BUT if shipping is too expensive and if you can wait till next year, there are other options listed down here :D (these suggestions are after pre-orders)
- If you live in London/UK, come for the meet up on 20th Dec - If you live in Canada, you can purchase it from @incaseyouart during some art events that she may attend in the near future - If you live in Malaysia, I might attend CAF/AMG next year and sell it there. - You may also wait till next year may for a cheaper shipping price
Mama show hasn’t even started yet and I cannot help but wonder where are the female artists there? Where are Mamamoo, Sistar, Hyuna, AOA, etc…
4 female artists against 12 male artists (not even including the Western artists there performing). Congrats Mnet!
I would first like to thank OrchardWorks for making this amazing wand. It is exactly what I wanted and more. They made a few alterations that I didn’t even ask for (like the slight bend) that made it even more spectacular. I have always loved Bellatrix’s wand, and it is almost like they knew that without me telling them. They are truly Ollivander, as far as I am concerned. They have every wood you can think of (yes, this was made from real Hawthorn and is the exact length I asked for), and it makes it truly magical knowing that I really have the wood for my wand that Ollivander said himself I would have.
I would also really REALLY like to thank @starshipsorceressfor letting me use their sketch they created for a Merlin-inspired wand to make my own come to life! As soon as I saw that sketch, I knew it was my wand. It was just like Harry in Ollivander’s wand shop when he got his own.
If you ever want to get a customized wand done that is the exact wood and length from Pottermore, I highly recommend OrchardWorks. I have gotten wands done by them before for other occasions, and they are fantastic and give you exactly what you ask for.
To figure out your true wand so it fits you perfectly in every way possible, I recommend you read my guide I created so you can understand the thought process I used to figure out my own. If you ever have any questions, you can always message me.
“The wand chooses the wizard, Mr. Potter. It’s not always clear why.”
1. The first character I ever fell in love with: piano. My motivations to learn the piano were not deep. It was “my amazing big sister is learning piano. I want to learn piano, too.” Great reasoning, right? Well it is for a five-year-old. Piano ended up not being my sister’s forte (har har come on that’s an amazing pun) but I ended up enjoying the instrument a lot. I studied it in private lessons up through the end of undergrad college. Piano became my baby early on in life, and for the longest time, I told people I wouldn’t pick up another instrument because I was all for piano. Ha. Ha ha ha. I now play way too many instruments. But this does show that my first true musical instrument love was the piano. It’s also still my automatic go-to, the instrument I compose on, the instrument I compose the most for, the instrument I spend the most time on…
2. A character that I used to love/like, but now do not: clarinet. Okay okay okay guys so I PLAY the clarinet. Give me slack. I do love the instrument still and make sure to write it good solos and parts. The thing is that the tone doesn’t grip me as much as it used to. I’m more “eh” about it now. When I was in the ninth grade, it was *THE* timbre I had to hear ALL the time. I melted in it. It was the first instrument I bought for myself to play, I was that determined to learn it. Now I’m not as enthusiastic about its color. So it’s not that I hate the clarinet. I’m just not in the obsessed stage anymore.
3. A ship that I used to love/like, but now do not: violin and flute. Composers. Arrangers. Please. It’s overdone. It’s so overdone. I know how easy it is to orchestrate those two together… but please. There are so many instruments in the orchestra and so many timbres to put together. There are so many more sound combinations than flute and violin, which we have heard for centuries, and centuries, and centuries… I loved the sound a lot and I still admit it’s beautiful, but I don’t “ship” it anymore because I realize how standard, unoriginal, and overdone it is.
4. My ultimate favorite character™: viola. I grew to love the viola in high school when I was composing a lot more orchestral works, was involved in orchestra, and my best friend / significant other at the time played viola. That friend then proceeded to let me borrow their viola and teach me. I went on to play viola in orchestra in college (I sound like a yowling cat in a washing machine at first but they still let me in to play??).
