Hey there!  My name is Darnea Nicole Samuels, and I welcome you to my blog, “The Quiet One Speaks.”  I chose that title because I’m quiet by nature but love to speak my mind through writing, which is one of my earliest passions along with music and dancing.  The title also reminds me of my high school English teacher who called me her “quiet one.”  She challenged me to bring out the best in my writing.  I realize now that, though she was hard on me (as she was to so many of her students), she just wanted me to push past any self-imposed limitations.

I was born and bred in the Washington, DC area, and though I’m young in years, most people call me an “old soul.”  That characteristic mainly comes from my fondness for music that was produced before my time.  At any given moment when I’m not working or studying, you can find me relaxing and singing to R&B/soul from the 1950’s to 1980’s in addition to the music I grew up with in the 1990’s/early 2000’s.

When it comes to my love of language, then, it’s only fitting that I use a musical reference.  I think of two songs from my era, though, by singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield – “These Words” and “Unwritten.”  In “These Words”, Natasha echoes the sentiment of everyone who lives behind the pen when she says that the words she writes are her own and flow from her heart.  And, in “Unwritten”, she encourages every writer by saying, “No one else can speak the words on your lips…Today is where your book begins, the rest is still unwritten.”

That is the essence of how I feel about writing. So, in this creative space, I’ll share with you my opinions on various topics relating to language, music and other situations in life.  Your feedback is appreciated.  Thanks for stopping by!

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