Fun Day Sunday!  Spring Flowers and Richarding, May 28, 2017Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1064)

With all of the lovely Spring weather we’re having in the Midwest, my mind turns to flowers–both in our gardens front and back and yet to be planted on my deck. Flowers are so cheerful.

Our dark purple lilac bush has come and gone, but our vibrant burgundy peony bushes, pink spirea, purple lavendar and sage, and orange and yellow tiger lillies and such are blooming or will bloom soon.

So I hope that you will enjoy the day, and some Richarding along the way.  Cheers! Grati

Images with a flower theme from (Thanks!):  Kitty, CynDainty, Grati, RAnet, RobinT, . &   Eileen FF

P.S. And if you have more Richard Armitage and flowers images, please share them!

    by Kitty            via Cyn Dainty

 

by Grati         via RAnet

 

 via Robin T         via EileenFF

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Silly Saturday:  Wishing you and Richard Armitage some fun!  May 20, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1063)

How does your weekend roll?  Silly?  Smiling?  Sexy?  Soothing?  Slumbering?  Or Sultry? Etc.

Or are Saturdays extra home chore days for you?  Paying bills and my reconciling our checkbook tends to happen on Saturdays. These days, the only heavy lifting I do, involves a mouse and a keyboard.  Although in my neighborhood, we tend to have the Symphony of the Lawn Mowers all day long.

Or are Saturdays job/work days?  Sometimes during crunch periods, I’ll work from home on various projects.

Or are Saturdays time for fun and/or relaxation with hobbies and interests?    Whereas, I am reading other people’s stories and writing my own stories.  Strangely, a whirring lawn mower has never subliminally surfaced in one of my story scenes yet.

Maybe your “Saturday” actually happens mid-week like my hubby’s—on hump day—also known as, grocery store restock day.  Check!  And though, he often mows our lawns then—warming up the weekend mower symphony folks–the used riding lawn mower we bought last Summer threw a belt last week, so he’s waiting for it to be repaired next week.  Uh huh.

As it is for many of us–or an exquisitely talented British actor like Richard Armitage (below, my edit), due to filming schedules, press events, and the like–Saturdays can be any or all of those things.

So here’s hoping that yours and Richard Armitage’s Saturday has some fun and silliness  in it!  Minus the check book reconciling, lawn mowing, grocery store scavenging, and other home chores.

Personally for my Saturday, I plan to see if my sucking on more watermelon flavored hard candies for my dry throat will reduce my blood sugar score by the end of the day.  Hey, it worked on Friday.  *wink* And I will read and write stories.  No chores.  I had already reconciled my checkbook two days ahead of time on Thursday.  Snap!

So what are your Saturday plans?

P.S. Original RA image thanks to Marlene Lugo!

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Table Manners Tuesday!  Richard Armitage’s Thorin Hands, May 16, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1062)

 Facebook Friend Teresa Armitage’s post of a Thorin figurine (below) with a startlingly realistic Richard Armitage as Thorin visage was breathtaking in its beautiful details.

   

And seeing Richard Armitage as Thorin again reminded me again of that oft told amusing interview quip of Richard Armitage about his large prosthetic Thorin Oakenshield hands being “so disappointing” when he needed to take a potty break while filming. LOL!

 

And I just Monday evening came across this THDofS Prancing Pony image of Thorin eating with his hands on closeup display (below).

   

Now, I see what Richard means about his Thorin hands. Poor guy.   And Thorin eating with his hands might be a necessity, versus using cutlery.  So Thorin  drinking out of a dainty demitasse cup is definitely out for him.

 

However Thorin’s Dwarven hands are massive and do grip and swing their swords and axes very well.  So there are trade offs for the fearsome warrior.

 

And because they probably didn’t want to damage the prosthetic hands, perhaps they couldn’t use their prosthetic hands too harshly between filming scenes, or they would have to be redone.  Kind of like Richard’s Lucas character’s tattoos being easily rubbed off his skin via friction—either via his costume or his love scene partner’s movements.

 

I can certainly liken Thorin’s/Richard’s adaptation difficulties to when I had broken my arm in two places just above my left wrist several years ago from a bathroom fall.  So the doctors put me in a very annoying right angle cast—bent at the elbow–from my hand to my shoulder, for 8 weeks.  Happily, I am right handed for writing and such.  But how do you put on and take off your clothes with only one working arm and hand, when you are used to having both?  So I took a thin stick and had my hubby make a notch in one end—for hooking onto clothing to push them down—and then the other end of the stick had a pinch clip to grasp onto and pull things up.  I should have patented it.  Ha!

