Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Clueless Adults

Clueless Adults aka Why Minerva Mcgonagall is Da Best

We all know the stereotype: the clueless mom, the clueless dad, the clueless guardian, teacher, guidance counselor, king... The list goes on for a mile. They are adults who, for the good of the plot (and possibly comic relief), are pictured as clueless, walking cliches wearing fanny packs and golf hats. I hate that. Adults, parents, teachers are some of the most untapped sources in fiction. They have a chance to be so cool, so understanding, and so wise, yet too frequently I see them only included as a laughing stock.

That's why Minerva Mcgonagall really stands out to me.

 She is everything that a good mentor should be. She was quirky, sweet, and motherly, but she wasn't afraid of anything, especially Dolores *shudder*, and she never hesitated to speak her mind.
So the next time you sit down and plan an adult or guardian figure in your MC's life from fantasy, fiction, sci-fi, whatever your genre is...don't forget to include the Minerva Mcgonagalls.

Toodlepip

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Five Favorite Male Characters Tag


Ladies and gentlemen! I was once again tagged. Oh what jovial merriment! I was tagged to do the Five Favorite Male Characters (book or screen), and I am more than happy to oblige. 

I'm sure some of the characters from my Top Ten Screen Characters will sneak in, but I'll do my best. :)

Disclaimer: I may not be thinking of some characters that I like. So these are just the ones I can think of now; these aren't my all time favorites forever and ever...except Percy; Percy is forever. 
Rules:
1.) List 5 of your favorite male characters (book or screen)
2.) Tagging other people is optional
3.) If you are tagged, link back to the person that tagged you
4.) Link back to Revealed In Time (preferably using the link to this post)
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Choose one from each category.
1.) Hero
2.) Villain
3.) Anti-hero
4.) Best book-to-screen adaption
5.) Best character perception 


#1. The Hero

Note: The movies were an abomination; I am just using a picture from the movies because that was the only one I could find.

I am a Percy Jackson fan through and through, and I have been for a long time. Percy Jackson is ma bro. When we first meet him, he's an awkward twelve year old who has no idea what the heck is going on but as the series goes on, he becomes a confidant, awesome warrior who is still awkward but is a natural leader. He's loyal to a fault *wink*, and he is such a hero. 

#2. The Villain
Did you miss me?
I am a sucker for a good psychopath, and I feel like Moriarty is the best. He's so changeable and unpredictable, and he has style, like, serious style. He's a dangerous opponent, and I love that he actually needs Sherlock, and he understands the dynamic between them and how much they complete each other in a twisted way of cop and robber.

#3. The Anti-Hero
Artemis Fowl 
Artemis Fowl was my favorite book series for a while (before I found Percy Jackson). Artemis is a stuck up, sociopathic, rich boy who thinks the world is his. He becomes a better person throughout the series, but he's a thief, a liar, and overall a devious person; however, those he cares about know that they are always protected because if Artemis Fowl is nothing else, he is protective and loyal to those who have earned it. His character development is astounding, but he always maintains that devious spark.

#4. Best book to movie adaptation. 
He looks like a mouse.
You know me. I really like Bilbo Baggins. He's the first Middle-earth adventurer that I ever tagged along with, he was the first character that I truly just loved to relate to, and he was funny and wonderful. When I heard the news that they were making a Hobbit film, I was a bit skeptical. How was I ever going to be able to see this movie and take it seriously when I just knew that I would be disappointed because nothing could ever match up to the Bilbo that I knew, but Martin Freeman really rocked it. He was the perfect picture of what Bilbo was. I loved that the character was portrayed so well. Some may not agree with me, and that's your opinion, but I really do think that Bilbo was Bilbo. 

#5. Best character perception. 

I think that Walt...I mean Tom Hanks had such a wonderful idea of who Walt Disney was. Many people imagine him as an away-in-the-clouds superhero to be looked up to and admired for his genius. To me, he's kind of like a fictitious character from long ago, but the way Tom Hanks portrayed him... He was a dreamer for sure, but he was also down to earth, and he could understand things deeply. I think Tom Hanks should have won all the awards for this performance. All of them. 

