Friday, November 15, 2013

The Disney lover in me

Those who know me know that I am, have always been and will always be a HUGE Disney girl. When I was younger I wanted to work for Disney as an animator because the movies and cartoon shows they made always took my breath away! They where so beautiful, so amazing and the artistry that goes into hand drawing each and every second of the films blows my mind. 
That being said, clearly that plan didn't work out. I can draw, and I think I'm pretty decent at it, but I knew I would never be good enough to work for Disney studios. 
But I still love art- looking at it, creating it- and Disney art is some of my favorite. But I found a new love for photography and graphic design. One of the biggest things to know about me is that for my junior and senior years of high school I attended a vocational school because I HATED my high school and didn't feel like I knew who I was and nothing at my HS would help me figure out who I am and what I want to do. So I signed up for my VOTECH schools and selected my top 2 programs: graphic design and imagery or Culinary arts (though I will admit I choose that because I wanted to be like Sailor Jupiter). I got my acceptance letter but was informed that my first choice, Graphic design was already full so I was enrolled in the culinary arts program.
This was the best consequence of being late to ever happen in my life. When I started school and met all my Chef instructors and the other students, I found myself. My Pastry Chef- Chef Milli was the first to realize that I had a thing for art and she kinda took me under her wing and kept me focused in the pastry kitchen for the school. The greatest thing for me was that I realized I could still do art and put it into cakes and show pieced and plated desserts. From there I did competitions and ended up earning enough scholarships to go to culinary school and get my associates degree in Baking and Pastry Art. 
Now yes I have gotten away from Disney but there is a tie in here.
Part of my degree was doing an internship with any company that was affiliated with my college. Disney just so happened to be one of them. When I realized that it was like a dream come true. (pun fully intended) So it came down to two choices for me: Enter into the college program with Disney or try for an internship spot abroad in Ireland at a "Castle resort" there. Clearly I chose Disney.
Yes I had plenty of people ask me if I was crazy for passing up a chance to live abroad, but Disney was my dream, the goal I had wanted for myself since I was little. I wasn't passing up this chance, not even for a life abroad.
 And working for the mouse was the 2nd best choice I had made in my life. I had already figured out who I was during my VOTECH years and at college, but working at Disney made me more. It helped me open up to people, embrace my inner child and not try to hide it because I was afraid of people thinking me a freak for it. If you work at Disney it's because you are a Disney freak yourself. I met the most amazing people, definitely had my fair share of romances, and got to live a dream for four of the happiest years of my life. The friends I made there where some of the best, many of whom I still talk to, even though I left Disney in 2008 because I needed to be back home with my family in Ohio. But just because I left does not mean I am over Disney. Not even by a long shot.
Since my departure I have been back several times and I am hoping to go back again this year with some of my old Disney friends for a reunion of sorts.
  The pictures I have up here are all ones I have taken myself, evidence of my love for photography, from my latest trip last Halloween. Clearly romance, and the Princesses and Princes, are my favorite part of Disney. But there is one other thing that comes in a very close second. DOes anyone remember the Disney cartoons of the 90's and early 00's? I do! I proudly admit to having a lot of them on DVD (yes I watch them by myself) and I hope to share them with my niece and nephews- and hopefully my own kids some day- when they are old enough. These shows- Gargoyles, Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, Aladdin, Little Mermaid and many others- are still a huge inspiration to me, especially with my writing!
  Well there you have it. A little bit about me and my Disney love (ahem obsession) and some of my personal favorite photos.

Laters my lovelies,
<3 always L.H.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Meet King Arthur

Her eyes, those sparkling emeralds, had been my only companion since the fae queen cast her spell on me. Her voice, her laugh mesmerized me. I wanted to draw her in close, to feel her lips on mine- her sweet taste is still on my mouth. Yet a memory- a ghost- is holding me back. ~Arthur

photo taken from Pinterest 

Yeah! It’s finally time to meet our King Arthur! If you have seen or read any of my other of my character sketches you already know my pension for taking the Arthurian legends and turning them upside down and inside out. I have chosen to tell King Arthur’s story my way- and make no mistake, this is as much his story as it is our heroine Aliana’s.

