Wisteria Tag

Grace {Pens and Castles on a Cloud} and Leah {melodypensandtea} both nominated me for the Wisteria Tag.  Thank you, both!  I’m going to be answering both of their questions.

Grace’s questions:

Do you write for yourself or others?
Definitely myself.  My writing isn’t the same if I think too much about other people reading it.

Who has helped you improve your writing?
I guess I would have to say my composition teachers, specifically my 6th and 7th grade composition teacher.  I learnt so much from her, and through her I really discovered my love of writing.

Name three books that have been central in your writing (as in, they inspired you to write, or write a specific story, etc.)
Agh, this is such a hard question.  I would have to say mainly the classics, because I grew up reading them.  Lemony Snicket’s books have also been a big inspiration.

What is your least favorite genre and why?
Hmm…probably paranormal romance.

If you could, would you try to change the landscape for young adult novels of this generation? How? (if this question is confusing: the norms of young adult novels today are pretty obvious–would you want to change them with your writing and how?)
Agh, there are so many things…one of the biggest things for me is the teens vs. government cliché, with teens=good and adults=bad.  I get this works in some YA, but I wish more of them were not just black and white.  I like the YA books that aren’t clear as to which side is the right side, and has heroes with major flaws and villians with redeeming qualities.  It’s just realistic to how life really is.

If you could write/collaborate on a novel with one author, who would it be?
Lemony Snicket.  Enough said. xD

What’s your writing process?
I always start out writing on paper.  If it’s a story/other work, I’ll write out my ideas and rough outline on paper, then type.  If it’s poetry, I keep it all on paper, unless I want to type it up.  I’m a big perfectionist, so I usually write tonss of rewrites before I get the final draft.

What do you do to get out of writer’s block?
I don’t write.  I just go out and try to find inspiration elsewhere, like nature or just going about my day.  I know something will come to me eventually if I just let it happen naturally and try not to force it.

Do you like to listen to music when you write? Why or why not?
I’ll listen to music on rare occasions, and the only kind I can listen to is instrumental.

How has writing changed your life (if it has–and it’s OK if it hasn’t!)?
Writing has gotten me through so much.  Being able to put my thoughts feelings down on paper-or type them up-is really therapeutic for me.  It helps me to express everything I couldn’t otherwise get out.

Leah’s questions:

What keeps you writing in spite of everything?
It helps me to grow and understand things in life better, so I’ll remind myself that.

Did you always love writing?
Yes!  I pretty much always have.

Favorite/recurring theme you enjoy writing about?
People, most definitely.

Poetry/prose or creative non-fiction: which do you prefer write? Which do you prefer to read?
I love writing both poetry and  creative fiction, and reading them, but my top choice would have to be creative fiction.

What in nature inspires you?
Everything!  Everything and anything about it inspires me.

Are there any musicians who inspire your writing?
Not really…I wouldn’t say my writing is inspired by any specific musicians, although Pink has been a recent inspiration.  I get inspired by musicians that are really honest in their music.

Favorite poet, and why?
I can’t choose just one!  One of my top favorites though is Virginia Woolf.

Least favorite book you’ve read?
At the time (I probably wouldn’t feel the same way now) it was Heidi, when I had to read it for school a couple years ago.  For some reason I couldn’t stand the book and Heidi’s character.  I actually didn’t read the last chapter of the book because I was so done with it and hated it so much, haha.

Do you like typewriters? Do you, or does anyone you know own one?
YES and yes.  I would absolutely love to own one.

How do the current events influence your writing, or even just your thoughts?
I was trying to come up with a good answer for this one, and then I read Madison’s  answer for this question, and it put my thoughts into words perfectly.  So I’m going to steal her answer. 🙂
“Current events only affect my writing in the sense that I like to touch up on the subject of people; I feel if I get anymore in depth with what inspired me to write my posts, things get too opinionated or political. Especially with what has been happening this year. As far as my thoughts influencing my writing.. Well all I ever write is my thoughts, so you could say they are a very big influence. If I’m not thinking about anything, I don’t write. If I am thinking about something, you’ll find me clacking away at my keyboard.”

Well, that’s it!  I know I’m supposed to tag 10 people to do this, but everyone I know has already done this tag…so I’m not going to tag anyone.  (Sorryyy.)

Thanks for reading! 🙂

~B

 

 

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New adventures…

Hi, all.
I have some news…I will be attending World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland.  If you don’t know what WYD is, it is a huge event for Catholics that happens every three years at different locations across the world.  This year, there will be about 2 million people attending.  (Yah-2 million!)  The group I am going with is also traveling throughout Europe as well as attending WYD.  So I will be gone for a month, starting July 22nd, and will be back August 22nd.
My friend marked our route on google maps:

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We’ll be traveling in Germany and Italy.  (And I’ll get to see Venice!!  It’s been my dream since forever to go.  I wrote a poem on it for NaPo because I love it so much, haha.)

I’m so thankful for this opportunity, and for God allowing it to happen. (I prayed a ton-prayer is really powerful people!)  I didn’t think I would be going.  I wasn’t originally planning on going, then signed up late and was put on the waiting list.  I found out two days ago, which is less than two weeks before the group leaves.
I’m excited, but also inwardly terrified.  My group will be doing a ton of walking, and we’ll mainly be sleeping in pilgrim houses, or whatever is available.  It’s nothing fancy at all.  Also the thought of a ten hour flight to get to Poland is also slightly terrifying.
I’d appreciate prayers, and I’d love to pray for you guys!  If you have any prayer requests for me, feel free to leave them down below that I can pray for you on the pilgrimage.
I won’t be able to get internet access at all, so I won’t be posting anything on my blog while I’m gone.  I’m going to miss interacting with you guys, and reading all your posts!
This won’t be my last post, though.  Before I leave, I really want to catch up on my tags.
I know I have been nominated for tags I have never gotten to, so PLEASE PLEASE tell me if you have nominated me for something!  Honestly I am just forgetful, and I want to know if there is something you tagged me in that I didn’t do.  I’ll try to get to it!

~B