Friday, December 19, 2014

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies - AKA The End of an Era


We came all this way, but now comes the day to bid you farewell.

I'm just having a whole lot of feelings about this movie. I almost started crying just doing the Google search for the poster image; no big deal.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

L.A. Colors Sweet Eye Shadow Palette ♥


One of the best things about being an Ipsy subscriber are the awesome deals you get sent to your email every Tuesday and Thursday. A couple of weeks ago they were offering a deal I simply could not pass up; an L.A. Colors eye makeup set. I had been really wanting a eye palette with lighter nudes because I really only owned darks, so when I saw the Sweet palette I knew I had to have it.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Barnes and Noble Book Haul && My Winter Reading List


Went Christmas shopping last night. Came home with a present for my Dad and three new books for myself. #SorryNotSorry

I've been basically crying over not being able to read these books for months, so when I walked into Barnes and Noble armed with my membership card and a 20% off coupon I just could not help myself.

Plus today is pay day, she whispered to herself reassuringly...

Sunday, December 14, 2014

New Fave: SinfulColors Nail Polish in Mint Apple



I hope you can all forgive my rushed paint job and anxiety bitten fingers long enough to appreciate how freaking fantastic this nail color is.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Project For Awesome 2014: Room To Read!


My fantastic boyfriend and I spent literally the entire day yesterday putting together the Student Advocates of International Literacy's video for Project for Awesome. We submitted it a little after the 12 hour mark of the livestream, but better late than never, right?

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Movie Review: Mockingjay


Are you, are you, coming to the tree? Where I told you to run, so we'd both be free. Strange things did happen here; no stranger would it be, if we met at midnight in the hanging tree.
Ever since they announced the Hunger Games movie series I've been saying that I think Mockingjay would make a better movie than it did a book.

I had no idea just how right I would be.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

The Semester is Officially Over!!


THAT my friends, is the face of a girl who is 100% finished with finals! Can you see the pure joy and relief radiating off of me?

Friday, November 28, 2014

A List of Thanks


  1. For the peace of mind that comes with knowing my friends and family are safe, especially when so many are not. 
  2. For being able to spend the holidays with my family.
  3. For the fantastic albeit overpriced education I am nonetheless lucky to be receiving.
  4. For my Mom's sinfully good mashed potatoes.
  5. For every book on my ever growing shelves.
  6. For a job that I love and the amazing family it has given me.
  7. For the love and support of an absolutely amazing guy for nearly 5 years.
  8. For the love and gross snapchats of a crazy, sassy, absurdly awesome best friend for literally my entire life.
  9. For Friends marathons with my Mom even though we've seen every episode a thousand times.
  10. For the ability to be a part of amazing online communities like Nerdfighteria, the blogging community, and soon (hopefully) the Youtube community.
  11. And finally, for all of you who are sharing this journey with me.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Price of Privilege: The Apathy, Denial, and Silence Must End.


Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King Jr

I'll be honest; I don't really know what to say.

Tomorrow Mike Brown's family's Thanksgiving dinner will have a gaping painful empty seat at the table, while the man who killed him will spend it passing mashed potatoes across the table just as he has every year before, without even the looming shadow of a trial date to nag the back of his mind. A mother has lost her son, and the killer gets to live his life as if nothing ever happened.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sharing the Love: Last Week's Faves

I believe it is important to spread the love around in the blogging community; I know I always feel super good when somebody shares my blog or one of my posts. Who doesn't, right? So I've decided to start sharing some of my favorite posts from other bloggers (hopefully) every week. In no particular order, here are a few posts I loved this week:

5 'Blank Space' Lines That Made Me LOL at The Lady Errant
This comes from one of my favorite blogs in general and this was definitely my favorite from her blog this week. She briefly breaks down some of the gems from Taylor Swift's flawless new single, "Blank Space."

Urban Decay Naked Flushed, Naked 3 and Real Techniques Nic's Picks Brushes at In The Frow
This post left my crying over my bank account because I hella want those brushes. I am also always up for something from Urban Decay!

Nonfiction November Week 3: Diversity & Nonfiction (Transgender) at A Lovely Bookshelf on the Wall
This post was so aptly timed, as I too just posted about the beauty that is non-fiction. This post offers a really fantastic list of non-fiction books centered around the experiences of transgender individuals, which is a very important topic that I don't see covered much. Yay for diversity!

