One year later….

Hello dear readers,

I hope this post finds you well. I was notified today that it has been a year since I started this blog. It certainly has changed since I began both in it’s set up, but also in what I now hope to achieve in posting every Friday. Thank you to everyone who even glanced at this blog once, and thanks to all of you who are still following my posts.

I feel like I’ve found a small community where I can share my passions and ideas, and people who don’t mind hearing about them.

I don’t know about some of you, but I’m still a bit distraught over the death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I have loved his work ever since I was introduced to him, and he will be sorely missed. I have been reading Of Love and Other Demons, and I just reminds me of the power of his writing. His writing is so clean and crisp, but there are always layers of depth and meaning. Salman Rushdie, another famous author who uses magical realism (the type of writing that Garcia Marquez was so famous for) said that, “he was the greatest of us all.”

If you’d like to read the article that Rushdie wrote, I’ve posted the link here.

I’m back to working on getting fully prepared for school, and I get more excited every day. I’ve known since a very young age that writing was my passion, and finally having the chance to make it part of a career is more than I could have hoped for. I’m going to work on getting more ideas on paper focusing on what I want to achieve by the end of this two years. I just can’t wait to get started!

Have a phenomenal Friday, dear readers!

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

 
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He inspired me to pursue my dreams. His writing means so much to me, and he will forever hold a special place in my heart. His genius will be venerated and celebrated by all those who open their hearts to his work.

 

Writing for catharsis and characters of mixed race.

Hi dear Readers!

I hope you all are having a splendid Friday. It’s almost the weekend! 

I was working on a new story that I started this morning, and I usually get really motivated once I start writing, and today was no different, but I was also reminded why I love writing so much.  I love discovering new things about my characters, and I feel like I find out new things about the range of human emotion when I write. These character that I know only a little about when I start I consider some of my closest friends when I’m done. I know that might sound strange but bear with me.

Writing may be the desire to discover something about a character who you’ve been fascinated about, but it also forces you to discover something about yourself in the process. You can’t peel back the layers of a character and learn their deepest motivations and fears without acknowledging your own. Writing is my passion, but it also allows me to writing for the catharsis I feel during the writing process, and when I’ve finished for the day.

I was stressed about a few things before I started writing this morning. Bills, family, school expenses, ect., but now I feel like I can handle my worries because while writing I was able to figure out I needed to approach each issue. I think that by helping my characters deal with their own issues it makes it easier to face my own.

I read an interview with an author who said that if she wasn’t a writer she would have been a therapist, or a counselor because she is driven to find out what makes people keep living their lives. I certainly think that she had something right with that statement.

 

My other issue is that I’ve been wanting to write a character who is of two different nationalities. He would be born in America, but I want one or both of the parents to have either been born out of the country or lived in a different culture for some time. I think that it would be really fascinating to see how cultural differences play a role in the dynamic of the family. I’m just not sure how to go about writing that character.

Do I do research on what nationality the parent comes from and go from there? Or should I try and see how they have had to adjust to the American culture they live in now? And how does that conflict with the culture they knew? What kind of pressure does that place on the child if he is attempting to balance both the American life he had grown up with and the values that his parent still values?

If anyone has any ideas I’d love to hear them because I find myself in a bit of a conundrum.

Have a great weekend!!

Researching for a character can get awkward….

Hi dear readers! I hope that someone is still reading this humble blog. I think that it has helped dropping posts down to just once a week because I know have something worthwhile to post about!

So, I’ve been doing research for a new character that I’m working on. He is a smoker, but the on and off type. He tries to stop, but if he gets stressed he can smoke a pack in an evening. The only problem is that I don’t really know anyone who smokes. There are a few people who I’d consider acquaintances, but I don’t really feel comfortable asking them details about their habit.

“Hey, I noticed you smoke. Mind if I ask you some questions about your habit? When did you start? How long have you been smoking? Why did you start smoking? Have you tried any specific tactics for quitting?”

That might no go over well. I would certainly get some weird looks.

I’ve done some research on my own over the internet, and that has helped a bit, but now I keep getting ads for those patches that help smokers quit. The internet is obviously judging me.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading for school and I’m just about to start a new book called The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson. It won the Pulitzer Prize, which is one of the coolest things in my book, but it got such rave reviews that I couldn’t help but pick it up. Hopefully I’ll be able to give you a review of it when I post next week.

Have a great Friday!