Submission Bravery

Are you going to try to get published, soon? Get your bow, arrow and shield ready to deflect the approaching rejection letters. But, that’s not a bad thing.

I’ve mentioned before about my poem submissions in September, and I have not changed my mind. They say,  “No writer gets published without a few letters of rejection.” Actually, I say that, but that’s not the point.

I know there is a big chance of my poems getting USB-zoned, but what do I have to lose? They’ll say no, so I’ll just keep trying. If you are dreading this, do not feel discouraged. You have to remember that not everyone will like your work, not everyone will like you. We are all different, and like many things. However, if you don’t try, you may be depriving a reader from your wisdom.

My goal is to help others realize their potential. This blog can hopefully do that in the meantime (you know, with all my randomness), but if I don’t try, it may be late for some people. So, I’m here to tell you that no matter how bad you think you write, or if you think you have nothing to share, go for it! Each day is a new world, and presents a new opportunity. Who knows, I’ll probably get enough rejection letters to make a wallpaper (the ones that go on your bedroom wall) out of them, but hey! At least, I get to do something with them. So, submit your work, and be happy. It’s that, or I’ll use my puppy eyes to convince you to do it (which will most likely give you nightmares, so your choice :p).

Savour the moment, and reach on.

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❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

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Your Legacy

I always say I’m not afraid of dying, but I hope I leave a positive legacy and a published book when I do. When I was younger, I didn’t think too much about this. I just knew I wanted to make a positive impact, but when you’re a teenager you think you’re immortal, and therefore go on to live as if you had a million lives. I’m turning 27 this year (geez, 3 more years and I’m going to be 30. What the heck?), but sometimes I feel like I’m in my early 20’s. I ask myself, have I made a positive impact enough to die without regrets? I hope so, but have I fulfill all my dreams? Not yet. I still have to publish a book and have a family. Will they ever happen? I don’t know, but I know one thing: if my time to pass on came tomorrow, I won’t have any regrets, because everyday I work hard to realize those dreams. Inspiration, published books, and a loving family. I want that to be my legacy.

I found this photo of my late grandparents on their wedding day. Before this day, my grandma spent 3 years in the hospital battling Tuberculosis; she lost part of one lung. During these years, my grandparents sent love letters to each other. They met when they were teenagers and grew old together. She lived 15 years longer than what the doctors had previously told her, and she gave birth to 3 children. Every time I look at their photos, I’m reminded of their legacy; Love, Trust, Faith, Courage, Perseverance. Against all odds, they grew old together. When I was a child, my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer and the doctors gave him 5 months to live. He beat it and lived until he was 85. They both suffered and survived together. Their legacies make me not want to complain about anything.

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What legacy do you wish to leave?

 

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Project – A to Z challenge

A to Z Challenge letter: P

Project

The best way to kill boredom is by starting a project. Do not start a random project, but plan to do it based on what you like. A project should be an escape and it’s better if it’s unrelated to your daily routine. For example, now that the weather is getting better, I’ll buy flowers and do my arrangements for my room. The key is just to work on one project at the time. Free your mind from stress by focusing on one task and one task only; that’s the whole point. I have tried working on two projects at the time and I just gave myself unnecessary headaches. Remember projects are not always meant to be successful, but you should do them for fun and to help you grow as a person. Make your projects enjoyable and use your own creativity. If you need to watch tutorials online, that’s okay, but I think it’s best if the ideas and imagination came from YOU. It helps if you make a list. I don’t have a huge list, but here are my current projects outside of my writing world:

-Painting on canvas

-Flower arrangements

-Start self-teaching intermediate French

-I’m going to decide whether or not I’ll dress up as a broccoli for Halloween (if I did this any other day, I’d be sent to the mental hospital). I’m thinking maybe a vegetarian penguin.

How about you? Any projects? :D? 

 

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What did you want to be when you were a kid?

One of the kids I used to babysit told me one day he wanted to be a hockey player (Go Canucks!) and a sushi chef. I told him If he ever became a famous Vancouver Canucks hockey player (or Montreal Canadiens), he needed to make sure I got VIP tickets to all of his games :D. I may have also told him I’d wear a t-shirt with his baby picture on it :p and the following text: “=his name= ‘s biggest fan since diapers”. Honestly, I don’t think he’d mind if I did that. I’m the only one (besides his parents) who can hug him in public; he’s 8 years old.

I wanted to be so many things when I was a kid:

-Doctor: because removing a splinter from my sister’s foot would automatically make me one

 

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-Marine Biologist: I loved looking at the water and sea creatures. Oddly enough, I didn’t like to swim.