Lets be honest; most of us are guilty of at least 80% of these. An interesting post to make you think at the very least.


Did you find any particularly fantastic posts this week? Why not share them for others to love too?

((I'm planning on making a fancy smancy graphic for these posts but I have had about 1001 internet problems just putting this post together and frankly I just can't be bothered today.))

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

OOTD: Comfy Cozy





This is my first ever Outfit of the Day post! And let me tell you I suddenly have a whole new respect for fashion bloggers because these types of pictures are awkward to take.

It's snowing here. Like a lot. Like my university was closed yesterday due to weather conditions a lot. There must be already a foot on the ground and it is still coming down. When the weather gets like this I like to be as comfy and warm as possible, especially on days like today when I have to back and forth across campus 20 times. And what better way to achieve this than with a pair of fleece lined leggings and an adorable panda sweater?

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Unloved Step-Child of the Bookstore: How I Embraced Non-Fiction and Why You Should Too



When I was younger I always used to say I preferred fiction to non-fiction because in fiction anything could happen, whereas non-fiction had to play by the rules of reality and therefore there were less possibilities. This was my super sophisticated way of saying at no point in a nonfiction novel was there ever a chance of a dragon showing up, so why bother?

Throughout my college career, however, I have had to read a number of non-fiction stories, most of them memoirs, and I have come to the conclusion that non-fiction is often far more surprising than any fictional plot twist could be. Turns out there are more rules in fiction than reality.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

November Ipsy Bag and New Eye Palettes!


I got my November Ipsy Glam Bag yesterday which is always an exciting time. I wanted to try the super obnoxious lip stain that came in my glam bag, and after I put that on I figured I might as well try out all my other new stuff too. Plus I just recently bought a couple new eye shadow palettes that I hadn't gotten a chance to play with yet. Perfect opportunity, right?

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lois Lowry Can See the Future

Sit down everybody because it is story time. You see this book?


I just started reading it last night. *Pauses for wild exclamations of "YOU HAVEN'T READ IT YET?"* Nope I have not. I am often a late comer to the books that take off. It is a pattern in my life, but that is another story.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sometimes It's Okay to be Content


About a week ago one of my professors had our class fill out a self evaluation form for our performance in the class so far. One of the questions was: "Are you satisfied with you performance so far? If not list 3 things you can do to improve for the rest of the semester."

Friday, November 7, 2014

6 MONTH BLOG-IVERSARY GIVEAWAY!!

Guys! Today is November 7th! Do you know what that means? IT HAS BEEN EXACTLY 6 MONTHS SINCE I STARTED BLOGGING ON PAPERBACK PLANES!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Stop Trying to "Save Second Base"


We just talked about this in one of my classes yesterday and then this morning I walked past a table in Kirkhof (main/center building on my campus) raising money for breast cancer by selling shirts that say "save the hooters" so now I just feel like I need to post about it because otherwise I'm just going to stay frustrated and angry and what good does that do anyone?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fun Facts From Your Local Future Historian

Every week I learn all sorts of fun facts in my history classes and I thought I would share some of my favorites with you! So, in no particular order, here are some fun facts from you local future historian!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Take Back the Night with Katie Hnida!


I am a member of a sexual assault awareness organization on my campus called Eyes Wide Open. One of our annual events is Take Back The Night where we bring a speaker to share their experience with sexual assault and to educate students on issues pertaining to sexual violence. After the speaker's presentation we all march through campus, first silently to remember and support anyone who has been a victim of sexual violence, and then yelling and blowing whistles for all of campus to hear to "shatter the silence; stop the violence." The march is meant to bring attention to society's tendency to remain silent on matters of sexual violence and of how difficult it too often is for victims to speak up. It is a really powerful night, especially for survivors, and it is just such an empowering thing to be a part of, for me anyway. 

Last year's Take Back The Night, my first time going, was the first time I stopped and acknowledged that a previous experience of mine (from many years before...seriously) was not okay, was not "normal" and, more importantly, was not my fault. So Take Back The Night is a pretty important event for me and I love getting to be a part of the organization that puts it on every year.

Our speaker this year was Katie Hnida, the first woman to ever dress and score points in a Division 1 collegiate football game. She spoke about the sexual harassment and eventually sexual violence that she was subjected to by her own teammates during her time playing to Colorado University.

