On Payoff in Eudora Welty and James Baldwin’s Works

Written in September 2016.  — In several writing classes I have taken thus far, the idea of ‘payoff’ has been discussed thoroughly and in many different ways. In my understanding of it, it has come to mean not necessarily giving an expected ending but not deviating from the story’s innate trajectory. I find different yetContinue reading “On Payoff in Eudora Welty and James Baldwin’s Works”

First Impressions of Paris: August 2018

8/30/2018 Paris, I almost can’t bring myself to participate. It’s a different exploration than China: I feel even less sure. In China the “fuck it” moments mean more: they’re shrouded completely in the unknown, in the breaking down of stereotypes, in the safety of being a laowai. I learn more. I’m open to more. I’mContinue reading “First Impressions of Paris: August 2018”

A Reflection on a Sentence from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

*This was originally a small assignment for my Writers’ Seminar in Fiction, and I couldn’t help but share it because I am so in love with this sentence.  ** “Loveliness and stillness clasped hands in the bedroom, and among the shrouded jugs and sheeted chairs even the prying of the wind, and the soft noseContinue reading “A Reflection on a Sentence from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf”

Racism in the Dance World via Costuming

Yesterday I watched my little sister perform in her last dance recital before moving to L.A. in the fall to attend AMDA. I could not be more proud of her for going to further her training and to foster further love for dance, but the day was not without many thoughts. One thought that keptContinue reading “Racism in the Dance World via Costuming”

Five-Act Film Structure in The Perks of Being a Wallflower

I find The Perks of Being a Wallflower to be an excellent example of the type of screenplay and structure I want to write. The film’s protagonist Charlie must take a strenuous mental and also spiritual journey to overcome his path and both acquire and utilize the knowledge of life (as far as ninth grade,Continue reading “Five-Act Film Structure in The Perks of Being a Wallflower”

Regenerative Iowa City, Part Four: Transportation and Future Habits

In May 2015 I wrote a proposal as a final project for a class called Literature of the Anthropocene. My proposal was in regards in turning Iowa City into a regenerative city. While I hope we as a city take the initiatives needed to make this a reality, I’m going to be posting my longContinue reading “Regenerative Iowa City, Part Four: Transportation and Future Habits”

Regenerative Iowa City, Part Three: Permaculture, Community, and Culture

In May 2015 I wrote a proposal as a final project for a class called Literature of the Anthropocene. My proposal was in regards in turning Iowa City into a regenerative city. While I hope we as a city take the initiatives needed to make this a reality, I’m going to be posting my longContinue reading “Regenerative Iowa City, Part Three: Permaculture, Community, and Culture”

What a Great Story Should Have

1. A great story should have diversity. This includes having minority characters who play a substantial role and are not just there as a token stereotype.   2. A great story should have ambiguous characters or situations. By ambiguous I mean that the audience should not have all the characters figured out completely, that noContinue reading “What a Great Story Should Have”

Regenerative Iowa Ciy, Part Two: Policy and Education

In May 2015 I wrote a proposal as a final project for a class called Literature of the Anthropocene. My proposal was in regards in turning Iowa City into a regenerative city. While I hope we as a city take the initiatives needed to make this a reality, I’m going to be posting my longContinue reading “Regenerative Iowa Ciy, Part Two: Policy and Education”

Regenerative Iowa City, Part One: The Anthropocene vs. Nature

In May 2015 I wrote a proposal as a final project for a class called Literature of the Anthropocene. My proposal was in regards in turning Iowa City into a regenerative city. While I hope we as a city take the initiatives needed to make this a reality, I’m going to be posting my longContinue reading “Regenerative Iowa City, Part One: The Anthropocene vs. Nature”

An Overview of a Victim Turned Courageous (She Hopes, She Tries, She Can)

This is an overview/reflection paper I wrote at the conclusion of my Theatre Movement class. This class has changed my life in more ways than one, and I wanted to share a snippet of that journey here online. *** The semester commenced in its usual, creeping, quiet way for me. Beginning another set of classesContinue reading “An Overview of a Victim Turned Courageous (She Hopes, She Tries, She Can)”

A Reflection on Writing and Submitting

I submitted a short story to the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction because I’m crazy and of course I didn’t expect to get in, but I wanted to see what they said upon my submitting one of my stories. Apparently I had “some good writing,” but it “didn’t quit win [the editor] over.” Hmm. I’m stillContinue reading “A Reflection on Writing and Submitting”