Perspective




life has been so busy lately. i’ve been going, and going, and going... and then suddenly, i realize, i haven’t been on here in over a month. and you know? maybe that’s not as bad as i’ve been feeling it is. sitting down here, again writing words, i suddenly realize that maybe there’s something rather special about only posting on here sometimes, instead of flooding it with words. i remember when i used to post every day. i’d rack my brain for things to write. most of the time, it probably wasn’t that interesting, even to me, and i was writing it. it was because i lacked inspiration - lacked anything to write about at all. i was writing simply for the sake of writing, instead of having something to say. i’m not saying randomness is a bad thing - i love randomness. i’m random all the time. i’ll randomly belt out “do you want to build a snowman?” from the disney movie frozen while walking to the fridge. but in our randomness, we still usually have something to say. “this is what’s been happening in my life.” “oh yeah... this crazy thing happened to me the other day.” “i realize this is a bunny trail, but... i have this really hilarious story that i just have to tell you.” and now, as i sit here? i realize i have something to say, too.

sometimes, i’ll glance at something and, instead of seeing it in the old light that i always saw it in, i feel like there’s this new life to it. i finally slow down, and i see it for what others might see it as. as what it really looks like. sometimes things get so familiar - flowers, grass, trees, stars, that coffee cup on the counter - that they start becoming just a blur of things that are ordinary. but really, when you think about, everything is so extraordinary! i think that’s one of the reasons that i love photography. it puts things into perspective. for just that moment, as you’re focusing your lens on something, that’s all that’s there. everything else is blurred into the background. and suddenly you see the beauty, right there in front of you.

i’ve been noticing the stars lately. they are gorgeous. i want to try - somehow, some way - to capture them on camera. like they actually look, though. if i ever do, i hope to share the results with all of you. i love standing in the dark of the night, staring up, and seeing millions upon millions of twinkling lights smiling down at me. God created an amazing then when He created the stars.

i’ve lately been working on a story idea that i came up with late last year. it’s from the point of view of three different people, and it starts out coming from the point of view of a girl named Ravenna. i had figured out the main plot, decided on the personalities of my favorite characters, and, even, made some maps of the fictional place that i was creating. but then it came down to writing the story. i had started writing it, got bored, moved on to other stories. i would come back once in a while, read it, get bored again, and move along. and that’s when i decided, “i’ve got to change this.” so i started a new manuscript from scratch. everything that i’d plotted out before was the same, but i wanted to change what i’d done with the details. i tried, didn’t like it. i tried, didn’t like it. i don’t know how many versions of this girl’s point of view - Ravenna - that i went through. usually when i write stories, i don’t have rough drafts and then final drafts - i just write, and the story usually comes out. (i just write for fun, though.) but with Ravenna? everything was different. i kept on trying to get it right, and it just... wasn’t. i was realizing that i was getting Ravenna all wrong. she wasn’t supposed to be like i kept on painting her to be.  i kept on getting her perspective on things wrong. and so i had to really stop and think about how her perspective was on things. she felt and acted in different ways, which was why it was so confusing. everyone expected her to be one way, so that’s how she was - but now she really was on the inside. Ravenna is an interesting character and, finally, i think i managed to paint her as well as she could be. i finished her first part, and then i started on the second character’s part. the funny thing? i finished his in a single day. the third character? i’m working on it, but, after my first draft, i think i’m going to tweak it just a little. but, thankfully, i think i’ve got his perspective down pretty well.

it’s kind of interesting - when you write stories, it’s kind of like you’re asking the question, “what was life like from their perspective?” you try to come up with a conflict or something that’s going on, and then you insert a character and try to relay what’s going on. but it’s their perspective. i think that’s part of the challenge - making sure you relay their perspective right.

i’m so excited that we’re into fall - it’s my favorite season of the year. i hope you all enjoy your pumpkin pie and your plaid scarves and have a truly wonderful day. God bless each and every one of you!

be a hero,
anna

15 comments:

  1. Aw, I love your posts! And I completely agree with the whole not posting much, but loving it even more simply because it's rare. Last summer, I posted nearly every single day, but now I post about once a month. But that's not a bad thing, my sudden posts bring me joy and I love thinking about the things I could post, even though I don't :)

    Yeah, the stars are so wonderful, and I see them so rarely, I'm so busy looking down (mostly at homework, haha!). Is that your photo in the background? I like it, it fits well with your blog.

