Bad Poetry Friday

During my junior year of high school I was obsessed with this magnetic poetry set I got from Barnes and Noble. Many of my bad poems stem from those evenings alone in my bedroom waiting for a boy to call while moving around the words on a filing cabinet. There were also many nights spent … Continue reading Bad Poetry Friday

Writing life: On dealing with rejection part 1

"Your success is directly proportional to your ability to handle rejection," (from the panel at the SCBWI Conference, NY 2012). Writing is not easy. Or always fun. It is not all sunshine and rainbows and instant bestsellers. There's a lot of blood, sweat and tears that goes into it. Sometimes those injuries come from a … Continue reading Writing life: On dealing with rejection part 1

Mortification Monday

The ongoing drama of Kyle n' Danielle 11-6-1993 Dear Diary, Well Kyle didn't break up with me. He understood. Kyle walks me to my classes and we talk. Yesterday he walked me to my bus. We said goodbye. Love, Danielle 11-10-1993 Dear Diary, I'm writin' in the dark. Yesterday was Kyle and my 1st week … Continue reading Mortification Monday

Bad Poetry Friday

There's something about me being lovesick that made me write scores of bad poetry. And for the record, I was lovesick a lot. The following three poems were all written in late December 1997. They are all written about the same guy, a counselor  at a summer camp I attended in the North Carolina mountains. … Continue reading Bad Poetry Friday

Writing Life: Everything Is Inspiration

As a writer, I'm often asked where I get my inspiration. My answer? Everywhere. No, really. I'm a walking hurricane. True story: I once got into two car accidents in two hours. I once slipped in a mud puddle while wearing platform shoes and a suede skirt and fell on my my arse in front … Continue reading Writing Life: Everything Is Inspiration

Mortification Monday

The entries are a little out of order, but hopefully the drama still makes sense.   11-3-1993 Dear Diary, I have a lot of things to say. First Kyle asked me out. I said yes of course. I feel so good. It all started one week ago. Krystal asked Kyle if he liked me. He … Continue reading Mortification Monday

Rejection Playlist Volume 1, Track 3: “It’s Only Life”

This song really isn't about rejection, but keeping positive when everything is a sh*tstorm. Both the song and the video break me every time, but the lyrics always seem to ring true: Well I guess it's only life, it's only natural We all spend a little while going down the rabbit hole The things they … Continue reading Rejection Playlist Volume 1, Track 3: “It’s Only Life”

Bad Poetry Friday

Remember that poem from last week? Here's another one from that bad breakup: Untitled (9/19/99) You have this way of making me feel like shit You dumped me for another bitch didn't you think I wasn't ever gonna let you down Looks like you broke the promise Author's note: Can you tell I was still angry? … Continue reading Bad Poetry Friday