In Defense of the Dog

Regardless of the reason for doing it, killing the dog in the story feels like a cheap emotional ploy. I think it’s a common trap for new writers to fall into because we learn pretty quickly that “happy” stories are boring and even a little juvenile. Killing the dog is an easy way to impose grief on a reader because virtually everyone likes dogs.

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18 Things I Learned My Freshman Year of College

When I first started college I found the whole experience somewhat perplexing. How do I keep up with all the coursework? How do I pretend to look interested in football? What even is a Student Union??? I attempted to track my progress throughout the year by listing my newfound knowledge in a Word document.

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Why I’m Pro-GMO

No, Nature’s Path Pumpkin Raisin Crunch, “Genetically Modified Organisms” does not sound tasty, but in their defense, neither does “dihydrogen monoxide” and we all know that good ol’ H2O is not only harmless, but necessary for our survival.

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Bikes and Iced Lattes

My concert tee was tucked neatly into my destroyed jean shorts and my right leg was tattooed with bike chain grease. With my iced beverage in my left hand and my handlebars controlled coolly in the right, it occurred to me that I couldn’t look more like a middle schooler if I tried.

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