Thursday, April 19, 2018

WHOOPS! Check In Post

Hello, darlings!

Quickly, I just want to apologize for not having a post yesterday. There's a reason for that. I actually forgot.

I know.
I told you guys here and on Twitter that I actually started a new job recently. (Unfortunately, I am not at liberty to talk about it. But it's great.)

I thought that I was going to actually remember on the weekends to post and what not and the truth is that my weekends are usually busy. Last weekend, spent time with my best friend--who is Amanda from Geeks Who Seek and is back from her Euro-trip--and had a spa day with some of my favorite people.

This weekend I have a baby shower and a foodie meeting again. So I kinda get absorbed into fun stuff then.

After work? I know it'll get better, but I usually vegetable afterwards. Today I had an awesome and fun day so I'm a little perkier than usual.

But I do want to do one post a week every week. Somehow or the other I will do it.

I'm still listening to music in the mornings for lovely playlists. I'm still doing writing research at night. I'm still listening to horror YouTube.

I'm just not making the time to write a full post or series on what I'm finding. But it is coming. April is just a weird transition period this year.

Thank you all for your continued support. I'm always surprised and excited to see people still come here, despite my past inability to actually post.

(Some of you have been here long enough to watch me grow up and that, to me, is nuts.)

I'll see you next week with a similar playlist as last week's. Can you say timesy-covers?

You can say it but it's not a word.

xo

elie

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Playlist! 2018 #2

Hello, my magical darlings!

This week's post is a fun thing. As will some of the later posts, I think. Because! I'm off on new ventures and my time is going to be a little odd.

Anyway! Here's what I found for this list. Modern songs with 80s beats.

I know. You're welcome.

HAVANA Camila Cabello


THIS IS WHAT YOU CAME FOR Rihanna & Calvin Harris



SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW Gotye & Kimbra


SHAKE IT OFF Taylor Swift


LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO Ellie Goulding


COOL FOR THE SUMMER Demi Lovato



I'll see you next week!

xo
elie

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Beginning to End: First Lines and Closing Lines Part 2

Hello, wonderduckies.

SPOILERS AHEAD.

Today's post is Part 2. Or How to Write Last Lines.

I'm obsessed with last lines.

They make or break a book. It's the last line that tells you whether or not the story was worth your time.

No pressure

I review so many movies and usually, even if it's been going realllllly badly, I stay until the very end. Because an end scene counts for like 50% of your storytelling grade.

In my own writing, endings are usually the hardest. There have been a few scenes I wrote that I always think of as the ending but they need to be Frankenstein on the rest of the WIPs.

Even some of my favorite books have the most meh lines. (Some of them you can see where someone stopped polishing, around five chapters, and well...)

My favorite lines are from Before I Die and The Witch of Blackbird Pond. And they have, for obvious reasons, a lot of similarities.

Like: the character, the situation, the story has changed.


Before I Die, because if you've read the book, is this tumble of awkward, honest living and dying. You're never surprised that she will at some point die.

But the last line keeps the promise. This is book was everything before she dies.


Adam strokes my head, my face, he kisses my tears.

We are blessed.

Let them all go.

The sound of a bird flying low across the garden. Then nothing. Nothing. A cloud passes. Nothing again. Light falls through the window, falls onto me, into me.

Moments.

All gathering towards this one.

The story starts with Tessa who has had pretty much enough of the way things have been. She's built a bucket list and wants to go through all the points before she dies. She doesn't get everything she wants before this part. But there's a sense of relief and serenity in the end. Everything was coming to this moment.

(This is another reason to cry, I think.)


The first time I read this book was in middle school. Seventh or eighth grade. I can't remember. Just so so long ago.

I don't remember how this thing starts, but I know how it ends. It ends with Nat pulling her down the road to basically ask to marry her.


"When I take you on board the Witch, it's going to be for keeps."

At the beginning of the story, we want Nat to be impressed with our pretty dresses and further in the story, we want to escape this shithole town we don't understand. This ending is perfect. Elizabeth George Speare waits for the last lines to rescue us and reward our crush.

Waiting the last minute is the best way to hold a reader's heart.

A lot of stories want to add a million pretty things. Kill those darlings. Get out quickly after the resolution of the plot and subplots.

But I know they have more in store for them.

Though I will never actually know what happens to Kit and her new husband, or her cousins and theirs, this goodbye isn't so sad. This horrible chapter in Kit's life I shared with her and this, her getting everything she deserved after great and painful change, is a reward in itself.

Even in Before I Die, I can infer that the moments leading to this one is the end, but no more sharing breaths with Tessa.


Like the opening line, you have two things you really want in a sentence.

A sense of definite change.

No one wants to go on a trip only to go through trouble to keep things the same.

Even plot twist movies and books where you think nothing has changed, the struggle has. But the ending changes the way you view the journey you went on.

There is always change.

A promise of continuation.

We don't go back to our favorites because they're 2D. We go back because we can imagine their worlds before and after our visit.

The best stories are where we know there's so many more things we can experience with them.

And we'd love to do just that.


Next week I'm doing a playlist because I'm starting a new job and want to have an actual blog post that week.

Ha!


Wish me luck!

elie