Introvert, noodle enthusiast, world traveler, and all-around nerd
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- Top Story - January 2024
Confessions of an American IdolTop Story - January 2024
Probably not the "American Idol" you're thinking of, though. When one thinks of the phrase "American Idol," ABC’s popular singing competition series may come to mind. However, there is a dance-based subculture of the anime community that are offshoots of popular pop performance groups in Japan and Korea. These individuals dress up in matching outfits as a group, learning routines from anime such as Love Live! School Idol Project, The Idolm@ster, and Idolish7, and taking the stage at conventions or recording videos (“PV”) for YouTube. Each idol represents a character from these routines and will wear appropriate colors, outfits, accessories, and wigs to match.
5 Lies My Perfectionism Tells Me
I am not a liar, but that doesn't stop my own head from telling me lies. Lies that I sometimes believe. Hello, my name is Maggie, and I'm a perfectionist. I strive to be more than top notch in everything I do and if I don't seem to you like I'm always at the top of my game, than I'm not doing the best I can.
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa
The iconic Mona Lisa painting isn’t that large, but you don’t have to fail an art history class to recognize that mysterious smile. Do tourists wait because they appreciate portraiture, or because she’s been propelled into popularity? I still think she’s timeless.
She was on a train. The girl knew that much without opening her eyes. She could hear the clickety-clack of the wheels turning on the tracks, could feel the gentle sway of the train cars. The girl burrowed down into her hoodie. Wherever she was on this train, it was cold.
Sunsets and Cigarettes
She was outside taking a smoke break when the sun began to set. Raising the cigarette to her lips, Charlotte arched her spine and tilted her head back in a long stretch. As cotton candy pink stripes began to merge with a brilliant dreamsicle orange, Charlotte sighed. It was almost time for the mealtime rush to begin. A couple of cars had already entered the drive thru line. The manager would be calling out the back door for her in a few minutes. Charlotte wondered how much time she had. She fished her phone out of her uniform’s pocket.
How Cosplay Saved My Life
My therapist once told me that I have one foot in fantasy and one foot in reality. She was right. Fiction has always been how I’ve processed the world around me. Escaping into other worlds has been my only constant in a life that is anything but. It was only a matter of time before I discovered cosplay.
- Top Story - March 2022
I Have a Journalism Degree but I'm Not A JournalistTop Story - March 2022
After getting my bachelor’s degree in journalism from a top university in Texas and attempting twice to get a master’s in journalism from two different schools, I have learned one important thing.
My First Boyfriend Lives 10 Hours Away
As I scribble down my thoughts in a wildly patterned Vera Bradley notebook, I am on a plane taking me further and further away from the guy I not only like as a friend, but have grown to love as a partner. My heart is heavy, not only because the weekend is over and I go back to work tomorrow, but because I won’t be able to hold my boyfriend’s hand or play with his curls for a little while.
To My Dearest
I know you yearn for a fresh start. But I also know you want to scrap everything and begin again when something doesn’t go your way. You fight so hard and so long on projects. Then it feels like you snap and all you want to do is to disappear. And sometimes, you do.