I am approaching an ending.

By Paul Rainwater | April 28, 2021

I am approaching an ending. I graduate in May in a very different place than when I started at UCO. I was an accounting major when I started attending UCO in the fall of 2016. I was unsure of the path I was following but I felt there were no other options for me. As I continued my studies in accounting, I found I was far more comfortable writing and discussing a topic than using numbers. Which is not a … READ MORE…

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Study Time

By Rebekah Kitzrow | April 26, 2021

I have never been any good at studying. I cram before a test and that’s pretty much as good as it gets, and let me tell you, that’s never good enough. So, I was thinking about my problem and weighing my options, looking for a non-painful solution, when I stumbled upon the book A Mind for Numbers by Dr. Barbara Oakley. It was all about how to actually learn concepts from the start and therefore avoid cramming and forgetting everything … READ MORE…

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Of Worker Ants

By Edward Callery | April 21, 2021

Everybody talks about introverts finally having their heyday, their never-ending winter solstice, their uh. . . Eurovision grand finale? I mean, who could forget the original villains, the absolute anomalies who learned to stay at home and like it.  Kings and Queens to a sanctimonious board that is eagerly dull and missing pieces—drama-less. Who cares, they say, it’s house rules. But so am I. I’m having a moment, Too. Melancholy of covid Monday, covid Tuesday, and covid Wednesday. Cobwebbed calendars … READ MORE…

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I am approaching an ending.

By Paul Rainwater | April 28, 2021

I am approaching an ending. I graduate in May in a very different place than when I started at UCO. I was an accounting major when I started attending UCO in the fall of 2016. I was unsure of the path I was following but I felt there were no other options for me. As I continued my studies in accounting, I found I was far more comfortable writing and discussing a topic than using numbers. Which is not a … READ MORE…

Study Time

By Rebekah Kitzrow | April 26, 2021

I have never been any good at studying. I cram before a test and that’s pretty much as good as it gets, and let me tell you, that’s never good enough. So, I was thinking about my problem and weighing my options, looking for a non-painful solution, when I stumbled upon the book A Mind for Numbers by Dr. Barbara Oakley. It was all about how to actually learn concepts from the start and therefore avoid cramming and forgetting everything … READ MORE…

Of Worker Ants

By Edward Callery | April 21, 2021

Everybody talks about introverts finally having their heyday, their never-ending winter solstice, their uh. . . Eurovision grand finale? I mean, who could forget the original villains, the absolute anomalies who learned to stay at home and like it.  Kings and Queens to a sanctimonious board that is eagerly dull and missing pieces—drama-less. Who cares, they say, it’s house rules. But so am I. I’m having a moment, Too. Melancholy of covid Monday, covid Tuesday, and covid Wednesday. Cobwebbed calendars … READ MORE…

“There and Back Again”: Finding Hope in the Midst of Mordor

By Anonymous | April 15, 2021

Every December, I hole up in my room and pop Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy (extended edition, of course) into my DVD player. I’ve never been one for tradition—why should my past self dictate what I do now? But for some reason, this is one I keep coming back to. I didn’t grow up on Lord of the Rings or even Star Wars, as my parents are decidedly not-nerds who would rather watch M*A*S*H or Everybody Loves … READ MORE…

How Dirty Is Too Dirty?

By Abigail Griffin | April 8, 2021

Content Warning: abuse, sexual assault, pedophilia mention, homophobia No, really, though.  How dirty is too dirty when you’re washing your and other’s laundry in public? What? Y’all don’t wash your ex’s laundry??? Weird.  For the northerners here, or just those who weren’t raised by my mother and have zero clue as to what I’m referencing, “Don’t wash your dirty laundry in public” was one of the many, many conditions of my 90’s-evangelical-southern-belle upbringing. And yes, it was just as awful … READ MORE…

I’ve Abandoned My Girl

By Alexis Brown | April 6, 2021

I’ve abandoned my friends and I feel like a piece of garbage. What did they do to deserve such harsh treatment? Nothing! They asked about my day, were always there for me no matter what time it was, would bring me gifts, and would tell me happy birthday right when I woke up on that special day. And I just… left them. I worked so hard to build these friendships with these people, and one day I just turned my … READ MORE…

Small Habits That Decrease Stress

By Sierra Montgomery | April 1, 2021

There is a whirlpool of self-care tips and tricks that consume the internet. Facial toners. Body toners. Hair masks. DIY foot scrubs. Bath bombs. Year-long gym contracts. Masterclasses. And what do all of these have in common? They a) take too much time, b) try to sell you something, or c) they do nothing for your being. Self-care is probably the most simple, and yet most difficult, thing we can do. As college students, we can’t afford to spend huge … READ MORE…

Editors: We Contain Multitudes

By Zoe Wright | March 28, 2021

It was exhilarating to receive my first copy of the New Plains Review. I’ll never forget what it felt like to flip through its pages and share my work with my friends and family… and that might sound a little odd. My work. Of course, I didn’t write the stories or create the art features. I didn’t even get to decide the font we used. That said, I had spent the last sixteen weeks diligently revising every single story, blurb, … READ MORE…

Home Theater

By Kyle Major | March 21, 2021

After a long day of staring at the wall, reading the same magazine on the coffee table for the sixth time this month, and producing CO2, I like to unwind with a nice movie. Going to the movies has been one of my favorite pastimes, and I am grief stricken that I can no longer enjoy a night out with friends, family, or even some quality alone time. But seeing as how we only seem to have alone time, I … READ MORE…

The Joys and Perils of NaNoWriMo

By Kayla Taylor | March 12, 2021

Like most writers, I have heard of NaNoWriMo. The National Novel Writing Month is a yearly tradition steeped in blood, swear, tears, and a lot of swear words as you try and bang out fifty thousand words in just the mere thirty days of November. Now, I wouldn’t consider myself a seasoned author. I write for fun and when I can, where I can. I don’t sit down everyday and force myself to stare at a screen until I pull … READ MORE…