an·gi·o·sperm [an-jee-uh-spurm]

noun: a plant having its seeds enclosed in an ovary; a flowering plant.

I chose “angiosperm” as my blog name while studying for the Biology SAT Subject Test. I was reading a glossary and I came upon the term. My name is pronounced in the word, so I immediately stopped and traced the word with my eyes. That gave me an idea for a username. I tried to find other words with “angio-” but their definitions weren’t as beautifully poetic as the definition for angiosperm. For example, I thought about angiology, which is the branch of medical science that studies the blood and lymph vessels and their disorders. It sounds all right, but I couldn’t think of an inviting picture that relates to the word. I didn’t want blood splatters across the header or a human body with webs of the lymphatics system in my face every time I visit my blog…

As you might have guessed from the clues in my first paragraph, my name is Angie. Actually, that’s the English equivalent (and common misspelling). My name is spelled Anjie. It’s a Chinese name, but it’s still pronounced the same. I’m okay with misspellings and mispronunciations (e.g. a French-sounding “ahn-jay”). Eh well, more like I’m used to them. I’ve toughened up over the years after frequent name butcheries by teachers on first days, substitute teachers, and… pretty much everyone else.

Anyway, enough about the name. I’m a fifteen-year-old (girl, just in case some of you weren’t sure) living in Upstate New York and hating the inconsistent weather here. I love math, creative writing, tennis, violin, reading, painting, and of course, my family and friends (that was in no particular order! :)). I am fascinated by the arts, philosophy, and people. I have a Facebook and although I’m not constantly on it, it is a huge wedge in my life. I use it as a social tool and entertainment (and I also had to look up my interests on my profile just to make sure I wrote all the important ones here… that’s pretty sad.).

I created this blog (it’s my first “serious” blog) to practice my writing and… I thought blogging looked really cool. I was inspired by the members of the WordPress (and other) blogging communities who have pages and pages of enchanting photos and well-written prose. Thank you so much, wonderful, creative bloggers, for the inspiration and influence.

This blog is sort of a milestone for me. When I was younger, I wanted to be a writer (I still do). I had trouble (and I still do) with sharing work. I think that hindered my improvement. I read books fanatically and spent much of my free time on writing, which probably contributed to some writing improvement over the years, but when asked to show my works, I shy away and hide under excuses. I even had trouble sharing the works with myself and accepting them. I always read the same piece of writing advice: never throw your writings away! I was foolish and didn’t listen. I can’t remember how many stories and poems I scribbled and ripped up. Today, I regret trashing the “failures.” I did keep a few, however. It is such a joy to read my old stories. They were so bad! But it was so satisfying to see the improvement and reminisce my childhood years. Gail Carson Levine, the author of Ella Enchanted, wrote in her book for young writers, Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly, that saving what you write lets you see back in time when you can no longer return. I am a little sad now that I only have a limited view of my childhood. Now, I am forcing myself to keep even the most hideous of all my writing. I’m also forcing myself to share my work even though I still get nauseating quakes in my abdominal area just thinking about it. Recently, I submitted a few poems to Cicada, a nationwide literary magazine for teenagers. There’s a close to zero chance that I’ll get published but I’m going to force myself to keep submitting. Maybe then I’ll be able to alleviate my fear of sharing writing. And I can’t forget that I just made a blog for sharing writing too. Yay for first steps!

Wow, I think I rambled my entire About page. I wonder if anyone would actually read this… but if you stayed with me the entire journey (or at least for a few sentences, words, or letters), thank you for reading!


11 responses to “About

  1. Herbert

    why don’t you start posting some. I’ll do the same. We could comment and fix each others.

  2. Fug Li

    I really enjoyed reading this, I can’t wait to read more. Write on!

  3. Adeeba

    I’ve also been subject to lots of name butcheries, you’re not alone. I never got why people spelled their names differently than what they were. I shall call you Anjie from now on, if that is your true name! I’ve always wanted to write myself, but I never knew what to write about. Whenever I put my pen to paper, I feel like the only plots I can think of are so cliche.

    I think it’s great that you’re taking the initiative to publish your stories! Don’t be afraid of what people will think of your writing, I’m sure it’s great, and I’d love to read some of it!

    • Thanks for reading and commenting, Adeeba!

      Just out of curiosity, what are some examples of butcheries you’ve experienced?

      Don’t worry! I have the same problem and I’m sure a lot of other people do too. Almost every time I write something, I begin to hate it sooner or later. I always think what I write is stupid, clichéd, or both.

      Thank you! If you want, I’ll show you sometime. And you mentioned to me you’d like to start a blog. Make one and I’ll stop by everyday for new entries. 🙂

  4. Hi angiosperms!
    First–thanks for checking out my blog! I’m trying to tailor it so that there’s something for everyone.
    Second–do you know anything about Brahms at all? He was never satisfied with what he did. He often burned pages and pages of manuscript so that no one would even see his notes. Now, I am confident that you will rise above such similar feelings–but an editing eye is never a bad thing. And in the case of Brahms–he gaves us beautiful music like Sonntag. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf_O16E95_g&feature=related

    Best of luck! Even though you may have thrown a few things away–trust me you are way ahead of the game!

    • Thank you Saneaty for your comments and for stopping by!

      I didn’t know that! I just knew he was a great composer. 😛 Thanks for telling me! It’s good not to feel alone sometimes. I’m listening to song you linked me. It is so beautiful even though I have no idea what she’s saying!

      You too! It was nice to “meet” you. 🙂

  5. Hey, thank you for commenting/complimenting my blog! I also have another blog at http://melissamelicious.blogspot.com/

    I do think that blogging is a good way to get into writing. And by “get into” writing I mean, not to get a career necessarily (though a few lucky people have accomplished it that way), but just to get used to other people reading and commenting on your words.

    All the best!

    • Thanks, Melissa, for stopping by! I followed your blog!

      I agree. Just after two entries and an “About” page, I think I’m getting more of a “feel” for blogging!

      To you too!

  6. Hello, Angiosperms,
    I had to check out your blog… I actually always do check out the blogs of everyone who leaves a comment on my blog. And in your case, your username was very unusual, I thought.

    I think you write quite well for someone in middle school or high school-ish. Keep it up, of course! You don’t need me to tell you that, I’m sure.

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