Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What Will Your Verse Be?

I love, love, love this commercial. Not because of the product but because of the stunning images combined with the brilliant words from Dead Poets Society.
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer: that you are here; that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

Here is the original clip if you're not familiar with it.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Unbelievable Version of Frozen's Let It Go

I'm a big fan of Alex Boyé and I'm a big fan of Frozen, so when this video appeared on Alex's Facebook page I knew it was going to be good. Good doesn't even come close to describing to this version of Let It Go. I've watched it multiple times and it still leaves me speechless.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

The Reader

I never thought a scotch commercial could bring me to tears. This one proved me wrong. This commercial is beautiful.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Marissa Meyer Book Signing

Yesterday Marissa Meyer was in Orem for her book tour for her latest book, Cress. Marissa talked about where she got the idea for the series (a writing contest), told an awesome (and creepy) version of Little Red Riding Hood, and then answered audience questions. 

I didn't take notes but here is what I can remember:
  • Captain Thorne is a combination of Malcolm Reynolds and Han Solo (I approve very highly of this!)
  • She is almost done writing Winter.
  • She refused to answer the question about which Firefly character is her favorite. (For what it is worth, mine is Wash)
  • Her writing routine varies daily.
  • She is an outliner.
  • Her advice to writers- read as much as possible and write as much as possible
After the Q&A Marissa signed books for the large crowd that was there.  My niece Katie is a huge fan of her books and was thrilled that she was able to get a picture with Marissa. 

It was a fabulous event. Marissa is a great public speaker and was really nice. If she is ever in your area, make sure you go!!

To make the day even better, we stopped at The Sweet Tooth Fairy on the way home and got cupcakes. Mmmmm!!