From Sarah, With Joy

Writer querying two novels and some other word babies. I tend to effervesce.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Art is Parable

Well, we are on the first few days of our trip. We spent Saturday at the Arizona Renessaince Festival, and had a blast. (At least until the heat got to me. I'm kind of pathetic when it comes to heat.) But we had a super great time and I left the owner of what I'm calling my Dr. Facillier hat :)


Anyway. Yesterday was a bit of a rest day at my roommies folks house in Arizona. We went to church with them and the lesson in Sunday School was about Jesus' parables in Matthew 13. That's the parable of the sower, which in a meta way, is a parable about parables. This is where Jesus talks about why He teaches in parables in the first place. 

It made me think about storytelling and art in general. Of any kind. Movies, music, theater. The people who listened to Christ's parables all came away with a different experience and individual lesson, and its the same when we read a book in a book club or go with friends to a movie. We're sitting next to them, yes, but nobody in the theater is really watching the same thing.

Here's what I think: whether or not a person believes in a universal truth, art is meant to convey Truth. Even if the artist is only trying to convey their own personal truths, if they are genuine and honest, others will relate to it. They will learn something. And another reader or viewer will relate to it in a completely different way, and learn something of their own.

But you know, for all the times we're told not to be didactic or overt, I don't think Christ's parables or any art for that matter would carry as much meaning. We're not trying to force our opinions on anybody, but that's different than having a voice, having something to say, and defending what you believe in. And I don't think that's a bad thing at all.

Sarah Allen

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cruella's Cool Cousin Has Purple Hair

I did it! Now off to Disneyland!



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Monday, March 23, 2015

And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon


The dish ran away with the spoon. And over the years the dish became faded, with a stain and a chip on one side. She would catch her reflection in the cupboard window and worry that she was no longer vibrant enough for the spoon; that she had faded past the point of no return. The spoon came home one evening and the dish finally gathered her courage and told him how she felt. He looked at her, water-stains down his bent back, a smudge on one side. He said, “You have never been more beautiful.”

Sarah Allen

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Bill Nighy is Adorable No Matter What You Say

It's been a crazy few days. So when I came home last night and my roommate was lying on the couch doing the I-Finally-Finished-My-Taxes-And-It-Took-All-Day groan (it sounds a lot like Tina from Bob's Burgers) it was like okay yeah, today is cancelled. Let's go have fun.

Of course for us that meant going to see The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Have I mentioned how much I love old British men? Oh I have? Three hundred times?

I really think this movie and the first should basically just have been called Bill Nighy's Face and Also Maggie Smith. But seriously. Bill Nighy. In both of the Best Exotic movies he does this thing where he gives a speech and the camera sort of zooms close and his mouth is drooped and his eyes are the loneliest, most desperate thing you've ever seen. Any man who can pull off that face, especially if it comes with a British accent...I'm gone.

The moral of my story here is basically that its probably a good thing I'm still single, because I won't really be in the age range of guys I'm attracted to for another, like, decade. And I think I'm okay with that.

Seriously though. I've been teased (good-naturedly) about my taste for older guys since basically I was a sophomore in high school, and when it happens I just like to point out one simple fact. Do we all realize how freaking fantastic my life is going to still be in about 30 years?

Sarah Allen

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Monday, March 16, 2015

A Good Girls Guide to Being Aggressive

So I'm not really an aggressive person. Like at all. I am super self-conscious about being pushy or annoying or intrusive. My best friend and I spend way too long picking movies because I am so paranoid about picking something she even remotely doesn't want that I can't make any decisions.

But sometimes sitting back quietly isn't the right option. Lately I've been trying to learn the difference between confidence and pushiness. And it's been paying off.

So I've been looking for writing gigs in a serious way for a while. Before Christmas I contacted a friend who works at a magazine and she gave me the contact info for one of the editors. I sent him a message and he back to me within a few days, thanking me for getting in touch and letting me know he'd let me know if something came up. A couple months past and I didn't hear from him, so I sent him another message. I never got a response, which normally would have made me shrink like a violet. But instead I geared up my courage and sent him another message, this time a fully crafted pitch for an article idea. And guess what? He gave me the go ahead.

So yes. Maybe aggressive isn't the right word, but its okay to be persistent. Its okay to believe that you can do a good job, and that editors are smart for hiring you. Obviously there are all those creepy, inappropriate, stalkery things we hear about and want to avoid, but there is a difference between harassment and not giving up.

So don't give up. You can do it.

Sarah Allen

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