The Lyric Medley Tag

Hello, everyone! Several weeks ago, Tara @ T.T. Kesley nominated me for this lyric medley tag… and I’m only now getting around to answering the questions. Oops. Anyway, it looks like a lot of fun – very different from most of the “what is your favorite book and why?” type of blogging things I’m usually tagged in.

Here are the rules for this tag:

  • Thank and link back to the person who tagged you
  • Make a collage that represents your taste in music to go along with your post
  • List a song for each of the ten questions below, include your favorite lyrics from that song, and explain why you chose that song
  • Tag at least five bloggers

I’m going to be lazy a rebel and ignore the collage requirement, though. Sorry. Deal with it! You can find Tara’s post here, if you’re interested. I hope you enjoy mine as well!

“Please Forgive Me” – David Gray
A song that describes me perfectly

Please forgive me if I act a little strange, for I know not what I do
Feels like lightning running through my veins
Every time I look at you
Help me out here, all my words are falling short
And there’s so much I want to say
Want to tell you just how good it feels
When you look at me that way

This song was on repeat soooo much this fall, peoples! It is a very ME song, in both an “I am far too shy to talk to people I’d love to be friends with” way and in an “I’m looking at my crush and wow I am so gay” way. I’m really good at writing down my thoughts but in most other situations, all my words fall short.


“Here Comes The Sun” – The Beatles
The happiest song I know

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun and I say it’s all right
Little darling, it’s been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it’s been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun

I’m not as much of a Beatles fan as I used to be, but I still find their music comforting. I probably always will – I grew up listening to it, so it reminds me of my childhood. Pretty much all of their songs are guaranteed to put a smile on my face… especially this one.

“I Want It All” – Queen
A song about donuts

I want it all
I want it all
I want it all
And I want it now

Wow, I’d forgotten how awesome this song is. Hmmm. Wow. Anyway, I love how all the other questions in this tag are more or less serious and then there’s… this one. Well, this is how I feel about donuts. ALL OF THE DONUTS. NOW. We had pączkis a few days ago (because it was Mardis Gras) and they were delicious.

“Once Upon A Dream” – Lana Del Rey
A song that proves how I am loved

I know you, I walked with you once upon a dream
I know you, that look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam
And I know it’s true that visions are seldom all they seem
But if I know you I know what you’ll do
You’ll love me at once, the way you did once upon a dream

Have you ever found someone who leaves you wondering why oh why they weren’t in your life until now? The two of you just get one another, and [insert lots of other happy awesome things here]. Because that’s me and Orphu @ A Mirror Made of Words. We’ve been friends for almost three years now, and she is amazing and stupendous and djgfhdfkgjhfsg. We have so much fun together, even though we’ve never actually met face-to-face, and basically I just feel like we’ve known each other so much longer than we actually have. “That look in your eyes is so familiar a gleam”? Yeah. Some peoples’ personalities just click as soon as they meet, and that’s one of the awesomest feelings in the world.

(Also, happy coincidence: We both love Maleficent, which is the movie that this song comes from.)

“Same Love” – Angel Haze feat. Mary Lambert
A song of origin

There are no lakes of fire, they’re here on earth 
And the only thing to do is put love first 
And so I stand for the boy who died by his hand 
To the sound of his father screaming “woman loves man” 
This is Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve 
And I stand for the girl with the cuts up her sleeve 
And the heart in her hand and a chip on her shoulder 
And I stand for it all until ignorance is over 
This is for you, for knowing who you are 
For never letting your magic outside of your heart 

I cried when I first found this song. It summed up a lot of my feelings then, and sums up my feelings now. This is a cover, but you might as well forget the extremely crappy original version by Macklemore because… this one is just so much more powerful. Angel Haze is speaking – well, singing – from experience here and it’s beautiful and raw and BASICALLY IT IS THE BEST.

“Atlas” – Coldplay
A song about human decency

Some far away
Some search for gold
Some dragon to slay
Heaven, we hope, is just up the road
Show me the way, lord, ’cause I… I’m about to explode
Carry your world, I’ll carry your world
Carry your world, and all your hurt

The first time I ever heard this song, I immediately thought, “Oh, this is such a Katniss/Peeta song.” And then as I listened to it more and more and more I realized that really, it’s about the relationships between ALL of the characters in Catching Fire. They become allies and then friends, and they have to stay loyal to one another if they’re to have any hope of making it out of that arena. Also, I love the Greek mythology references – Atlas? Carrying your world? THAT’S SO COOL. Especially considering all the references to ancient Greek culture within the trilogy itself.

“Yellow Flicker Beat” – Lorde
A song about a story

This is the start of how it all ends
They used to shout my name
Now they whisper it
I’m speeding up
And this is the red, orange, yellow flicker beat
Sparking up my heart

This is from Mockingjay Part One and OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH OH MY GOSH I LOVE IT SOOOO MUCH. I love it because the lyrics reference the book. I love it because it’s beautiful. I love it because it has so much ATTITUDE. This is such a Katniss song. By the third book/movie, she’s absolutely fed up with, well, pretty much everything. She’s angry and intense and she’s ready to fight.

