A Writing Lesson from Whisper of the Heart

This past weekend, I watched one of my new favorite movies with my husband. It is called Whisper of the Heart. I had never seen it before, and now I am pretty much obsessed.Why? The girl in the movie was totally me growing up.She adores fairy tales and wants nothing more in life than to become a writer.…

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A Writing Lesson from Cats

Yes, I did it. I saw Cats. Was it horrifying?  Oh, yeah. My friend, upon finishing the film, said, "This was the best horror movie I've seen in years." But it didn't have to be that way. There were some really stunning performances. I legit cried when Jennifer Hudson sang "Memory" (despite the snot running…

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A Writing Lesson from Hallmark Movies

I am not ashamed to admit it: I love Hallmark Christmas movies. What's not to love about a wholesome story that will make you smile? Sure, sometimes I watch them ironically, but I often watch them with genuine enjoyment.  It feels so nice to not be cynical for once. However, there is a major thing…

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A Writing Lesson from Knives Out

Last weekend I saw one of the best movies I've seen all year: Knives Out. Seriously, go see it. But finish this email. There are no spoilers. I promise. What blew me away about the movie is not a single thing is wasted. Every line has significance for the overall plot. Every action has a purpose.…

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A Writing Lesson from Andrew Lloyd Webber

As a child, Andrew Lloyd Webber was my jam. As in, when my computer teacher asked us to make a PowerPoint presentation, I did mine on him. Instead of presenting on OutKast or Dave Matthews Band like a normal person. I remember as a kid pulling on my dad's flaking earphones (that engulfed my head)…

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Two Writing Lessons from Blinded by the Light

This weekend I saw the best movie of the year: Blinded by the Light. No, I am not just saying that because I am a huge Bruce super fan (but it doesn't hurt). I haven't seen a movie that was this beautiful, funny, exuberant, or moving in a long time. As you know, I love…

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Writing Lesson from Spider-Man: Far from Home

A few weeks ago, I saw¬†Spider-Man: Far From Home, and I absolutely loved it.I mean, I am thinking about going back to the theater and watching it again.I rarely have this feeling about a movie.Why did I love it so much?Was it because of the awesome European locations? The juicy teen drama (something I am…

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A Writing Lesson from Avengers: Endgame

Okay, there are spoilers ahead. So click away from this email and listen to "Hooked on a Feeling." Because that song is amazing. You also might want to head on over to your local movie theater to actually see the film because despite what I am about to say here, it is actually an awesome movie.  Okay,…

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Listen to the Music

My husband and I are currently watching The Umbrella Academy (so no spoilers, please), and I am loving the show. Yes, there is great character development, and it is often fun to watch superhero movies and shows (not always because Ant-Man exists . . . feel free to come at me if you disagree). But I…

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5 Things That Are Inspiring Me Right Now

1. YouOkay, I don't even think this show is particularly well-written. It is clearly written by a bunch of frustrated English majors who are stuck writing a trashy show. (Not that there is anything wrong with that. To be honest, it is #goals.) I started the show thinking I would hate watch it. Then I couldn't…

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