Wednesday, June 29, 2011

In Which I Reminisce About My Most Recent Ballet Performace


The finale of my Austrian waltz.

I hope I don't scare away the guys because I'm talking about ballet. I mean, don't read this if you don't want to, just don't leave for good okay?

But really, it's not a girly thing-- it's just that girls do it more than guys. However, we do have two boys at our ballet school right now, so there. ;)

Anyway, my sis and I were just in our ballet school's spring performance, called Passport to Dance, which was, essentially, a series of dances from several different countries. At first it sounded like ultimate boredom to me. That is, until we actually started rehearsing.


Sis and I were in an Austrian Waltz and a Hoedown from the US of A. Both dances were super fun and relatively hard, which was good. By the end of the Hoedown I couldn't breathe. There's a lot of jumping and fast movement, so it tuckered me out ;) The waltz was more of an endurance thing.

We rehearsed for about two and half months, I think.... and we learned everything pretty quickly so it was more a matter of cleaning them up than learning the dances. Our waltz costumes were amazing, and one of the moms did it all herself. She took our Grade 6 leotards and skirts and made them totally fancy-shmancy epicness :] And we got gloves and hair pieces that looked like they were made out of diamonds...... but sshhh.... I think it was just plastic ;)

EDIT: because Helen (read her comment on this post) insisted, here's a pic of her and I. Most of my right arm is cut off, but whatever. My leg is turned out, at least... kinda ;)


EDIT EDIT: Now my mother is complaining. (read her comment on this post.) Here's a really pretty pic of my dear sis. She's in the middle:



 Okay, moving on...

Our Hoedown was a polar opposite dance, but super fun. The big cowboy hats we got were covered in white paint and kept chipping, so afterward it looked like we all had a dandruff problem or something. Haha.

The countries were: England, Holland, France, Austria, Italy, Eastern Europe, Asia, and then USA.

The second Italy number, O Solo Mio.

Italy, by far, was the funniest. The US had the most dances and was probably the coolest, though a dance or two from Asia were amazing :D



 I swear, this was the funniest number EVER.




^^ And this one was one of my very favorites, put to a song by Yanni, which was insanely awesome. 

There were three girls but at first you could only see two of them. And then they slowly moved away from each other and it totally looked like a flower opening up or something. A-mazing :D The rest of the dance with the other company girls was super cool, too. 

And this is the finale of our Hoedown:


All that to say it was very fun, and I'm sad it's over.
But hey, at least I have more time to write now!! heeheeheee...

Beautiful People- June/July Edition


This is a fantabulous meme hosted by Georgianna and Sky. Get the full scoop here!

This month's character is an interesting fellow named Sir Robert, who Chance is a squire to. I'm still majorly figuring him out, so this will be good for me :)



What kind of music does he like?


Ah..... I have to ask him. Can't say he really has an opinion.... if he was living in modern times, hard rock probably. Or jazz, oddly enough.....  ^-^


Does he like to go outside?

It's better than inside. He likes really hot days, oddly enough.


Is he naturally curious?

Curious as to how fast he can smash somebody's nose in, maybe. 

Okay not quite-- he's not crazy violent, but he's a soldier, a trained knight and most of the countryside is full of squabbling lords who send people out to die because they didn't get what they wanted. So there's a lot of fighting. Fighting is kind of his life. And actually, earning himself a fief. 

Right or left handed?

Left. I had no idea. 

Favorite color?

He likes things that are kind of forest green and gold-- but his heraldry colors are red and gold, so red has grown on him too. 

Where is he from?

From the south-eastern part of England, kind of. Either that or dead center of England. That's still up in the air *laughs*.

Any enemies?

Weeeeell, anyone on the opposing side is his enemy. As a general rule he doesn't have hard-and-fast enemies but he has a list of people he doesn't like.  But unless somebody has done him a serious wrong, it's not like he's chasing people down and killing them -_-

What are his quirks?

He has major ambitions. Like, to the point of obsession. And he's OCD in really weird ways.

What kinds of things get on his nerves?

People who don't do what he wants. And, um.... actually..... if his toenails get too long he gets really crabby, like that pebble in your shoe that won't leave, like, it irritates him a lot. 

(OO)

Who knew......?

Is he independent, or needs others to help out?

He's plenty good on his own. In fact, unless he gets the help on his own terms, he resists anyone helping him with anything.



Wow. You think you know a guy......

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I dunno, but I really like my desktop background...


I've always had a thing for planets...




It makes me kinda happy.

What's YOUR desktop picture?

Monday, June 27, 2011

Minor Note.....



Of which I am minorly ashamed.....

I dunno if anyone is even doing that Connect the Plot thing I had concocted, but if you are, the deadline is extended to the end of July. I haven't even written mine, which is part of the reason. However, juggling the end of school and a ballet performance are legit excuses ;)

That's all.

