So I Wrote a Poem

My husband and I are taking a week away to catch our breath after a very busy summer. We’re in a cabin in the woods in a tiny town in Tennessee. The shelves are scattered with mostly Lambuth University yearbooks (this building was once a biology field house for LU), but there also some other…

El Fin de Semana

This is the first weekend I have had entirely to myself while in Madrid. Last weekend, I went to Pamplona and a long list of other places. The weekend before, I spent all of Saturday touring Toledo and mostly rested on Sunday. This weekend? When I was a little girl, my dad spent some time…

No Español Antes Café

This week, I have learned that Spanish is almost meaningless before I drink a cup of coffee and fully wake up. There’s a lot of nodding and smiling pre-coffee in the cafeteria. I have found a small group to wander the city with, so that has been a huge blessing, and I don’t use the…

Transition Anxiety

When I was sixteen, I went on a youth group trip to Mexico. Our first morning there, I sat in a Sunday school class and listened to a lesson in Spanish. At the time, I spoke no Spanish. I had taken three years of French. I panicked. I called my dad, collect, to sob into…

Pre-Trip Anxiety

I leave for Spain in less than a week. My anxiety is manifesting in a variety of ways. I am having odd dreams. In and of itself, that is no different than any other time when I am not anxious, but these have felt particularly stressful. Last night, I was fighting a large pig (in our…

Swoon Worthy Book News

A few months ago, I got some news that I’ve had to keep mum for a while. This week, I have finally been able to share my excitement. My book, The Scientific Method of Getting Luckie, is going to be published by Swoon Reads, an imprint of Macmillan. It has been a long journey to…

Poem on The Aspergian

I always find great articles over on The Aspergian, so I am super excited to share a piece of my own there. Click Here to Read

Able

Sometimes, I want to blog, but I don’t have an essay-length idea to share. So I am going to start using these “aside” style posts when I just have a brief rant or thought to share. Today’s: I often hear “abled” as the opposite of “disabled,” but I think the opposite of “disabled” would be…

Summer in Spain

I booked my flights yesterday.  I bought travel insurance. I turned in the last of my paperwork. Tomorrow, I will get my ISIC card. It’s real. I will be living in a dorm in Madrid for the month of July. I am excited and also terrified, and this blog will be all about both of…

My Current Life in Books

I was going to do a new currently post, but I got really carried away writing about what I have been reading, so this will just be a post about books. Score! I’m taking an amazing sci-fi class called “Black Women and the Fantastic.” Our reading list so far has included: The Gilda Stories, Parable…