Tuesday, January 28, 2014

From Jody Hedlund's Blog: 5 Elements Sigh-Worthy Romance Novels Must Have

I usually don't share posts from third parties, but this one I absolutely must share! Jody Hedlund is fast becoming one of my favorite romance writers, but apart from her fiction, her blog is absolutely brimming with useful tips for folks like me who write, but aren't yet published. I agree wholeheartedly with 4 out of the 5 components that she lists.

And because she inquires after opinions regarding whether fiction is becoming too formulaic, I figured that I might as well disagree with 1 point. I don't always like the hero of the romantic triangle. I read Lori Benton's Burning Sky last year, and absolutely LOVED it! But, a huge part of me liked the secondary male character better. I liked Joseph Tames-his-Horse a lot, at least as much as Neil and possibly more. I have to wonder, then, if it's possible for a romance to end with the heroine ending with the unlikely choice.

What do you think about love triangles? Should the heroine ever choose the "other" man?

Please check out Jody's blog post, it's quite brilliant!

5 Elements Sigh-Worthy Romance Novels Must Have

Saturday, January 25, 2014

BBC Sherlock (2014): The Sign of Three

Change isn't always easy or fun. Sherlock doesn't always adapt well to change, but in this 3rd season of Sherlock, he's at least trying. Episode 3.2, The Sign of Three, involves a lot of change for Sherlock and John. Why? Because John Watson has finally found the love of his life, Mary Morstan, and this episode covers their wedding. In other words, John's leaving for a new life.

This season is more character-centric than the previous seasons. The cases are pretty much unimportant in comparison to the growth and development of the characters. Take, Sherlock Holmes, for example. In this episode, Sherlock is learning to be empathetic towards other people. This is not a primary function for him, as we all know! The episode opens with him sending an urgent text, pleading with Lestrade to help him, immediately, at once, and he gives no details. Lestrade, being the big boob that he is, doesn't ask for the details, instead flying to Baker Street with the entire cavalry in tow, helicopters and all. Sherlock needs help with his best man speech. That's it. This is typical Sherlock behavior if I ever saw it! What isn't so typical of him is his statement of hoping that Lestrade hadn't gone to too much trouble. This is unusual, my friends!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

How to Know if an ISFJ Cares

I'm getting hits with ISFJ questions! This is so absolutely exciting!

Q: How can I tell if an ISFJ genuinely cares?

A: The ISFJ isn't like other personality types. Our top two functions are Si and Fe, meaning traditional memory/sentimentality and compassion for the emotions of others. We have a very high rate of compassion, with the only personality types higher being the ESFJ and ENFJ.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

BBC Sherlock (2014) - The Empty Hearse

Imagine living 2 years without your best friend. Everything points to that person being dead. You've finally managed to move on, although life doesn't have quite as much excitement or meaning as before. Then, on a seemingly normal evening, you take your girlfriend out to dinner, planning to propose, finally meet the eyes of your waiter, and discover that it is none other than Sherlock Holmes, risen from the dead. Yeah, John didn't handle that one so well!

Needless to say, Sherlock isn't dead. John's been living an average life for 2 years, actually fallen in love, grown a mustache, and when Sherlock pops back into his life, he runs the full gamut of emotions in the span of thirty seconds. Then, in true John fashion, he grabs at Sherlock's neck in a blind rage. It's funny. Yes, it's absolutely hysterical because John punches at him not once, but three times, and each time they get thrown out of the restaurant, moving to one progressively lower class. It's AWESOME!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Things to Know about an ISFJ

This is essentially a manual on what not to do to an ISFJ unless you are a heartless, well . . . you know what.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Happy 79th Birthday, Elvis!

Elvis Aron Presley
Happy 79th Birthday!

 January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977

“Before Elvis, there was nothing.” - John Lennon

Today, I went to lunch with one of my dearest friends who is old enough to have actually seen Elvis in person while he was filming It Happened at the World's Fair in Seattle. We settled into a booth at Carino's, ordered Coke products, and when the waitress brought them, we clinked our glasses to the King of Rock n' Roll. It's probably crazy weird for people to go out to lunch and celebrate Elvis' 79th birthday, but I can live with a little weirdness. Lynn and I love Elvis. She loved him first (obviously), but she passed that love on to me. And sitting there, in the restaurant, talking about our Bible study and about Elvis, made me so happy and warm inside.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Movie Review: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

  The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013, PG13)

Starring: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Kevin Zegers, Robert Sheehan,
 Lena Heady, Jared Harris, and Jonathan Rhys Meyers

For once in my life, I'm thrilled that I didn't read a book before seeing its movie counterpart! I've heard nothing but negativity about the Mortal Instruments series from various people, even my sister, who only made it halfway through the first book before giving up in disgust over its unnecessary length. I had great aspirations to see the movie in theaters, but, well, school intervened and before I knew it, it was on its way out and I had to wait for the DVD.

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