Saturday, October 23, 2010

“Pain Is A Wild Mirror”

Reflection of the scarring
As deep as the soul it runs
Smile frozen in the long gone past.
Present, Future, held only with turmoil
The mirror screams
You! You are no one—your reflection evaporates
Nothing of you, who you once were has stayed
The mirror as wild as an untamed vine has swallowed you entirely
You are gone, pain has taken you
In the image of the mirror, you see only regret

By: Chelsey Dillard

Changing Description of Blog


I am changing the description of the blog. This is the first semester than I am not having to read a novel almost every week for classes. We are mostly reading short stories or theories and essays. And writing many essays, so I do not have enough to write about for the blog. So I figured I would just write what comes to mind having to do with books I have read and maybe books I am interested in reading. Plus I might add some of my creative writing and poetry into the blog. And if I do that then I might as well put a few photos up that I have taken!
Hope you enjoy!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bah Humbug!

I am betting you recognized the phrase from the title, at least heard it before. "Bah! said Scrooge Humbug." Yes this quote is from Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol. One of the most famous Christmas stories of all times.This story has many, many different versions that have been remade into movies, rewritten, radio broadcast, etc, but since there are many different versions of A Christmas Carol: movies, books, radio broadcast, etc. people do not realize that these adaptations all have inimitable differences about them. The Mercury Theatre sponsored The Campbell Playhouse, which aired many classic novel versions, as radio broadcast, in one, which Orson Welles directed and starred in is the radio broadcast of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Both Dickens and Welles presented The Christmas Carol during trying times, Dickens wrote the novel during the hungry forties of London, while Orson Welles presented the broadcast during The Great Depression. There are many reasons that writers or film directors rewrite and change A Christmas Carol, but they never completely change the main concept. Welles had to modify the story, so that it fit into a radio broadcast and to fit more definite themes that suited his wishes.  His changes included: bringing more depth to certain themes, such as: religious, the joy of Christmas themes and also shortening certain scenes for the specified time span of the broadcast.

I just finished writing an essay about A Christmas Carol, comparing Orson Welles radio broadcast to Charles Dickens novel. My class has been working on this project for the past 2 months, having to do one thing or another and just maybe this essay will get published to along with the redo of Orson Welles radio broadcast play that WCU is going to present in December. Wish me luck! 

Charles Dickens

Orson Welles

Below is the link if you want to listen to the broadcast: 
Scroll down to Campbell's play house and click on MP3.

Monday, October 4, 2010


A key word to life, especially the life of a college student. My life.  One thing that I have to do is stay focused, even when I am ready to just quit doing what has to be done, writing a uninteresting paper, or reading something that I completely disagree with. I have to keep myself focused on the matter, which is much harder than it seems. It is really easy to get distracted within a second. Right now maybe I should be working on one of the four essays I have to get finished here soon, but I could not stay focused on any of them or n reading, so decided maybe if I took a break my focus would be reset and I would be able to get it all done quicker. Maybe this will work. Focus is very difficult, but just as important to getting anything completely in life. I am hoping this break of mine works, but for now I better get back to doing my school work!