“Magic” Playlist 2019

Magic is my 2019 Mantra word. And with every good planning cycle, there should be music that accompanies that feeling. Magic is a feeling, an alien/galactic/ feel good vibe and so are these songs. Many having to do with Magic, or just a magical feeling. Enjoy!

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1. Starchild– Level 42

2. Do You Believe In Magic– Aly & AJ

3. If That’s Not Love– The Naked Brothers Band

4. Some Call It Magic– Raven-Symone 

5. 24K Magic– Bruno Mars

6. Just My Imagination– The Temptations

7. Imagine John Lennon

8. Don’t Stop Believin’– Journey

9. Walking On Sunshine– Aly & AJ

10. A Whole New World- Lea Salonga, Brad Kane 

11. Colors Of The Wind– Tori Kelly

12. Colors Of The Wind– Judy Kuhn

13. Disney Medley– Rachel Talbott

14. Bird Set Free– Rachel Talbott

15. Crazy for You– Rachel Talbott (Spotify)

16. Call of the Wild Bethany Joy Lenz

17. Start It Up– Bethany Joy Lenz

18. Magic– Coldplay

19. Shadow and a Dancer– The Fray

20. Delicate– Taylor Swift

21. Alien– Britney Spears

22. Don’t Dream It’s Over– Crowded House

23. Superstition– Stevie Wonder

24. Do Your Thing- *NSYNC

25. Style– Taylor Swift

26. Starlight– Taylor Swift

27. Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing– Tori Kelly

28. Stars Tonight– Lady Antebellum 

29. Vibe– Fly By Midnight

30.  Fireflies– Owl City 

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So what is your 2019 mantra word?

Do you have a playlist to enhance your vibes?

 

*I do not take credit for any images, music or lyrics used.*

-<3-

 

 

 

 

Britney Spears “Glory” Deluxe Version Album Review

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***Let me set the scene: Midnight strikes, it’s August 26th, She tweets a link, I bust open my Spotify and start listening. #YES

My reaction in tweets & a text to my best friend (cuz only she gets it!)- #TheBritneyFeels

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Track by Track First Listen Impressions/Weird Random Thoughts-

Listen to the full album on Spotify for Free and you can of course download it on iTunes! #IMAyStillBuyTheActualCD #ImOldSchoolLikeThat

1.) Invitation

I want to cry. No overly done autotune. I HEAR YOUR VOICE BRITNEY!!! Really pretty vocals. This song makes me feel like I am instantly flying into a Magical Fairy Land. Love the snaps! Light musical background and the drums and snaps are perfection. “Put Your Love All Over Me.” Oddly beautiful. What a solid start to a new album. Very inviting! 😉 A new era for sure. I am ready for the journey Brit Brit. Let’s do this. “Yes or no, but no maybes.” Love that line!

2.) Make Me *Released as a single

I loved this song since it came out and I still love it. This is the first song where we got a taste for her new material. I love that weird dolphin sound at the very beginning, lol! #WhatElseWouldYouCallIt

Sexy. My summer jam. Sensual. I really like the rap break with G-Eazy. This song is clever and kitchy. “Make Me Oh Oh Oh.” is short for “Make Me M-O- O- O-ove.” “Your the spark that won’t go out. My heart’s on fire when you’re around.” Beautiful. Just Beautiful. “Cut the shit, be honest. ” “I just want you to make me move, like it ain’t a choice for you, like you got a job to do.” #SlayGirlSlay

3.) Private Show *Released pre-album release

Love the beginning. Vocals=YES! Love the scats! Raspy and Jazzy vibe. LOVE HER VOICE in this song! Not your typical autotune  Britney. Remnants of old school Britney…I’m talking “Baby One More Time”/ “Oops I Did It Again” days. I will say that I don’t love that whole rap breakdown she does, but then it gets good again, so I can deal. Lol.

