Still here!

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Yep, I’m still here. I know it’s been far too long since I’ve sat down to write a blog post, but don’t worry my friends. It’s been an interesting few months. It amazes me how much I continue to learn and grow as a poet/writer as time goes on. So many new experiences have inspired me to keep writing.

Unfortunately, my insanely busy schedule has cut back on my creative writing time, but that will ease up soon! This Friday brings another new chapter in my life, a.k.a. I’m moving again! It should be a fun adventure…one that will provide an environment sure to embrace my creative spirit.

Be sure to keep an eye out for an upcoming post about something new that I’m working on…

Until then, I’ll leave you with this quote:

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A Kerouac Detour 

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“In God’s name and under the stars what for? For joy, for kicks, for something burning in the night.” -Jack Kerouac. I finished reading “On the Road” earlier today. I had been meaning to read it for years, and finally got around to it. The timing couldn’t have been better. What an adventurous story. The magic is in the details. I’m wondering if there are any drastic differences in the “original scroll” version which I read, compared to the 1957 edition. I enjoyed being able to read the story with the actual names. Of course seeing the final line read, “I think of Neal Cassady” instead of “I think of Dean Moriarty” would probably make a difference for some people. None the less, what a powerful thing it is to have such a complex person in your life. It’s true isn’t it? There are some people that come into your life and make a mark on you. Their always going to be there in your mind. You’ll always think about them. Neal Cassady seemed to be the type to set ones soul on fire in a inconsistent way, but that was the beauty of it.

One quote that really stuck out to me as I read was, “At the end of the American road is a man and a woman making love in a hotel room.” Even though there is a lot of explanation surrounding that statement, I couldn’t get my mind off of it. It’s one of those sentences that I will write in my journal, stare at, and pick apart for the next few weeks. On the Road is far from a love story, but there are tons of moments that focus on relationships. In that particular instance, Jack is talking about his wife. However, I think that a lot of us can relate to a statement like that. When you cut it down and peel back the layers, he’s talking about a reality that most of us have experienced. Sure, there are many joys in life, but there are certain things you can’t compare. Sometimes it’s the simplest of statements that create the most meaning.

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Overall, I’m so glad I took the time to detour from my poetry books to read “On the Road.” It is a book that I will remember forever.

Until next time,

Christine

Grounds For Sculpture Adventure

This past Sunday I was lucky enough to spend the day at an amazing place called Grounds for Sculpture located in Hamilton, NJ. If you’ve never heard of it, it’s really worth checking out. It’s a beautiful place filled with tons of inspiring pieces of art, and when you get hungry there’s an adorable cafe to eat at. (They also have a delicious flatbread pizza that I highly recommend.) Anyway, I’m going to be participating in a poetry contest that they are having, so I took a ton of pictures to fuel my inspiration. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite photos on here, but before I do that I’m going to warm you up with this lovely poem that is actually located on the grounds.

It’s called “When You Are Old” by W.B. Yeats, and it literally melted my heart.

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,/And nodding by the fire, take down this book,/And slowly read, and dream of the soft look/ Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;/How many loved your moments of glad grace,/And loved your beauty with love false or true,/But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,/And loved the sorrows of your changing face;/And bending down beside the glowing bars,/Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled/And paced upon the mountains overhead/And hid his face amid a crowd of stars
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Quotes & Poems

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“I do believe in an everyday sort of magic — the inexplicable connectedness we sometimes experience with places, people, works of art and the like; the eerie appropriateness of moments of synchronicity; the whispered voice, the hidden presence, when we think we’re alone.” ― Charles de Lint

I stumbled upon this quote the other day, and truly felt connected to it. Despite all of the hectic madness going on in my life right now, I’ve been blessed with moments and people that remind me how great life is. It’s important to stay positive no matter what. There is a bit of magic in every day, and I’d much rather focus on that.

