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My ‘Love for Writing’ Journey: Part One.

Prince Charming saves the princess from an evil witch. That was the first real short story I remember writing. I was seven.

My mother has always encouraged my creative expression through dance, music and writing. Growing up, I expressed myself best through my writing of poetry, fictional short stories, journalling, lyrics and much more.

I have always had a vivid imagination, which would lead me to write anything that popped into my mind. From the beginning when I could first read, I also wrote. I wrote everything: poems about how blue the sky was or how I felt about playing music, and short stories about princesses, detectives or plain ordinary girls with problems just like myself. I started to take writing seriously when I was in seventh grade. I spent numerous hours creating plots; characters; twists and turns; and constantly changing the climax of each story.

Once I reached high school, I realized I could make a career out of my passion.

When I was 14, I stumbled upon two websites that were specifically made for aspiring creative writers. They included poems, lyrics, stories, etc. Quizilla was one, but no longer exists after TeenNick bought it, and Mibba was the second, which rightfully is still alive.

Based on the positive feedback from readers and other amateur writers like myself, I started taking writing more seriously. I love to write fictional romance, fantasy and free-style poetry.

Sophomore year in high school was when I started writing poetry constantly. I’d write poetry anywhere and everywhere: on my homework, my class notes and sometimes even my hand. I love writing poetry because it’s just an easy way to express how I feel. Before poetry entered my life, I used to have such trouble describing how I felt fully to anyone. After poetry, my stress was gone, I could think clearly and relax.

I love reading and writing poetry. I like to read the amateur poetry from poets around my age, with the same burning passion to write and some with the same problems. Those strangers, through the computer of many online writing sites, inspired me to be the amateur poet I am today. I don’t plan on making a career out of my poetry, I just like it as it is now, a hobby. When I was 16, I created this blog as a way to share my expression. I found other inspiring bloggers that shared my passion for all kinds of writing.

As high school graduation grew near, I knew I wanted to write fiction for a living … or at least that’s what I thought.

After graduation, I entered The State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. I started my freshman year as a declared English writing arts major, with the aspirations of becoming a fictional novelist.

Looking back now, I was young, optimistic and naive.


Move along my journey to the second part here. Haven’t read the introduction? Be a part of my journey here.

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My ‘Love for Writing’ Journey: Intro.

As some of you  may know, I have written poetry and short stories since I knew the alphabet. However, since becoming a professional, I have also had my fair share of objective article writing.

I am writing a 3-part series about my writing experience starting young, then heading to college, to where I am now: one semester away from the “real world.”

Please keep in mind, this is for my Public Relations Writing class where I won’t have as much freedom in my writing style as you and I are used to.

I hope you enjoy reading my journey as much as I have living and learning through it.

It is not over yet. It has just begun…


Be a part of my journey:

Part One.

Part Two.

Part Three. – Coming Soon…

“IF/THEN” The Musical on Broadway, Featuring Idina Menzel – Review

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IF/THEN is a Broadway musical featuring the famous Idina Menzel. Let me tell you, she is so much better live in person than on television. That woman’s voice is heavenly. The octaves and ranges she can reach are incredible.

The plot is about Menzel’s main character, Elizabeth who just moved back to NYC after divorcing her husband in Phoenix.  There she meets her old college friends, makes a bunch of new friends, and finds love. Elizabeth is all about weighing the possibilities of any and every situation, especially when it comes to her love life.

The first act jumps between alternate realties depending on which path Elizabeth was to choose in a certain situation. After a fifteen minute intermission, some great dialogue, dancing, and singing, Elizabeth finds herself in a situation where she doubts the path she chose.

Her life revolves around all these “what if’s” and not until the near end does she realize that’s not a way to live life.

I won’t tell you anymore details (don’t want to ruin it for you), but it definitely has a great life lesson. You can’t doubt your life and focus on your past’s “what if’s”. You need to focus on the path you chose and stick with it, no matter what pain or happiness it brings your way. Maybe its destiny; maybe it’s your own decision. Either way, focus on the future and your current path, not the other paths you’ve already passed by. If you do, you won’t be living your life to the fullest.

One thing is for sure though, if my boyfriend is serious about joining the army after he graduates just because he thinks it’ll be easier after four years of service to be able to get his dream law enforcement park ranger position, he needs to rethink his options. Because no way in hell will I be able to deal with him away for four years with barely any contact, where he’ll be in a war zone thousands of miles away from me. I’d go insane, thinking if he was killed today or the next day. I wouldn’t be able to handle that.

So, here’s the connection to Memorial Day. Not only am I thankful for my troops, but I greatly admire the families and friends that deal with their loved ones being in the military. Let us be grateful for those who have given their lives to our country.

