Writing and Nanowrimo

Writing advice

I wrote the second draft of my novel. At the end of February, after years of working on it, I finished the first draft of my novel. I stopped and paused to celebrate. I felt very proud of myself. I thought, I'll take a few weeks off, maybe a month. And then I'll move onto draft … Continue reading Writing and Nanowrimo

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Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA

On Saturday, in a place that I love with all my heart, eleven people were murdered in their place of worship. Eleven people. I am sad. I am heartbroken. And I am angry. I will say this. There is no part of me that believes that the solution to our problems with gun violence is … Continue reading Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, PA

You’re Only Human

Blue flowers

I haven't been writing on my blog, and I feel really guilty about it. Every week I have the intention to sit down at the beginning of the week and write a blog post. Every week I start something, and I don't finish it. I want to write for this blog. I want to create … Continue reading You’re Only Human

What Made Me Write Again

Writing advice

I hope I'm not about to jinx myself, but I'm writing again. Yesterday, I passed 10,000 words on my 2nd draft of my novel, and it's finally starting to feel like I've got some momentum. It's finally starting to feel like I've found my character's voice again, and it's a great feeling. I think I … Continue reading What Made Me Write Again

Writer’s Block is All About Letting Go

Writing retreat

Sometimes, it's really difficult for me to actually sit down and write a blog post. If you are a regular reader (is anyone out there?), you might have noticed this. I aim to post on Mondays every week -- some weeks that doesn't happen. Last week, for example,I posted on Wednesday. The week before -- … Continue reading Writer’s Block is All About Letting Go

It Can Wait

This view is everything

I have spent my entire life uttering the phrase "I can't wait until _______" I can't wait until college. I can't wait until graduation. I can't wait until I can quit this job. I can't wait until I'm a full-time writer. I  can't wait for a house, for a relationship, for trips, for my big … Continue reading It Can Wait

27 Trips Around the Sun

Lake Erie Sunset

Yesterday was my birthday. 27 trips around the sun. When I think about a birthday in that context, it sounds like a really, really long time. I still feel young, like I’ve got so many things to learn, and yet 27 trips around the sun is many. We are so lucky, as contemporary humans on … Continue reading 27 Trips Around the Sun

Future Fears

New York Sunset

I've been thinking a little too much about the future. Or rather, the distant future. It’s been almost too easy lately to get caught in thought spirals that lead me to wondering how I managed to start working a random office job instead of working as a full time writer or wonder why I don't … Continue reading Future Fears

She Was Our Cat

Black and white cat

She was our cat. We loved her. These are the words that keep running through my head, like I need to qualify her existence to the world. Like I need to keep repeating it, over and over, so that people will understand, so that they will believe me. She was our cat. We loved her. … Continue reading She Was Our Cat

Conversations with Strangers

Atlanta Airport

When I left from Florida two weeks ago both my brother and my sister in law were at work, so I had to call a Lyft. I’ve used Lyft a lot but usually while riding with friends and certainly never for an hour-long ride. I had a lot of apprehensions about getting into a car … Continue reading Conversations with Strangers