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A List of All the Things That Have Been Annoying Me Lately

The fact that Pinterest makes it very easy to sign up for a business account and encourages you to do it but doesn’t tell you anywhere that in order to switch back to a personal account, you have to contact their help desk.

People on Reddit who downvote things to make their posts look better. For that matter, Reddit itself. Continue reading “A List of All the Things That Have Been Annoying Me Lately”

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Why the Heyday of the Reader Will Be the Death of Literature

It’s a good time to be a reader. Social media allows book lovers all over the world to swarm together and swap opinions and recommendations, with virtual communities forming over a shared love of literature. New releases are waited on anxiously in comment threads, and forget waiting for a bookstore to open to get the next book in a series, Amazon will ship it to your doorstep the very next day if you haven’t already downloaded it immediately to your tablet. Young people are reading more than ever before—in fact, millennials are the most likely of any age group to have read a book in the past year.

But does this heyday have a dark side? Continue reading “Why the Heyday of the Reader Will Be the Death of Literature”

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Don’t Should Yourself

Not too long ago, I saw a gallery show by the amazingly talented Richard Faust, in which he had drawn small animals with fun patterns and accompanied them with cute, inspirational sayings. It’s one of my great regrets that I didn’t buy one, so I’m hoping he does another similar show at some point. But one of the pieces I remember most clearly said in big letters, “don’t should yourself.” Continue reading “Don’t Should Yourself”

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Life Update, I Guess

I’ve been feeling down and out and discouraged lately, hence the lack of posts. I have half-finished drafts and a list of ideas and notebook pages filled with snippets scattered everywhere, but I haven’t had the motivation to finish anything. I just don’t care. What’s the point of screaming my opinions into the void? All it does is add negativity to the world, because no one reads the positive posts. And when I see the people who are crazy popular in the blogosphere, I want nothing to do with them because all they do is post inane drivel. Continue reading “Life Update, I Guess”

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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. Continue reading “A Little Discontent Never Hurt Anyone”

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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. Continue reading “A Year of Positivity”

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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. Continue reading “12 Gifts for the Book Lover in Your Life”

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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? Continue reading “Nothing But NaNo (Hah.)”