Thursday, June 28, 2012

This is actually kind of relevant (but also kind of not)

So, life is a thing that's been happening. I said in my last post that a lot happened in the month of May. I don't remember what happened in the month of May. Except I finished school, so I never have to go back to the junior high again. I spent the last real day of school hiding out down in the Journalism room finishing up last minute yearbook stuff and hanging out. It was really nice and I spent a fair amount of time with a tape mustache. We had our end of year amusement park thing for just the ninth graders also and I met some of my friend's friends and they were lovely and fun and didn't think I was too weird and I realised how awkward I always look in pictures and how much I actually liked some things about that stupid school and we signed yearbooks and it was kind of the perfect end to some not so great junior high school years. 

Right after school ended I started practises for this summer youth symphony I had tried out for so for that I had to wake up at five-thirty every morning for two weeks. The end result of this was supposed to be for me to be in California right now on tour with them but then I got sick and anxious and overwhelmed and chose to stay at home instead which I was happy about. It was a really interesting experience, though, having to rehearse at six and playing some really tough music and even though I didn't go on tour I'm actually happy that I did it for those two weeks. For whatever that's worth.

Last week I was at summer camp. It was for a week in the mountains just outside of Albuquerque and I stayed in a cabin full of people I didn't know and my old friend and it was good. I actually made some friends and I came back with a sunburn but it was really nice and I made a bunch of tumblr posts about it too so there's that. I also wrote a letter to myself that I'll get at some point that I'll cringe when I read but that kind of captures just how I felt about this week. I won't share that, though. That one's just for me.
One of the things that I said at the beginning of the week was that I liked who I am more when I'm at this camp. I like being thoughtful and quiet and I like thinking more before I speak. Really though it was one of the best weeks I've had and I really needed it.

And now everyone on tumblr is at VidCon and I'm not and it's really sad. But enough about this.

I actually really love summer. I love the smell of chlorine and sunscreen and bugspray. I like that my shoes get caked in dirt from walking around at camp. I like wearing sunglasses and shorts and tank tops and flip flops. I like being able to sleep until noon whenever I want and also take walks outside. There's something magical and lovely and, yes, romantic about this stupid season and as much as I actually like school and going to tournament in January and Christmas and all that stuff, I like summer more. I'm more myself during this time of the year, and I like that. I become a better version of myself in the summertime, I think. And it's really nice.

I should do this more often, shouldn't I? I actually really like it. Also I started this almost exactly one year ago. Look how far I've come.

Until next time
xx D

Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

So remember that time that I neglected my blog for the entire month of May? No? Neither do I. So a lot has happened in the last month that I'll write about at some point but that's not what I want to talk about today. Right now I want to talk about The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I first read this book in probably the month of November or December this past year. There were a lot of things that bothered me about it but in the end it was honest and it was real and it was good. And I liked it an awful lot. I read it mainly because I heard there would be a movie based on it starring Emma Watson and Logan Lerman, and I always read books before I see the movies. Now fast forward six or so months to today. Tonight the trailer for this movie was premiered at the MTV movie awards or something. I didn't watch those. I watched the trailer via Tumblr. And oh my God.

This book is written entirely in letters from the character Charlie (Logan Lerman) to an unknown source, referred to as "friend." I was skeptical as to how they would incorporate those letters and that feel to the book into the movie, because that's a hard thing to do. I still am skeptical, but the trailer managed to work one of the book's most quoted lines into a voice over and the scene was beautiful and I got chills.
"In that moment I swear we were infinite." 

I've talked a lot about how I feel about movie adaptations of books and this is one that I especially hope doesn't get screwed up. Not because I loved the book that much, but because if this book loses the honesty and the reality it has in translation then it won't be what it is. And that sucks. This book really deserves to have a good movie adaptation and I hope it gets it.

We'll see when the movie comes out, I suppose. You better bet I'll blog about it

Until next time
xx D