Monday, March 24, 2014

Sad Songs

Some friends exchange gifts of this sort or that.  Tyler-Rose and I like to exchange sad songs.  Sad songs of a Scottish or Irish folk persuasion, mostly.  Often ballads. 

We've accumulated some favorites, so without further ado, I give you: 

Tyler-Rose and Susan's top 5 Sad Irish/Scottish/folk/English/Celtic Songs: 

(Well.........okay, I may have snuck one happy ending in here.  Can you find it? :P) 



Starting off strong with...  "Drowned Lovers" by Kate Rusby:

 
 
 
A variation on that theme:  "Step it out, Mary" by The High Kings:
 

 
 
 
Another Kate Rusby--a male-perspective ballad with the auspicious title, "I Am Stretched On Your Grave":
 
 
 
 
Of course, this list would be nothing without a love-gone-to-sea song--"There Was a Maid In Her Father's Garden" by Dervish: 
 
 
 
 
And last but not least, my hands-down absolute favorite and most weep-worthy, Loreena McKennit's rendition of "The Highwayman":
 


Did you find the happy one? 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's Up Wednesday



Hosted by the lovely sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme/blog hop in which writer-bloggers take a brief post to share what's going on in their lives, writing-related and otherwise.  Check it out here or here if you want the details! 



WHAT I'M READING

I finished Cruel Beauty last week.  It's one of the best YA books I've read in a while!  Highly recommended to fans of YA fantasy, romance, sister relationships, and the whole Beauty and the Beast/Hades and Persephone story. 

cruel beauty rose

I'm now mostly focusing on A Game of Thrones (yes, I'm just starting it now...), which is beginning to get really, really good.  I was impressed with the writing pretty much from the beginning, but it's taken me about 100 pages to be totally hooked.  I am hooked now, though I believe my decision to not read it when I was younger was a good one. 

WHAT I'M WRITING

Did some reassessment last week and am heading back into my rewrite of THE MADMAN'S CROWN with renewed focus. 

I think (I hope) I'm finally at a point where I just have to get those words down.  (As opposed to planning and planning and straightening things out and revising the plan and learning lots of good things but not actually writing because the learning curve is steeeeeep sometimes...  At this point I just want to WRITE IT.) 

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

Tyrion Lannister. 

WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Well, I'm avoiding an English paper as I write this, so...better go! 
 
Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

What's Up Wednesday

I know I'm a late-comer today, but...

Hosted by the lovely sisters Jaime Morrow and Erin L. Funk, What's Up Wednesday is a weekly meme/blog hop in which writer-bloggers take a brief post to share what's going on in their lives, writing-related and otherwise.  Check it out here or here if you want the details! 




WHAT I'M READING

Still vaguely rotating my seven fantasy novels, but have mostly been reading Cruel Beauty by Rosamond Hodge.  I'm enjoying it, and I know Tyler-Rose did because I lent it to her on a Friday evening and got it back that Saturday morning before we had our scones. 

Also Shakespeare's Henriad (so good--and now with awesome movie adaptation! <--yes, that is Tom Hiddleston; your eyes do not deceive you) and other things for class. 

WHAT I'M WRITING

I got a little off track with my rewrite over the weekend.  Re-assessed this morning and am looking to get back into the swing of things over...

WHAT INSPIRES ME RIGHT NOW

...spring break!  I am going home, and I'm going to eat good food and sleep a lot and write stuff.  So pumped. 

Also--did I mention this yet?--Tom Hiddleston as Henry V.  I haven't even watched the movie yet and I'm inspired. 


Tom Hiddleston Henry V
If you're not feeling inspired too, now, we have a problem. 


WHAT ELSE I'VE BEEN UP TO

Homework.  Papers, midterms...  But spring break is coming so it's all going to be okay even though it only lasts a week and will feel like two days but still.  Yay. 
 
Happy Wednesday, everyone!