First Post for Magazine Class

This semester I’m taking a magazine class. In this class, we’ll be learning how to get our works published in literary magazines. This is my first post.

Things I know/love:

  • Books (mostly YA fantasy, but some memoirs)
  • Music (mostly indie, pop punk, and regular punk, but I dabble in just about any type of music except country)
  • Cacti/Succulents/Plants
  • Being funny (sometimes?)
  • Being a lady (sometimes)
  • Home
  • Family
  • A good home cooked meal
  • Naruto
  • There are a lot of other things that I can’t think of right now

10 magazines that would be good for my work:

1) Barrelhouse

Barrelhouse accepts a variety of different works, like poetry, essays, and reviews, all of which I write. Also, I think they mix the perfect amount of seriousness and humor, which I tend to do, too.

2) The Rumpus

I’d like to think that sometimes my writing is pretty funny, and The Rumpus has some hilarious content. Especially a lot of hilarious content written by women.

3) Janice

Another funny magazine. Also, Ali got accepted here. I love Ali.

4) Pendulum

Oddly enough, in the almost four years that I’ve gone to Pitt-Greensburg, I’ve never submitted to Pendulum. I would like to change that.

5) Feels Blind Literary

This is a magazine by women for women. I am a woman. They are looking for emerging and established writers. I am an emerging writer.

6) The Offbeat

Another magazine that highlights humor and, like the name suggests, the offbeat. I can get down with that.

7) Hippocampus Magazine

This magazine is based in my home, the ever-wonderful land of the Amish (aka Lancaster). I write a lot about family and home, so my pieces would probably find a good home here.

8) Third Point Press

Another magazine based in central Pennsylvania. Its goal is to publish writers from Lancaster, York, and Harrisburg. It seems like they mostly do fiction, which I don’t write that often, but I’d like to give it a try.

9) Narratively

This is a magazine that publishes a lot of stories about humans. Interestingly enough, I’m a human, and I love telling stories about my life.

10) Under the Sun

They’re a journal dedicated to creative nonfiction, which is my favorite thing to write.

Music Review: “Burst & Decay” by The Wonder Years

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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of punk, indie, and pop punk. You might not know that I’m also a huge fan of acoustic music. So when the two combine, I instantly love it.

Burst & Decay is the most recent release from one of my favorite bands, indie/pop punk group The Wonder Years. Instead of being an EP full of new songs, the album features 7 acoustic songs from all of their previous albums. The songs included are: “A Song For Ernest Hemingway,” “There, There,” “Coffee Eyes,” “Cardinals,” “Don’t Let Me Cave In,” “Dismantling Summer,” and “You in January.” It was released back in September of this year.

Even though the EP is only 25 minutes of old songs, it’s 25 beautiful minutes. The Wonder Years did everything correctly in releasing acoustic versions of some of their songs.

I talked about the 7 songs below.

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Book Review: “Vicious” by V.E. Schwab

“Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human.” – V.E. Schwab, Vicious

Over the summer, I had the pleasure of reading the book Vicious by V.E. Schwab, which is where the above quote is from. It’s the first book in the Villains series, although the other books have not come out yet.

I’m shocked at myself. This book came out back in 2013 and I only learned about it now. I could have read this wonderful masterpiece years ago. But, if I had done that, I would still be waiting for the second book in the series. I’m not sure if I would have survived that.

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The Most Important Parts of a Good Book

We’ve all read a great book. Even if you’re not much of a reader, there’s usually one book that made you wonder where its been all your life.

I, on the other hand, have roughly 1,000 novels that I feel this way about.

There are many parts that make up a great book. Sometimes it’s not even about the actual story in the book – sometimes it’s about the feeling before (and after) you read it, or the characters. Or maybe it is the plot that makes it great. It really depends on the reader. But, here are the 6 most important things for me that comes with a great book.

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Captain’s Log: Stardate 95197.53

Listening: Love My Life – Jay Park

Wow, can you guys believe that I literally haven’t written anything all summer?

I can. I’m kind of awful at not going completely off the grid during the summertime. I spend most of my time either working or sleeping and generally not being motivated to do anything, but this time next week I’ll be back on campus, so I need to find some motivation. I go back so early because I have roughly 2 weeks worth of CA training camp that I have to go through.

Since I’m heading back to school, that means I’ll be more motivated to write (because I’ll be avoiding doing my actual assignments and writing instead). I’m giving myself a little head start by writing something now, even though I just got home from an 8 hour shift and I’m beyond tired and the only thing I’d really like to do right now is sleep for, like, 10 hours straight.

Instead I’m going to steal an idea from my best friend B’s blog and answer a few questions that I found from a tumblr post so my readers can get to know me a little better. All of the questions are named after characters and things from one of my favorite book series, The Raven Cycle (which everyone should check out).

Here we go!

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Captain’s Log: Stardate 94886.86


It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything, but I’ve been pretty busy. There’s only one week of classes left followed by finals week, so I’ve got a lot of things due. This is going to be a short post about some silly little life updates in the last few days.

1) I’ve recently rediscovered my love for pineapple.

