Going Blue: Before, During, and After


So I dyed my hair blue last week and...I decided to write about it. I realize there's no way to avoid making this whole thing sound like the whining of a stereotypical, angsty teen so I've decided to embrace it. It's not a phase, mom!  BEFORE: "Why'd you dye your hair, Corine?" I've had my hair dyed for less than a week and pretty much everyone I know has asked. For good reason too. Up until now, the biggest change I made to my hair was growing out my bangs Freshmen year. Between then and now, I was always the girl who had…

Three Things I Learned Finishing My Third Draft


A few days ago, I finished my third draft. I printed out all the pages, shoved them into a binder, and the first thing I did was drop it. On purpose. I wanted to hear that sound, that thud that meant something that had weighed on my mind for the last four years had actual, physical weight. And my god, was that a satisfying thud. [caption id="attachment_3149" align="alignnone" width="3264"] what a rollercoaster...[/caption] That binder, with its 271 pages and 77,283 words on those pages contains the third draft of Under the Gold Paint, a novel I started my freshman year.…