Cosplay Corner: March Disneybound Challenge: Week 3

You guys, a month is a long time, and it’s been a while since I’ve had to put this much though consistently into what I’m wearing. It’s fun, but it’s also, like, work.

Which is not to say I’m not still having a blast! I 100% am. Just, you know, if the outfits start to seem lazier, that would be the reason. (Also, I didn’t do laundry this week…)


March 14th

Theme: The Little Mermaid

Character: Ariel

When I was talking about my influences with another writer friend once, I said flat out, “to be perfectly honest, I’d say the things that influenced me the most are Star Wars, The Princess Bride and The Little Mermaid.” (Dawson’s Creek comes right after that.) His answer was a caustic, “yeah, Reen, it shows!” Anyway, that’s why I went for this outfit, which is a take on the pretty pink princess dress Ariel wears after she gets her legs and Eric is all, “Hey, I’mma bring this hot silent girl to my house now.” (Their relationship is weird.) (I still love him.) (That’s why I named the visiting prince in The Marina Chronicle after him!) (My Eric also has a boat!) (My love of men with boats come from my preppy roots)

March 15th

Theme: Parks Attractions

Character(?): The Jungle Cruise

Oh, I was excited for this day. So excited. What was I going to do? Would I wear any of my various Haunted Mansion ensembles? Combine my wardrobe’s natural amount of purple and orange into some sort of Figment tribute? Toss some shine on some white as a tribute to Space Mountain? No no, for I realized, that my Peggy Carter cosplay has an excellent second use! I could look just like a skipper heading out on the jungle armed with only animal based puns!

March 16th

Theme: Mulan Characters

Character: Mushu

Mushu was easy for me, since I have a lot of gold tops (seriously, I don’t know how this happened.) and that red cardigan, so you know, it was done. I’m also wearing jeans, because did I mention that I didn’t do laundry? Ok, cool.

March 17th

Theme: Characters Who Wear/Are Green

Character: Louie Duck

This is not my best you guys, but whatever, it was St. Patrick’s day, and whatever I wore had to be comfortable/warm enough to wear walking around NYC for the parade. Thus, my Notre Dame Fighting Irish tee shirt and a black skirt and yellow leggings (like Duck feet). I wanted a hoodie, but couldn’t find one I liked in time. Very in line with our laziest triplet, no? (I also don’t have a picture)

March 18th

Theme: Villains

Character: Maleficent

Uhh, March 18 is a lazy day for me usually, so here, braids for the horns, purple and black. I also missed instagram for both this and Saturday. Eh. (Again no pics…sorry$

March 19th

Theme: Fantasia

Character: Ave Maria Light

I figured for Fantasia it was worth getting a bit creative and abstract. Schubert’s Ave Maria is easily one of my favorite pieces of music, and while as I kid I often fast forwarded through this segment of the film, I’ve really grown to appreciate it as an adult, especially as a stunning come down from the highs of the Night On Bald Mountain (which I also fast forwarded through a lot, because scary) I’m wearing a royal blue highlighted tunic, and holding an electric candle.

March 20th

Theme: Star Wars

Character: “Do I Have To Say His Name?” – Bruce Springsteen

I have so many versions of Poe Dameron that it seemed almost silly to even bother wearing it today, but I did. Orange dress, white vest. You know this one. If I didn’t have work, I’d maybe have gone for Ren Faire Poe, but you know, I did have work.

So that was this week! I got through it. I’ve got more snow coming (ICK!) which derailed some of my plans as I was hoping to go more springy for the coming week. But I’ll work around it!


30 Books in 2018 #14 and The Epics Project #3: Middlemarch by George Eliot

By it’s nature, the Victorian novel forces you to take your time with it. The writers were generally paid by the word, so the words are copious. Also, the books were divided into chapters and volumes and sometimes sub chapters. They aren’t easy, but I’ve never read a Victorian novel that wasn’t worth it in the end.

