Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My Pretty Little Liars Theory After the Big A Reveal

Keegan Allen (Toby) said that A has been around since season 1 and Marlene King said that the A reveal on the finale was not a misdirection or half-truth, like the idea that Ezra was A. Therefore, we should be able to assume that Charles is A and that Charles has been there from the pilot episode, but how could that be? 

That makes me wonder if Jason is A and those blackouts or memory gaps he had the summer Ali was killed (or so we thought) was really his alter ego Charles taking over. It wouldn't be the first time on TV that a twin manifested their dead twin's personality, though I don't believe that's actually possible outside of TV Land. Perhaps Charles was his twin brother and Ali killed him. That might explain why she was the #1 target and sort of explain her freaky story about the twin girl who murdered her sister. She has twin killing on the brain. Of course, that might have been her subconscious thinking of the newly discovered Bethany Young.

Anyone else think that Sara Harvey really was in that grave and Bethany Young is still alive, and on the A team? Just because Avery thought he saw Sara riding her bike the day after Ali/Bethany was buried doesn't mean he did. It could have been Ali/Bethany/CeCe or some other unknown blonde. A switched the dental records of Ali and Bethany, so s/he/they could have switched them again with Sara's, and even purposely arranged for Bethany as Sara to be seen the day after Ali/Bethany was buried to throw people off. 

Marlene had texted a clue that there was a B in the box before the police said the body was really Bethany, but that could have been in reference to the mistake that it was Bethany, or it could have referred to Sara as being a Queen Bee as she was described by her friends, just like Ali.

If Charles is alive and is Jason's twin then what Keegan Allen said was not true. If Charles is not the person who kidnapped the Liars, then Marlene said about this reveal not being a trick would also be untrue.

The only thing that doesn't fit is Andrew. He definitely looks like he could be related to Jason and Ali, but isn't he Ali's age? He's in the Liars' grade, right? Jason graduated years ago, so how could Andrew be his long-lost twin, as people have speculated. Charles from the home video was definitely older than baby Ali. But you do have to wonder what Marlene meant about Drew being a better Jason for where they wanted the show to go than the original actor from season 1. The old Jason looked nothing like Andrew and Ali.

Or maybe A is really Meredith and Charles is her accomplise. Who knows?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Guest Post - "Researching My Book" by Marshanne Mishoe

Guest post by Marshanne Mishoe
 
I learned a lot from writing my first book, The Mind of a Child. It is a dual story line that focuses on two women, one in the 1940’s and the other living present day. They both have to deal with children with Down Syndrome and the story compairs and contrasts the differences in how these children are treated, both in history and today. While it was a story based on my Grandmother’s life, and portions of mine, there was a lot I didn’t know about my subject matter. I wanted the story to be fictional, because I didn’t know enough about my Grandmother’s life as a young woman to make it factual. I also liked the idea of making composite characters from people I knew and using my imagination to come up with the things that happened to them. But there were definitely areas where I had to know the facts.

For instance, I had worked with children with Down Syndrome for three years. So I felt I had a pretty good grasp of the disability and how it effects the children who have it. But I went to the web to learn even more and found a few surprises. I didn’t know that Downs kids can have flecks of gold and white in the iris of their eyes. I didn’t know that their large toes are usually separate from the rest of the toes or that boys with Downs are typically infertile. It’s this type of detail that helps characters be more believable to the reader.

I also had to learn a lot about the time in history I was writing about. I knew that the United States was just coming out of the Depression and was joining World War II. But I had never really known much about Eugenics, the social movement claiming to improve the genetic features of human populations through selective breeding and sterilization. The Nazis were experimenting with Eugenics and I was able to work in a brief mention of this movement in a scene in my book, again adding texture and believability.

I had a lot to learn about the South Carolina State School for the Feebleminded. This is where one of the characters of my book ended up and I knew very little about it. I was able to get a great amount of knowledge of the institution and what it was like in the 1940’s by reading A History of Whitten Village by Benjamin Otis Whitten. The book, although technical in many ways, gave me what I needed to take my reader right to the institution, called Whispering Pines in my book.

I also did some research into what a brand new baby is like, both with the Downs impairment and without. For this I leaned heavily on Your Baby and Child from Birth to Age Five, by Penelope Leach. I learned a lot about the typical newborn and used these facts to give the doctors in the story reason to believe something was wrong with the baby.

Research can be fun and enlightening as you write your own book. But most of all, it is an essential part of good story telling and should be given at least as much attention as you give the actual writing process.

About the Author
The Mind of a Child is Marshanne Mishoe’s first novel. She started her writing career back in the mid 1980’s as a television news reporter and anchor. She worked at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina for the better part of a decade, and before that she had a two-year stint as a writer and producer for SC-ETV’s satellite branch in Beaufort, SC.

Marshanne now makes her home just north of Atlanta. She lives with her husband, Steve, and their three kids, Jake, Spencer and Marishay. Their dog Millie would be highly incensed if she were left out, so she lives there too.

Visit Marshanne online at www.marshannemishoe.com.

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About The Mind of a Child

Two eras, two women, one story of strength and love.

1940: When Jessa gives birth to her youngest son, instinct tells her all’s not well. Her husband and doctor are keeping something from her, but what?

2007: Willa adjusts to her new job serving as an assistant teacher in a special needs classroom. At first she balks at the work she has to do - often involving bathroom issues and tantruming children. As she grows into the job, she comes to truly love her students, even as she learns that things aren’t all that they seem within her own family.

The Mind of a Child paints a vivid picture of contrasting times, disparate perceptions, and the women who shaped them. As they rely on their wits, family, and growing faith in God, their stories intertwine, teaching them that love can overcome any challenge.


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