The First Draft

"Write drunk; edit sober."


January 2017

Written for us…

Quotes that were definitely, without a doubt, about us:

  1. “I would not wish any companion in the world but you, nor can imagination form a shape, besides yourself, to like of.” – William Shakespeare, The Tempest
  2. “You are my fish in the sea.” – Cleo Wade
  3. “The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I’d hoped to give you forever.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook
  4. “I was about half in love with her by the time we sat down. That’s the thing about girls. Every time they do something pretty…you fall half in love with them, and then you never know where the hell you are.” – J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye
  5. “And when one of them meets with his other half, the actual half of himself, whether he be a lover of youth or a lover of another sort, the pair are lost in an amazement of love and friendship and intimacy.” -Plato
  6. “Then I did the simplest thing in the world. I leaned down…and kissed him. And the world cracked open.” – Agnes De Mille
  7. “yours is the light by which my spirit’s born:
    yours is the darkness of my soul’s return
    –you are my sun, my moon, and all my stars” – e. e. cummings
  8. “If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.” – Oscar Wilde
  9. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.” – John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
  10. He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” – Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
  11. “If I had a flower for every time I thought of you…I could walk through my garden forever.” – Alfred Lloyd Tennyson
  12. “i love you much (most beautiful darling)

more than anyone on the earth and i
like you better than everything in the sky.” – e. e. cummings

  1. “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known—and even that is an understatement.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  2. “We loved with a love that was more than love.” – Edgar Allan Poe, Annabel Lee
  3. “I do love nothing in the world so well as you – is not that strange?” – William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing
  4. “A soulmate is a meeting of mind, spirit and body with someone whose strengths, flaws and energy perfectly compliment your own. It is steady ground, a shelter in a storm, a point on a map when you are wayward and lost—the promise of a place to come home to for as long as you are here in the world.” – Beau Taplin
  5. “The sun is perfect and you woke this morning. You have enough language in your mouth to be understood. You have a name, and someone wants to call it. Five fingers on your hand and someone wants to hold it. If we just start there, every beautiful thing that has and will ever exist is possible. If we start there, everything, for a moment, is right in the world.” – Warsan Shire
  6. “I swear I couldn’t love you more than I do right now, and yet I know I will tomorrow.” – Leo Christopher
  7. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.” – Plato
  8. “Fall in love with someone who tastes like adventure but looks like the calm, beautiful morning after a terrible storm.” – Nikita Gill

A Forever Thing

I’ll be extremely saddened,

If this isn’t a forever thing.

We’ve only just begun,

Yet I find myself wishing for an eternity.

An eternity of you and me.


And I’m not sure if that’s fair,

Or even realistic.

But maybe if I wish hard enough,

And you wish hard enough,

The eternity can be ours.

Dear you

Dear you,

Warsan Shire wrote,

“My alone feels so good, I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.”

And though this is my work of writing, I must include her quote, because she wrote it so beautifully, so perfectly.

I’ve been alone most of my life. And I like it that way.

Solitude is indeed sweet.

The silence envelops me. It welcomes me with open arms, and I am content.

I thrive on it.

When I’m in the company of others, I prefer the quiet approach. I listen, observe. As if I’m merely on the outside looking in.

That is…until you.

Being with you has the same effect as looking up and seeing a shooting star the night sky.

Amazement. Beauty. Wonder. Excitement.

Only these two things can put such a true smile on my face and sparkle in my eye.

I still have no idea why it is that you chose me to be a part of your world.

Then again, I suppose you didn’t have a say in it any more than I had a say in you becoming a part of mine.

We’ve been over countless “what ifs” to figure out the probability of us ending up together.

The only explanation is that it was meant to be.

“I’ll only have you if you’re sweeter than my solitude.”

You’re far sweeter.

So, darling, won’t you stay a while?

Books to Read in 2017

  1. The Shell Collector – Anthony Doerr
  2. 1984 – Geroge Orwell
  3. About Grace – Anthony Doerr
  4. A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess
  5. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  6. Four Seasons in Rome – Anthony Doerr
  7. The Color Purple – Alice Walker
  8. Memory Wall – Anthony Doerr
  9. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
  10. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee
  11. Heart of the Matter – Emily Giffin
  12. Who Do You Love – Jennifer Weiner
  13. The Edge of Lost – Kristina Mcmorris
  14. The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  15. Heartless – Marissa Meyer
  16. The Fortunate Ones – Ellen Umansky
  17. We Were the Lucky Ones – Georgia Hunter

Yes, I’m a Journalist. No, I Don’t Care What You Think About That.

“Newspapers are dying.”

Why is this one of the first things I’m taught in a journalism class?

Since the beginning of high school, I knew I wanted to study journalism in college. There was no question about it.

I took a journalism class my freshman year of high school and completely fell in love with it.

The people I interviewed. The sense of accomplishment when I finished laying out my pages on production night. The smell of the ink as you first open the paper.

I’m not a naïve person.

I know that as technology advances, it’s more likely that readers will look to the Internet as their main news source. And if newspapers don’t have subscriptions to sell, how will they pay their staff?

Well I’m sure that if you ask any journalist, they will definitely tell you that they’re in this profession for the money. For sure.

That’s actually the main reason I wanted to be a journalist. I want to live in a big, fancy house and drive a big, expensive car.

Or maybe it’s because I want to give a voice to those who otherwise wouldn’t be heard.

As someone who is serious about wanting to step into this profession, I found my university’s newspaper as soon as I got onto campus.

The story I’m working on now focuses on the school’s television station and what they do.

After only my first interview, I could tell that it’s going to be a good story to tell.

My first journalism teacher taught me to find the “gold coin,” the hook that draws the reader in and makes them want to read more.

The gold coin here is the passion that these students have for what they do.

For some, it’s sports. For others, it’s theater or music. For these students, it’s creating a product to share with those around them.

I asked the girl how being a part of the television station has affected her life, and her face immediately lit up as she thought about her response.

In that moment, it hit me that this is why I want to study journalism.

When people read my article, they will get a glimpse into this girl’s little world.

Last year I had the pleasure of writing a story about a basketball coach that retired from coaching to take care of his cancer-stricken wife. After her passing, he returned to coaching to maintain a sense of normalcy.

Coaching basketball played such a large role in his life that he turned to it to help him get back on his feet.

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve read something that has emotionally impacted me in some way.

I’ve read articles that have made me laugh and columns that have made me cry.

Words have power.

I may not end up being “successful” in the sense that I make lots of money.

I will be successful in that my words will make a difference to someone. If at least one person is positively affected by something that I have written, I will claim success.

So don’t tell me my major is useless and newspapers are dying. It won’t divert me from this path.

When you’re done discouraging the journalists, why don’t you go over to your local library and notify them of their inevitable downfall due to Kindles and e-readers. I’m sure they’ll get a kick out of it.

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