Friday, August 30, 2013

Jane Eyre musical - starring James Barbour





All right, I don't usually condone bootlegs, but what are you going to do when musicals are never, ever put on official DVD? So forgive me, but I don't care!

I am in LOVE with the musical of Jane Eyre. My heart sings along with the performers and I never once imagined being able to see it live. Until my darling, sweet sister found this one, lone person on Youtube who had posted almost the entire production!

I'm only on video 2, but am even deeper in love with it now than I was before, and when James Barbour's Rochester sings As Good as You, I literally forgot to breathe! My temperature totally ratcheted up a few notches!

So, watch, enjoy, bask in the glory of the Jane Eyre musical of 2000! May you love it as much as I!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Noah Bublè is born!!


"Overjoyed and filled with gratitude at the arrival of our son Noah Bublè. Born this morning, August 27th at 2:26 am in Vancouver, Canada"

Aren't they the cutest family!? Congrats to Michael and Lu on this happiest of happy days!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

What is Chris Christie thinking?

A wolf in sheep's clothing!
I'm starting to think we need to simply start over with the Republican Party. Force all the fakers to start their own freakin' party and leave ours alone. Me? Angry? Never.

What is going through Governor Christie's mind right now? Did the liberals have a gun pressed against the back of his skull to get him to sign that bill? Probably not. For the uninformed, this bill outlaws the rights of parents to take their children under 18 with unwanted homosexual desires to a counselor. Outlaws the rights of parents to train up their children. I know the government is power hungry, but I never imagined it was this bad, and I certainly never imagined this type of law being signed into existence by a so-called REPUBLICAN!

Monday, August 19, 2013

How does attraction actually work?



Do you ever feel like you've been hoodwinked? Tricked into something you thought was going to be something else? That's how I'm starting to feel with certain television shows. Supernatural, obviously, judging by my previous post, but also a little teen Australian drama called Dance Academy. I used to dance the ballet, once upon a time in a galaxy far, far away. So it holds a special place in my heart, one full of positive memories, at least up until my toes started bleeding. But with Dance Academy, it tricked me.

This is supposed to be a safe show for kids and teens. Rated probably a PG on the grading scale. And it is safe, albeit corny and predictable and emotionally unstable, but only up to a point. Has anyone ever watched Buffy: The Vampire Slayer? And felt totally side-swiped when Willow turned lesbian? Because that was me. One of my favorite characters turned homosexual on me and I never, ever wanted that to happen again. Well, guess what, it did!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Gnosticism in Supernatural

Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester
One of the hardest things is when you realize that one of your top favorite shows is based on a cult. There was a reason I stopped watched Supernatural during the 4th season. I just had that gut instinct that something wasn't right, and it turns out, I should always listen to that "gut" instinct because I think it's more spiritual than anything else.

What troubles me about Supernatural is not the demons and the ghosts and the overall creepiness of an anti-Claus. This may shock you, but I'm not scared of ghosts and fake demons. That adrenaline rush is fun! What worries me are the angels.

Supernatural brought in the Godsquad (Dean's nickname) in the 4th season and they are about as un-angelic as you could possibly imagine. They're arrogant, manipulative bullies that don't mind one bit that humanity is caught in the middle of a war between angels and demons. God is non-existent (or the angels haven't seen Him in forever).

Friday, August 16, 2013

Make a Difference in Jesus' Name


"Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me."
Matthew 24:35-36
Today I looked into the eyes of shame and hopelessness hidden behind perfectly treated blonde hair and glitter eye shadow. Such a tiny little thing, probably only twenty, humiliated and ashamed that she needed help from a food pantry. Meek as a mouse, she accepted the food offered to her, tears so very near the surface. Wheeling her cart out to her neighbor's car and helping her load it into the trunk, we managed to make everything fit with a bit of squeezing. Then I turned to her, gently gripped her shoulders, and told her to never be ashamed or embarrassed for needing help. Because we've all been there and now our greatest gift is the opportunity to give to those who need it. She hugged me like I was her only friend in the world and it was only by the grace of God that neither of us burst into tears. I'll be there next week and the week after and every week with the hopes that the Lord opens a door for me to show her more of His love.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Major Crimes: Guilty - Chapter 4


Story: Major Crimes: Guilty

Chapter: Four

Lead Character: Rusty

Rating: T for thematic elements (M only in 1st chapter for off-screen abuse of a minor)

Summary: One of Rusty's clients catches up with him, and it's up to Sharon to stop him.

