Writing Prompt #221: Romantic Movies (Day 20)

Romantic Movies

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10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

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I love this movie, so much. Loosely based on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, I love the modern adaptation!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is positively adorable, and Larisa Oleynik is more “grown-up” after her stint as the main character on Nickelodeon’s The Secret World of Alex Mack.

Then, there’s the polar opposites of Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger. Swoon! Julia Stiles, as Kat, takes no prisoners and I love it. I love how the four of them are intertwined almost from the start. And Larry Miller as Kat and Bianca’s overprotective father is funny, yet also relatable!

I’ll probably watch this movie again this weekend. It’s somewhat of a guilty pleasure movie for me now.


Come back tomorrow for a new movie!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #81: The “Behind the Blogger” Book Tag

Behind the Blogger Tag

Thanks, Destiny, for tagging me! Destiny is the fabulous author of Howling Libraries, and she writes some of the best book reviews!

Here’s the link to Destiny’s post, where I was tagged!


THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Answer all the questions down below
  • Pingback to the creator: Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx
  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

1. Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?

I started blogging as part of an assignment in my Computer-Mediated Communication class in 2009 at Longwood University. We had to create our own blog and keep it up throughout the semester. I decided to watch and review movies from the university library that my classmates probably had never heard of. Thus, The Best Entertainment You Haven’t Seen! was born.

I’ve stayed because I wanted to keep blogging, but for me, not for a class or an assignment. I joined WordPress in 2010. I played around with some different blogs, ideas, and themes. I created Hot Shot Headlines in March 2014, and here we are, five years later!

My original vision was to keep up my journalism side – Finding articles that looked interesting to me, and offering my two cents and opinions on them. I worked on Longwood’s student newspaper, The Rotunda, for all eight semesters of college, and I miss it tremendously. Part of me wishes I had been brave enough to pursue a career in mass media, but I had my reasons.

Writing is also very much a form of therapy for me. Pursuing NaNoWriMo and Camp NaNoWriMo for several years now has been HUGE for me! And to talk about it on the blog has been incredible. Thank you for being a part of this journey with me!

One of the best things about blogging is the community. I’ve met so many amazing and wonderful people, and incredibly talented to boot, through WordPress! I have friends all over the U.S. now. And there are many people around the world who follow this little blog of mine, and engage with me regularly, from Canada, the U.K., Australia, and more!

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

I love Writing Prompts. Especially the WIP challenges from Didi!

3. What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

This is such a tough question!

Here are my favorites:

  1. Getting Personal #6: My Love Story
  2. Getting Personal #111: Camp NaNoWriMo
  3. Writing Prompt #161: “Tell The Story Challenge”

4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Reading, free writing, listening to music, listening to podcasts during my daily commute, enjoying my American Girl dolls, pastel painting, and walking around our neighborhood with Al and our dogs.

I’m getting my seventh American Girl doll in about two weeks, once I make the last payment, and I’m really excited. I’ve been much better about not overspending on doll stuff in the last few months, so getting a “new-to-me” doll is like a huge reward / treat.

I’m really motivated to finally get my office, or “Lady Lounge,” in shape this year. I’ve really missed pastel painting – I started as part of my two-year Visual Arts class in my junior and senior years of high school – and I want to get back into it. But, I need a proper space to make it happen. The kitchen table doesn’t cut it.

5. What are 3 of your favorite things?

Not counting my husband and our fur babies, I’ll say books, Glee soundtracks, and flowers.

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

Getting to write what I love or what I’m passionate about. Every time a post publishes, my heart squeezes with pride!

Also, getting comments and feedback. However, I’m thrilled to know people are reading things on my blog in general!

Seeing the occasional spike in stats makes me happy, too. That happened just yesterday – More than 30 views in one hour. It was awesome!

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

Spending time with my husband, enjoying our dogs, reading, traveling, playing match-3 games on my phone and iPad, Roller Coaster Tycoon, playing board games, trivia nights, watching movies, and true crime anything!

8. Describe your personality in 3 words:

Enthusiastic loud mouth.

9. What are your top 3 pet peeves?

General rudeness / disrespect, poorly written communication (mainly work emails, not directed at blogging or anything!), and people beating around the bush when something is uncomfortable or awkward. Spit it out!

