Some Updates

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The wife and me

Because this ain’t my first time at the summer-in-NYC rodeo, I haven’t felt like I’ve had a ton of blog-worthy updates. But of course, that isn’t true. My summer has been pretty different — well, more like entirely different — than last summer. So if you’re wondering what I’ve been up to this time around, read on! Continue reading

Cheers, Oxford! Hello, New York.

teaI start too many posts by saying it’s been too long since I last wrote. In this case, it really has been much too long. Since my previous post, I finished my year at Oxford, and though I wasn’t doing a lot more than I had done in other terms, Trinity was very hectic, mostly for personal reasons. Since I’m still processing the experience, as it’s a big one, I intend to write one or two post-mortems about studying abroad once I’ve settled in a bit more. There’s a lot I want to say–I just have to find the time to say (write) it. For now, I’ll focus on my adjustment from Oxford to NYC. Continue reading

New York, New York

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View from Governors Island!

After three months of working and living in New York, I went back home to Texas at the end of August, where I’ve been vegetating and frantically reading up a storm in preparation for Oxford ever since. Being home has given me ample (extremely ample) time to reflect upon my summer in New York and how much it taught me about the industry I hope to work in one day, “adulting,” and living in one of the most expensive cities in the world.  Continue reading

Publishing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Not entirely related to this post, but I couldn’t resist

I’ve now been working at Thomas Dunne Books for about a month and a half. I started getting the hang of things a few weeks into the internship, and I even got to fill in as an interim assistant for one of the editors here! According to someone I work for, I’ve been exposed to a lot more than typical interns see, and I’ve done some pretty substantial jobs. I do not by any means think myself a publishing industry expert, but I have gained an insider’s perspective, so I feel confident enough to write this post about what I perceive to be the good, the bad, and the ugly of book publishing. Continue reading

Les Petites Victoires

It’s the little things that make a big difference, right? As I become more and more accustomed to living on my own, I’m beginning to notice the small things throughout the day that make me feel satisfied, independent, like a “real New Yorker,” etc. Although I’ve technically been on my own since leaving for college, this summer is my first prolonged period of time in which I’m completely responsible for myself. No RAs, no house chef, no parents. In learning how to adult (the lite version of adult, mind you), I’m learning to appreciate the little victories. Read on for a few of my favorite moments/feelings! Continue reading

Little Girl, Big City

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Manhattan as seen from Brooklyn

I’ve started thinking about this blog of mine as a book, or maybe a film series. No, I’m not trying to say that my life is exciting enough to constitute a bestseller or a film adaptation. What I am trying to say is there are distinct “movements” in my life at this point in time and there are lulls between them. Chapter 1 was freshman year, chapter 2 was sophomore year (and one of those lulls), and now I’ve gotten to chapter 3: summer in New York City. Whereas I had a specific goal for chapter 1 (document my freshman experience), I have a few specific goals for my blog this summer. As cliche as it might be, if my life were actually a film series, “Little Girl, Big City” would definitely be my title of choice. Continue reading