Thursday, August 22, 2013
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Now check out this fab piece by Ms. Dillin:
And if you haven't already read FORGED BY FATE you can find it at:
Amalia Dillin began as a Biology major before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn't stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats -- to pull her chariot through the sky, of course.
Monday, August 12, 2013
Evie Shepard awakens to a nightmare. She's been buried alive and has no idea how or why. As she struggles to remember what happened, she begins to notice changes -- heightened senses, as well as increased speed, agility, and strength. And her heart no longer beats. She soon makes a disturbing discovery: she wasn't buried alive; she was murdered. Somehow, she has come back...and she wants revenge.
Sunday, August 11, 2013
And since Disney acquired Marvel and LucasFilm, going to Disney's D23 Expo with thousands of fellow geeks was like being in heaven.
I had the most amazing time at the convention. I wish I had more pictures to share, but they bagged up our cameras for the big events, and being a notorious rule follower I was too nervous to sneak a pic. (But I did manage to snag a few on the floor!) Some of my absolute favorite parts of the weekend were:
-Meeting John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Disney and the head of Pixar. I touched him! And then I nearly passed out.
-Seeing Tom Hiddleston (aka Loki himself!) promote his upcoming Tinker Bell movie. (You read that right. Loki's in a Tinkerbell Movie. Aw!) He admitted he sang Bear Necessities as his RADA audition piece... and then sang it! Want to see Loki sing Disney? Get ready to swoon.
See Tom sing via YouTube HERE.
-Seeing Loki, Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins talk Thor! I've got a list of about five actors I'd reallyreallyreally like to meet, and Sir Anthony Hopkins has been tops of that list forever. Being 200 feet from him was almost too much. I jumped up and down like a caffeinated kangaroo, shrieked like a howler monkey, and then nearly hyperventilated. But the rest of the auditorium did exactly the same thing. It was awesome! And then they screened brand new footage from the upcoming Thor: The Dark World. *DYING!!!!*
-Seeing Idina Menzel (Wicked's original Elpheba) sing "Let it Go" from the upcoming Norse themed film, Frozen... while the musical team behind Frozen/Book of Mormon/Avenue Q cheered her on!
You can watch Idina sing via YouTube HERE.
-Watching a strikingly beautiful Angelina Jolie talk about cheerfully greeting young kids on the set of her upcoming film, Maleficent -- "because I'm a Disney character!" And then watching those kids run to their parents saying, "Mommy! Make the scary witch stop talking to me!" Oops!
-Seeing Chris Evans, Dane Cook, Sebastian Stan, and so many other Disney/Marvel/Lucas stars talk about working with the company.
-Watching Planes director Klay Hall interacting with young fans on the convention center floor.
-Singing "It's A Small World" along with Richard Sherman, and seeing Alan Menkin play one of my favorite songs, "Happy Working Song" from Enchanted. "What is it with Disney and cleaning," he asked? But you know what Disney taught me? To wear a tiara when I clean. And so I do.
And I'm sure you're all wondering: yes, I did meet Thor. It wasn't THAT Thor, but it was Thor nonetheless.
Here's a four minute YouTube clip MovieManiacs put together on the weekend. It was an amazing experience, and I'm still buzzing from all the creative greatness I got to see. Can't wait to jump back into writing! Maybe Sir Anthony Hopkins will play Odin in one of my Norse mythologies someday. Hey, doesn't Disney teach us "A dream that you wish will come true"? That and "wear a fancy ball gown while cleaning to make things more fun," right Princess Giselle?
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Congratulations Dress #1 and Aly of White Zin Bookends!
When Kristia walks down the aisle in this amazing number, she'll definitely make Ull drool.
But since the race for the winning gown was so close, I think Kristia needs to wear two gorgeous gowns on her big day. When she leaves for her honeymoon with her Norse god, she'll change into a shortened version of dress #4. Won't a knee-length version of this make the ultimate going away dress?
Aly and Christina , your dresses scored a place in Elsker history. Thank you!
Thank you to the champions who advocated for all four gorgeous gowns, and to the readers who voted on Kristia's behalf. She's going to look amazing on her wedding day, and I'm so grateful y'all took part in choosing her gown(s)!