July 29, 2015

~~Birthday Game Answers~~

Thanks SO much for everyone who commented on my birthday post and played the game!
Now, here I am to reveal all the answers and to give the players their scores. You all did really well considering I kind of gave some "who could know?" kind of questions. ;)

Which wedding dress did I prefer?

Tangled or Frozen?

Wendy or Jane?

Which picture inspires what I'd like on my cover if I ever publish my novel?

Which Marian costume do I prefer?

Charleston Heston or Gregory Peck?

Jean Arthur or Jean Simmons?

Which vintage-y dress do I prefer?

Which C. S. Lewis quote do I prefer?

Which would I find more romantic?

Now, for all of your scores!!

Naomi~ 6/10 for a score of 60!
Heidi~ 8/10 for a score of 80!
Miss March~ 7/10 for a score of 70!
Miss Meg March~ 8/10 for a score of 80!
Olivia~ 6/10 for a score of 60!
Eowyn~ 4/10 for a score of 40!

I think I tallied everyone's scores up correctly.....please do forgive me and comment if I made a mistake! I think I got it right, though... ;)
Thanks SO much for playing! 

On a different note, I finally changed my blog design for summer. I really adored my last one, but had prepared some "summery" headers earlier in the year....I forgot about them till now! Better a little late than never. :) How do you like it?

July 23, 2015

July Inkling Explorations!

Since the theme of this month's Inkling Explorations is a "well-crafted animated movie climax", I immediately thought of my favorite (quiet possibly my most favorite) animated movie-Tangled.

I felt like using it would be a bit too cliché (since I have dozens of favorite animated films that I almost never talk about) but I literally just watched it this Monday and I decided I'm going to use it. I love it so much, and since it was my birthday this past week I feel like I owe it to myself to use whatever movie I please. haha

.............was my birthday...

AND, just to let you know, spoilers abound, so if you haven't seen Tangled I wouldn't recommend reading this post. :) Please just watch the movie first. You'll enjoy it better!!

The climax of Tangled. Wow. Where do I begin? Rapunzel loses her mother and the man she loves in one moment. She had NO one but them (okay and  Pascal).

And Flynn---darling Flynn. His character grows from "we'll part as unlikely friends" to dying  for this girl he hadn't know but a few days. Self interest was one of the things we've seen him displaying since the beginning of the story and yet he sacrifices his life in order for her to have a better one.

He's seen how being locked in a tower all her life has affected her. He's seen her awe and bubbling joy at the beauties of the world she's never seen-floating lanterns over a glimmering lake, the warm cobble stoned streets of the village, dancing and laughing with strangers, exploring shelves and shelves of books she's never heard of-he didn't want her to lose that.

He couldn't bear the thought of her trapped and bound by a promise never to leave  Mother Gothel.

He couldn't bear for her to never be able to dream again.

And yet Rapunzel was willing-eager-to save Flynn's life-even while sentencing herself to the life she's already endured for 18 years. She's learned to love a new person. She had been taught to fear any people outside of her tower-to think of them as cruel, heartless monsters who would see her as nothing but a tool for making money because of her magical hair.

But then she met Flynn. She met someone who couldn't care less about her hair ("why on earth would I want your hair?!?"). Someone who takes her on her journey to see the lanterns (okay, he was kind of coerced into it, but still. If he was a real thug at heart -like the Stabbington brothers- he would have just held her at knife point till she told him where the satchel was!) and along the way becomes her friend.

The day in the village he goes along with her on what she wants to do-kind of a Roman Holiday sort of day. ;) I think it's because, besides his growing care for her, he pities her for having such a sheltered life, and enjoys watching her naive exhilaration at seeing "the world". And for a wanted thief-presumably someone who's seen the worst in people-that would be so refreshing to him.
But, I digress. Back to the climax. ;)

Both ready to sacrifice their own happiness for the other's (which is truly the definition of love) ,
Flynn determines not to let Rapunzel do it. He loves her too much. And so, with a shard of broken glass, he reaches up and cuts off her hair-hair that could have given him healing and life in a moment.

