Saturday, January 25, 2014

Katie's first post

        I'm Katie Longtine.  I have two younger sisters named Ashleigh (15) and Emma (10).  I spend a lot of my time writing and doing digital art.  I also do theatre and take piano lessons when I'm not doing theatre.  Music and art are a huge part of my life, and I really love appreciate them.  I also like to cook, particularly Asian food.  I am still a senior in high school, but next year I'm planning on attending OSU Marion as an English major.  A fun fact about me is that I can speak some French and I'd like to learn Japanese.

       When Hugo said, "When you start to write, you carry to the page one of two attitudes...One is that all music must conform to truth.  The other, that all truth must conform to music," it really resonated with me.  The latter attitude, that you shouldn't confine your language to what is absolutely true, is something that I've found extremely liberating.  And I think that I've found in not focusing on using the language to convey the truth, I end up better conveying the truth.  It's almost as if you consciously think about something, you have more difficulty expressing yourself than if you let your mind wander.


  1. That's probably the hardest thing for me to do right now: using words only for there musical properties than try and make a story. I think I should take your advice and just let my mind wander to see what comes out.

  2. First of all great decision on attending OSUM next year the English staff are all amazing professors and people. The second part you discussed Trigger Town very valued. The minute you contain yourself as a writer you void possibilities for your piece to breath and to show it's true meaning. I had a professor once state "never censor yourself it's your piece, your expression".

  3. Cool interests, music and art are a big part of my life as well. I think it's really cool that you're still in high school yet attend college classes. I had similar feelings towards the quote from triggering town.

  4. I think it's awesome that you're taking classes here as you're still a senior in high school, I did the same thing too! You won't regret it all, in fact you'll totally appreciate it down the road. I used a similar quote in my blog post, I too thought it was liberating that sometimes you don't have to follow the exact truth when writing poetry because straying from the topic can sometimes reveal truths about yourself that you didn't even know existed.


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