I think Katie's story is particularly powerful because it speaks to not only issues of sexual violence on college campuses and the added issues that arise when athletes are involved, but also to the still all to present belief that there are certain spaces that women do not belong in. More than once when Katie tried to speak out about the harassment she was told it was something she would have to deal with if she wanted to be a woman in football, asked what did she expect; people still believe that there are certain spaces in which women should stay away from if they don't want to be harassed, and that if we try to break down those barriers we were asking to be assaulted. I think this is an aspect of rape culture that is often overlooked, so I was really excited to have a speaker who highlighted this still very present issue in our culture.

Basically Take Back The Night was awesome and Katie Hnida was awesome and also she spells her name like I do so she gets bonus points there. But seriously she was super great and I'm really glad I got the opportunity to meet her. I hope one day I can make the same kind of difference that she is making now.


(I normally make a point to look like...presentable when I know I'm going to be taking pictures but it didn't happen this time...so enjoy my "I totes just got out of class" look)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Whites Cosplaying Characters of Color: Yea or Nay?

I'm taking a Gender and Pop Culture class this semester and this past week we were discussing the racist undertones that can often be found in Halloween costumes because people construct their costumes- both in appearance and action- using commonly perpetuated stereotypes, and because they often appropriate meaningful cultural symbols for the purpose of amusement.




You get the idea.

Anyway this conversation was aptly timed; while wandering around Grand Rapids for Art Prize last weekend I came across a dress in a shop window that would have been absolutely perfect for a  Missandei cosplay. If you don't watch Game of Thrones:
A. what are you doing with your life?
B. this is Missandei:


And I started thinking about race bending cosplays and whether or not it would even be appropriate for a white girl to cosplay a character that is a woman of color. On one hand you have the want to allow for open appreciation and enjoyment of characters and to encourage that expression, but on the other hand you have a longstanding history (and present) of people of color being dramatically underrepresented- and represented poorly when they are included- in popular culture. So, with that history in mind, does a white person cosplaying a minority character contribute to this history of whitewashing colored narratives?

To be clear, I firmly recognize that people of color race-bending characters is a different beast. For starters, to put that limitation on race-bending severely limits cosplay options for people of color because, as I mentioned, they are very seldom represented in pop culture. But even besides that, there is no racist exclusionary history of whites in popular culture for such race-bending to contribute to. Whites are not and cannot be harmed by white characters being race-bent because it will in no way whatsoever contribute to or reinforce any form of political/social oppression because whites do not and have not experienced political/social oppression. Make sense?

I should also probably mention that I don't actually have any intention of cosplaying as Missandei partly because of this question and also because I cannot afford to shop in the store I saw the dress in anyway.

But still. This question interests me. I'm looking for a bit of a discussion here, so tell me: what are your thoughts on whites race-bending colored characters? Is there an acceptable way to do it, or should it just be avoided as a whole?

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Photo Diary: A Day at Art Prize 2014

Fall is finally here, which of course means apple cider, cinnamon donuts, and plenty pumpkin spice lattes (yeah I'm a walking stereotype; it's fine). However, for me the start of Fall also means the opening of one of the coolest traditions and events in Grand Rapids. ART PRIZE!

Every year around the beginning of October the entire city of Grand Rapids is turned into a giant art museum. Artists from all over the world submit their work, ranging from paintings to sculptures to just about any type of art-form you could possibly think of and more. The exhibits cover the city for a couple of weeks, during which visitors get to vote for their favorites to determine the winners.

I la-la-la-love Art Prize. It is something I look forward to every year. You never know what you'll find and I'm always blown away by the variety. The writer in me is always inspired by walking around and seeing all the different perspectives and ideas the different artists offer. Plus it's kind of like a giant scavenger hunt; you never know where you might find a sculpture or an installation, or what stores might have opened their doors as venues this year. I mean I suppose you could just Google it, but where's the fun in that?

This was the opening weekend for Art Prize 2014, so I've only managed to go down for one day so far and there are plenty of venues that I didn't make it to, but I hope you enjoy the pictures I've taken so far!

We've dubbed this one Battle Pug.


The colors for this installation are so vibrant I had a hard time getting a picture that didn't look fake!


Dragon! This beautiful thing is rather appropriately stationed in Vault of Midnight, a comic book store in Grand Rapids.



