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A Twist in Time

You all know Disney’s Cinderella, right? Do you know Cinderella III: A Twist in Time?

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This movie is great! Recently, our younger cousins came over to spend the night and we were planning on watching Disney movies the entire time. While we only ended up watching two before they fell asleep, we had our entire stack of Disney movies piled up and ready to go.

Rachel and I realized that we were missing a handful of Disney princess movies, so in my Disney high, I went on my Amazon app to buy a couple, including this little gem of a movie. It came out ten years ago and played around with the idea of the Stepmother stealing the Fairy Godmother’s wand to turn back time and make it so the slipper fit one of her daughters instead of Cinderella.

It was a fun take on the question all writers tend to ask themselves: “What if?” It was definitely one of the better Disney sequels out there, keeping fairly true to the original animation, music, and voices. If you’re a Disney fan and you ever get the chance to watch this movie, I hope you enjoy it too!

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Posted by on August 15, 2017 in Home

 

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In a Heartbeat

Recently, this little animated short was published for the world to see. This video is four minutes of adorable little fluff about school kid crushes.

I was just delighted by both the animation and the music. There’s no words in this short at all — everything is perfectly conveyed via facial expressions, actions, and wonderful instruments. This little video is so artistically delightful to me and I am in such awe of the creators that I wanted to share it. I hope you all enjoy it too!

 
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Posted by on August 4, 2017 in Home

 

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Motivational Music

When I’m writing or working on other creative projects, I almost always have something playing in the background, be it music or YouTube videos or streams. Once in a while I get into a little funk because I’m not exactly where I would like to be in life with my more creative pursuits, and while I’m still working towards those goals, I decided to whip up a little playlist on Spotify full of music that I like to blast for some extra motivation.

(Of course Spotify didn’t have all the songs I would have liked to add to the playlist, but what are you going to do?)

Thought I’d share the playlist here in case anyone else would enjoy the music. There’s fifteen tracks, just a little under an hour’s worth of songs that range from softer songs to hard rock. All of them are lyrical — I’ll probably create a playlist full of instrumental music at a later time — and I’m sure I didn’t involve anything with explicit lyrics.

Share some of your favorite motivational music with me too!

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2017 in Home

 

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No One Mourns the Wicked…

…Except everyone in the audience, like my mother who was sniffling throughout the second act (Hi Mom!).

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Last Friday, my mother, a good friend, and I all went to see the musical Wicked. It was utterly amazing! I’ve listened to the original Broadway cast soundtrack before and fell in love with the music, but I hadn’t seen the play nor read the book.

(Has anyone read the book? Let me know what you thought of it!)

Listening to just the music, I never realized the depth of the story and themes of discrimination, love, and good and evil. Glinda (formerly known as Galinda with a “ga”) and Elphaba both spiral towards their ultimate roles as the Good Witch of the North and the Wicked Witch of the West. Each of them reach towards their dreams of finding love and doing good for the world, but circumstances skew those dreams as the women desperately try to hold onto them. As the bittersweet end draws near, their dreams aren’t quite realized, but there’s still that hope that everything will be okay as they continue to move forward.

Honestly, it reminds me of how Rachel and I are moving forward with our lives right now. She’s completely focusing on her writing, blogging, and an internship with a publicist right now, which is what she’s always wanted to do, but still sometimes feels as if she’s not moving fast enough. I have a day job that’s wonderful but isn’t fulfilling creativity-wise. Both of us feel a bit stuck where we are, but we’re doing our best and have some big plans for ourselves.

Seeing these two amazing young women — both the actresses and the characters — in Wicked go after what they want, changing and growing with each other along the way, gave me a renewed vigor for what I want out of my life.

So, let’s belt out some “Defying Gravity,” and let it motivate us to keep going!

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2017 in Home

 

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The Roses of Success

The other day Rachel and I actually sat down and watched a movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Starring Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, and Lionel Jeffries, it was a musical fantasy live-action movie revolving around a family and their magical car released in 1968. Dick Van Dyke has always been a favorite entertainer in our household, and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a fun movie to rewatch every once in a while.

One of the songs in the movie is called The Roses of Success, sung by Lionel Jeffries as Grandpa Potts and a chorus of eccentric inventors. The whole point of the song is to embrace failure, to never give up despite set backs, to be thankful that you’re moving forward enough to figure out what doesn’t work on the way to figuring out what does.

It resonated more with Rachel and me at our ages now than it ever did when we were younger. We’re both working on getting our writing off the ground, both with novels and blogging, as well as our networking with good friends aiming for similar goals. It was an uplifting song, one that was perfect for this fun, even if silly, movie. I hope that, if you haven’t gotten the chance to see this classic movie, you do one day!

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2017 in Home

 

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Writing Mindset

c3f26bc113fe997c78cb2264f9cd42751My post yesterday was generally about how inspiration and hard work go strolling down the road hand-in-hand. However, I’m the type of person who enjoys having a bit of background noise to keep my mind focused on my work.
(Perhaps inspiration should become synonymous with keeping your concentration when it comes to creative projects? It’s a thought.)
My Spotify is usually playing, either blasting through my laptop’s speakers or my Amazon Echo and making the windows shake. Generally my music is instrumental, violinists or movie and video game soundtracks. If I’m in the den, I don’t mind sticking on an old movie, something that I don’t have to pay much attention to. The Lord of the Rings trilogy is also a favorite, considering the amazing soundtrack is a bonus! Of course, Rachel and I are also YouTube geeks, and I have no problem having a few favorite playlists going all day while I write.
Rachel and I tend to spend Saturday mornings writing at our local Barnes and Noble and, considering we know most of the workers, we have no problem inquiring about the music that they play. Usually we approve of the store’s music taste, but there have definitely been times when the music was strange enough to throw me out of the writing mindset.
Isn’t it funny how something as mundane as background music can throw off your work groove? On the flip side, there was a particular Saturday where every song evoked the perfect emotions for Rachel as she was typing away scene after scene — and Rachel is the type to work just fine in silence.
How does everyone else keep their inspiration flowing and their concentration solid?
 
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Posted by on May 18, 2017 in Home

 

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Going After Inspiration

How does inspiration tend to hit you?
Do you have a certain playlist of music that you put on to get into the writing mindset? Perhaps you have several playlists saved for different scenes of your stories, to set certain types of mood. Maybe you’re the type who is able to stick on a favorite movie, letting the familiar lines serve as comfortable background noise as you type away. Or are you the type of writer who needs noise-cancelling headphones to work in complete silence?
Perhaps your inspiration is trained to turn on at a certain time or place. Six o’clock in the morning at the desk in the den. Ten PM on the sofa in the living room. Two thirty-six in the afternoon on your bed with your favorite pillow behind you and your laptop resting on your legs.
Or maybe it’s not the inspiration that allows you to write a blessedly easy two thousand words in a sitting… Perhaps it’s just you pushing through the imaginary writer’s block, saying to hell with waiting for so-called inspiration.
Does your hard work come from inspiration or does your inspiration come from hard work?

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Posted by on May 17, 2017 in Home

 

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