II x D

(ahh I know, that wasn’t very nice. It’s just that I used binary to represent 500 that I decided to go for Roman Numerals for 1000 i.e II x D = 2 x 500) Random Specific Thoughts was started by an impulsive and reckless 15-year old and left dormant for a year before quarantine led […]

Thoughts Dump #2

Hey everyone! This is not a regular post. I’m just going to be breaking down a few recurring thoughts and talk about them and address them today. I suppose a few of you may have noticed a decline in my liking/reading/commenting i.e engagement with you all lately. It’s honestly not and never was a personal […]

Peer Pressure

Thank you so much for tagging me, asic! She has a wonderfully diverse blog where she talks about her current obsessions, interests, favourites and more. Check it out here!

(I was tagged for this tag in the beginning of February. Sorry, asic!)

Rules

➼Link back to the creator {Random Thoughts of My Fandoms}
➼Provide a link to the person who tagged you {asic}
➼Answer all questions honestly.
➼Come up with 5 questions of your own. (4 have to be about peer pressure; 1 can be random and about whatever)
➼Tag at least 10 people and provide links to their blog, please no “you!”
➼Recommend at least 5 books or songs you see everywhere/are very popular that you’ve read or listened to.
➼Use the hashtag #peer pressure tag for easier visibility

Wow, looks like I’m going to be breaking a few rules for the first time (Sorry, Zoë!)

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Moving onto the questions!

1. Have you ever been pressured to do something that ended up having a positive effect?

I haven’t technically been pressured to do anything but I have been persuaded to go to certain gatherings and meet people. Most end up catastrophic but yes, some end up with positive outcomes, not a positive effect. I like it when the people I’m around ask me questions other than ‘How is school?’ or say “I haven’t seen you in so long! Remember me?‘ An event where that doesn’t happen is a very positive day.

2. How do you combat pressure?

I think it depends on the type of pressure and I owe all my treasure trove of pressure to school. So, I either complete the school work that’s weighing me down or if I have time to spare, I write, read, draw or listen to music.

3. If your friend was being pressured into something, how would you help them?

This is such a vague question. It depends on what they are being pressured into and by whom? Considering the present, I don’t have a lot of friends and the few I have are very easy going people and don’t seem to be under pressure. The only pressure that’s weighing us down is school, and that is something most students live with and have their own way of dealing with. If the friend in question was having a hard time learning a new concept or something, I would help them understand it.

4. Now, how do you think a person should combat pressure?

Again, I really think it depends on the person. Some find talking very liberating and it’s their way of easing pressure off their lives. Others like taking a break from life and spending a whole day indulged in hobbies and me time. And yet others find comfort in certain forms of art like singing or writing. I think all forms are good as long as they don’t harm the person and those around them.

5. If you could change one choice you made from being pressured into something, what would it be?

Haha, in most cases, it’s me who’s pressuring myself. The last choice I pressured myself into was sending a poem (a terrible one, but I secretly like it now because it has a fun memory attached to it) to a literary journal. I don’t know why I did it, I was feeling very reckless and it was 1 am. I posted it here when the same recklessness graced me with its presence! (The journal rejected it, obviously)

6. What do you think is the worst type of pressure a person could face? Any type of pressure qualifies!

The pressure to meet expectations. I’m not saying it’s completely bad but it seems to be more powerful in hurting people than other types of pressure.

7. Have you ever felt pressure while blogging?

Haha, no! I was writing before I started blogging, so I don’t feel too pressured to sit down or have no need to force myself to write something for this blog alone. I have never done that and hope I don’t, because that kills what writing means to me. Scheduling posts help too. Now that I’m in grade 12, I don’t spend as much time on my blog as I used to and scheduling posts helps Random Specific Thoughts stay active and on schedule.

But a long hiatus is on it’s way sadly.

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8. This is kind of an open-ended question- do you think peer pressure is good or bad?

Both. It’s bad when people start hating themselves because they’re different from their peers. It’s good when it makes a person competitive (in a good way) and motivates them to work harder. I’ve been on both ends and I feel like one makes up for the other.

