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pageladys Does NaNoWriMo 2012

I have decided to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo, which starts tomorrow.  I have several story ideas, two of which I have been kicking around and fleshing out for a couple of years, and it’s time I get serious about sitting down and writing one of them.  Since I’ll be struggling to get over 1500 words typed each day on top of my full-time job and, you know, life, I won’t be able to blog during November.   I know sometimes I go for a spell without any new posts anyway, but I wanted to preemptively announce that this time it’s because I’m being productive!  Hopefully.  Also, by putting my intentions out there publicly, it adds some external pressure and accountability for me to stick with it and meet my goal.

I don’t want to give away too many details about the story I will be writing, (what if somebody steals my ideas!), but it is fantasy/sci-fi and takes place on another planet which is inhabited by three types of physiologically distinct sentient beings.  It explores themes of cultural division and unity, and of seeking spiritual truth in a world with no scriptures and competing oral traditions.

I *might* still blog some new posts in November, especially the one on the British slang in The Casual Vacancy that I have nearly finished.  But blogging will take a lower priority over novel-writing for the next 30 days!  I will definitely be tweeting NaNoWriMo updates throughout the month as well if you want to keep up with my progress.

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100,000 Views

Today is an important historical date.  It is the date on which this blog reached the milestone of 100,000 all-time views, according to my wordpress stats.

I would post a screenshot here, but my wordpress stats page has been acting wonky today.  I’ve complained about it in this forum, but it’s still unresolved, so for now you’ll just have to believe me.  (I know, I know, “pics or it didn’t happen.”)

Thank you to everyone who has read my blog, whether through subscription, clicking links from tumblr, facebook, or twitter, or googling for things like “what are the lyrics to Star Spangled Man With A Plan?” or “Katniss braid;”  I owe and share this feeling of accomplishment with you all.  I try to put a lot of time and effort into producing quality posts, and I am grateful to anyone who thinks they are worth their time to read.

As I noticed my all-time views creeping into the upper ninty thousands, I was originally planning on doing a “this date in history” post when I hit 100,000.  But as it turns out, the historical significance of today’s date, (September 11), is not really news to anyone.  So instead I will do a recap of my most popular posts, and the posts that are my personal favorites.

Of course, I do remember where I was when I heard about the attack on the World Trade Center on that other September 11.   I was in a high school Spanish class.  Our teacher was on an exchange program from Mexico.  I had to help translate the commentary on the news station that we all gathered in the library to watch into Spanish for her.  The second tower collapsed as we were watching.  Then the Principal ordered everyone back to class because watching the TV was “frightening students.”  Being an upperclassman, I was upset with that logic.  I thought it was more frightening to be cut off from the news and not know what was going on, (nobody had smart phones yet), and I felt that this event was going to have such a huge impact on our futures, that we should be allowed to witness it.  I still disagree with that principal’s decision, but I don’t know, maybe if I had been in junior high it really would have been too much to handle.

Top 5 Viewed Posts:

Without question, the most popular post has been my collaborative attempt at figuring out the lyrics to “The Star Spangled Man With A Plan,” the propaganda song-and-dance number that appears in the movie Captain America: The First Avenger.  Frustrated by google’s inability to turn up the lyrics, I posted what I thought I heard, and other people googling for the same thing happened across my blog and helped me hash out the full lyrics in the comments section.  I updated the post as we went along, and it was really just a lot of fun to work on.

My second most popular post is an analysis of the opening sequence for Legend of Korra, back when it was still being called Avatar: Legend of Korra.  I think that one has been getting a lot of hits because I posted a transcription of the voice-over narrative, but I feel a little guilty about it because it was based on a leaked video.  I’m morally opposed to video piracy and illegally downloading music, television, movies, or books online, but linking to a leaked video is like an endorsement which I ought not to have done.  If nobody acts online theft is a big deal, it soon won’t be for anyone.  And I don’t want to be a contributor to that mindset.  I do think it’s okay to leave the post up now, though, because the show has legitimately aired, but still…some of those views were ill-earned.  Shame on me.

The third most viewed post on this blog is an analysis and transcription of the singing of the dwarves in a trailer for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.  It’s funny, I think of myself as primarily a movie and book blog with assorted nerdy categories, but if you look at my top three posts it’s like I’m a resource for musical movie transcriptions.  I’m still totally in love with this song and I can’t wait to see the movie this December.  I’m currently trying to decide what costume to wear for the midnight premiere.

My fourth most viewed post is an analysis of the first full trailer for The Hunger Games, which I posted a few hours after it premiered online.  I went home sick from work that day, but then I remembered that the trailer was about to be released, so instead of resting I watched it over and over and wrote up my response.  I think my favorite thing about that post is the (slightly biased) poll asking readers to vote for how awesome the trailer is, and how many votes it has accumulated, but the real reason that post has been so popular is probably because I give a book reference for the three-fingered District 12 salute.  People who saw the movie without having read the books went home and googled it, and some of them found my blog.  I really probably owe google the majority of my views.  (So, fellow bloggers, if you want to increase your stats, find a topic that google doesn’t have the answer to, and post about it!)

The fifth most popular post is also Hunger Games related; it’s one of my three posts dedicated to figuring out how to do my hair in a side-braid like Katniss wears in the movie.  Somebody pinned a link to that post on pinterest, but I think it’s mostly, again, google-directed traffic.  I hope people have found it helpful in their attempts at Katniss cosplay.

pagelady’s Favorite Posts:

I am proud of nearly all my posts, but my favorites are ones that I spend a lot of time researching for and working on, and they don’t tend to get as many views.  I really love my snarky movie recaps.  The first one I wrote was for Abduction, and then I did another one for  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, part 1.  You know, sometimes bad movies are the most fun.  Those snarky recaps take a long time, but writing them is a lot of fun, too.  I have one on The Odd Life of Timothy Green half-written that maybe I will get around to posting someday.  It’s not nearly as much fun to snarkily recap a great movie, because instead of poking fun I’m just typing “ZOMG LOVED IT, AND THIS PART I WAS CRYING, AND IT WAS SO GOOD!” the whole time.   I think I love those snarky recaps the most in part because they allow for more creativity; many of my posts are more like reference papers.  The topics are nerdy, but I still have to make sure I have sources and accurate quotes and things.  My favorites of those types of posts are my criticisms of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2, and my linguistic accuracy problems with Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

I’m not sure what to pick for my fifth favorite, so I will cheat and pick three.  I really like my Green Eyes rant, (and I’m working on a part 2 with more examples of good and bad green-eyed characters), I really like my Taylor Kitsch Didn’t Learn Proper Barsoomian Pronunciation rant, and I really like my Song of Ice and Fire book recaps.  (I’m working on the third one for Storm of Swords right now!)

What has been your favorite pagelady post?  Let me know in the comments!

Well, once again, thanks for reading, everyone!  I’ve really been enjoying this blog over the past two years since I started it.  I wish that I had time to contribute to it more often, but on the other hand I’m glad that it is a relaxing and enjoyable pastime with no deadlines or consequences if I don’t post.

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