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Val O.

New York, NY



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Favorite Books

My longtime favorites include Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld, Animal Farm by George Orwell, and The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Recent loves are Blood Red Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick and Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Cycle.

Favorite Quotes

"Life imitates art far more than art imitates life." —Oscar Wilde

Favorite Genres

Most Recent Blog Posts

Monday, August 13th, 2018

Writing Prompts: A User's Guide

Do you ever find yourself staring at your computer screen, and the only words you can summon into your mind are the lyrics to the opening song from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie, and you think to yourself, how am I going to write anything with this brain? No? Just me? Okay, well, if you ever do ... Read More


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Monday, April 9th, 2018

Bookish Spring Cleaning: Tackling the TBR

You may or may not know that it is officially springtime. Since here in New York we’ve gotten nothing but brief interludes of sunlight amid a merciless onslaught of inappropriate precipitation, I have forgiven myself for not cleaning out my apartment as I’m told folks are wont to do in this season. Instead, I cleaned out my TBR ... Read More


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