W is for…

 

My 2015 A to Z Challenge Theme is Quotes & Lines from Literature. Each day I will be posting a favorite quote or a few lines from well known short stories, poems or novels, with the letter of the first name as the A to Z. I’ll have a short write up with each quote, but each quote can also serve as a writing prompt for readers or myself.  I may write a poem or flash fiction based on that quote, or just throw it out there as inspiration. Hopefully you’ll join me in this adventure! I’ll try to include some of my favorite blog finds as I move through the challenge as well.
  

  
These are the first lines of Shakespeare’s Sonnet LX (60) which I found on one of my favorite and most commonly visited websites, Shakespeare Online

Why might you ask do I visit Shakespeare online so frequently? Well, I will tell you I have fallen into a new relationship with the Bard in the last year or so. My interest began thanks in large part to my fangirl favorite, Tom Hiddleston, who is a great fan of Shakespeare, but has grown as I have gotten more into the works, including seeing several performed, which is truly the best way to find a love for Shakespeare. 

One of the ways I have gotten more involved with his words is through the weekly Shakespeare lovefest that is #ShakespeareSunday on Twitter run by @HollowCrownFans. Each Sunday I search for the most fitting line to tweet within the theme and my day is always made when @HollowCrownFans retweet me. Hey, it’s the simple things in life, right? 😉 

I also picked up a really great iTunes download of a Shakespeare documentary called Muse of Fire where two actors go about trying to figure out what makes Shakespeare still so beloved after all this time. The two interview lots of everyday folk but also some big name actors, like Dame Judy Dench, Jude Law, Ewan McGregor and just the tiniest bit with Mr. Hiddleston. It’s a great exploration of why these works are so powerful even today. 

And just one more small mention of an absolute gem you should check out is PBS’s Shakespeare Uncovered. I watched the first season and am working on the second. Each episode focused on one play or a combination of related plays. Each episode is led by an actor who explores various parts of the history of the play as well as productions of it. I found these to be so helpful in understanding the works, but also just so fun to see the work in action. Definitely worth checking out! 😀

So given all of this I couldn’t pass up making W for William Shakespeare and I picked a favorite part of one of his sonnets that speaks to Time – which is a theme I am frequently drawn to. Not especially cheerful, but I love it.

Have a great week & make your minutes count! 😀

Living in Rough Draft

I love that every day it’s always possible to discover something new about yourself, if you open yourself up for that.

I love that you don’t have to see yourself, your likes and your dislikes, and even your so called ‘normal life’ as a constant, unmovable thing. I like that we can live in rough draft and always be willing to scrap a chapter or add a totally new one.

This weekend I saw a Shakespearean play on the big screen (see my previous post to share in that experience) and then did a class today where we painted the Tardis from Doctor Who. I have never thought of myself as a theatre geek and am not yet a Whovian, but I love the idea of allowing myself to check out the possibility of both. And more.

Why not look for more things to be excited about? I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a Harry Potter fan, a Hunger Games fan, a Tom Hiddleston fan, and a Game of Thrones fan. It’s cool to perk up when you hear a mention of a favorite book or movie or actor. Why not add more to the mix?

Like I mentioned in my previous post, I’ve never really been a Shakespeare fan, but I am enjoying #ShakespeareSunday on Twitter where the hosts @HollowCrownFans post a theme and people tweet their favorite Shakespeare quotes relative to the theme. It has me pouring through online texts every Sunday. I never would have imagined that for myself, but I love it.

I have also never been a poetry fan, but I have found that I absolutely love my The Love Book app I downloaded, and another by the same publisher called iF Poems. Both have a collection of poetry (and prose) that are collected in such a lovely way for you to scroll through and enjoy. But the real gift, for me at least, is the works that are read by actors and actresses adding so much more depth than I alone may get in just reading in my head. Poems I may never have otherwise noticed, or never have loved are brought to life in such a beautiful way. After listening to and reading poems on my apps, I recently picked up several poetry books at the library (Me! Poetry!) and I’ve found myself drawn to them instead of the novel I have by my bed.

Let me assure you that in no way would I have imagined that for myself a year ago. And how absolutely wonderful is that?

Where will I be and what will I love and what will I be doing a year from now?

The beautiful thing is I don’t know. I haven’t written that part of my story yet.