“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity!” ~Henry David Thoreau

I went to the theater yesterday to watch Beauty and the Beast in 3D with one of my best friends. The movie was as good as ever, of course, but I’m not too sure about the 3D… personally, I think it kind of ruined it. Halted my imagination somehow. But that’s all right- it was nice to have a chance to watch the movie on the big screen.

My favorite scene in Beauty and the Beast is when the beast gives Belle his library. The scene is so breathtaking and beautiful… my imagination runs away with it. If I had a library like that, I don’t think I’d ever come out of it! I fell in love with the library from the movie and now I long for one of my own.

I love old-fashioned libraries and books. Ancient, dusty volumes… and the smell of an old book is the best part. Sometimes it makes me really sad to think how much technology has advanced. Online books aren’t nearly as much fun as turning the pages of an actual novel. I’d hate to think that a day will come when we no longer print books and everything is on a computer screen. Even writing things down as opposed to typing them… there’s a thrill that only a pen and paper can bring. And writing with a quill on parchment seems much more… romantic, somehow, than typing on a boring old computer.

It’s funny; I almost feel like I want to move backwards in time instead of advancing further. Of course… any romantic or sentimental attitude must give way to what they call “efficiency,” and so it must go on… with humans never being satisfied and constantly trying to improve this life.

Ah well. I think I’ve been reading too much Emerson and Thoreau… maybe I’m becoming a bit of a transcendentalist myself! But sometimes life does seem to be advancing much too quickly for my liking. I’m perfectly fine with just keeping it simple. 🙂

Oh, and watch this:

Writing Style

I found this rather amusing- so I wanted to share it. 🙂 So, each person has his/her own unique style of writing, right? Right, but you might find it interesting that the style can change.

When I was in elementary school, there was a certain author I loved. Her name was Enid Blyton. She was a British author, and I loved her books so much that at that time, they were pretty much the only books I was reading. And back then, I actually had free time to write what I liked, so as I was constantly reading, I was constantly writing.

Before I knew it, I was using British spellings and British phrases! Even in school, any writing I did, whether it be creative writing or formal essays, would be written in a British style.

I had always been told that good readers equaled good writers. But I had no idea that your writing style was influenced so much by the type of books you read!

But you know what? Even though your style can change depending on what you read, I think it’s still your unique style. It’s probably similar to the style of your favorite authors, because those are the people you admire. But at the same time, it’s YOURS.

Time for an awesome quote of the day:

“An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.” ~Chateaubriand, Le Génie du Christianisme, 1802

Keep writing!

Happy New Year!

Wow. I can’t believe last year went by so quickly. And yet… I feel as though so much has happened between then and now. To me, especially. When I look at the person I was at the beginning of last year, and at the person I am now, it’s rather startling. Even if I don’t appear very different in the way I act, or in the things I say, or in the way I look… I am definitely quite different in the way I think.

It’s funny how a person can change so much in just one year. I feel… more grown up, somehow. I seem to understand life, in general, much better, and I’m able to recognize things and form opinions for myself. The things that mattered so much to me last year don’t seem to matter anymore. Don’t get me wrong- 2011 was a great year. I learned a lot, and that’s why I’m ready to make a fresh start in 2012 (since the world has not ended).

My New Year’s Resolutions:

1. Finish my manuscript- entirely! This includes revising, editing, and having it proofread by others. Before the year’s over, I want to hold a polished manuscript in my hands  and start submitting query letters to agencies. No more procrastinating!

2. Stop worrying about little things. As calm and unruffled as I try to appear, on the inside I’m often worrying about stupid things that don’t matter anyway. No more of that!

3. No regrets. Too often have I let opportunities slip away from me. Not anymore. The worst feeling in the world is wishing you would have done something when you had the chance. It’s one thing to get up and actively seek opportunity and not find it… at least you tried. But it’s another thing to have it offered to you on silver platter and ignore it.

4. Stop getting lost in the past. This one is hard for me… I keep thinking of good times I had in the past and let the memories overwhelm me…. when what I should be doing is turning my head around and facing what’s to come! It’s like Dr. Seuss said: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

5. Look for the good in people. I am not a mean person… I don’t think I ever have been. But I do get annoyed with people, and there are people I don’t like and could complain about. But instead of seeing faults like this… I’ll try to focus on the good things. Even in the people I dislike most.

Well, I think five resolutions is good enough for now… but I’m sure I could easily add to the list! I think new year’s resolutions are a great way to reflect on last year and get a fresh start on this one. The best part is reading your resolutions at the end of the year and seeing if you fulfilled them. Even if you didn’t, they’re still fun to read, and it just means that you have more for next year. 😀