4.) Man On The Moon

When I heard this song for the first time, I could tell that I was going to love it more and more with every listen. I get some serious Imogen Heap vibes here and it’s amazing. #LetsThankTheOCForThatStellarKnowledge Yes! Lyrics! Hilary Duff vibes. Yes! Space/Galactic. French lyrics. “I can’t compete with the stars in the sky, I’m invisible.” GORGEOUS. What a coincidence Britney, I’ve been waiting for my man on the moon too! #LetsDoLunch #GIRLTALK

5.) Just Luv Me

YES! Aw Britney, I just want to give you a hug for this song. Breathy vocals are BACK. Sexy lyrics. There’s a powerful feeling in this track. There’s a vulnerability we haven’t seen in a while.”Imma keep it simple, real simple, Just Luv Me.”

6.) Clumsy *Released pre-album release

This song is a bit more of what she usually does. It’s more upbeat and there’s a dance element to it. And there’s a serious beat drop. And I’m ok with it. I really like the chorus in this song. There’s a chanty choir, clap along vibe that I enjoy. You can belt it out while cleaning your house, or driving in your car, that’s for sure. “Call me a fool, call me insane… But don’t call it a day…closer to you, closer to pain. It’s better than far away.”

7.) Do You Wanna Come Over? *Released pre-album release

Dance. That guitar riff…Serious Justin Timberlake- “Like I Love You” vibes. Vogue-esque. I can already envision a music video for this, where Britney’s strutting on a fashion runway. Lights. Camera. Action. I love the echoy ending!

8.) Slumber Party

New age Britney. I really enjoy the metaphors that the lyrics create. “I think I see confetti from this potion. Pillow fights and feathers, overdosin.’Smells like a cologne and candy lotion. Like a slumber party. Sheets all on the floor just like an ocean. Building up your fortress like a mountain. Neighbors say we’re causing a commotion. Like a slumber party.” They paint a beautiful peaceful picture. And can we just praise the Jamaican influences here. Get it girl.

9.) Just Like Me

Most different vibe. JLo- “Waiting For Tonight” vibes. Hello 90’s. Welcome Back. Missed ya. 😉 The snaps. The guitar. Yes! I just feel like this song allows her to just tell her story. There isn’t an overly abundant flashy showy production that overpowers the fact that she actually has this richness to her voice. She can actually sing. “And I just can’t believe.
She looks just like me, just like me. No, I just can’t believe.”  I LOVE the “She can, she can, she can- have you,” line. Yes Girl. Sing it Britney!

10.) Love Me Down

Dance. An instant Radio Hit for sure. Would make a really fun concert song. That dance break tho. Am I right? A dance routine would have to be killer for this track. SO good!    Sia- “Cheap Thrills” vibes and I LOVE that song, so I LOVE this song. Flagging it as a Fav!

11.) Hard To Forget Ya

Um Britney do I sense some Bollywood vibes here? Because YES girl YES! There are also some Lady Gaga-“Edge of Glory” vibes here too. #RESPECT  Would make for a really good Zumba work out song. #MyBestFriendIsAZumbaInstructor #AlertTheBFF #SheWillBeNotified 😉 “Baby, so much for my poker face.” 

12.) What You Need

I am LOVING the snaps, the old ragtime vibes. #BrunoMarsBettaRecognize #OrJustDoACollab I’m gathering some 40’s/50’s vibes. An ode to Motown. #AllTheThings #AllTheOldTimeVibes Think Christina Aguilera, Back To Basics Era. #AintNoOtherMan #Candyman #YesPlease  Also any song that has horns in it… I’m game. I’m an instant fan. Seriously. Big Band. Big Finish. I can already see the old style speak easy lounge. VIBES. “I got what you want, I got what you need. Bringing out the diva that lives in me.” Gurl. Do Your Thang!

13.) Better

Indian vibes. VOCALS!!!!!!!! Her riffs are damn good in this track.

14.) Change Your Mind (No Seas Cortes)

Hold Up. Britney did you just go all bilingual on me? I was not ready for this. No Seas Cortes is said to mean, “Do not be gentle.”  Senorita. Latina. All the things! Thank you. I can already see her doing the tango (in the desert) with some gorgeous man for the stage performance or for a music video. “You don’t wanna cross the line, but I’ma make you change your mind.”

