Saturday, January 29, 2011

Vampires All Around Us

I don't typically use this blog to talk about the latest 'crush' I have. I had that little slip a few months ago where I admitted my love for Ryan Buell & Paranormal State, but since I have been good. We haven't talked about NCIS (DiNizzo) or Supernatural (Sam & Dean) or House (Chase) or any of the new movies out or coming out starring Channing Tatum. I've been very good.

Until now.

Now I am going to use this as a forum to let it all out about Ian Somerholder. He is delightful and yummy. Some of you might remember him from "Lost"... or maybe a little known movie called "The Lost Samaritan"... I don't. I have purged all images of Ian except for his sexy role of Damon Salvatore in "The Vampire Diaries".

It's not his (obviously) dashing good looks that won me over... it's not the mystic color of his eyes (though very intoxicating)...

What it is... what it is, my friends, is the way he does "brooding" and the look on his face when he's in sheer anguish and denying his love for another. Ladies, I know you can understand my desire to jump right into the TV and give him a shoulder to cry on. He is, by far, one of the sexiest men on TV right now.

In the show, "The Vampire Diaries", Ian is not the main love interest (though I have high hopes this will change!); his brother, Stefan, is. And in the beginning of the show that was fine--human chick hooks up with nice, Edward-like vampire. This is the way these things go.

Then he happens along...
...and it's all I can do to not scream at Elena and tell her to open her eyes! He's in love with you. Forget the nice brother--take this one!!! PLEASE TAKE THIS ONE!!!

But, alas, the writers haven't asked me for input & I can tell they are just toying with me. The looks that past between the two of them, the situations they find themselves in... heavens, look at me, I'm swooning.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Random Facts Writing

A recent assignment in my second session of Creative Writing was to pick a random fact from a list of 31 facts we were given. Once your fact was chosen you were to include it in your writing. For me, this exercise posed a few questions: how long should this be? What exactly am I supposed to write about - fact or fiction? In the end, the writing was short & true.

Read on...

I look out over the balcony to the clear water and can see the reef below. Before coming to Belize, I had never seen such clear water--a clarity that reigns in the Caribbean. Pristine waters, sandy beaches, hammocks in the shade of palm trees all seem to be trademarks of the Caribbean islands. Every vista is postcard perfect.

Back home, the bluish-brown expanse offered little hope for glimpses of the teeming underwater world below. During the many visits to the beach in my youth, I believed this was the way of all large bodies of water. Certainly none could be clear enough to see to the ocean floor! The massive amount of sea life, areas of pollution and typical changes in the weather patterns that affect the currents make it a logical conclusion that ocean water would be churned to a murky shade.

Then I took my first trip to the Caribbean.

Was it the color, the temperature, the vibe of the tropics or crystal blue water that struck me the most? They say the color blue has a calming effect, that it causes your brain to release calming hormones. If that's true, I can understand the laid back mentality of the islands. Blue is all around you--in the sky, the water & the colorful buildings. It's more than a fleeting feeling of relaxation; it's a blanket that envelopes you, shifting your attitude and mood.

I imagine waking every day to find the blue once again greeting me with its soothing effects. It would be a world with little stress and nothing that couldn't be fixed with a journey to look into the depths of the clear sea. Envisioning a world below the water's surface and how peaceful the creatures must live in the blue, day after day, would be enough to transport me to another mind-set.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011