Photo by H while we were snorkeling in the Cayman Islands.

Photo by H while we were snorkeling in the Cayman Islands.

Words make me feel things.

About Me

I'm Amanda, and I am Brown-Eyed Twenty-Something.  

What started as a blog has turned into such a huge part of me that I couldn't keep brushing aside.  I needed to turn it into something bigger, something I could keep cultivating as time went on.

Brown-Eyed Twenty-Something began as a goal I set for myself.  I wanted to be a writer, but I had taken a very nontraditional path.  I earned my chemistry degree just as I was starting to realize that maybe what I actually wanted was to write for the rest of my life, rather than do science.  So I went back to school for technical writing.  But I needed an outlet.  I needed a challenge.  One October afternoon, as I sat at my dead-end lab technician job, I thought to myself, "what if I wrote every day for a year?"

So I did it.

That year was 2014. I've grown a lot since then, and so has this blog.

I like recapping television shows when I have the time (which isn't often).  I like tracking my fitness regime and training programs (mostly in my bullet journal).  I like talking about current issues.  I like pop culture as a whole.  I am a feminist and a lover of all things in the legal niche.  I am an avid reader and a wannabe traveler.  I am an instructional designer by day and a freelance writer and novelist by night.  I am many things and I like many things.

My latest project is called the Diverse/Lady Book Project. Following a presidential election that did not go the way I hoped, I wanted to find a small way to inspire hope in others. I'm starting an online book club, which I'm calling the Diverse/Lady Book Project. In the year 2017 (and potentially beyond - I have plenty of options), I'm only going to read books written by women and diverse/marginalized writers. This includes basically anyone who doesn't feel like they get the best representation by publishing. More details can be found in the menu bar, or on DLBP's Tumblr.

Welcome to my home.



Writers are forgetful,
but they remember everything.
They forget appointments and anniversaries,
but remember what you wore,
how you smelled,
on your first date...
They remember every story you’ve ever told them -
like ever,
but forget what you’ve just said.
They don’t remember to water the plants
or take out the trash,
but they don’t forget
how to make you laugh.

Writers are forgetful
they’re busy
the important things.
— Anonymous