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I Just Read: Dracula (1897)

I got the post-book blues bad. It’s been a long time since I had them this bad. All because I read Dracula.

I’ve tried to read Dracula before, a couple of years ago. I was turned off by the constant shifts in the book between letters, diaries and paper articles, which left me confused. This time, though, I managed to get used to it halfway through the book, so it wasn’t that bad this time. I also knew about it when I started reading the book.

And what a book! It is so beautiful.

Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make

Most of you know the story of Dracula, I guess. The old Transylvanian count that wants to go to London. And all that follows.

Welcome to my house! Enter freely. Go safely, and leave something of the happiness you bring!

The language is so beautiful. It has a certain poetic thing that only books up until sometime during the first part of the 1900s has. It makes the book a bit harder to read, because you need to use more of your attention to get those small details. But Dracula is a really good book, so it is definitely worth the effort.

And now, after finishing it, I have a serious case of the post-book blues.

Christmas eve 2014

I love Christmas eve. It’s the best eve of the year.

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Gift! I’m so looking forward to reading this!

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New Samsung phone, since the old one is dying. And I’m kind of surprised that husband spent this much money on me, since I bought him a gaming mouse, which is pricey, but not smart phone pricey.

Also, woolen underwear and a huge woolen sweater. I love warm clothing, so I was really excited about that, too.

My dad and stepmother had made a picture book from our wedding, that was also really awesome. No picture of that, since husband is on the pictures, and he doesn’t want to be on my blog.

Also, money. Money is always appreciated.

And that was the Christmas loot I got this year. I am extremely grateful. <3

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Christmas tree! It’s so pretty!

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Reflective close up of tree decoration.

I am tired. And really stuffed, though it’s almost three hours since we ate dinner. A perfectly ordinary, yet perfect Christmas eve.

eBokBib: A kind of review

Norwegian libraries have now made an app where you can borrow e-books. Which is kind of neat, because I usually don’t remove real paper books from the house, since they get all wrinkly and torn in my bag. My tablet doesn’t get all wrinkly in my bag. This means I can read on the bus, and while waiting for my shift to start.

Play Store link
Apple Store link (although I almost decided to let you Apple people search it up yourself, because you use Apple, and I don’t like Apple. Look, I’m nice!)

The app is mostly usable for you guys who can read Norwegian, since most of the books there are in Norwegian. You also need a Norwegian library card to log in. The app, however, is both in Norwegian and English.

There are two types of books you can borrow: New books and old books. The old ones have no time restrictions, and everyone can read them at once. The newer books, however, works much more like an ordinary library, where you can borrow the books for a set amount of time (I think it’s 22 days), and only a set amount of people can borrow the book at the same time. Also, some of the newer books can only be borrowed if you live in certain post code areas.

The reading experience is actually quite good. On my Galaxy Tab 2 it works really well. There are a couple of downsides, though. Firstly, if it’s sunny, you might have problems reading, since it’s on a screen. Secondly, it’s not a book, so it’s not made of paper, and the best way to read is real books with paper in them, and books don’t run out of battery either. Thirdly, I got a weird bug where the text doesn’t show up when I choose Night Mode (light text on dark background, which is much better than dark text on light background if you’re reading in a dark room), and all the other modes light up the room when I’m reading in bed with the lights off.

Other than this, it’s great!

Right now, I’m reading a book called Råta, by Siri Pettersen. It’s the second book of her series Ravneringene, and I love it to bits. It came out in mid-October, and I’m reading it as a library e-book already. It’s also Norwegian fantasy, which is a rare thing, and it makes me, as an aspiring Norwegian fantasy writer, kind of giddy and warm and fuzzy inside. It’s sadly not translated, as far as I can tell, to any other language as of yet, but  I hope it will spread all over the world. It’s such a good series, everyone should read it.

Haakon Haakonsen (1990)

I was thinking of what kind of movies would get me into the pirate kind of mood, since I’m writing pirates right now. I think I have at least one on my shelf, but I can’t remember if it’s on VHS or DVD. I didn’t find it, so it probably is in the VHS box in the storage room. I can’t even play VHS any more, so that’s not happening anyway.