“City of Blinding Lights” – U2
An “I can’t even” song

The more you see the less you know
The less you find out as you go
I knew much more then than I do now
Neon heart, day-glow eyes
A city lit by fireflies
They’re advertising in the skies
For people like us
And I miss you when you’re not around
I’m getting ready to leave the ground

TURN UP THE VOLUME. THIS SONG DESERVES TO BE PLAYED QUITE LOUDLY. I freaking love U2’s music, and this is one of my favorites from the band. I love how poetic their lyrics are, and this song is no exception. Also, just now it reminded me that I need to continue Cassandra Clare’s books – City of Bones, City of Ashes, et cetera… Thanks, song.

“Constellations” – Jack Johnson
A song my father plays on the guitar

It was just another night
With a sunset and a moonrise not so far behind
To give us just enough light
To lay down underneath the stars
Listen to all the translations
Of the stories across the sky
We drew our own constellations

My dad can’t play the guitar, actually. But several years ago, we talked about taking lessons together. That never ended up happening, but still. We both like Jack Johnson’s music, and at one point I wanted to learn this song. Among many others.

“Ordinary Human” – OneRepublic
A song of hope

Today I felt a switch in my veins
Today I made them all afraid
Used to be a shadow, now a shadow screams my name
And in the daylight I could swear we’re the same
But I’m just an ordinary human, ordinary ways
I’m just an ordinary human
But I don’t feel so ordinary today
I’m just a picture-perfect nothing
Sometimes I medicate
I’ll be a picture-perfect human
Before the sun goes down today

This is such an intense song! And very beautiful, and it’s a good “cheering-up” song – it’s just a little bit regretful, but mostly it encourages you to keep on going. I wasn’t pleased with the film adaptation of The Giver, but I guess that in the end I’m glad it was made… because this song was written for it, and wouldn’t exist otherwise.


I was going to summarize my musical tastes here, but I don’t know if I can, not really. I mean… I don’t know, I don’t gravitate towards one kind of music in particular. One thing that I have noticed over the years is that I haven’t abandoned the music I grew up with, but I also haven’t let that stop me from exploring other genres and artists and whatnot. When I was a tween I went through a period of “ew, new music sucks” and I’m glad I outgrew that. Now I just listen to whatever I find beautiful or thought-provoking, and couldn’t care less about when a certain song was recorded.

I’m tagging:

And as always, feel free to participate whether or not I tagged you. Or ignore this tag, if you so choose.

What music have you been listening lately?! And what are some of your all-time favorites? Do you have any recommendations for me, based on what I’ve listed above?

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Various Blogging Things

Such a specific and informative post title, that. Oh, shut up. I tried, and that’s what counts.

Today’s post will be very short and sweet, because Reasons. Such as, I don’t have a lot of time to write a post. Also, there’s just not a whole lot I wanted to talk to you about today.

The first item of business concerns a recent post of mine. I still need more answers / suggestions on my post Some Questions About Blogging: Feminism, Pride, And The Good-Sinful Alliance 2015 Conference. If you want to have a say in what I will post in the future, then this is your chance, peoples! So I’d REALLY appreciate it if you headed over to that post and left a comment, whenever you have a chance. Even super-short comments are awesome.

Secondly, my online friend Emily @ Loony Literate is doing a research project on diversity in YA and could use your help.

You could also contact her via her blog, I suppose, if you’re not on other forms of social media. (I hope you don’t mind that I’m doing this, Emily? I thought I’d help out by spreading the word, and I’ll send you my replies to the survey in the morning.)

Aaaaaand that’s honestly all I have for you today, minions. Sorry if it’s not very exciting… so make the comments section of this post more exciting by telling me what you’ve been up to! Read anything particularly awesome lately? Did you do anything weird? Current music obsessions?

(Angel Haze and Taylor Davis covers, for me! They’re not covering songs together, though. That might be a little weird. Rap and violin? Hmmm…)

God, I think this might be one of the worst, most pointless posts I’ve written in a long time. Oh, well. My next post will be more interesting and more organized – I promise.

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Thoughts About The 2014 Academy Awards For Best Original Score

Are you watching the Oscars tonight?

I’m… I’m not, actually, because I am a weird minion who doesn’t really care to watch television unless it’s about something fictional. BUT! But. I am really excited to read about who/what won some of the awards, later.

Oh, who am I kidding? I’M ONLY INTERESTED IN WHAT WINS BEST ORIGINAL SCORE. You know me, I love film scores. I adore them. I’m always amazed by how much emotion and awesomeness they bring to movies, and I listen to them all the time even when I’m not watching any movies – while writing, reading, doing schoolwork. Basically, YAY FOR FILM SCORES.

2014’s nominations are as follows:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat
  • The Imitation Game - Alexandre Desplat
  • Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
  • Mr. Turner – Gary Yershon
  • The Theory of Everything - Johann Johannsson

So who/what do I want to win? Well, that’s a bit complicated.

