Category: Personal Development

The Business of Storytelling

I was catching up with a friend via Skype (who I know reads this blog, so – hi!), and we were discussing the current trajectories of our respective lives, such as they are (the trajectories, I mean, not the lives (though one might apply that phrase to my life (*ahem* moving on…))). I was telling

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NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up

It has been just over a week since NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) ended, and I think I’ve lost all of the momentum that I built up after writing 50,000 words in a month. I might still be in shock that I actually did it. I started the challenge because of a nudge from a

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What Did I Get Myself Into?

Welp. I did it. I signed up. The hardest part for me is going to be the no editing. I’m not very good at just letting things be and moving on. I’m a edit-as-you-go, constantly re-reading type person. This whole keep-going-until-you-reach-50,000-words thing is wicked scary. But good. Right? Who’s with me?! (At least I’ve already

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The Black Hole of Creativity

I’m a homebody. I like tradition. I like schedules. I like routine. But when it comes to sitting down and writing something – anything – I need the exact opposite. This weekend, I had plans. Big plans. (Aren’t they always?). I had plans to get a move on with some planned post for this blog, plus

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Francophilia

I started studying French when I was nine.  I had no choice in the matter; it was the only language offered by my school at the time and everyone had to take it.  I think I remember more from the three years of French then than all the year after. I continued French in middle

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The Problem With Research

If I’ve discovered anything about myself in college, it’s that I honestly and truly love research.  I suppose if I think about it, it’s really not that surprising, seeing as how I have always been in love with reading any and every thing I get my grubby little hands on, but it’s almost always been

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Learning to Question

I’m not one for reading the “classics.”  Oh, most are well and good, I suppose, but only a few have I found that I actually enjoyed, or, at the very least, appreciates.  Yet, it seems that I have a certain Joseph Conrad, of Heart of Darkness fame, to thank for my current mode of thinking.

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Inspiration: Penelope!

First:  I’m not a fashion-type person.  Yes, I love watching Project Runway, but you wouldn’t catch me dead in just about any of the fashion on that show.  Usually, I’m a wear-whatever-feels-comfortable person, but since I got to college and realized I need to grow up at some point, as well as realizing that the

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