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The Story of Our House

July 10, 2014

We’re building a house. It’s stressful – especially when it’s in a state halfway across the country. We have chosen a lot, made decisions about flooring, light fixtures, paint, doorknobs, etc., and have revised and tweaked our house plans many times. We’re downsizing, but you’d never know it from the cost of things. Two movies come to mind as my husband and I go through this rollercoaster experience – “The Money Pit,” starring Tom Hanks and Shelley Long and a classic old movie, “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House,” starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. We could be the main characters in either of these movies!

When I take a step back and look at our current lives, I see similarities between writing and building a house. A story and a house should have a solid structure. Standout characters and an interesting setting are a must. In the story of our house, we have standout characters (Us!) and a beautiful New England setting.

In a spellbinding story, the plot includes a problem that has roadblocks and conflicts which are overcome or resolved at the end. Building a new home has its share of problems and roadblocks. Start date postponed several times (Just dig the hole!), windows in the wrong places (Oops!), and cost overruns (Yikes!) are just a few of the things that can cause conflict and tension.

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A Hole Is To Dig

In a mesmerizing story, there’s a climax just before the problem is solved and the roadblocks are removed. If all of these elements are well done, readers are left begging for more.

My husband and I are nowhere near the climax or conclusion of our building story. Like a good book, we’d like things to move along at a good pace. Then we’d like to deviate from the other elements of a satisfying story. We don’t want any more roadblocks, tension, or conflicts I’d rather leave those for a good book!

Building a house or building a story involves creativity, hard work, attention to detail, and revising. Whatever you choose to do, give it your best and go for it!

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Saturday Night at the Movies

May 29, 2014

Saturday night is movie night in our house. This past weekend we watched “Gravity.” It was my husband’s choice. He likes adventure and drama. I like comedy and romance. We respect each other’s choices and are happy to share time together.

“Gravity” didn’t pull me in as I expected. The two main characters, played by Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, are fixing the Hubble Telescope when a cloud of space debris from a Russian satellite hits their space shuttle, sending Sandra Bullock’s character floating off into space and destroying the shuttle. A series of unfortunate events follows.

At the conclusion of the movie, I was happy Sandra Bullock’s character survived. Holy Moly! After almost being lost in space, having your fellow crew members die, being caught in a fire, jolted and bashed by space debris, and almost drowning, she should live to tell about it. This movie has many excellent qualities such as the background music and the visual effects, but I guess I didn’t appreciate it enough to be a big fan. The idea of being lost in space or confined to a small area gives me the heebie-jeebies. In the end, I had lots of unanswered questions. I felt like I was left floating in space like George Clooney’s character. Did anyone ever hear any of the Mayday distress calls? When the capsule reentered the earth’s atmosphere, did anyone see or detect it? When Sandra Bullock managed to reach the sandy beach, was it inhabited by humans, or was it an uninhabited island like in the movie “Castaway” with Tom Hanks? Will someone finally rescue Sandra Bullock’s character, or will she go from astronaut to castaway? That might make a great sequel!

Sometimes a good book trumps a good movie!


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