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Poetry Friday: Last Hope by Paramore

September 26th, 2014 (07:07 am)

Current Mood: determined
Current Song: Cold Case score music

And the salt in my wounds isn't burning anymore than it used to
It's not that I don't feel the pain, it's just I'm not afraid of hurting anymore
And the blood in these veins isn't pumping any less than it ever has
And that's the hope I have, the only thing I know that's keeping me alive

It's just a spark
But it's enough to keep me going
(So if I let go of control now, I can be strong)
And when it's dark out, no one's around
It keeps glowing

It's just a spark
But it's enough to keep me going
(So if I keep my eyes closed, with the blind hope)
And when it's dark out, no one's around
It keeps glowing

- lyrics from the song Last Hope by Paramore

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Hope: Holly Schindler

July 28th, 2014 (05:57 pm)
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Current Mood: sleepy
Current Song: Wild Hope by Mandy Moore

A tiny ray of hope appears inside me, the same way a little stream of light pours from the hallway through my bedroom door's keyhole at night.

- from the novel The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler

For similar ponderings, please check out Definitions of Hope, a series of hopeful musings from various authors and other artists.

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Definitions of Hope

July 28th, 2014 (05:30 pm)

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Phineas and Ferb score music

Hope. I try to fill myself with hope every single day, along with wonder, determination, and other important things.

In April 2009, in honor of the theme of hope at readergirlz, Hope, I published a series of posts in which I asked various people:

What's your definition of "hope?"
What makes you hopeful?

I have posted their answers at both my blog, Bildungsroman, and the readergirlz blog.

April 7th, 2009: Daphne Grab
April 9th, 2009: Melissa Walker
April 12th, 2009: Lorie Ann Grover
April 15th, 2009: Elizabeth Scott
April 21st, 2009: Holly Cupala
April 23rd, 2009: Courtney Sheinmel
April 24th, 2009: Hope is the thing with feathers by Emily Dickinson
April 27th, 2009: Emily Wing Smith
April 28th, 2009: Shelf Elf
April 30th, 2009: Poem in Your Pocket Day (and hope every single day!)
May 19th, 2009: Carolyn Hennesy

I continue to collect hopeful words and advice:

May 21st, 2010: Melina Marchetta
May 26th, 2010: Cecil Castellucci
January 1st, 2011: January Booklist and Playlist of Hope
January 12th, 2011: Markéta Irglová's Speech
June 15th, 2012: Wild Hope by Mandy Moore
March 28th, 2014: Hope by Gertrude Stein
July 28th, 2014: The Junction of Sunshine and Lucky by Holly Schindler

Other themed mini-interview series at Bildungsroman:
Family Ties
What Makes You Smile?

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Poetry Friday: Hope by Gertude Stein

March 28th, 2014 (06:00 am)

Current Mood: contemplative
Current Song: Give Me Love by Ed Sheeran

Hope in gates, hope in spoons, hope in doors, hope in tables, no hope in daintiness and determination. Hope in dates.

- Gertrude Stein, from her piece called Food

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Poetry Friday: Wild Hope by Mandy Moore

June 15th, 2012 (08:30 am)

Current Mood: hopeful
Current Song: Wild Hope by Mandy Moore

In the crazy world
Anything can happen
If you will it to
I'm just a hazy girl
Blurring all the edges
Only seeing blue

It's a wild hope
A wild hope
A wild hope
Everything will be alright

Lost inside
A painting of a city on a hotel wall
Days goes by
Wasting golden hours in the fall

It's a wild hope
A wild hope
A wild hope
Everything will be alright

I catch a glimpse of our reflection
Beside you I see myself
We are the season's new collection
We look like everybody else

Walk alone
Through the crowded streets into the fading Grey
Here and gone
Like a decoration for the holiday

It's a wild hope
A wild hope
A wild hope
Everything will be alright

- lyrics to Wild Hope by Mandy Moore

Hope means so much to me. I encourage you all to really listen to the first verse and the chorus of this song.

