Hi! And welcome to my creative outlet.  

Some frequently asked questions:

Who are you and why do I care?

My name is Whitney, a twenty-something wife and teacher.  And though I'm glad you're here, only you know why you care.  Maybe you are my mom, or a casual acquaintance, or a long-distance observer.  Whoever you are, you're under no obligation to read this blog.  It's important to spend your time wisely, you know.  But by all means, take a gander!

Why do you blog?

Good question-- I ask myself all the time.  I started blogging about six years ago as a way of keeping my family posted on my study abroad to Paris.  Since then, the old blog has morphed from a way to document travel, to a journal of daily (mis)happenings, to a long-neglected nothing, to a space to experiment with writing, back to the travel thing again.

As an English teacher, I tell my students that anyone can be a writer-- that developing good writing skills plays an important role in attaining good all-around communication skills.  I stress the importance of writing on the regular, even just for its physical and mental health benefits.  And I believe that as a teacher, I need to practice what I preach.  So, I'll keep trying this blog thing.

What's with the title?

When I was fourteen, I fell in love with Pride and Prejudice (2005) at first sight and sound.  Initially all it took was its beautiful piano soundtrack, Keira Knightley plus this deep-voiced Darcy guy, and plenty of rain.  But a viewing or two later I was struck with the realization that film could be an art form, making additional meaning and beauty through things like camera angles and the composition of scenes.  For instance, there's one particular scene that I always felt I understood perfectly even though no words are said; its accompanying song is entitled "The Secret Life of Daydreams."  The song has since been a favorite, capturing so perfectly the peace of quiet contemplation.

And yes, I tend to be a bit of a daydreamer (relating well with the likes of Ralphie Parker).  I often find myself caught in a battle between dreaming of what I want life to be and learning to live with the realities of, well, reality.  I do hope to put my imagination to good use, like in writing a novel one day, but in the words of Albus Dumbledore, "It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live."

So my blog, though featuring some amazing things I've been able to see and do as a young adult-- living out my daydreams, for sure-- also features everyday realities, which I have found to provide some of the best creative inspiration.

My previous blog: http://www.whitneyviola.blogspot.com

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