“I assign myself no rank or any limit, and such an attitude is very much against the trend of the times. But my world has become one of infinite possibilities.”
—Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
(this was my speech for a class)(also I was super proud of it in written form despite the disjointedness of it)
“We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.”
-Margaret Atwood, “A Handmaid’s Tale”
Today, I’m going to talk about the time I journeyed through modern literature to find self-insight.
This was an experience that was a complex mix of emotion, inspiration, and enlightenment.
Years ago, some weekend in the fall, and I know for sure it was fall because reds, oranges and browns litter my memory of this event.
On the way home from visiting one of my uncles, my family and I stopped at a bookstore.
I remember this trip was different from ones in the past because I had decided that instead of getting books by well-known authors of just the mystery genre, I would try something new and get something from each genre, and of authors I did not know.
After finishing a lot of the books that same day, I was thinking over a lot of the things I had read and I felt enlightened and emotionally charged.
Each author despite different genres talk about abstract concepts, like life, death, all these things. But, each were able to describe the beauty in the collective human experience.
What it means to be human, to feel, and to experience the world around us. I could hear the authors’ voices swirling around in my head. Each with a different perspective and view on the world, it was explosive.
It was emotional in that you could feel pain, happiness, rage, elation, and all these emotions through the characters the authors had crafted and it was beautiful.
I had always loved reading but because of this experience, I was better able to understand the circumstances of the world around me and gain a tolerance for situations I might not know enough to judge.
This experience was a journey in and of itself, a journey of really self-insight and discovery.
I think that stories and novels, if written well, can really broaden one’s view of the world around us.
Happy National Read-A-Book Day.
So, as mentioned before I started this monthly dress series and today is when I’m posting the very first dress in the series.
So my inspiration for this dress was that because it was September, which is my birthday month, it had to be based around styles that I liked. I’ve always appreciates putting modern takes on older styles and so I did that for grecian style dresses that I’ve always appreciated.
I’m linking the video down below and I’m sharing a not-so-secret, secret. When I first made the dress, I was about to edit the footage to make it a time-lapse compilation. BUT, I accidentally deleted all the footage. I freaked out and you’re probably wondering how I still have a video for this and this is because after I accidentally deleted it, I ran around like a crazy person attempting to ‘recreate’ the video and I only had half an hour because I was about to leave to go to a friend’s house. So I was running around and basically made two dresses. While the first one took 3 hours the second took, well, half an hour.
So, the video is linked below.
And, if you haven’t seen my behind the monthly dress series post it is also linked here.
- Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian -we all love a female heroine-
- The List by Patricia Ford -however, this does have a similar plotline to The Giver by Lois Lowry-
- Bring Me Back by B. A. Paris -I’m all for thrillers and mysteries and if you are too, I think you’ll like this one-
- Educated by Tara Westover -Coming of age stories are common, but what is uncommon is finding one so different from the rest-
- The Bookshop of Yesterday by Amy Meyerson -Love a good sleuthing adventure story-
- Stygian by Sherrilyn Kenyon -For readers who like romance and adventure in one story-
Sometimes you face difficulties not because you’re doing something wrong, but because you’re doing something right.