12 October 2009

Part Eleven: Of Words

Is writing something that comes easy to you, or have you spent a lot of time working on and improving it?

In order to be a good writer I believe that one needs first to be a good reader. I have always had a love of literature, a love which was actually nurtured by my parents. Thanks to the dedication of my mother I had been lead through the cupboard and into a magical world of eternal Winter, spent days floating down the river with Toad, Ratty and Mole, and gone searching for treasure on Kirrin Island, all before I could even read the words upon the pages which took me there.

Once I had learnt to read, it was as if I had been given the opportunity to explore all of the wonders that the world had to behold, if I would only reach out to touch them. I remember my mounting anticipation towards the end of the week, where Saturday heralded the weekly visit to the library. Where other children may have be at a loss when beholding the possibilities of the confectionery shop, my eyes rounded in joy at the sight of all those books. It was as if the millions of voices shelved away neatly in rows upon rows, yearned to be heard. They had spent a lifetime patiently waiting just for me and I was only too eager to oblige them.

Upon those humble pages, unassuming words were deftly woven together into the rich tapestry of an author's expression. A book may allow you to explore everything the world has to offer, and yet the most profound experience may be when you seek the world and instead find yourself. Just as one brings to the interpretation of art one's own experiences and self, the complexities of the written word allow us a unique and personal conversation with that which we read. The same piece of literature can mean any thing to any person.

Books contain an impossibly vast number of personal expressions, for the voice of the author which resides in each book is unique. I suppose that I would like to be a good writer one day, and in order to do that I try to read as much as I can. I try to be varied and unbiased in my approach to reading, for to judge without evidence is to be a fool.

I write as a means of expression. It is a way of giving life and meaning to thoughts and ideas that exist only as fragile wisps in the mind until they are given solid form. I am a very visually minded person, and as such writing has always been about being able to express the beauty and wonder I see both in the world around me and within my own mind. I have always found it somewhat difficult to convey to others the way in which I see things, and as such I always knew that being able to articulate myself well through writing was important. I have a very over-active imagination, and indeed I spent my childhood engrossed in the images conjured within my mind through reading or else by my own thoughts.

I hope that I am able to express myself as fluently as those writers who allow me to explore their minds as well as my own. I am always amazed when I receive compliments on my writing with regards to this blog. In truth it is the first time that I have ever really been complimented for my writing, which are but my amateur attempts to express the things in which I find wonder and beauty.

I am constantly writing, whether it be ideas, thoughts, memories or the creations of my imagination. The vast majority of that which I write, I allow to float away like a bubble of thought into the sky. The only eyes to see it may simply my own, but it is enough for me. I think that by constantly trying to articulate my ideas, even though it may only be to myself, it helps for when I try to articulate thus with others. I am always humbled by those who take the time to read my words, and although I may not be the best of writers now, I really do hope that one day I may be.


Have you ever been published for your writing?

One of the reasons that I chose not to answer these questions in an earlier post was the fact that I had something rather exciting to share with you all. Thanks to the ever so wonderful Kwannam Chu (we could grow up together), I can now share that I was given an amazing opportunity to be published for my writing. I actually wrote an article on the fantasy of couture and whether an equivalent exists for the male consumer. The article has been printed in the latest issue of I.T POST (Fall/Winter 2009), so if any of my readers happen to be in the Hong Kong region, please do be sure to pick up a copy! It is still rather a surreal experience.

Here is a sneak peek into the beautiful issue...

Bold
What are you studying at University?


I am currently studying History of Art (BA). (Hint: for those of you who were able to attend London Fashion Week this season, you may have perhaps noticed that Somerset House is also home to a certain Art History school).

Currently playing: Vide Cor Meum (composed by Patrick Cassidy)

xxxx

48 comments:

  1. wow you are publisehd that is sooooooooo exciting!!!

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  2. *published

    I was clearly too excited to type properly

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  3. Hi! Thanks for accepting me to the project. Can I write some time? ;) Thanks again!

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  5. Congratulations on being published! You deserve it, your writing is amazing!

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  6. You are a great writer. I knew you would get publish in no time.

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  7. You are a great writer. I knew you would get publish in no time.

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  8. gah! congratulations! this must be incredibly exciting! at least..i would be haha

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  9. Congrats on being published !! thats so awesome and I'm really happy for youuuu :)

    Love love writing and I wish I could write mre beautiful <3

    Hope you're having a wonderful day !

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  10. OMG! When did you cut your hair? It looks very good though. Cooler than ever<3

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  11. Fabulous post! I love learning more about you. You are such a fascinating person and quite a good writer, so it is not surprise to me that you have been published. ;)
    The article looks amazing. I wish I had a copy! (I don't live in China, lol).

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  12. Congratulations on being published, DK. This news doesn't surprise me at all, and I'm really happy for you!

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  13. Congrats on being published. I think you are an amazing writer. I always enjoy your postings. I hope your week has started off well. Cheers!

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  14. DUDE! Congrats for being published! Ur writing is really amazing! U sure deserve it!

    have a wonderful week dude!