First of all, I’d just like to say that I REALLY REALLY REALLY think John Paesano’s score for The Maze Runner deserves to be on this list as well, but… it’s not a highbrow film, so of course the Academy isn’t going to even consider it. Whatever. It’s still an awesome piece of music, and you find find the score in its entirety right here.

All right. Now that that’s out of the way, there’s something else I need to tell you: I have only seen, um, ONE of the movies that was nominated for Best Original Score. I’ve listened to the scores of three of them, but only saw one in theaters (or at all, for that matter). I didn’t get to see Interstellar and The Theory of Everything because they were no longer showing at my local theater by the time I got really really interested.

My theater didn’t show The Grand Budapest Hotel and Mr. Turner at ALL, though. No one I know either online or in real life has seen them either, at least not to my knowledge. Actually, I’d never even HEARD about Mr. Turner until about five minutes ago, which puzzles me. I mean, for all I know, maybe I’m just a very ignorant little Engie and EVERYONE is talking about and seeing The Grand Budapest Hotel and Mr. Turner, but not in my corner of the world. Rrrrgh.

ANYWAY! Sorry for going off on that tangent. Where was I? Oh yes, all the other movies that aren’t either The Grand Budapest Hotel or Mr. Turner.

Well, The Theory of Everything looks great, but… I don’t know. Its score is lovely, but lacks that “wow” factor. Lacks that factor in my opinion, anyway. I mean, its composer has a great name – Johann Johannsson! – and I want to be all like, “Johann, dude, you rock,” but… but I keep getting distracted from this score by the other two I haven’t mentioned yet, and I think that says a lot. It says that I’d rather be listening to them!

I REALLY want to watch Interstellar. Its premise – astronauts, wormholes, space travel, et cetera – sounds great, and its film score is NOTHING SHORT OF ABSOLUTELY FREAKING GORGEOUS. AAAAAAAH. BEAUTY. PERFECTION. I CAN’T EVEN.

As it says in my list above, Interstellar‘s score was composed by Hans Zimmer. I discovered his music thanks to the Batman movies, and have since explored his other works, but I keep coming back to those Batman scores. Over and over again. They’re gorgeous! And so is Interstellar‘s score. Interstellar is much more mellow, though.

This is my favorite track, “Stay.” It’s beautiful and achingly sad and a little intimidating towards the end, and I love the whooshiness in the beginning. (You’ll just have to listen to it to know what I’m talking about.)

You can find Interstellar‘s complete score here.

The Imitation Game, with a score composed by Alexandre Desplat, is also wonderful and the only film of this bunch that I’ve actually seen. I don’t know if Interstellar and The Theory of Everything were good, but I can tell you that The Imitation Game was GREAT. Which made me happy, because I’d been looking forward to it for months.

I love Alexandre Desplat’s work. I may have freaked out a bit when I found out he was going to write the score for this film. (And for Unbroken, another film I saw recently – the movie was rather meh, but the music was nice. So there’s that.)

My favorite Desplat scores were written for The King’s Speech and the final two Harry Potter films. I suspected that The Imitation Game‘s score would probably be more like the former rather than the latter because they’re both biopics. Yeah, I know – not the best reasoning, but I was right! DJGHDKFGHDKFGHSKGD.

The best way I can describe The Imitation Game‘s score is “sad, but pretty.” Basically, it’ll make you cry, but you’ll like it all the same. And because I actually saw THIS film, I can say that the music is used to great effect within the movie. Bravo, Mr. Desplat.

My favorite tracks from this score are the main theme and the end credits theme, “Alan Turing’s Legacy.” Here’s the latter piece.

You can listen to the full score of The Imitation Game here.

So, which score do I want to win? In an ideal world, both. But because that’s not an option… I really don’t care, as long as either Interstellar or The Imitation Game win. I LOVE Zimmer and Desplat, and even if one of them lost and the other one, at least they were both nominated for being awesome their wonderful, wonderful music.

Who/what would you like to win in the category of Best Original Score? Be sure to tell me about your other Oscar predictions, too, if you have any!

P.S. Hey, I just realized that I never wrote anything about The Imitation Game even though I saw it almost a month ago. Oops. I owe you a post, I guess. Keep your eyes peeled for a fangirlish post!

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This Little Bookworm Has Problems

Ten of them, to be exact. Ten problems.

Today I’m linking up with The Broke and the Bookish for their weekly feature, Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s prompt is “top ten book-related problems.” I HAD NO IDEA HOW MANY BOOKISH PROBLEMS I HAD UNTIL I WROTE THIS POST, PEOPLES. But now I know that I have a lot. Who would’ve thought?! I started writing this list and the ideas/problems just POURED out of my brain.

1. A never-ending TBR list

There are used books I’ve bought very cheaply. There are books I’ve received as gifts. There are books I need to read for school assignments. There are books I stumble across whilst exploring Goodreads, and books that friends recommend to me by saying, “THIS IS AN ENGIE BOOK READ IT READ IT.”

