Mystical Monday: Lothlórien and Galadriel


One of the first times I really understood the meaning of “mystical” was when watching The Fellowship of the Ring. Peter Jackson did such a fantastic job of capturing the ethereal quality of the elves–both in Rivendell and in Lothlórien. I decided to go with the latter for today’s Mystical Monday post because I think these images perfectly capture the blues and whites and silvers that give an image a breathtakingly fantastical feel. Of course, these are just images. In the movies, these scenes are accompanied by Howard Shore’s hauntingly beautiful music.

Mystical Monday is about anything fantasy/supernatural/ethereal in honor of my YA Urban Fantasy novel, Synchronicity.


Foreign Friday: Sunny

Sunny is a South Korean film about a middle-aged woman who tries to fulfill her friend’s dying wish of reuniting their group of high school friends. The film alternates between two timelines: the present day where the women are middle-aged, and the 1980s when they were in high school.

This is an absolutely adorable film that very elegantly transitions between the present and flashbacks of the past. It beautifully captures the universality of the human experience. The closeness of a group of high school girl friends, the pain of first love, the way it feels like nothing’s changed when you’re back with that certain group of friends–even years later.

For anyone who wants to watch it, it’s available on Netflix Instant Watch.

Foreign Friday is an introduction to Indian and Korean culture in honor of my YA contemporary novel (tentatively titled) Shadows Fall Behind.