AfterEllen on Pretty Little Liars

Aria’s rookie day at Radley goes about as well as you’d expect. The first thing she does is practically confess to killing Shana when Eddie Lamb reads her name off her name tag. All he says is “Aria” and she’s like, “Who, me? No, not me. I mean, yes, my name is Aria, but not like Aria Montgomery as in the Aria Montgomery who pistol whipped the dead girl they found in the New York theater owned by the former literature professor at Rosewood High with whom I — or, rather, my doppelganger has been seen snogging around town in the rain. Nice to meet you?” He says she looks familiar, probably because Spencer talked about her so much, but she insists that she is familiar to no one, least of all Shana Fring. “That girl whose funeral had more than six million views on YouTube?” “That’s the one.”

I love these recaps so much.

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Here are my favorite things I found around the internet this week:

  • Unless you were hanging out under a rock yesterday, you are probably aware that the much anticipated trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey made its debut:
  • Entertainment Weekly had a fun article comparing the trailer to the book. Not gonna lie, my interest is piqued.
  • Ira Glass discussed how he works in an article on Lifehacker. I really liked this bit:

    Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers/fans?

    I’d just say to aspiring journalists or writers—who I meet a lot of—do it now. Don’t wait for permission to make something that’s interesting or amusing to you. Just do it now. Don’t wait. Find a story idea, start making it, give yourself a deadline, show it to people who’ll give you notes to make it better. Don’t wait till you’re older, or in some better job than you have now. Don’t wait for anything. Don’t wait till some magical story idea drops into your lap. That’s not where ideas come from. Go looking for an idea and it’ll show up. Begin now. Be a fucking soldier about it and be tough.

  • A friend shared this article about book hoarding and I found it really relateable and interesting.
  • NPR had an interesting piece on the increasing profitability of self-publishing.
  • Why readers, scientifically, are the best people to fall in love with.
  • I really liked this BookRiot article on “How Reading Out Loud Almost Saved My Marriage.” I love reading to people and being read to. It’s probably part of why I loved Fangirl so much.
  • This week’s Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast features a really interesting conversation about geography (specifically the middle of the continental U.S.) and a few of my favorite authors.
  • The Rumpus featured an interesting take on the romance fiction genre & feminism.

Happy perusing and happy weekend!

I wish I knew how to quit RHOC

A confession: my name is Kelley and I have faithfully watched Real Housewives of Orange County since its first episode.

*hangs head in shame*

For years it’s been a guilty pleasure, but this season is getting to me. Last weeks episode made me MAD. So mad that I proceeded to think about it for the rest of the week and even had a dream or two where I confronted Tamra Barney and gave her the ol’ punch to her see you next Tuesday.

Not my proudest moment, even if it didn’t actually happen. Actually scratch that. If it did really happy, I’d be a little proud. She is after all, THE WORST.

But dreaming about it? Just seemed a little odd.

And JUST LOOK at my Twitter feed!

These beeyotches have taken over.

Last night I found myself sitting on the couch and felt my blood pressure rising as Heather asked Tamra if they should call an ambulance for poor Shannon. (Yes, #TeamShannon forever and ever amen.)  I started to curse up a storm, fist shaking and the works, and after a while I asked myself, just what am I doing? I mean, what are they doing, obviously. But what am I doing? I should be reading or doing yoga or binging on my Netflix queue or just generally spending my time on happy things instead of getting worked up about a bunch of crazy women from Orange County.

It’s times like these when I ask myself, WWLVPD?

Actually, who am I kidding. This is what Lisa Vanderpump would do:

Ooh hate to leave paradise @StRegis@bahiabeach

Ooh hate to leave paradise 

Basically I’m going to need these women to calm down before I start to question my own mental health for watching this mess.

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Here are my favorite things I found around the internet this week:

  • I’ve been watching a lot of YouTube videos recently and my subscriptions list is skyrocketing. My current favorite channel is probably Marinashutup and I have lost count of how many times I’ve viewed this video. And I still laugh until I can’t breathe.
  • Speaking of laughing until I can’t breathe, these two best of vine videos put me in THE BEST MOOD the other day.
  • I’m not participating in the Booktubeathon by vlogging (maybe next year), but I am participating by reading my butt off, and I’ve really enjoyed watching everyone’s videos this week. And Booktube videos in general. Watching people get excited about reading is kind of the best thing.
  • A really great article on why libraries are not a “Netflix for books.”
  • Speaking of subscription services, Amazon announced Kindle Unlimited today.
  • I’m going to pat myself on the back for a moment. I’ve recently been combing through blogs that I’ve kept over the past decade in an effort to clean them up and close some of them. It was really interesting to see how my thoughts and writing have changed over time. I kept a travel blog of a backpacking trip I took weeks to Ireland, Scotland, England, France, Italy and Spain in 2011, and the idea of being finished with writing about the experience made me sad, so I let the blog linger. But doing so bugged me, so I finally put my grown ass woman pants on and finished it up this week. I also re-blogged some of my favorite personal posts on my life blog. It feels really good to not have my thoughts scattered all over the place.

Happy perusing and happy weekend!

Currently anticipating: Candidly Nicole

Earlier this year my sister told me about Nicole Richie’s web series on AOL, #Candidly Nicole, which started as an adaptation of her hilarious Twitter feed. If that sounds weird (and it kind of does), rest assured. It’s basically prompted but unscripted reality tidbits from her life as she embarks on new experiences.

Since finishing all of the episodes (in about two days) I’ve sporadically checked back to see when new episodes would post. What is happening now is even better. It’s a TV series!

It was hard to choose a single episode from the AOL series to give a little taste of the show, but this one is probably my favorite:

It premieres tonight on VH1!