Wednesday, March 31, 2010

olympia baby

olympia ruins
the olympia stadium---oh yeah, i ran it hard core
temple of zeus
more ruins
2 thumbs up for olympia

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

interesting




March 30, 2010
Surprise!
I have a new book coming out. It's called The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner. Well, it's more of a novella than an actual book—my version of a short story.
Actually, this has been a surprise to me, too. The reason why it's a surprise was that I never intended to publish this story as a stand-alone book. I began this story a long time ago—before Twilight was even released. Back then I was just editing Eclipse, and in the thick of my vampire world. I was thinking a lot about the newborns, imagining their side of the story, and one thing led to another. I started writing from Bree's perspective about those final days, and what it was like to be a newborn.
This story was something that I worked on off and on for a while, just for fun, in between the times I was writing or editing other Twilight novels. Later, when the concept for The Twilight Saga: The Official Guide came up, I thought that might be a good place for Bree. Her story is a nice complement to Eclipse; it explains a lot of the things that Bella never knew. So I dusted it off and finished it up for placement in the Guide.
At the same time, it came in handy for the Eclipse film. Melissa (Rosenberg, the screenwriter) had a ton of questions about what exactly was going on in Seattle, how Victoria managed things, what Riley was like, etc. I let her read what I had then, and later gave the whole thing to the director, David Slade. David asked if Xavier, Bryce, and Jodelle (Riley, Victoria, and Bree) could read it as well, so all the parties involved would end up having a really strong foundation for their characters before the cameras started rolling. I was pleased that this side of the story would make it into the film and was looking forward to including it in the Guide.
(Keeping it confidential: Here is Jodelle next to the bucket of waterlogged ashes that were once the pages of her copy of the Bree manuscript.)
Then I got the news: my "short story" was nearly 200 pages long when typeset. It was too long to fit into the Guide—without ending up with a tome as heavy as the Oxford English Dictionary. My publisher approached me with the idea of releasing the Bree story on its own. One of the major benefits of this plan was that it would be out before the movie, so people would get to know Bree before they saw her in the film. That made sense to me, and we decided to go ahead with it.
There was one thing I asked for: since this story had always been an extra for me, and was meant to be released with the Guide, I wanted to be able to offer it to my fans for free. You all have bought a ton of my books, and I wanted to give you this story as a gift. My publisher was awesome and embraced this idea. We still wanted to also produce a physical book with a cool cover (see below) that you can add to your set if you like, but starting at noon on June 7th until July 5th, it will also be available online at http://www.breetanner.com/.
One other aspect of this release is the plan to give a more important gift to people who really need it. One dollar of each book purchased in the US from the first printing will be donated to the American Red Cross for their relief efforts in Haiti and Chile and other parts of the world where people are in great need. We're going to have an option online as well, so you can choose to make a donation if you want when you read the story online. I hope you will. I think that we can really help a lot of people with this.
I really hope you all enjoy this story. I had a blast writing it. I'm glad that after all this time cooling her heels in my files, Bree finally gets her chance to shine.
Thanks for all the support,
Steph

Sunday, March 28, 2010

hania, crete

video

crete and on the way to olympia

major white caps
this must be my bus
hania---these purple flowers are everywhere
and they smell amazing
i think these boats could be rented
there were families out in them
some doing better than others---many toppled over
top of hill in hania

Saturday, March 27, 2010

40$ Million Treaure

Pretty Funny Story

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/03/26/burglars-stumble-on-400-m_n_514494.html

Oh Great

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/asiapcf/03/27/south.korea.ship.sinking/index.html?hpt=T2

Maybe a war will start when 3 of us are out of the country. Wouldn't that be fun.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Jim Wallis

Glenn has done it again.

http://blog.sojo.net/2010/03/24/what-glenn-beck-doesnt-understand-about-biblical-social-justice/

crete

i mean, seriously...seriously----this exists
more harbor---for you dad
hania port
love my sandals
light house

crete

about to get thrashed
heyyy, i am all wet
along the pier
the rox and i on the pier
harbor

crete

new friends---anthi, george, argie
squat toilet at bus station---score
traditional dancing outfits
on the trip from plakias to hania
total gorge
morning clouds at beach

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Top 10 Viewed Cable Networks

The Top 10 most viewed Cable Networks for Quarter 2010

The Cartoon Network averaged 1.318 million
History averaged 1.504 million
ABC Family averaged 1.510 million
A&E averaged 1.661 million
TBS averaged 1.721 million
Nick at Nite averaged 1.819 million
ESPN averaged 1.933 million
TNT averaged 2.157 million
Fox News averaged 2.331 million
USA averaged 3.133 million

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

NPR: South Park

more of crete

need i say more
trickling little water fall and blue, blue pool
old venetian bridge. i have no idea why it is there
other than to be gorgeous
the hiking crew
old grist mill and venetian bridge
this hike was cool. it took about 2 hours. water near the whole time. up and down rocks. fell twice. got a little bruise on my foot, which i didn't realize till later. but it was totally worth it.

crete

one of the many waterfalls and pools i came across
on a walk up this river
on the beach---dad inspired photo
perfect cartwheel---you can call me
the self-timer professional
crete is absolutely gorgeous
mountains from the harbor of rethymno

Ninja Exit Only

Raptor watches Edward

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Laugh of the Day

This guy cracks me up.  I was watching it last night on tv, and felt I should share it with you.

Monday, March 22, 2010

library vote

https://usspringpromo.acer.com/Campaign/SchoolLibraryMakeover/index.htm?LS=Intel
let's try this site. vote for the tennessee school to have a library make over.

Health Care Reform Summary

A list of what is in the bill

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Huchay Qosqo

My Hike to Huchay Qosqo yesterday.






ode to little cars


ode to little cars
oh europe! with your cars so tiny
i want to drive them all, especially when they are shiny
you park them on the street
or on the sidewalk in a big heap

they can fit 1, 10, or 20
and the miles they get on one tank of gas is a plenty
with racer stripes, checkers, or flags on the top
i don't think the sales of these cars is going to drop

you make me so jealous, you make me want to scream
but don't worry, i will have 1, one day---in reality not a dream

--a 5 minute poem by hannah





Saturday, March 20, 2010

some more of athens

guards at parliament (i think)
attack of the birds
alfred hitchcock style
run old man, run