Pandemic Year 1 (2020) Book Round-Up

In 2020, I was busy with, I don’t know, surviving a worldwide pandemic while trying to finish my second semester MA courses virtually (good-bye, Shanghai 😢 ), so I didn’t read for fun as much as I would have liked. Regardless, here’s my very late round-up of what I read in 2020. Bolded are my highlyContinue reading “Pandemic Year 1 (2020) Book Round-Up”

What Does It Mean to Make a Difference in the World?

I agonize over this as anyone with existential anxiety does, but especially so as a creator. What does it mean to make a difference in the world? Why are so many of us determined to leave our marks? Who are the people who have reconciled with the marks they will make versus won’t/once wished to?Continue reading “What Does It Mean to Make a Difference in the World?”

Book Review: Revenge of the Sluts by Natalie Walton

Minor spoilers ahead. In spring 2021, I read Revenge of the Sluts by Natalie Walton (also titled Those Kinds of Girls in the UK and some other Commonwealth countries), a literary young adult (YA) fiction novel published by Wattpad Books. Wattpad as a whole fascinates me due to its claim to pick books to publishContinue reading “Book Review: Revenge of the Sluts by Natalie Walton”

Taking a Step Back: Reflecting on Writing and Validation

I’m not discouraged, but I now realize I’m in a place where I need to stop seeking validation. This is something I’ve been working through in my own life and somewhat in therapy, but I believe it’s time I put it fully to practice. For that reason, I’ve decided I’m going to stop submitting andContinue reading “Taking a Step Back: Reflecting on Writing and Validation”

States of Loneliness

CW: drug use Level 1 – Preparation             “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” is always the song with which to begin. At least, he believes that. He lets Part I rev up as he pulls the baggie from his back pocket. Every time, without fail, it shimmers like a tiny Christmas snowfall. He scoops itContinue reading “States of Loneliness”

Announcing Happy Pills at Oregon Fringe Festival 2021!

I’m so excited that my full-length play Happy Pills is being adapted into an audio/radio play and is heading to Oregon Fringe Festival 2021 at the end of April. I’ll have more later, but I hope you will tune in to hear my post-apocalyptic dystopian sapphic play. The actors are blowing me away, and soContinue reading “Announcing Happy Pills at Oregon Fringe Festival 2021!”

Cheesy Love: a very fake rom-com trailer

COMING SOON A LOVE STORY LIKE NO OTHER [Enter TABITHA, standing imposingly in front of the Old Capitol. She’s small and cute, but not exactly your typical manic pixie dream girl. She crosses her arms. Tries to look tough.] IN A CITY LIKE NO OTHER [Shots of Iowa City on a weekend night: smokers outsideContinue reading “Cheesy Love: a very fake rom-com trailer”

When You Wish Upon a Matchstick [flash fiction]

            Once upon a time, when you wish upon a matchstick, you find yourself in a glorious land far beyond the bounds of Earth. This does not necessarily mean that things are great, but when you wish upon that matchstick, striking it and watching the flame grow around the tip in between your eyes andContinue reading “When You Wish Upon a Matchstick [flash fiction]”

Impossible Right Now

Catharsis is impossible right now. Clarity is impossible right now. Loving family feels impossible right now. Apologies are impossible right now. Normalcy is impossible right now. Sunlight may be impossible right now. Reckoning feels impossible right now. Revolutionizing feels impossible right now. Community is impossible right now. Healing feels impossible right now. Contact feels impossibleContinue reading “Impossible Right Now”

On Payoff in Eudora Welty and James Baldwin’s Works

Written in September 2016.  — In several writing classes I have taken thus far, the idea of ‘payoff’ has been discussed thoroughly and in many different ways. In my understanding of it, it has come to mean not necessarily giving an expected ending but not deviating from the story’s innate trajectory. I find different yetContinue reading “On Payoff in Eudora Welty and James Baldwin’s Works”

A Letter to Wilde

November 30, 2018 (or you would write it 30 November 2018) Dear Mr. Wilde, or whoever is reading this, First of all, I’m 24 and definitely old enough to understand and believe that there’s not necessarily an afterlife. However, it feels only fitting to address the person in the grave. You were not a perfectContinue reading “A Letter to Wilde”