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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Inception -- Review

The movie, Inception, is an intriguing film which keeps you engaged to the story. It keeps you thinking. The film starts off slow and confusing, making your mind run in circles. Christopher Nolan, the writer and director, proposes we give perfection by creating our own world a second look and we should not try to create a perfect life because nothing is perfect. The more we try to control people and situations, the more they become uncontrollable as people may know things we don't expect them to. The film suggests there is a way to change people through the use of multiple dream levels, by probing into the subconscious mind, which makes the film confusing to a surface viewer. By the end of the film, confusing threads come together and it is understandable. Nolan wrote and directed the scenes of this film beautifully and thoughtfully encouraging the viewer to think, feel, and to take part in the journey and think about the lessons the characters learned to try to relate the lessons to the viewer's own life. I, very much enjoyed this film as it was not a passive film. It keeps the viewer wondering what will happen and what is going on, and to try to figure out themselves by trying to "read between the lines."
The grade I would give this film would be an A.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Poetry taste #3: "Sleepy Sun"

"Sleepy Sun"

In bed, the early
Morning bright sun creeps through my
Window in autumn.

[Alyssa Scheidemann - 2010]

Friday, November 19, 2010

Poetry taste #2: "Scarred"

Lungs scarred from pneumonia's branding,
Once into me, the cough seeps.
It takes time for mending,
As it cuts so deep.

[Alyssa Scheidemann - 2010]

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Poetry taste #1: "Confusion" poem

The water is to the rim,
I shut my eyes tight.
Water fills my ears
As I contemplate.
You flash across
My mind.
Is this right?
Alone, I'm numb.
You're only light;
Love; clarity.
I'm unbreakable
Like a superglued vase.

[Alyssa Scheidemann - 2010]

Monday, September 27, 2010

Poetry Book and other projects update

I am about three quarters of the way with the progress of my poetry book nearing completion. The text itself is finished as is the artwork. The arrangement for the content, edits to the manuscript, and finishing touches are still in progress. It is called Seasonal Lives Poetry Collection: With Me. Further updates will be revealed and stated on the official Facebook page for the book.


On another note, I have other future book projects also in the works.



Friday, July 30, 2010

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Last weekend, I went to Universal. I especially went to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter "mini" park. It was Amazing!!
There are three rides. The rides are Harry Potter and the Hidden Journey, Dragon Challenge, and The Flight of the Hippogriff. Harry Potter and the Hidden Journey is a 3D thrill ride where you don't need 3D glasses and move from room to room, battling a dragon, spiders, and dementors, and was my favorite as you walked through Hogwarts to get to the front of the ride. The Dragon Challenge ride is a thrill roller coaster that used to be the fire and ice dragon roller coaster. The Flight of the Hippogriff is a family coaster and used to be a unicorn roller coaster.
They have an area that is supposed to be Hogsmeade, with shops and restaurants from both the village of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. I shopped in Honeydukes, the candy shop, and bought Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate frogs, Fudge Flies, and a honeydukes milk chocolate bar. I was literally like a kid in a candy shop! LOL!
Also I ate at the Three Broomsticks restaurant (I waited in line in the pouring rain to get in!), and drank Butterbeer! It tasted like ( and which it was) creme soda and butterscotch. :)

I went to Ollivander's (I waited in line a little over an hour), and saw an interactive wand show. After that, I bought my own wand and many Gryffindor house items. Definitely, if Hogwarts were actually real, I'd want to be in Gryffindor. ;)

Overall, I had a blast! :)

P.s.: Quick book and poetry update: I have been reading The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner: Eclipse Novella - it is really good so far. I have about three new poems that are currently in the works at the moment, too. :)


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Poem Reference in books

Last night, I just finally finished reading Heat Wave - awesome book, especially if you love the TV show Castle. I have recently found that now two books I have read, in fact, have a reference to a well known poem and one of my favorites by Robert Frost. The poem is called "Fire And Ice."

The first book I have read that has a reference to the poem is the Twilight Saga book, Eclipse. The poem is quoted in the beginning pages before the actual book starts. In Eclipse, I think she refers to the poem as a way to describe the decision Bella is faced with. 'Fire' being in referring to the werewolves because they are hot and 'ice' being in referring to the vampires because they are cold.

The second book I have read that has a reference to the poem is the book, Heat Wave. One of the shops the detective and writer visit is named "Fire and Icing." The writer character, Rook quotes the first two lines of the poem.

The poem: "Fire And Ice"
"Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I've tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if I had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice."

- Robert Frost

It is pretty sweet when books reference poems. Maybe I should refer to a poem (though not particularly this exact one), if and/or when I write a book myself someday.

- Alyssa

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Poetry Progress

I am currently working on writing new poetry, and getting published and getting out there. So far this summer, I have two new poems written and will be writing many more. These new poems will be part of groups of my poetry to be submitted to magazines so they will not be available online. In addition to writing, I am reading a lot of books and finding poetry to read to keep me inspired. I may someday post a review of any books I read this summer so keep a look out. :)



Sunday, May 30, 2010


The other night I rented and watched the movie Avatar for the first time. I also am currently taking an environmental class at the moment. So as I was watching the movie, finding out the reason us, the humans, traveled to another planet/place to obtain resources, something clicked in my mind. Even though the movie is fictitious, even though it could be a long way down to that point, the reason as to why the humans were looking elsewhere could become very real, and that is sad. The reason of going to another place because we used up our resources and ruining the planet could be real if we don't take care of the Earth and use the resources in moderation now. I'm not a "tree-hugger" or whatever. It's just an interesting thought. Think about it. Just food for thought.

Until next time,

Thursday, April 15, 2010