Faust Book Cover Bantam Classic
Hi, everyone! Happy Labor Day! For this week’s #MetaphorMonday, I wanted to feature one of my absolute favorite metaphors that has inspired my work and my life. The metaphor I speak of can be found within the powerful pages of Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe’s Faust. Here’s the stanza, as featured in the scene “Before the Gate”: Faust You’re conscious only of a single drive; oh, do not seek to know the other passion! Two souls, alas, dwell in my breast, each seeks to rule without the other. The one with robust love’s desires clings to the world with all its might,
According to, satire is “a literary composition, in verse or prose, in which human folly and vice are held up to scorn, derision, or ridicule.” For my first #SatireSunday, why not begin with something close to home? After all, the best insight comes from within, right? In a profound declaration of what Americans expect from their country, The Onion reports how our “Nation Just Wants To Be Safe, Happy, Rich, Comfortable, Entertained At All Times.” The following is the video from the feature and a snippet of the findings:   WASHINGTON—In a new report released Wednesday by the Pew Research center, Americans indicated that when it comes to what they expect from their country, all they really want is to be safe, happy, rich,
Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights featured in Hallowed Be Thy Fall #SymbolismSaturday
For my first, #SymbolismSaturday, I wanted to feature a symbol that I had a lot of fun playing with while writing my thesis: the fruit. While in my thesis there were a very many fruit, today I wanted to discuss the symbol of the fruit in general terms. While not the only way to use it, one of the most famous uses of the fruit symbol can be seen in the Bible. Stated in the book of Matthew is the famous line, “ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matthew 7:16 KJV). And as discussed in the academic article “Divine Judgement
For my first #FlashFictionFriday, I wanted to share a piece from one of my very first story ideas, an idea that was born during my time at Disney: Kristalina. Kristalina is a working shooting star that, when someone makes a wish on her, comes down to Earth and helps make that wish come true. In this scene (that was turned into a flash fiction piece for a creative writing assignment at FIU), we get a glimpse of the moment Kristalina tells her boss, Constell, that she has fallen in love with her wish-maker, Stefano. “Loopholes Revealed” Legend says that if you make a
Kristina Smeriglio Writing Prompt
For this week’s #ThemeThursday, I wanted to pick a theme that runs through everything I do: connection. I live for the connections I create and maintain with friends and loved ones. Even the creation of “Kristy’s Daily Hashtags” was to encourage deeper bonds and connections with you, and to have a platform for us to share ideas. So what better theme to start with than that? In today’s day and age, connections, both creating new and growing current ones, are a part of our everyday lives be they digital or physical. In fact, one can say that making connections has been
Writers on Writing
The following is a quote from Sue Miller on writing fiction based on fact, as featured in her New York Times piece “Virtual Reality: The Perils of Seeking a Novelist’s Facts in Her Fiction”: Sue Miller is an American novelist and short story writer who has won several awards, including being a part of Oprah’s Book Club. Some of her works include While I was Gone: A Novel, The Good Mother, and For Love. To view the article from which the above quote originated, click here. And so I ask, what is your opinion regarding what Sue Miller has to say? Has another author
Love for #TranslationTuesday
For my first #TranslationTuesday, I thought to feature my favorite words to say—a phrase as universal as the sun: I love you. What better way to connect than to say the words that stem from the energy that transcends all, the energy of love? So, here are the many ways, in many languages, to say “I love you”: Te amo (Spanish) Kocham cię (Polish) Ti amo (Italian) Ich liebe dich (German) Je t’aime (French) These are just a few, what are some others? Let’s hear them! But, the truth is, there are many ways to say “I love you” without ever uttering the
The Cherry Tree within "The Garden of Earthly Delights" for #MetaphorMonday
For my first #MetaphorMonday, I wanted to feature an image from my latest project: my thesis. Hallowed Be Thy Fall is near and dear to my heart with its themes, as well as its significance in my achieving my Master’s in Writing. So I wanted to share a part of it with you all. Here’s one of my favorite images, from page 9: Among the branches was the object that had been calling me. It was one of the cherries—bright and young, yearning to stretch its waxy peel. I reached into the tree and grabbed the cardinal fruit. An emerald bud remained,
Kristina Smeriglio Typing

Kristy’s Daily Hashtags

Posted by Kristy Smeriglio on  August 24, 2016

As a writer, and someone looking to ignite creativity and strengthen bonds among peers, I decided to use the Internet’s latest and greatest tool: #hashtags! The following is a list of the hashtags I designated for each day of the week along with their instructions: #MetaphorMonday Every Monday, I will post a metaphor. You all are invited to then offer your impressions and interpretations regarding all that the statement entails, the depths of what the metaphor is trying to illustrate. You may also share some of your own metaphors within the topic of discussion. #TranslationTuesday On Tuesdays, I will post