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December 28, 2017

Top Ten Thursday: some words before the year ends

This week's Top Ten Thursday is list all the things that need to be said or done before the year ends. My list are quotes/words that I heard that seems to match my own sensibility/state of mind. I like to remember and share them here.

01/ 'Pardon my catastrophe'  
– I saw this on a blog but I can't remember the link

02/ "I have no idea what I'm doing, but I know I'm doing it really well."
– from the tv show Parks and Recreation

03/ "Please don’t expect me to always be good and kind and loving. There are times when I will be cold and thoughtless and hard to understand."
Sylvia Plath

04/ "I don't procrastinate. I just like to do things later."
– from the tv show Bored to Death

05/ "Don't say anything too emotional. It will be uncomfortable."
– from the pilot of the tv show Forever

06/ "The world is balance on the knife edge of destruction every single day. Accept that and you can get on with things."
– from the tv show Elementary in the epsiode 'The Red Team'

07/ "I wish I could say everything in one word. I hate all the things that can happen between the beginning of a sentence and the end."
Leonard Cohen

08/ "Sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I’m not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt."  
– from the 2013 movie Her

09/ "I'm not nice. I'm just...highly susceptible to guilt."
– from the tv show Wonderfalls

10/ "Expect problems and eat them for breakfast."
– Alfred A. Montapert

What are some things you want to say or do before the new year starts?
For more Top Ten Thursdays, visit Tamara here.

December 27, 2017

The 365 commenting challenge for 2018

I've signed up for the The 365 commenting challenge hosted by Nori at ReadWriteLove 28. My first thought is: "This is a nice excuse for me leave more comments." And then my next thought is "Why? Why did I do it?!?!" Why? I'm not even sure. I've been slacking on commenting so I guess this might be a good challenge for me. The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. The goal is to visit and comment on 365 blogs of your choosing or Nori's choosing (the host). So who wants to join me?  Go here for more info about the The 365 commenting challenge.

December 26, 2017

Books I'm Looking Forward To Reading

Over at The Broke and the Bookish, this week's Top Ten Tuesday is 'Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018'. I'm listing books I will/might be reading soon.

Books I might read

01/ The rules of magic by Alice Hoffman [link] – I've been a fan of Hoffman's books for a long while but I haven't read any new ones that I like lately but perhaps this new one will be something I would like. I don't like prequels or sequels especially when the original book (Practical Magic) is perfectly fine by itself but this one I don't mind.

02/ The disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy [link] – I read another book (Of things gone astray by Janina Matthewson) with a similar theme that I love and so I thought I might love this as well.

03/ The polar bear explorers' club by Alex Bell [link] – it's an adventure through frozen lands which I like the idea but I'll probably be disappointed but perhaps I'll read it anyway.

04/ My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows and Brodi Ashton [link] – it's a new take on Jane Eyre and I like Jane Eyre, plus humor, honestly, people should write more humor into their books.

05/ The forbidden library series by Django Wexler [link] – I really want to read an adventure set in a library or at least has something to do with books, I read a few and I didn't like them but perhaps I'll like this series.

Books I will read

06/ The beast's heart by Leife Shallcross [link] – it's a retelling of 'beauty & the beast' which you know is my favorite fairytale and so I'm always up for reading another retelling even if it will disappoint me again.

07/ Cress and Winter – the 3rd & 4th book of The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer [link] – I have read Cinder and love that. I read Scarlet and it was just okay but I like the series & so I'm going to finish it.

08/ Shadow weaver by MarcyKate Connolly [link] – I love Connolly's previous two books (Monstrous & Ravenous) & so I'm looking forward to this one even though I have no idea what's it really about except the part about a girl and her shadow.

09/ A Thousand Beginnings and Endings Edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman [link] – fairytales, myths, folklores by 15 authors I've never read before, I want to read just to see how these authors will tell these tales.

