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To Read or not to Read: That is the Question!

I never understood how people could claim to not like reading. I understood not being interested in certain topics, but having no interest in reading or even disliking the idea of reading had always puzzled me.

hobbiesI did (and still do) understand that being forced to read certain things in school can put a damper on a person’s desire to pick up a book, though. However, I always believed that all people need to do is just open the right books. The books that suck them in, that cause them to lose track of time, to get them lost in alternate realities.

For the longest time, I lived to breathe in the scent of freshly printed pages and even pages neglected, sitting shoved on dusty school library bookshelves. From elementary school to years after I graduated from college, reading was a source of pleasure and a sort of escape for me.

This year, however, something changed.

The first half of the year continued to bring that joy of escaping reality through pages put together by amazingly talented writers. However, the second half became particularly difficult for me to handle and then suddenly all interest in opening any book was lost. My mind wanted to make itself want to read, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it. Part of me felt guilty because I had other priorities, and another part of me didn’t even want to look at a book. It was an incredibly new and painful struggle.

Robert GalbraithI’ve been trying to push through The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith since July. It’s not that the book is bad, because it’s not. I will admit I’ve read better ones, but my mind has been struggling with the ability to focus on anything for an extended period of time over the last six months.

Though the desire to read is slowly seeping back into my veins, I feel as if the excitement I should have for reading will never again be as strong as it once was. Here’s to hoping I’m wrong.

 

Has this or something similar ever happened to you? How did you get back into the swing of things?

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Fall Feelings

Rain falls heavy on the delicate touches of autumn, collecting on the tops of miniature pumpkins resting on their vines in gardens decorated with scattered leaves. Red. Brown. Orange. Yellow. Leaves of all shapes and sizes are forced off their branches forever by the teeming rain and hefty winds, detached from their only source of life, left to die–some together, some alone–on blades of browning grass. We call this beauty. The process of death. Millions of leaves lose their lives every year, and we take pleasure in their deaths.

autumn landscape

Under this season’s sun, parents laugh as young children get lost in large piles of leaves in backyards everywhere. Dogs race around, playfully snapping at stray leaves blowing in the breeze. No two leaves are alike. No two children let out the same laugh. No two families are exactly the same. But so many of us share pleasure in witnessing the miracles of fall.

We gut pumpkins and gourds, calling it “fall decor.” We purchase cans of pumpkin innards to make the best pie ever invented. We take advantage of nature’s predictable cycles. But be careful. That rain makes those dying leaves awfully slippery on our man-made sidewalks. Those piles of leaves may have some nasty little bugs waiting to squeak, “SURPRISE!”

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What’s your favorite part of this season? The food, the decorations, or the picture perfect painting of nature’s slow demise?

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Emma Watson Disgusted By Social Media Acts

The ever lovely Miss Emma Watson took to Twitter yesterday to express her distaste for social media pervs. As many of you are aware, the phone of her friend Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook) was reportedly hacked this past Sunday, August 31, along with personal accounts of other lady celebs. Nude photos have been reportedly circulating around the world wide web, some celebs declaring them fakes. However, whether these birthday suit pics are legit is no laughing matter.

Social media privacy violations

Watson is known to be an advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. She is one of the few celebrities who promote nothing but optimism and compassion toward others, aiming to change the world with one action at a time. I’ve always been a fan of her modesty when it comes to fashion: “My idea of sexy is that less is more. The less you reveal the more people can wonder.”

With all this being said, however, it makes me wonder…how can we feel empathetic toward a young adult who should have known better than to have even contemplated having a nude photo taken if she didn’t have plans for it to be revealed? By no means am I saying that Lawrence is using this as a publicity stunt–that’s not the case at all. She has no need for such a thing, as she is more successful already at the age of 24 than many aspiring actors and actresses may ever be. In addition, her spokespeople have informed the public of her outrage at this privacy invasion, and full-blown investigations are underway. I’m merely saying that I’m surprised at the fact that Lawrence, such a bright and talented young woman, must not have thought about the repercussions of her action before doing such a thing.

Celebrity Privacy

celebrity privacy leaksTheir popularity only makes celebrities even bigger targets for invasions of their privacy. Unfortunately, there are tons of people who would pay big bucks for access to embarrassing moments or dirty little secrets of celebrities and government officials. Therefore, these people need to be even more careful with how they handle their private lives.

“If Katniss does it, then it’s gotta be okay,” young girls may think, unable to distinguish the difference between a character and the actual person. But there’s a huge difference: Actors and actresses pretend to be fictional characters on a daily basis. They get paid to pretend to be other people. Just like each one of us, every actor and actress is flawed. None are perfect.

So many celebrities need to realize that young people of the world look up to them, consider them heroes, even idolize them, and that everything they do and say impacts the lives of hundreds, even thousands of individuals.

