Saturday, August 22, 2015

As College Awaits....

...this blog will probably be getting rather neglected. Apart from school, life has been crazy. My great-grandmother passed away recently and last week found my entire family driving up to Illinois for her memorial service. Afterward, we were in charge of packing up her house...and bringing it all back to South Carolina with us. These past few days have been spent unpacking some things and putting others in storage, while still other things were donated. Our living room was looking pretty scary yesterday.

Then, of course, school starts this Monday. So I suppose what I'm trying to say is that if I seem a little absent around here, that's the reason.

Also, and this is an important announcement, and one that I've been contemplating doing for probably about two years now and that's this: I'm starting a new blog. Given the fact that I've had this blog for five years, and some of my earlier posts make me cringe (doesn't every writer's earlier stuff make them grimace sometimes?) I'm going to be shutting down this blog and starting anew. It coincides with a new chapter in my life, I guess, although that wasn't intended. ;) Don't worry; I'll let you know when the new blog is up and running, and this blog will be up for at least a few more months until I make it private for my own personal archives. I will, occasionally, repost some of my older stuff on the new blog, so if there's a particular post on here  that you'd like to see on my new blog in the future, let me know!

Another quick note: since I haven't really been able to respond to comments lately, I just want to say that I really appreciate ya'll's encouraging words on The Wulver's Rose! Seriously, they make my day. :) :) :)

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Because dream casting is fun, that's why.

    One thing I always look for when I'm stalking an author's blog or pinterest board is their dreamcast. Not all writers do this, but as a reader I love looking at what the author thinks their characters look like. Sure, I have my own ideas (which is why I prefer to look these things up after I've finished said author's book) but I still find dreamcasts fascinating. Lately, I've seen a few of the other Five Enchanted Roses authors put up their ideas for the characters in their stories so I thought, why not join in?

a. unknown model as Seònaid "Bonnie" Alleway- you might have seen this picture floating around lately in regards to The Wulver's Rose. Sadly, I don't know the name of this lovely redhead, but she definitely looks like Bonnie!

b. Jude Law as Lauchlan- This ended up being the first casting decision I came to, which is funny because I usually have rather rotten luck casting my heroes. 

c. unknown model as Róis- another lovely model whose identity I'm unable to find, but those adorable curls remind me very much of my character!

d. Katie McGrath as Morag- This was one casting that I had in mind perhaps even before I wrote the story--just look up pictures of Morgana from Merlin, and you've got (beautiful) Morag just as I pictured her. 

e. Kevin McKidd as Calum Alleway- I honestly don't really know who this guy is. I just googled "Scottish actors" and found him. *shrugs* But he resembles Calum, which is really all that matters.

f. Deborah Kerr as Sorcha Alleway- hey, I said it was a dream cast, didn't I? I think this casting choice might be because there's something about Sorcha that reminds me of Anna from the King and I. You know, the kinda-likable-but-kinda-bossy type. Also, I think Sorcha looks like her mother, so this is a pretty good picture of what the deceased Mrs. Alleway looked like as well.

g. Sean Connery as Mr. Alleway- I couldn't find anyone who looked like Mr. Alleway to me. Finally, when I was googling "Scottish actors" (see above) I saw him and well...why wouldn't you cast him?

h. Sophie Turner as Margaret "Maisie" Alleway- This is another "perfect" casting, because Sophie Turner looks exactly like I picture Maisie. I love it when that happens :)

Also, if anyone is wondering what Lauchlan in beast form looks like, here's a couple drawings of a wulver:

Wulver: The Wulver was a creature like a man with a wolf's head. He had short brown hair all over him. His home was a cave dug out of the side of a steep knowe, half-way up a hill. He didn't molest folk if folk didn't molest him. He was fond of fishing, and had a small rock in the deep water which is known to this day as the "Wulver's Stane". There he would sit fishing sillaks and piltaks for hour after hour. He was reported to have frequently left a few fish on the window-sill of some poor body.The Wulver- a Werewolf legend that leaves fish for the poor on their windowsills. From Scotland

Not particularly pleasant-looking, is he? Poor guy. :(

Also, if you haven't seen it, you can take the Which Five Enchanted Roses Heroine Are You? quiz! I got Bonnie...perhaps that's not surprising? ;) And don't forget to check out the Launch Week at the Tales of Goldstone Wood blog! I'm being interviewed there tomorrow, so check it out!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Today's the Day!

Five Enchanted Roses is now available!

   For its release, Anne Elisabeth Stengl is hosting all five writers (including myself) on her blog this week, starting with Kaycee Browning, author of Esprit de la Rose. There's also a marvelous giveaway to check out as well!

   Tonight there will also be a facebook launch party where you can ask questions of the authors. I won't "be" there, but feel free to drop any questions my way through this blog or through twitter and I'll try to answer them!

Don't forget that you can buy your own copy through Amazon!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Ten Favorite Screen Characters

Ahhh. This one is hard. Heidi at Along the Brandywine tagged me with the "Ten Favorite Screen Characters Tag." Which is a wonderful tag idea...but also terribly hard when you have way more than ten best-loved characters!

However, I decided to narrow it down to characters I love but have never really before mentioned on this blog. (Well, at least ones I don't *think* I've mentioned. I've had this blog so long that there are probably several I've forgotten) I've had this post in my drafts I apologize for my untimeliness!Anyway, here goes:

1. Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) in the Indiana Jones movies

Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones...... what Hayden wants to be this year for Halloween

So most girls probably go for these movies because it's Harrison Ford being awesome and swoonworthy. Sure, that's a plus, but some of us have dreams of being archaeologists and look at Indy's job choice as literally the best thing ever. I don't care if it's unrealistic: I want to be 1930s history professor by day and a swashbuckling archaeologist by summer. What could go wrong?

