My Goodreads Quotes

Allison’s quotes

"Don't you think it's rather nice to think that we're in a book that God's writing? If I were writing a book, I might make mistakes. But God knows how to make the story end just right--in the way that's best for us."
Do you really believe that, Mother?" Peter asked quietly.
Yes," she said, "I do believe it--almost always--except when I'm so sad that I can't believe anything. But even when I don't believe it, I know it's true--and I try to believe it."— E. Nesbit

Monday, October 19, 2015

Welcome to the 2015 Blogger Awards!

That's right, it's happening again!  I am pleased to present to you the second annual Blogger Awards, your friendly award ceremony honoring the books and authors of 2015.

Widget designed by Hannah Williams

This year, we will be awarding six categories:

Saturday, December 19- Best Cover, hosted by Schuyler
Sunday, December 20- Best Title, hosted by Hannah
Monday, December 21- Best Short Fiction, hosted by Ghosty
Tuesday, December 22- Best Character, hosted by Annie
Wednesday, December 23- Best Book, hosted by Sarah
Thursday, December 24- Best Author, hosted by Allison (me!)

I can't tell you how excited I am this year, readers.  Coordinating this event has been a dream thanks to the lovely hosts.  In fact, there's only one thing missing.  We have hosts, categories, and a schedule-- but we don't have the books yet!

We need nominations, and that's where you come in.  Comment on this post and tell me which author who has published a book in 2015 deserves the Blogger Award.  Then go to the other blogs and tell them your nominations for their categories, too!  Nominations are open until November 1.  With your help, this will be the best Blogger Awards yet!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Sweater Weather Tag

It's the season of blog tags, and I have one today from Grace at Fictionally!

Favorite Candle Scent?

Bath and Body Works has a candle called Eucalyptus Mint.  It smells heavenly and can clear your sinuses from across the room.  I also adore their Heirloom Pear scent.

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

Tea all the way!  This season I'm drinking Tevana's Samurai Chai Mate.  It's spicy in the traditional sense of the word (not spicy-hot, that is), and it tastes like fall.  I love it.

What's your best fall memory?

Every fall, my family visits.  They're a hoot!  They single-handedly finance the Trader Joe's wine and cheese departments for the weekend.  Each year we have a Halloween costume theme.  We've been nuns, superheroes, and doctors.  Two years ago we were cat burgers.  (It started as cat burglars but changed due to an unfortunate e-mail typo....)  Last year we were vikings, and this year we're opera characters.

Best fragrance for fall?

The scent of chili always brings me back to fall.  That's my favorite fall scent-- unless you mean fragrance like perfume?  I like chili, but I don't want to smell like it.

Favorite Thanksgiving food?

Hands down, my mom's green bean casserole.  It has French onions and cream sauce, and it's soooo good!

Most worn sweater?

My great aunt knit me a fluffy, white sweater.  It's soft and cozy, and it reminds me of her.

Football games or jumping in leaf piles?

I don't understand football.  At all.  Why are they running in different directions?  Who am I rooting for?  It's a mystery.  I like the concept of leaf piles but not the execution (raking = work).  I'll propose a third option: the baseball World Series is in the fall!  GO CARDS!!

Skinny jeans or leggings?

I wear both.  I like skinny jeans for their style and practicality, but leggings are much comfier.  It really depends on the length of the shirt I'm wearing.

Combat boots or Uggs?

Neither.  I have an awesome ankle-length pair of boots that I wear on all my adventures.

Is pumpkin spice worth the hype?

I'm ashamed to say this.

I... I haven't tried pumpkin spice.

I know!  I'm sorry!  But I'm not crazy about pumpkin flavors in general, so I haven't been leaping to order it.

Favorite fall movie?

Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas.  It's odd and quite scary, but the music is wonderful.

What do you want to be for Halloween?

Like I said, we're all dressing up as opera characters this year.  I haven't picked one yet, although my grandmother will be Pagliacci.  I could be Olympia:

She always scared me a little.
I could be Lucia Di Lammermoor:

They'd probably think I was a ghost.
I could be Sieglinde:

I think this is Sieglinde?
This makes me realize I've never done an opera post...

Hats or scarves?

Well... usually neither.  I don't get cold very easily, and I have a large head and lots of hair, so hats don't fit.

What's your #1 favorite thing about fall?

The holidays.  I love Halloween and Thanksgiving, and after that, Christmas and New Years are right around the corner!  It's also the first half of the school year, so I feel more energized and enthusiastic.

