Whiplash: the film, the writing, the life you’re living

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Last weekend, Alex and I watched Whiplash. He’d seen it before and said to me, “when you watch this, think about your writing”, so I kept that in mind as the opening credits rolled out. There’s no denying that Whiplash is a time-bomb of emotion, a story that depicts what it really takes to be one of the greats. There’s a part in the film where the band teacher (Fletcher) says to his student (Andrew), “There are no two words in the English language more harmful than good job”.  Why? because it promotes mediocrity. It promotes that just because you’re good, you don’t have to push yourself beyond the capabilities that you don’t even know are there.

I was there to push people beyond what’s expected of them. I believe that’s an absolute necessity

If you’ve watched Whiplash, you’ll know that Fletcher is a little insane in the way he pushes his students – especially Andrew. But it kinda worked, didn’t it?

Andrew: But isn’t there a line? You know, maybe you go too far, and you discourage he next Charlie Parker from ever becoming Charlie Parker?

Fletcher: No, man, no. Because Charlie Parker would never be discouraged.

This line moved me beyond belief. It inspired me to sit down every morning and evening this week; to write all of the words I could let out of my head. It inspired me to start trying again, to believe in myself, and to push myself harder when the words won’t flow as well as I hoped they would. Because, the next Dorothy Parker would never get discouraged.

Love Always,

Vanessa Xo

*Quotes from Imdb*

You may say I'm a dreamer…


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Yesterday at work I looked out the drive-thru window and what to my wondering eyes should appear, but giant white snowflakes falling slowly all around. When I got home from work I made sure all of the Christmas lights were on in the house, then I made a green tea, grabbed a cozy blanket, sat in front of the TV, and watched One Day.


It was wonderful – I ordered the novel because now I MUST read it.


Yesterday evening I felt so light, so full of love. I believed in magic, in romance, in the spirit of Christmas, and it all started with a light dusting of snow. I don’t know how long this feeling will last but I wanted to share it with you, in hopes that you might feel it too.

Even just for a moment.

Love Always
Vanessa Xo