(Annie, if you’re reading this, I want you to know that… you’re awesome and all your recommendations have been spot-on so far, but… gah! YOU’VE RECOMMENDED AT LEAST 40 BOOKS TO ME AND I HAVE NO CLUE HOW I’M GOING TO CATCH UP ON ALL THOSE AWESOME BOOKS.)

How could they do that to me??????

How could they do that to me??????

2. Amazingly brilliant authors who’ve only written ONE book

Write more! Please, write more, because I don’t know what to do with myself after reading such awesome stories and I need MORE! I don’t even care whether their next book is a sequel… I just need more, please. [Commands Emily M. Danforth to write faster and stop slacking off]

Well, why would I, when it turns out that I haven't actually read about it yet?

Well, why would I, when it turns out that I haven’t actually read about it yet?

3. Reading comic books, short stories, and mysteries out of order

I read a BUNCH of Captain America comics last year – but not in order. I’m too lazy to google the proper chronology, and too impatient to read them in the right order. I pick up whatever volume looks the most exciting at the moment, all right?! This does make me kind of confused at times, though, because I’ll be like WAIT WHAT WHY IS BUCKY DOING THAT THING WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN?!?! And then I’m like… oh, wait, I think I skipped an issue or two of this story. Whoops.

I have the same problem when I read the Sherlock Holmes short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and any of Agatha Christie’s mysteries. You don’t HAVE to read them in order, but sometimes the stories do reference earlier, already-solved cases.

4. When the library doesn’t have all the books in a particular series

One of the best decisions I made last year was to buy Derek Landy’s entire Skulduggery Pleasant series – eleven books total! I’d only read the first three and was a little leery of buying the whole set, because I don’t really buy books unless I’ve already read them. (What if I don’t like them? I don’t want to waste my money!)

But in the end, I was SO happy that I bought those books! They were well worth the money and, well, my library only had the first three. I wouldn’t have been able to continue reading this amazing series if I hadn’t broken down and said, “FINE! I’LL BUY THEM!”

(Sometimes I seriously question the librarians’ judgment. It doesn’t bother me if they don’t own a book that was published only last month but when they still don’t have a series book from, like, 2007? Come on.)

No, I won't tell you how this story ends. My lips are sealed.

No, I won’t tell you how this story ends. My lips are sealed.

5. Spoilers

I used to be absolutely terrible with spoilers. I’d spoil myself on purpose by reading websites and whatnot that I KNEW would have spoilers! I don’t know why I did that.

I’m much better about that now, happily, but I still encounter a few spoilers every now and then. I practice what I’ve dubbed “cautious googling,” which involves looking for more info about awesome stories and then quickly skimming down the webpage to determine whether the site is spoilery or not.

Sometimes it works. Sometimes it doesn’t.



6. No one to fangirl with

THIS IS SO TRAGIC. When I read something that just blows my mind, I want to squee about it with other fans! And I hate when I can’t find other fans, or very many of them.

I solve this problem by trying to persuade all my friends to read my favorite not-so-well-known books.

(If you would like to make me a VERY happy Engie indeed, read any of the following and report back with your thoughts: All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, Ash and Adaptation and Inheritance by Malinda Lo, any of Bill Bryson’s books, V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd, the Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, the Underland Chronicles by Suzanne Collins, Kirsten Miller’s books, and Sue Limb’s Girl, 15, Charming But Insane series.)

I'm just twiddling my thumbs and waiting for the next book... isn't that how it always works?

I’m just twiddling my thumbs and waiting for the next book… isn’t that how it always works?

7. That endless wait for upcoming books

At the moment, I’m anxiously waiting the publication of the following books:

  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (September 29, 2015)
  • The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan (October 6, 2015)
  • Winter by Marissa Meyer (November 10, 2015)

And I know that books take a loooooooot of time and effort and thinkyness (is that a word?) to write, but I am still an impatient little bookworm.

8. Growing far too attached to fictional characters

And I don’t just mean this in the sense of, “Oh my gosh, I can’t believe they’re dead! NOOOOOOO! Do not want!” I do have that reaction pretty often, of course, but mostly I have a DIFFERENT problem.

I want to be a character’s BFF. Or I develop a massive crush on them.

UGH THIS IS SOOOOO FRUSTRATING. Even if you’ll probably never meet your favorite celebrity, or even if your crush doesn’t notice you, at least you have a teeny-tiny chance of a Happily Ever After. But with fictional people? Nooooooo. I’LL NEVER BE PIPPIN TOOK’S BFF. I’LL NEVER DATE TANITH LOW. THIS IS QUITE QUITE TRAGIC.

Don't mind me, I'm just glumly cuddling my favorite characters because Bad Things are already happening and they haven't even reached the last book. This isn't supposed to happen yet, is it?

Don’t mind me, I’m just glumly cuddling my favorite characters because Bad Things are already happening and they haven’t even reached the last book. This isn’t supposed to happen yet, is it?

9. When a book breaks my heart and it’s not even the last one in the series

It’s bad enough when a book rips out my heart and stomps on it and breaks it into a million little pieces. But it’s even worse when the book in question isn’t even the conclusion to that series!

