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Creativity v Suggestion

This post was inspired by something my mother said. I don’t remember it verbatim, but it was something like this:

I had an idea of something for you to blog about, but I can’t remember it.

If she had remembered it, I’m sure I would’ve listened respectfully and at least considered the idea. All the same, it really ticked me off.

You may or may not have noticed, but I took a few days off from blogging because I was close – dangerously close – to running out of topics and having to wrack my brain for something to write about and post for that day, as opposed to having the posts scheduled in advance.

After hitting the reset button for a few days, I’ve thought of more ideas to discuss in my post, this being one of them: If someone tells me what to write, it won’t be as exciting as if I had thought of the idea myself. If I think of an idea myself, it’s exciting, so I will put more time and effort into it because I care about it.

Another suggestion that I’ve received is that I should blog about things related to Cerebral Palsy or just generally blog about things that other people are interested in. It’s sort of the same issue as I described above. Plus, if I’m always writing for a specific audience, it takes away from my creativity and ability to expand on an established format. Because if I write for a specific audience, that audience is going to expect a certain product (format and content of a blog post). If I were to break from said hypothetical product, I don’t think it would go over well.

I should probably add that I don’t blog about my disability because I don’t want it to define me. I’ve never let it define me. I’ve mentioned it in passing on this blog before, but that’s because I’m trying to talk about something related to it.

I’m happy with the audience I do have here, because it means that people are interested in my topics and what I have to say about them. So, thank you.

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Occasionally, my mother will show me a newspaper article she thinks I should read. sometimes the topic is actually interesting, but most of the time it’s not. When it is interesting but I don’t read it right away, she says I’m not interested. I could go on, but I’ll spare you the drama. Because what I’m trying to get at is that people might mean well when they suggest reading material or topics to write about, but if I’m not interested, it isn’t going to happen.

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My Fanmily

I’m an only child.  To make up for this, many of my favorite fictional characters (and sometimes my favorite famous people) are like family to me.  I used to shy away from this, because I thought if people knew, they would think I was weird.  But more recently, I’ve embraced it.  I even admitted it in my Children’s Literature class.

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If I had to Choose

If I had to choose between writing my own blog and reading others, I don’t think I could.

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Reading and Life: A Balancing Act

In response to Reading Makes You Live Longer

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Reading for Escapism

One day, in one of my English classes this past year, my professor – who just happens to be the head of the English department at Randolph-Macon College – said something like this:  “We don’t read for escapism.  We read to critique.”

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The Dormant Bilingual

This is kind of a touchy subject for me, but I’m going to go through with it anyway because I need to get it out there.  It needs to be said.

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Sneaked or Snuck?

I’m always confused as to whether the past tense of “sneak” is “sneaked” or “snuck”.  I’ve always thought it was “snuck,” but mostly I’ve seen it written as “sneaked”.  Would anyone care to enlighten me as to which one it is and why?

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Heads up

Just because I’m not finished with The Kill Order yet doesn’t mean I’m not going to finish it. Mom thinks that because I’m not done with it yet it’s not a good book. This couldn’t be further from the truth. I think I’m just really excited about school. I go back this weekend.

This means that I will not be able to devote as much time to the blog as I have been. I will try to post when I can, but it will not be on a regular basis. Thanks for understanding!

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The Pavement Bookworm

This guy is amazing.

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This story was making the rounds a few weeks ago and because of my blog vacation I missed it, but it’s too good not to share with you today.

They call him “The Pavement Bookworm.” Philani is a 24-year-old homeless man in Johannesburg.

Instead of holding a sign or begging with a hat, Philani reviews books. He sits on a street corner with a pile of books and offers to review those books to passers-by. If someone thinks the book sounds promising, they can buy it directly from Philani.

By selling the books, he raises money for himself and his homeless friends. He’s doing something to make his life better in a practical way. Now, his story has gone viral. 

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Bored Out of my Mind

So, yesterday I finished up The Power of Six and now I’m bored because I didn’t bring anything else to read on vacation. Why didn’t I? I probably didn’t think I’d finish the book so soon. I’m going home tomorrow, so I should be able to survive until then.