A List of Goals

Learn to longboard. Get in shape. Or at least become reasonably coordinated enough not to kill myself. Read more books. Actually review them on time over at Literatease. Figure out what I want to get tattooed on my body, no take backs. Stop being a wuss and actually get it done. Draw more. Doodle. Sketch. … Continue reading

Personal Undergrowth

They ask, “Do you see the forest, or the trees?” and I look up. I blink, maybe, once or twice. I try to process what it is, exactly, that I’ve been asked. I must look stupid to them, because they attempt to explain. “It’s like a metaphor—” And at that point, I just can’t let … Continue reading

Maria : A Love Story With Tattoos

I have a request. I’ve been fascinated by tattoos for a long while. I’ve been drawing on my skin for years with gel pens, Crayolas, Sharpies—anything that could leave a decent mark. I’ve spent cumulative hours digging into my skin with cheap Bics and ballpoints, trying to eke out some sort of shape. My father … Continue reading

When I Grow Up, I Want to be Happy

Do I know where I’m going? That’s the question. Everyone’s been asking it. The answer is something like, “Well, not at all.” And it’s not uncommon. We’re supposed to know these things by senior year, but we don’t. We’re still so stuck on ‘What’s My Major’ that half of us still haven’t even figured out … Continue reading

Crying Games

Lining Up

“…you know that a good, long session of weeping can often make you feel better, even if your circumstances have not changed one bit.” – Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning I don’t even know how the conversation started, but suddenly we were talking about crying. It might have been about our fathers–we’ve both lost them, … Continue reading

Limoncello – Italy – Day 1

[Photolabels coming soon. x.x] So it seems I’ve finally made it to Italy. It’s been a busy first day. My mother ordered a shuttle to take the five of us living in the same complex to Hartsfield-Jackson’s shiny new international terminal. My mother checked into the airport hotel first and dropped of her bags so … Continue reading

I’m Taking the Fire Escape Up to the Roof

As much fun as I had reading Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day as a kid, it’s not always enough to just point to Judith Viorst and say, “That! My life is that, but with more x and y and screaming and less dorky shoes and lima beans and talk of … Continue reading

To All the History

Upon realizing that my paranoia about sounding a little bit like a self-help book instead of a human being was not entirely unfounded, I thought I might try to share a little bit more about personal things. It’s not really opening up if I don’t share the me that I am right now. Anyway, you … Continue reading

Don’t Be the Drum Machine. Play it in Versus.

“Did you hear what they said? That rock n roll is dead? Yeah, it’s like a zombie–it’ll dig itself back up again.”        – “Internet Killed the Video Star”  The Limousines   I don’t listen to the song much any more. I keep finding more and more beautiful noises to line my nest with–because that’s … Continue reading

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