Anywho, those are some of my favorite male characters, and I know it said that tagging people was optional, but I want to tag someone and keep the line going, but I just don't have a lot of people! Golly. Erm... 

Alina
If you accept this tag, know that it comes with great responsibility. ;)

Rosie
If you see this, I would love to know what your favorites are. 

Honor
Yes, I'm tagging you. Deal with it. :)

Riley
Let's see what you come up with. ;) 

There, I've tagged you. And if you are dying to do this tag then go right ahead. 


Toodlepip

Friday, September 25, 2015

Following Through

Following Through aka Why Voldemort is a Convincing Villain

"You will do my will." The generic villain sneered, a glint of wild malice in his coal black eyes. The hero laughed with an unparalleled confidence, "And why would I do that?" The villain cackles, "Because I..." The villains maniac grandeur faded, confusion clouding his once menacing eyes, "I'm, uh...not quite sure. I've threatened to kill many people, threatened to burn houses, and threatened to use your love of endangered parrots against you, but I haven't actually done anything of evil. All I've had are some evil intentions."

That has got to be the lamest villain ever. And sadly, I come across that way too much in novels these days. It's not that blatant usually (especially not the parrot thing), but the general gist stands. The villain makes a big deal of acting evil and cackling at any chance possible, but they haven't actually done anything worth mentioning in the Baddie World Records. Every good hero needs a good villain. And when villains look scary, sound scary, but don't actually do scary things, they aren't really villains after all.

That is why good ol' Voldy is such a good ol' villain.

He looks scary, sounds scary, and most important of all, acts scary. He kills without a moments hesitation, he has real motive, and he has a real heartless, unpredictable nature that makes you never know where he'll strike or how hard he'll strike. All you know is that it'll be bad, because he's Voldemort, and Voldemort is evil.

So, when you're writing the next Harry Potter, make sure your Voldy follows through with all the evil things he threatens to do.

Toodlepip

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tolkien Blog Party!

I know I'm kind of late to the party, but I wanted to answer these questions anyway. I have been a Tolkien fan for a while, but only recently after rewatching the movies have I become truly in love with the story again. I personally think that this blog party is a great idea and my only regret is that I missed the past years of it.


Look at that awesome Hobbit door.
And just because I can't truly pick between all these purty buttons, I'll add some more. :)


Alright, let's dive right in. 

1.  What draws you to Tolkien's stories?  (The characters, the quests, the themes, the worlds, etc.)
SO much. As a writer I am pulled in by the world building and astounding character development, etc. but as a reader and general lover of stories, I am pulled in by the fact that it just feels like a home that I've been away from. Even when I saw it for the first time, it felt like something that I already knew so well, but I was just getting reaquanted. 

2.  What was the first Middle Earth book you read and/or movie you saw?  What did you think of it?
The first one I read was the Hobbit and as soon as I read it, I was in love. Bilbo was so much like me, and I just loved the world that I felt I had created in my mind (even though J.R.R. Tolkien did). To this day it is just so precious to me. 

3.  Name three of your favorite characters and tell us why you like them.
Golly gee, give me a sec... Okay, Samwise, Aragorn, and Gimli. 
I love Aragorn because he's so darn noble and just an awesome character. 
Samwise because he's funny without meaning to be, and he has such an admirable loyalty to Frodo.
Gimli because...Gimli! Need I say more?

4.  Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention?
*unscrolls list* Ahem. Borimir, Faramir, Eowyn, Pippen, and Arwen. And that's just off the top of my head.

5.  What Middle Earth character do you relate to the most?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Bilbo is ma bro.

6.  If you could ask Professor Tolkien one Middle Earth-related question, what would you like to ask him? 
Can I touch your hand? Just kidding, I would probably ask how he made the world so believable and enchanting.

