Accentuate the Positive

This blog is generally known as a lighthearted space, a place to smile (and hopefully laugh) while discussing Richard’s fictional characters as well as his warm, personal character too.  I try to put a positive spin on things when I can but I don’t like to devalue anyone’s opinions; we all fangirl in different ways because we are different people. Some of us are serious minded, while others are more playful. Some of us are optimists while others are pessimists. Some of us would rather remain blissful while others need to find the truth. I like to think that most of us are a little bit of all of those things, we just tend to openly show certain traits more than others. Luckily there are different venues with different tones in this fandom, so that everyone can find what best fits them- on any given day. Some fandoms only have one news source, one fan forum, one blog and that’s it. We have several of each. And we have something else that’s rare too: the person our fandom is built around actually acknowledges us, communicates with us, cares about us.

All of the above are good things, I think. Not everyone agrees with that though. I could bring out my soap-box and share my displeasure about the recent negativity directed at Marlise Boland, just like I could have on any of the other occasions that bloggers, commenters, or forum members have crossed the line in what I feel is appropriate or polite behavior. But I realize that my line is not everyone’s, it’s mine. So I try to reign in my anger and disappoint and remind myself of the rule that I’ve chosen to live by:  treat others as you would like to be treated. I’m not always successful at that. Sometimes I get crabby, sometimes I think I know what is best, sometimes I want others to bear the brunt of  my hurts for me- instead of me. It’s part of being human.

Instead of taking an eye for an eye, my weapon of choice will be kindness. Instead of fighting with negativity, I choose to counter-act the fighting with positivity. I’d rather bring attention to what I like, not monologue about all the things that I don’t. Blogging is monologuing but if you’re going to listen to anything that I say, I hope it’s the positive that sticks with you, not the negative. I suspect we have enough negative in our lives already, that’s why we’re here. So instead of wagging my finger and voicing what I think we are doing wrong in this fandom (on both sides), I’ll choose to accentuate the positive instead.

accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
latch on to the affirmative
Don’t mess with Mister In-Between

You’ve got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium’s
Liable to walk upon the scene
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What will you choose?

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Let’s Do it All

The Anglophile Channel’s “iChat” interviews with Richard Armitage…I love them! like cuddle up in front of a warm fire kind of love, as we throw marshmallows at each other! I enjoy the low-key, unrushed style of them. I’ve been waiting until all of them aired before talking about them. wanna fangirl over them with me? let’s go!

**I realize some members of the fandom do not like these chats and have voiced so recently. this post was not intended to counter-act those opinions, I started writing this post before the final interview appeared.

The Teaser

Marlise says her husband edits these. I think he does a wonderful job, with the teaser particularly. He wove together the fun bits so enticingly that it left me dancing around in anticipation for days; such sweet torture! Though I must say that the opening music is probably ingrained into my subconscious by now (I watch these videos more than once, just sayin ;) ) so much so that I’m afraid if I hear that theme randomly when I’m out in public somewhere, what will I do? woe to the innocent male bystanders who just happen to be wearing similar sweaters…

Public Service Announcement: if you don’t want giddily approached by a stranger, don’t wear this sweater

Okay, if I say everything I want to say about these vids then we will be here for days, so I’m just going to share my notes in their rough form to point out things that stood out to me or that I liked (please elaborate on them or add your own in the comments. it’s less embarrassing if I’m not fangirling alone!)

:star: “come on, let’s film. let’s do it all”- favorite soundbite, because it sounds naughty :twisted:

:star: when he steals her glasses you can see his eyes magnified through the lenses

:star: when she asks him about the weirdest question that he’s been asked- hands over face. Adorable!

:star: when he talks about covering her face…in glue and slapping a lump of…silicone…yeah, let’s move on before I say something I’m bound to regret.

:star: when she asks him if he knows what Hooter’s is- his answer is so understated and matter of fact

:star: the deadpan delivery of “we’re sitting down” and “who are you?”- Love!

:star: the wrists and the fingers and that muscle in his shoulder…

Part One

:star: I like the chasing word graphics but miss the themed music :(

:star: when he mimics the interview questions about his height- snarky Armitage, for the win!