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

I’m very blessed to be alive, and, most importantly, healthy. I was born at 25 weeks, and I’m technically not supposed to be on this Earth. My parents are saints – They took me to every kind of therapy and early intervention to make sure I was developing properly. I was in physical and occupational therapy until roughly third grade, and in speech therapy until I was 10. My mom still talks about how everyone was concerned that I wouldn’t start talking, and then once I did, I wouldn’t stop. All the doctors chuckled and said, “And we were worried?”

I was also “held back” a year by way of this really awesome program called Developmental First at my elementary school. That class was huge for me and the other kids that were in it. We all needed some extra help, and having that “extra year” was crucial for many. I’m sad they discontinued the program years ago, but it was the best decision my parents made. My mom still keeps up with my teacher, Mrs. Mansell, and it’s wonderful.


Tag – You’re It!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #220: Romantic Movies (Day 19)

Romantic Movies

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Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998)

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We had this on VHS! I remember being scared by a few of the scenes the first couple of times I watched it. Now, I want to watch it again. It’s been years!

I love the historical fiction take on this Cinderella-inspired story. I remember being fascinated by France and French history after watching this. Drew Barrymore is beautiful!


Come back tomorrow for a new movie!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Tag #80: “What’s On Your Heart Tag”

February - What's On Your Heart Tag

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Thank you to Stuart, author of Something To Stu Over, for tagging me!

I realize now that I should have done this tag in February, but better late than never, right?

Here’s the link to Stuart’s post, where I was tagged:


Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you to participate.
  • Link back to the original post (Purple Rose’s & Dollfaced Writer’s)
  • Attach an image that inspires you regarding the month’s theme (or use the original).
  • Talk about what this month’s theme means to you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • Nominate 3 people to participate.
  • Enjoy the rest of your month 🙂

What’s On My Heart

  • How blessed I am! I’ve been wrestling with a significant financial burden recently, but I feel like I have some direction now. I trust God to lead me in the right direction. He knows everything!

Here are the questions for this month’s tag:

1. Do you believe in love at first sight?

  • Yes, definitely. ❤

2. Do you believe in soulmates?

  • I do now. I truly believe Al is my soulmate, and so many amazing things happened to bring us together.

3. What’s the first thing you notice about a person?

  • Their eyes, and their personality.

4. What’s your ideal date?

  • A wonderful meal together, and either a movie out or a movie at home. Al and I have had, and continue to do so now, dates like this, and all of them have been great.

5. What traits do you look for in a friend / significant others?

  • Honesty, humor, treating others with respect, willingness to discuss things deeply, and enjoying time with me.

6. What are your thoughts on being friends with an ex?

  • I’m Facebook friends with the first two guys I dated in high school. We’re not as close anymore, but that’s fine with me. One is happily married. The other is in an amazing relationship, and I hope they do get married someday. In a way, I’m actually closer to their parents, since we all met through church years ago.
  • However, there’s a significant difference when comes to the long-term relationship ex, and an ex-friend / acquaintance. The long-term relationship ex wanted to remain friends with me, but I said absolutely not due to the abuse and manipulation I went through from 2007 through 2010.
  • The ex-friend / acquaintance was a male friend and classmate of mine in college, and we developed an online friendship in 2014. I failed to recognize so many warning signs and red flags. He wanted me to chat with him on Facebook all day and all night, so much so that I was reprimanded once at my job, which was incredibly mortifying. In addition, he wanted more from me, although we were both in committed relationships during that period of nearly two years. He eventually told his girlfriend everything he wanted from me – Kissing me, and hints of more than that – and both of them ended up blocking me on Facebook in 2016. It’s been so much better since then! I now realize how toxic the entire thing was, and I’m still healing from it today.