7.  Are there any pieces of Middle Earth merchandise you would particularly like to own, but don't?
All of them. Mainly mugs. I am huge tea drinker, and so I would love to have a personalized mug for me to drink from.

8.  What battle would you absolutely not want to be part of?
Uhm...the battle of Helms Deep. I cringe at how all the elves were killed and it went so terribly wrong.

9.  Would you rather eat a meal at the Rivendell or Bag End?
BAG END!! As cool and pretty as Rivendell is, it is my dream to be a Hobbit, so I couldn't pass up Bag End.

10.  List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.
"Don't go where I can't follow."
"The journey doesn't end here."
"The sea calls us home."
"All we have to do is to decide what to do with the time given to us."
"There is some good in this world and it's worth fighting for."
"Those are the stories that stay with us."

And there you have it! 

Toodlepip

Tolkien Blog Party!

I know I'm kind of late to the party, but I wanted to answer these questions anyway. I have been a Tolkien fan for a while, but only recently after rewatching the movies have I become truly in love with the story again. I personally think that this blog party is a great idea, and my only regret is that I missed the past years of it.


Look at that awesome Hobbit door.
And just because I can't truly pick between all these purty buttons, I'll add some more. :)


Alright, let's dive right in. 

1.  What draws you to Tolkien's stories?  (The characters, the quests, the themes, the worlds, etc.)
SO much. As a writer I am pulled in by the world building and astounding character development, etc. but as a reader and general lover of stories, I am pulled in by the fact that it just feels like a home that I've been away from. Even when I saw it for the first time, it felt like something that I already knew so well, but I was just getting reaquanted. 

2.  What was the first Middle Earth book you read and/or movie you saw?  What did you think of it?
The first one I read was the Hobbit and as soon as I read it, I was in love. Bilbo was so much like me, and I just loved the world that I felt I had created in my mind (even though J.R.R. Tolkien did). To this day it is just so precious to me. 

3.  Name three of your favorite characters and tell us why you like them.
Golly gee, give me a sec... Okay, Samwise, Aragorn, and Gimli. 
I love Aragorn because he's so darn noble and just an awesome character; Samwise because he's funny without meaning to be, and he has such an admirable loyalty to Frodo; Gimli because...Gimli! Need I say more?

4.  Are there any secondary characters you think deserve more attention?
*unscrolls list* Ahem. Borimir, Faramir, Eowyn, Pippen, and Arwen. And that's just off the top of my head.

5.  What Middle Earth character do you relate to the most?

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Bilbo is ma bro.

6.  If you could ask Professor Tolkien one Middle Earth-related question, what would you like to ask him? 
Can I touch your hand? Just kidding, I would probably ask how he made the world so believable and enchanting.

7.  Are there any pieces of Middle Earth merchandise you would particularly like to own, but don't?
All of them. Mainly mugs. I am a huge tea drinker, and so I would love to have a personalized mug for me to drink from.

8.  What battle would you absolutely not want to be part of?
Uhm...the battle of Helms Deep. I cringe at how all the elves were killed and it went so terribly wrong.

9.  Would you rather eat a meal at the Rivendell or Bag End?
BAG END!! As cool and pretty as Rivendell is, it is my dream to be a Hobbit, so I couldn't pass up Bag End.

10.  List up to ten of your favorite lines/quotes from the books or movies.
"Don't go where I can't follow."
"The journey doesn't end here."
"The sea calls us home."
"All we have to do is to decide what to do with the time given to us."
"There is some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for."
"Those are the stories that stay with us."

And there you have it! 

Toodlepip

Monday, September 21, 2015

I Solemnly Swear I Am Up to No Good.

I have an exciting announcement to make! I am going to do a Harry Potter Character Examination/Good Elements of Writing of sorts. I'll be going over characters like Ron, Hermione, Voldemort, and so many more.

Note: I have no idea what I'm doing, and this it's going to be very new, so bear with me.

It'll start on the 25th, and I'm so excited to do it.

