PS: If you attach your email to your donation, I’ll send you a handwritten card as a thank you. You know you want to… I even use stickers and different colored inks to write them. ^-^
For those who don’t know me, my name is Tatiana, and I am a writer as well as a student. I have been a writer all my life, but it took me 25 years to figure out that I wanted to pursue it as a career. I am currently going for a degree in Creative Writing, and if I can get a scholarship to cover my journey there I will be in the 2016 Alumni of UC Berkeley.
Enough about me though – here is why I have decided to ask for your help: I think imagination is immensely important. Simple as that. As a child, I didn’t have a chance to dream much, and my imagination was strictly controlled; I could believe in the Christian god and the Bible, but was not permitted to believe in anything outside of the strictures within that limited book (Santa Claus, Halloween, etc.). If it was not in the Bible than it did not exist because God did not create it. Let’s be honest, that’s not exactly encouragement for any growing imagination.
There were people in my life, however, who encouraged me to dream, and who carefully and subtely stoked the fire of curiosity within me. These people would give me books with stories I otherwise might not have read, cards with little Halloween characters on them that I may never seen, and showed me wonderful movies I may never have gotten to watch. These rebels in my life set fire to my imagination in ways that would not have been possible without their influence, and that is definitely something to be encouraged at all costs.
That is exactly what the Office of Letters and Light does for people of all ages: it encourages all of us not only to use our imaginations, but to do something amazing with them – to create something and share it with others. That is an amazing thing and something worth continuing.
So in the spirit of imagination, of creating something beautiful with words that might transport anyone into another world lovingly spawned by a writer, I ask that you support the Office of Letters and Light in their mission to inspire writers of all ages all over the world to continue their quest toward telling the stories that would otherwise be lost. Every little bit helps, so please donate today!
A bit more about the Office of Letters and Light and the Night of Writing Dangerously in their own words:
Join us for an unforgettable night of literary abandon! Write the night away…
We believe in ambitious acts of the imagination. The Office of Letters and Light organizes events where children and adults find the inspiration, encouragement, and structure they need to achieve their creative potential. Our programs are web-enabled challenges with vibrant real-world components, designed to foster self-expression while building community on local and global levels.
Thanks for reading, and have a lovely day!
I had initially headed into this weekend wondering if I would regret my decision to sit out the NoWD in favor of Arsenic and Old Lace’s closing weekend cast party. Of course, there were several different reasons for said decision, but most importantly was the fact that three of my castmates and one of the crew (who are also 4 of my closest circle of friends) very much wanted me to attend. I could not have anticipated how much I would gain from having made this choice.
I won’t go into great detail here, I will simply say that I had more fun than I had at last year’s NoWD, and that I had quite a few more revelations. I now know where I’m going with my novel, and, whether or not I have time to hit my 50K before the end of the month, that is immensely valuable. I saw last night what I needed to get things to tie themselves together, and which characters I would need to do this. The great thing about the writer’s block I had previously is that I don’t have all that much to rewrite, and I DO have a great start with what I DID manage to write.
I also deepened a relationship with one member of my circle, and solidified a new friendship that had been dancing over that acquaintance/friend line. This is my life, and these are my people.
Lastly, a major reason for writing this experience out (if vaguely) here, is to remember what one of my wonderful castmates told me last night. A bit of background first: this castmate has already done what I plan on doing in attaining his English major, and he is now training in preparation to get his MFA in Acting, though he hasn’t decided from where he will attain this. The only differences are that I plan to double major, and I plan to avoid teaching as much as is possible. Though, as we all know, the universe does like to laugh in the face of plans, particularly when said plan does not serve you as well as the alternative.
Anyhow, this friend told me something that got me thinking. He said, ‘Actors are not human. We’re meant to pretend humanity and normalcy, but how we are, are treated, and what we go through… we’re not human.” It got me thinking, and on this I will not speculate here because I haven’t yet fully gathered my thoughts on the matter. I just felt it was something that needed to be remembered, thus my reason for writing it down.
To those who made it this far, thank you for reading my journalistic (and unfortunately individualistic) ramblings. I hope you have a lovely Monday, and a relaxing holiday if I don’t ‘see’ you. ^-^