According to my college Customs and Cultures class, if you were to ask someone from Asia what traits make them the best candidate for a job, they would respond, “I’m not the best.” For many years, I, too, have had a similar mindset. I never knew how to answer that question. It is a difficult… Continue reading Six Times I Was Awesome
Being a grammar nazi is increasingly difficult in today’s world. When I was younger, I was a self-professed grammar nazi with no shame. Now, it’s virtually impossible to be the nazi I once was, as the article below points out, uses of words are always changing. You just can’t keep up with the changes in… Continue reading FYI, Grammar Nazis…
I say it all the time: “I’m undefined. I’m not defined.” It’s been in my various social media bios. The line originated from Natasha Bedingfield’s song Unwritten. In the eighth grade, we analyzed Unwritten in music class. I decided then that those lyrics described exactly how I felt about myself. The song Unwritten is an ode to my life. “I… Continue reading I’m undefined
Anyone who writes knows writing is time consuming. You open your word processor, and five hours can pass in the blink of an eye. Some people have no problem choosing a project and sticking to it. These are the people who are already successful writers. Many of us who are unpublished aren’t unpublished because we… Continue reading Deciding What to Write
I saw this screenshot on The Writer’s Circle‘s Facebook page a few weeks ago, and I found it extremely encouraging. Since I was a kid, I’ve had two stories stuck in my head. I’ve written various versions of these stories, which involve different characters who have different adventures and conflicts. When I was a kid,… Continue reading My Writing is Boring?
There’s a huge mass in my throat. I must have throat cancer. I’m dying. Oh. My. God. Have you ever woken up with crazy, anxious thoughts in the middle of the night? It’s happened to me on several occasions, and it’s almost always around four a.m. One time, I woke up convinced that my apartment… Continue reading Four in the Morning Brain
An online friend kindly reminded me of a site I first became aware of in high school or college, I can’t remember which. I used to use it regularly, but as time passed, it escaped my daily routine. The site is called 750 Words. What you see is what you get. The goal of the… Continue reading 750 Words
I recently read 17 Lies & The Truth That Will Set You Free by Steve Chandler, and at the end of the book he points out that our purpose in life is to find our soul’s purpose. What makes you giddy? What makes your spine tingle? For me, it’s always been writing. It’s been writing since I was eight… Continue reading What is your soul’s purpose?
I am not everyone’s favorite flavor. I am not everyone’s cup of tea. I will not write the novel that everyone loves. I will not write the novel that everyone praises. Nope, I won’t. I must prepare myself for criticism. Because I will not conform to the status quo. I do not aim to please… Continue reading I’m not everyone’s favorite flavor
Today, July 1, marks 2015’s halfway point. I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year. Each year gets shorter and shorter, and the reason for that, as my philosophy teacher once explained, is because each year is a smaller portion of your life. This year is 1/23 of my total lifetime thus far, so… Continue reading It’s July?!