A Writer's Journey

June 18, 2018

2018: Chapter 5

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It’s June already? Wow, that came fast. As this month begins, let’s look back at the last month—or chapter—of my life!

May started with me doing some last minute packing for Paris. I got all the important things done at work and left it in a good place for my boss to handle while I was to be away. And then it was onto vacation!

I’ll cover everything that happened to me in Paris in a series of blog posts I am currently writing. So stay tuned for those!



May 18, 2018

Once Upon a Time: A Tribute

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As I noted in my Chapter II post, it was announced back in February that Once Upon a Time would be ending with Season 7.

Today is the series finale. It’s officially ending. I don’t know if it’s going to really hit me right away or if it’s still going to be delayed, perhaps until July when there are no new set pictures and there is no Comic Con panel. Or September when there’s no premiere to look forward to. I don’t know but I know it will come.

Of course, I’ll probably cry at random times during the weekend. I did so when they killed Robin and I cried the day after the Season 6 finale because that was its own goodbye to the series as well. All of that tells me that it’s going to be another May of tears over Once Upon a Time and it’ll be even more bittersweet that it’ll be the last one.

So since today is the series finale, I want to pay tribute to this show. Because it changed my life in so many ways and I need to say goodbye to it properly.

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May 7, 2018

2018: Chapter 4

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So, I’m in Paris right now. But this is definitely an easy post to get up and out while I’m overseas finally living out teenage me’s dream.

It’s time to review how April went. And it went by fast.

April started with my 32nd birthday, which was also Easter. It was a great day and thankfully the weather was really nice—there is nothing worse than a cold Easter! My cousin came over to celebrate with us and later some friends came over for cake. I finished the night with the live production of Jesus Christ Superstar and considered it a successful birthday.

The next day, I read about the dysfunction at Channel Awesome and the maltreatment of the producers there. I wrote about it in this blog post.

That week was the last week of filming for Once Upon a Time. All eyes were on Vancouver as people tried to figure out who else would be filming, what exactly were they filming and how would the cast handle the last day? We all sent messages to them—especially Lana Parrilla (Regina)—on their last day and got teary as they posted a goodbye from the set. Other cast members, including Sean Maguire (Robin Hood), sent them supportive messages as well.

Around that time, some fandom fuckery was afoot. I know I usually try not to curse on this blog but that’s the only way I can describe it. I won’t go into too many details but it seems a small subset of fans in a particular ship were upset that one of the actresses didn’t acknowledge their win in a poll but commented on how well another ship her character was part of was doing in another poll. So they started a concerted effort to make sure that other ship—my ship—didn’t win. And it was a really obvious effort that all other ships knew we weren’t being paranoid. The site running the poll was contacted and obviously realized something was up. After looking into it, they removed the votes cast by bots and our ship went back to first place.

I believe we won that poll.

There was some other good news for Outlaw Queen fans…or goodish news. Lana gave an interview to TV Guide ahead of the episode she directed and they published some things she said about the Outlaw Queen scene in a separate article before publishing the interview regarding her directorial debut. Lana said that it’s everything we could hope for and that it’s a testament to their relationship.

We’re really all still trying not to get our hopes up too much.

Lana’s episode aired and was amazing. She deserved all the praise she got for it and I’m just sorry that the president chose to announce we were bombing Syria before it was over.

The following week was a busy one for me at work. My manager and I arranged for a trainer to come out from YUSA in Chicago to deliver a training on diversity and inclusion. So we were busy with all the last minute details as I still had to give a New Hire Orientation on Wednesday. The next day, we were in constant communication with trainer as rain in our area kept delaying his flight to New Jersey. He finally made it and I picked him up for a brief meeting with some staff members ahead of Friday’s training. I was then part of the small group that got to have dinner with him. Friday was an early day as I got to the branch to help set up for training. It went well and when I got home, I took what I think was a well deserved nap.

That weekend was OUAT Chicago, which featured Sean Maguire in place of Colin O’Donoghue. He threw some shade at the writers but caused a storm on Twitter when some comments he made were taken out of context by some. They crossed the line when they started to tweet vile things at his wife and he rightly called them out. Lana made a comment the next day that seemed to indicate she knew exactly what had happened and continued to be very supportive and friendly with Sean. He continued to raise the hopes we were starting to have after Lana’s article by saying he felt the Outlaw Queen scene would give fans closure, saying it was his favorite to film with Lana and that it was very easy to slip back into their groove as Outlaw Queen.

