Writing I’ve become a caricature

I’ve become a caricature

Today is the first in my weekly series called Manifest Mondays, where I will chat exclusively about writing and the writing life. What is the first thing you think of when someone tells you they are a writer by trade? I know what I think of: a hunched body with bloodshot eyes (insert gender here), …

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Real Life There’s something dying on the street

There’s something dying on the street

I was rejected from a job that I had very much convinced myself that I was going to get. I went into a very dark place, and of course, it all fell apart in public. I’m hesitant to share it but to hide it away wouldn’t be true to myself. Here we go: I want …

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Projects The arts are not a way to make a living

The arts are not a way to make a living

Post 20 of 24 They say you should never meet your heroes, they’ll only let you down. But what if you write them a letter asking for advice and they throw this blisteringly awesome observation in your face? You don’t have an excuse NOT to get into the arts anymore. It’s like daaaaamn, dropped the …

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Projects 29 Ways to Stay Creative

29 Ways to Stay Creative

Post 11 of 24 I’ve been carrying this infographic for ages. I figured it was time to share with my fellow creatives. I know another list. But truthfully, I have employed almost all of these tactics at one point or another in my writing life, and they’ve helped. This graphic is pretty though, so that’s …

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Writing I’m Terrible, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

I’m Terrible, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

As you may already know – or maybe you don’t – I am heading into my final semester in the MFA program for Writing at the University of San Francisco. Last summer, I took the first of two thesis classes, where you work one on one with an instructor. Your primary focus is to continue …

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Writing Break on through to the other side

Break on through to the other side

I eased myself down from that emotional spike. I knew there was light at the end of the tunnel but I couldn’t find it right away. I deployed my mindfulness techniques that I’ve learned within the last year and I got back to where I needed to be. It’s not perfectly perfect but it’s good …

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Movies The Maltese Falcon (1941)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

I apologize for the lack of interaction here. I’ve been swamped with work and school, as usual. I was able to shift a few due dates to appease my inner procrastinator, so I’m able to blog now! Cinemark had a winter classic movie series that played every week for the past month: Blade Runner: The …

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Writing Originality does not exist 

Originality does not exist 

No, for real. It doesn’t. So get your head out of the clouds and realize the pressure is off. But Guilliean, what are you saying? Listen here, young blood. I’m here to make you realize and accept that you’re not original. What you think you have to say has already been said before in different …

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