Musings

When Life Pauses, the Ideas Flow

It’s ten o’clock at night and I’m staring at a screen, staring at the things that I want to write—but nothing’s coming to me because I know there are things that I have to write, and they’re clouding my mind. And on top of all those things are classes, a job, money, food, cleaning, laundry, showering…. The list goes on. It never stops.

Sometimes, though, it’s kind enough to slow down or even pause. Continue reading “When Life Pauses, the Ideas Flow”

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Musings

Taking An Unintended Hiatus

I’ve been slacking lately—not in school work or my jobs, but in general enjoyment. I’ve been slacking when it comes to taking care of my mental health, and I’ve been forgetting that my blog even exists. (I know, I know. How could a writer ever forget their blog, right?) It’s been three months since my unintended last post. Continue reading “Taking An Unintended Hiatus”

Poems?, Travel Writing

Canoeing on the Lamoille River

Not once had I been canoeing before. My first time out was an eight mile trip downriver, with a thirty-minute pause on an island to do some writing. There were some bumps along the way, getting caught on rocks and currents—not to mention my friend and I weren’t strong enough to fight back against the wind. Continue reading “Canoeing on the Lamoille River”

Poems?, Writing

“Happy” Poetry Isn’t as Easy as It Looks

I used to read love poems quite often when I was in the early stages of becoming a writer. They’re like the introductory section of a textbook. Simple, yet sweet, using basic literary devices in a way that’s easy to comprehend. It’s what everyone writes first. And that, in and of itself, is the problem. Continue reading ““Happy” Poetry Isn’t as Easy as It Looks”

Poems?

A Tribute to an Inspiration

I wrote a poem in honor of the late novelist Harper Lee. News of her passing came to me earlier today, leading me to pay tribute to one of my favorite authors and inspirations in the only way I know how. Continue reading “A Tribute to an Inspiration”

Writing

Things That Make Writers Happy: Signed Books

I’ve noticed a trend circling the internet called Year of Happiness or 100 Happy Days. I love the idea behind it and the way people are taking it on/putting their own spin on it. But I didn’t want to simply repeat something that had already been done.

It would be easy to give something every day that made all of me happy, but I got to thinking: What happens that only makes certain parts of my personality happy? What things make Kiera the Writer happy as opposed to making Kiera the Animal Lover happy? That’s when I decided I’d put a spin on the 100 Happy Days/Year of Happiness theme and do a continuing series of posts about things that make writers happy, starting with: Signed books.

Continue reading “Things That Make Writers Happy: Signed Books”

College, Poems?

A Path

I’m slowly starting to realize what it is I actually want to write.

I thought for awhile that I wanted to get involved with Journalism. I loved the idea of travelling the world, exploring the life and the culture that’s beyond the limits of where I live… It seems (almost) glamorous. But the world, while beautiful, is a dangerous place. There’s certain things I wouldn’t be able to do in my life if I spent it travelling alone and writing stories.

But what about all the stories locked inside my head? Continue reading “A Path”

College, Poems?

Out in the World

We did this super cool thing in Creative Writing the other day: A pantoum! I never knew about this form of poetry… Now I can’t stop looking for them and thinking of them. I think I’ve formed some sort of obsession? I don’t know. Oh well.

For those of you who don’t know, a pantoum is a form of poetry where you write one quatrain in an A B A B format. The second one follows the same rhyming pattern, but using lines 2 and 4 for lines 5 and 7 (respectively) and lines 6 and 8 have a different rhyme. Continue reading “Out in the World”

Musings

A Release

Admit it: at one point or another, every one of us has had to read something for a class that we can’t stand. More often than not, we end up dreading it and put it off ’til the last minute. That’s me right now. I put off two reading assignments for a class in the morning and as it gets later and later at night, I’m slowly losing my ability to process larger words. Does this happen to anyone else? Of course it does. Continue reading “A Release”