My inspiration has been mostly steady since my last post. I find myself scribbling down ideas for poems quite often. As far as completing poems, I have a couple drafts that I’m making progress on. The point is, I’m so happy to be writing again. Perhaps I will share something on here in the near future.

Until then, I’d like to share one of my favorite Robert Frost poems with you. It’s quite fitting for the picture I posted above. It’s called, “Birches.”

You can read the full poem here: Birches by Robert Frost

While I enjoy the whole poem, I’ll share my favorite part below.

 It’s when I’m weary of considerations, / And life is too much like a pathless wood / Where your face burns and tickles with the cobwebs / Broken across it, and one eye is weeping / From a twig’s having lashed across it open. / I’d like to get away from earth awhile / And then come back to it and begin over. / May no fate willfully misunderstand me / And half grant what I wish and snatch me away Not to return. / Earth’s the right place for love: / I don’t know where it’s likely to go better.

There’s so much truth within those lines. I think we’d all like to escape for some time when life’s beaten us down, but the truth is, there is beauty in the breakdown. There’s growth and many new adventures.

Until next time,

Christine

M.I.A. Blogger Christine Marie

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Hi all!

Remember me? I’ve been M.I.A. from the blogging scene for almost two months now because of a combination of things. A lot has happened since the new year has started, some negative stuff and some positive. Of course I’m trying to focus on the positive!

I’d like to think of myself like Barbara Gordon (Oracle style minus the wheelchair) always in front of a computer writing comic book reviews, and awesome articles about comic book industry news. I drink a lot of coffee now…haha

Despite the things going on in my personal life, it feels good to be busy working on things that I’m very passionate about. I’m dealing with a lot of unknown right now, (which is difficult for a control freak) but I know it’s important to keep moving forward.

I’ve been thinking a lot about one of my role models, J.K. Rowling and reflected on the speech she made at Harvard. This quote in particular resonated with me:

“My greatest fear had already been realized, and I was still alive… And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”

I wanted to share the full speech below for those of you who haven’t seen it.

I will attempt to be a better blogger moving forward! Thanks for sticking with me. =)

Until next time,

Christine

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The Disorganized Writer

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For those of you that know me well, you’ll know that I am an insanely organized person. That doesn’t just include my day to day life, I am usually a very organized writer as well. Due to the personal circumstances that have turned my life upside down, the past two months have been spent exploring what it’s like to be disorganized in every aspect of my life. I wouldn’t say that I’m necessarily choosing to be this way, but I think things can really get tough when you’re going through major life changes. You start to lose yourself in certain ways, and discover parts of yourself that you didn’t know were there.

I half expected my creative brain to shut itself off and go into some kind of deep dark hibernation, but I’m happy to report that it’s still there, alive and kicking. The major difference is, I find myself writing things in a highly disorganized manor. Whether it be quickly jotting down a few notes on a scrap piece of paper, or emailing myself some dialogue while I’m at the store, I’m all over the place.

I want to say that I’m working on a new project, but it’s hard to really define what that project is. It’s definitely an exploration of new territory, I can tell you that much. I’m normally not the type of writer that can write chapters out of order, but I absolutely have been. If someone opened up the most recent documents that I’ve been typing, they probably wouldn’t make sense to them at all. But that’s okay, because they only need to make sense to me. I know that in time I will go back and fit all of the puzzle pieces together in an orderly way.

So tell me, fellow writers…how do you conquer creative disorganization? Do you find yourself writing things out of order, or are you more of the planning type?

Until next time,

Christine

P.S. Brief Query Process Update – Round Three stats: 5 rejection letters, 5 no responses. I’ll be sending out another ten letters ASAP! Fingers crossed.

I Survived New York Comic Con…Actually I Rocked It!

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Greetings from an exhausted writer!

