Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Gelert and the Tramp

Gelert and the Tramp? It should be 'Lady and the Tramp', right?
Well, not today. This Wednesday's post focuses on the parallels between 'Lady and the Tramp', and an old Celtic legend involving a dog named Gelert.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Perfect First Date

My mother and father went out on their first date. They were planning to go to the movie theaters. My father, who was a sci-fi fan, wanted to see the 'Star Wars' movie, which had just come out at the time. Mom wasn't sure, because her sister had seen it and said she wasn't that impressed by it. But Dad really wanted to go, so that's what they did.
Upon reaching the movie theater, my father realized he forgot his wallet. So Mom ended up having to pay for both of their tickets, for a movie she wasn't sure she even wanted to see. They then entered the theater, and sat down to watch the film.
And then, after all of this, guess what? Neither of them even liked the movie. Poor Mom, who was just as disappointed as she thought she would be. And poor Dad, who was so excited to see 'Star Wars', and then was so unimpressed by it.
Mom never let him forget their disastrous date, either. "Hey, remember when we went to that movie I didn't want to see, and then I had to pay for both of the tickets?" Ah, yes, good memories.
(If you don't believe teasing is a thing in our family, ask my friend how I still remind her of the time she fell asleep while we were on the phone.)

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

When Characters Interrupt

Trying to write a short story, an old legend involving a war between two brothers of a royal family, and then a character for another time and place came marching in.

"A lot of these stories have likely been romanticised. People may have talked differently back then, but I doubt these stories include all of the facts, the details of who they really were. They make it sound as though the characters were always well-spoken, or portray them as always knowing what to do and what to say. In reality, there's a good chance that perfect conversation actually included debate and disagreement, and not everything was as eloquently phrased.
And those stories about everyone being beautiful or fair? Rubbish. The real queen is fat and stout, and always offends people with her short temper. The real king is argumentative and stubborn as a mule, and the real prince doesn't even follow people's expectations of him.
So if you want a realistic recounting of history, tell the story as it really happened, not just putting words in everyone's mouths. Perhaps it makes our forerunners look better, but I, for one, don't want to be remembered as some mollycoddling woman who just sat back and let everything happen as it may, and didn't stand up to take action when it was needed. It's the people who do things that change the world, not the tittering girls who are eager to please and have no opinion of their own.
And if my behaviour makes people view me as unladylike, then that's none of my concern. Maybe not everyone likes what I have to say or agrees with my choices, but that's nothing new. No one's been universally liked. And sometimes, people need to hear what they don't want to. It's the uncomfortable truths that need to be addressed; they're certainly not going to go away on their own by being ignored."

Er, thank you, Joseline, for your input. And yes, I do know that not everything is filled with eloquent speech or the perfect things to say. (Between you and the Alsterian royals, I'm very much aware of this.)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Star Trek: Voyager Intro

We're all familiar with that opening line of 'Star Trek' or 'Star Trek: Next Generation': "Space, the final frontier". Now, there isn't actually any dialogue in the intro of 'Star Trek: Voyager', only the awesome-sounding theme music, but there should be. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the new introductory lines for 'Voyager'.

Starship Voyager traversing space
Not exactly a fun cruise ship.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Beren and Lúthien

Stories are populated with romance stories, featuring characters we love and want to see together. Memorable classics like Romeo and Juliet (Romeo and Juliet play), Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester (Jane Eyre), Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy (Pride and Prejudice). Newer stories like Bella and Edward (Twilight saga), Four and Tris (Divergent series), Katniss and Peeta (Hunger Games trilogy), Ratha and Thakur (Books of the Named series).
But today I'm here to address an epic romance which is lesser known than some of the above tales. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Beren and Lúthien.

Beren and Lúthien standing in a forest
'Beren and Lúthien' by Marilena Mexi