Roundabout Views - Blog Posts

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08/16/2016 - 7:43pm

Who doesn’t love a little spiritual twist to a story? A little Norse paganism here, a little Christian lore there, maybe throw in a hint of some Celtic druid history. I for one love seeing hints of religion and mythology in the books I read and the stories I write. But here’s the thing; you have to do it right. If you don’t want to do it right or don’t have the dedication to do it right, don’t do it at all.

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04/19/2016 - 3:09pm

Sometimes a question mark or an exclamation point is just not enough. There are far too many times where I’ve found myself writing and come across a sentence that needs an extra punch of emotion that I just can't get from words alone.
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For example:

“She’s pregnant!” or “She’s pregnant?”

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04/16/2016 - 2:01pm

As I was sitting at a dining room table in an unfamiliar house in an unfamiliar city with an unfamiliar family that was my boyfriend’s, I realized something. Cultures connect the world. This is inspirational because there are other worlds out there that we don’t even realize are hidden within our own until we become part of them.

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04/10/2016 - 5:37pm

Food, for the longest of times, has brought people together, whether two people are just meeting for coffee, or friends are going out to lunch or dinner. Family dinners spent at the table instead of in front of the TV or computer, birthday parties full of food and sweets, BBQs at a family friend’s house that has a pool, 4th of July on your uncle’s farm, accidently setting fire to the field across from his house (and this is why we keep a bucket of water handy, folks), so many different ways that food brings people together.

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04/10/2016 - 3:14pm

Fanfiction has been around for decades. Originally coined in 1939, fanfiction has become something of a taboo term, usually associated with silly teenage girls fulfilling their own fantasies through popular characters in fiction. The original Star Trek series popularized this aspect of fandom in the 1960s, with women dominating the literary category as they sent in their pieces to fanzines, who it turn published them for the general public.
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04/05/2016 - 4:37pm

The cupcake recipe I’m about to give you is one of the best recipes that I’ve ever ran across and made. I can’t make cake from scratch to save my life, but I can make these Butterbeer cupcakes. Yes, you heard me right. Butterbeer. Like from Harry Potter. It exists, and you can find the drink at Hogwarts in Universal Studios, Orlando, or at the Harry Potter theme park in England. This is one of my favorite recipes because it’s not just throwing things together and mixing it, then throwing it in a pan.

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03/16/2016 - 9:36pm

I despised reading the required books I was assigned in high school. I could never pinpoint why I hated reading Of Mice and Men, I Am the Cheese, The Outsiders, and various other books that got so much praise from my classmates and teachers. There were many instances where I refused to even read the book, preferring to just skim it to get the necessary information I needed in order to pass my assignments.

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03/02/2016 - 4:54pm

Grunge was something fierce in the 90’s, but the hype had to die at some point, which really sucks. It was invented -or created, or dug up, who really knows-in the mid 80’s because everyone in this country had problems then, but surprisingly in early 90’s, it sparked huge attention to bands like Nirvana or Sublime. It’s so weird because no one under the president had anything to complain about; mortgage was okay, the deficit was at a minimum and gas didn’t cost an arm/leg deposit.

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02/16/2016 - 3:45pm

Language.

La langue.

Lingvo.

Gengo.
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That is the word language in the four languages that I can either speak proficiently, or am learning. English, French, Esperanto, and Japanese. I like to learn languages because I feel like it opens doors for me not only other countries, but also other worlds. You can visit a country without knowing their language, but you can’t truly know the country without knowing it.

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02/04/2016 - 8:09pm

An anonymous quote I found read, “Today – I will. Tomorrow – I will. There is no muse. There is only me, and what I do or do not do.” I think this applies to writing in many ways. We always tell ourselves when and what we’re going to write, if you’re anything like myself. Also if you’re anything like myself, you know this doesn’t work. Any time I set aside a time for myself to write, I feel forced. I feel pressured, I feel like I can’t do it.
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02/03/2016 - 12:27am

I feel myself writing the most when I’m not happy. I know this sounds crazy, but it is absolutely true. I write the most when I’m feeling sad, anxious, or even furious. The last thing I want to do when I’m happy is writing. I just feel like sometimes artwork doesn’t come out of happiness.

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12/03/2015 - 2:46pm

Through my high school career I have always dreamt of writing a book. I had in fact fulfilled this dream and written three books: Dark Dreams, Dark Illusions, and Dark Realities. Sadly these books didn’t sell more than two copies each.

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11/30/2015 - 8:46pm

On October 1st, I went to see Sue Monk Kidd. Although she was the third author I had seen in person, and not the last, she was the most enthralling. She spoke in Cascia Hall in Tulsa, but, with almost no effort at all, rivaled its beauty, elegance and grace.

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11/23/2015 - 9:09am

Ah, the most wonderful time of the year. Jingling bells decking the halls and driving me directly up the side of the wall with their bothersome yuletide carols. The snowing and bustling traffic that plagues the people of the interstate tears families apart more often than the times that they bring the families together; and who is to blame them for having to read the same exact things every thirty minutes.

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11/09/2015 - 3:34pm

I spent a lot of my time people watching. I found myself doing this when I was on a long trip in the car, just recently. I looked out the window and took notes on features or clothes or anything interesting.

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11/08/2015 - 4:07pm

A new year signifies a new experience among students and instructors alike, ready to learn more about the world around them. How could this milestone be hurtful or helpful? This momentous occasion is just one more step into how your future is altered or changed from what it could be, after all.

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10/30/2015 - 5:08pm

There is something amazing and profoundly scary about the creative side of life. Whether through art, writing, theatre, dance, etc., you (the creator) are baring your soul for the world to see. And that’s scary.

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09/29/2015 - 3:18pm

Villains are so in!!! I’ve thought back to the movies I’ve watched as a little kid, and compared to the movies we have now, the villains used to suck.

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09/09/2015 - 3:48pm

Life, the inevitable road we must travel. Sound like a terrible pun? Of course it is, as is the rest of what you’re about to read. So, buckle up and enjoy the painfully witty ride.

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09/01/2015 - 4:42pm

Writing to me is a way to escape. An escape from a cold reality that is far too cold for a person to live in without getting damaged. Creative Writing has gotten me through everything in life. From fighting with my sister, losing my grandpa, to getting stabbed in the back, and the death of my grandma. Writing is a way for me to get out what I’m feeling without lashing out at those I care about.

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08/31/2015 - 11:40am

As I sit here trying to come up with an idea for my first blog post, naturally, I cannot. I can’t force myself to think up an idea – in a day, in a month, or a year. Personally, I believe an abundance of writers are like me.