Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Winners of TGBGB!

Today I shipped off packets to most of the several winners of the giveaway:)  Thank you all so much for participating, and I wish I had enough of those that different people wanted to give you ALL some. As it is, I promise that these winners were all selected fairly, via a drawing (some were the lucky winners of more than one drawing).  But anyway, here are the winners for the books/bookmarks that multiple people requested (those that only received one preference were also shipped to the winners) :

Kaiulani:  The People's Princess:  Winner:  Kerry

The Last Trail:  Winner:  Emma Jane

The Thief and the Beanstalk:  Winner:  Cryslyn

The Princess Bride Inigo bookmark:  Winner:  Lois

The Robin Hood bookmark:  Cryslyn

The Samwise bookmark:  Winner:  Lois

I think those are the only "contested" ones?  Congratulations, winners!:D

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Inkling Explorations {June}

What-ho, all!  I'm just popping in to share a 'gripping story opening' for Heidi's June edition of Inkling Explorations!

The prompt is a beginning that grabbed you and kept your attention, not necessarily a high-action one.  I decided at length to go with the opening to The Princess Bride by S. Morgenstern by William Goldman;)  (The opening to the actual PB opening, that is, not the first line of the book.  Because, as anyone who's read it knows, it's a rather strangely constructed book in that regard…anywho.  Rambling.)

The year that Buttercup was born, the most beautiful woman in the world was a French scullery maid named Annette.  Annette worked in Paris for the Duke and Duchess de Guiche, and it did not escape the Duke's notice that someone extraordinary was polishing the pewter.  The Duke's notice did not escape the notice of the Duchess either, who was not very beautiful and not very rich, but plenty smart. The Duchess set about studying Annette and shortly found her adversary's tragic flaw.


Armed now, the Duchess set to work.  The Palace de Guiche turned into a candy castle.  Everywhere you looked, bonbons.  There were piles of chocolate-covered mints in the drawing rooms, baskets of chocolate-covered nougats in the parlors.

Annette never had a chance.  Inside a season, she went from delicate to whopping, and the Duke need glanced in her direction without sad bewilderment clouding his eyes.  (Annette, it might be noted, seemed only cheerier throughout her enlargement.  She eventually married the pastry chef and they both ate a lot until old age claimed them.  Things, it might also be noted, did not fare so cheerily for the Duchess.  The Duke, for reasons passing understanding, next became emitted with his very own mother-in-law, which caused the Duchess ulcers, only they didn't have ulcers yet.  More precisely, ulcers existed, people had them, but they weren't called "ulcers."  The medical profession at that time called them "stomach pains" and felt the best cure was coffee dolloped with brandy twice a day until the pains subsided.  The Duchess took her mixture faithfully, watching through the years as her husband and her mother blew kisses at each other behind her back.  Not surprisingly, the Duchess's grumpiness became legendary, as Voltaire has so ably chronicled.  Except this was before Voltaire.)

I know, I know;)  The rest of the book is absolutely pure gold, as well.  It only gets better;)  Seriously, if you haven't read it, YOU MUST READ IT!  'T'is hilarious and touching and light and deep (I know, right?  How does he do it?) and awesome sauce.  :)

Friday, June 19, 2015

Dream Cast for "Rose in Bloom"

I'm currently rereading Louisa May Alcott's Rose in Bloom (which, by the by, is a book I absolutely love), and recently I started thinking of people whom I'd love to see play the main characters if the book were ever made into a movie.  (Which sadly seems unlikely.)  So I decided to try and make up a dream cast!  I don't have a mental picture of all the characters yet, but here are a few actors that I think could do well in the more prominent roles:)

~ Rose Campbell ~
Sarah Gadon

~ Mac Campbell
George Rainsford

~ Phebe ~
Anna Popplewell


Hailee Steinfeld

~ Charlie Campbell ~
Christopher Egan

~ Uncle Alec Campbell
Viggo Mortensen

~ Archie Campbell ~
Sam Claflin

Those are all I can think of at the moment.  What're your opinions?  Agree or disagree with any of these ideas?  I'm not rock-solidly-sure of them myself, but it's a start;D

Thursday, June 18, 2015

How Robin Hood Should Have Ended...

(If you are currently watching BBC's Robin Hood and don't wish to know how the entire series ends, DO NOT read this post.)

I don't know if any of you, besides DKoren, paid much attention to the comments in this post.  Therein, basically, Natalie and I were freaking out over BBC Robin Hood, as is our wont, and we were talking about how awesome it would have been had the screenwriters included a clip of Guy and Marian reconciling in the final scene of the show.  Basically, what I would have LOVED to have seen was Marian forgiving Guy, and then seeing the two of them, along with Robin and Meg, talking and laughing together in the forest after the rest of the gang went to bury Robin's body.  However, 't'is apparent that the powers that be didn't share our vision *sniff*.  Now, please understand, I'm not complaining about the finale.  It was aching and beautiful and real and gorgeous and pretty much destroyed me.  BUT, I'd still like to have seen this.  So, eventually, I decided to just write up a HISHE for RH for myself.  Here goes (I hope this doesn't get too cheesy…).  And please, keep in mind, this is a very rough approximation of what I'd like to have seen--it's not that amazing of a write-up, but I know that, so bear with me;)

The fragrance of long-lost memories lingered in the fading light of Sherwood as the last of the soft white cherry blossoms fluttered about Robin and Marian's blissful forms.  

Robin gently set down his wife.  For a time, neither spoke; speech was inadequate and almost a desecration of the hallowed reunion.  Eventually, however, they began to talk of many things--of their beloved gang, of joy, of sorrow, of beauty, of devotion.  

"Marian…" Robin began hesitantly.  "Did you--do you--Guy became a part of the gang.  I--I forgave him, in the end."  

Marian smiled.  "I am glad to hear it, my love.  I forgave him, too.  There is nothing but forgiveness now."

They both turned at the sound of footsteps coming toward them.  Out from the thick greenery of the forest stepped a young woman with tousled curls.

Robin started.  "I remember you!  You were the girl Isabella tried to execute, alongside of Guy.  He told me how it all ended.  I believe you redeemed that man's purpose of living, young lady."

The girl smiled.  "Guy always knew he was meant for something more--I think he just needed to be reminded."  She turned back to the glade from whence she'd appeared.

"Guy?" she called softly.  "Why do you not come out?"  Robin and Marian glanced at each other.  Silence.  Then Marian stepped resolutely forward and echoed Meg's invitation.

"Guy--come out."

More silence.  Then--a tear-filled voice responded:  "I can't--I can't face you, Marian."  Sighing, Marian moved toward the sound of Guy's voice, until she came upon him, crouched at the base of a tree, unwilling to look up at her.  

"Guy."  Her voice was firm, but gentle.  "You must face me."  

"Guy," she persisted.  Finally, slowly, the broken man raised his eyes to meet Marian's.  

"Marian…" he managed.  "I destroyed you.  I destroyed myself.  I destroyed Robin.  And I don't ask for your forgiveness--I know there is no possible way you could grant it--but I do want you to know that ever since that day…that…I'm sorry.  More than words will ever be able to express, I am so sorry."

Marian knelt.  "Guy, whether you believe what I am about to tell you or not, it is the truth, and I want you to accept it."  

Guy's eyes shifted, apprehensive of what he thought she would say.  "What is it?  Whatever it is, I know I deserve it."

Softly, Marian took Guy's hand and raised him to his feet.  Gently, she leaned close to his ear and whispered three words.  "I forgive you."

Guy stumbled back, tears streaking his face.  "You can't."

"But I do.  Forgiveness is stronger than everything, Guy--stronger than hate, stronger than revenge, and stronger than regret.  Whether you believe what I say is your choice, but my forgiveness is and will be yours, along with my friendship."

"And mine," Robin agreed.  Guy looked from Marian, to Robin, to Meg, and back to Marian, and hope finally began to spread over his features.  

"I don't--"

"You can."  Marian's voice was calm and sweet as she smiled at him.  

Hesitantly, Guy smiled ever so slightly as he began to accept the forgiveness and love offered so freely to him.  He took Marian's proffered hand and allowed her to lead him back to Robin and Meg.  Meg wound her arm around his waist and looked up at him with a beaming face full of trust.  Robin clapped him on the back and winked.  "Looks like you've found a home with us, Guy," he said.  

Marian touched his hand once more and whispered to him, "Be at peace.  You are forgiven."

Sunlight waned from Robin Hood's forest as the laughing voices of four freedom fighters drifted up through the dappled Sherwood leaves.  

I hope you all enjoyed this little attempt at a fanfiction!  Oh, and I just had an idea--would any of you be interested in participating in a Robin Hood Blog Party?  It might be fun to have an RH week dedicated to reviews, character sketches, and picture posts!  And we wouldn't even have to restrict this to BBC's version of Robin Hood.  It could include all versions.  What think you?

Name the Author game

Hello, my pretties.  How is everyone today?;)

So you know how I like those name the actor/actress games?  Well, I've come up with an idea sort of like those, except for this one, I'll be posting pictures of authors instead of actors (and yes, I realize that there are more male than female authors in this list.  I gotta work with what I have).  Let's see how well we know our writers, yes?;)











Wow…this turned out to be a much harder game than I had planned.  Honestly, if any of you get all of these, I'll be impressed!  I don't think I'd get most of them.  But have at it, if you'd like:)

Monday, June 15, 2015

It's heeeeeere, the phaaaantom of the oooopperaaaa!

Ahem, no, not really.  The Great Book Giveaway Bonanza, however, IS here!  (I'm a little hyper right now because I've been quite excited for this for a while.  And…)

I'm shameless, I know.

But anywho!  Click the link I provided, and you'll go to a page on Hamlette's blog that links to all the participating blogs, so you can check out all the giveaways at once:)

Here are my giveaway options!  (*Note*  I'm sorry to say that, for financial reasons, I have to restrict this to US residents only:( )

Books (Please note--all of these books were bought used and still have their price stickers on them, which I can try to remove, if you prefer, except Zia, which was bought new.)

Apologies for the poor picture quality.

The Last Trail by Zane Grey--I picked this up at a library sale; good condition.

Zia by Scott O'Dell--This is a sequel to Island of the Blue Dolphins.  It is gently used, but in great condition.  

Kaiulani:  The People's Princess (from the Royal Diaries series) by Ellen Emerson White--Bought used, but in good condition.  

The Thief and the Beanstalk (a Further Tales adventure) by P. W. Catanese--An interesting twist on Jack and the Beanstalk, it sadly is a bit beat up.  Some ruffled/curled pages and bent corners, especially one rather noticeable on the front cover.  

The Wanderer by Sharon Creech--Fairly good condition, with a few dents and minor bends.

Moonblood (third book in the Tales of Goldstone Wood series) by Anne Elisabeth Stengl--Used, but good condition similar to The Wanderer (perhaps a bit better).  

The Redemption of Sarah Cain by Beverly Lewis--A movie tie-in edition with color photos and a note from the author while on set.  In good condition.  

A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill--Fine condition, except that there are some faded marks on the back of the cover and a 'grimy' spot on the front cover that looks as though it were the remains of a sticker. 

Bookmarks (Can't absolutely guarantee durability, since I don't have a laminator or anything of that sort, but they seem to hold up pretty well.  Made with glue or photo splits.)

When I heard that we could include book-related items, I was quite excited.  Prepare for bookmarks!:D

Collection #1 is related to movies/tv shows.  From left:  BBC Robin Hood.  This one has a picture of Robin and Marian at the bottom and has a bunch of RH quotes and feels and such:)  The prominent quote is, "We were fighters and I'm proud."  ~ The Princess Bride (Inigo Montoya).  This includes his famous line:  "Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to DIE!"  ~  The Princess Bride (Vizzini)  This quote is, "Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?  Morons."  ~  August Rush  Quote:  "You know what music is?  It's God's little reminder that there's something else besides us in this universe."  ~  Gilmore Girls  Fun quote:  "We're almost there, and nowhere near it.  All that matters is we're going."

