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Winter solstice update

As you’ve noticed I’ve barely updated this year. I have some posts drafted (but unfortunately might be outdated) and I have some posts planned. I want to blame it on my busy schedule but in actuality, I haven’t been feeling inspired.While sci-fi is going leaps and bounds with diversity fantasy refuses to make an effort. Simply, it’s difficult to be passionate about something if they refuse to acknowledge your existence beyond being a criminal or servant. Thankfully I have found some books that are inclusive and there are series like Still Star-Crossed coming out that have made me interested again. My fingers are crossed that these upcoming series will deliver and fill the gap where past historical and fantasy media have failed. Happy Winter Solstice everyone!

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SIFF 2015 Roundup

Mid-terms are over and I can say I am properly beat! I am enjoying my Gothic Lit class very much, although the workload can be heavy at times. I dropped my Italian Sculpture class, however. I wanted to enjoy it but I just couldn’t get into it. The teacher sounded like she was reading from a script which made the whole thing awful. Instead I am taking an Intro to Architecture class where we are currently studying ancient Roman and Byzantine buildings.

SIFF is starting soon, which is a popular film fest that shows films from all around the world. There is a decent amount of period pieces, although I get the impression they only put dramas in that category this year. This has made it harder to find anything, even things set in recent decades or comedies. Of all the films I saw only Liza the Fox Fairy caught my eye.

It is set in the 70’s, and about a girl who is obsessed with Japanese culture who takes care of the widowed wife of a Japanese consulate. She’s also very unlucky in love, with all of her dates ending horribly due to the fact she might be possessed by a demon. I was going to say it was messed up that a film with a heavy Japanese influence had only one Japanese actor. However, the movie in Hungarian and I can’t even find ethnicity demographics that mention non-European ethnicities, so the point it moot. Its looks like it’ll be a lot of fun.

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Spring break is nearly over and I haven’t worked on a single review. Whoops! My next quarter is looking good, with a class on Italian Sculpture and another on 1700-1900 Gothic Lit. I’m hoping they go well. In the meantime a list of historical movies coming out in the next two months:

  • Woman in Gold- Based on a true story about Maria Altmann’s battle to reclaim a portrait of her aunt taken by the Nazis. Not sure when it is suppose to take place (40’s or 2000’s?) but I imagine there might be flashbacks.
  • Little Boy- A little boy wants to end WWII so his dad will come home.
  • Far from the Madding Crowd – A woman attracts three vastly different suitors in Victorian England, based off the 1847 novel.

If it wasn’t apparent, it is very slim pickings for the spring season. The only other movie I can think out thats come out this season is Cinderella. Looks like I have to turn to tv and lit to get my historical fix, or find an older series.

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*rises from the pile of papers and projects*

Hello everyone! I feel terrible that I’ve been so neglectful! I’ve been slacking on a lot of things but thankfully I am almost done with finals. The taste of freedom and my St.Patrick’s day meal is sooo close! 😛 I haven’t been watching too much tv or any movies (I missed my chance to see Jupiter Ascending 😦 ) but I have been reading lots! Expect a couple book reviews on those. In keeping with the blog theme I have been reading mainly historical novels. Some really good, some disappointingly bad.

In preparation for Spring break I have the first season of Sleepy Hallow on DVD and brought some supplies to start on my cosplay project. I’m going to end this post with a moment of silence for Lapis Lazuli, she deserved better.

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NYE 2014

I can’t believe the year is almost over! It seems just like yesterday everyone was getting yelled at for getting excited about Halloween in July. Looking back, this year was sorely lacking in historical costume goodies. I saw and read only a handful of period pieces, gained a few vintage pieces, and didn’t make an costumes.

My goals for the upcoming year in relation to this blog is to watch more period pieces, obtain at least one fantastic vintage outfit, make a historical costume, and maybe even get a Gunne Sax dress? 😛 I’ve already put holds on historical novels at the library so I have that front covered.I also want to work harder at introducing people to historical fashion, and get them interested.

To progress, peace, and a great 2015! 🙂

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Oh boy, I’ve been slacking! I haven’t updated once since the beginning of Christmas! (aka December) I’ve been busy so I haven’t been watching or reading too much. I’ve been watching the third and fourth season of American Horror Story, and the Legend of Korra. AHS season 3 has a bunch of flashbacks, season 4 takes place in the sixties, and LOK is 20’s inspired. Needless to say,  am enjoying them very much. I also recently finished Seidman, a novel that takes place during the viking age. The book I’m reading now is sci-fi so I won’t be talking much about that. 😛 I hope everyone has a lovely and wonderful holidays!

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English Country Dance

And so I am back from English country dancing! This was my first time attending in years, so I was quite rusty. Thankfully my partners were very helpful. I attended many years ago when they were at a different venue, but then moved. Recently my mother has been bringing it up so I decided to venture back. It was very enjoyable and the dances made me felt like I was dancing in a meadow. I was disappointed that I did not see the ladies who introduced me to ecd or anyone else around my age. I also learned that a miniature Regency themed ball was canceled and no longer held. On the upside, at the end we all ate cake.

I now want to watch Regency movies and listen to chamber music while looking at 1800’s fashion plates.

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