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#AWP16 Day 1

When my husband left for basic training, he told me about day zero. It's a day where everyone gets completely submerged into the military life and nothing exists outside of it. You're pushed your hardest, you're sleep deprived, you're completely at the mercy of your drill sergeants. As I stood outside the book fair doors,… Continue reading #AWP16 Day 1

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AWP16 – Night 1

I call it night because there's a dirty orange now lingering on the mountain line that I can see outside my hotel room window. I'm not sure if LA doesn't sleep the way New York doesn't sleep, or if the lights I can see are just suggestions of activity. The point is I'm here. I'm… Continue reading AWP16 – Night 1

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On publishing personal essays

Yesterday was a bit of a whirlwind for me. Within a :30 period a pitch of mine was accepted and an essay I wrote was up on HelloGiggles. Validation, the kind that only comes from getting paid for your writing, was burning up all of my pre-trip anxiety. I wrote something and people who are… Continue reading On publishing personal essays

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#FridayReads: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

Like so many of you, I've been struggling to understand the incredible acts of violence that have been happening over the past... I don't know, decades? Decades. I'm in the middle of a ton of books right now but I needed something to help me understand, help me empathize and organize my emotions as they… Continue reading #FridayReads: The Association of Small Bombs by Karan Mahajan

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Thinking past the first draft

I've been walking the line between author and editor these days. It's a tight line, one that I'm having a hard time staying balanced on. It's not because I've been consuming lots of good wine (I wish), but because I've reached the point in my editing where I really can't take the step back that… Continue reading Thinking past the first draft

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Embracing Minimalism and Self Control

I've decided to try out a few different monthly subscription services just to see what all the buzz is about. Some of them are cheaper than my coffee habit and since I've been making coffee at home instead of getting Starbucks, I figured why not. But in this little experiment, I realized how easy it… Continue reading Embracing Minimalism and Self Control

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It’s here! The cover reveal for Without Benefits

A little less than three months from now, Without Benefits will be showing up on doorsteps and in e-readers! But today we get a first look at the amazing cover, designed by Ashley at Cardboard Monet! Ashley even did a special photoshoot just for this cover. So check out the cover and make sure you scroll down to… Continue reading It’s here! The cover reveal for Without Benefits