 

So surely the Mighty Dwarves of Durin would have come up with their own adaptation solution for using their large hands in daily life.  Though given the delicacy of the topic, we might never know.

 

But hey, if anyone has a The Hobbit renaissance fair weekend sometime– with authentic Dwarven costumes and prosthetic hands—please do pass along any wisdom you gain on the matter.  *wink*

 

Hope you have a gReAt day! Cheers! Grati ;->

 

P.S. And thanks to Terri for sharing the Thorin eating at the Prancing Pony image by the Arkenstone Tumblr!

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Story writing again, my percolating thoughts, May 05, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1061)

I’m finally reaching a point in my leg surgery and convalescence almost mid point that I am getting back to writing on my stories again.  During the first month, I could only read other people’s stories—for distraction.

And since I’m working from home in the daytime while recuperating—love the electronic age, and glad that I still have a job due to FMLA–I only have a few hours each night to devote to pleasure writing after checking in with friends on social media.

And I literally have several dozen (over 48+)  stories that I have started and may be about 30 to 50 to 75 pages in on writing them—in various genres, and many that I have already created the cover art for—such that I am picking a different story each day and writing a little more on it.

Partially, I rotate my writing choices to reacquaint myself with some of my in progress stories—some started long ago, but stories that I had stopped working on to make way for other stories that I have already serialized for you here and on my Gratiana Lovelace Wattpad site.  See my sidebar at right for a sampling of my recently serialized  stories–such as “Encouragement” (right), which is having quite a surge in readership on Wattpad in the last few months and is now my 4th most read story out of 28 works.  Of course, my most popular story on Wattpad remains “N&S:  John Thornton, Love Lessons” (below) that has now exceed 90,000 reads.   Thanks everyone!

But I am also trying to decide which story that I want to serialize next for you—here and on my Wattpad site.  Story selection is key, because not only do I hope that you like and read my story—but because my stories are often serialized over several months, I have to really like the story to commit my time and my energies to it for such a long period of time.

And I am a notorious re-arranger of my stories—their chapters.  In the sense that, what might start out as a beginning, ends up becoming a middle and I decide to write more backstory for it.  This was the case with “Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3) (right).  I had started with the big plot reveal (no spoilers) and then I realized that I needed to work up to it more gradually.  So my original Ch. 1, ended up being Ch. 25—out of what ultimately became a 46 chapter story.  Ha!

And so I am constantly rewriting my stories until the moment I serialize each chapter—and even then some, to fix typos or strange symbols that crop up due to editing glitches, etc.

So while my in progress story writing is percolating, I just wanted to let you know I do hope to serialize a new story of mine in the next month or so.

Cheers!

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Binge watching “Reign” starring Megan Follows in a lusty scheming role, May 02, 2017  Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1060)

I don’t normally watch many videos, and we have long since stopped watching tv—for years.  In fact we finally cancelled our cable service a few weeks ago—stopping throwing good money after bad.  We stream on our computers if we want to watch something, PBS and “Victoria” mostly.

And after receiving various endorsements about Netflix online, I tried them out and I’m hooked!  I wanted to watch then new Queen Elizabeth II biopic, The Crown.  And then I started watching a few other shows.

And being keen on historical dramas, royalty dramas, and mature love dramas—love the settings, costumes, period societies, and reframing of history–I hit the jackpot when I started binge watching the CW original series “Reign” (right) a few weekends ago.

“Reign” is not for everyone.  The plots play a bit fast and loose with some of the historical facts now and again–poor party Princess Claude must be twirling in her grave.  In today’s world, she would have her own reality show.  And the first season’s seeming inability to have period appropriate costumes on the younger women was jarring, and they seemed to have fixed that by Season 2.  But “Reign” has solid and compelling storytelling.  And the actors give it their all—and they and their characters work together well as a large ensemble acting group, interweaving story arcs that bind their characters together cohesively.

The show is ostensibly about the young Mary Queen of Scots married to Francis  the Dauphin, who later becomes King Francis II of France—and I do like the young actors playing the, Adelaide Kane, and Toby Regbo, respectively (below).

However, it’s the scenes between the over 40 actors that really get my attention.  I’m 40 plus.  Heck!  I’m 50 plus.  And I find that though “young love” is sweet, I just can’t put myself in that picture anymore.  I find myself wanting to coach the young ones about the give and take of relationships, etc.  And besides, we older women are just as lusty as when we were younger–maybe more.  So Hollywood, start working on more of those plotlines.  Ha!

