Five Good Things

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Hello friends! It’s been a while since I’ve checked in with some good things. There is a lot of pain, chaos, uncertainty, violence, and justified anger permeating these times. From almost weekly news of mass killings to the tidal wive of #metoo revelations of women who’ve experience sexual harassment assault, it’s easy to feel compassion fatigue, overwhelmed, and burned out. These are a few of the things helping me look towards the light and towards hope this fall. None of these make any of the darkness of these times less true. However, all of them make it more bearable for me. Continue reading

Five Good Things

  1. My summer commuting uptown to teach writing classes is basically over. It’s been hilarious, inspirational, and exhausting. I’ve worked with kids and teens ages seven to eighteen on short stories, novel beginnings, poems, plays, memoir, and essays. I’m constantly in awe of my youngest writers’ totally unselfconscious approach to writing. But especially after a week with all seven-year-old boys (poop jokes and dinosaur stories galore!), I’m ready to get back to college students next week.
  2. Also … more writing time! I have revisions to write and new stories I can’t wait to draft. I’ve done okay balancing working and writing, but I’m itching to have more time in front of my computer.
  3. YA Twitter for the win! After the YA Twitter craziness last week (I won’t even go into it), Sona Charaipotra and Zoraida Córdova set the record straight on what’s really going on. Then yesterday book twitter uncovered a very bizarre plot to scam the NYT Bestseller list.
  4. There is going to be another Pride and Prejudice adaptation. I obviously can’t get enough of these! 
  5. Thirty is right around the corner. I take birthdays hard most of the time. Like I had my first quarter life crisis at age ten. But I’m super pumped to turn thirty and say goodbye to my twenties, and this month I planned a fun trip to celebrate the big birthday.

Things Making Me Happy on the Internet This Week (!!!)

Happy Friday, friends! I’m starting to teach summer classes next week, so enjoying my last relatively free days with lots of reading, writing, and a long overdue deep clean of my room. Okay, and lots of browsing through various distractions on the Internet. Here are things making me happy this week.

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Lord Buckethead and this amazing correction on the Buzzfeed article

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The surprising watchability of the Comey testimony… what a time to be alive.

My new summer anthem

Seinfeld episodes from the POV of the girlfriends 

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Julia Fierro’s *important* essay about antidepressants and writing in the New York Times

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Team Darren or Team Gabe Quiz for readers of The Light We Lost by Jill Santopolo 

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My Favorite Quotes from Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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I fell in love with Nicola Yoon’s writing when I read her debut novel Everything, Everything. And I LOVE Amandla Stenber, who’s playing Madeline in the movie. So, now that my sister’s wedding craziness is over, I’m extremely pumped to see this adaptation. Depending on how much writing and lesson planning I get through this morning, I’m hoping to see it this afternoon or perhaps tomorrow. In anticipation and celebration, here are my favorite quotes from the book (you’ll notice a fair number of them contain the word everything):  Continue reading