The Art of Tsundoku

I buy books more than I logically should. Do I have time to read all these books? No. Do I have money to buy all these books? Also no. In fact, I don’t even have space to store all the books I acquire. They’re tucked in every empty drawer and perched on every free shelf. […]

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Meeting Melissa De la Cruz

By Megan Standley On April 16 students from Missouri Western State University, home of the Mochila Review, had the opportunity to meet an incredible woman: #1 New York Time’s Bestselling Author Melissa de la Cruz. De la Cruz came to talk about her experience in the publishing field. The students who work on Mochila Review […]

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Favorite Authors

By Megan Standley Everyone has their favorite authors (or maybe just one favorite author) and, hopefully, the writer that’s inside you will lead you to be someone else’s favorite author. Some have a list of favorites so big that it would take years to tell who their favorite author is. I am one of those […]

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Should Song Lyrics Be Considered Poetry

By: Megan Standley Songs have been with us as long as poetry and prose but should the lyrics of songs be considered poetry? There are many different genres within the category of songs – my personal favorite genre is classical – each with a unique style. Rap is a good example of poetry. It’s basically […]

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What Does It Take to be an Author?

By Megan Standley   If you’ve ever loved to write then you probably dreamed of publishing a novel for the world to enjoy. It’s rather easy (so they tell us), and all you have to do is write. You don’t really need a diploma to become an author.   There are singers, actors, and internet […]

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Incorporate Emotions into Your Writing: Fear

By Megan Standley Who doesn’t enjoy a good horror story? Wait, you don’t? I guess that’s too bad for you! Most of the best stories cause us to be afraid. However, these stories don’t have to be horror stories. The fear of your story never being published will motivate you to get the story just […]

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Episode 25: Pairings in Literature

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about pairing things in literature. We hear Reed Karsh read his poems, “Poverty: Two Acts” from our Spring 2017 issue of the Mochila Review. We also hear Blake Fultz and […]

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Incorporate Emotions Into Your Writing: Anger

By Megan Standley Anger seems to be the only emotion that anyone feels nowadays. Whether it be from politics or a bad day. Anger, of course, can be a really good outlet for bottled up stress and bad thoughts, but it’s not as acceptable as emotions like sadness.   So, say you need to have […]

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Episode 24: Writing Empathy

Our favorite co-hosts Zoey Reynolds and Caitlin Dillon are back to discuss a few of their favorite things. Today on The Mochila Chat we talk about how to show empathy for another person when the writer does not know anything about the other person’s backstory and how a writer can make the readers feel the […]

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Incorporate Emotions Into Your Writing: Sadness

By Megan Standley     It’s time to go ahead and get that one emotion that no one wants to feel out of the way. That emotion is sadness. Everyone feels this emotion at some point in their lives and it isn’t something they want sticking around for long (unless you love to be sad). Even […]

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