Heroes & Villains Blogfest SQM Version

HvsVblogfestI though about this one long and hard. I wanted to make sure I got this right. This was a hard decision, but I think I have narrowed it down to 4 each.  Sorry, it’s the best I can do.  Heroes & Villains are what make the story worth while.

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Let’s start with the Villains:

Villain #4 – Loki from The Avengers
Villain #3 – Darth Maul from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace – scared the hell out of me as an adult
Villain #2 – Darth Vader from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi – scared the hell out of me as a kid
Villain #1 – The Joker – from The Dark Knight – brilliant performance by the late, great Heath Ledgerimages

“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” 

Now, the Heroes:

Hero #4 – Yoda from Star Wars New Hope – there are no Jedi’s w/out Yoda

Hero #3 – Bumble Bee from Transformers 3 – the radio voice track and a heart full of gold.

Hero #2 – Maximus Decimus Meridius from Gladiator

Hero #1 – Tony Stark/Iron Man (the original) and The Avengers



“Let’s do the head count here.  Your brother, the demigod; the super soldier, living legend who kind of lives up to the legend; a man with breathtaking anger management issues; a couple of master assassins and you, big fellow, you’ve manage to piss off every single one of them.”

What are your favorite Heroes & Villains?  

Q – Quotes

a-to-z-letters-qAnother quick pause in my A to Z Challenge theme to bring you another cool blog tour.  This guest post includes another of my obsessions, quote.

Let me introduce you to Rebecca Berto.

Favorite quotes for writers and readers

We social media addicts are suckers for a good quote. From our favorite books. One of those inspirational pictures on Facebook. The right quote can make your day, and being the social media junkie I am, I have my favorite ones from books and writing in this guest post to get you going.

As the author of Drowning in You, I have many favorite quotes and snippets, but these are others I’ve collected and I hope they resonate with you, too.

I know. You’re welcome. Here you go:

“First drafts are like falling in love; you think everything is great. Second drafts are like marriage; you see all the faults.”

— Rebecca Berto

I came across these from Tweeters and still I cry, “YES!” when re-reading:

“Overly describing a passing character is like hiring a decorator for a hotel room you’ll only be staying the weekend.”

— @PureText

“Female PoV characters notice more facial expressions, male PoVs typically notice posture more.”

— ‏@RayneHall

And then there are my favorites from awesome authors that make me LOL:

“i have never regretted staying home with a book. i have often regretted having conversations with people.”

— @TaherehMafi

“I’m listening to that Mariah Carey song ‘Always Be My Baby’ because I need to unlock my inner-high school angst to write this book.”

— @MirandaKennealy

And, my bookish addicts, these are some from my favorite books:

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

“He’s like a drug for you, Bella.”

— Stephenie Meyer, Eclipse

“The moment my lips touch yours, it will be your first kiss. Because if you’ve never felt anything when someone’s kissed you, then no one’s ever really kissed you. Not the way I plan on kissing you.”

— Colleen Hoover, Hopeless

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”

— John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


DrowninginYouOn book quotes, I truly love those that are about love, but also the struggles in life. Drowning in You is the type of book that will take you on a journey of love and pain. I hope you can find a favorite quote from the novel as I have, too!


Happy MLK and Inauguration Day

One man had a dream. One man had hope.

Through opportunity and hard work, we are better for it. 


“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”


“Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or a politics of hope?”

Did you watch the inauguration? 


Sydney Quotes the Movies – The Dark Shadows

The Dark Shadows is another collaboration between Tim Burton and the greatness that is Johnny Depp.  And, guess what?  Helena Bonham Carter is in the movie, too.  I know big surprise.  She has a rather tamer role then we are used to seeing from her.  Except, she does tried to transfuse vampire blood into her body in order to stay young and beautiful.  The fact that this isn’t the strangest thing that happens in this movie gives you an idea of what a bizarre film Tim Burton creates.

The movie takes place in the early 70’s, but Johnny Depp’s character, Barnabas Collins finds himself in this strange new world.  I thought I would take this opportunity to do a bit of translation for our hero, Barnabas.   Here are some of his best lines.

“Mark me not with your strange luminant.” – it is called electricity and light.  For someone locked in a coffin for 200 years, it may seem like the devil. (197 years according to Angelique – don’t want to exaggerate)

Upon seeing in the distance a McDonald with its Golden Arches glowing in the night sky, Barnabas exclaims, “Mephistopheles” – Satan? Perhaps.  Some may call McDonalds the devil, but not for the reason you think, Barnabas.