10/ Shadows on the moon by Zoë Marriott [link] – actually, I have started this book months ago but somehow never got to finishing it. I really like the setting of Japan, I like the idea of Cinderella having magic and the author did wrote one of my favorite Beauty & the Beast retelling (Barefoot on the wind), lots of winning combination so why haven't I finished reading this? I'm not really sure but I'll probably know when I get to the end.

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December 23, 2017

The hopeful pessimist

'the hopeful pessimist'
Just some lazy thoughts and the title 'The hopeful pessimist' is a phrase that I like and wanted to use and I suppose it sort of represents me a bit. Here are some thoughts for today:

01/ I don't always post regularly or be at the same blog regularly either. But blogging is the only platform that allows me to be as slow as I want to be or as fast as I might want to be. I suppose this is why I can't give it up and also because I'm not on any social media, it means blogging is all that I have to be out there in the world without actually being out there. But sometimes I really want to be on social media like twitter or Instagram and then I remind myself I have no reason to because a) I'm slow to update and b) I'm slow to update. I just think that one platform (blogging) is enough for me. Do I wonder if maybe I'm missing out by not being on social media? Probaby but who's to say social media is a better platform than blogging? Okay, probably a lot of people but I don't care. Being on social media means less to me than being on a blog.

02/ I'm thinking of re-opening my Society6 shop again with a new name but I'm not sure. Do people want my art on their walls or on their clothes or on their bedspread? I guess I do want my art to be out there but I don't know. You can't have a shop and not promote it because how else you're going to get any sales? If you're an artist who have a Society6 shop, you know they have promotion events every other week and promoting something, anything, takes work and time and a good memory because you do have to remember what day to do this and that and I guess my lazy self just refuse to do all that. I don't know, I guess I'll have to think some more on this.

03/ Movies & Shows I've watched in November & December:

I am dragon
I Am Dragon – Russian > link
It is sort of like 'beauty & the beast' with dragons, well, one dragon really. It's really quite a beautiful film. But the first half is mostly in darkness which seems a bit much. I thought the ending was a bit abrupt. There's not much showing of how she came to love the dragon and his human half. I guess I wanted more explanations, more moments of their connective-ness, more showing of who they were and who they became. It's a really good movie but a little lacking.

the lion woman
The Lion Woman – Norwegian > link
This would have been an extraordinary movie but it's just plain and ordinary. There's never really any exploration of her condition or how she suddenly became this smart mathematician. I'm guessing there were scenes that were cut that might have added more to the movie. The bullying and the abuse is expected but the ending didn't really address how she got accepted. <SPOILER? I don't know > Sure, she became a respected professor all on her own and her colleagues seemed to accept her but did they truly accepted her? I know her nanny and her father (reluctantly) loved and accepted her and perhaps that one guy who was forced to leave. But outside of these people, she really have no one. I suppose I would have prefer that she found a friend that would quell her loneliness but perhaps she really just wanted her father's love all along and that was enough. <END SPOILER> It's a decent movie but I would not want to see it again as I hate watching people getting abused and bullied just for being different.

Pacific Rim
Pacific Rim > link
You wouldn't think a movie about giant robots fighting giant aliens would be a movie I would enjoy but I did. I like the human characters and there is a bit of humor there and the actors seems to be into their roles. But I sort of wish Mako, she being the only second of two females in the movie, would have more dialogues. I find her silence a bit strange sometimes. I just wish she would talk more even if she speaks all in Japanese. But at least she's not too much of a damsel. <SPOILER>Though at the end, she was saved by her partner which I wish she would save him instead. I really think they should have make her the lead and she's the one that saves the day instead of always having the man saves the woman. It would have make this movie a little less male-oriented.<END SPOILER> Not really a spoiler as the ending is expected. Overall, a decent action flick.

