Posted in Writing

an{notations}

I am evenly split between

careful and careless

I am three parts panicked,

and two parts scare-less

Armed with psychosis,

perched upon my shoulder

Pecking at my brain;

keeping me

the same


I’m writing a book of poetry, and above is but a small excerpt of the content therein. 😄

I’m going to scour through years of writing, collecting anything that jumps out at me. Maybe I’ll make some editions, to reflect a more current version of myself and my identity, and juxtapose both the original and the update. I’ll tie up loose ends, finish the unfinished, wrap up the cliffhangers, and throw in some free balloons for good measure.

Just kidding on that last bit. OR am I?

an{notations} coming sometime in the not-so-near-but-eventual ass future. Check back for updates that I may or may not post.

 

 

Posted in Blogosphere, Writing

I let my voice be heard, then listen for the echo

If your blog had a theme song, what would it be? Feel free to give the why behind your choice, or not. 🙂 Leaving it open to interpretation could lead to some quite insightful thoughts.

I just decided this now, but I think mine would be My Song, by Alessia Cara (one of the lines from which is the title of this post).

Keep in mind that whatever you choose doesn’t have to relate to your blog’s content.

And… go!

Posted in Blogosphere, Coding

Changing Background Color of Text Blocks in WordPress (HTML)

Once upon a time, I was fairly well-versed in HTML coding, back in the days of MySpace and Neopets. I was obsessed with editing my MySpace profile and my Neopets page to make them look cool as fuck. Of course, what was cool to me in my early teens is not exactly the same as what’s cool to me now. For example, I no longer maintain my accounts on either of those websites, and I haven’t for several years. My poor Neopets…I’m sure they’re long dead, twenty times over.

Anyway, while posting on one of my other blogs, I wondered if there were a way to change the background color of a block of text, or even a single word or phrase.

I think I knew there was a way, but my question was how. I did some digging on the interwebs and found exactly what I was looking for. Surprisingly, I had to refine my search criteria a couple of times before I found what I wanted. If you’re confused as to what I mean, I’m referring to this. And my original search was spawned by this post.

I wanted to format it as a notebook, because there’s something oddly satisfying and aesthetically pleasing to me about it. Perhaps it’s the markups and corrections and imperfection of note-taking, as if at school. It shows the learner’s process and how they best internalize new knowledge. So, I wanted to highlight in red the example I gave, as I found out it was incorrect. I could’ve just deleted it, but no; I am a complex and multifaceted individual and that just simply wouldn’t do. 😛

For the record, I’m fully aware that this probably isn’t groundbreaking, and it’s probably not news to those of you veteran WordPress users out there who may be reading this. But it was news to me, and I’d like to help out anyone else who might be in the same kind of pickle I was in. (Mmm, pickles. 🥒)

Without further adieu, here’s how it’s done. (I’m sure I’m overselling it. 🤔)

A minimal amount of coding is required, but below I will provide you with the exact code you’ll need. All you’ll have to do is insert it into the HTML editor, change a couple things, and you’ll be good to go.

First, to find the HTML editor, on the mobile WordPress app, locate the triangular brackets with the backslash in between them. On iPhone, it looks like this:

On a desktop computer, it’s found in the upper-right corner of the (classic) text editor on the website (and labeled explicitly):

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Once you’ve made your way there, insert this line of code:

<span style=”background-color: #76448a;”>Write whatever the hell you want here</span>

I mentioned above that you’ll need to tweak some stuff. Replace Write whatever the hell you want here with whatever the hell line or block of text you want to change the background color of. Then, you’ll need to adjust the six-digit alphanumeric sequence after the pound sign (that’s hashtag to you millennials). Namely, this shit:

#76448a

This represents the hex code of the color you want. You can find a shit-ton of colors and their corresponding hex codes at this lovely website.

After you’ve done that, you’re almost all set. Just make sure that </span> immediately follows the line of text you’re altering. The backslash closes out the coding and completes it. Anything that comes after it will return to your default font settings, until a new line of code begins.

And voilà! You should be golden. See what I did there?