So, like I said, there’s about two weeks or so left of school and I haven’t gone to the grocery store in a good month because I’ve been trying to spend the extra meal plan/flex money I have and I can only spend it on campus. Also I haven’t gone to the store because I’m broke and can’t afford to buy myself groceries. That means I make frequent trips to the coffeehouse, which is right next door to my apartment. I go most mornings to pick up something for breakfast and I eat lunch there everything Tuesday and Thursday with my Co-Editor/Life Partner/Love of my Life Ali. They have a bunch of different things there, but recently I decided to buy one of the little container of pineapple and I’ve been eating it non-stop since then. As I type this I’m currently eating pineapple for breakfast while at work. There something about that bright, refreshing taste that I can’t get enough of.

Honest to God, I can’t believe I forgot about how good pineapple is.

2) I started a new book (or two)

I’ve recently bought three new books off of Amazon. You may be asking yourself “How does she have money to buy books but none to buy food?” Well, the answer is really simple. I am the Worst™ and spend my money on things I don’t actually need, like these books. Whatever, the way I see it is that I could be spending my money on much worse things.

Anyway, the first book I bought is a political book called The Party Is Over: How Republicans Went Crazy, Democrats Became Useless, and the Middle Class Got Shafted. I’m only a few pages in to it, but as a Political Science major, these are the types of books that I love to read in my spare time. I’m excited to get a little further in this book, but I’ve been concentrating on different books more as of now.

The second book I bought and am currently reading is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. I also just bought the sequel to it, called Crooked Kingdom, but it’s still on its way here. I’m really invested in this one. If you know me well, you’d know that I’m a sucker for any book series that has interesting, complex characters (like The Raven Cycle series or the All For The Game series). Six of Crows has so many good characters so far. It’s about a group of criminals from this gang who are trying to bust out someone being held hostage in a prison that’s never been broken into before. It also takes place in a whole fantasy world with magic (maybe? they don’t really describe it as magic) and a bunch of other cool made up things. Bardugo does a good job of explaining these made up things, though, so it’s not confusing to read. I started the book on Wednesday and read the first 300 pages and I’m planning on finishing the next 200 today. I might hold off though because Crooked Kingdom won’t be here until next Wednesday at least.

Books are something I’m really passionate about, so I might write up a list of my favorite books as well as do a book recommendation type of thing at some point.

3) I wrote a 14 page paper for my Legislative Process Class.

Listen, this paper honestly wasn’t hard but I didn’t want to do it so much that it felt like it took me an eternity to write it even though I wrote it in about 3/4 days. It was for my Legislative Process class, which deals with all things about the U.S. Congress, and I wrote about Thaddeus Stevens and his time as the chair of the Committee on Ways and Means and how it impacted the Civil War. Yeah, writing it was about as fun as the topic sounds. But I got it done and handed it in, and that’s all that matter. Also, Thaddeus Stevens was a badass and he’s out here reppin Lancaster, so he’s all good in my book.

There are probably other things that have happened that I can’t remember, but that’s all I have for now. I wanted to keep this pretty sure because I haven’t updated my blog in a while and I just wanted something small to put on here to let everyone know I am still alive and kicking.

Look for more posts in the future!

– Kaylee

Captain’s Log: Stardate 94859.45

When I get sick, I turn into a miserable baby.

I’ve been sick the past few days and I’ll be the first to say that I am completely insufferable. I’ve kept myself (and probably my roommates) up late for the past 3 nights with my awful coughing and sniffling. I keep asking everyone to make me food. I’ve used all the tissues at work. I am slowly losing my mind.

Last year, during my first semester as a freshman, I was sick for two weeks straight. By the end of the two weeks I wasn’t doing awful, and I ended up having 3 or so good days that I wasn’t sick at all. Immediately after that I got sick again for two more weeks. As you can imagine, I was miserable.

I’ve only been sick since Saturday, but it’s now Tuesday and I’m over it. I hate being sick. I’m running out of tissues and I don’t have time to go buy anymore. I want to be able to breath properly without coughing up a lung.

Yesterday I let myself have a partial sick day. I went to my Research Methods of Communications class at 9:30 because we had a paper due and then I went to work from 10:30-12:30. After that, I decided I wasn’t feeling well enough to go to either of my night classes (19th Century Europe at 5:30 and Digital and Professional Communications at 7, if you were wondering what some of my courseload was like).

I spent the rest of the day lazing around in my pajamas, playing on my phone, and generally just not doing anything. The highlight of my evening was watching the first Star Trek reboot movie (I know what you’re thinking – the reboots? Really? Sorry, the reboots are what made me fall in love with Star Trek in the first place, so Chris Pine and intense lens flare will always have a place in my heart).

Just hanging out with my boyfriend James Tiberius Kirk, aka Captain of my Heart

It’s funny because I keep saying that my next post on this blog is going to be about my top albums, but I’m still working on it because I have a lot to say about music. So instead I wrote this little post about being sick.

If any of you are sick right now, I feel you. We’re struggling together. Hopefully we all start feeling better soon.

– Kaylee