This scene better be everything they promise or we’ll all be heartbroken yet again.

Once OUAT Chicago ended, Paris started to get real to me. I got emails about my flight and my hotel. People were talking about it and I asked my dad to take down a suitcase for me so I could start packing.

My dad then went to Ireland with my aunt and uncle while my mother and I went to a charity spaghetti dinner. I won a few raffle baskets and had a good time before coming home to watch Once Upon a Time. There’s only a few weeks left and then it will be over for good.

The weekend was spent getting ready for Paris, though my cousin came out to celebrate my aunt’s birthday.

So that was Chapter 4 of my year. Pretty eventful if I do so say so, but I doubt it’ll top Chapter 5.

April 30, 2018

Paris: It’s Here!

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I leave for Paris this week—in only about three days! I’m writing this in advance because I’m probably going to be running around with last minute packing, last minute shopping and getting everything ready at work for me to be gone for over a week.

I have tried to write some posts ahead of time so that I don’t miss too much time. I also promise to write up a full account of my time in Paris, even if I have to turn it into a mini-series like I did when I documented my time in Kansas City for the YMCA’s General Assembly.

If you want to follow along with my trip, feel free to follow me on Instagram (@musicalangel12) or Snapchat (@musicalangel12). You can also follow me on Twitter (@AEBrim), though I don’t know how much I’ll be tweeting.

So I’ll see everyone when I get back!

Au revoir!

April 16, 2018

My Reading Challenge: Time for an Update!

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So, we’re at April. One quarter of the year is over—I know, right? Anyway, I figured I would check in to share how this year’s reading challenge is going!

It’s going well. I already have five books read! And I’m getting closer and closer to finally finishing The Night Circus. I really feel like I’ll do that this year.

Stay tuned for thoughts on the book.

The last book I finished was “A Tangled Mercy” by Joy Jordan-Lake, which was a Once Upon a Book Club selection. It told two stories concurrently—the story of Kate, who returned to Charleston, SC, following the death of her mother to find answers and the story of Tom Russell, a slave pulled into a rebellion plot in 1822 Charleston.

I’m down to four books I’m currently reading and I think it will come down to either The Night Circus or The Tory Widow—both on my Kindle—as the next I finish. I am making good progress in The Cottingley Secret and The Taster, both Once Upon a Book Club selections.

I am going to Paris in a few weeks, so perhaps I’ll get some reading down on the plane and will put myself even further ahead. I have plenty of books to catch up on for Once Upon a Book Club.

How about you? Are you doing a reading challenge? If so, how’s it going? Sound off below!

April 9, 2018

Hello, April!

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(Okay, yes, April started last week but I did my March wrap up then. So just go with it).

It’s April. It’s Spring.

And it snowed on Day 2.

Early April snow isn’t unheard of. My parents have often spoken about how it snowed on my birthday once when I was really little (and I’m an April Fool’s baby). They say once we reach April 15th, it’s generally considered safe that we won’t have any more snow. But with the way the weather has been going, that now seems like a double dog dare!

I hope spring comes soon though. We had a taste of it on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. And then again on Wednesday, just two days after the snow. Then it got chilly again. I hate the up and down like this. So do my sinuses.

We have certainly gotten a lot of rain–April showers as they say. Hopefully they bring us May flowers and warmer weather. I just want spring. I love spring almost as much as I love autumn.

And you know how much I love autumn.

I’m sick and tired of my jacket and my warm clothing. It’s time for lighter outfits and for some shopping. Actually, I need to go shopping anyway—I need some nice clothes for Paris! And work. I should get some more clothes for work as well.

I want to open my window again and air out my room. There’s been a few warm days I’ve been able to do that but winter always returned. So too did the stale winter air. Let’s get some fresh air in there!

And I’d like to drive home with my windows open a few times too. It’ll be nice, even if my hair will look a mess by the time I’m done.

I want to see the leaves come back to the trees and the grass to become green again. I want to see flowers and plants spring back to life.

