Tuesday, November 19, 2013

On the Line – say Whaaa?
Mary Tate Engels, Boomer on the line


Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.
** Gandhi

If you, or your kids, have seen the movie The Interns, you know that these two Loveable Losers (really cute guys) try to get a job at a monumental company in the Web World. From the visuals, this is the greatest, most creative company in the world and our Lovable Losers really, really want to work there. This becomes their goal - the Dream Job.

The other interns are brilliant but flawed nerds who know the Internet language and everything about computers, but lack self-confidence. Our overly-confident heroes are not of the Web World and one of them continues to utter the infamous, inane statement, "... On the line... "

Everybody scoffs and says, "It's online stupid!"

Of course, he repeats "On the line…" numerous times and that becomes the movie's humorous catch phrase.

Now, that's about when I started watching because the story isn't about getting a job or fixing our hunky heroes' lives or even the magnificent and best company in the world to work for. It's about… DREAMS!

Find your dreams. Follow your dreams. Don't lose sight of your dreams!

Disclaimer: this isn't my kind of movie, but I was trapped inside a plane for hours on my return from France and this was a time-filler. However, I found a silver lining in it. Writers are weird like that – we see the world as it relates to our writing or how we can use it.

The Lovable Losers even quote from one of my favorite movies, Flashdance, where the heroine clings to a nearly impossible dream, but doesn't give up. In The Interns, our heroes encourage their colleagues to make it happen through teamwork, positive attitudes and high expectations. Yay – my kind of language.

My favorite quote from Flashdance: "If you lose your dream, you die."

I think dreams are so important in our lives that most of my books are about following dreams, losing dreams, finding new dreams, and pursuing dreams of happiness and love.

In Embraceable You, not only has the heroine lost her dreams and her love, but most of the townsfolk have lost their hopes and dreams, too. However, connections to the Internet, teamwork, positive attitudes and high expectations enable them to become winners with hopes for the future. Embraceable You is online at Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/Embraceable-Irish-Hearts-Series-ebook/dp/B00CCH4ORO/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1371570406&sr=1-2&keywords=Embraceable+You;
See how my characters work together to achieve success on the line.

And most importantly, follow your own dreams, wherever they may lead.

Happy Holidays,
   Mary Tate

3 comments:

Johnnie Frederick said...

So happy to be your first comment Mary, and yes we all have dreams or ideas of accomplishment. I guess mine are not lofty dreams, but more of expectations of a daily "finish list" which seems to go on forever, so guess that is good in that it gets me up and moving looking forward to the daily "Mark-off list of accomplishment. Is that a crazy dream!!!
However, my next dream will be to write a narrative about Kallijah the wooden Indian that used to sit outside my Dad's store. He has been resurrected so that dream has been fulfilled. Stay tuned!

Johnnie Frederick said...

So happy to be your first comment Mary, and yes we all have dreams or ideas of accomplishment. I guess mine are not lofty dreams, but more of expectations of a daily "finish list" which seems to go on forever, so guess that is good in that it gets me up and moving looking forward to the daily "Mark-off list of accomplishment. Is that a crazy dream!!!
However, my next dream will be to write a narrative about Kallijah the wooden Indian that used to sit outside my Dad's store. He has been resurrected so that dream has been fulfilled. Stay tuned!

Mary Tate Engels said...

Johnnie, I love this idea. Kaliijah is just one chapter in the Pete's Place story. Remember the Bear! My husband used to travel old 41 and stop there as a kid. We have a lot in our past - just change the names and write about it. But I love your art dreams - who knew? Until we let loose and follow those dreams. Thanks!