Inaction is Worse Than Action

Inaction is Worse Than Action
In the spirit of being honest and practicing what I preach, I’m going to tell you about something I did, or rather, did not do, that makes me a terrible person. I was driving home around 2 p.m. today, the snow was coming down, a decent inch or so on the ground enough to make... Read more »

Origin Stories & Defying Conventions

Origin Stories & Defying Conventions
I am not your typical writer. I didn’t start writing or wowing my family with my wild imagination at the age of 5. As far as I know, I was not read to as a kid nor have I been reading since, well, since I could read. I’m not the kind of writer that is... Read more »

The STI/STD talk adults need to have

The STI/STD talk adults need to have
We all know that taking care of our bodies is really important for many reasons, the biggest, obviously, is so that we can be healthy enough to still be around to use the line, “well, back in my day…” Sometimes though, we make stupid decisions. One of those stupid decisions is not taking the matter... Read more »
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3 ways you can multitask each day

3 ways you can multitask each day
As January comes to a close, I thought that it would be a good time as any, contrary to the name of my blog, to reflect on something I believe to be doing quite well. That something is multitasking. Now, the debate on whether multitasking is actually a good or bad skill is up in... Read more »

Appreciating the right time, acknowledging the wrong

Appreciating the right time, acknowledging the wrong
Whether you are religious and have faith in a bigger purpose/plan or believe only in luck and coincidences, I think most of us can agree that sometimes things just happen at the right time. I’ve talked about this many times before on my blog through various posts and in many ways, the bulk of my... Read more »

Diversity is not an accomplishment

Diversity is not an accomplishment
I attended a short talk earlier in the week where an educator was speaking and he said something about diversity that I haven’t been able to get out of my head. “Diversity is not an accomplishment, it’s just a demographic.” I feel like so many people, myself included, have been unsuccessfully trying to say the... Read more »
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Bad Vegetarian: What I've learned 16 days in

Bad Vegetarian: What I've learned 16 days in
I’m not a huge believer in new year’s resolutions but I am really trying one out this year as a lifestyle change to become a vegetarian. I had tried doing this many times before but I was usually not fully committed to it. Like for the couple of months after reading Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle... Read more »

5 things you can talk about when you have company instead of looking at your phone

5 things you can talk about when you have company instead of looking at your phone
I like social media and technology. Both of them have been pretty good to me. I mean, I wouldn’t be in my fourth year working from home if it weren’t for technology. Many of my writing gigs probably wouldn’t have been found if it wasn’t for social media. I wouldn’t be writing this blog if... Read more »

What reading 4 books a week taught me and my favorites in 2018

What reading 4 books a week taught me and my favorites in 2018
I, of course, have to start with the obvious. Reading 4 books a week last semester taught me firstly, that it is indeed, possible. In fact, it’s possible to read over 200 books in a year, which people who have ever served on an awards committee such as the one for the Printz Award, which... Read more »
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Putting your worst foot forward

I’m a moody person. Not bipolar, just moody. This is not a fact that even my closest friends are aware of because oddly enough, it usually surfaces when I’m with someone I know more intimately like a boyfriend or someone I feel shameless with like a family member. To good friends, they might perceive it... Read more »