2012 is looking to be a fantastic year! I'll turn 21, graduate college, get a car (finally!), become a billionaire, etc. But 2011 was pretty good too. Here are my favorite 10 posts from 2011 (in chronological order):
Velvet Nights and Gentle Waves (January) -- I love the city of Charleston, SC, and the last time I visited it, I was struck by the thought that this would be an amazing place to propose. It is beautiful, romantic, and classy; this thought came back to me one night when I was listening to a slow jazz piece, and an image formed in my head of a couple slow dancing under a wrought-iron street light by the water. I had to write it out.
Do You Fit In? (February) -- I actually had started writing this to complain about feeling different from others; I quickly realized that was a stupid idea and really boring to write or read (and immature, haha). I started thinking, and thought, "Everyone feels like they are the 'weird one' from time to time--what if someone really was? What would cause that?" I settled on insanity.
The Taxi Man (February) -- This was one of my first times writing in third-person perspective; I just like the imagery it forms.
Romance (May) -- I wrote this one in my head as I was driving home from work. It was a beautiful spring night; I had the windows down and was just enjoying the view.
Dear Culture (May) -- I wrote this around the time of the Royal Wedding; longing to be a princess was at an all time high, and it started to grate on me a little bit.
The Nameless (June) -- This is one of the few stories I have written with the express purpose of trying to impart a truth. Most of mine are for entertainment or for stretching the mind--this one (while hopefully doing both of those things) really was designed to be an analogy for our own lives. We spend so much time freaking out about the culture doing this or that, this is wrong in the world, don't watch that cause it will mess you up, etc that we miss the dark side of all of us that will run rampant as we focus on external sources. As a fun side note, I ended up writing another bit to the "Nameless" mythos, and I may revisit this world in the future.
All This Heart Needs (July) -- I'm not a poet, but I enjoy dabbling in poetry from time to time--sometimes you can say things through it that you could not express any other way. Can you imagine if I had tried to write that into a story or put it out as a 'thoughts on'? It wouldn't work.
Braided Leather Bracelet (July) -- This was a fun craft I did, and I'm quite pleased with the results. I wore that bracelet constantly during the summer, and will probably continue to do so in the spring and summer of '12. I have made several more (some for women, some for men) and have experimented with different styles. (If anyone would be interested in having one, I wouldn't be opposed to working something out.)
I Am.... (August) -- Everyone desires to be alone sometimes, but what happens when that desire becomes reality? Think of it as Home Alone, except not funny and a little bit terrifying (it really is when you think about it.) Just like with The Nameless, I have written another short in this world, and have actually written out a basic outline for a possible book/series off of it.
Pyrography: Monogrammed Silhouette (December) -- I picked up pyrography again in December, and this is probably my favorite piece. It is simpler than some that I have done, but I think that just adds to its charm. I really just love this gift.