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Hello my faithful readers and fellow bloggers.

It’s nice to see you all again.

It’s a brand new month and I thought I would start it off by writing about my newest blog ‘People Sightings of the Nerd Kind’. Aside from writing, another favorite hobby of mine is taking pictures. My favorite subject is taking pictures of people, especially them dressed in costumes or better known as cosplay. For those of you who don’t know what cosplay is it’s basically people dressed up as their favorite characters from books, tv shows, movies, etc.

So if you ever have the time check it out and let me know what you think.

I’m off to do some writing. I’ve been meaning to update and I plan on keeping my promise.

See you guys later!

I just wanted to wish Rupert Grint a Happy Birthday. It’s hard to believe that the kid that played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies is 24 today. He really brought Ron to life on the big screen. He also did a few other films. There was ‘Driving Lessons’ with Julie Walters (ironically Julie Walters also played Molly Weasley in the Harry Potter films) and ‘Wild Target with Bill Nighy and Emily Blunt. I never got a chance to see them but I will one of these days.

I don’t know what he’s been up to since the last Harry Potter movie but recently he did carry the Olympic torch at 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In an interview he said, “it was an overwhelming experience that he had hoped to remember forever.” Seriously, he got to carry the Olympic torch. How cool is that?

Well, once again Happy Birthday Rupert. You truly are our king.

Back in May I went to the Town and County Hotel in San Diego, where they held the second annual Gaslight Gathering Steampunk Convention. I had a blast at the first one they had and I couldn’t wait to go this one and it didn’t disappoint. It’s a great place to get ideas for costumes and other creative stuff. I saw some really cool stuff this year.

When I saw the woman’s tattoo I had to take a picture of her and her guy.

I thought this was a cute picture. You see even dogs are into Steampunk.

I met this one guy who made this really cool steampunk hats. I like the one on the right. The wings are made out of chop sticks. I hope he washed them first though.

I thought these ladies costumes were really something. It’s like they broke out of a Steampunk insane asylum.

That’s the great thing about Steampunk. The possibilities are endless. Next year for sure I’m gonna come up with the costume. I have a lot of ideas: Steampunk Wicked Witch of East (complete with ruby slippers steampunk style), Steampunk Harry Potter, Steampunk Pirate…you get the idea.

I would like to say Happy Birthday to the wonderful and very talented, Joanne Rowling, better known as JK Rowling. What can we say about this incredible woman. She literally went from “rags to riches” when create the Harry Potter series. Joanne was a single mother living on welfare and now she’s one of the richest women in the world. She is living proof that dreams can come true. It was so cool seeing her at the London Olympics Opening Ceremonies.

Also, if you guys are real hardcore Potter fans you would also know that July 31 just happens to be Harry Potter birthday as well. He was born in 1980, so if he was a real person he would be 32-years-old today.

In other Rowling news Joanne has a new book coming out called The Casual Vacancy. This will be her first published book since the Harry Potter series and it’s also her first book aimed at an adult audience. The book comes out on September 27, 2012. Anything JK Rowling or Harry Potter related I am all over it. 

So Happy Birthday to Joanne and her creation, Harry. Thank you for bringing us great joy and for giving us a world to escape to from our everyday lives.

I just want to give a big birthday shout out to the once and only, Daniel Radcliffe, who turns 23 today. It seems like only yesterday that we just saw little Dan going off to Hogwarts for the first time. They grow up so first.

I remember reading somewhere about how he was in the bath when he got the news. His dad came running in and said “Guess what they want to play Harry Potter?!” Dan actually cried. I would too! Having the honor of playing Harry Potter would have been the greatest day of my life. Seriously, how many people get the chance to play such a beloved story book character and the big screen?

Even though the Harry Potter series is over already, we haven’t seen the last of Dan. I know he was in that one horror film, The Woman in Black that came out early this year. And he was this play called How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. I heard that one was good.

Once again, Happy Birthday Dan! I hope you have a great day.

A week ago I went to Comic Con International in San Diego. I love going to Comic Con every year. It’s like my own geek vacation. Anyway, I went to a few writing workshop there and I got inspired. Since I love to write, why not try writing for comics.

My story is about this girl in early 20’s who decide to fight crime dressed as a super hero. I got inspired by other archer heroes like Green Arrow, Hawkeye, etc. I always wanted to try archery. Man, I haven’t written an original story in years and I’m pretty proud of this.

I’m a geek so I might as well get paid for it. This is the first chapter and I’m off to write chapter two. If you guys want to keep check of the story go to fictionpress.com. My pen name is BloodyTink.

Here’s the a sneak peek.

If some guy had randomly walked up to me on the street one day and told me that a year from now I would be fighting crime while dressed as Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games, I would have brushed it off as some perverted geek’s fantasy and tell him to go fuck himself.

Well, the joke is on me because it’s Saturday night and I’m perched on the roof of one of the tallest buildings in the city like some gargoyle, looking down at the people below.

Seriously, I don’t know how comic book heroes  do this every night, waiting hours on end for some dumb ass to break the law. I wonder if Spider Man ever considered bringing a book while waiting for Dr. Octopus to show up. And I’m pretty sure Batman could afford an ipod with all the money he spends on those high tech gadgets.

From up here the city lights seem to shine like jewels in an endless sea of darkness, giving the illusion that there’s something worth while in this hellhole. But the minute you try to reach for those lights, you end up getting electrocuted like the other gullible little insects that were too stupid to see the truth: Esmeralda City has gone to shit.

