Personal insights and thoughts from Natasha

  • Author Insider,  Introspection

    Coziness and Comfort in Story – A Personal Reflection

    This is a more personal and introspective entry, probably a bit rambling and borderline stream of consciousness. I would like to spend a few minutes exploring my conception of the coziness and comfort that I find in books. I want to think back to all the books I’ve read from my childhood up to now and examine what exactly I find cozy and comforting and why. “Let the rain kiss you. Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops. Let the rain sing you a lullaby.” – Langston Hughes I find rain comforting, the sound of rain falling, the grayness of the sky, the chillness in the air,…

  • Introspection,  Personal Miscellaneous

    Cynicism and Hope

    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about good and evil, suffering, injustice, cynicism, and hope. You see, I have family in Ukraine, and I’ve spent nearly two months glued to Twitter feeds and TikTok videos and Reddit threads about the Russian invasion. Watching the horrors unfold before my eyes hour after hour has made my mental state a constant fluctuation of anger and outrage and grief and despair. Sixteen years ago my dad married a wonderful woman from Ukraine. A year later, after I graduated from college, I went on a trip to visit her family. We stayed in Ukraine for two weeks. We spent one week in Kyiv and…

  • Author Insider,  Introspection

    A Different Kind of Writer’s Block

    I am not the type of writer that struggles to come up with ideas. I have, in fact, more ideas for stories than I would be able to write in my lifetime. But I have definitely suffered from a different kind of writer’s block. So much so that I went over a decade without writing a story. My writer’s block came from anxiety. From a constant fear of failure, of not being good enough, of not measuring up to other writers. I spent a lot of time coming up with countless ideas and fleshing out characters and making up worlds for my stories. But I did so at the expense…