Introduction!

Hello and welcome to lifesfinewhine! My name is Pooja. I’m Kenyan but currently living in Canada. I am studying history and sociology at university at the moment. I love writing, reading, music and more! Thank you for stopping by little corner of the Internet! This blog includes a majority of lifestyle, travel, mental health, beauty, blogging advice, six word stories, poetry and inspirational posts along with other occassional posts.

Travel is something I’m super passionate about! Whenever I’m on vacation from university I try to take some trips- they may sometimes just be me discovering new things in the same city but I still love it. I love exploring the outdoors (even when the weather gets crazy in Canada…) and seeing something new even when I don’t have a specific destination in mind! To view the travel posts click here.

I love writing lifestyle blogs because over time the blogging community and my readers/followers have kind of become like family. That’s why I want to share what’s going on with me and what I’m up to at the moment with them. I love reading the comments I get on these posts and sharing my thoughts with them. To view lifestyle posts click here.

Mental health is something that is very important to me. I suffer from anxiety and depression and I chose to write about my experiences with having an anxiety disorder, anxiety symptoms and the anxiety treatment/anxiety medication I’ve tried. I also like to share what helps me out with my mental health in the hopes that it may help others as well as reduce the stigma around mental health. If you or someone you love are suffering from mental health problems please seek counselling/therapy. To view mental health posts click here.

I have always loved makeup and fashion- seriously I used to put makeup and dress up my dolls and totally ruined their faces because of the makeup- and I love writing about makeup and fashion! I do reviews for makeup products, try out the best/top products as well as drugstore/affordable products and I also write about outfits I love, which outfits I’ve worn on my travel posts and more. To view fashion/makeup posts click here.

Since my blog started growing quite fast over the last three or four years I get asked quite often about how to get more followers and how to get more traffic. That’s why I decided to start an entire section with blogging advice for bloggers looking for grow their following, traffic or make money off their blog. For blogging advice click here.

When I first started blogging I saw some bloggers writing six word stories and was very intrigued by the concept of a six word story. I think it’s absolutely fascinating how you can write an entire story in just six words and I have therefore been doing six word stories ever since. To view six word story posts click here. 

Blogging actually reminded me of how much I loved writing poetry and earlier on during the first year or so of blogging a large number of my posts were poetry. I don’t write poetry as often now but I still try to as much as I can or whenever I feel inspired. To view poetry posts click here.

Inspirational or motivational quotes/images posts are one of my favourite types of posts to write. I think it’s important for us to try to spread positivity in a world that sometimes seems to be filled with a lot of negativity. I try to post some positive/inspirational/motivational quotes at least once a week just to lighten the mood a bit and help uplift everyone reading. To view inspirational posts click here. 

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Blogger Interview With Rida

Blogger Interview With Rida

I want to thank Rida for this wonderful interview and I hope you guys enjoy her answers as much as I did!

  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about. 

I am 33 years old living in Georgia (USA) with a gracious husband I have known for over 10 years, and two amusing, creative toddlers. It is because of them, my days are never dull. Although I have been on this earth for 33 years, it wasn’t until a year ago that I realized that I have complete control over my life. It just clicked. All the rules I was following, the life I was leading was dictated by choices made because other people or society gave me the impression that this was how I should be or how I should act. So, I started writing my blog Meovermommy (now Revivingreality.com) to take back my life. At first my posts were to express the thoughts I was having during this pivotal moment and then the Pandemic took hold. I shifted the blog gradually to be less about me and more about others. I began interviewing other people and sharing pieces of their lives that were/are life-altering and how they are choosing to push on. From death, divorce, health issues, etc.

  1. When did you first start your blog and why?

I started blogging February 2020. Writing helps me relieve stress. When the words are swirling in my heart or my head, it’s therapeutic to write. Putting those words down on a public platform hopefully will connect with someone else who may have the same feelings I’m having.

  1. Your blog is very uplifting. What helps you stay hopeful when things aren’t going well?

Faith and gratitude. When things aren’t going well, my faith reminds me of what’s to come and what I’ve already overcome. Gratitude keeps me grounded in the moment. Reminding me of the lovely “little” things I may have forgotten.

  1. Why did you choose to blog and what is your favourite part about being a blogger/blogging?

My absolute favorite part about blogging is meeting different people and the intimacy and vunerability they have in sharing a piece of their lives with me (most of the time, a complete stranger). Also, knowing that it can provide a bit of comfort to share their stories makes me feel like I am doing some good. For this, I am so grateful.

