Tuesday, October 28, 2014

If I don't post this November, I'm (probably) not dead...

   You might not be seeing much of me this coming month, because or the first time in my life, I have signed up for NaNoWriMo. Yay! Or more like I'm freaking out just a little bit. I, who have never written a full length novel in my life have decided to write one in a month. It sounds a bit un-realistic, but hey, it's possible so why not give it a try?

   As well as November being NaNoWriMo, I have both my voice and piano recitals and a piano master class then, so my spare time will be divided between writing and music. Actually, that doesn't sound to awful since those are two of my favorite things. (-: Maybe in December we can have a virtual party celebrating the end of November and the beginning of Christmas break!
   I have some good news though... I will have a guest blogger while I am busy tackling the first week of NaNoWriMo and my two recitals. You all get to meet my best friend, Ekaterina! Yay! She is absolutely awesome and loves cool, nerdy stuff, so I think you guys will really like her. (-:
Hopefully by the second week of November I'll be back and posting. I'm writing a retelling of Snow White with a few unusual twists. If you want, I can post some snippets of my story and introduce you to a couple of my characters.
   Are you doing NaNoWriMo this year? And if you've ever done it before and have some advice for a newbie, comment below. So, I guess it's goodbye for now...

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Discovering Emma Week Tag

Yes, I know, this is an other Jane Austenish tag in a very short amount of time, but when it rains it pours (in a good way), and I really like Emma, so I couldn't pass this up. Heidi ~ Lady of Anorien is hosting a Discovering Emma Week blog party, so just pop over to her blog and check it out. It's pretty awesome!

Okay, Now for the questions:
1) Have you ever read Emma?
Ahem, well, sort of. I read most of it, and by the time I got two thirds the way through it, I put it down to read some other book, because I knew how Emma ended. I've got to read that again...
2) If so, is that how you first made her acquaintance? (If not, feel free to elaborate!)
Well, I actually watched the Emma with Kate Beckinsale first. I was about ten or twelve then, and I liked it, but it wasn't my favorite. I guess what I mean is, I had kind of expected it to be a lot like Pride and Prejudice (1995), but it was much different. I've grown to enjoy it much more, though.
3) Do you have a favorite film adaptation? 
Yes, I think that would be 2009 mini-series of Emma. I think it did a lovely job with accuracy they didn't have to fit the whole story into a two hour movie. Besides that, Romola Garai was a brilliant Emma. Oh, and did I mention the costumes!?

4) Favorite dress(es) from that film?
Speaking of costumes, yes, I do have a few favorites. (-: I have to say the one in the picture above is one of them.
And the embroidered pattern on this one is gorgeous! I would very much wear this dress. I love the colors on it as well. Sorry I couldn't find a full length view of it, but this one shows the design pretty well.
I also really liked Jane Fairfax's dresses. I think this one was very classic and tasteful, which I love.
5) Share a line you love from either the book or movie/s—several if you like!
Oh, gosh, I always have a hard time with this. Okay, since I don't have a lot of time, here is just one of my favorites. (Mr. Knightley has some pretty great quotes (-: )
6) Is Emma one of your favorite heroines? Why or why not?
I have to say she probably is one of my favorite heroines (one of many) because she and I have a lot in common. I can sometimes be blind to the most obvious things around me, I tend to make tons of resolutions and tire of them early, and I think helping other people is fun, even though I get in the way more often then not. (-; In that sense, I think we are a bit alike, but what makes her one of my heroines is that she learns a lot of lessons the hard way throughout the story, and bears it well.
7) What is one of Emma’s strengths (good qualities)?
Only one? Well, she has quite a few, but one I really like is that when certain people point out her mistakes she doesn't try to justify herself, but tries to mend her ways.
8) Describe in one (or two…or three) sentences, why Mr. Knightley is so wonderful.
Umm... Well, he is very intelligent and a good judge of character. Despite the fact that he has to deal with so many annoying people from day to day, he treats them all courteously. Thirdly, he always puts Emma's best interest before his own.
9) Why do you think Mr. Knightley and Emma are so well suited to each other?
Well, I think that they are well suited to each other because they are opposites in many ways, but they also have some great similarities. Mr.Knightley always thinks before he acts, whereas Emma tends to make decisions impulsively which creates a balance. Both of them are smart and have good hearts, and I think that similarities like that make them even more compatible. I don't know if I described that very well, but I think you'll get what I mean. (-: I'm sure they get along wonderfully, well most of the time...

