Sky Necklace

The moon last night
Was a fragile sliver
Of burnished red gold,
Hanging from a string
Of scattered pearl-stars
Nestled in box
Of velvet night

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I’m not smart; I’m just well-read

I’m not smart,
It’s just that I
Wandered into a book,
And stayed for a while
Because the people were friendly
And the pictures caught my eye
Then I wandered out,
My pockets full of small gifts
That they told me I had to share
And that I could come back
Anytime I wanted

So you see,
I’m not smart;
I’m just well-read
There’s a difference
Between what you already have
And what you choose to take

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Seven Fictional/Fantasy Weapons I Would Kill to Have

One thing I pay extra attention to when watching action/adventure films is the use of martial arts. They’re really fun to watch, especially when you get to see some really sweet weaponry in action.

This is a list of seven badass (and made-up) weapons that I would love to have a go at using. Some of them are double-handed/paired weapons that could easily substitute for my trusty Arnis sticks; others are epic instruments of destruction that I have never been trained for (but would still love to use!) and all I wish were very real– and affordable, too.

IMG_25191. Electric Kali Sticks- The Lieutenant, Avatar: The Legend of Korra
There are two very simple things I enjoy in life: hitting people with sticks and watching stuff light up. In Season 1 of Legend of Korra, the Lieutenant’s electric-charged Kali sticks do both in a very satisfying, gratifying way. It’s useful too if you’re against a steel blade, which will conduct electricity right into the enemy’s arm. And you get to choose between making your opponent bruise all over or simply writhe on the ground as volts charge through them. Spec-freaking-tacular. I’m getting chills just thinking about it. #iswearimperfectlynormal

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I’m a sucker for swirly-wirly elvish designs tbh

2. Dual White Knives- Legolas, The Lord of the Rings
In the books Legolas uses only one knife; in the films he uses two with incredible skill (when he’s not shooting arrows at stuff like a badass, of course.) What I liked about these weapons are how slim they appear, but how apparently strong they are. They’re versatile, flexible and amplify the sexiness of their user (I think.) They also fit neatly in a quiver for transport purposes. Gravity-defying skillz and fab hair not included, though!

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3. Riptide/Anaklusmos- Percy Jackson, Percy Jackson and the Olympians
You know the saying ‘the pen is mightier than the sword’? This one’s a pen that can turn INTO a sword! Perfect for a girl like me whose skills include writing and fighting. Also, by some weird unexplained immortal magic or shiz like that, you can never lose Riptide. It’ll always magically reappear back in your pocket. Considering how many pens I lose, I really, REALLY need this.

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*muffled AC/DC playing in the background*

4. MK 4 Armor- Tony Stark, Iron Man
This one just had to make the list, and I love it because you don’t necessarily need to have any fighting experience to use it. Armored protection all over, smart weaponry concealed everywhere else, shiny gleaming colors and a British voice talking in your ear aaaaaaaall day? Yes, please! Although I’d hesitate before classifying it as ‘weapon,’ because the Iron Man suit has always been much more than that. I picked the MK 4 because of the sleek, basic design; this armor was the turning point, and every unit that came after just got better and better.

Probably my favorite feature of any Iron Man suit is, of course, the repulsor blasts in the palms. Never has a school day gone by when I did not feel like using one of those to break a window and wreck bloody havoc.

Woman up, right?

Woman up, right?

5. Mag-Lev Discs- GoGo, Big Hero 6
The mag-lev discs used by GoGo in Disney’s latest animated treasure just had me drooling all over the carpet. I’ve always been a bit of a speed demon, and those discs look hella fast. You can also throw them at people, and they come right back to you. WICKED COOL, am I right? If I got my hands on this suit, or even just the bike version, you would never ever see me again.

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new school

6. Light Discs- Almost Everybody, Tron & Tron Legacy
GoGo’s light discs put me in mind of another frisbee-type weapon I’ve always wanted to play with; the light discs of the Tron universe (also called identity discs.) Maybe it’s their appealing neon colors, their sleek shape and the way they destroy opponents (no blood, no mess, just a flash of light, gone!) but I’d LOVE to have one of these handy, even just on the shelf as a night light.