I adore the rich sound of this instrument. It is, in my personal opinion, the BEST string instrument *BY FAR* regarding timbre. It has some of the most gorgeous timbres period of any instrument I’ve heard. It’s so rich, it’s that gorgeous meaty thick middle register, the weight of the notes… ahhhhhhhhhhhh. <3 I LOVE writing viola. I write viola into everything. My viola parts are amazing because the instrument is amazing and deserves love. I have an alto clef tattooed on my ankle. Once you become a violist, you get into this viola pride cult, and I’m definitely there myself. <3
5. Prettiest character: viola. I mean the flute’s a diva (I’m a flute player I KNOW) and the instrument sounds and looks beautiful, but nothing compares to this gorgeousness. AUGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHGHG SO GLORIOUS. Also? Aesthetically? Just look at the viola. Look at it. It’s beautiful.
6. My most hated character: acoustic guitar. I don’t know if I ever liked acoustic guitar - I don’t like the timbre that much and I guess hear it so much it’s a little bland to me? But over time I grew a distinct non-love for it. Sorry, guitar players. You guys are cool. It’s just not my instrument. The challenge is that my father is a worship pastor who plays acoustic. There was a long period of time when I was growing up where he would walk around the house following people showing off with the latest song he was learning for Sunday. I love my dad and I was happy to serve in the praise band… but being followed everywhere 24/7 by a guitarist when I’m trying to do basic life functions did mean I quickly great apart from the guitar sound. XD I’ll admit acoustic guitar is something I don’t compose for (unless under very very very specific circumstances) and if I compliment guitar work, it is very begrudgingly and it is because the instrumentalist is phenomenal. I almost immediately turn off if I hear guitar timbre as the main sound in a song. Yeah. It’s that bad. Oops. I know I have an anti-guitar bias. I’m trying to work through it.
7. My OTP:Piano, viola, and flute. Aka the three instruments I’m best at playing. I arrange for these three a lot so I can record myself performing them. I know it’s not the most revolutionary timbre out there - the pallet isn’t too unusual at all, really - but it’s got a lot of potential in it and the three instruments meld together well. The viola hits the middle registers with depth and warmth in deep orange-browns, the flute offers silver support, and the piano is this glorious white tinkling that provides wonderful support and contrast to the other timbres. You can do annnnyyyyything with this trio. Anything.
8. My NOTP: Baritone saxophone and soprano recorder. I don’t know I just came up with that answer on the fly. But if anyone tries to write with these two in a duet, I will want to know why. I will demand why. Seriously. Why. That would be frightful. And then I’d have to listen to it to see if you actually somehow accomplished something good.
9. Favorite episode: Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8. That’s what an episode is, right? ;) There are many other pieces I adore in music (I’ve got the flute solo of the Eroica tattooed on my back), but Antonín Dvořák is a composer I quite enjoy. Symphony No. 8 is incredible music which I listen to a lot - one time I even dreamt it was my theme song when I was the Eleventh Doctor’s Companion? - and in addition to it being incredible music, I have a lot of good memories associated with it. When I was a senior in high school, I had the complete jaw-dropping astonishment of placing first chair flute in All-State Orchestra and performing this solo. I also performed the symphony the following year in college on the viola. It was the first legitimately challenging viola song I tried to work up. Considering how much of a novice I was at the time, I did an amazing job learning it. If I got another line of music tattooed anywhere on my body, I’d probably pick this one. I almost did it for my back tattoo as it is. (If you haven’t figured out, all my tattoos thus far have been music inspired).
10. Saddest death: recorder. People in Europe are better about getting the appeal of this instrument. But in the United States, the recorder is considered a little kid’s toy. They learn how to squeak these things in the third grade in recorder choirs that would make deaf Beethoven turn in his grave. But the recorder is a beautiful instrument. I’ve performed on it. <3 Listen to some of the old Baroque music out there. It’s amazing. One of my favorite pieces with recorder is Telemann’s Concerto for E Minor for Flute and Recorder Movement IV Presto. I performed it with a string quartet while my flute teacher was on the recorder and I on the transverse flute.
