Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays~ Home Again

So far, I've written about stories that are sort of on the bazaar side, but today, I'll go over where I can up with the idea of "Home Again." This is a flash fiction piece I wrote a few years ago, but just recently published on Hubpages.

This short story is about a woman coming to terms with losing her parents and her childhood home. She is upset and disheartened by the thought of losing the home she and her family made happy memories in together. In the story, she walks through the home replaying some her fondest memories in her head. After going through the house, she thinks about the quote, "You can't go home again."

Is this true? Can you really never go home again. I thought about this same quote when my childhood home was demolished a few years ago. It was sad to see a big empty space where my home once stood, and I thought about all the memories made in that home.

That is the only home I remember growing up, and there were an endless amount of memories made there with my family. After feeling sad for a while, I realized those memories are kept within in me--in my heart, where they can never be torn down or taken away. So, while you can't go home again, you can always revisit the precious memories made in your childhood home.

In the story, the main character also comes to the same conclusion, which helps her comes to terms with selling the home and allowing a new family to live in the home and begin making their own precious memories.

If you'd like to read the story you can find here on Hubpages.

Happy Reading!


Sunday, May 21, 2017

Classic Movies Monday~The Blue Bird

The Blue Bird stars Shirley Temple and since I love Shirley Temple movies, I thought I'd love this. I was wrong!

This movie is not entertaining, the story line seems to go nowhere, and it did hold my attention. I recorded on my DVR so I was able to fast forward through parts or it and watch as much of it as I could stand.

So, what's wrong with this move? Well, the AMC host introducing explained that it was "Fox's answer to the Wizard of Oz." Ummm...NO!

Let's start with Shirly herself. She is quite obviously prepubescent in this film, but she still talks her wittle bitty baby voice with her lips pooched out. Guess what? This doesn't work well when you're 12. It was annoying and one reason I had a difficult time watching this. Shirley should've acted her age. You can see in the photo below how grownup she looks, so she should not be talking like small child.


The storyline itself was bad. I still don't quite know what was supposed to be happening. Shirley's character Mytyl was a bratty child, so a fairy came and sent her and her brother Tytyl on a search through the past, present and future to search for a bluebird of happiness. I still don't understand how this bird ties in with the story, but ok.

The two children, along with their dog and cat that became human, went to a variety of places. These were strange fantastic places, and I usually love that type of move. In this movie, they didn't really interest me or make sense. The part where they go into the past and visit their grandparents was just strange. And the grandparents only wake up when the kids come visit and then go right back to sleep. I know strange, right?!

In the end, it all turns out well for the family and Mytyl is not a brat anymore, so somehow searching for a bluebird that symbolizes happiness changed her attitude.

I just don't believe this is worth watching. I don't even think it's entertaining enough to hold a kid's interest. Anyway, watch at your own risk of being bored to death.




Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Where'd You Come Up With That?! Wednesdays "Gordon Bunker~ aka Gorilla Face"

I love writing in a variety of genres, so I experiment in many. I like to try and come up with funny little stories that I hope will bring a smile to readers' faces and Gordon Bunker ~aka Gorilla Face is one of them.

I love Writing.com and have been a part of the site for many years. I'm not as active as I once was on the site because of work, but I'd love to be. This site is where this silly little story got its start. I entered a contest on the site with a writing prompt that included certain words that had to be used in the story. Sadly, I don't remember exactly which words, but from that spark of inspiration, this story was born.

I do recall that the duct tape and the orange vest were most likely some of the contest's must-use items, so I thought about how I could do that. That's when I came up with the idea of a boy using these as protection against a bully. I had to come up with other ideas of course, like the platter to protect his crotch and a reason why the protagonist was targeted by a bully.  But it all came together into a fun piece of flash fiction.

You can the story here.

I hope you enjoy it.

Happy Reading!