MMB1 — A Wall Worth Building: A Rhetorical Analysis of India’s Women’s Rights Protest

Millions of women joined hands along a highway in Kerala to form a “women’s wall” on New Year’s Day. Photo provided from

Wall building, however one may take this ambiguous statement, has been a rising topic all throughout 2018. Sure enough, it continues into our new year on January 1st, the rise of the topic starring in the country of India as millions of women form a 385-mile wall of protest. The organization, National Public Radio, was able to provide some context on how and why this wall was created:

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A Drop of Ink On a Blank Canvas

Make the second thing you love your job and the first thing you love your hobby.

My father used to say this to me all the time as a child and it’s funny that it took twenty-one years for me to finally understand what he meant, and truthfully it was all thanks to this Careers in Writing course. I initially took this course for two reasons: to see all jobs that are applicable for an English major specialized in writing (other than being an author), and if those writing-job careers were something I really wanted to do for the rest of my life. After a complete semester of various literary and academic assignments, building this portfolio, and learning more about myself and what I am capable of, I feel as though I have a clear understanding of what my job would be and what would become my forever hobby.

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Fall Back in Love With Your Favorite YA Novels With a Bonus Coffeehouse Playlist

Crisp candle scents, over-sized sweaters, and pumpkin spice flavor everything. Yes, I know some of you are getting just as excited as you see those words because they all mean one thing: a seasonal excuse to stay indoors to snuggle in your blankets and put your nose into a good book! Yes, bookworms it’s AUTUMN! The wonderful time of the year where your quite not sure what to read because your favorite contemporary summer re-reads are so last season and your TBR List is way too long to remember. Well, this post here is to remind you in a short list of some of your favorite YA novels that you read last year that are coming back with more that should be considered your next read! 

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Hello Writers! Are you at the point in your work where you have thought about submitting your manuscript in hopes to get it published? I’m a writer just like you and have had many questions on whether or not it would be worth sending my work to an agent, mainly because I never had enough information on that subject. Well, you’re in luck because I have gathered a handy infographic that can give you a general idea on the step-by-step process of submitting your manuscript to an agent!

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Experiential Review — 42nd Street Musical at Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center Byers Theatre

On Sunday, September 16th at 2:00pm I had the privilege to watch the opening weekend act of 42nd Street the Musical. This Tony-Award Winning musical contained vibrancy, comical relief, and a whole lot of dancing feet. By the end of the show, I can say for the very least that I have never wanted to sign up for tap dancing lessons so quickly due to the exquisite talent on that stage.
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Article Review — “When Writing Becomes Content” by Lisa Dush

Lisa Dush’s article, “When Writing Becomes Content” explains the various aspects of content and how it applies to the recent professions of writing in the developing society of technology. Systematically over the course of several years, the traditional form of writing has evolved into content creation; Dush argues that the overlap between these two practices cannot be ignored due to the rapid growth of digital assets but assesses the relative importance of standardized writing as certain values should not be substituted to fit the content criteria. In this article, she provides insight on the characteristics of content, the examples of content and writing professions based on those characteristics, and the overall significance it holds to the modifying academic curriculum.

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The Blossom and The Beast by R.S. McCoy

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Retelling
Rating: 4/5 Ink Splats

Goodreads Synopsis: Blossom Frane is only weeks away from her transformation. On her eighteenth birthday, she’ll find out her future branch of society and her totem, the animal form she’ll be able to take at will for the rest of her life. Like her brothers, she’s expected to be a brown bear of the religious branch known as Terra. 

In the Alderwood forests, Blossom’s bear blood is a valuable asset. Any day now, a rival clan leader will step forward and offer her father a hefty bounty in exchange for her hand in marriage. Blossom can do nothing more than sit back and wait to be traded to the highest bidder.

Determined to spend her last weeks exploring the Alderwood, Blossom sneaks away and manages to find Kaide Landel, a rising political star of the Pyro branch. Known for his violence and disregard for the religious teachings of the Terra branch, he’s all wrong for the bear clan’s prized daughter. But when the politician uses his wealth and influence to secure her hand, Blossom has no choice but to leave her family and marry him—if she lives that long. 

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Book Review — The Cruel Prince By Holly Black

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5/5 Ink Splats

Goodreads Synopsis: Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever.

And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King.

To win a place at the Court, she must defy him–and face the consequences.

In doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. But as civil war threatens to drown the Courts of Faerie in violence, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself.

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