Good evening to all my faithful blog readers! Two things: I know I owe y'all part two of my blog on Doll Clothes Superstore, I'll have that next week because I'll be vending at my local Comic Con tomorrow! Busy, busy, getting ready!
In light of this I thought I would discuss the dolls that will be accompanying me to the event: Refurbished Disney Dolls!
Now, a couple of months ago, I was surfing Ebay when I found this amazing deal on Disney Store dolls, Jasmine, Merida, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Ariel for an amazing price. Of course they needed a general wash and brush up, but on the whole they were beautiful dolls. So far I've finished Jasmine, Rapunzel, and Ariel, and each one comes with three one of a kind outfits.
I was really impressed with the workmanship on these dolls. Their hair is thick and lovely to brush, their faces are super expressive, and their plastic bodies are very good quality. However, the price point of the Disney Store can put them out of the reach of most people. Additionally, there literally isn't a Disney Store within a hundred miles of my home. I checked.
Enough with the shoeleather! On to the pictures!
First up: Jasmine.
And finally: Rapunzel!
I hope you enjoyed this fashion show! See you next time!
In the delightful picture book by Ursula Jones and illustrated by Sarah Gibb we meet a beautiful Princess who drives a cart, on the lookout for her kingdom. She is so pretty, kind, and generous, that people said that she must be a princess. One day, the princess is invited to a ball and is proposed to by three silly princes who are only interested in her looks. Our Princess turns them all down to marry the humble court jester, the only one who treats her with kindness and respect.
This surprisingly balanced modern fairy tale takes a fairly normal girl, one that is teased and belittled by the “popular” girls and portrays her as happier and more content than they are. She is thrifty and hardworking, and marries a poor man for love, rather than the vain admiration of princes who could give her the kingdom she wishes for. The jester is kind and romantic, and offers the princess his heart as her kingdom. Though he is as poor as she, they decide to have a go at life together, the very thing that every man offers when he proposes marriage.
The illustrations are the most beautiful thing about this book. They are comparable to those of the Golden Age, highly detailed and colorful. Several are two page spreads, and some are in black silhouettes with the occasional pop of pink or red.
The Princess Who Had No Kingdom is an antidote to the entitlement that somehow infects many princess stories (though, this makes no sense, because in almost every fairy tale I’ve read, the girls have to work hard for what they get). The heroine works hard and is beautiful but doesn’t get a kingdom from the deal, but she’s okay with that! She loves her life and her jester and doesn’t care whether she has fine clothes or a place. She is one princess I would love to see girls emulate! Two thumbs up!
I am taking the "Writer's Tag" challenge! Below you can read my secrets of writing... and even an exclusive excerpt from my latest story.
1. WHAT GENRES, STYLES, AND TOPICS DO YOU WRITE ABOUT?
I am primarily a middle grade/YA fantasy writer. My stories are meant to inspire, comfort, and teach my young audience, but don't let that fool you. I'm no "Goody-Two-Shoes" type! I can't stand didactic fiction, and I do my dead level best to avoid it.
My style was inspired in equal measures by Lewis, Tolkien, and Brian Jacques, so I suppose that it would make my style third person, past tense. I also like perspective shifts, (something I picked up from Jacques) and I find a lot of inspiration in fairy tales.
Topics! Ah, topics. I usually don't have an idea for a topic when I get started. They usually present themselves as I'm writing. For instance, I have covered child abuse, PTSD, mental illness, why humans shouldn't mess with "magic" (leave it to the professionals ;)), and right to life issues. I try not to let the topic drive the story, I put the story in the driver's seat and let the topic (if any) do the navigating.
2. HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?
I've been writing seriously since the age of 11. My first stories where really bad crossover fan-fics, featuring blatant Mary-Sues, spelling errors, and "the rule of awesome", throw whatever sounds coolest in there even if it makes no sense. But, hey, I was 11, nobody expects Shakespeare from an 11 year old. I look back to those stories with pride, even if they're bad, you have to start someplace.
3. WHY DO YOU WRITE?
Because all these ideas have to go someplace. Next please.
4. WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO WRITE?
It used to be at night, but now I find the best time to work is in the morning or afternoon. My brain is firing on all cylinders in the early morning/afternoon, so I can get a lot done.
