March Is Tomorrow *panics, flails, and ultimately dies*

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Okay, I swear, I only looked at Pinterest for all of two hours!

Per week.

heh.

Where has the time gone? I have zero clue. Swoosh, bye, gone it went and February 2019 has gone to the ages.

It’s been a good month, it really has.

School has successfully managed to kill me, so there’s that. At least I get to do something fun and write a character profile. >:) Also finished Ben Hur- never, ever, ever hang out with your little sister on a precariously built balcony watching a fancy guy with a houseplant on his head go by. *nods seriously*

We had 3 snow days. It was wonderful.

I got a bunch of books to read and only knocked out like a quarter (which reminds me I should probably get to beta-ing this book *rushes*)

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The Lens & The Hard Drive turned one, along with a bunch of other blogs. O_O AH. How have I been doing this for a full year? I have no clue.

A bunch of writing happened, and secret projects and tons of laughing over Google Docs and videochats and just laughing.

I FIGURED OUT HOW INSTALL DESIGNER FONTS ONTO MY LAPTOP AHHHH

Also robbed the freebie section of every font/graphics website I could find, because I’m in the designing bloggies and whatnot mood. Speaking of, if you check out Tess at Silver Sky Dolls, you can see for yourself 😉 Also, please, please lemme know if you want something designed. It’s fun and I may as well put my addiction to Canva to good use, right? 😀

Audiosmiths released a drama- and we’re working on one of the hardest and deepest ones we’ve done yet. Can’t wait to see how that goes. 🙂

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I’ve learned a ton about writing, and the inspiration is slowly coming back. Slowly. We’re only a couple weeks to NaNoWriMo everyone! *squeaks* Can’t wait for this craziness to come at me full force. It’s funny, my first NaNo, I didn’t think anything could be more stressful. Ha I was wrong. XD

Learned a few new songs on all 3 instruments I’m slightly adept at because my mom volunteered me and some other poor unfortunates to play background music at a church dinner. *sighs* Not to mention I’m shooting that too. Actually kinda looking forward to the shooting part- I miss holding a camera. 😛 However, learning the new songs means I get to be distracted with YouTube and wake up ridiculously early for practice. It is not easy to sing alto at 9 am, just sayin’. Also choked back something close to a tear watching clips from Little Women 2018 and Gifted. Onions were chopped a lot this month.

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Got to cheer a friend on because they got accepted to Nationals, to sit by someone who was kinda feeling down, to be goofy and make a rather stressed sibling grin, to laugh evilly with a cousin over our work in progress at 12 am to boot, to enjoy the little blessings of life, to enjoy each day that comes. There’s been a few horrible days, yes. There’s been days I wish I could redo all over again because right now I just wanna crumple them up and toss into a dumpster- but every day has blessings of its own.

And I guess I’m finding them the more I take time to recognize they’re there. 🙂

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Oh, and Ducky kindly agreed to model for me because he’s an adorable sassy stuffie. He is shown above portraying the typical reaction to chemistry homework.

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Here is he, contemplating the reasons for existence as he leans demurely on the railing. That’s one thing I didn’t expect to appreciate: stuffies, and stuffie bloggers. Was not seeing that coming, but it came anyway. I think I’m the better for it.

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I guess he wasn’t that impressed with the whole ordeal. XD

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So I picked him up and got him to fly around!

Ducky: YOU ALMOST MADE ME DIE JO THAT’S WHAT YOU DID THAT WAS SO HIGH UP I COULD DIED OR FALLEN I AM A SENSITIVE PIECE OF STUFFY I SHOULD BE HANDLED WITH CARE, JO, WITH CAREEE DO THAT AGAIN AND I WILL KARATE CHOP YOU

Yeesh, picky old duck.

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*passively-aggressively shows fight stance*

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And this is what happened when he tried attacking me.

Ducky: Medic!

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However, he recovered in time to venture forth into the dark darkness, which definitely had light the little liar.

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Got stuck halfway though.

Ducky: NOT. NICE. JO.

What, I’m just saying!

Anyway.

Favorite from this month.. Hm…

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Favorite Book

I really want to say this Black Widow comic that I’ve been reading, but that’s not my most most favorite, surprisingly.

