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Swords and Paper Swans: an usual blog, by an unusual Me. Or perhaps the other way 'round; I haven't quite figured it out yet. Anyway, congratulations for pulling the Pull Tag; I quite enjoy it and pull it for absolutely no reason at all. Now, go down and read the blog!

Of light Monday, June 4, 2007 |

Two nights ago, I shut down my computer, pushed the clothes that were on my bed onto the floor, and turned off the lights. Once I laid down, a little flash of something caught my attention; a tiny green light. It came from the middle of my room - not against a wall or on a desk, but just sort of floating in mid-space. It was a bit weird, but knowing that I wouldn't be able to see the light if I turned on the light, I stayed still. Sure enough, the little light came again, but this time it was hovering over me! A second later, it flashed again; this time I could see the Light moving from above me to the window. There was darkness.

And it lit up again, and again, in the same spot on my curtain. Then I realized what I had seen: a firefly had somehow become trapped in my room! I turned on the light and looked at it; it seemed like a common bug, not extraordinary in any way. Once I turned off the lights, though, it flitted about, shining a little green beautiful light.

Last night, lightning flashed through my windows, and though lightning is very pretty, it didn't compare to having a firefly in my room. I kinda miss the little guy.


Itch the scratch Saturday, June 2, 2007 |

My left arm itches. So does my right one. Probably the wrong one as well, and even my leg is itchy. Why? Because I live in Texas, and fleas like Texas. Especially areas of Texas that house over twenty cats. Soon to be less than twenty, if the Giving-away-of-the-kittens Plan works well.

I've tried itch cream, but I don't have enough self-discipline to leave it there, without scratching, until it works. One, two, three, four; I declare the Flea War. Five, six, seven, eight; don't use yourself as bait.

I'm so uncreative.

Which reminds me: I haven't played piano today or yesterday, and my poor ol' upright is probably feeling all alone and lonely. What shall I play today, Beethoven? Perhaps the Turkish March, or Evanescence, or absolutely nothing at all. That's one lovely thing about not ever taking lessons; no one can tell you what to play or how to play it!

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"You need to use your brain/spell check/a thesaurus more. Please stop blogging until you do." Friday, June 1, 2007 |

So, I decided to peruse through some blogs, choosing to click the "Next blog" button until I find a good one, then transferring to other blogs using their blog roll. This process usually works really very well, except today, it isn't. Every "Next blog" blog has left me disappointed at the grammatically insufficiencies of common people, coupled with spelling and punctuation errors that prance around in almost every post.
First I come to a seemingly nice blog, but then right off the bat I realize their mistake: oh, it is sensationalistic news! Bring on the faulty logic and fear-inciting posts about robots taking over the world and killer mowers.
Next is a blog in another language, so that one I cannot criticize.
I come to a poetry blog, and while I can't say that it is any worse than my own, it is pretty obnoxious. I click "Next."
Lo and behold! A blogger who insists on adding some of that talk that consists of "b4 u go, no that i luv u.... girlz rulz!!!!!11. lol!" ICK.

Then I decide that this is rather quite enough, and come to complain to you about it. As I do so, I notice a blog that is rather pointless, has grammatical errors of its own, and has this goofy "Pull" tag. It's name is Swords and...

Wait, that's mine. Never mind.

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How to make your Brain hurt Wednesday, May 30, 2007 |

Whenever I go to my dad's for a day or so, we always go through a movie marathon. Like that time I watched 11 movies in three days. I don't actually remember them now, but I do remember that none of them were spectacular, so I probably am not missing much. Today's score: five(5) movies in about twenty-two(22) hours. Five movies in a day; I think we did pretty good. Actually, I did pretty good, because he watched maybe one and a half before falling asleep. And there is no better way to make your brain shout "I give up!!" than to watch several mind-bending videos, all in a row. In order of viewing, I watched

[last night, before going to sleep (four am)]
Pan's Labyrinth - A really really good movie, even though it is in Spanish with English subtitles. It's a violent fairy tale, reminiscent of the Grimm Brothers, just much more [better].

Fight Club - Now THAT was a good movie. It's not just about a fight club, either. Well, it is, but there's a bunch of other stuff that's going on as well that I will spoil if I continue talking.

Apocalypto - It was a decent film; not the best but definitely enjoyable. I must admit, I didn't realize that the whole entire movie was in Mayan and I was just putting voices and subtitles together until this afternoon.

[this morning to this afternoon]
Bourne Identity - An action film. This was probably the least exciting of the bunch, because of the disappointing way the People made it clear what had happened to Jason Bourne. It required little to no thinking, but was a pretty nice movie either way.

The Prestige - By far the best movie I saw these past twenty-four hours. Heck, the best movie I've seen in quite some time. The plot was twisted, the characters demented, the circumstances so out-of-control and unfathomable that I'm STILL trying to dissect it all perfectly. Unfathomable? That was a fun word. Maybe not entirely accurate, but still fun.

