Always been passionate about writing, just starting to share it with others

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Hello, my name is Marie. I love consuming stories, including reading books and watching films. My favorite things are usually set in space, but I do enjoy a good earthly adventure too.

I’ve been writing for myself for years, whether that’s journaling or writing novels. Just recently, I have decided to share my voice with others. I started writing articles while on winter break from college and loved the creative outlet that combined research and opinion.

I don’t put pressure on myself to create viral stories or big money earners (which by the way there’s nothing wrong with that strategy!)…


Books that surprised me (in a good way)

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You may be asking yourself, why pick up a book if you don’t think you will like it? Honestly, I don’t do it too often. But sometimes a book is talked about so often or has elements that I think may appeal to me that I end up taking a chance on the book. And sometimes, it works out.

Here are five books that I initially didn’t think I would enjoy, but actually ended up loving:

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger


The secret to finishing my novel was finding the right playlist

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When I finished writing my first novel, I was ecstatic. After all, it was the largest goal I had ever dreamed of for myself.

But when I went to replicate this success with a different project, I hit a wall. Suddenly, the words weren’t flowing like they used to. I began doubting my ability, thinking to myself that I would never be able to do it again.

Then, I realized the issue wasn’t me or the story. What made this project harder to write was that I had changed my habits. …


“If he orders me to change into a dress I won’t do it”

Left: Emma Snodgrass (Image Source), Right: Helen Hulik (Image Source)

In 1852, Emma Snodgrass was arrested for “donning the breeches.” Over eighty years later, Helen Hulik was sent to jail for the same reason. A closer look at these two women and the history of pants in the United States reveals how clothing restriction was used as a tool to assert dominance and power over women.

Boston, Massachusetts, 1852

17-year-old Emma Snodgrass got national attention for wearing pants and trousers in the mid-Nineteenth Century. …


HUMOR

You are literally the worst day of the week

“Mardi” is Tuesday in French! The more you know! / Photo by Sigmund on Unsplash

Dear Tuesday,

I really hate to be the one to break it to you, but no one actually likes you.

People love to needlessly berate Mondays because that’s the cliché thing to do. If you look at Reddit feeds, they’ll try to defend you and attack me. It’s laughable how predictable it is. Those people are unoriginal and frankly just trying to lie and protect your feelings.

At least on Monday people have the excuse of “Oh it’s Monday.” They can be tired and have a slower start to the week. Everyone apparently hates their job, and they love attacking…


Novels that make a good first impression

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I love seeking inspiration from books for my own writing. Whether I have hit a rut with my work or just need a break from my story, I consistently turn back to novels.

After the cover, the first line is what grabs you. A great opening line of a book will draw you into the world or introduce you to the character. A fantastic first line will make you want to keep reading.

After compiling a list of some of my favorite first lines of books, I found I had more to share. …


Characters who are struggling with the same loneliness we are

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We’re now on to year two of the pandemic, and a lot of us thought (and hoped) it would be fully over by now.

Sometimes, I like to use literature as a means to escape into a new world. I enjoy picking up books that don’t take themselves too seriously and are purely entertaining. However, I also enjoy finding books that capture some of the feelings that I’m working through or reflect our world. If you’re like me and have felt lonely and isolated this year, you’re not alone.

Here is a list of 7 novel recommendations that tackle the…


HUMOR

I just have a small favor to ask of you…

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Hey man — or I guess alien dude? Girl? I couldn’t tell because I was kind of tied up.

So I’m planning on leaving this note in the crop circle that you picked me up from…and I’m hoping you get this.

I just want to say first of all that I’m not mad.

I wasn’t exactly expecting to be taken up in that little flying disk of yours the other day when I went out to go grab some milk from the cows. But then again you can’t expect anything in life, can you? It wasn’t exactly my idea of a Friday night, but I honestly didn’t have plans anyway.

And uh…


“What do you mean I can’t throw a party, old sport?” — Jay Gatsby

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Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

“What do you mean I can’t throw a party, old sport?”

Gatsby is counting down the days until he can have his next grand party to woo Daisy. Truthfully, he probably would have thrown some small get-together now, but people are so sad and depressed he thinks it would be a pretty poor party. And he can’t have that attached to his name.

He’s lived through the Spanish Flu and knows that the next era of celebration is just around the corner. Gatsby will continue to post on his Instagram and wait to see if Daisy will like the photo…

Marie Kester

Lover of word-related hobbies including reading, journaling, and writing. // 2x Medium Top Writer & Featured Stories

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