Well, here goes nothing.
I solemnly swear...
Toodlepip

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Return of the King Thoughts Pt. 2

Here it is! Part 2 of the Return of the King Thoughts. Alright, jumping right back into the action.
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Faramir.
Yes, I know I talked about him in the Two Towers post, but I kind of have to mention him again on account of me forgetting him before. I'm sorry, I'm ashamed, too. Let's talk about his "death". What with me not remembering what happens to him, I had a heart attack when he came back dead.

When he started twitching and moving, I was so glad! I mean, he's such a good character! And he can't just die. 

Gandalf.
So majestic. 
I feel like he really got to shine in this movie. He looks like he would be a really old sweet guy who has twenty cats and a knitting addiction. Wait...sorry, that's Dumbledore.  No, Gandalf looks like he could do some serious damage with that staff.
SO much more than just a walking stick.
He's wise, pretty fearless, compassionate, and can definitely get around without a walker is able to defend himself. His epic staff skills are surpassed by none, and his wisdom and calm is comparable. He's brave in the face of danger, and now I'm just essentially saying the same thing over and over. Redundancy is never pleasant, and I think you all get the point. And...he's a Wizard, so your argument is invalid...

Gollem.
I take back everything I have ever said about him. He is not cute or pitiful or worthy of a shred of thought. He is essentially the embodiment of our flesh. It is so selfish and focused on only getting whatever it desires. It knows no goodness and no light. Gollem is awful and I take back any kind word that I said about him. He is horrid.
Preach it, Shawn.
Aww Gisborne, how you are missed. Come back!!!
Shelob freaks me out. I mean, I am terrified of spiders, and I hate spiders, spiderwebs, and anything that even looks close to a spider. So when Frodo was getting stuck in the sticky web, I was shuddering and looking away and doing everything that I could do to not think about that happening to me. So when Sam found Frodo, I was more than happy to see him destroy the hideous and horrible beast that is the arachnid drive off the spider. Sam is the real MVP. He never let Frodo give up, he knew that Gollem was a lowdown lying cheating backstabbing embodiment of scum untrustworthy, and he carried Frodo to the doorway of the fires of Mt. Doom.  Go Sam.

Eowyn 
As she rode off with Pippen, I was so proud. I get attached to characters really easily, and when the character is an awesome one that is feels fear but acts anyway, I get super attached.


Even though I know that Merry lives, when Pippen found him on the battlefield, I felt a pang of despair. I mean, they're the best of friends!! He can't die, he can't split up the team.
Don't die, don't die!!
When they were about to face the Orc army to distract Saraoun (is that how it's spelled?), I was on the edge of my seat. Aragorn is seriously the best at giving battle speeches, and is it weird that this symbol just makes me happy and makes me want to go fight a battle?

It just fills me with hope and a want to take up arms and fight!

I'm still super sad that I missed the Faramir and Eowyn thing in the movies. I'm assuming that it's in the extended version? Come on people, you could have included a little more of them. Not just one camera angle that left you needing answers.
Why movie? Why? Why do you do this to me?
Now I really need to see the extended version.

 I love Sam and Rosie. They're really cute. Now they can have adorable little hobbit children and Uncle Frodo can tell them stories of elves.

When Gandalf, Bilbo, and Frodo sail away, I teared up. It reminded me of when Reepicheep sailed to the Aslan's Land, and I was frankly heartbroken. I still think that that is one of the most depressing scenes in a movie ever. And when Frodo is saying goodbye to Sam and Pippen and Merry...it's just as depressing. I'm still going to think of Frodo as one day telling stories to Sam's kids. *sniff*

I know I've mentioned this before, but dat soundtrack though. It is so epic and perfect. The rise and fall of each scene according to the music could not have been more perfect. You think you guys have heard a lot about the soundtrack from me? Just imagine me actually watching the movie. By the end of the first movie my family was more than done with hearing about it. But I can't help it!
Imma music nerd.