So that's what I did all night/day. That, and making other people's brains hurt in Hot Topic. That is so much fun. If you haven't tried it, I say you haven't lived until you do. Top priority, right up there with eating squid tentacles,* running on train tracks also being used by a train, and starting a fight with a total stranger.

*No, I do NOT want to eat any. Thank you; I'll save my suction cup usage to sticking things to windows and mirrors.
**Oh yeah, excuse my atrocious grammar today. I'm exhausted, and don't feel like changing the minor mistakes I made. Basically, I'm too lazy. Go ahead, you can call me on them if you like, but don't start a fight you can't win. (Kidding!)

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Ladies and Gentlemen, introducing..... Tuesday, May 29, 2007 |

I realized that I don't talk enough. Well, not that I don't talk enough, but that I don't have enough space to talk as much as I'd like. So I made another blog.

That's sorta kinda maybe how it went. Actually, what really happened was, I was reading Ron's blog, and he had a post about team blogs, and I thought: what the heck? Let's try it! (That was probably a run-on sentence, but I'm too lazy to fix it. Sue me. Yes Daniel, sue me.) So to make a long story longer, I set out to create a team blog. I sat there for about seven minutes trying to think up a name. Then my connection died. Since it was already around two in the morning, I decided to just go to sleep and work on it in the morning. After a couple template issues and email glitches, I can now present you with New Blog: The Sharpie Chronicles.

Visit it. I would tell you what it's about, but your guess is as good as mine.


Saying of the day Monday, May 28, 2007 |

I was introduced to a new saying today.

I'm in the kitchen, see, putting away dishes, when my [Mexican] grandmother comes in. We exchange a few words, and then she goes into the dining room. She returns, laughing.

"I went in the kitchen to get a bowl for the fruit, but instead I just stood there like a chile."

"Like a what?" I asked her.

"A chile; a pepper. Just standing there, being hot."

Oh, okay. That makes sense. I am so going to have to use that line.

Another thing: it seems that I simply cannot leave a comment anywhere (Facebook, other blogs, etc..) without writing a paragraph about things that may or may not pertain to the subject. I have to go back and delete about half of the 'short note,' because people really don't want to read a paragraph of my ramblings. And if they did, they'd read the blog. You know, The Blog. (Hint: this one.)
Yeah, I'll stop talking now.

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Because, Etc. Sunday, May 27, 2007 |

Oh, you poor readers. No weekly links, and no posts. You must be sad, and deprived of Tiphanie.

Or not.

As I speak - er, type - a train is honking as LOUDLY as it possibly can. Mind you, it's 10 o'clock at night. People (other, normal people) are sleeping. I wonder what the engineer is trying to do, announce his presence to the man on the moon? Probably woke him up, too. One day, I'm going to put a penny on those tracks and TEACH HIM A LESSON.

Guess what two new and exciting and 'everyone-is-going-to-see-it-or-has-already-seen-it' movies are out? Yeah, Spiderman 3 and Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Funny. Two thirds. Anyway, I haven't seen them. Neither of them. You know what I was doing on opening night (for BOTH of them)? Babysitting. Yes, I was indeed in a house where I put babies in sacks and sat on them. They behave wonderfully. I did get a consolation phone call from a friend, however, while he was at the movie theatre. Yeah. Rub it in.

Though I haven't seen PC3, and still am totally out of the loop when it comes to the Great Debate about whether They (universal they here) will make a fourth one, or if they'll just leave well enough alone, I did take a picture with Johnny Depp.

And that Chick, and Orloser Bloom. Seriously; what's her name?

Okay, okay. I admit it. I took a picture with their cardboard cut-outs. Though I'm SURE that Bloom acted just like he would in real life. I was a bit disappointed with the Captain, however. No matter, on my wall I have a picture of Elizabeth, Captain Jack, Me (in braids!), and William[ick]. Pronounced '"Will'-yu-mick." It's right next to the picture of the Evanescence logo and that moon I painted, along with a few other notecards of poems, language quotes, and snippets of stories I never wrote. And clay. Yes, I have clay stuck to my wall.

I think that's a long enough update. I would keep going on and on about what happened Saturday at the few garage sales I went to and what great deals I got on old lamps and shadowboxes, or perhaps ramble about my brother's amazing birthday presents (a Wii and a trampoline), BUT I WON'T. Mostly because my room isn't clean. Again. And secondly because I'm just a teensy bit tired, and after my Super Speedy Throw-Everything-In-The-Closet Cleanup, I'll be very tired.

So: good night/sleep tight/bedbugs/etc...

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Eventually I'll have my blogroll down here, but for now, I'm just glad all the Latin is gone. And of course, all the blogs, poems, ideas, stories, articles, essays, bla bla bla (and that one picture that I drew) are copyright Tiphanie Neely 2007.