It’s okay to say it.

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It’s a tiny word–two letters packed full of power and boundaries and healing.

No. 

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It’s (Not) Just a Desk

13962492_10154490267567664_384862870382274232_nIt’s raining. Which I love. It rained all night and even thundered a bit now and then. So I’m sitting at my new desk with the window open listening to the rain and trying to sort through all the things I want to say. Also, I have coffee. That’s important.

Before we move forward, I think it’s important that you know about my desk.

In the past few months, I’ve been privileged to have a number of people in my life asking me this mentally and emotionally exhausting question: What do you need?

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Of Stopping and Starting Over

I haven’t been blogging for a reason. Or really, for a hundred different reasons that piled on top of each other until I was too exhausted to even try to pull something true out of myself and put it on paper.

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10 Things I Learned in My First Term of Grad School

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  1. Sleep is not necessary extremely important.
  2. I do my best work 30 minutes after the deadline.
  3. Coffee is a legitimate need.
  4. When they say 15-20 hours of work per class each week, that’s what they mean. 5-10 hours will not be sufficient.
  5. “I will read all the books” quickly changes to “I will skim all the books”.
  6. Spotify can carry me through 6 hour study sessions.
  7. All hobbies have disappeared.
  8. What was I thinking? is a question that plays on repeat.
  9. “Change this to MLA format” is the most terrifying thing I’ve ever heard. (I thought it was MLA format?! *panicked Googling*)
  10. Writing is hard and terrifying and I love it so much.

xo
K

Done

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Today is the day that I finish my Bachelor’s Degree in English: Creative Writing. I did all the actual work last week, but today is the last day of class.

Today is the day I am done.

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Writer’s Workshops

I recently began participating in my first writer’s workshop. With little-to-no idea what to expect, I submitted my potentially crappy writing to someone who could tell me how exceptionally crappy it really is. To say I was nervous is a bit of an understatement.

In spite of the nerves, I knew I was ready. I’m at a time in my life when I don’t want to hear nice things unless they’re true. Some brutally constructive criticism is exactly what I was looking for–and that’s what I’ve found.

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Say Goodbye to The Girl Who Blogs

Hello, everyone!

As you may have noticed, my website has changed a bit. It’s under construction because the time has come: I’m finally transitioning from a blog to an author website! It feels strange to be moving on from “The Girl Who Blogs”, but there’s a season for everything and “The Girl’s” time is up!

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Works in Progress

Hey, everyone!

I have several things in progress right now. Mostly, I’ve been working on short stories. I’ve been doing a lot of writing, but not much editing–so there’s plenty of work for me the next few months!

Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

Fitness & Travel: A Match Made in Heaven

Who here loves vacation? I adore vacation. The food, the sleep, the flexible scheduling, the lack of dishes and work and other responsibilities. Did I mention the food??

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The only occasion when panic is a good thing.

I want to talk to you guys about panic. Not the “sudden overwhelming fear that produces hysterical or irrational behavior,” but rather the book Panic by Lauren Oliver. Aren’t you relieved? I am. I don’t want anyone to panic. Please.

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This book. Where do I even begin? It is a character-driven story with so many facets it’s difficult to jam it into a genre. Heather and Dodge, both recent high school grads, are playing Panic, the super-secret game of wits that leaves the winner with a huge cash prize.

Heather isn’t sure why she is playing exactly, but she knows she isn’t going to quit. Dodge, however, knows precisely what he wants out of it, and it’s not the money. The characters and their journey is what kept me reading. The plot is original, yes. In fact, I haven’t read another book to which I could compare it. But beyond that, the characters are motivated by real things and become better versions of themselves in the process, which I love seeing in any book.

This twisty coming of age story will keep you guessing and may draw a tear or two. The beginning was a bit slow, but stick with it and you’ll be satisfied with the end. Promise.🙂

 

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What are you reading this week? 

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