The End of 2017, My Year of New Beginnings

2017 has been a great year. But I am also extremely excited to turn the page to 2018. For the first time in recent memory, I am eager to greet the new year, not because I’m in a rush to say goodbye to the last season, but simply because I am expectant of the good […]

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Still Writing. Still Persisting.

I am so glad I finally bought the book The War of Art (Steven Pressfield) today! It has given me some vital clarity. Vital. Clarity. (And I haven’t even reached the “solutions” part of the book, I’m still in the symptoms section!) So for all my fellow writers out there (and for anyone else aiming to […]

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2017: A New Beginning

Hello, 2017! My theme for 2016 was Maturity. This year, I’ve gotten the theme New Beginnings. Sounds like time to start some new habits, right? Oddly, this is the first year in recent memory where I haven’t started off the year with a list of goals in mind. In keeping with my new “just say no to […]

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Closure on 2016 + A Survey

I like closure. I think it’s important to look back before stepping forward, to take time to appreciate and remember and revel in the good. So even though there are technically a couple days left in 2016, here goes. A brief looking back at this year.. 2016 was a great year. Well, an eventful year […]

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Novel Writing: Persevering Past the Not Good

I finally shared a draft of my novel with some other humans last week! I immediately regretted it. Then I decided I didn’t regret it. And then I concluded that this 62,000-word project I’ve been pouring all of myself into for the past 9 months was a bunch of junk. But it was still good I wrote it. […]

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The Feeling of Springtime and Home

Yesterday was the first day of Spring, and today I really felt it. What perfect weather! I recently dropped a bunch of money on a bike––a decent one, according to my friends who know about these things––and I figured I should take it out for its first spin today. I should get over my paranoia about breaking […]

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When Anything Seems Possible

There are certain moments when anything seems possible: When I discover an awesome new song, when I have an epiphany about human nature, when I witness something beautiful (like waves crashing against rocks), and of course, when a new year starts. 2016 is almost upon us, and while the cynic inside me wants to point out that a change in […]

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Novel Writing: Still Climbing

Just over two years ago, I decided to attempt to write a novel. I had this sudden thought that this thing that had seemed impossible to me before might actually be a learnable feat. I started reading tons of books about writing, plotting, and character development. I began reading more novels, studying the structure of movies, […]

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