DSC_0124It would probably be As Brave As You, which is this great story about two boys and their summer with their grandparents. Either it’s really long, or I’m really slow, but I haven’t finished it yet. 😛 I really loved Genie and Ernie’s sibling duo, and the theme. Ah. it’s great.

 

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Favorite Song

This one is almost pretty obvious.

 

I’m Not Here has been on repeat for the longest of times, partly because it’s so good and partly because it reminds me of a charrie down to the intricates of it, so yes, that’s my favorite. It’s also up there with True North by Rend Collective, Learning to Fly (How To Train Your Dragon 3 came out. I’m not okay. My childhood has ended. Ah. Help.) And Two, by Sleeping At Last. But ahhhh this song gets me. All the time. I dunno why. *sobs*

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Favorite Quote

And maybe one day I'll get around to fixing myself too

I think it speaks for itself. It really does.

So that’s been February for me in a nutshell. How ’bout you? Ready for March, or you wanna march in the other direction? Which, if you do, I’d join you, because I pretty much feel like this 110% of the time:

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Yeah, Ducky didn’t really like that.

*muffles his nonliving beak*

Have a good Thursday. And a great new month. 🙂

life is a highway, Jo

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January’s Over And I Dunno How

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Yup, I’m still trying to figure how that happened too. But 31 days have passed with the blink of an eye and we’re fully stuck in 2019.

It’s been an interesting month, that’s for sure.

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We welcomed the New Year the proper way: getting two big bags of popcorn and watching Lord Of The Rings.

I got to go on a retreat- and that was pretty relaxing. Fun. Peaceful. Plus I got to photograph the stars. 😀

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School started and we all collectively died.

Started working on secret project that’s pretty fun/death inducing.

The Long End aired and I DIED. BUCK- JULES- THE MELTSNERS- SKINT- WOW. Like wow. Mindblown. Mom wondered why I was screaming after the first part aired.

Started reading through the New Testament- and I’m in 1 Corinthians now! I think. Ish. Wait, maybe that was another translation.. huh..

Speaking of the New Testament, really enjoyed having Bible studies over videochat. 😉

A couple times I was sitting down to write posts but ending up watching something with my family instead. The posts can wait. But not my family, Incredibles 2, The Last Jedi, Antman & The Wasp, or Black Panther. Incredibles 2 was AWESOME. Also, if you haven’t checked out the short Bao DO IT. *dies* It’s so good. I’m watching that whenever I can, it’s just really really nice to have some non-stereotypical representation you know? 😀

There were 2 gigantic snowstorms and thus, two snow days. Which means freezing cold and beautiful pictures.

It also means getting to go sledding… even though.. uh… technically..

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I’m pretty sure that sign’s décor. Right? I mean, you can’t be a Canadian and not sled. Sorry. No can do. It’s like taking away Tim Hortons. As a citizen of this fine country, I was exercising my right-

Okay. Okay. Still, it was fun though. Hanging on for dear life as the elements attack you? *thumbs up*

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Had a bunch of people ask me why I was wandering around the premises in the dead of winter, wind blowing, camera out, in a skirt (as if that’s a bad thing) no less, taking random pictures. I guess I did look kinda weird- but honestly, I’m past caring. XD besides, I got good pictures. B)

Interviewed a bunch of kids and failed dramatically.

Released a new audio drama! 😀 Which you can check out on the Audiosmiths page here.

I guess this month has been about finding a balance. Some stability. I’ve had a hard time figuring out school, and as you know, blogging has been random, and there’s just been so much to process and sometimes, taking that one step is tricky. Y’know?

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But I think I’m getting there. Over time. 🙂

Anyway, it’s February now. Also the month I started blogging. *hollers and shrieks* how has it been one year since I started into this vast and crazy and wonderful and strange thing called blogging? I don’t know.

So I’m looking forward to that. As well as secret project 1 and secret project 2. And yes I have two. And no, I’m not telling you what they are. Yet. 😛

I think this post is done.

Oh wait, I still have to pick faves. Right. XD

Favorite Book

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I borrowed this way back in December and only now got around to reading it. smh I wish I read it sooner- it’s an sweet story about a girl who has OCD, and honestly, I really connected with her, even though we couldn’t be anymore different. I’d love to write this kind of book one day. 😀

 

 

Favorite Song

Do I honestly have to pick? You know as well as I do that I caaaaan’t XD- I actually have three.

