My Twitter Experience

Today’s post is about Twitter. I recently created a Twitter account as apart of one of the Journalism classes I am taking to make a brand of myself. I must say, I am upset that I didn’t join sooner because I have really enjoyed starting and joining in on conversations about what I am interested in and it is such a delight every time I get a notification from Twitter saying someone I have never met is now following me.

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When I first opened my Twitter account I thought I would start by following thought leaders that tweets would be useful towards my blog and what I would like to post in the future. I started following some of my favorite authors, some magazines or websites having to do with writing or reading,  and fellow bloggers who are also blogging about similar topics as I am.

I have tweeted out towards 4 different people and organizations, but unfortunately haven’t had any tweets back or retweets. This is not a discouragement to me, it just makes twitter that much more thriving for me.

Even though I never heard a reply back from these specific people, I have had several awesome (to me) experiences on twitter. I think it is once a week that I gain a new follower that is an author, a blogger, or an organization having to do with writing or reading, and it totally makes my day every time it happens. I have had a few people @ me in their tweets talking about the same things I am, people I don’t even know. I realize this is the whole point of Twitter, but I am new to this so you have to bare with me.

This person has an online magazine and he put my first blog post as his daily top stories tweet. I was very new to Twitter when this happened so I was astonished.

This person included me in a Follow Friday tweet (which took me forever to figure out what the #ff meant) and I gained a few followers through this.

As you may have gathered, I am now a Twitter addict and get a huge thrill every time I see the twitter bird symbol telling me I have a new follower. Hopefully Twitter will continue to help me create my personal brand and will help me gain a bigger audience.

Until next time.

Wanna read something different?

 

A few months ago I started a book that is way different than what I usually would have picked up. And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini is a book I can’t quite explain  what it is about, because I know whatever I say it will not explain the entire plot and all of Hosseini’s points of writing it.

“Broad in scope and setting, wise and compassionate in its storytelling. And the Mountains Echoed is a profoundly moving, captivating novel that demonstrates Khaled Hosseini’s deeply felt understanding of the bonds that define us and shape our lives-and of what it means to be human.”

This part of the synopsis found on the cover of the book is a wonderful way to explain this novel. I wonder if what this person gathered about the book is what Hosseini would have said himself. Can anyone really explain what the author feels just by reading the book he wrote? I don’t think so.

Anyways, I decided to read this book because it is different then the usual love story or teen fiction books I like to read. It’s about a family from the middle east and talks about the journey they live together, and the journey they live without each other. When I first started this book two months ago (I really hate that it is taking me so long to read this) it was really hard for me to understand where the book was going and I think that’s what I like most about it now. Hosseini keeps the reader guessing with the change of perspective between characters and completely different story that all the characters have to tell, and all it does is make you want to read it more. Each new book I read continues to prove my point that writing truly is an art, an art that I hardly think I will ever get tired of.

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Reading this book has made me confident to go outside my comfort zone with the books I read and try something new, and it makes me to encourage other readers to do the same. Just because a book is different definitely doesn’t mean it’s author doesn’t share the same talent and writing style that you have always enjoyed.

So try something new!

 

He is Quite a Character

I suppose I need to discuss Augustus Waters. I think most of you know who this person is by now.  He is the love story that all of us want to have. He’s not cheesy, but romantic. He’s dynamic, but simple. All of us fall in love with Augustus right along with Hazel Grace.

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The Fault in Our Stars is one of those stories that breaks your heart into a million pieces, but makes you feel like you have be reborn after you turn that last page. A person that doesn’t read wouldn’t understand what this means. It is truly spectacular how the writer can do this to us readers. One has to think that the author is a cancer patient himself, and perhaps he is Augustus in this book. However, he isn’t. John Green has never had cancer and isn’t our friendly character after all. So how could he find the inspiration to write about what we read before our eyes?

Well many years ago I worked as a student chaplain at a children’s hospital, and I think it got lodged in my head then. The kids I met were funny and bright and angry and dark and just as human as anybody else. And I really wanted to try to capture that, I guess, and I felt that the stories that I was reading sort of oversimplified and sometimes even dehumanized them. And I think generally we have a habit of imagining the very sick or the dying as being kind of fundamentally other. I guess I wanted to argue for their humanity, their complete humanity.

So that was the initial inspiration.

That took 12 years. I was very intimidated by it.” -John Green

Quote citation: (read the full interview)   http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/02/how-john-green-wrote-a-cancer-book-but-not-a-bullshit-cancer-book/273441/

Writer’s have a few talents that the average person do not, but the one that amazes me the most is the ability to view a situation (good or bad) and turn it into a piece of art. It is like taking a picture of an object and describing everything about it. A writer describes the situation and weaves his voice through the gaps.

If you are a parent and have read this I am sorry to say I do not know how to properly blog this book for you. First off I have to say that I would never recommend this book to my mother. I couldn’t put thoughts like that in her head, even though the book has one of the best stories I have read (not the best, I could never pick one single favorite story). I’m glad the writer didn’t emphasize too greatly on the parents’ pain in this book. I could never bare the thought of what these parents have to go through, and I think that’s one of the great things about this book that make it not like the others.

As Green says in his interview, he wanted to not oversimplify the characters in his book like he has witnessed in other stories that he has read. I think focusing on the parents after the death of Augustus would have oversimplified not his cancerous characters themselves but would have made it like any other book about this disease and its ability to destroy the worlds around it.

I have heard Hollywood wants to make a movie based on this book. I must say I really hope they don’t. I’m sure many can agree that Hollywood likes to take something great and completely kill it, but that is another post of its own. Please enjoy this great read before the movie comes out!

Until next time.