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    "We regret to inform you that you must keep trying"

    “We regret to inform you that you must keep trying”

    I’ve had this post drafted for almost half a year. It’s honest, critical, and painfully embarrassing. Happy October, and welcome to the next iteration of manuscripts & marginalia. 

    I’ve applied to two different MFA programs three separate times. I was not accepted to either program and remain untethered.

    My first application to ASU’s MFA in Creative Writing program was, in retrospect, a joke. I…

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    October 01, 2014, 9:00am   Comments

    1:1000 | Paloma

    1:1000 is a website that pairs photography with 1,000-word prose. Sound like your cup of tea? Go to Pinterest and select an unclaimed photograph, then write your 1,000-word piece (fiction or creative non-fiction).

    Check out “Paloma,” my 1:1000piece for September. Incidentally, it’s also the last entry in my loosely joined Tequila Trilogy. Linked by characters and an exploration of love and…

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    September 30, 2014, 9:01am   Comments

    Beyond the Blog | 09.28.2014

    Beyond the Blog | 09.28.2014


    Here’s a sliver of life beyond the blog.

    manuscripts // Worked on my manuscript, and a few shorter pieces. I’m back to the submission grind these days!

    marginalia // I finished Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods and Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers (audio). I loved the Bryson book – I can’t believe I’ve never read it! Highly recommended if you’re prone to wanderlust, love hiking, or just enjoy solid,…

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    September 28, 2014, 9:13pm   Comments

    Discussing past writing for 1:1000

    • Me: Wolf girls forever! Except "furever."
    • Scott: Huh?
    • Me: FURever. Like "fur," a dog's coat.
    • Scott: Like, a pun?
    • Me: YES!
    • Scott: Jeez...

    September 28, 2014, 4:56pm 

    Stitch Fix | September Fix

    Stitch Fix | September Fix

    Stitch Fix is a subscription box clothing service for women. You can set up a recurring subscription or schedule the service as-needed. You are receive five items selected by a stylist. You can specify a lot of style preferences in your general style survey and give feedback with each order. You have three days to try on your items. Decide what you want, check out online, and send the remaining…

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    September 25, 2014, 5:09pm   Comments

    Beyond the Blog | 09.22.2014, When it rains…

    Beyond the Blog | 09.22.2014, When it rains…

    beyond the blog

    Here’s a sliver of life beyond the blog.

    …it pours. Especially in Phoenix. The tail end of last week included allergies/sinus issues that left me sniffling, sneezing, and demolishing a box of Kleenex, then rallying for a weekend trip to Sedona with limited internet and tons of hiking.

    manuscripts // Worked on my next 1:1000 piece, which entailed multiple revisions and a rewrite. Still, pretty…

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    September 22, 2014, 9:21pm   Comments

    Stitch Fix | In Review, 2013-2014

    Stitch Fix | In Review, 2013-2014

    After subscribing to Stitch Fix for a year (plus), I decided to do a kind of “in review” post where I evaluate my kept items. You can read all my  posts here

    I cleaned out my closet last month in an attempt to put together a capsule wardrobe for fall. I was somewhat surprised by how few Stitch Fix items I kept in my fall rotation, and I decided to review my purchasing habits over the past year.…

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    September 16, 2014, 12:37pm   Comments

    Go Read This! | Webcomics (Part I?)


    As someone who got ahold of my parents’ Calvin & Hobbes, The Far Side, and Bloom County collections around the same time I wrapped up Hooked on Phonics (I thought they were picture books, and thus age appropriate), I’ve always been a fan of comic strips. I’m getting more into comics proper, but I thought I’d share some of my favorite webcomics.

    Girls with Slingshots

    Published every weekday, this…

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    September 15, 2014, 9:04am   Comments

    Beyond the Blog | 09.14.2014, Is it fall yet?

    beyond the blog

    Here’s a sliver of life beyond the blog.

    Note: Title inspired by Daria, patron saint of sarcasm. Okay, actually Eissel, Germany and Salzburg, Austria.

    manuscripts // I never feel like I make as much progress as I should, especially when I have marathon sessions traveling!

    marginalia // I finished Lock In (audiobook) and The Shining Girls(audiobook). Both pretty good, but not phenomenal.…

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    September 14, 2014, 9:02am   Comments

    Character Study | Identity from Conflict

    Character Study | Identity from Conflict

    I’ll be featuring a series of posts on characterization. This week’s post focuses on building identity through conflict.


    I’m sure many of you will remember different types of conflict from your grade school days – but here’s a cute little chart I found online, just to jog your memory.

    four kinds of conflictAside: Click on the pic to go to a wonderful unit on the graphic novel Maus.

    I don’t know about many you, but…

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    September 13, 2014, 9:01am   Comments

    Healthy Living | Redefinition


    Join the conversation about body image and my personal commitment to engaging in a health-based dialog about how we are all awesome-shaped.

    Over a year ago, I posted about my struggles with eating disorders. This prompted the following behaviors from others.

    Appreciation for sharing my story
    Mostly private, but a few individuals expressed they were proud of me for opening up.

    “Let’s pretend that…

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    September 12, 2014, 9:00am   Comments

    Five Favorite Beauty Products

    Five Favorite Beauty Products

    Inspired by a writing friend’s post on her beauty blog, here are my five favorite beauty products. Leave a comment sharing your own (or a link to your blog post!).   five favorites The Favorites: Can’t Live Without ‘Em, Daily Use Products IMG_4785 Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation SPF 15

    I know, what a name. But this foundation is fabulous. I wear the light-medium honey shade, using this foundation…

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    September 09, 2014, 9:02am   Comments

    Reading like a Writer | The Fever

    Reading like a Writer | The Fever


    Join me as I explore books that didn’t meet my expectations – for better or worse. Spoilers, obvi.

    The Fever by Megan Abbott

    About this Book

    I adore Megan Abbott. I enjoyed The End of Everything and loved Dare Me. When I read the synopsis for The Fever, I knew it would be a must-read:

    The panic unleashed by a mysterious contagion threatens the bonds of family and community in a seemingly idyllic suburban community.


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    September 08, 2014, 9:04am   Comments

    Beyond the Blog | 09.07.2014, Happy September!

    beyond the blog

    beyond the blog

    Here’s a sliver of life beyond the blog.

    manuscripts // Made a ton of progress on my manuscript while I was on the plane flying back from NC yesterday. I ended up combining two sections and rewriting another one entirely – including characters. Moving forward by going backward, I guess!

    marginalia // Since I last posted…finished Sisters of Treason (audiobook), The Magician’s Land, The Three(audi…

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    September 07, 2014, 10:37am   Comments

    Book Review | Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

    Book Review | Dark Eden by Chris Beckett


    Book: Dark Eden
    Author: Chris Beckett

    Goodreads Synopsis:
    On the alien, sunless planet they call Eden, the 532 members of the Family shelter beneath the light and warmth of the Forest’s lantern trees. Beyond the Forest lie the mountains of the Snowy Dark and a cold so bitter and a night so profound that no man has ever crossed it.

    The Oldest among the Family recount legends of a world where light…

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    September 06, 2014, 7:53pm   Comments