This instrument is called a Hand Pan. They sound sorta like steel drums. They're super awesome.


I love me some turtles! 

Seriously. I love the turtles.


This is one of my favorites. It is a series of photographs of American soldiers and people living in the Middle Eastern countries that have been/are war zones. The photographer is hoping to draw attention to the way the majority of Americans experience war- at a safe distance through photographs- hence the title of his piece.



I believe this piece was entitled "Wind." We found it because I saw something shiny and obviously had to see what it was.

That's all I have for you right now! I'm hoping to go back to art prize at least one more time before it ends. If you want to see any new pictures I take in the future you can follow me on Instagram!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Back to School Breakfast of Champions


By now I'm pretty sure that classes have started back up just about everywhere. And that means everywhere students (or parents of students) have returned to the universal school time question: what can I make for breakfast that fills me up, gets me to class on time, AND is super healthy? Well friends, I have your long awaited answer.

Poached eggs on avocado spread toast. Healthy. Delicious. Quick.

"Wow, that looks delicious!" you say. "How do I make that?" I know some people fear poached eggs, but this is stupidly simple, I promise.

You will need:

  • 1 large piece of bread; preferably something delicious and fancy from the bakery section.
  • 1/2 an avocado (more or less depending on the size of your avocado. Mine are pretty tiny.)
  • 2 fresh cold eggs (1 if you're not super hungry)
  • Balsamic vinegar (optional)

Fill a pot with about an inch of water and let boil. You don't want it to be a roaring boil, just a light bubbling, so don't set your stove super high. 

While waiting for your water to boil, toast your bread. A toaster oven is ideal, but, if like me, you do not own one, just cut your big fancy piece of bread in half and toast it in a regular toaster. I won't tell anyone.

Next cut up your avocado into little chunks and then smush them across your toast with the side of your knife. I like to leave little lumps on mine, but that's up to you.

By now your water should be ready. Remember light boil, not roaring. If your water is bubbling too much you run the risk of it breaking your yolk. 

Crack your first egg into a 1/3 or 1/4 cup measuring spoon. Then take a spoon and create a whirlpool in your water; this will help to keep your egg together. Lightly drop your egg into the center of the whirlpool, holding the measuring spoon as close to the water as you can when you do it. Let the egg boil for 3 minutes and then remove with a slotted spoon and plop it down on your avocado toast. If you're making two eggs, simply repeat

You'll probably lose some of the egg whites. I always do. It will still be delicious.

Salt and pepper to taste, splash a little balsamic vinegar on top, and enjoy your super fast and fancy breakfast!

*Fun Fact: Since you won't be using a whole avocado, be sure to cut up the half that does NOT keep the pit when you cut it in half. Avocado's stay ripe longer when you leave the pit intact.* 

I hope you enjoy this breakfast as much as I do! What are some of your other favorite before-school breakfast recipes? Let me know! 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SAIL's First Campus Life Night


Last night was Campus Life Night at GVSU, which means thousands of students squeeze into one parking lot to learn about the over 350 student organizations that run on campus. Life Night showcases everything from swing dance club to the GVSU Amnesty International chapter, and new tables show up every year.

This year, we were one of them.

Near the end of the last school year I started playing with the idea of starting a literacy advocacy group on campus. A few months of brainstorming and talking all my roommates into being officers later and SAIL was born.

The group will officially be known as Student Advocates of International Literacy, or SAIL, and I am so excited to get to start working with this group! None of us had particularly ambitious expectations for last night; we were hoping to get maybe 10 people signed up. Instead we had over 30 people sign up and even more who just took fliers for the Facebook group. Even if only half of the people who signed up actually turn up for meetings, we are off to a pretty great start. It was really exciting getting to meet people who were just as interested and passionate about this idea as I am; I can't wait to get to know them all and to start making a difference with them.

There was one part of Life Night that was a bit of a failure: I didn't take any pictures. I got so caught up talking to people and passing out fliers that I completely forgot, so unfortunately I don't have any of our table to share with you. But I will definitely take lots of pictures at our future events and projects so you have that to look forward to!

If you're interested in seeing how SAIL progresses and keeping updated with upcoming projects you can follow our Facebook page here! Some of the ideas we have people will be able to participate in online, so you can get involved even from the other side of the world.