  1. You talk about the importance of being honest and sharing the bad along with the good. Why do you think it’s important to share everything especially right now with a lot of people online- especially on social media- trying to look like they have the perfect life?

I’ve seen how social media has caused moments of low-feelings or even depression in those that I love. Many people forget that social media is just the highlights. It’s just to show those rare moments where you thought it worthy of a photo.

I wanted a space to showcase reality, show that everyone has something to overcome, and you are not alone. No one has it perfect, but you can control the life you live.

No matter what social media portrays we are ALL dealing with stuff. Mundane stuff, hard stuff, ugly stuff. BUT, you can get through it. Keep pushing.

  1. How has being a parent changed your life?

Parenting has shown me the areas where I still need growth. It has shown me that I need to work on my patience. My children are 2 and 3 and I have to continuously remind myself that they have not been in this world for long. Things I think they should know or remember, doesn’t come as easily to them.

  1. What has been your favourite post to write so far?

The interview posts are my absolute favorite. I could read them over and over. I don’t think I will ever get tired of doing them.

  1. What are some of your blogging goals for 2021?

My goal is to do more interviews and stay consistent. I hope to do in-person interviews once the Corona virus is under control.

  1. What is your favourite food?

Pasta, Pasta and more Pasta. I could eat it every day.

  1. If you could be anyone for a day, dead or alive, who would you choose to be?

I would be Prince. 1. Because I would love to play multiple instruments and sing on stage. His energy was everything. 2. He led such a private life. I am curious to know what things he did for fun, where he traveled, etc.  I think I would need more than one day in his life. LOL

  1. What is your favourite TV show and favourite movie?

My favorite TV show is Martin and my favorite movie is The Wedding Crashers. I like to laugh and I can watch these repeatedly.

  1. Thanks again and please feel free to add anything that you would like to share with the readers.

If I can leave one thing with the readers —- Everyday won’t be sunshine but don’t forget to soak up the sun whenever you see it shining.

If anyone would like to share a story or testimony, please feel free to reach out to me at RidaJ@gmail.com.

If you enjoyed this interview don’t forget to stop by Rida’s blog by clicking here. 
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I Did A Dumb Thing

I Did A Dumb Thing

So you guys know how all my classes are online now? Well it finally happened- I did that cliché, dumb online classes thing where I left my mic on without realizing it and said something kind of embarrassing in the background 🙃

I don’t care that much since it’s my last semester and I’ll probably (hopefully) never see any of these people again after this semester but I’m still going to be extremely careful from now on. Life goes on I guess? Aren’t online classes just super great though?

On a lighter note one of my professors told me my write-up this week was “quite good” which I know doesn’t sound like a big deal but it kind of is. He is super nice and sweet but he’s also a very strict marker and I’ve had him for multiple courses and I’m pretty sure this is the first time he’s said this about something I wrote! I’m like genuinely happy and now I want to work even harder on next weeks!

Hope you enjoyed that recap of how my day went- it was weird to say the least.

Has anything like this ever happened to you?? Let me know in the comments below because I would love to hear your horror stories about online classes! Or if you have any horror stories about university/school in general! Or you can always just tell me how your day went or just stop by and say hi- I don’t bite!


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I Still Love You

I Still Love You

It still makes me angry to think of you

Sometimes I wonder if you’ve moved on

Then I remember all the things you did

I can’t believe I ever let you into my life

Like an unexpected storm you turned it upside down

Love isn’t supposed to hurt like this

Love is supposed to be pure

Or maybe I’m just dillusional

Vile words we yelled at each other still haunt me

Every single day and every single night

You broke my heart

One word at a time

Until you turned our love into hate


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Blogger Interview With Joshua Shea

Blogger Interview With Joshua Shea

I hope you enjoy this interview with Joshua Shea– I think it’s incredibly informative and insightful. Just a disclaimer, this interview discusses pornographic material as well as addiction so if that is something you are sensitive to please do not read ahead. If you are currently struggling with an addiction please talk to a professional and seek help immediately.