Some of my favorite quotes were:

"Don't go where I can't follow."  Sam is such a loyal friend, and he is willing to sacrifice everything for Mr. Frodo. 

"The journey doesn't end here."  This quote (in my opinion) is such a good reminder that there is so much more adventure outside of battle and quests. It's a whole new adventure, living life.

"The sea calls us home." This one is here because of the sheer beauty of it. "The sea calls us home." It helps that I have an obsession with the ocean and the open sky. This quote is so simple, yet so beautiful.

Anywho, with that concludes the LOTR Thoughts. 

Toodlepip
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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Ewoks are the Best!

Since recently re-watching Return of the Jedi, I have remembered my love for Ewoks. They are seriously the best. I mean, they are a hardcore little army of teddybears. What is not awesome about that??

I know some people think that Ewoks are just as annoying as Jar Jar Binks (don't even get me started on him)...
At least I'm not as passionate about it as Deadpool.
...but I still think they are epic. They are my people.
-They are short...I too am short.
-They are easily bribed by food...guess who else is easily bribed by food?
-They are adorable...this one doesn't need to be explained. ;)
-But when it all comes down to it, they have an inner Hulk.

Plus, I would love to live amongst the treetops.


So, in conclusion, Ewoks are hardcore, and I want to a) have one as a pet. b) Be one. or c) have their home. 

Toodlepip

P.S. This is my 300th post!! Woohoo!! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How to Stop Writers Block

All writers know the feeling. They sit down, ready to write on their laptop/notepad/scroll/etc. but for some reason, nothing feels right. All the words feel clunky and flat, that is if you can even get words on the page, wishing you could write something, anything!,(no, I do not care how grammatically incorrect that was) that would feel good.
Well, boy are you in luck today. I have the cure for every road-block and every bad case of writers block that ever existed or ever will exist! All it takes is one, simple phrase.

Writers Block is a delusion.


Let me say that again. Writers Block is a delusion.

Before a mob of torch wielding writers come to tear down my door, screaming that the condition is very real, let me 'splain.

For a long time I believed in Writers Block. It was the Joker to my Batman, the Moriarty to my Sherlock. I always hated it and wished to overcome it, but strangely enough, without it, I didn't feel like I was experiencing the whole writing package. I didn't feel like a true writer. So I accepted it into my life, even though I hated the feeling that it left me with. I looked at all the ways to beat writers block, scanning Top Ten lists and scouring These 5 Easy Steps..., feeling very writer-esque. And no matter how different these sites were, no matter how many dancing chickens were pointing at the main points, and no matter how many awards these blogs and writers had, they all had one thing in common.

They didn't give an answer.

Sure, they gave plenty of ways to get inspired, to take a break, and they offered theories as to why Writer's Block was affecting me (in this case, the me refers to every writer). I would sigh, roll my eyes, and come to the conclusion that these bloggers/writers just didn't know anything worth my time.

Well, one day, out of the blue, I had an epiphany.
That week I had been having a particularly bad case of Writers Block and I was sick of it. I told myself to drop the act and realize what I had sort of knew all along.

Writer's Block is a sham, an illusion, a delusion that preyed on a natural human action...or rather, non-action. Laziness. Writers Block was invented by a man (or woman) who just wasn't feelin' it that day, but didn't want others to think of him (or her) as any less of a writer. So s/he created Writers Block.
Writers Block indulges the part of a writer that just wants the book to be written already. Whether we know it or not, Writers Block, no matter how unreal it is, has a very real effect. It worsens our writing.

#1. We allow ourselves to look at our bad writing and say, "Meh, the writing is bad, but it's because of Writers Block, not because of a flaw in my actual writing." They pass it off as a temporary 'condition' that they will eventually overcome, and soon, their writing will be flowing just like a mountain spring.

#2. We let the writing daunt us, and instead of daunting it right back, we take a break. We don't get right down to the problem and push through, We stop, blame it on something imaginary, and walk away.