Do your schools have any traditions like Campus Life Night? And are you a part of any of the organizations at your school? Or maybe your a parent who is extra relieved that the kids are back in school and out of the house; are your kids involved in anything cool? I'd love to know!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Photo Diary: Cedar Point!

I am so terribly sorry that I vanished for a bit there. Things got pretty crazy between moving into our townhouse and classes starting up again. Hopefully that will not happen again, or at least not too frequently as the semester moves forward. Sorry again!

I finally made it to Cedar Point last weekend! Kelsey was not able to go, so I went with another of my fantastic besties, Julia. Unfortunately we ended up having to go on a Saturday so the lines were atrocious, but it was still a blast! I have now officially ridden every single roller coaster in the park save for Top Thrill Dragster because I'm just not waiting in line for hours for a 13 second ride. I am not about that life.

My favorite ride in the park remains the Millennium Force. First hill is 308 feet up with an 80 degree drop and a top speed of 93 miles per hour. I could ride that thing all day.


All of that track is bright blue in real life and I have absolutely no idea why it is so dark in the picture. I think it was just too sunny for my phone to handle. 

Here are a few more pics from the trip for your viewing pleasure. You can track our progress through the day by how terrible my hair gets from one picture to the next. The Wicked Twister finally did it in- fortunately it was the last ride we hit so I didn't have to walk around with it looking like that for too long. 


Julia and I in line for the Millennium!



This is the Wicked Twister. This is the one that officially turned my hair into the hot mess you'll find below.


Please pardon the terrible quality of this last one. I just really wanted to get a Nerdfighter picture in since I was rep'n a shirt from DFTBA.com.


The great thing about Cedar Point is that even though you never really want to leave, by the end of the day you are so exhausted that you can't even be mad about having to go home. Especially if, like us, you have a 4 hour drive before you get to your bed.

And that was the last hurrah for the summer before I found myself back in classes this past Monday. Did you do anything fun for the end of your summer? Tell me all about it in the comments!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Rest In Peace Robin Williams

I am sorry that I've been a bit M.I.A. this week, friends. It has been rather crazy and exceptionally sad and I just have not been able to collect my thoughts enough to write anything. But I'm going to try today.

When I got on Facebook Monday night and saw that "Robin Williams death" was trending, I thought certainly it must be a hoax. After all, how many celebrities has Twitter "killed" in the past 5 years? So when I clicked on it and read what had happened, I was shocked. And very, very sad. 



My Facebook feed filled with "Oh captain, my captain!" Joe and I listened to "Friend Like Me" from Aladdin. It didn't feel completely real, to be honest. Aside from the passing of Maya Angelou, most celebrity deaths I've read about recently have been names I hardly recognize, certainly not anyone who had had a real impact on me. But Robin Williams was Genie. He was Mr. Keating. He was hilarious and inspiring and knowing that he committed suicide breaks my heart.

Since Monday there has been a flood of responses to his death, many of them very respectful, but equally as many of them show just how little people truly understand about depression. Many people who don't understand depression, who are lucky enough not to suffer from it, have developed the unfortunate idea that it is something that can be concurred through sheer willpower. People who suffer from depression are often considered weak, and those who succumb to it are considered cowardly and selfish. 

This is the truth: suicide is not selfish, but the way our society responds to it is.

All too often the immediate response to a person's suicide is "how could they do this to their family/friends/etc." People insist that the person should have considered what this would do to the people around them. Do you see the problem with this? We as a society take a person's pain and suffering and immediately make it about us; the people left behind. Instead of asking what we can do to stop this from happening to someone else, we insist that it is the fault of the victim that it has happened at all. Rather than seeking for ways to combat the disease that took them, we insist that they are weak and selfish for allowing themselves to be taken. 

Depression is not the same as sadness. It is not the same thing as how awful you felt after your last breakup. It is not a response or reaction to something that has happened or to a situation you have found yourself in. It is a disease. The wealthiest most privileged person in the world could still suffer from depression. You cannot blame someone for their depression anymore than you can blame another for their asthma. It is not something they are choosing for themselves; it is something that is being done to them because something in their brain is not working the way it is supposed to. 

