Lessons From a Day with Dr. Kristen Iversen

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.

A Letter From Isolation

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 weContinue reading “A Letter From Isolation”

Preparing to Work From Home

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 asContinue reading “Preparing to Work From Home”

Mind your mental health at work

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.

Why Turning 26 is Really NBD

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’veContinue reading “Why Turning 26 is Really NBD”

Was a writing degree really worth it?

I think one of the questions I see and hear most often for writers is “Do you have to study writing in order to be a writer?” Some people worry they’re unqualified, or no one will take their book query seriously if their educational background isn’t tied to the craft of writing. Others laugh atContinue reading “Was a writing degree really worth it?”

KonMari-ing the Bookshelves of a Writer

With the addition of “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo” on Netflix, I’ve seen a lot of the writers I follow on social media get their hackles up in regards to discarding any of their books. We have a tendency to channel Gollum on even our best days when it comes to our precious books. BeforeContinue reading “KonMari-ing the Bookshelves of a Writer”

How my “branded image” affected my blog

Once upon a day in 2010, I thought about blogging. I was due to start my senior year of high school at the ripe age of 16 and had just seen “Julie and Julia.” I didn’t really think blogging about wanting to become a writer would get me a book deal, but I did thinkContinue reading “How my “branded image” affected my blog”

Prepping to Attend a Convention

By this point, I’ve gone to a few different conferences and conventions along the east coast. I’ve been to a tiny anime convention in Virginia Beach and I’ve been to New York Comic Con (in costume both times). I have attended a single-day journalism conference in Virginia, a brief journalism seminar/conference in Athens, GA, andContinue reading “Prepping to Attend a Convention”

Thoughts from Kathryn Stockett: From Book to Movie

While tearing through my closet on a great spring cleaning purge, I came across a legal pad. Unsurprisingly, it was from the college days. I flipped through just in case there was anything I might want to type into a more legible format and save. Between class notes with no headings or dates to clarifyContinue reading “Thoughts from Kathryn Stockett: From Book to Movie”

Saying Goodbye: Words of Wisdom from Sarah Domet

Last night, I went to a conversation with authors Sarah Domet and Jonathan Rabb at The Book Lady Bookstore. The event promoted the paperback release of The Guineveres, Domet’s debut novel. For the umpteenth time, I crowded in with the rest of a gaggle of Savannah’s writing and reading community. Toward the end of theContinue reading “Saying Goodbye: Words of Wisdom from Sarah Domet”