Tuesday, March 31, 2015

March 2015 In Review

Because everyone else starts out blog posts with random pictures...
Annnd I picked this one because Arthur looks funny and like he's gonna sneeze
I'm not entirely sure what happened this month... 2 Fine Arts competitions, spring break, and midterms are basically what I remember. That and the Gaither Vocal Band... That's what school does to you folks!

Going from Little Dorrit to Little Women is an uncomfortable shift. LMA isn't a bad writer, she's just not as good as Dickens. Or as wordy...

You guys need to check out Freegal!!! Basically you sign in with your library and get free music! There's so much stuff on there! (Except for Disney and anything put out by Gaither Gospel Series... Shame on you Bill Gaither...)

My mom has these mad hidden volleyball skills that obviously did not get transferred to me...

March Madness guys! I'm currently suffering from a mini-stroke from that ND KY game!! And because my bracket stinks I'm do the rotisserie cooker method. "Set it and let it go!"

Look up the Flying Nun on YouTube. Just do it. (No, I'm not Catholic....) Also, it's sorta cheesy, but not as cheesy as that picture...

I'm currently obsessing over Wes Hampton and Gaither Vocal Band songs!!! So much so that I could currently listen to Jesus Gave Me Water 50x in a row and still be all right...

Also, Oklahoma was awesome!!!

I finished the Charlotte series. MACK!! Aughhhh!!! The feels I have about Martha, Lew and Mack are unreal!
I also finished Little Dorrit, the Westing Game, Gifted Hands, and probably something else...

Coming Up:
Youth Conference at West Coast Baptist College (If you're going to be there, comment so we can meet!!!)
Umm Easter Break?
Summer starts for me on May 22!!
Annnnd I forgot my birthday..... Because that's what my life has been like..
Also, I will do that AWESOME bookshelf tag, but my room has been being redecorated and the bookshelves are not where they usually are.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Why I Love This Video: March 27 2015

The song is sooo cute!
Donald O'Connor's facial expressions
When she falls down "Wowie!"
(Just because it's probably fake and basically goes with the song and it's cute)
Their dance together
The spin!
The swing around the posts move
The tap dance
How the music changes
The stairs
The end is awesome!

Probably most of these videos will be tap dancing because I basically watch three things on YouTube: Studio C, Southern Gospel music videos, and random vintage songs/dances... Yeah, that's my life.... Also, if you have any suggestions, please give them!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Classics Club/ Birthday "Club": Little Dorrit

That is not Amy on the cover!
I think it's Fanny, Doyce or Clenham
and Mr. Casby? What do you think?
Wow! I was supposed to finish this book in February, but due to an exciting event and school and music and life I didn't finish it until the second day of March. (And obviously finished the review 3 weeks later.. But it's my junior year, and I had Fine Arts, and Chemistry, and church stuff, and LIFE!) But that's pretty good for almost taking a whole week off! I have seen the miniseries, and it was amazing! Almost better than the book!

As I was tired and lacking motivation when I started this review, here is a two part review of the things I enjoyed and the things I didn't.

Dickens put several lessons into this book, some subtly, some not as subtly, but still not what I would call preachy. The most important lesson I came away with was from Miss Wade. She always thought that people were doing things to make fun of her rather than to be kind. She actually was a fool. Sometimes I catch myself doing this, and it scares me. I don't want to turn out to be a bitter person like Miss Wade. While I don't agree with the Meagles' treatment of Tattycoram/Harriet, I do think their motives were pure. I appreciated Miss Wade's backstory, something I don't remember from the miniseries. Doyce also taught practical lessons: always try hard, don't get bitter, surround yourself with people who can fill up your weak places.

Because Doyce needs his own picture because he's that cool!
Now, lest I scare you into thinking that I find a moral in everything, here are my views on characters, of which there were many. So many in fact that I went to publish this and remembered all the ones I forgot.... So here's a list of my favorites with a short sentence why :D

Amy: Although she got on my nerves for being too perfect sometimes, she was a breath of humble and simple fresh air in a complicated novel. She was also the only main character I loved

Cavalleto: He's awesome! From the first chapter, where we learn he can draw maps and sleep anywhere (something I wish would come into play more later), he captivates me!

Plonishes: They were so nice! I liked how they were represented in the miniseries possibly more...

