Creative Writing

First *Published* Creative Writing Piece

Hey guys! I’m sorry I haven’t posted all week. I’ve been incredibly busy with job applications, social responsibilities, and all around mental clearing. Although, I feel like I’m seriously deteriorating. Anyway.

I received an email last night that my piece “Recounting Winter” finally got published by Germ Magazine! It would mean a lot to me if you guys would check it out and/or leave a comment on it. I know my writing family’s got my back.

You can read it here.

Thank you guys 🙂

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The Morning in New York

Today, it’s cold outside. Finally. I knew from the moment I woke up. My lips were chapped, my mom was telling my dad “it’s chilly out!” as she prepared for her morning walk, my arms were developing faint goosebumps. All the signs were there. Making my morning commute to New York City that much more bearable. Imagine; driving thirty minutes to the train station, waiting for the train to arrive, boarding the subway, walking ten minutes to your office in the slightest bit of heat. If you can’t imagine it I’ll tell you right now: it’s sweaty. Mostly on my back.

They ask me if I like it. My mom, dad, aunt, cousin, brother. “Are you a city girl yet? Do you see yourself in the city?” I do; mom, dad, aunt Kim, Jill, Greg; I do, but not this one. I see myself with the sky. I mean, I’m always with the sky but you know what I’m saying. You can’t see it in New York. The tall buildings that are everybody’s favorite! That make New York New York. I don’t want to feel the sun, but I want to see it.

I was seven when I first went to Washington, D.C. It was hot. I drank a lot of water, I wore a visor, I saw the monuments, I saw the sky. I went to college as close as I could get; Salisbury, Maryland. Close enough, right? I tried to stay there. I tried to plant myself there like a tree. I tried to watch myself grow. I failed. I went back to the place with the invisible sun and withered some more. A year later. Though planted nowhere.

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Women in Media excerpt

Something near and dear to my heart from a larger piece I wrote on the ever-changing portrayals of gender in media:

When discussing a shortage of females in the media, it is important to note that this could not mean a literal lack of females – but a lack of females depicted as actual females rather than sex symbols. Cited observations can attest for this negative representation; for one, female characters tend to be sidelined, stereotyped and sexualized, clearly imbalanced when it comes to employment, forced to come up against a glass ceiling on TV, and short in terms of working in STEM fields (2012). In order to change this stigma, content creators need to consider placing more substantial female characters as leads in extremely popular shows. For example, including more females in roles such as Jane Doe on Blind Spot or Carrie Mathison on Homeland. Both of which show strong women, handling their own, and working jobs outside of the home instead of catering to their husbands. To sum it up perfectly, “both young girls and boys should see female decision-makers, political leaders, managers, and scientists as the norm, not the exception. By increasing the number and diversity of female leaders and role models on screen, content creators may affect the ambitions and career aspirations of girls and young women domestically and internationally” (2012). If women continue to see other women in TV with inspiring careers and independent attitudes, then they will be more likely to achieve the same lifestyle. 

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Liebster Award Nomination

Hey guys! Last night, I was nominated for the Liebster award and thought I’d share it with you as a way to connect and introduce you to other blogs. I am honored to have been chosen and incredibly humbled that people have been enjoying my posts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I was nominated by Scribbled to Paper. A loyal follower and active blogger who writes tremendously and passionately on a large number of subjects. He posts photography, and has recently started a daily journal, where he updates his followers on his life and latest happenings. Give him a follow! He is excellent at encouragement, feedback, and all around just a nice guy to chat with. His compelling poetry will have you eager to visit his page daily.

Questions chosen by Scribbled to Paper for me to answer!

  1. What emotion do you convey the most in your writing? Loneliness. It sounds sad, I know. But if I didn’t put that emotion to good use (aka writing about it) I’m not sure how else I would handle it. I use it as fuel for my writing.
  2. What emotion do you want to feel the most when reading someone else writing? Lightheartedness. There’s nothing like an easy, airy, delicate read to make you feel alright.
  3. Would you prefer a poem that is more eloquent in words or more expressive in emotion? Expressive in emotion. Poems are all about “show not tell.” I’d rather the words make me feel something, and not just sound nice.
  4. Do you set a goal for how often you post? Yes. I try to post daily.
  5. Where do you write the most? At my kitchen table.
  6. What time do you write the most? In the mornings.
  7. Do you write spur of the moment or do you spend long periods of time writing or editing a post? Usually spur of the moment, but I’ll think about some posts far in advance and work on them for longer than usual.
  8. What do you drink first thing in the morning? Water… and then coffee.
  9. What moments or situations in life can bring you back to an important memory? I’m mostly inspired by the people I meet; so, my important memories usually involve a person. When I remember and/or think about somebody, immediately I’m transported back to a certain time in my life.
  10. What is one of your favorite comfort foods? Mac n’ Cheese!

