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Now, I don’t about you, but I love emojis! I remember when I was about fifteen-or-so and Apple first dropped those miniature, pixelated, virtual figurines. For two-and-a-half weeks I strictly responded to texts in emojis, no words (probably the most fun I’ve had while also annoying any and everyone who’s ever tried to form a line of communication with me, to be honest). It’s just nice to be able to tell a story, describe my day, spice up my conversation, and throw a lil’ more personality into texts that, otherwise, tend to come across as sort of serious, dry, and blasé. Life’s short, so why not throw some digital icons into your electronic conversations!
Today is the perfect day to do so because today is World Emoji Day! So, kick off your Doc Martens, unzip your jacket, plug your iPhone or Android into the nearest outlet, and celebrate with me by downloading these totally sick emoji keyboards!
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Just this past weekend, during the annual thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, authors R.L. Stine, Lee Child, David Morrell, Heather Graham, and George R.R. Martin had a chance to sit together and discuss social media, their struggles as they strived for success, some of the stranger things fans have said to them during meet-and-greets, and more.
Three of the wordsmiths even decided to delve on into the world of Hollywood and discuss the quirks, fumbles, and just all-around generalized awkwardness that can come with doing a cameo-appearance in your own book-to-film adaptation (it was exactly everything you’d expect and oh, so much more)!
Author of all things spooky, R.L. Stine, had initially wondered if he should maybe just play himself in the 2015 film adaptation of Goosebumps! However, after a bit of disagreement from his fans (and his wife), he decided a short cameo within the film would be more than enough to satiate his hunger to be on screen. In the original script, Stine (who plays the Vice Principal in the school where the film-version of Stine teaches) was set to stand on-stage and hand one of the lead children a trophy.
I told the director I needed a line and he said, ‘okay…say something!’ so I handed the kid the trophy and said, ‘Congratulations, sonny!’
Popular Thriller writer and author of the Jack Reacher series, Lee Child, said that after he’s been given a script and asked to choose which scene he’d like a cameo in, he always chooses a scene essential to the plot that he knows cannot wind up on the cutting room floor. He also went on to describe the strange sort of feeling that comes along with meeting a character of your own creaton.
The production team thought me handing him the toothbrush would be like me, the creator of this character, passing the baton onto Tom Cruise…
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The legendary creator of the entire Game of Thrones franchise, George R.R. Martin, spoke about his cameo in his 1987 television-series, Beauty and the Beast. According to Martin, he assumed the cameo would be the perfect opportunity to plug his new book whilst eating a free cheeseburger or two. However he had no idea that the scene would take hours upon hours to shoot (and cheeseburgers upon cheeseburgers eaten).
These weren’t Shake Shack, or even McDonalds…I’m talking the twenty-four pack of microwavable cheeseburgers…so if you’re going to be a featured extra make sure you’re doing something your okay with doing ninety times in a row.
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During an open-panel discussion last Saturday at the popular thriller-writers conference, Thrillerfest, George R.R. Martin (author of Game of Thrones) and R.L. Stine (author of Goosebumps!) talked all things social media and well, they don’t exactly see eye-to-eye…
R.L. Stine, George R.R. Martin, Heather Graham, David Morrell and Lee Child at Thrillerfest | Image via Twitter
George R.R. Martin started off the discussion,
I don’t know, social media…some days I want to burn it all down…”
That seems like a fair enough statement considering the fact that, as I’m sure anyone with any sort of social media account already knows, the internet can be an insanely scary, cruel, and vindictive place. It seems like there are people out there who, for whatever reason, feel compelled to spew insults and hatred from behind the safety of their computer screens, seemingly forgetting (or choosing not to acknowledge, rather) that real people are at the receiving end. For example:
This doesn’t look like you’re writing a book, maybe finish that job and stop fucking about ? ?
— tom (@tm41132) July 14, 2018
Martin went on to ask
Has social media driven us mad, or were we always mad, we just did a better job at hiding it?
Now, as valid as this statement is, R.L. Stine chimed in to talk about how he’s experienced social media in an entirely different light:
I love Twitter, I’m on it all the time…I love connecting with my fans from the nineties
Now, if you take a look at Stine’s Twitter feed, it’s no surprise that this man loves to tweet…
You nearly brought me to tears. I’m sharing your article with everyone connected with the series.
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) July 11, 2018
It’s interesting to how see two wildly famous household names have had such contrasting experiences on social media!
Martin rebutted Stine’s statement with:
It’s ugly…I don’t know what to think about it all…it ain’t the seventies.
Stine simply replied:
This silly disagreement was done with laughter as the two authors poked fun at each other because, as everyone knows, George R.R. Martin’s fans have a lot of animosity toward him due to their growing impatience while they wait for the yet-to-be-announced release of the final Game of Thrones novel, while R.L. Stine’s fans have loved him since childhood, and have had zero reason to be angry with him.
So, let’s maybe cut George R.R. Martin some slack because writing a novel of that caliber has to be extremely stressful and time-consuming and, at the end of the day, he’s just a human writing fictional stories of a fictional place and it isn’t worth attacking, threatening, or hurting his feelings because we’re excited to see how the story ends.
So, let’s keep lovin’ on R.L. Stine and showing him how grateful and nostalgic he makes us feel, while extending some of that love on over to George R.R. Martin because he deserves it, too. (Don’t we all?)
— R.L. Stine (@RL_Stine) July 7, 2018
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#nofilter Los Angeles, California. Chicken cranberry sausage. Nice to have a sausage shaped sausage for once ? finally. Other than that, aesthetically not the most pleasing. A little lumpy. The cranberry really compliments the chicken. A nice surprise. However after the 3rd bite, it can get a little sickly. Excellent size. The texture inside is perfect. I’d give it 6/10
It turns out the one and only, the stunning and talented Sophie Turner has been leading an extremely secret double-life; bowing out from the media and keeping this hidden from the public eye, it’s amazing she was able to house this secret for so long. But, as of early yesterday morning, this private life is hers to hide no more…because now the entire world knows all about the grace and glory that is Sophie Turner’s Sausage Instagram.
Yep, that’s right. The twenty-two-year-old starlet we all know and love as the cunning and resilient Sansa Stark seems to have a passion for the cylindrical minced meat that is sausage.
What appears to have begun in early April and gone on for about ten days is an Instagram account fully dedicated to reviewing the many sausages Turner eats. Taking everything into account from the length of the sausage to the density of the meat, the texture of the casing, the shape, the flavor, and more; these reviews are vivid, detailed, and done with the pure class of a genuine professional. Personally, I couldn’t be more impressed and supportive of Turner as she leads us along this new meaty journey of hers.
Also, in all honesty, it’s encouraging to see a young actress who has been in the spotlight since she was still a child openly post about the foods she’s eating in a shame-free and very normal, matter-of-fact way; these weren’t posted as an ode to fitness or weight loss or clean eating, the way most food Instagrams tend to swing, but were instead posted as an ode to the meats she’s eaten, the ones she’s loved, the mediocre ones, the ones she’s thrown away. (And, like, isn’t that beautiful?)
So, bravo, Sophie Turner; may you always find sausages that live up to your impeccable standards and may you (hopefully) continue reviewing!
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