Brambleberry Cottage

Sporadic tv show addict. Constant caffeine addict. Lover of flowers, trees, music and books. Delighted fan of random absurdities. Over-analyzer of everything. Truth-seeker. Never so content as when I'm by the sea.

"The sea is the consolation of this our day, as it has been the consolation of the centuries.
The sea is the matrix of creation, and we have the memory of it in our blood.
But far more than this is there in the sea.
It presents, upon the greatest scale we mortals can bear, those not mortal powers which brought us into being. It is not only the symbol or the mirror, but especially it is the messenger of the Divine."

"... All that which concerns the sea is profound and final."

Hilaire Belloc

Fairytales, re-told and original. Art. Cooking, especially Baking. Music. Books. Reading. Libraries. Fashion and pretty clothing.

August 22, 2014 8:07 pm


cloudless-climbs: Oh wise Maggie Stiefvater, how I love thee even more with each scroll through your tumblr. I recently discovered The Raven Boys and fell madly in love (I did the audiobook first--the narration is absolutely outstanding!), and I love that book and The Dream Thieves so, so much. I was wondering: can you recommend any books/short stories/movies/pieces of art/anything that will evoke the same feelings as the time when Ronan and the gang go to the barns to bury the night horror?


Here is a confession about the Barns:

No, let me back up.

I started writing The Dream Thieves back when I was 19 — I know I told everyone I began writing The Raven Boys when I was 19, but really, it was it was DT, Ronan’s story. It was only later that I realized I needed to begin with The Raven Boys. Like Ronan, I had (have) recurring dreams and visceral nightmares, but unlike Ronan, I found out that if I wrote them down, I wouldn’t have them again.

I used to go to the Barns in my dreams — nearly every night — and it was precisely as it appears in The Dream Thieves and the later books in the series. Everything Ronan feels about the Barns is how I felt about it.

When it came time to give the Lynch family a kingdom of their own, I knew I was going to give them the Barns, but I also knew that to write it down was to exorcise it from my dreams. Nightmares and dreams really work the same way — the only difference is that you’re afraid of one.

And I was right. I’ve not been back to the Barns since I first wrote it down. Well, not when I’m sleeping, anyway. I guess what I’m trying to say is that every time a reader is pleased to visit the Barns, it makes me feel better about my decision to give it away. So thanks for that.

Here is the music I listen to while writing the Barns:

She Is Like the Swallow" - Lucia Micarelli

Through Your Bones" - Lost Lander

Da Pacem Domine" - Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Exile" - Enya

Taimse Im’ Chodladh" - Planxty

If anyone has any other suggestions for the OP, please let me/ them know!

Anyway, here is my confession about the Barns: I miss it, even though there were almost always monsters in the shadows.

6:41 pm 5:15 pm


no i will never get over harry naming his child after snape


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3:49 pm

"She wouldn’t have made it if Daryl hadn’t been here… He couldn’t stand to lose anyone else.”

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2:22 pm

on Moffat’s fundamental misunderstanding of the Doctor…



Moffat’s quote (and I think he’s said similar before) and general attitude towards the Doctor in the war really just continue to irritate me.

The Doctor does not enjoy violence, no. And he’s not the sort who would jump gleefully into a war or being a soldier. But for someone like him to stay on the fringes and not fight is for him to tacitly support the status quo. He’s fought Daleks before, and he’s evidently one of the only Time Lords who’s prepared to stand up to his own people. So in a war where both sides are terrible, he’s needed. By staying on the sidelines he’s effectively letting the war continue, letting people continue to be killed and planets destroyed, all because he doesn’t want to be involved.

like, there’s plenty of room for saving people and trying to stop the war and conscientious objection. But it’s perfectly clear when Ten in particular talks about being in the war, as a soldier, and fighting, he’s not glorifying this: it’s a necessity. How can someone not believe that the Doctor - a man whose entire life has been spent fighting evil people and evil systems - would be prepared to fight to protect the rest of the universe?

There’s this quote in Gaudy Night (by Dorothy L Sayers) that I always think of whenever I see this sort of opinion about the Doctor in the war:

"Bosh!" said Miss Edwards. "You can’t carry through any principle without doing violence to somebody. Either directly or indirectly. Every time you disturb the balance of nature you let in violence. And if you leave nature alone you get violence in any case."

The Doctor has always had strong principles, and has never before been someone who ‘could never’ make difficult decisions.