Questions? Comments? Compliments? Concerns? Blandishments? Leave them in a comment and I’ll do my best to help you out! Happy coding, otherwise. 😀

Posted in Blogosphere, Writing

Bridging The Gaps: A 2019 Exposition

I’ve been blogging, and writing in general, quite a bit over the past few days. It feels wonderful, as it’s something that has fallen by the wayside lately.

Receiving ‘likes’ and notifications of new followers really fuels my fire. It stirs up desire into a little vortex within me, and I want to write more and more. Receiving comments pushes me over the edge. On some level, it makes me codependent. These kinds of things validate me, and the subjects I choose. I do require that validation to make me feel like I have an audience, and having an audience prevents my interest from waning. (Exceptions do arise, but from outside influences, such as the kraken of mental welfare and life-stuff.)

One of my resolutions upon moving here was to give way to old, but tried and true, hobbies. Outside of the blogosphere, I’ve taken on a pretty major writing project which takes up a lot of my brain-space these days. More on that at a later time. But the intrinsic butterfly notion I feel when I put my fingers to the keyboard is something that goes previously unmatched. I can’t seem to eloquently be able to describe it, but it’s a big part of my identity, and I take great pride in that.

I’ve begun reading again, and there’s nothing quite like unboxing a freshly delivered package and smelling the pages of your new books. I’m currently reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler, and Supermarket by Bobby Hall (Logic) just arrived yesterday. That one I cannot wait to dive into, nose-first.

My promise to myself and to you as a reader is to keep going. Life will poke its head in at inconvenient times. I will stay up too late to crank out that last-minute post. Time will get away from me. But as long as I continue to bridge the gaps in between, and ensure my intermittent absences don’t turn into gaping chasms of time away, I hope to still hold your interest throughout. At the very least, I hope to consistently be happy with my output. I believe these are attainable goals.

Riding the high of a newfound lease on life and my passions, I’d like to insert a shameless, self-promotional plug before I come down. You’re reading Wordsmith, but I’d like to point you in the direction of my two other blogs:

  • FoodsmithThis project, my food blog, materialized briefly in 2015 and quickly dissipated into the multiverse not long after its inception. I’m bringing it out of the dust and tweaking it a bit. It will henceforth include chronicles of my first-time experiences at various restaurants, coffee shops, and eateries of all types. (Similar to Yelp, but less succinct and more anecdotal in nature.) Recipes will still be thrown into the mix, albeit sparsely, as I don’t cook or bake often. Also, any future Trader Joe’s product reviews or recommendations will find their home there.
  • Chanter en Yaourt – I only just created this blog days ago, specifically with the intention to log my French studies. So, those posts will nestle in rather nicely in their very own blog going forward.

Over time, Wordsmith became a sort of catch-all for subject matter that deviated slightly outside of my original idea for the blog. There are no rules to follow or guidelines to adhere to, sure, but in an effort to be more organized, I decided to divide and conquer, if you will. That said, Wordsmith will retain all things [English] language, poetry, prose, and ‘journal entry’ type posts.

I hope you’ll follow along and enjoy the ride with me. 🙂

I’ll see you here, I’ll see you there, I’ll see you everywhere.

Posted in Life, Writing

Primitia

Bonne année !

It’s been more than a year since I’ve left a mark ’round these parts. I’ve tried to break the silence on multiple occasions since my last post – believe me. WordPress kindly reminds me in its upper left corner that I have 9 drafts of as-yet-unfinished blog posts. I’ve sat down to my desk several times with the intention of putting out a poem, or journal entry, or something of that nature, only to be fruitless and distracted.

Great detail would be time-consuming, so the abridgment of this update is that I’ve had some major, major changes happen in my life in my absence.

Shortly after my last post, something devastating and gut-wrenching happened. It launched me into several months of ensuing depression, uncertainty, and self-discovery. Then, something beautiful was founded on the pretense of the void, and from that, I’ve continued to build myself back up and take stock. I’ll remain vague and cryptic about this and leave it up to your interpretation, for now. Details to come later, probably.

I will disclose two positives that transpired in 2018. I traveled solo for the first time in February; I took a four-day trip to San Francisco and stayed in a travelers’ hostel. It was an incredibly liberating and much-needed experience, which was nearly last-minute in its fruition. It was the first time I’ve ever found myself navigating a cityscape and place that was alien to me; this forced me out of my comfort zone in order to fully immerse myself in the experience. I relied heavily on public transit and local culture to feel as close to a resident as I possibly could. While it was daunting at times, I came home with a newfound sense of pride and the knowledge that I’m capable of more than I’d previously given myself credit for.

