This week I am sharing a brief creative writing assignment I did for my Fiction Workshop. We were asked to consider voice through personifying a place we know extremely well. I chose to write my paragraph about Encinitas, California. Enjoy (:
I lick the sandpaper shoreline with each kiss from my blue tongue. The toes of children gleefully run from my foamy, white lips that bubble at their ankles. They chase the seagulls and pelicans that fly through my sky as I watch from the lush green mountains, my hair cascading down past my eyes in the form of jasmine and bougainvillea. Houses, shops, and restaurants all colored by wood and time decorate my dress. The wheels of the bicyclists along the Pacific Coast Highway tickle my outstretched arms and I embrace their presence, offering them full lanes, putting their needs above the people in their cars. My heart, the sunshine, radiates from outside of my body showering the city in a subtle warmth, like an Easy-Bake Oven. I sing the song of wind through palm tree fronds and buzz along with the jellyfish; if you listen closely you can hear me. If you stick your tongue out at the ocean's edge you can taste me. If you rest your hand upon the grassy floor you can feel me. If you inhale the scent of freshly brewed black lavender tea you can smell me. And if you stare into the horizon, just as my heart has descended beyond view, you just might be able to see me—a green flash across the sky.
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When I consider how far I’ve come since this time last year I am blown away. Time is a curious thing...I was on a completely different path when I was 19 turning 20. This year has been full of new experiences and I have pushed myself beyond my comfort zone in so many ways. I am currently finishing my senior year at The New School, researching graduate school programs, and working constantly on new creative projects.
My year is book ended by experiences and achievements. I celebrated my 20th birthday by exploring London with my mom and my best friend, Claire, and I am ending this year in Claremont/LA celebrating Katie’s 18th birthday with a concert. I am beginning this new year by traveling to Kauai.
Each day I have worked on developing my voice, honing my passions, and living my life with authenticity.
As I reflect on this past revolution around the sun I cannot believe how quickly the last 12 months sped by. I am happy to take the time, even if it is just with one blog post, to pause and appreciate all that I have encountered over this past year.
Today I am sharing a few lessons I have learned at 20 along with 20 photos from this year.
#1: I care deeply about using my art and writing as an activist.
#3: A defeatist recognizes their unhappiness and does nothing. Doing nothing is a form of destruction, self destruction. A beauty seeker creates rather than destroys. So I create.
#6: I am a work in progress. It’s okay to feel like I’m waiting for the next step, it’s okay to feel apprehensive, and it’s okay to feel far from achieving my goals.
#7: Creativity takes courage.
#9: Sometimes the most important thing you can do for someone is just being there.