The Latest and Greatest – September 2018

Updates on my work and writing

 

Fall has always been a time of change for me and in that spirit, I’ve decided to make this site more of a living portfolio than a stagnant one. I want to include updates on my writing, especially with my book, and share links to recent pieces I’ve written. To begin, I finished the first draft of my book!!

I started writing it six years ago (!!!) so it feels amazing to have finally finished a rough draft. It’s crazy that I’ve actually written a book! This is what I’ve dreamt about since I was five and to now hold it in my hands (printed on computer paper and held together in a three-ring binder) feels surreal. I’ve spent the past month reading through it and making minor edits, and will dive in with bigger edits and rewrites after that.

On the freelance front, I’ve had two articles published on SELF.com in the past month, both on asthma. The first piece, “Please Stop Giving All Nerdy Pop Culture Characters Asthma,” is a snarky piece I’ve been wanting to write for awhile. I had a lot of fun with it, but it also felt important to write. Asthma is life-threatening, but is often treated as a joke. Speaking of life-threatening, I also wrote a piece about a serious attack I had almost two years ago – “I Thought I Could Handle My Asthma Attacks, Until I Ended Up in the ER.” In this piece, I got to write more of a narrative, while also tying in some reporting. I interviewed an allergy and asthma specialist to get tips and advice on how people should react when experiencing an asthma attack.

For my job at Maine magazine, we wrapped up our 50 Mainers issue, which I’ve been working on for the past several months. The special section – “50 Mainers Balancing Heritage and Progress” – highlights 50 people doing amazing work around the state to make it a better place to live and work. I wrote 35 of the 50 profiles and got to interview authors Lois Lowry and Elizabeth Strout, as well as activists working on issues of race, immigration, gender identity, and comprehensive sex education. Maine is a very homogenous state and I’m proud that we featured people who are disrupting the status quo and working to create a more inclusive, welcoming Maine.

Also for Maine magazine, I wrote two profiles recently – one on the artist Jane Dahmen and the other on rare apple farmer David Buchanan. With Jane, I was able to look at the deeper meaning of her work and explore what it is to be a mother with a passion that isn’t her children. Society expects certain things of a woman, and putting her own creative interests first isn’t always one of them.

So, speaking of putting creative interests first, that’s what I’ll continue trying to do myself. I’m currently working on editing my book as well as writing and sending pitches to publications with ideas I’ve had floating around in my head for awhile. Those freelance ideas are also competing against essay ideas, residency applications, and blog ideas I have. Time to write.

Gilmore Girls: A Year of Finding Oneself

If you have yet to watch the Gilmore Girls revival, first of all, what are you doing?? And second, don’t read ahead if you don’t want any SPOILERS.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way… I loved the revival! I’m a huge Gilmore Girls fan (see post from February if you need more proof), and have been anxiously awaiting the revival all year for the past nine years. Instead of detailing every little thought I have about the revival, such as whether I liked the ending and THE LAST FOUR WORDS (I loved it) or if there should be more episodes (NO), I will talk about the one theme that stuck out to me the most: finding yourself. Continue reading Gilmore Girls: A Year of Finding Oneself

How Rory can redeem herself

With less than a month (!!!) until the Gilmore Girls revival comes out, Netflix has released the official trailer for the highly anticipated return of my all-time favorite show. Here it is in all it’s fast-talking, highly caffeinated glory:

The first time I watched it, I was at work and had to suck in all my tears so I could maintain some semblance of professionalism. When I got home, though, I was free to cry as hard as I wanted. And I did. Just ask my boyfriend. He has the mascara-stained shirt to prove it.  Continue reading How Rory can redeem herself

Summer reads

I think there’s a pretty strong general consensus that this summer went by waaaaaaaaaayy too fast. It’s already September, and with Labor Day weekend behind us, fall is officially here. With that being the case, I thought I’d share what I read this summer, especially since I haven’t posted since May. Oops.

I always romanticize summer reading as some luxurious activity characterized by lounging by the water with a juicy read. Reading in the sunshine always makes me feel like I’m on vacation, even if I’m just sitting outside of my apartment. This summer my books didn’t travel far, but with stories set in New York City, Italy, and even Hogwarts, I ended up on some interesting adventures.  Continue reading Summer reads

Reporting on the story no one wants to have

Last week I had a story published in The Forecaster called “‘Yes means yes’: Changing the way Maine looks at sexual violence.” I wrote the story in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which happens every April, and it ran in every edition of the paper.

Yes means yes

Although this awareness month happens every year, I found that sexual assault occurs at a much more alarming frequency – every 107 seconds. In Maine, which is where I focused my reporting, the numbers are thankfully lower than that.  Continue reading Reporting on the story no one wants to have

Feminist (magazine) issues

I recently did something I haven’t done in a few years… I bought a copy of Teen Vogue. It’s not that I don’t like the magazine (I follow it on every social media platform), but I thought I had outgrown it. When I saw Amandla Stenberg on the cover, though, I jumped on it.

Not only is the feature story in the February issue about Amandla, who is known for her video on cultural appropriation “Don’t Cash Crop My Cornrows” and for playing Rue in The Hunger Games, the whole edition is about feminism. I haven’t seen another mainstream women’s or girls’ magazine do this. Ever. Correct me if I’m wrong. Continue reading Feminist (magazine) issues