Best American Essays 2015

It was one of those days. I had slept until noon, lounged in my pajamas until almost 4, and berated myself for most of those hours for not just getting my act together already. Which was all needless nonsense because when the lazies have hit, they have hit, and I have found that sometimes the best counter measure is none at all. I sprawled on the couch resolving to just roll with it. Who cares?! Take. A. Day. Off. Seriously, Type A. Chill.

Well, that was the idea until I got a note from Ann Pryzyzcki at Isthmus telling me that my piece, Diego Forever, had been listed as a notable essay in Best American Essays 2015. While I can’t confirm the specifics of the following events, I have it on good authority that they went something like this…

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I’m Going to Lisbon for Travel Writing Fun

lisbontramToday, when I told my friends my travel plans, the majority asked me why I chose Portugal. For starters, I’ve never been there. I have a friend from Porto and she has told me for years how amazing it is. I went on a Google image bender and confirmed everything she has told me about the amazing beaches, amazing castles, and amazing architecture. These are her English-as-a-second-language adjectives so don’t get all cranky with the writer. If I could embed a clip of her saying “amazing” in her totally cool Portuguese accent, you would want me to write it a thousand times so you could hear her voice in your head. It’s…. amazing. Just one of the reasons why I’ve got to go to Portugal.

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