Lost Song: Music and Magic With a Healing Message At Its Core

lost_song.jpgWow.

Just wow.

So, I recently finished watching this anime called Lost Song. A friend of mine had wanted me to watch a different anime, but I wasn’t really feeling it at the time, so I come across this one instead. I saw a medieval fantasy setting with a music-based magic system and thought, “Cool, okay, I’ll give it a whirl. Makes me think of the series I’m working on right now, The Gailean Quartet.”

Again, wow.

I truly don’t want to give away any spoilers, because it’s definitely a show you should experience for yourself. But allow me to at least praise it without giving too much away.

The series did remind me of my Gailean Quartet for the musical magic aspect. Its fantasy setting and world-building also reminded me of Zelda, my favorite game series. But the emotion is what really set it apart for me. By the end of episode one, you already know what kind of show it’s gearing up to be; much like Game of Thrones, it isn’t afraid to be intense and do things that have you covering your mouth, staring at the screen wide-eyed. As much as I wanted to keep watching, I had to brace myself for each episode because I knew some new emotional happenstance was about to go down, whether something beautiful and whimsical or something unbelievably tragic. That’s not to say the series doesn’t end well, because it does! But it’s not what you think it will be starting out; about half-way through, you learn a major plot twist and some truths are revealed that are SO GOOD I could talk about them all day…but again, I don’t wanna spoil anything.

Overall, the characters are great–I was very emotionally invested in them–and the artwork and music are gorgeous. One song in particular is quite haunting; I’ve taken to listening to it on repeat and crying. Lol. I do think I connected with show as well because I could see myself in both the main female characters, especially due to recentish events in my own life.

Lost Song carries with a lovely message of love, forgiveness, healing, and the importance of finding one’s passion and purpose. The message of healing especially touched me on a personal level. The truth that in order for real healing to occur we must face our feelings, face all of the pain, love, and memories, instead of pushing them aside or throwing them away, is a powerful one that I think many need to hear.

I 1000% recommend this show. Even if you’re not an anime fan, if you’re a lover of medieval fantasy and/or shows that will really make you feel and think and dig deep inside yourself, then this is the show for you. I can’t even start another show right now because I’m still processing all the magic and beauty that is Lost Song.

My Future Dream Cast

I am so totally supposed to be doing edits for one of my books right now. I so totally don’t feel like it and am gonna so totally keep stalling by trolling Facebook and posting this lovely blog post for y’all.

I am sure many of you are aware of the recent hype that there is gonna be a live action version of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson as well as a live action version of “The Little Mermaid” starring Chloe Moretz. Both these girls are favorite actresses of mine and secret (well, not after I publish this) girl crushes. I absolutely adore them.

So I decided I was inspired to whip up a quick post honoring all of my favorite actors and actresses that I would love to see star in a film made after one of my books, if such a film was ever made. I think meeting and/or working with any of these lovely, talented folks would be a real treat.

Here they are:

  1. blog12Elijah Wood. I fell in love with his adorable rosy face from the moment he was Frodo. Of course, I was already in love with Frodo from story-travelling into the Lord of the Rings books (I had quite the imaginative, adventurous childhood). Frodo was my first husband that really mattered, after Darkwing Duck. He is still my favorite and probably always will be (shh…don’t tell Draco or James from Pokemon or any of the others). Striking eyes + eternal boyish innocence = eternal heartthrob.
  2. blog11Emma Watson. I mean, do I need to say more? She is Emma Watson. Smart, talented, pretty and cute, and with eyes that could kill–in a mischievously seductive good way.
  3. blog2Chloe Moretz. From Carrie to Let Me In to every creepy or non-creepy thing in between, she is a kick-ass actress and absolutely gorgeous besides. Those lips. Ugh.
  4. blog3Saoirse Ronan. Everything I have ever seen her in are amongst my favorite films. Always with fantastical elements and a deep message at their core. I love the innocence and realness she brings to her characters. If you haven’t, you should definitely check out the following coming-of-age fantasy/dystopian films starring this talented lady: Byzantium, How I Live Now (warning: YOU WILL CRY SO MUCH), and The Host. Like Emma, her gaze is striking, but in a pure, sees-down-to-your-soul type of way.
  5. blog10Tom Felton. Because Draco Malfoy. That’s pretty much all I need to say.
  6. blog9Alan Rickman because he is some kind of magical acting genius.
  7. blog8Elle Fanning. Look at her. Just LOOK. AT. HER. Too damn adorable. You just feel this insatiable need to cuddle her to death.
  8. blog7Like, the entire cast of Game of Thrones.
  9. blog6blogBut since #8 is probably an unrealistic expectation, at least Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Jacob Anderson. If I need to tell you why, you have lived under a box the past few years. A sad, moldy, dilapidated box. These people are all beautiful, I would date each and every one, and their characters and how they portray them are amazing.
  10. blog5Gerard Butler. Because The Phantom of the Opera was the first movie in which I literally had a breakdown and sobbed so hard my mom thought I might need to be taken to the hospital. Well done, Mr. Butler. Well done, indeed (he was also one of my husbands, after the late Mr. Frodo).
  11. blog4Liv Tyler. Because everything that is Arwen.