7. If you’re a believer, when did you give your heart to the Lord? If not, what in life keeps a bounce in your step?

  • I truly gave my heart to God in sixth grade, at my first-ever youth retreat. I’ve been raised United Methodist my whole life, but I truly accepted Christ at age 12.
  • I was actually baptized / christened twice. Once in New York, where we were living at the time, and then in Florida at my grandparents’ church.
  • I continue to attend New Creation United Methodist Church – The church I grew up in. It will always be Aldersgate to me, since the name change happened when I was in high school. We became members in 1993, and my parents are dynamic members, for lack of a better term. I’ve scaled back my involvement significantly, but it will always be “home.” We’re excited to be celebrating the church’s 50th Anniversary in October!
  • I lost my faith a bit in college. I realize now this was mainly due to the manipulation of my ex-boyfriend, John, who didn’t want to be involved with the United Methodist Church as much, and he led me away in the process. It makes me sad occasionally, but I know things happen for a reason. After four long years, I finally recognized I was not happy, that I was a different person, and needed to leave. I ended the relationship on July 17, 2010, and I truly felt freedom. After ending it, I immediately prayed to God, and asked for forgiveness. I found out later he was planning to propose to me on August 8th, roughly three weeks later. We were seniors in college, attending the same university, but he wisely chose to keep his distance from me, despite being on a small campus.
  • Fun fact: Al and I were asked to be Mary and Joseph in the church Christmas celebration in 2010, about three months after we started dating. Everyone got a huge kick out of it. We were pretty embarrassed, but we went along with it.
  • I became involved with New Creation again after my college graduation, and I’m so happy I have continued the relationship. I help my dad with the blood drives at the church, serve on the media team, and serve on the Communications Team. It’s a great balance of service and involvement.
  • Al and I married in New Creation’s sanctuary on November 14, 2015.
  • Although Al does not participate in worship services or other church activities, aside from donating blood regularly at the church, he’s 100 percent supportive of my involvement and my service. He always has been, and that’s a HUGE deal for me.

Here’s a few photos from our wedding day! You can read more here: Getting Personal #18: Best. Day. Ever.

Disclaimer: All photos in this post, unless otherwise stated, were taken by Amanda MacDiarmid, or her second shooter, Cathy. Amanda owns and operates Stellar Exposures.

All credit goes to them.

The sanctuary.

Beautiful shot.

Pastor Eric Song playing his guitar during the groomsmen entrance.

Married!!

Standing in front of the floor-to-ceiling stained glass piece.


Tag – You’re It!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #219: Romantic Movies (Day 18)

Romantic Movies

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The Wedding Singer (1998)

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I LOVE this movie!!

In my opinion, this is one of the best 1980s-period movies. Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are adorable. And I heard the name “Julia Gulia” for YEARS before I saw this movie in full.

In a way, this movie is still relevant today. There are people who fall in love with others who have certain images or ideals of them, like Linda did with Robbie. However, Robbie finally comes to his senses and recognizes what a good thing, and a good person, Julia is. And that’s part of what makes this movie so endearing.

Glenn’s character reminded me of my ex, John, in a really creepy way. I’m glad Julia finally saw the light, but her character reminded me of me when I was in school. It was weird!

This movie is easily in my top 10 films now. I’ve only seen it twice, but I plan to watch it more frequently. Like other films, a big selling point for me is the soundtrack. I also love how Billy Idol is involved!


Come back tomorrow for a new movie!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #218: Romantic Movies (Day 17)

Romantic Movies

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Fools Rush In (1997)

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About a year ago, Al and I were looking for something to watch on streaming during a weekend. He asked if I’d ever seen Fools Rush In. The blank look I gave him said it all, and he couldn’t believe it.

This movie is now in my top 20 favorite movies. It’s very much of the time period – Matthew Perry was in the limelight because of Friends, and Salma Hayek’s star was rising, having been a telenovela star and then in a few feature films at this point.

Although insta-love doesn’t always work, this movie is an exception. Their characters are instantly attracted to each other. And, in a city like Las Vegas, nothing is surprising.

One of the best things about this movie is the soundtrack. So many good songs! I mean, Elvis! Also, Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, Enrique Iglesias, and Gloria Estefan!

The story itself is very sweet, and I enjoyed their chemistry. I want to watch it again!


Come back tomorrow for a new movie!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂

Writing Prompt #217: Romantic Movies (Day 16)

Romantic Movies

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Clueless (1995)

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This movie was all the rage when it was released! I was only seven when it came out, much too young to see a PG-13 movie. However, we definitely talked about it at school.

I didn’t realize it was a loose re-telling of Emma until years later. I love how the director, Amy Heckerling, studied real Beverly Hills high school students to learn how they talked and their mannerisms, among other things.

And, Paul Rudd – You’ve never aged! Holy cow!

I didn’t care for Alicia Silverstone’s character, but now that I’ve seen it several times, I think the producers did a good job of capturing the attitudes and lifestyles of wealthy teenagers. I wanted all the clothes!!

I enjoyed the relationships in this movie. Typical high school love, but also sweet.


Come back tomorrow for a new movie!


Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