Thursday, August 30, 2012
*racks brains for a clever post title*
(Brain, stop playing "I'll Make a Man Out Of You." Seriously. I should be able to say "get down to business" without you chiming in "to defeeeeeeeeat the Huns!" every single time. Make a note of that.)
Today begins a new episode in my life. Today I attend my very first college class.
I'm taking a Shakespeare course at a local Christian college (for free! Well, almost for free!) this semester, and though I'm terribly excited about it (Shakespeeeeeeeeeare!), I'm also a little nervous. You have to understand that I'm pretty much the epitome of the Nerdy Sheltered Homeschooler. (Not that I mind.) I've never taken any kind of class outside my house (except a nature study at a wildlife reserve when I was eight) and I've certainly never taken a college-level course. So naturally, I'm a bit scared about being out of my element.
I'm also a bit nervous that my time might not be my own this year. I have no idea what the workload for this class might entail, and though this is my senior year and I have a much lighter school schedule than I did in eleventh grade, I might find myself extremely busy with class assignments from now until December.
In other words, Yet Another Period Drama Blog might not receive quite as much attention as I'd like to give it.
So with that in mind, I'm purposing to make each post as good as it can be. If the posts are to be few and far between (which they might very well be) then I want to focus on quality over quantity. And that means I want to know what you want to see on here.
A couple of months ago, I held a poll asking what I should rename my blog. Shelves in the Closet won out over Raindrops on Roses and Miss Dashwood's Writing Desk... and yet if you're one of those particularly observant people, you'll notice that my blog name has not been changed to Shelves in the Closet. Because I simply couldn't bring myself to change the name. I like YAPDB, and if it doesn't bother anyone else... well, I'll keep it. (If it does bother you, no one is forcing you to read this. Just sayin'.) Really, the only reason I had contemplated changing my blog name was that I felt my blog was becoming more than just a place for movie reviews.
And you know what? That's okay. Period drama and everything related thereunto is still the focus of this blog, but I'm getting excited about branching out into new things. Since I joined the Classics Club back in April, I've begun writing book reviews here and getting a much better reception than I had hoped for. (Note to self: finish that A Tale of Two Cities review sometime before Christmas, okay?) I've recently become fascinated (almost obsessed) with sewing historical costumes, and I'm anxious to blog about sewing and the fun that comes with it. There are so many fun ideas and hobbies and interests out there, and... well, it's a wonderful world and I want to write about it!
So this is where you come in. If you've been reading this blog for any length of time, you'll know that I positively adore comments. And in this post, I am going to unashamedly beg you for them. Drop me a line and tell me what you want to see on here! Some suggestions to get you started...
~More movie reviews (if so, is there a specific film you'd like to see reviewed?)
~Character studies (do you enjoy the Defending Heroes series? Do you have another series to suggest? Should I try some villains, for a change?)
~Musical reviews (for the most part, I stick to reviewing period movies but I'm also a musical buff. Would you be interested in seeing reviews of movies that aren't technically period dramas?)
~Sewing-related ramblings (pictures of projects? Ideas for patterns? Costume reproduction inspiration?)
~Cooking and recipes (I promise, this would NOT be a blase posting of a "recipe of the week". I'd make it funny and interesting and include lots of Failure in the Kitchen stories, because if there's one thing I'm good at, it's forgetting to turn the oven on. What think you?)
~Contests (everyone seems to enjoy those... do you have suggestions for new competitions?)
~Something else you might suggest? Have at it!