10) Would you rather spend a week in Highbury with the Westons—on Abbey-Mill Farm with the Martins—or in London with the John Knightleys?
I think I would enjoy spending a week on Abbey-Mill Farm with the Martins. It would be nice to get to know them better, and I think that a week on an old-fashioned farm with such real and unpretentious people as the Martins would do me good.
Thanks for reading, and definitely go check out the blog party at Along the Brandywine! Which film version if Emma is your favorite?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Parting Ways

   The heat from my chai tea latte warms the palms of my hands. I sip slowly, letting it warm my insides, not wanting to leave this bench. The russet leaves shudder at my feet as the north wind exhales an icy breath on the almost-empty street. I pull my jacket tighter, glancing up at a passer by in anticipation, only to be disappointed. It's not Lisa. Maybe she's running a little late.
   The cafĂ© behind me is starting to close. I glance at my watch. I hope she's not still mad at me for sending her to live with our Aunt. Maybe it was a mistake, maybe it had made a rift between us that would never be mended, but it was the best thing for her, wasn't it? I toss my paper cup in the trash. Sometimes big sisters have to do what's right without looking back. Maybe Lisa would always hold a grudge against me for leaving her with Aunt Gertrude, but this way she'd be taken care of, something I promised Mama I would make sure of.
   I can't stay here any longer, I have a flight to catch. Perhaps we'll meet here again someday, like we used to before our parents death. Perhaps by then Lisa will have forgiven me. I lift my pack and walk away with a determined tread. Each step, leaving the autumn leaves scattered on the brick street behind me.

   Here's a short piece of fiction I wrote, inspired by this picture. I haven't really written much for a little while, which means I haven't written anything for about two weeks..., so it's a little rough, and the title could be a bit more creative, but I thought I'd share it with you guys since I haven't really shared any of my writing with you yet. I mean, this blog is called Incidents of a Literary Nature. (-: Tell me your honest opinion on it, no matter how brutal it is, and advice would be very welcome. I need as much advice and criticism as I can get!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top Ten Tuesdays: Allons-y!

I decided that if I practiced piano for 45 minutes before my friend came over to practice a duet, I could write a blog post. Today I am doing my first Top Ten Tuesday post: Ten Places books have made me want to visit (whether fictional or real) Seriously, only ten places?

  1. One of the most cliche (but possible most awesome) places books have made me want to (re)visit is England. Why? Because of all of these amazing people (and more) who have brought England to life in their writing.

    And because it has got some incredible history and scenery/architecture. (Have any of you guys read The Eagle of the Ninth by the way? It's about a Roman soldier in Ancient Britain. I need to read that book again.
    If you don't already know, Hadrian's Wall is kind of Great Britain's version of the Great Wall of China, it's just a lot smaller.

  2. Scandinavia: In seventh or eighth grade I read this really awesome book called Dragon Slayer and it was about Beowulf. It made me want to go sit in the mead hall of a king and listen to epic stories of battles. Hopefully I wouldn't run into Grendel.
  3. Narnia: Fictional places are allowed, I looked at the rules specifically. And who wouldn't want to go there? (Besides Uncle Andrew) I have always wanted to have dinner with the Beavers. (Hopefully a pleasant dinner with no interruptions from Maugrim. ) And I think that sailing on the Dawn Treader would be amazing!

4. Middle Earth: Need I say more?

5. New England: I've read The Sherwood Ring by Elizabeth Marie Pope several times. It is such a scrumptious book! It's full of funny and exciting ghosts... Read it, you won't regret it. It makes me want to take a walk through the woods of New York, or explore Rest-and-be-thankful with Peggy. I wish someone would make a movie of it!

I wish I had time to do more, but here are at least five places I would love to visit. If you've done the Top Ten Tuesdays linkup, put the link to your blog below, and I will definitely go and check it out. Even if you haven't, what places would you love to visit, based off of books you've read?
Well, I'm off to meet Lucy at Cair Paravele. I mean, I'm off to study and write papers.
Allons-y! Doesn't The Doctor say that in Doctor Who? I haven't watched that show yet. Shhh! Don't tell!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Fall Here and There

Where I live, in the southwest, fall isn't really your typical russet-and-gold-leaves season. Around here, we get cool mornings and evenings, and in the middle of the day it's in the high eighties or maybe even the nineties. Today and yesterday were different though; it's been raining!

I found this picture on Pinterest, and it fit today perfectly!
It's been raining hard, on and off all day today. (I think it's the last bits of the hurricane that happened in Baja California sometime back.) Anyhow, I love rainy weather, and I hope we have more of it this fall and coming winter. I thought I'd make a list of things that make me think of fall (or at least fall in the southwest.
  1. Rain (of course it's on the top of my list)
  2. The start of the county fair.
  3. Tea
  4. Field-trips. (My French class and my sisters Spanish classes are taking a field-trip through a couple of traditional southwestern towns at the end of this month. I'm not mentioning names for security reasons. (-: )
  5. English midterms are coming up. (Why so soon? Didn't school just start!?)
  6. Pomegranate harvests have already started.
  7. I have my PSAT test coming up in less than a week. (Why did I decide to take it again?)
  8. Writing the second chapter of my novel. (Someone remind me to do a post about that soon. I mean, this blog is called Incidents of a Literary Nature.)
  9. I should probably be studying right now...
Thanks for bearing with my irregular posts. I know I already did something somewhat like this, but I've been lacking in inspiration lately. Is there anything you would like me to do a post about? I'd love ideas. (-: What's fall like where you live? Unless you live in someplace like Australia or Antarctica, then tell me what spring is like there.

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