The Reverse Bucket List

The end of this month, May 2015, marks my ten year anniversary of graduating high school! Ten years. That’s a long time and yet it still feels like just yesterday. How did I get so old? Where exactly did all that time go? This post isn’t about high school because, oh god, how much do I not want to relive high school? A lot. Instead, this post is about the last ten years of my life and what I have accomplished. A reverse bucket list, if you will.

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The Nostalgia Generation

The other day, I saw a quote about my generation (Gen Y, aka Millenials) being the Nostalgia Generation. For years now, I’ve seen article after article about how lazy Millenials are, how they expect things on a silver platter, how they’re obsessed with the 90s (that last one isn’t an exaggeration, I’ll give you that). Everyone older seems to view Millenials as ruining the “good old days” they grew up with. The quote on the Nostalgia Generation was referring to the fact that we romanticize our childhoods to a point that most generations have not, and why is that?

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I’m more of a novel writer where continuity is an easier, at least I feel, thing to achieve because it’s not a long-term thing like in TV shows where they write episodes one at a time. Either way, continuity is an important part of any media. It’s what ties everything together and lets a reader, or watcher, keep track of details. Once continuity is lost within a piece, it becomes confusing and the audience can sometimes be distracted, or even annoyed and angry, by the lack of it.

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5 Ways to Get Back on Task

I don’t know if you noticed, but I definitely missed my first post of the month on here. I don’t really have any excuse except plain forgetfulness. Work has been so busy that the 10th came and went and I didn’t even notice. I spent my weekends editing and learning new skills! Yeah, I finally taught myself gif-making and the basics of Adobe Illustrator. It’s one of those things that have been on my list forever that I never quite got around to. Of course, all of this new learning was simply a method of procrastination.

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On Re-watching

There are a lot of people in the world who watch (and read) something once and then move on. To me, that’s never really been an option when it comes to the greats. The great books, movies, and more recently, web series. While I do try to read new books, you can’t ever really tear me away from my favorites. I’ve read the Harry Potter series over and over. I’ve watched Love Actually at least twenty times since it came out. I have every word to The Emperor’s New Groove memorized. And you can’t tell me it’s not a good idea.

There’s a reason we come back to the same books and movies and media over and over again. Something within it resonates. I recently re-watched all of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries (a 2012 web series based on Pride and Prejudice, which happens to be one of my most favorite books). I also own two separate adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (the BBC 1995 series and the 2005 version with Keira Knightley). I love them all in their own ways. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (LBD) is a modern retelling using vlogs and other social media to tie it together (tumblr, twitter, etc). Because of the nature of media these days, the modernness of it works wonderfully, and the writers even did an amazing job bringing depth to characters forgotten in the original work (they made me love Lydia. I never thought that was possible). Pride and Prejudice is a book that has stood the test of time because, although it’s meant for 1800s Britain, the storyline and the characters can be related to by everyone at any time.

It’s easy to come back to something you love, and it’s easy to figure out why. When you’re writing, it’s important to remember those things. You want your story to resonate with readers in the same way, to stand the test of time, if you will. For now, I’ll leave you with the Lizzie Bennet Diaries – don’t worry, there are only 100 episodes ;) plus Lydia’s 30.