5 Things I Learned from Camp NaNoWriMo

Well, folks, it was a wild ride, but I did it. I survived July Camp NaNoWriMo! In fact, I even met my goal!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Camp NaNo, it’s an event hosted by National Novel Writing Month (a website where you can track your progress while you try to write a 50K-word novel during the month of November). Every April and July, you can join a “cabin,” or writing group, of up to 20 other writers and set your own goal of hours, minutes, words, or pages. This was my fourth time participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, my third time winning, and my fourth time hosting a cabin. Here are 5 things I’ve learned in all my camping experience.

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I guess my hair is sinful? and other thoughts while reading Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre. Just the name makes me feel like I’m on a windswept moor straggling toward a looming house in the distance. The moor is bare, except for a gnarled tree where ravens roost… just kidding. It makes me feel like I’m sitting in my literature classroom agonizing over an in-class essay. Turns out, the cold chill of the moor and the cold chill of having two minutes to finish my paper aren’t that different.

Anyway, here are 7 thoughts I had while reading Jane Eyre, that most wonderful and confusing of Gothic novels. WARNING: spoilers ahead!

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6 Reasons Why You Should Watch The Longest Day this D-Day

As you may know, today, June 5, is Barricade Day. I’m sure that many of us will watch Les Miserables and cry accordingly.

If you’re still in the mood for commemorating a historical event with a long, epic movie featuring amazing characters… why not watch The Longest Day tomorrow?

Made in 1962, The Longest Day covers (almost) every aspect of June 6, 1944, better known as D-Day–or Operation Overlord, or the Allied invasion of Normandy, depending on how descriptive you want to get. Here’s 6 reasons why you should watch The Longest Day this June 6.

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4 Awesome Magical Realism Books for All Ages

Magical realism is my favorite genre. I just love the idea of magic right under my nose in the real world! Sadly, there are no fairies in my backyard or ghosts in my attic, but reading about them makes their absence more bearable. Here are my top 4 magical realism picks that readers of all ages will enjoy!

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7 Shakespearean Boyfriends, Definitively Ranked

If you’ve ever read a Shakespeare play, you know that his comedies are basically Elizabethan chick flicks with puns and comments on the human condition. Here’s your definitive guide to the boyfriends in the best rom-coms of all time. WARNING: contains spoilers (for 400-year-old plays, but still).

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