Thanks for visiting my new blog! My name is Shay, and I’m very excited to be starting this new adventure with all of you! 😀
I’m assuming that many of you reading this blog right now have at least a vague notion of who I am, because you’ve probably followed me over from some other corner of the internet where I have already made myself known (and done so quite loudly, if past examples and the testaments of my family are to be trusted).
BUT on the off-chance that you just wandered across this blog while perusing the internet, or for those of you who might know me simply as a name and avatar and don’t actually know that much about me,
run while you can here’s a quick list of the most important points:
- My name is Shay E. S.
- I’m a fangirl (translation: I invest far too much time, money, and emotional energy in fictional people and their fictional lives and I am willing to scream loudly about them to anyone who might show the slightest interest)
- My top fandoms (translation: the stories I’m most passionate about and most likely to scream about at the slightest provocation) are Star Wars, The Lord of the Rings, and the most recent addition, Doctor Who
- I also enjoy the MCU films (and noooo I haven’t seen Endgame yet!!)
- I am a major bibliophile!!
- Some of my favorite authors are C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Lemony Snicket, Kyle Robert Shultz, Wayne Thomas Batson, and Andrew Peterson
- I’m beginning to suspect I am also an anglophile in-the-making
- I will fight you with my bare hands if it’s early morning and you’re in front of the coffee maker
- I’m a cosplayer
- I’m currently learning to draw
- I like big words
- I’ve been homeschooled all my life
- My homeschooled background does NOT in ANY WAY impede my abilities to speak to strangers and make my presence known… 😐
- I’m an ambivert (translation: I have a balance of extrovert and introvert qualities)
- I’m entering my junior year of high school this fall
- I’m a Christian
Alright, now that we’ve got the basic introductions about of the way, I’d like to share the meaning behind the name of this blog.
“Nor Bid the Stars Farewell” is taken from the last line of a poem by J. R. R. Tolkien, included in the final book of his world-famous high fantasy series, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. It also happens to be one of my absolute favorite Tolkien rhymes.
This poem comes at a point in the story when all hope seems lost. Frodo Baggins, the Ring-bearer chosen to carry the powerful One Ring to its destruction in Mordor, has been captured by the forces of darkness. His best friend and devoted protector (“emotional support gardener”), Samwise Gamgee, is close to giving up on ever finding Frodo again. In his last desperation, deep in the enemy’s tower of Cirith Ungol, Sam raises his voice in one last act of defiance again the Dark Lord… and sings this song:
In western lands beneath the Sun
the flowers may rise in Spring,
the trees may bud, the waters run,
the merry finches sing.
Or there maybe ’tis cloudless night
and swaying beeches bear
the Elven-stars as jewels white
amid their branching hair.
Though here at journey’s end I lieJ. R. R. TOLKIEN
in darkness buried deep,
beyond all towers strong and high,
beyond all mountains steep,
above all shadows rides the Sun
and Stars for ever dwell:
I will not say the Day is done,
nor bid the Stars farewell.
This poem never fails to fill me with so many emotions. Awe, inspiration, hope… I find myself quoting it silently to myself when I feel at my lowest.
That’s why the name of this blog is “Nor Bid the Stars Farewell”. That line especially speaks such hope and determination to me, especially within the context of Tolkien’s writings. I won’t go too in-depth with all the mythology surrounding celestial bodies in Middle-earth, but to the Elves and their friends, the stars serve as a beacon and a promise. They’re a reminder that they are never alone and that “there are other forces at work in this world besides the will of evil”. Besides that, Sam is one of the most amazing characters ever to live in Middle-earth. He’s brave, selfless, kind, caring, his devotion to Frodo in the face of EVERYTHING is the kind of love I want to show my own friends. That fact that this is Sam’s song makes it all the better.
Now sadly, someone else snatched up the web address that matches the title of this blog long before I could get around to it. So I decided to make the address the words of the penultimate line: “I will not say the Day is done”.
Now to the purpose of this blog. The “Official Mission Statement,” as it were.
Some of you may have followed me over here from my other online project, The Elven Padawan. If that’s the case for you, I’d like to quickly let you know that this blog will be very different from TEP. Now don’t get me wrong: you’re more than welcome to stick around here! In fact, part of the reason I’m starting this blog is to better connect with some of the wonderful people I’ve met because of TEP.
But I also want to make sure no one feels any obligation to follow me here just because they also follow TEP. While TEP was (and is, and will continue to be) a place for me to share my love of the Middle-earth and Star Wars franchises, I realized after about a year of working on it that there was so much more I wanted to share as well. I want to spread the word about the amazing things written by my friends in the indie writing community, share art projects and story concepts, talk about things I’ve learned in school or in my spiritual journey. I wanted to ask open questions and share the struggles I face as a teenage girl with a mind full of other worlds trying to find my place in the world. I try to keep TEP as professional and “detached” from my own personal life as I can. I always feel guilty when I put things that have nothing to do with Tolkien or SW under the name of “The Elven Padawan”.
And on top of all that, I want to put more focus on my writing skills. I’m about to enter my final two years of high school, and I’ve been thinking a lot about college and a career. To be completely honest, I still have no idea what I want to pursue long-term. But I know that I love to write. I love to read, too. I love to critique the stories of others, I love to ramble about the story arcs of my favorite fictional characters and the ways their journeys shape them into the heroes (or occasionally villains) they become in the end. I don’t know if writing is something I want to devote my life to, but I think the only way I can discover if it’s a true passion or just a fun hobby is to do more of it.
Entering this summer, I thought it might be helpful to sort out all these feelings by starting a new blog and writing for it *at least* once a week throughout the summer. I don’t really have a plan for what I want to write about… book, movie, and TV show reviews/rambles will probably show up a lot. I’ve recently gotten into the Doctor Who universe, and I have a lotttttt of thoughts to share about that. Art projects that I’m also working on over the summer are another subject that you’re sure to see. Maybe some flash-fiction or short stories will come along, too. Basically, just a way for me to establish my presence and make stronger connections within the writing communities I’ve already found and spent a bit of time in over the past few years.
And just a quick warning: everything I talk about here will be viewed through the lens of my own personal faith and philosophies. I’m a Christian, and that’s like wearing tinted sunglasses: everything I see, hear, and experience in life is “tinted” by my beliefs. I’ll probably address some prominent life and social issues that have been important to me, and I understand that some won’t agree with my opinions on some of these issues. I’ve always tried to keep those opinions to a bare minimum on The Elven Padawan in the past and will continue to do so in the future. This is the place where I will be addressing them, and it’s up to you to decide if you actually want to follow this blog or not. Either way, you won’t hurt my feelings. 🙂
OH, and one more thing!!
Something I am ABSOLUTELY encouraging with this blog is conversations in the comments!! I would love to get to know all of you better, and the comments on any of my posts are a perfectly acceptable place for you all to say hello, ask me any questions you may have, or share your own opinions about my subject matter. So please, go on ahead and say hi, and I’ll respond ASAP! 😀
Now, in closing, I’m gonna do something else I’ve always managed to keep off The Elven Padawan. TIME FOR A GIF!!
Thanks for joining me in this newest adventure everyone! I can’t wait to see where it leads! 🙂