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The 5 Best Things About Going Gluten Free

In the summer of 2009, my body revolted. My slightly temperamental stomach became unable to handle anything. Crackers and toast gave me 3 hours worth of digestive pain. I didn’t want to eat, I had little desire to drink, I didn’t want to go out in public, and I couldn’t concentrate on anything except the pain in my stomach. Agoraphobia, claustrophobia, and anxiety reigned supreme for months. The doctor’s diagnosis? I.

2014 Favorites

2014 Favorites

Another year has come and gone. I really thought that 2014 would be a big year of change for me, but in reality it turned into more of the same. Change is on the horizon, and rather than depending on it for happiness, I’m moving forward and promising myself that I will enjoy life. Besides, there were some great new releasees this last year. Favorite Movie — Guardians of the Galaxy I wanted.

The Pros and Cons of an MFA: Part II

The Pros and Cons of an MFA: Part II

Last week, I told the Pros of getting an MFA in Creative Writing. Now it’s time to share the cons. As I mentioned before, please note that these responses skew to the Chapman University graduate program. Every school and every experience will be different, and this is not to dissuade anyone from getting an MFA. This is just information to take into consideration. Part II: The Cons 1. You don’t always get to work.

The Pros and Cons of an MFA: Part I

The Pros and Cons of an MFA: Part I

Last week, after five and a half years, I finally defended my thesis to get my Masters in creative writing. The road grew so long from a combination of anxiety and red tape, and it seems unreal that it’s finally coming to an end. By the time the process finally finished, it almost felt too easy, given how much I agonized over it. I’ve been asked by other writerly friends.

Top Ten Tuesday – Things On My Bookish Bucket List

Top Ten Tuesday – Things On My Bookish Bucket List

Read Dune – Actually, I’m not sure why I haven’t yet. I love the mini-series. The book has to be better. Read a ridiculous romance novel – I’ve never done it, because I reach a point where I start to question what I’m doing with my life and why I am bothering with this. I think there are romances worth reading out there, and I will find one that captures me.

Virtual Travel

Virtual Travel

I love traveling. Something about going to places both old and new sparks the imagination, and nothing else replaces it for me. My best creative moments happen when I’m traveling. The change from the familiar to the unfamiliar—or from the familiar to the formerly familiar—causes a new perspective that is so hard to re-create in every-day surroundings. However, sometimes you just don’t have the ability to save the money to.

Harry Potter Weekend – A Retrospective on an 8-movie Marathon

Harry Potter Weekend – A Retrospective on an 8-movie Marathon

A couple of weeks ago I ended up with a low-grade flu. Since I was good for nothing other than sprawling on the couch and sipping juice, it seemed like a great opportunity to marathon all 8 Harry Potter films in one weekend. Watching the movies in close succession brought some interesting perceptions. Before I jump into those, a few stipulations. 1) I am a Potterhead, converted to the books.

Book Review: An Irish Country Doctor

Book Review: An Irish Country Doctor

Bookstore therapy is usually want leads me to pick up a book different from my norm. On this particular trip of bookstore therapy, B&N had a number of bestseller trade paperbacks on a two for one sale. The Fiction & Literature section isn’t where I naturally gravitate to, but I figured this was a good opportunity to pick up something that wasn’t my usual read. Irish Country Doctor caught my attention..

2013 Favorites

2013 Favorites

Farewell, 2013. You brought some great things, and you left me frustratingly stagnant in others. But I went to 15 movies this year and I’m finishing out the year with a trip to The Lion King. So I can’t complain. On to 2014! I enjoyed last year’s recap so let’s recap my 2013 favorite discoveries.   Favorite Movie – Frozen I saw a lot of movies I really enjoyed this year, many that.

A Month of Movies – November 2013

A Month of Movies – November 2013

I don’t think I’ve ever been to as many new movies in one month as I did this November. It wasn’t a deliberate attempt to see so many movies, but it just happened. I had a conference in San Francisco the third week of the month and a quiet Thanksgiving this week. Both became a recipe for evenings at the movie theater. This month I saw: Thor: The Dark World.