9. Song and book recommendations:

BOOKSSONGS
The Hate You Give | Angie ThomasBefore You Go // Lewis Capaldi
To Kill A Mockingbird | Harper LeeFalling // Harry Styles
Wonder | R.J PalacioHolding On // The Lumineers
A Wrinkle in Time | Madeline L’engleAfterglow // Ed Sheeran
Alice in Wonderland | Lewis CarrollWelcome to Wonderland // Anson Seabra
The Harry Potter series | J.K RowlingThe Circle Game // Joni Mitchell
Wuthering Heights | Emily Brontëexile // Taylor Swift
Becoming | Michelle ObamaOne More Light // Linkin Park

10. (Random Question)
Will you think about tagging me for another tag(say yes for brownie points!)?
Also, what do you think about pineapple on pizza?

(I believe I already have!)
I haven’t tried it. I’m not very fond of food and usually refrain from trying out new food combinations. I’m sorry but I think pineapple on pizza sounds wrong.


I tag:

Meg
Maggie
Shanessa
Moi Ana
Anna
Haley
Please feel free to do this tag if you find it interesting!
I’m passing on the same questions from asic’s post!

Thoughtfully yours,
Introverted Thoughts aka D

Thoughts Dump #1

Hello everyone! I hope you have all gotten acquainted to writing 2020, striking it and writing 2021 in its place. I’ve done it so many times, I’ve lost count already. So, today’s post is a-cup-of-tea-and-a-chat kind. I’ll be talking about the responses to my feedback form, some future stuff and generally confront a few topics I’ve never talked about here.

To keep myself from rambling, this post will be divided into parts, the first part will comprise of the feedback responses and part two will cover the consequent changes, part three will include future stuff (plans?) You could just skip to part 2 because it’s more or less a summary of part 1!
Feedback Analysis
Consequent Changes
Breaking Down The Future

Anyway, Before we begin, I would like to say a huge thank you to each and every one who took the time to take the survey!

Maggie @ Maggie’s Doodles
Rae Longest @ Literacy and Me, Powerful Women Readers and blogging807
Eleanor J. @
Wishing Upon a Star!
jul:) @ the flood
Rishika Jain @ The Ethereal Unicorn
Derrick John Knight
cherelle @ a bolt out of the book
Miriam @ Inside Miriam’s Mind
Beatrice Brown @ The Beahive
PatBunny @ Patbunny’s Blog
Millay @ Millay’s Musings
Joana @ Gigantic Thought Bubble
Zoë Nightshade @ Random Thoughts of my Fandoms
horsehappy14 @ My Life Of Faith
Cari
@ All Creatures Great And Small
Diamond @ I Have 12% Of A Plan and Build A Bears Furever
Rayna @ Ray Is Writing
Saji Varghese

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~Feedback Analysis~

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, how would you rate my content?

The answers were quite diverse here; I received a couple of 1s, 3s, 8s and 9s. But judging by the number of positive answers I got to the next question, I think most of the 8s and 9s were because everyone’s usually accustomed to 10 being the best. I’m aware my written works aren’t the best and there is always scope for improvement and they can come across as 8 and 9 depending on the reader’s perspective.

But considering the positive answers to the next question, the major ratings lie from 1 to 5 on the scale I’ve described, so it seems as if my works are satisfactory to say the least.


Do you think my articles or poems are worth reading? (Please be honest!)

As I said, about 99% were positive about this with one person saying the prompts were great but they didn’t like that kind of writing. It was a very euphoric moment to see so many positive answers to this question!

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Is there anything about my blog that seems repetitive or boring?

The responses to this question were quite overwhelming and I was really happy to read one person saying, they enjoyed the diversity with another remarking on the originality. Yet another blogger suggested that I write on different topics to get to know me better, how I view various topics, etc. A blogger also mentioned that they enjoyed the repetition of articles and poems. But I was actually alluding to the themes/subject of my writings. Thank you so much for all your kind responses!


Which of these unusual posts do you think you might like?