 

There may indeed be others, but these are the favorites that come immediately to mind.

What are your own favorite actors and actresses? Who would you love to work with, if you could? Feel free to comment in the comments.

A Feast of Friends and Fine Art: Part I

 

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Me on the MetroLink, on my way to the Bazaar!

Wow. What a busy beginning to what is already proving to be a busy week filled with friends, art, writing, and over all great times!

Today’s adventures began with me rising promptly at 6:00 am to ready for the Dutchtown Bazaar at The Feasting Fox in St. Louis, MO. I was not a vendor there myself, but rather attending in honor and support of a friend of mine, Kiana McCormick, also known as Space Case. It was her first time selling art at a show or event, and I was super excited to attend! I felt the same sort of excitement for her as I felt when attending my first book signing–and admittedly the same sort of nervousness as well. New place, lots of new people…101_0408

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Kiana and Alex showcasing her table filled with amazing, original artwork.

But I have been pushing myself to step outside my comfort zone, meet new people, and make new artistic connections, and overall, it proved a really fun and relaxing experience.

I took the MetroLink and bus and arrived exactly at 9 am, right when the whole thing was to begin. Kiana was at her table with a long-time friend of hers, Alex. This was my first time meeting him, and I often can get anxious around other people’s friends, but Alex made me feel right at home as much as Kiana does. I’ve heard a lot about him, and it was great to finally meet him in person. He is laid-back, sensible, and a really, really nice guy–plus, he took care of the cash box and managing financial affairs, something that no artist/author likes to contend with, whether we always admit to it or not.

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The Feasting Fox, in all of its lovely fairy-tale beauty.

We spent our time talking, selling art, and passing out business cards. Kiana made quite a few sales; the most popular sellers were her stickers and rings which surprised her a little, but I mean, why not? Who can resist cool stickers and cute, affordable jewelry?

At some point, I took a walk and explored what the vendors outside had to offer–it was a ridiculously hot and sticky day, so it’s nice that Kiana’s table was inside. Outside, I was able to meet several artists and buy several awesome pieces of jewelry as seen in the slideshow below. I used to be a very shy person and suppose I still am, but I’m getting a lot better at introducing myself to fellow artists and promoting myself. I also had the pleasure of talking to the artists I met a bit about being an author and asking if I could include them in my blog post about the event; you can see those pictures and get their links below as well.

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Kiana and I looking fabulous with our fabulous hair.

After the show ended, we stopped at Ted Drewe’s for some frozen custard–well, on Alex’s and Kiana’s part; I am allergic to milk and sugar, so custard to me = instant death–and then Alex was nice enough to drop me off at my car so I could rush off to the next day’s event, a wedding shower for a friend of mine from church, Crysania Marie Panganiban Snyder–yes, her name is so amazing and complicated to pronounce, I simply had to include the whole thing.

Again, I admit I don’t usually like events like wedding showers, but I am trying to branch out and be more social, and you know what, this one was actually really fun. I got to see friends of mine from church I haven’t gotten to really see or hang out with in ages, due to work schedules, school schedules, and just life in general. Plus, there was lots of amazing, allergy-free Filipino food that I can actually eat, and trust me–by that point, I was starving. I ate all the lumpia possible for me to eat–it’s still my favorite!

Also, there were games, and I love games. We played Pictionary; all the clues were wedding-related. My clue was “something old,” and the only thing I could think of to draw was this little, bent-over old lady, but hey, it worked and my team guessed right.

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Brittany show-casing our team’s awesome toilet paper bridal design.

We also played a game where two teams had to create a bridal gown from toilet paper; the other team won due to their kick-ass sandals and ring they created, but I think our team’s dress was pretty rad too, especially with all the little flowers we added.

Mrs. Baker, the pastor’s wife, also gave this wonderful little devotional about marriage. She compared marriage to a see-saw and said that a solid marriage will start with God, as a solid base. The husband and wife rest at either end, and as men and women are so different, the see-saw will likely be bouncing up and down a lot, but it’s important that the couple seek God, work together, and try to balance that see-saw–and it’s especially important that both partners stay on; if one gets off, the other will fall.

101_0468She added words like “love,” “Bible,” and “prayer” to support the see-saw and grant it more stability. Then, once all these things were in place, she began adding family, work, church, and other, in order of importance. It was a great little analogy to help remind Christians like myself that when you trust God and seek His will first, He will help you with everything else. It was also a great reminder of the kind of teamwork needed in any relationship–and that both people need to be willing to ride that see-saw and stay on at all times. Otherwise, the whole thing will crumble.

Overall, the day was a wonderful, action-packed, productive experience. I have more plans throughout the week, so keep posted for Part II of my adventures, and in the meantime, enjoy the rest of the pictures from today’s events–and don’t forget to check out the links to Kiana’s page as well as those of all the other cool artists I met!

Pictures of Kiana’s art:

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Pictures of the rest of the day’s events:

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Links to Artists:

Kiana McCormick: Space Case

Christina Sterman: handmade for you

Priscilla Meinz

Donna Fox: Crow Steals Fire

Scarlett and Maria

April Klenke