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To Myself When I am Scared

Dear Me,

You’re hiding under your bedsheets, scared that if even a finger shows, the monster will come to get you and drag you away to a place where it will devour you. Already you can feel the fear clawing at your throat and pounding away at your chest. 

No. I’m not here to yell at you for watching too many scary movies before bed. I’m here to tell you something else.

You know what I’m going to say? You should be scared.

No. It’s not your just desserts (well, maybe it is), but think about it. What would happen if you didn’t have fear?

If you weren’t afraid of monsters, you wouldn’t know when to hide from them. If you weren’t afraid of people, you’d say whatever came into your head without regards for their opinions. If you weren’t afraid of the law, you’d laugh and go kill that person that annoyed you last week.

A lack of fear is what makes you a monster. It’s fear that makes you human, and therefore better than that monster that’s lurking at the end of your bed.

You have the moral high ground.

🙂

Jese

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Fall

If there’s one thing that I love that I can’t eat, it would be trees.

They’re tall and majestic. They’re fun to climb. They give shade on hot summer days.

Recently I was driving along with my non-imaginary friend and I noticed that in a gust of wind, leaves fell from a maple on the side of the road and fell on the pavement and on our car where they promptly flew off.

I realized that this could only mean one thing. Fall is finally here.

Already I can feel myself raking up the leaves in the yard, see myself cosplaying one of my favorite characters for Halloween, smelling freshly baked apple pie coming from the kitchen, tasting the pumpkin spice lattes (Yes. Starbucks is for teenage boys too), and hearing the sounds of the leaves crunching under my feet as I go on long walks.

Here’s to pumpkin picking, hay rides, fair rides, fair food, coffee, trick or treating, orange and yellow leaves, and jumping in leaf piles.

Here’s also to trees.

Without them, it wouldn’t really be fall.


Have a wonderful day! I’m off to go enjoy this wonderful weather.

Jese

 

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A Toast to Potatoes

If there’s one thing in life that’s more wonderful than ice cream, Netflix, and true love, it would be Potatoes. (However, Apple Pie is the most wonderful thing, so Potatoes come as the second)

Now. Why do I award Potatoes second place on the scale of wonderfulness?

Well, first off, they are similar to apples. The French word for Potato is “Pomme de Terre”, which means “Apple of the earth”. Apples grow on trees, and potatoes grow in the ground.

Second off, they actually have more uses than apples do. (shhhh….I did not just say something that makes potatoes seem better than apples).

With a bushel full of potatoes, you can make french fries, home fries, waffle fries, mashed potatoes, fried potatoes, potato rolls, potato donuts, baked potatoes….the list goes on and on. while, with a bushel full of apples, you can only make pie, apple crisp, dried apples (yuck), apple dumplings, and a few other apple desserts, and with a bushel full of Netflix or True Love (the next best wonderful things), you can’t really get anywhere.

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Also, Samwise Gamgee loves them, and that’s really all the reason you need.

See ya soon! Maybe I’ll make a tribute to apple pie next (which will be at least five times longer 😛 ).

Jese

 

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What Makes a Story a Good Story?

As an avid reader, writer, and watcher of stories, this is something I’m always thinking about.

What makes a story a good story?

You know what the good stories are. You read that book, and now, two years later, you remember it as the best thing you ever read. You completely ignored that story you wrote back in november, but your mind will keep wandering back to it, desperately wanting to edit it and share it with the world. You watched that tv show and, despite the slow process of getting it out of the library since Netflix no longer shows it, you keep coming back for more, finishing it through sheer determination and multiple trips to the library.

The Book ThiefThe Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, To Kill a Mockingbird. All these are good books. Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Princess Bride, Lilo and Stitch. These are good movies/shows. (and these lists are by no means exhaustive. I love tons of other books and movies)

But what is it that draws us to the story and labels it “good”?

A good story is one that reminds us of who we are, what we can be, and what makes life worth living. It’s one with well rounded characters, effortless dialogue, and development: people becoming better people, worlds becoming better worlds.

For everyone, the answer to this question is different, but this is what it means to me. Next time you read a book or watch a movie, try to think of what the definition is for you. What do you look for in characters? In plot? What are you searching for? What is lacking in certain stories?

And when you find the good stories, don’t let them go. Treasure them always.

See ya later,

Jese

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Under the Apple Tree

Fun fact of the day: I consider myself a poet.

Here is a free verse poem I wrote last night, inspired by my favorite kind of trees. (you have one guess as to what tree that is 😉 )

Under the Apple Tree: a Poem by Jese

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Collage Created by Catherine Regitz for her own story, but I thought it fit mine, so I borrowed it(with permission). Pictures from Pinterest

She sits against the tree

the rough bark snagging at her hair

Her eyes are closed

She is thinking

and dreaming

of a boy who will one day be a man

whom she will marry

 

He lounges in the tree

a shiny apple in his hand

His eyes are wide

He is thinking

and looking

at a girl who will one day be a woman

whom he will marry


I hope you all liked that! I certainly enjoyed writing it.

See ya soon!

Jese

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Writing Tips from Jese

Recently, I’ve been writing a lot more than I used to so I thought I might share a few writing tips, some that I keep telling myself, some things that come very easy to me, but I know that other people struggle with. Take what you will from this list 🙂

a) write whenever you can. If you’ve got an idea, keep going with it. Even if you don’t have a pad of paper or a computer, just keep writing in your head, planning out your stories.

b) write whatever you can. Write down all the ideas, write in all the genres. I don’t like stagnation in my writing, so I try to write in as many genres as I possibly can: fantasy, scifi, contemporary, historical fiction.

c) write first, edit later. Editing/perfectionism (something I struggle with) is like a heavy fog and you can lose sight of what you’re aiming for as you try to perfect as you go.

d) finish what you start. It’s so tempting to give up on your current project in order to chase another one, or to be discouraged by perfectionism, but there is nothing more satisfying than finishing what you started.

e) if you’re a pantser, try planning. If you’re a planner, try pantsing. Be comfortable with both approaches, and you never know. You might like another style better than the one you use currently. Don’t be afraid to change.

f) have fun! 😀

See ya later!

Jese

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~Favorite~

“What is your favorite animal? What is your favorite color? What is your favorite season?”

All of these are traditional ice breaker questions you’re asked when someone’s trying to get to know you. I never know what to answer. I don’t have a favorite animal. I love several of them. I don’t have a favorite color. There’s at least three I can’t decide between. How can I decide between all the seasons when they all have such wonderful contributions to the year?

I can’t decide. I don’t want to decide.

Then, as I was eating lunch at my friend’s house today, her younger sister asked her “can you have more than one favorite?”, looking for a resolution to an argument she was having with a brother about their favorite fast food restaurants.

“Sure” my friend replied, mainly saying it to keep the sister away from her as she was trying to read her book, not realising she said something rather remarkable, something that made me redesign the way I’m going to think from now on.

Where does it say that you can have only one favorite?

So, now I am resolved that whenever someone asks me those questions, I will respond with all my favorites. I’ll tell them I love cats, dogs, echidnas, and tasmanian devils. I’ll delve into how I love pink just as much as red, orange, or blue. I’ll list the pros and cons of all the seasons, settling on the answer that I love all of them.

Feel free to say that you have many favorites, whether it be between flavors or children (since we know you’re not supposed to have just one favorite with the latter). However, if you do truly only have one favorite, that’s ok too (though don’t tell your kids that).

Have a great day everyone!

You’re all my favorite people 🙂

Jese