Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Hours of 2012

Well, it's been a great year. I've started this blog, released the first Vallanie Sharp book, and made some great friends, so thank you all so much for being a part of it. Wishing everyone the best on this new years eve (and new years day, in some parts of the world). Hope you have a great (safe!) celebration- see you next year! 

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Guest Blogging

Today I was given the opportunity to post over at the book blog Letters Inside Out. It's just a short little autobiographical story full of holiday and wintery goodness.

If you're in the mood for something sweet (besides the left over holiday goodies), stop by and take a look. Anyone who does so is automatically awesome! :)

Monday, December 26, 2011

Magical Time of Year

I hope everyone is relaxing and taking time to enjoy the holiday break! I've been keeping busy with friends, relatives, holiday celebrations, and... oh yeah, work. But I've recently been working on a fun little project I thought I'd share. While trying to improve my relations with photoshop, I've indulged me fairy tale obsession and made some fantasy inspired portraits. Enjoy: 

Josi, the wolf child

Me as a maiden (or princess in hiding)

Josi and her Puppy, Pippin

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

More Hobbits!

For those of us who have been waiting for our trip back to middle earth, the Hobbit Trailer is now here! Take a look:

What do you think? I'm thinking it looks amazing :D

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Studying and Getting Ready for the Holidays

Well, it's the middle of december, which means cold weather, exams and some holiday shopping. I thought I'd make the best of my hours indoors (and five hour drive home) by listening to some Christmas music :)

Here are some that I've had on repeat: 

Silver Bells (Plumb)

It's Christmas time (plumb)

A Charlie Brown Christmas (Piano)

Early happy holidays, everyone. Good luck to those of you who are taking exams!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Fairy Tale Heroines (who actually do stuff)

So I’ve been watching ABC’s Once Upon a Time and it’s gotten me on a fairy tale kick. I tried going to the library and looking for a book of fairy tales, but there were so many, I didn’t know where to start. I asked myself if there was something specific I was looking for, and I realized there was: I wanted a story with a female heroine.
Not just a female main character, but a female main character who actually does something (other than wait patiently to be rescued). Don’t get me wrong, I love Cinderella and Snow White and all the Disney classics, but I wanted to read about a girl who took her life into her own hands.

After a lot of googling and a surprising amount of dead-ends, these are some of the lesser known stories I’ve found that sound like they have some pretty awesome heroines:

  • “The Master Maid” where the main girl helps a prince complete three tasks to overthrow her master, an evil troll.
  • “The two Kings Children” in which a king gives a prince three tasks to complete in order to marry any of his daughters. The youngest daughter completes the tasks in secret.
  • “The water nixie” in which a brother and sister fall into a well and are enslaved by a water nixie. The two help each other to escape.
  • “Molly Whuppie” is a (rather violent) Scottish fairy tale about a young girl who travels off with her older sister and consistently gets them out of trouble, most often against a giant. 
  • "Mr. Fox" and "Bluebeard" are two variants of the same story in which a girl is engaged to a man who turns out to be a murderer. In both, she exposes the truth, saving her own life. 
Anyone have any more they want to contribute?