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Clea
19 April 2015 @ 12:15 pm
This journal is friends-locked for the most part, and has been for a while. If you want to be friends, just comment on this post.

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You can find me on Tumblr as sallylockharts.
If you have any question or if you just you wanna talk, please comment :)
 
 
Clea
14 April 2014 @ 07:05 pm
This is that 50 question meme going around. A proper update is coming soon, this is just me entertaining myself.


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Clea
17 October 2012 @ 06:04 pm
I have not been on Lj for a really long time. That's partly because I don't have that much to say, but mostly because I feel like the lj community is dying down more and more. It's sad, because while I love Tumblr it's not easy to get close to people or have conversations there, or even really talk about anything in-depth. But still, when I look at my flist there are so few people still active, and nothing really exciting is happening (with one or two exceptions).

So I'm not going to promise I'll be around more, because I'm pretty sure I won't. I might still post some reaction posts if the feelings get to big, or a meme if I'm particularly bored. I do still read posts of you all regularly, but as you've no doubt noticed I hardly comment. I'll try to do that more, so that I at least stay in touch somewhat with the friends I've made through this site.

If anyone's interested, I might as well have a small update on me: I'm now studying at a filmschool in Brussels (but still living with my mum), where I'm doing screenwriting. I like the people there and some of the assignments, but I'm not entirely sure it's the right choice for my future. I guess I'm having a slight identity crisis. Nothing I can't handle ;)
I'm watching as much tv as ever, especially since all my shows came back. I'm rewatching Justified, which I still recommend to everyone because I really believe it's one of the top three best shows currently on tv. Idk what else. I'm writing a short film for school; it's a five minute gothic and it's fun, but again, not sure if it's my thing.

If you want to see more of me, mostly I'm on Tumblr where my ask box is always open. I've also made a proper blog. Atm there are only reposts of old lj posts there but I plan to put more in-depth reviews and analyses of art or movies etc there.

And of course you're also welcome to e-mail me at flowergirl106@hotmail.com if you ever wanna talk ;)
 
 
Clea
24 July 2012 @ 05:56 pm
I used to be one of those people who did not 'get' anything labeled 'art' that looked like anyone could make it. The first thing that made me really question that position was going to the Miró museum in Barcelona. I didn't love the paintings I saw, but neither was I confused as to why they were considered art (for the most part, I still disliked some). I could see there was something about them.

My opinion was more drastically changed a year or two later, when I went to the Tate Modern and saw several works of Rothko. There was one in particular that hung just around a corner, filling a whole wall. There was a bench in front of it, and I sat on it for 10 minutes just looking at the work, trying to figure out why it was making me emotional when it was just some coloured shapes thrown together.
I still find it nearly impossible to talk about what makes art, especially something like Rothko, so special. But it's really the same with pictoral painting or other more classic art forms. Why are there works you can stare at for minutes on end when other people walk right by them? I don't know. All I know is that when I look at the painting below (Rothko's deep red on maroon), I understand why it's Art.
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Clea
30 June 2012 @ 06:43 pm
I promised, months ago, to do 100 Cultural Lifechangers as a series of Lj posts. I haven’t forgotten, I just don’t feel up to making big lj posts a lot of the time. But, I have just finished Bring up the Bodies, want to rave about it, and thought; what better way to finally start this thing.

I have been making lists of the things – books, movies, art, etc – I want to talk about in this series, and one of the first titles I wrote down in the list of books was Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel. I was slightly doubtful about including it because I only read it last fall so I worried that maybe I should give it some time to see if it stayed with me. But then the sequel, Bring up the Bodies, came out in May. I reread Wolf Hall and immediately followed it up with the new book, which I finished earlier today. I feel confident that I am not in any way overstating things to claim this as one of the most important books I have read.

I do feel like, since this is basically a post raving about these books, that I should put up a disclaimer, which goes for all future posts. These things are personal. You may not like this book, and I would understand if you dislike it, because while it’s very very good, it may not be your thing. Every one of these 100 Things will by default be a recommendation, and I hope that if you read it (which, good on you if you wade through my word vomit) you want to give the thing a try. But sometimes, probably more often than I realize, the reason I love a story is because of personal taste or the place it has in my life at the time I read it.

Also, a note on spoilers; I don’t think I can really…spoil these books? I mean, plot-wise, these things happened 500 years ago, I don’t think that it still counts as a spoiler if I tell you what happened to Anne Boleyn :P

For those of you who don’t know the books, a short introduction to the plot: Wolf Hall is set in England in the early sixteenth century: the Tudor era, when Henry VIII was king. The main character in Thomas Cromwell, an infamous historical figure who becomes a layered and surprisingly likeable character throughout these books. We follow him as he rises above his humble origins as a blacksmith’s son and becomes the King’s right-hand man. Henry VIII is in this period trying to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon in order to marry Anne Boleyn, and Cromwell helps him to achieve that. In the sequel, Bring up the Bodies, Henry turns against Anne and she famously is convicted of treason, and is beheaded at the Tower. Again, Thomas Cromwell is the man responsible.

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But why is it a lifechanger, and why is it one of ten books I'm discussing? I can tell this part is going to be a problem for the other 99 things too because damn, that's hard to articulate. Basically, I think what it comes down to is that it hits on the right combination of quality, personal interest, and emotion for me. I wouldn't be as into it if I didn't have all those feelings about the period and the people (ie Anne) already, I wouldn't rave about it as much if the writing wasn't so compelling, and I definitely wouldn't be writing this post of overflowing words if I hadn't had such an emotional reaction to it. On several occasions throughout reading the books I got overwhelmed with emotions and did this. I don't get that enough, that feeling of being completely involved in a story so that you can't put it down and you just have to force yourself to stop and breathe. And this is the first one in a long long time that combines that lovely feeling with extremely good writing. These novels have restored my faith in historical fiction and have assured me that I can truly love books that aren't fantasy or YA.