And I might be selfish for this, but I don’t care, my boyfriend isn’t allowed to give his life to our country if it means it can be taken away. He’s supposed to give his life to me, as I give my life to him. It’s not allowed to be shared. He’s all mine.

So ending on a selfish note like this isn’t that great of a review. But, I would definitely recommend IF/THEN to anyone and everyone, especially the hopeless romantic.

Be prepared to tear up at some parts and laugh at others. I hope (but it probably won’t happen) that IF/THEN gets turned into a movie, so I can watch it whenever I want. That’s how good it is. A-

2014 (c) Jennifer Gioia

“If I Could Tell My Adolescent Self What I Know Now” – ELITE DAILY

“If I Could Tell My Adolescent Self What I Know Now” – ELITE DAILY

I stumbled upon this link from my 25-year-old cousin who shared it over Facebook. I believe everyone should read this, no matter your age.

Lena Oh wrote this beautiful article. It made me cry. It made me revaluate my life — past, present, future.

Some of her points are hard to accept with her main point, let go. “Let go of pain; let go of anger; let go of regret; let go of resentment; let go of the past; let go of mistakes; let go of the ex; let go of the disappointment. Surrender it all.”

However, they are all necessary and well-deserving of doing.

I hope this article helps all of you, just as it has helped me.

The Versatile Blogger Award

Thank you Julie at yourstruliejulie.wordpress.com , for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award.

The nomination is an awesome compliment!

Of course, the Versatile Blogger Award has some rules:

• Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.

• Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.

• Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)

• Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.

• Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

And the nominees are (in a random order):

lesleycarter.wordpress.com

darlacook.com

mookology.com

theredheadchronicles.wordpress.com

reasonablyludicrous.com

ladylibrarianast.wordpress.com

poetryanddevotion.wordpress.com

victoria-writes.com

mandogtruck.com

kellieelmore.com

eatsleeptelevision.wordpress.com

feistyflies.wordpress.com

marykwheeler.wordpress.com

prettyfeetpoptoe.com

frugalfoodiefamily.com

So go check out how awesome these blogs are! :)

Seven Fun Facts:

1) I am a carb addict.

2) The Vampire Diaries is my guilty pleasure.

3) I’m a sophomore in college.

4) I thought I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up, but now I don’t.

5) This May will be the one and a half year anniversary with the love of my life, Ben.

6) I was born a summer girl.

7) I secretly enjoy fantasizing about the future.

Thanks everyone for your support. I really appreciate it! :)

xoxo Jenny

“Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” Film Review

Over the summer, I was interning at Hudson Valley Parent Magazine. My job was to review summer family films. This is the first of the three films I reviewed. It is directed more towards parents. The other two films I reviewed (that will be posted later this week) are “Ice Age 4: Continental Drift” and Disney’s new princess, “Brave”. Enjoy! :) Continue reading “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted” Film Review

Fifty Things I Learned My Freshman Year of College.

How is this possible? A whole school year gone with already? Can you believe it? I still remember writing that article on what to pack for college. I still remember unpacking into my dorm room and the craziness that followed. I still remember how my roomie and I met:

I had spent the previous week at the Odyssey Program and one of the challenges was to not shower for the whole week. To say the least, I owned that challenge. I did not shower for a week. It was one of the most fun and grossest weeks of my life. When Saturday morning finally came, I dropped my camping supplies on the floor of my new dorm, grabbed my shower caddy, and booked it to the bathroom. Literally, that shower had never felt so good in my life. When I finished, I walked back in only my towel to find my new roommate and her mother unpacking her stuff. Can I say awkward? Luckily, they were about to leave to make another trip to the car, so I had enough time to look presentable. It’s one of the funniest, most awkard situations I’ve ever heard about roomies meeting for the first time. And of course, I had to be the one to experience it.

Anyway, I remember starting college like it was just yesterday. Time flies by so fast, and it really makes you look back and wonder where it all went. I remember my eighteenth birthday: We went apple picking and then to a steak house with my family. I remember Halloween: I was Wonder Woman and my roomie was Robin. I remember Thanksgiving: I stuffed my face like every year. I remember finals for the first semester and how I crammed like a crazy person. I remember being home for winter break and celebrating Christmas and New Years. I remember celebrating it with the boy I love (for the first time ever). I remember returning for the spring semester. I remember Valentine’s Day. It was the first Valentine’s Day in my life where I was dating someone – especially someone that I love. I remember spring break. I did absolutely nothing but get over a cold and write three papers. And now it’s May and I’ll be done in two weeks.

