Jade is an indie author from Louisiana. While her first book failed, she has plans to edit and republish it and try again. She has a senior min pin that she calls her little editor, and a passion for video games and makeup.
The Man I Reported for Harassment Approached Me in the Grocery Store
I was putting something into my shopping cart when I noticed someone standing close to me. He aggressively pointed the toilet paper he was holding directly at my face. I glanced up to see a man I had hoped to never see again. “Stop talking shit,” came his raspy, and somewhat feminine voice.
When Did Gamer Become An Insult?
One of the first video games I remember playing was the original Super Mario Bros. I never got further than the first few levels, but I still enjoyed the hours I spent trying to rescue the princess (who was always in another castle). I loved everything about the game, from the soundtrack to the simple story, but eventually, I expanded my game collection.
Hurricane Ida’s Aftermath
On August 29th, 2021, the wind whistled as the storm rattled my windows. It was a terrifying sound; one I hope never to hear again. The rain came down in thick sheets, pounding on the roof and walls that surrounded me. The power had gone out earlier that day, so the only thing that lit the room was a small camping light I’d purchased the day before. I felt terrified, so I held my dog close to ensure her safety. Somehow, my dog and I got some sleep during the night.
Women are Taught to Fear Things That Men Aren’t
From a young age, I’d been taught to be wary of my surroundings and the strangers that sometimes occupied them. I was told to not trust anyone and to avoid speaking to people I don’t know.
I’m Terrified Of Hurricane Ida
When I was younger, I didn’t realize how serious hurricanes were. I used to look forward to the school closing, and I loved the sound of rain beating against the roof and the walls of my house. I’d usually spend those days watching cartoons, playing video games, or reading. Sometimes we’d lose power, but I never felt like I was in danger. I was also never worried that I’d lose everything because I didn’t know that everything could change in the blink of an eye.
The Road So Far
I’ve written about my writing dozens of times. I’ve documented both my successes and my failures. The act of writing is my passion, and it fills with me joy. I can only hope to make a living from it in the future. So far, I’m off to a good start. I recently made over four hundred dollars for an article and a company contacted me about using my writing in one of their upcoming ads. I’ve never won any of the writing contests on Vocal, but I hope to soon because I think my writing voice holds something special.
I Dream of Holding My Book
I can still remember the first (and only) writing contest I’ve ever won. I was in first grade, and we had to write about our favorite books. I wrote about The Little Mermaid, and I was rewarded with a book about a family on a road trip. I’d like to think that was when I realized that I wanted to be a writer, but it probably had more to do with the show Ghost Writer on PBS. To say I liked the show was an understatement since I was so obsessed that I used to write fan fiction about the show. The fan fictions were about what you’d expect from a child, but those fan fictions helped me develop my writing skills.
“Pick Me Girl” — The New Term Being Used to Shame Women
A few years ago, I worked in the automotive department for a popular retailer. I was one of the few women who worked there, but I got along with most of my coworkers. I even asked a few of them if they could teach me about cars, and they taught me everything we did in the shop. I ended up changing oil, and even a tire or two. I even knew more than the new hires, so I helped with training them.