The Three Musketeers
The Three Musketeers – Korean tv show > link
The plot is just like the book or at least like the movies of the same title. I like the comradely between the four men and it's fun watching them banter and such which is really the best part of the show. The romance between the prince and princess is bit slow and frustrating as the prince seems indifferent toward his wife in the beginning and then there's a sudden change, well, perhaps it's not so sudden since they have been married for some years but it seems that way to me. Though I find their scenes together to be quite humorous and entertaining. I didn't care for the woman who wanted revenge on the prince and who is supposed to have died several times but never does for one reason or another but it's probably so she can bring more trouble in the sequel. (There were planed sequels that didn't happen.) I really like the part where the hero gets lost trying to get to a new city. Overall, a pretty good show and with only ten episodes, you can enjoy the show without committing too much time to it.

Doctor Romantic
Doctor Romantic aka Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim  – Korean tv show > link
The name Doctor Romantic is a phrase that means arrogant or someone who is very confident which I like better. Doctor Romantic is referred to the doctor named Teacher Kim – I adore his character. He says and does what he wants and he's not afraid to offend people and doesn't take crap from anyone. Sometimes he may be a bit harsh with his words but he's never wrong. If I have a teacher like him, I would have been a better person, at least, a bit braver. One thing that bothers me is, they never really address one of the doctor's suicide attempt, I mean, one moment she is bleeding away and then she is fine, they don't even try to explain more thoroughly of why she tries to kill herself, they just gloss over it. Or maybe I missed something? But aside from that, it's a pretty good show though I really don't like much of the other characters except Teacher Kim, he's quite fun to watch. As for all the medical situations/scenes, I try not to watch them too closely and frankly I sometimes move my eyes off the screen during those scenes. Overall, a really good medical drama.

Tunnel – Korean tv show > link
A cop time travels thirty years into the future through a tunnel. He tries to capture a killer with the help of two very obstinate sidekicks – both of whom he is related to somehow and also one of his cop friends from the past who had grew up to be a chief. Tunnel is a great show and it is both entertaining and well written. I like the friction between all the characters and there's a bit of humor there. It's definitely one of the best crime dramas I have seen.

04/ Things that I'll miss in 2017 or things that are no longer being produced for some stupid reasons:

a) flower desk calendar from Workman Publishing – I get this every year but there's no 2018 version, so I'll just assume they have decided to stop printing them & I have stopped hoping for their return.

b) the sketch books from Barnes & Nobles – they're no longer being sold which is a pity as I really love them. I know they carry other sketch books of similar type but I just didn't like them as much.

05/ Lately I kind of want to turn this blog into a book blog. I've been reading a lot and I like talking about books I've read. But it's just a thought.

06/ Recently (okay it was months ago but this thought has been percolating around my head for some time now), I read this self-published book with lots of grammar errors that made me keeping thinking 'the editor needs an editor.' I'm thinking maybe the author have complete trust in the editor. (The editor, as noted in the acknowledgement, is a friend of the author.) I'm not an expert on grammar or editing so perhaps the mistakes aren't mistakes? But the point is, I have to admit, I admire the author for putting her book out there, errors and all. I want to be able to do that – put my writing out there and not be afraid but still, I don't know. I'm not good at editing my own work and asking people to edit/read my work is kind of strange. It's hard to decide if you trust that person's opinion or whether their advice is good or not. I don't know. I did posted a couple of fiction on this blog even if they did need editing. So, maybe it's not so much about fear of editors as much as being afraid that my writing isn't as good as I thought. And so let's just forget all that you just read, okay?

07/ I pretty much spend the whole of 2017 being very lazy. I didn't mean to. I had planned on finishing up my writings and artworks but the motivation just disappeared without so much as a glance at what I was supposed to finish. The more I try to finish something, the less I want to do it. I don't even know why that is. I really would like to finshing those novels and short stories and those unfinished art pieces that sits around but each time I try, something distracts me or perhaps I distract myself. Still I did get some artwork done though those aren't the unfinished pieces. They were new creations that I'm sure I wouldn't even have finished except that I did. So perhaps I just need to start and not think too much?