I definitely learned a lot during my first year of college. A lot has changed as well. Here they are:

  1. I learned how to share a bedroom with someone. I’ve never had a roommate before.
  2. I learned how to do my laundry.
  3. I learned how to live on my own without my mother nagging me to do my homework or study. (My roommate replaced my mother for me, just like I did for her.)
  4. I fell in love.
  5. I learned how to cook homemade frozen meatballs and spaghetti in the microwave.
  6. I learned that bread goes bad after a while and it molds and it really, really smells bad. (Like I gagged.)
  7. I learned that you need your Student ID with you at all times, otherwise, you can’t eat, buy things, or get into buildings.
  8. I learned to never let your cell phone battery die while out partying.
  9. I learned that your bra can be a pocket when you have no other option.
  10. I learned that people can either be very welcoming or rude.
  11. I learend that high school drama doesn’t stop in college. – According to my mother, it continues into your career life as well.
  12. I learned that college students are very broke.
  13. I’ve learned to save money the smart way.
  14. I’ve learned how to be way more organized and on task with things.
  15. I’ve learned how long it takes to walk from one building to the next so I’m not late for class.
  16. I’ve learned that procrastination will dig you into a deep, deep hole and then burry you alive. Don’t procrastinate.
  17. I’ve learned to always read the textbook, even if the professor doesn’t say to.
  18. I’ve learned that review sessions before exams are very rare, so if your professor offers one, GO TO IT.
  19. I’ve learned that the writing field is way more difficult than I expected.
  20. I’ve learned that expereince is key – especially in jobs/internships/etc.
  21. I’ve become a more mature person.
  22. I actually know half the time I see myself as an adult. (Sometimes I forget that I’m eighteen. I’ll probably forget when I turn nineteen in five months too.)
  23. I’ve learned that the walls between dorms are not as thick as you think. Your neighbor could know your whole life story without once even talking to you.
  24. My priorities shifted. – Food and naptime became way more important than a shower or going out partying.
  25. I’ve become a night eater. – I eat so much at night, and maybe one or two meals during the day.
  26. The garbage and recycables pile quickly.
  27. I’ve become way more lazy.
  28. I’ve learned how to master shaving my legs in the cramped dorm showers. Once I finish, I always feel like a gymnaist.
  29. I call my mother almost every day. If not, I’d probably not be dong as fine as I am now about the whole home-sick ordeal.
  30. People change their majors/minors all the time. – I actually declared a minor in Journalism. So now I’m majoring in English Writing Arts and minoring in Journalism. Can’t get any better than that.
  31. I don’t think I’ve ever been so stressed in my whole entire life! I think I’ve learned how to deal with my stress quite well. However, lately I’ve been resulting to ice cream. I never noticed how delicious Ben & Jerry’s was until college.
  32. Naps aren’t always a good idea. It could be three in the afternoon and all you want to do is sleep, however, don’t. You’ll just wake up feeling crappier than before. Force yourself to stay awake for the rest of the day until bedtime. (Although, sometimes, it’s nice to give in.)
  33. Elevators break easily and very often. So take the stairs as much as possible in case you get stuck and then be forever known as the girl who got stuck in the elevator during the fire drill. I’ve seen it happen! Plus, it’s good exercise.
  34. The whole stereotypical college student with a car isn’t always true. I mean, it’s a stereotype. Half the time, they’re false. Not everyone will ask you for rides all the time and use up all of your gas. So don’t worry, Dad.
  35. You will eat cereal like it’s a bag of chips. Especially Special K with Strawberries. YUM.
  36. Campbells microwavable soup in a cup in a genuis invention. Especially when you’re sick.
  37. Always have an infinite supply of medicine during flu season.
  38. Water bottles or Brita filters? I could never decide. I’ve tried both. However, since my roomie and I are lazy, we’ve come to the conclusion of water bottles.
  39. It’s okay if you change your major a bunch of times. My roommate went from a French Education major to undeclared to a Math Education major. My other friend went from undelcared with a minor in Biology to Criminal Justice. Unfortunately for her, she has to transfer. Hey, it happens.
  40. Coffee will become your best friend.
  41. Always make sure you have a walking home buddy when going out.
  42. A planner is ideal.
  43. Bookmarks are essential.
  44. Office supplies are one of the most useful things ever.
  45. You can never have too many pillows, until you reach the point where you have to put them on the floor when you go to bed, otherwise there will be no room for you.
  46. Themed parties are usually always fun, but they can sometimes be a bust.
  47. Get involved on campus. I’m part of the LGBTQ club on my campus called S.O.U.L. It’s a great way to make a difference, meet new people, and eat free food.
  48. Literally, try going to every event on campus. Almost all of them serve free food. Free food is amazing!
  49. Sororities and Fraternities aren’t as bad as Hollywood makes them out to be.
  50. And number fifty, storage containers are magical. They’re great for storing under the bed.

So, that’s it! I definitely learned a lot, and I hope what I’ve shared with you will help you as well. Right now, I’m just looking forward to passing all my finals and then going to the BEACH!!!! :D Summer is almost here. I can feel it! Just two more weeks of college and then I’m home! :)