2018 Books

I set a goal to read 24 books in a year, and I didn’t quite make it there, although I was very close—20 completed books—and 4 unfinished ones, marked with an asterisk (*) in the lists below. Nonfiction The End of Night* Bogard ♥ nature ♥ darkness ♥ philosophy The Joy of X* Strogatz ♥ mathematics ♥ … Read more2018 Books

I 💕🐲💕 Fantasy Genre

The other day, before bed, I tallied it up—and I wrote 7.5K words in a single day. In graduate school, I’d often pump out just as many words in a day, but that’s because I had this mindset, “This writing isn’t my best writing,” this mindset that I was just building blocks, exercises that lifted … Read moreI 💕🐲💕 Fantasy Genre

I 🖤 Brains

Braaaaaaains. Seriously, though. Love ’em. I think about what kinds of synapses are firing in the brains of other living things. I try to figure out why some people swear by the gardening practice of talking to plants. I’m fascinated by the mind-body-soul relationship. The more I read about brains, the more I feel confident, … Read moreI 🖤 Brains

Explore 🤖 Quantum Stuff

When I’m processing emotions, it helps to focus on my special interests. So when the sky is falling, there’s nothing like studying something I know next to nothing about, yet I find unbearably interesting, like quantum physics. By focusing on science, I can zoom out of my body, away from my family anxieties, and into … Read moreExplore 🤖 Quantum Stuff

I 💚 Patterns

In the spirit of Autism Awareness Month, I’m going to continue exploring my experiences on the spectrum. If you appreciate reading about these experiences, make sure to visit my other blog, Cleo’s Autism Awareness. Watching Right Now 💚 Patterns on the Brain Patterns are information. Information is just a patterned arrangement of particles. Says so in … Read moreI 💚 Patterns

35 Buckets to Kick

The following post is a free write. I will be documenting as many ideas as possible in five minutes. This bucket list isn’t limited to real-life experiences; in some cases, it may be better to explore the dream through the safety of a fictional character. publish a poetry collection publish a novel publish a novella … Read more35 Buckets to Kick

Trip to AWP LA 2016, Part VII

Today’s the last day of my restoration posts for AWP LA ’16. I enjoyed going on this journey through my writing from two years ago; I hope you did, too! Listing 💚 Backstories of Reviewers How do you get into book reviewing? Newman says, “You want to make it, you want to think about it; … Read moreTrip to AWP LA 2016, Part VII

Trip to AWP LA 2016, Part VI

In these final two restoration posts from AWP LA ’16, my graduate school self listed answers to questions at a book review panel. Some of the answers are keenly interesting. I hope you enjoy it! Visit tomorrow for the second half of my AWP LA ’16 notes from the book review panel. Listing 💙 Reviews … Read moreTrip to AWP LA 2016, Part VI

Trip to AWP LA 2016, Part IV

The restoration project continues! Once Upon a Time 😎 Super Crumble So last Saturday, instead of busing, I take my car to the Los Angeles Convention Center to wrap up my adventure at AWP L.A. I have to check out of my room early, which means I have to move my vehicle anyway; so I figure, I’ll head … Read moreTrip to AWP LA 2016, Part IV

Trip to AWP LA 2016, Part II

Yesterday, I revised an old post from my trip to AWP LA ’16, a time capsule from graduate school. 💊 Today and tomorrow, I’ll continue that narrative… I was a good student. I took a lot of notes back then! 😉 Quote Response 💜 Embracing a Poetics of Joy The moderator, Lisa Dordal, had simply … Read moreTrip to AWP LA 2016, Part II