Author Archives: Amanda Livingston

Amanda, Deconstructed

On OCD There are four main categories of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): checking, hoarding, contamination, and intrusive thoughts. The type of obsessive compulsive disorder I have is not like the kind you see on television. The kind where you feel … Continue reading

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Amanda Moves to the Big Apple

I have come home every day for the last three weeks exhausted. My feet aching, my ankles covered in blisters from shoes that I believed to be comfortable but have thus far betrayed me, my back damp from sweating on … Continue reading

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10 Things I Learned as an Arts/Entertainment Writer at the Ithaca Times

Not to brag, (commence bragging) but I know a lot about a lot of different kinds of writing. I mean, I was a writing major at IC. I took classes in feature writing, all different types of essays, personal, academic, … Continue reading

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Amanda Graduates College

Well… It’s over. I graduated college. And yeah, I’m not done with school forever (I’m heading to NYU in the fall to get my masters in Publishing: Digital and Print Media), but no more taking classes at IC for me … Continue reading

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Working for Hire in the Educational Market

In last week’s shoptalk meeting of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, we talked about the educational market and working for hire. Members collectively asked and answered questions about these topics, which I’ve outlined below if you’re interested … Continue reading

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The Value of Stories and Storytelling

This week’s meeting of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators offered a presentation by storytelling experts, Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton. Mitch and Martha have dedicated their lives to storytelling. Starting to collaborate in storytelling in Ithaca, New York, Mitch and … Continue reading

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Bold Beginnings: How to Hone Your Opening

Read the following: “My alarm went off at 7:30 a.m. I yawned, got out of bed, walked to the bathroom, and started to brush my teeth. I was so excited to see Taylor Swift in concert tonight!’Jess, come downstairs! I … Continue reading

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