Hello & Welcome to my blog! :)
My name is Lauren and I’m a 21 year old former student from Salzburg, Austria. I recently graduated from my local university after having studied for a Bachelor’s degree in English and American Studies and a minor in Gender Studies the past three years.
I started this blog in October 2013 when I was in my first semester. I’ve always loved writing (and reading) but never considered it more than a hobby. Only after racking my brain trying to figure out what I wanted to do after graduating from high school did it hit me that I most likely wasn’t the one to go and study law (dodged a bullet there, I’m sure). I came to the conclusion that I wanted to do something in life that I was passionate about, that would challenge me and that wouldn’t be bound by routine. As I would be able to combine my interest in writing with my love of travelling, I was determined to give it a try. I then thought of writing a blog because it would be a way to voice my opinions and tell my stories. It would also help me practise writing and maybe “force” me to write more regularly (still working on that one almost four years later…).
In case you’re wondering about the meaning behind my username & blog title:
my username (Dream Menagerie) is modelled after a play by my favourite playwright Tennessee Williams. The definition of ‘menagerie’ -“a strange or diverse collection of people or things”- seems rather fitting for what is happening on here and I chose ‘Dream Menagerie’ as I am a big dreamer and currently still on a mission to fulfill my dreams. The same thought lead to the blog’s title “Imaginary Reality”.
I was originally going to focus on literature and the English language on here but since creating this blog I have mainly drifted off and rambled on about different topics. Right now I am still in the process of figuring out in which direction I want to take this blog but I am planning on focusing a bit more on books, literature, and arts in general from now on. My interests apart from literature are film, music, visual arts, theatre, fashion, (pop) culture, languages, history, philosophy and psychology, feminism, and travelling.