Writing Prompt #115

In preparation for our move, I’ve gone through nearly every piece of paper in my office, multiple versions of my scripts included. A thousand pages of repetitive screenplays with minor changes between them were just sitting on the shelf, taking up space, for no reason.

There’s an odd thing that happens to writers who reread their work years later…they often find themselves surprised that they wrote it.

I know my stories. I was there when they were conceived ūüėČ but sometimes you find yourself in awe of a golden nugget or two buried within them.

Rereading multiple versions of my screenplays all in one go reaffirmed my desire to continue writing them. All of my stories are in need of a rewrite. For a while now, I thought some of them were only in need of a polish, but on reflection, there are some major things I want to change. To every. single. one. An unfortunate side effect to gaining more experience and insight and developing my writing skills further. Oh gawd. I may be George Lucas.

So it was when I saw this image, which reminds me of one of my stories, that I found myself drawn to it, and wanting to explore it. So I wrote something (yay!) and hope you will join me in this week’s Writing Prompt Challenge.

If you find yourself inspired, don’t forget to share!

Happy Writing!

Quote Monday

I finished reading a published novel yesterday written by a NYT bestselling author that, in all honesty, sort of pissed me off in its poorly written mediocrity. While I’ve struggled to write, not only because of the state of things, but also because The Sis and I are planning a move (which has been temporarily put on hold due to the state of things), one of the positives to come out of reading such a thing is the inspiration it instilled in me to get back to writing my own stories.

Pick at least one thing you love doing each day & watch your energy increase.

I have felt tired lately. Without something to be excited about, i.e. my writing, I don’t feel a sense of purpose, hence the boredom equates to fatigue. The Sis even mentioned it, so it’s noticeable.

So join me in finding some joy today! Let’s create something that stirs the imagination and reminds us what we’re passionate about!

Happy Writing!

Writing Prompt #114

Writing Prompt Wednesdays are back!

Yes, I know.

Given my Quote of the Week yesterday, this prompt seemed a bit apropos, if not oddly humorous. Oh, is it just me?!

If you’re new here, the prompts are meant to inspire and engage. If you find inspiration, please be sure to share or tag so we can all enjoy!

Happy Writing!

Quote of the Week

It’s been a rough few months, and for those of us in the US, there doesn’t really seem to be any relief in sight. At least not for the next 42 days.

There’s a lot to be said. There’s a lot to be done. Let’s use our voices. Let’s work together.

Be well!

Staying Positive in Strange Times

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Hi everyone! ¬†It’s been a while.

I hope you and your loved ones are well.

I have started a number of posts over the last month and have deleted each one. ¬†I haven’t had anything to say because sharing quotes about following your dreams, or tips about writing, or what I’ve watched all seem rather trite given the circumstances.

I give my fellow bloggers props for being able to continue in light of everything.

But¬†then I thought, at some point, we’ll get past this pandemic and some sort of new normal will begin, and so I should probably come out of the shadows. ¬†Staying positive during these strange times has been a running theme from a lot of what I’ve seen, and the creative, funny, inspiring sides of humanity have prevailed, mostly – there is always, of course, a flip side – but I like to be positive too.

Sometimes that’s difficult.

I have long struggled with my writing. ¬†Blogging too, obviously. ¬†While my writing should be an escape from the real world, and it’s what I want to do in life, there are too many times when my writing has taken a back seat. ¬†I have discovered that I often feel guilty for wanting to write when there are other pressing matters, like planning a move out of state (or abroad) or starting an Etsy shop to alleviate some our burden and aid in the move.

For the last few months I couldn’t turn my mind to writing as it felt like a reward I didn’t deserve.

Strange, right?!

I willingly quit my job late last year. ¬†I was deeply dissatisfied, and because our move was to take place only a couple of months later, I didn’t seek out another one. ¬†My plan was to organize the house, sell or donate what I could, and get us ready for the next move. ¬†I think not having a job, made me feel like I needed to overcompensate in the other areas of my life so that I didn’t seem like I was taking advantage of the situation. ¬†For the first couple of months, I didn’t even take a “day off”.

Then the virus happened.

Not much happened to me, personally, to change my day to day but because I was already in this particular mindset, the extra time so many people were given started a trend that I found sort of infuriating.  You may have seen them, they said things like this:

If you don’t find the time to write now, you’re not really a writer.

Ugh.

People are already struggling enough with a myriad of issues, and then to throw this into the mix, to make one feel defeated…argh. ¬†Thankfully, wiser people countered with responses like the “boat” analogy.

We are sailing in the same storm, but not in the same boat.

*If you’d like to read the whole thing, let me know and I’ll post it in the comments.

