About Mai

Reader. Writer (hopefully). Learner. Seeker. Daydreamer. Wanderer. Lover.

In black and white 

Hallo! My name is Mai Rustia and I write about life and everything in-between.

I think this blog has become an important part of my life as it served as that place where I can continue keeping the fire burning within or in simpler terms, a place where I can continue doing something I love to do – that is, to write. When I began this at 18, I never would have thought that it would live as long as this as the blog was originally meant to be a chronicle of my adventures when I studied abroad. Despite not being able to do that, it was able to evolve into a journey not only in one place but a journey throughout life waiting to be expressed in millions of words.

During one conversation, my aunt shared to me that the simplest place where she finds comfort and joy would be in drinking a cup of brewed coffee. I realized later on that my own happy place would be writing – writing a story, an article, a poem, a prayer, a dream, a reflection, a thought. And I don’t need a laptop or a tablet to do that. A pen and a piece of paper would do.

Writing here, in this blog, has been some sort of freedom for me — my own freedom wall where I can spray paint my thoughts all over like graffiti but it doesn’t matter because the space is all mine and I am happy.

Welcome to my happy place.

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“If you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling. You must write every single day of your life. You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next. You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.

I wish you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime. I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you. May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories — science fiction or otherwise. Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.”

– Ray Bradbury

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