As You Do

I'm in transition. I don't really love being in transition. I like my feet on the ground, my heart soaring in the clouds. But as I'm moving through spaces and chapters and epochs of life, career, and (as it feels sometimes) sanity lately, I'm...

readingBooks on books on books. (Right now: Wonder.)

writing • Finally, a novel, after years of memorizing the lines I wanted to one day write. Decent posts every now and then here, I hope. An editorial guide, style guide, and to-do list for a new and amazing project I'm collaborating on. (See below.)

editing • My book of essays, in between spurts of his book. My five-year plan. (Just kidding, I don't have one of those, which is probably shocking.)

loving • The faith my friends and family have in me. The support and encouragement from all corners of my little community. My life, imperfect as it is.

listening to • Dear Hank and John, a podcast from Hank and John Green. Hozier. Fresh Air, another NPR podcast. Mystery Show, one of my favorite new podcasts. (More eps, please.)

eating • Summer salads and avocados as much as I possibly can. Spinach and romaine salads with every bit of produce I can stock my fridge with. Cucumber, tomato, red onion with a drizzle of olive oil and few shakes of Italian seasonings. Fresh basil with tomato and mozzarella. The Garden State really shines in the summertime.

creating • A literary magazine. I'm collaborating with an author I've edited twice, who happens to also be a friend I've admired for years. This is going to be incredible. If you want to be involved, I would love that. Do you write fiction? Do you write creative non-fiction or exploratory essays? Do you make art? Do you take photos? When I tell you people that my collaborator Yvette is a creative genius, whose dreams dwarf anything I could imagine imagining, I'm not lying. If you create, come join us.

What are you up to?

Comments

  1. yes to garden salads! these days my life is filled with cucumber, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese salads drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette and a bowl of watermelon on the side, NOM!

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  2. Congrats on starting that novel of yours - that's absolutely amazing!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  3. Look at you with all your projects - a book and literary magazine? So awesome!!!! I have Wonder on my list to read, I really need to get around to it!

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  4. You've got a lot of balls in the air! I love it.

    I copy-edited a book on Friday night (small 60 pager, mostly just the grammar, tried not to let it go over to copy-writing) and forgot how much I miss it. I edit all day every day at my job, but to sit down and work with something for a few hours...I miss that.

    Local produce is killing it right now.

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  5. I'd love to hear more about the literary magazine! I'm a writer and would love to see if I can contribute somehow.

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  6. I can't believe you juggle so much. Even though you're in a transitonal place, at least it's filled with lots of things you love and enjoy. That's not a bad spot to be in.

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  7. I'm intrigued by the literary magazine. I'm not a great artist, but I dabble a little bit. What kind of stuff would you need/want?

    You've got so much exciting stuff going on! I finally chatted with my boss today about reducing my hours or maybe going back to contracting, which would be super exciting - time for client projects and freelancing and building my own schedule! But also terrifying - no steady paycheck. We'll see what happens. I feel like it's a constant battle with the desire for stability and the desire for creative expression. I know there's a place where they must coexist, but I haven't found it yet. :P

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  8. well you know i love your novel. write faster. you have your hand in so many pies, i love it. taking on the world!

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  9. This is great. Look at all you're doing! And YES NJ IS THE BEST Always and Forever but definitely in summertime. :)

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  10. So stoked for you, lady! Literary mag sounds intriguing. Also, should I have received an email by now? I cannot wait to read your novel.

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  11. What is it about summer that salads are so perfect and filling...but in winter, I want something heavy? As for the literary magazine that you're creating, best of luck! Sounds like something I'd be interested subscribing to. I have a friend who wrote a YA book that is unpublished. I've read it and enjoyed it. Would you want her details? If so, let me know.

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  12. Romain salads are the absolute best. I wont say how happy I am for you again... because this is getting creepy hehe

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  13. There is so much goodness going on in this post (aka your life!) So excited for all of the amazing things you're working on right now- specifically a novel??!

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