Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sorry.

Okay. So it's been exactly a month since I last posted, which is a teensy bit unforgivable, but yeah. In my defense, it was a really busy month. Like, super busy. As in, starting-school-and-going-on-a-week-long-trip-to-the-States-in-which-you-see-your-best-friend-for-the-first-time-in-over-a-year-except-you-only-see-her-for-four-days busy. As in both-your-brother's-and-your-mom's-birthdays-are-coming-up busy. As in, tons-of-absent-work-from-school-which-I-just-finally-got-mostly-done busy. I think you get the picture.

I'm also really fuming because I finally wrote a second installment for Love and Fate and it deleted. I would post the beginning of a story I started writing, but it's a bit too stupid in some bits.

Gotta go--guests just arrived. I'll post again soon!

My apologies,
Ilse

P.S. No, I still haven't done that tag, Bekah. Deal with it.

P.P.S. I've gotten even more obsessed with Hamilton. I even converted my mother.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

In Which I Steal A Tag

Hello peoples! I'm stealing the Five Favorite Couples Tag from Olivia, because I feel like it and I'M THE TAG ROBIN HOOD. Olivia was rich in tags, I'm poor in tags, let's call it even. :)

Rules
1.)  Pick one couple from each category
2.)  Tagging is optional
3.)  Link back to my site

Categories
1.) Period Drama Couple
2.) Sci-Fi/Fantasy Couple
3.) Superhero Couple
4.) Preferred Couple (from a love triangle)
5.) Couple Ended Too Soon

Well...I couldn't find the link to the original site, so I'll skip that. ;)

1.) Period Drama Couple

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Beatrice and Benedick from Kenneth Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare totally counts as Period Drama. :) Anyway, this witty couple is such the best. (If I had to pick more of a period drama period drama, I'd do Eleanor and Edward from the 1995 Sense & Sensibility. They're really cute too! I know they both contain Emma Thompson and alliteration. My two favorite movies are extremely similar; what can I say?) I love them SO. MUCH.
"The world must be peopled!" Kenneth Branagh is a genius.

2.) Sci Fi/Fantasy Couple
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Cinder and Kai from the Lunar Chronicles

They're the best. All the other ships in the series are adorable, but Cinder and Kai are the best. If you haven't read the series, do so IMMEDIATELY. (It's technically futuristic fiction or something like that, but you know what? No one likes labels anyway. ;) )

3.) Superhero Couple
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Natasha and Bruce from The Avengers

So...Natasha is with Cap for a while? I did not know this. All I know is, these guys.
"You still think you're the only monster on the team?"

4.) Preferred Couple (From a Love Triangle)
(Again, no pic.)
Blue and Gansey from the Raven Cycle (over Blue and Adam)

So this is all kinds of cheating, because I've only read the first book and it is clear that a) Blue and Gansey are true loves and b) neither of them is conscious of romantic feelings toward each other and c) Adam and Blue have romantic feelings for each other. However, despite my love of Adam, this ship is all kinds of perfect. (Also, this question was super hard because I don't read many love triangles, and the only ones I could think of were either super obvious (such as Percabeth, which is forever) or ones I couldn't decide on (Wild Swans by KM Shea).)

WEST SIDE STORY SPOILERS!!! WARNING, DO NOT CONTINUE IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN WEST SIDE STORY!!!! SPOILER ALERT!!! SPOILER ALERT!!!

5.) Couple That Ended Too Soon
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Anita and Bernardo from West Side Story

MY BLEEDING HEART. When Bernardo tragically died, I literally sobbed uncontrollably for the rest of the movie. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this ship--even more than Tony and Maria, actually. While Tony and Maria had a dreamy, otherworldly relationship destined to end in tragic death, Bernardo and Anita had a good, solid relationship founded on good ol' fashioned sarcasm and loving insults.
"I don't know what's thicker, your skull or your accent!" I loved them so. much. I never expected Bernardo to die. I loved these guys. I'm dying.

Spoilers over!



So there you have it, folks. While I have yet to post the tag I was actually tagged for, I stole one. I am as ever a wicked, wicked tag thief. See you later!

--Ilse the Imaginer

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I MUST POST.

What. To. Do. What. To. Do.

I must post, I know this. But what to post about?

Ugh. No ideas.

My head hurts.

Can you just excuse me for now? Thanks.

I'll be sure to post again soon.

Possibly when I feel less ill.


Friday, August 5, 2016

Music.

I just wrote a post, but the underliner wouldn't quit so I saved it and reloaded. IT DELETED. So mad. So very, very mad.