Now for you guys:

What is one thing most people do not know about you?
What is one piece of work or blog post you are extremely proud? Why?
What is your favorite film?
How many years have you been writing? What year was most inspiring? Why?
What is your dream career? What is the first step in achieving that dream?
Who or what inspires you the most?
If you could write a 20 page paper on any OBJECT what would it be?
Do you prefer coffee or tea?
What is your favorite photo that you’ve taken? Post it!
How do you spend your free time when you’re not writing?

Ten random facts about myself:

  • I have two older brothers.
  • I am from NY but went to college in MD.
  • I hate candy. Chocolate only!
  • My friends call me KT
  • A lot of my family lives in Sweden.
  • I’m a Taurus.
  • I’m really into makeup.
  • My favorite films are by Hayao Miyazaki
  • I’ve always wanted to have a book of short stories published.
  • When I get my own apartment, I want to own a black and white cat and call him ‘Sushi Cat.’

I now nominate the following blogs:

Beginning with one of my favorites:

Covert Novelist

She writes excellent fiction, poetry, and provides her readers with great writing tips. I highly suggest you check her out. I’ve only chatted with her a few times, but she undoubtedly brings love and encouragement to the writing community. She’s been writing a short story called Blind Sided (as well as others) that she updates or adds a page to frequently, and it’s absolutely brilliant, thought-provoking, and attention grabbing. Her blog is filled with variety. Aside from her written works, she also posts comic strips and comedy pieces. She is a well-deserved, self-published eBook novelist, and (more importantly) an avid cat lover! In my previous questionnaire, I said I enjoyed reading lighthearted pieces, and Phyllis’ work is the perfect example of that very word. She has all her social media links posted to her site, in case you want to follow her on more than one platform. Visit her blog and leave a comment!

Other blogs I would like to nominate:

Baby Bohemian

Jan Sørvik

The.Richard.Braxton

Fortunately Human

MrHushHush

Here’s the rules, now that you’re nominated!

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and put a link to their blog on your blog. Try to include a little promotion for the person who nominated you. They will thank you for it and those who you nominate will also help you out as well.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget”. (Note that the best way to do this is to save the image to your own computer and then upload it to your blog post.)
  3. Write a 150-300 word post about your favourite blog that is not your own. Explain why you like the blog, provide links.
  4. Provide 10 random facts about yourself. (This year I’m making this optional. If you wish to engage with your readers it’s a great idea to include random facts about you).
  5. Nominate 5 – 11 blogs that you feel deserve the award.
  6. List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here or simply link to this post.) Once you have written and published it, you then have to.
  7. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post or mine (Jack Henry) if you don’t have all the information so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!) Post a comment in the comments below (on the website https://theglobalaussie.com/blog/liebster-award-2017/ ) so I (Jack Henry) can view your post and check out your blog. I (Jack Henry) personally visit each and everyone.I (Jack Henry) visited a few hundred last year!!!
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October Favorites

I’ve never done one of these before. But with the greatest month of the year coming to an end, I think it definitely calls for a bit of a look back. I had a lot of favorites this month; ranging from books, to makeup products, to music, as I’m sure you all did, too and sharing them with you is going to be the start of something exciting; Monthly Favorites coming your way every month going forward! Maybe I can introduce you guys to some new things and vice versa. You know, classic word-of-mouth.

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Starting with makeup! I’ve only slightly strayed from my usual products when I received these three in my Sephora Play Box. The first is the Urban Decay Optical Complexion Primer. Like your typical makeup primer, I put this product on my face before applying foundation. I’ve found that it has a great texture, makes my face appear poreless, and allows my foundation to sit nicely on my face, without absorbing too much into my skin. I’ve tried out multiple primers (Smashbox, Benefit, etc.), but I find myself especially drawn to this one. Definitely going to purchase the full size once income allows!

