Write your Story

Being an editor and a writer has taught me some of the most valuable lessons I’ve ever learned. It’s also taught me a lot about myself and my own personal writing. So for anyone who is hesitant about sharing their writing or too afraid, nervous, plagued with fear of rejection, etc. this one is for you.

Write that story.

Don’t just write that story, write your story. So some guy broke your heart? Write about it. You have every right to feel what you feel, whether it’s from an experience, good or bad, healthy or not. Don’t let anybody tell you to tone yourself down or share less about your own personal business.

You are a writer.

Whether you scribble something down in the margin of your notebook or write online for the world to see, you’re a writer. If you write, you’re a writer. Don’t let people tell you that you aren’t a writer just because you aren’t published. I write for a publication but I’ve also been a writer since I was little. To be fair, I used to write short stories on those lined paper pages you use in grade school to learn how to write in script. At the age of 7, I was a writer.

Write your heart out.

Writing is probably the best and cheapest form of therapy there is. It’s just you and a blank sheet of paper with endless possibilities and there is something really therapeutic about that concept. Write for yourself. Not for views, shares, likes, audience numbers…Your best pieces will come from this deep, dark place inside of you that few will ever venture to.

And lastly, if you love it, do it.

This applies to a lot of things in life. But we’re talking about writing here. If you love to write, don’t ever stop writing. Who cares if it isn’t your career goal to be an author? Or maybe it is and everyone feels the need to tell you that “writers never make money”…it’s your life and you only get one. Live it doing something that you’re passionate about.

Persuasion

Soft whispers tugging at the corner of eager eyes.

Gnarled fingers running through tousled hair.

Rough hands wiping away tears, staining her face.

“I love you”

The only thing she needed to hear in the midst of silence.

The three words to stop her,

dead in her tracks.

Words that don’t quite match up to actions,

Actions that don’t quite match up to the words.

A cacophony of lies litter the floor like broken glass

Stabbing the remnants of a love gone wrong.

I Had a Bad Day

I had a bad day and have probably managed to somehow take it out on any and every person I’ve come into contact with. Maybe I didn’t smile at the last customer who walked into my store this afternoon or I brushed my boyfriend’s hand away from mine because I was irritated. And now that I have a minute to think about, bad days are bound to happen, that doesn’t mean we have to or should take it out on the people who are just trying to make it better.

Without getting preachy, because nobody likes someone who can’t practice what they preach, take a moment to cool off after a stressful day. Could you have been the real reason that you had a bad day? Maybe you woke up in a bad mood and silently or not, told yourself that it was going to be a bad day. If so, from the moment you woke up, you expected it to be a bad day. Therefore, you probably weren’t as nice to your “rude” customer as you may have been if you were in a better mood. That customer may have been in a bad mood because you looked like you were.

At the end of the day, everything happens for a reason. Every action causes a reaction. Now not to say that you aren’t allowed to have bad days, but take a minute to remind yourself that while you may be having the worst day ever, the way you treat other people has a direct effect on the way that they treat you in return.

And while we’re on the topic of horrible days, it really could always be worse. There’s always someone who has less than you or is going through a difficult time in their life. Think about the feelings of others before you go off projecting your negative energy to the entire world. But also feel free to get yourself a pint of ice cream and eat the whole thing because you feel like crap.

Writer’s Block

No sparks.

No words that make you feel alive.

No gut-wrenching passages that make you fall in love

or hate someone who broke your heart.

Just empty space,

a shaky hand hovering over a blank paper.

Eager fingers typing nonsense onto a computer screen, humming with life.

Falling asleep cast in the light of a screen,

waking up only to find that you held the nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn

down too long.

No signs of intelligent life here, folks.

Move along.

This is a writer’s block zone and

nobody’s home.

 

 

Cutting the Cancer Out

Take the knife,

slide it across the flesh,

reach inside and

cut the cancer out.

Reach inside and

cut out the “I hate you’s” the

“I don’t love you’s” and the

black masses that are taking over your heart,

your soul, your light.

Cutting the cancer out,

Escaping from the past and never looking back,

Smashing the looking glass and

hoping for the best.

Separate yourself from the evil,

remove that empty feeling, creeping through your body.