In that mature woman love interest vein, on “Reign” one of my favorite actresses is playing Queen Catherine, as in de Medici—yes, those de Medici’s —Megan Follows as Queen Catherine (right).  And 32 years after her spectacular rising star debut in the 1985 mini-series “Anne of Green Gables”,  Ms. Follows is a force of nature on “Reign”.     And she has been nominated for several acting awards for “Reign”, but she is still waiting to win one.

In particular in “Reign”, Megan Follows plays such  a Machiavellian Queen Catherine that she ends up in the dungeon (below) a few times after one of her many scheming plots turns out badly.  And I alternatively think that Queen Catherine deserves to rot in jail, and then wondering when are they going to get her out of there so she can create more mayhem?

And given Queen Catherine’s tendency to betray others whenever it is expedient, I really want her character to become more ethical.  But of course, would she be as fun then?  However, I’m still in the early episodes of “Reign” season 3 and Queen Catherine had a life altering moment (no spoilers) and she gives us glimpses of a more moral (however fleeting) Queen Catherine.

But Queen Catherine in “Reign’s” incarnation is also a lusty Queen.   And the real treat is that the 40 plus Megan Follows as Queen Catherine beds at least three and a half men—the “half” is because one of the men is no longer corporeal, as in he is a ghost–in the first three seasons:  her estranged unfaithful husband King Henry II portrayed by Alan Van Strung (below left), some younger courtier, and the equally Machiavellian Lord Stefan Narcisse portrayed with evil relish by Craig Parker (below right), and a ghost (no spoilers).  Love these King Henry II and Lord Narcisse images below. You may recall how fond I am of … neckage on men.  Purrrr!
    

Both of the older men—King Henry II (Van Sprang) and Lord Narcisse (Parker)—also have lusty and romantic romps in various royal bed chambers with Queen Catherine—and alternatively other women.  I would show some screen stills, but I fear they would be too steamy—yet still within PG-13.  They keep their naughty bits covered, by sheets or the other person.  And it is very romantic.  So filmmakers should take heart.  Less naughty bits skin showing in love scenes, is “more”.  Which I prefer.

 

And I find myself rooting for Queen Catherine to find a lasting, fulfilling, and corporeal romantic relationship.  But so far, no luck there.  Yet there is still time—through the rest of Season 3 and Season 4.  And interestingly, a few sites indicated that Megan Follows is dating one of her on screen love interests, Alan Van Sprang (King Henry II).  Well done, girl friend!

 

So 40 plus love is in the air on and off the set of “Reign”.  Sighhh!  And Megan Follows as Queen Catherine is definitely a key  linchpin of the show “Reign”.  Long may she reign!

 

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“Audio Recording: Three scenes w/ Richard Armitage in Pilgrimage”, April 25, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #1059)

With Special Thanks to @mooseturds on Twitter for sharing these audio clips:

“Audio Recording: Three scenes w/ Richard Armitage in Pilgrimage” video by Short RA Clips

 

And according to @mooseturds, the “Pilgrimage” film will have subtitles for the non-English dialogue. Yay!

So we can focus on the velvety deep voice of the exquisitely talented British actor Richard Armitage portraying Frenchman Raymond de Merville in “Pilgrimage”.   *THUD*!

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“Hidden Figures–Don’t be delicate. Be vast and brilliant.”  April 22, 2017 Gratiana Lovelace (Post#1058)

Last weekend when Liesbeth Lap shared this Shinedown music lyric quote and a beautiful dancing lady illustration (see below) on Twitter, the image and quote moved me.


On one level, I like the sentiment about women being strong and independent.  We live in an age when women have more freedoms than my mother or grandmother had—though they were both women of uncompromising spirits.

And yet, we live in times that also challenge us/women at every turn—
with the beautiful people issues of magazines, when beauty is a cultural and generational (a 1520 beauty at right, Venus by Titian who would be considered “plus sized” in modern times) construct that is ever changing, or reminders to women of the “gender pay gap” compared to men’s salaries, etc.  It sometimes seems like one step forward, two steps back.

 

And then we have wonderful inspiring examples of women empowering themselves and each other—even to the moon and back, in the 2016 film “Hidden Figures” (see Wiki excerpt below):

“Hidden Figures is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder, based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about African American female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. The film stars Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who calculated flight trajectories for Project Mercury and other missions. The film also features Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan and Janelle Monáe as Mary Jackson, with Kevin CostnerKirsten DunstJim ParsonsGlen Powell and Mahershala Ali in supporting roles.”

Hidden Figures | Teaser Trailer [HD] | 20th Century FOX

These ladies of NASA weren’t delicate.  They were being vast and brilliant!   And their examples shine in my heart–and make me want to dance like the lady in the illustration above.  Will you join me?

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