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The second product is the Makeup Forever Ultra HD Skin Booster. When I first received it, I was unsure of not how, but when to apply it. The directions said to apply before putting on your foundation, but what about primer!? So, I made a bold move, and mixed both the UD primer and the Skin Booster together and I have to say, it makes for one beautiful combo. The skin booster is refreshing and makes my face appear to be a hell of a lot smoother than it really is. Mix it with the primer and the pores are gone. Cannot complain. Will purchase.

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Lastly, the Tarte Rain Forest of the Sea Marine Boosting Mist. SO GOOD! I use it as a makeup setting spray and out of the two I’ve tried (Urban Decay and Boscia) it’s my favorite. Not only does it work, but it is so refreshing I can hardly stand it. 10/10.

This candle has been an essential part of my October. I light it up, turn out my lights, crawl into bed, and let the aromatic scents of sage, juniper berry and eucalyptus relax me to complete elation. Sounds a little exaggerated, but the smell is, in my opinion, the perfect scent for fall.

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I did a mystery book review that you can check out here on this next October favorite. In a dark, dark wood by Ruth Ware. It’s an easy read, but a read you will not be able to put down. It’s suspenseful, it’s thrilling, it’s spooky, it’s everything you could want for a Fall read.

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Quickly, music. This album is old news, but it reminds me of fall (perhaps because that’s the time of year I discovered it) and it’s one of those albums where every song is a bop and a half. Check it out if you have the chance. Language & Perspective // Bad Suns.

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What were some of your favorites this month? I’d love to hear ’em!

Until then,

Kait

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The weekend happenings

Hi All! I hope everybody had a fantastic halloweekend. I know I did. Aside from the weather on Sunday, it was a beautiful, fall weekend filled with so many Halloween activities.. you would not believe! It was easily one of the busiest weekends I have had in a while (and I work 4 jobs!) It was so eventful, in fact, that I’ve decided to share it with you. Pictures included, of course, in hopes that maybe you can do the same. I would love to hear how you spent your hallow-weekend and what your tomorrow is going to entail. As for myself, well, I have a great post coming your way.

Friday was spent at work, running around, and trying to get as much done as possible so I wouldn’t have to stress about it during the weekend. When I got home at 5PM, I did some walking with my boyfriend, got my costume on, and we hit the bars as none other than Spider Gwen and Spider-Man! Unfortunately, nobody else was in costume, but we made the best of it.

I had to wake up early the next morning for my cousins’ fiancees’ bridal shower (and yes, it was extremely rough). We had lunch at this beautiful restaurant in Smithtown called The Garden Grill and played a ton of bridal games. It was a great afternoon and it was really nice to see my family, as it always is. Afterwards we met the men back at my aunts place for some leftovers and more chatting. I had to leave early, however, because I was lucky enough to be scheduled to work the Halloween party at the winery. It was surprisingly fun. The employees and I all dressed up (me in the costume you see above) and we hosted several costume contests. Tips could have been better, but I think everybody had a really great time. Afterwards (around midnight) I met up with my friends at this local bar we visit quite a bit. I stayed for about an hour and continued to rep the blonde wig!

As much as I wanted Sunday to be a re-charge day, I had a birthday party to attend at 3. The morning was spent running around trying to get presents and gather whatever else I needed for the occasion. The party was great, I ate a lot of food, and I hung out with my co-workers daughter whom I rarely see. We sat in a corner and chatted all night. The rain was brutal at this point so getting home at 8PM was kind of a nightmare. Heavy rain and crazy winds were brewing and that brings me to later that night…..

I fell asleep at about 11:20 and was awoken at 11:30 to the sound of three huge trees falling down on my property, inches away from my bedroom. Had they fallen even slightly the wrong way, I definitely would have been crushed. No fluffing. No exaggeration. As you can see from the pictures, it was pretty brutal and only 2/3 trees are captured. You can see the power lines were a tad compromised in that second photo, so who knows how long we will be without power. Safe to say I was shaken up and definitely did not get a good night’s sleep.

So, there we are! Hopefully your halloweekend was more relaxing than mine. Tell me about it in the comments.

Until tomorrow,

Kait

 

Poems

to cope

i wear an orange lightning bolt
around my neck, Saturn’s rings binding
my fingers a secret
on my wrist.

i drink molten ash
in hard swallows, liquefied guilt dripping
down my windpipe a flash
to solitude.

i hear everything; a hiss
in time, the breaking point
against my skin a wrinkle
in the universe.

i forget your mouth
on my jaw, ocean salt stinging
you on a high to forget
me and everyone else.