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- The thought of coffee energizes me

- I'm looking forward to reading more Russian literature, after having read The Death of Ivan Illiych in my literature class in 2003 to learn about the lifestyle of Russians.  Preferably something written by Fyodor D. (Russian author with difficult last name)



The proclamation of my being a writer has fluctuated several times since I was young.  I began writing fiction at the age of 8, but slowly emerged into the world of writing nonfiction and article writing.  Now my work consists of a mesh of both types of writing. 

I do not write for money (as of yet).  I do write for expression, self-improvement, but most importantly, for improvement of the world, enlightenment of the world, and a better, more educated society.  I do not wish to write what has already been written, therefore I freely share other written and personal resources.  To be well educated we must all have different kinds of resources - not only wordy, online ,or offline.  In this world of numberless sources of information and knowledge we must have personal and business contacts including written, oral, visual, online and offline sources to help meet our intellectual, personal, and communal goals.  Writing is one way I contribute to this. 

Recently I've decided to become a speaker and share my purpose, ideas, and expressions through spoken as well as written works. 

my writing career and goals

Years ago, I use to write about my favorite music, movies, hobbies, and books here.  Self-discovery and reality states that I am much more than a consumer of popular culture.  Therefore, finally, I will write about who I truly am. 

My writing career began at the age of 8, or younger, when I mimicked television shows in my stories by including their characters and personality but my own story lines.   I also created some works of original fiction.  Being a child of the late 1900s, my inspiration came from popular culture. Thankfully, I escaped later in my life, mainly after high school, and have written works of fantasy, sci-fi, literary, young adult, fan fiction, education, and others.  My main goal through writing is not solely expression or for the means of entertaining people.  My sister reads and enjoys my stories as entertainment, but I enjoy concentrating on literary, intellectual, and even some self-help works which help other people understand academics, themselves, success, and life, in general. 

I believe myself as a writer is not without its educator counterpart.  I write to teach, I teach to write, and I educate thorough means of words - whether they be written or spoken.  Though I write literary work, I try to teach through that work.  I feel that we, as a global society, have fallen away from the importance of academic and, what I call, true knowledge.  History, science, mathematics, literature, philosophy, and religion.   Instead we are daily confronted with the contemporary literature as well as newspapers, self help books, vulgar fiction, and passive entertainment.  Though I desire the "academic" type of knowledge and wish to convey it in a social and less academic setting, I don't believe I am quite an intellectual.  I much more wish to find practical means of true knowledge, like the famous Benjamin Franklin

I do not condemn contemporary works of fiction - its is highly needed in our society.  In fact, for personal joy and interest, I write it myself, but I do believe its become more and more difficult for people to find the knowledge they need to improve their lives, live happily, successfully, and contently, as well as do the world a great good. 


the writer within me

Sometimes, I ask myself, "How am I a writer?" but as I presently contemplate, I find that almost everything I've done, or purposed in my life, relates back to writing.  Writing is my way of teaching, in much a sense. 



Who Am I?

writer, teacher, educator, speaker, reader,  student of the world, advocate for literacy, INFJ

My goal with this website is personal virtual organization.  It seems easier to me to organize the many facets of my life virtually than physically.  This website is a way for me to communicate with the world and inspire others to reach their goals. 

For long I've considered web logs to be rather worthless ramblings of individuals.  Reflecting on their uses, though, I've realized they allow us to accurately display ourselves as who are: multi-faceted beings.  We are not defined solely by our jobs, the high school or college we attended, or even friends that we keep.  Our roles of mother, daughter, son, architect, and friend all play parts in who we are.  A web log is a true place for us to express the complexities and wonders of ourselves. 

The purpose of my blog is to show readers that the road to achieving one's goal is not always without is limitations and setbacks.  The road to one's personal success can become lonely and seemingly unimportant when we are not surrounded by what Barbara Sher calls "winners" in her book Wishcraft, a book on how to accurately find, plan, and achieve one's goals.  This blog, and I hope others, can help us would-be winners stay connected and motivated on our journeys to personal success.  I am currently inspired greatly by Sher's book, but also my hundreds of ambitions  in my youth.  

My Inspiration

"What good can I do today?" - Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin - Having had many interests in the past I've always been thought as as strange character.  Reading Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson has allowed me to believe that I can have many interests and pursue them all.  Franklin is a scholar of the English language.  I wish to some day be as well-written and well-read as he is.  Benjamin Franklin is an inspiration because he has done so many things in his life .  In today's society Jack-of-all-trades are thought as those who cannot get down to work.   I think that's a misconception we must overcome. 

Personal Mission Statement

  1. Stay true to myself

  2. Maintain my ideals

  3. Change the world

My Philosophy (12/22/05)

ENLIGHTENMENT: Learn from the basic forms of knowledge (science, logic, philosophy, literature, math, English, etc). 

ACTION: Create a goal around what interests you most from those areas of knowledge.  Do something with what you know. 

VIRTUE: Be good to others.  As Benjamin Franklin asked every morning "What good shall I do today?", do similarly because from others do we reap the benefits of our labors. 

Currently, I am studying to obtain my CPA and creating a nonprofit to help my community create a better educated society.

More than you ever wanted to know about me:

Self Discovery & Personality Types
Wishcraft: Goals
Favorites & Interests

2002 v

My name is Mari (Mari J. Skylar being my pen name) and I'm a sophomore in college. I have been a writer ever since I was 8 years old, and I've loved writing ever since. I have had over 20 projects and most of them I'm still working on. I've always been a person of ideas, not necessarily imagination, but of ideas. I feel that I can take anything and make it into a story and at least somewhat interesting. I love that about myself and I take full advantage of that as writer. In fact, I think that's why I became a writer. I often lose sight of the fact that I was made to be a writer because it is such lonely work. I'm not a very social person, that's why I think writing is so perfect for me, yet though I'm not too crazy about party after party on the weekends or when classes let out, I'm not too excited about being lonely either - who is? People are what make life worth living I know and believe that but I can settle by just being surrounded by people and not interacting with many of them, I'm happy just talking to a few, close friends. I like being around people, but having to interact with them 24/7 is what I fear, especially when they're judging peers- that's why I'm majoring in English Education to become a middle/high school teacher. I'm excited about being a teacher but I know I'll eventually tire of it and will want to make writing a full time career, and writing will always be a part of my life so I don't want to lose sight of that.

I lived in Ohio until about 6th grade and then moved to Florida, a definite change of temperature. I liked Ohio, but hate cold weather so when I got the opportunity to live in Florida I never looked back. Now I despise the cold weather, even more.

Me as a writer....I've had a storm of projects over the years yet I was never one to finish what I started, especially when it came to story writing. So I don't think i've ever finished any story cuz I've always wanted them to be long and very explanatory and to grasp the reader's attention for more than 2 pages. Now I'm really trying to finish what I started as a kid - my joy of writing, except this time, instead of just thinking of ideas and writing two pages of the story I'm picking them up and taking the time to immerse myself into the story and find the characters behind them. Their emotions, their feelings, their actions, their purpose of life and trying to perfect the story that they tell. Wish me luck. ~ Mari, 2002


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