And, yes, I will be hosting a giveaway for this event :-D Ye've been warned.
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Whatever shall I do to keep myself busy this winter? Hmm. I'm sure I can think of a few things ;-)
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Sunday, December 13, 2020
- "What Child is This"
- "Go Tell it on the Mountain"
- "Silent Night"
Friday, December 11, 2020
I've watched Holiday Affair (1949) at least four times in the last four years. And I'm still not sure why I like it so much. It's wildly improbable and often defies logic... but it makes emotional sense, even if it doesn't make logical sense, and so I like it anyway.
Saturday, December 05, 2020
December is here! December is here! I've waited a whole year for this month! And man, it has been a looooooong year, hasn't it?
This picture is brought to you by my getting to go out and see Casablanca (1942) in the theater with some friends last month. We all dressed up in as close to period-correct clothing and so on as we could. (This picture also brought to you by the Keto diet, thanks to which I have dropped 15 of the pounds I picked up after my gall bladder removal a few years ago. I finally have a jawline again.)
~ Write a short story Semi-fail A couple days ago, I did get an idea for a short story sequel to One Bad Apple, and I've started it, but it's not nearly finished.~ Start writing my Beauty and the Beast retelling Check! It doesn't have a real title yet, though I call it Schoen und Stark just because I hate writing things without a title. But I know that won't be its final title. I've got three chapters done and will start on the fourth as soon as I finish the aforementioned short story.
~ Read Roverandom by J. R. R. Tolkien Check! It was enchanting -- my review is here.
~ Read 1 other title for my Classics Club list Check! In fact, I read SEVEN more classics! They were:
- In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
- Crossfire Trail by Louis L'Amour
- To Tame a Land by Louis L'Amour
- A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
- A Man Called Peter by Catherine Marshall
- The Father Hunt by Rex Stout
- Over the Moon by Natalie Lloyd
- Aslan's World by Angus Menuge
- A Very Bookish Thanksgiving by Kelsey Bryant, Sarah Holman, J. Grace Pennington, Rebekah Jones, and Amanda Tero
- Tales of the Black Widowers by Isaac Asimov
- Come in, We're Closed by Tyler Bramwell
- Marsalis on Music by Wynton Marsalis
~ Finish the blanket I'm crocheting for my 8-yr-old's bed Check! I'm so pleased with it, and so is she:
Wednesday, December 02, 2020
I've been mulling over this sort of thing for years. What do I, personally, need in a story? What do I want? What do I not want? I've discussed this various times, with various people, but it's always fun to revisit, so today, I'm sharing three things I love in a good story, whether it's a book or a movie or a TV show.
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1. Characters I want to be friends with. No lie -- this is make-or-break for me. If I don't want to be friends with at least a few of the main characters and hang out with them, I won't be re-reading or re-watching this, which means I don't love it, or even like it much. I realize this is highly subjective, as no one can really predict what will make me want to be friends with a fictional character, but there it is.Actually, I do have some pretty basic things I like in a character. They need to be nice and helpful. I also appreciate characters who are loyal, sensible, and practical. A little quirkiness is nice, and I appreciate both sarcasm and sass a lot. But those are all gravy. I don't love characters who are not both nice and helpful. Now you know.
Also, I really appreciate it when an author tells me a character has an accent, say Scottish, and then lets me imagine the accent. I dinnae apprrreciate it when they mun go to verrrah grrreat lengths to wrrrite oot the accent -- ach, mon, it gives me a rrroarrring headache if I cannae rrread it easily.