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    5 Things: An Exercise in Gratitude

    Life is intense. It moves quickly, simultaneously flying past you and slipping through your fingers. There are moments that shine so bright you fall back laughing, and others where turning on the light feels…

    October 7, 2015
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    The Writing Process: Reworking Old Stories

    I have always identified myself as a writer, some days more rightly so than others. I’ve just always felt a deep connection to reading and writing. Before I could read, I followed my mom around,…

    September 24, 2015
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    On Reading Murakami.

      My entire life, reading has been a constant. Before I could read, I would follow my mom around the house, clutching books to my chest, begging her to read them to me. (Thanks…

    July 20, 2015
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    Writing Short Stories

    “One more nice thing about short stories is that you can create a story out of the smallest details -an idea that springs up in your mind, a word, an image, whatever. In most…

    June 4, 2015

    #The100DayProject Challenge

    I love being inspired, planning projects, and jumping into something new. I’m not, however, too good at following things through. That’s why #The100DayProject really caught my eye. This 100 day challenge is meant to inspire…

    April 30, 2015

    Writing Challenge for the Weekend

      This weekend is so close, I can taste it. And not only that, but I have no plans for the next two days. None. Which leaves me feeling optimistic about how creatively productive I can…

    April 25, 2015

    In My Book Bag

    I’ve come to notice that I’m never just reading one book–in fact, there are usually about three I’m reading at once. I don’t know if it’s a terrible habit or just another way of doing…

    April 16, 2015

    Creative Writing Prompt: Roommates

    Today my roommates and I are all moving back in together, which is all kinds of exciting. But it got me thinking. About roommates, and how people mix. Some people are like a perfect…

    August 27, 2013