Today it’s V Day so feeling a little bit nostalgic I searched in the ‘quote folder’ for some suitable quotes for this day. Here are some of my favorites.
“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.” – Dr. Seuss
“Relationships never provide you with everything. They provide you with some things. You take all the things you want from a person—sexual chemistry, let’s say, or good conversation, or financial support, or intellectual compatibility, or niceness, or loyalty—and you get to pick three of those things. Three—that’s it. Maybe four, if you’re very lucky. The rest you have to look for elsewhere. It’s only in the movies that you find someone who gives you all of those things. But this isn’t the movies. In the real world, you have to identify which three qualities you want to spend the rest of your life with, and then you look for those qualities in another person. That’s real life. Don’t you see it’s a trap? If you keep trying to find everything, you’ll wind up with nothing. ” – Hanya Yanagihara in her latest book ‘A Little Life’
In this time and age online presence becomes crucial in keeping your friends&family close, your coworkers in the loop and even in getting you hired in a new place. With the average user having around 3 online accounts(Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram/Pinterest) studies have shown that up to 92% of companies use social media when recruiting. This means you’ll find the job ad on their website’s career, on their LinkedIn or even on their Twitter and Facebook. To give you an example, I found one job on Twitter, one on LinkedIn, and one on Facebook. They are professional companies with whom I collaborate well. Depending on what you do, I write for a living by the way, bigger and even smaller companies started to use Social Media to search for a new employee. Whether you are a social media specialist, a graphic designer, an architect or a statistician, having some kind of social media presence might come in handy.
Today, I’m gonna talk about writer’s block, what is it and how to overcome it.
First things first. Let me tell some of my writing habits. I write blog posts, essays, and longread articles on a wide variety of themes from travelling and social media to current affairs and gambling. My work involves writing about previous experiences and A LOT of research. Since, however, the work is almost exclusively nonfiction, I don’t get blocked too often, except when I try to come up with titles for my articles – I hate cheesy article titles. Thankfully, some of my mandatory work comes with a title so all I have to do is research, which is my favorite thing after writing and proofreading. Even so, the thing that comes the hardest when writing a nonfiction piece is the beginning, sometimes the end of an article. The first paragraph has to give an introduction to what are you going to be rambling about in the next lines and the final paragraph has to offer an overview of the whole text as a conclusion.
Since I can remember, I loved reading and being read to, when I haven’t learned to read yet( around the age of 5 year-old). My mom used to read me from a huge fairytale book of Brothers Grimm. Later on, when I learned to read a little, I remember I used to read a books with fairies for more than 10 times. I don’t know what I found so fascinating if I already knew how the story ended. Even now, after more than 10 years, I can still feel my fingers on a short story of the three pigs translated into French. The colors, the musicality of the words, and the covers made the experience almost magical.
This year is almost over and it’s that time of the year to draw the line and take a look at some of the best books I read in 2015. From the 80+ books counted by Goodreads, around 60% were of some real quality and impact on my life and general knowledge. Sure, I read for fun Mindy Kaling, Felicia Day, and a rather addictive YA series, but I don’t feel guilty at all 🙂
Fahrenheit 451 is one of the most popular novels of Ray Bradbury, that ensures him a spot along George Orwell with ‘1984’ and Aldous Huxley with ‘Brave New World’ thus forming the trilogy of dystopia.
I “read” the book as an audiobook, not because I am a fan of this medium but for a good reason. The recording of the book was made with the voice of the author. Moreover, at the end of the novel, there is an 1-hour long interview with the author, where he clarifies some issues from the book that made me love his work even more. I found out about his passion for reading from an early age, his interest for old hollywoodian movies which he rewatched a dozen times and about the moment he met his wife in a bookstore.
Books are a uniquely portable magic.That’s what Stephen King said in his memoir regarding the art of writing. Maybe that is why I couldn’t understand when, being in close proximity to the garbage bin, I saw a bag almost full of books, a fact that now, thinking back, really shocks me.