I have wanted to write novels since about first grade. My first serious attempt at a novel-length manuscript happened in 2009 when I was finishing up my last semester as an undergraduate. I was studying creative writing and moral philosophy. I propped myself up between the complete works of Plato and the Norton Shakespeare Anthology and sat down to write a piece of fiction so stirring, so filled with deep insight, the world would never be the same.
How One Plant Slowly Becomes A Jungle I spent so many years of my life resisting the idea of indoor plants. I love being outside in nature, but the idea of bringing it all indoors never really appealed to me. I think I was just scared that I would kill them. In fact, if my husband were here to rat me out, he'd tell you that I have, in fact, killed many of them. I also think I was living life too quickly. Starting with my freshman year of high school up until pretty recently, I've always felt tremendous pressure to be doing something at all times. In that mindset, there's no room for the patient and thoughtful care a houseplant deserves.