2. Hercule Poirot (played by David Suchet) in Agatha Christie's Poirot Mysteries

Agatha Christie's Poirot. Hercule Poirot is my favorite detective!

Well, I had to have a great detective on here somewhere, didn't I? As Sherlock Holmes must sadly be excluded due to the terms above, I went to my second favorite detective. I haven't watched as much of this show as I'd like, but what I have seen is wonderful, and David Suchet plays the character to perfection. (Seriously, this is one of the best book-to-screen interpretations I've ever seen) Poirot is delightfully quirky, perfectly polite, and his mustache... well, he wouldn't be who he is without it, would he?

3. Evelyn "Evy" Carnahan (played by Rachel Weisz) in The Mummy

Librarians Save The Day! 11 Great Movies In Which They Star

So The Mummy, even on clearplay, isn't exactly my favorite movie ever, but I do enjoy it. And Evy is totally geeky and awkward, plus she's a librarian who's obsessed with Ancient Egypt. And she also has some cute 1920s clothes (I want the outfit in the picture above so badly). Basically, I want her life. Minus the being-chased-by-a-mummy episodes, that it.

4. Aaron Cross (played by Jeremy Renner) in The Bourne Legacy

THE BOURNE LEGACY was number one at theaters this weekend

(yes, the previous answer got me on a rabbit trail that led to thinking of this movie, haha) My family randomly watched this movie one night (we hadn't seen the previous Bourne movies, although they are on my to-watch list...eventually) but I really loved this film. Aaron Cross is one root-worthy hero, and I love Marta Shearing (played by Rachel Weisz) as well. Actually, I might have liked this movie so much that I may have convinced my dad to buy a copy of it...

5. Henry Higgins (played by Rex Harrison) in My Fair Lady

"If you can't appreciate what you've got then you better get what you appreciate" Henry Higgins (My Fair Lady)

Apparently this an unpopular opinion because pretty much everyone I know hates Henry Higgins. I think he is completely hilarious. Yes, he's a jerk...but a very funny one. Also, I think I relate to him more than any other character in the musical. Which is probably not a good thing....

6. Adrian Monk (played by Tony Shalhoub) in Monk.

Adrian Monk, the protagonist of the USA Network television series Monk, portrayed by Tony Shalhoub

This is my other second-favorite detective (What, you say, I can't have two? Hush) He is quirky and odd and altogether a joy to watch. We also share a fear of naked people. Although why I just told you that, I have no idea.

7. Bertie Wooster and Reginald Jeeves (played by Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry) in Jeeves and Wooster

Bertie Wooster: What on earth's the matter, Jeeves? Jeeves?    Jeeves: I apologise, sir. It was unforgivable of me. I shall be better directly. It's just...Mr. Little's tie, sir. It has...little horseshoes on it, sir.    Bertie Wooster: Oh yes, yes, I noticed that.    Jeeves: It's sometimes difficult just to shrug these things off, sir.

I tried to separate these two. I just couldn't. I've been on a Jeeves-and-Wooster kick lately and they never fail to crack me up. (and my sister thinks I shouldn't have put Jeeves's first name up there...I admit, it does look weird.)

8. Archibald in Veggietales

My three favorite Veggietales characters are Bob, Larry, and Archibald, but since those first two usually get all the love, I'm focusing on Archibald. Who is not a robot. But he may or may not be a time-traveling alien. See here.

9. Riley Poole (played by Justin Bartha) in National Treasure

National Treasure: Book of Secrets // oh my gosh. I have seen this movie a million times and I never noticed this. Ahahahaha.
I tried doing this for my author photo. It was a disaster.
We all know that Riley was the true national treasure. His lines are pretty much the highlight of the movies. Well, aside from the historical artifacts. (I'm sensing a theme here...)

10. Samantha Stewart (played by Honeysuckle Weeks) in Foyle's War

Honeysuckle Weeks as Sam Stewart in Foyle's War.  I am quite smitten with her and continue my affections in series 7.

Isn't Sam just the best? It might be a little premature for me to put her on here, since I've only just finished season 2 of the show, but she's definitely one of my favorite characters. She's plucky, funny, and loyal....and I decided I needed another female on the list ;)

All the characters on here are in no particular order...except for maybe Indiana Jones. He can keep the #1 spot if he'd like.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Ring Around the Rose: Beauty and the Beast

It's time for the last Ring Around the Rose question...I can't believe how quickly these weeks have flown by!

Week 6: What are your thoughts on the themes in Beauty and the Beast? AND What is your favorite version of Beauty and the Beast?

Beauty and the Beast has so many beautiful themes. In fact, though The Wulver’s Rose is my first (and so far only) straight-out retelling of Beauty and the Beast, the themes  found within the original fairy tale somehow work their way into almost every story I write. (which is part of the reason I chose to keep this retelling so close to the original, since I had already explored subtler variations of the story in other works)

I've been reading a lot of the other answers to this question and they've all been beautifully thought-out and written, and mine seems woefully short in comparison. ;)

I love the idea of loving despite appearances; I love the sacrifices the characters are willing to make. I love the redemption of the Beast, and the kind heart of Beauty. In fact, my favorite movie is Disney's Beauty and the fact, about five years ago now (seriously, I've been blogging that long? Scary.) I wrote a somewhat more in-depth post about the themes of the movie here.

My favorite version of Beauty and the Beast? That’s a hard one. I definitely have a sentimental attachment to the Disney version, and in book form, I'm also fond of Robin Mckinley’s novel Beauty. What is your favorite?

To check out other answers, click on the links below.

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