Monthly Archives: September 2014

Entering into the world of pictures

I never thought I’d be someone who enjoyed reading graphic novels. But have you thumbed through one before? Because they’re actually pretty incredible. During my time in New York, I heard Leigh Walton from Top Shelf Comix speak about graphic novels in the publishing industry. Through Walton’s passion, I realized there is more to the graphic novel genre than comic […]

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Creative writing….on Twitter

Social media finally infiltrated itself into our lives. We can’t be alone without feeling the need to look at a smartphone. Quality time with friends always includes media: Instagram selfies, Facebook check-ins, and lots of hashtagging. I will text people sitting in the room as me. It’s becoming an epidemic! Soon, the entire world will be […]

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An old lady’s secret

Most days, I struggle with what to write. Hoping to unblock myself, I went into the Writer’s Digest archives and found this old prompt. Try it out for yourself! Hopefully, this story will get you in the mood for Halloween. Your house is on the market and on the first day, an extremely old woman knocks on your door. […]

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On Writing and Leaving New York

I’m having New York withdrawals. Big time. Don’t get me wrong. I still think I made the right decision returning back to the midwest, cornfields and all. But that doesn’t mean I can’t miss the big city. On my 30-minute morning commute to work, sometimes I miss the bustle of people and the sound of […]

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It’s so Squishy!

  Just in case you didn’t know, it’s FRIDAY! So instead of taking the time to write an entire blog, I’m just going to leave this cute picture right here. And if you don’t like Dori, Finding Nemo, or Ellen Degeneres, then just Stare. Into. Her. Eyes. Do ya like her yet? Do ya? Do ya? The […]

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And a stout man walks down the street…

As an english major, I have a fascination with words. By stringing four or five words together, I have the power to create something new, express what I’m feeling, or even kill off my main character. There is a world of possibilities. Writers have words they use over and over because they like the way they […]

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It’s a love story….but not

During the month of August, I fell into a very deep rut…of love stories. For weeks I binge read love stories. I couldn’t get enough. Finally, someone recommended Daniel Handler’s Why we Broke up. A love story flipped upside down. Now for those of you unfamiliar with Daniel Handler, Handler is the infamous Lemony Snicket himself, publishing under his real name. […]

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Eleanor and Park

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. I saw the name “Rainbow Rowell” everywhere when I was in New York. In fact, Rainbow Rowell promoted her new book, Landline, while I was living there this summer. (And yes, I can’t just call her Rainbow or Mrs. Rowell. It’s Rainbow Rowell.) But, admittedly, I didn’t understand what people were fussing about. Or exactly […]

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