Rend Collective’s Life Is Beautiful is beautiful. I think after like, the 20th time listening to it, I got my brother to use it for praise & worship- it’s that good.

And uh…. this is mushy, but I really liked Falling Slowly from Once the musical..

and  38 Planes/Somewhere In The Middle Of Nowhere from another musical, Come From Away. But I’m not linking that, too much mush for the day. XD (Actually, you probably shouldn’t check out anything from either of these musicals except The North Strand from Once. That one’s catchy. XD)

Favorite Quote

I think I like musicals more than I care to admit. XD

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Now this post is done. XD Seeya on the next one!

Life is a highway,

Jo

When I Can’t Even, I Can’t Even- The Year Is Almost Done, My Friends//Recap + All That Lovely Stuff

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Okay, I’m really trying not to go into excited squealing panicking nervous wreck mode, but the struggle is real: Today is the last Sunday of 2018 AND the second to the last day of 2018.

I just have one question.

WHERE DID THE TIME AGO?!?!?

This year has been one of the most craziest in… ever for me, huge changes that I had no clue would happen, people I didn’t think I’d meet, goals I didn’t think I was crazy enough to actually crush. It’s been a weird ride, but so far, God’s been a great driver of it all. There’s been a ton of bumps and curves along the way and I am semi-shook that I still survived.

Also I’m semi shook that it’s taken me this long to actually get down and write. Bad YouTube. XD Anyhow. This is real. This is happening. The year flew past my eyes. *shudders*

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January- Ummm… things literally started changing for me with New Year’s Day. I started writing novels, not just poems (which were terrible), I got into photography, and dreaded freshman year. So helpful. I played spy a few dozen times, and oh, oh, I started my resolution to listen to more AIO!

I also seriously started thinking about blogging. So there’s that.

OH AND MITCH

I STARTED TO LIKE MITCH

HOW COULD YOU MITCH

LEAVING CONNIE FOR BUDAPEST

Ahem.

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February- THE WORLD CHANGED!

Okay, not the world, but I did start blogging. I pulled out a laptop, googled best blogging platforms, picked WordPress, stole my brother’s email address, and started on this crazy adventure of documenting my thoughts and life experiences and random bacon crumbles. I picked a hideous theme and thought it was great. That’s it. That’s all that matters.

XD Ha! No, my brother had a birthday, and I was unofficially hired at a church dinner to play violin. And I broke 4k on Just Come Home, then called The Click Of The Lens, which was my highest wordcount back then.  So there was that too. But February was the month of new changes.

If I only knew, you know?

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March- March is kinda a filler month, if you ask me. At least for the most part. It’s not quite winter anymore but it’s not spring just yet and it’s most definitely not summer and it couldn’t possibly be fall and it just IS.

At least for the most part.

Not this time.

The same day I put up my first poem here , my mom had surgery on her thyroid, the doctors having found cancer the previous month. Thankfully, Mom doesn’t have it anymore, I think. I don’t know quite sure what’s happening even now. But that month, I came to know the inside of a hospital pretty well. That month, I started to take life seriously. Even though Mom’s cancer wasn’t fatal, it wasn’t all easy as pie. That month, I started to realize that there are things I can’t control or understand, but God does.

That month I saw Allison featured on Discover, and then saw Megan, and finally got into the…neighborhood? 😛 And from there I saw Gracie and Brad and Hope and Welcome To Odyssey changed my life. XD

That month, I broke down because my sister surprised us with a 4 day visit for March Break. Just when I was worried about Mom and it wasn’t all that great, it was like God sent someone to get me back into the game.

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April- April was a good month. It was when spring bloomed up and life was good, and spring cleaning was evil, and I was getting into the blogging thing (Starling had a contest, amirite?).

April was also when I met the awesome, evil author waiting to be a bestseller Rebekah, and got into Camp NaNo for the first time. With a pathetic 7k. It’s not my fault I only found out about three days before it ended! It s a decision that has forever sealed my crazed writer state. Forever.

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May- Things swung into high gear this month. I met a bunch of awesome people, Hope from AG Doll Dreams and Zielle from my Homeschool Notebook (miss you lovelies!) among other people, we drove to Buffalo to pick my sister up, Mom was getting better, it was hopeful. Really hopeful.

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June-  Okay, I want to squeal every time I think about this month. That was the month I got to fly out to Texas for my cousin’s wedding and I got to see family.

