Happy weekend, fish and fish hooks! I do hope your weeks went splendidly enough. I tried to start writing about MFA a few times (got distracted and did a big ole clean-out of my inbox, whoops!) but looks like this is going to be a life update, today! I took the GRE this morning, so … Continue reading Ye ole life as of July 14
Happy Wednesday, friends! It's been a good, albeit busy, week getting back into the swing of things at home. But, no fear - I've made sure to make time for some poetry. 🙂 I haven't shared anything in a while, but here's a poem that came from a free write earlier this week. Let me … Continue reading Reintroduction to society (POEM)
Happy Thursday, tigers and tarantulas! Hope everyone's days are off to a great start so far, friends. So, as you know if you checked out my last post, I have officially left the land of empanadas and jugos naturales (and the Southern Hemisphere in general), and am back in the good ole US of A! … Continue reading The Gringo Returns: Reverse Culture Shock, ep. 1
Dear Chile, Today's the day I leave you. It comes - perhaps too soon - after some goofy, adventure-filled four and a half months of ups and downs (but more ups than downs, I must say). Chile, when I was heading your way and writing about the US, I knew I'd be heading out some … Continue reading Dear Chile
Ah friends...what has it been? Two weeks? Months? Millennia!? I do apologize for having been so absent throughout the entire month of June. As I head back to my home in the US tomorrow and begin to get settled into a short summer routine before heading back to school early August, I hope to breath … Continue reading Chile: the end really and truly does come
Happy Wednesday, watermelons and water chestnuts! I hope everyone's week is off to a lovely start. I know I haven't posted in a while (I hope to write about why soon!) but instead of only writing about posting (too darn meta, you know?) I'm gonna jump right back into the game with a life update: … Continue reading That young life update
Happy Monday, mousetraps and moose teeth! This weekend in Buenos Aires and Montevideo has been wonderful, exhausting, and delicious all at once. I'm planning to write about it this upcoming week to share my experience and thoughts, but until then - check it out! I wrote a guest post for The Globetrotting Gal about good ole … Continue reading Fame, glory, and public transportation!
Happy Thursday, frogs and fish lips! I am currently waiting in the Santiago airport waiting to board my flight for Buenos Aires! I'm doing a solo weekend trip there, and am also doing a day-trip to Montevideo, Uruguay. Being in Chile for the last three and a half months has been awesome, but I'm definitely … Continue reading Buenos Aires is about to get got!
Happy Monday, hammers and harpsichords! I hope you all are having the loveliest of days. I sat down to write today, and realized something: By golly, I have nothing to say. Of course, not "nothing" in the sense of nothing but "nothing" in the sense of no topics coming to mind that I was really feeling … Continue reading Now Presenting: The Great Nothing
I don't want to leave Chile. Not yet. It's hard to believe it, but June is upon us already! As of tomorrow, I will only have one month left here. I suppose a month is a long time and all, but the fact that I only have one month left after over three months have … Continue reading Chile: The first of the lasts
Happy weekend, urns and umbilical cords! I hope you all are having lovely ones up to this point. Today, I want to do a little review of ole Splashy during May! I gave myself some goals at the beginning of the month, so let's take a look at how I did! New followers Goal: 100 … Continue reading May we now review May!
Happy day, mousetraps and marshmallows! I've been trying to get back into the free writing game these past few days - below is a poem that was stitched from bits and pieces of the last few days' free writes. Hope you enjoy 😀 last attempt at self-expression At the art show us actors line … Continue reading last attempt at self-expression (POEM)
Happy Monday, cliff hangers and clam chowders! I hope everyone's weeks are off to a good start. Well, pals, I know it has been quite a few days since my last post, but alas - we are back and better than ever today! At this point, having been in a Spanish-speaking country (Chile) for over … Continue reading “Are you fluent yet?”
Happy Wednesday, giraffes and gazebos! Hope your guys' days are off to great starts so far 🙂 After writing about US foods and food customs that I miss last week, it's about time I write a companion post about all the spectacular Chilean foods I've really been enjoying during my time here (and there is … Continue reading 11 Chilean foods guaranteed to make you happy!
Happy Tuesday, antelopes and aardvarks! As you guys know, I just recently got back from a recent trip to the Atacama Desert. Because I let you guys know what we were up to on Day 1 and Day 2, it feels only right to give you the skinny on our Day 3. After that, I'm … Continue reading When the desert is even better than dessert!
Happy day, llamas and leopards, alike! I was checking my notifications last night, and saw something: 1,000 likes! 1,000 likes total on my posts?! That's awesome, guys 😀 I know ole Splashy is a small (but mighty!!) blog, but it really has been heartening to see more people interacting with ole Splashy and my stuff … Continue reading 1000 likes!? *Insert Raucous Applause Here*
Happy Monday, harpsichords and hellions! I hope everyone’s weeks are off to a good start so far. I’m currently writing this in my bus back from Santiago to good ole Viña del Mar. I definitely want to do an Atacama Day 3 & wrap-up, because it’s been fun talking about trip-specific stuff the last few … Continue reading Pressure to produce: When free writing isn’t so free
Happy day, fellow globetrotters and gum-chewers! As you know if you checked out ole Splashy's post yesterday, I am in the midst of a trip to the driest place on Earth outside of either pole (San Pedro de Atacama Desert)! If you can imagine the long skinniness that is Chile, the Atacama Desert is in … Continue reading Geysers, salt caves, and stars galore!