What's on your mind these days?

December 21, 2017

Top Ten Thursday: a christmas story

Top Ten Thursday: a christmas story
This week's Top Ten Thursday is to choose a Christmas song that you like and create a back story. I choose 'Feels like christmas' sung by Cyndi Lauper. I didn't do a back story, more just a story which is not easy with only ten sentences so there are a lot of run-on sentences. And if you counted, there are eleven sentences because I'm lazy, that's why.

Here's a sample of the lyrics:
'Feels like christmas' sung by Cyndi Lauper

Hey Louie, can't you see
I couldn't leave you if I tried
Hey Louie, listen to me
We got a thing so dignified
It don't matter if we lived in a shack
Or in a shiny cadillac
It don't matter rich or poor
When love is knocking at your door

It feels like Christmas
Just like Christmas
It feels like Christmas with you...

Songwriters: Rob Hyman / Eric M Bazilian / Cyndi Lauper

(Listen to the song here.)

Here's the story:
Cyndi had been Louie's sweetheart for two months, four days and some hours before Louie began to change and not in a good way.

One ordinary morning Louie woke, pulled his legs out of bed and found they were merged and dangling from his supposed toes were roots.

They visited severals doctors who laughed at them for some time before realizing Cyndi and Louie were serious but there was no cure, at least, none that could be found.

Louie was poor when he married Cyndi and they became poorer when Louie and Cyndi both lost their jobs but they were happy they were still together.

Louie continued to change and grow and he was still able to move about though walking like a penguin did get him some strange stares now and then.

One sunny day, Louie stood in front of the mall but he couldn't get through the swinging doors as he had grew to about ten feet tall.

Soon he found himself clumsily signing a contract to be the mall's mascot during all the holidays such as 'Beat the tree' day and of course, Christmas day.

Louie was almost glad he became a tree because as a man, he couldn't even get a job but as a tree, he was able to pay off his debts and get Cyndi the mansion he had promised her when he married her.

But after a while, Louie's stay at the mall became more permanent as he could no longer move but every christmas, Cyndi would visit Louie and thank him for her good life and Louie would shift his branches a little as an acknowledgment.

Soon, Louie was so much like a tree that he no longer stirs at anyone's voice, not even Cyndi's.

Still, every year, it won't feel like christmas unless Cyndi visits the mall and says a little prayer for Louie's return some day.

The end.

For more Top Ten Thursdays, visit Tamara's blog here >

December 20, 2017

scribble picnic: christmastime

'starry christmas night'
closeup 1 - click on image for a larger view
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closeup 3 - click on image for a larger view
This week's Scribble Picnic is 'Christmastime.'  I was going to finish up this other piece here but decided to do this instead. I was going to finish up this other piece here but decided to do this instead. The girl and boy are supposed to be fairies but now I see them, probably not. < See more Scribbles here >

December 14, 2017

Best & Favorites of 2017

I thought I make a list of posts that readers may not have the chance to read or missed somehow. You're probably wondering why I'm posting this list now when the year is not even over. Let's just say I rather post this now then later when I won't even remember what I posted. Of course, this list is completely bias as I am talking about what I've created/written. So I guess this is what you would call 'self promoting'?

The Best of 2017

01/ Maroon
— art >> Link

02/ Korean dramas & honest taglines — I watch a lot of Korean (& Chinese) dramas & these are some of my favorites with my very-silly-but-honest taglines >> Link

03/ Seven silly & strange questions 
—  just some questions you may or may not want to answer >> Link

04/ The beast's library
— art  >> Link

05/ Mystery Blogger Award
— q&a of sorts >> Link

06/ Some blogging confessions
— just some honest talks and perhaps a little too much oversharing  >> Link

07/ Top ten items on my bucket list
— haven't done a single of these things yet >> Link

My Favorites of 2017:

01/ How to be good
— a somewhat sarcastic, almost real, almost practical, randomly chosen, honestly presented & foolishly believed list >> Link

02/ Fireworks, stars and dragons
— fiction >> Link

03/ Miss Dot-Dot
— art >> Link

04/ Hello, is this me?
— a little reflection on self image >> Link

05/ Favorite 'Beauty & The Beast' Retellings
— for now anyway >> Link

06/ Bear Meets Lion
— fiction >> Link

07/  What 'personal blog' means to me
— a little too much thinking >> Link

What's your favorite/best posts from your blog?