Unlike a lot of her contemporaries however, George Eliot doesn’t utilize filler. There are no flowery descriptions, or needless digression, which makes Middlemarch’s length all the more astounding. That said, her female peers also didn’t use those kinds of crutches, Austen, The Brontes, a bit earlier, Baroness D’Orczy and Edith Wharton a bit later also tended to be succint. And also, amazing, there are really three novels going on at once in Middlemarch, the angsty star crossed love story of young Dorothea Brooke and Will Ladislaw, the nearly farcical bad marriage of Dr. Tertius Lydgate and Rosamund Vincy, and the sweet childhood love makes good story of Fred Vincy and Mary Garth. These stories all connect and overlap in the delightful everday ways that these things do in small towns, but otherwise operate independently.

The modern art form that most resembles the Victorian Novel is television as they were consumed in much the same way. They’re serialized, they have huge casts and they often wrap up in a way that feels hurried and disappointing! Not the case here, there was something deeply satisfying about seeing the way that the small dramas of Middlemarch all interweave and contribute to the happiness and unhappiness of our protagonists.

I’m always dismayed that I haven’t read more Eliot. Every time I read something of hers, I pledge to read more. The problem is, well, Victorian novels are long, and often difficult, and before last year, I’d sworn off both of those things in my reading (unless there were dragons…obviously) because well, I was tired. Since I’ve decided to dive back into challenging my reading brain since The Vonnegut Project (I’ll finish someday!!!) and being back in the habit of reading, I think that’ll be different now. I’m certainly not going to rush out and pick up one of the other books. (Not with Children Of Dune and my next two epics staring back at me from my TBR pile. Not to mention the other worthy books hanging out there at the moment.) But I’m committed to knowing her at least as well as I know Dickens and Austen as she fits quite snugly between them in my mind, chronicling a time and place I will never get sick of learning more about.

The next book is Rebecca by Daphne DeMaurier because HOLY CRAP HOW HAVE I NEVER READ REBECCA! The next Epic is David Copperfield and I mean it this time!

The Wound Is Where The Light Comes In

I have no real nostalgia for A Wrinkle In Time, I didn’t read it as a kid. I read it when I was 22, and I didn’t really get it’s charms. I sometimes wondered if I had come to it earlier if I’d have loved it, or if I came to it later, when I got better at meeting stories on their own terms rather than my own, I would have liked it more.

Regardless, Madeleine L’Engle’s beloved novel was not one that meant anything to me at all, beyond, the experience of reading it one time and thinking, “huh.”

Ava Duvernay’s film version, however, won me over in it’s first five minutes. As I have stated from time to time, I’m a sucker for stories about familial love. So a movie that has a lengthy scene where a young girl sits with her parents and they tell her how they love her and that love will never ever leave her, hits me right where I like things. (And having her dad played by Best Chris, Chris Pine, well, that’s just a bonus!)

That’s how we come upon the Murrys, who’s daughter Meg, and son Charles Wallace, are two members of our space-time travelling trio in the movie. The third is Calvin, a classmates of Meg’s, who’s nursing a big bad and obvious crush on her. Well, obvious to everyone but Meg, who is kind of convinced he’s making fun of her.

Meg, Charles Wallace and Calvin go off in search of Meg’s father, who has gotten lost on his five year mission to go where no man has gone before…I mean, who discovered a science magical form of space travel known as tessering, but is in fact missing. They are guided on their journey by three mysterious women, Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. The Mrs.’s are played with whimsical joy by Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah respectively.

This movie isn’t complicated. It’s a straightforward kiddie adventure about the power of love and faith and family, but it’s a well executed and deeply felt take on that story. Duvernay guides her actors well, particularly young Storm Reid as Meg. Meg’s not easy, she’s prickly and insecure and not entirely nice. But she’s good which is more important, and she has Oprah giving her personal pep talks, so she gets it together.

