Sunday, June 28, 2015

Suggest me some classics

I thought I'd give it a go on the old and modern classics but I need your help with suggestions!

Some I have already read:
> Anna Karenina
> Anne Frank's diary (with the missing pages)
> The overcoat
> The missing letter
> The perks of being a wallflower
> The catcher in the rye
> Lady Chatterley's lover
> Rosemary's baby
> Madame Bovary
> Lord of the rings
> The picture of Dorian Grey
> The prime of miss Jean Brodie
> Of mice and men

Next to read is 1984 and The Great Gatsby. I do have On the road among my shelves but I just cannot stand it (read a few chapters in) so don't suggest it ;)

2:15 in the morning

Just finished Me before you by Jojo Moyes, I cried so much toward the end that my eyes burn a little right now. Since it is a library book I also noticed that someone had left a tear drop in there toward the end.

I knew it was going to go down that way but it still made me emotional and made me cry. And yes, all I have done today is read that book (from cover to cover), take a walk and watch and episode of Indian Summers - I call it a pretty good darn rainy Saturday.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Empire [TV series]

I just finished watching the pilot of Empire and I find it really interesting, I will definitely keep watching. There are some interesting and strong characters but sadly the chemistry is lacking between some of them which is a bit of a downer but I am hoping that will be better as the series progress.

The tempo and how it presented each character was really well made, you get some kind of notion and story behind each and every one. This is what Empire managed to do much better than Indian Summers which I wrote about the other day, which sorely lacked in the presentation of characters.

One of the stronger points in this episode was the music, it flows nicely and is really nicely incorporated just as it should since it is about the family behind a record label. They let the music take centre stage and that is one of the reasons why I am going to continue watching this.

The acting is quite well done, some soar higher than others, so it is a little uneven but that is a little expected in the beginning of a series. What is sad though is the chemistry I mentioned earlier isn't better between some of them, I felt it definitely lacked between Jamal and his boyfriend and between Andre and his girlfriend, it just felt like poor acting when they tried to be close.

I am giving it a 3,8 out of 5.

Summer questions [list]

This list is taken and translated from Sandra Beijer.

My plans for the summer:
Right now my plan is to read books, go to the beach, write some short stories and meet my parents (hopefully) and go to the city festival. A bit bigger plan is to write a story of 10k words on Camp NaNoWriMo in July.

The best summer place:
The beach on a not so windy day or on the grass in a park.

Favourite summer flower:
Red poppies

Here I prefer to bathe:
Southern shores of Vänern, Tulebosjön and Skanörs havsbad.

How long am I going to be on vacation:
Unfortunately, being unemployed means that I will not have a vacation but I am going to make the best of my summer no matter if I will be unemployed when it is over, get a summer job or get hired after summer (and might need to move).

What do I look forward to the most:
Eating strawberries in all shapes and forms and bathing. And warm summer days.

What am I going to buy for the vacation:
Nothing that I can think of right now.

This I am going to listen to this summer:
Seagulls and the waves. :)

Favourite summer scent:
All the plant and flower scents that is everywhere and newly cut grass.

How I am going to hurt myself:
Mosquito bites, they love me those bitches.

What I worry about:
That I will not have fun this summer.

How will I remember my vacation afterwards in September:
Hopefully that it had lots of new experiences and art and culture.

The ultimate summer day:
Together with the person I love doing one of these three things:
1. being on the beach a full day and bathe, eat ice cream and strawberries (maybe read a book) and end the day with bbq.
2. travel somewhere and explore a new city.
3. working on a music festival and watching bands that I love live while having my partner's hand in mine or my partner's arms around me.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Indian Summers [TV series]

I just watched the pilot of Indian Summers and I have to say it was a bit splotchy and neither here nor there while they tried to introduce the characters. I think it might have been better if they narrowed it down a bit instead of trying to start so many new threads and leave them shrouded in mystery, to intrigue the viewer I am guessing.

Now we all end up with more questions than anything else and a bit of an unsatisfied feeling. I cannot say much about any characters except skin deep stuff like: that one is a bitch and another is apparently Christian and so on, some I couldn't grasp at all except that they are somehow connected to another character but how and why and for how long I have no idea. It would have been nice with more anchoring of the characters than announcing so many in one go.

The concept of the series makes me want to see more, that and the character Ralph Whelan who I cannot pinpoint if he is good or bad guy or if he has a thing for his sister or what it is, it is just something about him that is off.

