The Girl With The Untrained Eye

A good number of my friends in my social networks fell in love with Tumblr. At the time I learned of it, I already have accounts on similar sites that I didn't find the need to create one.  I didn't see any difference plus I couldn't think of a good use for it. I mean, I have Twitter, Plurk and Facebook for my fits of fangirling... and I have Blogger, LiveJournal and WordPress to serve my blogging needs... Why go on Tumblr?

Well, I stumbled upon Brittani Kline's Tumblr account (which seems to be deactivated now) while I was trying to put myself to sleep by doing some random googling (yes, it's my online version of channel surfing).  I liked how she created her site: it had a mesh of photos and all things about her life after winning America's Next Top Model Cycle 16. Another random google search revealed that Katie Leung (a.k.a. Cho Chang from the Harry Potter movies) also has a Tumblr account in which she posts all the photos she has taken.  I remembered that she pursued her interest in photography after filming the movies and I love what she posted so far.  Then, it clicked: I felt the need to create an account and use it as my photo blog.  Aside from reading books, I consider photography to be my other love.  While I wouldn't call myself a professional, my photographer friends constantly tease me to get a DSLR because of the shots I've taken; some of which are featured on the banner for this site and they were not taken using a DSLR.

Armed with that resolve, it took me around 30 minutes to create everything -- from the blog title to the first post -- and I felt happy after.  To date, I've posted around 9 photos and even changed the site's layout.  This is what my Tumblr blog looks like:

I guess it is safe to say that I will constantly update my Tumblr as often as I could.  I still have a good number of photos in my archives that I haven't shared and I don't think I'll ever stop taking them.  So if you have a Tumblr account, you can follow me here. And if you're curious about my title for this blog post, click here.

Now, what to do with my WordPress account... Hmmm... =P

12 Days of Literary Christmas

I know it's way past Christmas and about a few nights short of 2012 but I found this meme fun enough that I don't care.  I'm still on my Holiday mode, that's my excuse.  :P

Before I share my answers to the meme, I'd like to give a little background on how this started.

My friend, Meann Ortiz, started this on her blog after coming across this question on her Twitter feed:

What Christmas gift would you want to give your favorite literary character?

This inspired her to create the meme, which I came across during one of my out-of-work-mode moments.  Her blog post, which I found creative and cool, contained characters and authors from her 2011 Read List on Goodreads.  Since I'm also on Goodreads and having exceeded my 2011 Reading Challenge, I figured I had enough characters in my arsenal to give imaginary gifts... Hello, Beauty Queens! ;)

So, without further ado, here is my response to the 12 Days of Literary Christmas meme:

On the 1st day of Christmas,
I’ll give Petra West a.k.a. Miss Rhode Island from Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
An Emmy award for her late-night show, Go West.

On the 2nd day of Christmas,
I’ll give Zuzana from Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Two theatres in her name.

On the 3rd day of Christmas,
I’ll give Lindsey Lee Wells from An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Three million dollars to keep her town afloat.

On the 4th day of Christmas,
I’ll give Dex from Before Ever After by Samantha Sotto
Four types of camera lenses.

On the 5th day of Christmas,
I’ll give Macon Ravenwood from Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Five castles with moats to decorate/re-decorate.

On the 6th day of Christmas,
I’ll give Sidhean from Ash by Malinda Lo
Six months to eat, love and live like any typical mortal.

On the 7th day of Christmas,
I’ll give Margo Roth Spiegelman from Paper Towns by John Green
Seven all-expense paid vacation packages to any destination of her choice.

On the 8th day of Christmas,
Eight VIP concert tickets to any artist of his choice.

On the 9th day of Christmas,
I’ll give Lia Milthorpe from Circle of Fire by Michelle Zink
Nine foolproof wishes.

On the 10th day of Christmas,
I’ll give Adam Wilde from Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Ten million downloads of his new single with Mia Hall.

On the 11th day of Christmas,
I’ll give Miles Fisher from Torment and Passion by Lauren Kate
Eleven romantic dates with Shelby.

On the 12th day of Christmas,
I’ll give Mia Featherstone from Zombicorns by John Green
Twelve cases of wine and fully-loaded AR-15 rifles.

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