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Clea
I. Ah yes, this is why I don't make long eloquent lj posts! I wait for weeks and then I feel guilty and quickly flail a bit about some tv show. So yeah, this is one of those.

II.Game of Thrones!

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III.Supposed to be finishing my thesis this week but I ended up having more to do than I thought :/ And today I, uhm, had a bit of a hangover so I started too late and now I'm watching the first episode of The Walking Dead as I type this because there is no way I'm watching that show when I'm home alone in the dark.

IV. I watched New Girl and it's surprisingly good! Less ~quirky sitcom than I thought, more comedy with feelings about people failing at life. So if you're not watching because the pilot or the Zooey of it all put you off, maybe give it another chance!
 
 
Clea
Even though, like I said, I'm not starting the 100 Things Challenge until June, thinking about it has made me want to change the way I blog a little. I usually think that nobody will read my posts unless I just make them as short as possible with lots of bullet points and memes, and a lot of the time I love doing that. I react to new episodes best in a fragmented way because I tend to be too overwhelmed to be eloquent, and I cannot stress enough how much I love memes. However, I sometimes want to talk about a book I've read or a movie I've seen or a thing that's happened to me or a thought I've had. And I don't do that because I think 'who cares' or because I'm too lazy.
So I'm going to make an effort to sometimes - in between the fangirly squee posts - write blogs that are a bit longer and about things that aren't necesarily big fandom discussion points or cute questionnaires. This is primarily for myself so I can practise writing and think a bit more about why I like what I like, but if one or two of you enjoy them that would be a bonus of course ;)

I. I finished The Fault in our Stars by John Green and was pleasantly surprised by it. It was the first novel of his I'd read. While I love his videos and knew he was an interesting and intelligent guy I wasn't sure that would mean he's a good author. But while I think I would have treasured this book more than I'm now able to if I had read it a few years ago, I was impressed by how engaging and emotional it was
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It's not a perfect book, it's not going to become one of my all-time everlasting favourites and I don't think everyone would enjoy it. But I spent a whole day with those characters, I grinned at them in the train and cried over them in my bedroom, and when I went to bed that night I fell asleep thinking of them. So if you're interested in reading this book at all but haven't because you think it'll be too much of a downer or too after-school specialy because of the subject, trust me and go get it. And if you don't want to now because I made a big deal about how much it made me cry, don't be stupid about that either because wouldn't you love to let a book affect you so much it does that? Isn't that the whole point?

II. Audience participation required for the 100 Things! I want to talk about 10 different 'subcategories' of culture so I get a 10x10 format, but I'm having trouble coming up with a tenth. So far I have movies, books, plays, poems, paintings, non-painting works of art, songs, places, and tv shows. Originally I was going to do 10 non-fictional texts but I'm having trouble finding more than two or three that were in any way influential to me.
So is there anything you'd want me to talk about, or do you just have any general ideas for a subject? :)
 
 
Clea
20 April 2012 @ 04:48 pm



{Take the 100 Things challenge!}


This is kind of a fake-out because I'll be doing the 100 Things Challenge, but not until June. It's a great idea and a chance for me to commit to posting more as well as practice writing blogs that aren't short flailing responses to the same tv shows over and over again. So I'll be talking about 100 Cultural lifechangers, in a 10x10 format.
I'm thinking 10 books, 10 movies, 10 tv shows, 10 poems, 10 places I've been, 10 non-fictional texts, 10 paintings, 10 other works of art, 10 plays and 10 songs. I'll pick things that I haven't talked about or only mentioned in passing on the internet but that have been important to me in the hopes that others will find something to love too.

But seeing how I have to finish a 50 page thesis by the end of May as well as a whole lot of other school stuff, I can't have this as an excuse to waste time. So I'll be doing it starting the 15th of June. But I'm announcing it now so I stick to it when the time comes.
 
 
Clea
04 April 2012 @ 06:03 pm
I. F+TM was great! She was wearing the greatest dress thing with giant sleeves, I kind of want it. Her voice was really strong, she played songs from both albums and she was really cute onstage, actually :) So yeah, that was a good night. Afterwards we went to this small cafe in Brussels in a tiny alley which was strangely nice. :)

II. So Game of Thrones came back! :D I only watched the first episode because I don't want to not have an episode next week. I refer to characterizations in the books but any actual spoilers are under the handy new spoiler cut. (lj actually made a good improvement?)

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III. I feel like I have to add this to combine points I and II:
 
 
Clea
I. Guess who's going to Florence & The Machine tonight? :DD

The rush to get tickets months ago was crazy, I tried getting two to go with a friend, but after an hour of hitting refresh they were sold out :( But then it turned out that my mum's boyfriend had gotten in and ordered four, and had one to spare so I'm going with him and two of his friends :P I don't even care, it'll be fun.

II.I was gonna make a post about Being Human ending and Mad Men beginning but I don't have time. So very very short reactions under the cuts

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If you want me to blabber more about these shows, tell me, but I doubt anyone is sitting on the edge of their seat waiting to hear my opinions on tv shows :D

Off now, see you all later!