Patreon Launch TODAY!

Hello Friends!

Guess what? TODAY IS THE DAY!

My Patreon is officially going live with content today! It’s going to be a great opportunity to get to know you guys, as well as sharing some work with you!

This was supposed to be a LiveStream, but due to some technical difficulties, I will instead be posting not one, but TWO weekly short stories, as well as keeping a close eye on the page so that I can interact with you guys!

I’ve attached the link to the bottom of this post, so I hope to see you guys stop in for a spell 🙂

Thanks!

–Elizabeth

Elizabeth’s Patreon!

Patreon Launch Update!

Hello everyone!

It’s just about that time…. on Monday, November 20, at 2pm EST, I will be hosting a LiveStream to celebrate the launch of my Patreon website! I’ve attached a link to this post so you can go and check it out between now and then, as well as get to the page for the LiveStream.

This stream is going to be so fun! You’ll have a chance to get to know me as a writer and a person. I’ll also be releasing not one, but TWO weekly short stories, doing a reading of them, and taking questions about the stories, my writing process, and just getting-to-know-you questions. I want this Patreon to be a thriving and close-knit community, after all!

Just in case you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a platform that creators like myself can use in order to create a stable income so that they can make more content for their fans. It allows fans to pledge monthly amounts to get exclusive access to content as it comes out. You don’t just get the basic content, however. At every level of pledge, you can get access to exclusive things, like bonus book reviews, sneak peeks at future content, exclusive Q and A sessions, and more!

I am hopeful about this venture, and I want to share it with you! So even if you don’t pledge, please, come and check out the page!

I hope to see you all there on November 20!

-Elizabeth

Elizabeth’s Patreon

Shakespeare, Part 1: Much Ado about “Much Ado”

The pun in the title is, I’ll admit, pretty obvious. But as my favorite of Shakespeare’s comedies, I think it’s deserving of attention and re-analysis.

The Plot: Messina, Italy. Don Pedro, Prince of Aragon, and his compatriots visit Leonato, the governor of Messina’s, house. The two most notable of Don Pedro’s companions are Claudio, a young nobleman, and Benedick, a clever young man whose witticisms are among the best that Shakespeare has to offer. The two fall in love with Leonato’s daughter Hero and niece Beatrice respectively.  Beatrice’s wit matches Benedick’s, and the two duke it out as to who is less in love with the other (hint: they’re both in denial), while Claudio and Hero plan a wedding. A bastard prince, his cohorts, and a moronic constable named Dogberry cause some shenanigans.

My favorite incarnation of Much Ado About Nothing is probably the one featuring David Tennant as Benedick and Catherine Tate as Beatrice. The centerpiece of any good adaptation of Much Ado is the contentious relationship between Benedick and Beatrice, and these two actors pull it off in amazing form (though their chemistry is long-established since their stints on Doctor Who).

Much Ado is not just hilarious–it has some poignancy that creates depth in the characters, instead of leaving them to be comedic caricatures. The scene in Act IV in which Claudio accuses Hero of being unfaithful is painful to watch, since we are assured, as audience and reader alike, that there is no character in the play more innocent than Hero. Beatrice’s dismay at this turn of events is palpable even through the page, and we share in her pain and heartbreak as if we knew Hero personally. In fact, it almost seems as if we do know all of these characters like old friends.

That, I think, is the genius of Shakespeare at his best. We listen to the dialogue, and feel as if we’ve heard it before. That’s not to say that it’s overdone or contrite–rather, it means that we’ve heard it before in our daily lives, but somehow,on the stage, with Shakespeare’s words, and with the right people handling them, it seems elevated to something that we’ve never seen before.

I think my only gripe with the play is with Claudio. It’s pretty clear after he disgraces Hero in front of all her friends and family, instead of, oh, I don’t know, talking about the issue of her potential adultery in private like normal people, that he is undeserving of Hero. Not only this, but he agrees to marry another woman without meeting her first, as if he’s forgotten all about Hero. That, to me, seems to highlight the essence of how many noblemen at the time of Shakespeare were. Shakespeare’s women were relatively strong for the time period, but for the most part, in life outside of the Globe Theatre, they were seen as goods to be bought, sold, and tossed away.

This is where I am conflicted. As a reader and audience member, I despise Claudio. As a writer, I appreciate and respect his character as a reflection of the flaws of Elizabethan society.

All in all, it’s a close call as to which of Shakespeare’s comedies is the best, or even my favorite. However, if I had to name one to read or see over again, I would elect to come back to Messina and watch the story of Beatrice and Benedick unfold again.

