About Lark Morrigan
Welcome to my little home (er…bird’s nest) on Medium!
Hello. I’m Lark Morrigan. Many of you know me from my poetry and personal essays. A lot more of you know me from Yang Gang. And a few of you know me from way back in my Thought Catalog days when I was just starting out writing on the Internet. Allow me to re-introduce myself:
I work in math education by day (remotely because of the pandemic), so that means I do not write full-time. As a writer, I’m currently in the stage where I’m just trying to put myself out there, overcome debilitating resistance, prove to myself that I can write, and become a better poet and writer than I was when I started out — nothing more but certainly nothing less. Sometimes you’ll find a few mental health and personal growth articles because they can be practical in navigating struggles like resistance, self-doubt, and fear of not living up to your potential, but my heart lies within more poetic, artistic writing, so you’ll see more of that here.
But who am I really? That’s something I can’t exactly define or am crystal clear about 100% of the time, which is why I find value in personal writings — the act of writing out anything I’m feeling and processing in the moment and turning abstract thoughts and images into words that resonate with readers in order to make them feel like someone out there gets what they are going through. It can help to know more about who you are and identify what you want to become.
You’ll notice I write a lot about self-worth and am pretty open about inner tension, neuroticism, and the desire to be more than what naysayers have said I could ever amount to. I’m not afraid to delve deeper into darker emotions because I find that articulating them is far more conducive to personal growth than simply repressing them or pretending that their existence doesn’t affect me.
I find that reading other people’s personal essays helps me make sense of my own struggles, so I hope to do the same for readers.
Where else can you find me besides Medium?
- Official website
- Twitter (I’m more active on here, and you’ll see a side of me that doesn’t appear in my writings, but hopefully you find it at least mildly entertaining)
- Instagram (I’m not very active on here. I mainly started it to post Instapoetry, but I may just use it for random photos from my personal life — but not too personal obviously)
- Goodreads (I have an author page)
Current News (Updated October 30, 2020)
- Helping students in grades 1-12 succeed in their math classes.
- Teaching mathematics differently from the way it’s taught in public schools.
- Working on my fourth book!
- Working on an album, which is going slowly, but I am perfectionistic with the way lyrics are written.
- Committing to publishing a piece on here at least five times per week (though I’d very much prefer to do more than that whenever I can).
- Trying to get my sleep routine back on track, so I can be a morning person because I genuinely want to be one (but it is 1:36 a.m. as I’m typing this, so that is not happening anytime soon — oh well).
- Organizing, organizing, organizing (I am revamping my entire organizational structure, down to the very last minute detail, which is taking a lot of thought and reflection, but I know I will become more efficient after it’s done).
- Re-reading Juliet Marillier’s Celtic fantasy novels.
- Listening to John Denver, classic rock, Celtic, and epic music.
- Trying to do more sketches.
- Pinpointing what exactly makes me anxious and why.
If you want to get a gist of what my poetry is like, read this first:
The Top 10 Favorite Poems I’ve Written And Why
As a writer and reader of poetry, I find that it is helpful for me to understand the process behind why they’ve…
A combination of literary analysis and practical self-improvement in an essay:
The Poem ‘If’ Encapsulates Personal Sovereignty While Living In A World That Crushes It
Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem is life philosophy in a nutshell.
An introspective essay on a major mental paradox I’ve had for a long time and why it fuels my process:
How Being Extremely Pessimistic Actually Compels Me To Create My Own Path
There is more to this counterintuitive belief than you think.
An encouraging essay on why you should pursue your dreams (in a genuine, non-hack way of course), in spite of initially not being good at them:
You’re Putting Off Your Creative Dreams Because You’re Afraid To Face Not Being Good Enough
It’s so easy to procrastinate on your dreams and talk yourself out of doing what you really need to do to level-up and…
A counterargument against hustle culture in traditional blogging listicle format:
6 Things You Need To Take Care Of Before You Attempt To Grow More Productive
Self-neglect does not lead to massive productivity levels.
My birthday piece with thoughts on what a good life means to me:
27 Lessons On Creativity, Self-Worth, And Fulfillment That I’ve Learned By 27
Today I turned 27 years old. Many birthdays in the past were quite frankly unremarkable and I saw each one as just…
Andrew Yang and UBI political satire:
If there’s anything else you’d love to know, please leave a comment!
Special thanks to Zulie Rane for inspiring me to create a pinned author bio post.