Then I added VHS and pirates in my head. And I remembered a Norwegian movie my dad had many years ago. Haakon Haakonsen. (Or Håkon Håkonsen, as we call it in Norwegian, since we actually use the letter ‘å’.)

11ddff45ebd3I basically grew up with this movie. I’ve seen it so many times now, but not in many years. I thought “hey, maybe it’s uploaded somewhere,” and then I found it on YouTube. Guess what I did this morning.

Think Robinson Crusoe meets Treasure Island. A boy has to go to sea to earn money, since the family farm is on the line. He soon gets the hang of seafaring, and becomes a part of the crew. Then, there is a storm, and the ship goes down. The boy is now on a jungle island, all alone, and has to survive. MV5BMTQ0NTMwMzAyNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDg3MTQ4MQ@@._V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_AL_Disney also published this movie in the US, but then it was called Shipwrecked, and all the scenes where they speak Norwegian in the original movie was re-shot in English. I’ve seen clips of it, but listening to Norwegians speak among themselves in English makes me cringe. It’s just something about the Norwegian accent. Ugh. No.

But one day I will get through the English version of this movie.

Fun fact: One of the actors in this movie was actually married to my aunt for some years. And that wedding was the first family thing I brought Husband to.

Danse Macabre

Since Halloween/Samhain is right around the corner, I want to tell you about my favourite piece of classical music.

And no. I don’t love it solely because the composer and I basically have the same name.

This piece of music makes me want to put on a really large black skirt, head to the nearest cemetery on midnight, Halloween, and dance. But since this might be the most offensive and disrespectful thing I ever wanted in my whole life, I’ll pass. I might not always be the most considerate thing in the world, but there are some things I just won’t do.

Some snipped-out information from the Wikipedia article:

According to legend, “Death” appears at midnight every year on Halloween. Death calls forth the dead from their graves to dance for him while he plays his fiddle (here represented by a solo violin). His skeletons dance for him until the rooster crows at dawn, when they must return to their graves until the next year. The piece opens with a harp playing a single note, D, twelve times (the twelve strokes of midnight) which is accompanied by soft chords from the string section. The solo violin enters playing the tritone consisting of an A and an E-flat—in an example of scordatura tuning, the violinist’s E string has actually been tuned down to an E-flat to create the dissonant tritone. The first theme is heard on a solo flute, followed by the second theme, a descending scale on the solo violin which is accompanied by soft chords from the string section. The first and second themes, or fragments of them, are then heard throughout the various sections of the orchestra. The piece becomes more energetic and at its midpoint, right after a contrapuntal section based on the second theme, there is a direct quote played by the woodwinds of the Dies Irae, a Gregorian chant from the Requiem that is melodically related to the work’s second theme. The Dies Irae is presented unusually in a major key. After this section the piece returns to the first and second themes and climaxes with the full orchestra playing very strong dynamics. Then there is an abrupt break in the texture and the coda represents the dawn breaking (a cockerel’s crow, played by the oboe) and the skeletons returning to their graves.

The piece makes particular use of the xylophone to imitate the sounds of rattling bones. Saint-Saëns uses a similar motif in the Fossils movement of The Carnival of the Animals.

There are also some different videos that I found on YouTube that I also found to be pretty neat.
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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

And we’re not talking about this Christmas song.

I love autumn. I love the wonderful colors that appear on trees and bushes. I love walking around in fallen leaves. I love everything about local apples (because Norwegian apples are the best!). I love how crisp the air turns. I love having to dress in layers.

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I love Halloween. I love listening to the Cranberries while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and looking at the rain falling outside.

Autumn is also the time for NaNoWriMo, which is basically the best month of the year. Not that I have ever won the thing yet, but this year is so amazing that I should win it in 2014.

If you are confused about the whole NaNoWriMo thing: The title stands for National Novel Writing Month, and is held every November. The point is that you are supposed to write a novel during November, which is supposed to be at least 50.000 words. You don’t win anything big, other than epic bragging rights (and a first draft of your very own novel), but it’s great fun if you enjoy writing, and the community is awesome!

Here in Trondheim, Norway, we have a pretty neat writing community going on, with a lot of awesome writers. And I can’t wait for November to come around, so I can start writing!