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Top 4 “Once Upon A Time” Episodes

[fusion_text]ouat-cover-01I’ve been watching Once Upon a Time for a really long time now.

To be honest, I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.

It was one of the very few relatively okay things to watch back in 2013, and we’ve kinda been following it around for the past few years.

I’ve watched as the show took turns for the worst, seen it recover for a while, only to fall into what-on-earth-did-I-just-watch horrible.

(I’m wasting a lot of time right now looking for a clip of Cruella slinking away in the Underworld diner – because that wasn’t horrible, THAT was awesome. )

But for all that I don’t like about where OUAT has gone, either now or in the past, there are a few episodes from each season that will always stand out to me.

Read on for my top 4 Once Upon a Time episodes:

(Oh, and I found the Cruella clip. You’re welcome. )

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3 Characters I’d Like to Meet

[fusion_text]I love stories, but it’s the characters that make them so great.

There are so many characters that I love, for whole host of reasons.

But there are a few characters that, while not my favorite, really stick out to me.

And if they were real, I’d totally want to meet them – even if one of them would probably try to kill me.

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LOST in the Mystery Box

myster-box-lost-01My family has been re-watching LOST, and it’s got me thinking about something called the “Mystery Box”.

In 2007, JJ Abrams gave a TED Talk about the role of mystery in stories.

He called it the Mystery Box, and it represents the questions that are raised to keep us interested in the story.

In summary, it’s showing something mysterious and revealing the truth over time – or never.

You can watch the talk here to better understand it. (Note: has a little bit of cursing on par with LOST)

Even a casual viewing of LOST provides evidence of the mystery box. There’s so much about LOST that’s withheld from you until the last possible moment.

Do you remember the whole mystery surrounding Henry Gale and what it meant to be an Other?  Talk about mystery box. Or what about the whole mystery of the Island in general?

But are mysteries – the answered and unanswered ones – good or bad?

We’ll explore that question by looking at stories such as LOST, Star Wars, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Falling Up’s discography, and Inception.

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Write More, Write Better

Fact: The more you write, the better you become.

It doesn’t matter what kind of writing you do.

The more time you spend stringing words together, you’ll start noticing things you never noticed before.

Every time I put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard), I’m gaining experience that’s shaping me into the writer I’m becoming.

Maybe I’m learning consistency or disciple. Maybe I’m learning how to be concise.

Either way, the more time I spend on it, the more I improve.

That is the heart of “Write More, Write Better”. It’s being consistent, showing up, and giving your writing a chance to flourish.

You may not be the greatest writer in the world, but the more you write, the better writer you’ll become.

Church Skits: Analyzed

[fusion_text]If you’ve been around church long enough, you’ve seen (and possibly been part of) a church skit.

You know the kind. The group gets a verse or topic, and they make a skit about it.

And if that group is comprised of teenagers, it’s almost guaranteed that they’ll get very cliche with the characters’ struggles (aka: drinking, cutting, or getting pregnant – all real struggles, all used in nearly every church skit you see about people backsliding).

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