Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

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From Dingle.

Strangely, I took no pictures of sunrise or sunset on this Ireland trip, but between the long summer days and all the hiking, etc., I did not have much cause to be awake at either sunrise or sunset.

This, however, was an early morning sight upon rising in Dingle: a charming way to start the day.  Everything about Dingle is charming.  I enjoyed the view of the cows eating their breakfast as we were eating ours.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Rise/Set

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6th Blogiversary

birthday-cake-cake-birthday-cupcakes-40183.jpegIt’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for six years this month.  I don’t plan on stopping any time soon!  My blog is never going to be huge and famous, but it is exactly what I intended: a way to practice my writing and express my thoughts on various nerdy topics.  Along the way, it also turned into a way to connect with other nerdy people and have great nerdy discussions.

I thought it would be fun to look back over what I’ve written in six years, so I went through all my blog post and pick my favorite from each year.  These aren’t necessarily the best or most popular posts, just the ones I had the most fun writing or were the most meaningful to me.

Year One

Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon

Honestly, most of what I wrote on this blog in my first year was crap.  I didn’t really know what I was doing, and I didn’t really care about attracting readers; I was just putting words to screen.  And that’s fine, it just doesn’t make for compelling reading.

This is one of the first posts I did that’s actually interesting to read: it gives a bit of original analysis on the manga of Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura, but with a personal touch.  Plus, it has some images, which immediately makes it more readable.

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Year Two

Fall leaf identification

I love sharing “everyday” science, and what is more everyday than leaves?  If I had unlimited time and coding skills, I would write an app to let people identify trees by answering simple questions about its characteristics.  As with most of my favorite posts, I learned some new stuff I hadn’t known before while writing this.  I also really enjoyed taking pictures of the leaves.

Year Three

Birthday Jungle

WP_20150118_18_56_47_ProHere is a post that combines two of my favorite things: zoology and baked goods.  My mom made adorable jungle animal cupcakes for my birthday, so of course I had to go and analyze how similar the cupcake animals were to the real things.  I had fun doing the research, and also eating the cupcakes.

Year Four

My Star Wars pilgrimage: Skellig Michael

After seeing the title of my blog, you will not be surprised that I frequently write about Star Wars topics.  In 2015 I took a trip to Ireland with my mother, and one of the highlights was visiting Skellig Michael, which is the setting for Ahch-to, the rugged island where Luke is hiding out in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.  I even got to meet the real-life porgs (the puffins that inhabit the island by the hundreds).

But the journey to Skellig Michael was not easy; this post chronicles my personal experience of the visit.  It was special to me in many ways, and hence the post is special to me, too.

Year Five

Ok, I couldn’t pick just one favorite from this year, so we have two:

Fan Art Friday: More Star Wars Coloring Book!

This post has one of my favorite coloring book pictures I’ve done, a kind of art nouveau Leia on Tattooine.  But even more importantly, this is also the post that gave birth to the monthly Fan Art Friday that I share with Kiri at Star Wars Anonymous.  Every month we color the same picture in our Star Wars coloring book and compare our results.  Over a year and half later and we’re still going; it’s so much fun!

The Lunar Chronicles/Sailor Senshi team

This post occupied my brain at work for days while I was writing it.  It combines two wonderful franchises: The Lunar Chronicles (beginning with Cinder) by Marissa Meyer, and the anime/manga Sailor Moon that helped inspire it.  I had started to see some similarities in the cast of characters, and once my brain got a hold of that it wouldn’t let go until I had matched all the Lunar girls up with their anime counterparts.  I also really like the look of this post, with all the fun images of the Sailor Senshi.

Year Six

My Top 5 Versions of Cinderella

Fairy tale retellings are another of my obsessions, and this year I did posts with my favorite versions of Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella.  These posts were super fun to write because I got to talk about some of my favorite books and movies, both popular and lesser known.  I also got great interaction from the blogging community with some likes and comments which is always great.  To me, that’s definitely one sign of a great post!

Which year’s is your favorite?  Here’s to more years of fun blog posts!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

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From Co Kerry.

Well, I’m not sure how to top last week’s photo of the Trinity College library as my favorite place I visited in Ireland.  So we’ll go with a picture of my future home!  Haha, right.

Muckross House is a manor in Killarney built in 1843 and donated to the Irish nation in 1932.  It became the basis for Ireland’s first national park.  The cycling tour we took of Killarney National Park was one of my favorite activities of the trip, and though we didn’t get to go inside the manor house, I thought it was beautiful.  I love Tudor-style houses.  I can just picture myself living here as if in a Victorian romance!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Favorite Place

Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

From Dublin.

I always feel at home in a library.  Nothing so comforting as rows upon rows of books, and the library at Trinity College is particularly beautiful.  Reading is my favorite pastime.

I’d also like to be in Ireland right now, which is a beautiful country with wonderful people.  Plus it’s at least 10 degrees warmer than Ohio right now!  I hope I’ll make it back there someday.

Weekly Photo Challenge: I’d Rather Be…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story

From Inishmore, Aran Islands.

Seven Churches (Na Seacht Teampaill) is a beautiful historic site with many stories.  (For one thing, it only had two churches, so there must be a story behind the name.)  The churchyard has many graves, some old and some newer, all with their own stories.  These are the oldest graves, in one corner of the cemetery.  The story goes that these were Romans who came to this site on a pilgrimage.  As with most such stories, there is probably at least a little truth in that!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story