Hello! I'm Derek, a writer based in Portland, OR. Author of short stories, poetry, and blog posts about the things that interest me. Be kind to yourself and others, always.
Pacing back and forth in my room, thinking about an exercise to improve my poetry proposed by Billy Collins. It really is important to practice new skills.
I was enjoying my evening. Relaxing in my gray, circular chair. Scrolling through the internet. Planning for the week ahead.
A Single Act of Kindness
Empty and alone. Empty and alone. I’m so empty and alone. While driving home, listening to the music coming through my speakers, I try to find a reason to smile a genuine smile.
If Only Things Were Different (Daydream Part 2)
I live life for me, not in search of some-body. I found the strength hidden behind loneliness. I am an unforgiving fortress
Sinking. Sinking. Sinking. Further down. Thoughts about sensations your hands gave. Sinking further down. Remembering
The Broke College Grad Diaries - Part 6
Hey, World! It’s your favorite broke college graduate with another life update! To be honest, life has been relatively mellow lately. My emotional state has been mostly stable with a few fun fluctuations here and there. And, other than the fact that the U.S. Capitol was attacked by some of the most radical Trump supporters I’ve ever seen, the world has been pretty “normal”. As “normal” as it can be during a pandemic, I guess.
Ideas run so easily through my head every week as I think of a new story, a new perspective to be told and read; and I thought this week would like any other.
The First Poet To Win America's Got Talent
Earlier this week, I met with my Grandparents to get groceries and to help with their own shopping. I was struggling, in that moment, to stay focused because I knew I was behind on writing a story this week and still had no idea what to write.