WE WANNA MAKE A BOOK!

Check out this awesome Kickstarter from one of my favorite blogs! This will be a really unique book and they have some pretty interactive perks if you donate!

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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?

Veronica Mars: The First Book in an Original Mystery Series

Maybe I’m late to the party on this one but I didn’t realize that there is going to be a Veronica Mars series to follow up the movie. It’s supposed to continue the character after the film, so this movie isn’t the last we will see of Veronica Mars a.k.a. 21st Century Nancy Drew/Comic Book Superhero fusion played by the marvelous Kristen Bell.

So obviously I preordered it immediately. And when is this movie coming out?? The book is coming out in February, so maybe the movie will come out before that?

This is going to be awesome.

 

19 Must Have Literary Manicures

For all you girly book lovers out there.

Here are few of my favorites:

Love these To Kill a Mockingbird nails AND they look like Fall!

Can you believe someone painted those faces and all of those letters perfectly?

The Lord of the Rings, of course…

Check out the rest here:
19 Must Have Literary Manicures.

For the birds

“Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he’d had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother’s shoulder, and said, “Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.” –Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird