Thursday, January 29, 2015

Jeremiah & Mikayla // Wedding, Part 1

Apparently January has basically come and gone and I'm surprised none of you have alerted the authorities about my strange disappearance in blogland. I won't hold it against you, though. You all were just holding on to hope of my return, right?

School started up last week and I am now teaching my own class as well as taking three other classes, which has basically eaten up all my time. The piles of dishes and dirty laundry in my apartment do not like me for it. I sense they are planning to revolt soon.

So my apologies that I have not been able to post these photos any sooner. I am working on them, I assure you! I took a lot of group pictures, which take a long time to edit and pick the best shot, and I generally don't post group photos on the blog so you will never see all that work. But here are some pre-wedding photos from Jeremiah and Mikayla's beautiful wedding. Hope you like them!

(For some reason, my pictures are still doing a weird thing whenever I export them. In some of the photos, the clarity seems to disappear. I'm not sure why Lightroom has started doing this but I'm going to get to the bottom of it. If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.)

Hope you guys are having a great time in 2015. =)

(P.S. You can see the sneak peek photos here if you missed them before.)


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Beautiful People #5 Linkup

I don't always do these, but it's fun every now and then.

This linkup is hosted by Cait and Sky. The questions center around the authors and our personal writing habits, which is a topic I'm always a bit nervous to talk about. But despite that, I'd thought it'd be fine to answer the questions anyway.

1. How many years have you been writing? When did you officially consider yourself a ‘writer’?
I began writing stories in 6th grade, when I was about eleven years old. And once I started, a wrote a lot. I guess I'd been writing things before that, too, like in journals and diaries, but it really took off in middle school. It slowed down in high school and I focused more on poetry around graduation, but now I'm starting to get back into writing stories.

2. How/why did you start writing?
I have an overactive imagination.
I used to take my dog on walks in our backyard and pretend I was stranded on an island with a pet fox. And that turned into my first story.

3. What’s your favorite part of writing?
I love finding out more about characters and seeing them come to life. I also love with two things connect out of no where when developing the plot, or I find out how I could use metaphor or foreshadowing. It makes me ridiculously excited.

4. What’s your biggest writing struggle?
Completing anything.
I'm also really bad at description.

5. Do you write best at night or day?
I'm a night person through and through, but I always feel more accomplished if I'm able to write a little bit before noon. My ideas always come at night, though.

6. What does your writing space look like? 
Laptop, notebook, and many, many hot baths.

7. How long does it typically take you to write a complete draft?
I've actually never completed a draft. I've gotten close and I always have the ending planned out, I just always struggle to actually get there, let alone go back and edit everything.

8. How many projects do you work on at once?
One at a time, though my mind might like to develop plot points of other stories in the meantime.

9. Do you prefer writing happy endings, sad ones, or somewhere in between?
I very rarely write happy endings. People die or something tragic always seems to happen.

10. List a few authors who have influenced your writing journey.
Sylvia Plath, Markus Zusak, J. K. Rowling. You know, the masters.

11. Do you let people read your writing? Why or why not?
Occasionally, yes. But not very often. I'm really self-conscious about it.

12. What’s your ultimate writing goal or dream?
I just want to write something to the best of my ability. I want to write a story that I'm 100% satisfied with and that I love, and one that I think others may love, too.

13. If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
I do a lot of other things besides write and I'm not expecting to make a living as a professional writer (though that would be cool). I also like photography and reading and other things.

14. Do you have a book you’d like to write one day but don’t feel you’re ready to attempt it yet?
Yep. But I'm not going to tell you about it, sorry.

15. Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
I think about my second NaNoWriMo story a lot. It wasn't exactly my favorite story, but I had to develop so many things (like part of a language, a map, and mythical creatures) and I think that made me really attached to it. I thought of nothing else for weeks.

If you mean stories that I've read, the book Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro is always on my mind.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Confession Time. (LotR style)

15/100 pictures from The Lord of the Rings  I've always loved this image. It's one of the last times that Frodo is like a regular, care-free Hobbit

I'm a pretty big fan of The Lord of the Rings. Love the movies. I mean, I'm not quite as big of a fan as many people I know. I'm definitely more in tune with Harry Potter and ATLA, but all things considered, I'm pretty into it. The Return of the King is the only movie I've ever seen in IMAX (and it was amazing!) and I just received the extended edition on blu-ray for Christmas. 

A small confession: Before this week, I had never seen the extended edition of Fellowship of the Ring or Return of the King.

Deacon and I have spent many hours of the last few days watching them, and I must tell you that it is like watching a completely different movie. Sure, there were changes that I thought could have been left out, like this:
Eomer finds Eowyn. This scene is heart wrenching.  ~Eomer gets Big Brother of the Year award~

areddhels: Today in Middle-Earth: The wounded come to the Houses of Healing; Aragorn comes to the City (March 15th, 3019 T.A.).  ’Let us not stay at the door, for the time is urgent. Let us enter! For it is only in the coming of Aragorn that any hope remains for the sick that lie in the House. Thus spake Ioreth, wise-woman of Gondor: The hands of the king are the hands of a healer, and so shall the rightful king be known.’
Okay I realize that a lot of people probably love this scene but Eowyn was perfectly okay in the scene before it and then suddenly she's not.

But then there were parts that I couldn't believe got cut from the film, like this:

and this:
Lord of the Rings Extended Edition - Mouth of Sauron. Creepiest villain in entire trilogy...on screen for about 2 minutes.

I felt like I understood the story so much more with the extended editions. Which leads me to my other confession.

I have never read The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

I've read The Hobbit, though I barely remember any of it. And I own all the books, but I've never actually gotten around to reading them.

#whatshouldwecallme When I open the fridge and see that my mom has gone grocery shopping


But I had so many questions while watching these movies again that I was constantly googling things.

 Where do the wizards come from? What's the deal with the necklace that Arwen gives Aragorn? What's the real difference between orcs and goblins?  Are other dwarves still alive? Why does Galadriel go all crazy in the first film? What makes Shadowfax the "lord of all horses"? Why does Aragorn have a ridiculously long lifespan? What do they mean when they say his line was broken years ago? What's the deal with the eagles? 

The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.   No english word so will use the norwegian one. Barsk!

So. Many. Questions.

So I've resolved to do one of two  three things:
1) Finally buckle down and read the books.
2) Watch the extended editions with someone who knows their stuff.
3) Rely on bonus features, commentaries, and wikipedia.

Obviously, I'm probably going to do all three.
Not sure when this will happen, but it will happen, I will become a true fan, I will!

"For Frodo" -Aragorn

P.S. I cried like never before while watching the extended editions.
Aragorn telling the hobbits, "You bow to no one." It gets me every time.

Lord of the Rings: "My friends. You bow to no one." Little hobbit heroes! (gif)

Oh, Sam.

Hope you're all enjoying 2015! I'm currently still trying to get through Jane Eyre. Ugh.