Happy Friday, fingers and toes! Hope everyone's days are off to a lovely start so far 🙂 Just to give you guys a little update, my friend and I safely made it into San Pedro de Atacama last night. Okay, technically, at 3 in the morning...let me explain. Viña del Mar to San Pedro Getting … Continue reading Desert Adventures: Day 1!
...that I do indeed want to be writing more and have things in my mind to write; yet, due to some good ole-fashioned procrastinating and trip planning, this week has been quite busy, but let it be said more goodness will becoming soon, including my favorite foods I've eaten here in Chile as the other side of … Continue reading Dearest friends let it be known…
Happy Monday, tigers and tight-rope walkers! Although my belly is quite full from a delicious almuerzo (lunch) of lentejitas, hamburguesa, ensalada, fajitas, y jugo de frutilla (a bowl of lentils with some veggies and hamburger in it, an avocado-tomato salad, some tortilla fellas with cheese inside them that are called fajitas but are different than a fajita I would … Continue reading First 5 things I’m eating back in the States!
Happy Mother's Day to you all, moms and not-moms alike! Growing up, I've been blessed with some bomb mom-figures in my life. So, let's hear it for them! First, I have my mom. You know, the lady who birthed me. A self-proclaimed "small but mighty" lady, she's always supported (and put up with) me, whether … Continue reading Let’s hear it for the moms!
Happy weekend, friends and foes! I'll get to the point today - loneliness & blogging. It happens sometimes, you know? This past week or two I've been having less blogs. To be honest, it's been harder to get myself over to the computer and write something up. Not because I don't love writing (I do!) … Continue reading …and sometimes it may be lonely
This is a poem about the ocean Even though I found you gurgling as a river, I knew: Inside each pearl lays another. You consume one. Each pearl produces tear-shaped wounds, each pearl produces a world greater than the ocean, now only stigmata, a landscape laid bare. You are not who some strangled you … Continue reading This is a poem about the ocean
Happy Monday, barnyards and barnacles! I hope everyone's days are an 11/10 so far, or at least a 10 :'D You know, I have a decent amount of post ideas rolling in my head right now, but in lieu of writing a specific post, I think I'm going to go over a little Splashy update … Continue reading New stuff, growing pains, and other Splashy delights
When I was little, I was super picky eater. We're talking no meat, no fish, no eggs, and no vegetables, except carrots, which were painstakingly choked down in daily 30-minute sessions of agony. What I did eat consisted of mainly bread, noodles, cheese, beans, and fruit. So, going over to friends' houses was often a stressful … Continue reading Cheese sandwiches, nostalgia, and my first hamburger
It wouldn't be a foreign language class without at least one team game, right? There I was, trying to be a helpful English teacher's assistant and lead the class game for an English II class here in Chile. I was writing un-conjugated verbs out on the board for the respective tables to race to raise their … Continue reading The past tense of weed is marijuana!?
Happy Wednesday, wildebeests and wildflowers! I hope you all are off to prosperous and delightful weeks so far. Today, I'd like to do a little stats sharing. Believe it or not, ole Splashy is already almost turning 10 months old! This fact, the fact the month has just begun (okay, it's May 2, but give … Continue reading Splashy Stats Spotlight: What you need to know at 10 months
And all this before the new day dawned Sandstorm, dust, country of must and smoke signals, land of puckered hands aching for rain, an urn, a tree limb, a lily pad, anything grabbable and quaking you’ll take, half-toothed and open-palmed with still the same plan, same plum that nonplussed, mum-approved, all too bruisable fruit … Continue reading And all this before the new day dawned (POEM)
Happy weekend to you all, friends and foes! Although I myself am surprised to admit it, I've reached my halfway point here in Chile, having been here for over two months now (I flew in Feb. 25) with a plan to leave early July (still need to buy my ticket for that :'D). While my … Continue reading How I found home in a different hemisphere
Well friends, it's official: on my 149th blog post, I can finally say I know how to use the block quote. Don't get me wrong: I'd used it before, but always wondered why the dang thing had to stretch across the entire page. Turns out, it doesn't! Turns out, there's an entire "HTML" tab I can … Continue reading Please be smarter than me!
Friends, peasants, serfs (hahaha, I am king!), lend me your ears! So, seeing that it's blog 148, I think you guys to deserve to know a little bit more about me. You know what they say, nothing proves that someone deserves to know about you than the fact that they still mercy-click on your 148th … Continue reading Blog 148: Ask Away Answers!
