klt: the blog

A bowl of multi-colored ribbon candy

Happy holidays, or something

December is always an exhausting month, and it seems to be so regardless of your participation in that baby Jesus holiday. Everyone is stressed out, busy, and scrambling to get presents for everyone. Plus, that god awful horrible music that’s everywhere! It’s enough to drive the sanest of humans to extreme measures. But I’ll spare...

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...

Spiderman pointing at Spiderman

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,...

Star Wars journal

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...