#the doctor is a better man than moffat could ever comprehend #even if that does include him doing some terrible things (x)

12:56 pm


Because it’s been 238 years since Jane Austen was born, let’s celebrate it with some snarky, witty Jane (from 22 years until 41):

Next week I shall begin my operations on my hat, on which you know my principal hopes of happiness depend. Letter (1798-10-27)

I do not want people to be very agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them a great deal. Letter to Cassandra (1798-12-24)

I had a very pleasant evening, however, though you will probably find out that there was no particular reason for it; but I do not think it worth while to wait for enjoyment until there is some real opportunity for it. Letter (1799-01-21)

She would tell you herself that she has a very dreadful cold in her head at present; but I have not much compassion for colds in the head without fever or sore throat. Letter to Cassandra (1799-01-21)

I cannot help thinking that it is more natural to have flowers grow out of the head than fruit. Letter to Cassandra (1799-06-11) on decorating her hat

I can recollect nothing more to say at present; perhaps breakfast may assist my ideas. I was deceived — my breakfast supplied only two ideas — that the rolls were good and the butter bad. Letter (1799-06-19)

I believe I drank too much wine last night at Hurstbourne; I know not how else to account for the shaking of my hand today. You will kindly make allowance therefore for any indistinctness of writing, by attributing it to this venial error. Letter to Cassandra (1800-11-20)

We are to have a tiny party here tonight. I hate tiny parties, they force one into constant exertion. Letter (1801-05-21)

The pleasures of friendship, of unreserved conversation, of similarity of taste and opinions will make good amends for orange wine. Letter to Cassandra (1808-06-20)

I am sorry to tell you that I am getting very extravagant, and spending all my money, and, what is worse for you, I have been spending yours too. Letter to Cassandra (1811-04-18)

How horrible it is to have so many people killed! And what a blessing that one cares for none of them! Letter (1811-05-31) referring to the Peninsular War

I will not say that your mulberry-trees are dead, but I am afraid they are not alive. Letter to Cassandra (1811-05-31)

By the bye, as I must leave off being young, I find many douceurs in being a sort of chaperon, for I am put on the sofa near the fire and can drink as much wine as I like. Letter (1813-11-06) on ageing

I cannot help hoping that many will feel themselves obliged to buy it. I shall not mind imagining it a disagreeable duty to them, so as they do it. Letter (1813-11-06) on the reprint of Sense and Sensibility

There are such beings in the world — perhaps one in a thousand — as the creature you and I should think perfection; where grace and spirit are united to worth, where the manners are equal to the heart and understanding; but such a person may not come in your way, or, if he does, he may not be the eldest son of a man of fortune, the near relation of your particular friend, and belonging to your own county. Letter to Fanny Knight (1814-11-18) on finding love

He and I should not in the least agree, of course, in our ideas of novels and heroines. Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked; but there is some very good sense in what he says, and I particularly respect him for wishing to think well of all young ladies; it shows an amiable and a delicate mind. And he deserves better treatment than to be obliged to read any more of my works. Letter to Fanny Knight (1816-03-23)

I could no more write a romance than an epic poem. I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensable for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No, I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other. Letter to Mr. Clarke (1816-04-01)

We saw a countless number of post-chaises full of boys pass by yesterday morning — full of future heroes, legislators, fools, and villains. You have never thanked me for my last letter, which went by the cheese. I cannot bear not to be thanked. Letter to J. Edward Austen (1816-07-09)

I would recommend to her and Mr. D. the simple regimen of separate rooms. Letter (1817-02-20) on Mrs. Deedes having an eighteenth child

[all these quotes belong to Letters of Jane Austen - Brabourne Edition // copy & paste from Wikiquote] 

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11:30 am

Buying The History of Middle Earth Series



Okay, I figured I should publish this publicly, since other readers may want to buy these books as well. Here I’ll list ways to buy the History of Middle Earth volumes, but whether or not it’s worth it depends on what you’re interested in, or what you want to get out of the books. Let me know if you have a more specific reason/question/etc.

((EDIT: BEFORE YOU BUY check your local library. If your library carries the series, checking them out there is a great way to explore the books without having to pay for them. Then, if you find a particular volume you like, you have a better idea of what to buy.))

Option One: Buy the Complete Set

You can, actually, buy all 12 volumes of the series together, even in a very pretty box set, but it is ridiculously expensive. This seller (all of today’s options are Amazon, by the way) is asking $1,366 for the used copy. Now, if you have that kind of money, I’d highly recommend this set, as it’s pretty, and helpfully condensed into three volumes, instead of 12. But, since the vast majority of us do not have that much money, here are other options.

Option Two: Buy Each Volume Separately

This is the option I’d recommend. It’s ultimately much cheaper, and also likely to be more efficient for you. I mean, you don’t need all 12 volumes at once, and depending on your interests, you may not need all 12 volumes at all (I myself have only so far bought 1-5, 10, and 12.) With shipping, it’ll still cost you a couple hundred dollars to buy them all, but it’s better than $1,366, right?