It Can Happen To Anyone

No matter how many times something like this happens, individuals everywhere believe, “Oh, that will never happen to me!” They think that because they’re not popular like celebrities, they don’t have to worry about these sorts of issues. That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Every now and then, situations like this are broadcasted on the news. Another high school teen has been found spreading nudes of his girlfriend to his buddies. My question is this: Why do girls feel the need to comply with perverted desires of young men? Perhaps it’s a sign of insecurity. They should find people who love and care for who they are as individuals, not what they look like. Appearance may be a contributing factor to many decisions in life, but it is not everything. Our bodies are sacred; they are not to be used for materialistic purposes.

If you value yourself as an individual, if you truly love yourself, then think before you act. No matter who you are, what your social status may be, your privacy is always at risk of being revealed. Once a deed is done, it cannot be reversed. Once it is revealed, it cannot be hidden again.

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4 Years is Kind of a Long Time…

https://i2.wp.com/www2.psd100.com/ppp/2013/09/24/Colorful-Balloons-Celebration-Vector-Background-0924072203.jpgThis past May marked the 4th anniversary of my college graduation. Three days ago marked the 8th of my high school graduation. And today marks the 4th year since I created this blog.

I have to admit, I’m aware that I’m not getting too far with it, but it’s still fun to have something online that is just mine aside from the typical social media sites. Not gonna lie, they get boring after awhile. Here, I can write and write and write some more. And that’s what I love to do. I won’t get brokenhearted if a certain someone doesn’t “Like” my post. I won’t cry if my favorite celebrity doesn’t tweet me back. Facebook and Twitter are slowly becoming interchangeable, anyway.

But it is exciting to sign into my WordPress account and find that 6 people have viewed my page in the last few days since my last post. (Pathetic, I know. A whopping number 6!) Comments are a bonus, because they nearly never appear. Granted, I went how many years and months between posts at times? which of course has everything to do with the number of views and everything that comes with them. I am by no means an SEO genius. I was an English major, for crying out loud. And what can you do with an English degree, anyway? Seriously. I enjoy writing, so that’s what I’m doing here and with a pen and paper in my spare time.

I’m trying to keep this going, trying to post when I can. Pretty soon, I’d like to get a few review posts up, because I’ve recently finished reading Divergent and City of Heavenly Fire and I’m super pumped for those reviews because they were excellent books. For now, my reading streak continues with Gone Girl, a more adult novel by Gillian Flynn, suggested by a dear friend.

Stephen King says you can’t be a good writer if you don’t read. I’ve never read any of his fiction, but I do agree with him. I’ve found my writing style is greatly impacted by the wide variety of books I read. I’ve recently decided to stray from my norm, to spend time write some short stories. Writer’s Digest is an incredibly useful magazine. I got suckered into purchasing a magazine subscription from an adorable little Girl Scout, and every other month I’m blessed with snippets of helpful hints that boost my creativity and blossom new ideas on how to get published (once I actually finish something).

Within the next 4 years, I plan to keep reading, writing, and possibly living in the in between. Here’s to a better 4 years for my blog on WordPress!

 

How long have you had your blog? How often do you post?

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Happy Birthday, Shakespeare!

Dear Friend,

Oh Will, you old fart! It’s your birthday again, and yet again you are not here to celebrate it with us. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to devote to a detailed description of your life achievements, but I do have a moment to say just a few words.

You brought years of entertainment to the early 17th Century, and for that I am eternally grateful. Why? Because I, in the 21st century, am still intrigued by your ever classic works. I took a class completely devoted to studying your plays a few years back, and it was one of my favorite classes. I didn’t buy the textbook, I have to admit; but I did hike up to the 4th floor of the library nearly every week to hunt down the next play we’d cover in class that week. And when I say 4th floor, I really mean to include the 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-floor balconies and an extra flight of stairs in between the 3rd-floor balcony and 4th floor. Why it was there, I’ll never know. But it certainly kept me in shape that semester. Since I graduated, though, they’ve completely remodeled the library and I haven’t been back to find your collection.

My favorite play of  yours is Much Ado About Nothing, hands down. Thank you for providing hours of comedic entertainment for peasants and lords alike that was classic enough to be carried through to my generation. Thank you for persevering through your life hardships to produce such epic works.

You are quite possibly the classic literature figure I would most love to meet. Perhaps you’re in heaven now, and we’ll meet up someday and have a chat over tea and biscuits. Perhaps I’m crazy. But no matter. It’s your birthday, and although you’re gone, you will forever be preserved in the world of classic literature. Thank you for your unknowingly impactful contribution to the written word and all its glory. Thank you for existing, William Shakespeare.

 

Sincerely,

Your Public Admirer

 

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