Next Week: part 2 of the Shakespeare series, in which I talk about my favorite tragedy.

See you then!

-Elizabeth

Update: Welcome to the Renaissance!

Hello my friends!

I have decided to celebrate coming out of indefinite hiatus by reviewing my five favorite plays from William Shakespeare’s canon! And by favorite, I mean if you had a gun and the only way to get out of dying was to name my favorite Shakespeare play, I’d probably blurt one of these.

I decided to categorize them five ways: favorite comedy, favorite tragedy, favorite history, favorite romance, and favorite…well, Timon of Athens.

To clarify: just because I said that they are my favorite, doesn’t automatically mean that they have my favorite plots. They may be my favorite to study, not necessarily to enjoy as a cohesive narrative (looking at you, Timon–twenty page dissertation, here I come).

Well, see you tomorrow at 3pm EST for the first of the reviews, my favorite Shakespeare Comedy!

–Elizabeth

P.s. yes, the title is a Something Rotten reference. If you’re a Bardling like me and haven’t heard of Something Rotten, go listen!

P.p.s. is Bardling our fandom name? Does the study of Shakespeare, scholarly or otherwise, even constitute a fandom? HELP.

Big Announcement and Vintage Reader Revival!

Hello Readers!

I know it has been another long period without posting, but I have been having one hell of a time with my health, which is still continuing to this day. However, I have also had a lot of time to think. And in that thinking, I have come to a decision. (No, it’s not shutting down The Vintage Reader–you can relax!)

*drumroll*

I AM CREATING MY VERY OWN PATREON!

In case you’re not familiar with Patreon, it’s a website that serves as a platform for creators, such as myself, to get paid. This means that, potentially, I can focus on providing content for you guys FULL TIME!

While this Patreon will focus mostly on my pursuits in writing fiction, poetry, and plays, I will also be releasing book reviews that are exclusive for my patrons. So along with the reviews that are going to be released weekly on The Vintage Reader, you can potentially get bonus reviews, as well as getting to know me as a writer in my own right. And that, my friends, is a prospect I am so excited about 🙂

I will be releasing a review on this page every Monday, and I invite you to come and join me on Patreon so that I can share more of myself with you! I am going to have a Release Day LiveStream on Monday November 20, with more information to come later!

See you guys on Monday, with the beginning of a series of reviews from Stratford’s favorite son…you know which one 😉

Love and blessings to you all!

-Elizabeth

 

Update: My Poetry Just Got Published(!!!)

Yup, it happened.

Just this afternoon, two of my poems were published for the very first time in a professional journal. To say that I’m excited would be a gross understatement. This really marks the beginning of my professional career, and I would so appreciate it if you would read them at http://peacockjournal.com/elizabeth-reames-two-poems/ .

Now that I’ve got that plug out of the way, I’d like to talk about my main project, whose working title is “From the Clear Blue.” Something that I’ve noticed is that most plays and books that involve a character going missing or getting kidnapped tend to end with the reunion. They don’t really go into how the family readjusts to having that lost family member back in the picture.  That’s where my play picks up. A young man who has been missing for twenty years finds his way back home. But this play isn’t about the young man finding home–it is about the family finding themselves in a new context. I’m just about wrapped up on the first draft of Act I, and I have the overall arc of the play drawn up, but I am so excited to finish a first draft. I can’t wait to see where this play goes!

Now, I have decided to move my book reviews to Fridays, since my schedule will be much less hectic on Fridays, and I can much more easily commit to writing on this blog. Expect to see another post from me later tonight!

Thank you all so much for your support! Keep on reading 🙂

Poetry: Finally, publication!

Hi everyone! So big news of this week… I am officially being published in a professional journal!

That’s right–two of my poems, “Through the Mountains” and “Sarai’s Tree” are going to be published in Peacock Journal, a journal whose mantra is, fittingly, “Beauty first.” They are amazing, and publish amazing short stories, poems, and essays, so go check them out! http://peacockjournal.com/ 

My poems will be featured sometime during the week of April 3, so it’s coming up soon! 

I am so excited by this, because this is the first professional submission of mine that has been accepted. I recently tweeted that having my writing get rejected (or “declined,” as Submittable politely puts it) makes me feel like a pageant mom who just got told her child is ugly. This is a huge deal, and I think it might be the start of something pretty big.

Thanks! See you tomorrow for an update on “From the Clear Blue!” 🙂