As you can tell from the quote above, Arthur is clearly enchanted but also torn about our heroine and this mystery girl- a ghost. Yes I will tell you right now there is a love triangle in my series
!!!! Oh no she said the dreaded words “love triangle”…… that’s right folks I did and I will say it again and again. I don’t care what people may say or think about it (‘the love triangles are over done’, ‘teens and readers don’t want to read another triangle’, ‘another YA love triangle- how done’…. You get the point)

And you heard me right….I don’t care! I love reading the triangles and no matter how many people smack down movies and books that feature the ‘so over’ love triangles, I am going to write the story that I want to read and tell you guys the story that my characters are telling me! And King Arthur and Sir Galahad have both declared that they will win our Aliana. ;-P
                 Though if Aliana heard them say that I'm sure she'd pull out a Princess Jasmine quote:
                                                      "I am not a prize to be won!"
Besides how anyone can possibly think that a King Arthur story shouldn't have a love triangle is beyond me. The triangle is a major part of the 12th century story- which, let’s face it, is the best known version of King Arthur. Now I am not resting on my laurels here and using the same old triangle… no no no…. I have changed it up to feature Arthur/Aliana/Galahad. Lancelot and Guinevere got their Happily for now (HFN), though it didn't last nearly as long as I’m sure they wanted it to.

However there is one thing I would like you to take to heart though all this rambling; that is the fact that while ‘Legendary’  is a love story, it is also so much more! It is a story about finding yourself- learning who you really are, dealing with the crap 'destiny and prophecy' throw at you, and learning to find your inner confidence to save the world. 

As always you can hit up my other pages and learn and see more about the characters and even me! You can find me at my webpage, Facebook, Tumblr and now InstagramI hope that you can find the time to read my first book when it releases in Feb 2014.

Till next time lovelies

<3 always L.H.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

I am officially addicted

So this fall had a bunch of great tv shows returning and premiering! I was thrilled for several of the premiers and mildly excited for others. Reign, on the CW, was one I was mildly excited for.

But boy was I blown away! Of all the new shows this season, I had suspected that this would be in the middle of the pile as far as shows I became addicted to; but after just one episode I was so hooked I went on to iTunes and bought the season pass! Since then I'm pretty sure that I have watched each episode sever a times while waiting impatiently for thursday nights so I can see the next episode.

I have heard the show begin blasted because it doesn't really follow history exactly, but common..... did anyone really expect it to? I didn't. I know that the CW has a platform that works for them and so I figured they would stick to it: beautiful girls, way HOTTT guys, amazing clothes and great music and of course a love triangle. It has a very big record of working for the CW's biggest shows so why mess with a good thing?

They have created characters that didn't exist in history (Bash- Francis's bastard half brother) and Nostradamus is young and very good looking; just to name a few. But the things that have me jonzing for the next episode it the quality of the writing and the stories that they are telling. I love the innocence of Mary, the feistiness of her ladies and the tasteful sexiness -said to be a toned down Tudors; which I am perfectly okay with!- and the amazing chemistry between Francis and Mary!

If you decide to give this show a chance I will say now don't expect it to be what history tells us. This is the CW's interpretation for teens and young adults chalk full of sexy goodness.

I was reading an interview featuring the cast of Reign and they said they never intended the show to be an accurate historical retelling. They went on to say that the show is going to be more than just a love triangle and renaissance drama, it is also going to be a ghost story and have elements of horror and occult. I personally like this and am very excited to see where this show will go. 

The CW admittingly took a big risk, and financial investment, to make this show and I personally hope it pays off in a big way! I appreciate when we can see that a network has committed to an investment and it SHOWS in each episode with everything from the music, costumes, filmography and effects used! 

If you are looking for a fun, exciting and sexy new YA/NA show I would highly recommend you checking out Reign on the CW thursday nights after The Vampire Diaries.

till next time
<3 L.H.