Monthly Archives: October 2014

Frankenstein’s Two Faces

There’s something about British plays. Maybe it’s the accents, I’m not sure. But all the performances I’ve seen at the National Theater in London were incredible. I highly recommend seeing a show, or twelve, if you ever find yourself in London. For Halloween this year, they put on their own adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Stalking? I’d call it research…

After Mel’s encounter with Charlie Anderson last week, she’d been thinking about him nonstop. He knew her name. And he had actually touched her shoulder. And it’d taken days for that spot on her shoulder to stop tingling. So she was stalking him the best way she knew how: Facebook. Totally anonymous, but his entire […]

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A man and an island

Robinson Crusoe. Think cast-way, the 18th century version. After a shipwreck, Robinson Crusoe finds himself alone on an island, an island he names the “Island of Despair.” A few weeks ago I was at Barnes & Noble. Did you know that they print their own books now? Cheap paperback classics, currently by 2 get 1 free. So I, […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Sidewalk Dancing

He is walking towards her. Mel’s heart flutters as she wraps and unwraps her earphone cords around her fingers. He is a senior football player, the star quarterback with a hefty scholarship to some college.  And those blue eyes and sharp cheek bones. The single dimple in his left cheek when he smiles. Mel has two whole classes with him this year. […]

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The Silver Snow

Walking home, you find a shoe on the side of the road. What kind of shoe is it? Who is its owner? What happened? Why is the shoe there? Where is the other shoe now?  My winter coat hangs loosely around me as I balance a basketball on my finger, my sweaty hair frozen from […]

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The Maze Runner: From page to screen

I usually stay ahead of fads. I mean, I read Twilight and The Hunger Games before they were cool. And I was a fan of The Giver long before the movie revived interest in Jonas’ story.  I’m ashamed to admit this, but I jumped on the bandwagon with The Maze Runner. Somehow James Dashner’s book slipped through my radar and I only heard about it […]

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Battle of Words

We’ve all heard that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” As a writer, that’s a quote I’ve carried with me for a while. Inspired by that quote and a post by my close friend Katie, I wrote this poem. (BTW, you should read her blog, Imagine Immortality, because it’s amazing!) It’s still a work […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: The phantom phone call

Jack was supposed to meet her at noon. And it was 12:18. He was late. Mel was just standing there, alone, watching other people walk past. She’d already checked her email, texted everyone she knew, scrolled through her Facebook feed. Twice. She’d tweeted. What else was there to do? Black backpack hanging off one shoulder, Mel’s […]

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Life’s Little Resolutions

When I grow up I want to be a writer. Well, I might have grown up already, but I still want to be a writer. I have hundreds of sheets of paper tucked in my backpack, purse, and my desk drawers. Many pieces have the perfect sentence on it, I just haven’t found the story they belong in. […]

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Returning to classics

Obviously, I like reading. A lot. But sometimes I love reading short, young adult books. I love that feeling of starting and finishing a book in one relaxing afternoon. But then I feel that, as an English major, the things I’m reading aren’t English-majory enough. So I looked through a list of proclaimed classics and […]

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