I'll be back soon!

Friday, June 24, 2011

The Hobbit- Super Awesome first pics!!


Thank you, ComingSoon.net! And Entertainment Weekly ;)

Feast your eyes, Hobbitses!

The photos included the captions you'll see below. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to hit theaters on December 14, 2012 while The Hobbit: There and Back Again is coming on December 13, 2013.


Read more: First Look at Three Photos From The Hobbit - ComingSoon.net http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=78948#ixzz1QGQoka6k




MARTIN FREEMAN (BILBO BAGGINS)
"He fits the ears, and he's got some very nice feet," Jackson says of his Bilbo. "I think he's got the biggest hobbit feet we've had so far. They're a little bit hard to walk in, but he's managed to figure out the perfect hobbit gait."





IAN MCKELLEN (GANDALF)
"He's in fantastic form," Peter Jackson says of McKellen. "In a way, his role in The Hobbit has more technical difficulties than Lord of the Rings did, because he has scenes with 14 smaller characters — obviously the dwarves and the hobbit are shorter... I remember saying to him [laughs], "Look, this isn't Waiting for Godot or King Lear. This is The Hobbit. This is the real thing."







PETER JACKSON WITH MARTIN FREEMAN
"There's no way you can pace yourself for shoots like these," Jackson says. "When we were going through the schedule for The Hobbit, I felt a terrible drop in my stomach when I saw that we'd be shooting for 254 days. We're only 12 days short of The Lord of the Rings even though we're only doing two movies. When I saw that, I had to sort of pick myself up off the floor and carry on."





Awesome awesome awesome AWESOME!!


The titles really gave me a thrill. I swear I got shivers. 


Your thoughts??

Monday, June 20, 2011

In Which I Discover the Awesomeness of Charcoal Pencils


I appear to have a sudden spurt of blogging inspiration. :]

Anyway, I'm here to share with you a little secret......

I love to draw.

That doesn't mean I'm good at it, though. But I love, love, LOVE to draw- faces, particularly. They make me really happy.

I'm sure looking at my creations doesn't make anyone else happy, though. They look terrible most of the time.

Anyhow, I recently became interested in using charcoal pencils.

See, I have been reading a completely amazing series that stole my heart, called The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme. It's like Narnia and LOTR and Prydain all mixed together with a semi-sci-fi feel, even though the book isn't actually... um.... sci-fi. :P

Anyway, it's a really amazing series. (Review coming soon.....)

I've been so inspired and captured by the books that I...... *gulp* ...... drew some of the characters.

I don't know WHY I did, but we had a little lull in the history reading during school one day, and on the lined notebook paper that I was supposed to be taking notes on, I drew a face.

It looked like a character from the book. Sort of.

I continued drawing.

Pretty soon, I had a face that I felt looked pretty similar to the character Amariel, who is a merrow (basically a mermaid, but totally awesome).

I moved my pencil down to the lower third of the paper and drew another face.

It kind of looked like another character, Char. He's NOT a merrow. Just plain ol' human, but he totally rocks. :]

Thus encouraged and very excited by drawing someone else's characters so successfully (at least I felt so), I have been setting myself to the task of drawing the entire cast.

That almost rhymed.

Did you catch that? Task and cast. They almost..... no? Fine.

Anyhoo and fibber-o-loo, after all that drawing with a Ticonderoga Number Two pencil, I started itching for some charcoal pencils, because shading and all that looking realistic business just comes easier that way ;)

I found two softs and a medium around the house-- but the only suitable paper was watercolor paper. Haha..... the texture and grooves in the paper were very deep. But I would work with it until I could get my hands on proper charcoal paper.

Anyway, I just wanted to share with you some of my very, very amateur creations using charcoal pencils. I'll save the Ven Polypheme drawing for another post.

The first is only a small part of a face. I only had room to draw that much-- the rest of the paper was covered in more hideous sketches ;)



I like the eye.

I drew this next person without outlining it beforehand-- and I couldn't find my charcoal pencil eraser so I couldn't fix anything.... *looks sheepish* 'Tis not very good, but whatever... I had fun shading him. My fingers were completely black because I didn't make a stub.

:P

Terrible drawing. Told you.

My fourth drawing (yes, I'm not showing you number three and number one...) is the one I'm most proud of so far. 

And it's actually not a person, oddly enough ;)

My proportions are completely out of whack, and my tree is a wreck.

But besides that, I didn't think it looked too bad.

Oh yeah-- and the houses are shameful....... and my grass doesn't look that great, and, and and.....

-_-

I'll stop making excuses-- here's the picture:



It's not too bad, right?

Detail on castle:


Detail on person:


The birds flying around over the sea make me kind of happy...