:star: when she says he had a good idea and he answers with a nonchalant “today?”

:star: Marlise, don’t imitate a British accent to a Brit ;)

:star: House of Cards and Fargo will now be on my Netflix list- I’m a sheep, I admit it.

:star: the way they’re just chatting about tv shows and other actors seems surprisingly familiar- probably because you imagine it every day in your daydreams (<–that was my sub-conscience talking) ohhh. right *blushes*

:star: how he says “small”

:star: they talk about forgetting that Thorin is supposed to be small- I do that too. he’s just larger than life to me :cool:

:star: “are you crying? are you quite moved?” one last time – oh wit, how I love thee

:star: when Marlise jumps in and suggests that the reason the real life actors of the dwarves are so large is because they’re warriors- reminds me of my older relatives and how I try to subtly steer the conversation when they tell me stories I’ve heard a million times before :roll:

:star: I like that he wanted to join Twitter in order to make people laugh- I like to do that too :)

:star: when Marlise is explaining that the pics he posted during the press tour make the fans feel like they’re part of his life- I wonder if he was conflicted about that thought? on one hand it’s nice to know that you are brightening someone’s day by sharing yourself with them but on the other, how much of yourself do you give before you feel like it’s being taken away from you? :/

:star: it makes him feel good that he can help others, charity projects and whatnot, just by something as simple as retweeting- that’s a nice thought.

:star: the Richard Armitage US fanpage gets a shout out- all other sites immediately channel Wolverine (you know you did, don’t pretend that you didn’t. I did too, no worries! it’s okay to laugh at yourself ;) )

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:star: the musical way he says her name (and the name of the dwarf interviewer earlier too)

Part Two

:star: his remarks about Peter Jackson’s children not having known a time without The Hobbit- impactful

:star: accent again, Marlise. stop! ( :D )

:star: what did she wipe off his forehead? did he splash himself with tea? or maybe he’s sweating it, he’s drinking so much!

:star: when she asked if his repeated throwing up while performing is a problem- funny :)

:star: the description of Theatre Magic and how it’s something that’s floating in the air between the actor and the audience- made my metaphor loving heart skip a beat *dreamy sigh*

:star: when he breaks into his own thought about parapets to get cheeky about Thorin and parapets

:star: I like seeing him explain about getting back to his theatre roots in this relaxed atmosphere, even though I’ve heard/read him say this before

:star: when she praises him and says he should receive an Oscar, he’s modest but touched by her assessment- aww

:star: he doesn’t shy away from blockbusters they shy away from him- there’s a shortage of Optometrists in this world, that’s all I have to say ;)

:star: he’s patient and would rather receive something when it’s right than too soon- wise words

:star: “whot?”

:star: stop with the accent, Marlise, geeze! :roll: :D

:star: he wishes to be Gandalf because he’s naughty and cheeky- he is, I love Gandalf!

:star: a “lorrie load”- contrary to some fan’s fears, he’s not turned American ;)

:star: when she asks what Gandalf has in his gowns- that beat of silence

:star: he keeps Thorin’s sword in the umbrella stand- pretentious, he’s not :cool:

:star: his boyish enthusiasm for the award he won- he gets to keep that right? they’re not really going to ask for it back :shock: (seems like he’s wondering the answer to that question as well)

:star: The Crucible standing ovation was a proud and touching experience for him- and us, as well

:star: everything about the Thorin Ornament exchange!

:star: “is this an American thing?”- second favorite soundbite

 

In Summary: Richard Armitage is fulfilled- that’s all I need to know <3

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Danke

So, supersonicsonja from the Off to NewZealand blog nominated me, amongst others, for the Liebster blogging award. that’s German for favorite or beloved. aww, I feel all warm and fuzzy now <3

I said warm and fuzzy, not stuffed and itchy

I said warm and fuzzy, not stuffed and itchy

This award is intended to spread the blogging love and promote other blogs by linking to the person who nominated you, nominating 5 or more blogs yourself, answering a set of questions that were posed to you and then coming up with your own questions for those you nominate. I love answering questions! (as my list of many “challenges” clearly shows *blushes*) and so I’ve spent a happy morning completing this fun task, instead of the terrifying task I had planned of cleaning my 10 year old daughter’s room

just don't look, it's safer that way

just don’t look, it’s safer that way

so let’s get down to business, because you know I”m not going to give one word answers to these things, it might take awhile…