Mr. F's aunt: Hilariousness!!! I wish Dickens would have put her in more! Except that would mean more Flora... (More on how I wanted less of her later)

Sparkler: He was pure of heart and funny. He didn't put on airs and obeyed without question. I feel bad for him with a wife like Fanny and a mother like Mrs. Merdle...

Uncle Fred: He was so nice, but broken down by life. Actually, paired with his brother it was kinda ridiculous.

From Sink Me!
John Chivery: Amazing! I think I may have liked him better than Clenham! John and Amy belong together. Period. He may sound soppy and stuff, but he's a great deal more discerning than Arthur... He's gentle, has a way with words, and loves Amy enough to be benevolent to others for her sake.

Pancks: The tugboat!! He was amazing! A true friend and always busy (A good or bad thing depending on the situation..) I loved Dicken's using him as a tugboat!

Maggy: I loved Maggy! She was so genuine and real.

Now to the other parts of the book that weren't characters. The Circumlocution Office segments were great! "How not to do it" and "how to do it" were beautifully represented. The Barnacles got on my nerves, but I suppose it's an accurate picture. Dickens' prose, although at times wordy, is beautiful! Sometimes the book would get boring, but then I would get to a great passage/metaphor. The day I finished Little Dorrit, I started Little Women. Nothing against Alcott, but wow, going from Dickens verbosity to Alcott's short sentences was a shock! The plot was impeccably pulled off, although the end took a while to come together, or maybe I missed stuff? Anyway, I highly recommend watching the miniseries close to reading this because it kinda helps you visualize the plot, and the miniseries is verrrry close to the book! (Score for the BBC)

Things I Didn't Like
Although I loved most of the characters, some of them reallly got on my nerves.

This is the second-most-awkward scene in the miniseries.
The first is the stair scene with Flora, but I couldn't find a screencap for it :(
Flora was okay at first but by the second full page speech, I was done. I think she was represented in the miniseries better because the viewer could laugh at her without having to read her endless "days gone by" phrases.

Mr. Dorrit just made me mad. Both in the miniseries and in the book. He took advantage of his daughter, was ridiculously proud, completely unaware, and overall a stuck up brat. (Yes, I just called a 60 year old man a brat)

Which hat is worse?
And I seriously thought he was a clergyman because of his collar...
I like Clenham in the book better than in the miniseries, but his age still throws me. I wish he would have stayed a father figure to Amy, maybe even giving her away to John... Also, after watching the miniseries I wondered why she let Clenham call her Little Dorrit, but after reading the book I saw she loved it. But it sounds so babyish...

The Merdle scenes, especially the dinner parties, and the dialogue of the circumlocution office were pretty dry and boring and didn't really have bearing on the story.

Finally, another controversial point... I didn't get Rigaud. Sure, he murdered somebody, but nobody in England knew that until later! Was he just really creepy looking or something? I think he may have been explained better in the miniseries. Please tell me if I missed something! He was creepy though...

Over all, I enjoyed this book. It was just a leetle too long. I know Dickens can write a great book that's shorter (A Tale of Two Cities). I'm glad I read this, and highly recommend this if you like Dickens. However, if you've never read Dickens before, please start with A Tale of Two Cities. Also, this post was kinda long because it's kind of a long book!!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Why I Love This Video: March 20 2015

Tommy Steele's accent
Gene Kelly's dancing ability
The fact that Gene Kelly was 54
The fact that Tommy Steele was 30
The fact that Gene Kelly can outdance Tommy Steele
The color scheme (currently my favorite)
The white trim on the suits
The hats
The dance
The song
Tap dancing!

Danielle from The Girl With The Books started a video Friday tradition a few months back! I think I'd like to start my own! What do you guys think? She had a goal for herself that she had to put up a regular post that week in order to put up a video post. I think I'm going to use that motivation too :D (Except probably not this week)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Birthday Club: The Westing Game

I love my cover!
So I should probably review Little Dorrit before the Westing Game you say? After all I read it first? WELL, Little Dorrit was a bajillion pages long and had a bajillion characters and I can't find the screencaps I want. SO THERE. Anywho I couldn't really find any authors born in March that I liked, so I started going through books that I wouldn't mind rereading, and yep, Ellen Raskin was born in March!! Yay!! The Westing Game has been a favorite of mine for a few years now. I watched the movie in eighth grade, and read the book at the end of that school year. It's mysterious, thrilling, and funny. I actually enjoy reading it more now that I sorta remembered the ending.