#3. Writing is like a muscle, you have to exercise it for it to get stronger. If we let our writing stop for a while, what will happen? Do you think the muscle will keep it's same size? No. It will slowly reverse, going back to how it was before.

Don't get me wrong, having a dry spell is a very real thing. You can maybe not be on your A game if your brain is all brained out, if you're stressed and can't think straight, or if inspiration just isn't coming. That's normal. We just can't let it get to us and keep us from writing. If we wait for the dry spell to be over, it'll take a while.

So, here is my final statement. You stop Writers Block by realizing that there never was a Writers Block to begin with. You sit down, and you push through. Even if your writing is awful, it's still better than nothing. And the sooner you get all the awful out, the good will start to make a guest appearance and then become the main show once again.

Toodlepip

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Return of the King Thoughts Pt. 1

I'm going to start off by saying that this movie is three hours long and that is awesome. I am really glad that it's not some wimpy 2 hour skeleton. I loved every second of it. :) But because it is so long, the post is going to be super long too, so I'm going to split this into 2 parts. Sound good?

I swear, Merry and Pippen are the best. They are hilarious, and I am so happy that they weren't forgotten when the book was being turned into a movie.

Look at how awesome they are!
Good ol' Pippen!!
I mean, even the actual actors are hilarious and essentially their characters.



But as much as I love them, especially Pippen, they can be really stupid, especially Pippen. When he grabbed the black orb from Gandalf, I knew it didn't bode well for him.


When he and Merry parted ways, it was heartbreaking. They're like Fred and George from Harry Potter, without one, the other doesn't seem right. Merry and Pippen shouldn't be apart!! 


And I can't not mention Pippen's Song aka Edge of Night. That song is just so darn beautiful.

Home is behind
The world ahead
And there are many paths to tread
Through shadow
To the edge of night
Until the stars are all alight
Mist and shadow
Cloud and shade
All shall fade
All shall fade
So purty.
Okay, enough about them, let's talk about Eowyn and Aragorn. My family was watching their flirtatious glances and saying, "Oh, well you know where that's going!" My brother even asked me, "Don't they get married at the end?" Now even though I didn't remember a whole lot, I knew how wrong that was.


When Aragorn was leaving, and Eowyn was acting all sad and mournful that he was leaving, my mom was "Aww."-ing. I was not awwing.

Quick side note, I know this isn't from this movie, but I forgot to add it to the first post. Hobbit babies/toddlers are the cutest things ever.

Just look at that face!

I've hardly mentioned the Nazguls. The persistent, cloaked, wraith-like things for those not on a first-name basis.  I love how the minions of the villain weren't dumb or lame or even mediocre. They were menacing and fearful, and rightly so. Too often the minions end up being laughable, even if they weren't meant to be so. That is definitely not the case in this instance.

Be on the lookout for Pt. 2, coming soon to a blog near you.

Toodlepip
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Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

Friday, September 11, 2015

Novel Stats

Novel 1. 81,000
Novel 2. 61,000
Novel 3. 50,000
Novelette. 25,000
Novel in progress - 52,000

This post is for no other reason than me feeling super proud right now. This mood comes and goes, but when I am in the middle of it, I just want to shout from the rooftops. I'm so glad that I get to live my dream. So many people have a dream that they can't wait to achieve in the future, but here I am, living my dream.

I'll open up all my finished novels and read over my favorite chapters and paragraphs, squealing inside. 
                                             

I know this sounds cheesy, but I am so glad that God put this in me. 
It's amazing how much it can make me happy. Days will come when it feels like the metaphorical rains of life will never stop pouring down, and everything is clouded by my dismal attitude.
*sigh*
But then I'll sit down at my computer, and everything will disappear. I'll start to write, and soon I'll get lost in the words, and my sadness will ebb away. Writing is everything to me. It's all I've ever wanted to do with my life, and I really hope that it is God's will for me.


