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In an effort to share more of myself with you guys I have created Books for Life. I’ll talk about my life outside of this sanctuary called the blogosphere. Hopefully you guys will like getting to know the girl behind the blog a little bit more.

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In my last Books for Life post, I talked about my career as an undergraduate scientist. And the post before that, I spoke about how my passion has been animals since before I could distinguish them from each other, or speak words for that matter. Yes, I am a scientist. A logical, factual thinker. But science in and of itself is not my passion. It’s just the area where they stuck the animals. If animals had been in health, I would be a healthist (yay new word) – if animals had been in social sciences, I would have been a social scientist. Simply put, I am a scientist because my beloved animals fall under its scope.

But there is a whole other side of me. My creative, wacky, absolutely non-scientific in any way shape or form side. My reader side. My blogger side. My writer side. For as long as I have loved animals, I have loved books. Everything to do with them. I’ve loved reading them, and I’ve also loved writing them. One of the first stories I remember writing was about a wolf clan (surprise, surprise the protagonists were animals). I wrote it for a close friend of the family, because she had two Alaskan Malamutes and one of them sadly passed away. She cried when I gave it to her, even though I have no memory of what it was even about.

But anyway. I’ve wanted to be an author for as long as I have wanted to work with animals.

Then why didn’t you study writing at university? You may ask of me. To be entirely honest with you – I thought I wasn’t a good enough writer to be able to rely simply on my words for a career. Just because you love to write, doesn’t mean you can become an author. It’s very difficult, and not always achievable. And, I also knew that I had to do more with my life than just write. I see nothing wrong with that career, trust me. It’s still my dream. But I knew I couldn’t go through this life only writing. I love animals, and the planet far too much to only immerse myself in my words. I have to help them, save them. So that is why I didn’t pursue writing at university.

That’s not to say I ever stopped writing. I’ve been writing my current novel for about two years – it’s hard to find the time when university gets very busy. This novel is the first one that I have ever felt truly proud of, and wanted to write to completion. I am currently at about 45,000 words, and there is still so much to be told. I hope to finish it sometime next year, and maybe share it with the world.

I must say that poetry is the art-form I love the most. It comes so supremely easy to me. I feel as if it represents my emotions so completely. I have been writing poetry since I was about twelve, and have never stopped. I love it with all my heart. It’s another dream of mine, to have a collection of my poetry published. But few anthologies are published now, and that makes me kind of despondent. But maybe it will happen one day.

One of the greatest compliments I have ever received was from a girl who said that of I ever released an anthology of my poetry, she would buy four copies. One for reading, one for highlighting, one for decorating, and one for safekeeping. Here it is:

I am absolutely in love with your poetry. If you put it together into a book I would absolutely buy multiple copies and have each one for a different purpose, one for reading, one for decorating, one for highlighting favorite parts, and one for keeping locked away safe.

I had never felt so humbled or honoured in my entire life. That someone liked my words (MY WORDS) so much that they would want to highlight and decorate and keep it safe was so incredible, I could hardly believe it. It’s for reasons like this that I write. I want my words to reach out to people, to touch them in the way that they touched me, to make people feel less alone, to make them feel special. If my words have the power to do that, then it is my duty to share them with the world. Nothing on earth could bring me more joy.

I have taken a small step in sharing my work and my words with the world. If you’re interested in reading some of it, please click here. It is always a little scary sharing written words, because they are so very dear to my heart, but I have to start somewhere, right? Hopefully readers will enjoy my words as much as I enjoyed writing them.

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Posted on: February 13, 2014 • By: Chiara

10 Responses to Books for Life: A Writer of Stories

  1. I loved reading this! I have the same. I’ve been writing poetry and stories as long as I can remember, but there is also the other side of me which is also a scientist. These different things make me, but I never had the idea of becoming an author. I just don’t think that being an author alone would be enough for me :) What a wonderful compliment by the way! :D

    • I’m glad! :)
      I think it’s so weird how many science + creative arts people there are around the blogosphere. I never knew the two went so well together!
      I don’t think being solely a writer would be quite enough for me, either. I know I have to do something with my life in regards to animals.
      I know, right! I was so flattered.

  2. Brea says:

    It’s actually really creepy how many artsy scientist are out there. It’s the same with me. I chose environmental science because I simply want to take action into saving it. I’m logical, yes, but is there more than that? Ah, yeah! Next to logic is creative, and she just wants to live in a world of rainbows and dreams, unrestricted and free.
    But there’s more to life than that, so you’ve got to give her a different outlet.
    I really hope you complete your story, Chiara! It takes such patience but you can do it!

  3. acps927 says:

    I think it’s so great that you’re pursuing a practical career (which I never did, unfortunately) and have not given up on writing! There are all kinds of writers who started out as other occupations (or even continued with these occupations in addition to writing). So never stop writing! It sounds like you’re blessed with a wide array of talents… I wish I could understand any bit of science in addition to loving to write. Also, I know you’re extremely busy with that honors stuff you have for school, but if you do have the chance, I’d encourage you to take at least one fiction writing class. I did my last semester and I literally think it changed my life, but I had stopped writing for a little while before, so at least you’re in a better position than I was. But seriously, it was extremely encouraging and helpful!

    • I could simply never give up on writing! It’s far too important to me. :)
      Haha. Science is so very different to creative writing. At times it can be a little stifling, because scientific writing is so emotionless. But I can use my emotion in my stories, so it’s okay.
      Hmm. I shall definitely look into that! I don’t know if we have classes that just anybody can take but I suppose I could sit in on one, haha :P

  4. flipthatpage says:

    I LOVE YOUR STORIES! <3 My gosh, even if you did choose science, I would still support you all through out if you decided to pursue writing, if it was of this caliber O.o Heartbreak was amazing (dayumn that ending. I think MY heart broke a little, haha), and The Search was just so adorable, and THOSE MERLIN FEELS! Some more please XD (no really, pretty please with cherry on top)

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