Maybe it was because I wasn't listening to Hamilton like I should have been. (Any one else close to crying when they first heard It's Quiet Uptown?)

(By the way, am no way am I recommending Hamilton. There is profanity, and as Hope Ann at Writing in the Light puts it, "crudeness".)

Here are some songs you guys totally need to here:

You'll Be Back: A (clean) Hamilton song of King George's proclamation to the revolutionaries of the Colonies.



On My Own: A beautiful Les Mis song from Eponine. (I hear Emma sings this one amazingly.)

That's all for me now, folks. Adios, amigas.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Beautiful People July Edition: Ari and Brenna

Hello, hello, hello! I've been too lazy to do Beautiful People for a while, but today I shall. The characters I'm doing are Ari and Brenna, since I couldn't pick one. They are the co-protagonists of a story as yet unnamed. (It's a fantasy, by the way.)

Backgrounds: Ari is an orphan who was mostly raised by her grandmother, Kumli, who is one of my favorites in the story. (By the way, possibly my favorite character is one I plan on killing. #whatiswrongwithme) Kumli has a dress shop and Ari's dream is to own one herself.

Brenna is an adventurer who has a talking cat named Quin who might actually be my favorite. (I am a sucker for magic cats.) She's actually a Lady and has some...ah...family problems.

On to the questions!


(by the way, beautiful people is a lovely link up for characters hosted by Cait and Sky at the links in the picture.)

The Questions:
Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?
Ari: Yes. In the story she actually is almost-engaged at the beginning. She just...I don't know. She wants to have a family and have that sort of life.

Brenna: She's not sure. She loves kids, but she's decided to wait and see where her life takes her. 
What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)
Ari: Though she doesn't realize this until later in the story, Ari likes bows. You don't have to get too close to your opponent, and she visualizes strands of thread shooting out from the bow to help her aim.

Brenna: Definitely her trusty sword.
What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it?
Ari: Well, she goes on a quest to save her grandmother without any training, so that's pretty huge...

Brenna: Maybe that she stepped aside and let someone else kill the antagonist. But, you know, she's a professional heroine, so she's done a lot of stuff.
Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?
Ari: She's fought a few monsters on her journey to save her grandmother, as they attacked. But not really a person.

Brenna: She's fought countless monsters and criminals and such, but probably the biggest thing is that she fought her father, a famous hero but an abusive drunkard.
Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?
Ari: She tends to be more of a rule-follower.

Brenna: Despite the fact that she works for justice, she's rather rebellious. 
Are they organized or messy?
Ari: Organized.

Brenna: Organized.
What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
Ari: She loves when Kumli compliments her work. (Where I am in writing, that happened just a little while ago, soo...yeah.)

Brenna: She feels loved when Quin curls up on her lap. That's pretty much it, the poor little thing that came out of a traumatic childhood.
What do they eat for breakfast?
Ari: Muffins and apples, generally. She won't say no to bacon, though.

Brenna: On the road, last night's leftovers. And she's almost always on the road.
Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?
Ari: Obviously. She's a fantasy character. :) Her mother died of a fever when she was around six. It was very hard for he, but at least she already lived with Kumli.

Brenna: There was a woman who worked in the stables when she was little who was very motherly to her. She wasn't told how she died, but she now suspects it.
What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)
Ari: These little cakes Bram the baker sells. (There are a lot of B names in this particular story.)

Brenna: Fresh chocolate chip cookies. Yum!


P.S. Oh the pains of telling Goodreads all the books you've read! #notpossible

Thursday, July 7, 2016

You likey?

You may notice my fabulous new header. You can probably tell that I like it far more than any previous headers, which I hated. It's a new style for me. I was able to find all the photos online (it's surprising how limiting the label 'for noncommercial reuse' can be) except for the happy doggy face, which is a picture of my adorable Hungarian rescue, Macs. (I used that one because it was the best one on my blog, and I was to lazy to consider another method of getting a photo onto my laptop.) For posterity, here is a picture of the header:
Has anyone noticed that the same picture of Jane Austen has appeared in each of my headers so far? Huh. Food for thought.

-Ilse

Monday, July 4, 2016

I Wrote A Poem

Hey guys! Remember how that one time I posted a poem...like 700 years ago...

Yeah.

I wrote another poem I would like to share! So, here it is:

Listen close to the bees and the birds
They speak a thousand tongues without a word
Their wisdom is more than ever man did know
As man does die, the flowers bloom and grow
But as the bee is lost and squashed and dead
The lovely flower sighs and hangs its head
And the bird is gone in winter's blight
A thousand joys are lost in their lost flight.