I was fortunate enough to attend NYCC 2014 as part of the Bleeding Cool press team last Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. This being my first con, I wasn’t really sure what to expect, except a lot of crowds. Now I’m not going to lie, I was in full meltdown mode on Wednesday night. Not only was this my first time attending a con, but it was my first time reporting for one. Well, I’m happy to say that I survived and exceeded what I thought I was capable of, which is where the “rocked it” part comes in. Over the course of four days I wrote ten articles, eight of which were coverage for panels. Thank god for my fast typing skills! My E.I.C. was impressed with my ability to have so many direct quotes, which was awesome to hear. The entire Bleeding Cool team was so welcoming, and together we covered a lot of awesome things.

My 10 favorite Moments of NYCC14:

1. Standing two feet away from R.L. Stine, and listening to him talk on a panel.

2. Meeting Gail Simone (who wrote my favorite run of Batgirl) and her husband. They were so kind and thankful for my reviews.

3. Working in the press room amongst a bunch of awesome reporters.

4. Meeting Brian K. Vaughan (writer of Saga) at the Stitch Bar Image/Multiversity Party. Talk about humble! This guy was so thoughtful and even went as far as calling me a hero for reviewing Saga.

5. Attending & Covering the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle- Booyakasha! Panel with my wonderful friend Allison. That show is spectacular. The episode we got to watch was CREEPY, but in a good way! Also, I love listening to actors do a bit a voice acting live.

6. Being in the same room as Jennifer Morrison (Emma Swan) during the Once Upon a Time panel. Also, getting an early screening of an episode and watching it in a room of people that love the show just as much as I do.

7. Winning tickets to Medieval Times!

8. Attending the DC Comics- Batman: Gotham Rising Panel. Listening to Brenden Fletcher talk about Gotham Academy, and crazily thinking he was talking about my review when he mentioned opinions about the comic relating to Harry Potter and Hogwarts.

9. Getting to wear my E.I.C.’s Infinity Gauntlet that she got at SDCC14.

10. Noticing Scott Snyder (Writer of Batman) amongst the crowds and saying “Oh my god. Oh my god! Permanent marker…permanent marker!” He was very sweet, and said that he had a permanent marker if I had something to sign. So I had him sign my laptop case. While it was embarrassing that I only managed to say a few words, it was an amazing moment.

I have to say, I grow to love the comic book community more and more every day. I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Overall, it was an exhausting but fantastic time! I would definitely do it again.

If you’d like to read the articles I wrote at NYCC14, I’m including links below. The first link is one of my favorite pieces, entitled “Our Reviews Matter.” Please do check it out. =)

Until next time,
Christine

“Our Reviews Matter”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/12/our-reviews-matter/

“NYCC: The Archie Action Hour: Sonic The Hedgehog And Mega Man”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nycc-the-archie-action-hour-sonic-the-hedgehog-and-mega-man/

“NYCC: Coffee Talk With Monsters And Dragons”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nycc-coffee-talk-with-monsters-and-dragons/

“NYCC: How To Survive In A Dystopian World”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/09/nycc-how-to-survive-in-a-dystopian-world/

“NYCC 2014: Writing And Penciling: Storytelling”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nycc-2014-writing-and-penciling-storytelling/

“Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Booyakasha!”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/nickelodeons-teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-booyakasha/

“Once Upon A Time Has Frozen Over!”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/10/once-upon-a-time-has-frozen-over/

“The One Weird Trick for Learning About Comics – Comics Journalism With Heidi MacDonald, Brigid Alverson, Hannah Means-Shannon, Abraham Riesman, And Deb Aoki”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/12/the-one-weird-trick-for-learning-about-comics/

“The Medieval Times Booth Of New York Comic Con”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/12/the-medieval-times-booth-of-new-york-comic-con/

“How Game of Thrones Changed Fantasy…Or Did It?”

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2014/10/12/how-game-of-thrones-changed-fantasyor-did-it/

A few photos! Gail Simone

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Brian K. Vaughan and yeah that’s me looking like a creep.OUAT2

Jennifer Morrison on the Once Upon a Time panel.NinjaTurtlesTMNT!