The rules are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog into your post.
  2. Answer 11 questions which you have been asked by the nominating blogger.
  3. Nominate 5 to 11 other bloggers who have less than 1.000 followers.
  4. Add a new list of 11 questions for the nominated bloggers.
  5. Paste these rules into your post.
  6. Make sure your nominees know about your post and their nomination.

on to the list of questions that were asked of me, with my answers. these ones are all music based :cool:

1.) What are you listening to right now?

Hozier’s “Take Me to Church”

I really like both the sound and the lyrics to this song, it’s a little depressing but comforting at the same time. I prefer the upfront romantic view of the song instead of the vast world issues angle, but particularly the way he uses the word church to illustrate his feelings of adoration and struggle in regards to the relationship. I watched the video to this song once and it was not what I expected it to be (as seems to be the case more and more these days), it was about a relationship that wasn’t the social norm but focused more on the reactions of society: two gay men who were hunted down by their bigoted neighbors and made to pay a horrible price for their relationship. very sad and upsetting.

2.) Song that gives you the creeps? Why?

The Cost of Freedom by Crosby, Stills, and Nash & Young

The lyrics to this one always scared me as a child, “Mother Earth will swallow you, lay your body down”. I always pictured a black hole type effect of everything in my house being sucked down into a bottomless pit or something *Eeek!*

3.) What’s your favorite country and who would feature in a soundtrack for that country?

My favorite country would be Scotland and the song that would have to be on the soundtrack is Toad the Wet Sprocket’s “Windmills”. When I took my trip to Scotland this past summer I had an excellent view from the air of all the big white windmills, as the plane circled to land. as fate would have it, this song was playing on my mp3 player. So now I always associate this song with Scotland.

4.) Which song do you put on when you have to do a chore (like tidying up)?

Beastie Boys “Brass Monkey” LOL! Beastie Boys are fun and impossible to sit still to. I don’t dance per se, but I do jerk my head and arms around to the beat while dramatically reciting the dialogue parts of the song. it’s always embarrassing when someone witnesses it, for both them and me.

5.) Up-tempo or slow?

Generally I prefer slow but I do like to listen to dance music occasionally too. I don’t like things that are too noisy though (my younger Punk Rock loving self is rolling her eyes at that statement)

6.) If you could be part of a band (past and present) which one would you choose?

Spice Girls, because I always wanted to be Scary Spice

7.) Vinyl or Digital? Why?

Digital because the sound quality is better and it’s more convenient. I do have a deep appreciation for Vinyl though. When I was young one of my favorite pasttimes was listening to my collection of 45rpms that my aunts handed down to me. there was everything in there: Carly Simon, Don McLean, The Kinks, Elvis, The Jackson Five and random goofy songs like “The Purple People Eater” and “Yackety-Yak”. good times!

8.) Think of your favorite non-music artist/hero/person from history- which song reminds you of him/her?

My favorite person from history would have to be Abraham Lincoln. Aside from his accomplishments as President during the Civil War, he was also a very witty guy who was full of comforting wisdom. The song I’d pick to associate with him would be The Beatles “Let it Be”.

9.) Favorite genre of music?

I really like the softer acoustic stuff, this generally falls within the Rock genre for me.

10.) The first ever concert you went to?

