Reflecting

Twenty eighteen

I used to love coming up with lists at the end of the year, like "10 new things I did in 2010" or "16 things I learned in 2016." I could easily do one of these lists for 2018. I had so many new experiences---visiting two new states, two new countries, two new continents (yes,… Continue reading Twenty eighteen

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Writing

What you can learn from your old stories

Have you ever gone back and looked at the stories you wrote when you were young? I have a bin full of countless "books" that I wrote from around the age of five all the way through middle school---many of which are really just folded up pieces of paper with crayon drawings on the front… Continue reading What you can learn from your old stories

Writing

Journaling for gratitude

After about three months, I'm finally starting this "Journaling for..." series that I announced in my Why journal? post. In my mind, I had meant for it to start being a once per month thing, but honestly, I have barely even had time to keep up with my personal journaling just from the busyness of… Continue reading Journaling for gratitude

Reading

Some early Christmas reading

I've been in another reading slump lately. Maybe it's not quite a reading slump---maybe it's just that I've been so busy with work, trying to maintain a social life, and trying to just be an adult that I've pushed reading to the back burner. ¬†The other night, though, I picked up a book of Charles… Continue reading Some early Christmas reading

Writing

Short stories vs. novels—which is better? (guest post)

My friend Amy of The Writer's Refuge¬†wrote this post on the differences between writing a short story and a novel. She answers questions as well as shares some of her own experiences writing both. I hope you enjoy! At the beginning of my writing journey four years ago, I struggled with my creative identity. I… Continue reading Short stories vs. novels—which is better? (guest post)

Writing

Inktober: writer’s edition

It still astonishes me that summer is over. Even though we're now well into the fall, I'm not used to having to remember to grab my jacket and brace myself for the chilly air. I'm not used to the dark and having to turn the lights on before dinner. Summer suddenly seems like it was… Continue reading Inktober: writer’s edition