1. Thanks so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and what your blog is about. 
My name is Joshua Shea and I was born and live in Maine, USA. For those unaware, it’s about 3 hours north of Boston and 6 hours north of New York City. My blog, RecoveringPornAddict.com has evolved into a place where you can learn both about pornography addiction and my journey as a former addict turned educator/author. There are plenty of articles and resources about addiction, along with links to the books I’ve written about the addiction and my coaching services for both addicts and their partners dealing with betrayal trauma. I was an addict for 24 years and have been sober now for 7. I want to show people that you can get through it to the other side, and give them some tools to get there.
2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?
 I created RecoveringPornAddict.com initially at the end of 2017 as a place to process my ongoing recovery from pornography addiction (and alcoholism) and as a place to promote my first book. I was completely surprised by the supportive community that embraced me immediately and continues to do so to this day. As much as I know I’ve helped people, they have really helped me as well. My stats are higher than they’ve ever been and my hits were up by almost 60% from 2019 to 2020, but more importantly, my visitors were up by 80%. The more people who get the information I provide, the better we’ll be as a society.
3. Your blog discusses pornography and your experience with addiction to pornography. This is a subject that not a lot of people talk about so what made you feel like this was something you wanted to openly discuss?
I was a journalist for nearly 20 years. I am a decent communicator and I also knew that nobody was talking about it. I didn’t learn the term “pornography addiction” until I was in rehab for alcoholism. I thought it was just a result of bad choices of my drinking, but it turned out to be a separate addiction and it pre-dated my alcoholism. As a former journalist, I tried to do research and while there was some academic texts, there was nothing for average people, so I thought I could learn about the addiction from those texts and translate it for regular people, while including my own experiences. I wonder if I had seen something like my blog 20 years ago if my addiction would have got so bad. My hope is that I can stop at least some people from going down the road I did. What if I help stop someone from becoming an addict who is destined for great things? I just don’t have the personality to sit back and watch things happen. I need to help.
4. What are some signs of pornography addiction that people should be aware of?
Funny you ask, because it was almost the very first entry I wrote and it is still as true today as it was then: https://recoveringpornaddict.com/2017/12/11/spotting-the-signs-of-pornography-addiction/
5. In your opinion what is the difference between addiction to pornography and using pornography responsibly?
Addiction is a brain disease. Those who are seeking out pornography because they are addicts are doing it calm the storm they have going on in their head. Those who are using porn recreationally (not really sure was responsibly means) are doing it to achieve orgasm exclusively. The soundbite I use often is “Recreational porn use is about what’s going on between your legs and addicted porn use is about what’s going on between your ears.” Addiction consumes your life and your addicted behavior becomes the centerpiece of your life. Being addicted is a way of life that you are constantly dealing with.
6. When should one seek help for this kind of addiction and what are some of the resources that are available for people who are addicted to pornography?
The moment somebody asks themselves if they have a problem, they need to not dismiss that thought. Think about everything in this world that you DON’T ask yourself if you have a problem. If you wonder, you probably have a problem. I would suggest that somebody read the link I provided above and see if it describes them. If it does, seek help. That could mean inpatient rehab, one-on-one or group therapy, 12-step groups, online forums, research, coaching, or simply finding someone like me to talk to one-on-one. You need to figure out how bad the addiction is before you can create a strategy to defeat it. Unfortunately, resources are still thin, but more are being created every week. If you like to read, Amazon is full of books. There are plenty of interviews online about it. I’d urge people to check out my website if you want to learn more and listen to or watch some of the podcasts I’ve been on.
7. What are some resources available for people attempting to help someone in their life with a pornography addiction?
Largely the same resources I listed in the last question. Ultimately, knowledge and education is key. What works for one person may not work for another, so knowing the addict’s personality can really help in figuring out what is the most effective way to get through to them. Ultimately though, it’s important to realize that only the addict can quit. You can’t do it for them.
8. In what ways has your life changed since you began working on your addiction?
I’m a different person and it’s a different life. I now realize what life was supposed to be like. Doing the very, very hard work on myself that isn’t just about quitting has been the best move I’ve ever made. My relationships with those close to me are better than they ever were and I feel healthier — mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually — than I was in my first 37 years. Overcoming addiction isn’t easy and it’s why so many people fail, but I think if they truly knew how great recovery is, more people would seek it.
9. What is your favourite food?
Almost anything with shrimp. I also love lobster and sushi. I’m one of the least picky eaters you’ll find.
10. What is one of your favourite childhood memories?
In fifth grade, I won our school’s science fair. I didn’t think there was any way I could beat our like 120 kids and was just amazed that I made it to the finals, as only three kids in each class had that happen. There’s an old videotape (this was around 1986 or 1987) of me when they announced I was the winner at a night-time event at the school and I genuinely appear shocked and surprised. It was totally involuntary and I like seeing the sheer joy in 11-year-old me.  I think it was important to show me if I worked harder than everyone, I could be the best. It was a turning point in self-belief.
11. What is one place you would love to visit?
It’s a three-way tie. I want to go to Utah, Colorado and Alaska because they are the only states left out of the 50 I haven’t been to yet. I’m probably getting Utah and Colorado out of the way when I help my brother move in a couple months. I will see all 50 states before I die. Internationally, I’ve been to a lot of places in Europe and lived in Tokyo for 6 months, so I feel like I kind of got international travel out of my system at a young age.
12. Cats or dogs?
I have three dogs and four cats so I’d have to call it a tie.
13. Do you think aliens exist?
I think it’s hard to believe that in the vastness of space that the combination of things that needs to happen for life hasn’t occurred at least once. Of course, there may be forms of life that we don’t recognize as “life” out there.
14. Thanks again and please feel free to share anything you would like to add for the readers.
I just ask people to check out the blog at RecoveringPornAddict.com and if you think you’ve got an issue with porn — or drugs, gambling, food, whatever — don’t let it slide. You need to do what it takes to get better because the alternative can be tragic.
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30 Day Blogging Strategy Plan