I do not know what depression was like for Robin Williams. But I know what it is like for me. And honestly, in terms of people suffering from depression I am extraordinarily fortunate. Mine is closely linked to my anxiety which means it is not constant. Whereas many people have episodes that last months, mine last days. And those days are awful. Those days are damn near impossible. So I cannot imagine what it must be like to have that horrifying voice in your head every single day. I cannot imagine how terrifying and painful it must be to have your mind leading a murderous mutiny against itself every single day for months on end. I am not saying that suicide is ever right, but I do understand why it happens. I understand how someone could feel like that was the better option, the only option. And telling them that they are weak, that the others like them are selfish, that does not stop suicide from happening. It encourages the already dangerous stigma that is preventing people from receiving the help that can save them.

I know this quote has been going around already, but I really do think it is the best description that I have read, so I want to share it here:
The so-called ‘psychotically depressed’ person who tries to kill herself doesn’t do so out of quote ‘hopelessness’ or any abstract conviction that life’s assets and debits do not square. And surely not because death seems suddenly appealing. The person in whom Its invisible agony reaches a certain unendurable level will kill herself the same way a trapped person will eventually jump from the window of a burning high-rise. Make no mistake about people who leap from burning windows. Their terror of falling from a great height is still just as great as it would be for you or me standing speculatively at the same window just checking out the view; i.e. the fear of falling remains a constant. The variable here is the other terror, the fire’s flames: when the flames get close enough, falling to death becomes the slightly less terrible of two terrors. It’s not desiring the fall; it’s terror of the flames. And yet nobody down on the sidewalk, looking up and yelling ‘Don’t!’ and ‘Hang on!’, can understand the jump. Not really. You’d have to have personally been trapped and felt flames to really understand a terror way beyond falling. --David Foster Wallace 
What Robin Williams tragic death should teach us is that even the people that seem happiest of all, the ones who bring can get a smile out of everyone they meet, are not immune from the darkness depression forces upon a person. It should bring attention to how poorly our society handles depression and how badly change and progress is needed. Because as long as we continue to blame those living with depression for their illness, we will continue to lose people to it.

I hope Robin Williams has found the peace he could not find here. I am so thankful for every laugh and smile he has given me, and will continue to give me. He will be deeply, deeply missed. Rest in peace, oh captain, my captain.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Barnes and Noble Book Haul!


“There is nothing like the smell of books, both new and old. If someone ever bottled the smell, I would be all over it .” - Tiffany King

Few feelings compare to that of walking into a book store, the smell of crisp new books washing over you the second you walk through the door. It is the feeling of knowing you are surrounded by unexplored worlds, unknown characters, and potentially life changing stories. 

Today I spent a few hours wandering around one of my favorite places: Barnes and Noble! I did not end up getting as many books as I had planned because my store did not have one of the ones I really wanted in stock and I decided to wait and order a few others off BN.com instead, but I think I still made out pretty well! Here are today's beautiful new additions to my bookshelves. 


I am super excited about adding these to my collection. Fahrenheit 451 has been on my must read list for ages and I have been hearing nothing but amazing things about We Were Liars all summer. Persepolis was a recent discovery, but I am really looking forward to diving in nonetheless.

Confession: I actually read We Were Liars today after I got home. As in all of it. I'll definitely post about it in the near future but right now I am in the post-reading shock phase and I just need a few days to process the mind blowing I was just subjected to. Stay tuned!

Have you bought any new books recently? Or are there any that you are really looking forward to getting your hands on? I am always looking for recommendations!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Photo Diary: A Writer's Simple Joys

There is nothing I love more than having a full day to myself. A day off from work, responsibilities, and the rest of the world. For me, these days mean quality time with my pen and keyboard. 
They mean smooth ink gliding across a blank page, breathing life into stories and characters that previously existed only in your mind. They mean building whole worlds and filling them with people as real as you or I with nothing but words; it means setting them loose and seeing what they do with the world you've created for them.
They mean the rare opportunity to spend a whole day chipping away at the first draft of what you are sure is definitely the one while daydreaming about seeing your name on bookstore shelves and New York Times Bestseller Lists.
They mean Pandora playlists and coffee shops where in 10 years you will say it all started. They mean drying out ballpoint pens and praying your laptop cord will reach the outlet. They mean notes scribbled in notebooks or napkins or on the palm of your hand because you have to write it down right now before you forget.

Days like this mean progress. And that is the most any writer can ask of a single day. 

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