From the moment I met my best friend Camille during our undergraduate creative writing course, I knew our relationship was going to be something special.
Maybe it’s because of how similar our names are. Maybe it’s because of how opposite our physical appearances are, despite our styles being nearly identical. Maybe it’s because she’s a die-hard Jane Austen fan while I’m a passionate Charlotte Brontë follower, and yet we can each appreciate Austen and Brontë for their literary brilliance. Probably it’s all of these things put together, plus so many more…but whatever the reason that I was drawn to Camille in the first place, she has become this huge influence and driving force in my life ever since I was introduced to her. She is the Jane to my Elizabeth Bennet, the Helen Burns to my Jane Eyre, the Diana Barry to my Anne Shirley, the Betty Cooper to my Veronica Lodge…we are yin and yang, ice blue and deep green…we are friend soul mates, there’s no doubt about it!
Camille is the friend I immediately turn to in moments of self-doubt and anxiety. She is also the friend I have always felt most comfortable sharing my creative pursuits with, whether it’s a slightly trashy chick lit. short story I’m working on, or a poem I feel isn’t any good but I just had to get on paper, or posts for this very blog. She was one of the first and fiercest supporters of me starting The World of my Green Heart (and I think she’s also one of its most avid readers ~ Hey Camille!), and she has always encouraged me to put my green heart on the line, both with her kind words and also by setting an incredible example for me. Camille is a talented poetry writer, a masterful programmer and an expert white hot chocolate maker. She’s mother to some adorable kitties (shout out to my god-daughter, the kitty Khaleesi), she’s a loving and devoted girlfriend, and she’s the most intelligent woman I have ever encountered, combining this passion for science and psychology with this determination to read ALL THE BOOKS! Camille is, quite frankly, the woman I aspire to be.
So, when Camille and I were debating what kind of creative endeavour we should get involved in together at the end of 2017, I knew something magical was brewing! We talked about joining a book club, attending an improv class…and I’m sure we will do these things. But, the first thing we could agree on and really wanted to sink our teeth into was a joint Bookstagram account. With the names we have, the opposite appearances, my preference for emeralds and Camille’s Pinterest obsession with opal stones, the Instagram account Emerald & Opal was born! Our intention is to develop this Instagram page into a spot where we can share our story and chronicle our friendship, through paperbacks and hardcovers, classics and contemporaries, warm cups of earl grey and steaming lattes. We intend to use this social media platform as a means to exercise our creative muscles and write a story, a memoir of sorts, a record of our interests and passions and the evolution of our relationship and ourselves. We’ve already got the account underway, posting photos of our outings and hijinks, and also snaps of our recent reads and the massive piles of books we have to get to. So far, it’s been a wild and exciting and addictive ride, and we’re constantly chatting back and forth about what to post next!
All this to say that I’m finally embarking on another creative adventure that I think goes so well with everything I’ve tried to and have succeeded in achieving on this very blog. With that in mind, I thought I’d share the link to our page here, in case any of you are interested in following Camille and me on our Bookstagram journey. Rest assured, I will be continuing to upload reviews and posts here just as frequently, but if you’d like to see some of the photos I’ve worked on and what my best friend and I are up to on a daily basis, Emerald & Opal is the place to do that! And trust me, you’re going to love Camille (or Opal, as I’ve now taken to calling her) just as much as I do! ❤
Do you have a Bookstagram account? If so, please share it in the comments below ~ Camille and I would love to follow along on your journey as well!
Janille N G
(Girl with an EMERALD Green Heart)
(The Green Half of Emerald & Opal)