15.) Liar

This is her revenge, in your face, vengeance song. In it she sings…

“Call, call, call
But I’m never gonna come
Baby cry, cry, cry
You ain’t fooling anyone
You know I know that you know I know
That you’re a liar, a liar
You can crawl, crawl, crawl
You can beg and you can bleed
Baby talk, talk, talk
Keep on lying through your teeth
You know I know that you know I know
That you’re a liar, a liar.”

Air that dirty laundry girl. 😉 There is a Western country, harmonica inspired breakdown and it’s badass.

16.) If I’m Dancing

What!!!! The Beats! Oh the beats in this song! This song is the perfect combo of dance music and her natural vocals.  If I had to pick a song to kind of showcase the beauty of this album and the solid category of this album, I’d choose this one. Because it still supports the Britney we’ve all known for the past few years, and it brings back the Britney we knew in her first two albums. “If I’m dancing, I know the music’s good.”

17.) Coupure Electrique  *Translations

This is translated as Electric Cut or Blackout. The song is fully sung in French. #PropsforThatOneBrit I don’t know what she’s saying, but it sounds pretty and I can dig it!

**Check out all Britney’s lyrics HERE

RECAP:

When I heard Britney was dropping a new album it kind of felt like it was out of nowhere. That’s the way nowadays I suppose. A swift little tweet or instagram hint and the internet explodes. I was sort of just like oh cool, definitely be checking that out. It’s Britney, of course I’m going to check in on my girl. #Forever  But when I read that she stated it was going to put forth a new era for her. My interest spiked. I have been wanting Britney Spears to shake up her sound FOR YEARS! Like YEARS. It’s not that I don’t love a good Britney dance track, but somewhere in those years she lost her voice. It was overly auto tuned and masked. And with Glory, (her 9TH studio album, holy crap who else feels old?) I think it’s safe to say, she’s taking that voice back. #SUCKITAUTOTUNE I think she really blended her styles together. Giving bits and odes of her past albums and her more recent albums while experimenting with new sounds. She had a little talky talk adlibs in there too, which you gotta just love. And I know that I compared a lot of her songs to other artists, but I don’t see that as a bad thing, I see it as inspiration, growth, experimentation with new sound and influences. I see it was an epic album.

I’m kind of surprised she didn’t collaborate with more people though. If this is that much of a turning point of an album for her, I would have thought she would have enlisted some serious artists. But I have to admit, I’m really glad she didn’t. Take your voice back, YOUR way. Make it about YOU Britney. Although THIS NEWS recently surfaced and I’m fangirling my ASS off.  #LETSMAKETHISCOLLABHAPPEN #ImLookingAtYouJustin #IveWaitedYEARS  #DoYouKnowWhatItsLikeToBeMe #PickUpWhatImPuttingDown

This album was the perfect transition  back to Britney’s real voice. That rasp and that Britney gurgle we all know and love. You know what I’m talking about…the first 3 seconds of Oops I Did It Again. “Mmm Yea.” There’s a real richness to her voice that for years we didn’t get to hear, because it was covered by fancy beats and auto tuned to a pulp. The next step…do an acoustic album girl. #GloryStripped #GloryUnplugged #Glory2.0

End result. Queen is Back. #Thrown #ByeBeyonce

Britney rocking the VMA stage, a stage she hasn’t performed on in nearly a decade! I was so proud! The beginning was my favorite, with the shadows and the snaps. And she rocked that yellow outfit!

#ItsBritneyBitch

-<3-

*I do not take credit for any Britney Images, Music or Videos used.* 

 

 

 

One Tree Hill Music Feels

**No Monday Post this week. Boo! I know, I broke my streak. But I was actually away in Atlantic City celebrating my brother’s 30th birthday with my family and I didn’t have time to schedule anything worth posting. So I’ll just let that one go, and give you a sick ass Thursday post full of one of my most favorite things…MUSIC. Hope you dig it! 😉

I’ve spoken about my love for One Tree Hill many times, and I am sure that I’ve even dabbled in expressing how much the music on that show inspired new ways of listening to music for me.

