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My Second Love

The past couple of weeks have been extremely whirlwindy with so many writing projects, so much research, so many revisions in addition to my regular to-do list, but the moment I hit that submit button on my last assignment of the semester I felt a wave of relief wash over me, man. Yesterday evening I watched a whopping three entire television episodes with my daughter, and today I decided to pull out my old pencils...

Lines and Relief

I stumbled upon a new art medium last week and have been happily experimenting in it during my very limited free time.   It's called metal embossing and it combines everything I love about pen-and-ink drawing: bold lines, high contrast, intricate patterns, angles and curves, but it ends up looking so dramatic and stately! If you want to learn more about it, watch this video from Elitia Hart. I have ordered some actual metal sheets and official metal embossing tools,...

Happy Reaping

Tonight I submitted my first of two Final Projects of the semester. Four personal essays that are far better than any writing I have ever produced. No fewer than seven drafts each. Hours and hours of painstaking revisions and every word, every comma, every dot of every i is exactly where I want it, exactly where it needs to be.   Since the semester began I have written several papers and also a handful of submittable pieces,...

You and I

One week ago, I woke up feeling great. Proud, hopeful, safe. Ready to take on the world.   By the end of the day, however, those feelings had crumbled to dust, and over the past seven days I have felt as if I'm in some kind of alternate universe. Everything looks distorted. Up is down, down is up, and nothing makes sense.   Now, I've never been one to stay down in the dumps for very long--I've gotten pretty good at...

From Memories to Manuscript

In some ways, I wish I had documented this process publicly at the same time as I was actually going through it rather than after the fact, but considering that I'm still at the beginning of the post-production period, I figure now's as good a time as any to write about what I've done so far.   I officially began the Memoir Project on June 20, 2014. I titled a Word document "Memoir Notes" and just started...

Home Stretch

I have received incredibly insightful, meticulous, and sincere feedback from my beta readers. I am fortunate to have these people in my life and so grateful to them for helping me make this book the best it can possibly be before sending it off to an agent. My next draft, officially number three and the one I intend to submit, is going to be ever so much more powerful than the first two! I can't...