    So glad to hear from you! And can't wait to learn more about your stories!
    Love,
    Christina

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    1. I totally agree! :) I keep on thinking, "Hmm, I could post about this... and this..." ;)

      lol :) Yeah, I took the photo that's my background! :) Thanks! :)

      Thanks, Christina! :) Hope you have a great day! :)

      God bless,
      ~Anna :)

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  2. You have a pretty blog :)

    Sammie
    sammiethestargirl.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww, thanks, Sammie! :) Glad you stopped by! :)

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  3. So I guess I should ask you this now hmm okay,
    So I was thinking since you're really busy and stuff and probably won't be able to work on that story we were hoing to rewrite...I was wondering if maybe I could have full rights to it...I don't think it'll end up anything like that original version of it, and other than Caleb and Pernisia's names, the otherworld doors; it should be totally different.
    I just thought I should ask because it was OURS and not just mine.

    I really want to write it so bad but if you can never do your part that dream'll end indefinately. All I need is your okay and I'll be writing like crazy.

    So please let me know soon, many thanks.
    Sarah

    P.S. I can see what you mean by the sweetness of a post once every so often and only when you have a sure fire inspiration and I support you and'll keep reading whatever you write.

    Keep on blogging
    Your Friend
    Sarah

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    1. Hey, Sarah! :)

      I'm so sorry!! I was going to contact you when I got on, but then I saw that you had already contacted me. I'm crazy busy right now, and I don't think it's really fair for anyone if I can only get my part done once in a lifetime. I would rather not, though, have you take the story. I hope you understand. Maybe some day I'll have more time and we can write on it together again. :) I'm really sorry.

      I hope you don't want to not be friends anymore or something. You are a really sweet person and an amazing writer and I'm really blessed by you. :)

      Have a great day! :)

      ~Anna :)

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    2. Of course I still want to be friends :)
      Yeah hopefully we will be able to start it up again; if we can't for a long time maybe we can actually meet one day for coffee or something when we're older and get serious about it, maybe even publish it :D that'd be awesome right!

      Anyways great to hear from you, I always look forward to your posts.

      Your Friend
      Sarah


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  4. Hi, Anna! So good to have you back!! :]

    LOVE this post. My family and I always take the time to look at the lovely clouds during the day, and then the stars... Oh, yes. You took the words right out of my mouth! So amazing. And just knowing that God, who can name every single flash of light, loves you and me--well, it blows me away.

    Ravenna sounds wonderful! I love her name! And I can definitely relate to when a character/scene/plot just isn't working. It's frustrating, for sure, but the only thing to do is to press on. Keep writing, girl!

    Blessings,
    Sarah

    P.S. I'm hosting a giveaway come Monday, Oct. 27th!!! Stop by sometime for a chance to win one of three awesome prizes! :D

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    1. Thanks, Sarah!! :)

      Totally! :)

      Thanks, Sarah! :)

      Have a great day! :)

      God bless,
      ~Anna :)

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  5. First off- LOVE your pictures and your new design!

    Second- I know right, sometimes you have so many post ideas, and then....none. It makes me feel brain-dead and that I need to post something, but you post helps. :)

    Yes, with the perspective thing, I feel ya. I have been starting to see everyone else not as everyone else sees them, but you they really are, and their true beauty. Pinterest has taught me (in a good way) to see ordinary, random things like coffee cups, seem so different and amazing, and the world like i don't even know anymore, it's hard to explain, but...*me in awe at world*...

    Stars- ohmygoodness so pretty, and yes, with any normal camera or phone, the pictures turn out sucky. :( ---Let us pause for a sad photographer moment---

    I have been working on my own story idea and right now i'm pretty much going into it blindly, I only figured out the first part, and there's this big secret that I don't even know what it is, so I guess I will have the characters tell me. :) Good luck on your story, I can't wait to hear more about it, or read some! *hint hint*

    OH how I love fall...so amazingly beautiful and the smell and the things to do, the places to go, the food, the drinks, the OUTFITS!!!!! *dies* I am so glad God created such beautiful seasons. <3

    Um, is it normal for your sidebar to be shaking really fast, it is creeping me out...okay now it isn't, but that was weird...

    Anywhoo, sorry for the long comment, but I hope to hear from you soon!
    Adios! Claire

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    1. Thanks, Claire!! :)

      haha yeah, Pinterest has a good way of doing that. ;) I think that's partly where my perspective came from. And blogs. You guys are awesome. ;)

      Well, hopefully if I finish the story I'll be able to post it. ;) (better yet - maybe I'll post it in chapters to keep the suspense going ;))

      I agree!! :)

      Oops, sorry! Don't know what's that's about! :/

      Have a great day! :) God bless! :)
      ~Anna

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  7. This is so beautiful and so true! Love this blog :) xx

    arushee | unadorned gifts

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    1. Aww, thanks so much! :) Thanks for visiting! :)

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