Overall, I was deeply impressed. I cried a few times. (This happens, like a lot, but the reunion between Meg and her father is incredibly emotional) It’s a visually stunning movie, that manages to transport you to the many worlds the kids stay and all of the adults that pop in do a great job without hogging up too much time and they share gracefully.

I can’t speak to how a hardcore fan of the book would react to this adaptation, I remember very little about it, but it’s quite good, on it’s own as a movie and worth seeing.



Time for like half the cast to leave…it’ll be worth it. #Marina

The Marina Chronicle

I woke in the morning and began my day as I usually did. I didn’t disturb Annalise, if she and Tristan had made up I didn’t want to see them together. I don’t want to see him at all, if I’m honest, but I know it can’t be helped in normal circumstances, I can avoid seeing him and Annalise together that way though, and I will.

As I got breakfast settled there was a knock on the door. I knew it wasn’t Athena, as she’d never knock, and I went to open it and smiled seeing Lefty standing there.

“Good Morning,” he said. I smiled. He was wearing the same uniform he wore when they first got off the ship.

“Good Morning,” I said softly. “I was getting breakfast arranged, if you’d like to come in.” He nodded and entered.

“Eric sent me to see if Annalise was awake,” he…

View original post 1,244 more words

Nerd Homework: Inuyasha


As an ongoing part of trying to expand my horizons and become the best fangirl I can be, I’ve committed to doing some Nerd Homework this year. Primary Objectives are: The Dune Chronicles, Star Trek and anime.

As a part of the more anime portion of this project, I watched (at Aless’s recommendation) Inuyasha, which is long and amazing.

The set up is relatively convoluted. 500 years ago in the feudal era of Japan, a priestess named Kikyo fell in love with a half-demon named Inuyasha. They apparently betrayed one another under the auspices of a sacred jewel. Kikyo died, and in her final moments, wished that noone else could access the jewel. Cut to modern times, Kikyo is reborn as Kagome, and on her fifteenth birthday, the jewel reappears and Kagome is pulled through a magical well into the feudal era, where she frees Inuyasha, and shatters the jewel and they begin a quest to find the shards of the jewel.

Umm, so yeah, that’s just the beginning, they wind up fighting another demon named Naraku, teaming up with a lecherous young monk and a badass demon slayer, Kagome gets romantically stalked by a Wolf Demon. Kikyo comes back as a lonely and really annoying sort of ghost. There’s a lot going on.

loved this show. I loved the crazy twisty romances, the childish humor, the adventure. It was very long, and it pretty much ate my life over the past two weeks as I dove into it. (At the detriment of being caught up on anything else. This is the reason I haven’t watched Jessica Jones season 2 year…) I don’t know what my next Anime adventure will be. (I’ve got some Star Trek pushing to do. I fell hard into TNG in the fall, dropped off on it, and am now making the final push through it’s last 2 seasons…) but push on I shall.

I’m open to recomendations for anime though. Keep in mind how much I loved Sailor Moon and Inuyasha, these are the things I like…

Cosplay Corner: March Disneybound Challenge: Week 2

Hi all! Here’s this week’s Disneybounds for the March Challenge! There were some actual challenges and a lot of extra planning put in this week, as we had a snow storm (so I stayed at my mom’s one night!) and there was an unfamiliar theme. (I am hopeless on A Wrinkle In Time, I read the book in college and it made no impression on me, and I didn’t see the movie yet.)


March 7th

Theme: Pixar

Character: Fear

This one was a bit of a cheat, as I had it already, from Dapper Day this November. But, I did make it a little more day to day appropriate. I’m not wearing pearls, or the bow, or saddle shoes, or the crinoline. It’s still dressier than I would normally get for work, but since I was in a crummy mood (due to snow storm and having to go to work, even just for the morning as I did.) it gave me a little lift to look nice. The outfit is a houndstooth dress, a purple belt and a purple cardigan. I’m wearing tights and flats with it for work (and because it was kinda cold!)

