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Welcome to ValJosephine.com!

NSFW / Not Safe for Anyone.

Hey! Welcome to my webpage. I write about writing about speculative fiction (fantasy / gothic / sci-fi), plus other stuff. It’s super meta funtimes.


I’m not an expert on writing or getting published; I will never claim that this blog is the definitive resource for writers. It’s just full of some of my thoughts about the universe and how to write words inside of it.


Also I have two cats and I’m occasionally funny. Enjoy!

Intro to WNC Homesteading

Welcome to my WNC Homesteading blog! I thought I’d take a moment to introduce who I am and provide some context about where this blog is going.

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Wardrobe Basics: The Midi Skirt 1 (Failure)

Toward my effort to make my own wardrobe basics, I tried my first sewing project on a sewing machine since middle school. My grandma bought me this sewing machine (affiliate) for Christmas 2017 (thanks, grandma!), and I was excited to make a black midi skirt to show...

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How to Find “Wardrobe Basics” Cheaply and Ethically

Ever heard of the capsule wardrobe? It’s an idea coined by Susie Faux in the 1970s during a surge of minimalism, and referred to a wardrobe containing between 12-30 items total—usually neutral pieces and essential layers. But now that Pinterest has got its hands on...

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Syllabus to the Knowledge of Everything (Updated 2018)

While I have a degree in English with a minor in history, I'm severely disappointed in my lack of knowledge of literature, language/linguistics, history, philosophy, religion, geography, astronomy... and basically everything else. I also have OCD tendencies and very...

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August 2017: A Semi-Monthly Update

In May, I wrote about how I'm "still cooking," and how this applied to my move to Asheville, NC. I can now ecstatically report that hubby and I made it safely to our new apartment. I've been crafting my wee fingers off in order to decorate our new, bigger space; see...

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May Updates

"You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it's from years before you knew them?" — Val Josephine (@Valsephine) May 1, 2017 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js "It's like they're not quite finished; they're not done yet." — Val Josephine (@Valsephine)...

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