This week on Throwback Thursday, we'll be recounting a pivotal day in the history of Susie: my very first day of college. I actually wrote this in a journal I was keeping in tandem with my best friend, who went to college in Sacramento. The deal was, since we couldn't be with each other every… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: My First College Class
One of the cool things about blogging is that I'm rarely at a loss for post ideas. (...I said rarely, not never.) This is partially because many ideas stem from real-life experiences and conversations... and during these conversations, if I don't immediately recognize it as an opportunity for a blog post, someone else will point it out for… Continue reading How Not to Propose to Me
As promised in my last post, today I'd like to write about writing. Since landing my first writing job a few months ago, I've been learning an awful lot about writing lately. So much learning, in fact, that it honestly feels like I'm a new writer every single day. As each day passes, I look at things I wrote yesterday… Continue reading Just Spit It Out, Would You?
When I first started blogging, and specifically when I began reading others' blogs, I remember being surprised how much writing there was out there... about writing. It seemed like for every blog post I came across about someone's childhood, there was another guiding writers how to write a blog post about their childhood. I didn't realize writing about writing was even a thing, and… Continue reading Writing About Writing About Writing
Hey there, readers! Happy Throwback Thursday! If you're new around here, Throwback Thursday is when we take a trip down memory lane with the recent discovery of all my childhood journals. Sometimes these trips are nostalgic, some confrontational, some humorous, and still others are a little haunting for me. But nonetheless, I hope they're entertaining.… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: A Collection of Poems
If you're on social media, or watch the news, or live within reasonable proximity to another human being, chances are you've heard of The Ice Bucket Challenge. For those of you who haven't, it's an awareness campaign for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Several variations of the challenge have been circulating, but the gist is… Continue reading The Ice Bucket Challenge, and Why Your Meme Isn’t Funny
I did a bad thing last night. It was a thing so dreadfully bad that I'm having to will my fingers to even pound out this confession. My hands are quivering reluctantly over the keyboard, begging me to stop writing this incriminating post. "It's not too late," they tell me. "We can still walk away.… Continue reading The Seven Deadly Sins of Literature
Welcome back to Throwback Thursday! Where we explore the labyrinthine rabbit holes of Susie's youthful brain, as documented in 16 years' worth of childhood journals. This week, we'll be delving into the mind of 10-year-old Susie, upon her first exposure to a permeating lifelong challenge: boys. On October 12, 1999, I plopped down onto my… Continue reading Throwback Thursday: A 10-Year-Old’s Take on Boys
Here's a fun fact for your Tuesday: the city of Vancouver, WA has a population of about 160,000 people. 60,000 of them (that's almost 40% of all Vancouver residents) work in Portland....I'm one of them.For those of you who have never travelled to our little corner of the Pacific Northwest, allow me to give you a geography… Continue reading Traffic is our all-powerful overlord and resistance is futile.
Here's a fun fact about me: In some really warped, alternate version of reality where the sky is purple and it rains skittles and hair-color-apparently-equals-resemblance, I've been told I look a little like Natalie Portman. This compliment does wonders for my ego. Whenever someone says it, I blink back at them like a goldfish and… Continue reading Please don’t tell me I look like Natalie Portman.