Tuesday, February 21, 2017

that hollow crown

King Arthur:
via | BBC Merlin
For God's sake, let us sit upon the ground
And tell sad stories of the death of kings;
How some have been deposed; some slain in war,
Some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed;
Some poison'd by their wives: some sleeping kill'd;
All murder'd: for within the hollow crown
That rounds the mortal temples of a king
Keeps Death his court and there the antic sits,
Scoffing his state and grinning at his pomp,
Allowing him a breath, a little scene,
To monarchize, be fear'd and kill with looks,
Infusing him with self and vain conceit,
As if this flesh which walls about our life,
Were brass impregnable, and humour'd thus
Comes at the last and with a little pin
Bores through his castle wall, and farewell king!
Cover your heads and mock not flesh and blood
With solemn reverence: throw away respect,
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty,
For you have but mistook me all this while:
I live with bread like you, feel want,
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus,
How can you say to me, I am a king? 

{Richard II Act 3, Scene 2, by William Shakespeare}

Monday, February 20, 2017

xx notes

Be humble. Be kind. Know that you'll make mistakes and it'll be embarrassing, but have a sense of humor. 
Laugh.You might as well have fun. 
Tell people you love them, and be gentle. 
Question everything, and I mean everything. Because the truth can take it, but nothing else can. And it's the truth that matters. 
Take chances and do things that scare you. Never close your eyes to possibility. 
Don't box up reality and pretend you know its walls. 

Look up, at the sky. Taste the air on the tip of your tongue. Watch the clouds move. 
Take care of yourself, always be gentle. Cry if you need to, but don't give up hope. Look for things to be grateful for. Smile. Hug. Breathe deeply, in and out. Do it now. 
Be brave. Seek out life. Know that adventure is close to you, rubbing up against you daily. Take it by the hand and welcome it in. 
Notice colors when you see them, tell yourself "that's blue" or "pink". Look for your favorite colors. 
Be aware of your self breathing in and out, thinking, feeling. Close your eyes and let your mind go black. Rest. 

Don't make assumptions. Don't judge. Don't become too familiar with your opinions. 
Laugh, smile, make laughter creases around your eyes. 
Drink water. Stretch. Skip. Read books. Clap your hands. Shake your head around so your hair gets messy. Scrunch up your nose. Smell flowers. Taste your food like you're on a cooking show. Talk to people. 
Have discipline. Be tidy. Be polite. Enjoy things. Learn. Take initiative. 
Sing. Dance. Twirl. Give piggyback rides. Use more adjectives. Cuddle. Remember the things you love. Make a list of them. 
Have fun. Work hard. Sleep well. Look up, at the stars. 
Check out this incredible world. Be friendly.
Think, before you speak. Be safe. 
Love, as much as you can. 

Wednesday, February 08, 2017


What the Most Successful People do before Breakfast, by Laura Vanderkam - great
Winter Soldier: The Complete Collection, by Brubaker, Guice, Lovle - also great
St Francis of Assisi, by G. K. Chesterton
The Martian, by Andy Weir - great
Purgatory, by Dante (translated by Anthony Esolen)
The Marvelous land of Snergs, by E. A. Wyke-Smith - great
How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, by Dale Carnegie - good

*great means I recommend

Brooklyn - not the best but good
Monty Python and the Holy Grail - very funny at times, at other times over the edge
Lover Come Back - not my thing but Doris Day is so bright and lovely
Kingsman: The Secret Service - love the style and class
*Princess Diaries 1 and 2 - Julie Andrews and Anne Hathaway < 3
Finding Dory - sweet and funny and colorful
*Captain America: The First Avenger
Storks - funny
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
Salmon Fishing on the Yemen - loved this movie
Big Fish - Tim Burton and Ewan McGregor. Strange but sweet too, especially the ending.
Moulin Rouge! - I didn't know who directed this when I started it, but a couple minutes in I knew it must be Baz Luhrmann because his style is so very recognizable. It's so imaginative. I love the soundtrack (eg Your Song)
The Impossible - good, music didn't seen to match at times

