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And also a columnist…

Heyo! Big writing happenings going on. My first post in a mini-series on Alt Magazine about things you don’t have to do is is up.

Kelly Rizzetta is in many ways a typical American twenty-something woman. She has an iPhone and a LinkedIn account. She has kept in touch with friends from each of her jobs and from college, mostly via email and the occasional online chat. She is very good at remembering birthdays. Kelly lives at home with her parents and goes into the city often to visit her sister and friends who live there. But she’s not on Facebook.

This may not seem like a big deal to you—Facebook is not the be-all, end-all social media platform it was just a few years ago. But chances are you feel pressure to participate in some social media. Maybe you are an aspiring writer, and the world is telling you to have a blog.


Shout-out to myself in the last line there. Check out the full article here and share it wherever you share things (not that you have to do that!) with #ydhtdt.

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Beautiful Things

In the fall, I love making stuff. I just started knitting again and I’m going to make some Xmas presents for friends that I’m very excited about–they actually requested mittens! No one’s requested something knitted from me before.

I’m big into Pinterest. Sometimes, Andrew comes downstairs on Saturday morning and I look up, eyes glazed from staring at the computer screen, and say like a zombie, “I have to get off of Pinterest.” Last week I said this and Andrew replied, “Oh, it’s one of ‘those’ mornings, huh?” So I think I’ve done it one too many times now. I like to think of myself as a careful curator of projects that I actually make. I don’t pin willy-nilly.

Anyway, looking at beautiful things makes me feel happy, and in the fall, all the beautiful things are cozy and warm, like brown scarves, pumpkin-flavored things, and cider. It’s like cozy overload.

These are a few things that I want to make this fall.

And one inappropriately Christmas craft. It’s two days until Nov. 1, when my best friend Megan and I celebrate the first day of being allowed to listen to Christmas carols. It’s TRADITION!

Just a little peek into my non-writing, non-serious-thinking, non-ebook-making life.