There’s less than a week til the one-year anniversary of this blog! I can hardly believe that I’ve been writing and sharing with the blogosphere for a year. I’m so glad I let a friend convince me to start it. It has been a friend when I had no one to talk to, an outlet to vent, and the best place in the world to share my writing. I sincerely hope that those of you who are kind enough to follow me have enjoyed my nonsensical ramblings and bitching and exultations.
For those of you who may not have been around since the beginning of this blog, I wanted to catch you up a little bit/ share my favorite posts from this past year. I hope you enjoy!
The Road That Let to Know
Originally Posted October 15, 2009
It’s amazing how seemingly insignificant moments in life can become catalysts for major change. At least that’s what I’ve been told. And it must be true because I’ve witnessed the phenomenon time and time again.
I tend to be the type of person who thinks I always know what path I’m walking when, in reality, I could stumble upon a fork in the road, trip over a tree root, or walk right into a dead end at any moment.
My Top 10 Favorite Books
Originally Posted November 9, 2009
This was a HARD list for me to make. I love to read. I’ve always loved to read and my taste in books is broad. I only had one requirement for a book to make my top ten list: I had to have read it more than once. To me, that’s an automatic way to determine if a book is good. Do I want to read it a second time? A third time? Otherwise, I just went with my gut.
1.) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. I know, no big surprise here if you’ve read other blog entries and the Randomness page. I’ve read this book more times than I can count. I cry every time Darcy says, “You are too generous to trifle with me…” I have “I love Mr. Darcy” as the screen saver on my phone. Yes. I really do. I’m such a dork, but I don’t care. Elizabeth Bennett is witty, independent, and kind. She stays true to the women of the time period she lived in, but she also breaks new ground. Jane Austen is a genius. This is ABSOLUTELY the best book ever written. If you disagree we cannot be friends.
Bookshelf Browsing- Why Judging a Book By Its Cover is Totally Fine By Me
Originally Posted January 6, 2010
I read somewhere that writers aspiring to be published should
(A) Read as many books in the genre they are writing in as possible
(B) Support other beginning (or non-famous) authors by buying their books.
Well, if you’ve been reading my blog regularly you’ll know my financial situation as of late hasn’t really allowed me to purchase many books (or any at all), so I’m dreadfully out of touch with what is out there in book world right now.
What I Learned This Week
Originally Posted March 11, 2010
I’m often told that my writing is very honest- that I’m not afraid of putting myself out there on the page. And I definitely find this is true. In fact, I’m more honest in my writing than in actual conversation. Not because I am untruthful in real conversation, but because I often just can’t find the right way to express myself. Somehow, in writing, I always can.
I’ve been thinking about this phenomenon a lot lately. Namely due to this guy I went out on a couple of dates with. Let me emphasize A COUPLE OF DATES. I’ll be more precise. TWO dates. You’ll see why the number is important in a minute.
The Query I Wish I Could Send Out
Originally Posted May 3, 2010
I wrote my first novel, Twenty-Five, a year ago, on the verge of my own twenty-fifth birthday to deal with the trauma of that milestone. It is the first time I’ve attempted to write fiction other than a contest in the fourth grade (which I won) where I wrote a short story entitled The Summer Aliens Invaded My Brother’s Brain. I know my strengths and I know my weaknesses. Twenty-Five is a love story, pure and simple. The characters are not so utterly unique that reading about them makes one wonder if I was on acid when imagining their personalities. The plot is not so action packed and full of twists and turns that readers will sit looking at the wall, scratching their heads, for ten minutes after reading because they have no idea what the hell just happened. Instead, I’ve created characters who are a lot like you and me, your best friend, your next door neighbor, and the boy who grew up down the street from you who you always had a secret crush on. What happens to them is what happens to us all- the firsts of a new relationship. The first meeting, the first date, the first kiss, the first fight, the big breakup, etc.
And some milestone updates for you: this is my 99th (eek!) post and there are only 4 days until the anniversary!!!!
A little thing that makes me happy: decorating for Halloween!