Toodlepip

P.S. While this gif may not have a whole lot to do with the post, I just wanted to include 'cuz it's so purty.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

5 Things I Like About How God Made Me.

Now, I wasn't tagged, I wasn't nominated, I wasn't sent an invitation to do this tag by pigeon, I'm just gonna do it. ;)

RULES
1. List 5 things you like about how God made you (God made everything about you; the family you were born/adopted into, the fact that you enjoy the stuff you enjoy, your looks, your personality; everything. So, it can't be too hard to think of 5 things you love about how God made you. Right?)
2. Tagging other people/excepting a tag is optional
3. If you are tagged (and if you except), link back to the person who tagged you
4. Have fun!

                                       (The accompanying tag picture!)
I'm going to start off by saying that I have a weird relationship with my self-confidence. Some days I feel like nothing can touch me, I may not be perfect, but that's who I am. And then other days I feel like an ugly little troll, so finding something that I like about myself is probably a good exercise.

#1. My hair. Now, my hair may not be fabulous and super thick and glossy, but for the options I had, I got really good hair. My dad has really thin hair, my mom has thin hair, both their mom's had really thin hair. You get the idea. So for coming from that gene pool, I think I did pretty good.

I actually don't like that much about my physical appearance, but I want to try to do one more.

#2. My shortness. As weird as that might be for someone to like that they're short, I'm surprisingly happy with it. I don't know, I just feel like it fits my personality really well to be short.

Preach it!

#3. My awkwardness. I know people usually don't like being awkward, but it's such a part of me that I couldn't imagine not being awkward.

#4. My talents. I am so grateful to God for my talents. I love writing with all my heart and it's all I've ever wanted to do with my life, and here I am, getting to be a writer. Granted, I may not be a published writer, but I'm still a writer. And I love playing piano, it's so relaxing and serene.

#5. My family. Technically this isn't a physical part of me, but my family is a part of me, so I'm just going to go with it. My family is seriously the best. We've definitely had some rough times, but in the end they're all my best friends.

Welp, I think that's it! Remember, God made you special and He loves you very much!
Aww, Bob and Larry.
Toodlepip

Monday, September 7, 2015

The Two Towers Thoughts

The Two Towers is in my top three favorite LOTR movies.


I don't think I could pick a favorite out of the LOTR movies, so I only have a top three.

Let's talk about some of the characters. 

He''s adorable.
Gollum. . I honestly feel bad for him, because his fate could have been so different. I don't know why, but I find him so lovable, even though he's supposed to be bad. It's weird. My entire family (except me) find him gross and despicable, but I'm sympathizing and 'Aww"-ing. Especially when they first go to the black gate. He's obviously scarred and traumatized by his time there, and I truly pity him.

Legolas.

You really see his character's development in this one. He is protective of Gimli upon their first encounter of Rohan, whereas before, he wouldn't have been so quick to draw his bow to save the life of a dwarf. And is it just me, or does his hair get more fabulous with each movie?

Eowyn.

She is so mournfully beautiful. Her every moment is graceful. She reminds me of ghost (in the best way possible). She's so kind, but deadly as well.
Shieldmaiden of Rohan
She isn't afraid of war, but she doesn't glorify it. She can take charge easily. Overall she's a great character. Too often female characters are one of two things: Girly, helpless, and shallow, or tough and emotionless, but Eowyn is a good mix of both of those.

Faramir.

I had all but forgotten about Faramir. Faramir is a natural leader: He's smart, collected, and cool under pressure. He's willing to listen, and he's understanding. I'm starting to see why *cough cough* someone likes him so much. He's so noble! 

The journey to Mordor is daunting and eerie. Most stories boast of difficult quests, but don't deliver. This quest was just as dangerous and awful as everyone said it would be. 

So that was a nice change.
Okay, once again, I have to say, the soundtrack is amazing. I just can't get over it. I seriously have a problem. :)
The sets are amazing, and the special effects are pretty awesome.

Some of my favorite quotes were: 
"There's some good in this world, and it's worth fighting for." 

"Those are the stories that stay with us."

I had forgotten how much I love these movies.
Toodlepip
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