There was a clear winner here! Entertainment is something that I have been thinking about for a long while because it seemed ironic I had a random blog where there was hardly any mention of books or movies that I love.

The second winner here was Blogging related posts, which ended up being quite tricky to me. I’m not exactly eligible or qualified to write that sort of posts, but I try to share the little I do know. Just a few months ago, I joined Living The Blogging Life, where I write posts entirely devoted to blogging. Since it is a collaborative blog run by a team of amazing bloggers, you can find posts on different topics and if you can’t find one, you can ask for a post on any subject you want right here!

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Educational writes came third, and while this too is something that I enjoy writing, I don’t think I can write unless I have a specific topic to write for.


Is there any specific category you would want to see on Random Specific Thoughts? I do articles, poems, bookish, art and lifestyle-ish as of now. (Art and lifestyle aren’t prominent categories)

This had a lot of diverse answers! I’ll go through them one by one:

A dear friend suggested short fiction or creative non-fiction which sounded great to me! I actually do write stories in real life, I never shared them here because they’re always either too long or on cliche themes. But creative non-fiction was a new idea and I hope to follow up on that eventually!

Another blogger asked if there was a process I followed for writing Poetry. It isn’t that much of a process really but I still would like to write a dedicated post for that, which will be published on January 21 . I am not a professional writer or poet and my process is barely anything more than a few thought processes that happen in series, but I feel like I still want to write more on it.

For the few that said they like bookish, I do have a book blog named Paper Hearts, I don’t post there as often as I would like to but it’s solely dedicated to books.

Art received a lot of love too and while my art is actually poor compared to the art in the blogosphere, I am thinking of delving more into portraits, and hand lettering.

Another friend suggested stuffie posts too! As much as I love reading them, I don’t have stuffed animals (I know, it’s shocking) or the experience required to write fun posts!

This brings us to the next very common suggestion, lifestyle. I got quite a few responses with one person saying they’d like to see more in Lifestyle-ish, with another blogger saying they prefer reading more about the blogger and their take on different topics while another person mentioned, my writing wasn’t relatable and they didn’t know how to respond to my posts and while another said they preferred just simple updates on life.

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Hehe, sorry about that. This is something I’ve wanted to talk about for a while, while it’s definitely a bonus when one of you can relate to something I describe, my wider aim is to make you think differently, appreciate certain aspects or just provide a good reading experience.

In all honesty, I do not intend on writing proper lifestyle content, not only because I don’t enjoy writing that kind of posts but also because it feels very strained and forced for me, not to mention the fact that me writing lifestyle posts will make for a very boring read for you, even more boring than usual. My lifestyle-ish category confronts certain aspects of life, that I love learning more about but aren’t related to me directly. For instance, the few posts of this category that I’m currently considering writing, talk about my thoughts on make-up, introversion, another one on media etc.

Don’t get me wrong, some of my favourite bloggers are lifestyle bloggers and while I love reading their blogs, it never feels like something I would enjoy doing or writing.


Would you be interested in guest posting here? (provided the subject of your post is not inappropriate, harmful or directed towards anyone)

Again, this received a huge variety of answers, but if I combine the ‘maybe’ and the ‘yes’, I have 80% who are interested. One person suggested specifically ‘interviewing authors or bloggers with a huge following’ which I’m not so sure about. Interviewing authors sounds amazing but if I were interviewing bloggers as well, I think their following is irrelevant to the questions I would ask.


Do my posts or I come across as rude and unfriendly? (I apologise if I have).

I was hoping for zero ‘yes’ answers, but I got one. This too is something I believe I should have mentioned earlier. Being an introvert, I’m not good at expressing myself well through talking, and I’m a very awkward person.

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When I write articles or poems, I tend to write in a more detached tone and take on a more human personality when I’m chatting with you all in the comments. I never intend to be rude, even when someone leaves a rude or insulting comment, unless the person is a verified user, I just ignore them. In the event, the said person is a blogger, I acknowledge their views coldly, yes but politely and end my response thanking them.


Is there anything else, anything at all that you would like to say?