*seen before

TV Series:
Sherlock season 4
Smash (couple eps) - meh
Breathless - Set in the early 60s. It ends without an ending and there's no second season so be warned.
z: the beginning of everything - fun, then meh
New Girl (1 ep) - sweet
Avatar: The Last Airbender - great
Stranger Things (3 episodes) - I watched this to find out why people like it, but I still don't get it.
That Girl - cute and fun and light

hope you all have a wonderful February xx

Thursday, January 19, 2017

list no. iv





"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference." - Niebuhr

"There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow men. True nobility lies
in being superior to your former self." - Hemingway
have a beautiful day xx

Tuesday, January 10, 2017


all images via tumblr
Favorite things in 2016: 
  • Reading. 
  • You all. 
  • Marvel. (Civil War. Doctor Strange. Bucky. Everyone. Sebastian Stan. The comics. Other fans.)
  • Biking. 
  • Sun.
  • Running.
  • Painting my room. (White. In the summer. With music.)
  • Violin.
  • Family. 
  • Watching movies. (By myself. At night. Cross legged.)
  • Making a movie. (With friends. Flinging myself onto the ground to get good shots.)
  • P.G. Wodehouse. (Read by Jonathan Cecil.)

The only really measurable goal I set myself last year was to read 70 books, which I did, and something more than that too, so yay. Month posts from 2016:


I've been reading a book called "What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast" and it talks about having a list of six priority thing to accomplish each day, the first three being things that need to be done that day and the second three small things that work towards a larger goal you want to accomplish by the end of the year. I love that idea. Exercising and reading on a constant basis make a big difference for me, in a good way, so my year end goals for 2017: read 50 books and be able to comfortably run 3 miles. 

I'd like to also set a word count writing goal for myself to reach every day or month but I have yet to figure out how that works. Do you have any websites or apps you'd recommend for that sort of thing? Or just advice in general? 

Less measurable but still important things to work on in 2017:
  • Be more confident when I speak. 
  • Be less selfish.
  • Trust people more that I should.
  • Do things that scare me. 
  • Learn to not be so mean/nasty/grumpy when I'm nervous/anxious/scared.
  • Be brave. 
  • Remember what's important.
  • Be more present in the moment.  
  • Worry less.
Look to this day! For it is life, the very life of life. In its brief course Lie all the verities and realities of your existence: The bliss of growth; The glory of action; The splendor of achievement; For yesterday is but a dream, And tomorrow is only a vision; But today, well lived, makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, And every tomorrow a vision of hope.- Salutation to the Dawn, by Kalidasa

Thank you all for reading this blog. ♥ Have a happy 2017! xx

Saturday, December 31, 2016


Waves, by Paul Fleisher
Relativity and Quantum Mechanics, by Paul Fleisher
Matter and Energy, by Paul Fleisher
The Great Divorce, by C. S. Lewis - Loved this book.
The British Empire, by Gerald W. Johnson - Great.
Thank You Jeeves, by P. G. Wodehouse
*Uncle Fred in the Springtime, by P. G. Wodehouse
The Inferno, by Dante


Doctor Strange - Perfect and brilliant. 
*The Vow
Christmas Kiss
Christmas in the Clouds
Parade's End - Ben C. Beautifully made and fascinating character.
Wreckers - Also B.C.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Lovely.
The Night Manager - Tom H.
Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows - Fun fun.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - Strange and fun and Martin Freeman.
Love, Rosie - Lilly Collins. Sweet.
Planet of the Apes 1 & 2
In Good Company
*The Incredibles - One of the best.
The Man who Came to Dinner - Strange and very funny, black and white.
Star Wars: Rogue One, (plus eps 1, 4 and 5 ♥)
Who's Minding the Mint? - Jim Hutton. Very funny. 
Upstairs Downstairs
The Last Tycoon (first ep)
Tom and Jerry
Z: the Beginning of Everything (first ep)
Bleak House (some)
The Kettering Incident (some, not really my thing)
*read/watched before

Last year I wrote (with the help of my older sister) a story in which my family and another family (who are awesome) were the characters. In it we were all princesses and knights, squires, kings, and queens, and lived on a tropical island and had adventures and the whole thing was pretty funny. We read it last Christmas and it was a lot fun. So, the last week of September it occurred to me that the thing to do would be to make a movie with that other family and for it to be a secret and to give it to our parents on Christmas. So we talked about it, and I wrote a script (and screenplay, didn't know they were different before) and organized it, and shot it - my cast consisted of an eight year old, ten year old, thirteen year old, fourteen year old, sixteen year old and myself - and then I edited (it was the first video I'd ever edited. Lightworks is awesome) and burned it (with awesome bro's assistance) to a dvd. 22 minutes and 12 seconds. And that was crazy fun and I'm rather proud.

