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Amy. '89. Kraków, Poland.
Grad student, philologist, medievalist.
TV shows lover. Bibliophile. Nerd.
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Writer’s curse.

Writer’s curse.

Hi.
I’m Amy and I am absolutely nuts about Arthurian legends. I even wrote my MA thesis on Merlin in medieval literature. That’s how nuts I am.
I am also nuts about Heather Dale who seems to be equally, if not more, obsessed with Arthurian legends as I am. She can also sing. (I cannot.) And she’s putting it into good use by creating and performing amazing songs about Arthurian stories. Go check her out. I’ll wait.

Done? Okay. Good. Now, while you were googling for Heather Dale, you might have stumbled on a song called “Miles to go”. If you haven’t, here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1gf6iod. (Yes, I’m linking to Spotify. For some reason there is no official video for this song on YT, so Spotify it is.) In short: it’s a conversation between Guinevere and Lancelot. Arthur is gone, Guinevere has enclosed herself in a convent and Lancelot comes to meet her to persuade her to come with him. Guinevere refuses; she seeks peace and repentance for the error of her ways (hers and Lancelot’s betrayal was what led to the downfall of the kingdom and ultimately to Arthur’s death).

BUT. In the song we only hear Guinevere’s voice. And I thought: that’s hardly fair. Lancelot did as much damage as she did, but he doesn’t get to voice his thoughts? So I gave him a voice. I wrote his part of the conversation; I tried to make it so that it’s actually a conversation, like he’s responding to what she’s saying. It’s sang to the same melody and even has the same (or very close) rhymes.

Now, a little disclaimer: I cannot sing. I’ve never had even one singing lesson, never been in a choir, nothing. But I enjoy singing (usually when nobody’s home, so I can imagine I don’t disturb anyone. My poor neighbors though…). And so I though, what the hell, let’s sing it and record it. My recording equipment is literally the mic from my webcam. So - sorry for the poor quality (of the sound and of my voice). Also this should be sang by a guy. I am, obviously, not a guy. Oops.
Oh, and I’m not a native English speaker, so I am sorry for all and any mistake I made.

Nevertheless. There it goes: my tribute to everything Arthurian and to Heather Dale, the awesome and talented Canadian whom I am in love with.

MILES TO GO - Lancelot’s part of the conversation

I’ll come with thee, my heart
Wherever you may lead, we need not speak
For the starlight of your eyes I’m still a fool
Long we were apart
Though maybe it’s the last time that we meet
Let’s never say goodbye, it feels too cruel
I’m glad I finally came
Our story cannot end in tears and woe
I’m following that road
And even yet I have so many miles to go

I know you’ve set your mind
To making your own prison of these walls
But there’s no point in hiding, hear me now
There’s still so much to find
In dream and life alike the love still calls
To run aways and see the world’s bright glow
You know I offer love
That path’s to share, I can’t go it alone
I’m following that road
And even yet I have so many miles to go

He didn’t die alone
He had a hundred souls of his brave knights
Who stood with him and cheered until he’d gone
It’s me who must atone
For I have sworn my sword and life to fight
And had I kept my word he would have won
Fare thee well, my love
We part now, story ends, let our faith grow
I’m following that road
And even yet I have so many miles to go

The original song was created and performed by Heather Dale
New lyrics are mine and it’s me performing (although if anyone can sing and would like to, I encourage you to sing it as it should be sang - that is, by someone who *can* sing).
Photos in the slideshow are all mine, taken in the amazing, stunning, truly beautiful Poland of mine.

Like and share if you like it, and if you don’t, at least go check out Heather Dale, she’s awesome. :)

(via http://www.youtube.com/attribution_link?a=9WdDDloAS5I&u=/watch?v=Zp9Z1Ih5AFk&feature=share)

electricalice:

littleturtleduck:

I edited the new Winter Soldier poster a little to make Natasha look a little less like a mannequin and a little more like a kick-ass assassin.

Original on the top, my edit in the middle, and a nifty comparison gif on the bottom.

oh look! ANATOMY!!!!

Tom Hiddleston’s screen test for Thor [x]

Man that is weird. Kinda glad he got Loki after all.

torrilla:

Loki Plays Captain America In Thor: The Dark World (x)

I would have liked Captain America much more if Tom Hiddleston played him.

In fact, I propose that Tom Hiddleston plays everyone.

me:
what's so terrible about Germany that they'd send me a Travel Advisory regarding it!?
colleague:
*dead serious voice* German women.
everybody:
*dies of laughter*
amandaonwriting:

The Top 10 Best Opening Lines Of Novels1. Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood, 1998“Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.”2. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, 1953“It was a pleasure to burn.”3. Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell, 1936“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”4. The Gunslinger, Stephen King, 1982“The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.”5. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien, 1937“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.6. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955“Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.”7. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”8. Peter and Wendy, J. M. Barrie, 1911“All children, except one, grow up.”9. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”10. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, 1969“All this happened, more or less.”
by Meredith Borders via LitReactor

I’d add Leo Toltoy’s:”Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”from Anna Karenina, 1873-1877.
(Also this list is very English-centric, let’s add some more quotes from non-English writers!)

amandaonwriting:

The Top 10 Best Opening Lines Of Novels
1. Cat’s Eye, Margaret Atwood, 1998
“Time is not a line but a dimension, like the dimensions of space.”
2. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury, 1953
“It was a pleasure to burn.”
3. Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell, 1936
“Scarlett O’Hara was not beautiful, but men seldom realized it when caught by her charm as the Tarleton twins were.”
4. The Gunslinger, Stephen King, 1982
“The man in Black fled across the Desert, and the Gunslinger followed.”
5. The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien, 1937
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
6. Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov, 1955
“Lolita. Light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul.”
7. Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002
“I was born twice: first, as a baby girl, on a remarkably smogless Detroit day in January of 1960; and then again, as a teenage boy, in an emergency room near Petoskey, Michigan, in August of 1974.”
8. Peter and Wendy, J. M. Barrie, 1911
“All children, except one, grow up.”
9. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen, 1813
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
10. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut, 1969
“All this happened, more or less.”

by Meredith Borders via LitReactor

I’d add Leo Toltoy’s:
Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”
from Anna Karenina, 1873-1877.

(Also this list is very English-centric, let’s add some more quotes from non-English writers!)

missjia:

ADORABLE little girl meets her daddy’s twin for the first time & gets CONFUSED! HILARIOUS!!!!!

cumberbum:

Removed the text from the CQ cover. Please link back if you’re going to use it.

cumberbum:

Removed the text from the CQ cover. Please link back if you’re going to use it.

evelinetennant-smith:

this gifset is very important.

gaba-kulka:

And after seven years in advertising you are none the wiser.

I audibly squealed when I finally got what Amanda was talking about, because this is - at the moment - my favorite Amanda song. And to see it performed so beautifully by both Amanda and Gaba (and I love both of them)… it was magical.

lostconner:

Different world