Family is a huge thing for me, this huge collective swarm of people that I can’t imagine not knowing. I got to hold nieces and steal donuts with my cousins and feel right at home and that was worth the allnighter and the heat and narrowly missing the plane. XD I started to plan Mirages too, and that’s something else I’m so stoked about.

And I got a DSLR. AH. AH. AHHHHHHH.

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July- July was HOT, people. HOT HOT HOT HOT OUCH HAVE MERCY ON MY POOR SELF.

But it was also awesome.

Camp NaNo started. And I got to be in a cabin. And I got to meet fellow writers and eventually friends. Bible Bee’s Summer Study and the Bored Games happened, and I found myself LOVING God’s word and clinging on to it.

It wasn’t all easy.

I won’t lie, I had a few times where I was shaking so badly I needed to breathe and calm down.

But I wasn’t alone. That helped.

I don’t regret trying to spread my writing wings, because that helped the rest of me.

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August-  Goodness, that was hard. So hard.
I found myself questioning a lot of things, I found myself clinging onto the Bible, I found myself wondering if I was secretly interpreting the Bible wrong, and I found that Mom banned bacon crumbles from the house if I all was gonna do was snack on them.
WHYYYY MOM?!
*sniffs*
Enni and I put our heads together and tried to make sense of the thing that was culture. It’s nice not to be alone for once.
We watched The Greatest Showman and I can’t stop humming A Million Dreams. Ah. *shakes the air*
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September- The dreaded scott known as SCHOOL started again. Need I say more?
This was also pretty hard too.
But we pressed though. God was good. Very good. I learned to trust and spent a lot of time delving into writing and photography and deciding that randomness is my specialty.
Oooh, ooh, I JOINED A FANBLOG YEET YEET HOORAY YAY Odyssians will never ever be the same again! Definite win of the month yet!
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October- October whizzed by so fast I’m a little scared of it. It took the snap of a finger, and it’s gone. Obliterated to complete and utter ash. Gone. Poof!
I started planning for NaNoWriMo, spent bunches chatting with friends, forced myself to get up earlier and actually be productive, cheered Tess on with APADO, and died every Saturday with Album 65 Adventures In Odyssey, really died. Don’t remind me about the time I jumped so hard my mom almost dropped her phone.
Oh, and Audiosmiths’ Radio Theater started. Win!
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November- Also known as the death of me.
National Novel Writing Month was a thriller in itself. I wrote more than I thought I could, yelled more than I thought I could, and basically did a lot of stuff more than I thought I could. And we had to wear jackets. And I got my laptop.
It’s a tad surreal to think It was just last month. It really is.
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December- Have mercy, it is 12: 26 AM and I still have another month to recap?? *sighs* This is what I get for “resting” and watching Youtube vids for like…an hour.
But December moved pretty fast too, believe it or not. I’m going with the latter, because I could sworn I was recording my fiddlings and writing out Christmas cards just yesterday.
25 Days, 25 recordings didn’t go as planned, but I’m okay with that. I’m proud of what I recorded so far, bad though they be. I mean, I edited and released an audio drama! So all ya’ll lovely requests are being saved, dontcha worry bout that. 😉
I turned a year older. Still feel like an immature writer dork. Advent. Wrote short stories. Wrote fanfic (!!!!) Gave gifts. Got more than I gave. Feel a smidge bad about that. but I *did* give!
And uhhh, I went to Parliament! And Montreal! And I wrote!
Yeah, this month has been good.
This year has been about growth. Like my bell pepper plant. There’s been thorns. And nasty flies. And it has been HARD.
But it has been worth it.
I’m overwhelmed by the people who’ve got my back, and whose backs I’ve got, who’re praying for me, and I’m praying for them, by the fact that I am not alone. And even if I never met anyone via blogging, God’s been closer. More real, if that’s even possible.
Okay. I’m done.
It’s been a hard year.
But we stuck through it.
🙂
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Being Down and Getting Up

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Did I just make two references? Yes. Oh well. 

Ever get those days when you’re just down, you’re tired of everything and algebra has never made less sense than it does right now? Everything hurts, your head is ringing and plus you don’t have enthusiasm to do….anything?

Yeah, you get where I’m going. I wasn’t very eager to do much today. (Blame the fever!! :P) Which is kinda annoying, because I have too much homework to afford being sick, and sad, because I don’t like being weak. I don’t like being that person curled up on the sofa not having the strength to move anything. I like pushing myself to doing hard things and crushing them. 

