Tagged: life

An essential writing lesson from the 2010s

In the past decade I got married, bought a house, bought my first car, lost my dream job, got a new dream job, published a bunch of short stories, and wrote even more. I learned a lot about life and writing. But without a doubt the most essential writing lesson I’ve taken from my first...

Miss Migraine: More Active Migraines

The Adventures of Miss Migraine is an ongoing column about my life with chronic migraine. A version of this post originally appeared on my blog of the same name on January 10, 2013, when I was still an MFA student. Things have been incredibly up in the air for me concerning quite a few things,...

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“You skinny people can eat anything”

Throughout my life, people have always felt the need to comment on my body and my food choices. From random old men in diners (“You sure can eat!” or “I like a girl with an appetite”) to coworkers (“OMG, are you pregnant?????” or “Wow, salad again, are you on a diet?”), the world seems to...

I am not a minimalist: An attempt at tidying

When Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up was released in the US, I picked up a library copy and read it. I even gave it a bit of a trial run with my clothes (though I didn’t pile everything on my bed). Ultimately, though, I realized that while organization and tidiness is great,...

Book recs on Instagram, plus other news

  I read a lot. I love talking about books. And, I enjoy taking photos of books that bring out their inner beauty. (That is an exaggeration, because I am not that skilled. While my dad has taught me some photographic basics, my approach is still “experiment by taking a million shots, then see what...