I love winter. It's chilly and all of the lights look like little stars in the dark. The contrast of warmth and cold reflected in the colors around me always makes me feel super festive.
( I always wanted to live in a cottage, maybe in England or Denmark. Maybe it has fairies. Or not.)
There is just something about snow that makes it all more magical. Christmas overall is something I want my family to look forward to every year. Halloween may be fun, but Christmas is when everyone gets to sit around and eat and visit with one another.Bundled up and eating good food- how can it get any better than that? I'm sure my kids will say presents make it better, but for some reason it just doesn't feel the same when you get older.
No matter how you feel about the holidays, it's a great time to curl up with a book, whether it's to get away from your hectic schedule or to keep yourself busy. Everyone has a crazy mix of emotions during Christmas, it's just that you have to remind yourself to look at it like you would have when you were ten, and don't forget to do it- no matter what.
I came across a Bradbury short and it inspired me to share the three short stories that have always stayed with me-
Because it gave me chill bumps and it was awesome. Props to Adam Driver and Gwendoline Christie for getting into it.
Star Wars is coming out Friday and the new Star Trek movie ad just came out. I'm sad and happy. I'm excited that the new Star Wars looks really good and that Abrams is in charge of it (I loved Lost and Fringe). I'm sad that Star Trek looks like a Star Wars rip off at this point.
Now, all of the good little media sheep will say "Get over it, it's a new thing, at least you got a movie." Star Trek has always been more cerebral and had a lot more to do with social commentary than Star Wars. Star Wars, like my husband likes to say, is a fairy tale for boys set in space. That is not what Star Trek is. It's hard to put a finger on what makes it so different, but it is, and it hurts to see it turned into an action franchise. Granted, the movie looks good, it's just not Star Trek. Lin has said he loved Star Trek growing up, which Abrams admitted he did not (he was camp Star Wars). Maybe the ads can be misleading but I'm not placing any bets on it.
There are a lot of movies out there that I think people pretend to get, but not really. Most of them have become cult classics because of it, some of them are mainstream and didn't get enough credit. I guess you should be the judge. I'm just going to list them-I don't really want to push my interpretation on them. I will say I have a high opinion of Danny Boyle's work-but once I saw Ex Machina I had mixed feelings on who I really admired -Danny Boyle or Alex Garland-both were involved in Sunshine and 28 Days Later-the aesthetics and subtle story arc in Ex Machina were the things I admired so heavily in the former two.
I did include Sense8 on here even though it is a tv show. I think the blatant sexuality turned a lot of people off, instead of doing what I think the Wachowskis intended, which was instilling empathy. I loved the show, it helped put you in so many different people's shoes. Story lines I thought I would hate had me on the edge of my seat. Good stuff.
I go through stages of shows. What I really mean is- there are certain shows that are so comfortable that you turn them on so that you can go to sleep at night. After high school it was Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. I now leave Supernatural or some space opera on to get some zzzs. Am I the only one that does this? And yes, I know it's weird that I put on something scary to go to sleep. I figured it's because their voices are so deep it lulls me into a small coma, I don't know. Anyways, I am going to be lazy and post some of the stuff I snickered at on Tumblr today, per the Supernatural fandom.
P.S. The Supernatural fandom has this weird obsession with Wincest and Castiel lovin that I just don't get. You never really feel those undertones unless they are poking fun at themselves. I have no problem with boy lovin-but come on peeps-it's just not there. They're brothers and he's an...angel of the lord? It's more awkward when they kind of push it on them during cons.
Remember ladies... that's like a guy at a con asking the actresses that play Jessica Jones and Trish Walker to make out on stage. You can have your "thing", don't make somebody else feel weird about it though. It gooooeeeesss both waaaaaays. (Disclosure: Yes, they're sexy. No, I don't ask them to make out with each other.)
Back on topic-here's a picture of Dean as a duck. Enjoy.
Also, Jared Padalecki has started a small movement-raising money to give hope to those who need help with depression-click the pics below for more info.
Since I caught up on the Raven Boys Saga I wanted to read a little more by Maggie-I got lucky and found an ARC copy of The Scorpio Races at my local thrift store for a dollar. I thought it was pretty cool.
Yesterday my mother forced me to go to the doctor (found out I had walking pneumonia for like a month-all through Nano mind you-that makes me more bad ass than before). So I'm sitting there reading, hacking and coughing into the book, I turn a couple of pages, and lo and behold, there's a dedication and signature from hers truly. Mind you, I've been dog-earing this thing since I started reading it in October. Seriously. (And no I'm not a slow reader-Nanowrimo-remember?)
Hey, I'm not Katie, but I'll take it.