December 12, 2017

Favorite Books of 2017

Over at The Broke and the Bookish, this week's Top Ten Tuesday is your favorite books of 2017.  Since I usually read books years after they are published, this list is mostly of books I read this year. Here's my list in no particular order.

Barefoot on the wind by Zoë Marriott
01/ Barefoot on the wind by Zoë Marriott
Favorite Quote: "His silence and stillness felt like a chasm yawning between us now. And I found that I was sorry – and I wanted somehow to bridge the silence. Not to ask all the questions that burned inside me, to discover just what he meant – how could anyone forget their own name? – or where this strange home of his was, or what had happened to bring me here. Not even to attempt to placate him for my own safety. I had hurt him and I wanted to soothe the wound."

North Child by Edith Pattou
02/ North Child by Edith Pattou (also known by the previous title 'East')
Favorite Quote: "...The steps of things are where life is truly found, in doing the day-to-day tasks. Caught up in the world of enchantment as I had been at the castle, it had been the routine things I had missed most, which was why I had set up that laundry room and insisted on doing my own washing. But I had missed so much. Sitting at the table back home and peeling potatoes with my mother and sisters in companionable silence. Feeding the chickens, their urgent feathery bodies crowding my legs, and looking up to see Neddy coming back from the fields. Going on one of my long exploring walks, having a blister come up on my heel but at the same time stumbling upon a fox den and catching a brief glimpse of a mother fox nursing a brand-new litter of kits. And though I might have wished away the blister, slowing down to favour the pain in my heel was part of how I came to see the kits."
Hunted by Megan Spooner
03/ Hunted by Megan Spooner
Favorite Quote: "She had always been Beauty when they hunted together, always Beauty when he tucked her in at night. He called her Yeva now, because she was to be a fine lady someday, and her proper name was the one society knew. And yet there was always a half second's pause before he said that name, a tiny catch in his voice that was all that remained of who she'd been before."

Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi
04/ Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi
Favorite quote: "Alice was an odd girl, even for Ferenwood, where the sun occasionally rained and the colors were brighter than usual and magic was as common as a frowning parent. Her oddness was evident even in the simplest things she did, though most especially in her inability to walk home in a straight line. She stopped too many times, wandering off the main path, catching deep breathes and holding them, too selfish to let them go."

The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe
05/ The Marvelous Magic of Miss Mabel by Natasha Lowe
Favorite Quote: "...don't you get the shivers just looking at all that space, wondering what's up there? I want to invent a broomstick to fly to the moon."

Anyone but Ivy Pocket / Somebody stop Ivy Pocket / Bring me the head of Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp & Illustrated by Barbara Cantini
06/ Anyone but Ivy Pocket / Somebody stop Ivy Pocket / Bring me the head of Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp & Illustrated by Barbara Cantini
Favorite Quote: "I am remarkably good in a crisis – for I have all the natural instincts of a five-star general – so in no time at all, I had formed a plan. I picked up my carpetbag and headed down to the lobby, replacing my anxiety with the flickering flame of hope. The streets of Paris were sure to lead to adventure and opportunity. No doubt I would stumble upon something utterly thrilling. Or I might end up a beggar, friendless and starving. Which would be terribly inconvenient. But on the bright side – how wonderfully tragic!"
– from Anyone But Ivy Pocket

The Crow-Girl by Bodil Bredsdorff translated from the Danish by Faith Ingwersen
07/ The Crow-Girl by Bodil Bredsdorff translated from the Danish by Faith Ingwersen (The first of The Children of Crow Cove series)
Favorite Quote: "Her eyes were dark blue, nearly black in the dim light. She had a large curved nose and dark, bristly hair that was very short in front where the fire had singed it."