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But you can’t push yourself forever. And that can be very discouraging as you waddle up in a blanket of tiredness and prop yourself up on a pillow of discouragement.

 (Huh. That last line sounds very poetic. I’ma have to save that for a sappy essay in Literature soon.)

You also can’t let your tiredness bring you down either. And that can drive a person crazy. Unless they’re already crazy. So finding that balance between driving it hard and just giving up is tricky.

No, I’m not helping you find that balance. I don’t even know where I can find it. But I can give you little things to keep going. Little bursts to crack a smile on your face, tiny reminders that yes, the sun will shine again. 

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First, go and eat something. An extra burst of protein or sugar (never mind, just sugar) can boost you up. It’s like that ad, you’re not you when you’re hungry. XD

Second, take a look out the window. Maybe it’s snowing like it is right now, or maybe there’s raindrops hitting the glass. Maybe the sun’s coming up. Even better, get out and enjoy it for a while. A breath of fresh air can really help. 

Listen to things that make you happy. I dunno about you, but some songs that come up on shuffle just make me wanna dance, and sometimes, that’s not a bad thing. 😉 Play your favorite song on guitar, fiddle up something, create a beautiful sound. 

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Look at that big nasty list of things that need to be done. When all’s said and done, it’s just a list. It doesn’t define you. Yes, you have a test tomorrow, so do I, and yes, it would be more productive to finish a chore than read that book, but if you’ve been seeing nothing but work and it’s getting to you, don’t be afraid to switch things up a little. Tell you what. You reward yourself after finishing a bunch of tasks, I’ll do the same, and we’ll see how far we can go without dying. 

Go bake a pie, jog a mile, write something, listen to an episode *screams Adventures In Odyssey*, call a friend, read a book, take your day back. Being down is, well, a downer, 😛 but if you can get up again, go for it!

A good friend of mine (who, if you’re reading this, which you aren’t, know that you were thought of!) once said something that may or may not help. He asked me if I’m waking up every day for myself or for something- somebody other than myself.

Ouch.

And, like my good friend, I won’t say anything further. Unlike my good friend, I don’t have anything better to add.

 You got this. You can get back up.

What My Character’s Theme Songs Would Be If They Had One

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Hey, I’ve been a good little writer bean for five days! I’m sure I’m allowed to blog about my charries (and go on YouTube while I’m at it 😉 ) Hewwo everyone!

So as NaNo has progressed, I’ve built a pretty good playlist of songs. And I discovered I write my characters best when I’m playing songs that are just… them. I dunno how to explain it. But I figured I’d share the songs cause they’re pretty good. 🙂

Here goes!

Gale Darn, Photograph by Ed Sheeran

This is Gale for so many reasons it’s not funny. First the whole thing is about photographs, which is Gale’s second nature. She loves going back to old times and remembering everything that happened. And she’s been waiting for her dad to come home. Like for a while now. A long while.

Laura Darn, Tightrope from The Greatest Showman

(Okay, I tried to find a video without images so don’t blame me! :P)

Tightrope really represents Laura, who’s.. y’know, doing her best to keep up and literally trusting Joshua with her life. Now unlike Charity Barnum, she would never have to worry about losing her husband to someone else. What she does worry about? Losing him to the war. Which is hard when he’s in it. But, as the song goes, she’d follow him into the great unknown. Cause that’s who she is. And also cause she’s awesome. 🙂

Kate Smith, Better When I’m Dancing by Meghan Trainor

For all Kate’s sarcasm and witty comments, she’s a really laidback, fun-loving kinda gal. More often than not, you’ll see her serving up orders at Frank’s Diner bobbing her head, or tapping her feet, though have mercy on the poor person who dared to comment on it. Kate is one of those, “looks like they could kill you, actually could kill you but is a cinnamon roll while they’re at it.” Which is good for Gale.

Jake Darn, This Uniform’s For You by Easton Shane

Jake’s a quiet soul, mostly studying for the SAT and ACT tests to get further in life… and away from Zeke and Gale (the crazies) While he’d never admit it, he really does miss his dad, and he’s committed to doing exactly what he was told: make sure the others don’t kill each other (i.e. the crazies).

