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Everything You Want to Know About Ghostwriting | Lexie Winslow
My Least Favorite Book | Lexie Winslow
Vermont Graveyard Monument | Lexie Winslow
Starting and Quitting | Lexie Winslow

Oxford’s Covered Market

Oxford's Covered Market | Lexie Winslow

The Covered Market decked out for Christmas, including the fresh geese.

I spent my junior year abroad at Oxford University and it was an incredible experience in a wonderful place. One of the parts of Oxford that charmed me the most was the historic Covered Market. This assemblage of storefronts and stalls feels like a holdover from another time. You can buy fresh game, handmade leather goods, exquisite cakes, flowers, and nicknacks of all kinds. It was especially festive this time of year – I’m pretty sure nobody loves Christmas quite like the British do, and without Thanksgiving in the way, the merriment of the season basically begins in October. I loved the rainy fall afternoons when I would duck into the unassuming doorway and make my way through the curving narrow alleys, admiring the displays and browsing the new items, and always ending the visit with a hot chocolate chip cookie from Ben’s. [Read more…]

Into the Gloss

Into the Gloss | Lexie WinslowIf I had to recommend a single beauty blog, it would be Into the Gloss. For one thing, this blog isn’t just a parade of high-profile products and the beautiful women who wear them. ITG profiles an amazing range of actual beauty industry professionals: makeup artists, business people, and experts of all kinds. (And as far as the beautiful actresses, singers, and models they feature, it is an eclectic, often captivating group.) [Read more…]

Starting and Quitting

Starting and Quitting | Lexie Winslow

A stack of my half-begun story ideas.

I’ve been keeping up with my daily blogging for three weeks now. We’re right on schedule for my interest to wane. Two-thirds, three-quarters of the way through, I usually quit my creative projects and start a new one. I’ve proven to myself that I can do it, I’ve learned a few new things, and I can walk away without much feeling of regret. The allure of a new project is much more compelling for me than the completion of an existing one, especially when the work already feels done.

As far as I can recall, I never spent too much time reflecting on this tendency, besides a vague feeling of disappointment that it’s in my nature to be more driven by inspiration than by discipline. Then, I read a blog post by Gretchen Rubin this summer that put a much finer point on the topic. [Read more…]