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The Life and Times of a Mentally Ill Student

Let me be honest; I might be a fantastic student now, but I wasn’t a very good student back in high school. Or middle school. Let’s face it, even elementary school wasn’t that great in terms of my academic success (or social success).
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I didn’t get good grades and I didn’t join clubs (or I did but then never went to any of the meetings). As a kid, I would do practically anything to not go to school and I didn’t have a lot of friends.

The Song Our Soul Must Sing

I define talent as something that someone loves and is good at. Capabilities people can feel resonating in their fingertips and toes; vibrating beneath the bones. It doesn’t have to necessarily be normal or even popular. Two of the greatest things to be passionate about are things that no one thinks about,and stuff that everything thinks about. Although thinking about ideas that are uncommon could be a lonely life, it could also be one full of original thought.

Incorporating Spirituality in Writing

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.

InterroBANG!

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?”

Finding Inspiration in Other Dimensions

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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Togetherness

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.

What's Up With Fanfiction?

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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Butterbeer here. Butterbeer there. Butterbeer everywhere!

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.

Why Female Protagonists are Important to Me

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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