After a long and stressful work week, my weekend got off to a great start! I went to my first slumber party (in aaaggeeesss!!! :D) A group of friends got to gather at another friend's house for a farewell sleep-over for a friend leaving to study abroad. We spent the night eating, dancing (off the food), movie watching and talking, talking, talking until the wee hours of the night. I was actually the first one to drop off to sleep! The next morning we had a big breakfast and skyped with the hostess's sister. I found out she co-authored a book at the age of 10 with published author, Robert Munsch, called "From Far Away." I was so amazed with her story of how and why the story book came about. She is also in the process of finding a publisher for her second manuscript. I was inspired to keep up my own love of writing and reaching out to realize my dreams. :)
Later that day, my family and I went to see Tangled. It was a great twist of a favorite fairy tale. :) As I watched the movie, I began to notice the secondary characters in the story. I loved the chameleon, Rapunzel's little sidekick. After the movie was finish, my sister and I got to talking about our favorite sidekicks of all the movies we loved; Aladdin and Abu, Mulan and Mushu (and cricket), Shrek and donkey, and now Rapunzel and Pascal. I love the dynamic relationship between of the hero/heroine and their sidekick. Even though the sidekicks role in the story was usually not center staged, their role and relationship was extremely important. I was inspired by the character, Pascal, to go back and look at my book characters, especially the sidekicks and secondary characters. Not so much to give them a bigger role in the story but to strengthen their relationship with the main character and the story.
During the short few hours between my morning breakfast with friends and Tangled fun, I got online to check mail and blog hop. I read Karen's Operation 50/50 success. I was inspired. I decided it was time to get back into the habit of writing. Five hundred words a day. Whether towards a story or simply blogging, I would write five hundred words a day.