Blank pages

There’s something about a blank page that gives me a pause. There are so many possibilities and yet I can’t seem to focus on the one. The one that will make readers want to read what I have to say. The one that will make me want to spend time writing it.

I’m certain that I’m not the only person who faces this problem. In fact, I’d probably find a thousand self-help books about “writer’s block” in just a quick Google search. But that’s not it. It’s not a block per se. Because it’s not that I don’t have any ideas about what to write. It’s that I have so many things swirling around in my head that I can’t focus. More times than not, I end up not writing anything at all. So, “writer’s block” after all?

Today, I got my first rejection letter. It was from a very interesting job opportunity and it made me really sad. Especially since I put a lot of work into the application. I sat in front of that blank page for weeks, too, unable to write anything. What I ended up with made me feel proud of my work and I hoped others would appreciate that. There are, of course, lots of reasons why an application gets rejected. Many applicants with equal or better qualifications… If it’s for a good job, you won’t be the only one who’s interested. It’s not like the whole world rejected me.

… Is it?

Right now, I’m facing a problem – and it’s big. After finishing my Master’s degree in Japanese and English Studies, I find myself open to a world full of new and wonderful opportunities. Another blank page, waiting to be written on. I also find myself overwhelmed. It’s not that I don’t know what I want to do. It’s that I want to do a lot of things. I just can’t decide what I’d love to do. So here I am again. Pausing. Unable to focus.

I know I’m not alone. That knowledge helps, if only a little. But you know what? I was able to conquer this blank page, I will be able to conquer the next!

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Miss Jean Louis – The Life of Misha Collins’ Personal Assistant

Born into the French Revolution of 1789-1799, Miss Jean Louis learned from early age on what hardship meant. Surrounded by French aristocrats and their various needs, she often had to decide between personal dignity and caring for ungrateful, snobbish youths born in wealth. Needless to say, her dignity didn’t survive all that long.

Miss Jean Louis leading the French Revolution after wasting too much time on French Aristocrats and their spoiled brats

The late 18th and early 19th century shaped Miss Jean Louis’ sense and understanding of art, literature, and fashion. Her own creative side awoke when she got introduced to Jane Austen who she enjoyed many quiet evenings with.

During the First and Second World War, Miss Jean Louis acquired near inhuman strength and endurance which would be useful in her further career as babysitter personal assistant to one Misha Collins, destroyer of normality.

Read more about Miss Jean Louis’ life in our upcoming article I wish I had never met Misha.

This article was published as an entry for GISHWHES.

Shakespeare Week: 400th Death Anniversary of William Shakespeare

Death, death; oh, amiable, lovely death!
King John (1598), Act III, scene 4, line 34.

The 23rd of April marks the 400th death anniversary of our favourite bard, William Shakespeare. It’s the perfect time to get out your (lovingly) battered copies of Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, and Macbeth.

Do you remember your favourite collection of the bard’s poems, always on your nightstand? It’s time to delve right into it, and swoon to the beauty of Shakespeare’s words.

Goodreads celebrates Shakespeare’s death

If you feel like having read enough Shakespeare for a lifetime – or two – how about checking out some new novels inspired by his work? Did you always want to read some deleted scenes of your favourite play? Goodreads assembled a great collection done by amazing authors. You can check it out here.

Portrait of William Shakespeare (source: wikimedia.org)

 

Comics Review #10: The Mighty Thor, Vol. 1 – Thunder in Her Veins by Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman

The Mighty Thor #1 Cover by Russell Dauterman (source: comixology.eu)
Title: The Mighty Thor – Thunder in Her Veins
Written by: Jason Aaron
Art by: Russell Dauterman
Collecting: The Mighty Thor (2015) #1-5
Publisher: Marvel
Year: 2016

A war of the worlds has broken out. Countless dead light elves crush into a Roxxon space station which plummets towards earth. Malekith joins forces with the frost giants and Roxxon to march on Alfheim. Odin has gone mad. The All-Mother is imprisoned for treason. The Odinson is nowhere to be found. Loki joins the dark council with his own agenda in mind.

Amidst the chaos and war, Jane Foster aka Thor battles not only her enemies but also the cancer that threatens to end her life.

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Comics Review #9: Black Widow #2 by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee

Black Widow #2 Cover by Chris Samnee (source: comixology.eu)

Title: Black Widow
Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Chris Samnee
Published by: Marvel
Year: 2016

Chapter 2 of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Black Widow run opens with the burial of a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent while Black Widow is watching the assembled mourners through the viewfinder of a sniper rifle.

A new enemy called Platch Liev – the Weeping Lion – is targeting the head of S.H.I.E.L.D., Maria Hill. Unnoticed, Black Widow takes the assassins out one after the other until there is only one man left to question…

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