A New Writing Machine

Wow, posts two days in a row… it might be like old times. Really, it isn’t. I’m just super excited to have received my very new laptop. I’ve been doing most of my writing for the past number of years on a 2011 MacBook Air. It has served me well over during that time, but it…


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Close Reading 4 of 12 (Environment as a Character in Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation) + National Indie Excellence Award 2015!

Well, the three deals I was working on at work finally closed this week, and my second module of my MFA wrapped up on Sunday, so I finally feel like I can breathe again. I actually had a migraine today. It happens sometimes when I’ve been under massive stress and it suddenly dissipates. My mom…


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COMPENDIUM Available for Preorder!

Releases on May 5, 2015! I have pretty much announced this everywhere but here, so I’m glad to announce that COMPENDIUM is finally available for preorder! It goes into copyediting in 5 days with editor Angela Brown. You can order it in paperback from my site alialuria.com as well as ebook at Amazon. If you are international,…


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Thoughts on The Bone Clocks

I hesitate to call this a book review, so I will just characterize it as my thoughts after reading David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks. This is one of the books on my MFA reading list, but I won’t actually be doing a close reading essay on this book. It did help me consider David Mitchell’s…


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Hello London

I have finally returned from my relatively extended stay in England. I first visited London for some sight-seeing. On January 3rd, I took the “Hogwarts Express” to Wroxton Abbey for my first residency in the Fairleigh Dickinson MFA program. I have been uploading all of my photos to Flickr, but for some reason, the mobile…


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T Minus Ten Days and Counting…

So, the last seven days have been all hustle and bustle. Although the MFA residency doesn’t start until January 3rd, I will be traveling to London early to enjoy some much-needed relaxation time. We have, in fact, already secured our tickets to the Harry Potter Studio Tour, the Tower of London, the New Year’s Eve…


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Long Lost Update

I know I start every blog post this way, but it’s been a while since I posted! Work has been screamingly busy, and I have been exhausted. I was fully and completely prepared to participate in NaNoWriMo 2014, but sadly, I only wrote 237 words total in November. Pathetic. That said, at least I can…


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