I may not have been the biggest Peyton Sawyer fan, but I can safely say that because of her emo “I hate my life” teen angst attitude, I was catapulted into learning the ways of appreciating new music.

Then as Haley James became a songstress and TRIC was born, the music become it’s own character on the show. And for me this character was so well beloved.

I can’t tell you how many times I’d be watching an episode and a line in a song would just tweak my heart and I’d go on a search for that same song with a fury. Cue the greatest One Tree Hill fansite: oth-music.com. This site gave song by song for every episode and it was a lifesaver. If I hear a song, my mind will usually be able to register whether or not it’s been featured on One Tree Hill, and then it can usually tell what scene or bring me back to the days of middle school into high school when that show was LIFE for me and my friends. That time is so special to my heart and it lasted 9 years. Longer than most relationships usually last. So hey what the hell…oth music is my boyfriend. 😉

Here are some of my most treasured songs featured on the show. Anything Gavin DeGraw, Michelle Featherstone, Sarah McLachlan, Susie Suh, or Bethany Joy Lenz was pretty much a staple on the show’s music scene. And because of the show, my musical ear kind of transcended my usual pop radio feels into something much more rich with feeling and understanding. A new aged relatability was born. My best friend was the facilitator for this. She would call me up just to read me lyrics or make me mixed CDs full of songs from One Tree Hill and The OC. I still have them! Pretty sure she was the one to find the music site too. TV shows use music to elevate it’s scenes and the material written. It can take an ordinary chat between friends and make it a life lesson, or can take a heartbreak one particular character is going through and make you feel it in your soul. Music is the universal language. And in some epic way, everybody knows how to speak it- it’s a beautiful thing.

My Ultimate One Tree Hill Favs Playlist- 

1.  Go On My Child– Michelle Featherstone

2. Stay– Michelle Featherstone

3. Sunday– Michelle Featherstone

4. Belief– Gavin Degraw

5. For Blue Skies– Strays Don’t Sleep

6. Boston– Augustana

7. Broken– Lifehouse

8. Dark Blue– Jack’s Mannequin

9. Lesson Learned– Ray LaMontagne

10. Hold You In My Arms– Ray LaMontagne

11. Hear You Me– Jimmy Eat World

12. I Shall Believe– Sheryl Crow

13. The Good Kind– The Wreckers (Michelle Branch & Jessica Harp)

14. Run– Snow Patrol

15. Fallen-Sarah McLachlan

16. It’s Only Life– Kate Voegele

17. More Than Anyone– Gavin DeGraw

18. I Don’t Want To Be– Gavin DeGraw    *Duh? #ThemeSong

19. Look After You– The Fray

20. Hundred– The Fray

21. Maybe– Everly (Bethany Joy Lenz & Amber Sweeney)

22. Halo– Bethany Joy Lenz as “Haley James Scott”

23. Huddle Formati0n– The Go! Team

24. Perfect Now– Sarah Blasko

25. Lavinia– The Veils

26. Say It Ain’t So– Mozella (Weezer cover)

27. Something To Believe In– Aqualung

28. What Are You Afraid Of– West Indian Girl

29. Wires– Athlete

30. Return To Me– Matthew Ryan

31. Lights And Sounds– Yellowcard

32. Silence Is Easy– Starsailor

33. Re-Offender– Travis

34. Everything– Fefe Dobson

35. Be Yourself– Audioslave

36. Sidewalks– Story Of The Year

37. Lie In Sound– Trespassers William

38. Seasons Change– Susie Suh

39. All I Want– Susie Suh

40. They’ll Never Know– Ross Copperman

41. Lightning Crashes– Live

42. Can You Sleep– Courtney Jave

43. When The Stars Go Blue– Bethany Joy Lenz & Tyler Hilton (Ryan Adams cover)

44. Missing You– Tyler Hilton (John Waite cover)

45. Never Say Never– The Fray

46. See Me– Rob Giles

47. Save You– Matthew Perryman Jones

48. Like A Man Possessed-The Get Up Kids

49. 100 Years– Five For Fighting

50. She Has No Time– Keane

51. Everybody’s Changing– Keane

52. Hallelujah– Kate Voegele (Leonard Cohen cover)

And this my friends is just the tip of the iceberg…when it comes to great music from the show. Seriously YouTube it, Spotify it, and just bask in the wonder that is music and lyrics and all things One Tree Hill. And if you’re like me and a major super fan of the show, than you will get some serious nostalgic feels. Enjoy! 😀

