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Did I forget to mention that after years of thinking about dying my hair I actually did it? And now I have pink tips that I love? And that it’s a symbolic beginning of taking on my anxiety (and fear) head on?? (A pun!)

Because that’s (a little bit of) what’s going on in my life right now.

(More updates soon, as soon as I can figure out how to be eloquent about all the stuff going on right now.)

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Bicycle

Last week I bought a bike. I had thought about getting one for the last few months, but when I saw this baby on sale I immediately went to the store and got it. It’s not my dream bike (which would look more like this), but it’s hard to find bikes my size, let alone in my price range. Since I wasn’t sure how much I’d be able to commit, I didn’t want to spend too much upfront — thus, I got myself a little purple cruiser. Though it’s harder than I thought to find time to ride (especially since I’m still nervous about riding at night), I’m also finding that I love riding it way more than I expected to. It’s an easy way to get around town (see: small errands, ice cream runs, writing sessions at coffee shops), a good way to exercise and an excellent way to get out of the house for a bit We’ll see how long the honeymoon period lasts, but for right now, I’m really happy with my bike.

weekly writing update

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What I’m Reading & Watching

On vacation I managed to read four and a half books. In a week. This included On Writing (which I didn’t finish/have read parts of before), Station Eleven, The Paper Magician, The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s FearOf these, I liked The Paper Magician the least (too predictable), was most surprised by Station Eleven, and was totally sucked into the first two novels of the Kingkiller Chronicles–thank you for the recommendation, Sarah! I can’t wait to read Rothfuss’ other two novellas and for the third book to come out.

This week, I’ve read The Wicked + The Divine and Pretty Deadly. I picked up the new issue of Bitch Planet and the first trade edition of Lumberjanes. So many comics, so little time.

I’ve been busy, so I’m a little behind on TV. That said, I recently caught up with the first season of Hindsight and I’d highly recommend it, especially if you’re a big fan of the 90’s.

What I’m Writing

Currently trying to figure out a show to spec and trying to figure out what my next pilot will be about. That means lots of thinking and not so much writing, but it feels good to take a bit of a break and exercise a different part of my writing brain.

What Inspires Me Right Now

I got my first writing rejection the other day. When I told my dad, he smiled and said “Welcome to the business.” He was pretty proud, haha. Quite honestly, though it was initially disappointing, it felt kind of good…? Like I had passed the first initiation for a club I want to join. As we know, rejection is inevitable. Failure is inevitable. Getting back up, writing something new, and trying until you succeed is what counts.

So. Onto the next one.

What Else I’ve Been Up To

I got a bike! I have legos! I ordered some coloring books!

…I’m an adult and I can do what I want.

Writing Quote Of The Week

From Stephen King:

“By the time I was fourteen … the nail in my wall would no longer support the weight of the rejection slips impaled upon it. I replaced the nail with a spike and kept on writing.”

Have a good weekend, friends.

13/52

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Cancun

I was lucky enough to take a week off of work and head to the Mayan Riviera with my family. The last three months have been non-stop between work and my last writing class, and a vacation was necessary! We stayed at Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe, a resort about an hour outside of Cancun. It was all-inclusive (including alcohol!) and the hardest decision I made on a daily basis was deciding if I wanted to swim in the ocean or in the pool. I read four and a half books (two of which were realllllllllly long), swam, played Rummikub, drank, slept…it was the best. No internet. No TV. Full relaxation. One of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time.

P.S. – more detailed travel post coming soon!

tuesday links

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So I’m back from vacation and dealing with “the real world,” and while I’m enjoying the benefits of being connected to the Internet and seeing my friends, I can’t help but miss my days of wandering along the beach, margarita in hand. I know. I’m the worst. I’m almost sorry except that I’m actually totally not, oops. More about the trip soon (i.e. when I manage to upload some pictures), but for now, here are some of my favorite articles floating around the web.

  1. Who said it: Jean-Ralphio or Kanye West?
  2. I really love this post on intersectionality in YA.
  3. Stories of New York after midnight.
  4. “The Spectacular Irrelevance of Insurgent.” Yes. 
  5. A fantastic post on writing your first book.

Bonus: my good friend Katie wrote a great post about the being open and honest on social media.

P.S. – it’s worth mentioning those dreamy enchiladas above are not from my Mexico trip but rather a trip down the street to Poquito Mas. Always a good decision.

 

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Have we talked about how much I *love* banana flavored candy? Especially (laffy) taffy and runts. I also love wearing the color yellow. Coincidence?? Probably. In any case, I’m currently out of town on vacation (!!!!) but please enjoy this pre-scheduled post!

  1. This essay on The Americans and why its bleak nature is also what makes it so great is really good. Love me some Emily Nussbaum.
  2. Kelly Clarkson covering Tracy Chapman? Yes please.
  3. “An Open Letter From Your Horrible Facebook Friends” is fantastic. Still enjoying not having Facebook.
  4. The best piece I’ve read on the Batgirl cover issue.
  5. Please listen to Ava DuVernay’s SXSW keynote. It is inspiring, rousing, and beautiful.

Have a great week, friends. xo

P.S. – Check out The Golden Girls spoofing Clueless.