One of my uncles and his family and my grandparents came for Christmas and they are the definition of cool so it was fun. We went to see Star Wars: Rogue One Friday night and my grandfather, younger sister and I wore our Santa hats into the theater and it was great. And my uncle understands about the importance of Star Wars so we were quiet for a while after the movie ended walking to the car and just let it all seep in before talking about it. And Christmas day there were presents in the morning/afternoon and a ton of food and neighbors and peeps came for dinner. And we watched our movie and that was insane.

Have you found any new good books/movies/tv series recently? I hope you all have a happy January and wonderful 2017! *bear hugs* Woot woot! xx

may the force be with you

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

list no. iii


These songs:

These videos:
This is edited perfectly.
I love hearing great actors talk about acting.
Sebastian Stan

These websites:

These shortcuts:
Ctrl + s = saves current project
Ctrl + p = opens printing option
Ctrl + a = selects all text on page
Ctrl + c = copies everything selected
Ctrl + v = pasts everything on clipboard
Ctrl + b = selects bolden option
Ctrl + i = selects italic option
Ctrl + t = opens new tab in browser
Ctrl + Shift + t = opens the last tab that was closed (you can continue to press this combination to open all tabs that have been closed recently)
Ctrl + w = closes tab
Ctrl + Shift + w = closes all open tabs (whole window)
Ctrl + Tab = moves right to next open tab
Ctrl + Shift + Tab = moves left to next open tab
Alt + Tab = shows all windows open (you can continue to press this combination to move through the different open windows)
Ctrl + Shift + n = opens incognito browser
F5 = refreshes current page
F6 = puts cursor in address bar

These quotes:
“Dreams that bear the mark of love are dreams that never die.” - Moving Forward, Colony House

“Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakable remains." - The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis 


Monday, December 26, 2016


Vintage card:
Merry Christmas (yesterday, hehe) you lovely people! I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. (And yay we have a new Star Wars movie now. Hooray! May the Force be with you. ) xx

Sunday, November 06, 2016


*The Four Story Mistake, by Elizabeth Enright
*Then there were Five, by Elizabeth Enright
Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse

The Hunger Games
*Catch Me if You Can
The Great Gatsby (2013)
The Titanic
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Marvin's Room
The Aviator
*Indiana Jones, 1, 2, 3, 4
The Flash (season 2, first few episodes)
Teen Wolf
White Collar
Tom and Jerry
I Dream of Jeanie
Star Trek Beyond
*Agent Carter

*read/watched before

Liked all the books I read this month, especially Siddhartha which I hadn't read before. Watched a lot of Leonardo DiCaprio movies. My favorites are the The Great Gatsby and Catch Me if You can. Romeo + Juliet, Marvin's Room, and Titanic are good too. Do you have a favorite Leonardo DiCaprio movie?

Went to see Doctor Strange today. It was so well done, really good. Perfect. I love it. It's my 1st or 2nd favorite Marvel movie now. Have you seen it?

I hope you all have a happy November! xx

Monday, October 17, 2016

an old man with a box

via (Doctor Who)
Up through an empty house of stars,
Being what heart you are,
Up in the inhuman steeps of space
As on a staircase go in grace,
Carrying the firelight on your face
Beyond the loneliest star.


from the introduction to The Balled of the White Horse, by G. K. Chesterton

Monday, October 03, 2016

In September

*The Once and Future King, by T. H. White (for school) - My favorite
The Echo of Greece, by Edith Hamilton - Great book
The Law, by Frederic Bastiat - Really liked this one
Myths of the Norsemen, by Roger Lancelyn Green (for school) - Enjoyable telling of all the main stories
On Christian Doctrine, by Saint Augustine (for school) - Dense but interesting
*The Saturdays, by Elizabeth Enright - I love this book so much. Elizabeth Enright's books are wonderful (also by her, Gone Away Lake is perfect).

*Read before

White Collar

Did you find any good books/movies/tv series in September? I hope you all have a great October. xx

Monday, September 26, 2016

liebster award

Lovely people! ♥ The awesome Hamlette tagged me for this (muchas gracias mi amiga). So, I'm supposed to answer 11 questions, then make up 11 new questions and tag 11 people, etc. Well, we'll see how that goes. 