Goodness, these answers were so kind and encouraging, there was enough to keep me blogging for a century. Thank you so very much for taking the time to convey so much positivity!

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~Consequent Changes~

➼An entertainment post, probably once a month, they could be about movies or songs. I’m more into analysing them but I might try my hand at reviewing them as well. For a teen, my tastes in entertainment are considered rather dry.

➼The school essays is something that I would love to acknowledge but that is something that I would put into practice a year later. I plan on having a form where you can request for essays on topics you want. You’ll see why I’m putting it off by a year later in the next part.

➼MAYBE a chatty post every two months depending on how annoying this one appears. I just feel so awkward writing this, is that normal? (This also explains why there is a #1 in the title of this post).

➼Increase in the frequency of Lifestyle-ish without a decrease in my other writing categories. These would probably be on Thursdays but as I mentioned, these would be about more general topics unlike the usual lifestyle posts.

➼I’ll probably be opening guest posting sometime in April. I’m not very sure about the idea but I also want to encourage others to share more and I want my blog to have some diverse content from different perspectives. So after, I overthink every possible outcome, I’ll let you all know!

➼As of now, I don’t plan on changing my schedule, my blogging days still remain alternate Thursdays and Sundays, with Sundays for more writing-oriented posts and art and Thursdays for random, entertainment etc. (Hopefully. I sound so sure of everything when I’m a nervous wreck).

~Breaking Down The Future~

I’m not a huge fan of celebrating my birthday which is why there was no mention of it on my blog. But I turned 17 very recently and I’m getting used to not being 16 although I still haven’t gotten over feeling 10. It’s a weird feeling to keep growing but I don’t feel any drastic change in my head or heart and I don’t seem to be reaching anywhere.

How is it even possible to feel all three of them (shown below) at once?!
(All comics by Sarah C Andersen)

I can’t emphasise on how true this is. My tenth grade was SO dramatic.
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I can already say it’s going to be the same for school
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Well, being 17 also implies that I’ll be in grade 12 soon. It’s my last year of school and I can’t even imagine a life where I don’t spend half my life’s days cooped up in a classroom.

I hope to prioritize academics more, so I’d say about 90% of everything you read this year is going to be a scheduled post, possibly something I wrote last year. I hope there is no drop in quality as I won’t be spending as much time as I usually do to edit or design graphics.

I’ll still be reading and present, just not as frequently as I have been the past year. I usually save everyone’s posts, so even if I’m days late, I do get around to reading all of your posts, eventually. This can be seen on those days when I bulk read posts and spam all your notifications. Sorry.

It is January now, we have a short break coming up soon when I hope to get some bulk writing done, and work on a few collaborations with some bloggers I admire!!

I’m not quite sure about this, but I might go on a full hiatus from January 2022 all the way till April 2022. It all depends on how productive I end up being, in getting some work done. If there is one thing I’m the best at, it’s procrastinating.

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How ironic.

And that is all! Whew, that was long wasn’t it? If you read all the way till here, thank you so much! If you didn’t thank you too! It’s hard work scrolling through all that but having to stop to read the memes.

Anyways, I apologise if this was too tiring to read but hope you liked some part of it.

If there is anything you’d like to to know, please feel free to ask! I’ll answer them as honestly as I can as long as they don’t involve details like my name and address.

Thoughtfully yours,
-Introverted Thought aka D


✨A Golden Christmas✨

Please click here to read more from this series!

 “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
Mark 9:23

It feels like a red and green day today. But it isn’t necessarily because of Christmas, those two colours are often paired for Christmas but the day feels reddish-greenish because that is how this year has been. As we approach the last few days of an eventful year and observe Christmas day today, the red and green very aptly seem to symbolise the bad times and the good times.

The ‘Golden’ in the title which is a shade of yellow, alludes to the yellow colour you get were you to mix equal parts of red and green paints. Or that’s what I meant originally. Wikipedia provides a better reason.