30 Day Blogging Strategy Plan

I have been meaning to share this with you guys but I got busy with university so I decided to post pre-written stuff instead. Anyway, some time ago I was approached by two lovely blogging friends Olivia and Shelly and they told me about a 30 day blogging plan they were working on to help bloggers improve their sites, following and traffic and I thought this was an incredible idea. 

They were lovely enough to give me more information about the plan and I was really into it by the time I was done going through everything. You could tell they had worked hard on it and both of their blogs are doing so well you could tell they knew what they were talking about. 

This blogging plan basically helps you enhance your blog whether you are just starting your blog or have been blogging for years. It teaches you the a lot of things that you need to know in order to have a successful blog and to be honest I wish I had something like this when I started out because it took me quite a while to pick up on them.

The plan itself includes a number of things. It helps you create a blogging schedule so that you can post regularly, it teaches you more about SEO and it’s importance when it comes to websites, it shows you how to design your blog to make it more attractive and user friendly, it talks about general tips for blog posts and more. You also get a 2 FREE media kit templates and a free stock image library which is so great!

I think this is such a great way to enhance your blog and I think it could be particularly helpful if you’re a newer blogger because a lot of these things take a while to pick up. This can really help you save a lot of time and effort in the future. 

The plan is £5.99 but if you use my code pooja10 you can get 10% off. You can check it out by clicking here. 


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My Courses Last Semester

My Courses Last Semester

Courses I Took Last Semester

I realised some time ago that I hadn’t really talked much about what courses I took last year and my university experience last year. I have talked about it a little bit in passing but not on a post on its own and since some people have been asking me about it I thought I could write a post and talk about what courses I took, what I learnt and my experiences with online classes.

As you guys know last year was interesting to say the least. Due to the pandemic all my courses were fully online. This was my fourth year which meant that I would now focus on my major and did not have any elective courses. We have to take four fourth year history courses this year and up to two third year history courses. Since this was my first time doing online classes I decided to take only two fourth year courses last semester.

At Brock, your fourth year history courses have a seminar like structure. You don’t have lectures and instead the focus is on discussing both primary and secondary sources with everyone else in your class. It’s significantly more reading compared to the other courses since the emphasis is on sources so that was what mostly kept me busy for the last few months. The discussions are normally student led and we are encouraged to participate as much as possible.

I used to dread seminars in my first semester because as someone with anxiety speaking up in front of everyone is not really something I’m awesome at. However, I am so glad we have seminars and are forced to participate- we aren’t exactly forced but you need to participate at least a few times to get a decent grade. It really helped bring me out of my comfort zone and it helped me develop a lot of skills that will be super useful for me in the future. I am pretty comfortable speaking in groups now in this kind of setting, I have better leadership skills since we have to lead some seminars and I am a lot more confident about my thoughts and opinions. If you knew me when I first started university- my followers who have been following this blog since the beginning will remember- you would never expect me to be okay with this kind of thing. But thanks to my anxiety decreasing significantly due to CBD oil and meditation along with getting used to speaking up I have actually really started enjoying seminars. It helps that I get to be in my pjs for the ones that I don’t have to switch on my camera lol!

