Friday, November 25, 2005

Kiss of Death

From the Toronto Star:

Girl with peanut allergy killed by kiss
Nov. 25, 2005. 12:16 PM

A fifteen-year-old Quebec girl with a severe allergy to peanuts has died after a kiss from her boyfriend.

According to the Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean Le Quotidien, the boyfriend had recently eaten peanut butter.

The girl was hospitalized for several days and died earlier this week.

The stricken girl was injected with adrenaline immediately after she grew ill, but it wasn't effective.

This made me gasp. And then I wanted to laugh, but couldn't. But I laughed anyhow. I just feel sorry for the boyfriend - I mean, how many MORE hangups is he going to have now? Boy, being a teen sucks. Really, really sucks.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Like a box of poisoned chocolates...

I had to leave a quick note. My sister and I came up with this while we were in the car.

Fiona (edited): "I hate it when people are ignorant, especially if they believe themselves educated. Ignorance knows no bounds."

Vicki: "Just like love! So ignorance and love do have something in common..."

Friday, November 11, 2005


My first Avatar: the Last Airbender fanfic titled, "The Ho'Wan Island Carnival".

I've already gotten some really nice comments (thanks to all thsoe great reviewers for taking the time to visit my blog, too!), and I'm only about halfway through the story. If I'd known this would be so good for my ego, I'd have started writing fanfics years ago.

Yay for me!

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Download this music now!

You have to find and download this piece of music:

Smash Brothers DX Orchestra - Smash Brothers Grand Medley - Super Mario Brothers.

It's just an amazing compilation of all the themes from all the Mario games put together in a lighthearted almost 40's style big band orchestra. You just want to get up and boogey with it.

Trust me, it's worth the download.

It's confirmed: I am a huge freaking nerd

I know I haven't been keeping up with my blogging, but I have a good reason: I've been writing Avatar fan fic.

Yes, I did just say that. FanFiction. The only resort I have to getting exposure for my own creative writing. And let me tell ya, it's been really interesting.

I'm currently working on stories based on Avatar: The Last Airbender (also called Avatar: War of the Elements), a kids anime-styled show on YTV. It's an excellent series with complex characters, lots of good humour, and a real plot, unlike so many of the anime shows on now which are basically half-hour commercials for toys or card games. Avatar is on Saturdays at 11:30 am on YTV, folks. It's only into its first season - I'd recommend downloading the episodes.

I've completed my first Avatar story and I'll be publishing it tonight. (Disclaimer: I do not own Avatar or any of the characters therein - it's something the fanfic community has to say everytime they post.) I've started notes for a second story, which I imagine will go up over the next month.

Most of you are probably screaming, "NEERERRRRRRD!!!" because the only kinds of people who write fanfics are ultra-geeks who only think they can write and often end up writing slash to fulfil some perverse desire they have of seeing two character mack.

So call me ultra-geek. But if I may say so, I can write better than a lot of the authors who've submitted stories to the fanfic archives. (I'd better be able to, it's what I do for a living.)

Besides, the fanfic community can be quite critical and helpful in developing one's writing skills. It's challenging for me to have to write someone else's characters convincingly, too. You can't just make them do whatever you want, no matter how naked you want to see them.

My dream: for someone to pick up my writing and say, "hell, she's good, maybe she wants to help us write this new cartoon series we're working on...."

Any takers out there? I'm in Toronto if you need me.