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old school

IMG_25227.Curved-Hilt Double Lightsabers- Asajj Ventress, The Clone Wars
I have saved this for last because I’ve always wanted a lightsaber. Nay, I want a specific one– Asajj Ventress’ double red sabers, with the curved hilts that can attach into one another and form a double-bladed weapon of mass Sith destruction. Because of its curved center, this is classified as a harder lightsaber to wield than an ordinary one. I’d still love to have a go at it, though. And hey; there have been crazier lightsaber designs… *koff The Force Awakens! Koff*

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Bladed Fans- Kyoshi Warriors, Avatar: The Legend of Aang

This is a bonus because I heard it’s a real, but rare weapon used for a real, but rare fighting style. As portrayed on the show, the bladed fans are sleek, beautiful, feminine yet versatile and deadly. I’ve always loved the smooth unfolding motion of the traditional fan, which would be used in stealth and close combat. Think of the quick strikes one could make with these, the precision of cuts! I’d probably make a hacking mess of a such a beautiful martial art, but hey, a girl can try.

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Bros Before Bows (fan art)

Multi-fandom Archers crossover. Lots of arrows, lots of sass.

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Starship 95- an amateur webcomic!

So a couple years back I started this webcomic for a school project, and finally finished it (after an ungodly hiatus) in December of 2014. I’m an idiot for not thinking of it before, but my mom suggested that I share it here on The Crossroads.

Hit the link to read and get more info, and I hope you like it for what it’s worth!

http://starship95.webcomic.ws/comics/first

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Let’s Play: The Imitation Game Review

“Sometimes it is the people who no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine.” - Joan Clarke

For the longest time this movie has intrigued me, mostly by virtue of it starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. It intrigued me further when I heard it was on the list of potential Oscar-baits. And then finally, my grandma told me that she’d already seen it and oh my gosh it was so great, so I was like, screw it, yes, let’s watch this shiznit.

The movie opens with Benny delivering the following lines: ‘Are you paying attention?’ And from that moment I was like, ‘yes, sir.’ The Imitation Game is a mind-blowing must-watch with elements that appeal to just about anybody in just about any audience.

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STORY: This film is set in Britain during World War 2 and based on the true story of genius cryptanalyst Alan Turing, who was hired to decode Nazi messages which were created by a machine called Enigma. The biggest problem is that the settings of the machine are reset every day, so each day is a different code, thus allowing Germany to keep one step ahead of its enemies and preventing Britain from getting an upper hand in the war. To crack the code, Turing (with the help of a group of nerds known as the Bletchley Team) builds a machine that, despite several setbacks, will decode any message ever encrypted by Enigma. To us citizens of the 21st century, such a machine has advanced far beyond its original purpose, and they’re called computers. Actually, I used one to write this post. (Ehe, ehe, ehe!!!)

In fact, the film succeeds in simultaneously telling two stories: one about Britain trying to win a war while keeping it secret, and one about a homosexual man trying to crack a code and keep his sexual identity secret. At that period in time, to be gay was a crime (well, the way some people act about it now makes it still feel like a crime *rolls eyes*) and throughout the movie, even if Turing’s really quiet about it (like, really quiet about it, I didn’t suspect until the second flashback scene or so) you get the feeling that everything’s going to go to hell if people find out. In a way, at the end of the movie, it sort of does.

If there’s one thing The Imitation Game really does, apart than expose a previously secret but interesting and valuable part of war history in a brilliant and engaging way, it also brings to light a truth everybody should be familiar with by now: life isn’t fair. Alan Turing decoded Enigma and thereby shortened the war by more than two years. He should have gotten a bunch of medals and a happy ending, but was denied this just because of his sexual identity. The final scene of the film was the most painful for me to watch, as we see the real, emotional and mental effects that hormonal therapy (which he was forced to undertake) has on Alan, and which eventually causes him to kill himself (mentioned off-screen through those thoughtful captions which happen to be in just about every ‘based on a true story’ movie ever.)

CAST AND CHARACTERS: The Imitation Game has got an excellent cast. Apart from Benny and Keira, it stars Charles Dance, Mark Strong, Rory Kinnear and my personal, unprecedented favorite–Matthew Goode. Damn, that man is goode. In fact, they are all good. But most notable of all, of course, is Benedict Cumberbatch. His portrayal of Alan Turing– of brilliant, repressed, misunderstood and maddeningly logical Alan Turing– ranks well above the list of Things I Have the Ability to Even.

Matching Turing word for word and code for code is the equally brilliant Joan Clarke. Joan was never supposed to be part of Bletchley Team, just because she’s a woman; but she ends up becoming the single person who understands Alan completely (and who refuses to put up with his bullsh*t.) The pair end up getting engaged, but this arrangement is out of necessity so that Joan can keep living at Bletchley and so that Alan can further protect the truth about his homosexuality. This is the first time I have seen such an unorthodox, quirky, weird-ass and yet warm and fuzzy relationship on the big screen, so major props yet again to this movie for doing what it does. Every scene with Joan and Alan just lights up like a house at Christmas, so great is the chemistry between Cucumber Man and the Knightly One. Can we get more films where the lead male and female stay the bestest of best friends without falling in love?