The characterization in this book is amazing! Especially considering the number of characters! (Not as much as in Little Dorrit, but still a lot!) They each have their own personality and their dialogue shows it!

Turtle is my favorite. She's smart, courageous, and independent! I love her relationship with Baba!

Theo and Doug are probably my favorite other characters. I love the Theo/Angela subplot! Grace and Mr. Hoo are my least favorite characters, but Hoo's On First is a great restaurant name! Crow is the most confusing, until the end, when she's still confusing, but you have more puzzle pieces to understand her. I love the friendship between Mrs. Hoo and Mr. Wexler. "She never will [understand English] unless someone talks to her." Also the line about Denton Deere (ANNOYING ALERT) not understanding the nun/none position was classic. And the line about every quote being from the Bible or Shakespeare comes back to me at weird times.

Rabbit trail: My brain is weird like that. All of the sudden I find myself repeating a line or a scene in my head from who knows where. And I sometimes surprise myself with random info that I read somewhere a long time ago.

The plot is complicated (possibly too complicated?), but the loose ends all get tied up in a conclusion! I love conclusions where the author shows the future of the characters!

Anyway, I highly recommend this book! It's funny, mysterious, and possibly a little scary! Read it twice! It may be better the second time!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Blogger Recognition Award

Sorta recently, Arwen and Hamlette nominated me for the Blogger Recognition Award! Yay for awards! Thanks guys!


~ Attach the award. Done.

~ Thank the person who nominated you. Thanks Arwen and Hamlette!

~ Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. FYI, the blog plays music automatically :D

~ Give a brief story of how your blog got started and a piece or two of advice for new bloggers.
Welll, I began to be interested in blogging in 2013. I don't really remember why. I got a laptop for my birthday in 2014, and somehow found some cool blogs! (Don't ask me how. Cuz I don't remember!) The blogs that really inspired me were Yet Another Period Drama Blog and The Story Girl. I decided I would launch my blog as a summer project on the last day of school. Originally, I was going to publish one post a week about something with a different letter of the alphabet. Hence the name! However, that plan didn't happen. What happened instead was the Classics Club!

My family was vacationing in Indio, California, and I was setting up my blog. (It was up for two weeks before I posted!) I found the Classics Club and was like "Woah, this is amazing!!" I immediately made my list! The Classics Club pushed by blogging enthusiasm into high gear! On May 23, the last day of school, I published my first post! (It says Tuesday the 20th, but I hadn't figured out the Blogger date of publication/date of last edit quirk.) I didn't get any comments until about a week later, but those got me SOOOOOO excited. Like running around the house excited! (I don't run around the house for most comments now, but they still make me excited!) So that's how I started!

I feel weird giving advice cuz I haven't even been blogging for a year, but here's my perspective on some stuff.

Advice #1: Don't pretend. I thought I was going to be a period drama blog when I first started. I'm not. The blogs I followed were all period drama blogs, so I tried to fit in. However, that's just not me.(I like period dramas, don't get me wrong! I'm just not as passionate about them as some of you!) Sadly, sometimes I still pretend without even thinking about it. Then I remember "Woah, since when do you obsessively like "x". That's right, you don't. Don't pretend like you do." (Although sometimes I find that I do!) When I pretend, I feel bad, as if I'm letting people down because they have this image of me. Don't feel that way! Don't pretend to be something you're not! (Yeah, I basically just preached to myself...)

Advice (More like an idea) #2: I've seen a lot of things that say "Blog for yourself". What I've discovered, at least about myself, is that I'm not. Blogging for myself, that is. If I was just blogging for myself, I wouldn't have a blog. I wouldn't put myself out there. I'm blogging for you guys, my followers/readers. And to get better at my writing skills. Now, I'm not contradicting everything I just said by saying "Only write posts your followers will like!" The truth is, your followers will probably like a lot of your posts because they like YOU! They have similar interests as you and they like the way you write. So while you're writing about things you enjoy, you're also writing for them. Hope that makes sense...

~ Select 15 blogs to nominate.

If you follow my blog, consider yourself tagged! If you comment regularly on my blog, consider yourself tagged. If I know you, consider yourself tagged! If I don't know you and you want to be tagged, comment so that I'll know you and you can be tagged! (And if you comment on this post, I'll reply by tagging you so as we can make it "official" if you want)

Thanks again, Hamlette and Arwen!