March 8th

Theme: Disney Heroines

Character: Mary Poppins

I’m so so so excited for Mary Poppins Returns, that I decided that I’d channel her practical perfection for the day. The same white blouse as my Wendy bound from last week, but this time with a royal blue pencil skirt, and a red belt! *Snap!* I think it gets the new Returns look across while also paying tribute to a few of the classic costumes!

March 9th

Theme: A Wrinkle In Time

Character: Mrs. Who

I haven’t had a chance to see this movie yet. (I saw Call Me By Your Name this weekend because I was hanging out with Crystan and she is my most grown up friend who wouldn’t be interested in my kiddie magical space movie!) Anyway, I went for a take on Mrs. Who, played by Mindy Kaling. I’m wearing a black maxi skirt, a grey tee shirt and wrapped in a blue shawl/scarf. Kind of ethereal and witchy, but also very playful.

March 10th

Theme: 101 Dalmations

Character: Horace And Jasper

I had initially planned on channeling Cruella, but then I realized her dumb henchmen would be easier and a little more fun! Jeans, a brown teeshirt and my oversized brown blazer did the trick. (The picture is a little dark. I found a new angle for my mirror selfies so this won’t be a thing anymore!)

March 11th

Theme: Underrated Disney Characters

Character: Aida

Once again, I was trying to come up with something that fit into my “yoga pants and comfy shirt” weekend vibe, and I remembered this magenta tunic and immediately thought of one of my favorite “forgotten princesses” Broadway’s Aida. (I’m sort of obsessed with Aida. Not as much as my sister though.) Hell, she’s even underrated in the show that bears her name, as mostly people talk about Amneris. (Also my facebook went bonkers for this one, because I know too many theater geeks.)

March 12th

Theme: Disney Princess

Character: Tiana

I had initially planned on Cinderella (duh!) Until I remembered that I had this gold sweater that’s the exact color of Tiana’s diner waitress uniform. So, that made this one easy. I’m also wearing my favorite black stretchy work pants. (If you cared about which generic black bottom I’m wearing!)

March 13th

Theme: Aladdin Characters

Character: Abu

Took me a minute to get this one together, but I figured it out. For Aladdin day, I went with Abu, in elephant mode. I’m wearing a black skirt (I own so much black, y’all it’s absurd!) and a grey shirt, and a maroon sweater to be his vest. TA DA!

So that’s this week! It’s snowing (again) (oof!) I’m definitely ready for spring, but we’ll see when it hits!

Visions Of Gideon

It’s amazing to me, sometimes, how adaptations can change and improve or destroy or remain neutral on their source material. Adaptation can be so tricky, and walks this strange line in art.

If you didn’t see a few weeks ago, I really disliked the novel Call Me By Your Nameand while I was curious, I wasn’t overly enthused about going to see the movie, of a book that left me almost entirely cold. Crystan, however, is obsessed with this movie and insisted that we go.

loved the movie. It’s weird to love a movie for a book you’re not nuts over, but it was great. I even like Elio, who I came out of the book thinking was kind of the worst. Part of that comes from Timothee Chalamait’s incredible performance, which captures the awkward, open hearted melancholy of young obsession much better than prose. (Also, on film you don’t have to read seven different chapters that amount to Elio masturbating…but you know, whatever.) And Armie Hammer is the perfect hot dork of everyone’s dreams as Oliver. As Crystan and I talked about before the movie, you don’t expect someone with that beautiful face to be as good as he is, but oooh boy, is Armie a good actor.

There’s also something old fashioned and wonderful about this film that I think is why so many people have found it captivating. The long tracking shots of the Italian Countryside and tender conversations between young lovers aren’t new, we just haven’t seen them in so long that it’s refreshing. (Also, the young lovers both being men, makes this revolutionary.)

But I just adored the film. Completely head over heals for it, and will probably watch it again a few times when/if it starts streaming anywhere. It’s just so lovely. I’ve also listened to the soundtrack a few times since as well. I mean, seriously, watch this movie, it’s very worth it.