*I do not take credit for any images or songs/videos used.*

-<3-

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Love Conflicted Soundtrack & Author’s Commentary

BACK STORY: Over the past 8 months or so Love Conflicted has been featured on and off the michelle leigh writes blog. Its premiere date was May 11th 2015, and the consistent updates lasted through June 25th 2015. Then I took a massive hiatus from the series. I finally got my act together in the New Year and finished it this week, finishing my stories is incredibly important to me, far too many go unfinished. It was important for me to see this through. Seeing as how I slipped up on this week’s schedule, I figured I’d give you a rare Sunday post, I am thinking about adding Sundays to the schedule, so that will put me at a 3 times a week schedule. However, it is to still be determined, if I can actually commit to that, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. But I may do a trial run and see if it works out. As promised here is the Love Conflicted inspired “Soundtrack” and My Author’s Commentary.

DISCLAIMER: Love Conflicted is not a real motion picture nor does it have a soundtrack coming out. This is just me living in my fictional happy writer’s world. Where I pretend and where I run the show. Haha. Back in college whenever I would hand in a script or be working with already written material/feature film scenes, my professor would ask me who I would have play the characters, where would it take place, what location? And so I think that kind of stuck with me, because as I write this story series I want to include those aspects and give you a visual experience. Mysterious Attraction was my first shot at it, recently A Broken Heart For Christmas, and now also with Love Conflicted. Along the way there have been little one shots, or shorts including a few parts as I will. But that distinction is not always clear, I don’t always know how long a story is going to take to tell. As a kid I used to say “Make Pretend” all the time. Make Pretend you’re a princess who slays dragons. Make pretend you’re a ballerina who bull rides. Make pretend you’re writing a screenplay and you get to pick the actors, and release a soundtrack and commentary that people have been anxiously awaiting. The options could be endless. So let’s “Make Pretend.” Enjoy!

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**Love Conflicted** “Soundtrack”

Happy Listening!

ALBUM ARTWORK:

Love conflicted soundtrack

Track List

  1. “All In My Head”– Tori Kelly
  2. “I Know What You Did Last Summer”– Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
  3. “Revival”– Selena Gomez
  4. “Call of the Wild”– Bethany Joy Lenz
  5. “Water Under the Bridge”– Adele
  6. “The Last Time”– Taylor Swift Ft. Gary Lightbody
  7. “Sad Beautiful Tragic”-Taylor Swift
  8. “Blindness”– Justin Timberlake
  9. “What A Good Woman Does”– Joy Williams
  10. “Until the Levee”– Joy Williams
  11. “Stitches”– Shawn Mendes
  12. “I’ll Show You”– Justin Bieber
  13. “Please”– Bethany Joy Lenz
  14. “Stealing”– Gavin Degraw
  15. “When I Was Your Man”– Bruno Mars
  16. “It Will Rain”– Bruno Mars
  17. “The One That Got Away”– The Civil Wars
  18. “Disarm”– The Civil Wars
  19. “I’m A Mess”– Ed Sheeran
  20. “I See Fire”– Ed Sheeran
  21. “Maybe”– Everly-(Bethany Joy Lenz & Amber Sweeney)
  22. “You Found Me”– The Fray
  23. “Leave You Alone”– Kris Allen
  24. “Wanted You More”– Lady Antebellum
  25. “Lesson Learned”– Ray LaMontagne

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Onto the next portion…My Love Conflicted *Author’s Commentary*

GENERAL NOTES:

This drama series was rooted in the love story between two unlikely souls. Maggie an elementary school teacher and Ricky an undercover “mobster” who thought he was working for an honorable CIA organization that turned out to be corrupt. Maggie and Ricky meet by chance and experience an instant spark. The bulk of their relationship is rooted in sub context. You don’t really see much of their love in current time. You experience it through the occasional flashback, through the stories they share about each other, and through the intense conversations they have when are reunited for brief periods of time. You get to see their life together through images on Maggie’s phone as well.

