Why You Should Check Out Pixar in a Box — The Art of Storytelling

Pixar in a Box
“Photo Credit: Miguel Á. Padriñán”

Unless you have a Khan Academy account and are on it often (or you’re my mom—hello!), you’ve probably not heard of Pixar in a Box. And that’s just sad.

So, information and facts time.

Khan Academy (a free learning site) partnered with Pixar a while back to make Pixar in a Box — a series of courses centered mainly around animation. But, about a year ago, they came out with a course focused on storytelling.

In these lessons, story artists, writers, editors, and other people who work at Pixar teach and share insights on how to develop plots, worlds, and characters. Along with this, they teach the basics of film grammar and visual language and give tips on how to pitch story ideas and give feedback. Continue Reading

My 2018 Blog(ish) Goals

Goals
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This probably should have been the first thing I posted this year, but I have no regrets about my priorities (which obviously favor invented species over goals and resolutions.)

Also, by this point, you probably thought you were done reading about resolutions, but nay. You are not done. You’ve still got one more to read. Unless you decide to just throw your phone across the room. That’s fair.

My 2018 Blog(ish) Goals

•Read 50 books.

Last year I read 52 books, so if I’m being honest my goal is to beat myself by at least one book, but 50 is more aesthetically pleasing, sooo…. Continue Reading

The Beginner’s Guide to Puder Cats

Puder Cats
“Photo Credit: Pixabay”

It’s officially the fourth day of 2018, so now seems like a good time to talk about the logistics of a species that I don’t even remember creating. Enjoy.

Millions of amazing species exist on earth. Their abilities and purposes are as endless as their numbers. From breathing underwater and controlling pests, to flying and fertilizing the ground. Some species are even yet to be discovered. One creature that remains to be discovered is the magnificent tunneling cat: a species that is known by some as Puder Cats. Continue Reading

The Cat Owner’s Guide to Wrapping Presents

Wrapping Presents
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Christmas is nearly here. And if you are me, then there’s a 100% chance that you haven’t wrapped any presents yet. There’s also a 100% chance that you have a cat that you do NOT want in the room with you while wrapping presents.

Even if by some weird chance you are not me, and you don’t have a cat (or any other animal), I’m sure you’ll enjoy the following article that I found on messybeast.com.

The Cat Owner’s Guide to Wrapping Presents

1.

Clear large space on table for wrapping present.

2.

Go to wardrobe and collect bag in which present is contained, and close door. Continue Reading

Why Redemptive Character Arcs Matter

Redemptive Character Arcs
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I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while, and with The Last Jedi premiering tonight and the roles Redemptive character arcs played in the original Trilogy, now seems like a good time.

Also, I’m super stoked for The Last Jedi. And I might be obsessing over Rey’s poncho a bit too much.

JUST LOOK AT IT.

Redemptive Character ArcsVia GIPHY

…Sorry.

Let’s begin.

The concept of good and evil is used a lot in movies, TV shows, and books, and the messier a character’s past is, the more interesting their journey to the light side can be. With my Myers–Briggs personality type being what it is (INFJ), I like to see and help things get cleaned up. Whether it’s a closet that needs to be gone through and organized or a character who needs to pull themselves together, I find it satisfying. Continue Reading

How to Get Comfortable While Reading

Reading
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If you’ve ever even thought about reading, you’ve had this problem. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading from a book, magazine, tablet, ancient scroll, or milk carton—the process of reading has one fatal flaw: you cannot stay comfortable for more than fifteen minutes.

It doesn’t matter what position you’re in. Standing up or sitting or lying down. On your back or on your stomach or on your head. You’ll lose circulation, get a cramp, or your right hand will fall off. Nothing works—and this post probably won’t either. Continue Reading

The History of Halloween

History of Halloween
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To the surprise of basically everyone, it’s almost Halloween, and because of this, it’s almost November. Even though 2017 started approximately two days ago, soon we’ll only have two months of it left. So, because I knew nothing about the history of Halloween and I enjoy learning weird historical facts (and asking questions that my mom tells me to google and then write an essay on—WHICH I DON’T DO), I decided to do some digging (which was mostly me being on Pinterest.) And, lo and behold, Halloween started in Ireland. Hands up, who’s surprised? Continue Reading

How Costumes (…Clothes) Reflect Characters’ Personalities (With Examples Because Duh)

Costumes
“Photo Credit: Skitter Photo”

We’ve gone through candy. We’ve gone through scary movies (I mean kinda.) And now…we’ve gotta talk about costumes. Or rather, about how characters’ costumes (aka clothes) reflect their silly selves. Because that has something to do with Halloween?? (If you were hoping I would tell you what to dress up as for Halloween, then the answer will always be Count Olaf.) But I swear to you that this will be great.

1. First, characters dress like their personalities. 

Take The Doctor. (For example. Don’t kidnap him. That’s rude.) With every regeneration, he’s obviously a different human being with different likes and dislikes, but before you know any of them, you get an idea of who he is by what he chooses to wear. Continue Reading

The Scariest 6-Minute Movie in Existence

Scariest 6-Minute Movie
“Photo Credit: Skitterphoto”

In the spirit of Halloween, I couldn’t resist writing this post. Because what is Halloween, really, if not an attempt to make everybody wet their pants?

Behold! The scariest 6-minute movie (*cough* starring Winston and Puder *cough*) in existence!

(If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say Winston and Puder, you probably missed a blog post. Here’s what to do: DO NOT click on this link. It will make your eyes fall out. There will be much burning and unpleasantness.) Continue Reading

5 Harry Potter Sweets That Would be Nifty to Have in Real Life

Harry Potter Sweets
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I’ve always had really weird yet strong opinions about which months belong in which seasons.

December is the only winter month, because Wintriness=Christmas in my mind. Spring lasts from January to May, which means the weather goes from Cold/Blah to Grey-Roadside-Slushy-Blah to Actual Spring. Summertime contains June, July, and August. And fall (or its more dignified twin, autumn) has the months of September, October, and November.

That being said, my mental calendar (or mentally disturbed calendar, whichever you prefer) failed me last month. I totally forgot that September was the beginning of fall. And my forgetfulness had nothing to do with the warmness of the weather or being in Florida or having a crazy month, obviously. Continue Reading

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