Collection #2 is related to books and book quotes.  From left, row by row:  Ella Enchanted:  "blue as midnight with a white sash"  Utterly random; for some reason, I liked that quote and how it fit with the color blue and the white.  The Book Thief:  "I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right."    Les Mis√®rables:  "To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live."  The Tale of Despereaux:  "The world is dark, and light is precious.  Come closer, dear reader.  You must trust me.  I am telling you a story."  (This one has '3d' corners, just so you know.)  Second row:  The Princess Bride:  "Her heart was a secret garden and the walls were very high."  The Lord of the Rings:  "I wonder if we shall ever be put into songs or tales.  We're in one, of course, but I mean:  put into words…told by the fireside, or read out of a great big book with red and black letters…"  Ralph Waldo Emerson:  "Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures."  (With picture of '08 Elinor reading.)  Pride and Prejudice:  "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a large fortune must be in want of a wife."  (I copied that directly out of the book, and so I kept the punctuation, even though it bugs me a little.)

And there you are!  I tried to use different 'fonts' when writing these, so some are chunky and some are weird and some are just normal;)  

Now, to enter.  Just leave a comment telling me which book or bookmark you'd most like if you win (please feel free to enter all three giveaways!) and your email address so I can contact you in case you win.  If you don't want your email address out there, you can simply delete your comment after you post it (it'll be sent to my email anyway).  I will draw a winner a week from now, June 22nd.   I thiiiink that's it.  Have at it!

Don't forget to check out Hamlette's page to find all the other giveaways!  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Announcements and reminders and gifs, oh my!

Howdy, peeps.

First of all, since yesterday evening, I can officially say that I have read Tolkien's The Silmarillion!  That probably sounds inconsequential, but trust me, it was a big thing for me to accomplish (because it's not exactly bite-sized and it IS a little, ahem, dry in parts).  Let's talk about it, those of you who've read it!:D


The Great Book Giveaway Bonanza (instigated by Hamlette) draweth nigh.  In precisely six days, I'll (hopefully) be giving away some books/memorabilia.  I'm not sure how popular my selections will be, since I'm rather fond of most of my books ;-P , but I'll do my best.  Stay tuned, and check out Hamlette's blog for more details!

Third, two gifs to brighten your day:)

I saw this on Naomi's blog and promptly stole it.  Because look at it!!!!!!!

Because I've been rewatching My Fair Lady recently, and have I mentioned lately that I absolutely love Henry Higgins?  'Cause I do.  But anyway, that's another discussion for another time.  Maybe a review?;)

Monday, June 8, 2015


Spring bursts forth in glowing verdure,
The embodiment of a soul both playful and calm.
Grass and flower and tree uninjured
Weave with the wind a youthful tale of yore.

Summer pioneers its wild and steadfast freedom;
The sun is king and holds full sway.
The joy of many, the burden of some--
These are months 
wherein totality  comes.

Fall arrives, in stately anticipation. 
Color erupts, a fire of gold and red.
The air hurries you gladly to a joyful occasion,
To celebrate this cozy, friendly season.

Winter comes next, the oldest of seasons.
And though many bemoan its venerable snows,
There is eloquence in a hushed word unspoken,
And there is grace in a soul by pain unbroken.

Seasons pass, billowed and furled--
Joys come, sorrows go--
And though wars rage, and mountains into seas be hurled,
Still "God's in His Heaven; all's right with the world."

Twice Awarded!:)

Emma and Lois have both nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!  (Whew, that's a mouthful.)  Thank you so much, darlin's:D

1.  Thank the blogger[s] who nominated you, linking back to [their] blogs.
2.  Put the Award logo on your blog.
3.  Answer the ten questions sent to you.
4.  Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
5.  Nominate ten blogs.

(I don't think I'll be able to come up with ten blogs that haven't already been nominated, but we'll get to that later.)

Emma's questions
1.  Do you like county fairs?
Sure!  Why not?:)

2.  Were you ever in some sort of club as a kid?
I don't think so…I was in co-ops, but that's not really the same thing.

3.  What's one of the first movies you remember seeing?
Ah, I love those movies that take me back to the dear old days gone by forever when my brothers and I had a few that would just cycle in our movie-watching:D  One of those was Homeward Bound.

There are feels in that movie, peeps.  My mom cried every. single. time.  And, let's be honest, I probably will, too, at least internally, the next time I watch it.  Because:

"Ohhhhh, Peter….!!!!" 

