Sweet Designs Staff Intern

Age 24, Massachusetts

Joined the SDM Team: June 2009

Why I Work with SDM: I have currently completed a year of my Master's degree with one year to go, and Sweet Designs provides a much-needed artistic outlet in my life, plus a terrific opportunity to experience the work involved in publishing a magazine.

Activities, Sports, Interests: I am foremost a writer. Although I mainly studied the social sciences during college and graduate school, I write mostly fiction, as evidenced by the fact that my notes for class are frequently interrupted by story ideas.

Nevertheless, I love politics, sociology, history, and philosophy. Understanding the world and how individuals function within it only helps to strengthen the stories I invent, and my stories tend to be more character driven for this reason.

Favorite Authors: Oscar Wilde, Milan Kundera, Truman Capote, F. Scott Fitzgerald, George Orwell, Stephen Fry, Steve Martin, Anne Tyler.

Favorite School Subjects: English, History - though I majored in Political Science in college!

Favorite Movies: Bridget Jones's Diary, The Big Chill, The Ice Storm, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, De-Lovely, and The Accidental Tourist.

Favorite TV Shows: Will and Grace, Sex and the City, The L Word, Seinfeld, Friends, A Bit of Fry and Laurie, 30 Rock, and American Idol.

I listen to: Tons! In particular, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Fiona Apple, Simon and Garfunkel, Paul Simon, U2, Alanis Morrisette, Diana Krall, The Police, Sting, Dave Matthews, Johnny Cash, David Bowie, Barenaked Ladies, Cole Porter, Queen, Stephen Sondheim, plus lots of show tunes.

Most Important Values: Friendship, truth, creativity, and compassion.

I enjoy: Theatre, food, books, writing, summer, and wine.

Ashley's Articles
10-09 AmeriCorps
10-09 Working with Professors
9-09 So, Grad School, Anyone?
9-09 Books to Inspire the Writer
9-09 Failing to Spark: Dear John, by Nicholas Sparks
9-09 Ish: A Tale of Neurosis (Part 3)
8-09 On the Cover - Meet Ashley
8-09 Ish: A Tale of Neurosis (Parts 1 & 2)
8-09 The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Future Plans: I intend to complete my Master's degree in Labor Studies in May 2010. Following this, I would love to focus on my writing and teach or work in publishing.

What I'm All About: I refuse to judge people, and judgmental behavior is a quality I have little tolerance for.

A Favorite Quote: "You must get your living by loving." - Henry David Thoreau

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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