On my glorious day off yesterday, I got caught up on The Orville, Seth MacFarlane's new show on Fox. (I watch it on Hulu.) The show was largely promoted as a comedy, a spoof on Star Trek, but if you've seen it, you know it's much more than that. While it doesn't have the drama… Continue reading Review of The Orville by Seth MacFarlane (Spoilers for Episode 3!)
Today I surprised myself by quitting my job first thing in the morning. In hindsight, I should have seen it coming. My boyfriend says it was "inevitable." My boss and I had an honest and open conversation today about my employment. She invited me to share my grievances and I did, up to a point.… Continue reading Quitting
Today was my first day off of work since I got back from my vacation. And, in my fear that I would waste the day relaxing to the sound of Undercover Boss on my TV, I treated my day off like a day on. I got this idea in my head that any free time… Continue reading Obsessive Compulsive Productivity Spiral
I graduated from UCSC on the 17th. That picture is of my dad and me right before I walked. It doesn't really feel like it happened. I graduated with university honors and highest honors in my major. I also published my first book (yay!), Baby's First Cry, and I'm hard at work right now figuring out… Continue reading Post Grad: Is this the “real world”?
As finals creep up on me, so do the release dates for my books. The physical copies of Baby's First Cry arrived at my door a few days ago, and I've been handing them out to my classmates and professors, as well as setting aside signed copies for family members and friends. Right now, if… Continue reading The End is Very Nigh
I have two bits of good news. One is that I sent my book of poetry out to the printers, via TheBookPatch.com, and fifty beautiful copies of Baby's First Cry are on their way. I haven't made it available as an eBook yet, as I'm thinking of shopping this book out to publishers first, but… Continue reading Published!
The other day I followed a whim and revived my old laptop. Inside it, I found old photos from my childhood, and the stories I wrote back then, too. Having found some of my childhood photos is such a relief for me. I lost most of my connections to my childhood when the Waterford police… Continue reading Old Photos and Forgotten Stories
After getting some wise advise from a friend, I decided to spend some time on JSTOR doing research. A theme in the novella I'm currently editing (and rewriting) is celebrity. I want to investigate the nature of the artificial intimacy viewers can have with celebrities, and also how the experience of self-branding, kind of self-made… Continue reading Celebrity and Fame-Work, as explained by Alice Leppert
I'm at that point in my novel editing process where I hate it and I want to scrap the whole thing. I want to set fire to it all and start something completely new. But I know I shouldn't do that, and I won't. Instead, I'm going to reread the entire thing over and over… Continue reading The Editing Process
I'm currently in two workshop groups. One is a large-group poetry workshop, where the entire class gets together and comments on individual students' poems. The other is a small-group fiction workshop made up of four students, including myself. The experiences of participating in these two workshops are quite distinct from one another. I want to… Continue reading Being a Workshop Participant