Because that means that, surely, even worse things will happen later on.

Oh, how I cried after reading Suzanne Collins’ Gregor and the Marks of Secret (the fourth book in a five-part series). And after finishing Mortal Coil by Derek Landy, I sat and stewed in my own misery because, damn it, it was only the fifth in a nine-book series and I HAD NO IDEA THERE WERE WORSE FATES THAN DEATH FOR FICTIONAL CHARACTERS.

Authors who do this kind of thing scare me.

10. A severe lack of film adaptations of my favorite books

Good film adaptations, of course. I don’t want crappy ones. If I ran the world, all book-to-movie adaptations would be ABSOLUTELY PERFECT, and adaptations would be made of all my favorite stories.

Clearly, I am awesome and should take over the world.

You have no idea what I’d do for glorious film adaptations of Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart, for example. I would sell my soul for those movies. If I had a soul, teehee.


So, tell me: What are YOUR bookish problems? Are any of them the same as mine? And why is being a bookworm so freaking hard at times?!

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Where Words Fail, Music Speaks – Teens Can Write, Too! February 2015 Blog Chain

tcwt-3[1]Well, I’m glad that I decided to double-check this month’s TCWT schedule… because I almost posted something else today instead! I forgot what date I’d requested and thought I was expected to post on February nineteenth. Oops. Anyway, this month’s prompt is:

“How does music relate to your writing?” 

Whoever thought of this prompt: You are freaking awesome. Thanks for giving me an excuse to fangirl about two of my favorite things, music and writing. Music is a HUGE part of my life. I listen to it while I write, do schoolwork, exercise, work, hang out on my own, drive from one place to another… the list goes on and on. I even listen to music while I read, which most of my friends apparently think is really weird and/or makes it difficult to focus? I don’t know. It doesn’t cause problems for my concentration.

Anyway. Back to music and writing. I ALWAYS listen to music while I write. Because I like it, and because it inspires me, and because I can’t stand to listen to the sound of my own finger tippity-tapping away on the keyboard. If I have music playing in the background, though, I don’t notice the noisily clacking keys and that makes me quite the happy little writer.

I’ve read a number of the other TCWT posts from this month, and noticed that several people mentioned finding inspiration for stories thanks to music. That’s never happened to me, however. I’ve never heard a song and thought, “OMG THIS JUST GAVE ME A GREAT PLOT IDEA.”

I do find that music affects the mood of individual scenes I write, though. If I’m writing a moderately sad scene and listening to super-sad music at the same time, for example, I generally end up writing a scene that is sadder than what I planned. So I guess music does kind of inspire me, but to a lesser degree than it inspires some of my friends.

I don’t make writing playlists anymore. I used to, though. I stopped because I usually ended up ignoring the set list of songs in favor of listening to whatever I felt like at that particular moment! I just wasn’t in the mood to hear certain songs, I guess.

Now I listen to… whatever it is that I feel like listening to on that day.

And it varies slightly by day, but I do notice general patterns. I’ll listen to a LOT of music by a particular artist, band, or composer for a few weeks or months before moving on to something else. I bounce around from song to song and album to album, changing whenever I deem it necessary. I mean, have you ever tried writing horribly tragic scenes while listening to the Stones? It just doesn’t work. Believe me, I’ve tried.

With that in mind, here is what I’ve been listening to lately.


  • David Bowie
  • Angel Haze
  • OneRepublic
  • The Rolling Stones
  • U2
  • Pink Floyd

Film Scores

  • Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)
  • The Maze Runner (John Paesano)
  • Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, and The Dark Knight Rises (Hans Zimmer)
  • Unbroken (Alexandre Desplat)
  • V for Vendetta (Dario Marianelli)
  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Henry Jackman)
  • The Imitation Game (Alexandre Desplat)
  • Game of Thrones, season three (Ramin Djawadi)
  • Inception (Hans Zimmer)
  • Doctor Who, series four and five and seven (Murray Gold)
  • The Avengers (Alan Silvestri)

And HERE is a list of specific tracks I’ve been listening to. Some of them are from stuff I mentioned above, and some aren’t. Either way, they’re all awesome.

I noticed all kinds of connections while assembling this list, and that was pretty cool. I’ve been on a big Hans Zimmer kick lately, for example, so his music is mentioned several times here. (IT’S SO DARK AND INTIMIDATING AND WONDERFUL.) And Bowie? I could listen to him all day, and have in fact done so. And that’s how I wound up listening to Pink Floyd – I guess it kept showing up in the “recommended for you” sidebar on YouTube because those artists made music at about the same time.

And then “Street Fighting Man” was in V for Vendetta, which I watched not too long. I always notice whatever plays during the end credits of movies, I suppose – that’s why “Miracles” is also on here. In general, a lot of the film score tracks listed here are from movies I’ve seen recently.

Meanwhile, the scores from the MCU movies are on here because… because they are MAGNIFICENT action-y soundtracks, perfect for listening to while writing fight scenes. Also, I’ve just been in a really Marvel-y mood lately, what with Agent Carter and The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.

