The Well

I know a lot of random information, and I have the blessing-curse combo of being able to see every side of a problem. I figured I could put all this to good use. So I’ve introduced “the Well,” my contribution of knowledge to the world. Ask me anything—advice on a relationship problem, how to make your own jewelry, what book you should read next, how to properly use punctuation, whether the moon is made of cheese, etc. The world is your oyster, and I want nothing more than to help you harvest the pearl. So ask away! (more…)

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A Little Discontent Never Hurt Anyone

R is for revolutionary.

As in, I’ve always felt a deep need to be something more than I am. It was fine when I was in school. There was always another grade to get, year to move up, class to pass, project to finish. But now that I’m supposed to be content with my life, I’m very much not. I’m getting the itch to change the world, and I don’t know what to do with it. (more…)

5 Easy Ways to Improve Someone’s Life

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No matter how un-self-centered we try to be, the truth is we’ll always be wrapped up in our own worlds, and worrying about other people’s happiness and well-being will fall behind more pressing concerns. It happens. But if, like me, you need a reminder of how you can improve the lives of the people around you—while putting in minimal effort, because come on, we’ve all got busy schedules—this list is for you. Everything on it takes very little time and even less effort, but as a result, you’ll vastly contribute to someone’s happiness and quality of life. Plus, people will like you more. (more…)

Movie Review: Good Kids

An indie coming-of-age movie, Good Kids follows four incredibly smart best friends as they spend the summer after graduation making up for all the fun they missed in high school, which basically amounts to drinking, drugs, and sex. A lot of it. (more…)

Movie Review: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

I finally got around to watching Birdman the other day, and I have very mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, the cinematography was beautiful, the acting was phenomenal, and it was all-around a well-made movie. The creativity and rigor that went into making it look like one continuous shot is definitely admirable, and it deserved most of the praise and awards it received.

On the other hand, the movie is self-important, pandering, and inexcusably pretentious.

Spoilers. (more…)

A Year of Positivity

Another year, another set of resolutions I’ll keep for a month, forget about for six, then pick up again at the end of the summer because I feel like I need to do something with my life. Hooray! Last year’s resolution, like many of the years before, was to get internet famous and keep this blog updated. And, for once, I actually did okay on both. My Instagram followers more than doubled, I created a Facebook page for myself as a writer, and my blog stats have organically tripled.  I’ve kept myself writing—literally all the time. I’m rarely not writing. And I’ve even started looking into publishing opportunities.

So what are my goals for the new year? Continue all of that, of course. Continue working on my book(s). Exercise. Drink enough water. Stay happy, healthy, and thriving. All the usuals. But this year I’m adding one: Write more positively. (more…)

Movie Review: Pitch Perfect 3

I absolutely love the first two Pitch Perfect movies. I know they’re not quality cinematography or anything, but they’re cute, quirky, fun, and a whole host of other adjectives that make me love movies. Anna Kendrick is adorable, Skylar Astin is perfect, and the films are filled with off-beat humor and, of course, a cappella music.

Spoilers. (more…)

Poet’s Market Is a Scam

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A while back, I wrote a post about the ugly minefield that is trying to find a legitimate literary magazine. Due to life getting really busy, I hadn’t had a ton of time to continue the search until a couple days ago. So, I sat down with my laptop, my spreadsheet of submitted works and completed works* and Poet’s Market 2017. (more…)

Bookstagram Challenge — January

I joined this whole “bookstagram” thing over the summer, and I’ve had a ton of fun doing challenges and completing the prompts that people give. So, I decided to team up with Jaime @ Books and Waffles to host our very own bookstagram challenge!

Welcome to #jaguarsushijanuary! (more…)

To Draft or Not to Draft?

Not sure how many drafts you should write before sending your work to beta readers or asking for feedback? Here's your answer.

How many drafts should you write before you get feedback from someone? Should you write the first, rough draft and let people read it or should you try to edit it first and then send it off?

— Jaime

That really depends on what you want from your readers.

It also depends on how polished your drafts are. Personally, I can’t just word vomit, so my first drafts are as edited as some people’s second and third drafts, and I’m usually okay sending off a first draft for feedback. But I know people who just spit out everything that comes to mind and like to edit a few times before they let anyone read whatever they’re working on. (more…)