Posts tagged ‘love’

January 6th, 2011

In Which I Confess My Love for… You.

by Madeleine Rex

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
And, yes, I am totally kidding.

There are a few things that I haven’t addressed nearly enough on this blog. One of them is: You.

You, dear reader, are the buff that makes this blog shine. You are the sugar sprinkles (chunky ones are gross) that make it crunchy and give it that extra “oomph.” You are the homemade whipped cream that is way yummier than the dessert itself.

And I feel like I don’t acknowledge you.

Our relationship is often on rocky waters. I work long hours and don’t spend enough time with you. I don’t sit back and just laze about with you often enough, talking about pointless things such as the weather and the fact that Zac Efron is sooo 5th grade.

I want to shift the spotlight onto you. We’ve got Father’s Day, Mother’s Day – heck, we even have St. Patrick’s day, which no one pays attention to and which I only notice because it’s my dog’s birthday – but we don’t have a Wordbird Reader’s Day.

I’m not saying that the third Wednesday in April is officially yours, but I want to do something for you.

What shall it be?

What do you want? Memes? More interactive posts? Ask me questions! Ask me lots, and lots of questions. Do you want more posts on books or writing or totally random subjects (Yes, I can do that, too!)?

Whatever it is, I can deliver. I just need to know what’s on your mind. You can contact me via email, Twitter, comments, or telepathy.

I’m open to ideas.

Because, dearie, I love you.

July 18th, 2010

My 2D and Paper & Ink Families

by Madeleine Rex

Please don’t tease me for using Castle examples again. You’re wasting your time. You should be recording re-runs, becoming obsessed, renting season one, watching season two online, and waiting eagerly for season three (because that’s really making good use of your time).

I’m back! Wondering where I was? I had to link that “Castle” up there, wound up on their site, and became engrossed in the Ask Castle videos (there’s some good writing advice in there!). Back to the post…

People make me happier in life than almost anything else. They make living a joy, because loving them makes the entire world seem better. This applies mostly to real people, but characters have nearly the same affect on me. My 2D and paper & ink families add laughter, smiles, and occasionally tears to my life, making it glisten brighter. People, fictional or not, are an integral part of the human experience. We have the ability to love so strongly. It’s an astounding gift, because, when you get right down to it, love is what makes life worth living.

I’m using Castle and Alexis as examples because I frequently tell my dad that they were misplaced. In my ideal reality, they would have been my uncle and cousin. Watching them makes me ache for their friendship. I can’t stop thinking of all the way we’re similar (and, best of all, Castle’s a writer!). They would both fit so well in my family that I feel like they’re missing. Their father-daughter relationship reminds me of the one I have with my dad; the ways I relate to them are never-ending.

I’m a crier. Really. I cry from happiness, excitement, frustration, sadness, etcetera. Oftentimes, I cry when I read or watch a TV show. I become so invested in the characters, so in love with them (not in the romantic way), that watching them go through hard times or happy ones resonates incredibly with me.

As readers, we hone our skills as people-lovers. Have you ever realized that the more a character has at risk, or the more likable they are, the faster we read? The more torn we feel when we’re done? Happy that we experienced what we did while reading but simultaneously wishing we hadn’t read it at all because we miss it so much? Even when the plot isn’t quite thrilling, the characters can hold a story on their own. Reading helps us to appreciate the little things, hold back presumptions and wait to see what people are really like. From reading, we learn that people can change, we witness it happen. We give more people the benefit of the doubt. If we’re not doing these things, we need to. We don’t have an excuse because every book we read teaches us that value of people. Every person is valuable to the story, every person is valuable in our lives, whether to teach us a lesson, to help us strengthen our patience, or to give us more reason to love.

As writers, we have the opportunity to create friends. To add more people to the world. We’re giving readers the opportunity to love more. We’re teaching ourselves about the ins and outs of human nature and giving ourselves the opportunity to appreciate what people are, to appreciate their weaknesses, because we learn that even their weaknesses contribute to their character. Most importantly, we are creating people that will resonate with a reader, give them goosebumps, make them cry, make them laugh, make them love life a little bit more.

These 2D and paper & ink families are crucial. Imagine all the people out there. Tucked within book covers or scripts. People who might just be our meant-to-be cousins. Or our role models. Or mentors, crushes, our bosom friends.

Open a book, read. Turn on the television, watch. Open a Word document, write.

Create people. Meet people. Love them or hate them, but let them contribute something to your life.