SCREENPLAY: The screenplay manages to balance a whole bunch of elements, and yet hit all of the right notes in all of the stories it’s trying to tell. I loved the script to absolutely no end, it was so well-written and the entire film is just the right blend of just about everything. It’s perfect, believable and completely human, and says everything that could be possibly said, lines which instantly flesh out a character or show where their priorities are at, in just a couple of scenes or even less. It’s also got a sense of suspense that doesn’t really make it hard to breathe, but doesn’t really go away either, and a fair number of scenes that will make different people cry at different times. When Cumberbatch says ‘pay attention,’ you better pay attention, in order to understand some of the more tricky parts of the movie.

MUSIC: The music is nothing short of amazing and matches every scene perfectly, keeping you riveted to what’s happening onscreen. Oh, and it was composed by Alexandre Desplat, a fact which just made me roll my eyes and go ‘Aaah, no wonder it’s so great!’

ANYTHING ELSE?: I find it fitting that this movie came out at the time it did, just after the largely-discussed suicide of Leelah Alcorn, who also committed suicide because she knew she wouldn’t get the life she deserved if she was honest about her sexual identity. The Imitation Game is smart and sharp in its confrontation of such issues, asking us (in a very subtle, British fashion) to challenge the way we treat people who are different. It brings history to life while drawing focus to a particular element that remains pervasive even in present day. It teaches audiences to treat every challenge as nothing more than a game. And it’s a movie that’s going to make you want to solve a damn crossword puzzle and hug your nearest gay friend– and your laptop computer, too.

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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I just realized I haven’t posted anything lengthy on this blog for quite a while. But a couple of days ago, my good friend Alon nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award which encouraged me to stretch my blogging muscles again! So a big thank-you to her for putting my name up there (and for making me aware that there’s such a thing, haha!)

Here are the rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate seven blogs.

Here are the questions asked to me:

1. What changed in your life last year that made you happy?

Well, I graduated from high school last year. That changed my life– and made me really happy :)

vinny

2. What book surprised you the most?

I’m going to have to say Magic or Not by Edward Eager. I didn’t fancy it at first, but I found myself liking it over the years I would reread it because there were a number of unexpected elements that came in throughout the course of the story. It is now one of my favorite books.

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3. What are your favorite song lyrics?

Haha oh wow…how am I going to choose? Let’s go with something classic here.

There’s nothing you can make that can’t be made
No one you can save that can’t be saved
Nothing you can do but you can learn to be you in time
It’s easy

All you need is love
All you need is love
All you need is love, love
Love is all you need

      – The Beatles, All You Need is Love

4. When/How/Why did you start your blog?

I started it back in 2012 after being encouraged by my dad to use WordPress as an outlet for creativity and to share my writing publicly. I didn’t really know what my blog would focus on, so I called it The Crossroads to be safe; just a place where I write about anything that catches my fancy!

5. What movie do you watch over and over again?

Easy A. I swear to God, this movie never gets old.

6. What’s your favorite thing to do indoors?

Sleep!

7. How about outdoors?

Lie down on grass, if grass is available. Practice Arnis.

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8. How do you approach people you’ve just met?

working on it, though.

well I usually let them approach me…?

9. Which place do you want to visit next?

This may sound kind of geeky, but I really want to go to the Tesla museum in Belgrade, because Tesla was an awesome guy.

Liz

10. And lastly… Give me some book recommendations? :)

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Well I haven’t read anything new in a while but… Go with Karen Francisco’s ‘Naermyth’! (she’s my cousin. Support! :))

AND NOW FOR MY 10 QUESTIONS!!!

  1. What’s your first thought when you wake up in the morning?
  2. Most challenging thing about writing poetry?
  3. What’s your most played song on iTunes?
  4. Least favorite ice cream flavor?
  5. Where is your favorite place to write?
  6. Last place in your country that you visited (outside your hometown?)
  7. Who do you think would win in a fight, Captain America or Legolas? (I just had to ask this)
  8. Favorite app?
  9. One movie that made you ugly-cry.
  10. If you could be any member of your family, who would you be?

I hereby nominate witchinthesky, papertonguetales, fabledforeigntongue (again! hope it’s okay) geekybooksnob, shawnbird, diwatainlalaland and last but not least naomibatenga ! Have fun with it…and feel free to ignore, do again, or nominate me a second time :)

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