Words Stay [flash fiction]

Post-apocalyptic, bookworm-centered, and a hint of sapphic something. © Copyright 2022 Alyssa Cokinis. All rights reserved. The piece cannot be republished or used without prior permission from the author. Days drag, and still I move. Days drag despite deliberate efforts to fill them with excessive productivity. In times like these, we need to remind ourselvesContinue reading “Words Stay [flash fiction]”

Pandemic Year 2 (2021) Book Round-Up

My dear friend Chandler Webster and I decided that we both wanted to share our reading recommendations. I’m here to give you a full list of what I read this year, and the bolded ones with some blurbs under them are my HIGHLY recommended reads. I read so much this year. I think the needContinue reading “Pandemic Year 2 (2021) Book Round-Up”

My Friend the Sunflower [prose]

Trigger Warning: body horror, mention of cutting skin            It wasn’t noticeable. Not at first, anyway, compared to the climate devastation around us.             It grew out of her shoulder, you see. When I first noticed it, it just looked like bumps beneath her black and grey tattoo. “Oh, I think I have some rash,”Continue reading “My Friend the Sunflower [prose]”

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 [prose]

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 [prose]”

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 Reflection on a Sentence from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

*This was originally a small assignment for my Writers’ Seminar in Fiction, and I couldn’t help but share it because I am so in love with this sentence.  ** “Loveliness and stillness clasped hands in the bedroom, and among the shrouded jugs and sheeted chairs even the prying of the wind, and the soft noseContinue reading “A Reflection on a Sentence from To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf”