Saturday, July 31, 2010

Dear everyone, I am in the market for a typewriter. If it looked exactly like the one featured above, that'd be nice. But really any old typewriter would do. That's all. Thanks.

Oh wait, I'll bribe you with a dazzling picture:

Pretty, huh? Now don't you want to get me a typewriter? Oh, okay, thanks.

Also, as you you may {or may not} have noticed, I have added my Google Friend Connect "Followers" tab to my sidebar. That way, maybe more humans will see it and decide to follow my little ol' blog. {hint. hinthinthint.}

That's all.

We love each other.
-Avery Jalaine

Friday, July 30, 2010

Song of the Day: Caring is Creepy by The Shins

A short list of things that I am not looking forward to. In fact, I quite dread the very thought of them.

  1. Going back to high school.
  2. Doing my summer Honors English packet.
  3. Singing Vaccai.
  4. Pre-Calculus.
  5. Driver's Ed + road + range. If I ever get my learner's permit.
  6. Getting my learner's permit.
  7. Alien invasions.
Okay. Just wanted you to know. I'll have you take into account that every item on my list is related to high school, singing Vaccai and aliens aside.

Also, I wore some glasses with zebra-striped lenses. They were funny.

I like the way that you are.

-Avery Jalaine
p.s. I found some fishnets today. Yes.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Cute Boys with Cats

Today, as I was tumbling through the Tumblr universe --- a site that I adore and spend far, far, far too many hours on --- I fell upon a brilliant page entitled "Cute Boys with Cats" and fell in love with it. I don't know who the genius is that thought of it, but I'm largely indebted to them for at least forty-five minutes of pure amusement. Thank you Cute Boys with Cats people, you're quite smart.

On a separate note of things that I love immensely, here are two more things to add to my ever-growing list:
  • First, Frozen Yogurt. I didn't just barely discover the stuff. I've known about it for a decent part of my life. I've just never had the chance to create-my-own-'gurt like at Frozen Yogurt Junction or Yogurt Bliss. It's empowering. Plus tasty. And there are a large percentage of flavors that are completely nonfat. Or at least lowfat. That makes me think that my health is a contributer to this new obsession. If you want, we could get some together. Call me.
  • Second, I finally {illegally} downloaded The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart. It's the third installment in the Ruby Oliver books {First, The Boyfriend List and then The Boy Book} and before you go all judging me based on the general boy-craziness and lack of any sort of depth or worth from the titles, I must defend myself: these books are awesome. I mean, true, they are boy-crazy and frankly, quite petty reads, but they're smart. E. Lockhart is a terrific writer --- hilarious, witty, ironic --- and the characters and plot are engrossing, no matter how shallow and immature. I think about them at night, and might even on occasion attempt to talk like Ruby or perhaps even Google vintage clothing websites. They're addictive books, people. I'm highly in love with them.
And that's all for now, I think. Oh wait, here's a thought for if you're feeling slutty, straight out of The Treasure Map of Boys: "No happiness fairy is going to fly down and make everything fine; and just because the happiness fairy seems to be six feet tall and desperately cute and touches your leg, that's no reason to believe he actually exists." Now you can't be skanky, because you're enlightened by that wisdom. You're welcome.

I'm going to go wash my hair and find some ugly clothes to wear and try to scrounge up some friends to go eat yogurt with me.

You're fantastic. You're gorgeous. You're fabulous and no one can tell you otherwise. You're lucky to be you.
-Avery Jalaine

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

You know what I really really really love? Those tasty little shaved-chocolate curls that they put on top of French chocolate pie. Is there anything better?

Here's some inspiration. Love you.

Hey! Let's get some Frozen Yogurt together.
-Avery Jalaine

Monday, July 26, 2010

What I Wonder

Have you ever thought really hard -- like really really hard -- and tried to picture where the universe starts? It makes my brain hurt. It makes my brain hurt and my toes curl and I start to feel claustrophobic.

I wonder if aliens know where the universe starts.

I wonder if my mom does.

Sometimes I just wonder what clouds taste like.

Don't worry. I still love you.
-Avery Jalaine

Thursday, July 22, 2010

New Perspective

Thought of the Day: "I am not going to die, I'm going home like a shooting star." -Sojourner Truth
Song of the Day: New Perspective by Panic! At the Disco

Things have got me thinking. It's July 22nd. There's one month of summer left. One month to reinvent before it's back to backstabbing, back to gossip, back to exhaustion, back to school.

So I'm brandishing this new perspective that I dreamed up for myself. Why shouldn't things work out perfectly, even when they don't? Why shouldn't life be wonderful? Why shouldn't I love time, or the lack thereof? Why shouldn't I be beautiful? Why shouldn't I be like a child again, amazed by everything? Why shouldn't mountains move for me? I certainly don't see why they should not.

I'm just tired of being tethered down by myself. By the world. Even by my friends, although they don't mean to. I just want to finally be my own person. I want to stop hiding behind fa├žades and other people that have already kicked aside the way the world sees them. I want to be fabulous.

The world is so bright, it's so ever-changing, and here I am, doing the same things that I do everyday. "What do you want to do?", "I don't know. What do you want to do?" Why can't everyday be better than yesterday?

And so here are my new daily goals:

Do something new everyday.
Do everything without caring what someone else is thinking of me.
Be outside for an hour a day.
Be outrageously healthy... except for once a day.
Count to ten when I'm angry, instead of letting myself boil and explode.
Talk to people, tell them how I really feel.

