Impenetrable woodenness

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“… she’d go on as if nothing had happened. That was the devilish part of her — this coldness, this woodenness, something very profound in her, which he had felt again this morning talking to her; an impenetrability. Yet Heavens knows he loved her. She had some queer power of fiddling on one’s nerves, turning one’s nerves to a fiddle strings, yes.” — Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf


Tell the Story Right

Below is a video of Caroline Smith, a beautiful, strong, sassy and talented musician, sharing her hometown and what helped mold her into the woman she is today. What an inspirational artist! She is a good reminder to dab a little of yourself into your creativity to make your art your own, even if it isn’t what’s most popular. Telling a story with your own flair, your own imagination, is telling the story right.

“Being a woman is half about being wrong, the other half led me to be singing this song.”

After hearing songs from her Half About Being A Woman album, I was hooked.

After hearing songs from her Half About Being a Woman album at Mile of Music 2013 in Appleton, I was hooked.



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Here’s a clip of Half About Being a Woman:

Television storytelling addictions

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One of my favorite TV shows right now is called Homeland starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin as CIA agents who search the world to stop terrorists before they attack. U.S. Marine POW and possibly turned terrorist, Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis), returns home with gut wrenching PTSD and a heartbreaking amount of weight on his shoulders as he debates whose side he’s really on. This show is brilliant and, as one of my friends said, flawless.

Watch the first full episode of Homeland Season 1, Episode 1. If you watch the first 3:40 of the video, you will be as hooked as I am. I have never gotten addicted to a TV show after just the first 5 minutes. Great storytelling!

The first 7 minutes will give you an idea of  where the show will go. If you can’t stop watching episode after episode, like I couldn’t, I would recommend renting the discs from Netflix or Family Video. Get all the discs at once if you can because it will leave you with insomnia if you can’t finish it. Trust me …

Anyone care to share their thoughts on the show? Or who their favorite character is? Without a doubt, Mr. Saul Berenson is my favorite. He is one of those characters that will stay with me long after the show discontinues.

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I vow to focus more on Brevity this year …

I vow to focus more on Brevity this year …

Disney Princes in Film


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 This made my day!

Tom Hardy as The Beast? YES!
Henry Cavil as Prince Eric? Please!
Ryan Reynolds as Prince Phillip? Absolutely!
Chris Hemsworth as John Smith along with his brother Liam to play Prince Charming? Oh my!

The only thing I would change is having Abhishek Bachcha as Aladdin instead. He’s great in the Bollywood world!


Who would you like to see play your favorite Disney characters in a film?

How will you find your way?

This musical piece by Danny Elfman for Alice in Wonderland (that Luke introduced me to — although I’ve never seen the movie) is great to play in the background when writing climactic scenes for a story. It is beautiful and exciting. I hope you will find inspiration like I do every time I hear it!

Ironically, the lyrics make sense as you’re writing and searching for paths to take your characters. Oh, dear character, “how will you find your way?” Dear character, “where have you been?”



Alice’s Theme

Oh, Alice, dear where have you been?
So near, so far, so in-between
What have you heard? What have you seen?
Alice! Alice! Please, Alice!

Oh, tell us, are you big or small?
To try this one or try them all
It’s such a long, long way to fall
Alice! Alice! Oh, Alice!

How can you know this way not that?
You choose the door, you choose the path
Perhaps you should be coming back
Another day, another day
And nothing is quite what is seems
You’re dreaming! Are you dreaming? Oh, Alice!

Oh, how will you find your way?
Oh, how will you find your way?

No time for tears today. No time for tears today.
No time for tears today. No time for tears today.

So many doors, how did you choose?
So much to gain, so much to lose
So many things got in your way
No time today, no time today
Be careful not to lose your head
Remember what the Dormouse said, Alice!

Did someone pull you by the hand?
How many miles to Wonderland?
Please tell us so we’ll understand
Alice! Alice! Oh, Alice!

Oh, how will you find your way?
Oh, how will you find your way?

Persuaded Every Time

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Since I no longer have TV channels, I couldn’t watch the Packers game while I cleaned my apartment so I instead watched the 1995 film adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Persuasion,” my favorite of the Austen novels. If you can get through the novel to the last few scenes, it makes the entire story worthwhile.

The interesting thing about the actors in the movie versions of this story is that it’s all about facial expressions and subtle glances. The two characters rarely speak to one another in the novel and most of the dialogue is internal, yet it must be made clear that there is a sort of tension between them. The ending, with the two of them finally communicating and expressing their feelings, gets me every time.

Just thought I’d share one of my favorite moments — or the only moment YouTube had available: