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Saturday, March 28, 2015

The 777 Writing Challenge: WHEN THE SKY CRIES

I discovered this challenge when I received an email announcing a new blog post on The Writer's Window. Intrigued, I went to check it out, and was amazed at how simple but fun this challenge is.

According to the blog I found this on, here's how the Seven-Seven-Seven Writing Challenge goes:

The 777 challenge requires you go to Page 7 of your work-in-progress, scroll down to Line 7 and share the next 7 lines in a blog post. Once you have done this, you can tag 7 other bloggers to do the same with their work-in-progress.

I do not plan to tag anyone, but I have decided to participate in this adventure, myself. Please note that the following passage is my own, but it is from the first draft of my current work-in-progress, and is likely to be cut out. It's not much, but I hope you enjoy it! :)

Excerpt from When the Sky Cries

“It’s a pleasure to meet you, Princess Adrianna.” I curtsied only slightly.
She smiled kindly. “Hello, Princess Radha. Conleth has told me a lot about you.”
I laughed. “He’s told me a bit about you, as well.”
Conleth grinned rather sheepishly, and I had to contain a very unladylike snort.
“It’s very nice to see you again, Adrianna,” Mother said softly, a sincere beam on her face.
“Come – let us go inside and get away from this cold,” Father suggested, leading Mother and Adrianna up the steps.
“So, what do you think of Adrianna?” Conleth asked, pausing beside me at the base of the stairs.
“I think she’s lovely,” I replied – and I meant it.

~O

A Sneak Preview: Entries for Anne Elisabeth Stengl's 2015 Fan Art Contest

With an empty mind tonight, I thought I might share the pieces of fan art I sent in for Tales of Goldstone Wood's latest contest. Some bizarre and others abnormal, I present to you: my entries!

Dragon Princess
Wax, pencil, & paint

Gleamdren's World
Wax

Eye of the Dragon (Nail Art Photography)
Nail polish & acrylic paint

Birth of Fairbird
Wax, pencil, coloured pencil, paint, & ink

The Adventures of Dame Imraldera
Wax, ink, pencil, & paint

...And there were two more entries sent in, as well, titled Dragon Queen (Animation) and Transformed (Animation). But if you want to view them, I guess you'll just have to wait and see! Check out Anne Elisabeth Stengl's blog for details; the blog posts containing others' (as well as my own) fan art will start going live on April first, 2015, at her site.

~O

CINDERELLA -- A Movie Review

To supplement for my absence on *A Sapphire Chamber*, I have taken the time to dole out a movie review for Disney's 2015 film Cinderella.

*Photo edited for the sake of modesty. Image originally from Disney Wiki.

Warning: content may contain minor spoilers.

Plot & Background

Lily James of Downton Abbey stars as Ella, the mistreated young stepdaughter of the Lady Tremaine [Cate Blanchett]. After the passing on of Ella's father, she is left to cope with Tremaine and her two pretty daughters, becoming a maid and an outcast.

But there is still hope for Ella.

When Ella wishes to escape her life without running away, she takes a ride in the forest, meeting a handsome "apprentice" [Richard Madden] along the way. Not knowing that he is the crown prince, Ella is gifted with magic and attends the royal ball, hoping to see him there.

Having until midnight, Ella flees the ball and finds herself wrapped up in a stomach-churning ordeal; which is more important: love or strength? Or will the prince's marriage provide both?

Rating

★★★★

Review

I absolutely love fairytales, and Cinderella took me on a remarkable journey I will never forget! Plot quite similar to that of the animated version, the concept of the film is entirely different. Instead of based upon pity, Ella's story is based upon courage and kindness.

One of the things I adored about this movie was the strength of Christian values. For example, when Prince Kit and Ella meet in the forest, neither inform the other of who they truly are, but they do not lie about it. Kit informs Ella that he is an apprentice of sorts, learning a type of trade from his father (being a prince and learning how to rule a kingdom), while Ella does not provide much of her story for him, at all.

Another aspect from Cinderella that I appreciated was the message:

"HAVE COURAGE, AND BE KIND!"

Oh, that is such a lovely message! When I first saw the trailer, I found that line neither curious nor intriguing, but rather dull. But after watching the movie, I discovered what a valuable phrase that is! Indescribable, it is something you cannot put into words, but must see for yourself.

My point? Go and see Cinderella -- right this instant! It will shape your understanding of the world around you, and proves that fairytales are so much more than just legends.

~O

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