Hello there! My name is Catherine. I’m 17 years old, and I’m a senior in high school.
This blog is, for one, relatable. It is an opinion column from my perspective, based on my experiences and musings. It is nostalgic, it is detailed. It is random, and it is expressive. It is me.
Why am I here?
Great question -
1. I am an amateur. I don’t pay for this site. There are aspects of being an amateur that I love, and I am scared that at this age, at this stage of development, I will lose myself if I try to streamline/regulate the blog.
2. I want a place to express my opinions in a mature, yet liberated way. The blog shall be mine; I really do think this post sums it up pretty well.
3. I am looking for a way to balance writing for myself and writing for others. I’m still in search for that balance and wary about settling down and defining a focus, but I’m on my way. I run the blog; the blog does not run me.
How do I write my posts, and what happens after they are published?
First, I am working my way up to proofreading every post but the truth is, I’m lazy about that so many grammatical mistakes and spelling errors sometimes go unnoticed, but I’m strict in documenting my growth as a writer. As a consequence of my carelessness, I’m not going to go back and fix errors. It will push me to be more careful when publishing, so that from scrolling through my blog, it is evident that I’ve come a long way. I expressed my opinions about that here.
What’s the meaning behind the name of my blog?
My opinions, writing styles, and views are constantly changing, and I hope that the progress I make in my writing is demonstrated through each post.
Why do I love writing?
This I love about freedom of the press:
I created this blog with a desire to express myself through creative writing. It’s not a rant about my personal life. I hope to incorporate lots of different writing styles into my posts, whether it be poetry, persuasion, how-to’s, or just free writing that I post without re-reading.
Writing is a life-changing activity that allows for lots of reflection and self-expression. While many can express themselves through dance or art, I do so mainly through putting it into words. Read more about it here and here.
Where does my writing inspiration come from?
I get it from a variety of sources – my daily life, writing prompts on the internet, as well as other blogs. I’ll often “remix” topics to accommodate my interests. I published a whole article on it!
Now onto more personal questions…
What extracurriculars do I do?
1. Policy debate - We debate about government policies. The 2013-14 topic is economic engagement with Latin American countries. Our school goes to tournaments all around the country all year long – from this, I’ve learned a lot about public speaking, argumentation, risk analysis, the economy, asteroid extinction, and port dredging.
2. Violin – private lessons, volunteer orchestra, chamber orchestra, and school orchestra – I’ve done it all
3. Liberty in North Korea - I represent LiNK, a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness about the refugee situation in North Korea. I’ve written quite extensively about the topic, both in a personal and general manner.
4. Does this blog count? I hope.
What’s my favorite book?
Easy - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It makes me nostalgic for a time period in which I’ve never lived, yet I can relate to it so well, as the main character Francie is growing up with contradicting opinions and beliefs, with a love for reading and writing. I’ll read it whenever I can. Read more about it here or here!
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