Music is one of the main things in ny life that truly brings me happiness. I can’t even explain my feelings about music. Bottom line is that music is magical. So, I’m at work listening to my Pandora and the station I’m listening to right now is Old School Rap. I’m probably in the majority that thinks that old school music is the best. It’s way better tham today’s music and I’m only 25 years old. Now don’t get me wrong. There are artists today who are taking music to whole other places and doing something unique with it. Those people are true artists, but sadly most of the rap genre has gone downhill but that is just a generalization of course. There are a select few who are doing great things in hip hop, but listening to these oldies…rap hits that came out in the 70s, 80s, and 90s brings so much nostalgia that sometimes I just get the chills and I wasn’t even born in the 70s or 80s but that’s the beauty of music. Music transcends race, decades, generations, and so forth. Earlier the song “Me, Myself, and I” by De La Soul was on and I was just like “Wow! This is true music right here.” Music should conjure up those feelings. Music truly is a universal language.

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My chapbook

Ok, so I am a huge procrastinator and I have been wanting to work on my own chapbook of poems. For those who don’t know a chapbook is pretty much a booklet of poems, usually no more than 40 pages. I started putting my poems together and then I stopped, but I want to start back up tomorrow. I already have my theme for my poems. It’s going to be called “Scars.” I think that title is very fitting and goes with my theme because most of my poetry deals a lot with dealing with emotional scars and some physical scars. The idea of my theme being “Scars” just came naturally, as naturally as my poetry came to me. I tried doing everything online and by using Microsoft Word and putting all of my poems in an electronic folders but tomorrow I plan on doing everything old school and using pen and paper to write out all of poems that I want to include in my chapbook. I think it’ll be easier that way. Then I guess my next step will be to find a publisher. If any people out there know any good publishers I would be forever grateful for the guidance!

My writing journey

Every writers journey is different. Everyone has a different process of how they create. Some writers can write everyday and others rather write when they’re hit with inspiration. I’m the latter. I rarely write everyday unless I’m hit with inspiration everyday. I love writing poetry about what I’m going through in the moment or what emotion I’m feeling in that moment. I once wrote a poem about why I write. I think it summed up perfectly the different reasons why I write. Below is my poem:

I write to fill the pain
I write to avoid the pain
I write to understand the pain
I write to embrace the pain
I love to write because I can express who I am
When I feel like no one hears me
I write because sometimes…just sometimes I feel misunderstood
Writing is my release to unleash the pain inside
And sometimes I even create the pain
Pain for whatever…
It really doesn’t matter.
It just gives me something to write about.

*I remember writing this entirely on a whim. I was at work and the words just came to me.

Quote by Poe

“I became insane with long intervals of horrible sanity.”~Edgar Allan Poe

*Poe is by far one of my favorite writers and this is one of my favorite quotes by him. I think it was a testament to his mental state and also I believe that writers struggle with that dilemma. There’s a bit of madness inside all of us, not just writers.

Stephen King for a new generation

I am so excited for all the things that Stephen King has going on this year! There’s a tv show coming out next month based off of his novel “The Mist” and then “The Dark Tower” is coming out in theaters in August based off of King’s book series and then “IT” is coming out in September! I am extremely excited about all of these. Stephen King seems to be on a roll this year and it’s awesome because all of sudden King is getting thrust back into the spotlight. He’s being recognized again for the brilliance that he is but now a new generation is getting to know who he is. This resurgence may have started when they remade the 2010 version of “Carrie” starring Chloe Moretz as the lead character but now this year it’s like Hollywood is trying to dig up the old King stories and revamp them for a newer generation and I think that’s great! Plain and simple, Stephen King should be known for the genius writer and story teller that he is.

The first line is the most important

Ok, so I am a volunteer writer for the Carolina Monthly. I basically write articles promoting different events, local artists and restaurants in North Carolina. I have to turn in an article today but I’ve been having a hard time starting on it because I can’t think of a good first sentence. Last week I wrote about the North Carolina Pickle festival and my first line was “North Carolina is home to some of the biggest food empires in the country. Let’s think Krispy Kreme, Cheerwine, Bojangles’, and Hardees.” I really liked how I started that off. The first line of a story or a news article is the most important in my opinion because that’s what is going to draw the reader in and make him want to read further, but you also don’t want it to be cheesy either or cliché. Many times we’re told clichés are not good. We want something thought provoking and original. So I’m thinking and thinking and have come up with nothing yet. I guess you could say I have writer’s block right now.

Update on Stephen King’s IT

Well, I’ve gotten into the book pretty well. I had written a previous blog about my initial thoughts on the book and the fact that I wanted to read it before the new movie comes out in September, and it’s going fairly well. This book is creepy beyond believe and very disturbing, but I was prepared for that. I had heard nothing but great things about the book. One common thread between the many comments that I read on the internet was that the book was scarier than the movie. That’s something that always amazes me. How can a book be scarier than a movie? A movie is something that you can visually see. You would think that being able to see something would cause more fear but that is not the case with Stephen King’s IT. King paints such a vivid picture…a vivid disturbing picture that takes the readers on a terrifying journey. Last night as I was reading before bed I came across a scene that was really disturbing and just threw me (I’m not giving any spoilers!). My mouth literally fell open and I was like “Did that just happen?!” It was crazy, but King is a magician when it comes to writing. He’s just that good. Well, so along as I go read some more before bed.