But it looks like a pomegranate, right?

Somebody saw somethin’ and they said hey, it looks like a pomegranate, and I don’t know why they call it a pomegranate, but it looks like a pomegranate, right? It became, no matter what language you spoke it in, the syllables are frequencies. It’s the world of creation in vibrating strings, which is sound.

I’ve loved Bright Eyes ever since I was 15 or 16. The lyrics are lovely and poetic, you can find a song to fit almost any mood, and Conor Oberst is just nice to listen to.

Anyway, the first Bright Eyes album in about four years came out yesterday and I’ve been listening to it ever since.

Even though the part I quoted wasn’t spoken by Conor Oberst, it made me smile. Doesn’t everyone wonder these things? Or maybe it’s just people like me, who love words in general.

Do you ever wonder how words like this came to exist?

By the way, the song is called Jejune Stars if anyone is curious.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Here’s the thing I hate about Valentine’s Day: It’s assumed that if you’re not dating someone, you’re depressed and bitter about it.

Why must that be the case? Can’t you be single and fine with it?

Now this blog is not for my love life so this is a one-time deal (for the record, my love life, or lack thereof, is not for sharing on the internet. I don’t even keep a relationship status on Facebook).

Anyway, I’m single and fine with it. Valentine’s Day is just another day for me, no reason to get depressed and bitter. Well, I take back the part about it being just another day–my parents usually buy me See’s chocolate, which makes it slightly better than the typical day.

Even when I wasn’t single, I felt the same way about Valentine’s Day. I think I fail at being a girl– I don’t go for all of the romantic, mushy stuff. I’d rather watch an action movie than a romance. (Would you rather watch stuff blow up or people make out? Yeah, I thought so.) Mushy Hallmark cards make me laugh. Flowers are pretty and I do like them, but they die quickly because I have the opposite of a green thumb. And all of those terms of endearment just annoy me. Why must they sound so condescending? Oh and the color pink? No thank you.

I’m not against love or romance, but I believe you should show your appreciation and love every day, not just on February 14th. I also think that the thoughtful gestures are the most romantic.

Have you ever lied about your age? Why?

Have you ever lied about your age? Why?

To be honest, I’m not at a point where I have to lie about my age. I look younger than I am, but I’m old enough to do the things that I want to do.

When I was 16, a couple of weeks before I turned 17, I saw an R-rated movie with my friends. They were all 17 at the time. I was so afraid that I was going to get caught, but no one carded me and I got away with it. For the record, the movie was Wedding Crashers. I told my mom when I got home, and she was okay with it. She did the same thing at my age.

Actually, I’ve only been carded for an R-movie twice: Once when I was 20, and then once a couple of weeks ago at age 22. Both times I was baffled, but then realized, “Oh yeah, they actually card people for these things.”

People rarely guess that I’m older than my age– the only time it has ever happened is when I’m in a room or a class with people who are all slightly older than me.

Pessimism is Smart

Are you an optimist, a pessimist, or something else?

Oh, I’d say I’m probably a pessimist. In any situation, I’ll come up with the worst-case scenario and plan accordingly. I don’t call myself a pessimist in my head though . . . I call myself smart.

Do I want to be caught unprepared? Absolutely not. Do I want to get my hopes up for something? No way.

I’ll sometimes pretend to be optimistic to make other people feel better though.

Are you an optimist or a pessimist?

My Company’s Blog

So for today’s post, I thought I’d let you know about the other place I blog for–All Green Electronics Recycling: The Blog.

I know I sometimes slack on posts on Amy’s Bookshelf, but in reality I blog 5 time a week for my company and still attempt to do Post a Day here . . . so I do write quite a bit.

So if you like my writing for some reason, check out my company’s blog. I sometimes write some cool stuff on there, if I do say so myself.

I love my Macbook

Today’s entry is another post from the Daily Post idea list. These posts can be nice because they are quick and easy, especially after a long day of work.

What’s one piece of technology you can’t live without?

I would have to say my Macbook. I can use it to write, edit, watch TV shows, read the news, edit photos, listen to music . . . basically anything I need to do, I can do on this computer.  It’s light enough to take everywhere with me, and I’ve never had any problems with it in the 1 1/2 years I’ve owned it.

Now I’d like to hear you answer this question. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?

Would you live forever?

If you could live forever, would you? Why or why not?

 

If I lived forever, I’d never get anything done. Why would I do something when there’s always next day . . . the next month . . . the next millennium . . .? I believe that living forever would be more like existing than living.

 

On the other hand, growing old can be scary. At times, I’d much rather be a kid again.

What would you do?

My Ideal Job

If you could have any job in the world, what would it be?

If I could have any job in the world, I would be a novelist. In my head, this means that I will sit around in European cafes and write the next Harry Potter-type series. And while I’m at it, I’ll also write some future classics. This way I can make some money while I’m alive, but still be known hundreds of years after my death.

Essentially, I’ll be rich, famous, live in Europe, drink plenty of coffee, and write a lot.

Ramblings of a Writer: My January Reflections

I thought this would be a great post to end the month.

January had its ups and downs for me. I started working in the office (I was previously  working from home while the cubicles were finished). I moved from a small desk to a bigger one halfway through the month. I signed the lease for an apartment.

There were some downsides though. The first (and obviously most superficial one) was when Oregon lost the BCS championship game . . .  and I lost our family’s football bowl games competition. All in the same game, it was tragic.

On a more serious note, on January 30th, my paternal grandfather went to the ER with a high fever. He’s okay now, but it was stressful at the time–especially because my mom had her surgery to repair her ACL on the 31st. The surgery wasn’t a success, as she didn’t have any large enough ligaments to replace it with. So now she either has to go without doing many athletic activities for the rest of her life, or she has to have a surgery using a cadaver ligament.

Books: I finished three books: A Wolf at the Table, Sh*t My Dad Says, and The Murder of King Tut.

Movies: I also saw three movies: Black Swan, The King’s Speech, and The Kids are All Right.

Music: My friend gave me the new Tim Kasher CD as a late Christmas gift. I’ve been listening to it ever since. I also bought tickets to see Bright Eyes in April and I’m so excited!

What was your January like?

Ramblings of a Writer: Blogging and My Job

There’s so much to write about, but lately I feel like I’ve been pulling my hair out just to sit down and write an entry. I have about 20 blog posts planned, but no time to write them.

I do write and blog every day though. I’m a “social media assistant,” which basically means that I blog and maintain the company’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. I also write content for the company’s website, communicate with people on web forums, and keep up on the latest news in technology, the environment, and social media.

So why do I keep up this blog when I write all of the time anyway? To be honest, I don’t want to lose myself as a writer. I love to just sit and write anything that comes to my mind, like I’m doing now. I also like to write about social media and books–it’s fun!

I’m also quite fond of this blog, because I doubt I would have been considered for so many writing jobs without it.

On a side note, I really should update my website (http://amyerickson.net) with my new job information and a current photograph. Even though I’m not be looking for a job right now, I like having an online portfolio to direct people to. And who knows, maybe someday I’ll have some time to squeeze in some freelance writing.

Well, this post is neither edited nor particularly well-written, but I’m going to post it anyway so I can get something up before I fall asleep on my keyboard.