“It is the eyes, its the devil himself come to drag me to my judgement. Have at me Lucifer. My soul is prepared.” – It’s a car, not the devil. Relax, Barnabas. 

“I was awaken by a giant dragon with millions of teeth and a thousand shiny eyes.” – you mean a bulldozer?

“What sorcery is this? Reveal yourself tiny songstress.” – Karen Carpenter singing on a television.  If you like, you can call it a picture box.

“But I shall call you Victoria. A name so wonderful I could not stand to loose a syllable of it.” – I actually love this line.  Very romantic, Barnabas.

“It looks like a pulsating blood urn.” – No, Barnabas, it’s a lava lamp.

“She has the most fertile birthing hips I’ve ever set eyes upon.” – In the 70’s you it’s ok to call her groovy.  These day, you would just say, Victoria is hot.

“Fifteen, and no husband? You must put those childbearing hips to good use, lest your womb shrivel up and die.” – How nice of you to call the young lady an old maid, but women don’t marry until much later these days.

“Well then, I suppose, strictly in the name of her honor, I must defile myself for a few seconds. ” – Sleeping with another women under the guise of protecting your currently love is not a good reason.  She won’t buy it.  Sorry.

“Hear are my terms: Goest thou to hell, and swiftly please, and there may Azmodaeus himself suckle from your diseased teat!” – Great insult, but you still had sex with her, if you can call what you guys did sex.

“I have already prepared my counter proposal. It reads thusly: you may strategically place your wonderful lips upon my posterior and kiss it repeatedly!” – That is a much better way to say “kiss my ass!” Can I borrow that?

The other characters had some great lines, as well:


“Sleeping flame, I summon thee to your form return. Make night as bright as day and burn, baby burn!”- I just love a good fire spell.  



“I’m a werewolf, ok.  Let’s not make a big deal out of it, ok?”

“I’m pretty sure he called me a hooker.” – In response to Barnabas’ inquiry “When did they start allowing women of the night on the state grounds?”



“Your the nanny.  And, she’s a bitch.  Honey, how do you expect us ladies to advance if you keep reducing us to labels.”

“Every year I get half as pretty and twice as drunk.” – hence the vampire blood transfusion.  

Even though the movie was slow, it had many great lines. This wasn’t even half of them.  But, it was dark and strange and weird and everything else you would expect from a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie.

What did you think of The Dark Shawdows?  What’s your favorite Tim Burton/Johnny Depp movie? 

Sydney Quotes the Movies – Ridley Scott Goes All In Every Time

Ridley Scott is one of my favorite movie makers. He has this amazing ability to create ‘all in’ movies.  By ‘all in’ I mean he completely commits to showcasing not only amazing characters, but amazing scenes and amazing worlds.  There are no breaks, no waisted scenes and no unnecessary moments.  He goes all in.   No matter when it was made or what genre the movie is. Whether it is a CGI epic or beautifully choreographed action, his scenes never cease to draw me in completely.  Here are just a few of my favorite examples with my favorite quotes:

Alien Movies:
Alien (1979) – the quintessential alien movie. “You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
Prometheus (2012) –  alien planets aren’t clean, slick and mechanical , they are messy and dirty. “At this moment of our civilization, we can create cybernetic individuals, who in just a few short years will be completely indistinguishable from us. Which leads to an obvious conclusion: WE are the gods now.”
Military Movies:
G.I. Jane (1997) – military training, not for the faint of heart. “Pain is your friend, your ally, it will tell you when you are seriously injured, it will keep you awake and angry, and remind you to finish the job and get the hell home. But you know the best thing about pain? It let’s you know your not dead yet.”
Black Hawk Down (2001) –  The complexity of the battle at Mogadishu. “No one gets left behind, you know that.’
Historical Epics:
Kingdom of Heaven (2005) – “You are not what you were born, but
what you have it in yourself to be.”
Gladiator (2000) – I know this quote by heart. – “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
Mystery, Suspense, Thriller Movies:
American Gangster (2007) – “The man I worked for had one of the biggest companies in New York City. He didn’t own his own company. White man owned it, so they owned him. Nobody owns me, though.”
Body of Lies (2008) – where as Denzel was his brother favorite, Russell is Ridley’s favorite actor. – “Nobody’s innocent in this shit.”
What is your favorite Ridley Scott movie. Do you get that ‘all in’ feeling when you watch his movies?  

Related post:  Sydney Quotes the Movies – RIP Tony Scott