plotline for the sequel to my YA novel, The Practical Orphan’s Guide to Surviving a Fairytale, and I’m two chapters in. What I could really use from you, dear readers, is a list of horror genre cliches that really bug you. I’m not a terribly big fan of the scary movie genre myself (I’m a big chicken), so I could use some help in this department. It could be ‘axe-murderer/serial killer’ scary, or ‘ghosts/ghouls/demons’ scary.

In GRADUATE SCHOOL news (bet you forgot this was now ‘The Graduate Experience,’ huh?), my reading at Barnes and Noble two weeks ago went great. It was a wonderful evening with some really terrific writing from students in the MPW program. How could it not be entertaining – the topic was family. I had my own entourage/cheering section, but was most pleasantly surprised to be approached after the program and told that I was brilliant. (I paraphrase.)

My first semester as an MPW student at USC is nearly over, and I’ve hardly even touched the topic on this blog. The main reason, I’ll be honest, is that several of my classmates have easy access to this blog through Twitter and Facebook, and I don’t want to accidentally offend someone I might have to see on a weekly basis for the next year and a half. I like to be honest (I’ve beeen called ‘brave’), but I have no desire to be mean, even if it sometimes feels that way.

However, in my ongoing quest to teach others to avoid the mistakes I’ve made, I’m at work on an essay about my grad school experience, which will probably find its way here in the next month or so. Don’t worry, friends & relatives, graduate school is fine. Like any other experience, it has its good parts and its not-so-good parts.

  • Good Part: Coffee Bean on campus in the School of Cinematic Arts courtyard.
  • Not-So-Good Part: Having a hold placed on my account, preventing me from registering for second semester, because I might infect the campus with measles.

Speaking of good parts, after I was finally declared measles-free, I went on to register for a class in personal essay with Sandra Tsing Loh. I’m reading her book Mother on Fire, and laughing out loud. I’m sure I’ll love her class.

And here are two websites that I’ve been surfing when I could have been blogging: It Made My Day and Funny Exam.

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  1. November 30, 2009 1:18 pm

    Hated horror cliches:

    1) Sex = Death.

    2) Corollary to #1 — Only the virgin survives.

    3) Everyone’s an idiot — “I’ll go outside by myself when I know there’s a psycho killer around!”

    4) Misogyny runs rampant. Female sexuality is even more denegrated and punished than male sexuality, violence against women is constantly sexualized. Basically, torture porn = T3h SuXX0rs.

    5) Horror film as reductionistic moral polemic. This ties back in to #s 1 and 2.

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