One of my RPG groups is currently struggling to solve several time loops and their various disasters. I love time loops (see my thoughts on Palm Springs). But at the end of our last run some of my players asked: “Are we actually getting anywhere? Because I don’t want to keep doing this if we’re not making any progress.” And that showed me that I needed to open up a little more, because, well…
Yet another post inspired by Chuck Wendig’s weekly challenges. I took the “three-sentence challenge” and decided to push it a little bit; I have used five sentences from those provided, and included a modified version of a sixth. I’ll include a list of the sentences I used at the end of the post. Until then, enjoy!
This week’s (second) flash fiction is brought to you courtesy of Chuck Wendig’s challenge on terribleminds. I rolled randomly and got “An accident occurs which may be no accident.” My first attempt started going somewhere but ultimately bored me. My second attempt was, I think, much better. Also potentially disturbing.
This book came highly recommended, and it seems only appropriate to pass on the favor to you. It’s not a long read, nor is it a difficult one, and I can’t say that the ending came as much of a surprise to me… but I simply loved reading it. It felt both extremely real and wonderfully thought out; it contained a loving homage to another children’s novel which I adore, and yet was clearly its own story, laid out as a puzzle with all of the pieces lying there right before your eyes, waiting for you to put them together.
You know, usually I’m able to talk about a story without giving away any spoilers that I think will unduly influence your understanding of the book. Or else I’m able to sequester all of the relevant spoilers in a place just for those who’ve already read it or are willing to spoil themselves. But this time I think I have to leave it be. I’ll even say that you shouldn’t bother reading the dust jacket’s inner flaps. Just pick up the book. I doubt you’ll take more than two days to read it, and you could probably go through it in an afternoon if you had the time. There’s something too good to spoil about following the narrator’s journey as she slowly tells us how it is that she pieced together the puzzle, and I’m impressed with the narrator’s consistency as she reflects back on the events she describes in the book. It’s a skillfully told story, and I hope that you’ll take my word for it and pick it up. Find it here at Rebecca Stead‘s website, or find it at your local library!
Have you seen this movie? No? You may wish to reconsider your life choices. At least insofar as they involve watching or not watching Safety Not Guaranteed.
How would you react to someone who told you that they could and had built a time machine? What if they told you that they had used one once before?
That’s what this movie is all about. It tells the story of a young woman working as an intern at a Seattle magazine; it follows her travails as she tries to learn just how crazy the person who posted the above classified ad actually is. And somehow, in the course of a wandering storyline that nearly lost me at a few points, Safety Not Guaranteed absolutely stole my heart. It’s been about a year since I watched it, and the movie still sticks with me as an excellent example of how you can make a great movie with a fairly low budget and a healthy dose of creativity.