Lily and Ian are introduced gradually. I always feel that my mind automatically goes to a minimum of a 4 person cast. The love story is there, boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy gets girl, boy screws up, boy tries to win girl back. And in the mist of all that the story has to keep going…enter supporting characters Ian and Lily. They’re budding love story is just a happy coincidence. Their story is one of a lighter more sarcastic, sassy and fun tone. In contrast to Maggie and Ricky’s love story which is no heartbreaking and so dramatically driven. The “I can’t breathe without you” feel is heavy for those too. Yet Ian and Lily keep things light and let’s be honest they are most comedy you’ll get here. Lily has her one liners that zing, doesn’t she?

Also the story lines Mob nod must be a trend, huh? [See Mysterious Attraction] Ode to Sonny Corinthos and General Hospital.

THEMES:

There are consistent themes of Love, Friendship, Trust, Fear, Bravery, Finding yourself, Coming into your own skin, Independence, Guilt, and ultimately rebuilding and waking each other up to inspire a better way of life. That goes for all characters and all forms of the relationships between these 4 people.

DREAM CASTING:

When I sat down with the first scene, it was somewhat of a scene that resembled the first part, where there was this back and forth between Ricky and a female character. You could tell she was angry with him and there was a very good reason, one that he was trying to make light of and gloss over with charm and his belief in their love. His belief that love could somehow help them overcome the catastrophic bomb he just dropped on her. i.e.: that he’s essentially a hit man. But I never really knew who these character would become and getting to know them and writing their dialogue and choosing how they would handle things, that’s been the most fun.

Ricky and Maggie

Ricky: Jesse Lee Soffer (I think he and Lenz would be magic on screen together!)

Ricky faces the blow back from years of horrifying assignments. He finally realizes that what he’s been doing hasn’t been for the better of his country. As he comes to grips with that reality he is faced with trying to protect the woman he loves in the mist of trying to out his corrupt boss, Cobbs. Ricky is a good hearted man, but his job has trained him to perceive himself as a villain of sorts. We never meet Cobbs but we don’t have to. His threat is there, it’s real and evident in Ricky’s fear. He’s almost like this mysterious ghost that looms over them, and we never know if he’s actually going to make his move. I wanted the threat and the fear to be real, without having to have some big reveal or altercation with the actual threat himself. I wanted to sway away from the route Mysterious Attraction took, of kidnappings, and hostage situations. Although the dangers were very similar, the main altercation was ultimately Ricky’s arrest and his choosing to let Maggie go, completely breaking her heart and his own.

 Maggie: Bethany Joy Lenz (She is my QUEEN…I can’t even tell you!)

Maggie is that girl that is so kind and beautiful and so full of hope and light that you just expect no one to ever hurt her. That and the fact that she closes herself off from any kind of risk. Therefore insuring herself she won’t get hurt. She’s the girl that is completely unaware of how amazing she is, and is timid in her sexuality. Meeting Ricky who instantly uses his charm and wit to convince her to take a risk makes her feel alive. The fact that he looks at her in a way that she’s never been looked at before, does wonders for her too. But with all that being said, Maggie comes into her own as she slowly realizes everyone around her is trying to coddle her. She hates feeling like a victim and chooses to take her life in her own hands, going after what she wants.

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Lily: Candice Accola-King

If you know my writing, you know the best friend is always the sassy one. [See: Demi Lovato as Roxy in Mysterious Attraction.] I don’t know what it is. But I just feel like the best friend has to be this loose cannon who just speaks the truth. In many way Lily serves as the audience’s perspective. You know when you’re watching a movie or TV show and someone is doing something so stupid you just scream at the TV. Yea, well that’s Lily. She states what should appear as the obvious to the others actors in the story.