Anyway, that was just a little piece of randomness from my life ;) Now you know why it takes me forever to finish math..... I start sketching. Can't help it. Drawing beats 6 + (xy + 3x) - (-y (23z) 14) = 0 any day.

*looks at conjured up math problem*

I don't even think that equation works.......

Ah, well. Catch you folks later :D

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Is This A Good Thing Or A Bad Thing??


Your choice.

Voice your opinion in the comments.

{News courtesy of ComingSoon.net}




"The Los Angeles Times' 24 Frames is reporting that Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) has been hired to direct a sequel to Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, with Logan Lerman returning in the title role. The first film, released in 2010 and directed by Chris Columbus, cost about $95 million to make and earned $226 million worldwide.

Columbus will produce the follow-up, written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. The newspaper says:

'Riordan's second book, subtitled "The Sea of Monsters," follows Percy and his group of friends as they head to the titular sea to find the mythical Golden Fleece, as well as to free a friend who has been captured there. It's expected, though, that the sequel will draw from other Percy Jackson titles as well as "Sea of Monsters.'"



Assuming you are familiar with Percy Jackson, I shall further assume you have a strong opinion concerning this matter.

Yay or nay, friends??


A movie to look forward to :D


Yo peeps,

I wanted to share a trailer for a film that I'm looking forward to watching this fall. It's called Dolphin Tale, and it comes out in September. My "uncle," actually an old school friend of my dad's who is not really related, is producing it, so I'm excited to watch it for him ;)

The movie is about a boy who rescues a dolphin who was injured in a crab trap. Winter, the dolphin, has to get her fin amputated and the boy who rescued her ropes a guy into making her a prosthetic tale. True story.

Anyway, the first official trailer was released the other day and I totally had to share it with y'all. It's looks pretty good :D

By the way it totally made me think of Flipper ;)





PS- Does the kid make anyone think of anybody?? He makes me thinks of someone else but I have no clue who it is......

Friday, June 10, 2011

I've come to the end of am amazing journey. And now I'm depressed.



Pardon me if I seem a little distant.....

It appears I've left my heart over in the land of Prydain.

If you've read Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain, you know what I'm talking about.

Oh dear.

I just finished reading all five books, for the first time ever.

Boy, am I glad I did.

But there was a time, though, when I was loathe to even touch the books.

Why??

*sighs*

Here's my history of Prydain:

Perhaps a year, year and a half ago, I got an itch to watch a movie. I just wanted to watch something I hadn't seen before.

I happened to stumble upon the old Disney animated film, The Black Cauldron, which is based mainly on the first two books of the Prydain series.



I spent a few weeks watching the trailer over and over again, poking around the movie and getting excited.

Finally, I got the DVD from the library and my dear sis and I sat down to have a little sister bonding/movie time.

Ergh.


The books are basically the Welsh version of Lord of the Rings. Alexander based the tales off of Welsh mythology, and as we all know, anything to do with Wales is very near and dear to my heart.

I knew nothing about the books coming into the movie, however. And that might have been part of the problem.

You see, there were parts, mere parts of the film that I liked.

But when the credits rolled, sis's first words were, "That was a waste of two hours."

To which I replied, deep and intellectual person that I am.....

".....yeah."

After that, whenever I went to the library and happened to pass by those books upon which that less-than-satisfactory movie was based on, I would shudder with cruel memories.

Then came a post by the dear Gillian, which planted a thought in my head. That being, "If Gil and Jake and these people all like these books, and I do trust their opinions..... perhaps there is some good in the story after all?"


And finally, about a month ago, I checked out The Book of Three  from the library, the first book in the series.

It sat in a whole pile of library books on my bedroom floor for about three weeks. I still couldn't get over the movie, and I needed time to , well, get over myself before I cold bring myself to touch the book.

Finally, hitting one of those, "I need something to read, fast!" spots, I grabbed The Book of Three, and opened it.

And from there, with utter delight and wonder, I finished the book, and eagerly sought out The Black Cauldron, book two, from the library as well. And with increasing joy and thrill, just last week snatched the last three books from the shelf and brought them triumphantly home.


I finished The High King, the fifth and final installment, just this Wednesday.

And my feelings were these:

Number One: I have never read such perfect, astounding, thrilling, uplifting, deep, absolutely wonderful books for a very, very long time, (save possibly The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, but that's another post...), and I was grateful to have read them. I was undoubtedly better for reading them. No mistake.

Number Two:


.......... why was it over?!?!?!?!??!?!?!?!?




-_-


*sobs*


And that, my friends, is why I'm depressed and unable to do a thing. I read a magnificent series and it has ended. And I don't know what to do with myself.

I'm sure I'll get over it in about a week. I have a few other books that I know I most likely won't get emotionally attached to, so I can read those while I'm recovering.