  • Volumes 1-5: These are actually already offered in a mini box set at the very reasonable price of $22.95. These books include the Lost Tales (the earliest version of the Silmarillion), as well as the history of Tolkien’s work on Middle Earth’s geography and languages.
  • Volume 6: Offered for $11.20, this book covers Tokien’s earliest work on the Lord of the Rings.
  • Volume 7: Also $11.20, this book continues through the development of LOTR, especially Moria through Rohan.
  • Volume 8: Again, $11.20, this book concentrates on the development of Return of the King.
  • Volume 9: This book is worth $19.80. It finishes up the development of Lord of the Rings (including an unpublished epilogue), and also includes Tolkien’s development of the language of Numenor.
  • Volume 10: Another book for $19.80, this book goes back to the First Age and discusses a lot of topics that tied in to the Silmarillion, such as Elvish customs, Morgoth’s motivations, and life in Aman.
  • Volume 11: For $19.80 this book covers the later Silmarillion, especially the war between the elves/men and Morgoth. It also includes more information on Turin, as well as the Valar.
  • Volume 12: This one will cost you $20.98, but in return you get information on Tolkien’s development of the later Ages, including Numenor, hobbits, dwarves, and of course more language development.

Again, if you’re not sure if these books will fit your interests, send me a message (un-anon for a quicker response) and I’ll see if I can give you more specific advice. :)

10:04 am
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  • Pompeii
  • By: Bear's Den, feat. Ross Holmes
  • Live at the Lewes Gentlemen of the Road Stopover [07.20.2013]
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"Pompeii"  |  Bear’s Den, feat. Ross Holmes of Mumford & Sons

Recorded at Mumford & Sons’ Lewes Gentlemen of the Road Stopover on 20th July, 2013. Click to watch the video and download the mp3 here.

8:37 am

Fake Film: where Tom Hiddleston and JJ Feild star in a period drama or comedy as brothers.

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7:11 am


coastalkayaker: Will we ever see more of the Scorpio Races realm? If no, will we see more equine influences in the future?


I’m normally quite certain when I’m done with a book. I can feel it in my heartparts. A story just won’t release me until I’ve finished what I meant to finish.

Usually what this means is the character arcs — I need the characters to end up where I want them and then, ta da, I can return to my regularly programmed life. I no longer daydream and night dream about the novel every day and every minute. 

But I never got that feeling with the Scorpio Races, and for a long time, I wasn’t sure why. Puck and Sean both ended up where I wanted them. So what was the problem?

Then I realized that it was because the island, Thisby, had become a character to me, and that is a character I can never really put to rest. Do I want to return to it? Desperately. Will I? When a story calls me back to it.

5:45 am 4:19 am
 ”Winter Soldier's” Black Widow isn't just the calculating spy from “Iron Man 2 or “Avengers.” She’s both of those interpretations, given enough screen time to deal with the very real sense of vulnerability briefly glimpsed in her previous appearances. “Winter Soldier" is a movie about trust. Until this film, trust has just been another weapon in Black Widow’s arsenal, but as the web she’s crafted starts falling apart around her, she’s left with nothing but trust. For the first time in the MCU, Natasha Romanoff confronts the idea that maybe her life choices have not created the best version of herself. Black Widow is a super hero haunted by regret and struggling with her identity.

In the end, Captain America does not make the heroic sacrifice, thus further proving that Black Widow can handle the emotional weight of being a lead character. As if anyone could really forget the most quoted line in “The Avengers" — "I’ve got red in my ledger; I’d like to wipe it out" — it helps to have that line fresh in your mind when deconstructing what Widow does in the final act of what’s billed as a Captain America movie. Black Widow doesn’t wipe out the red in her ledger. No, she blasts her ledger out to the world, like it was the grisliest email forward of all time. We know from here heart to heart with Hawkeye that the shame she feels about what she’s done is real, and she hesitates when she realizes that taking down the bad guys means revealing her secrets. But she does it anyway, because she’s not just a spy anymore; she’s a super hero, and she makes a super hero’s sacrifice.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier" makes Black Widow a flawed-yet-competent super hero, one with a compelling emotional hook. Through the sacrifices she makes, the film advances her character into a thrilling new status quo that begs for a solo film. Make it happen, Marvel.


2:52 am

Other upcoming Disney movies include:

  • Bears (April 18, 2014)
  • Million Dollar Arm (May 16, 2014)
  • Planes: Fire and Rescue (July 18, 2014)
  • Star Wars Episode VII (TBA 2015)
  • Into the Looking-Glass (TBA)
  • The Beast (TBA)
  • Tron 3 (TBA)
  • The Jungle Book (TBA)

Check this link for more upcoming Disney movies: List of Walt Disney Pictures films

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1:26 am August 21, 2014 9:34 pm