“The Animals”

Cancer is truly life changing. Obviously, right?  But even the way that I watch and respond to television has changed. Don’t worry, this is not “another blog about cancer,” but I can’t help thinking that it caused me to be a tad more sensitive  As a Pisces, that is just what I need, to be more sensitive,  but now I feel as though I  am “hypersensitive.”

Season 4, Episode 12.  The title of this blog, “The Animals,” shares the same title of the episode of “Orange is the New Black” that let me know that I am either getting soft in my older age or that having cancer and going through treatments have turned me into a whining,  sobbing, cry at the drop of a hat, mush ball.   Never have I ever cried so much over the death of a fictional character.   Oops, I forgot to add “spoiler alert.

I have been binge watching this show for about 2 months now.  Every chance that I had, I was watching the show.  Things were going good until this episode.  Since watching this episode, I have been on an emotional rollercoaster !! I have not been able to get through full episodes.  I stopped watching everyday because I just couldn’t take it.

However, I pulled myself together and was able to get through the end…I have just completed the Season Finale for Season 5 of OINTB and can I just saw “Wow!?”   The talent for this show is amazing–from the writers to the actors.

That’s all I got.  Season 5, by far was the most challenging to get through due to the circumstances. The good news is that the show has been renewed for at least 2 more seasons!  If you are an OITNB fan, share your predictions for some of your favorite characters in the comments. Also, what other things are you watching on Netflix?



Behind the Scenes Blogging Tag

This blog was more of an exercise for me. Thanks to https://emilyr0se.com/author/emilyxr0se/ for posting this idea.
I’ve been hitting a brick wall here lately when it comes to my blogs. I have things that I want to say but somehow, it’s not coming out. 

Where do you blog?
I generally blog everywhere. Most of the time I use my Word Press App on my phone. Sometimes I use my laptop. The laptop makes it much easier to edit.

Where do you find inspiration for your blog posts?
The inspirations for my blog posts come from everyday life. Sometimes it comes from reading a quote or real life events.

How long does it take you to write a blog?
This is a tricky question. It really depends on the passion behind the topic. I have a few blogs that I have started, some as far back as a few weeks. Sometimes I will get inspired to write about a certain topic but it may end up being just a blurb. I do plan to finish them though.

Do you plan your blog posts?
Not at all. I have a couple that I know  will probably have more than one blog post about the topic, so I create a series but they are not planned. They are more like a continuation of thoughts.

Do you use a notebook to track your ideas?
Occasionally. A notebook or the notepad app on my phone.

What’s your favorite type of blog to write?
I don’t really have a favorite type. I just enjoy writing.

Who knows about your blog?
I created a facebook page just for my blog so some of my friends and family.

What are some of your biggest blogging pet peeves?
I don’t really have any blogging pet peeves. I think writing is really personal, so there’s really no right or wrong way to do it.

I left out a couple of questions in reference to my camera and editing. This was a great idea to get the juices flowing. If you are a fellow blogger, I would definitely recommend this as a way to get yourself in writing mode.

Inspired-Writing vs. Friendship

This morning, I feel inspired. I am inspired to write, to share, and to express creatively this moment in time. At this moment, life has revealed another lesson that causes me to reflect on “the point of it all.”   Writing has always been therapeutic and cathartic for me. It allows me to really be myself; flawed and all. I don’t have to edit myself for fear of intimidating or offending.   I don’t have to wonder or even care, for that matter, how it makes anyone feel once it’s out there.  It allows me to be myself; uncensored and unconcerned.  I don’t need validation. No one has to love my writing, because it’s only for me. I have the choice to share it or to keep it to myself. I can share fragments or the entire body of work. Friendship is similar to writing; or at least in theory the concept of friendship is somewhat similar. You see, when you are blessed to have a true friend, you may feel the same way as well.  Think of your closest friend.  There is a commonality in the theme amongst those that say they are the best of friends.  Friendship is a “no judgment” zone.  This is one of the reasons that you (friends) may be so close.  You can confide in your friend and not worry about if they think you are weird or crazy and they will still love you the same.  You have an option to share every moment in your life, past or present, good, bad or indifferent.  Genuine friendship is like a blank sheet of paper. You put the pen to paper and just let it flow; and it flows out beautifully and naturally. The best part about it is the feeling of complete euphoria once you begin to write; much like confiding in your closest friend. You don’t have to worry if you spelled a word incorrectly, if the sentences make sense, if you used the correct grammar. You can write as much or as little as you like.

Consequently though, all of those great attributes about the liberty of writing and friendship is the same thing that sets the two apart. In the process of writing, there’s this thing called editing. Is editing really necessary?  Editing is censorship. It is also elective. One would be wise to edit their writing if they are planning to share.  Writing to share must be manipulated and formulated so that it suits a certain purpose.  Writing to share also has to be manipulated so that it meets certain expectations of your targeted audience. Here is the gray area. Some people treat friendships like a piece of writing that is going to be shared. You cannot manipulate your friends so that they suit your purpose. “That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.”  So it leaves the question, does friendship really come with all of these great amenities?  Is their liberty in friendship?  Is friendship really a “no judgment zone?” My opinion is definitive. NO.  There is no such thing. For all the reasons that were mentioned above; you see because even in the confidence of your closest friend, you have to still be “considerate.” Before you are even allowed to truly be “yourself,” you have to take their feelings, experiences and emotions into consideration. Editing yourself is not elective in your friendship, contrary to popular belief. It is imperative if you value it. It sounds nice and flowery to say or think that you don’t have to but the reality is that when dealing with people, ultimately, self-preservation wins.  This means that no matter how close you think you are with someone, if there is a line drawn between you and them, they will always pick themselves.  You will always pick yourself. This is why editing is essential in preserving the relationship between friends. You cannot maintain a friendship and be totally uncensored.  It is just not possible.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Would you say that this is true or am I way off base?