Samara O'Shea

Archive for the ‘Essays’ Category

Surprises and Stalking

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

I’m very excited about my first (there will be more!) contribution to a website called Romance at Random. It’s a short and sweet write-up called 5 Ways to Surprise Your Man.

In other digital news, my friend Rachel wrote a great essay called Why I Stopped Facebook-Stalking My Ex and kindly mentioned Loves Me…Not.

A Few Things

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

The NY Times did their annual “letter writing is back in style” piece. It includes statistics on how healthy thank-you-note writers are: The Found Art of Thank You Notes

My latest contribution for The Huffington Post: Why Trying to Make a Guy Feel Guilty for Mistreating You Is a Waste of Time

Two lovely students have told me about a research project they are doing on letter writing. Consider filling out their short, anaonymous if you have time.

When to Call it Quits on an Unrequited Crush

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Happy theoretical spring everyone! (It is literally still winter here in the northeast). In any case, check out my latest write up: When to Call it Quits on an Unrequited Crush. I can’t promise it will keep you warm, but I hope it makes you smile.

Gen Y Loves (or at Least Knows of) Letters

Monday, August 29th, 2011

Over the weekend the Boston Globe published this optimistic article called Pleasing Mr. Postman. I find it encouraging because they interviewed Gen Yers who are into letter writing despite having been born in the age of e-mail. One of them (a 23-year-old) even owns a small stationery company. More proof that all people and all forms of communication can live together in harmony!

Today’s the Day

Monday, April 25th, 2011 is officially up and running. The first essay has been posted (written by yours truly), and we have an exciting line-up for the rest of the week. Please visit and leave a comment if you are so inclined.

I hope everyone had a splendid Easter weekend. Yesterday was the most gorgeous Easter day—weather wise—we’ve had in years.

Modern Love Rejects

Monday, April 18th, 2011

My new website is up and running! It doesn’t have the full content yet, but I’m excited to give you a sneak peek. It’s is called Modern Love Rejects, and Modern Love, in this case, refers to the weekly NY Times column that appears in the Sunday paper. The Modern Love column has been around since 2004. Anyone is welcome to audition for the column by writing a 1,800 – 2,000-word essay and sending it to Many have made it in and plenty of others have not.

Among those who’ve been rejected are myself and, the site’s co-founder, Kiri Blakeley. We’ve both attempted and been rejected three times. Thus we’ve decided to create a place where the rejects could gather and post their not-good-enough essays. Other writers we know who’ve been rejected include: Alisa Bowman, Rachel Kramer Bussel, and Judy Dutton. They will be contributing essays for us. If you, or anyone you know, has been left brokenhearted by Modern Love, please get in touch with us.