The traditional colors of Christmas decorations are red, green, and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Jesus, which was shed in his crucifixion, while green symbolizes eternal life, and in particular the evergreen tree, which does not lose its leaves in the winter, and gold is the first color associated with Christmas, as one of the three gifts of the Magi, symbolizing royalty.
Wikipedia

In essence, this year has been a plethora of various events resulting in a diverse collection of memories, haven’t they? You have the green right there. Change that was forced on us, change that we accepted and distorted to fit our newly acquired, strange lifestyles.

But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
-Psalm 9:18

The red was the number of lives that the virus claimed everyday and continues to, the numerous people who lost their jobs, the distinct increase in crime rates, the decline in mental health and the fatal hit global economies sustained.

Red and green are complementary colours like black and white, portraying the ever present element of fragile balance that our existence thrives on. Tip the balance and a catastrophe is born. Keep it up, and life goes on.

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Peace on earth will come to stay, When we live Christmas every day.
– Helen Steiner Rice

On this Christmas day, let us take a moment to remember the numerous souls the virus claimed, the problems that this pandemic has caused in all spheres of life but at the same time, exhibit gratitude for the virtues that prevail and for all who continue to serve us in times of need. In this Christmas season, let us come together and spread joy and light up everyone’s souls, even if it is for just a day and satiate ourselves with the firm hope that the light never falters in the dark.

And you have the golden right there. Pure, concentrated goodness. A huge bundle of love, hope and joy, just waiting to be opened and shared!!

Wishing YOU a Merry Golden Christmas!

The true Christmas spirit is putting others’ happiness before our own, and finding you’ve never known such happiness.
― Toni Sorenson

LTBL Virtual Tour

Hey there! So, as mentioned earlier this is a different kind of post and I’m so excited to be a part of Living The Blogging Life’s Launch tour! A couple of weeks ago, Maggie @ Chicadee Lover Maggie, approached a couple of bloggers with a suggestion of starting a collaborative blog where bloggers from various […]

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I’m not sure if you understood the title. It must look pretty ridiculous at first glance. It isn’t a random assortment of numbers. This is actually how 500 is written in the binary system. A combination of ones and zeroes that hold so much meaning and value. The actual number is 111110100, the 0b before […]

Catching up on Tags!

The Small Joys Tag I was very kindly tagged for the Small Joys Tag by Steve and Muffin over @ Steve’s Country. Make sure you check out his blog here where he shares amazing nature pics and stories featuring his clever cat, Muffin! Only 3 Rules: Thank the blogger who nominated you.List fifteen of your […]

Poetry Shout-outs! (Part 2)

So, September has finally come to an end and so has Whispers Of The Soul- the Poetry series that began on September 2 (on my book blog- Paper Hearts).

So, here are the wonderful poet bloggers who submitted one of their own works and the bloggers who suggested their favourite poems. A huge thank you to each and every one of you for your support and co-operation!

Poem Submissions:

1.Maggie from Chicadee Lover Maggie sent in a lovely poem titled Kindness which was absolutely poignant and conveyed a great message. You can read it here.

2.Raven from Raven’s Blog & Journal and Stories by Raven wrote a poem titled Travel in the Mind which was about the power of words. Again, another beautiful poem which most of us can relate to! Check it out here.

3. Evin from A Curly Sue’s Ramblings and A Wanderful Life! sent in a sweet poem named One Shine which portrayed a child’s desire to be who he/she wanted to and their willingness to work for it. Another stunning poem! Head over here to read it.

4. Fahimay from A Writer’s Retreat sent in a poem titled The Caged Bird which I sadly couldn’t post because it was the fourth submission. A profound, poignant and powerful poem, this was based on how women are bound by marriage and their lack of freedom. Check it out here.

Poem Suggestions:

Here are the kind bloggers who suggested their favourite poems to be included in this series. Make sure you check out their blogs; there is a lot worth reading on each of them!

1.Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed.
Suggested by Evin @ A Curly Sue’s Ramblings and A Wanderful Life!

2.Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Suggested by Mahesh Mali @ Awesomengers and Nathi @ Wayward Scribbles.

3.If by Rudyard Kipling
Suggested by Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt, tkbrownwriter @ By: tkbrown.writer and Nathi @ Wayward Scribbles.

