Archive for June, 2013

Creativity’s Corner is back in business!

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Hi there! How have you been? Long time no see, yes?

it’s been a rocky few weeks here on Creativity’s Corner. Between a hosting move, several trips to other parts of the state/country (picking up furniture for my new apartment and family wedding – YAY!) and studying I haven’t been able to post as much as I would like. The good news is we’re finally moved to the new host, after a few tense moments since I’m not particularly computer savvy, and I’m planning on staying home for a few weeks, so I might actually get caught up!

That said, there’s still lots to do to get ready, what with studying, painting furniture, making curtains etc. The likelihood is pretty good that there will be a few posts I miss, and comments I don’t get back to. So I apologize in advance if things get a little sporadic around here. At this point I don’t intend to shut the blog down, so even if it has been a while since you’ve seen me, I promise I’ll be back as soon as I can.

Have a great summer and I hope I’ll see you soon!

Bookish Bucket List: The Dark Unwinding

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Have you ever finished a book and said “Man, I wish I could ________ like that?” Bookish Bucket List is a semi-regular feature for the things I’ve put on my bucket list and the books that made me do so.

The Dark Unwinding cover
Title: The Dark Unwinding

Author: Sharon Cameron

Summary: [from GoodReads]

hen Katharine Tulman’s inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his remote English estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of childlike rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London. Katharine is now torn between protecting her own inheritance and preserving the peculiar community she has grown to care for—a conflict made even more complicated by a handsome apprentice, a mysterious student, and fears for her own sanity. As the mysteries of the estate begin to unravel, it is clear that not only is her uncle’s world at stake, but also the state of England as they know it.

Bucket List Entry: Visit a clockworks factory Read more »

A few weeks ago, I was in the worst reading slump I’d had all year. I’d barely read in weeks, and when I did it wasn’t fiction – I was stuck with cookbooks! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to read (okay, that was some of it) but nothing was appealing to me. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong that all these books I was supposedly excited about suddenly didn’t matter. So I started problem solving and asked myself what I wanted to read. All of my answers were along the lines of “something that makes me feel like I did reading Harry Potter the first time around.”

And that brings us to my question – if you had the opportunity to forget everything you know about your favorite series/book so you could experience it for the first time again, would you do it? If you would, but you could only use it once, on a single series/book, what series/book would you choose? (I haven’t quite decided if I would or not – that first time is kind of precious, you know?)

Book Review: Etiquette & Espionage

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Etiquette & Espionage Etiquette & Espionage in 2013
Pages: 307

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners—and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.

My Review

For a book that I anticipated so much (boarding school and steampunk are two of my favorite elements in a YA novel) it sure took me a long time to get around to reading it! In any case I am happy to say that it most definitely did not disappoint!

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Vacation is over

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Isn’t a little vacation nice? These past few weeks have been awesome! For one thing, I got to spend a whole weekend visiting with Kristilyn from Reading in Winter! We had a lot of fun hanging out, working on puzzles and just getting to know each other IRL.

Okay, so my smile is terrible, but here: Proof!

I also did a lot of catching up on my studies – I’m out of the Middle Ages now! Only 1600 more years of composers to go! I didn’t spend enough time working on the blog, so coming back was… bumpy to say the least. But, I’m back now! I have some fun things planned for this summer, so we’ll see where this goes! Keep an eye out – I’ll be looking for some help sometime soon. For now, if you’re someone who loves contemporary and would be interested in doing a guest post of recommendations or a general discussion, please let me know!

Wanted: Lesser Known Fairy Tales

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Have you ever wished you could find that one book that was about _____? Have you ever found yourself wondering what a book with a certain kind of theme or message would be like? That’s exactly what “Wanted” is all about. A semi-regular feature, I use “Wanted” to talk about all those books I wish I could find that nobody seems to have written yet. If you happen to know of some books that fit my criteria, I would love for you to send them my way through the comments!

I adore fairy tales and fairy tale retellings. But, strangely enough, the majority of my favorite fairy tales are the ones that aren’t very well known, and are rarely retold. Everyone loves Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Quite a few like Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast (admittedly, one of my favorites too. But the most mainstream of all of them, I promise!) But what about Tam Lin? The Twelve Dancing PrincessesThe Snow Queen? Swan Lake or The Firebird? Even the more well-known ones that just don’t get retold, like Hansel and Gretl or The Princess and the Pea. These fairy tales aren’t worse than the big five – they just get ignored because everyone is so obsessed with the others. Let’s see a few new ones shall we?

Some examples of uncommon fairy tale retellings that I’ve loved: Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, East by Edith Pattou, many of the Once Upon a Time series published by Simon Pulse, The Snow Queen by Mercedes Lackey.

Media Monday: Star Trek Into Darkness

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Title: Star Trek Into Darkness
Media Type: Feature Film
Director: J.J. Abrams
Studio: Paramount
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary: [from IMDB]

After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction.

Warning: I am not even going to try to stay spoiler free for this one so if you haven’t seen it STOP READING! Read more »

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