I tag Ghosty @ Anything, Everything; Candice @ O Ye Scribes; Clara @ To Find a Castle; Sarah @ Dreams and Dragons; Emma @ Peppermint and Prose; and Jemma @ Sherwood Storyteller.  (I know it isn't fall for you, Jemma, but you're still invited!)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Favorite Screen Characters Tag

Candice from O Ye Scribes tagged me for this about a million years ago.  It was June 1.

(Sorry, Candice.)

But better late than never, right?  Right....  Here are the rules:

-List you 10 favorite screen characters (from TV shows or movies)
-Tag 10 other bloggers

In no particular order, I present my top ten favorite screen characters:

Miranda Otto as Eowyn

She's tough, she's kind, she has awesome taste in men (let's be real here), and she wears the most beautiful dresses.  I adore Eowyn in both her book and movie forms.

Danny Kaye as Hubert Hawkins

The Court Jester is my favorite movie of all time, and no one has ever seen it!  It's hysterically funny, clever, and sweet.  Danny Kaye is probably my favorite actor.

Lea Salonga as the voice of Mulan
It's no secret that I adore Mulan.  She can fight Huns, spill tea, and save the day, all in the same movie.

Matthew McConaughey as Palmer Joss
Contact is a beautiful, soul-crushing, awe-inspiring movie about the struggle between religion and science.  It's absolutely gorgeous.  He's absolutely gorgeous.  I love that movie.  I saw it for the first time this summer, sobbed through the entire movie, and punched my suite-mate in the shoulder at a really good part.  (Sorry, girl!)

Chaim Topol as Tevye
I adore the musical Fiddler on the Roof.  It's funny, clever, and achingly sad.  And Topol plays the perfect Tevye: an honest man in an impossibly dark time.

Toothless the dragon as himself

That sassy face.  Honestly, Toothless carries the movie How to Train Your Dragon.  His depth of expression is astounding and striking.  And he's super adorable!

Harriet Walter and Edward Petherbridge
Yes, now I'm cheating and doing couples so I can count them as two.  But I really do love these two!  They play Harriet Vane and Lord Peter Wimsey, from Dorothy L Sayers' wonderful books, and are among my favorite characters in literature.  (They're pretty neat onscreen, too.)

And finally, my very favorite screen characters!

Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Harris
King Arthur and Guinevere.  Yes, I know their story is sad-- but in the 1967 version of Camelot, they are also two of the most stunningly complex, well-crafted characters I have ever seen/read/experienced.  They're gorgeous.  Legend dictates that they make improbably choices, and T. H. White (whose book inspired the musical) formed the perfect personalities to make these choices seem logical.

(Sadly, the third member of their emotional triangle, Sir Lancelot, is fairly one-dimensional.  Maybe that's a good thing.  Three characters of that caliber in one production probably would've blown my head clean off my shoulders!) 

(I should also mention that I haven't finished this movie yet.  But the first three quarters are stunning...)

(Sorry for all the notes in parentheses, but while doing research for this post, I learned that the actress of Guinevere is married in real life to the actor of Lancelot!  !!!!)

So there you are, readers: my top ten favorite screen characters.  I'm not going to tag anyone in particular (sorry!), but please do play along!

I am also going to take a moment here to wish a happy birthday to my father.  You're the best, Dad!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Nightstand Book: October

Your monthly fuzzy picture of my nightstand, inspired by Jenelle Schmidt and D J Edwardson!

I had planned on doing stuff with my life today.  Useful stuff.  I had to write an e-mail.  I wanted to go jogging.  And there's this new thing called, you know.  School.

But I had books on hold at the library, so I got them first, naturally, because I'm not crazy.  And one of them was Dear Mr. Knightley, by Katherine Reay.

At two o'clock this afternoon, I thought I would read the first few pages to see if I liked it.  At four o'clock this afternoon, I admitted to myself that I was still reading and put on my jogging clothes as motivation to wrap it up.

It's six o'clock in the evening.  I did not write that e-mail.  I did not go jogging, nor did I change out of my jogging clothes.  I did finish the book, though.  It was just that good.

Curse you, Mrs. Reay!

Ahem.  Sorry.

I'm also reading Le Morte d'Arthur, by Sir Thomas Malory, and rereading The Fellowship of the Ring, by J. R. R. Tolkien, and The Sorcerer's Stone, by J. K. Rowling.  And there's a book for my super-secret plans for next spring.  It's titled Ireland for Dummies.  You can probably guess what my super-secret plans are...  Oh, and I have The Oxford Book of Ballads for a project I'm working on, and a new Bible for a pre-confirmation course I'm taking this year.  Yeah...

I realize I sound totally apathetic.  I'm sort of brain-dead right now.  Blame it on Dear Mr. Knightley.  It was just that good.

I guess I'll write that e-mail now....