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

An Open Letter to Every Math Teacher I Have Ever Had

All I want is to write and create and live inside my English brain. I don’t want to waste time being made to feel stupid and inferior over vague philosophical math. I’ve always been horrid at math. I know it. I’ve known it for years. Teachers have been telling me for years. It’s not funny. … 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

Festivalpalooza

This past Saturday was certainly eventful. It’s a little intimidating to hear just how many festivals are going on in Atlanta at a time–and so close together! Anyway, I started the Saturday fairly early (at least for me) when my wonderfultastic roommate, Miss Tesla, crept in my room to pry me from my mattress. We … 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

5% Car Trouble by Volume – (And Not as Much Walking as I Thought.)

Let me start out by saying that I love and adore ‘Happy Accidents’. Buuuuut… Why does no one ever bother to put a disclaimer on certain days? Give me a heads up when I need to put on my Responsible Adult panties and figure out how to speak car problemese? The plan started out functional. … Continue reading

Sour-Mouth Maintenance

“So, I heard she had a religious experience.” “…Again?” You wouldn’t believe the things you can hear—or worse, the things you’ll catch yourself saying. Examine any number of little gems—little silver casings rolling off of your tongue. Really think about what you’re saying. It’s a new effort for me. Linguistically and intentionally, I wonder, When … 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

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