Today is a happy day – it’s the beginning of a two-week holiday for my family! The next fortnight will be filled with traveling, visiting with family and friends, lots of laughter and no school. I’m already getting super excited about the socks I’m going to knit, the books I’m going to read and all of the fun that I’m going to have. But before I leave, I wanted to write a quick post to hold y’all over while I’m gone. I tried to think of some coherent, organized way in which to say all of the random things that I wanted to say, but inspiration was elusive. Hence the title of this post. 🙂
First of all, an important announcement: I finished editing The Princess and the Prince! It’s undergoing scrutiny by some family and friends as we speak. When they finish their edit, The Princess and the Prince will be ready for printing and reading! Hopefully I’ll be able to post a reveal of the front cover within the next few weeks. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited.
Next on the list of randomness: a few brilliant quotes from G.K. Chesterton that I came across the other day:
“Can you not see…that fairy tales in their essence are quite solid and straightforward; but that this everlasting fiction about modern life is in its nature essentially incredible? Folk-lore means that the soul is sane, but that the universe is wild and full of marvels. Realism means that the world is dull and full of routine, but that the soul is sick and screaming. The problem of the fairy tale is – what will a healthy man do with a fantastic world? The problem of the modern novel is – what will a madman do with a dull world?”
“Nearly all the best and most precious things in the universe you can get for one halfpenny. I make an exception, of course, of the sun, the moon, the earth, people, stars, thunderstorms and such trifles. You can get them for nothing.”
And my new favorite Christmas quote:
“Personally, of course, I believe in Santa Claus; but it is the season of forgiveness, and I will forgive others for not doing so.”
Mini Movie Reviews:
I’ve recently seen two new “based on a true story” movies that I really loved.
Valkyrie: The incredible true story set during WWII. A group of German men banded together to try and save their beloved country from the clutches of the madman, Adolf Hitler. General Stauffenburg (played by Tom Cruise) headed the plot. I not only learned a ton about Nazi Germany in watching this film, I was truly inspired by the heroism of Stauffenburg and his friends. There are some dark themes in this movie, so it definitely deserved to be PG-13. But I was thankful that there was hardly any language and that the violence was not too disturbing. (For a great review of this movie, visit Formidable Courage.)
42: The true story of Jackie Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman), the first African American major league baseball player. This film had great character development, as well as being based on an amazing story. I loved Jackie’s relationship with his wife – they made such a great team. It was also refreshing to see a great Christian character, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), portrayed so well. Although it was sad to see the racism that Jackie came up against, the movie was ultimately inspiring and very well-done. 42 is rated PG-13 for language.
Last but not least, a bit about books!
There’s something so delicious about deciding which books shall be brought on a family vacation! Although I’m in the middle of The Return of the King, I want to bring something shorter (and more fast-paced) along with me on this particular holiday.
I’ve heard a lot about The Giver by Lois Lowry, but I have never read it before. I saw the trailer for the upcoming film yesterday, and I suddenly was seized with an irresistible desire to read the book. So the battered library paperback is going into my suitcase, and I’m very excited to read it for the first time. Aside from the glimpses in the trailer, I have no idea what to expect!
Another book that I’m excited about reading is Belles on Their Toes by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth. I found it in the free bin at the library the other day, and the front cover caught my eye. When I read the back of the book, I realized that it’s the sequel to the real-life story, Cheaper by the Dozen, also by Frank and Ernestine Gilbreth. My family and I really enjoy the old 1950’s movie, but I had no idea that there was a sequel to the story. Intrigued, I took it home and began to flip through it. It is very well-written, and looks like a great story. I won’t be taking Belles on Their Toes with me on this trip, but I’ll definitely be reading it some time soon.
So that about sums up what I’ve been reading and watching and writing over the past few weeks! What about you? Have you seen Valkyrie or 42? Have you ever read Belles on Their Toes or The Giver? I’d love to hear what you think about these stories!