5. PARTS OF WRITING YOU LOVE VS PARTS YOU HATE?
The writing part is what I love best. I write flying by the seat of my pants, its just as much of an adventure for me as the reader. I usually have a rough outline in mind, but other than that its a wild ride. The downside? The thing I hate, revision. Rewrites and revision are necessary, but it doesn't mean I don't hate it.
6. HOW DO YOU OVERCOME WRITERS BLOCK?
Usually I work on something else or I listen to music. Imagining scenes to music helps get the creative juices back into play.
7. ARE YOU WORKING ON SOMETHING AT THE MOMENT?
You betcha! I have a rotation of original works and fan-fiction in the works right now. Currently, I'm working on a fairy tale in the vein of "Beauty and the Beast" (but the characters are only friends in the end) called "The Treeman of Roses" that takes place in my fantasy world. Here's just a sample of this story:
Goewyn walked through the garden listening in marvel to the voices of the flowers, all their languages she knew. Most beautiful of all were the roses. A thousand different kinds and colors, all breeds of the “king of the flowers” bloomed around the center of the garden. The air was heady with the scent and the sound of the drone of bees. A lane ran through garden to a throne made of willow branches and roses. It was empty, but Goewyn walked around it, examining it from all sides.
8. WRITING GOALS THIS YEAR?
My main goal is to get something published this year. I plan to start publishing my original stories and fan work with The Fellowship of the King, an online magazine for people of faith to discuss and write fiction for the reading world. I've never published anything before, so this is exciting!
Good day, citizens! I am currently on a short trip to Ohio, and so I would like to offer you another top fives list, this time starring my favorite Marvel/DC superheroes.
Number 1: Wonder Woman, DC Comics.
Princess Diana of Themyscira, AKA Wonder Woman has been my favorite ever since I watched her in Super Friends when I was a little squeaker. Bulletproof bracelets, lasso of truth, boomerang tiara, I mean, what's not to love? Maybe her bathing suit costume. Along with being a kick-butt warrior, Wonder Woman was also compassionate and caring with everyone she met. In all, a pretty good role model.
Number 2: Martian Manhunter, DC Comics.
When I first set eyes on this guy, I wasn't sure what to make of him. I mean, he doesn't talk much, and what's with those silly suspenders? But once I got past that, I saw that here was a lonely alien, who also had awesome powers! I felt badly for him, and I can't say he didn't influence my own stories with similar lonely fellows. The suspenders still don't make sense, though.
Number 3: Thor, Marvel Comics.
Thor introduced me to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, before that I was mostly like "meh." Then came this guy who treated women with huge respect, was giving, self sacrificing, and learned from his mistakes. Sure, he started as kind of a jerk, but he learned from that and became a better prince and person for it. One of my characters is directly inspired by Thor, so... yeah, he gave me a big boost in the right direction.
Number 4: Captain America, Marvel Comics.
Need I say more? I mean Hello!? He's Captain freakin' America! What's not to love?
Number 5: Nightcrawler, Marvel Comics.
Nightcrawler isn't the type of character most people think of when they choose favorite superheroes. I mean look at this guy, he looks like the devil! That's the irony of the whole thing, Nightcrawler AKA Kurt Wagner is a devoutly Christian character. His first instinct in times of crisis is to pray and offer almost pastoral comfort to his fellow X-Men. In the X-Men cartoon of the 90's an episode dedicated to Kurt had his faith front and center, no apologies. So for his actions, rather than his looks, Nightcrawler is on my list.
Daredevil, Marvel Comics
Daredevil is another character that wins on basis of the fact that he is a character of deep faith. Matt Murdock AKA Daredevil is a man who stalks the night, righting wrongs in the name of those weaker than himself. And again, there's Marvel's irony, devil imagery with a character of faith.
Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, DC Comics TV Universe.
These three have sent us on many adventures in the DC universe, leaving behind lessons about friendship, cooperation, and family. Supergirl in particular speaks about adoption in a way that few shows have, because she has two father figures: Her own adoptive dad, and the Martian Manhunter, so really, she's been adopted twice!
Rocket Raccoon and Groot, (mostly Groot) Marvel Comics.
Rocket and Groot won the hearts of audiences around the world in 2014's surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy because of their pure-hearted friendship. Yes, Rocket may have a foul temper and something of a potty mouth (as close as you can get to a true potty mouth in a PG-13 movie) but he loves his 10 foot tree friend Groot. Groot is the one of the pair that wins over audiences with his sweet, sacrificing nature. We are Groot!
