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In the midst of trying to write a novel in a month, I have to write blog posts.
And it is time for me to face the fact – I am not writing a novel this month.
I wanted to…I told myself I was going to be disciplined. I was going to be loyal to my goal. I was going to write like a mad woman, sleep less, and be creative ALL the time!
Truth is I started out the month trying to recover from a cold/flu and sleep became a necessary and spending time with friends became more fun than hiding in the darkness of my room with only the glow of the computer screen for company.
Enough complaining…I’ve barely started but I want to muse about my process. I am working on a character and part of the story that I have not fully conceptualize. I have a method of writing…it normally consists of just writing what comes to me, when it comes to me. NaNoWriMo forces me to force the story out of a sluggish and cantankerous muse. I have written a good portion of the story already (last years NaNoWritMo) but I discovered that I was only telling one character’s story and I did not want her voice to be the only one. I needed to make the story I was telling fuller, deeper, more alive and real.
This is a good thing – making the story a better story. The problem rests in the fact that only that character’s story came to me freely and full of inspiration. The other character’s stories are more like shadows and mysteries. I am stuck trying to understand a character that I don’t fully understand. I know I’m the author. I should know my characters and that is why I’ve barely started.
So, I’m working through my writer’s block or character block by slowly writing scenes that I do know and understand, in which these characters feature prominent roles. I am hoping that these scenes will slowly fill the gap in my story and bring life to my characters.
As I was thinking about classic movies and movies that i loved as a child and continue to love as an adult, I came across several movies that were not the best movies ever, they’re graphics are dated and their storylines not as clever as some. But they are movies that have stuck with me. These are the movies that formed an impression on my mind and helped develop my imagination.
The following movies are recommended in the light of the fact that they are entertaining, enjoyable, and imaginative. Some of them are the sort of movie you just shake your head at and smile, others cult classics (which you shake your head at and grin like an idiot because you get it) and others you may have never heard of. Either way, sit back and enjoy…Movie Night Childhood favorites…
1. Flight of the Navigator (1986)
A delightful, if not cheesy, 80′s film about a boy how get abducted by an alien and then deposited back home ten years in the future. I loved this movie! It was perhaps the first scifi film I saw, unless you count sneaky down stairs to watch snip-its of Star Wars when I was supposed to be in bed. Anyway, as a bonus (or not) a young Sarah Jessica Parker makes an appearance sporting the best of 80′s fashion!
2. The Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
This is the old school Swiss Family, not the new one from the 90s, which I wanted to watch but was disappointed because the old one was better. Anyway, this was one of those movies we taped off the tv and watched it over and over and over again until the tape didn’t work right anymore. I was fascinated by Francis and his ability to get all the animals to like him. And of course the race with ostrich was indeed a highlight of my childhood. Every time I saw an ostrich I wanted to ride it. Also, it was one of the highlights of going to Disney World, I got to walk through the Swiss Family Robinson’s tree house!
3. Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)
Two orphans (brother and sister) have strange abilities – they can communicate with their minds and make thing move by playing music.A rich and powerful man wants to use the kids for his gain and profit, I was fascinated by the superhero like powers of these kids and their desire to “do good.” I recently re-watched this film and I still found the concept delightful and the cat Winky was a nice addition to the adventures. There have been several remakes, one of which features Dwayne Johnson, the Rock. But the original has a certain appeal, even if it’s a little cheesy and obvious.
4. The Secret Garden (1987)
This Hallmark Hall of Fame Production is the best version of the Secret Garden I have ever seen and since I was obsessed with the story I watched several versions. If my initial enthusiasm doesn’t persuade you to go and watch it perhaps these next facts will. The Secret Garden was filmed on location at Highclere Castle. Don’t recognize the name? Downton Abbey was/is filmed at Highclere Castle. The famed British and Shakespearean actor Derek Jacobi stars as Archibald Craven and Colin Firth plays the older and very handsome Colin Craven at the end of the film. Now I have one you over to this version of the Secret Garden.
5. Labyrinth (1986)
Jim Henson’s delightful film about a girl who must save her stolen baby brother from the Goblin King. There are so many reasons that this is a cult classic, but mainly it’s because of the genius, charm, and villainy of David Bowie in his role as the Goblin King. My mom read me the story of Princess and the Goblin by George McDonald and I was quiet smitten by the story. So when I saw Labyrinth I was in love with the film before I knew what had happened.