Teaching, updated

I took a li’l break from teaching (for the most part) this summer, but am back to it now. Full details are here, but TL;DR details are here:

- I work with pretty much anyone (pro, full-time writers who want help on specific projects or developing their voice and/or style; new and emerging writers who are just developing their voice and/or style; any writer at all who wants help with some vision and planning in/for their careers, as it relates to pitching and working with editors and whatever else; non-writers who have that bug to write and want help with the basics, which may or may not include voice and/or, yes, you guessed it, style).

- I offer sessions that are three hours in total and include an initial discussion about what you’re working on and what you want to do with it (and then I spend some time with your work on my own, and prepare for the personal/personalized instruction session and write up a milli notes about your work) and then the session itself. The cost is $300 + HST, which is $339.00.

- The initial discussion and the personal instruction session can happen via phone or Skype, but right now I’m not doing in-person stuff because many times the scheduling and travel time got to be too much.

If you’re into that, or know someone who might be, email me at katecarraway at gmail. <3

This is a Ford Fusion Energi (in Charcoal, which you may or may not be able to tell because I went way deep on the FX on these photos, but look how pretty I made the sky!), which was my ride for a week that I spent basically on the highway, just driving and driving and driving, and when I wasn’t driving, dreaming about driving. (I didn’t even go anywhere that good, really, just back and forth between home and home, friends and family, myself and myself. So it goes.) Dreaming about driving after a day of driving is similar to those dream-like physical-sensation night-time do-overs had after a day on the Slip-and-Slide, or a day on roller-coasters, or even a day on a boat in some gentle, easy-peasy lake waves. It’s nice but also disturbing, that the body can “hold” things like that.

(Also, I listened to a lot of NPR podcasts that week, so big merci to my iPhone and the audio input jack and a zilli very good speakers. (OK six speakers, but still.))

I feel like the Ford Fusion Energi is a Hot Dad of a car, like, it’s been out in the world and learned some things and has adapted accordingly, but remains fun and optimistic and has a really excellent attitude. A genuinely comfortable, good-looking midsize-sedan with environmental consciousness = hot dad, right?

This car is, in my own vision of it, a kind-of hybrid of a hybrid. If you look way-close-up at the driver’s side you’ll see the circular… “input” for the plug-in option. (Just kidding: it’s called a “port,” according to the heavy internet research I just completed.) In the Fusion Energi, you can choose (via the “EV” button) to use “EV Now” which is mostly electric power; “Auto EV” which uses plug-in power when poss and gas power when not; and “EV Later” which saves the plug-in power. Cool, yes?

Other elements that thrilled me during my 400-Series Highway Residency were what Ford calls the “EasyFuel capless fuel filler,” which has soothed me in the past (see: "I found that the Explorer does gas in this way where you just pop the cover itself, instead of using a little switch by the brake, as per ush, and there’s no gas cap, so you just slide the thing in and get down to it. Being an idiot I always stare at a traditional gas cap after filling up, like, ‘Is this tight enough? What is tight enough?’ because driving other people’s cars all the time, as I do, you want to make sure you are doing stuff right.") I think I have anxiety-visions of gas streaming out of an improperly secured tank-thing onto a highway at 100km/hour, which is either impossible (engineering, riiiiight?) or hugely improbable, so I’m sure/maybe I saw it in a movie.

and…

The coolest thing, which is “SYNC with MyFord Touch,” which means you can use Bluetooth not only to sync your phone, which I knew about, but to play your iPhone music without having to scavenge through your room for an iPhone 5 cord, and then carry it with you at all times like it might be the tether between you and the rest of the world (it is), which I did not know until after. Sad for me, but like at least I’m learning.

Car loaned by Ford.

Anonymous said: Recent grad struggling to find a way to pay the bills. How do you manage writing and $$?

snpsnpsnp:

Very poorly. But I’m not poor; I just never formed the habit of living, the way most people do. They know how bad for you living is, but they simply choose not to believe it. Instead, they wake up and, without a second thought, without knowing they are deciding, decide to live.

I am not one of these people. Every day I wake up and think why. I know I’ll decide to live like everyone else, but why, and why if I’m going to do it do I fail to do it automatically, as a habit, or why if I am addicted like the rest which I am and I know do I remain the kind of addict who believes each time she reaches for air that it’s her choice, that she wants this, that it’s not like she needs it, oh no, she could refuse it if she felt like it, but she doesn’t feel like it, no, it’s the last time, maybe, maybe not.

Given my relationship to air how do you think I fare with water? To answer your question, in a way.

my bambina, coming correct

I can write because my idea of “living” is usually different than yours.

flarefashion:

Love, Kate: My Best Friend’s Life Is Perfect and It Makes Me Sick

Dear Kate,

My best friend’s life is perfect and I have to admit it makes me sick to my stomach. She’s the same age as me (late twenties) and we graduated at the same time, but she already has it all: great husband and two cute kids who she gets to stay home with. My friend makes me regret my own choices in life that have led me to still be single. What makes it even worse is that she’s oblivious and complains to me about her husband, while I haven’t had a boyfriend for four years. Am I allowed to remind her of how good she has it? —Zoe

For our super-smart sex and relationship columnist, Kate Carraway’s, savvy relationship advice head over to http://www.flare.com/sex-and-relationships/jealous-of-my-best-friend-her-life-is-perfect/

By me!

flarefashion:

Love, Kate: My Best Friend’s Life Is Perfect and It Makes Me Sick

Dear Kate,

My best friend’s life is perfect and I have to admit it makes me sick to my stomach. She’s the same age as me (late twenties) and we graduated at the same time, but she already has it all: great husband and two cute kids who she gets to stay home with. My friend makes me regret my own choices in life that have led me to still be single. What makes it even worse is that she’s oblivious and complains to me about her husband, while I haven’t had a boyfriend for four years. Am I allowed to remind her of how good she has it? —Zoe

For our super-smart sex and relationship columnist, Kate Carraway’s, savvy relationship advice head over to http://www.flare.com/sex-and-relationships/jealous-of-my-best-friend-her-life-is-perfect/

By me!

Matt Berman&#8217;s new book is a def-read for 90s magazine fiends. (Also, welcome back, delicious fonts.)

Matt Berman’s new book is a def-read for 90s magazine fiends. (Also, welcome back, delicious fonts.)

Being anti-drugs (and, 90% of the time, anti-booze) and anti-unsafe-sex and anti-casual-meanness and anti-thoughtlessness and anti-assumptions and anti-random-no-big-deal-style-dishonesty can really make you seem anti-fun, I realize, but in actuality, it’s so much the opposite.

abathingsavage:

this is my favorite fr

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