Moi: I guess I'm making up for not updating in so long! School starts on Monday so let's see how far I can get until then. Also, I'd say this story takes place maybe halfway through the 2nd season. I just got caught up on the latest episode and obviously my Rusty hasn't shattered Kris's heart yet. So sad! *sniffle* Thanks for the reviews, guys, keep them coming.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Major Crimes: Guilty - Chapter 3



Story: Major Crimes: Guilty

Chapter: Three

Characters: Rusty and Kris

Rating: T for thematic elements (M only in 1st chapter for off-screen abuse of a minor)

Summary: One of Rusty's clients catches up with him, and it's up to Sharon to stop him.

Moi: Please don't roast me for taking so long to update! But consider this, at least now we know Kris is a girl! I wouldn't have known that if I'd kept going with the story before the start of the 2nd season. Thanks for reading, and for reviewing. I appreciate each one of your thoughts and encouragements. I know the story isn't an easy one to read, so I commend you for coming along with me

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Fanfiction advice needed! :)



All right, so I've got a gal on my Fanfiction.net account who wants to post this Lord of the Rings story on her community. I've already edited it (I wrote it 10 years ago and it needed help), so give me your thoughts if you wouldn't mind. I rarely ask for feedback on my stories before I post them, but since this one's going on a community, having a few readers first is a good plan, I think.


Monday, August 5, 2013

Do you ever ask yourself "What do I want to become?"


The problem with me is that I ask the question, but am never entirely sure of my answer. A part of me still wants to be a librarian. I mean, I'm so close to being qualified, at least to be an information specialist. One more semester and I've got the degree. I could go for an MLS degree and make over $20 an hour. Sounds nice, really nice. And up until recently that was my goal.

I'm not sure what changed. It's not that I don't like the library anymore, I LOVE it. But I think the political correctness and diversity BS they feed me isn't healthy. I've been in that environment for almost 8 years and it really wears you down. I don't want to tell a confused 14-year-old where the LGBT books are located. Those books aren't going to help. I don't want to softsoap Christian fiction by calling it "Inspirational," whatever the heck that's supposed to mean. Even the Library Journal calls it Christian fiction because that's the designation. So, yeah, not quite sure if sticking with the library scene is the right plan.


Sunday, August 4, 2013

Welcoming Peter Capaldi to the Whovian Franchise!


They've finally announced the 12th Doctor, and to my amazing disbelief, Peter Capaldi falls into the "old and ugly" category! And I'm THRILLED!


The problem with the new Whovians (my apologies if you are one, feel free to slap my wrist) is that they limit their appreciation of the franchise to how cute and sexy the Doctor is. Uh, when was Tom Baker (Four) ever sexy? Or Sylvester McCoy (Seven)? There is absolutely no set precedent in the show stating that the Doctor must be under forty and awash with the Cute Factor.

Now, I know this attempt at the show's creators to incorporate an older Doctor may fail dismally. In fact, I halfway expect failure. But there might still be a chance of success. Perhaps the new, young fanset of Whovians will get disgusted with an "Old" Doctor and leave. Oh well. There's just as good a chance that the gap will be filled with fans of the original show who are disgusted with where the new incarnations have taken it, mainly down the romance route.

This will be a time of adapting for the fans of the new show. Doctor Who has never been limited to a specific age group but most of the fans don't get that. To them, he must be under forty, kiss his companions at least once, be they male or female, and be overall adorable. I miss those cranky Doctors of the older set that were just as awesome as the new ones!

So maybe, just maybe, Peter Capaldi stands a chance at this new incarnation. Like any change made to a popular show, we'll just have to wait and see. I'm thinking positive because if Major Crimes can make it without Brenda Lee then anything is possible!

Femnista July/August Issue

First off, welcome to my new readers! I suspect you found me through my Sherlock Holmes article for Femnista and that couldn't make me happier. I hope we get to know each other and I'm thrilled to have you on my blog!

Next, for those of you who didn't know, the newest issue for Jul/Aug of Femnista is now available! The theme this time is Best Friends and my article is for Sherlock and John. My sister, Caitlin, also wrote an article for Hugo and Isabelle from The Invention of Hugo Cabret. This issue is a fantastic homage to best friends everywhere, be it Spock and Kirk or Ryan and Esposito from one of my favorite shows of all time, Castle. Well done on that one, Hannah!


So, here you go, enjoy reading, and I hope you'll return for the next issue on October 1st, the Sept/Oct edition with a Literary Villains theme. Unless I have absolutely no inspiration to pen an article for him, my chosen villain is Brian de Bois-Guilbert from Sir Walter Scott's masterpiece, Ivanhoe.
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