An Open Letter to All of My Facebook Friends

Dearest Acquaintance Facebook Tells Me I Once Knew, I don’t recall the exact moment we became friends or even who sent the initial request. It was the thing to do at the time, a way to say, I see you and I recognize your worth as a part of my life. Or something like that. Like I said, it’s been a while. We may not … Continue reading An Open Letter to All of My Facebook Friends

Channel Your Inner Twitter Mob: A Guide to Communicating Effectively

You’ve got something to say. But how do you say it so that people will listen? How do you preemptively head off pointless arguments? Keep people reading until the end? How can you be sure you’ll get your meaning across every single time? The art of communication is one that you’ll spend your whole life perfecting. Language is constantly changing, culture is constantly changing, people … Continue reading Channel Your Inner Twitter Mob: A Guide to Communicating Effectively

When Metaphor Breaks Down

We as a species love to speak in metaphor. Perhaps it’s a learned trait, perhaps it’s hardwired somewhere in the poetic soul of humanity. Perhaps it’s just our feeble attempt to grapple with things and ideas that would otherwise be incomprehensible or our desperation to avoid careful, nuanced understanding at all costs. Many experts and laypeople have written about metaphor and its relation to thought—does … Continue reading When Metaphor Breaks Down

How to Spark Your Writing with Mood Boards

As writers, we’ve all been there. Staring at a blank page, an idea humming in the back of your mind. You write a sentence. Read it. Delete it. Rinse and repeat. You know what you want to write. You have ideas and characters and a general idea of the setting or aesthetics. But the words won’t come. The story won’t spark. What do you do? … Continue reading How to Spark Your Writing with Mood Boards

What They Don’t Tell You About Bookstagram

If you’ve been anywhere on Instagram in the past few years, you’ve probably seen someone post an aesthetically pleasing photo of a book, maybe with a cup of coffee or tea, a perfectly positioned candle, or more bookmarks than any one person would ever need. Welcome to #bookstagram. Whether you’re considering becoming part of this book-loving community or you’ve been posting about books for years—or … Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Bookstagram

Antisocial and Proud: Branding Yourself on Instagram

I don’t have a cat, I hate taking selfies, and inspirational quotes tend to make me gag. I don’t go out to fancy restaurants often enough to truly merit food photos, and I never remember to take #squadgoals pics until long after I’ve said goodbye and changed into my pajamas. But somewhere deep in my soul I knew that if I ever wanted to publish … Continue reading Antisocial and Proud: Branding Yourself on Instagram