Side Note:

Side Note:
For those who haven't figured it out, or haven't been here: The titles of most of the blogs here are song lyrics. If you google them, it should take you to the song and the song is good to listen to before, during, or after reading to help set the tone of the blog. I find music to be very cohesive with reading and writing.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tripping, Stumbling, Flipping, Fumbling...

With a love of literature that started very early on, one would assume I'd be much better with words. In fourth grade I read Julius Caesar for the first time. Then Macbeth. My love for Shakespeare started early one and fueled that literature love. In sixth grade, I dove into Dickens and purged through A Tale of Two Cities, and found it wonderful. Eighth Grade led me to tackle Of Human Bondage which, purely because of lack of time, I did not finish, but will eventually now that I've remembered it. (Queueing it on the free e-reader on my phone as I type this.)
In middle and high school, I excelled in English class. Especially in high school once we'd finally left behind tedious spelling and grammar lessons that I'd grown tired of long before my peers who would have happily continue writing sentences and having spelling tests instead of diving headfirst into Beowulf, Gulliver's Travels, Huckleberry Finn, Great Expectations and the tales of King Arthur. I began to do extra work for my English teachers. Grade papers, review essays. Even the teacher whom I despised my freshman year of high school commended me for my writing ability.
When I first went to college, I thought my love of drawing and painting would fair well for me as an art major, to be an art teacher. I was wrong. I hated it. With a passion. And my professors and their arrogance. Not all, but the majority of my art professors were far too aware of just how awesome (they thought) they were.
When I realized my are major was not what I wanted, I thought of what other thing I loved as much, and English was there. I had been enjoying my classes in English composition for my core, so why not? For three years I worked towards my English Major. I was done with my core, my Junior year left with nothing but classes towards my major and I was loving them. Arthurian Legend, Shakespeare, Young Adult Literature. The only class I was unsure of was the actual education course I was taking. I was also doing work as a substitute teacher. I did not enjoy it. Seeing how much people did -not- want to be in school made me realize how much the passion I had for literature was not shared.
I began to question my major. Perhaps I couldn't be a teacher, but I could instead, stay in and turn my bachelor's into a master's. I could go on to be a professor instead. Then the people in my classes were paying good money to be taught. Many of them would be there because they wanted to be there and not just to meet a core requirement. Eventually, I made the silly mistake of dropping out of college when my now ex husband thought it better for me to work full time so we could get married. The love of English and literature, however, has never  faded.
I've given this background for a reason. First of all, to share that that is why I write here and now. This blog provides an outlet. But also to say that with the compliments I often receive that I am "eloquent" and "intelligent" or knowledgeable of words and word use, you would assume I'd be far better at putting word to my emotions. Alas, this is not the case. Unless I've been given time to sit and reflect, my words are jumbles, especially if I try to speak them. My heart overflows with feelings, some which have no names, but my mind spills and sputters fears and worries. The two together bind my tongue and I am left flustered and often on the verge of tears praying I find a way to say what I want to so badly. Instead, I often remain silent.
I have all the world's words before me, but if I can not speak them, they are just that: words with no meaning.

Monday, November 5, 2012

I Walked With You Once Upon A Dream...

I have found when I read a book, much like when I hear of happenings in lives of those around me, I personalize the story. I take into account the feelings of all the characters, and different times in my life, when i re-read the same book, I might see things differently and the character may be shed in a different light than the last time I read the book.
For instance, presently I am reading The Awakening by Kate Chopin for what is probably the dozenth time. When married, I read this book, and found it detestable that she should act so callously towards her husband. When my marriage fell apart, I saw the demons the author portrays in him so much more clearly. And now, a year after that, I reread it again, and I find that I see devils and angels in both characters. I see them as human and feel sympathy for both.
I see how he stifles her and stunts her emotional and personal growth, but I also see that he dotes on and adores her. He sees her flaws, but loves her. Then I see her struggling to be the wife she wants to and should be, but knowing that the "too little, too late" attitude has already overtaken her, it she can't be swayed from her mindset now to move on and carry on with her infidelity and plans of leaving him. I see her become selfish and forsake both her husband, her children, then her friends and family because of this person and because of her choices and not just the choices themselves, but instead how she chooses to go about enacting them.
I see how her dreams become muddled and she loses sight of her virtues and focuses solely on selfish desire.
I am still reading, perhaps by the end of the book my opinions will shift again.