Kate I. Foley

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Kate I. Foley is an 18-year-old author, actress, daydreamer, voracious reader, introvert, feminist, klutz, fangirl, and overuser of tape. She is the author of INSTRUCTIONS FOR FLIGHT as well as a contributor to the FAUXPOCALYPSE anthology and the book THE AUDACITY TO BE A WRITER. You can follow her on Twitter at @Magic_Violinist or visit her blog at themagicviolinist.blogspot.com.

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Kate I. Foley Ooh, great question! And this is actually a very easy one for me to answer, because my favorite poem in the anthology is the title poem. A lot of my…moreOoh, great question! And this is actually a very easy one for me to answer, because my favorite poem in the anthology is the title poem. A lot of my poems come from imaginary situations, people, and stories. I might take inspiration from characters in a TV show or from asking myself "what if?". But Instructions For Flight was a deeply personal poem for me, and I think a lot of people can relate to it on some level. The final version you see in the anthology is nearly identical to the first draft, which NEVER happens with the first drafts of anything I write. I wrote it in less than an hour in a break between classes at my summer writer's camp last year, and by the time I'd finished it, I was crying. I knew if something I'd written could make me feel like that, then someone reading it would surely feel something, too. It's probably my favorite poem I've written to date, period. Thank you for asking!(less)
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I was tagged (forever ago) by Engie at "Musings From Neville's Navel" to do the "Happy Tag." And since the past few days here have been so dreary and full of rain, I thought now would be the perfect time to do it. I really had to narrow down some of my lists since I have a lot of "favorites" in some of those areas, so I decided there was a difference between general happiness and that cozy, hom...
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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
Rosemarie Urquico

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“Let's be reasonable and add an eighth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

François Rabelais
“I go to seek a Great Perhaps.”
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