4. Dear March, Come In by Emily Dickinson
Suggested by Lrose @ My Cosy Corner and Lrose5’s Poetry.

5. A Photograph by Shirley Toulson
Suggested by Rejoy Dev @ Teenage.

6. A Thing Of Beauty by John Keats
Suggested by Nathi @ Wayward Scribbles.

7.The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Suggested by tkbrownwriter @ By: tkbrown.writer.

8.Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
Suggested by Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt.

9.Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye
Suggested by girrrrrl_of_two_worlds @ Science-tastic and ghoom gayi ghoom gayi.

10. Mirror by Sylvia Plath
Suggested By Joel Abakah @ Jplatform.


I would once again like to thank all of you for making this series wonderfully amazing. I received some magnificent poems as suggestions and guest posts and I loved every minute I spent reading and writing. Thank you so much for reading, contributing and supporting!
Given below are all the poems (excluding the guest posts) that were included in this series. Click on the one you want to read and it’ll take you to the respective post on Paper Hearts. Happy reading!

Invictus
-William Ernest Henley
Lost Generation
– Jonathan Reed
Still I Rise
– Maya Angelou
Dear March, Come In
– Emily Dickinson
Animals
-Walt Whitman
A Thing Of Beauty
– John Keats
The Road Not Taken
– Robert Frost
A Photograph
– Shirley Toulson
If
-Rudyard Kipling
Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
-Robert Frost
I Measure Every
Grief I Meet

-Emily Dickinson
Do Not Stand At
My Grave And Weep

-Mary Elizabeth Frye
Mirror
-Sylvia Plath

Poetry is a beautiful form of Literature and I hope all of you appreciate the impact a few words can have on a person’s soul. Click here or on the image below if you’d like to explore all the poems in this series! This will take you to a page exhibiting all the poems at once, so you can explore and choose any one of your liking.


Thank you so much for reading!

Poetry Shout-outs! (Part 1)

So, we are halfway past September! Whispers of the Soul, the Poetry series on my book blog is proceeding well and I’d like to take a moment to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the bloggers who suggested one of their favourite poems and contributed to this series. So, mentioned below are all the bloggers’ whose suggestions have been featured till date. I’ll be putting up a part 2 at the end of this month. Stay tuned!

Poem Suggestions:

Do check out their blogs, all of them are unique and amazing writers in their own ways!

1.Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed.
Suggested by Evin @ A Curly Sue’s Ramblings and A Wanderful Life!

2.Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
Suggested by Mahesh Mali @ Awesomengers and Nathi @ Wayward Scribbles.

3.If by Rudyard Kipling
Suggested by Aanya @ Soaring Firebolt, tkbrownwriter @ By: tkbrown.writer and Nathi @ Wayward Scribbles.

4. Dear March, Come In by Emily Dickinson
Suggested by Lrose @ LRose and Lrose5’s Poetry.

5. A Photograph by Shirley Toulson
Suggested by Rejoy Dev @ Teenage.

6. A Thing Of Beauty by John Keats
Suggested by Nathi @ Wayward Scribbles.

7.The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
Suggested by tkbrownwriter @ By: tkbrown.writer.


And here are the poems that have been featured in this series so far!

1.Invictus by William Ernest Henley
2.Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed
3.Still I Rise by Maya Angelou
4.Dear March, Come In by Emily Dickinson
5.Animals by Walt Whitman
6.A Thing Of Beauty by John Keats
7. The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost
8.A Photograph by Shirley Toulson
9. If by Rudyard Kipling

7 more poems will be posted in the subsequent days, of which three are guest posts. These will be included in Part 2! Stay tuned!



Thank you so much for your constant support and co-operation! Hope you are enjoying the poems! Click here if you’d like to visit my book blog, pictured below (I go by the name Bookish Thinker there!).


Related Posts:
Poetry Series
Poetry Shout-outs (Part 2)

Previously on Random Specific Thoughts:
A History Of Reading ( Collaboration with Tia @ Tall Blonde Tales)
Disney Q&A with Renee
Thursday Randoms