My name is Claradevi Handriatmaja. Shortly, Clara is my official nickname, along with many custom others that keep growing and changing along the time. In contrary to what I always expected, my life is about adjusting to changes; a theme that you might learn to be familiar with if you stick around a little longer. This blog is the quiet witness that speaks out loud through letters and pictures about my eight years of understanding those shifting moments: days that run into weeks and mornings that evolve into nights. I write to catch the pauses. Time tend to flash fast and gone within a blink, but through every written word I find the force that can hold it to last forever. What am I if not a greedy collector of fleeting memories.
The whole addiction to creating my own world of literature was started since I decided to pour my feelings into word instead of saying it. I kept a daily journal, to track the journey of my senses. Mostly filled with my very early development of lonesome, as a result of typical peer grouping and juvenile lover's rejection. I used to write about one thing. Then from one it becomes many. From those many, comes the only consistency from my ever-changing story of life: the thirst to paint the blank paper with my sharp, bullet-loaded pen weapons.
High school was the first time for me to realize that besides my fully-acknowledge ability to make mistakes and practicing bad attitudes, I do have one potentially good trait: the mastery of being 100% sure about what I want to study for the future. Journalism. A vision that I owe to Pramoedya Ananta Toer - the great Indonesian author whose tetralogy novels, Buru, successfully introduced me to the magical world of combining the observation of reality and story-telling skills to represent the truth. A collective work done together to preserve the good side of humanity. It was love at the first read. So I finished my high school's social major and entering the faculty of social science and communication. University life. First-time real life writing's exam. The brain exploded with good faith. I decided to start a blog called Sunflares Plethora back in 2007 (I know - what a title. My young addiction to catching sun flares on my photographs).
The blog evolves around me until I decided to create a brand for my digital content in 2010: "Lucedale." Little did I know that this blog will open the door to almost all career opportunity that I have in the future. All I want is a place where I can hide from the outside world, while at the same time regaining a limitless connection with as many online strangers as I can. No matter how many digital trends has passed, here I am, rewriting this introduction page for you. Yes, this blog has changed for so many times; from its designs to its address, from its content to its readers. Nothing stays the same. But I keep on storing all the precious stories I experience in life here; slowly, persistently, whole-heartedly.