The island at the end of everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
08/ The island at the end of everything by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Favorite Quote: "And now I see them clearly for what they are: the colours patterning each wing, the black bodies, some large, some small, and all of them shifting like breath across the clearing. Butterflies. Dozens, maybe hundreds of them, coasting on the air like a visible, fluttering wind."

09/Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
09/Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Favorite Quote: "Ben wished the world was organized by the Dewey decimal system. That way you'd be able to find whatever you were looking for, like the meaning of your dreams, or your dad."

Matilda by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake
10/ Matilda by Roald Dahl with illustrations by Quentin Blake
Favorite Quote: "Being very small and very young, the only power Matilda had over anyone in her family was brainpower. For sheer cleverness she could run rings around them all."

Find more favorite books at the The Broke and the Bookish.

What are your favorite books of 2017? 

December 10, 2017

still my favorite places to visit

is there a cat napping in the shadows there?
When I saw this post from Ness Kingsley in which she listed some of her favorite blogs that she have followed for years, it made me think about all the bloggers and blogs I have known. Sadly, many of my favorite bloggers have stopped blogging and probably will never return to blogging. They're mostly somewhere or offline.

I debated whether to post this list as it seems like I'm favoring particular bloggers but isn't having a blog means sharing and promoting not only yourself but others? The blogs on this list (in no particular order) are from bloggers that I have known almost since the day I started blogging which seems like a million years ago but who's counting?

01/ knitting the wind  > link 
Knitting the wind has been one of my favorite blog names for a long while. Sarah had switched blog address from time to time but she has returned to this address, I think recently (I haven't exactly been checking dates). Visiting Sarah's blog is like a dream. One of those good dreams full of splendid imaginary and calmness and stories from a far away place. She blogs from New Zealand which is very far from where I am but isn't it wonderful we can meet people so far from us?

02/ Christine's Blog > link
I don't have the motivation as Christine to post every day but I'm glad she does. She is certainly the most consistent blogger that I know. I always find something to be amused by with what she writes. In between posts about every day life, Christine also posts her lovely artworks.

03/ Michael MacVean Illustration > link
I find Michael's artwork very inspiring. I like his loose, easy strokes, almost the opposite of my own style as I tend to perfect my lines. I suppose that's why I find Michael's drawing style particularly likeable. This blog, 'Michael MacVean Illustration,' is not the blog I originally followed but it has been around a lot longer than most of my blogs. I still sort of prefer his previous blog name – dotty hill.

04/ Beauty Flows > link
Tammie Lee's artwork is one great reason I still follow her blog all these years. Her color choices are always perfect. I feel like a slacker when compare to how much artwork Tammie creates. She also runs a photography blog fill with wonderful nature photos over here.

05/ Carrie Loves > link
I have learned a lot about blog design and htmls and all kinds of tricks & tips from Carrie. Her blog haven't always been just about blogs and design, there are other fun things in between. And I like her spunk. And her design style - clean, organized, aesthetically pleasing. So Carrie haven't posted in a long while but there are still a lot of useful posts on her blog if you need some tips.

06/ Land of Candy Canes > link
I always have fun reading Katrin's posts. 'Never a dull thought' might be the way to describe them. I sort of think she shares the same kind of sense of humor so I suppose that's why I like reading her blog. Sadly, she have not updated her blog in a long while. Perhaps she will return to blogging someday.

07/ Carver's Cards > link
I don't even remember when I started following Carver's blog, it might have been from when I started blogging but I don't remember. I like her sky & nature photography and also, she lives in such a nice place that looks like the country side which really is North Carolina. I always have a nice visit reading her blog.