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Hope: Markéta Irglová's Speech

January 13th, 2011 (07:32 pm)

Current Mood: thoughtful
Current Song: Without a Trace score music

Markéta Irglová spoke of hope when she and Glen Hansard the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Falling Slowly, which I put on this month's playlist for readergirlz. Here's what she said:

"Hi everyone. I just want to thank you so much. This is such a big deal, not only for us, but for all other independent musicians and artists that spend most of their time struggling, and this, the fact that we're standing here tonight, the fact that we're able to hold this, it's just the proof that no matter how far out your dreams are, it's possible. And, you know, fair play to those who dare to dream and don’t give up. And this song was written from a perspective of hope, and hope at the end of the day connects us all, no matter how different we are. And so thank you so much who helped us on the way. Thank you." - Markéta Irglová

Isn't that lovely?

Now, consider this: Her initial acceptance speech had been cut off by a music cue! Glen gave his speech, but when Markéta walked up to the mic, the orchestra started to play, cutting her off. Thanks to host Jon Stewart, Markéta was able to come back on stage and have her moment. That is when she gave the speech as quoted above.

Click here to watch the award announcement and subsequent speeches.

View other posts filled with hope at Bildungsroman.

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Booklist and Playlist of Hope

January 1st, 2011 (07:20 am)

Current Mood: sick
Current Song: Without a Trace score music

Want to start your New Year with some hopeful tomes and tunes? Check out the readergirlz booklist and playlist for this month's theme, Hope:

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams
Positively by Courtney Sheinmel
The Beautiful Between by Alyssa B. Sheinmel
Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas
The Math Doesn't Suck series by Danica McKellar (non-fiction)

Only Hope by Mandy Moore
Joy by David Poe
Moon River by Henry Mancini as performed by Audrey Hepburn
Your Song by Elton John
Hope For Me Yet by Marc Broussard
Save Yourself by Sense Field
Positivity by Ashley Tishdale
The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
Falling Slowly by The Frames (or Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, whichever recording you prefer!)

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Hope: Cecil Castellucci

May 26th, 2010 (07:20 am)

Current Mood: thirsty

In July 2009, we featured The Plain Janes written by Cecil Castellucci - art by Jim Rugg - as our main pick at readergirlz. (Please check out the Art Saves project I ran, which was inspired by The Plain Janes.) This month, the postergirlz selected Cecil Castellucci's novel Beige to be one of the books recommended alongside May's main pick, Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee. I recently caught up with Cecil and asked her to share with us what's new with her. Without any further ado, here's Cecil!

Hello readergirlz!

It's nice to be back to say hello! I've been getting ready to launch my new YA novel, Rose Sees Red (Scholastic, August 2010), and my first picture book, Grandma's Gloves (Candlewick Press, August 2010).

I hope you have been having a lot of fun with the fantastic Lisa Yee! Her book Absolutely, Maybe is a perfect Los Angeles book. I loved Maybe and her journey, her hair, her friends, her spirit, and her tacos!

I was so excited to be a read-alike because Beige is also a book about Los Angeles. Lisa and I clearly both love our city and I think that in both of our books, the city is one of the characters as well. Clearly Hollywood has a certain magic to it. And both Maybe and Beige feel totally hopeless and this city gives them a tiny light to go on. That's the great thing about Los Angeles, or any place that makes and gets you dreaming. Hope.

I have had moments of hopelessness and despair and it is terrible. I have always felt that anything that can get you dreaming again is a lifeline. The thing about hope is that all you need is a little bit of it. Just to get you to the next moment, and the next, until suddenly, instead of floating on an ocean of despair, you are standing on an island. And the sun is out. And there is a coconut to eat. And you can breathe and recollect.

I think books are good entry ways to finding hope. So get reading! And remember, hope is always there to love you. It's right there, even when you think it's not. Swears-y.

