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An Open Letter to Myself, or Anyone Who Feels Like I Do

Dearest you,

You’re allowed to take a day off. You don’t have to be constantly going, constantly doing, constantly achieving. A day of Netflix and reading is just as good as a day in which you finish a project. (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…)

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…)

12 Books to Read by Age 12

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is ten books that you’d want your future children to read, but I’ve decided, for the sake of a catchy title, to be more ambitious than that. So here’s a list of twelve books that all children should read or have read to them before they’re twelve, by someone whose only qualifications are a love of literature, a college degree in it, and strong opinions about what makes for good books.

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12 Gifts for the Book Lover in Your Life

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The holidays are coming up quick, and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already started Christmas shopping. (End of season sales, man. That’s where it’s at.) But some people are just hard to shop for. Either they buy everything they want or need, or they have simple tastes and don’t like clutter, or you’ve just somehow missed with every present you’ve ever gotten them. I love shopping for gifts, but those people just frustrate me. And since I hate giving out gift cards or buying directly from a list, I’ve had to get creative.

So, for all of you who, like me, have reached your wits’ end with certain friends or family members, here are a few ideas for your favorite bookworm. (more…)

Nothing But NaNo (Hah.)

I’ve decided to do nanowrimo this month. I have exactly 249 words. So naturally I’m writing a blog post instead of a novel.

I’m just not feeling it. Too many people. Too much to do. Season two of Stranger Things. All the procrastination. And I’m already so far behind, will I ever really catch up? Let’s be real. No, I won’t. Because this month just keeps getting busier. So my personal goal is 20k. It’s just not the same without being able to meet a goal on paper, you know? (more…)

Top Ten Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly link-up hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that’s all about, you guessed it, top ten bookish lists. This week’s prompt is top ten unique book titles. Unique is such a vague term, so I’m taking it to mean unexpected and out of the ordinary, which is still hard, because a lot of book titles are crazy unique, we’re just used to them. But anyway, here goes.

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Literary Magazines, or Why I Have a Headache

So, I’ve decided to take this whole writing thing seriously. (Who’s heard that before? Show of hands.) But actually.

For the past few days, I’ve been researching literary journals, trying to decide where the best place to send my poems (and essays and short fiction, if I ever manage to write them) would be. Not only are there literary journals, there are literary magazines and literary reviews and zines and things that vehemently deny labels, and no, I have no idea what the difference between them is. I’m starting to suspect there’s not really a definable difference. But, I digress. (more…)

Poetics and the Meaninglessness of Striving

Bet you think this is going to be about the poetic lifestyle and how it relates to nihilism and slowly drives you insane. It still might go there. But that’s not the goal. The goal, if I’m being totally honest, is to update my blog: something I haven’t done in weeks, despite the promise I made to myself to keep things going. (more…)