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funHi! I’m Diana—-the Monster is my brainchild. I administer the blog and write most of the content featured here. Part-Time Monster is a space for talking about books, girls, and monsters. Writing here focuses primarily on pop culture and literature while maintaining a strong focus on girls and women. The blog is shaped by my experiences and by my research interests.

Sometime in the mid-2000s, when I was a graduate student knee-deep in a vat of coffee and surrounded by a mountain of books, I chose the title Part-Time Monster for a story I never wrote, stowed the title away for another day. I found an excellent use for it when I launched Part-Time Monster in November of 2013. It is the culmination of many sleepless nights, a lot of planning, and a multitude of conversations with a group of talented friends and fellow writers. I’ve been lucky enough to have many of them write posts that have been featured here1620516_648834879173_277836147_n (1)

I am a freelance writer, researcher, and editor. I also work with a local nonprofit organization. I am the mother of a six-year old, who l refer to on the blog as the Little Jedi; I am also the partner of an independent filmmaker, Sam; and we are the guardians of one very rambunctious terrier, Tank. We live in New Orleans. I am a feminist, an avid reader, a sufferer of panic disorder, a curator of the weird, a lover of the beautiful, and a pop culture aficionado. I am sometimes a monster. And so are you, in all likelihood-even if you don’t yet recognize it.

Have questions or want to propose a guest post? E-mail me at New here? Try getting started by checking out this best of the Monster post!

Vegas wedding photo by Erin Summerill Photograph
Vegas wedding photo by Erin Summerill Photography


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  1. I read some of your blog and plan to return. I very much like your weekend coffee share concept and hope to participate very soon. It’s lovely. I heard about it through fellow blogger and twitter friend @ellamays. Thank you for inviting us. -Scarlett West

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you joined us!

      I’ll be moving to a new site on Monday, but this one will stay here for anyone who wants to peep around, and I’ll be posting the new URL as a last post here. 🙂


    1. Thank you! All apologies for the late reply. We’ve been in the middle of a move that happened very quickly, so blogging had to go on hold for a week or so. 🙂

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  2. Popping back in for another possible weekendcoffeeshare and I thought I’d roam around the other corners of your blog and I’m glad I did. Your voice is so soothing and easy to read, and I love the focus of your blog as well. 🙂

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  3. Loving the look of your blog and soon to join you for a weekend cup of coffee having followed Irene Waters for a while now and loved the normalcy of an everyday catch-up! See you soon xx


  4. Hi, I tried to leave a comment on your letter B post but I couldn’t figure out how to do it. It’s probably an error on my part. I’m on my phone and it’s probably messing up. I wanted to let you know that I found your article on witchcraft fascinating. I’ve always been interested in the subject. When I lived in New Orleans I leaned I little bit about it. Anyway, I enjoyed reading your A to Z letter B post. My WP login info isn’t accurate. I created it for the A to Z challenge last year so I could comnnent on WP blogs but I think I just created more confusion. I’m number 929 on the A to Z sign up list.

    Take care,
    Melissa Sugar
    Twitter @msugar13

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    1. So strange—no idea why you wouldn’t be able to comment there! Glad you persevered, though. 🙂

      I love living in NOLA, and I do find that being here has made me think more about witchcraft and voodoo and their place in Americana. 🙂


  5. Hey! This is, hopefully, the most automated comment you will ever-ever receive from me. I’ve popped over to say I finally put together the blogroll for NanoPoblano, I wanted you to check it out, and make sure that (1) you still want to participate and (2) your blog name is written as you want it written, and (3) I didn’t leave out super important information. Then, leave a comment introducing yourself. This is the page I’ll be directing people to through the month, so I’m hoping they’ll see your comment and be excited to go check you out. It should say something like, “Hey, Cheer Peppers– I’m So&So. I write about such&such. Come by and say hey.” I’ll be pruning comments on that page so it’s just link backs from posts, positive Pepper messages, and your intro. I’ll be sharing the page tomorrow night, all over town, so if you can put something up before then, that’d be awesome. If not, no worries, we have a whole month to go.

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  6. OMG. I came over here to snag the Meet the Monster link and realized, right this minute, that I have never, in all this time, actually liked the damn page.

    Social media is so befuddling and amusing. There must be a mishmash word there. Oh wait. Already invented. Bemusing.

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    1. Thank you for your kindness! I’m no longer able to do award nominations, but I sincerely appreciate the award, and I’m so glad to have you around for coffee share! It’s been an amazing experience, and I’m looking forward to that community growing. 🙂


  7. Am happy to have stumbled across your blog! Looks most interesting. I think I might like to take part in the “coffee” posts, but am kind of stressed right now for time so will have to let you know on that one….in the meantime…I look forward to getting to read some of your posts!

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    1. Glad to have you around here, and well met!

      Trust me, we all understand about being stressed, especially at this time of year! I and most of the contributors here work in academia, so this is one of the busiest parts of the year for everyone. We enjoy the coffee posts, though, and I think they might be here to stay, so jump in whenever you feel like it!

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  8. Great blog! Thanks for the follow and for these wondrous posts. Best of everything as you make your way through PhD land with family and children! I’ve been there. What a way to go…
    Love the monster outlet. And the photo of Tank. And the commitment to Girls!

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