Anyway that’s just a little background information about fourth year courses at Brock and how the history ones generally work. Here are the courses I took last semester and my thoughts about them:

History Of Slavery

I have had the professor who was teaching this course for another course and he is probably one of my favourite professors because the stuff he teaches is exactly the kind of history I am generally interested in learning. I took an American history course with him last semester and really enjoyed it. He is just super chill and understanding and has a really great vibe. He is also super understanding and tries to make sure his courses aren’t too overwhelming so we did not have a lot of assignments and stuff which was amazing.

I have learnt about slavery before in other courses. Before this course I had learnt about slavery in Rome, Africa and America but that was about it. I had never taken a course that was specifically about slavery so I was very curious to see what we would learn in this one and I was not disappointed. I learnt so many eye opening things that I had never learnt about before.

I loved that he also had multiple classes on slavery in the Caribbean because that was something that a lot of courses do not really talk about a lot. We also talked about slavery that is currently going on which was a bit difficult to read primary sources about because they were truly heartbreaking. Most of us know that these things are happening but when you learn about them in detail its just different and much more difficult to digest. I’m glad he added that because it was something that was hard to learn about but also important to learn about.

Apart from that we did the general stuff that one usually thinks about when we discuss slavery like slavery in America. I think out of all the courses I have taken so far this was one of the most difficult one because of the primary accounts of slaves or former slaves. It’s really hard to read some of the things we did. I’m not going to share in detail what they were as some very extremely explicit and disturbing.

Overall, this course was amazing and I truly ended up learning so much.

History Of Food

As you guys know there are three things that I love- food, history and writing- and this course was a combination of all three of these things. Out of all the courses I have taken this was the one I was most excited about and I was not disappointed in the least bit. The professor I had for this course was really great and I had a really fun time with this course. She was also super chill which was amazing.

We do not often think of history and food together- at least most of us don’t. I mean some historical events such as famines etc. make us think about history and food together but when we think about general history we often do not think about food. For example, when we think about the Cold War the first thing we think about is usually not food. This course showed me that maybe we should think about food a lot more than we do when it comes to history because it plays an insanely large role in most of history.

The best part of this class was that we get to recreate a recipe from history as part of our assignment and we can base our final research paper on it to except obviously our final paper is much more detailed and about the topic in general not just the recipe.

The recipe I decided to recreate was from a cookbook written by a former slave called Abby Fisher and the cookbook was called Mrs. Abby Fisher Knows Southern Cooking. You can check out an online version of the cookbook by clicking here. This was the second- formerly believed to be the first- cookbook published by a freed slave and an African American woman. She herself nor her husband were able to read or write so the recipes were dictated and written by someone else.

The reason I chose this particular cookbook was because since I was taking a course in slavery as well I was already interested in slave food, eating habits and how what is now known as soul food is inspired by slave food. Therefore, I thought this would be very interesting to recreate and also her recipes were super simple and easy to recreate which was helpful. I personally chose to make her ginger cookies recipe and they turned out pretty good although slightly dry so I would recommend adding oat or coconut milk for anyone who may want to try recreating it as well. That’s how mine turned out:

This course really helped me thinking of food as more than just something we put in our body but rather as something that helps define who we are. What we eat says much more about us than we think it does. For some of us it allows us to connect with our ancestors and our culture, for others it allows us to reminisce about different times and for all of us it helps us create new memories.

Your Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed hearing a bit more about the courses I took last semester and my experiences with them. Have you ever taken any similar courses or are you currently taking any similar courses? Would you try historical recipes? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below or simply stop by and say hi!


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Blogger Interview With Vincent Smarra

Blogger Interview With Vincent Smarra
I have gotten so many interview requests and I wanted to thank everyone for their interest- I will definitely respond to each email just give me some time as I’m pretty busy with university at the moment. Thanks again!

I hope you enjoy this interview with blogger Vincent Santino Smarra! As always feel free to leave your comments below telling us what you thought about the interview or simply stop by and say hi!

1. Thank you so much for being a part of this interview. Please tell us a little about yourself, your blog and what it is about.
I’m Vincent Santino Smarra, better known as ‘Who?’, or Sonny, to my friends. I always enjoyed language, I’m a prose person that considers writing art. Love it all, except grammar, which I accept like a good-intentioned yet annoying family member. My online platform is my way of sharing my work with the world.

2. When did you start your blog and what made you decide to start blogging?

Sometime in my childhood, this idea popped into my head that I’m meant to be a writer, and never left. So I write because I have to, but my blog, portfolio, whatever the proper term, was another step entirely. I started regularly sharing my work online about 7 years ago when I first felt confident enough that a stranger who might stumble across my writing would enjoy it. I was an idiot for thinking that back then, an overconfident 18 year old – unique, right – but I’m glad I made the decision.

