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Writing has been a part of my life for quite some time. Aside from the academic wordage that comes with being in school, I discovered my love and appreciation for writing during the first two years of high school after meeting my 9th and 10th grade English teachers Mrs. Ignatowicz and Mrs. Hamill. However, my first recollection for the love of words came as a child when I read Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain, a pentalogy based on Welsh mythology, following the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero. I haven’t been able to put down a book since. What I learned from the words that danced across the paper is a world beyond anything I could have ever imagined.

A writer’s ability to meticulously select and string together seemingly simple words in order to ignite the reader’s imagination, senses and emotions has always captivated me. Good writing creates a passage to the fantastical where the reader explores the hypothetical, imaginary, and possibly an alternate or parallel world or universe. Great writing adds another layer; it paves the way for our senses and evokes emotions where the rawness of the self is challenged, contemplated and ultimately, explored and discovered.

My writing is emotions splattered on paper. It is my way of understanding and expressing what is often difficult for me to express clearly in person. Through writing I bear the rawest parts of me.

Thus, Scribbles will serve as a creative sanctuary for my poetry, prose and nonfiction writing. I invite and encourage any and all constructive criticism.

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