The Not-So Serious of Beings

I think one experience I’ve learned from the readings and writing that I’ve done throughout the past year is that as a writer, you cannot take everything you jot down be purposefully serious.  I don’t mean in the matters of tone, but in the matters of meaning.  Fiction writers alone cannot be taken as the most serious of humans, especially due to the fact that already, we spend days writing about events that either may have been altered from real life scenarios, or may have never happened- or can’t happen- at all. Continue reading “The Not-So Serious of Beings”

Living the Hill-Hopper College Life

The other day in one of the classes I’m taking this quarter for my major, my professor came in, asking how we’re doing.  Being sleepy and not fully awake as we were (including me), not a lot of us answered.  So then one thing led to another, and then he was then asking us if we actually wanted to be here in college.  I kid you not, there was one student who actually went on to say how she’d rather be working but that the only reason why she was enrolled in college was to get a degree and therefore enhance her career opportunities once she graduates.  Needless to say, my professor wasn’t too thrilled to hear this, pointing out how a degree isn’t always necessary to have a successful career. Continue reading “Living the Hill-Hopper College Life”

Last Day of 21

A year has come and gone, as quickly as it may be, and now I am less than a day away from turning 22.  My time as being the societal-hyped age of 21 is to end soon.

Whenever another birthday for me comes, I always imagine it as it is whenever the Doctor regenerates in Doctor Who; a new body, a new face, new fashion sense even… it’s as if you’re a completely different person.  And yet it’s never that drastic, the change in age.  It’s more of a gradual process that may not even last a full 365 days. Continue reading “Last Day of 21”

It’s All About Strength

Several months back while running through my Facebook feed, I recall coming across quite an interesting quote that I’ve since inked into one of my quote books.  It’s a quote by psychologist Laurie Helgoe.  She says: “Isn’t it refreshing to know that what comes perfectly natural for you is your greatest strength?  Your power is in your nature.  You may not think it’s a big deal that you can spend hours immersed in something that interests you- alone- but the extrovert next door has no idea how you do it.” Continue reading “It’s All About Strength”

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”

What to Write About On a Writer’s Blog

I have been hesitant for the longest time about starting up my own blog.  One of the reasons is that within recent years, I’ve developed an extreme tendency to not trust people as much anymore, and it’s a given that the Internet is one of the most vulnerable positions to ever put yourself in (yet we ironically do it all the time anyway).  But given the fact that I really need to start putting myself out there as a writer within books and what not that are in the process of completion, blogs and personal website tend to be the go-to methods for that.  And besides, maybe it will be good for me. Continue reading “What to Write About On a Writer’s Blog”