When I was a little girl my parents bought a CD for my brother and I. We had lots of music of all sorts, but this CD was special. It was entitled “Gift of the Tortoise” by a band called Ladysmith Black Mambazo. My brother and I (especially me) were entranced by the beauty of the music and the stories, starting a lifelong love of world music.
The songs and stories are presented as a continuous narrative presented by the narrator, a tortoise named Fudugazi (Gcina Mhlope). Fudugazi paints a vivid picture of rural South Africa at the tail end of Apartheid, and what is no doubt true today. Listeners will be struck by the simplicity of the children’s joys, treats are bananas and apples, a dress makes a little girl living far from her father happy.
While some of the stories evoke aminism (“Rain Dance”) parents have no need for worry, this is presented as a simple folk belief. (The founder and lead singer of of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Joseph Shabalala is a devout Christian.) The stories and songs are educational and informative with a special morality tale included. The songs are catchy, but in no way irritating. Don’t be surprised if you hear your kids chanting “Kanje Kanje” or the Zulu parts of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”.
In a word, buy this CD, you won’t regret it!
Good day, which is to say that it is a good day whether you want it to be one or not! For today's blog, I wanted to talk about the company where I do a lot of business and have for years: The Doll Clothes Superstore. Doll Clothes Superstore has been in business since at least the 90s, I should know, because my mom used to buy my American Girl doll clothes there. I'll talk about their fabulous selection of 18 inch doll clothes next week. This week I want to talk about their awesome Barbie clothes!
First meet today's models: Lady Goewyn,
Let's begin! Doll Clothes Superstore offers hundreds of different outfits for Barbie and Ken. Each one is hand crafted and made to last. Some, of course may be "hipper" than others, because of the use of vintage patterns. However, ladies looking to restore vintage Barbies will easily find things from the right era, for not a lot of money. The most expensive outfits are under six dollars.
Yingtai is modeling the "Chinese Princess" dress from Doll Clothes Warehouse. Yes, you can get Disney looking dresses from the Warehouse. You wouldn't know that this wasn't the real thing, would you? In fact I like this more than what Mulan usually has to wear!
Along with all those pretty dresses, Barbie must have shoes, right? Of course she needs shoes! Doll Clothes Warehouse has you covered there, with an assortment of different styles, colors, and types of shoes for Barbie. You can browse the Shoe Selection page (only .75 to .80 cents a pair!) or you can buy the famous shoe grab bag, 20 random pairs of shoes for $4.00. You never know what you'll get! They even have shoes for those notoriously hard to fit flat footed Barbies.
What about accessories? I'm glad you asked! One thing I always order are these great duffel bags. They are perfect for a large Barbie purses and go with so many things!
If you want jewelry and other pieces, check here. They have stands, crowns (you can see Goewyn wearing one of them above) some hats, and earrings.
I hope that the next time you are in the market for some Barbie clothes, I hope you'll consider the Doll Clothes Warehouse. They never disappoint!
A good Monday to everyone! Today I'd like to present a great website for Christian young people who love to read and write: Fellowship of the King.
The Fellowship is a coalition of homeschooled Christian young people of various denominations committed to shining their light of truth and hope into the darkness around them. Relying heavily on the works of Tolkien and Lewis, this group of young artists write a variety of articles, stories, reviews, and poetry discussing the traditional Christian world- and life views and reclaiming the fantasy genre from those who have used and abused it.
Now, what is it that the Fellowship does? The Fellowship's mission is to provide Christian young people with a safe, God honoring place to read and write good stories. You like Lord of the Rings? You can read clean LOTR fan fiction till you burst! Are you a Trekkie? They've got some of that too! Do you want to read informative devotionals or non-fiction articles and reviews? They have loads!
In the interest of full disclosure, the Fellowship was begun by Catholics, but they are more than willing to work with their Protestant peers. When you read their submission standards, no Protestant I can think of would refuse to work within them. Ultimately, all the members of the Fellowship are on the same team despite their denominational differences.
Not long from now, I plan to join the Fellowship, submitting works within the framework of their well run website. Their camaraderie and goodwill has won them my loyalty and I look forward to adventuring with them.
I'm T.K. Wilson, Read my blog for great information and stories about dolls, toy restoration, Christian Fantasy and so much more! Blog updates Mondays and Fridays.