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I Like to Make Believe

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I’ve decided to begin my new year by looking into the past. Specifically, my childhood. And even more specifically, I’d like to explain why I enjoy writing and how it all began. After all, you can’t start or continue something without knowing the very root or essence of it.

I can’t exactly pinpoint the very first day when I decided that I wanted to be a writer when I grew up. All I can say is that I was drawn to the very act of writing. Perhaps it is because I’ve always enjoyed reading books. I’ve always been fascinated by the very people who wrote the books that I was so enthralled by. While other kids were learning how to write cursive, I was dreaming about my name — my name— being on the front cover of a book, either as an author or an illustrator, although I’m not much of an artist. But I suppose that’s normal. I suppose that is instinctive for anyone who enjoys reading as much as I did do.

Why did I enjoy reading? It was entertaining. I could escape into another world, a world that often times was much more interesting than mine. It was fascinating to inhabit the mind of someone else or watch as someone went through life. It was even more fascinating when that person was as normal and average as you and I — just someone who’s trying to fit in and find their place in society.

Simply put, I like stories. I like things that have a nice beginning, middle and end. I like to be entertained. And I like to entertain. Even when I was a child, I liked to make-believe and make up stories. I liked to act out stories with my stuffed animals and dolls. I still remember the very first story that I ever wrote. It was called “The Little Boy” and it was about a boy who wanted a party.  I had an imagination, definitely. In fact, I still do.

I guess that’s why, in the end, I majored in Communications in college. But on my journey of getting there, in all of the courses that I took, I enjoyed telling stories. In high school and college, I enjoyed creative writing courses the best. I loved it when my history teacher had us write a creative writing piece about a fictional person who lived during the Bubonic Plague. And when I had to take standardized tests, 9 times out of 10 I chose to write a narrative essay. In college, I loved my PR and social media courses. I enjoyed writing feature stories and press releases and blog posts. Hey, what can I say, I like to tell a story.

And that is why my Communications degree led me to want to pursue a career in content marketing, social media and PR. I haven’t yet found that dream job in my chosen industry but I have hope that I will in 2016. I have hope that I will find work with an amazing company where I am allowed to thrive, learn, and most importantly, make believe.

But until then, I will continue blogging. I will continue writing, specifically working my Nanowrimo novel. I will read more and learn from experts in the writing industry. I will do all this because I have hope.

I have hope. And I will continue to make believe.

 

2016 Reading List I

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Like any true bibliophile, I collect books. You would most likely find me at Barnes & Noble or the book section at the Publix or Target scoping out the the bestsellers, bargain books, and just whatever looks good. As a result, I have shelves of books, many of which I have not yet read. And if that’s not enough, I also have books on my Nook that I’ve purchased either through Barnes & Noble or Amazon (I have the Kindle app) and never read.

But as we approach the end of 2015, I am committing myself to reading all the books that I’ve purchased but never read. And besides, one of my goals for 2016 is to read more. Sadly, I don’t read as much as I used to when I was in high school. I never knew it then but I had so much free time in high school to just read and do nothing but read (as long as my homework was done, of course!).

For most of this year, I just did not have time to read because of work and college. But now that I’ve graduated, I should be able to find some time to read. If I can write 50,000 words in a month for Nanowrimo, then I should be able to spend at least an hour a day reading.

I’m going to post the names of these books here (as well as a link to Amazon, if you’d like to read them yourself. Read along with me! We could have a virtual book club!).

Horns, by Joe Hill — I bought this book at my local Walmart and I bought it for two reasons. It was on special for $3.97 . And perhaps most importantly of all, I had just recently seen the movie Horns on Netflix and absolutely loved it. So, naturally, I wanted to read the book.

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin, by Erik Larson — My friend at work actually gave me a copy of this book last year. He knows that I am particularly interested in Nazi Germany, the plight of the Jews, Anne Frank, the Holocaust.

The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov — Another friend from work gave me this book as a gift early last year. She thought that I would enjoy it as it is a book that examines life and the human condition, among other things, in this fine work of classical Russian literature.

The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling — This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time, since it was first published in 2012. It was the first non-Harry Potter book written by Rowling and so I obviously had to get it. Enough said.

The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith — As I’m sure most of you know, this book is actually written by Rowling. And again, it’s a book that I have to read because it is written by her. Brand recognition is strong, isn’t it? Become a best selling novelist and you are set for life. 🙂

An Interrupted Life and Letters From Westerbork, by Etty Hillesum — This book was given to me by another friend. Again, because of my interest in the Holocaust.

Elizabeth I, A Novel, by Margaret George — Another interest of mine is the Tudor Period. I am particularly interested in the wives of Henry VIII. I bought this book because I wanted to learn more about Elizabeth I and her impact on British history.

This is all the physical copy of books that I own and haven’t read. I guess the list isn’t as long as I expected. I think I will tackle this list first before turning to the unread books on my Nook. Have you read any of these books? If so, give me a shout out and let’s discuss! If not, let’s read the books together. Collaboration and teamwork are vital in achieving success when working towards goals.

 

It Begins

If you google ‘confession,’ then what do you find? What does confession mean?

One definition of ‘confession’ is the telling of private, confidential information. The title of this blog is “Crispy Confessions.” A blog is essentially a journal published on the most public of all platforms: the Internet.

You are probably  thinking: This is just another one of those ranting blogs by a twenty-something college student.

Well. Yes. And no. Another definition of ‘confession’ has to do with religion. People often go to confession to confess their sins, for lack of a better word.

Now, you’re probably thinking: Oh great. She’s not only going to be ranting. She’s going to be telling the world everything that she’s done wrong. Great.

Well, no. Not exactly. This blog is called “Crispy Confessions.” It has nothing to do with religion. And I will not be ranting. Much.

Instead, I will be primarily discussing three topics over the course of this blog. But you should know, that I might occasionally let a few other things slip.

These are the topics:

  • Writing
  • Books
  • College life

So, why? Well. I’m in college. I love to read books. And occasionally I dabble in a bit of writing of my own.

So, that’s my blog. I’m not promising that I will post every day. But I will post once a week.

Oh, and by the way, I do love comments. Be sure to let me know what you think! I welcome feedback of any kind.