The Science of Not Knowing

To all my beautiful people,

I’m one of those awkward Night Vale fans. I’m the kind of fan who has a hard time remaining entirely mentally present through an entire episode, and yet I’m also the kind of fan who manages to flail around like an octopus out of water whenever Cecil gives one of the ironic yet super deep quotes that we know him so well for.

I promise this won’t be a rant on all the reasons I love Night Vale, though I’m not making any promises that tangents about the topic won’t come up. Rather, this was meant to be focus on something intriguing that I heard on a Night Vale podcast while listening recently and how I think it answers a very important question many people have about life.

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Saying Goodbye

To all my beautiful people,

First of all, allow me a moment of childhood feelings enough to say that writing this is making me want to watch The Sound of Music simply for that song “So Long Farewell.” (It’s a great soundtrack. Don’t judge.)

That being said, as graduation draws closer, I’m finding myself thinking a lot about the people who have gotten me to this place in life, the people who will stay in my life, and the people who I love but are no longer a part of my life.

Though this might not mean much to many who will read this, I do want to take some time to let these people know what they’ve meant to me, especially as many of them have given up so much of their time to help me. (At the end I will state how this applies to everyone else, as well. That way you actually get something out of this besides my personal feelings about special humans. So.)

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Writing 101: Facing Fears

To all my beautiful people,

This week I spent a lot of time dwelling on my old writings. I read some of them, and talking with people about others. In my time of writing, I’ve realized that I have many patterns in my writing. Therefore, this post will discuss some of those, then discuss why it’s healthy and helpful to use your writing to face your personal fears.

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15 Myths About Christianity

When I was growing up, I was raised in a Christian home. It’s the usual background story of most people who are Christians. However, I learned something before I became a Christian (and while I have been a Christian) that saved me a lot of trouble.

I see so many people who struggle with their faith or are removed from faith or who have fallen away from the faith. Why? Because it’s not what they were told it was going to be.

Christians seem to always sell salvation as healing, beauty, and sunshine and roses. Well, loves, I hate to break it to you, but not all of the Christian walk is like that. While salvation through Jesus is better in the long run and in the future, it’s still a hard road to walk-even with an almighty God by your side.

Because of talks I’ve had with many people, I’ve decided that it was time to choose the things I think that Christians teaching about salvation (and non-Christians thinking about the Christian faith) don’t “get right.”

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Game of Grades

To all my beautiful people,

It’s rather horrid, I think. What happens to an author in college. All that reading, all that analyzing of things you love. It starts to swallow you alive after a while.

No.

Rather, I’d say college chewed me up and spat me out in what it hoped to be the shape of an English graduate.

It’s funny. As a girl, I read and read and read and read. It was a great job for me. In fact, when I was in trouble, it was my books that got taken away. (And my parents made me spend time with humans. Yuck.)

Then, college happened.

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Defeating Anxiety as a Writer

To all my beautiful people,

Often, I hear or read about friends and fellow authors struggling to write. Many times they go through severe anxiety surrounding their writing and creations that keeps them from writing at all.

I’ve been in the same position before, and I know how difficult it can be to move past those anxieties and beliefs, even when other people you’re close to counter them. Therefore, here is advice on handling anxiety about your writing from an uninvolved source. (As that’s what it took for me to finally believe that my writing was of worth to the world.)

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Fan Fiction 101

To all my beautiful people,

I love a good fan fiction as much as the next person. However, as of late I’ve realized just how hard it is to get one’s proverbial “hands” on a good fan fiction. I think that the overarching problem with the genre is that most people do not know how to write it properly. While it’s a very popular thing to write to help alleviate one’s “feels,” most fan fiction writers create it erroneously.

This blog post will cover my four biggest pet peeves about fan fiction, as well as how to go about fixing those errors in one’s fan fiction. Therefore, without further ado:

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First Seeds

To all my beautiful people,

I’ve found that there are a lot of “firsts” in life. First steps. First goals. First achievements. First failures. First loves. First losses. First flowers.

This blog is definitely a “first” for me. I’ve read many blogs by people I love and admire, and for years many of them have tried to convince me to start a blog of my own. It wasn’t until this week when a mentor of mine suggested I create a blog, that the planted seed took root, so to speak.

Generally speaking, I shouldn’t garden. Ever. My past concerning plants has been that I either drown them because I overwater them, or I toast them because I forget that they exist. Therefore, it will be a probable miracle if I manage to remember to post on a regular basis. But at least I’m starting. As Aeschylus once said,

“From a small seed, a mighty trunk may grow.”

All this being said, I would like to start on this first post. This post will be all about handling “firsts” in life.

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