There are some other instruments that are performed even less, of course, like the viola da gamba, that have a gorgeous tone, too. It’s always a treat to have the opportunity to hear viola da gamba live.
11. Favorite season: the transition from Late Romantic to the Postromantic/Modern Era. I mean that basic chunk of time got Sergei Rachmaninoff, Giacomo Puccini,
Antonín Dvořák, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Béla Bartók, and Igor Stravinsky - just to mention a few incredible composers. The music of the Common Practice Period (that is, the Baroque to Romantic Eras of music) uses theoretical structures that are complex but are, to our ears, now very common and predictable. Surging out in new directions, exploring breaks from conventional tonality and Western theoretical approaches, incorporating greater degrees of ethnomusicology and folk traditions, and pushing boundaries… has led to some amazing works and much more interesting music to my ears. The Late Romantic Era has some wonderful harmonies, and then pushing beyond that into the early Modern Age, a refreshing pallet of revolutionizing harmonic pallets. Like, Stravinsky REVOLUTIONIZED music. Hands down revolutionized it. WOW. So cool to hear where that switch all began.
12. Least favorite season: Classical Era. It’s not that Mozart can’t be fun. His Symphony No. 38 Adagio-Allegro is one of my favorite things ever. But by and large, I am not a big fan of the Classical Era and its aesthetic. The smaller orchestra size, the focus on simple melody and harmony, the really standard theory that I got harped about for so many years in Theory Classes, and how it might sound a little restrained in hindsight (given the explosive Romantic Era that followed) isn’t as invigorating to me as other eras. I’ll listen to Classical Era music happily. But give me John Cage. Give me John Adams. Give me Schoenberg and Stravinsky and Steve Reich and living composers. I’m more interested in that and feel like it expands my ear and mind more.
13. Character that everyone else in the fandom loves, but I hate: trumpet. I’m not a trumpet person, I’ll admit, despite it being a very well-known instrument and popular instrument to learn. I mean, I LOVE watching the pompous trumpet section try to outplay the other person, and I’ll make lots of taunting loving trumpet jokes, but when it comes to brass timbre, I tend to give everything good to the French horns… and I mean everything. Whoops. I feel bad. Sometimes when I write for trumpet, they turn into the “oh right I should probably give some music to the not-quite-French-horns-brass-now.” But when people compose for trumpet right? Wow. It’s got a lot of diversity to its expression - that thing can be tender??? So tender??? But I myself am someone who tends to overlook trumpet and I admit that. XP
14. My “you’re piece of trash, but you’re still a fave” fave: CONTRABASSON. THIS HULKING INSTRUMENT IS ONE BIG FART. SUCH AN ADORABLE FART. <3 I LOVE IT!!!!!! OH MY GOODNESS GIVE ME A CUDDLE, CONTRABASSON!
15. My “beautiful cinnamon roll who deserves better than this” fave: viola. Okay. But we deserve so much better than syncopated offbeats and whole notes. Just saying. And it’d be nice to not be mistaken for a violin or get a bunch of jokes about not being as good as violins. One time I typed “famous violists” in Google and it asked me “did you mean famous violinists?” My heart broke. It broke right in two. ;_;
16. My “this ship is wrong, nasty, and makes me want to cleanse my soul, but I still love it” ship:Piccolo and tuba. But wait! IT ACTUALLY WORKS. IT TOTALLY COMPLETELY WORKS GUYS OKAY COME ON THIS IS ADORABLE.
17. My “they’re kind of cute, and I lowkey ship them, but I’m not too invested” ship: Piccolo and bassoon. Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky know how to do this one right. It’s so charming when done right. Gives me smiles. But it’s not the first-first thing that pops to mind for me when it comes to duet colors.
Summary: Being a bike courier in New York is hard work, physically and mentally. Riding those miles, every day, and remembering all those names. But Blaine loves it, he really does. He knows everybody on the route, talks to them with a happy smile, and a bad day is only one that results in a bruised hip from a collision with a rule-breaking car. When he gets a letter to deliver outside of his normal route, it strikes his curiosity. But delivering that letter strikes his curiosity more.