~ Cecil Castellucci

Related posts at Bildungsroman:
Interview: Cecil Castellucci (2007)
Art Saves: Cecil Castellucci
View all posts related to Art Saves

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Hope: Melina Marchetta

May 21st, 2010 (07:31 am)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: There's Hope by India.Arie

Like our readergirlz May book pick, Absolutely Maybe by Lisa Yee, the novel Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta(1) explores the relationship between a long-absent father and his teenaged daughter. For this and many other reasons, the postergirlz named Looking for Alibrandi a recommended read for the month of May. After I informed Melina of this, we discussed this month's theme, hope. Here's what she had to say:

A couple of years ago a blogger wrote a one sentence review of my novel, On the Jellicoe Road. It was bleak indeed. Death, suicide, teen pregnancy, abandonment, depression and the list went on and on. It was pretty awful to see your work reduced to a list of bleakness. What I wanted her to mention was the hope. That it was a story about redemption, love, community, identity, humour and friendship.

Hope is what I try to offer in all my work. In Alibrandi, despite the losses Josie faces in the end, she refuses to be a pessimist because she believes in the goodness of the individual person. In Francesca, on the last page Frankie Spinelli goes to school with hope in her heart regardless of the uncertainty in her life. In Jellicoe, Taylor Markham ends up in a house by the river that was built to bring solace. In Finnikin the two main protagonists may have a different view of homeland, but they both journey thousands of miles to bring a sense of place to a dispirited people. In The Piper's Son, I used a simple gesture between three generations of men to convey that perhaps Tom Mackee and his family and friends are going to be okay.

Ending a story with hope isn’t easy. Not because there's not enough around, but because it can come across clichéd or super sweet or as if you're saying that life has a simple solution. But I try anyway because I would never leave the reader without a safe place to go. That's not to say that I believe it has to be the prerequisite for all storytelling, but I've made it the number one rule in mine.

~ Melina Marchetta

For similar ponderings, please check out Definitions of Hope, a series of hopeful musings from various authors.

(1) Looking for Alibrandi is an amazing book, and it's one of my favorite contemporary Australian novels. Read it (and Melina's other works) now.

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Interview: Carolyn Hennesy

May 19th, 2009 (07:14 am)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: One Sweet Love by Sara Bareilles

Carolyn Hennesy's books for kids reimagine Pandora as a young teenager who's really super sorry about what happened with the box. The gods on Mount Olympus order her to retrieve the evils she accidentally unleashed, causing Pandy and her best friends to go on a memorable trip around the world. There are three books in the series so far: Pandora Gets Jealous, Pandora Gets Vain, and Pandora Gets Lazy. They are light and fun picks for the elementary school crowd. For similar titles, check out my It's All Greek to Me booklist.

Now, onto the interview - with thanks to Anna at Bloomsbury for making it possible.

Have you always been fascinated by Greek myths? I enjoy them a great deal, perhaps second in the line, as Ancient Egypt has always been my favorite Ancient civilization. What drew you to Pandora's story?

I have been entranced by Greek mythology since I was about 11 years old. I started studying it in a summer school program taught by a big, blowsy, blonde goddess of a teacher who read straight out of Edith Hamilton . . . nothing sugar-coated. I was blown away not only by the heroics, magic and grandeur but also the pettiness and triviality of their personalities and of what the gods considered a punishable slight or offence. I also loved the fact that the ancient Greeks used mythology to explain their world; one of those stories being the release of all evil and setting that hideous gaffe squarely on the shoulders of one woman . . . Pandora. Ridiculous and unfair.

How much liberty do you allow yourself to take with the original myths?

In my books, one of things I endeavor to do is, in my own way, set the record straight i.e. just as it could have happened that way, it could have happened this way. As far as liberties go, I tend to stick pretty closely to the "acknowledged" traits and trappings of the gods, heroes, and other known characters, but I have as much freedom as I want to place them in any situation. I'm not writing historical fiction, but fantasy.

Though the story takes place in ancient times, the main characters (Homer especially) sometimes have, like, totally contemporary speech. How do you tap into tween talk?

I roam the aisles of H&M with a tape recorder. And I think back to the way my brother's girlfriend used to talk back in 1985 (my ears used to bleed) . . . then I realize that it hasn't changed that much at all.

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