Writing and Mountains

Two weeks ago, me, Kyle and Yoshi – along with Kyle’s momma, Sharon, and uncle Jimmy – made the 24-hour drive to our new residence, San Tan Valley, AZ. A common question we’re getting from people we meet here and friends back home is what drove us here? Kyle and I had no guarantees when…

Six Healthy Habits That Kept Me Sane Through a Busy Summer
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Six Healthy Habits That Kept Me Sane Through a Busy Summer

Weddings, graduations, ball games, work – the summer months are not only the best, but usually the busiest. You know that everything you have lined up on your calendar is going to be fun, but just the visual of one blocked-out weekend after another stresses you out. Stress loves to attack us when our lives are packed full. By…

Jenny Lawson: Tips on Writing and Blogging
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Jenny Lawson: Tips on Writing and Blogging

What may start as a fun, hobby-based or stress-relieving blog can often serve as the foundation for a best-selling book. Look at the success of Julie Powell’s Julie and Julia and Tim Ferris’ 4-Hour Work Week. The same happened for the humorous personal memoir writer, Jenny Lawson. Lawson is the blogger behind The Bloggess, an award-winning blog containing dark humor…

Is Writing Hard?

Is Writing Hard?

During a recent long car trip out of state with my fiance, I sat in the passenger seat typing away on my Chromebook, sighing here, laughing there, oohing and aahing at other points. I shared with Kyle the deadlines I had to meet the day after we would return back home, and he made a thought-provoking comment: “At…

Set Yourself Up for Success with the DIY MFA Book
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Set Yourself Up for Success with the DIY MFA Book

Since graduating with my bachelor’s degree five years ago, I have been debating whether to enroll in a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in creative writing. The idea of it sounds absolutely blissful to me–honing the craft, develop my skills, making important connections with established writers and publishers, and, of course, forcing myself to…