Absentee, AGAIN!

Grr. Well, once again it's the last week before a show, which means that Enna Isilee isn't really going to be around much. All next week we have dress rehearsals until we open on Friday. My actors don't have their lines memorized (CURSE THEM) but I do have faith in them.

What really stinks is that I have a huge pile of new ARCs and books that I'm dying to read. *sigh*

Well. I'll try to post, and I'll try to read. But I doubt I'll have anything other than this play on my brain for the next couple weeks.

Until then, you can just imagine I'm posting something witty. ;)

~Enna Isilee

Reasons to be happy:

I have so many reasons to be happy!

1. Just got a new job!
-----I applied at the local museum, hoping to be a tour guide, but instead they called me in and interviewed me for the position of "reptile care person" which means I would feed the snakes/lizards/turtles three times a week. I thought that was pretty cool, but then I went back the next day and they offered me the position of helping to run the classes they hold fro 6-12 year olds during the summer. I'm SO EXCITED for this. I get to manage classes, go on hikes, and have fun with the kids! This is great for me since I'm going into education.
2. Bought myself a new wardrobe for my new job.
-----New sneakers (white Nike's with green accents[my favorite color!])
-----3 pairs of Khaki pants (I'm supposed to wear Khaki with my green museum shirt)
3. Got some FAB new books/
-----Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
-----Princess at the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George
-----Bloodhound by Tamora Peirce
-----The Maze Runner by James Dashner. This book comes out in October, I'm so excited to read it!
4. Another shirt is up for scoring!
-----Limitless - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More
5. School's just about over! Well... until next year.
6. I'm directing an AWESOME play.
-----Hey localies, it opens May 1st and goes on the 1st, 2nd, and 4th! You should come see!
7. I'm competing in a state drama competition today. Eeps!

Okay. That's all I can think of now, but I'm sure there's more.

*sigh* Happy days.

~Enna Isilee

Bookshelf Meme

Thanks to Miss Erin, who tagged me!

Tell me about the book that has been on your shelf the longest...

Oh. Wow. I dunno. Some of these books just seem like they’ve been there forever. One book that isn’t actually on my shelf (it’s on my younger siblings’ shelf) is A Bargain for Francis. It’s one of my dearest and oldest friends.

Tell me about a book that reminds you of something specific in your life (i.e. a person, a place, a time, etc.)...

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Ya see, I didn’t have many “bookish” friends growing up. In fact, I only really had one, and we LOVED Harry Potter. I remember conversations that lasted HOURS after finishing tOotP. We thought of every possible conspiracy.

Tell me about a book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used book store, prize, etc.)...

Oh… I’d have to say Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. It was the first ARC I ever received, and it’s what inspired me to start Squeaky Books

Tell me about the most recent addition to your shelves...

Well…. I have three books currently en route from Amazon: Princess at the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, Just One Wish by Janette Rallison, and Bloodhound by Tamora Peirce.

Tell me about a book that has been with you to the most places...

I’m actually EXTREMELY paranoid about taking my books ANYWHERE. I always check library books out and take them places rather than taking my own books anywhere. Heh. However, I did let my aunt borrow The Lost City of Faar, which she took to Europe.

Tell me about a bonus book that doesn't fit any of the above questions...

Well… I only own 2 nonfiction books: What’s Math Got to Do With it? By Jo Boaler. A FASCINATING book all about different mathematics teaching methods, and Freakonomics, which is just full of so many fun facts.

There you have it. A brief overview of my bookshelf.

I tag… Leigha, Nerd Goddess, and Priya

Eyes Like Stars--Lisa Mantchev

Imagine living theatre. I don’t mean that you’re in plays a lot, I mean living theatre. Well, that’s the world of Beatrice Shakespeare Smith. She spends her days with Ophelia, the fairies from Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Ariel—the wild spirit from The Tempest. Her bedroom is the stage, and her kingdom is the magical theatre.

Isn’t that a wonderful concept? As a theatre person I found it absolutely enchanting. The concept get’s five squeaks. Hands down.