08/ Selma in the city > link
Selma is a wonderful writer. I dearly love reading her essays about life. But sadly Selma has stopped blogging. She is mostly at twitter which I don't follow but I'm grateful to have discovered her blog though I really wish she hadn't stopped blogging.

09/ Alexandra MacVean Illustration > link
I got to know Alexandra through her previous blog 'Remember Paris' (or something similar as I don't recall the exact name) but I do vaguely remember being a bit sad when she closed her blog but thankfully, she started again. Alexandra's current blog with her namesake is similar but I think, more cheerful posts with adorable artworks.

10/ New kid on the cape > link
You might say Frances is my very first blog buddy. We even collaborated on a photography blog called 'the daytrippers' which is still around though no updates. Frances had been blogging a lot longer than me and I think she might even have more blogs under her belt than me. I have been following her since 'blogjem' to 'just expressing myself' and many others, and even sometimes design a header or two for her. She has so much energy and I think a lot of stories to tell. Technically, 'New kid on the cape' is a new blog but as long as she is blogging, new blogs are always welcome.

11/ La Vie Graphite > link
Abraham posts lots of profound writings, travel notes & photography and if you're especially into reading intellectual essays, then you should go visit his blog. I must admit I don't always have the patience to read the long posts or completely understood what is written, but there is something about Abraham's words that just reminds me of good days, long-forgotten thoughts & there's a little bit of dream-like feel to them too. Most of his posts are rather long but worth reading if you have the time.

There would have been a lot of more blogs on this list but most of them don't exist anymore and sadly, I don't have a list of names to search for them. If you're interested in more blogs, visit my blogroll here — all my favorite blogs are there. What blogs have you been reading/following since you've started blogging?

December 7, 2017

Top Ten Thursday: favorite art

This week's Top Ten Thursday is favorite pieces of art such as paintings, classical music, sculptures, literature, theater plays, operas, etc. As you can tell, I'm more into paintings then most type of art. Here's my list:

01/ Automat by Edward Hopper — you might have noticed my blogger icon is a recreation of this painting but not exactly, it's here if you would like to see it.

02/ Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major by Johann Sebastian Bach — I just love this song but I can't explain why I like it. I have this song in my iTunes and Yo-yo Ma is the artist. You can listen here.
Image is from here.

03/ Love Letter soundtrack by Remedios — this is the soundtrack to the 1995 Japanese film of the same name which I also love. The soundtrack is so perfect for the film and it has been one of my favorite film sountrack for a long while.  It's very dreamy and delicate and well, you just have to listen. I couldn't find a site that have samples but I did find this youtube video for the song 'frozen summer' here.

04/  Strawberry Fields in Central Park designed by Bruce Kelly & dedicated to John Lennon — when I visited Central Park, I got lost trying to find this art as I didn't have a map but I did find it and it's beautiful though I thought it would be bigger. Strawberry Fields is at West 72nd Street, NYC 10019, more info here

05/  Portrait of a Young Woman Drawing by Marie-Denise Villers — I've not known this piece for long but I do love it for it's light and shadow which is perfectly rendered especially her white gown. There is a somehow half-amused look to her face that I like very much. For more info go here.

06/ The starry starry night by Vincent van Gogh — always a favorite though I've never seen it in person
07/ Musician Angel by Rosso Fiorentino — don't know why but I like this angel and even created an art piece inspired by this piece

08/ Young Girl Reading by Jean-Honoré Fragonard — don't you just love the folds/shadows in her sleeves/dress??

09/ The Brooklyn Bridge designed by John Augustus Roebling — I have walked the Brooklyn Bridge countless times and it always seems like I've walked it always in winter, not even sure how that happened.  More info here

10/ Jimmy Liao art — anything Jimmy Liao draws is my favorite and I want to create art like his. I actually have about twenty of his books and whenever I sort of get struck for ideas, I flip through those books.
What are your favorite art?

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