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my favorite things: writing and American University

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Did I ever tell you about the time I wanted to write children’s books? Probably. I still want to write children’s books. When I find the time to read, I always read children’s. My favoritest books in the universe are Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Currently, I’m re-reading Harry Potter’s run. (I’m up to Book 5. Again.) It may come as no surprise to you that I’m also a total nerd. I never, ever, ever, ever got a “C” in any class from Kindergarten through college at Georgetown, throughout my two Masters degrees. OK, that’s not true. I got a “C” in gym class in 7th grade because I forgot my clothes one day and had points deducted. You can believe I went up to that teacher and argued for a “B.” (I lost.) Picture me now shaking my fist at that stain on my record.

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I love book-learning. I earned a Master of Liberal Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, just to keep learning. I studied English Literature in a summer program at Oxford. And then I went and got another Masters from American University here in Washington, DC. I earned an MFA in Literature/Creative Writing back in ’03 (Holy moly, has it been ten years?). If I had any talent for teaching, I’d have earned a phD, too. But alas, I’ve no talent for teaching.

But I do love writing. I’m insecure about my talent in that area, but gosh, if I could stay in school and write forever, I would. I found a community of thinkers at American University, smart people who have ridiculously meaningful insights about words on a page and life in general and who are pretty darn funny because of said smarts.  I found a community of writers, a community that talked submissions and manuscripts. Protagonists and drama. The twists and turns a voice can take. Memoir and poetry and all kinds of new things. I studied the sublime in Alice in Wonderland, I translated Baudelaier’s Les Fleurs du Mal, and I wrote a middle-grade novel about building a rainbow. I sat and soaked in knowledge from Richard McCann, Kermit Moyer, and Andrew Holleran.  I’m still in cahoots with Sandra, Paulette, Natalie, Monica, Jen and Eve and so many more from this great time in my life.

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Which is all a lot of talking to get to the point of this post. Sniffle, sniffle, I was pretty honored–given the aforementioned great time in my life at American University–to have my cookies featured in the current issue of American Magazine as part of their “My Favorites” series.

Read the full issue of American Magazine HERE.

(I’m on page 47.)

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Thank you, American University!

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8 Comments

  1. Posted May 1, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Your cookie decorating and writing are exquisite. I always love reading your posts. They are funny and entertaining.

  2. tavette
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    OOOOK…..how did you do those letters so perfectly?

    Big Contrats for being featured in American Magazine.

    These cookies would be a big hit at football parties.

    I’m thinking the split screen of color on the cookies is easy but then you must let that dry completely before adding the letters?

    Any tips for getting the lettering to look so nice? Or is it just practice, practice, practice. Thanks

    Tavette

  3. Abby Anderson
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Permalink

    oh, you are like me! I have never gotten a B from kindergarten till now (6th grade) except I don’t like writing.

  4. meaghanmountford
    Posted May 1, 2013 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    If I recall… the writing-liking came after 6th grade! Back then I was all about math :).

  5. sam
    Posted May 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on being featured! I’m stopping by after reading my issue that arrived today. The bright colors of your cookies caught my attention immediately. How I’ve missed your page I’ll never know, but glad to have found it. Keep up your excellent work!

  6. Posted May 3, 2013 at 12:55 am | Permalink

    Congratulations on your feature … you smart cookie!

    You remind me of my youngest son. He is currently working on his first masters degree and I suspect that it won’t be his last ;)

  7. meaghanmountford
    Posted May 3, 2013 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Thank you Sam!!

  8. Posted May 5, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    I just had a moment….one of those “I knew I loved you and now I love you even more” moments. I loooooooooove those Phillip Pullman books!! Love, love, love!! Every time I see a dragonfly I want to say hello and find out what sort of mission or job he’s doing. …not to mention talking polar bears….or traveling through worlds……and I always try to think of what sort of deamon people would have!!

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