And speaking of expanding horizons, seven months after the trip, I picked up shop and hauled ass across the country, where I now live in Seattle, Washington. It’s been three months as a Washingtonian, and sometimes I still feel like I’m on an extended vacation. The discomfort I felt in the beginning, which still rears its ugly head at times, is a positive one. In the absence of contentment, after all, we grow.

I’ll be back soon and hopefully more regularly, to share and chronicle my journey in finding my feet as a Seattleite. I hope the last year has been one of forward-movement and progress for all of you.

À bientôt. 

Posted in Life, Writing

The First English Bookshop Established on The Continent

Hi, you.

It’s been a while. And if you’ve missed me in my absence, I’m here to offer an explanation for it.

I’m not depressed, so that’s good. In fact, I’m quite happy these days. 🙂

To be honest, blogging has fallen down the list of my greatest passions. I still love doing it, but it’s been a while since I’ve lent excitement and eagerness to the next post I’d be writing up. Nothing has happened, just that I’ve got other projects going on which have all been preoccupying my time. It’s been about a month since my last entry, and in that timeframe I’ve managed to start posts and scrap posts. Today I’m finally deciding to give you an update, on the off chance you’ve assumed I’ve fallen into an abyss. (I haven’t.)

I’ll still be blogging, of course. Just not as often as I used to or as I said I’d try to. A few entries per month seems absolutely feasible. That said, I also wouldn’t be surprised if I accidentally glaze over a month, either. I can tell you I will have a new, well-thought-out, organized, and planned blog entry popping up fresh for you either tomorrow or on Saturday. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos of an awesome bookmark I found in a recent purchase.

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How neat is that? Now I’ve got another reason to visit France. 🙂

Happy trekking. See you this weekend.

Posted in Blogosphere, Diet, Food, Life

New Year. New Blog.

Hey, everyone!

I’ve been absent for longer than I’d cared to be. The holidays are generally a busy time in my life, so I was a wee bit preoccupied with that as well as other family matters.

How is everyone’s new year so far? Off to a good start, I hope! I’ve decided to go into 2015 with a healthier outlook on life, and thus I’m beginning a journey into dairy-freedom. I’m starting small, however, and only cutting lactose out of my diet right now. Baby steps. 🙂 I need time to warm up to the long list of foods I will no longer be able to eat once I go dairy-free completely. There are alternatives, of course, but rather than a drastic change, I think titration is a better method. So, that said, I will gradually work my way into being dairy-free. It’s a change I’m excited about, and I want to share the adventure with you, so I’ve started a food-themed blog called Foodsmith! Check it out and follow along if you’re as much of a foodie as I am. Aside from my dietary changes, it will also be home to anything and everything food-related: recipes, foods I love, product reviews, restaurant recommendations, etc. There are so many awesome food blogs out there already, and for the longest time, I didn’t want to add to the list. But I’ve recently delved into the world of Pinterest, and on it I’ve pinned so many delicious looking recipes and things that I want to try in the kitchen, so I just couldn’t help myself any longer. 😀

I will still continue to update Wordsmith, of course. It’s not going anywhere, and I’m excited to see where blogging will take me this year!

What have you all resolved to do in 2015?

Posted in Blogosphere, Life

I Haven’t Died – Updates, Music, Free Balloons

Remember how I said I planned to blog every day in November? Yeah, no. I was sick for most of it after I declared that potential commitment. But I’m fine now, and not dead–which is good, right?

I was also busy with family matters, as it was Thanksgiving here in the states this past Thursday. I worked my first Black Friday ever and it wasn’t even worth it. But barring that disappointment, I enjoyed my time with my family. We even took–for the first year ever–a couple of family Christmas photos, one of which we will be sending out in card form. 😀 View it here:

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My brother’s got a magnetic tripod which we connected to our ceiling fan for the aerial shot. I think it came out rather nicely. 🙂

In other news, I did not win NaNoWriMo. When November ended, I had a grand total of 2,948 words… right around the corner from 50k. But I’m going to continue work on it, and this evening I broke the 3,000 mark. I ended my writing spree tonight with 3,053. It may not be much, but it’s better than nothing.

