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NaNoWriMo, obligation, and me

NaNoWriMo, obligation, and me

I’ve been hibernating for the past few months, thanks mostly due to a string of awful, seemingly never-ending migraines and the depression and hopelessness that always come along with them. But I am feeling better, and happy to get back to my normal routines and activities. Maybe this will sound familiar: It’s October. That means...

Writing magazines

Writing magazines

A few months ago I  posted about my decision to read writing magazines on my lunch break on the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh blog. Since then, I have been faithfully reading Poets & Writers, The Writer, Writer’s Digest, and Publisher’s Weekly each day (though obviously not every title every day). It’s been a successful exercise....

Jazz! Poetry! Jazz Poetry 2015!

Jazz! Poetry! Jazz Poetry 2015!

Instead of my normal #FridayReads post, I thought I’d do a run-down of one of my favorite annual Pittsburgh events: City of Asylum Pittsburgh’s Jazz Poetry Concert. This is a concert that gathers some of the top jazz musicians and top poets and writers from around the world and brings them together for a unique...

A gift from the New Zealand sky

A gift from the New Zealand sky

The first time I touched the universe, I stood outside the Paparoa Marae near the Bay of Plenty in New Zealand, surrounded by dozens of people I barely knew. I was thirteen and almost ten thousand miles from home on a three-week trip with People to People Student Ambassadors. After our traditional Maori dinner of...

A recurring existential crisis

A recurring existential crisis

I have this recurring existential crisis wherein I feel like if I only try harder and do all the things (specifically all the things I’m NOT currently doing) success will fold open for me like an origami flower. Mostly this just tires me out and gives me a migraine. I know that’s what’s going to happen....