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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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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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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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Suddenly you remember 

I honestly have so much work from in-class prompts that I keep finding it in my notes. Here’s one from workshop last semester.  After death, I will grow and scatter myself and someone will say my name with love for the last time. Will they be male or female or someone in between? Will their…

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The Secret Miracle

We were given a few pages from The Secret Miracle: The Novelist’s Handbook by Daniel Alarcón one week, and this was my reaction to what we read. I plan to read the book eventually. I wish I had a bolt of lightning strike me as I read each author’s advice for writing a novel, but…

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My Current Writing Process

I wish I had the luxury to have a dedicated slot in my schedule to do nothing but write. Maybe in the future when I’ve graduated and I’m living off my writing. Pipe dream, perhaps, but that’s why I went into this program! I had hoped I wouldn’t repeat my undergrad college experience: full-time day…

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Things I Didn’t Know I Loved

School’s back in session. I did feel apprehensive on my choices even though I discussed it with my advisor (who is retiring this semester, boo) and read the syllabi. But how often do syllabi only tell one side of the story? All in all, I think this will be a cool semester. The workshop is…

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