Leigh K Hoopes

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Writer. Reader. Bibliophile. And now, novelist?

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July 25, 2014 at 4:02pm
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You ever have that moment where you realize all of the thousands of things you passionately want to do in life simultaneously and then get so overwhelmed that you just go back to bed for the rest of the day?

July 24, 2014 at 4:02pm
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The Impossible Trinity of Creativity


The Impossible Trinity of Creativity

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July 23, 2014 at 4:02pm
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― Amy Poehler


Amy Poehler

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July 12, 2014 at 9:43am
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All I know is that the devil insists on contracts too.

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July 6, 2014 at 11:22pm
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I haven’t been writing. Obviously.

The day job is taking up 250% of any wherewithal I might have otherwise had over the last few months. It’s good to be needed and in high demand, bad when you’re putting in nights and weekends on top of the standard 40 hours. My work/life separation is one of the few things I hold sacred in the world.

But today, randomly, I came up with a new business idea. Like, a pretty fucking cool one. That I think will do really well if I can get some startup capital and figure out all the logistics. It’s obviously very early in the process, but I feel like I have established some good connections in the area to where I can get things figured out.

I just have to fucking DO IT, which has always been the hard part. The ideas come easy (of course), it’s the execution where I always seem to fall short.

So, just to break it down, here’s everything I’m trying to accomplish in life at the moment:

• Work a full-time (and then some) office day job
• Write another novel, more actual fiction and less thinly-veiled college experiences
• Plan a startup and all the goodies that entails, 90% of which I have no idea about
• Pay off various debt (mortgage, credit cards)
• Exercise 5x/wk
• Knit stuff
• Keep abreast of way too much good TV out there right now
• Read 43 books this year (I think I’m to at least 20 at the end of H1)
• Maybe have a kid? I’m getting less ambivalent, but maybe not enough so just yet

I’m turning 30 in approximately 3 months, and I think I might be setting the bar a little high for myself. I used to be a super obnoxious overachiever—maybe I can get some of that old middle school magic back.

June 19, 2014 at 4:02pm
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Reading nook.


Reading nook.

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June 11, 2014 at 4:02pm
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June 2, 2014 at 4:02pm
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— Every Game of Thrones fan always (via megasthenic)

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May 28, 2014 at 11:10pm
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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
‘Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

— Phenomenal Woman
~ Maya Angelou (via thejunglenook)

This poem is so many things to me. She was and is one of my ultimate inspirations in life, in writing, in spirit, in strength. She is a luminous being and the world is a little darker without her.

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