And so begins the second start of summer for Avery Jalaine Taylor. I guess you, my dear blog, shall be the first to hear about my success. I refuse to think that I will fail.

Stop there and let me correct it,
I wanna live a life from a new perspective.
You come along because I love your face,
And I'll admire your expensive taste.
And who cares? Divine intervention.
I wanna be praised from a new perspective,
But leaving now would be a good idea,
So catch me up I'm getting out of here.

It might just be the most perfect day you have ever lived. So why are you still here?
-Avery Jalaine

Thursday, July 15, 2010

My Last Day on Set at Unicorn City

Thought of the Day: "You would all give up your honor for orcs and pancakes!" -Voss
Song of the Day: Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

Last day on set. How do I feel about it?

On one hand, it's an immense relief. I'm sick and tired of waking up at 6:00 AM and getting dirty and exhausted and sweating profusely. I'm not going to miss being sunburned or having to carry around heavy objects or even just standing around in the hot shade for two hours with nothing to do. I will certainly NOT miss holding umbrellas over actors heads until your arm muscles shrivel up and disintegrate and you die of misery.

And then there are a hundred thousand things that I'm going to miss terribly. I'm going to miss the quirky little sets, and all of my hang-outs that I established in them. I'm going to miss the long days I earned from waking up so early. I'm going to miss the little busy tasks that I was assigned, like setting out bowls of salad and croutons, fetching water bottles, or carrying around trays of snacks for the crew. I'm going to miss our funny movie slang, all strange words and weird abbreviations. I'm going to miss crafty. I'm going to miss my annoying radio hurting my ear. I'm going to miss finding out what cool food place we went to get lunch from. I'm going to miss having this super cool job where when people say "what have you been doing this summer?" I actually have an awesome way to respond.

I'm going to miss everyone. Everyone. Ashley, Stephen, Ty, Darren, and Tim, who I worked with the most closely and spent the most time with. The funny crew guys whose jobs I wasn't ever really sure of, that made me laugh and laugh and laugh: JP, Scott, Unice, Jordan, A. Todd, Justin, Bar, James, Karrati, Will, David Thorpe, Brandon, Bald-Man, and some more that I'll probably think of later. Byron, who let me SLATE!!! The make-up and wardrobe girls. The extras that I adored: Jake, Seanna, Rachel, Weston, Dash, Robbie, James, Bryce, and Sean. Matt Mattson aka Clancy, who was the funniest and nicest cast member. The rest of the cast who was funny and nice, just not AS funny and nice as Matt: Devin, Nikelas, Jaclyn, Clint, Missy, Emily, Kevin, and Steve. AKA Voss, Moonstrider, Marsha, Rhubarb, Angie, Tearsumina, Jeff, and Pat. And the most epic comedy villain ever: Jon Gries who played Shadowhawk (we were super terrified of him when he first came to set because he was, you know, famous, but it turned out that he was incredibly awesome and really really really nice). I'll never forget our boyfriends "Rutherford" and "Bob". Jon rocks. Adrian, well, of course he's awesome, but I'll still see him at church. Probably. :) Bryan was awesome, as was his wife Tandi. I'll miss everyone. I hope we stay in touch, and I look forward to seeing them at the premier. Love you guys!

There are a lot of stories that I should tell, because everything was amazing. But I feel drained (and I feel like this post is going out to a lot of people who are never going to read this) and so all I can say is: Unicorn City was a terrific experience, it was seriously amazing. It's going to be funny and smart (smart in a stupid way), and you should all go run to see it when it comes out in theaters. I'll talk more about it later, but all I can say is: Thank you.

Keep your eyes open 'cause the world is pretty.
-Avery Jalaine

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Proof Copy. Check.

Thought of the Day: Dream an inch bigger.
Song of the Day: Big City Dreams by Never Shout Never

La la la la la la la. Hi.

So yesterday was my novel deadline. I got home from set and was like "waaaah. tired." and was about to lie down and take a nice ol' nappy (I only got 1.5 hours of sleep on account of Eclipse at 3:15 AM. Ylagg.) but then I was like.... "Oh. Crap." and I sprinted upstairs and broke out every single file containing the word 'novel' on my hard drive. Yikes.


I FINISHED!!! (Hip hip.. hurray!) At approximately 11:37 PM last night, I hit "submit" and the deal was sealed. Yay! Now, don't be ├╝berproud of me just yet. I totally didn't finish-finish the novel, it's far from the proper ending or the whole story. But I found a mildly crappy place to end where I felt like it'd be okay to stop, plus I got two rad covers done that make me super joyful. The layout is hardly perfect since I only had a couple hours to frantically create it, and I'll bet you twenty bucks that there's at least a billion typos and crappy scenes in that thing since I've just been doing mad writing lately instead of careful, good writing. We'll have to see what happens with that thing. I probably won't actually let anyone read it, they can just look at the cover (WITH MY NAME ON IT!!) and admire me.

Here's the thing though: the editors have to do a 24-48 hour review of the content (to make sure I'm not plagiarizing, whatever) and formatting, so I'm scared that even though I did submit it by the 30th, they'll disqualify my novel since it wasn't completely reviewed and everything by then. I'm super afraid that I was too late. I wrote an email, hopefully they'll love me and take pity on me or something. Pray for me.

I'll keep you updated.

Also, I feel like showing you the covers that I helped format. I hope you don't think I'm super lame.

Cover #1
This one gets cut off from about the girl's shoulder over.

Cover #2
The tips of the wings are cut off a little bit, so that the wording is more centered.

You like?

Go take a nap for me. I love you.
-Avery Jalaine