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Abyss of the Birds

The abyss is Time with its sadness, its weariness. The birds are the opposite to Time; they are our desire for light, for stars, for rainbows, and for jubilant songs.

Olivier Messiaen

Time passes. Each moment is stitched to the next, the seams so small you’ll never see them. You thought the water was cool at first, but now it freezes your skin. You thought the wind was a whisper, but now it screeches and scratches in your ears. Yet nothing has changed. Only the moments that have been passing, one by one by one. Time passes and everything in its path is ground down to dust.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapters 7 & 8: Cocoa & Her Skeleton, in Rainbows Clad

Warning: contains spoilers.

In Chapter 7, the team deals with stress by drinking cocoa. In Chapter 8, Jack and Christopher lead Loriel’s bones to her final resting place. These are both short chapters so I’m dealing with both of them at once.

Angelica and Eliza in Hamilton: Political Ambition vs. Personal Stability

Hamilton is a musical about legacy. It examines the concept from several different angles – what is a legacy worth, what control do you have over your own legacy, how far would you go to protect it? This is very evident in the political parts of the plot, but it also comes through in the personal aspects, namely, his relationship with Eliza and Angelica, and how those relationships develop over the course of the story. In many ways, these personal relationships, as presented in the musical, leave more of a legacy than the fighting and writing. Let’s dig into that, shall we?

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 6: The Bodies We Have Buried

Warning: Contains spoilers

In Chapter 6, the group has formed! On Eleanor’s request, Jack, Kade, Nancy and Christopher help to dispose of Loriel’s body and bond over their creepy experiences. Once they have Loriel sitting in acid, they search for Jill.

Who Tells Your Story: Point of View in Hamilton

I’m very obsessed with Hamilton. Like, there was a point where I listened to the soundtrack once a day. As in, I bought the sheet music to learn on the piano. I mean, I signed up for Disney+ just so I could watch the filmed performance. I haven’t written about it before because there’s not much for me to say that isn’t just gushing. The music’s great. The story’s impressive. The lyrics are soooo good. There’s not much I can add to that.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 5: Survivors, For a Time

Warning: Here be spoilers
In Chapter 5, students turn on Jack, suspecting her of the murder. In group therapy, they discuss the likelihood of returning to their worlds, and the present situation. We close the chapter on a new corpse.

Why Playing Piano is like Playing Video Games

Caveat: I don’t really play a lot of video games

But hear me out!

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 4: Lightning to Kiss the Sky

Warning: Here be spoilers
In Chapter 4, Nancy goes through her first day of school, and wakes up on her second to find her roommate murdered. After learning more of Jack and Jill’s travels, Nancy helps Kade and Jack clean up Sumi’s things.

The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie: Second Person Narration

The Raven Tower is a story of gods and people. It tells of what happens when the Lease’s Heir and his aide, Eolo, return to the palace to find that the Raven’s Lease, ruler of the kingdom and appointed sacrifice to the kingdom’s god, has disappeared. What follows is a whole bunch of intrigue, politics, and religious history.

It’s also told from the point of view of a god.

Every Heart a Doorway Analysis, Chapter 3: Birds of a Feather

Warning: Here be spoilers.
In Chapter 3, Nancy meets the school therapist, Lundy, who is aging in reverse, due to a bargain she made at the Goblin Market. The morning after group therapy, Nancy learns some unpleasant truths during her orientation.

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