When You Lose Your Ability to Fly

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“But we each need to find our own inspiration, Kiki. Sometimes it’s not easy.” – Ursula, from Kiki’s Delivery Service.

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It happens to all of us Creative Souls at one time or another. The passion we have for doing what we love seems to fade, or become disjointed, or disappear altogether. We lose our ability to step into that ‘zone’ of inspiration and use its flow of energy to fuel our talents. Nothing we do seems to come out right. The things which once emanated so easily are choking to a halt, or crumbling out in obscure fractures. It’s almost as if our natural talents have simply up and abandoned us, leaving behind an emptiness we desperately need filled.

Sometimes our efforts to restore this sudden, awful loss of inner-ability come to futility. We end up trying to force something out, or copy a design from someone else which…

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Blog Update-8/22/18

Hello my fellow readers! It’s Josella here. I’m sorry for the lack of content on my blog this summer. Life has a habit of being an interruption to my writing progress. I’ll try my best to finish and upload my review of Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms if possible. Since I’ll be returning to school next week on August 27th, the blog will be on hiatus until winter break in December! Thank you for your support and feedback!

Look out for my future articles and keep following Personal Musings!


My Top 11 Favorite Modern Novels

I enjoyed reading the Kite Runner in high school, I even found a graphic novel version of it. A Wrinkle in Time inspired me to become a writer at age 12. You should definitely check out Confessions of a Shopaholic also by Sophie Kinsella. I’ve heard of Watership Down however the movie scares me. I’ve read a little of Ready Player One, I got a bored with the plot so I just looked for pop culture references I recognized in the book.

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In my last post I shared with you 11 of my favorite classic novels. This was a list made up of novels published 1960 and before and was in honor of the Great American Read program I saw on PBS. It seemed only natural to then give you my favorite modern novels and then non-fiction, memoirs etc. On one hand this list was much easier to put together and another it was harder. I don’t read a lot of modern novels and I find even fewer that I love so it was easy to narrow it down but even coming up with 11 was difficult! But these are 11 pretty good books that I really enjoyed and I hope you will enjoy them as well.

I am going to give an honorable mention to A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman which I loved!

kite runner11. The Kite Runner by Khaled…

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My Top 11 Favorite Classic Novels

My favorites are: Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, Pride and Prejudice, & Jane Eyre

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When people see how much I love movies they sometimes assume that I don’t also like to read. This is probably because in my experience many men choose movies over reading but I think both are essential to be a full complete person. I love movies but there is something about the experience of living in stories that only books can give you. Movies give you a 2 hour story but a book can delight you for weeks depending on its size.

Recently I enjoyed watching the kickoff program for The Great American Read. This is a 2 hour show on PBS that has compiled a list of the 100 best books of all time. Some are questionable such as 50 Shades of Grey and an embarrassing number I haven’t read but watching the show inspired me to do more reading and to tell you my lovely readers about…

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Pixar 42: Incredibles 2

The movie people have been waiting for is finally here!

Reviewing All 56 Disney Animated Films And More!

For years whenever a superhero movie sequel came out I wondered to myself ‘will they ever make The Incredibles 2?” The 2004 film is not only one of my favorite animated films but is my favorite superhero movie along with Wonder Woman. It so brilliantly weaves together traditional superhero themes with a message of the mundane nature of modern work and the toxicity of pretending to be something you are not. Now in this sequel Brad Bird and his team have managed to combine classic superhero fun with a reminder that when “done properly, parenting is a heroic act.”

Incredibles 2 starts off where the first movie leaves us. Unfortunately, the people have not immediately welcomed back Supers like you might expect. They see carnage and suffering left by Syndrome and look for someone to blame in the Supers. This leaves the Parr family in a tricky dynamic of…

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Character Study of Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy in ‘Pride and Prejudice’

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Elizabeth Bennet

Elizabeth is the central character in Pride and Prejudice – indeed it could be said that Elizabeth is Pride and Prejudice.  She is the main focus of our interest, she is the novel’s heroine, even though she makes mistakes and is not particularly heroic.  Her personality, her attitudes and her development throughout the novel bring together the story and all the other characters.  The novel is concerned with pride and with prejudice and she and Darcy are the main players.  She is Mr Bennet’s favourite daughter and her ‘quickness of mind’ is made evident in her witty and teasing conversations, where she often adopts striking and independent views.  (See Chapters 8,9, and 11, when she is looking after Jane at Netherfield, in her conversations with Bingley, his sisters and Darcy).

She likes to laugh at people, including herself.  She shares her capacity for irony with her…

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Violet Evergarden Full Review

I know that I already wrote a review for Violet Evergarden but that was the bare bones spoiler- free version. For the long analytical version, check out this link!  http://www.overlyanimated.com/2018/06/10/violet-evergarden-gives-you-an-excuse-to-cry/

Violet Evergarden is a show meant to be experienced by all. I wouldn’t want to spoil the story for you by giving it all away in the review.