I’m not being mean. I’m being brutally honest.

I watched the people walk the streets like busy little ants, always in a hurry, never stopping. I remember back in the day where the neighborhoods were so clean that even the homeless people looked pretty dapper despite their ratty clothes and lack of good hygiene. Now it’s a dump.

Actually calling the city a “dump” is considered a complement. It’s like living in a pile of shit under a bigger pile of shit, made of broken hope and discarded dreams.

Man, aside from a few college students leaving the club and a transvestite that looks like Johnny Depp working a street corner, tonight has been uneventful. Fuck! And I was looking forward to a little target practice too.

I was about to call it a night when a woman’s screams interrupted my train of thought.

Time to go to work.

I break into a run, jumping on rooftops with the grace and agility that would make even Catwoman green with envy. You know, you would think people would notice a young woman doing back flips and other cool gymnastic moves in a green and brown leather outfit. Hell, I would have settled for someone making a Robin Hood reference. I’m astounded at the absolute jadedness the human body can conjure up when they refuse to acknowledge the obvious: that the city has it’s very own super hero looking out for them.

Every hero has a reason for fighting the good fight: truth, justice, revenge, 15 minutes of fame, etc.  Whatever the reason you can’t help but respect the ones brave enough to go out there in the dead of night, putting their lives on the line, while wearing spandex and still maintain some kind of dignity.

My reasons are pure and simple. I’m sick of all the bullshit that’s happening in this city. I just want to feel safe again and protect the people I love.

Forgive me, where are my manners? I’ve been babbling on this whole time that I forgot to introduce myself.

To my family and friends I go by Jade, Jade Salonga. But you may call me Quiver, the Midnight Archer. At your service.

If you guys love Harry Potter you’re going to love this. Pottermore is a website that let’s fans experience the world of Harry Potter on a whole new level. You get to shop in Diagon Alley. You get to learn how to make potions.

I had a blast on this site. Not only do I get to live the adventure again, but I also get a more hands on experience. I’ve met Hagrid, I rode the Hogwarts Express, I got to use the Mirror of Erised, etc. I’m already done with Philosopher/Sorcerer’s Stone now I have to wait for the Chamber of Secrets.

It was interesting discovering new things.

For example, when I went to Ollivander’s to get my wand, I got Vine and Unicorn, eleven and a half inches, slightly yielding. I was curious what my wand said about me so I check on the links for wands woods and wands cores and read some of Ollivander’s notes, who believed that wand wood has an almost human powers of perception and preferences.

Vine-The druids considered anything with a woody stem as a tree, and vine makes of such a special nature that I have been happy to continue their ancient tradition. Vine wands are among the less common types, and I have been intrigued to notice that their owners are nearly always those wizards or witches who seek a greater purpose, who have a vision beyond the ordinary and who frequently astound those who think they know best. Vine wands seem strongly attracted by personalities with hidden depths, and I have found them more sensitive than any other when it comes to instantly detecting a prospective match. Reliable sources claim that these wands can emit magical effects upon the mere entrance into their room of a suitable owner, and I have twice observed the phenomenon in my own shop.

Unicorn-Unicorn hair generally produces the most consistent magic, and is least subject to fluctuations and blockages. Wands with unicorn cores are generally the most difficult to turn to the Dark Arts. They are the most faithful of all wands, and usually remain strongly attached to their first owner, irrespective of whether he or she was an accomplished witch or wizard. Minor disadvantages of unicorn hair are that they do not make the most powerful wands (although the wand wood may compensate) and that they are prone to melancholy if seriously mishandled, meaning that the hair may ‘die’ and need replacing.

Also, another thing I found interesting was the house I was sorted in. I answered every question honestly and I was surprised to find myself in Ravenclaw. I thought for sure I would end up in Gryffindor or at least Hufflepuff.

At first I didn’t think I belong in Ravenclaw because they’re suppose to the brainiacs of the school. After all the house motto is “wit beyond measure is man’s greatest treasure”, but than I read the welcoming letter and I got a better idea of what a Ravenclaw really was.

“It’s not unusual to find twenty people standing outside the common room door, all trying to work out the answer to the day’s question together. This is a great way to meet fellow Ravenclaws from other years, and to learn from them.”

“Another cool thing about Ravenclaw is that our people are the most individual, some might even call them eccentrics. But geniuses are often out of step with ordinary folk, and unlike some other houses we could mention, we think you’ve got the right to wear what you like, believe what you want, and say what you feel. We aren’t put off by people who march to a different tune; on the contrary, we value them!”

What the letter said made a lot sense. I’ve always been a bit different. Ravenclaw doesn’t automatically mean you are an egghead. I mean, look at Luna Lovegood. She wears radish earrings and a cork necklace to keep the Nargles away. Luna maybe odd but she’s very wise and not afraid to be herself, which is why she’s one of my favorite characters in the Harry Potter universe. Someone once told me that a smart person seeks knowledge, while a wise person puts that knowledge to good use. I guess the Sorting Hat knew what it was doing when it put me in Ravenclaw.

As I wait for them to post up book two, I’m practicing my spells and my potions. Who knew that making a cure for boils could be so hard?

But with anything involving Harry Potter and JK Rowling, it’s worth it in the end.

 



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