Speaking of better than nothing, have a listen to one of my favorite songs of all time- “Better Than Nothing” by Maria Mena. I’ve mentioned her before in my “7 Inspirational Songs” posts (which, by the way, will eventually continue and will only happen once a month). This song serves as the album closer to her debut, Another Phase. It was released in Norway in 2002 when Maria was 15, and the lyrics are hauntingly beautiful, relatable, and mature.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I just wanted to drop in and say hello since I haven’t posted in ten days. The holidays are a relatively busy time for me, so who knows what December will bring? I plan to blog as often as I can, but sometimes my schedule doesn’t allow for it.

I hope everybody is well, alive, happy, safe, and healthy. Also, I lied about there being free balloons in this post. Had you going, didn’t I?

Posted in Blogosphere, Life

And The Award Goes To…

…Tina Fey! For her performance in ‘This Is Where I Leave You.’

Just kidding. It’s actually me! 😀 I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award, for the second time, actually. The first time, I had no idea what it was or what I was doing, so I never fulfilled the requirements. This time around, I’ve been nominated by this lovely lady. Thank you, Zareen!

According to the rules, I am supposed to thank the person who nominated me – check; don the Liebster Award badge on my blog – check (see the ‘This Week’ widget to the right); tell readers 11 random facts about myself –

1. Sometimes when I am walking in public with my headphones in, I pretend I am in a music video.

2. I met Neon Hitch at a Pride event last July; I got her autograph on my bicep and a day later, got it tattooed on me forever.

3. Indian food is my favorite cuisine.

4. I’ve had 10 piercings in total- never all 10 at the same time; some came while others went. I retired them all but my cartilage this past June. 

5. I have to sleep with a blanket, even in the height of summer.

6. I have a fondness for horizontally striped clothing. 

7. I play Minecraft.

8. Bridesmaids is my favorite movie.

9. I’ve been collecting Pokemon cards since the late ’90s.

10. I have hypersomnia.

11. I’m the youngest of three boys.

– check; nominate 5 other blogs –

I nominate these fine bloggers:

G. Z. Kieft | thenarcissistwrites | January’s Dream | betternotbroken | Flora Pan

– check; finally, provide questions for them to answer –

1. Who’s a celebrity you’d most like to creep on at a trendy coffeehouse?

2. How do you feel about balloons? Amazing, right?

3. What does the LEMUR say?

4. What book are you currently reading? How is it?

5. What’s your favorite flavor of throat lozenge? 

6. Which ingredients would make your ideal sandwich?

7. Which color would you like to paint the walls that are currently around you?

8. Do you have a favorite song of all-time? What is it?

9. What type of surface are your feet touching right this second? (e.g. rug, hardwood, grass, concrete, soil, not applicable, other)

Zareen has posed the following survey for me.

1. Name one person you can’t live without.

My best friend Jenn. She’s my support system; my rock; she keeps me grounded, is brutally honest, and she has taught me more than she’ll ever know.

2. What is your dream job?

I want to become a recording artist. I want to make records and play shows and tour the world. Forever.

3. Describe your ideal destination.

Oslo, Norway.

4. Best part of your life is…

My dreams, ambitions, hopes, and aspirations; they’re outlines of my future. Also, those fleeting moments when stress is absent, family is present, and laughter is omnipotent.

5. Favorite accessory that you can’t leave the home without.

It’s not so much an accessory as it is my chapstick. If I somehow forget it when I leave home, I will stop somewhere to buy some. I need it constantly throughout the day.

6. You hate people who…

Abuse animals.

7. Worst pick-up line ever is…?

Damn. Are you McDonald’s? ‘Cause I’m lovin’ it. (But I would totally use it.)

8. Name the car you want to drive.

Kia Soul- it doesn’t matter which color.

9. Name one person who has had significant impact on your life. 

Avril Lavigne. Need I say more?


That about wraps it up. Thanks again, Zareen, for nominating me. Thank you, also, for being an awesome fellow blogger and supporter of my blog. 🙂

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning a bit more about me. I certainly look forward to learning more about my nominees!