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  15. wow!! congrats you have great writing skills!!!xx

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  16. DK: congratulations on your first article! I.T is a wonderful store-- is that their in store publication? Or am I confusing it with something else? I went to Hong Kong a little while ago. So brilliant.

    I think you're a terrific writer. Writers write, and you're constantly writing. So by definition, you're a writer. No matter your publication credits or not.

    xx D

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  17. DK! Congratulations darling!! How many times have I told you...you will be at Vogue one day. OR somewhere even cooler :)

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  18. Courtauld Institute?! Good god you lucky bugger! It sounds A-MAZING.

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  19. that's amazing!! Congrats on being published. Well deserved.

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  20. this is so exciting. i'm so pleased for you! xx.

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  21. i think your writings are always wonderful, and oh so expressive. congratulations on getting published!!

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  22. Hey, thanks for the lovely comment you left on my blog :)

    Congrats on being published in I.T post! You really deserve it, your writing is... well... perfection!

    I went to Somerset house to see a show at LFW but never noticed the school. But then again I'm not a particularly observant person!

    ♥ Hannah

    ((LONDON--ROSE.BLOGSPOT.COM))

    xx

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  23. Congratulations on being published! You are an amazing writer and I always look forward to devouring your words!

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  24. Somerset house - LOVE!!! I think the Australian embassy used to be in there as I recall! :) So cool you're studying art history - endlessly lovely subject that one - and I totally agree with you - you have to read heaps in order to write - and you do it so well!!! Thank you for this post - super good reading and must see if I can hunt out that mag you're in!!! Have a lovely week!

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  25. Congratulations dear on being published, you so deserve it!!!!!!
    And I agree with you, to be a good writer one must be a good reader. I know, I have learned so much reading.

    Have a nice and happy week.

    xoxo

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  26. Hey, I'm studying art history as well! I love it. And congratulations on being a published writer, you must be so excited!

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  27. wow...I'm so impressed. All the best on your studies too..you are a wonderful writer!

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  28. I am so glad that others will get to read your beautiful writing! I am beyond excited for you and the chance to have your work published, my dear =) You deserve only the best.
    I hope you had a beautiful Monday!

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  29. DK, I am so happy and excited for you! This such wonderful news and I know it's just the beginning for a talented writer such as yourself. Keep it up and promise to remember us when you're rich and famous :)
    Have a lovely week!

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  30. Congrats! and YES I agree with you...If you want to write well, you have to read a lot ^.^
    kisses
    PS: I am currently studying Law

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  31. I completely agree with you on how a writing comes to.
    I love your writing and even though fashion is a part of you, writing is a rare gift and i wish you the best in your success!

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  32. wheeeeeeee! so proud of you, dk! fabulousness. :D

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  33. First off... congrats on getting published! I might have to ask my parents to pick up a copy of I.T Post in Hong Kong! I couldn't agree more with your views about being a good reader and thus a writer. I actually knew kids in school who admitted to never having read a book cover to cover before... and not surprisingly they were horrid writers and wondered why their grades slipped in all language classes. I've always been fascinated by how a series of well articulated sentences can form images and and a completely different world to the reader. I definitely think you do a terrific job of it!

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  34. i really love ur post,,,,
    nice to read it

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  35. Perfect music for this one, too. I really found this such an insightful post.

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  36. You were published! Fantastic!

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  37. I must say that I really do appreciate your writing and the effort you put into your self expression not just with fashion but also with words.

    I'm an English Lit major at Stanford and find that writing has become a dying art. I really wish more people would take the time to hone the craft of writing.

    As always, enjoying the blog so much!

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  38. wow, that is amazing, well done. your writing is very beautiful

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  39. I remember when I was 12 and wrote a silly poem about the new millenium. My mom sent it to the local newspaper and it was published.

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  40. Congratulations on being published! How very exciting.

    It's wonderful that you have such a love of reading. It's a love that is few and far between in people these days.

    What a wonderful thing to study! I love Art History my mother made a point of making sure we took it throughout school. That and Greek Mythology, and Greek Language I am most thankful for, not many kids who've yet to graduate high school in America have been fortunate enough to study those subjects, and they really are such an important part of a well balanced and complete education.

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  41. Love the pages you've photographed.

    It's true that one shouldn't write more than they read and I think I need to redress the balance lately!

    I've been published a dozen times in literary mags - short stories. I want to write full time one day.

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  42. Your writing style is amazing. It flows beautifully. Congratulations on being published. You really deserve it. x

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  43. that what i thought to, to be a good writer one has to be a good reader. so i was puzzled how some could write wonderfully and still have read less books as yours truly! its a very good question, im continuously trying to improve my writing skills knowing its my only hinderance from actually becoming a film critic...

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  44. ah! forgot to congratulate you!!! thats so fantastic and yes very very surreal. thats exactly how i felt when i got my work published!!! ahhh!! and wow, history of art major.. i wanted to minor in that but films just taking over my liife!

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