It’s a Bookish World with Captain Fantastic

Ben and family in the woods

Part of the cast of Captain Fantastic. I see books in one box!

Recently I went and saw the movie Captain Fantastic at a local theatre here in Victoria, BC. It was a drama with funny moments sprinkled throughout it as we follow the adventures of Ben (played by Viggo Mortenson) and his family after the passing of his wife. In particular, I enjoyed the spotlight on books that came with the viewing experience – although I admit to not being quite as immersed in the literary world as the family in this film! I’m also not living off the grid like this family.

Ben, Books & Family Life

In Captain Fantastic, Ben has a unique vision of parenting, to put it mildly. He and his six kids live in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest, where he regularly puts them through tough physical and intellectual challenges as his form of education. Books are a huge part of this homemade curriculum; he assigns books to each of the children and asks them to present analyses to him of what they read as a way to strengthen their critical thinking skills.

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Salsa Dancing and Writing: More in Common Than You Realize

Shoes for the Salsa Dance Lesson

My first real dance shoes!

This week was an eventful one, including my first salsa dance lesson! It was a lot of fun, and I wanted to share more about it here. After all, dancing has many similarities with writing. I admit to being surprised by the links I found between the two when I stopped to think about it.

How the First Dance Lesson Went

I was nervous that evening as I wanted to do well, had not been to this particular location, and had not met the instructor beforehand. Thankfully my partner helped to calm me down after we parked by the studio. The words “no pressure” were welcomed sounds from his lips.

In we went and I met the instructor, a nice woman of about 5’5″ who looked about my age, with shoulder-length brown hair and a beaming smile. I felt even more at ease when I returned her smile. With about ten people in the class and only minutes until the start time, I put on my new high heels. They were designed for professional dancing, black in color with a round toe, solid heel, and hours of fun ahead of them… Or so I hoped.

I felt more confident with the shoes on and took my partner’s hand in the suggested hold demonstrated by the instructor. My eyes looked at the mirrored wall ahead of where we stood, and I knew I would be okay.

And, indeed, I was more than okay. By ten minutes into the lesson, I was having so much fun that I felt my cheeks start to feel a bit sore from all of the smiling. I did not do every step correctly, but I felt a connection with the fast-paced Latin music, found the instructor to be gentle and helpful, and enjoyed the cheerful environment of the dance studio.

I plan to go for a second lesson next week! But, wait, how does all of this dancing fit with the writing life?

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Christy D. Birmingham, Writer, Poet & Author

I am over at Hadel S. Ma’ayeh’s blog today for an interview! I hope you will stop by for the chat! I am honored to be featured in the Arts & Entertainment section of her informative site. ♥ Christy

Hadel Poetry Prose Arts and Storytelling

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It is not surprising to admire the strokes of a famous oil painting such as Girl with a Sunshade by famous painter, Jules Bastien-Lepage that captures powerful emotions and imagery within each stroke.

However, it is also rare to find a poet with unique style of words who expresses sensitiveness, thought provoking analogies and symbolism as fellow poet and writer, Christy Birmingham.

Christy is an author and a freelance writer residing in Victoria, BC, Canada. Since Christy’s elementary days, she has been using her creative thinking and surroundings to write poems and short stories.

The most intriguing part of Christy’s written words is her acuteness to dig deep inside her mind, heart and soul from past regressions and abuses. She magnificently takes the readers to her inner most thoughts along with sharing the beauty of nature.

I am fortunate to interview and also, delighted to introduce for my…

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Writing about spaceships

My Love of Spaceships: Guest Post by Author Natacha Guyot

Hello friends! I hope you are flying high today because we’re spending time in the skies, way up there! Today author Natacha Guyot is visiting us to talk about spaceships, science fiction, writing, and how all three tie together. Let’s give her a warm welcome.

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Profile Photo of Author Natacha Guyot

Meet Author Natacha Guyot.

I was introduced to Science Fiction when only two years old; with the Muppet Show episode featuring Star Wars cast members from the Original Trilogy. Yet, my first vibrant memory of a space ship isn’t the Pigs in Space craft but the starships in the actual Star Wars movies, which I saw when seven. Up to this day, I have a great fondness for the Millenium Falcon.

I appreciate different types of Science Fiction, but Space Opera might be my favorite. The strong stories in space (including battles) of it have to do with such a liking. When I used to create fan videos, the space sequences were always a joy to incorporate into my projects.

Spaceships are fascinating whether as machines (means of transportation, flying homes for one or more characters) or in a rarer form as sentient beings. The latter case was one of the reason that I watched the TV series Farscape with much interest. The Leviathans were a fascinating species and I liked how the communication was developed whether via their symbiotic alien pilot for the pureblood Leviathans or via sounds and lights for Talyn, the Peacekeeper/Leviathan hybrid. This fascination eventually led to delving in more details about this special spaceship’s storyline in my essay Talyn’s Heroic Journey in Farscape.

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