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Ian: Nick Wechsler

Ian is a sweet, calm guy. The voice of reason. Although he too has been involved in these high-stake illegal activities, his self-awareness is much further along than Ricky’s. He knows how to separate himself from his corruption leader of a boss, and knows that his actions were a product of being coerced and trained for years. He also has had a bit more distance than Ricky, as Ricky was made a leader in the organization and felt the brunt of things toward the end, Ian was more of fixer of things, the driver, a tying up loose ends guy. Ian was the one who has been by Ricky’s side, the one who would sacrifice for the wellbeing of everyone. He’s heroic. But it’s a quiet heroism. You don’t realize how self-less he is right off the bat. He’s also got his own charm. His flirtation isn’t as blunt as Ricky’s when it comes to the ladies. He’s a quiet compliment-er, he observes Lily and her nature. He uses what he learns to draw her in and to connect with her. He genuinely speaks his mind and although he goes along with Lily’s sassy flirtation he is completely obvious about his intention to fall in love with her.

-The exclusion of voiceover, the implementation of inner thoughts-

This wasn’t consistent throughout the story. It started off with Maggie’s inner thoughts because she was dealing with a lot on her own, so we had to hear her thoughts. Once Lily was introduced those thoughts were reflected in the dialogue between those two characters as we experienced her pain through the things she confided in her friend.

-The Evolution of relationships-

Friendship-

“Laggie”

lily and maggie bffs

It’s evident that Lily and Maggie have been friends their whole lives. Lily is Maggie’s rock. She is the one to look out for her. Let’s face it she has no filter and will test anyone who tries to cause Maggie any pain.

“Rian”

ricky and ian bffs

Throughout the story we see Ricky deal with the consequences of his actions. We see him deal with having to suffer through causing Maggie so much pain. Ian is someone who is brought in to remain the calm, cool, collected person, he’s cool under pressure. He serves as the voice of reason and as Ricky’s eyes, when he can’t be there for Maggie. The one who is Ricky’s right hand man, and will sacrifice to help him in anyway. They have been partners forever, but their friendship is their first priority. They have each other’s backs, always.

Romantic-

“Illy”

ian and lily kiss

Ian passed Lily’s bluster…

When Lily and Ian meet it’s kind of a comedic moment. Rare for this series, but it serves as a breath of fresh air. We see Lily’s sassy nature at its best, and we see that even the most stoic of men can be instantly distracted by a beautiful and alluring woman. Lily is the way she is due to a recent heartbreak. Ian takes his time to court her, proving to her that he’s worth it. Lily’s calm and collected not to mention sassy nature is her defense mechanism. Ian gets to her, with his innocent yet somewhat obvious flirtations.

“Micky”

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Took a while, but the love was always there

 

The main love story is set between Maggie and Ricky. Maggie lives a plain life, a routine life. A life of rules. Ricky follows his own set of rules. When their worlds collide, opposites attract and they find something in each other that compliments them as individuals. Things they have been looking for all along. Ricky instills adventure and confidence in Maggie’s life, showing her how amazing she is while trying to keep a light hearted sexy tone to their conversations. He’s definitely got a bit of a problem with telling her what to do, because he’s so afraid to lose her. His overprotective nature does cost him at times. While, Maggie instills belief, love and stability in Ricky’s life. Bringing a sense of realism to life, showing him that his criminal past isn’t what defines him. Ricky and Maggie have a back and forth that is evident. There is always a high level of tension, because they are always drawn to each other even though they both experience their reservations about being together. Regardless the love is always there.

-What I’ve learned about my writing, and need to work on for my next series and future projects-

TIPS:

*Write the series (or at least the bulk of it) in advance before posting.

Posting as I go makes it hard for me to stay motivated at times and makes it hard to remember where I left off. Which can cause continuity issues and timeline confusions.

*Keep note of the timeline and realize that not everyone can see it as clearly as you can.

