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Writers Write

They do. It’s true. But that’s not what I want to talk about today.

I was sitting here trying to figure out what to write about. I wanted to talk about writing and say something that would be worth it. I wanted to say something that would be valuable to you, but I couldn’t think of anything. Actually I did think of something, many somethings, and couldn’t decide which one to start with. I thought about many tips I know have helped me when writing as well as when editing a piece of work, but I couldn’t decide which one tip to talk about.

That’s when I thought about Writers Write and decided to share with you all about it here. It’s a great source for anyone entering this new world of writing or anyone who think they still have a thing or two to learn. And in my opinion, you should always feel like you still have a thing or two to learn. I mean, no one can ever know everything there is to know, not even in one small area. If that were true there would be no scientists or researchers in the world. They would be obsolete.

Anyway, Writers Write not only has tips that are very helpful and explained in a very simple way, but they also have daily prompts that can spark your creativity and help you out if you ever feel like you’re stuck. They also have other things, like quotes and comics and so on.

It’s cool. Go for it. You won’t regret it. Or just don’t click on it; it’s totally up to you.

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The Smell of Books

I once got a book from the library that had such a strong smell I couldn’t stand holding it so close to me. It smelled of cigarettes or something. I assumed the person who read it before me was smoking while reading it, and that’s how it got such a smell. It was so strong I couldn’t even read the book, and I had to return it to the library. That was the only book that I ever had a problem with concerning the smell of it. But it did make me wary of library books and I avoid smelling them since then.

Today, however, I couldn’t resist it. I’ve been reading 1Q84, by Haruki Murakami, and I got to a part that says:

“Still sitting on the floor, Aomame closed her eyes. She pressed her nose against the pages of the book, inhaling its smells–the smell of the paper, the smell of the ink. She quietly gave herself up to its flow, listening hard for the sound of Tengo’s heart.” (p.546)

After reading that I brought the book closer to me and inhaled its smells. I had to. Then I pressed the open book against my chest and thought of the hands that had touched it before me. I thought of how many people, upon reading the same paragraph, would have brought the book to their noses to smell it. I thought of how many more will do it in the future. I wondered if the book would carry along a smell of me that will mix with the smell of all its readers. A smell no human can smell, but that only books know about.

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(Book Sniffer by shieldsink)

 

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Silver Linings Playbook

Silver_Linings_Playbook_PosterI wanted to watch this movie for so long and today I finally did it. I debated whether or not I should wait and read the book first, but I had the DVD in my hands and just couldn’t resist watching it. Now I definitely want to read the book. Why? Because I want to find out what was changed from the book version.

The actors were great, some of the scenes were very funny, some felt very real, but there were still things I didn’t like so much. Now, if you haven’t seen the movie and doesn’t like spoilers, I suggest you stop reading right about now, because I can’t talk about the things I did or did not like without spoiling it for you. I mean it, I’ll mention things that will spoil the ending and you can’t get mad at me.

Okay, now for those of you who decided to stick with me and read this review, here it goes:

Yes, I did like the movie. Would I watch it again? I’m not sure about that. Yes, it was funny, and yes, it was awesome to see a movie where the main character has bipolar disorder and to see how that affects those around him. However, there were things that, to me, were too hard to believe.

First of all, why is Pat (Bradley Cooper) being so honest and so direct to Tiffany? Having bipolar disorder does not mean you have no social filter. People with bipolar disorder have mood swings, not a need to be direct no matter what. The fact that they made him ask inappropriate questions and make inappropriate comments was something I did not like in the movie. Maybe it was part of his therapy to tell the truth all the time, but that was not mentioned (unless I blinked when that happened) and he was not like that with everyone, so it makes no sense.

Another thing I didn’t like was close to the end, when Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) is hugging Pat and he looks at his (ex)wife, disengages himself from Tiffany’s arms, and walks towards his (ex)wife without saying a word. It doesn’t make sense. If he had said just a “wait” to Tiffany, she’d still have the same reaction, but it would make sense later. Somehow that seemed weak to me.

But all in all, the movie was nice. I liked the songs and the interactions between the characters. I think the actors were very good and that the movie was light and funny. I liked that they cast Jennifer Lawrence to play Tiffany even though they thought she was too young for the part. I liked that they didn’t make them win the dance or get a high score just for being different (although I thought it was a little pushy that the only judge who always gave every couple a score that was lower than all other judges did was the one to give them a higher score). I loved how the truth about the letter was revealed. And I really enjoyed the little jokes here and there.

So yes, I guess I did like the movie. But now I’m very interested in reading the book. I’ve already added to my holds list at the library.

 

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People said it couldn’t be done. But I said, why not?

Often in life we have heard people saying that something can’t be done.

Really? It can’t be done? Who said it? And why not? Can we just sit down and accept it? Should we resign ourselves to the fact that this or that is something we cannot do and just forget about it? Or should we fight for it?

I say fight. I say get up and do it! That dream you had? Act on it! That goal you have in your mind? Go for it! What do you have to lose?

All of us have already made the world a bit more complex simply by existing in it. We changed the rules from what it was to what it is now. We must now take advantage of our position as beings who exist and make that count.

After all, we are beings who live, and as such, may never be truly known. Maybe that’s it. Maybe we are not supposed to be truly known by anyone. Every single person we meet in life gets to see only one tiny piece of the complex puzzle that makes up who we are. Maybe not even I can truly see all I truly am.

How it hurts when you realize I can never be truly known.

 

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I’m back!

I’m back! I know, I know, I’ve been absent for a while, but I did have a reason. Or maybe it was just an excuse, but in any case it was something that kept me really busy and didn’t exactly leave me with a lot of time to come here. But now I’m back. I know I’ll have more time to write, so expect a few posts about writing and a few reviews of some of the books I’ve been reading. And if you know of a good book on the craft of writing and you want to share with me, please, feel free to send me your ideas. I’ll read the book and talk about it here.

Right now let’s just celebrate with a little music. And what better to say “I’m back” than a video with movie villains? So here’s a Movie Villain Medley by Jon Cozart. Yes, the same Jon Cozart I talked about here and here.

If you want to follow the villains and songs used in the video, they are:

0:03 The Joker from The Dark Knight (Poker Face)
0:32 Darth Vader from Star Wars (Bad Romance)
1:01 Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds (Paparazzi)
1:38 Fox from Wanted (Just Dance)

Have a great Monday!

 

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