The eleven questions (aww eleven makes me think of the Doctor):

1.  Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?
*thinking* *trying to remember* umm...I know there is one...any movie that has a scene in one of those really classy expensive tea shops with tiny cakes and mini sandwiches. Honestly any food makes me hungry. I love food. Food is great. yay food. Seriously it's awesome how good it tastes, you know? It's not like it has to, what if it was just this random stuff we ate purely for sustenance? I mean the simple fact that we can taste stuff is daily awesome sauce. 

Nonetheless, remember:
If you were wondering, yes, that is utterly irrelevant. 

2.  What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?

So, my top favorite movies are Star Wars: A New HopeCaptain America: The Winter Soldier, (besides being perfect, it also has Bucky ♥) Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings, and The Prince of Persia. Which are all set in either present day or fantasy worlds, so whatever era you want to call that. I also have this thing for the 40s for some reason.  

3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?

I don't really have answer to this. I mean there's no combo that I've dreamed of for a long time. Though of course, we're all waiting for Budapest, right? Starring Arrow Guy and Nat. 

4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?

Ooo, something from Star Wars or a Marvel character. Or Captain Jack Sparrow because that would be way fun. Obi Wan, the Winter Soldier or Cap ('n Jack Sparrow I mean, not the red/white/blue one, though that would also rock). No, definitely the Winter Soldier. (But you guys new that, right?)

5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?

Some friends and siblings dressed up as Lord of the Rings characters once, I think I was Aragorn. With a beard like marker attempt on my face. And a Man in Black once too. 

6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?

Hmm. I watch a lot of movies by myself. I think I enjoy them more that way. Otherwise I feel self conscious about people watching me (ha. because people totally want to watch my face and not the movie. not. except that's what I do when I watch movies with peeps. but then that's mostly 'cause I've seen the movie already and I'm checking how they like it). 

But to answer the question. I'm not sure anyone would be surprised exactly. But I like dramas and they're not really the kind of movie I fan over or talk about a lot so peeps wouldn't necessarily know that I like 'em. eg: About a Boy, Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Benny and Joon, The Way Way Back, Rickie and the Flash, Mud. 

7.  What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?
I don't really care honestly. There are hundreds of books that I love and that's not gonna change. 

8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?

Well, now I do. Thanks for that. 
9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?
Every time. And then I realize I would die. And then I practice holding my breath for the next few minutes and get completely distracted from the movie. The only times I don't is when the movie is really good which means I'm lost in it and not thinking about anything else (which rarely, almost never, happens). 

10.  What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?

Doctor Strange, the Flash (I'm not sure how excited I actually am about this. I'll probably just watch the first episode and that'll determine it, but, still, I loved the first season) (I wish Jefferson was still in OUAT. I mean, he hasn't been since season 1, but still. Oh well.), Fantastic Beasts, Moana (maybe?), Sing etc.
I love the smell of fandom in the mourning.:
11.  What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.)

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And now, the eleven (aww) people I tag:
(If anyone would like me to tag/add them up here, just say the word.)
  1. An Accomplished Young Lady
  2. Life as a Young Lady
  3. Little Moon Dragon
  4. Little Panda Crafts
  5. The Horse and His Girl
  6. The Journeys' of my Beating Heart
  7. The Life of Little Me
  8. Three Fangirling Sisters
  9. Traveling Home
  10. a flyleaf
  11. Metias and Me
  12. Princess Faith
  13. think. eat. write. read.
That wasn't eleven, was it?

And I loved Hamlette's Questions, so here you go again:

1.  Is there a movie that has really yummy-looking food in it that you'd love to eat?
2.  What era do most of your favorite movies take place in?
3.  What two actors/actresses have you always hoped would make a movie together, but didn't/haven't yet?
4.  If money and time and supplies (and crafting ability) were not considerations, what movie character would you love to cosplay or dress up like for Halloween?
5.  Have you ever cosplayed or dressed up like a movie or TV character for Halloween?
6.  What movie would your friends/family be surprised to learn you truly enjoyed?
7.  What's one book you hope no one ever makes into a film?
8.  Do you know the Wilhelm Scream when you hear it?
9.  When a character onscreen has to hold their breath, to you try to hold your breath to match theirs?
10.  What upcoming movies (or TV series) are you excited about?
11.  What are some of your favorite movie-oriented blogs?  (Or just blogs that post movie reviews sometimes.)