a catalog of the things above my desk


postcard of Edna St. Vincent Millay’s typewriter

birthday card from my father

“Don’t forget to show the grace and humanity.” — advice Dorothy Allison gave Justin Torres at the Lambda Emerging Writers Retreat

a gold mask from my brother’s wedding

a sticker of a dinosaur that says “Fuck!”

“…and with a tiny prayer I say down to write.” — Eileen Myles

“Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make. The only rule is work.” — John Cage

“I wrote a little day, without hope and without despair.” — Isak Dinesen

round mirror facing the door for feng shui

postcard from July Westhale

clip of a panel from Adrian Tomine’s New Yorker cover about the life of a book; this is the first panel: a woman hunch-shouldered at a desk with a laptop and a cup of coffee

“How old will you be when you finish writing your novel? The same age you’ll be if you don’t write it.”

woodcut of a cardinal with the number 22

“Regaining momentum takes three times the energy as sustaining momnentum.” — DHP

watercolor of Beyonce

“Go live your scary life.”

plate of a gently closed palm

photo of my father in the navy

sticker of a raccoon saying, “Things didn’t turn out the way I had planned.”

my business card from Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

“Meditation is the simplest and fastest way to change your state of mind.”

typewriter necklace from my cousin

significant objects drawings by kate bingaman-burt

the universe and forever venn diagram from 20 x 200

“Writing is always hard. Is coal mining always harder? Probably.” — Sugar


Published by universalchampion

writer/teacher/lover of milkshakes. queer social countess. rock camp for girls enthusiast. brooklynite + bicyclist.

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