Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A Different Kind of Cinderella

So since I am taking an English class that requires me to write essays, I thought I'd share the more interesting ones with you! I enjoyed writing this one. :) We read five versions of Cinderella and had to pick one that we would read with a child and argue why we would choose it over the others. And while all of the Cinderella stories have value, one especially caught my eye. So here it is: my Cinderella story of choice and why you should read it, too.

          “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairytales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairytales.” Albert Einstein’s advice may seem far-fetched at first, but it is a belief held by many parents and experts. Reading to a child is an important formative and bonding experience for both the reader and the listener. Having made the decision to read to a child, however, a new question arises. What will you read? One of the best loved fairytales in history is that of Cinderella. There are many versions of “Cinderella” available to choose from, spanning from the Grimm Brother’s version to the Disney rendition. The version I would choose to read to my favorite child would be the Native American’s Cinderella story because it showcases inward beauty, the Cinderella character takes initiative, and it is a unique story that a child would otherwise never hear.

Friday, October 24, 2014

5 Awesome artists you need to know about....

Have you ever come across something and thought... How have I missed out on this my whole life?

Here's Five artists I think are pretty cool. My tastes in music vary, so if you don't like one, try the rest. There's probably something there for you.

1. Break of Reality. They are a cello rock band with a drum-set. I don't like everything they put out, but "solid ground" and "spectrum of the sky" are pretty good. I'm sort of obsessed with cellos, and I like to play these songs when I need to get motivated or (ironically) calm down.

2. Helen Jane Long. She's a Brit who specializes in piano/cello/violin arrangements that are beautiful and soothing. She is fairly repetitive, so her music is great to fall asleep to, but her sheet music needs to be cut down before it's as pleasant as the tracks. "Expression" is the best.

3. Brian Crain. My absolute favorite piano composer, Brian Crain is expressive, uplifting, and inspiring. My favorite is "Song for Rome," which involves strings and brass as well. "Butterfly Waltz" is a popular song used in weddings.

4. Elijah Bossenbroek. There comes a time in you life when you think you've seen the best of what's out there-- and then you find this guy, Seriously. "I give up" is one of the most beautiful, exciting, dramatic piano pieces I know of. 

5. Lights and Motion. This guy is amazing: he makes music that is  layers on layers of different instruments that sounds crazy good. He is a master at the emotional build up and each song takes you on an adventure into the unknown, Love his stuff. :) Just give "Aerials" a try! :)

What's your favorite lesser known artist? Did you know any of these already? What do you think of them?

Thanks for reading!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Just a Spoonful of Charcoal Helps the Inspiration Go Down!

I'm sorry for the Mary Poppins reference.
Actually, you know what? I'm not. XD

I have been trying to come up with an idea I'm happy with for part two of the Resistance Chronicles, but I'm stumped. So instead I decided to draw some Character Inspiration for Zayla!
Birds, especially her falcon, are going to be a reoccurring thing for her. I like to think they represent her new found freedom.

If you didn't guess from the title, it's done with charcoal. :)

I also did a Doctor Who drawing just because. It's not great, but it was fun :)

Thanks for reading!!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Resistance Chronicles Part One

I have been waiting at the edge of my seat to share this with you all!!
If you haven't seen it yet, you might want to check out my character post about this series. 
You can also read this story on Wattpad

A short introduction:
The city of Thera is not all it seems-- the people there live controlled by the cuffs around their ankles, forced to comply to whatever Ferucil wishes. But there is hope: The Resistance, the rebel faction, fighting for the true ruler of the land. Four members of the Resistance find themselves in dire situations, some a result of the war, some a result of their personal struggles with anxiety, pride, doubt, and worth.  

This series of allegorical short stories will alternate POV's, and slowly the secrets of each character will be revealed---- will you join the adventure?

And, without further adieu,

I examine the metal ring on my ankle, trying to wish away the permanent indent the titanium has left on my skin. I run my fingers along its edge, feeling once more for a break in the metal, a hinge—anything. Anything to get it off. I strain at it as I’ve done countless times before.
            I just need—
                                            To break---
            Free. But I can’t. I never can.
            No one can.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Vegan, Gluten Free, Coconut Pumpkin Bread

Whether you are ready or not, the holidays are quickly approaching. And with the holidays comes the inevitable chore of attending parties—and bringing food.
Unfortunately, more and more people eat on a restricted diet, making it difficult to prepare food for parties. How will you manage to make something that is allergy friendly and delicious in a reasonable amount of time?
Today, I have the answer. 

And it's delicious.