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My First Six Months as a Freelance Writer: A Look Back

I've always wanted to be a writer, but all of my life, people told me it wasn't a feasible career. Man, I love proving people wrong. Six months ago, I came home from my last MFA session in Brazil and quit my job. Plenty of people said I shouldn't do it, but I think it's…

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Epistolary Novels Perfect to Read on National Letter Writing Day

December 7th is National Letter Writing Day, which reminds me of the good old days of slow, laid-back communication. With the internet, telephones, and video chats available to us now, we generally don’t reach for pen and paper to communicate with our friends and loved ones. But maybe it's time to bring back that sense…

What a Week! Plus Book Recommendations for Mid-September

I meant to run this update last week, but I ended up being so busy that time got away from me. In the last week and a half, I've had several things published. One of them is my essay in the fall issue of Tin House! https://www.instagram.com/p/BnuRbvlFEuF/ Another publication that really blew up was this…

Electric Sheep, Wilder Penfield, and the History of Consciousness

Every family has a myth. I know yours has one, a story passed down bedtime to bedtime, or on long car trips to get you to shut up. The more exciting they are, the more likely they're fake. My family, for example, has been cobbled together from horse trainers and surfers, southern belles, cattle drivers,…

Are You Ready for September? Plus a few book recommendations!

So...I took a little too long to write another blog. But I swear, it's for a good reason. I wrote the last one when I had just set out into the wild, scary world of freelance writing. I thought I was going to die. Well, maybe not die. At least go broke and end up living…

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On Freedom & Freelancing, Plus a Reading List on Tyranny

Being a freelancer is scary. I’ve been a full-time freelance writer for only a couple weeks now, and I’m already starting to get anxious about making money. I’ve had a few pitches accepted from some outlets, like Science of Us, that I’m always excited to work for. But nothing messes with your confidence quite like…

Enter for a chance to win a hardback book!

Hello lovelies, long time no see! I am definitely giving away some books, but you'll have to suffer through my life update first. Either that or scroll to the bottom of the page to enter. As you may know, I just transitioned into full-time freelance mode. I'm doing a couple things with that. Writing, of…

Adios, March! Monthly Recap, What I’m Writing & What I’m Reading

  March wasn't quite the shitshow that February was. I actually had some fun. I went to AWP to meet with an agent(!), but I'm not finished editing my book... So there's that. I also went to Books & Books for the first time. I hung out with Chantel Acevedo and Patricia Engel (who are…