Anything goes when it comes to my writing music, basically. Old stuff? Sure. New stuff? Bring it on. Something in between? Of course. Yesterday I wrote a scene that was kind of angry/emotional, so I listened to lots of stuff from Game of Thrones and Angel Haze, because that suited the mood.

I just really like music. I love it, I love it, I love it. It’s such an integral part of my writing, and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without it.

Before I conclude this post, I’d like to share just one more song with you, if that’s all right. This is a medley created by Jason Yang, and it’s called “The Dark Game of Hobbit Knight Thrones.” It’s beautiful, I listen to it often, and it really encapsulates the “anything goes / yay for weird music combinations” attitude I have towards the music I listen to while I write.

Tell me about what you listen to while you write! What inspires you? Based on the music I mentioned above, is there anything you’d recommend to me?

P.S. The title of this post is taken from a quote by Hans Christian Andersen.

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Be My (Bookish) Valentine!

Hello, everyone! Today I’m doing two bookish blog tags about… Valentine’s Day! Yeah, I know I’m a little late with this. But I already had another post scheduled yesterday! Anyway, these look like fun, so I’m participating.



Precious @ Clockwork Desires created the Be My Valentine book tag and tagged me in it! Thanks, Precious! Also, before I move on to the tag itself, there’s something I need to tell you: Every time I see your username, I think of Gollum and imagine him mutter to himself while he blogs. “Yesssss, precious, we likes this post, yessss we does!”

ashI’ve been wanting to tell you that for a while.

Who is your favorite couple in a book?

Ash & Kaisa! They’re from Ash by Malinda Lo, which is one of my favorite books of all time. They’re incredibly adorable together. OMG. I wish I were in a relationship half as sweet as theirs.

Which book character would you take to dinner if you could?

TANITH LOW. She’s from Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series and she. Is. AWESOME. She’s a freelance monster fighter as well so if our date were interrupted by, like, zombies or something, she’d be able to fend them off.

And oh gosh now I’m sad because I thought, “Hmm, I wonder what we would eat,” and then I remembered the whole “I’ll make you steak, you don’t even have to show up” scene with [spoilery name redacted] and now I’m sad SCREW YOU DEREK LANDY GAHHHHHHH MORTAL COIL WAS SO HORRIBLE AND ALSO ONE OF MY FAVORITEST.

Villains deserve a little love, too. Which villain would the maleficent sevenyou give a box of chocolates to?

China Sorrows, maybe? (She’s also from the Skulduggery Pleasant series.) She’s not COMPLETELY villainous, technically – rather, she’s morally ambiguous. But I think that’s close enough. I’d give chocolates to her because “everyone falls in love with China” and also because maybe then she’d let me visit her library.

Her library is huuuuuuge, and freaking awesome. Consider me jealous.

Be a matchmaker; pick two characters from different books and pair them up.

Ooh! Ooh! I think Tana from The Coldest Girl in Coldtown and Puck from The Scorpio Race by Maggie Stiefvater would get along like a house on fire. Both girls love danger, albeit in very different forms. I doubt I’d hang out with them often, though, because they’d constantly be around bloodthirsty vampires and man-eating horses and whatnot and THAT LIFE IS JUST NOT FOR ME. I prefer the comfort of my quiet, book-filled, safe home, thank you very much.

What book setting would you like to visit while on a date?

Oh, I can pick only one? Drat. Um, then it’d have to been Minas Tirith from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. IT’S SO PRETTY. I’d probably gaze at the architecture more than I’d gaze at my date, though, which might be a problem.

It’s not all about romance. What’s your favorite non-romantic relationship in a novel?

I briefly discussed this yesterday, actually: It’s Skulduggery Pleasant and Valkyrie Cain. They’ve been through so much together, and I love them to pieces. They crack me up, but they also make me cry at times. They are my preciouses.

Venturing out of the book sphere for a bit: What song makes you feel loved?

I love “The Long Song” from Doctor Who! It’s from the episode “The Rings of Akhaten,” which is part of series seven.

Why do I love it? It feels like a warm fuzzy hug, I guess. Comforting. Encouraging. Happy.

Who is your favorite couple in a movie/TV show?

Um. I just realized that I don’t ship very many couples from movies or TV… and when I do, they’re generally fanon not canon. I’m rather fond of Vastra & Jenny from Doctor Who, though. THEY’RE SO CUTE TOGETHER. I have become slightly obsessed with stories about Victorian lesbians (both real and fictional) and I blame it on these two…

Now for the most important question of all: What is your favorite shade of red?

I like the reddish color of cherry wood, actually. No, not cherry red. It’s sort of brown but with red tones. I just think it looks really pretty and elegant.


I found this book-themed Valentine’s Day tag thanks to Tanya @ Read Run Study!

