ART: Art of Falling Flower Series

When I want to feel productive but don’t feel like writing, I like to draw. This is a series that I started with the characters from The Art of Falling. I only have Regal, Keir, Viraine, and Etoile complete. However, I do plan on continuing the series in the future. For now, enjoy these prints!

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REVIEW: ZXk Adversary

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A few years ago, my old friend from high school, Jayne Auva, published her debut novel “The ZXk Adversary: Dark Matter.” This was my first attempt at a book review EVER, which is why it is very sparse. It’s a bit embarrassing, but everyone had to start somewhere.

The Division is a secretive group of aliens that kidnap children to harvest intelligence and power for an unknown motive.

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ARTICLE: Musical tradition lives on at Meadow Brook Festival’s 50th anniversary

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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra visited Meadow Brook Music Festival for its 50th anniversary and performed pieces from its first show.

The Meadow Brook Music Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary with a performance by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) and special guest Joshua Bell on Thursday, July 24.

The first thing that guests received when they arrived were booklets that shared the same cover as the first ever Meadow Brook Music Festival concert’s booklet. Listed within were the classical pieces the DSO performed that evening, including Igor Starvinsky’s Suite from “The Firebird,” and Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor, Op. 26.

The tradition of the DSO playing at Meadow Brook started July 23, 1964, after D.B. “Woody” Wilson developed the idea of a cultural center for the surrounding community.

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LIFE: Writing for The Oakland Post

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The start of my last semester working with The Post as the Photo Editor.

We’ve all written essays for classes. Some were only four pages long, and others were 12 page long monsters that took weeks to plan. We learned to cite properly (whether it’s MLA, APA, or Chicago) and the formula Intro, Body, Conclusion. We were marked down for using contractions and unprofessional language. That style of writing is Academic Writing, and it’s something most of us loathe.

On the complete opposite side of the writing spectrum is Creative Writing. There, the rules are malleable. Words can be loose and colloquial, we can write poetry or prose, and while the rules of grammar and spelling are consistent we can push the boundaries by trying to sprinkle accents and slang. However, for some, creative writing is like trying to walk through a maze blindfolded. There are few guidelines to show you where to go, and those with an analytical mind, it can be treacherous territory.

Then, somewhere in the middle, is Journalism. The strange love child between creativity and academia. With journalism, you have to be concise and precise. You must cite your sources and give credit where credit is due. It’s facts and numbers and news. However, it’s can also be imaginative and enlightening. You can choose your topics, ranging from discussing a $2 million investment fund for Managing Investment Funds students to the Top 10 reasons to see your school’s latest Broadway production. With journalism, the sky is the limit and it all depends on how far you’re willing to go to get the scoop.

I had the pleasure of working for The Oakland Post, Oakland University’s Student Newspaper, while I was studying for my B.A. in Creative Writing. Originally, I applied as a photographer. It was a paying job that allowed me to spend more time on campus and get involved. Eventually, I started to get more involved by writing my own articles. Soon, I became the Photo Editor and continued to tackle big events and stories on my own.

Although journalism wasn’t my chosen career path, I loved working for the paper and getting the chance to explore my creative and educational side. It also helped me step out of my comfort zone to get the interesting photos and to interview a wide selection of people.

For those who want to write, but don’t feel quite creative enough to write books, give journalism a try! It may be the perfect solution for you.

Third Time’s the Charm

While I’m not exactly new to the whole blogging world, it is something that I’ve never stuck with for a long time. In fact, the only times I ever kept a consistent blog was for me Creative Nonfiction and Digital Photojournalism classes at Oakland University. You can check them out below:

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                                         Shout out to my good friend, Kaiden, who took this lovely photo of me.

However, now that I’m an official graduate of Oakland University with a B.A. in Creative Writing, I plan on getting back into the blogging world by creating this new blog. What will I post about? You can look forward to a variety of topics, including:

  • ART: Photographs, drawings, paintings, etc that I do in my spare time.
  • ARTICLE: Articles that I’ve written while I was working at The Oakland Post as a Photographer, Photo Editor, and occasional Reporter.
  • AOF: Short for The Art of Falling, this will be a special category that focuses on my novel. This can include reader reviews, art by fans and myself, and any promotional details.
  • D&D: Short for Dungeons and Dragons, this is where I will be talking about the latest campaign that I’m partaking in!
  • LIFE: Posts about what’s going on in my life, as well as experiences that I’ve had.
  • REVIEW: Book reviews that I’ve written. May include reviews that were included in articles I’ve written for The Oakland Post.
  • Q/A: Sometimes, I like to fill out little questionnaires about myself for fun. I’ll share these here, as well as any legitimate Q/A sessions I may have in the future.

So, feel free to tag along! To get started, leave a comment blow and give me a book suggestion. I’m always look for a new good read!