3. I noticed that you blog about multiple topics and have different categories on your blog. What is your favourite topic or category to write about and why?

I never considered how categorically scattered my content is, but now that you’ve pointed it out, I can see you’re right. For me, the main focus is the flow of the writing; I share prose I think has merit, simply because of the way it’s written. The writing style I enjoy the most though, maybe spontaneous prose, Kerouac’s stream of consciousness
style. Sometimes I can post the pieces whole, sometimes I chop them up to use piecemeal, and regardless of their practical use, it’s always cathartic to get it onto the page.

4. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by blogging or like you are running out of ideas? If so, how do you deal with it?

I never feel overwhelmed by writing because no one asked me to do this. It is a weight with undeniable presence but it being there makes me, me. If I run out of ideas, I write about what I see. If I don’t like what I see, I write about nothing; it’s never as pointless as it sounds, though. I think.

5. What is your favourite part of being a blogger?

I put a lot of myself into what I write, and the best part about sharing my work online is knowing I have the chance to communicate my innermost thoughts with complete strangers. Whenever I read good writing my brain absorbs the essence, not an intentional remembrance like when studying, more of a ‘Oh, I already knew that, didn’t I?’ I might not remember the words verbatim but their impact is certain, and the chance to provide that for another person means a lot to me.

6. Who and what are some of your inspirations for writing?

So far as literal writers go, my top 3 inspirations in no order (yes I’m afraid of offending dead men) are Jack Kerouac, Herman Hesse, and Fyodor Dostoevsky. I draw a lot of inspiration from other places too though, especially music: Bob Dylan, Mac Miller, King Fantastic, to name a few.

7. Tell us more about “symphonic prose” and what inspired that.

A couple years back I put my pen down and end up with My Mixtape, stories based on songs split into sections by scrapbook poems made of song lyrics. I put it aside, not knowing what to do with it. A couple weeks later I forgot to do an assignment for a class, and turned it in hoping for the professor’s mercy as it didn’t quite satisfy the project parameters. Fast forward again, I have to meet him during office hours to get it back; he wants to talk. Like a good teacher he let me know it was rough and needed work then passed me with a very generous ‘B’ because he’d never seen anything like it. Proffesor Branscum said he saw potential in the form, and encouraged me to keep developing it. Meant a lot to me. Since then I’ve released 3 additional projects of the same ilk: Jam Session, Ringtones From The Radio, and Music From The Microcosm. The stories, named after songs, are meant to be read before, during, or after listening to the namesake music, and song lyric scrapbook poems serve as thematic breaks, all in the name of communicating the usually impossible to verbalize feeling music can provide. Symphonic Prose is my answer to people’s question of, ‘Why do you like that song?’ And since metatextual games like this are present in almost all other mediums today, I figured, why not literature?

8. What is your favourite food?
Raw onions, garlic, and pickled pepperoncini peppers. Taste and smell.

9. What is the weirdest situation you have ever been in?
One time in the bar some dude made eye contact with me, and I was convinced he was coming to fight, so I made the first move; smashed a plastic cup full of long island across dude’s face. It was a crowded night so the splash hit more than just him. Two guys plus the one I hit start pummeling me and I’m against a wall, I don’t fall but I don’t move either, they just hitting, hitting – I get two black eyes and a busted lip before my friends tackle them off of me. Then, the bouncers come, and decide I was the only person that needed to be kicked out. They were probably right.

10. If you had to live in only one country for the rest of your life, which one would you pick?
It’d be America, which is boring because that’s where I’m from, but if I knew I couldn’t leave I’d make it a point to travel and take the whole thing in. This place is big enough to be a few countries; sometimes it seems like it is.

11. What is one of your favourite memories?
Our high-school graduation was outside, and afterwards, me and a friend snuck into the building. We were on the top floor, looking out on the roof, and we’d always talked about wanting to go out onto it; then we realized we could and no one could say anything. So we did. I smile every time I think about that view.

12. Thanks again and please feel free to share anything you would like to add or share with the readers.
Thanks for taking the time to talk to me, Pooja. These were good questions, I had fun
answering them. If Symphonic Prose piqued anyone’s interest, it’s free to read:
https://vincentsantino.com/portfolio/symphonic-literature/ 

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