Ringing out the old year, in with the new.

I successfully survived finals, graduation, holidays, and my own soul-sucking self-doubt these past two weeks, and this is the first year in awhile that I can say I’m genuinely looking forward to the new year. In 2018, I’m starting my writing career in earnest, traveling to conferences to showcase my undergraduate public health research, and planning a wedding: my partner and I tie the knot in September!

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Just a couple of big ol’ dorks. Me on the left, my partner on the right.

It’s a lot to celebrate–and I’m also excited to make some aesthetic and content changes to this blog to bring it into the new year.

Short Story Roundup (which publishes on Wednesdays) and Friday Bookbag will continue much the same as before. Instead of Monday Reads, however–which served as my own self-motivation to actually read at least a book a week for fun in the face of mountains of homework–I’ll be publishing book reviews throughout the week.

You can still expect at least one review per week, but I’m hoping for 2-3 as my reading habits return to their pre-college state (read: voracious).

I’m also hoping to make my content more readable on mobile devices by reducing unnecessary photos and cluttered formatting, as well as making it more shareable on social media, using tools like the Twitter Card Validator to preview how links will look when shared. I welcome suggestions for ways to do this in the comments.

I’m taking this New Year’s weekend as a chance to appreciate all the good things I experienced in 2017, and to anticipate the changes 2018 will bring. Wishing everyone out there on the internet a joyous New Year’s weekend!

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