If you've watched it, you know exactly what I'm talking about.  *sniffles at the happy* 

4.  Which would you rather do:  hop in your old pickup truck and go for an unexpected adventure, or sit on the back porch with a good novel on a warm summer evening?
Yikes, that's tough!  My automatic answer would be the novel and the porch (because that would be awesome), but it'd also be really fun to take a drive to an unspecified location just for the sheer spontaneity of it, no?  The sense of adventure would kick in:D

5.  Do you enjoy live concerts?
Uh, well…not really, no.  Of course, I think the only live concerts I've ever attended have been choir concerts, but I'm not sure that I'd enjoy band concerts or artist tours.  I'd probably enjoy the music, but not so much the atmosphere:D

6.  Which do you read more of:  historical fiction or or contemporary fiction?
Historical fiction all the way!

7.  Do you like country music?
Ahem.  'Bout that.  I like classic country fairly well, and bluegrass and such, occasionally (for instance, I love the song "Take Me Home, Country Roads").  Every so often I'll find a 'modern' country song that I enjoy, but it's pretty rare.  

8.  If you could play any role in a musical, who would you choose?
'Enry 'Iggins.  Dead serious;-P

Hmm…probably either Christine Daa√® or Eliza Doolittle.  Or Belle, or Galadriel…  It has to be a soprano part, because high notes:D  I think if I were able to hit the high E at the end of the song "The Phantom of the Opera" in a theater, I might just die of happiness;D  But Eliza is just SUCH a fun role, and then of course there's Belle and Galadriel…I can't decide!!!!

9.  Do you ever put your feet up on the dashboard when riding in a car?
Not that often, actually.  Hmm.  I wonder why that is…

10.  Can you tell us a funny story of something that happened to you in the last week/month/ever?
*flips through the memory files*  Hmm…something funny…well, I have a lot of little kids with whom I'm friends, and they never fail to be amusing:D  One time, I was conversing with a little girl named Klara (she was probably about six) and she was talking about one of her sisters, and said this:  "[My sister] calls me Phara because she can't enunciate yet."  I kid you not, she said that.  I mean, seriously, what six-year-old uses the word 'enunciate'?  Anyway, that probably doesn't sound funny, but you'd have to know Klara:D

Lois's questions
1.  Do you have any nicknames?
So many.  Livvy, Liv, Livs, Lulu, Lu, Lui, Bright Eyes, Princess O, Ladybug…lots.  :D

2.  Favorite movie?
Ha.  That's adorable:D  

Got it?!  Got the reference?! ;)

Nope.  Can't.

3.  Favorite book?
Again, I--I can't.  There are too many!

4.  Favorite TV show?

*heavy sigh*  I suppose I could probably say Robin Hood, but Leverage is also very dear to my heart.  As are Gilmore Girls and Call the Midwife and Lark Rise to Candleford, etc.

5.  How many siblings do you have?

6.  How many kids would you like to have?  OR if you already have kids…How many kids do you have and do you want more?
Hmm…I haven't given too much thought to this.  But I think maybe three to five kids?  Of course, that hinges on whether or not I get married, and at the moment I don't really want to do so.  So…yup:D

7.  What is your favorite activity to do with your family?
Watch funny movies or tv shows!  It's such fun.  We laugh a lot, and then we have a ton of lines to repeat to each other at opportune moments;)

8.  What is your current school status?
I'd rather not reveal that at the moment, other than to say that I am still in a level of school.  But you don't get to know which one *wink wink*

9.  Dream vacation (if money was no object)?
Okay, don't laugh.  

I want to go to Disney World so. flipping.  badly.  

10.  Do you like tea (just cause;))?
Nah.  I have a problem, actually--I don't like any hot beverages:(  Except hot chocolate, I guess…

Thanks so much, girlies!:D

Now, I tag:
…And anyone else whom I forgot because I'm tired;)

My questions
1.  What is one movie/tv dwelling place in which you would like to live?
2.  One character from a musical whom you really love?
3.  Is there a particular wardrobe item you find yourself wearing over and over?
4.  What is your favorite fruit?
5.  Top five TV shows?
6.  Do you like to listen to the radio?
7.  How many pets do you have, if any, and if you don't have any, would you like one?
8.  Do you like school?
9.  Are you more inspired by the mountains, the seaside, or the country?
10.  Do you enjoy poetry?

Go, those whom I've tagged.  Live your dream;)