What I Learned From My First Journalism Job

I learned this summer that you have to figure out what people are interested in talking about and what they don’t want to talk about. I learned when to press people and when to step back and let them do the talking, when to ease up and let them get comfortable and when you can go deeper. And while I already knew that sometimes people just don’t want to talk, and you can’t force them, I also learned that sometimes people just need a little nudge and they’ll open up so beautifully.

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British Columbia Travel Diaries: Vancouver, Ucluelet and Tofino

A couple weeks ago, my family and I went back to visit British Columbia for the first time in over two years. I can say without any exaggeration that I’ve been missing the province since the day I left it, and coming back felt like a reunion. It’s hard for me to articulate how I feel about BC, and the Vancouver area especially. I feel a kind of peace there that I’ve never felt anywhere else, and I hope this post reflects some of that.

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Story Snippet: August

She drags the door open, peering inside. Thankfully, the door doesn’t creak, and neither of the two occupants—a pretty girl with pink hair and a boy with corn-silk hair who seems to be the source—seem to notice her. The music is louder now, and far more beautiful. Abruptly, the boy turns his head to the […]

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5 Killer Writing Lessons From Your Favourite TV Shows

Sometimes writers seem to think they have to treat their work like an important affair or else no one will take them seriously. And maybe that’s true for high literature, but it’s not for almost every other genre, at least from my experience. When you’re too serious—almost to the point of being scientific—it can alienate readers. It gets a little dry. Personally, I’d much rather read about a bunch of kids chasing a guy in a monster suit around than a sewer creature with a tragic backstory. Humor is human. I relate a lot more to a bumbling fledgeling vampire just trying their best than to a dusty old guy in a castle.

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July Watches: Netflix’s Queer Eye

Here’s the thing: Queer Eye is unexpectedly heartwarming in a way you wouldn’t expect from a show where five gay guys make over mostly straight dudes (and one lady). But it really is. Season one was great, but season two was amazing; there wasn’t a single episode of the season that didn’t make me emotional in some way.

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How I Take Photos For My Blog

Although I’ve discussed my blogging process, I’ve never really gone into depth with how I take pictures for this blog. I’ve been experimenting with photography a little more lately, and even though I use a lot of stock images on this blog, I take and edit all the photos for my Monthly Reads posts myself. So in this post I’m going to outline every step of my amateur blog photography, and any handy tips I’ve picked up along the way.

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