From One Reality to Another (a.k.a. When My Mind is High on Murakami Fiction)

There were several moments this week where I found myself wanting to escape- not literally escape (or maybe so) but to mentally escape; to relieve myself of the then present situation engrained in this hardcore reality and float off into another.  That’s what college work does to you and that’s also what happens when a Haruki Murakami novel is distracting you with the unusual. Continue reading “From One Reality to Another (a.k.a. When My Mind is High on Murakami Fiction)”

The Illusions We Create, Maintain and Unwind

Several weeks ago, I read quite an interesting young adult novel by Zoe Marriott called Shadows on the Moon.  Set in a fairytale version of feudal Japan, it follows a teenage girl named Suzume who, with the power of her shadow weaving, is able to become anyone she wants.  In which case, it’s all for a plot to enact revenge on her stepfather for the murders of her father and cousin.

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Influences and Non-Influences of the Suburbs and Establishing a Mentality

Maybe it’s wisest to make a point of saying that I was born and raised in the suburbs, so I’m accustomed to the semi-small town feel with knowing people who know everyone else and how we’re close without being squashed together in a physical kind of way.  And no, I did not grow up behind the protection of a white picket fence.  It’s not that kind of suburbia. Continue reading “Influences and Non-Influences of the Suburbs and Establishing a Mentality”