Brother, it’ll be a cold day in a warm climate when this kid right here’s in repose.
Come out of the darkness, and find out who you are.
Amanda received her bachelor’s in English Writing & Mass Communications from Assumption College in 2013. During her time at Assumption, she was an active member of the competitive equestrian team and Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the student newspaper. When she was not in the newspaper office or covering five-to-six events per deadline for news articles, Amanda spent long hours in the library as a professional writing tutor and after sessions, worked on her undergraduate honors thesis.
Before graduation, Amanda decided that journalism wasn’t the career she wanted and began to focus on working toward a career as an archivist, which was her true passion since beginning college. She gained further experience working in public libraries and in retail at Tiffany and Company. Currently, she works at three public libraries combining reference and circulation services at the public desks while working on grad school classes outside of work. Amanda also lends her professional-quality editing services to Baldwin Media Strategic Communications for a last look at press releases, newsletters, and other written communications. When the library is quiet, Amanda works on the library’s Twitter account.
She will receive her Masters in Library Science and Archival Management from Simmons College in 2017.
Why the blog title?
An adapted a quote from A Game of Thrones. Much of Amanda’s blog has to do with death, but more so than that, living with it.
There is only one god, and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: ‘Not today.‘
Why the blog picture?
On almost a whim, Amanda applied to backpack the Grand Canyon when she was 15, and spent 12 amazing days in the Arizona desert, which changed her forever and helped her discover her confidence, passions, and vocation at an early age. She is convinced it set her up for the events that took place in an interesting, turbulent, college career. While some people spend their entire lives trying to find themselves and their purposes, Amanda has already done it. And like her compass tattoo, Amanda always has a direction to move.
The plant in the picture, the Utah Agave, is just one of thousands of thriving species in a climate that crosses four different zones depending on your elevation. Here, the Utah Agave (also sometimes called the Century plant) stands confidently on Plateau Point underneath the looming, but friendly, Canyon walls, about halfway down (4.9 miles) to the Colorado River.
From afar, the Canyon looks desolate, rocky and empty, but close-up, it is full of life, and life will defend itself no matter how small.
Everything here is de soi, toute seule.
Amanda writes. She practices creative nonfiction short stories by using her own experiences and “fictionalizing” them. However, from an early age Amanda has appreciated fiction and particularly, graphic novels, and the power of reading. This is why Amanda works in libraries and is getting her Masters in Library Science.
Not all stories have to come from real-life experience, though part of the blog is also a narrative of Amanda’s amazing travels since she started dating her boyfriend in 2013. Part of being a great writer is being able to pull on something real and create something that never existed for the sake of experience.