Lessons From a Day with Dr. Kristen Iversen


Writer's Life, Writing Classes

When the day of Dr. Kristen Iversen’s visit arrived, I woke up terribly sick. Between my fever and the number of antihistamines I took, I went through most of the day in a sweaty, lethargic, dizzy haze. While the smell of cherry cough drops rekindles a few memories, most of what I remember about that day comes from the notes I took. At least some part of me was clear-headed enough to make sure I could remember what stood out about getting to know Dr. Iversen for a day.

07/06/2020

A Letter From Isolation


Writer's Life

Hi. How are you doing? How loud is isolation-insanity knocking on your tightly bolted doors? I’m alright. I mean, I did decide to cut my own hair and give myself bangs. It went well. Self-isolating is how I got through college since I didn’t have the money to afford a social life. Plus, since we […]

05/08/2020

Preparing to Work From Home


Professional, Writer's Life

Things have been more than a little chaotic lately. For starters, I moved to Indiana last month. That was a nightmare and a half. One thing keeping me positive was the tentative approval of me continuing my work in Georgia as a contractor. I’ve spent the last year debating whether to work from home as […]

03/16/2020

Mind your mental health at work


Writer's Life

More often than not, I see my friends and peers (especially my fellow SCAD writing grads) in the same boat: having to take on a job because, right now, it’s the only way to eat and pay the bills. Too often at the expense of mental health and well-being. The job hunt never really ends and a career as we might have imagined it rarely seems to exist.

02/03/2020

Why Turning 26 is Really NBD


Writer's Life

For all the buildup to 25, it’s weird that I barely notice I’m turning 26 this month. It was such a cataclysmic milestone to be able to say I’m in my mid-20s. Now I’m suddenly looking down the barrel of mid- to late-20s. And I’m cool with it. That doesn’t sound right, does it? I’ve […]

09/11/2019

Was a writing degree really worth it?


Writer's Life

I think one of the questions I see and hear most often for writers is whether it’s necessary to formally study writing in order to be a writer. Some people seem afraid that they’re unqualified, or that no one will take their book query seriously if their educational background isn’t tied to the craft of […]

02/24/2019