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Shannon Summary: Finished Finals

16 Dec

On Friday, I finished my finals at the University of Kansas.

I had a very rough semester, considering I am still grieving my roommate’s death in October, but I managed to get through my semester successfully, and I’m very proud of that.

Also, I wanted to take this opportunity to share my favorite required reads and films I saw during my classes, so here we go: (Click any of the titles to read more.)


The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway by Jennifer L. Knox

the new black by Evie Shockley


Stranger on the Third Floor (1940)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946, Tay Garnett)

The Spiral Staircase (1946)

Brick (2005)


Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

I’ll probably review most of these in the future individually, so I can give you more information without taking up your whole afternoon reading (Ha), but all of these are fantastic reads and films to entertain yourself with.

Have a great weekend and fantastic break if you’re a student,


My friend, Brooke, and I on the first day of our Film Noir class.

My friend, Brooke, and I on the first day of our Film Noir class.




Website Wonders: Berkeley Lunch Poems (YouTube Series)

4 Dec

My poetry professor actually showed me this series on YouTube, and I thought I would share it with you all.

If you like poetry, this is fantastic, because you can listen to famous poets talk about their works while also reading their pieces aloud–for free.

I found a couple I really enjoyed, which are below, but you can pick and choose, explore the world of poetry. Even if you are a fiction writing, I really recommend studying poetry and/or screenwriting, because it expands your skills and redefines your writing passion in ways you might not expect.

So instead of listening to Pandora or Itunes today, take a moment and try Berkeley Lunch poems out:

Joanne Kyger, author of God Never Dies, The Distressed Look, and Again.

Robin Blaser, author of The Holy Forest: Collected Poems of Robin Blaser

Jessica Fisher, author of Frail-Craft.



Relax & Read: A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics

13 Nov

Firstly, I’d like to apologize for my lack of posts–I’m in my last month of this semester, so I’m swamped with final tests and projects. Thank you for understanding!

Second–“A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics” by CA Conrad!

One of the perks of being here at the University of Kansas, is getting to meet wonderful and inspiring authors (and poets) such as CA Conrad. That’s right. CA Conrad came to my Poetry II class and sat down with us. During the session, we talked about writing, themes, theories, history, crystals, volcanoes, and just about anything you were willing to open your mind up to–WHICH is exactly what this collection of poetry and (soma)tic assignments  encourages readers to do.

This collection is not for the closed-minded.

In this daring collection, you will find yourself reading challenges you never expected, words that tempt you to redefine your relationship and understanding of your own body–That being said, I really encourage readers to pick up this book and flip through it. Since there are many writing prompts within the somatic assignments, maybe you–as a reader and writer–go beyond your usual spectrum of reality, break out of that writer’s block, and build yourself into something more with the artistically thriving self.

Click here to read more.


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