About Catherine

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Catherine Zhang is a writer, music enthusiast and foodie from Atlanta, Georgia, studying marketing and journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Want to get in touch? Email neverstationary@gmail.com


‘Never Stationary’ is a portfolio of writing projects spanning music reviews, personal essays, and life reflections. This website was established on the premises that my opinions and writing style are constantly changing as I acquire new life experiences. My writing demonstrates the progress I make in belief, thought and skill, slow and steady.

This blog had a timid birth, the night I decided I wanted a place to write and collect my opinions. But I have nursed it and contributed to its well-being constantly, and now it’s a bouncing toddler, learning how to articulate its words more thoughtfully.

If I had to pick a video that most accurately represents my approach to this whole website/blog thing:

A short list of things my writing attempts to do:

explain human emotion, tell stories, write open letters to my friends, channel frustration and anger, metaphorize life, give my past-self advice and ruminate about my future self, record the lessons I learn from blogging, plug my other blog, enthusiastically encourage my friends to contribute their own opinions, chronicle my life in chapters starting from junior year of high school, analyze my personal growth, and capture the very best music I hear. Oh, and publish sub par poetry.

With a blog, writing becomes more than just a personal activity; it becomes global in perspective, fetching opinions from places like the UK and Japan. It produces a feeling of contentment that I just don’t access from personal writing or English classes. How else can I write about whatever topic I’d like, but at the same time be held accountable for my words through an identity now completely tied to the blog? Where else can I feel virtually no constraints, like word limits or prompts? Where else could I not receive a letter grade based on my own opinions and writing style?

Three years ago, when I started this whole project, I was using Microsoft Paint to design my header and settling for a bright purple, childish theme.

Now, I have a custom-designed header and I pay money for special WordPress services.

The constant? Writing.

It’s a way to reflect and express. I try to keep all of my old essays the same, because it helps to read back through them and see where I started. And now, I’m here.

If you’d like to contribute or get in touch, email me at neverstationary@gmail.com

34 comments

  1. Sparkyjen

    Love your About. The video by Ira Glass is super fantastic. I believe it’s touched your readers, especially those who may be thinking about quitting. My belief is that doing the work always nets results. I also believe in having passion for the work. If not, find different work. The work you’ve done so far, and the path you’re on so far is inspirational. It’s a pleasure reading your stuff. Highest and Best!

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      • Sparkyjen

        I simply put my desire for inspiration out in the Universe, and choices come. I also keep a notebook and a pen handy. The notebook has dividers in it. If an idea pops, I quickly make a note of it. You can also make a draft copy of an idea in WordPress. That way I’m never working hard. Flow is much more stress-free!

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    • SoundEagle

      Hi Catherine,

      SoundEagle agrees with tfaswift, and would like to congratulate you for being mature and eloquant at a young age.

      At SoundEagle’s blog, you would find that we have much in common to the extent that the blog also serves as a kind of journal in which many styles and ideas can come into existence and be shared with others.

      SoundEagle hopes that you continue to do very well and find fulfillment in whatever you enjoy doing and savouring, especially through being “Never Stationary Because we’re constantly evolving”.

      Cheers!

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  4. Mysoresoul

    Hi, love your changing styles, as my good friend Seeker says….”oh so young” :)
    I like reading blogs by the under 20’s there is a refreshing innocence about life and experiences. Your writing is just that and I will return as for my experiences in IT please take down your email address and put up a form instead, this will help keep you safe online. But again thats your choice, I was 16 once…….a long time ago. :)

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  6. tfaswift

    Hi Catherine, just in case you weren’t aware, I have started the Blog Challenge Poll so people can vote for the person with the best answers. If you’d like to get some votes, you might like to encourage your readers, friends etc to vote for you! You can also vote for yourself. The Poll will only allow one vote per WordPress account and per IP address. Here’s the link – http://tfaswift.com/2012/12/15/vote-poll-1/

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    • catdiggedydog

      WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH! It means a great deal that I was nominated, even if people consider it having a “chain-mail effect.” I’m not even sure I follow 11 blogs, to be honest, but I will definitely give it a try. Thanks so much! :)

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      • tfaswift

        You’re very welcome. :-) The first time I got an Award, I didn’t know enough blogs to nominate either, so I had to go searching for some! But in doing so I actually met some nice new bloggers. Anyway, it’s up to you. Just thought I’d offer. :-)

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  7. tfaswift

    Hi! I noticed that you invite writing prompts and guest post submissions. I would be ever so grateful if you might answer a question on my blog? I’ve set up a “blogging challenge” but it’s optional to do the whole challenge (5 questions total). Really, I’d be happy for people to answer just one or two questions for fun. If you’d be willing, you can come to my blog and browse through the Slider on my homepage to choose a question. I’d love your input because I follow your blog and I know you’re a very good writer. If you’re interested, this is my blog: http://tfaswift.wordpress.com/ The questions are in the Slider and there are 5 in total. :-)

    And please feel free to invite me to answer anything on your blog as well. I’m always happy to contribute. I like a challenge!

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        • catdiggedydog

          So from reading your post about the whole challenge, I’m a little confused. Is the challenge just to comment on posts that we find interesting? And then I have to post them on my blog? What is a ping-back?

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          • tfaswift

            Hi catdiggedydog, sorry, I didn’t mean to confuse. You don’t need to do the whole challenge if you don’t want (which involves answering all 5 questions, doing a ping back etc).

            If you want you can just choose any question/s you like and leave regular feedback on my blog. But if you *want* to, you can also copy and paste your answers here as a post on your own blog. Then if you just make a reference to my blog where you found the question (copy and paste the url for the post that you’re answering) that will be fine.

            If know how to make the reference to my blog a clickable link then that will send me a ping back (like a reference). But you don’t have to do that. You can just leave regular feedback on my blog if you like. That would be great, and I’d really appreciate it. Any question/s you like. One would be enough. Thank you so much! :-)

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