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Bucket List!

I was listening to a podcast when I first came across the poem The Buried Life… it describes a feeling that I’ve been struggling with for years and was never fully able to articulate. I didn’t think this was something that other people felt, and I truly think that since I’ve been more open to connecting with others recently, I was able to find this conversation that resonated so strongly with me. This poem inspired not only me, but it also inspired a whole movement and organization called The Buried Life. It’s led by a young guy named Ben Nemtin who, after struggling with depression, surrounded himself with people that inspire him. He soon realized that he and his friends were all feeling this same disconnect that he felt from their true selves, and they equally felt disconnected from their true heart and soul’s desires. With The Buried Life poem articulating this feeling to them, they decided to do something about it and created a Bucket List that allowed them to connect to each other …

Current Reads | February 2018

Hi guys 🙂 It’s February and I managed to finish all my January books in January (shush- I know I only had two in my January reads…). But, I finished them! And I actually finished all my December books, too. I didn’t realize The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman was going to take so long… I think I may do a Book Chat video on that. What do you think? A Book Chat video would probably be most fun because I’m dying to know what you guys thought about the book… lol I need to get some discussion going here.   Anywhoooo I got a little more courageous and picked more than two books to finish this month 🙂 First off, I went to the library and picked up Grace of Kings by Ken Liu and Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. I’ve started both and they’re very good, and they couldn’t be more different from eachother. Grace of Kings reminds me of Tales of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin for …

WIP and Muses: Art is Devotion

Here I am… wrapped in a blanket, a cat on my lap, and the frozen day slipping by outside. I’m watching a movie called Somm, and there was something I heard just now that I wanted to share with you. “You have to put in your heart and soul… it takes a lifetime. It’s very simple!” -Robert Mondavi We’re all writers and readers with dreams. We all have heart and aspirations that get us through day-to-day life, and I just want you to know: whatever your dreams are, whatever hopes you have, its 100% possible… you just need to be devoted to it. And I just want you to know, we can do this together. What kind of projects are you guys working on this year? It’s the beginning of the year- I feel like it’s been a really refreshing start, too. I mean, I’m not the kind of person that believes everything changes over the course of one calendar day, but I truly believe that, just like nature, we are a cyclical, seasonal type …

Current Reads | December 2017

Hey friends! This month, I picked up two books from the local bookstore. One was a suggestion from a Booktuber who I love (Mollie Reads) and the other is a continuation of a beloved series. The first book, Strange the Dreamer, is by Laini Taylor, and this is honestly the first time I’ve heard of her. But honestly, Mollie’s description of her book in a recent video peaked my interest and had me headed to my nearest bookstore as soon as I could. From what I can gather, Strange the Dreamer is a story about a boy named Lazlo, who joins a band of heroic warriors to cross the world in hope of finding the long lost city, Weep. Lazlo has a host of questions that need to be answered, the most pressing involving the appearance of a blue-skinned goddess in his dreams. I thought this book sounded so interesting, because the synopsis makes it sound like the main character, Lazlo, is more passive compared to a lot of mainstream protagonists. Not passive in a bad way, …

The Power of Story: How to Strengthen Your Novel Writing

Story doesn’t grab power. Story creates power. -Annette Simmons, The Story Factor   What is it that draws us to storytelling? It’s one of the oldest forms of communication in society and is used as a way to enchant and educate. From fables, to folktales, to novels, to lyrics, to poetry, and through many other forms, the written and spoken word has become the easiest way to understand your life and yourself. Storytelling fulfills three basic principles: It helps you better understand the world around you. It aids your sense of perception and judgment. It timelessly applies to different stages of life and frames of thinking. We grew up learning morals through Peter Rabbit and Dr. Seuss and have moseyed our way into more mature stories that help us figure our way through adulthood. Storytelling explains without demanding and teaches without telling. The most basic representation of the power of story can be seen in the tale about Scheherazade, the main female character in One Thousand and One Nights. She manages to delay her imminent …