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Sunny Days Ahead For Me

Again thanks to Wantoncreation, I have been nominated for ANOTHER award!

This is my sunshine!

You are my sunshine award is the perfect explanation for my experience of blogging. At first suggestion, I thought that writing a blog would be tiresome and terrifying. And it is, but I quickly found the rewards of blogging overcame the work involved in creating it.

I am not only proud of my blog as it is today, but I am excited for the improvements I’ve made in myself and my writing. So, on with the rest of the rules. Now that I’ve included the picture for the award and the person that nominated me.  It’s nice because Wantoncreation was nominated by another favorite blog of mine mywithershin. I love the community involved in blogging. The new friends and the companionship.

Next up is the ten people who I’m nominating for bringing sunshine into MY life.

1. http://mywithershins.wordpress.com/

2. http://maevemcmurray.com/

3. http://jeynagrace.wordpress.com/

4. http://marcosemc.wordpress.com/

5. http://kasiajames.wordpress.com/

6. http://homeschoolhappymess.com/

7.  http://offdutymom.wordpress.com/

8. http://reneeprimeau.wordpress.com/

9. http://anilbalan.com/

10.  http://wantoncreation.wordpress.com/

Finally, the best part of the award: Telling people about myself!

10 Questions:

Favourite colour:  Green. The color of life and the color I adore above all else. It’s one of the colors that I will in a dozen shades when I go to Ireland. 😛

Favourite animal:  Also possibly blamed on the Lion King, my favorite animal is the snow leopard. The grace and strength of the snow leopard is undeniable. They have survived under intense pressure from poachers and increased human population in their areas. They are beautiful creatures that deserve all of the recognition for being some of the most amazing big cats in the world.

Favourite number:  13. Why? Because it’s unlucky to everyone else, but me. I love the association with the mystical, and so far it’s been good to me.

Favourite non-alcoholic drink: Tea. Hot and cold I love it. I have just recently come into the loose tea leaf world, and I am in love. Everything about tea makes me happy. Hot and cozy. Cool and refreshing. I can’t and won’t live without it.

Prefer Facebook or Twitter?  I feel like if I decide, I limit myself to the reaches of the interwebs. I prefer Twitter for my short, sweet ideas as well as gaining a fan base. I use Facebook for conversations and keeping track of people I don’t normally get to see. If I had to pick, it would probably be Twitter because I get so much more information and new people through Twitter.

My passion: I have to agree with Wantoncreation that writing is my passion. In addition, writing is not my only passion. Music has been a saving grace in all of the terrible times in my life. I have turned to singing and listening to music as a way to release all of the bad feelings inside me. Passion is the greatest emotion. It can fuel

Prefer getting or giving presents:  Giving presents. I love finding something that will make another person surprised that I thought of it for them.

Favourite pattern: Stripes. Nothing with animals. I like stripes that are even and symmetrical. Don’t know why, but they work well on me.

Favourite day of the week:  I can’t exactly give a favorite day of the week, but I do like a particular time of day. I love late night and early morning. There is something illuminating about staying up all night and waiting for the sun to rise. It’s like you have the world at your fingertips.

Favourite flower:  Lilies are my favorite. There is something so beautiful about water lilies growing from the tops of the water. It doesn’t matter what species just that it’s a lily.

There you have it! This is my Sunshine award. Thank you for all the support and love. Happy reading/writing!

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Inside the Life of A Grad Student

I have stated before that I am currently seeking my M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Carlow University. Pittsburgh is my setting for the next two years and it is an under rated place for writers.

My master’s program is unique because it is low residency in addition to studying abroad. It leaves me with a lot of time to write and amazing places to see. My first residency began almost a month ago and ended 11 intense days later. The low residency allows me to absorb a lot of information in a short amount of time.

Eight hours of seminars, workshops, and guest speakers with little time to breathe. I learned so much I can’t even write down the enormous amounts of knowledge I have now. You might not think 11 days can teach you a lot, but when you get a group of energetic, lonely writers together knowledge flows like a fountain of wine. I can tell you that already I have made life long friends in under two weeks. It is astounding what can happen when you put people with a common interest in the same room.

As the residency came to a close, I felt sad knowing I would have to go out into the world alone and use my new knowledge to write. It was so comforting to share my ideas with people who truly cared about giving constructive comments to improve my work.

From the end of the residency until June, I have some assignments and a lot of writing to do. Hopefully, though, I can count on the comments from my readers on here to help me with my fiction and guide me until my next residency.  Tomorrow I will have to e-mail 10 pages of my fiction to my mentor and in another two weeks I will have to  prepare a critical essay from a book I’ve read. Seems pretty simple for a graduate program, huh? Well, the easy part may seem to be the lack of work. In reality, the freedom and self-motivation become the difficult parts. Lucky for me I am a page away from my assignment due tomorrow.

The book I will start to read is The Gathering by Anne Enright, which is fitting because in four months I will be getting on a plane to Dublin, Ireland. My next residency is at Trinity College in IRELAND?! Since I am not a well-traveled young woman, this trip will be the first of many adventures I will have the pleasure of taking. Thanks to Carlow’s required study abroad aspect of the program, I get to visit a country I have dreamed of seeing for my entire life.

Only 11 days of class, four books, four papers, and then  trip to Ireland. How can life get any better? Let me tell you, I am one lucky girl that I can spend my days writing my heart away and my nights comfortable in my bed dreaming of four leaf clovers and Irish pubs.

I truly am grateful for the opportunities given by this program and enjoy every second of my new life as a full-time writer. My friends, colleagues, and family get to read what I do every day and see the happiness writing can bring a person.

Besides, how can a writer not be happy with this library to look forward to?

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