The Awakening

By Logan Cohen | November 12, 2019

In life we often encounter defining moments of self, where the membrane of who we are and who we are meant to be is pulled so molecularly thin that we are forced to choose between the two. Our journey begins at the mouth of a cave; clothed in multiple layers, but yet there is no snow. We stand, gazing in fear of what awaits inside. Here we make our first choice; to walk willingly into the unknown, or return back … READ MORE…

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No Shame in Working

By Kristen Allen | October 29, 2019

When I switched my degree to Creative Writing, I was elated. For the first time in my life, I truly felt called to do something. There was no better part to my day than to have an excuse to crack open my laptop, brew some tea, and begin writing.  When I switched my degree to Creative Writing, the first thing I was asked was, “But what will you do for money?” Apparently, the work I was majoring in was considered … READ MORE…

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So You Want to Be a Writer?

By R.D. Abel | October 23, 2019

The hardest thing that I have found about being a writer is making the claim that I am a writer. This probably sounds a little strange, so let me elaborate. I started writing over the winter break of my sophomore year of college, right after I changed my major from Business to English. I had always been an avid reader, and one day while I was reading one of those free books on the Kindle app and I had a … READ MORE…

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Interview with John Granger, Dean of Harry Potter Scholars

By Alexandra Savage | February 1, 2018

John Granger, given the moniker of “Dean of Harry Potter Scholars” by TIME magazine, is a published author and internationally renowned lecturer on the artistry of J.K. Rowling’s writing and Wizarding World. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago then proceeded to get his Master of Fine Arts from Oklahoma City University in Creative Writing. Currently, Professor Granger is seeking his doctorate through Swansea University in Wales. He’s been a featured speaker at a plethora of … READ MORE…

Top 5 Kurt Vonnegut Novels

By Betsy Dickens | November 16, 2017

Most people who know me well know that my all-time favorite author is Kurt Vonnegut. I’ve taken many a trip to Half Price Books solely to buy out every copy they had of his books. I’ve almost finished collecting every book he’s written, including an encyclopedia of his characters and made-up words. I even have a tattoo of one of his many famous doodles. In honor of Vonnegut, I’ve compiled this list of his very best novels, number one being … READ MORE…

Post-Halloween Writing Exercises

By Mary Means | November 9, 2017

Hey there, poets! Many of our prose writing comrades are beginning to burrow themselves into the leafy soil of NaNoWriMo. You may be sitting on your bathroom floor a half-eaten Laffy Taffy stuck to your face, wondering if there are any special post-Halloween writing exercises that are just for poets. The answer is no. These exercises are for prose writers too. 1. Candy Wrapper Ransom Note Before you get too excited, you can put away rope and duct tape. This … READ MORE…

5 Less-Known Spooky Short Stories

By Kelly McConnell | November 7, 2017

Halloween may be over, but the incoming cold, overcast weather is still perfect for bundling up by a fire and reading some spooky stories. Perhaps you’re tired of reading the same old Goosebumps book you’ve read since you were in elementary school. There’s too much going on at this point in the semester to have time in your schedule to read your favorite horror novels anyway. But you still want something scary to read under the safety of your covers … READ MORE…

A Guide To The Magical Worlds Of Tamora Pierce

By Emily Brooks | November 3, 2017

Have you ever found yourself wanting to start a new book series, but haven’t had time to find an author worth your time? Tamora Pierce has been in the writing game long enough that she’s written something for everyone, whether you prefer knights in shining armor, antics of magical teenagers, or a good-ole spy novel. Most of her books are set in either the fictional world of Tortall (think of kings, knights, and the appropriate accoutrement) or Emelan (which is … READ MORE…

5 Reasons It (2017) is Better Than Stephen King’s It (1990)

By Betsy Dickens | November 1, 2017

In honor of the recent remake of Stephen King’s It, here is a list of why this version trumps the original (in my humble opinion). In order to keep everything fair, I am only including the first half of the original, since part two of the remake has not been released yet. WARNING: SPOILERS AND HORROR IMAGES AHEAD 1. The Production Yes, I understand it was the ‘90’s. There is a distinct campy quality to the original that will always … READ MORE…

5 Reasons to Read in Every Situation

By Rebekah Brown | October 24, 2017

Looking for proof that reading is still relevant? Searching for an excuse to read that tawdry, Romance novel instead of doing the dishes? Here are five straight-forward and practical reasons to read anywhere and anytime. So settle in, adjust your spectacles, and get that pug firmly situated in your lap, because I have lain before you ample reason to read as long as you wish. 1. Reading is a great way to waste time while being productive. Looking for a way … READ MORE…

Fall: Season of Innovation

By Zoe Wright | October 16, 2017

You’re in the heat of the semester, midterms are approaching,  and three of the biggest holidays of the year are coming in hot. Do you visit with family or stay home and recover in solitude? What about that art challenge everyone’s doing? Or maybe this is the year you finally make plans for Halloween like the social human being that your schedule says you are. Each year, questions like these seem to come out of the woodwork simply to make … READ MORE…

Ten Spooky Book Suggestions

By Kelsey Nannemann | October 5, 2017

October is the perfect month for reading creepy stories. Here are ten books with varying levels of creepiness to get you in the Halloween spirit, pun intended. 1. Ghost Story by Peter Straub “For four aging men in the terror-stricken town of Milburn, New York, an act inadvertently carried out in their youth has come back to haunt them. Now they are about to learn what happens to those who believe they can bury the past — and get away … READ MORE…

Listening to Brian Andreas’ Voices

By Andi Ullrich | September 28, 2017

If you were to stand in the doorway of my room, you would first look forward and see a big window, dying plant, and a cheap rug. Then you’d look to the left to find my bed, dresser, piano, another cheap rug, and pretty much everything else. You wouldn’t notice much to the right of the doorway because really, there’s only a wall. Not until you walked into my room would you give this wall a second glance. And only … READ MORE…