Reassessing my goals for 2018

When 2018 kicked off, I set an insane amount of ambitious goals for myself—most insane and ambitious of all being to receive 300 pitch rejections over the course of the year. What possessed me to choose a number that high after failing to receive 20 pitch rejections in the last quarter of 2017, I haveContinue reading “Reassessing my goals for 2018”

Book Review: A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot

A Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War, and a Ruined House in France by Miranda Richmond Mouillot My rating: 5 of 5 stars Miranda Richmond Mouillot was young, romantic, and naive when she set out to retrace her grandparents’ story, one she imagined to be like a fairy tale, full of love but with stars crossed thatContinue reading “Book Review: A Fifty-Year Silence by Miranda Richmond Mouillot”

Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert My rating: 4 of 5 stars A refreshing read for the discouraged creative soul, Big Magic is essentially a long, written pep talk encouraging you to stop quivering in fear about your creative projects and go out and make stuff already, for no reason other than:Continue reading “Book Review: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert”

Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan My rating: 4 of 5 stars New York City during World War II. A father who disappeared after getting tangled up with the mob. A daughter with secrets of her own trying to become a diver at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Manhattan Beach is about a father and daughter andContinue reading “Book Review: Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan”

Book Review: Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee My rating: 5 of 5 stars A must-read for anyone who wants to write nonfiction, Draft No. 5 is a collection of essays about the writing process by John McPhee, long-time staff writer for The New Yorker. With smooth writing that makes reading effortless andContinue reading “Book Review: Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process by John McPhee”

Book Review: 1947: Where Now Begins by Elisabeth Asbrink

1947: Where Now Begins by Elisabeth Åsbrink My rating: 5 of 5 stars This book is exactly what its title describes: a look at the year 1947, where the world as we know it begins. From the establishment of Israel to the smuggling of Nazis to South America, this book communicates both the history andContinue reading “Book Review: 1947: Where Now Begins by Elisabeth Asbrink”

A word for 2018: Diligence

Diligence. Careful and persistent work. Slow, plodding, steady effort that isn’t crushed by setbacks. Keep moving forward. As soon as I finished college, I started learning the disappointing lesson that big achievements don’t just happen. Maybe if you went to an Ivy League school and had the right connections, you got your dream job rightContinue reading “A word for 2018: Diligence”

Take the first step: A look back on 2017 and my crazy list of goals

I know it’s early to be talking about the end of the year—we have eleven more days! But with travel plans and being home with my family for the first time since last Christmas, my status on these goals will be overwhelmingly the same when New Year’s rolls around (except I might read another book). WhenContinue reading “Take the first step: A look back on 2017 and my crazy list of goals”

Book Review: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone My rating: 5 of 5 stars My expectations for this book were pretty high: I’ve followed Jason Fagone’s magazine work for a while and know him as a strong writer and evocative storyteller.Continue reading “Book Review: The Woman Who Smashed Codes by Jason Fagone”