We're all out there battling for our content to be read. I know for me, I 100% write stuff I care about and stuff that I want other people to read, react, and respond to. With this in mind, I want readers to be drawn into my stuff, and my first opportunity to do that … Continue reading Why These Five Words Matter
Happy Tuesday, llamas and leopards! Hope you are all having a great week so far. Having just got back from Patagonia (!!!) a few hours ago, I'm a little fuzzy on days right now. Traveling is always weird because those days seem to happen outside of time, y'know? Well, I think it'd be remiss of … Continue reading Pata-GO-BUY-YOUR-TICKETS-NOW-nia
Happy Wednesday, wildcats and widgets! I hope everyone is having lovely days so far. I'm feeling vaguely scatter-brained right now on all things Splashy-related, so am simply going to do an electronic idea-dump to see if we can clear some things up. Deal? Deal 😀 1. Instagram. As you know, this social media is something of … Continue reading Blog 144: Will I ever know what I’m doing? (Does anyone?!)
It's true, friends. It's true. While my birth certificate would still suggest I am a mere 20 years of age, my recent struggles have proven otherwise. What happened? Well, I got an Instagram for ye ole Splashy. Now, this would make me young and hip - it would, really, granted I stop using words like … Continue reading I am now an 84-year-old-man
A little free writing on free writing for you today: Give me a page of senselessness written so fast, every third word’s a hologram, and stop chewing that damn sandwich between each phrase. Don’t cut that last sentence because of the damn, got it? Now that you’ve been reminded and refocused, feel the maybe-eyes on your … Continue reading Give
Happy Friday, catnip and cheese snacks! Hope your weeks have been well so far, pals from near and far alike. Today, I want to talk a little bit about what I did for the very first time this week: being a guest blogger! A few weeks ago, my friend Lexa from Sippin' Sangria, asked if I'd … Continue reading Bloggers helping bloggers ❤
As I’m past the six week mark of my time here in Chile, I’d like to spit some gringo knowledge and share a few essential chilenísmos so if you ever visit Chile (you should), ever move to Chile (why not?!), see a film produced in Chile (it’d be fun!), etc. you can better understand the … Continue reading 11 Must-Know Chilenismos
It's simple. Depart from the metro, take a left. Enter Cocavi, and catch the cashier's eye. Un empanada de pino, calentito, por favor. Hand over your pesos - mil doscientos and listen to the microwave's hum, your empanada rotating inside. The microwave doors opens. The empanada is removed, wrapped in a napkin, slipped in a paper bag. … Continue reading Ritual
Okay, okay, maybe I never give myself enough credit. It’s not that I’ve been lazy with ole Splashy per se, it’s just that I haven’t kept up with parts of it that need to be kept up with—namely, literally everything except for the actual blogging. I haven’t ever updated or revamped my WordPress theme, I’ve … Continue reading Regarding my laziness, followed by a plan for wild bloggy success!
When it floods your room like early morning sunlight, do not shut your blinds. Do not throw your forearm across your face. Instead, let it in. Soak up its glow. Joy. J-o-y, three letters. It's a pretty little word for a such a beautiful thing. It can hit you in the big moments - a … Continue reading Finding Joy
Happy Thursday, mousetraps and cheese wedges! Hope everyone's weeks are going well so far. Today I want to talk about something that I feel like I've been doing too often recently: rushing my blog post. If you blog as well, I'm sure you may do this, too. Obviously, part of the beauty of blogging is the … Continue reading RushingYourBlog
Regarding Hot Cocoa (I’m entering into matrimony with a bite-sized spoon. All is willpower and quicksand. I dissolve on the tongue like paper weight. (I was done this miracle before I shed the human condition.) Today is 37 minutes. Confusing verbiage for cleavage leaves me the yellow maggot kissing … Continue reading Regarding Hot Cocoa (NEW POEM)
Friends, I have something important to say: THANK YOU! From my first blog post way back in July to yesterday's on Chile, it's been a fun ride. (Does this sound like the beginning of my resignation speech, or what?) This is really not a traditional time for blog updates (may or may not have to … Continue reading Shout-out to the Splashers
Happy Easter, finches and folly-makers! He is risen! 😀 I hope everyone's days are off to lovely starts so far. I'm excited to say that my family from the ole US of A is coming all the way here to CHI of LE (see what I did there?) to visit me this week, so I'm … Continue reading 43,000 Steps Later
Laundry Day Because I was never the fastest kid in gym class I went instead for most wistful, mastered the art of looking beyond and to the side, and cultivated a longing that clung, like ivy, to the nails holding hardwood together. The vacant lot owners never answer the space between their door frame, … Continue reading Laundry Day (NEW POEM!)
Hello friends! It's been quite the busy week so far. I hope to write more soon, but a quick update will have to do for now, because I am quite sleepy! Two things are exceptionally of note: I'm now on a Chilean rugby team. Still pretty unsure how this happened, as I have never played nor … Continue reading A brief update on the anarchy
We all that spot, don't we? That spot that's special for one reason or another - whether by sheer will power or by some powerful feeling, that spot where we can sit and the words just seem to flow out. For me, last fall, that spot was the third floor of my school's liberal arts … Continue reading The Poet’s Chair