Eventually, with the move decided upon, the Etsy shop open, and enough organizational projects completed, I finally felt like I had “permission” to write.

Permission to create…permission to follow my dream…sigh. ¬†And I have. ¬†Not everyday, but more than I have in months.

And it’s not like I wasn’t thinking about writing all this time. ¬†I’ve been reading, watching the MasterClass series, I’ve been keeping my journal, and I’ve had story ideas. ¬†So while the physical act of writing may not be happening consistently, the other aspects of a writer’s life are, and with that understanding, I’ve stopped being so hard on myself.

Do you know how hard it is to ignore that nagging “you should be writing” feeling?! ¬†You can only do it for so long before it drives you mad.

Writers are so hard on themselves.

When I came to this realization, I figured there may be others who feel the same way, and maybe need to hear this too.

Hi! ¬†You’re not alone!

So whether you’re writing everyday, or just thinking about it, cut yourself a little slack. ¬†As writers, we’ve already chosen a lonely, difficult path, and we have to remember to be kind to ourselves. There are plenty of other people, always at the ready, to knock us down. ¬†Ourselves included. ¬†Compound this with a global pandemic, and the need for some positivity, something I enjoy, is needed more than ever!

So here’s one of my Quote Mondays from the past.

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If you need support, in any way, please let me know and let’s stick together!

xx, Rach

 

 

Quote Monday

A fellow Bang2Write-r shared this quote today on Facebook and I was immediately struck by it. ¬†If you’re not familiar with Lucy V. Hay’s site, give it a look. ¬†She offers a lot of tips and insight for writers.

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Sound advice.  Happy Monday!

The 2019 ‚ÄúOne Movie A Week‚ÄĚ Challenge Completed

MovieReelI did it! ¬†I accomplished my goal of one new movie a week! ¬†I actually slightly exceeded it with 53 movies, the last just narrowly sneaking in on New Year’s Eve.

I’m sticking with the “ABC” grading scale and will give just a simple overview as many of my posts recently have been rather long and involved. ¬†Looking back on all I’ve watched this year, it’s rather sad to find how few of them were stellar endeavors.

31. What Happened to Monday: An interesting premise of septuplets born when overpopulation has mandated a one child per regulation.  Noomi Rapace plays all the siblings who must discover what happened when one goes missing.  My rating: B-

32. Ralph Breaks the Internet: When Vanellope’s vintage game is broken, she and Ralph must find the part to keep her racing. ¬†A cute follow-up to the original, with some clever references to keep all ages entertained; I just didn’t think it had as much heart as the first. ¬†My rating: B

33. Crazy Rich Asians: The clich√©d story of a woman marrying a wealthy man and concerns about the family not accepting her is exactly that. ¬†While everyone was thrilled with the representation, that shouldn’t overshadow the lack of a well rounded story. ¬†It’s also a bit too long, and feels it. ¬†My rating: C

34. Aquaman: What can be said about the origin story of one of the least liked DC characters nobody asked for? ¬†The movie is too long, too convoluted, and an assault of CGI “magic”. ¬†The only reason anyone even bothered is Jason Momoa. ¬†My rating: D

35. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society: Every once in a while you just need a sweet movie without a lot of substance, which is surprising given its setting.  Set after the German occupation of Guernsey, a Channel Island during WWII, a young writer befriends villagers who started a book club and of course, finds love.  My rating: B

36. Bad Times at the El Royale: I didn’t know what to expect, but it certainly wasn’t what I got. ¬†Desperate to follow in Tarantino’s footsteps, this film about strangers converging at a strange motel that straddles state lines is a bit of mess that doesn’t tie up all its loose ends. ¬†My rating: C-

37. Bohemian Rhapsody: There is no dismissing Rami Malek’s performance as the charismatic lead of the band Queen, but it felt like the filmmakers played it safe. ¬†Not wanting to, possibly, turn people off from any negativity associated with Freddie’s life, they jump cut around instead, showcasing the music, without a lot of substance. ¬†My rating: B

38. Fighting with My Family: I grew up watching the WWF, now WWE, with my grandfather. ¬†I still tune in every now and then, and Paige, for whom the film is based on, is among one of my “newer” favorites. ¬†As the youngest wrestler to be signed, it was touching to see how it all began. ¬†My rating: B

39. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum: Not my favorite in the franchise, but still a pretty entertaining shoot ’em up movie with a few new twists to keep it interesting. ¬†Since the films continue in sequence, it’s hard not to appreciate Wick’s skill as the formidable hit man on the run. ¬†My rating: B-

