Friday, June 4, 2010

Random Ramblings

I must admit, I've been in a bit of a funk lately, and therefore, haven't been keeping up with my blog. I'm trying to stay positive; there are just certain days when it is more challenging than others. I'm ready for things to start turning around - ready to find a decent full-time job, ready to be able to afford to do things and enjoy life, and ready to feel like I'm alive again instead of just standing still.

On a positive note, I have been corresponding a lot with my sixth grade teacher. I recently spent a lot of time revising the sixth chapter of my manuscript, and somewhere along the way, recalled a story she told my class that I was able to incorporate into my novel. It was such a good feeling to be able to write her and share that I still remember the message she delivered nearly 15 years ago. That is what I call making a lasting impression.

Mrs. F. has delivered a lot of kind words in my direction this past week. It is so nice to hear that someone believes in you. Especially since I know most people doubt the likelihood this endeavor will be successful. And I'm not saying they are wrong, or that I don't have my own doubts. I just feel being supported is much more helpful in finding the strength and motivation to continue moving forward.

Coincidentally, the very first extensive writing project I did was for Mrs. F. I wrote a short story, approximately 50 handwritten pages, about a boy going through his first year of middle school. Believe it or not, I still have that assignment (in relatively perfect condition) and I glance at it from time to time. It's great for those moments when my pathway gets blocked and I find myself staring endlessly at the computer screen. And perhaps the best part is to be able to look back at the feedback I was given for that project. Even though I didn't win the contest, it managed to get a lot of laughs. For a sixth grader, it was fairly well-written. And the "A" I earned was a nice touch, too.

In other news, I was directed to two devastating articles this week regarding bullying and teen suicide:

The issue is still very much alive and the severity and frequency of these tragedies is growing with time.  I still have a number of See It.  Hear It.  STOP IT. bracelets available for distribution, in memory of Alex Harrison.  If you are interested in wearing one and spreading the message that bullying is NOT ALLOWED, please contact me either below or through e-mail and I will be sure to send you one free of charge.

To end with something a tad more uplifting, my younger brother recently visited Louisville, a wonderful city I was fortunate to live in for nearly nine years of my childhood.  He returned to Philly with a true Kentucky delicacy: Derby Pie.  If you've never had a slice, you're truly missing out!

(Not my actual picture; this one is courtesy of Spatulas Corkscrews & Suitcases via Google Images)

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