Unexpected

When I was in 6th grade, my classmates and I participated in a program at a place called Exchange City. Basically, we were to apply for jobs, learn how to interview, and, once our positions were secured, we went on a field trip to a makeshift "city" set up where we were told to run... Continue Reading →

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Favorite Tropes

Writers are often advised to avoid certain tropes in their writing, but let's face it... some tropes/cliches are unavoidable. And some are irresistible! Tropes and cliches can be bad, don't get me wrong.  They are dreaded and spurned for a reason. They can break a story and turn a reader away from a book or... Continue Reading →

Best Picture Countdown #1: The Favourite

"I have sent for some lobsters. I thought we could race them and then eat them." - Olivia Colman as Queen Anne in The Favourite (2018) Of all eight films nominated for Best Picture at the 91st Academy Awards, Yorgos Lanthimos's semi-ridiculous period dramedy The Favourite impressed me the most. A thrilling combination of absurd... Continue Reading →

Hoping and Coping

After letting recurring depression/anxiety issues fester for the majority of my late adolescence and early adulthood, I have sought help over the past several months. I don't want this to be a "woe is me" post, so I'm going to avoid delving too deep into the nature of those issues, but my mental state has... Continue Reading →

Dark Blue

(TW: Death) I was afraid of the deep end of the pool for most of my formative years. I never passed level 3 swim lessons because I wouldn’t dive into the deep end of the pool. I would sit on the end of the diving board, cross my arms over my chest, and cry while... Continue Reading →

Rena

(Here's a short story I wrote a few years ago and have always been fond of. Hope you enjoy!) Grayson Hightower did not understand what it meant to be happy. He was not a superfluous man. He was a businessman. Forty-five, living in a posh penthouse overlooking the harbor—and he had yet to spot a... Continue Reading →

The Things We Connect With

When you read a book, what are the things you connect with? Are there certain factors that stand out to you more than others? I read mostly YA, but I don't shy away from any particular genre, and do stray into adult literature on occasion. For me, there are a couple of elements that leap... Continue Reading →

Reawakened

So, I'm going to be honest for a second. I've been in a bit of a slump when it comes to writing. It happens. It's not an unusual phenomenon for writers and other creative folk. Except this time, none of my go-to methods for sparking inspiration have worked. I sit down to write and... nothing... Continue Reading →

Just in Case

I don't know if there is an official name for something like this, but I have come to realize that I suffer from a syndrome that I refer to as "Just in Case-itis." This affliction often goes hand-in-hand with a plague of "What if?"s. I am incapable of packing for anything - be it a... Continue Reading →

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