Favorite couple ever? You want to have their relationship.

the miseducation of cameron postWell, I already answered a slightly different version of this question above. So I’ll just expand upon that, I guess? I want Ash and Kaisa’s relationship because it’s… it’s very peaceful. They’re very content just to sit next to one another in the sunshine, letting a companionable silence develop. I like that. I like kind, quiet people; I don’t need a lot of excitement in my life. #relationshipgoals

Relationship that never happened? You wanted them to get together, but they never did.

Can I pick two? Like, from the same book? Because that totally counts as just one, right? I really, really wanted Cam (from The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth) to end up with either Lindsey or Coley. I was so crushed when neither relationship worked out. Sniffle.

Your bookish crush?

After Tanith, my current bookish crush is Johanna Mason from the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. I think if I have a “type” at all it is likely to be “ladies who could totally kick my butt.” Huh.

Favorite “feel good” romance?

Carl-and-Ellie-UpBut… but… I don’t read very many happy love stories! Almost all my favorites end tragically! I did like the romance between Carl and Ellie in Up, though. I mean… it ended tragically, actually, but for a while it was very happy and sweet and adorable.

Favorite genre to add romance to?

Adventure, as long as it’s well-written. If it’s added for no other reason than to heighten the drama and suspense, then forget about it. Otherwise, though, it’s kind of fun to read about a butt-kicking, adventure-having pair of friends who slowly fall in love.


I’m tagging:

And as always, feel free to participate whether or not you were tagged. Or ignore this tag if you so choose!

Tell me about your favorite love stories and fictional couples! Are they from books, movies, or TV? What makes you fangirl over them and go “OMG THEY ARE SO CUTE”?!

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I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

“Friendship is born at that moment when one man says to another: ‘What! You too? I thought that no one but myself…'”

- C.S. Lewis

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On this day last year, I made a top ten list of my favorite fictional couples. Am I posting an updated version for 2015? No. I mean, it was fun and everything, but I’ve already done that once. This year, I want to try something different: I’ve made a top ten list of my favorite fictional friendships!

Valentine’s Day is always so focused on romance… and I don’t know about you, but I think that’s sweet for about two seconds and then I get bored. Maybe it’s because I don’t/have never had a girlfriend? I don’t know. All I know is that today, I’m going to fangirl about platonic love and the friendships that give me at least as many feels (if not more) than any fictional romantic relationship.

But before I get started, I’d just like to say that A) this post is completely spoiler-free, B) I ranked the friendships so that my favoritest is at the very bottom, and C) I haven’t limited myself to discussing only duos. Three of the ten relationships listed below are between groups of people because… the more, the merrier!


the giver10. Jonas & The Giver
(The Giver by Lois Lowry)

“The man had sat back down in the comfortable upholstered chair. He moved his shoulders around as if to ease away an aching sensation. He seemed terribly weary.
‘Call me The Giver,’ he told Jonas.”

One of the themes of The Giver is love, and I appreciate how Ms. Lowry made love between friends the most important kind in this book. Jonas and the Giver have no one else with whom to share all those memories, so consequently they grow very close. They’re the only people in their entire community who understand pain, or true happiness, or history. Or love.

elementary9. Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson

“You are quite skilled, Watson.”
“I am dissecting a body in the middle of the night. We are not having a moment.”

OMG THESE TWO. They make me laugh so much. They’re just… god. They’re such dorks. And they solve crimes together, which I think is an A+ relationship goal! Also, I love how Joan doesn’t take any crap from Sherlock. If he treats someone poorly, or has a bad attitude, she calls him out on it and so he’s slowly becoming a better person. I love this adaptation of the Arthur Conan Doyle stories because it updates the classic duo (solving crimes in modern-day NYC!) and portrays them so accurately. Unlike some other adaptations, but I won’t go into that here because I’ll just start ranting. 

carmilla 28. Laura, Carmilla, Danny, Perry, & LaFontaine

“We need to girl the hell up!”

Please excuse me while I fangirl over the awesomeness of a TV show: IT’S ABOUT QUEER LADIES OMG. (And many of the cast members are LGBTQ+ themselves, as well! Squee!) These five are so much fun to watch. They’re dorks! They’re nerds! They attend a creepy, magical university and make vlogs fight vampires! …oh, and did I mention that one of them is a vampire?! Carmilla is literally perfect in every way and no one can tell me otherwise.

kikithe-irregulars1[1]7. The Irregulars
(Kiki Strike series by Kirsten Miller)

“The first rule of being a team is trusting one another. And if you trust someone, you let her keep her secrets. When she is ready to tell you, she will. You don’t have to know everything.”

Obviously I have a bit of a THING for friends who fight crime together, right?! DeeDee is a brilliant chemist, Luz is a genius with tools, Betty is a master of disguise, Oona is a forger, Ananka is a walking encyclopedia, and Kiki herself is the leader. Each of these girls could’ve easily used their skills for criminal means, but instead these “delinquent Girl Scouts” work for the greater good… or do they?

v for vendetta explosion gif6. V & Evey Hammond
(V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd)

“No one will ever forget that night and what it meant for this country. But I will never forget the man and what he meant to me.”

