A Song


In place of a post, I’d like to post a song. And Ani says (and has been saying for over thirty years) more in a three-minute song than most can utter in a lifetime. Enjoy.



Please learn more about this amazing woman here.

Movie for the Weekend — ‘My Dinner with Andre’


One winter morning back in 1999, while attending ISU, one of my roommates decided to pay (for as long as he was able to) the lion’s share of the cable bill simply because he wanted every single movie channel. It lasted only one semester, but for that time, I was spoiled. I’d always been a film buff, having grown up with cable tv, so having all the newest and coolest films to watch was a treat. But only one of those channels was my absolute favorite–the Independent Film Channel. I saw so much. From Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes to Linklater’s Slacker to Anderson’s Bottle Rocket to Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, films on the IFC touched the artist and creator in me with their odd characters, their bare-bones budgets, and their young and yet-to-be-recognized directors and actors. These were films that made for me a creative spark that would later fan the first flames of my dream of writing. Continue reading

New Mantra, Part 4



Hello. Sorry for this last part being a week late. I promise it wasn’t a deliberate delay to heighten the tension (but it did, hey oh! Here’s the release).

The final part of my new mantra iiiiiiissss–

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New Mantra, Part 3




Here’s a number for you:

1 in 400 billion

That is the probability of you being born–your parents finding each other, your grandparents finding each other, your great-grandparents finding each other, and so on all through the history of time.

You are a miracle.

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You Are Random Beauty



I read this quote today from Steven Pressfield‘s book, Do the Work, and it blew me away.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Marianne Williamson

I love the part about “your playing small”. It’s such an eye-opener. How many beautiful, talented, thoughtful, caring people ‘play small’ because maybe, deep down inside, they think they’re nothing short of worthless? You deserve better.


P.S. Watch this amazing amazing video. I honest to God just found it randomly on Youtube and it blew me away.

New Mantra, Part 2



Last week we learned that Be Loving applied to everyone we meet, even the people we can’t stand. Be Loving is not false praise or syrupy-sweet patronizing but sincere interaction, and comes from the most sincere place—our humanity. It’s really nothing more than putting our best thoughts, words, and actions forward.

The next part is connected to this.

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New Mantra



Here at the LitAdj offices (and by ‘offices’ I mean ‘the desk I bought on clearance at IKEA eight years ago’) there have been some changes sparked by the changing of the year. First, the look feels a little less gloomy. And second, I’ve gone back and reread some old stuff and improved them, like my About page. This is the time to look over what you have and see what has worked and fix what hasn’t. So in the spirit of self-improvement, I’ve come up with a new mantra for the year: Be Loving, Be Humble, Have Direction, Have Fun. Not only does this pertain to my writer’s life, but also to what I call my ‘civilian’ life. You know, away from my ‘offices’. Continue reading