Sorry for my absence!!

Hi everyone!! I am so sorry that I haven’t been posting anything. With getting married in a few days, and moving two days after our wedding I haven’t had the time to work on anything. For that reason I will be putting a hiatus on my posting until my life gets back in order.
I’d like to be able to fully devote myself to my writing,  and I can’t at the moment.
I’ll let everyone know when this get back on track!
Happy reading!

Poem mimicking T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

Hi everyone, 

So this piece is something that I wrote in high school, and I recently found it hidden away in the corner of my computer. I’m posting it simply because I am curious to see what people think of it. It is childish? Probably. A little over the top? Certainly, but since a younger me penned it I’m not sure that comes as much of a surprise. 

Anyhow, just let me know what you think. Good or bad comments are both accepted. Plus, I never said that I was gifted with poetry.

Happy Reading!

Read it here

Saturday Six Word Challenge

Hi everyone. I’m sorry this is so late in the day. My internet completely freaks out when it gets hot, and I can’t do anything. Anyhow…here it is!

I have trouble being concise enough.

Very true, which is why these six word challenges are quite amusing to me. 

Happy reading, and Happy Father’s day tomorrow!!

Awesome Quotes by Amazing Authors

GCM

 

 

“Human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but … life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves.”
― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Beautifully written, but then again that’s expected. I love this quote because it says something about each of us as individuals. We grow and change so much even after we mature. It is self-reliance and confidence in our talents that continually allow us to “give birth” to ourselves. We are never stagnant in our lives. We are always growing and changing, and that is the beauty of life. It is an obligation, as Garcia-Marquez states, that I happily take to heart.

Saturday Six Word Challenge

Hi everyone!

Here is today’s challenge! 

To all who follow: thank you!!!!

Writing this wasn’t much of a challenge because I’m so grateful to everyone who follows or reads this blog! Hope you’re having fun!

Happy reading!

Here’s the secret to writing…

Well, in a way. I think that many people who don’t write assume that writers stand outside on their roof tops at two in the morning waiting for inspiration to strike them. I’d like to say that’s how it works. Sometimes I’d like to think that’s how it works, but alas, it takes a lot of time and dedication to come up with something that doesn’t stink. I certainly have had my fair share of pieces that stink.

I think those writers who are really accomplished found their niche, and love writing on that genre or theme. I haven’t found mine yet. I think that’s why having people around you who you can talk to about your writing is tremendously important. I haven’t found something akin to that either, but I certainly am not giving up hope.

I may have a pipe dream, but I’m stubborn enough to claw my way to the top until I feel like I’ve accomplished something that means something to me. There is a great movie called Finding Forester, and I suggest it to anyone who loves a good literary film. One of the main points of the movie is that if you’re going to write you must write for yourself first. It sounds selfish, but it is certainly a smart way to think about writing. If you aren’t passionate in your own work how can you expect other people to become invested in it?

So, although in times of severe writer’s block I sometimes think about dancing around on my roof in the wee hours of the night for inspiration it really takes time and dedication to what you’re doing, and a passion for what you’re writing about. Because at the end of the day I’d rather feel proud of a story that never gets viewed over a popular story that I never really cared for in the first place.

So you have a degree…now what?

what_do_i_do_now__by_ashlinfaySo this post is a rather selfish cry for help from those who have succeeded with an English degree. As a recent graduate I have struggled to find what exactly I want to do with my degree. I imagine that everyone else who has invested themselves in their education comes out of college planning to use that education to survive and thrive in this world. I am no different. My school (a microscopic Jesuit University) taught me great things. They taught me to care for people regardless of their past history. They taught me that if I strive to change the world for the better it will return the favor. All of these things are what I believe in, which is why I decided to fork out the extra money and attend. It certainly was a great four years, but one thing that college did not prepare me for was discovering just how I wanted to use my education to do something meaningful with my life. Sure, some of my friends that graduated have plans and they knew just what their dreams were when we turned our tassels on graduation day.

As I’m sure people have noticed from reading some of my other posts I absolutely adore books. Do I know where this obsession came from? Books allowed a severely shy and introverted child to have adventures in the safety of her own room. I’m sure that’s why millions of people love books: because they allow us thousands upon thousands of adventures. They give us characters that we fall in love with, and role models that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives.

snoopy writer

While that’s fantastic, I have trouble understanding how books can have a greater impact on the world around us. Books are such a mental exercise that it is sometimes hard to see how those words on a page can change our outlook on life.

Does that mean I write for my living? I have taken a few swings at writing, but I certainly don’t feel as if I’ve hit a home run. There are many famous writers who have harnessed the power of writing to say something about the world around them.  I would want to create something that says something about the society I’ve grown up in, and how, in a broader sense it shaped the minds of a generation. But can one person make that kind of an impact? At my age? At any age in my life?

Anyone who hears that I have a Bachelor’s in English assumes I will teach.

English teacher

Honestly, children terrify me.  I don’t understand the way their minds think, and I tend to lose my patience very quickly. So, unlike some of my friends who want to teach I don’t have the serenity in myself to handle children.

Another dream that I had was to own my own bookstore. That was before I met my fiance and signed up for military life. I don’t regret that decision. It just means I will have to wait about twenty years before that dream can become a reality. What I’m concerned about is the time in between now and then.

bookstore

So for anyone who loves literature and tried to make a life out of it, what have you done? Have you succeeded? Or did you end up doing something you didn’t think you would do, but you love it anyway? Or am I just a young hopeless dreamer who is too blinded by her dreams to see the reality of life? I desperately want to retain my optimism because I believe that you shouldn’t throw out your dreams just because you grow older. Although, a little perspective would certainly be helpful, because I certainly can’t change the world with a pipe dream unless I have some drive.

 

“What Do I Do Now” photo courtesy of: thisisbeirut.wordpress.com

Peanuts photo courtesy of: moskeda.wordpress.com

Teaching photo courtesy of: www.asiapundits.com

Bookstore photo courtesy of: mysterysuspence.blogspot.com

Saturday Six Word Challenge!!

Hi everyone! Sorry about my absence the past couple of days. Posts are now back on schedule!

Here are my six words for the day!

I don’t have a green thumb!

Happy Reading!