However, the execution was not as fantastic.

Many of my criticisms are things that could have easily been changed in writing the book, but can’t really be changed now, so I won’t spend too much time on them. In short: the plot was a little disjointed. Plot points were focused on, and then forgotten(I'll give a specific example at the end of this post, it describes the plot. I wouldn't call it a spoiler, but you may want to beware). Characters made decisions that didn’t really make much sense. And it took me about 100 pages to have ANY sort of clue as to what was going on, but it was still intriguing. Especially when the book would turn into script format. I found that very interesting. For all of that, the execution gets 3 squeaks.

And so, I average the scores and the book in total gets four squeaks. But, one plus is that it’s appropriate for just about all ages.

There isn’t much information about this book online, which was one of the reasons I was so excited to get it. I wanted to know what it was about. And I was glad that I got it. It was a good book. Not quite a Squeaky Book, though. That disjointed plot just threw me off.

HOWEVER, I definitely recommend you track this down when it comes out, especially if you like theatre.

~Enna Isilee
*Here's a specific example of where a plot point was brought up, and then abandoned. You may want to beware. This isn't really a spoiler, but it does give away some plot points.

The book starts with Beatrice being kicked out of the theatre. She can only stay if she thinks up something that makes her invaluable to the theatre. She spends a large portion of the book worrying and preparing so that she can stay in the theatre. Then there was a small tangent when the theatre was going to fall down. Finally, the big climactic moment in the book was where Bertie discovered the truth behind her parentage. The problem? She never really seemed that concerned with who her parents were. I mean, sure, she did mention that she'd like to find her mother, but only once. Then they made the climax all about that? Just didn't seem to fit for me, but that may just be me.

Okay. End of plot points.

My first shirt is up for scoring!

w00t! Threadless accepted one of my designs (the others are still "acceptance pending," which means they should be up for vote soon). This DOES NOT mean that I've gotten the money. In order to do that, people have to vote for it.

Please vote (if you want to). You do have to create an account to vote, so I recognize that some of you won't want to.

Here's the info:

Insubstantial Smoke Rose - Threadless T-shirts, Nude No More

Join, and then (if you would) first click "I'd buy this as a tee" and then mark "5." Of course, this is only if you really would buy it and think it deserves a five. Or... you just love me. :)

Thanks, y'all. Sorry for bein' a mooch!

Calling all classic literature lovers!


I have to choose a research topic for my literature class, unfortunately, I am completely stumped as to what books to read (classic literature is not my forte). Can ya give me a hand? I need a list of books that are considered of "literary merit" (whatever that means).

I'd really appriciate it if these books weren't boring as dirt, and didn't have much swearing in them (do such books exist?). And I can't do Jane Austen.


Way to ruin my mojo, ya geniuses.

All right, all right. You guys are too smart for my shirt. It's true that translated from Greek to English letters it would spell "psrd" but if I translated directly from English into Greek letters it would look like this:
Or this:Luckily, the people buying shirts on Threadless are not as smart as you (I hope). Though I have been trying to turn that into "Nerd" I'm having only moderate success.

I'm hoping this will teach nerds to step outside the box, and show them that not everything has to be literal.

Okay... that wasn't my goal at all, but I had to think of something!

Would the lack of proper translation really bother you into not buying it? 'Cause if it does you, it will others.

*sigh* Well, I've already submitted the design. The peeps on threadless said it was good. But what do they know?

Here's what my final submission looked like:

Now I'm nervous. Way to go. ...Stupid geniuses.


~Enna Isilee


Okay, I know I haven't been posting much, partially because I've been doing a lot of play stuff, partially because of work, partially because of life, and partially because of T-SHIRTS!!!

I've been designing like crazy! Here's my latest one:
For those of you who know/care the equations are for finding gravity, the quadratic formula, the mandlebrot set, the pythagoreom theorem, e=mc^2, Binomial area, the equation for pi, and the area of a circle. They're real math equations varying from algebra to advance calculus and statistics. The "NERD" is made of Pi, Sigma, correlation(or radius), and lowercase delta.

