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When I Grow Up….

I did a lot of thinking about what I wanted to do for this theme, and I felt stuck. I couldn’t settle on one thing. I think this is because I’m going through a time of transition and haven’t been able to focus many of the ideas on my head. This song always brings me back to my childhood. It brings to me the hope I had as a kid. We used to spend weekends in the Poconos; the house was surrounded by woods. They were frightening and beautiful, and we used to run through them, breathless and dizzy. When I listen to this song, I feel like I’m running through those woods, looking for deer and magic, breathing in the scents of earth and animal. I would spend so much time in the loft of the house where we would stay and read magazines and books, dreaming of becoming a writer, a fashion designer, a pretty girl.

Even now, a married woman with a steady career, I feel like that child, running, searching for the extraordinary. A fairy, a blessing, a sign. I find myself writing more. Not just fiction, but pouring myself onto the pages of my journal in an attempt to hold on to myself. Writing feels like both the most adult thing to do and the most childlike. When I write, I am running. I am discovering. I am free.

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by | February 17, 2014 · 3:16 pm

Run to the Water

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by | July 21, 2013 · 2:21 pm

Please Let Me Keep This Memory

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by | June 23, 2013 · 12:38 pm

Human by Daughter

“Underneath the skin there’s a human/buried deep within there’s a human.”

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by | June 8, 2013 · 2:38 pm

American Mary

I am super excited about our taxidermy theme! I have been fascinated by women in horror, about how our experiences and relationships with our bodies inform our perspectives on horror and gore. I am currently working on a taxidermy poem/flash fiction for this space, but I think this trailer really embodies how I view the theme: body as object. Body modification. The complexity and intelligence of women merged with sexuality and objectification. Thinking, thinking, thinking. The Soska sisters are bringing a startling, complex vision to horror films, and Katherine Isabelle (AKA Ginger from Ginger Snaps!) stars.

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by | June 8, 2013 · 12:25 pm

In The Shadows

Since this week’s theme Shadow was announced, I haven’t been able to get this song out of my head. It reminds me of writing, hooping, college, dancing and my friend Lorelle who introduced me to The Rasmus.


by | February 23, 2013 · 9:44 am

Let’s Do the Time Warp Again!

because let’s face it, this movie is amazing

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by | February 18, 2013 · 1:02 am

Wild Thing – The Troggs

I heard today on the radio that the lead singer of this band died today. I don’t know any other songs of theirs, but I really like this one, and would like pay some kind of tribute by making it part of the Collective.

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by | February 5, 2013 · 12:59 am

Talking Heads – Wild Wild Life


by | February 4, 2013 · 10:33 pm

Girl Walk // All Day

I just recently saw this trailer for a film (the entire film can be found here: so far I’ve only seen the first part) and it immediately made me think of being wild and breaking free and being a part of something that isn’t composed and neat and perfect.


by | February 3, 2013 · 3:53 pm