Author has written 78 stories for General, Spiritual, Romance, Essay, War, Religion, Friendship, Love, Life, Nature, Song, Humor, General, and Fantasy.
Ave! (That's Latin for "Hello")
irony: n. the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning
sarcasm: n. A cutting, often ironic remark intended to wound
GK Chesterton, CS Lewis, Jane Austen, Fydor Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, St. Augustine, John Donne, Dante Alighieri, James Joyce, Aristotle, Virgil, Ovid, Catullus, Euripides, Aristophanes, and others... many others.
Top 10 Favorite works: (N.B.: Because I'm an English major and can't do math (or can I? is that just an excuse? it's certainly the reason I didn't major in Biochemistry or Engineering - anyway), there will be more than 10...)
Pride and Prejudice, Crime and Punishment, Emma, Nichomachean Ethics, The Divine Comedy, Iliad, Odyssey, Beowulf, anything by Shakespeare (the man is a genius) - particularly The Tempest and Hamlet, The Ballad of the White Horse, The Aeneid, The Metamorphoses (Ovid)...
Greek tragedy, Latin elegy (and the modern counterpart, the sonnet), epic, poetry of various kinds
Favorite literary devices:
All of them, especially anaphora
Status: 9th semester student in college (super senior!)
Majors: English, Classics (Latin and Greek)
Important influences in my writing: My Catholic faith; my interests in the ancient and medieval worlds, in their languages, cultures, etc; my interest in the origin of the English language/culture and the origin of ideas; my mood swings (female); things I have experienced or am experiencing (you write what you know, let's face it); things I question, doubt, or am figuring out
Why I haven't written anything in a while: I've been busy with school and largely uninspired... however, despite my inactive state in writing, this does not mean that I have completely lost the will to write anything, so be prepared, but not too prepared, to see new things from time to time.
1. I have a plan for a novel that will be loosely based on my observation of a kindergarten classroom when I was taking an Introduction to Education class (I want to be a teacher); each child will be a focal point for each chapter, and a lesson they learned in kindergarten will be applied to their everyday life when they've grown up.
2. I also hope to practice my poetic skills that I've acquired with these English/Classics degrees, as well as maybe write a few vignettes, essays, etc.
3. I also hope to develop a new poetic style for Latin poetry.
Career Plans: Teaching; potentially, graduate school in Classics; hoping to pursue a side-career in musical performance and writing; also, I hope to be involved in more volunteer work.
Why "Ironic Presence": I often felt when I was 17 that I was different than other people; I felt like I was just an out-of-place person who didn't belong in the conversations that often happen in a high school setting, so I began to feel like my presence there was almost dramatic irony. I was a contrast to the world around me; I felt I was a presence, more than anything else, because I was fully there and alive, but I didn't necessarily feel corporeal... more or less a ghost. I wasn't always a "sarcastic" presence because I didn't necessarily feel malevolent or biting, though perhaps there is a certain amount of sarcasm present in some types of irony. I don't feel so out of place anymore, which is the joy of making it past that transitional phase, from teenager to young adult.
Random Fact: I really, really, really, really, really love penguins.
If you need an editor... send me a PM, because my major is basically grammar, language, and literary criticism. As a future teacher in either English or Latin, I like the practice, and I give practical, fair, and sometimes tough criticism. Remember: I'm a college student in my senior year, so I am BUSY. If it's short, I will be more likely to read it than if it's long.
Please read my work and review. Remember that I've had this site up and running since I was 17, so some things are better than others; this is by necessity true because I've learned more about poetic techniques and writing in college and I've gained more experience. Sometimes, I just have an off-day.