Sunday, 30 October 2016

Recently

WRITING
Preparing for Nanowrimo. I'll be writing a YA novel that explores the intricacies of the ways people process grief and emotion, and I will also be living vicariously through my characters like bad parents do to their children. 

READING
Chris Colfer's treasury of classic fairy tales, and of course I'm still working on Moby Dick. Also, Kit's Wilderness by David Almond.

LISTENING TO
A lot of One Republic. Secrets, Good Life, I Lived, Let's Hurt Tonight. And of course Glee covers. All the Klaine duets, and the Rocky Horror covers. 

WATCHING
*coughs* Well, besides Glee, I recently saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show and it was the most interesting production I've seen in my life. Of course, I had to splash my eyes with holy water afterward, but it was worth it. 10/10 would recommend if you don't mind being scarred for life. 


Over November, I'll be doing several posts rambling about writing, not unlike a lot of other bloggers I'm sure. Good luck with Nanowrimo everyone who's doing it!

-Oakstar

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A LOT of Reasons to Smile

Well, here it is! The master list, comprised of answers from whoever I could ask. Thank you for being so patient with me, and specially thank you to everyone who was kind enough to contribute!


Looking at this list, all shiny and full of reasons to smile, will make you smile. Hopefully it will brighten up people's days as much as it has mine. Enjoy!

"hearing people laugh is one of my favorites." -Vanessa Best



"what makes me smile is when other people smile because something good happened to them. and dan howell smiling." -Noor

"When someone does something nice for another person, even though they don't have to. That always makes me smile." -dropthatwand 



"My dog's wagging tail.
Inside jokes.
"Supernatural" convention panels.
Texts in all caps.
Emoticons.
Tweets from Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Cooking with my family." -The Magic Violinist



"My family makes me smile the most. Whenever I'm going through any type of crises or I'm feeling depressed and alone, when I'm feeling sad or mad with myself, I know that my family is there for me no matter what. The whole world could be against me but there'll always be people I can count on to be by my side and I'm fortunate to have a mom a dad and two wonderful brothers that are there for me through thick and thin. I can't even begin to describe how much family means to me. My family is the thing that makes me smile most‍." -K

"What makes me most happy is performing...whether it's a full blown musical or just a song in front of a microphone, it makes me happy knowing that i can touch someone! people tell me that i make them happy or make them cry. it makes me smile knowing that i can affect someone in that way and it's the reason i perform and why I have a passion for theater!!!" -J

"What makes me happy is seeing everyone else happy." -M

"Hope makes me smile. There is promise for the future, and even if the present is horrible, there is always hope. That makes me truly smile." -Abbi


"- family
- friends
- dancing
- having intelligent/witty conversations
- pretty dessert
- pretty dessert that tastes good
- stuffing my face with said dessert
- being warm, preferably cuddling with someone and/or reading and/or having a fuzzy blanket
- people being kind on social media
- pretty food
- pretty food that tastes good
- stuffing my face with said food
- wait what?
- esthetically pleasing spaces
- babies
- puppies
- kittens
- old people
- other people smiling
This is a long list. I guess I smile a lot. I could keep going but I already wrote a book so bye" -Z

"Friends."-Arig

"Because decent people still exist." -Emma



"When strangers smile at me.
When my friends tag me in a Tumblr post they think I'd like.

"What makes me smile is laughing and conversing with my dearest friends.
Another thing that makes me smile are the Harry Potter books, and in general, all books." -Jollygirl

"Dogs!" -Abby

"Inside jokes, and dirty jokes with my friends." -Emma (she and I have plenty of those)

"Friends, music and writing." -Vanessa 

"My girlfriend." -Roxanne

"My friends at Girl Guides." -Nico

And my favourite one that I received: 

"It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly makes me smile. After all, there are so many things. Just reading your post made me crack a smile.

But smiling is kind of an involuntary action when you’re happy, right? It is like a universal sign of happiness. It’s something that people try to hide when they are trying to be mad. It’s something that some people are insecure about doing because they don’t like the way it looks.

And it’s true that we, as humans, don’t spend every waking moment smiling. There are bad things that happen and we get overwhelmed by other emotions. We frown and we cry and we feel bad. And so knowing that we can still smile after bad things happen is pretty special. It means that we can come back from whatever is going on.

I know a lot of people are going to say that seeing other people smile makes them smile. After all, it’s kind of contagious. But it’s true. The reason I smile is because other people smile. I smile because I know it’s possible to overcome anything and I smile because we’re able to still be happy, just like we are able to be sad." -WaterUndertheBridge

Now, for me. I've thought a lot about what makes me smile recently, because not a lot has been able to really do that for me. 

I, to be honest, am a little self absorbed, and I've come to terms with that and work toward being less so self-centered and more aware about everyone around me. But what comes from being so aware of myself also aids me in realizing why I feel certain ways and being able to pinpoint when I'm feeling a certain emotion. Most of the time when I'm happy, I'm with friends, or listening to Glee music. I know a lot of people listed friends as their reason for smiling, but I think I'm just going to have to add my name to that list. The power of friendship is so underestimated in real life. I'd be lost without my friends, I wouldn't be able to function without their love and support. We accept one another for our crazy and our flaws, and we point out the best in each other.

And when I look at this list, and know some of what people have gone through before giving me their reasons, knowing the stories behind some of the names, I can't help but smiling at the resilience of humanity, the strength of our minds and hearts, and the fact that we can all come together and name the reasons why we smile. It's so beautiful and so special.

Hope you smiled at this list. <3 font="">

-Oakstar