Explore Living on Impulse

In the summer of my junior year at Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York, I took a job breeding flies in the entomology department. Why? Well, it was the only job I could get that paid a decent wage. And although I didn’t hate it, I never imagined the experience would lead anywhere interesting, such as writing a novel. But it did.

Here are some photos that I used in recreating the world I lived in so long ago, as a college student who wasn’t sure who she wanted to be…but had a burning desire to create something important no matter what.





The Commons


Jewel Moon


Green Quad


Campus Paths


Bridge to Campus


Risley Dining Hall


Inspiration Point


The Real Deal


Artsy Fartsy


In Living Color


Graduation Day


How to Draw a Fly