This story has taken place over the course or nearly 1 ½-2 years. In real time we see about a year of it. But Maggie and Ricky have had an ongoing relationship for nearly 2 years. They were together for about 6 months before she found out about his job. 6 months he was able to hide and act like a normal boyfriend, but on the sly. Lily was the only one who truly knew they were an actual couple. To the outside world they seemed friendly. When Maggie finds out about Ricky’s job she pulls away. As Ricky begins to fight for her-coming full force to win her back. Maggie thinks she’s pregnant and worries Ricky’s lifestyle will cause her and her child pain. Their relationship moves quickly, as Ricky had revealed they said their “I love you’s” a week after dating. The separation/reuniting period is on and off for a while, and then after Ricky’s arrest, we jump 6 months ahead which allude to the growth these characters have made. In that time Ian and Lily have started their own romance and seem to be smitten with each other. Ricky spent his time getting well, and Maggie spent her time being in her own skin. Although the time apart was painful for both of them, they made it back to each other in the end, better than they were before, with a promising future ahead of them.

*Learn how to implement backstory better.

I feel like the little facts like Maggie’s a school teacher and Lily suffered a bad relationship could have been better thought out and more implemented throughout the story’s entirety. I need to be careful of that next time.

*Describe location, outfits, appearance more thoroughly, paint a picture for the audience. Where are they, what does it look like? Just because I see it, doesn’t mean you do.

*Learn to sus out the basis of the story before I post.

This can be hard because I often don’t know where the story will go. I may have a vague idea, but then as I’m writing the direction can change in an instant.

*Be more consistent and stick to a solid posting schedule.

I usually post on Mondays and Thursdays every week. For a while this series was all I featured on my blog, and then I kind of felt like I needed to regroup and give other categories on my blog some love. But then the series kind of took a really long break and it was hard to get back into, I just kept putting it off.

*Do research BEFORE you post.

With the crime/legal issues/mob story lines there are certain clauses and lingo and statures that go with that type of plotline. I feel like I didn’t know much about what the CIA does and that caused a problem as I wrote Ricky’s character. I would research as I went which I think that caused some inconsistencies and some weirdness. I did my best, hopefully it came across accurately enough.

*Don’t be afraid of sexual content and more explicit language. And don’t apologize.

I think this is a big one for me to learn. I find myself putting warnings and disclaimers before any chapters that contain more adult matters. Sex is a part of relationships and loving someone, and telling a love story. Cursing is part of heated conversation and gives a line a more dignified delivery. In this series, I definitely explored a more adult style of writing. I usually edit myself when it comes to love scenes, because I feel like it may be perceived as slutty or trashy, and I’m still trying to learn how to write an effective love scene. But I think with this series I’m breaking out of my shell slowly. I am 24, so I mean come on now, the things on TV and in the theaters now, would make my Maggie and Ricky measly shower sex scene seem like a Disney Channel movie.

*Write more like a script, then a novel.

This is something that I’ve noticed. I want the series to be read like a movie, and yet I’m writing and reading it like a short story. Formatting definitely needs work.

*Step up your editing images game, and use the slideslow option more often.

I don’t have image editing software on my computer. I actually found a way to edit images through Microsoft, but some edits come out SO BAD. Lol. Some come out pretty good. I’ve definitely gotten better since the Mysterious Attraction days, but I can only imagine the images I could create if I actually had Photoshop! Sometimes I’ll edit an image and it’ll come out pretty good and I will just get so excited. Seeing my characters come together like that makes it almost seem real. Oh just let me live. Let me dream! 😉 WordPress just added the slideshow option (or I just realized they had one) and it makes things so much neater, you can add captions and watch the story unfold like a mini movie. I love it!

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So there you have it guys, as this post goes up, we say Good Bye to this series, and plan for the next one. I’m excited! Thank you for reading, and congrats if you had the patience to stay tuned until the end! 😉

 

Love conflicted says good bye finished

Catch up on Love Conflicted HERE

*I do not take credit for any images used in my edits or otherwise.*

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