Def Leppard, the “Hysteria” tour. I was greatly impressed with the laser light show. my favorite song came from an earlier album though, “Photograph”. those lyrics still seem relevant to my life  ;)

11.) Your top 10 playlist *ever*?

way to throw in an easy question there at the end. Holy Cannoli! I’m not sure I can do that question justice without a whole heck of a long time to think first, so just off the top of my head I’ll go with these ones:

Wild Boys by Duran Duran

The Wind by Cat Stevens

She’s the One by World Party

Shaking the Tree by Peter Gabriel

Into the Mystic by Van Morrison

All You Need is Love by The Beatles

Haunted by Shane MacGowan & Sinead O’Connor

Won’t Go Home Without You by Maroon 5

Changes by David Bowie

Call and Answer by BareNaked Ladies

Okay, now the next part:

who I’m nominating and the set of questions that I’m asking them. now you may have noticed that this is a Richard Armitage inspired blog :P so I pretty much stay within the RA fandom circle because my Internet time is too lengthy as it is. I don’t have time to venture out into other worlds much and when I do, well, I get easily distRActed.

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So while some of the people I’m nominating blog about things other than Richard Armitage, their blogs all include him as well. I’m nominating:

FunkyBlueDandelion

RichardTreeHouse

Obsessive Behavior

Preoccupied with Armitage

Ancient Armitage

I’ve tried to tailor at least some of my 11 questions to each of their interests, besides Richard Armitage, but I’ve included some about him too- along with a few random ones. Please don’t feel like you have to participate if coming up with the answers is stressful or time consuming for you, this is just supposed to be something fun. (I’ll be answering these questions myself in another post, because I’m me and I can’t pass up a questionnaire, even if I made it myself :roll: )

1.) Is there a song that you like different versions, i.e.covers of?  which is your favorite?

2.) What is something you’re afraid of that you’d like to force yourself to face?

3.)  What is your favorite footware of Richard’s?

4.) What is your favorite photography subject to view? (flowers, buildings, etc. not RA :D )

5.) What is a habit of yours that you’d like to break?

6.) Have you ever had a dream about Richard Armitage? share a short summary

7.) What was the first professional play/musical that you saw and how did it affect you?

8.) What has been your least favorite pet that you’ve owned and why?

9.) If you could insert yourself into a RA film as an original character, which would it be and how would you effect the outcome of the story?

10.) What is your favorite movie about classical mythology?

11.) share a random Richard Armitage related confession

Okay, I’m done.

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*I just noticed that FunkyBlueDandelion was nominated from the same person I was. very cool since the questions were all music based but not so cool that I repeated the nomination. see what I mean: distRActed ;)

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Playing the Part

55 Reasons British Men are Gorgeous

3.) the way they manage confidence without cockiness

Confidence can be a tricky thing. Sometimes those who appear the most confident are actually very insecure, and those who hang back from the spotlight, surprisingly have a strong sense of self. Richard has a nice balance of the two.

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I got that boom boom, that (both genders) chase

He often appears relaxed and at ease, but sometimes little clues to the contrary peek through: the nervous clenched fists or the vulnerable hands-in-pockets.

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yeah, my (Mum) she told me don’t worry about your size

I think if Richard knows the kind of atmosphere he’s going into beforehand, then he is more able to embrace and relish the experience.

all the right junk in all the right places

all the right junk in all the right places

At other times

it’s really helpful to have something to hide behind

’cause every inch of you is perfect from the bottom to the top

Richard is quite serious about his craft. When he’s focused and unaware, the confidence is there for all to see.

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I can shake it shake it, like I’m supposed to do

this applies to

“Photoshoot Richard” as well

I like how Twitter is bringing “Playful Richard”

more to the forefront too.

if you got beauty beauty just raise 'em up

if you got beauty beauty, just raise ‘em up

In any case, Richard seems to have a handle on how this fame thing works. There is a special confidence in owning who you are, in all your different forms.

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*all captions are lyrics from Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass”, because I would never say such things… :P

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Let’s Talk

Hello! how have you been? doing good, surviving the frenzy? I’m ready for it to be over, honestly. I click on about one thing out of every twenty notifications that I receive. I have thoughts on what I have been seeing, both positive and negative, but my head is just utter chaos at the moment and I can’t seem to focus.

too many striped shirts, it burns us!

too many stripes, it burns us!

I’ve been wanting to write a post for the past few days, because I miss talking with you all, but I can’t decide what to write about. should it be about something current, critiquing clothes or info from interviews? or should I leave those things alone for awhile and revisit something older? maybe veer off a little and talk about the ways of fandom, or…I don’t know, complain about my cats? two of them are named Fili and Kili so I’m sure I could tie that in somehow.

