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Write about something mysterious.

The evening light affords you no secrecy. Your feet crunch against the pebbles and whisps of detritus from the trees and Mojave bushes around you. You sigh. Your hair is flat against your forehead. You smell the lust in the dust of the people who walked this path before you. Something catches in your throat as you draw another ragged breath. A muted phrase of comprehension, the dry air deprived of humidity, or cough due to your seasonal cold? You couldn't be certain. Sometimes you feel the weight of your lungs rising and falling beneath your clavicle. You stopped asking…

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What book is next on your reading list?

According to Goodreads, I'm reading the following: Lady Be Good: The Life and Times of Dorothy Hale by Pamela HamiltonOK Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind by Jill FilipovicThe Artist's Way Workbook by Julia CameronWild Seed by Octavia ButlerThe Book of the City of Ladies by Christine de Pizan Truthfully, I've had the Cameron, Butler, and de Pizan books on my list for a few years. I do want to finish them as they are great books for as far as I've gotten through them. It's not a reflection of them as writers but for me as…

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What is a superpower you’d love to have?

This is a hard one! I've always liked invisibility, being able to come and go as I please without having to trade pleasantries with strangers. I would have to say telekinesis though. I like the idea of being able to make things move around with a thought. I'm literally the laziest person in the world. The least amount of physical work that I have to do to get my desired outcome is the solution that I pursue relentlessly in my everyday life. One of my favorite mental health tricks growing up was moving the furniture around in my room. Something…

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What is a cause you’re passionate about and why?

Pets, specifically dogs. For as long as I can remember, dogs have been a part of my life in some way. The first memory I have of a dog is when my eldest brother's German Shepherd named Bones jumped on me after me and my little brother snuck out into the backyard. We screamed bloody murder and ran back inside! We ended up rehoming Bones because he absolutely refused to listen to anyone else in the house after my brother left for the Air Force. I hope whoever adopted him gave him a good life. Our next dogs were Kellie…

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What is a life lesson you feel everyone can benefit from learning?

I learned this early in life but one lesson I think everyone should learn is that no one knows what they're doing. We're all literally flying by the seat of our pants, hoping for a miracle. And sometimes not even that. Some people out here trying to survive. As a child in a working-class family, we examine the adults in our lives and we think, man, I can't wait to grow up because they've got it all figured out. But really, if we had the brain meats to comprehend, they'd tell us that they're scared shitless about damn near everything.…

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Write about a challenge you faced and overcame.

I'm my own worst enemy. I always think back to times in my life when questions like this come up and it's always me who has muted myself, dulled my own shine, and keep myself out of the conversation even when it was physically uncomfortable. That tightening of the jaw when the words won't come out of your mouth fast enough and you can't manage to spit it out without choking on the syllables. And you do everything in your power to hold back to save yourself the shame of being recognized as an actual person. I suppose in response…

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What does your ideal day look like?

My ideal day is what I do now. It's true that being without a steady job frees up your time, though I argue that it's under the duress of capitalism. It is interesting to see how people spend their days, especially other writers. black & white landscape photo of writer joan didion Joan Didion (RIP) said this to the Paris Review in 1968: I need an hour alone before dinner, with a drink, to go over what I’ve done that day. I can’t do it late in the afternoon because I’m too close to it. Also, the drink helps. It…

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What emoji(s) do you like to use?

Naturally, as I'm sure others who are doing this prompt, I took a screenshot of my Frequently Used emojis. My frequently used emojis The laughing/crying one is definitely one I used to punctuate my feelings. I mean, you HAVE to laugh at the nonsense which is often what I bring out when I comment on things. The sighing one (top line, second from right) is probably my new favorite one? I feel like letting out deep, meditative breaths is all one can do to get through the day sometimes. On the second line, the furthest left (red-cheeked smile) is a…

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What does it mean to live boldly?

Living boldly means consciously doing things on your terms. If you want to break down the definition, it's: not hesitating or fearful in the face of actual or possible danger or rebuff; courageous and daring: a bold hero.not hesitating to break the rules of propriety; forward; impudent: He apologized for being so bold as to speak to the emperor.necessitating courage and daring; challenging: a bold adventure.beyond the usual limits of conventional thought or action; imaginative: Einstein was a bold mathematician.striking or conspicuous to the eye; flashy; showy: a bold pattern.steep; abrupt: a bold promontory. Life isn't straightforward. It's twists and…

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What are 5 things you’re grateful for today?

When I was building up my planner, I would pore over the layouts that others had. I tried hard to use premade planners because that's obviously less work you have to do as a person who will be using planners on the regular. Just plug your data in as needed. But the things I wanted to track weren't easy to do with the premade ones. So I made my own. It's working out well so far. I like looking at my schedule in weeks. I prepare them three months in advance. I do this because I also carry a lot…

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What do people incorrectly assume about you?

I'm an introvert. People can pretty much clock me for one when they sit with me for two minutes. I know it makes people uncomfortable but I am well beyond trying to make people feel comfortable with me. I'm literally doing nothing but exist. Sorry not sorry for breathing the same air that you do. Being an introvert is a bit of a sensitive topic for me because I feel like I'm constantly defending who I am to people who don't care to want to know me. They just want what they can get out of me for their own…

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What do you like most about your writing?

Writing has always been my go-to way to express myself. There hasn't been a moment in my life where I wasn't thinking about my next story, or observing life so that I could write it down later. Writing is an outlet to say the things I cannot say out loud. English is an elastic language. Anyone who tells you otherwise didn't get good grades in language arts. You can find the right word to manipulate and make it work for your process. My motto is to "tell a damn good story." Writing lets me do that. There are stories that…

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