Epilogue

 

ep·i·logueˈepəˌlôɡ,ˈepəˌläɡ/nouna section or speech at the end of a book or play that serves as a comment on or a conclusion to what has happened.
ep·i·logue  /’epəˌlôɡ,ˈepəˌläɡ/ – noun : a section or speech at the end of a book or play that serves as a comment on or a conclusion to what has happened.

What do you think of epilogues? Are they overkill or handy summations?

For me, it depends. I like a well-paced story. I get frustrated when the pace jumps abruptly to the end and everything wraps up quickly and thoroughly. It is synonymous to having a great outing with someone who has just realized they are late for a meeting, stuffs all belongings into a bag and kiss-kiss “Toodaloo, ’til next time!”

However, I also don’t like a story that should have ended shortly after the resolution of the main conflict and then just keeps going and going. It’s like continuing a sports game after the clock has run out and it’s clear that one team has scored more points than the other. “Get off the field already, let’s go celebrate or something.”

Most stories have a definitive ending even if there might be lingering questions in a reader’s mind. In those cases, an epilogue is favorable. Much like those movies based off a true story then puts up quick details about what happened to each character over time after the big event.

An epilogue can offer that quick source of information to settle lingering thoughts.

 

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Details

details

Storytelling is in the details. Most stories when broken down can sound just like any other story. “Girl meets boy. Events happen. They fall in love. They live happily ever after.” “Life is good. Bad event happens. Battle ensues. Someone prevails.” “Life is ordinary. Something is discovered. Events take place. New inspiration is found.”

Details breathe life into a story. Building characters and the world they live in is a painstaking process. Authors detail every aspect of what makes that character do what they do, react the way the do, think and feel they way they do. Those details don’t always get written into stories but they exist on scraps of paper, old files, mental images, etc. And when a writer has done their job well, the character they build becomes as real to the reader.

 

Commitment

Commitment to a goal is a key part of fiction. The main character will stop at nothing to reach that goal which might be clear from the beginning or unfold over time. It might multiply or narrow down, and seem unattainable at times. The protagonist may even lose sight of it, but her/his commitment to reaching it will fuel the story especially as problems arise and challenge the desired outcome.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one story in particular that comes to mind when I think of an intense and undying commitment to a goal.

 

Beauty

How significant is beauty when considering a protagonists attributes?

At this moment I can’t think of a novel that the protagonist didn’t possess some form of beauty.

Katniss is a kick-butt competitor who doesn’t need outer physical beauty to achieve her goals. Yet I’m pretty sure there was no doubt even before Jennifer Lawrence’s portrayal that she was physically attractive..

Harry Potter was initially geeky, skinny and wild haired. There is reference to his awkwardness but as I remember he was never described as hideous. He certainly has an inner beauty (handsomeness) that makes him a desirable friend and a protagonist readers want to see prevail.

Many protagonists have visions of themselves as less than they are, but most of the time a secondary character will point out that she/he has no idea the beauty they possess.

Gone Girl is a great example of outer beauty vs an ugly heart. **Stop reading here if you haven’t read the book and plan to.** I don’t believe this story could have ever been pulled off if she hadn’t had outer beauty to manipulate the situation.

Can you think of a story that strips the protagonist of all beautiful attributes?

 

Garden

Easter flowers (2)

I’ve been enjoying my Easter flowers today and thinking about garden to life comparisons.

“Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.” — proverb

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” — Lady Bird Johnson

“Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds.” — unknown

“We can complain because rose bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.” — Abraham Lincoln

“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” — proverb

“Every flower must grow through dirt.” — unknown

“May my words, like vegetables be tender and sweet. For tomorrow I may have to eat them.” — unknown

Drama and Diarrhea: One and the same?

 Can be explosive
No one really wants to be around it
Can be caused by ingesting toxicity
Causes bloating
Many people have experience with it
For some people it’s chronic
Can be a sign of serious illness
Unpleasant
No one wants to be part of someone else’s
Can be contagious
Uncomfortable
Urgency to react
Can cause a quick exit

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Drama or Diarrhea:

Avoid ___________.

If you bring ___________ to the pool, expect everyone to jump out.

Dreams and ___________ don’t mix well.

_________ limits freedom.

Flush the __________.

___________ stinks.

Don’t be a __________ queen.

~~ Deidre

Candy Crush Saga

I almost made it out of 2013 without succumbing to … (dare I say it)… Candy Crush.

THAT game that everyone was playing. Oh, it definitely looked like fun. Seemed like no one could put it down. Exactly! — Oh, no time for that.

           ¸.•*¨)
(¸.•´  ¤ Sweet •*¨`* ☆

And just days shy of a brand spanking new year basking in family fun and the leisure days of being on holiday I joined the forces of fellow Crushers and stepped into Candy Town. I was clearing jellies, looking for sets of four and planning sets of five. I was lured into Minty Meadow, across Bubble Gum Bridge and into Salty Canyon.

           .•*¨`*• ✫ Tasty
`*.¸.*

Before I knew it I was giving friends lives and gifts. Sending tickets for the plane ride out of Chocolate Mountains. And excitedly receiving the same. What fun!

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Delicious ¸.•´ ¸.•*´¨) ¤

My interest would spike when I reached a level instructing me to bring the ingredients down —  my favorites. 😀

¸.*¯`¤ Sugar Crush ¸.•*¨⋎✫
               *.¸.*

I eagerly joined the craze. I was using my five lives to the fullest and patiently waiting to get more. Having to wait made it so that I simply could not infringe on the important tasks of the day. A little crush with breakfast, bursts sprinkled throughout the day (especially if you find yourself waiting for anything) and mega crush while decompressing in front of the TV at night. And, whoa! The sleeping owl opens a whole new gameboard? Yippee! The word was that there was no end, no saving the princess, new levels were being made daily. This could go on forever…yay!

For me, forever lasted about three months. After fighting off multiplying chocolate and blowing up candy bombs. My digital sweet tooth subsided. The flavor for virtual savor coasted from Halloween night (I can consume massive amounts of sugar) to Thanksgiving night (No, please not another bite). The longing to crush dissolved.

I pop in once in awhile to answer requests. I played last night, for the sake of research. 😉 And it was fun for a while. It’s funny, that something can be so alluring and then one day you’re just over it. And for that reason, I had to dedicate a post to the colorful Candy Crush Saga. I’m glad we met, it was fun while it lasted. It’s not you, it’s me. I’ll stop in and visit.

candy crush

Reflections:

I liked the challenge of being stuck on a level.

The jellybeans look like Hot Tamales, the orange lozenges look like jellybeans, the purple cluster reminds me of the hard Christmas candies with sticky jelly filling, and the color bomb looks like a Whopper rolled in sprinkles.

I can’t keep from calling it Candyland and always stand corrected.

When I hear the Candyman’s cheesy voice say, “Sweet” I always think of Def Leppard’s song “Pour Some Sugar On Me”

btw — What’s with the daily spin? Why have that dang “jackpot” on there if they are never going to give it to you?

~~ Deidre