Saturday, February 8, 2014

Fancy Free

This might as well be my Valentine's Day post. The heart-shaped chocolate boxes have been rotting in stores for months. My co-workers are making dinner reservations at the posh restaurants in town. I'm not sure if love is in the air, or if that's just the inky smell of the communal copy machine breaking down. But one thing's for sure: it's the same old story for me this V-Day.

I'm certainly not complaining.

Life keeps me busy at this time of year. After moving to a new cube at work, I've been enjoying more sunshine (being closer to the windows has its benefits). In addition to work, I've been making great headway on my current manuscript, We Could Fall in Love. I've just reached 30k which, by my estimation, is the halfway point. The plot thickens. From here on out, I'll be making my characters' lives extremely difficult.

That's not to say I'm not in a romantic mood.

There are three things that I'm thrilled to be able to do this V-Day. I've been in the habit of spending each V-Day indulging in the things I love to do and I've got a solid plan this time. Check it out:

3) Belt out Don Bluth love songs.

You know by now that Don Bluth is a big hero to me. This is not a surprise. But there's nothing like the music that comes out of his films. I'm not lying when I say that I love EVERY SINGLE song. If the OST's were actually available, I'd never hit "skip" on any track.

With that said, I've narrowed down my top three favorite romantic songs from his films. This was very hard. The sacrifices I make for you guys.

If you gave me the time, I could spend decades singing the praises of The Pebble and the Penguin. But my most favorite part of this movie is, well, Hubie's existence. HUBIE. I'm a pretty big fan of beta males (aka, the strong and kind male characters that DON'T throw women against walls or exude macho / stalker attributes).

Hubie's totally beta. He's a clumsy, sensitive penguin who is hopelessly in love with Marina. Throughout the film, he learns how to stick up for himself (and how to throw a mean punch), but doesn't change who he is inside (Don't even get me started on Marina. She's so cool). I happen to think that this song is pretty gosh darn romantic because he finds the courage to share his thoughts and feelings with the girl he loves.

Rock-A-Doodle is another bizarre gem I grew up with. I don't have an ear for Elvis (I really don't, sorry), but the songs from this film had me singing along nonetheless. In this song, Goldie realizes that she's fallen in love with Chanticleer - despite hating him in the beginning for stealing her spotlight. I remember being enthralled by the setting, while at the same worried that Chanticleer and Goldie would lose their balance on the swing and plummet off the building (I mean, who wouldn't be worried?). I also got really thirsty for milk. Totally romantic, I know. 

Guys, I'm dying. Thumbelina my favorite Don Bluth film. It's almost one of my top favorite films EVER. I should also probably mention, while I'm at it, that Prince Cornelius is my favorite animated prince. 

No shame. 

Anyway, "Let Me Be Your Wings" takes the cake for romantic in my book. First of all, Prince Cornelius has a pet bumblebee. Which is basically the fantasy equivalent of a motorcycle. Secondly, who wouldn't want to dance in midair, on water, or on top a giant pumpkin? Sign me up. The lyrics are sweet and full of promises that both Thumbelina and Prince Cornelius try to keep in the midst of their respective struggles. Plus, plus, plus! The finale, guys. The finale at the end of the movie makes me sniffle. A happy sniffle. 

2) Play otome games.

What is an otome game? Woo boy. Generally, it's kind of like an RPG, but usually has a female main character that ends up developing a romantic relationship by the end of the game. They usually come in the form of simulation games or visual novels, and I think they're a lot of fun because it's like reading a book (with good-looking anime guys, but you know, still book-like).

Amazon has a REALLY BAD selection of them, so when I got my iPhone, I couldn't wait to try them out.

If you mean agent rejections, then yes, hugs work.

My favorite one so far involves my main character finding out that she's actually the daughter of Japan's Prime Minister. Since the Prime Minister is always being threatened by rebels and other such troublemakers, my character is assigned a (handsome) bodyguard to protect her until the latest threat is over. Fun stuff. Also makes me want to write a more politically-driven story. Maybe.

As a writer, I also find these games to be fun because each guy has a different personality, from how he looks, acts, and speaks. It's kind of a wake-up call for me to make sure that my own male characters are well-crafted.

1) Use my miniature claw machine.

The truth: this claw machine actually belongs to my brother. But he left it at home when he moved out. So now it's mine.

What are your plans for Valentine's Day? Do you have a favorite Don Bluth film? Better question: do you also have a miniature claw machine? 


  1. Ohh my goodness I totally forgot about The Pebble and the Penguin! I haven't seen that movie in forever, but I was totally enamored of it when I was little. And unfortunately Rock-a-Doodle is on the list of Don Bluth movies I've never seen, but it did always look...really bizarre, haha. Also the name Chanticleer is great. The greatest, maybe.

    I also haven't seen Thumbelina in ages, oh gosh. It's my almost-favorite, but Secret of NIMH beats it. That movie is amazing. Beyond amazing.

    I think the only Don Bluth movie I've seen that I DIDN'T like was A Troll in Central Park, but I haven't watched it since I was little, so maybe it's better than I remember. I just recall it being very, very strange, and not in a cute/fun/endearing way.

  2. Thumbelina is definitely my favorite.
    I want to bake on Valentine's Day and I've just gotta decide on a project...

  3. Ahhh! I loved Thumbelina when I was a kid, but I haven't seen it in AGES. Maybe I'll watch it again. :) Also, congrats on getting to 30K in We Could Fall In Love! I really love the stuff you've been pinning on your Pinterest board, and the way you've been talking about it has me really excited to read it. Also, this is a side-note, but how do you find the steam to keep going once you're at this point in writing? I have a tendency to burn out at around the halfway mark of a novel. It's really bad. Any advice? :)

    1. ^^ same. I forgot to add that. I have never gotten to 30K. So in awed by your skills Kim. I don't think I've gotten chummy with the WCFIL Pinterest board and I'm always on to check that out !

  4. I don't think I ever heard these songs. I watched a lot of movies as a kid...but cartoons sort of scared know the whole alternate animated universe thing...I watched cartoons but wasn't as into them as most. I still like picture books though...and "Let Me Be Your Wings" was pretty romantic. I started putting a back story behind the whole concept of Thumbelina not having wings. Thanks for choosing your top 3. I did read this on Valentine's Day but sometimes I put too much thought behind leaving a I don't leave it until days later :D

  5. So I will be visiting the children's dvd shelves soon to check out these movies. Women Who Run with Wolves reprinted a quote from your "Pocket Forest" on FB today, which I found enchanting and inviting and I must find a copy, (do not do Kindle), however daunting that may be! And scrolling through your tweets in your sidebar, (do not tweet), I see you think the movie "Winter's Tale" is fantastic and a victory; I have not seen it yet, but Helprin's book has long been one of my most favoritest and I was dreading that the movie would fall so far short of his vision... so happy to know that you liked it, and now I will definitely go to see it and hope to be transported to the world of Peter Lake, Athansor and Beverly Penn. btw, while perusing your blog I listened to a few songs you embedded and thought you might also like Priscilla Ahn (cd: When You Grow Up). :)