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The importance of getting lost

A few Novembers ago, I drove up to Old Economy Village in Ambridge, which is about thirty minutes outside of Pittsburgh. I got lost. Very, very lost. First, I missed my turn off of the main highway, so I had to drive along another few miles of industrial parks, freight rail lines and factories. Being...

Miss Migraine: Self-imposed stress

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. Hello there! How have you been? Me? I’ve been teaching more and more (and more), writing my butt off, applying to a PhD program, and trying to balance everything without giving myself a stress-induced migraine every day. I’ve only been...

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My old “friend” imposter syndrome

Do you ever feel like a fraud? Like you’re faking it and you just know someone is going to find out? I do. All the time. At least once a day, usually more often, I think things like: Am I really a writer? Am I a real creative writing teacher? Is my writing any good,...

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Miss Migraine: Why a migraine diary doesn’t work for me

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. A version of this post appeared first on October 19, 2012 on my blog of the same name. I don’t keep a migraine diary. If anything could be considered the cardinal sin of migraine management, it would be refusing to...

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I wrote 50,000 words this month!

A few minutes ago, I validated my 2018 NaNoWriMo novel. It’s the first time I’ve written 50,000 words in 30 days since 2011, or 7 years ago. Coincidentally, my first-ever NaNo win came in 2008, so snagging a win this year feels especially apropos. I ended the month with 50,313 words (by NaNoWriMo’s count). Of...