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Instead, I’ve decided to let you talk. Let’s gab! jump in and tell me what you want to talk about, share any old random thought about Richard that pops into your head. how do you feel about the tartan plaid blazer? the sweaters? has Richard said anything in particular in the latest batch of interviews that stood out to you? do you like that he’s on Twitter or is it messing with your perception of him? how about fandom in general? are you content or restless? are you bored? (I kind of am) is your Armitage mojo waning? (mine definitely isn’t) are you a Cumberbitch on the side?

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disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for your bad choices

talk to me.

with me,

about me,

I don’t care

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just talk…

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Fanvid Friday: you are my sunshine

Since Harry is my sunshine, I thought this video by Angela C. Ryan appropriate

maybe an overly sentimental song choice but I don’t care (I’d not heard this version before, it’s really nice) it was one of my favorite songs as a child and something I often sang to my kids when they were babies, so all good associations already; add Harry to the mix and that just makes it even better!

As for the video itself, I like it specifically for the ending: Harry’s proposal is heard over the song and then we get that sweet end hug between him and Geraldine. Richard needs to do a historic project about the Transcontinental Railroad next so that someone can make a vid using my favorite childhood song, I’ve Been Working on the Railroad. I’ll be Dinah…

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It’s the Little Things

The Battle of the Five Armies promo blitz is upon us.

Are we having fun yet?

me, browsing my Twitter timeline

me, browsing my Twitter timeline

Promotional Tours have trouble holding my attention. I absorb things at a much slower pace. I’d rather click on something out of genuine curiosity than obligation. When things are thrown at me all at once, it just becomes too much. I like seeing the different clothes Richard turns up in and I enjoy reading/viewing the various interviews but I need to do it on my own time frame.

he likes colorful socks...Oof! *gets taken down by furry Emu*

he likes colorful socks…Oof! *gets taken down by furry Emu*

This is not to say that I don’t fangirl, that I don’t get excited about things. the things I prefer are just slightly lower-key. This summer when a performance of The Crucible was cancelled and Richard unexpectedly showed up to converse with fans, casually dressed in a baseball cap

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and jeans that made his legs look miles long

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I had a meltdown! I was seriously excited, like Beatle Mania kind of excited.

over a hat.

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and even though the stories that came pouring in about how affecting John Proctor was in his intensity made me puff up with well-wishing pride, Gary Morris(I know it’s “Fuller” but I like Morris better ;) ) in his starched slacks entranced me so much that I found myself willingly attending a Tornado flick. My family suspects Voodoo Magic, it’s the only reasonable explanation.

"I'm nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour cream"

“I’m nerdy in the extreme and whiter than sour cream”

My approach to photoshoots are similar. An overall image may grab my attention initially but it’s the little things in them that will really cement a photo into my consciousness.

veins in the hand

those veins in the hand

the blue LV sweater is a prime example. I never recoiled from it like so many others did but I could take it or leave it. as it became a more familiar sight though, I found myself really drawn in by it. Richard in that sweater conveys a strong sense of virility: the contrast of the heavy sweater against the forearms, the bulk it adds to his commanding stride, the touch of whimsey it stands against in the superhero tone.

love that expression!

love that expression!

As the BOTFA promos and premieres continue, I will be reading spoilers and I will be sighing over suits

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and I will be perusing the interviews in hopes that my RA will make an appearance:

TPS: were you required to wear any prosthetics? you have a sizable nose in the films

RA: umm…that’s actually my nose

TPS: oh, is it

RA: no, I’m kidding! I’m joking!

TPS: oh, God [… ] I nearly sank through the floor

but all in moderation. after it’s all said and done I’ll go back and savor all the things that I missed, spread them out over the dry months ahead. RichardArmitageCentral and RichardArmitageNet make this very easy and convenient. BIG THANKS go out to the special people who collect and archive for these sites so brilliantly <3

if Richard shows up in the funky button jeans though, I will not be held responsible for my actions.

Elf

decorum? what decorum?

*interview excerpt from audio of The Picture Show interview on Irish Radio.

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