A Quarter Century Addendum

25 Lessons Learned by Age 25

I turn 25 today, which feels like a milestone.  In the last quarter century, I’ve raised goats, read through a library and a half, graduated college (and gone back for round two), solo traveled on three continents, dirtbagged, lived with a family that’s not my own, volunteered full-time, learned a second language, and threw in my lot working for a Fortune 500 company.

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Chapter 2: The Way Less Traveled By

Tell Me What You Know About Night Terrors, Nothing; Writing Monsters into Shape

It's just after midnight as I'm writing this, and I'm not awake by choice. I was told that being scared at night of supernatural things was something I would grow out of.  Maybe I'm not done growing, or maybe I never will.  I think the only improvement now from when I was a child is… Continue reading Tell Me What You Know About Night Terrors, Nothing; Writing Monsters into Shape

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

First Bit of Creative Writing in a Foreign Language

As I've (probably) mentioned before, I am in a creative writing class in Costa Rica.  Besides the fact that taking a creative writing class is a good idea in general, I was inspired to take a writing class in another language by a friend of mine.  She was an exchange student from Mexico who took… Continue reading First Bit of Creative Writing in a Foreign Language

Chapter 1: The Quest for Pura Vida

But “Pun” Only Means One Thing

I never realized how relevant puns were to my life until I couldn't translate them.  Sure, I knew I had a certain affinity for them, but I didn't quite appreciate how much of my humor and self-expression is derived from words and their meanings and connotations. Last semester, I was an RA at one of… Continue reading But “Pun” Only Means One Thing