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Samantha Edmonds   A normal life Finish your career as an undergrad. Expect an engagement ring for a graduation present. You are not mistaken. Pretend not to know what’s happening when the golden-eyed boy takes you to a fancy restaurant, the one in the city that...

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Samantha Edmonds   To Fill Fall in love with a boy with golden eyes your freshman year at university. He is patient, notices you first, and thinks you’re worth the wait. Don’t sleep with him. Unless you are fighting, which you rarely ever do, never write about...

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Samantha Edmonds   To be a writer Grow up, slowly and without noticing. Your mom is your best friend. Pick a school close to her. She will ask you to live at home. Shake your head, but cry when she drops you off on your first day. Call her the first night, in...

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Samantha Edmonds   To try something (good lord, anything) else Grow up, slowly and without noticing. Your mom is your best friend. Pick a school close to her. She will ask you to live at home. Shake your head, but cry when she drops you off on your first day....

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By Samantha Edmonds   Decide You’re a happy kid. Sit in the back of the church-house three times a week with your feet propped up on the fuzzy red pew in front of you. Wear tights under your scratchy dress—your mother makes you anyway—so that this position is not...