What I’ve Been Reading Lately

If you're anything like me, you often find yourself winding between the narrow shelves of used book stores, snapping up worn paperbacks that catch your eye and coughing from their dust. If you're anything like me, you start more novels than you finish. You read multiple books at once. You stack them beside your bed …

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Three Peaks and a Valley #10: Rainy Sick Day

This series, Three Peaks and a Valley refers to three positive moments and one negative moment that happens during a twenty-four hour period of my life. When I’m feeling down, my mom tells me to remember one positive and one negative thing about the experience: a peak and a valley. Three Peaks and a Valley …

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I dug up my old writing and published it because I was afraid to.

This is a gem from the early days of Stories for Strangers. I wrote this at 18-years-old during my first few months of college and published it May 5, 2015. I removed the post when my blog began to receive traffic. I felt embarrassed--partly because the prose was so bad but also because the thought …

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Sonia Ellis’ Young Adult Novels Inspire a Future of Women in STEM

From her laptop screen, author Sonia Ellis’ second novel TimeTilter gently illuminates her breezy pale green kitchen. Several years ago, the former chemical engineer made a radical career change to write young adult novels that aim to engage underrepresented youth with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) concepts. “It was a little easier to write …

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Five Seconds of Everything with Kimberly Cruz | Stories for Strangers

https://soundcloud.com/user-220894949/five-seconds-of-everything-with-kimberly-cruz-stories-for-strangers I sat down to discuss the challenges of novel writing with high school of Commerce senior Kimberly Cruz. Cruz is the author of five novels on a story-sharing site called Wattpad where her most popular work, "Night and Day" garnered 2,600 reads. She is a prolific writer with a passion for storytelling. Her drafts …

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“It’s hard to imagine what a college town would look like without a bookstore”

Amazon@UMass enters its second school year with the university to mixed reaction, announces new locations across nation for 2016.   On Tuesday Sept. 15, Blake Simon accidentally ordered The Republic instead of Republic from Amazon for his political science class. It was a mistake that could have left him bookless as required reading piled up. …

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