An Official Welcome to Avenue of Daydreams!

I’ve never openly pushed my other blog over here but I’m rather proud of setting up a second blog that has a more creative focus than the one here that’s hopefully building into something more of a reviews and lifestyle sort of blog. Changes are in the midst here (as I’ve mentioned a few times before) but if creative writing and photography is something you like, head on over and check out what I’m up to. There are some posts from before this official revamp but its something I wanted to do to change a clunky name like Days Nights and Daydreams but also to give a broader aspect to it than just creative writing which was getting a little heavy.

Thanks and hope you are all having a fabulous Saturday! 🙂

Avenue of Daydreams

A HUGE WELCOME!!

  1. to the revamped Days Nights and Daydreams
  2. We are now called Avenue of Daydreams officially
  3. If you were checking out a past link, you shouldn’t have a problem being automatically redirected over here.

It took a little more time than anticipated.  That is mostly because I couldn’t decide what to keep and leave as a partnership with my main blog, Tranquil Dreams. There are changes coming up over there as well! However, lets not make the partnership too obvious 😉

Avenue of Daydreams is its own place! We are officially the creative outlet. This is the world of scribbles and words and snapshots!

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We’re starting off with 3 posts a week.  That seems pretty simple and doable.

What’s going to happen here? We have 3 segments. Two is just picking up from before and there is one just recently thought up on my part.  As most…

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The Allergic to E Challenge!

Man, these tags are coming up again.  I haven’t been part of constant tags/challenges since the first 2 years when I started blogging and getting more involved.  It is a refreshing change.

This time, I was tagged by Senseless Scrutiny to this Allergic to E Challenge! If you haven’t checked out her blog, you should.  She’s a massive bookworm and talks about a ton of books from quotes to reviews. I get some pretty good ideas for upcoming books to look at from there 🙂

Now, for this challenge (copied from Senseless Scrutiny):

This challenge was created by Asil at Redefining Random!

The Rules:

  • Write a whole paragraph ( a paragraph sounds easy right?) without any word containing the letter “e” (still easy for ya?)
  • By reading this you are already signed up.
  • Challenge at least five bloggers to do the challenge. They must do it within 24 hours or it is considered as failure.
  • If you fail or pass, suffer in Asil’s Hall of Noobs
  • If you win, wallow in Asil’s Hall of We
  • You will receive a pingback to your post to know if you have passed or failed.
  • To make it easy for Asil to keep track of your progress, link it back to his original post.

Here’s my paragraph: something more typical on my other blog dedicated to writing.  It starts NOW!

Addiction.  That is what this is.  My diagnosis for all of my thoughts running through my mind.  So fast that I couldn’t follow.  What was this addiction? Him.  I think of all of his motions and his touch. It all was playing on and on. Imagining a day that wouldn’t come approach.  Hoping it was not concluding prior to its climax.  Was I looking too profoundly for nothing? Was that bond an illusion of my imagination? Our distant locations was always our doom.  But I couldn’t shift my thoughts.  An imaginary him constantly haunting my body and mind.  Choosing and hoping that a day will pop up, bringing him back and our story can carry on. 

I looked over this a ton of times and there doesn’t seem to be an “e”.  Its a whole bunch of nothing because it was so hard to form sentences and dig out all my synonyms.  I’m glad that’s over.  The letter “E”, please never leave me again. I can’t ever be allergic to you…

With that said, I sure hope I passed 😉

Now for the nominations:

Books, Movies, Poetry
Awake and Unafraid
mylittlebookblog
Renegade Press
Kloipy Speaks
My Tiny Obsessions

I’m going to rest my brain now.  All of you lovely people, give it a shot.  I would love to see what you come up with 🙂

And remember, 24 hours my friends 😉 I should be within that time limit but then, I probably should have been writing up a review instead. Guess that’ll have to be pushed back.  Expect me back soon with the next Fantasia Festival review.  For now, have fun! 🙂

Daily Prompt: Release Me

Daily Prompt (Oct. 20)Tell us about the blog post you were most nervous to publish — and what it was like to set it free.

Its been a while that I’ve taken on one of these daily prompts especially since we’ve been in the full-on Halloween mood here.

