Throughout my time as a blogger, quite a few people have asked me why I decided to name my blog “Castles and Hurricanes.” Settling on a name was a challenge, and I contemplated it for a while before creating my site and social media accounts. Whenever it comes to colors and objects in writing, I tend to take them very seriously and look into the symbolism in general and for me personally before reaching a decision. I was the same way when I was searching for name options for my blog. If you’re interested in learning about the thought process behind my name, this is the post for you!
Overall, it is fundamentally combining castles and hurricanes together. They do have many similarities-both are titles to two of my favorite Halsey songs: ‘Castle’ and ‘Hurricane.’ Music plays a huge role in my life, and Halsey has been my favorite artist for the past few years (I have a post on her coming up in the near future and also wrote one towards the beginning of my blog). Both songs characterize a strong and powerful woman; one who is “headed straight for the castle” and one who “don’t belong to no city, don’t belong to no man”. I think I am a very determined and free-spirited person, so I have listened to these songs more than I can count. This is where the idea originated, and it went off from there.
Both also happen to be terribly strong, although castles are used for defense and hurricanes are a force of destruction. Strength is something I value, whether it’s physical or mental. I like being able to lift things that people wouldn’t expect a skinny girl like me to be able to, and I like to keep going even when people expect me to give up. Castles and hurricanes also have separate meanings to them, which I discuss below.
Aside from symbolizing a strong defensive building to provide safety and defend against intruders, I viewed castles as a representation of fiction and imagination. I love reading and superheroes (and Disney and Harry Potter, which of course feature beautiful castles/Hogwarts), so I thought I needed something to showcase my escape to fictional places through reading and writing. Castles are also the setting of many fairy tales that have happy endings, so I also wanted this half of my name to represent following my own dreams and empowering others to do so as well.
On the topic of castles providing safety, I do tend to keep myself private most of the time. Castles have plenty of walls and defenses that people have to travel through, and it feels as if people have to do the same when getting to know me. Even the family and friends that I’ve known for a while do not know every passageway in my personality, thoughts, and experiences-I’m not even sure if I do. Therefore, I felt like castles represented me in a way-how I’m closed off, yet dreamy and imaginative.
Hurricanes are destructive and create chaos; I had to move due to one damaging my apartment, so I would know. Much like Halsey’s song ‘Hurricane’, I feel like I can be a force of destruction sometimes when it comes to relationships. Freedom is something I yearn for all the time, and relationships can feel like they cage me in. I’m not going to lie-I believe I was the reason my past relationships didn’t last. I am calm and kind most of the time, but I can certainly create chaos when I don’t have the opportunity to express myself or when I feel forced into things.
Hurricanes are also an element of nature, so while castles represent fiction, hurricanes represent reality and nature to me. While hurricanes are certainly intriguing, I don’t wish them on anyone. The nature I love involves the ocean, trees, plants, and wildlife-and it normally revolves around them all being conserved properly.
Another fun aspect of the hurricanes part of my blog name is that I’m on a quidditch team called ‘Southern Storm,’ so we have a hurricane symbol on our jerseys. With a combination of the chaos and nature, I thought ‘hurricanes’ would be perfect to go along with the ‘castles’ part of my name, even though when you first hear the words, you may not see how they connect at all. To me, they certainly do.