I'll do a formal review of the series soon, but for now, know this: if you haven't read The Chronicles of Prydain, please, please go read them. I promise they won't disappoint.

Oddly enough, though, now that I've read the books I almost want to watch the movie again, because I know I'll see it with waaay different eyes... heh, no matter what though, Gurgi is forever blazed into my mind looking like this:


And there's nothing I can do about it. He's actually pretty darn cute, though, with his moanings about his poor tender head, and harmful hurtings and munchings and crunchings :)

Ah, the one fatal flaw of movie adaptions.... they replace some of your imagination. :|

While we're on the movie again.... it some respects, it wasn't bad at all. However, they butchered the story line and that never makes anyone happy. But as far as the characters themselves went, I saw Disney's Taran and Eilonwy and Fleddur Fflam in a faded corner of my brain while I was reading, and they were rather nice to have around.... I have nothing against them. Nor Gurgi, either, really. ;)





It is official, though.




I. 

Am. 

So. 

Eilonwy.

But I don't think there's a single girl in the world who couldn't relate to her in one way or another. 

Oh, and since it's not fair to have pictures of Gurgi and Eilonwy and leave Flewddur and Taran out:




^^ I like that picture. It tickles me. You know, "munchings and crunchings."


Heehee.

PS: I love Taran.
Not in a weird way. Oh, no.
He's just awesome and, like with everyone else in the books, I got emotionally attached.


Okay, well, now that I've gotten all that off my chest.....

Have you read The Chronicles of Prydain? Did you like it? What about the movie??

Hope you don't mind the rambling.

Alright, well, see you later, folks. I go now to try and find my heart-- I think it's still at Caer Dallben, or else wandering among the Free Commots. 

Ffarwel am y tro, 
or
Farewell for now.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Connect the Plot- June 2011 Edition


Yo people!

So--

Here is the very, very, absolutely first Connect the Plot link-up! Huzzah! :D

So, here's the rules, or vague semblance of such, before I give you the pictures. But firstly:


Castles Quills and Cameras


What Connect the Plot is:

Connect the Plot is a (mostly) screenwriter's link up that consists of two pictures- those are what open your story and close it. Your job is to write the tale that connects those two images. 

Rules:


1- Story must be written in screenplay form or novel form. Duh ;) It can be as long or short as you want.


2. First scene must include the given opening image. Ending scene must include given end image. 


(Note: you are not actually including the pictures, per se, unless you so desire. Because this is geared toward the screenwriters, the stills are there to provide a visual image, since that's what makes a screenplay- images. However, the images are there for you to translate into words.)


3. After you post your story on your blog, link to your post in the form at the end of this post. 


4. If, by sheer happenstance, this fun little thing springs upon your imagination, and you want to take your tale and run with it, and you end up working with a full-fledged screenplay and/or novel, then by all means, don't feel pressured to post all of it on your blog- that's a lot of work! :P

Post as little/much as you care to post, if you end up with a lot. 


5. Each link-up will close at the end of each month. (I'm not saying that I will do one of these every month, though I will try-- but when I do, they will be posted near the beginning of the month. )

6. Have fun. Be crazy. Or be realistic. Or both. Just be awesome. 


7. The provided slug lines, in courier text are in black- but the text in blue or underlined in blue can be edited/modified as fits your story. 

Did that all make sense??

Alright! Let the fun begin!

Opening Image:

INT. HOUSE - DAY

General Description:
An unopened letter sits on the table, propped up by a salt/pepper shaker. Someone stands in the background.


(possible alternatives for blue text- whose house is it? Do you want to specify the kitchen area? Is it afternoon, morning, evening, or just day?)



Ending Image:

EXT. BOW OF SHIP DAY

General Description:
Two people stand at the bow of the ship. One of them points away into the distance, and the other is listening intently. 


(possible alternatives for blue text- what is the name of the ship? Could you specify the time of day?)

There you go, folks! Have fun! I can't wait to read your stories :) 
I'll post mine once I type it up. 

If you are looking for screenwriting tips, scroll to the bottom of this post. It's got several links that are just for you. 

Oh, and snag a button if you'd be so kind ;)

The linky is right below the button. 


Castles Quills and Cameras Mother




Wednesday, June 1, 2011

This Makes Me Very, Very Happy


I love the second song in the medley, A Glass of Beer, which I've heard elsewhere and think it sounds SO cool :D I don't recommend the beer though ;)

Two questions, though:

1) Does anyone think the audio quality is pretty good considering it was shot in a public area with, it appears, nothing more than a camcorder?

2) Does anyone know why the violinist is holding is bow so high up? I mean, it does look like a super long bow, but I'm stumped.... unless that's the Irish way of playing the violin....?

Anyway, enjoy! :D


PS Sorry that it cut off the end. If that bothered you.....

Then here's something else to listen to, as comfort :D





Ta, folks.