(Sorry for the pun).

So, please, Mother Nature, send us Spring. I miss it.

April 2, 2018

2018: Chapter 3

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I cannot believe March came and went so quickly. I personally blame all the storms. They blew the month away! Here we are, at the end of another month and myself at the end of another year. Let’s take a look back at how the third chapter of 2018 went for me, hmm?

March rolled in like a lion with the first of four Nor’easters blew through the area. We had to close the office early due to strong wind gusts so that we weren’t on the road during the worst of it. The same day, Once Upon a Time returned to start the run of its final episodes.

That Sunday was the Oscars and it went off without a hitch, though I thought “This is Me” should’ve won Best Song over “Remember Me.”

Nor’easter #2 slammed into us that Wednesday, dropping several inches of snow on us. My office was closed and I took the opportunity to work on my entries for the Outlaw Queen Prompt Party later in the month. Most of it was gone by that weekend, though.

My sister called us over that weekend and said that her dog, Balto, was hurt. It seemed he had a slipped disc and has been prohibited from jumping, one of his favorite activities. Naturally she was upset since they warned her he could be paralyzed if she didn’t change him to a low-impact lifestyle, so my dad went down to help her with Balto. He stayed for that entire week.

Timless returned for the second season it almost didn’t have and it was great to have it back!


March 5, 2018

2018: Chapter Two

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I can’t believe February has come and gone! Just like I did with January, I’m going to wrap up my month as if it were a chapter in the story that is this year.

So, let’s see how Chapter Two went for me.

February started with the Super Bowl! We had a party at work where we distributed the pool for the game and then we all watched the big game that Sunday. The Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots for their first Super Bowl win but I did not win in our pool. Maybe next year.

I also booked my trip to Paris, as recounted in last week’s blog post.

A few days later, it was announced that Once Upon a Time is ending this May. There will be more on that later as we get closer to finale.


February 28, 2018

Paris, Here I Come!

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I’m sure you remember a couple months ago, I mentioned that I had bought tickets to The Happy Ending Convention, a Once Upon a Time convention in Paris. Even though I bought the tickets, it didn’t really feel real.

Now, though, it does.


Because I’ve booked everything!

The company behind the con finally announced the hotel where it would take place as well as where we would get a discount on the rooms. Last year it was in Disneyland Paris. This year, though, it’s in the Hilton by the Charles de Gaulle airport. So I booked my room for that weekend and then decided to see how much a room would be for the rest of my time in Paris. It wasn’t too much more so I booked it until I leave on Thursday. I’m probably just going to be a problem child when I check in since I’ll have to check out and then check back in on Sunday.

Hopefully there will be somebody who can make that easy when I’m there.

I’ve also booked my flight—we got a discount on AirFrance that lasted throughout the time I wanted, so score! I am a bit nervous because I do have a redeye to Paris. While I handled my redeye to London pretty well, I still have concerns after my very first redeye (Hawaii to New York) ended with me sick as dog. I hope this is more like London and not Hawaii.

I’ve also booked the days off from work. So I’m all good on that front.

What are my next steps then?


January 22, 2018

Once Upon a Time: My Thoughts on Season 7…So Far

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We’ve reached the midpoint of Once Upon a Time’s new season. The midwinter finale was December 15th and the season isn’t due to start up again until March 2nd. I’m sure the producers, writers and the network executives have a lot of things to discuss and consider as it comes time to decide if the show gets a season 8 or not.

So now should be a good time to stop and examine the season so far. Fair warning: There will be spoilers for those who haven’t seen the season yet.

For those who don’t know, the writers decided to wrap up the original storylines of Once Upon a Time with the season 6 finale. Of course, the show’s fate was also still unknown so they had to craft something that could stand as a series finale if they were cancelled but they still also wanted to try something new. They wanted to reboot the show and hopefully breath new life into it and they got the green light from ABC to do just that.

The writers have aged up Henry, now played by Andrew J. West (though Jared Gilmore showed up in the first two episodes of the season to play younger Henry in flashbacks). He’s living in Seattle as a failed writer when a young girl named Lucy (Alison Fernandez) knocks on his door and tells him that she’s his daughter. This had actually been the last scene of the season 6 finale, a parallel to Once’s pilot.


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