I do like to reflect on my blog and the posts I put up here.  Honestly, every post I publish makes me nervous because I firmly believe that I have really bad writing and that its probably filled with mistakes, especially the ones that I draft at lunch time in a rush to get published in the afternoon. Plus, all of YOU write in such an awesome way, some of you are witty, funny, sophisticated, etc.  I can’t imagine myself being anywhere near that level.

However, in deeper reflection, there were a few that I was extremely nervous to publish and almost didn’t.  It all dials down to exposing a side of myself that I criticize myself for the most.

The first that comes to mind are my creative writing pieces from daily prompts or weekly writing challenges.  I’m not a storyteller or a writer by far.   Even though I participate in NaNoWriMo for the past 2 years, I still don’t feel like I am.  Creative writing is a way for me to simply release the thoughts I have, inspire by my dreams/nightmares, and just the make believe world that I sometimes find myself constructing to relieve stress. Some call that daydreaming, but I do it all the time.  Dream is part of my name (blog and real) so I guess there’s no avoiding it.  Writing reviews is different because its  a personal opinion and if you disagree, well, we just agree to disagree or I try to see what you see.  Thats what makes creative writing different.  I think to date, I have two creative writing pieces, HERE and HERE! I worked a lot time putting these two together and still, I almost didn’t press the schedule button and even that morning, I almost wanted to cancel it….Still, no one said any harsh words, so I’m clear 🙂

Just don’t expect next month for me to post up excerpts on my NaNoWriMo novel 😉 I know lots of bloggers do it but I can’t.  I’d have a heart attack from all the anxiety before that could happen….

Doesn’t it all dial down to being exposed and vulnerable? Its a contradicting when we own a blog to say that, I think. However, as much distance as I like to put my personal problems from the blog (because thats not where I’m aiming for Tranquil Dream to go), its inevitable that it’ll affect me and because a lot of you are so insightful about many things, the blog was in fact the hardest for me post and to hear responses from was this one HERE…I can’t believe its been almost a year that I’ve written about it.  You cannot imagine how much it helped me to write it out.   Its something I really haven’t told a lot of people about, not really my friends and especially not my family.  Its a burden and feeling I’d like to keep to myself as I deal with the issue at my own pace.  It just sounds like there will be a lot of hate and gossip coming from that once family knows about it, like I’m tainting the name of someone gone, which is not what I’m doing.  Its really just the biggest regret in my life that I can’t let go of, something that bothers me and whispers in my ear that I’m not good enough.  Either way, its about letting go as well.  Something I’m slowly working on and its been going pretty well.  Baby steps, right? We will only know when early December drops by how well I’m getting over it…

Either way, if you haven’t read it before, go and check it out.  I probably will never post anything of that depth about my life again.  However, that was in fact the one I was most nervous.  Setting it free was letting out a breath of fresh air.  Sometimes, thats just what I need to do.  And sometimes, I’m just too stubborn to do it.

How about you? What was the blog post that you were most nervous to put up? Feel free to insert your posts here 😉

Creative Writing Challenge: 2AM Photo (or Text)

Writing Challenge: It’s 2AM and your phone has just buzzed you awake, filling the room in white-blue LED light. You have a message. It’s a photo. No words, no explanation. Just a photo. Tell us all about it. And what happens next.

You see, I want to do this challenge so I’m going to tweak it a little bit.  First of all, I still am a proud owner of a dumb phone, meaning getting pictures on my phone is virtually impossible.  However, this whole waking up at 2AM because of the phone buzzing has happened before, and on multiple occassions and there are times its for different at different times in life.

I’m not a very sound sleeping, most of the time.  I have my days when stress and everything hits, and it just depends.  I’m in a fantastic dream about a wonderful place and things start getting weird.  It always does.  I should take up movie directing, after all, Tim Burton made a hell of a living putting what he dreams up into movie concepts. All joking aside, I have full respect for the man.

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Thats the best I could do with imitation of LED light with my Ikea night light

So back to the point, I’m sleeping and in my dream something starts buzzing and the dream cuts off as my mind enters back into reality.   I reach my hand over clumsily to the night table without opening my eyes to feel where my phone is.  As I pick it up and roll over to look at the screen. I see a blurry screen.  Wait, where are my glasses? Putting those on, I turn on the dimmed screen again.

