Shaking The Tip Jar

Quick update as we head into the new semester: eagle eyed visitors will notice the Ko-Fi button on the right side of the screen. I’ll also include it below, in case it does not show up on mobile.

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Grad school definitely isn’t cheap, and everybody needs help now and then making it through the week. I don’t expect Ko-Fi to pay the bills but if you’ve enjoyed my writing or just feel a bit generous, maybe drop a few bucks in the bucket for the occasional coffee or study snack? I’d be forever grateful for any donations anyone can spare.


We Are Number One

2016 has been a raging dumpster fire of a year, but today I really just need to remind myself of how well I have succeeded over the past 12 months. I have graduated from UMSL with a BA in English, a member of the honors college, and as magna cum laude, during which I had work published in both Litmag (the spring college mag) and Bellerive (the honors college’s fall mag). I am now going to UIUC for my masters in library and information science, after spending 2 years working in the Thomas Jefferson Library, which ultimately cemented my decision to shift from English to LIS. I also got out of the house more, met a lot of amazing people, read a lot of great stuff, did some great writing, and established some wonderful relationships with my professors and supervisors that I hope continue in 2017 and beyond.

So, yeah. You know what? Wasn’t all bad. Positivity still survives somewhere in the world, even if sometimes I forget that it exists. We are number one. We got this. Bring it on, 2017. We are the heroes now.

Rest in peace, Mr. Rickman

BBC: Actor Alan Rickman dies aged 69, of cancer.

  1. Fuck cancer.
  2. I didn’t realize until today how many of my favorite films Alan Rickman was in – the Harry Potter series, Dogma, Galaxy Quest, Die Hard… It’s an overwhelmingly stellar film list and a testament to his ability and skill as an actor.
  3. When I next re-read the Harry Potter series, his voice will always be my Professor Snape. He is Severus Snape for me. I will never lose that, his performance was so powerful.
  4. 2016 is awful. First David Bowie, now Alan Rickman — and earlier this year, Natalie Cole passed away too.
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