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Happiness is watching Rachel&Jun Videos

Happiness is watching Rachel&Jun Videos

Lately nothing has been more effective in alleviating mental storm clouds or doldrums for me than watching videos by Rachel and Jun. They have three channels on YouTube and three adorable cats. Main Channel. Casual Channel. Jun’s Kitchen. I came for the content on Japanese […]

The Impact of the Notre Dame

The Impact of the Notre Dame

When I was studying abroad in Paris the fall of 2013, I struggled to navigate the city. I wasn’t confident in my language skills and I certainly wasn’t confident in my sense of direction. Paris was the first city I’d ever lived in. The ancient, […]

Portrait of a Day: The Filing Cabinet

Portrait of a Day: The Filing Cabinet

(Wherein I tell a long story about acquiring a new filing cabinet that also has a warm, fuzzy moral at the end). I like to be organized, and I’m fairly diligent about extending this sense of organization to my paperwork. Nothing made me feel better […]

A dream is a wish your heart makes…?

A dream is a wish your heart makes…?

Currently Reading: The Stone Sky (Book 3 in the Broken Earth Trilogy), by N.K. Jemison. Currently Listening to: Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng. It started at the old house, which comes as no surprise. Katie’s REM studio seems to have run out of sets […]

Welcome, Alexei

Welcome, Alexei

I’m finally working on a new book! I’ve been thinking about this idea…

STOP READING SHAKESPEARE (Go see the plays, instead)

STOP READING SHAKESPEARE (Go see the plays, instead)

“So you love… Shakespeare, right?”
It’s something you get asked a lot when…

Why Your Writer is Lying on The Floor After Completing Their Latest Book: A Guide

Why Your Writer is Lying on The Floor After Completing Their Latest Book: A Guide

Is your writer lying on the floor after completing their latest book? Have you poked them but…

Classics We All Wish Were Shorter

Classics We All Wish Were Shorter

I get why a lot of people hate classics…

Best Books of 2018 (and a few from 2019)

Best Books of 2018 (and a few from 2019)

The Secret Cord by Geraldine Brooks This was a book I’d had for a while, but I finally got around to reading it. It’s a historical re-imagining of King David and it is brilliant. It’s an emotional and empathetic view and I highly recommend it. […]

I wrote a poem, and I liked it.

I wrote a poem, and I liked it.

To clarify, I have written poems before. I have written many poems before actually, most of them for a creative writing class, a few inspired by whatever contemplative muse happened to float through my brain in the moment, and once as a sort of spontaneous […]