40. Tall Girl: I, myself, am a tall girl. ¬†I’m 6′ and have been since I was 16 years old. ¬†I’ve heard all the same jokes, and had to deal with feeling like the jolly Green Giant among pretty much everyone I know while wearing men’s jeans because they had an inseam measurement. ¬†While I appreciate the message of accepting who you are, because you really can’t do anything about your height, the movie is just…blah. ¬†My rating: C-

41. The Favourite: Courts are notorious for their backstabbing and conniving, but I was hoping for more from this film than just that.  Women have a reputation where other women are concerned, and in a time when we need to be more supportive, on the whole, this film about taking advantage of an already fragile person, was uncomfortable to watch at times.  Olivia Colman is an amazing actress, and fully deserving of the accolades.  My rating: B

42. Spider-Man: Far From Home: First off, I want to put Tom Holland in my pocket.  In the wake of Avengers: Endgame, poor Peter is struggling to find his place and just wants to spend some time with his friends, but where superheroes travel, chaos is soon to follow.  An entertaining follow-up in the MCU and development for a beloved character as he comes into his own.  My rating: B+

43. Mary Queen of Scots: ¬†If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you know I’m fascinated with Queen Elizabeth I. ¬†This film takes a look at the relationship between the queen and one of her biggest rivals, Queen Mary of Scotland, played by two wonderful actresses, Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. ¬†I’ll watch anything where the Queen is concerned, in spite of uneven storytelling. ¬†My rating: B-

44. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part: Another sequel that lacked the heart of the first. ¬†The Lego citizens face a new threat and must find a way of coexisting with their “enemy”. ¬†While still a cute movie with a sweet message, it was fun to watch, if not sort of forgettable. ¬†My rating: B

45. Glass: Having not seen the original in this strange trilogy, Unbreakable, I don’t have all the information to grade this film as part of a whole. ¬†I found some aspects entertaining, a film with a variation on the comic book figure, and I appreciate some of the risks taken, but overall there felt like there was something missing. ¬†My rating: B-

46. Fallen: I knew this was going to be a bad movie, and it was. ¬†I’ve always enjoyed the tale of the star crossed lovers, but this story, based on a YA series of novels was unmoving, the actors were dull, and just when it started to move in a slightly interesting direction, it was over. ¬†My rating: D

47. Shazam: I was unfamiliar with this superhero character prior to the film. ¬†My only reference was from the TV show Archer on a few occasions. The story of a young boy who gains powers which transform him into a fully grown, muscle bound man was more interesting than I would have guessed. ¬†There’s also a sweet message about family. ¬†My rating: B

48. It Chapter 2: The story of the child eating clown continues as the Losers, now grown up, must return to the beginning to finish what they started as a new cycle begins.  Casting did a great job with the grown versions of the children, but this movie failed to recapture the fun of the first one.  My rating: B-

49. Dumplin’: ¬†I love me a drag queen, and in the preview for this movie, a few help to inspire a teen girl overcome body image issues and compete in a beauty contest run by her once beauty queen mother. ¬†My rating: B+

50. Let it Snow: This teen holiday film about a group of friends finding love was a story that didn’t really do anything different and was actually fairly dull and forgettable. ¬†My rating: D

51. Knight Before Christmas: I followed one bad movie with another. ¬†A knight is sent forward in time on a quest and finds love with a modern day woman who’s been romance deprived. ¬†Meh. ¬†My rating: D

52. Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of the Skywalker: Oh, where to begin…if you’re not a fan, you’ve probably still seen some of the reviews, or heard the hubbub over how fans are disappointed. ¬†This fan included. ¬†The final episode in the latest trilogy initially seemed better than reviewed but as I continued to think on it, I realized how much was missing among so many other things. ¬†My rating: C

53. Love and Friendship: A Jane Austen story I wasn’t familiar with, Lady Susan – surprising, I know. ¬†Upon the viewing, I wish I did know more because the way it was filmed was a bit confusing. ¬†Lady Susan is conniving and manipulating. ¬†It appears as if she’s out for herself, which she is, but she also is looking out for her daughter, in a strange way. ¬†I’ll give it another watch after a read and see if it improves. ¬†My rating: B-

If you’d like to see what else I watched this year, here are parts One and Two of the series. ¬†Do you agree with my ratings? ¬†Would you like to offer any recommendations as I endeavor into the new year?

Writing Prompt #112

I came across this prompt while cleaning up my email. ¬†Somewhere along the way, I emailed myself this idea, and that’s where it ended.

So I share it today in the hopes it inspires us.

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Who wants to take on the challenge?  I look forward to reading your creations!

I also share writing prompts on Instagram, so if you’re looking for more inspiration, take a gander. ¬†Happy Writing!