In this scenario, there could be just a few situations that could or have happened to me…

a) my best friend texting me in studying panic (more in university days)

b) friends texting me to chat about something on their mind (also thats rare as well)

c) emergency (hasn’t happened yet…and I hope to never have to.  I’d like everyone in good health and accident free)

d) drunk texting (I assume)! Horrible experiences of this has occurred to me where some random friend that I haven’t talked to in ages decides to text me some inappropriate message, which I later deleted and erased the contact in general.  It happened a few times afterwards.  Thank goodness that my phone can’t see photos, I don’t even want to think what this crazy person would have sent.

What would you expect if your phone lit up at 2am? This is supposed to be a photo and if it was, what would you expect to see? How about if it was a text, what’s the most probable scenario?

Weekly Writing Challenge: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

I’m finally back with one of these.  The past few have been a bit not my cup of tea or I’ve been too busy with other posts to do it.  However, this one involves pictures and I fully intend on checking out the March Phoneography but since I only have a dumbphone still.  I will be using this to learn a bit more about my tablet.

For this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge, they kick off this March Phoneography with a picture…

For this challenge, we want to see a photo of someone looking truly happy. Not “I’m-smiling-for-this-photo” happy, but really, deeply, twinkle-in-the-eyes happy. When we’re smiling a genuine smile, our whole faces get involved — our whole bodies, for that matter. There’s a light in our eyes. We look relaxed; there’s a forced tension in a fake smile. Then we want to know why: what’s going on in the photo? What are you (or they) thinking about at the exact moment? (And if you really want to get into it: what happens next?)

I hunt through my old pictures as they requested to look for one of me.  I also had to put in my loved one, my boyfriend, because I captured that shot.  Its really hard to capture myself truly happy although most of the pictures I take, I am genuinely happy but to catch myself giggling to myself spontaneously is hard.  The most genuine is when we don’t realize..like when I’m baking…but then my hands are kind of full with hand mixers, spatulas, flour, butter, etc…Enough rambling on my part and let’s go!

My absolutely favorite and natural picture of my boyfriend giving off all kinds of natural happiness in his expression:

natural smile

This was in the summer of 2011 when we went on our Niagara Falls trip at Bird Kingdom.  That place is super beautiful and we went into this area with these little birds flying and chirping away in their mocked natural habitat.  They were all so adorable.  I don’t exactly remember what my boyfriend was looking at. My guess is probably some kids or some conversation going on while he was patiently waiting for me to chase or sneak up on birds and take millions of pictures before I got it right.  That is a natural smile right there.  He had no idea I was taking pictures of him until we got back to the hotel and I was checking out the pictures.

The other picture is full credits to my friend, if they see this post via Facebook, they will know who they are so thank you to my awesome friend or else I wouldn’t have these memories:

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It was hard to choose which one for this but the one before is of me holding the actual gift I got.  Why not? I was asked to put one and then here’s two, why not three, right?

2012 party

Wait wait, back track…

Last year, I held a huge duo birthday party for two friends and also it was a huge party in general to gather everyone together.  What I didn’t know was that they had planned out a surprise for me.  Making me get a lot of attention that night.  One of my friends somehow snuck in two shots of me.  I think this is me really happy from actually holding a guitar that they all chipped in for me and then (they don’t know this) tearing up…I was really touched.  I don’t like attention but I do like feeling appreciated and loved by my friends.  Surprise, right? And that card made me laugh a lot too, because its pretty much cats meowing to the tune of Happy Birthday.  Whenever my cat hears it, she just starts sniffing the card, biting and meowing at the card to get those cats to reveal themselves.  Its pretty hilarious 🙂

Sometimes, its really these moments that you look back and you really smile.  I look back and I had a hard time choosing the moment to use. A lot had to do with the one party that I have a year for my birthday which I stopped doing huge.  This one was in April, well past my birthday but they all remembered, so that was really sweet.  Point being, I’ve been very fortunate to feel genuinely happy throughout the years and I have tons of pictures to show for it.  That thought makes me even happier.

Whats a moment that comes to your mind that makes you smile right away?