Why Employers Should Encourage Using Public Transportation

I’m talking to the bosses in the cities right now.

The bosses in the cities that are using public transportation, like buses and Ubers, and subways and trains if you’re so lucky. I’m not talking to the bosses of delivery drivers, truck drivers, or event planners. Well, unless those event planners don’t have to haul anything very often and primarily handle local businesses anyway; they don’t need vehicles either in bigger cities. But for everyone else, how sure are you that your employees need to have their own vehicle? Because honestly, they probably don’t. Not on most days. (more…)

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The Miniaturist Review – Returning Books To My College Professor Part 2

I graduated from college and moved into a new house with my boyfriend this week.

So, naturally, I’ve got a few loose ends to tie up. A few weeks ago, as I was cleaning my room for the move, I mentioned in my blog that I’d found some of my professor’s books that she let me borrow a few years ago. She thought they’d be good models for me to look at while I was working on one of my stories that year. I got busy and, long story short, didn’t read them. I’m moving away from campus to start my life with my English degree. I’m reading them and giving them back to her before I leave. The second novel in the stack of books is The Miniaturist, by Jessie Burton. This is my The Miniaturist review.


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Sweetness #9 Review – Returning Books To My College Professor

I’m normally pretty good at returning books.

I mean, I guess. I don’t borrow a lot of books. While cleaning up my room for my upcoming move off campus, I found some books that weren’t mine. They belong to one of my former professors. One of them is Sweetness #9, by Stephan Eirik Clark. I’m on a quest to finish reading it and other books so I can return them to my professor, who was kind enough to let me borrow it over 2 years ago. This is my Sweetness #9 Review.


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College Student Goes Crazy Waiting For Final Grades To Post

I’m sitting here like a good graduating college student, applying for every job I can find that even remotely interests me on Indeed, waiting for my coffee water to boil. I’m doing the best I can to pretend that I’m not worried about my final grades, writing about my upcoming college graduation in all my cover letters, using the most declarative sentences possible.

Dear Interviewer,

I’m Eric Shay Howard and I’m applying for your Administrative Assistant position. I WILL graduate in May 2017 with a BA In English. I know I will. You can bet on it. It’s pretty much a for sure thing, although I’m still waiting for my grades to post. BUT I’m only worried about one class. It was a really hard class about British Literature. BRITISH LITERATURE! I know, right? But I did all the work in it and I’m thinking it’s pretty hard to fail an English class if you (more…)

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I’m Bad At Workshopping Short Stories

In college fiction writing classes, there’s one thing you’ll do a lot, and that’s workshopping short stories. I’ve written a lot of short stories and read a lot of short stories in classes and writers’ groups. In college, short stories are used for creative writing education because they’re short.

Short stories are short. That makes sense.

The reason creative writing professors need the stories they use to be short is because you spend most of your time in creative writing classes workshopping your fellow students’ short stories. In return, they workshop yours. Workshopping short stories can be a very helpful tool, not only when you’re starting out with creative writing, but throughout your creative writing life.

Here’s the thing about me and workshops:

People who let me workshop their stories don’t like me after I give back their story. I scratch things out on the page if they’re boring, if they do something that pulls me out of the story, or if I know that the sentence could be better. I scratch things out a lot more if what I’m reading is a short story. Short stories don’t linger. (more…)

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