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Sparkbox Foundry Article

4 Strategies to Advocate for Project Improvements

Ever have great ideas for improving projects but don’t know how to bring them up? Katy shares how you can effectively advocate for your improvements while being considerate of your team and clients.

Sparkbox Foundry

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I have a confession to make...

It's probably time to admit that blue isn't my favorite color anymore.

May 27, 2019

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I Fell in Love with GraphQL Last Night

When I started, I didn't really know much of anything about GraphQL. And, to be honest, the only thing I really knew about Gatsby was that I could use it to build a static site with React. Plus it works well with the Netlify CMS, which is something I also really want to use. Since then, I've learned a lot. But last night, my knowledge of GraphQL took a leap forward and now I really love it.

May 05, 2019

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Routine as Self Care

What if prioritizing self-care is really about prioritizing doing those things that bring you back to yourself every day, day after day?

April 29, 2019

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Cheryl Strayed on Being of Service

Strayed is one of those writers who always seem to have some nugget of wisdom that really resonates with me, whether it's in an essay, an interview, a story... I keep a mental list of writers whose work feels like home to me and she is definitely on it.

February 24, 2019

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The Joy of Having Problems

I can expect that there will be problems, there always are. But that’s what makes life interesting. And recognizing that allows me to take some joy in solving them.

January 15, 2019

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2019 Priorities

Take care of yourself and learn new things

January 01, 2019

Book Review

The Western Wind

The Western Wind

Harvey's brilliance lies in her ability to humanize and complicate her characters, to give them lives and loves and losses, jealousies and pain and secrets.

Washington Independent Review of Books

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I Moved My Phone Out of My Bedroom

Last week, it occurred to me to do something entirely obvious and yet also a little radical. I moved my phone out of my bedroom.

September 09, 2018

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My New Analog Workspace

A couple of years ago, when I got my first coding job, I took my first paycheck and re-did my office. I went all out at Ikea and got some bookshelves, a pull-out couch, and a nice, big dining room table I could use as a desk. The initial intent had been to set up an area where I could write away from my large monitor. But then I never did.

September 02, 2018

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I Need to Read More Lauren Groff

I read an interview on The New Yorker blog with Lauren Groff the other day and I realized that I need to read more of her work. And by more I mean any at all because, somehow, I have thus far missed out on her genius.

June 09, 2018

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From The 3 a.m. Epiphany by Brian Kiteley

...the best fiction...

June 09, 2018

Sparkbox Foundry Article

Friday is Coming! The Scientific Case for Why Programming is so Darned Satisfying

The process of solving a programming challenge turns out to follow The Hero's Journey story structure, a pattern our brains recognize and reward.

Sparkbox Foundry

Book Review

The Overneath

The Overneath

In this fantastical collection, flawed characters face the unintended consequences of their actions.

Washington Independent Review of Books

Book Review

Beast: A Novel

Beast: A Novel

A deeply philosophical tale that explores the grey areas between reality and fantasy.

Washington Independent Review of Books

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I Was At the Women's March

Just two short weeks ago, I was at the Women’s March on Washington, and yet it already seems a world away. Not like it didn’t happen, but like it happened in some other world, in some other timeline, separate from my everyday world of kids, husband, dogs, and work. And in a way, I suppose it kind of did.

February 07, 2017

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Morning Pages

Last week was a tough week for creative work. I had family coming in from out of town and I hosted dinner for 18 on Friday, which means my creative work really was just cooking. Which is fun for me. Especially since I was trying out a couple of new recipes this year (and they were successful!).

November 08, 2016

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Elizabeth Gilbert's Magic Lessons Podcast

I just spent pretty much all day listening to Elizabeth' Gilbert's Magic Lessons podcast. I highly recommend checking it out. Especially episode 12 where she talks with Brene Brown. I listened to that one twice. Although I learned a lot from all of them. It was interesting hearing from the different women about where they are with their creativity and what was blocking them from doing the work they felt they needed to do.

November 03, 2015

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Quotes — Zen Minds, Beginners Mind

From the Introduction, by Richard Baker, to Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki.

September 26, 2015

Book Review

The Wake: A Novel

The Wake: A Novel

Powerless, damaged, and damned, Buccmaster of Holland is an unsettling character and his story is as disturbingly human as they come.

Washington Independent Review of Books

Book Review

Up the Hill to Home

Up the Hill to Home

Yacovissi shines in her descriptions of daily life, whether that life is taking place in Civil War-era Washington as Jubal Early and his Confederate troops are closing in, or in the crowded mid-1930s household that Lillie calls home as the book begins.

Washington Independent Review of Books

Interview

An Interview with Contributor, Rick DeMarinis

We recently interviewed Rick DeMarinis, whose story “Afternoon in Byzantium” ran in The Antioch Review, 2014 summer all-fiction issue and garnered the Review recognition as a finalist in the fiction category of the 2015 National Magazine Awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Antioch Review Blog

Interview

An Interview with O. Henry Prize Winner, Asako Serizawa

We recently interviewed Asako Serizawa, author of The Visitor, which appeared in our Summer 2011 (Volume 69, Number 3) issue and which won an O. Henry Prize award in 2013.

Antioch Review Blog

Interview

Being a Fiction First Reader at The Antioch Review: An Interview with Katy Bowman

On average, nine readers cull through the approximately 3,000 per year fiction submissions looking for the thirty or so that will ultimately end up on the pages of The Antioch Review. These readers do a close reading of the submitted stories, find the ones they like, and send them on to editor, Robert Fogarty, who makes the final decision. The Antioch Review is grateful for all its first readers and thought you might like an inside look at how just one of them, Katy Bowman, approaches this important task.

Antioch Review Blog

Essay

The Last Poem I Loved: Revolutionary Letter /#1 by Diane DiPrima

The summer I turned 19, after my first year of college, I took off, leaving behind my small midwestern campus, to work in a gift shop in Yosemite National Park. That’s a whole other story, and maybe someday I’ll tell it, but for now it’s enough to know that I was there. And that one night, some friends and I decided to take a trip to San Francisco on our day off.

The Rumpus

Essay

Katy Bowman: The Last Book I Loved, Breakfast at Tiffany's

I have tried for the better part of three days to figure out how to write this review/adoration. I wanted to write some grand theory or expound on some deep wisdom gained through the reading of this book. I wanted to write something about this book that hadn’t already been written.

The Rumpus