With his life he could search high and low for Rapunzel-do everything in his power to find her again and save her from Mother Gothel.

But what if he couldn't? What if he spent his whole life searching? Could he endure the thought of her being trapped forever?

No. Flynn chose the way that would definitely save Rapunzel. But not him.

And so, Rapunzel is free-free from Mother Gothel, who  dies when the hair is cut. It had been the magic in Rapunzel's hair that had been keeping Gothel young for years.

I want to take a quick sentence or two here to touch on how Rapunzel must have been feeling when the only mother she ever knew tumbled out the window. Yes, Gothel was the villain, and yes, Rapunzel was irrefutably angry with her-for the years and years of lies and manipulation-and for killing the man she loves. 
But. She still loved her. A love you have for someone-especially someone who raised you from birth-wouldn't die a quick and painless death. I have to believe Rapunzel would lay awake at nights thinking of Gothel...wondering if she truly ever loved Rapunzel...wondering how things could have been different.

Without Gothel, Rapunzel only has Pascal and Eugene.

But Eugene is dead.

But wait.

One of Rapunzel's tears landed on Eugene's cheek-a tear that contains the same healing magic her hair had held. Rapunzel watches teary eyed as a sunflower of golden magic blossoms over Eugene's wound. And when it subsides....


Oh my word, the happiness!!!!!!

So, so sweet. <3

Aaaannnd, that is my post on the climax of Tangled. Obviously, there's a little bit more to the ending of this film, but you'll have to watch it and see for yourself. ;)
I'm surprised how long this post turned out to be! I really enjoyed writing it, though, and am so happy to be able to participate in Heidi's link up this month!!

July 18, 2015

16 going on 17

I am 16 going on 17
I know that I'm naive
Fellows I meet may tell me I'm sweet
And willingly I believe

I am 16 going on 17. innocent as a rose
Bachelor dandies
Drinkers of brandies
What do I know of those

Totally unprepared am I

To face a world of men
Timid and shy and scared am I 
Of things beyond my ken

I need someone
Older and wiser
Telling me what to do
You are 17 going on 18 
My dad knows more than an 18 year old soooo.....

I'll depend on you

Hahaha. Yes, everyone. I have an exciting announcement.

It's my birthday!!!!

Cupcakes for everyone!

*hands each of my lovely readers a virtual cupcake*

:( Sorry it's not real.

So, yes, today marks the day that I have now lived in the world 17 years. 17!  My, it seems like such a big number. Then again, I though that about 16, too. And 15....

But. Now I'm NOT 16 going on 17...:( Oh, well. It was so fun singing the song "for real" while I could. ;)

Oooooohhh, yum. Never mind the cupcakes, we're having this. 
*hands you all a virtual slice of delicious, scrumptious strawberry cake*


In honor of my birthday I have a little game for y'll!

This is a how-well-do-you-know-me game. I'm going to show two pictures of something (whether it be a movie, book, flavor of ice cream, you get it) and you have to choose either "A" or B"-which one you think I like better.
I'll have 10 questions, each worth 10 points. So, the most you can get is 100. I'll do a follow up post next week with the answers.


1) Which wedding dress do I prefer?

2) Tangled or Frozen? ;)


3) Do I like Wendy (Peter Pan) or Jane (Tarzan) better?


4) Both pictures remind me of scenes in my current work-in-progress novel. Which "scene" would I like depicted on the novel's cover?



5) Which outfit belonging to BBC Robin Hood's Marian do I like better?



6) Charleston Heston or Gregory Peck?



7) Jean Arthur or Jean Simmons?


8) Which vintage-y dress would I prefer?



Which C.S. Lewis quote do I like better?



10) Which would I find more romantic-being rescued by a heroic and handsome stranger or going for a walk in the countryside with the man I like Very Much? (Sense and Sensibility and Northanger Abbey for those of you who don't know Jane Austen very well :P)

At the beginning of my post, I used pictures of some 16 year old period drama heroines....Anne, Marianne, Lorna Doone (I think she was 16....), and Liesel. Can you think of any others? What about 17 year old period drama heroines? 

Now I'm off to do exciting birthday stuff! 

Bye, everyone!