I'd really like critiques on this design. What can I do to make it better?

~Enna Isilee

Trying My Hand

So, after discovering that you get paid $2,000 if your design gets printed on Threadless. $2,000! That's enough for my housing for a year! Woah! So I've created a few designs. Wanted to know what you guys think. They were just designs I was playing with and thought, "Hey, why not?"

There are three variations to this shirt:

And then there's this one:

What do you guys think? I think you can click and see them bigger.


You may have noticed some... changes around here (unless you only read me via feed, in which case everything is the same).

What do you guys think? Navigation bar good? Colors good? I wanted something more spring-y.

**The Actor and the Housewife-- Shannon Hale

This review was very hard for me to write, and when things are hard for me to write/digest, I turn them into an analogy. So here I go, making an analogy off the top of my head.

Imagine having a favorite brand of candy bar. Say… Mars. And you know that just about every other person in the world likes Mars, too. But then, a package arrives in your mail. AH! It’s from Mars! They want you to review their new chocolate (Yeah, I know. Great analogy). You’re so excited! You get to be one of the first to taste your FAVORITE candy distributor’s chocolate. Then you pull it out. It has nuts. Uh-oh. You’ve had a hard time with nuts. Crunchy chocolate kind of weirds you out, but you trust Mars. They’ve never let you down before. Certainly they know how to put chocolate and nuts together well.

You take a bite.

Hey. That’s pretty good. A little nutty (heh), nothing truly special, but good.

You continue to eat. And then something amazing happens:

You reach the nougat center.

WOAH! Nougat?! Where did that come from?

Flavor bursts into your mouth. Tears spring to your eyes, and you can’t stop them from falling. This is something Mars has never done before! How dare they change their recipe? And yet, at the same time, it’s the most wonderful thing you’ve ever tasted. You finish the candy bar wishing with all your heart that you could go back in time and try it again, because now, even if you have another of those candy bars, you’ll know what’s coming. It will still be beautiful, but it won’t be as beautiful.

You sit down to write your review back to Mars, but then you just start to cry again. So you decide to wait.

A week passes. You try to write the review, but instead you end up writing some mess that you hate and throw away.

Then, you decide to write an analogy. The analogy goes something like this:

Imagine having a favorite author. Say… Shannon Hale. And you know that just about every other person in the world likes Shannon Hale too. But then, a package arrives in your mail. AH! It’s from Bloombury! They want you to review Shannon’s new book….

You know what else I love about analogies? They allow you to be vague about the true meaning behind them, while actually making the meaning perfectly clear. They allow the reader to make their own interpretations.

Have fun digesting this one!

~Enna Isilee

I Hate April Fools


Oh, because I am THE most gullible person in the world.

Don't believe me? Some examples:

Fell for this joke.

And this one.

And those're just the ones I fell for ONLINE. Real life is worse. I don't like being laughed at unless it's on my terms.

EDIT: Wow. I just went out with some friends, we did a "speed dating" with some of the new people in our neighborhood. One of them brought powdered donut balls. But the thing is, half of them were made out of raw dough made of tartar sauce, flour, salt and other yucky stuff and were coated in flour! I put one in my mouth and honestly thought the bakery hadn't cooked them all the way!

One time in junior high, I was in choir and my teacher said: "Our concert is on March 31st, and my birthday is the day after that."

I, being the genius freshman that I was shouted in front of the entire honor choir: "You're birthday is on March 32nd?!"

Yeah. I was serious. Had I been in the right frame of mind I would have said "April fools!" and made a good joke, but no.

*sigh* I used to dominate April fools. I have teachers that still remember the pranks I pulled on them. Like my 8th grade science teacher. I saw her for the first time in YEARS last fall and the first thing she said to me was "April Fools!" because I pulled an awesome prank on her.

I lost my mojo somewhere along the way.

*sigh* I hate April fools.

~Enna Isilee
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