Monthly Archives: November 2014

Goodbye my darling

I started writing my first novel when I was in elementary school. It’s not finished, but it still holds a soft place in my heart. The early draft looks quite different after years of maturing. The characters become more expressive., the setting clearer, the plot more complex. But one thing remains the same: my characters’ […]

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Tat-a-Tat

a red pot tat a tat sittin’ on the shelf I’ll use it once tat a tat then fo’ nothin’ else stew the cabbage dry the meat skin the ‘tatoes tat a tat a wooden laddle smokin’ fire roarin’ steam tat a tat smells so nice that good ol’ soup brewin’ up tat a tat […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Thanksgiving Disaster

It was Thanksgiving, which meant that Mel’s parents were on their annual month-long cruise. And Mel was spending Thanksgiving at Alabaster High. Again. Every Thanksgiving, Alabaster High put on a big dinner for students stuck on campus. It was in the Presidential Hall, a grand dining room reserved for the most sophisticated of events. Mel sat next […]

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One line

As the glove hits the asphalt, the tires squeak, the birds stop chirping, the sunlight vanishes behind the towering metal building, and the thought remains unfinished. inspired by picture from tomecat.com 

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The return to my prepubescent days

What better way to spend your Sunday afternoon than curled up with some hot chocolate and Judy Blume’s Forever?  You read that right. I went there. I returned to my prepubescent days over the weekend. When I was in middle school, I loved Judy Blume’s books. Fudge, Superfudge, Blubber, Freckle Juice, Tales of a Fourth Grade […]

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Look over there! They’re finally here with their presents!

I try not to be that English major, but I just want you to know that I’m silently correcting your grammar anyways. So I thought it’d be fun to give a short English lesson every Monday: Monday lessons. So, today, I want to explain the difference between  there/ their/ and they’re. Or better yet, your/ you’re.    there: used to […]

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Who let the English major in the kitchen?

In January 2013, I spent a month in Tanzania. There’s a lot I miss about my time there: the beautiful skies, the welcoming people, when giraffe sightings became the norm. But if there’s one thing I miss more than others: Chipsi Mayai, or, as we “mzungus” called it, a “fromlette.” (Although I’m not quite sure […]

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Perspective

They say the only way to win is to be slow and steady like the tortoise but surely even the tortoise passed an ant along his way

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Attached to Attachments

Rainbow Rowell is an incredible author, and I’m not just saying that because we’re both from Omaha NE. I really mean it. When I picked up Attachments (the signed copy my best friend got for me), I was expecting something similar to Eleanor & Park.  Like Eleanor & Park, this is a love story. But it takes place in 1999. Jennifer and […]

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Mel’s Awkward Moments: Floating on Air

Today was going to be a good day, Mel was sure of it. It was Friday. She’d just submitted her last college application. And there was fresh snow on the ground.   Bundled up against the cold, Mel and and her roommate started towards class. “The trees are gorgeous this morning,” Sarah said. “It looks […]

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