Joshua Darn, Home by Phillip Phillips

Joshua loves his family. There is absolutely no question of that no matter who you ask. He wants to make sure no harm’ll come to them and that he does his job well. That’s why it kills him to be apart from them. But it’s also why he has to- to make sure them, and his country, will be safe.

And one last one before I go back to writing these awesome charries..

Zeke Darn, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, from Veggietales

Zeke, I am so sorry not sorry. I know you want your macho tough daredevil look but it ain’t happening XD XD Forgive me! Or not. Anyhoo, for those of you who don’t know who Zeke is, he’s Gale’s bane of existence. But he’s also a really great goofy person. Who likes to think he’s a suave daredevil. Definitely a cinnamon roll. Sorry man. 😛

And that’s a wrap now! I’d do the rest but I better go write. XD Have a great one folks!

 

My Play By Play Review Of The Greatest Showman (Rant, More Like!)

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So, when Zeke said I was too busy geeking out over musicals, this was it.  Blame The Piano Guys for doing a cover of ‘Rewrite The Stars’. I had to watch the original. Then I had to watch the whole movie. I’m here, right now, giving my whole reaction to The Greatest Showman. Here goes.

SPOILER ALERT. IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS DO NOT READ ANY FURTHER. TURN BACK NOW.

Oh and by the way, this has 100% spoilers, so don’t read this unless you really wanna know.

Ok, great so far. Man, that deep “ladies and gents”. It is so chillingly awesome.

Young P.T and Charity are sweet. Mr. Charity’s dad is a professional JERK.

WHAT??? P.T’s dad dies?!?!?!

Dudes, let’s take a moment to appreciate Charity Barnum. She- seriously, we see her playful and playing with her daughters. And she’s so supportive of her husband, man. Hardcore. While’s we’re at it, this family-ness is awesome.

Ok. Woah. Sly moves with the sunken ships as collateral, P.T. Risky, but sly.

“May I ride the giraffe?” “You may- NOT.” PRICELESS!

Ahh Anne and W.D!

Woah. We see Phillip. Yuck, what is up with him and drinking? If it weren’t for the extreme and kinda overboard drinking, The Other Side might just be better. I mean, P.T. You a family man. Act like it.

*screams* Phillip meets Anne. O_O WAAA. And the look W.D gives Phillip. Awesome.

“Mr. Bennet, I am blushing!” Lettie is so cool with it.

Ahhhhh Caroline and Helen! Can we just awe over their interaction with the troupe?? I mean! And obviously, *cough cough*, their interaction with Phillip. Whaddya know, folks, he has a heart. And ah, so the fanfictions kept showing Phillip as a big brother to the Barnum girls. And the fanfictions did not disappoint. You can’t imagine the happiness I felt when I learned it was actually canon.  And argh what he says to Anne? Ahhh character development!!

No offense, but I feel like the queen laughing is kinda forced and fake. In real life, and at that time period, Tom Thumb woulda been in seriously trouble for being so rude.

Phillip looking at Anne. I like this.

P.T. looking at Jenny Lind. I DO NOT LIKE THIS AT ALL. P.T, you. are. married. And even without that aspect, he just wants to make money off her voice. Scoundrel showman.

I’ll grudgingly admit that her voice is good. AND DAT PART WHERE ANNE AND PHILLIP HOLD HANDS. Ahhh my heart is happy. But P.T, you moron. HOW DARE YOU SHAME THE TROUPE AND MAKE EM STAND. DUDE.

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NOOOOO. He let go of her hand. ARGHHH I take back every nice thing I ever said about you! Dude. Dude. DUDE you and P.T oughta be hanged.

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Ok, I don’t blame P.T. for wanting to rub it in his father-in-law’s face, but DAT WRONG TIME.

And how dare he not treat the troupe as equals??? I mean- why??? Just to be with Jenny?? I NO LIKE DIS.

Lettie. Rock IT. YASS. POETIC JUSTICE. YOU BE YOU.

Does anyone think it’s weird for them to be hip hop dancing in the 1800s? It’s not bad weird, but I did think it was a little outta place.

SHOW HIM ANNE. YOU SHOW HIM WHAT A FOOL NINCOMPOOP HE WAS.

Yeah, back away Phillip. Be ashamed. You too P.T.

Phillip. Being reasonable. Good. “Why did Napoleon march into Russia?” “Napoleon was defeated.”  Love dis.

