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.


Sunday, July 3, 2016

1 Year BLOGOVERSARY!! (gasp!)

Imaginers. The time has come.

TODAY IS MY ONE YEAR BLOGOVERSARY!

Ah, how the time flies. I recall sitting on my parents' bed in the rented house in Florida during our family reunion, typing the first words into the horrendously terrible first post "Hey Peoples" on my mother's Apple laptop. Memories.

You know me better than that. I am probably going to do something crazy and ill-advised.
Note: After writing this post, I realize that I didn't actually do so. Ah, well.

Anyway.

Stats.

Right.

I feel like that always happens, yes? Reviewing the stats? Well, I'm joining in and sharing my (probably pitiful) stats.

Vital Stats Because Stats Looked Lonely and Pitiful all by Itself

Posts: 75, 73 published and 2 drafts (including this one)
Comments: 216
Pageviews: 3585
Google+ Followers: 6
Most Popular Post: My Current Life, with 175 pageviews. Wow! (Not counting when I just looked it up to add the link. I am not A Cheater.)
My Audience (by pageviews):

United States: 2362
Germany: 639
France: 92
Russia: 90
Ukraine: 39
Ireland: 37
Burkina Faso: 35
Australia: 29
Canada: 19
United Kingdom: 17

Which is Extremely Exciting because I don't know anyone in Russia, Ukraine, Ireland, or Canada. Therefore: People I Do Not Know Are Reading My Blog. Exciting!

Google Searches That Have Found My Blog:
ilse the imaginer
3
ilsetheimaginer
2
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Browser That Reads This Blog Most: Chrome, with 44%

So. Now that we're done with that...blogging is just an awesome experience. I get to talk to a bunch of Really Cool People who are A Lot Like Me. My inbox is overflowing with all the posts you guys put out, and they're all awesome! The blogosphere is a really fun, fascinating place and it's hard to believe that I've been a part of it for a whole year.

Here's to many more years to come!

By the way-I'm still looking for more ideas for Shakespeare Night/Week. Please comment below and help me out!
















Friday, July 1, 2016

Shakespeare Week

Hello Imaginers! If you have a brother in Boy Scouts, you may look forward to Scout Camp each year. For my family, it's a summer week-long break from my brother and my dad. Our first real celebration of it was two years ago, when Scout Camp for us was in Garmisch, Germany. My mom and I stayed in this tiny, adorable little apartment in this tiny, adorable little town called Wallgau. (Fun fact: The keys in the wardrobe inspired the main plot of my story, The Shifters!) Here is a picture of Wallgau: 


Image result for wallgau germany

We spent the week writing and watching Austenland, the six hour Pride & Prejudice in episodes on YouTube, and the Brady Bunch. We also climbed this tiny little mountain (Or perhaps a large hill. Or perhaps the peak of the mountain we were already on.) and at one point a cat followed us for a while.

The next year we were in the States visiting family and friends, which was absolutely lovely. This year, my mom and I are doing something special.

Shakespeare Week.

A word of explanation: there is a reason for this besides us being ginormous bookworms and me having a Harry Potter cookbook with all sorts of cool British recipes. We're currently going through Shakespeare's plays and studying them-reading them, talking about them, reading the analytical (that word makes me feel all professional and smart. :) ) content on CliffsNotes, watching an adaptation, doing some background research, and each performing a monologue. Because, you know, that's what we do. (#rabidbookwormalert. (Yes, my hatred of hashtags has ceased. A shame a wrote an entire post on that.)) We've finished Julius Caesar, except for watching an adaptation. (Mom did Antony's Friends, Romans, Countrymen monologue, and I did the one Brutus did just before that.)

So what is Shakespeare Week? Well, for the week of Scout Camp, we're planning on having Shakespearean activities all week long. On the last day, we're inviting friends over for Shakespeare Night, a fun night with old-fashioned British food and costume. We have some ideas already, but I would absolutely LOVE your input!

So, what do you think we should do for Shakespeare Week and Shakespeare Night? Also, any ideas for my ONE YEAR BLOGOVERSARY, coming up in two days? Comment below and tell me!