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michigan bound

I am thankful that I only have a (small) paper and a class standing in between me and Michigan. Well, not including half of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. I am thankful for parents who raised me on The Road Trip. I’ve dropped quite a few jaws lately discussing my whirlwind holiday plans, but thanks […]

which begs the question

My life is more like a roller-coaster ride than a life, and I spend a lot of time trying to decide if I like it like this or if it is killing me. I could go off on a string of roller-coaster-related analogies – climbing the tracks in anticipation, exhilarating terror at the fall off, […]

NaNoWriMo Diaries: Day 16

Date: November 16, 2010 Day: 16 Goal Word Count: 26,667 Current Word Count: 19,650 Progress Report: Holy crap. I am behind. So during my last report, things were already flagging. This past week, I kept coming up short – 300, 600 words short – and the next day always felt worse. I was happy to […]

25 small letters

Dear Migraine, Begone! – Dear Inventor of the Icy Hot Patch, I want to do unspeakable things to you. – Dear Avett Brothers, I want to marry you. If you’d forgive my obligations to the Icy Hot Inventor. I never buy albums, but I’m glad I bought yours. – Dear Guy at the 7-11, Thanks […]

19th Century Children’s Literature

It looks like I might make it to 100 books this year, despite the lack of novels on my class reading lists. I’m not complaining, but every semester spent reading 7,000+ picturebooks (Spring) or 7,000+ page 19th century novels (Fall) takes away time from the Read A Giant Mountain of Books objective. Last fall, I […]

NaNoWriMo Diaries: Day 9

Date: November 9, 2010 Day: 9 Goal Word Count: 15,003 Current Word Count: 13,556 Progress Report: Folks, this is the point in the month where I start kicking myself for doing so little planning. Sitting down to write is mostly painful: the pulling words to pulling teeth analogy is feeling apt. If I had any […]

NaNoWriMo Diaries: Day 2

Date: November 2, 2010 Day: 2 Goal Word Count: 3334 Current Word Count: 2205 Progress Report: In what will probably become a regular occurrence this month, yesterday I found myself with an entire, delectable day at my disposal, but far too much to cram into it. Insult to injury: I began my impeccably planned day […]