I live at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I just graduated with a M.A. in English writing (Woot! Wait, does anyone ever say “woot” anymore? Well, if they don’t, they should.) but, of course, I can’t stop there. So, PhD here I come! This blog is about the tribulations, jubilations, and contemplations of me trying to break into the literary world, finish my education, and enjoy life while attempting to stay sane.

I’m hoping to add continually to this list, but here are some of the academic and literary things that I’ve done and some of my current projects:

“HMO: Help Me Out,” July 2015
HumorPress.com, nonfiction
Won 5th Place in 1st/2nd Quarter 2015 America’s Funniest Humor Writing Contest
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“12 Ways to Secure that 4.0 GPA in College,” May 2015
Thought Catalog, nonfiction
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“Beware the Thesis: 10 Steps to Crafting an ‘A’-Worthy Thesis,” February 2015
Thought Catalog, nonfiction
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“Heaven, Hell, and a Passing Grade,” 2014
HumorPress.com, nonficiton
Won 1st Place in the 1st/2nd Quarter 2014 America’s Funniest Humor Writing Contest
Click Here to Read the Story

“I Kept Walking,” 2012
Brushfire Zine, nonfiction

“Challenging the Champ,” September 2011
Stellaria, nonfiction

“Lake Baikal,” August 2011
Stellaria, academic paper

“Cookie for Your Thoughts,” January/February/March 2010
The Storyteller: A Writer’s Magazine, fiction
Won 3rd Place People’s Choice Award.

Guest Blog Posts
“Pucker Up: Writing a Kissing Scene,” February 2015
A Writer’s Path

“The Good, the Scary, and the Scarring: 10 Creepy and/or Terrifying Classics,” February 2015
The Book Blogger

“Break the Boredom for Winter Break,” December 2014
Sixteen & Successful

“Rushing to Clubs,” September 2014
Sixteen & Successful

Conference Presentations
“Laughing on the Edge,” March 2014
On the Brink Conference
Interdisciplinary graduate conference on the cultural, social, and material
implications of risk.  Presented and chaired.

“Third-Wave Feminism: Another Step in Feminism’s Evolution,” February 2014
Fourth Annual College of Liberal Arts Graduate Student Symposium (CLAGS)
Regional interdisciplinary graduate student conference.

“The Dialect of the American West,” 2013
Renovation Conference
Regional interdisciplinary graduate student conference.

“Chick Lit: Tales from a Third-Wave Feminist Perspective,” 2011
Undergraduate Research Poster Conference
Interdisciplinary undergraduate conference. Won a Honors Undergraduate Research Award (HURA) from the university.

Current Projects
~ YA novel
~ Romantic comedy screenplay
~ Comedic cartoon screenplay
~ Academic article on third-wave feminism and chick lit
~ Academic article on the dialect of the American west
~ Several humorous short stories (Think of a combination of Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry . . . well, at least I’m going for that mixture.)


21 thoughts on “About

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  2. Far too amazing an “About” page to pass up. Do I even need to say, “I’m impressed.” At any rate, you have a new follower, and I’ll read you soon. (You caught me just as I was getting ready to head to bed, but you are definitely first on my list for tomorrow.

    • Thank you, and thank you for stopping by my blog and reading. 🙂 No, I don’t live in a place nearly as green as Oregon House. I’m just lucky enough to have parents who like to garden. 🙂

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  4. Hi! I just wanted to stop by, say hello and that I’m glad you liked my blog. Congrats on your Master’s, and good luck working on your doctorate. That’s awesome! I’m looking forward to reading some of your material. 🙂

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