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Hello there!  This is a different kind of post….I’m going to share a project we want to do!

Um.  Oh wait…I guess we usually do that, don’t we?  But this different because this is a project we want to do THAT WE NEED LOTS OF HELP WITH.

Ever since the Collaborations post went viral, people have been asking me to make book.  “You should make a book!” they’d say, and I totally agreed with them because they’re all awesome.  We had a few publisher nibbles, but they all fizzled.  They said they weren’t really sure how to sell it.  (Do you know you have to have a TON of existing interest in your idea and a ready-made audience online before anyone at a publishing company will even LOOK at it?   I mean, how do new things even ever happen that way?)

Anyway, after many trying and much attempts, it occurred…

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Cat is the True Star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s

You might have thought Audrey Hepburn was the star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but I’d have to say that Orangey, better known as “Cat,” was the real standout in this classic film. Rarely do we see this kind of feline with such acting chops, but Orangy did in fact win a PATSY award (a.k.a. Academy Awards for Cats)for this performance, so it should come as no surprise that he stole literally every scene through which he traipsed.

But acting skill aside, the real magic of “Cat” comes from that fact that Truman Capote wrote an animal as very effective supporting character in a way that didn’t make the entire movie about the protagonist’s relationship with that animal. If this had been Where the Red Fern Grows, then the entire plot would have been about Holly Golightly and her adventures with Cat. Obviously, both are great stories, but Breakfast at Tiffany’s is unique in how it uses this integral relationship to develop the plot and reveal Holly’s character.

Cat sitting on her best friend, Holly.

If you’ve seen the movie, you’re probably familiar with this classic quote, “I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.” But I’m pretty sure this is an inaccurate description of Cat’s personality. Yes, I know I might be taking a lot of liberties here with my character analysis of a cat, but hear me out. Holly might not be clear on the fact that she belongs to Cat, but Cat is definitely certain that Holly is his. Cats don’t just lovingly accept people who throw them out in a torrential downpour unless they had already decided they were friends. Puppy dogs might do that but cats just don’t.

Cat accepting Holly’s heartfelt apology after she was a total dick and and tossed him out in the rain because she has commitment phobia.

I know we’re supposed to accept the ending of this movie as evidence on how much Holly Golightly has grown through her relationship with “Fred” and is now willing to take a chance on love and life. But I would like to think that it’s equally about the fact that she realized she was just fooling herself for all of these years about how lucky she is to have such a nice cat. 

On another note, could someone please write Holly Golightly and Her Adventures with Cat? I would love to read it. Could it be a picture book?

DIY Nail Polish

This is a fun and quick DIY project.

All you need is:

  • Clear or White Nail Polish
  • Eyeshadow
  • Snack-sized ziploc bag
  • Knife
  • Funnel (you can always make one out of paper)
Look what you can do with drugstore makeup!

Look what you can do with drugstore makeup!

Step One: Pick one or two colors of eyeshadow for your polish. You can always mix together more colors to make a blend, but be sure not to use more than the equivalent of one or two average sized cakes of eyeshadow.

Depending on the size of the nail polish, you should determine if one or two cakes is most appropriate.

Be careful not to use too much eyeshadow or your nail polish will become too thick.

Step Two: Take the knife and scrap off the eyeshadow you have selected into a mixing bowl. Make sure that the eyeshadow is broken apart and that all of your colors are well mixed.

Step Three: Put the crushed up eyeshadow in a ziploc baggie. (This will make it easier to pour through the funnel). Pour the eyeshadow into the polish, stopping periodically to stir. You can use the brush of the nail polish to stir or a toothpick if you have one handy.

Step Four: Shake it up and paint those nails!

The quality of your polish depends on the quality of your ingredients. I didn’t want to spend much money on this project, so I used some NYC topcoat to make my nail polish. It lasted for about 18 hours with no topcoat. It’s definitely not a durable polish, but it’s perfect for a night out.

“Hence,” the first nail polish I made.

A Playlist for Those of Us Who Get Tired of Christmas Carols

I’ve already mentioned my love for “Christmas Wrapping” by The Waitresses. Just because I can’t listen to another version of “Do You Hear What I Hear?” doesn’t make me a Scrooge, so I’ve compiled this list of songs that put me in the Holiday mood.

What’s your writing style?

I write like
H. P. Lovecraft

I Write Like. Analyze your writing!

This was super fun. I just took a few paragraphs from one of my first posts–in which I thought a fictional scholastic character was my ancestor–and voila! Looks like I’m cut out for macabre…I would definitely not have guessed that. But it explains why I watched all of The Following even though I had to look away A LOT.

So who do you write like? Share in the comments below!