These two, on the other hand, commit crimes. And they give me so many feels, too! V introduces Evey to so many things she’d never seen before – music, literature, et cetera – and teaches her to be brave, but he can also be quite manipulative at times. (OMG THAT PRISON SCENE THOUGH. NOOOOOOO WHY.) They definitely put the “FUN” in “dysfunctional friendship.”

tumblr_m0jb52zaXg1qa1jgvo1_5005. Legolas & Gimli
(Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien)

“We have heard tell that Legolas took Gimli Gloin’s son with him because of their great friendship, greater than any that has been between elf and dwarf. If this is true, then it is strange indeed: that a dwarf should be willing to leave Middle-Earth for any love, or that the Eldar should receive him, or that the Lords of the West should permit it.”

I mean, Frodo & Sam are nice together too, but… LEGOLAS AND GIMLI. My poor fangirlish heart! In The Fellowship of the Ring they don’t trust one another at all, because historically there was a lot of animosity between elves and dwarves. However, they gradually begin to get to know one another, and eventually fight side by side. AND THEN LEGOLAS TOOK GIMLI WITH HIM TO THE UNDYING LANDS OMG. That’s a really special place for elves, and they hardly ever let anyone else go with them – besides Gimli, only Bilbo, Frodo, and Sam were allowed to travel there because they had been Ringbearers. I’m having an emotion.

tenth doctor donna noble 34. The Tenth Doctor & Donna Noble
(Doctor Who)

“I had a friend, once. She called me spaceman…”

Donna is my favorite companion, and her friendship with the Doctor is a major factor in my adoration of that character. I think they had more FUN together than he has ever had with any companion before or since – just good old fun, visiting ancient Rome and breaking into Adipose Industries and meeting Agatha Christie and running through the biggest library in the universe. Doctor, Donna, friends. Traveling through time and space in that blue box of his. She was going to travel with him forever…

the dream thieves3. Blue, Gansey, Adam, Ronan, & Noah
(Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater)

“‘You can be just friends with people, you know,’ Orla said. ‘I think it’s crazy how you’re in love with all those Raven Boys.’

Orla wasn’t wrong, of course. But what she didn’t realize about Blue and her boys was that they were all in love with one another. She was no less obsessed with them than they were with her, or one another, analyzing every conversation and gesture, drawing out every joke into a longer and longer running gag, spending each moment either with one another or thinking about when next they would be with one another.

Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”

Hats off to you, Maggie Stiefvater. I don’t know how she does it – some of the characters in this group of friends are romantically involved with one another, but she never lets that overwhelm the platonic relationships that are at the heart of this series. (I feel that many other authors would.) The fourth and final book, The Raven King, comes out this fall and I am so not ready for that. So not ready to say goodbye to this astounding series and its even more astounding group of friends.

cartoon-calvin-and-hobbes_00215505[1]2. Calvin & Hobbes
(Calvin and Hobbes comics by Bill Watterson)

“Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.”

I feel like this comic strip defined my childhood – who’s with me?! And I’ll never be too old to read Calvin and Hobbes, either – if Bill Watterson began producing more of these cartoons again, that would make my day. Calvin and Hobbes get into a lot of mischief and trouble together, but they also have one of the sweetest friendships I’ve yet found in all of literature. #relationshipgoals

last stand of dead men1. Skulduggery Pleasant & Valkyrie Cain
(Skulduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy)

‘What’s happening and what’s going to happen, this isn’t your fault. You can’t control everything and not everything is your responsibility… you said something about how you don’t want to drag me around after you so I can die beside you. I wanted to tell you then, but I didn’t have the words and I didn’t have the time. I’m here because I choose to be. You save my life. I save yours. That’s how we work.’
‘Until the end.’
‘Until the end.'”

Words cannot properly express how much I love these two, but I’ll attempt to describe my admiration anyway. This entire series is built around the friendships between characters and, though not without romance, contains but little. I love the friendships that formed between characters of such different ages and backgrounds, and I love reading about the adventures of Skulduggery and Valkyrie. They crack jokes, wreak havoc, fight crime (yes – more crime-fighting friends!), and become the best of friends. The Skeleton Detective and his assistant never cease to make me laugh and cry… sometimes both at once.


Of course, I have many other favorite fictional relationships – I haven’t even come close to mentioning all of my fandoms! What you see above are just my all-time favorites. I love stumbling across awesome friendships in stories. I love friends in general.

I’ve been tagging some of you in silly Valentine’s Day posts on Facebook all day, but right now I’d like to take the time to thank all of you. Yes, ALL OF YOU. You’re the best friends I’ve ever had so please, consider this post a ginormous platonic valentine addressed to all my readers. I mean this wholeheartedly. I have so many amazing memories and inside jokes with you, and you always make me feel better when I’m feeling bummed out. THANK YOU FOR BEING AWESOME XOXO.

Tell me about YOUR favorite fictional friendships! Why do you love them so much?

P.S. I’d like to conclude this post with one of my favorite passages from Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne. It’s the sweetest quote I know of: “If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day so I never have to live without you.”

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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