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Getaway with Soleil: Auckland Part 1

               The last time I visited New Zealand was in 2016. I flew in July, the southern winter, to surprise my dad for his birthday. I spent a few weeks exploring the city and sights, spending quality time with my family, and thinking through life. I was supposed to return for a trip in summer… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: Auckland Part 1

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Getaway with Soleil: No Longer Flying Solo

               Before this week, I had flown to New Zealand three times. Each time I was alone and either left from San Francisco or Los Angeles after a long layover. I’d usually take the window seat, curl against the plane, watch a few movies, and try to sleep. Thirteen hours of general uninterrupted aloneness, except… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: No Longer Flying Solo

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Getaway with Soleil: Vancouver Part 2

            Believe it or not, this may be my first holiday. Most of my traveling throughout life has been spent visiting family, going somewhere with my family, or attending conferences or competitions. As far as I know, this Getaway will be the first time I’m away from home, exploring the world, visiting and meeting people… Continue reading Getaway with Soleil: Vancouver Part 2

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Getaway With Soleil: Vancouver Part 1

            In March, I came to Vancouver to meet Soleil for the first time, and spent six magical days exploring the city. In May, I ventured to Denver for StokerCon, and ate my way through the various restaurants while expanding my horror knowledge. I wrote about both of these events after they happened. The Getaway,… Continue reading Getaway With Soleil: Vancouver Part 1

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What I’m Listening To: August 2022

               When Taylor Swift said, “August slipped away into a moment of time”, she really nailed it. Somehow, this month has both gone by in a blur and dragged. Maybe it’s because I’ve been preparing for The Getaway or busy helping where I can; all I do know is the favorite songs of August came… Continue reading What I’m Listening To: August 2022

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Autumn Without Academics

            The anxiety of picking the perfect outfit for the first day. Packing your bag multiple times to be sure you have everything you need. Those night-before jitters, and the excitement of seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The anticipation of a new year of learning. For almost my entire life, I’ve celebrated back-to-school… Continue reading Autumn Without Academics

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11 Amazing Artists on TikTok

               While I’m sure we could debate whether my part in the TikTok community for the past two years has been beneficial to my life or not, what I’d prefer to focus on is one of the many things it’s brought me—creatives. Not just theater kids putting on skits, dancers flexing their bodies, or musicians… Continue reading 11 Amazing Artists on TikTok

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My Newest Obsession: Writing Spaces

               In a small, informal poll on Twitter, I asked the writing community where they wrote most often. The possible answers were desk, couch/bed, table/flat surface, or other. In an unsurprising majority, the desk gained most of the votes, with a few for couch/bed and other also coming in. A couple of people commented to… Continue reading My Newest Obsession: Writing Spaces

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What I’m Listening To: July 2022

               July not only brought the heat, but also a fine selection of music. I listened to jazz and classic rock while writing. Pop and alt rock kept me company while cooking or driving. Soundtracks and scores made me love their films and series more. Maybe it was too hot for midnight dance parties, but… Continue reading What I’m Listening To: July 2022

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5 Reasons to Shop Halloween in Summer

            Halloween is 100 days away; the first day of fall still has two months to go. Yet the past few weeks have brought the first whisperings of spooky, autumnal vibes into stores. I’ve already heard some complaints about how “summer has barely started” or “it isn’t even October”, but—as someone devoted to this holiday—I… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Shop Halloween in Summer