I've been meaning to make an announcement for a while, and since it's time to pick a new word, I figured I would kill two birds with one stone.
PART 1: Recap of "2015: Write" (no special order)
Sorry this review is SO late. A lot has been happening in my life, but since Into The Woods is being released on iTunes today, I thought it was about time to post my thoughts on the movie adaptation of my favorite Sondheim musical. You can also get a filmed version of the original Broadway production on iTunes.
You may remember a while back I posted about "evil" characters and how evil isn't born, but made. Given it was tied to the OUAT finale, I think it's a good "companion" post of sorts since Into The Woods is an amalgam of multiple fairytales with the new storyline of the baker and his wife. While I would never call The Witch in this musical evil, she definitely does some not so nice things. But, as Meryl Streep sings in "Last Midnight," she says: "I'm the hitch, I'm what no one believes, I'm the witch!" Basically, she's the jaded-mostly cynical (but annoyingly realistic) force in life that pushes people to action and makes them deal with the consequences. The last song of the musical says, "Wishes come true, not free," which I think perfectly encapsulates the show.
So! My actual review: I loved it. I cried, laughed, and everything in between while watching this star-studded cast belt out some of my favorite musical theater numbers in awesome costumes (designed by the legendary Colleen Atwood) while being directed by the best (in my opinion) musical-to-movie director, Rob Marshall. If you're not a fan of the same-old girl waits for a prince trope, but still want to experience some of the "classics," this movie is for you.
On a random note, I got super excited when I saw the movie alluding to the original Broadway poster.
Also, enjoy this cool GIF of Meryl Streep as The Witch:
2015 has just started. Okay, that was yesterday, but close enough. The point is, barely 24 hours after making a vow to focus on my writing this year, I had a burst of inspiration to continue writing the first book in the Fearful Fairytales series, Glowing Embers.
My new team of beta readers have been REALLY into this story, and that just warms my somewhat insecure author heart. Basically, it's the best thing an author can have—besides actual good reviews and sales. Below are some of the comments by my zealous alphas.
Last year, I joined my friend in joining OneWord365, where you choose 1 word to epitomize your new year goals instead of a list of New Year's Resolutions. I liked it a lot because it was simple and convenient. My 2014 word was BRAVE. You can read why I chose that word.
This year, my word is WRITE because I will be doing a lot more of that this year. I'm taking a creative writing class for my English credit this semester, I will continue working on finishing and publishing the 2nd and 3rd books of The Belgrave Legacy and writing the first few books in the Fearful Fairytales series. I'm currently writing Glowing Embers.
So, that's it! Are you joining the movement? If so, comment what word tribe you're in.
The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated ~ Mark Twain
While the above quote is true, last week, I had such a bad migraine (that still hasn't gone away), that I was unable to do anything and may as well have been 6 feet under. I am starting to get better (not really, but I'm back in school now) and am trying not to be crushed by the amount of homework, college applications, and internship responsibilities all while trying to stick with the Go Teen Writers 4th 100 for 100 challenge (see blog sidebar).
Anyway, an update on Book 2: After finishing the 7th draft (5 rewrites and 2 revisions) I handed Tears of an Angel off to my editor and am still waiting to work more on that. In the meantime, I have started working on Book 3: The Witch's War (book 3 in The Belgrave Legacy).
While I was stuck in my many headache and medicine-induced rests, I kept dreaming scenes for some of my Fearful Fairytale novels too, but was unable to write most of them down because focusing on anything for more than 5 seconds hurt.
So, that sounds like a lot of bad news, right?
Well, it is. Kind of. All that time bedridden gave my imagination free reign and once I have lots of time to write after college applications are done, I'll be on fire and will hopefully be more productive than I have been in the past few months.
That's it for now. Will check in soon. While you're waiting, check out the My Novels page and see what my crazy brain is cooking up.
I'm a self-published author (because being a college student wasn't hard enough!) and spend most of my time doing homework. I write YA multi-genre fiction for young adults or the young at heart. I love NCIS, BBC's Sherlock,
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