Adulting, The Life

So I Did A Thing….

I pre-ordered a Freewrite Traveler. In the spirit of transparency, I must admit: I am ashamed that I spent this much on what may essentially turn out to be a wireless keyboard (although I was excited to catch it on discounted pre-sale and to also find an additonal savings coupon code on Reddit that worked,… Continue reading So I Did A Thing….

The Books, The Life

Those Women We Almost Seem To Know

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

The Life

#TopTenTuesday – What Are You Listening To?

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?

The Life, The News

for colored girls…. A Tribute To Ntozoke Shange

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

Reviews, The Books, The Life

Book Review: A Little Life

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

Adulting, Quotes, The Books, The Life

The Only Trick of Friendship

"'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

The Life, The News

Wanted: A Deeper Dive Into The Success of Kate Spade

"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

Adulting, The Life

Home is Where the… Work Is?

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?

Graduate Life, The Life

A Fiction Girl in a Poetry World | Marginalia

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