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Clawing out of the overwhelm

Clawing out of the overwhelm

In Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When Nobody Has the Time, Brigid Schulte explores how we use our time and why we feel overwhelmed with insightful, deep reporting. This book has completely changed the way I think about spending my own time, and more importantly, how I experience my time. Schulte deftly deconstructs the American...

Labor Day Weekend: Some things I did instead of writing blog posts

Labor Day Weekend: Some things I did instead of writing blog posts

Participate in Force Friday by spending half my paycheck on Star Wars merchandise like a good capitalist fangirl. Played with my new Sphero BB-8 Started reading Star Wars: Aftermath (initial reaction: wtf why no, and I’m not the only one). Paint my living room ceiling. (I almost have a house. Just five more rooms to...

#FridayReads: “Darkship Renegades” by Sarah A. Hoyt

#FridayReads: “Darkship Renegades” by Sarah A. Hoyt

I am always on the hunt for space opera about women, written by women. It’s not as common as one would hope. So when I stumbled upon this series by Sarah A. Hoyt in my local Barnes & Noble, I ordered it from the library (because I had already spent all my book money). Darkship...

#SummerReads #5: Teaching My Mother To Give Birth by Warsan Shire

#SummerReads #5: Teaching My Mother To Give Birth by Warsan Shire

This summer, my goal is to read ten poetry collections. Click on the summerreading2015 tag to chart my progress. I can’t remember how I came across Warsan Shire, but whatever person, website, or blog caused her name to cross my eyes deserves a plate of chocolate chip cookies. Shire is a Kenyan-born Somali-British poet with...

Adding diversity to my fiction

Adding diversity to my fiction

I was halfway through writing my MFA thesis—a collection of feminist retellings of Warren Zevon songs—when I read Full Frontal Feminism by Jessica Valenti (one of my favorite feminist authors) and realized I’d made a glaring omission in my project. All my main characters were women, yes, but they were all white women. As soon...