Don’t turn around and don’t stop now.

Because

Once you’ve started,

you simply can’t go back.

A Revelation Like No Other

One day, she opened her eyes

and everything made sense.

The tossing and turning, endless nights spent

battling demons she had no clue

existed.

That’s when she learned,

the monsters weren’t in her closet,

they weren’t under her bed or hiding behind the shower curtain.

They walked among her,

silently lurking,

waiting for just the right moment to

attack.

“Get Out” and Racism

Recently, I watched the movie Get Out. Not to ruin the movie for anyone, the gist of it is that an African American man is going to meet his Caucasian girlfriend’s family for the first time. Upon arrival, he notices that the African Americans working for the family are acting a little strange and so ensues a series of unfortunate events. However, the real message behind this movie is that racism is alive and well, and this movie throws it in your face unapologetically.

This movie makes you feel uncomfortable, angry, confused, and ultimately horrified at the way the African American and his cohorts are treated. The plot twist will keep you hooked until the very end. However, let’s get back to the issue of racism.

In today’s society, we don’t like to throw the word “racist” around, or maybe we do. Racism is alive and, unfortunately, thriving. Racism is everywhere, if you look hard enough or even if you don’t. In this movie, we are shown the dehumanization, quite literally, of a race of people and seeing it at such an extreme level is definitely disconcerting, however, in reality we turn a blind eye to it.

Racism occurs even without us knowing it. For example, it takes a human just a few seconds to determine whether or not they like someone. And what are we first exposed to upon meeting someone? How they look, how they dress, how they greet us. Without actually being consciously aware of it, we are judging a person based on whether they look like someone we would want to associate with. Now while this may not be inherently racist, there is a high possibility that for some individuals, the color of someone else’s skin may determine whether or not that individual is someone they would want to associate with.

Racism occurs when the media portrays police brutality against African Americans and nobody else. Racism occurs when Kathy Griffin posts a picture holding a replica of Donald Trump’s head, severed and bloody, and the media is in outrage over it while Obama’s presidency was filled with posted videos of burning replicas of Obama, hanging from a noose. This is racism. Racism is when something that happened to one person is not reacted to in the same manner as something happening to another individual of  a different race.

Racism is interracial couples being ridiculed because their skin isn’t the same color. Racism is also proclaiming that “mixed babies are the best babies” (and yes, I have actually heard this come out of people’s mouths). How does the racial background of a baby make them any better or worse than a baby who is strictly one race? That’s right. It doesn’t.

Regardless, check this movie out. It’s been out of theaters for quite some time now so it should be easily accessible! Enjoy!

 

This Is Where it Ends

Alright guys! Book number 7 is officially done and it was a great read! “This is where it ends” is a well-written book by Marieke Nijkamp and just happens to be a New York Times bestseller. This is a book told by the perspective of 4 students dealing with an active shooter situation in their high school where “nothing bad ever happens”. The event comes as a shock to those involved and this story follows the journey and thoughts of 4 students at various times throughout the situation. Nijkamp writes in such a way that each character becomes extremely dynamic, taking risks and doing things that one wouldn’t expect them to do in a situation such as this.

The end is shocking, the trauma these students suffer is devastating and although it is a work of fiction, school shootings are a very real occurrence in today’s society. The story showcases how a normal day could turn into anything but in an instant, how people banding together can do more than just being an individual, the power of love, friendship, and family, and allows for some thoughts on how to prevent this from happening or if there is even a sure fire way of preventing violence on this kind of level.

Would 10/10 recommend for anyone who loves a page-turner.

 

 

The Butterfly Garden

Book number 6 in the Journey of 100 books in a year. This book, written by Dot Hutchison, was probably one of the most beautifully haunting books I’ve ever read. In short, this is a book that stems far beyond what it’s actual words are. It’s a story of captivity, loss of identity, conformity, and the beauty of life and death. Without giving too much away, this is about a man ,”The Gardner”, who “collects” young girls and keeps them in the Garden. He loves them in his own sadistic way and leads a complicated double life while his “butterflies” live hidden from the rest of the world. 

Definitely a must read if you’re looking for a page-turning thriller. Warning: some of the content is extremely disturbing so read at your own risk. Enjoy!