Reader’s Delight

As a birthday treat to myself, I bought a grab bag from Out of Print. I had previously bought a sweatshirt and some socks from them over Christmas and was super impressed with the quality, so when the grab bags came back in stock I jumped on the opportunity to buy one. And I thought... Continue Reading →

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Not All Heroes Wear Capes (But Some Do)

I was looking for an old list of character names on an hard drive earlier this week, and I came across a folder I thought I'd lost forever when my old computer died. The following is my college admissions essay, which I wrote back in 2009 before I applied to various schools. This essay got... Continue Reading →

Rose of Autumn

(I wrote this poem a few years back for an unfinished fantasy story that will likely never see the light of day. It's about a woman who eventually became a queen,widely revered for her beauty and feared for her skill with an ax and her prickly attitude. I actually like how it came out, so... Continue Reading →

Why not both?

I'm sure y'all have seen the meme that has come to be known across the internet as "Why not both?" It looks like this, for the unfamiliar: I think about it often, especially when I see debates over certain topics popping up across the internet, or in everyday life. There seems to be things that... Continue Reading →

Unexpected

When I was in 6th grade, my classmates and I participated in a program at a place called Exchange City. Basically, we were to apply for jobs, learn how to interview, and, once our positions were secured, we went on a field trip to a makeshift "city" set up where we were told to run... Continue Reading →

Favorite Tropes

Writers are often advised to avoid certain tropes in their writing, but let's face it... some tropes/cliches are unavoidable. And some are irresistible! Tropes and cliches can be bad, don't get me wrong.  They are dreaded and spurned for a reason. They can break a story and turn a reader away from a book or... Continue Reading →

Rena

(Here's a short story I wrote a few years ago and have always been fond of. Hope you enjoy!) Grayson Hightower did not understand what it meant to be happy. He was not a superfluous man. He was a businessman. Forty-five, living in a posh penthouse overlooking the harbor—and he had yet to spot a... Continue Reading →

The Things We Connect With

When you read a book, what are the things you connect with? Are there certain factors that stand out to you more than others? I read mostly YA, but I don't shy away from any particular genre, and do stray into adult literature on occasion. For me, there are a couple of elements that leap... Continue Reading →

Just in Case

I don't know if there is an official name for something like this, but I have come to realize that I suffer from a syndrome that I refer to as "Just in Case-itis." This affliction often goes hand-in-hand with a plague of "What if?"s. I am incapable of packing for anything - be it a... Continue Reading →

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