One time, in my graduate Creative Writing program, a classmate referenced Amy Tan's The Joy Luck Club so casually that I immediately sensed he or she hadn't read it. I hadn't either. Do not be alarmed - this was not a reading assignment. The person speaking hoped to draw a comparison between the actual assigned work… Continue reading Those Women We Almost Seem To Know
This week's Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl is about all things audio. Although I am fairly new to the podcast scene (just became an avid listener about a year ago), I thought it only fitting to share with you eight of my favorite episodes from some of my favorite podcasts. For… Continue reading #TopTenTuesday – What Are You Listening To?
This past Saturday, Ntozake Shange, author of for colored girls...., died at the age of 70. In tribute to her legacy, I wanted to share this piece as tribute to her, written in March 2015. I was 24 at the time the piece was written. I fell in love with the title. I was… Continue reading for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange
Dear Fall, You actually arrived on Saturday, September 22. Which means I am late. I am always either early or late -- I have not quite mastered the art of being on time. Or being consistent. Which is why it's been a good month and a half since my last post. But isn't the adage Better… Continue reading Dear Fall…. A Brief Update
Title: A Little Life Author: Hanya Yanagihara Pages: 720 Rating: 4.5/5 *Mild spoiler included below* If you've explored my site recently, you have encountered A Little Life in several of my recent posts (see here and here). I participate in a two-person book club and, at the suggestion of my friend, read A Little Life for the… Continue reading Book Review: A Little Life
"'You won't understand what I mean now, but someday you will: the only trick of friendship, I think, is to find people who are better than you are -- not smarter, not cooler, but kinder, and more generous, and more forgiving -- and then to appreciate them for what they can teach you, and to… Continue reading The Only Trick of Friendship
"I think it took people a while. Even my family -- my sister was working at Gucci and actually called me and said, 'We're all pitching in for Mom for Mother's Day to get her a Gucci bag,' and I thought, What?! Are you serious? because they really didn't think it would be much...." - Kate Spade … Continue reading Wanted: A Deeper Dive Into The Success of Kate Spade
At the start of April, I moved to a new city and began working remotely from home. On the surface, this sounds wonderful. Like a godsend. A blessing. I had hit the jackpot. I was able to retain my job. I no longer need to get up early to prepare for and commute to work.… Continue reading Home is Where the… Work Is?
Another one of my blogs is up on Columbia College Chicago's Marginalia blog! In an earlier post of mine entitled “Life, Magic, and the MFA,” I mentioned there being think-pieces on how Creative Writing programs may stifle creativity by forcing a growing writer to limit their art to within the self-imposed confines of a label. I also… Continue reading A Fiction Girl in a Poetry World | Marginalia
Another of my blog's is up on Columbia College Chicago's Marginalia blog! In middle school, my mother let me read one of her books on spiritual/faith-based growth entitled Don’t Die in the Winter: Your Season is Coming. I can’t remember everything about it, but have since resonated with the basic gist—keep persevering, pressing through the hardships because better days… Continue reading Don’t Die in the Winter | Marginalia