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-Astronaut: I wanted to meet aliens. That’s it.

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-Basketball player: I played basketball until High School, and I even watched games on TV. I was a fan of the Sacramento Kings during that phase (the time where I lived in the U.S.). I was 5’2” then.

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Chef: I wanted to become a pastry chef, only pastry because I didn’t like seafood and didn’t want to be forced to eat it :p. Then I got a burn and became a chicken.

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-Animator: I went to college for 3D Animation & Modeling. This was my second career choice. My first one was Writing. No regrets, but the former wasn’t my true passion and call.

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I think that covers everything, but if I remember more, I’ll share later :p. How about YOU?

❤ ❤ ❤ Love, Ellie ❤ ❤ ❤

Celebrate with fireworks photos!

I found these fireworks pictures I took a while ago. A lot of people are enjoying this St. Patrick’s Day, but I believe everyday should be a celebration. Still, here’s some fireworks to -hopefully- inspire you :). If you’re not into dyeing your hair green, pretending to be a tall leprechaun, or trying to steal their luck, find another excuse to celebrate! We all have accomplishments. So, cheers to your past, present, and future successes!

My accomplishment from last night: I killed a spider in less than 5 minutes.

What I hope to accomplish: I hope to be able to lure spiders into a cup and throw them outside, so I won’t have to ruin my shoes squish them.

PS: I’ll post the last part of my short story, “Laura’s Closet” tomorrow :). I’ve been trying to get back to my Ontario personal schedule (I go back to work next month).

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Friendship

Friends come and go, but true friendships last forever. It is no sufficient to acknowledge the presence of your current friends, but one must ensure you are not both taking each other for granted. Think about it as being a good plate of food. In order to achieve it, you need the perfect combination of seasoning, ingredients, and love. Friendships cannot be held without a mix of emotions and love. There is no such thing as a perfect friendship, but there is a true one, where you and others strive to bring the best out of each other. 

It is the flaws that help you discover new approaches for the present and the future. Life changes every second, and it is those failures that cause a shift into the right direction of a friendship; but, that is only if you don’t discard the friendship that’s worth saving. It is easy to throw away faded friendships, and sometimes you do have to, if they become toxic. However, you must not be afraid to try to rebuild that past friendship, if the only thing that stood in the way was a schedule conflict. 

We all take different paths in life in terms of following our goals, but we are all taking the same time path towards the future. Keep in touch, let your friends know you’re there, listen to them, laugh, cry, be silly, have fights and make up. A true friendship cannot evolve without a few bumps on the road. Redefine the core of the friendship, remember why you became friends and how, not why you’re friends in the present. It’s good to look into the past, but do not remain there. Instead, take from the past, live in the present, and brainstorm about the future. They say quality is better than quantity, and I definitely agree with that. Surround yourself with people who want and do what’s best for you. Every friend will bring a different spice into your world, and vice versa.

But, what about Acquaintances?

They are like signs you pass by on the road, they’re not meant to be a huge part of your life – which is why they are acquaintances – but, they’re there as a warning or a reminder of what will/could happen. Some of them might become your long-time friend, or even your long-time partner, but the only way to know is by paying attention to who they are, and who are they turning you into.

Just use your instinct, you’ll know who the right friend is for you. Get to know them, learn how they react and how they show their love to others. Everyone expresses their feelings in a different way; some are jokers, and some are sensitive, but they will all demonstrate why you mean so much to them, in a good and healthy way. Friends are not video games you shelf that you only pick when its convenient, nor are they trophies you collect and show off when it suits you. They’re the treasures you want to share. They fill you with so much enlightenment, you feel as though the world must know them. 

Friendships aren’t meant to fulfil your greed and envy, and it is not a selective contest. They’re magnets to your own good will, that end in the resolution of both of your quests in the seek of a lifelong unity.

 

Of course! The world doesn’t rule me today!

Your golden years

I went to see a short play called, “Old Times.” To summarize it, it’s about a trio of male seniors who meet every year, to catch up on their lives. It was funny, but insightful at the same time. Just last week, my friends and I were wondering, how in the future we’ll probably meet with our kids (if we have any). How do I see myself in the golden years? That is if I’m destined to live that long.

I hope to have accomplished all of my goals; like publishing books, having a family, meeting the wonderful Enya, and getting my picture taken with hundreds of penguins. My goals even go way into the afterlife, where I hope to meet Audrey Hepburn — unless, I end up building the first time machine. All I know is, I’ll be a happy old fart, who will hopefully knit penguin blankets for her grandchildren, and still dance to the Backstreet Boys.

How about YOU? 🙂

 

Of course! The world doesn’t rule me today