April Line Writing

#NaNoWriMo, it’s not just for writing novels anymore.

So, it’s NaNo. The month that fills every writer I know with a sense of hope and possibility. Or, as likely, dread and insecurity. Whatever the feelings, NaNo inspires a certain type of person to get behind a keyboard. Whatever the end result, writing is good for a person’s soul. And as much as I […]

Ethical Quandries In Becoming an Adjunct Prof.

I will not be insinuating any wrongdoing or accusing Universities of being slave masters in this post. I will not be bitching about adjunct wages. I am interacting with my reality, forgetting for a moment that things for adjuncts are in real need of intervention. Adjunct wages are an improvement over my current wages. Especially […]

Snotdrops on Roses and Scissors on Kittens

My number 1 favorite thing about residency is that I get to spend a week not explaining myself or enduring weird faces from people because all the other humans there are precisely my sort of weird/neurotic/thinky. A close second, however, is that a lot of people there call me April Line. I have a really […]

#YesAllWomen: How The Interwebs Blew My Mind + Cracked Me Open w/ Rage

I’m sure you’ve heard all about Elliot Rodger and his misogynist manifesto followed by an array of violence where seven people + Rodger lost their lives. In case you didn’t, here’s a recap. I’m not glad Rodger is dead. I feel badly for his parents. I think the whole thing is awful and probably, in […]

21 Lies I Tell Myself to Avoid Writing

1. You really should check in on Facebook. 2. You really, really suck. 3. You need coffee first. 4. You can do it later. 5. Oh my god your ass is smaller! Peer at yourself in the pre-dawn window for a time. Honest to god, it’s smaller than it was yesterday. 6. It is a […]

The Mind of a Feminist Poetry Judge: Tips, Tricks, and a Rape Stanza Ugh

About twice a year for the last few, I’ve had the privilege of judging poetry contests for NFSPS and its organizations. One year, I judged the unrequited love category. I’m not going to lie. A lot of those poems were intensely bad. I believe there were upwards of 400 of them. But finding the few […]

Running Makes Me a Better Writer; I Bet It Would Work For You, Too.

I used to feel outright hostile toward fitness/body progress shared on social media.* So I asked myself why. All I could come up with was dumb fear that: a) I will be judged when I backslide, b) I will be judged because I am still chubby, even though I exercise, c)I will become one of […]

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