AHH WHERE IS THE MAN P.T USED TO BE??? It’s replaced with this greedy money hoarding.. scoundrel.

“How do ya think I built it?” Yo. with yo family.

On a lighter note, I love how Phillip and the troupe interact. As equals, not like he’s better than them.

W.D’s reaction when Lettie asks “don’t you have somewhere to be?”. He’s like, “this not happening.” It’s sweet.

This whole movie has me giddy.

Anne’s face when Phillip says “there’s meant to be two.” Phillip, you’re back!

DUDE NOOOOOOOOOO. Why did Mr. and Mrs. Carlyle have to ruin everything?? It was a legit date! WHYYYYYY

The pride Phillip has though when he introduces Anne. Hey, maybe there’s hope in the world. And then this anger when his dad insults Anne. MAN BRO.

MAN. He runs after her. I feel so bad though, they had a DATE for cryin’ out loud!

It seems kinda dumb for Phillip to burst into song, but hey. It’s a musical. No judging here.

Anne rams into him, and he catches her. THE MAN CATCHES HER. Keep him.

I love the character development of P.T. We see a very human side of him, a side that keeps wanting more. Respect to the writers. But honestly, Charity, he’s not worthy of you. Charity is hardcore. I dunno why she’s staying with him.

Oh lookee, Phillip’s growing up. Good for him.

Cinematography is good.

Argh Jenny has no right to be leaning on Phillip’s shoulder! DUDE MAN! Push the girl off!

I thought Jenny didn’t care about ovations. Liar. Bennet’s a jerk.

AHHHH NOOOO THE FLIRT!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

I hate Lind, but she said something pretty true when she said, “When you’re careless with other people, you’re ruining yourself.”

OH NO. UH OH. Charity ain’t gonna be happy.

YAYY Phillip! Good to see ya!

NO I TAKE THAT BACK BAD TO SEE YA!

I like the fight scene though, everyone’s so into it.

NOOOOOOO. ARSON, REALLY??

*wails* Phillip don’t go back in thereeeeee

Ahhhhhh this is heartbreaking!

I can’t handle this heartbreak.

Mr. Bennet. Go hang or something, we don’t want you.

Actually, maybe we do.

NEVERMIND. No news is good news.

Charity, I feel you!

Lettie, whoo-hooo!

“When the glitter fades and the walls won’t hold.” Glad to see P.T’s coming around.

Finally the idiot wakes up. It only took Barnum the whole movie.

WHAT IS WITH THE DRINKING. AND THE DANCING.

Phillip wakes up. YASS

Deja vu. It happened all over again. P.T walks to Charity’s dad’s house, and the same thing happens.

“I wanted to be more than I was.” And you became less, P.T

MAN. Why they mash up From Now On and A Million Dreams??

A suit and a face full of bruises don’t go together. Just no.

Anne’s face. She be like, “that’s my man.”

And the happy ending.

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Well, that was a total rant.

Hehe, not sorry.

So, what does this movie add up to?

Hm, I’m no judge of character, mind you. But this movie, the familyness especially is something I’ve missed in movies. I’d have to give this 7/10, because some drinking and use of bad language, not to mention some “turn off the screen” scenes were in there.

But, for all of that, the plot was surprisingly solid. It was a plot.

Therefore, I like it. And I’m pretty sure that you guys are kinda shocked at the fangirl side of me, but as a writer, I really love the fact that this actually has a plot. So. 🙂

Thanks for reading. And don’t worry, there will be some tamer reviews of books coming around.

 

The Song I Heard

I heard the chirp, chirp, chirp ring throughout the street

I wondered what marvel could make music that much sweet

As I stopped to take it in

My eye caught you warble the song you sing

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I spotted the vocalist.

 

 

And the song I heard

Was too delightful for words

It talked of spring and life and new starts

That does good to one’s heart

 

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The happy vocalist’s close-up as he chirped.

 

I could put words to music

But not music to words

I wished to somehow capture

The song I heard

 

For the song I heard

Was sunlight in a cloudy day

Brought a smile to one’s face

And cheer in the gray

 

You flitted to the rail

And ushered in your symphony

To prepare for the finale

 

For though you sang of spring

The snow was coming

At length you flew off the rail

And left me with the song I heard

 

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The poor lonely rail after the vocalist left it.