If today is your last day of school this week, I must convey my congratulations for surviving. We homeschool and Fridays are our field trip and project day. I think we're going fishing. That counts as Science, you know. In case you're wondering, a LOT of Alaska families homeschool and always have. Many simply do not live anywhere near a regular school. In fact, there's a school in King Salmon, Alaska where some of the students actually have to *fly* back and forth to school!
Well, this week I was thunderstruck by Steampunk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steampunk No kidding. I can't believe I had no idea what it was and how cool it is! I love Science Fiction and I love History. Steampunk is a magical combination. So, if anyone knows what the best Steampunk novels are, please recommend! Does WILD, WILD WEST qualify? I love the movie. Will Smith is one of my favorite actors because he so stinkin' funny.
There are six weeks until Halloween. Have you started creating your Science Fictiony costume yet?
I'm a sewing, crafting kind of person, so I just have to make our costumes. This year it's Star Wars. I want my husband to go as Quigon Jin from Phantom Menace because he's a big, tall guy and matches his personality, but he isn't keen on the cloak and has dillusions of Han Solo. Eldest daughter (a.k.a. 'KimberJr.') is going as Luke Skywalker in his X-Wing fighter flightsuit. Younger daughter is more into girl stuff and wants to go as Princess Leia from New Hope. Only Begotten Son is going as an Ewok and I'm going to be Princess Leia from Return of the Jedi.
Here's a link to a site which specializes in recreating Star Wars costumes-
http://www.padawansguide.com/ Don't let their level of genius intimidate you. They do this kind of thing all the time. I think some of them are aspiring designers..
Speaking of Star Wars, sometimes I wonder if there's a generation gap orif the screenwriting was just vastly different.
Most people around my age can't stand the Prequels. I liked Phantom Menace, even though the villians were flat and boring. The double-sided lightsaber was cool. I also liked Attack of the Clones up until Padme failed to recoil in horror after Anakin murdered all the Tuskin Raiders. Up until that point, Padme had been portrayed as highly intelligent and ethical. Pardon me, but highly intelligent and ethical young women do NOT knowingly marry confessed child-murderers. Ruined the whole rest of the prequels for me. Oh, if I put the confession scene out of my mind, I can enjoy them all right. It's quite simple - I simply pretend Anakin never told Padme. Duh. Wish George Lucus had thought of that, but I realize he doesn't create movies just to suit me.
.Any aspiring authors out there? It's only a month and a half until National Novel Writing month, November. Pop over and check out what it is- http://www.nanowrimo.org/
I'm thinking of taking part. With a few friends and an ergonomic keyboard, I think I could handle it.
Please keep the recommendations for this blog coming! I can't build it without help. I still especially need help in the following areas: websites for aspiring illustrators, games, Manga/anime. Thanks! I'm going to see if I can snag an author interview for next week.
Have a good weekend, Buds.