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Solitaire and Bedtime Stories: How My Anxiety and Creativity Live in the Same Room

As I’ve been getting out of my month-and-a-half-long sickness stupor, I’ve been getting back into my creative pursuits—bullet journaling, writing, etc.—and I’ve noticed one big change since I have been accessing this part of my brain again: I can’t fall … Continue reading

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September 2019: How Re-reads, Graphic Novels, and Sibling Book Club Saved My Month  

What I Read: Death Note: Black Edition Vol. I by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata The Raven Boys (re-read) by Maggie Stiefvater Who Would Have Thought It? (school book) by María Amparo Ruiz de Burton Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up … Continue reading

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August 2019: How I Got a Concussion and Lin-Manuel Miranda Narrated a Book to Me

What I Read: Skyward by Brandon Sanderson Ultimate Spider-Man: Ultimatum by Brian Michael Bendis Sheets by Brenna Thummler Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savannah Ganucheau Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (re-read; audiobook) by Becky Albertalli Aristotle and Dante Discover … Continue reading

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Listening: How Recovering from a Concussion Forced Me to Develop New Self-Care Habits

This concussion has been the worst injury I have ever sustained in my entire life. I’ve been sad, lonely, hurting, foggy, lazy, and most of all, BORED. So that’s why this blog post is going up so late—I finally have … Continue reading

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July 2019: How Working at a Bookstore Has Made My Book Obsession Grow and I Got Back Into Sci-Fi

What I Read: The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram Mettanoia, Vol. Two: Mental Health and Self Care Strategies (zine) by ?? The Miserable Mill by Lemony … Continue reading

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Magic and Endurance: How David Blaine’s Crazy Stunts Help Banish My Fear of Messing Up

Disclaimer: I am aware that David Blaine has faced and is currently facing sexual assault allegations. I do not support people who do this, and in light of any new evidence, I may take down this post. I understand if … Continue reading

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June 2019: How This Month of Reading and Connecting Reinvigorated My Mind

What I Read: Dreadnought by April Daniels The Witch Boy by Molly Knox Ostertag Real Queer America by Samantha Allen We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia The Love Songs of Sappho translated by Paul Roche Let’s … Continue reading

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Mom Hugs and Puppy Snuggles: How I Let Depression Get the Best of Me Before I Explored Why Life is Worth Living

As you already know, this summer has been rough for me. I have been lonely, dealing with an emotional new roommate, and starting a job at Walmart that was slowly sucking my soul out like a Dementor. I won’t go … Continue reading

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May 2019: How I Read Too Much Because of Boredom, Anxiety, and Unemployment

What I Read: The rest of Do What You Want edited by Ruby Tandoh Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol The Bad Beginning (re-read) by Lemony Snicket The Reptile Room (re-read) by Lemony Snicket … Continue reading

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Mixed Media and Turning the Page: How I’m Learning to Deal with (and Embrace) Uncomfortable Situations

The spring semester has been over for what feels like ages, but I can’t stop thinking about my photography class. I spent the entire semester complaining about how I wasn’t good at photography, how I had to try really hard, … Continue reading

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