Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Blogger Spotlight: Devanshi from Elephantess

I am happy to bring you another edition of Blogger Spotlight where I turn the virtual "spotlight" to other bloggers and hear a little bit about their lives behind their blog. I'm currently deciding on the future of Blogger Spotlight, so I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments. Do you want more detailed questions? Should things go on as they are? Let me know. But before you get down to the comments, let me introduce you to Devanshi who blogs over at Elephantess. I'm a fairly new reader of her blog, but I've really been enjoying the personal content. Plus, I love the name of her blog! I won't bore you any longer, let's get onto the interview!

Where do you blog and what is your blog about?
I blog over at Elephantess ( Mostly, I post photography from when I'm out and about, and recently, I've been diving into DIYs. I'm far from being an expert (in fact, call me an amateur camera holder), so this year I hope to learn more about taking photos and seeing the world differently.

What got you started with blogging?
I started blogging one boring summer in Mumbai, while I was on vacation, when one of my friends created her first blog. I'd been on Tumblr for a bit, but reblogging photos was slowly losing its purpose.

What is your motivation to blog?
My readers. I know that my blog hasn't grown to its full potential quite yet, but each person that leaves a comment inspires me to watch more videos about photography on youtube and flip through my camera manual even more.

What is your biggest challenge/fear when it comes to blogging and how do you overcome it?
I don't think I really can put my finger on one particular fear that I have. Sometimes, before I post blog posts, I worry that it won't make sense, but I don't just blog for my readers, I blog for myself, too.

What is your biggest reward from blogging?
Learning, exploring, then discovering, and growing more than I ever thought I could.

And to end the interview off on a fun note, what is one random or interesting fact about yourself?
Roller coasters never fail to put a smile on my face.

Thank you so much Devanshi for being on SOI! Make sure you go check out Elephantess and give her lots of love as she pursues her blog. I'm not sure if Blogger Spotlight will continue to be a thing in 2016, but if you really want to be a part of this series, please shoot me an email at If you have any questions for Devanshi, feel free to leave a comment!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Story Drawings and Other Ways my Friends Helped Me

Over the Christmas break I made my way to Ikea and bought myself a new desk (which I love). After I went through the way-too-long process of building my new desk, I went through the even-longer process of cleaning out my old desk. It's amazing how much crap stuff I had accumulated. Most of it went into the trash, but I found something that certainly was not trash. 

I found an envelope that had over 25 pictures that my friend Rachel from Secret Scribblings had drawn for me. These pictures were all of characters that I had created for the first story that I ever wrote (and finished!). The story may not have been top-notch quality, but Rachel read every bit of it and gave me generally positive feedback. Part of her support for my writing was drawing these literal character sketches. I almost (and I mean almost) feel bad for abandoning that story. Regardless of the fate of that story, these pictures are too good to go to waste!

 Just look at them all! They're so amazing and colourful! You should totally click to enlarge the photo and take a good look at all of them individually. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Era of Nostalgia: Are We in It?

Post-Modernism began post-World War II, which was over fifty years ago now. Culture and literature has changed enormously since then, so naturally stories have taken on a new style. This isn’t something that I normally talk about on SOI, but I’ve been thinking about the quality of the stories we create today. Now, I’m not claiming to be some great cultural scholar or even that the style of Post-Modernism is dead, but I have noticed a trend among stories (both books, T.V. shows and movies) that have been published in the last few years that I wanted to point out and explore a bit in this blog post. 

This trend is the overwhelming emergence of nostalgia in story-telling. Story tellers and audiences seem to be yearning for the past; not the distant “historical” past, but the more recent, closer past that is less than a lifetime away. Perhaps more accurately, the past without the Internet and less technology. That being said, we seem to be longing for the past, while using modern technology to recreate it. There’s a strange tension that many of us have within ourselves between wanting the current advancements and also yearning for a simpler time.
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