The Force Is Strong With This One…

When I was a young girl I loved Star Wars (I still love Star Wars!), I love the original trilogy; the score, the light sabers, the Falcon.

From age five to about six, I would watch A New Hope (episode IV) almost daily. I had a Princess Leia costume (a white pillow case with neck and arm holes cut out), and a wrapping paper tube light saber. I would play princesses with my cousin and she would dress up in the poofy, Disney licensed dress and I would don my pillowcase and tell her emphatically “but I’m a Princess too! In a galaxy far far away!” 

I just saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens (don’t worry, I won’t spoil it!!) and I felt like I was five years old again! The magic of Star Wars that I once loved (that was dashed away by the prequels….so meesa thinks we won’t talk about those) was there in The Force Awakens. 

Rey is what I wanted to be when I played pretend so many years ago; she is strong and independent, doesn’t need (or want?) a man to save her, she is brave, and she £*~># %#^*+=•¥£>….sorry, I had to stop myself before I spoiled anything!!! 

Finn is amazingly human. As a child I never imagined the men under the Storm Troopers’ helmets – I mean, I knew that there were people under there but I always thought the actual Storm Troopers were robotic somehow. When Finn takes off that helmet and you get a glimpse of the humanity under the helmet I have to admit I was overcome with emotion. Finn wants to change his life and when he meets up with Poe and Rey he sets off on an journey that will do just that. 

Poe Dameron was amazing! He was funny, sarcastic, an amazing pilot (the best in the resistance) and really made you remember the magic of the original trilogy. Watching these three characters be introduced was so reminiscent of A New Hope and meeting Luke, Leia, and Han for the first time which brings me to…

Han Solo. 

When Harrison Ford first came on screen with Chewbacca by his side, I shed a little tear. When he and Leia saw each other for the first time I shed a lot of tears. 

Leia leading the resistance? Brilliant. Carrie Fisher is a gem! 

Let’s talk about Kylo Ren for a minute (no spoilers, I promise!); for quite a while in the movie he is this sinister, masked figure (with a super cool light saber!), clearly doing someone else’s bidding. At one point he removes his mask and Adam Driver delivers some pretty emotional scenes without that mask. There are two scenes in particular that I’m thinking of – I won’t share them here because you guys, I don’t want you spoiled – but good grief Adam Driver’s performance made my heart hurt for Kylo Ren, when he faces ******* inside the hangar (I think it was a hangar, I don’t know) and then when he faces ******* in the forest -both times without the mask – you could just see this raw emotion in his eyes…ugh, it broke my heart. 

The thing is, this is what Star Wars is supposed to be! The Force Awakens had all the magic of the original trilogy, the actors had awesome chemistry – making for great scenes between all of them – and made you feel like they really became these characters. 

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and if you’re like me you’ll hit the person next to you out of excitement (it was just my mom not a stranger so don’t worry). All that is to say that The Force Awakens didn’t disappoint! 


Random Ramblings

Hello!! It’s been a while since I posted something here other than a Quick Takes post, and I figured I need to get back here and keep things up, so here I am…and let me apologize right now for the random ramblings that are soon to come…..

 I’m actually here hiding…hiding from actually writing…the blinking line on the word document in the other window is mocking me. It knows that I have writer’s block…it knows that I have nothing of substance to add today, but that I need to add something…anything. Now, I should be honest and tell you that I don’t have total writer’s block…I’m just blocked on this first book. I’ve written out a great (at least in my opinion) scene for the third book, but can’t seem to get the first to move forward, and I have well, nothing for the second book. Well, not nothing…I have a concept….and a few characters but I don’t know how it will fit with my timeline. It needs to fit nicely between the first and third while also staying true to the history and the right time period and so far it doesn’t. That means that I have to either adjust the timeline of the first one, the third one, or scrap the second one all together. I don’t really want to scrap it so right now I need to do a good bit of research and figure out what will work for the second one.

At this point I’m basically doing everything I can to force myself to write…I don’t really write in order so that helps. I’m stuck in a scene pretty early on, and I’ve just moved forward to another chapter farther on in the book. That seems to help when it comes to beating the block, but this time I just can’t seem to get the early scene to move… That’s not to say that it’s slow, or hard to follow, or bad (at least I hope not) it just means that I need to sit down and really work on moving the scene forward.

I’m also doing everything I can think of to avoid writing; browsing Pinterest, scanning Facebook, texting my friend and fellow writer about BBC’s Robin Hood and how AWESOME it is, texting that same friend about our mutual love for Marvel villian Loki, and watching the Hobbit as I sit and type this. Can I tell you how much I love the Hobbit? Because I really love it. Of all of Tolkein’s works The Hobbit is my favorite…not just in terms of the movie adaptations but the books as well. Bilbo Baggins will forever be my favorite Hobbit, and I love Martin Freeman in the role. Also Richard Armitage as Thorin Oakenshield doesn’t hurt : )

Captain America: The Winter Soldier starts in theaters this weekend and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little excited about this one. Pretty much anything Marvel does is good in my book, so I’m really looking forward to this one, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron comes out next summer which is also quite exciting!

It is officially baseball season! (that has nothing to do with anything really, I just thought I’d share my excitement with you)

Okay, that’s enough random rambling for one night…I really do need to get writing! If this blog is good for anything, it sure does help me work through my creative shut-down…and now for a cute picture from the web…


Hand Painted Shoes

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a bit of a nerd…..well, when I saw this pin on Pinterest I knew I had to find a way to do this myself…..

The Original Pin: 
I figured these would be pretty easy to do myself, and pretty cheap right? I ended up buying white canvas slip on shoes for ninety nine cents at Goodwill, blue spray paint and paint pens at Joanne’s. 

 I stuffed the shoes with newspaper and took them outside to spray paint..

 Here’s a tip: If you need to spray paint something in October….in Michigan……try and pick a day that isn’t windy and snowy…..I didn’t know that is was going to snow, and thankfully it wasn’t until I was done with the painting but the wind was still a force to be reckoned with!

 TARDIS Blue! All done with the spray paint and now I have to let these DRY COMPLETELY!
Once they were dry I go to work on the details. I started out using acrylics just to make these pop a little more

Here is what I did with the acrylics. While these areas were drying I used a brown paint pen to paint on a suit jacket  on each shoe…………
Now that everything was dry, I used paint pens to add details to the painted areas….windows, the Police Call Box sign, ties…..
To add a little more character, I added quotes to each side of the shoes…….

“We’re all stories in the end…..Just make it a good one, eh?”
“Fantastic”-The Ninth Doctor’s catch phrase. He is the reason I fell in love with the show. Most people will tell you that David Tennant is their favorite Doctor and he is wonderful but I feel in love with Nine, and that’s how I got hooked on the show……
Speaking of David Tennant, 
People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but *actually* from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint – it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly… time-y wimey… stuff. via IMDB
….And Matt Smith….
“Come along Pond!”
I didn’t finish my Halloween costume in time for Halloween, so I just wore these. I would have loved to dress up as one of the companions….but these were a close second! 

I realize now that the ties are not quite proportional to the “jackets” but that would be a really easy fix. So, these are incredibly easy, cheap, and quite cute once you get them done! Don’t be afraid to show your nerdy side!!