I will give the episode a 3 out of 5, so I'll bite on their bait and watch the next episode too but they better shine in episode 2 and not leave us hanging as much as they did now, more storytelling and letting us get to know the characters a bit more - at least some of the main ones.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Why make it easy for me? [CampNaNo]

Last time I wrote on NaNoWriMo it was a highly personal story which needed to be told, this time I am going out of my comfort zone... maybe a bit too much?

It is...
fantasy, which I haven't written in like a decade
first person from TWO perspectives, which I have never written

Above alone makes it tricky but then I needed to throw in a power and political balance that I so far cannot pinpoint more than it seems to be Theocratic dual system government (yeah, take that for a way to describe something!). I have been reading up on theocracy and on dual system government and after tonnes of reading I do not feel any wiser. I also realised I need to figure out how they pray and the fauna/flora and lots of other things in this new world... and it is starting to be a little overwhelming when I think that it is 15 days left before start.

Why this is important? Oh because the characters I am depicting are in the smack middle of those who rule this land so these things are important to know because they will deal with these things directly.

BUT I will make it! (I hope)

Psst. You will be able to find all my posts about Camp NaNoWriMo under the same tag as in November: NaNoWriMo ;)

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Signed up to Camp NaNoWriMo

In July it is time to jot down another story, this time though one can decide word count oneself (from 10k and beyond) and since I am hoping to enjoy summer in July I set 10 000 words as my goal. I didn't want to be stuck with my computer during what I hope to be this year's summer month (May and June have so far not impressed much).

Another reason why I chose just 10k is because I draw blank about what to write. I have some stories I have begun but one of them is a children's book so max 1k and the other is just a short story I think so this has to be completely new*.

So far I know it is going to be in first person since I have been reading a lot of books in that form lately and feel my story gravitate toward that even when I write in third person (even changed my short story mentioned above from third person to first person). I have also decided that main lead's name is Magnolia.

Are you challenging yourself with Camp NaNo in July too?

* During Camp NaNo one can actually edit a novel from before but I am so far not ready to read mine from November last year since it is a very personal story, unsure when I will dare to edit it.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

15% off in my etsy shop

In celebration with Sweden (my country btw) winning Eurovision Song Contest tonight (yes I am a nerd) I am now offering 15% off on all orders above 150 kr (Swedish krona) (approx $17.87 / £11.53 / €16.23). Offer ends 31st of May. Use code ESC2015.

Shop: Caja Creations

Sunday, May 17, 2015

14 Studio Ghibli movies with those behind them [list]

After seeing the horrified comments on the live action trailer of Kiki's delivery service, that they had ruined the original anime! I felt I had to speak up since the live action is based on the novel with the same name just as the Studio Ghibli movie is. In other words the anime is not the original.

I therefore sat down today to make a little list of the Studio Ghibli movies I have and who is behind what. Below you have them in order from newest to oldest.

Of 14 films...
10 are directed by Hayao Miyazaki
7 are based on novels/mangas by someone not affiliated with Studio Ghibli
2 are directed by Miyazaki's son Gorō Miyazaki (which happen to be my least favourites)

The wind rises (2013)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
adapted from Miyazaki's manga which was loosely based on short story The wind has risen by Tatsuo Hori

From up on poppy hill (2011)
directed by Gorō Miyazaki
screenplay by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
based on manga with same name by Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsurō Sayama

The secret world of Arrietty (2010)
directed by Hiroma Yonebayashi
scripted by Hayao Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
based on novel "The borrowers" by Mary Norton

Ponyo on the cliff (2008)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Tales from Earthsea (2006)
directed by Gorō Miyazaki
screenplay by Gorō Miyazaki and Keiko Niwa
story by (concept) Hayao Miyazaki
based on "Earthsea" by Ursula K. Le Guin

Howl's moving castle (2004)
scripted/directed by Hayao Miyazaki
based on the novel with same name by Diana Wynne Jones

Spirited away (2001)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Princess Mononoke (1997)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Whisper of the heart (1995)
directed by Yoshifumi Kondō
written by Hayao Miyazaki
based on the manga with same name by Aoi Hiiragi

Porco Rosso (1992)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
based on manga "Hikōtei Jidai" by Miyazaki

Kiki's delivery service (1989)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
adaption of the novel with the same name by Eiko Kadono

My neighbour Totoro (1988)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Laputa: the castle in the sky (1986)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki

Nausicaä of the vallery of the wind (1984 - start of Studio Ghibli)
written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki
based on Miyazaki's manga with same name

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