Stand Up and Punch Negative Tendencies Out of Your Life

Making headway against self-doubt Olivia Walters When I slide back into old habits I have to recenter my focus by viewing my personal growth on a timeline. If you write a journal as I do, then you understand the importance of reviewing entries written months or years ago. That way, you keep yourself in checkContinue reading “Stand Up and Punch Negative Tendencies Out of Your Life”

Demystifying Loan Default for College Grads

What those Department of Education bills are really saying by Olivia Walters I felt compelled to write about this topic since many of my followers are graduated college students or soon-to-be grads. This is a short piece to discuss terms the U.S. Department of Education expects borrowers to understand, plus how easy it is toContinue reading “Demystifying Loan Default for College Grads”

Souffrance ou on s’en fou-ance

Se dire je vais bien Olivia Walters Me voilà au clavier. Cela fait combien de temps, un peu plus d’un mois. Je reconnais que j’ai du mal à m’exprimer. Les phrases ne déroulent pas comme d’habitude. Alors en arrivant à un tel moment, on cherche la raison pour laquelle on se trouvait incertain, désespéré, voireContinue reading “Souffrance ou on s’en fou-ance”

How to Steal from French Magazines for Writing Inspiration

Writing poetry in the style of a ransom note Olivia Walters This week I wrote French poetry by snipping words from travel magazines I stole at the Charles de Gaulle airport. The exercise got me thinking about fresh ideas for my creative work, but as I began stringing words together, making word associations, and elaboratingContinue reading “How to Steal from French Magazines for Writing Inspiration”

Thoughts on Ending Books, Leaving Fiction World

Olivia Walters Yesterday evening I powered through the last 50 pages of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. It’s been some time since completing a book, start to finish. I felt accomplished, well-read, and introspective as I entered the post-operative reading phase in which readers bemoan the return to reality.   Reaching the last page, weContinue reading “Thoughts on Ending Books, Leaving Fiction World”

Book Review: Hemingway, Frustrating Heroines

Critique littéraire / Book review Olivia Walters La saison des cafards est arrivée. J’étais en train de ranger ma chambre et oups, j’en vois un au tapis, à peine en vie mais suffisamment d’énergie pour courir frénétiquement dès que j’essaie de l’écraser. La chair de poule traverse mon corps. Cockroach season is in full effect.Continue reading “Book Review: Hemingway, Frustrating Heroines”

Summer Obsessions: Notes on Mabanckou et Rilke

Olivia Walters Je m’arrêterai jamais quand il s’agit de Mabanckou. Il m’obsède. « S’il y a un secret que je pourrais livrer ici c’est que, pour faire parler les gens, il faut jouer la distance, l’indifférence, en un mot le désintérêt, y a pas mieux que ce stratagème vieux comme le monde pour déclencher lesContinue reading “Summer Obsessions: Notes on Mabanckou et Rilke”