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Je Suis Charlie


I felt compelled to post something about all of the acts of terror going on in Paris, France. My CNN app continuously updated me with all of the Breaking News surrounded by these attacks, and when I was at work today, somehow my mind always drifted back to the streets of Paris that I had walked on only a year or so ago. It saddens me; sometimes I don’t know if it’s just because I’m getting older and notice what is going on in the world more, or if we have more access to the news through technology, but I feel like every time I turn on the news, I’m wondering where the compassion for humanity has gone.

And yet, I have to remind myself that we stand strong in spite of it all. Perhaps that is where the compassion still is – in the hearts of those who persevere in the face of terror, like the cartoonists who would not be silent, like the thousands of people across the world who are rallying. That is strength. That is love. That is freedom. That is promise of a better tomorrow in the face of fear. That is how evil will never win.

My heart goes out to all of those affected. Viva la France! We stand with you through this terrible time. We are all strong when we stand united together. #IAmCharlie #IAmAhmed

Ooops, I’m back.

I have been pretty negligent with The Purple Album in the last few weeks. I think I have a pretty fair excuse – I’m officially done with my undergraduate career as of next Tuesday, December 16th. As I’m writing this, I just put the finishing touches on a 25 page creative nonfiction portfolio that I am handing in at 4 o’clock today. I also handed in another 8 page literary analysis paper this morning on Their Eyes Were Watching God. That is officially the last paper I wrote as an English major. It’s crazy.

All semester I was pushing for these last two weeks. I wanted to be done, start working full-time and get on with it already. As I’m actually here, I’ll be the first to admit I’m actually pretty scared. I’ve known college for the last 4-5 years. I’ve been in the education system since I was 5 years old. Now I’m finally done, unless I go to graduate school or law school (not looking forward to taking the GRE’s or the LSATs). My life is “starting.” But I don’t want to start working on my resume (re-vamping it), or looking at job/internship postings, or worrying about 401k, savings, moving out…I just want to crawl into my bed and sleep and watch a shitload of Netflix.

I also want to get back onto this blog. That’s going to be easier for me now with more free time to work on projects (blog, writing) that I want to work on, not just things I need to hand in.

Hope you’ve all been enjoying your wintery December, and been listening to all of this great new music that’s coming out. Who coped the new J.Cole album yet?

Welcome to The Purple Album


My name is Amy, and I’m the creator of The Purple Album. I’m currently a senior in college, and planning on graduating in January 2015. I’m a writer, a Taurus (stubborn and loyal), blonde (but with brains), Chipotle fanatic, Drake and the Weeknd fan, and Pinot Grigio lover. I’m also an English major, and – spoiler alert – I have a passion for soaking up endless novels and writing, writing, writing. Particularly short stories and nonfiction pieces.

I named this blog The Purple Album because this is not simply a portfolio or blog – it’s a collection of those short story and nonfiction pieces, as well as pieces discussing music and the music industry (especially R&B, hip-hop, and rap), current events (I like staying on top of the news and think more people in my generation should), and “Spotlight” pieces, where I will focus on an artist, person in my life, or famous person that has inspired me. The word “collection” didn’t seem to accurately describe all of this, so I thought – it’s an album. That’s what this blog is. It’s an album of my life and my work. I chose The Purple Album because for one, purple is my favorite color, and it is also a symbol of royalty – elegance. That is how I see my art and my expression.

The reason I’m creating this blog is to share all of these various aspects of my work, my opinions, and my life and hope to connect with the world. I am going to update this blog two to four times a week. The tentative schedule so far is “Music Mondays,” “Photo Wednesday,” “Nonfiction Thursday,” “Spotlight Friday,” and short stories/additional nonfiction or current event pieces sporadically throughout the week or month. I haven’t decided if I will alternate every other Friday with spotlight pieces yet. Once I get the schedule wired down exactly, I will announce it.

At the very least, two posts a week will be a promise and mandatory for me. The Purple Album is also a way for me to train myself, and force myself into ritual writing.

Art is my life. Expression is what I live for. And I’m prepared to share it all.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and checking out The Purple Album.