Writing It Out


As hundreds of writers are heaving their way through NaNoWri 2014, I am feeling overwhelmingly at peace with a short(ish) story I just finished. Awhile back, I was trudging through a lot of personal chaos. In many respects, I still am. In 20 days I will be finished with college and embarking on a very…

What is it all for?


About this time last year, give or take a few months, I settled into one of the oldest continually operating theaters with my grandmother, mother, and fiancé to watch Monument's Men. It was one of the few movies that I actually had an itch to see when it came out. I had pretty big expectations…

If only I could read…


I recently filled in my calendar for the whole semester. Let's just say my life is going to be a blur of writing, reading, writing, reading, and writing even more. I can already tell that I will be writing more than I ever have in my entire undergrad experience. If I could give any advice…

Writer Stereotypes: True or False?


The other day I was thinking about some common stereotypical conceptions about writers. 1. Writers are loners. 2. You have to be a tortured soul to make good art. 3. You have to have something good to write about. For the first one, I have always known I like solidarity. I think everyone who grew…

Kids say the darnest things…


Today I was rummaging through my closet at home and figured it was time to sort through all that childhood nostalgia. It has always been hard for me to judge what I will appreciate having kept and what I really just need to throw out. I was one of those kids that had an incredibly…

Summer Reads and Reviews


Well, it is officially that time of year again. Fall is just around the corner, and while I'm looking forward to the cooler weather, I will miss the freedom of summer and all the incredible memories I got to share with my loved ones. I hope everyone else had a memorable summer too. Inevitably, the…