It’s ALIVE! Get Ready for Another Frankenstein Film

 

  • Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star in this latest rendition of Mary Shelly’s gothic horror classic. The preview looks promising. Reminiscent of Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downy Jr. and Jude Law, but with monsters. Lots of monsters. This film adaptation is slated to hit theaters on Thanksgiving.
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First: Bookish Problems. . . .

~ Something funny, yet all too relatable for my followers. Enjoy!

PS The author for this video is tagged below. Their name is buzzfeedviolet.

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The Secret of Kells

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” . . .so that they may have hope.”

 

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Poetry: Property of the Soul

Poetry is ultimately mythology, the telling of the stories of the soul. This would seem to be an introverted, even solipsistic, enterprise if it were not that these stories recount the soul’s passage through the valley of this life–that is to say, its adventure in time, in history.
Stanley Kunitz, from “Speaking of Poetry” Passing Through: The Later Poems, New and Selected (W. W. Norton, 1985)
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The ABC’s of Hand Lettering by Abbey Sy

Originally posted on THE WANDERING QUEEN:

ABC's of Hand Lettering ABC’s of Hand Lettering

I’ve always wanted to try hand lettering. It started when I was in high school, I have a friend who does well in hand lettering. I admire her works, and I always ask her to do lettering on my notebook or just a piece of paper. She’s always the one who writes on Manila paper for our group reports, she also does the cut-outs and lettering of the name of the event when we have a program. Well, you get the idea: she’s basically talented.

My notebooks in college were filled with doodles, scribbles and crooked free-style letterings (even though I wasn’t good at it! Haha!). Since calligraphy and hand lettering have been all over the social media, my interest got more intense. I’ve watched a lot of tutorial videos on the internet, but I still didn’t know where to start. Luckily, I’m a follower of Stay Bookish

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Matchstick Girl

I wanted to strike a match to our blood ties
and witness the destruction of the oak tree
generations prior to us have swung from.

Document the eradication of familiar yet
alien faces as they melted into ooze,
dripped into sludge, then became the ash
that dances with the wind.

I wanted to hold solitary vigil among the
skeletons and fleshy corpses that whittled away
before my eyes and whisper,

“At last we are finished here.”

That by doing this, I could somehow end
the screaming hurt that tells me I am
as far from belonging to the connected tissue
of our last name as I am closer to understanding
any kind of God.

I wanted to strike a match and lay waste
to the years of loving that fell on deaf ears
and gnarled closed off branches—

I wanted to be free. 

However, the desecration of blood is more
difficult than I ever imagined and even fire
cannot scorch away the memories of the
heart.

I will always care while wondering up at the
stars my inability to forget.

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A Simple Request

“The world is full of paper.

Write to me.

Agha Shahid Ali, from “Stationery,” The Half-Inch Himalayas (Wesleyan, 1987)
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Faultless

It wasn’t my fault I stayed up reading in the dark when I was supposed to be asleep. Some books just begged to be read, and you couldn’t say no.
Lending Light by Rose Christo
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Harry Potter Golden Snitch Cupcakes

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* In honor of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter’s birthdays Nerdist posted this tasty recipe. Chomp your muggle teeth down on these delicious cupcakes. Feast your eyes upon the recipe:

Harry Potter Every Flavor Cupcakes

(makes 24 cupcakes)

Butterbeer cupcake ingredients:
-3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
-1-3/4 cups sugar
-3 eggs
-2-1/4 cups cake flour
-1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-pinch of salt
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1 cup Butterbeer (or Cream Soda)
-1/4 cup heavy cream

Butterbeer Frosting ingredients:
-1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
-4-1/2 to 5 cups powdered sugar
-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup Butterbeer

Golden Snitch ingredients:
-gold gumballs
-yellow candy melts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prep a cupcake pan with liners.

In bowl, whisk together the cake flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar until combined.

Add the eggs and the vanilla.

Alternate the flour mixture with the Butterbeer and heavy cream until combined.

Fill the prepped liners about 2/3 full and bake for approximately 15 minutes depending on your oven. Let cool on a wire rack.

While the cupcakes are cooling make the frosting and the Golden Snitch candy wings. For the candy wings, place the candy melts in a heat safe bowl and microwave at 30 second intervals until melted. Pour the melts into a piping bag or a decorating squeeze bottle.

On a piece of parchment pipe the outline of a wing shape, approximately 4-inches long, then criss-cross across the wing, then down the center to connect the lines together.

Place the wings in the freezer for 5 minutes or until set.

To make the frosting, in the bowl of an electric mixer beat the butter, powdered sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Add the Butterbeer until you reach the desired consistency, then whip on high until light and fluffy.

Once the cupcakes are cool, core out the center and add fillings. Sweet things like jam, candies, fudge or marshmallow as well as dried fish, mustard, or horseradish. Then frost over the top of the filled cupcakes.

Add a gold gumball and the candy wings to top off the cupcakes.

 

Visit the recipe page on here:

http://nerdist.com/harry-potter-every-flavor-cupcakes/

* Nerdist has more great Harry Potter content on their site. Plus, more cupcake pictures, which is never a bad thing.

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