- Top Story - September 2023
The Hidden Struggles of Being a Teacher
Every time school is about to start, whether after summer, winter, or spring break, I get bad dreams. I dream of my students changing, of all the supplies disappearing, of strangers constantly interrupting my class. I dream of a loss of control. And it's scary.
Big Brotherly Things
The perks of the job were always the stories; no one drove these yellow death cabs for the money. Everyone always raved about the gossip they’d catch during the rides, gathering ‘round for drinks and petty poker to share. There’d always be a contest for the craziest story. Some would spill stories of bank robbers in the making, killers depositing bodies at the bridge, and always of the typical shady affair that the asshole would think no one knew about; we all knew though.
the ice cream fan
As a young adult who chose to move out as fast as possible, I quickly realized that an air conditioner was way out of my budget. I also didn’t even know how to install one or where to borrow some tools, so I settled for the next best option. A cheap standing fan and lots of cookie dough ice cream. The cookie dough didn’t do much to cool me down, but the idea of lounging in my undies in front of the fan, while totally not inhaling carton after carton of ice cream, was much more attractive.
Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I never thought the concept of being happy and sad simultaneously would be so okay. Chbosky gracefully captures the innocence of teenage-hood, the complexities of relationships, and the pressures of a perceived-judgemental society.
- Top Story - August 2023
That Bloody RideTop Story - August 2023
As part of James & Oneg’s Summer Writing Challenge Extravaganza, we present to you the Awkward Elevator Challenge! The challenge is to write about a time you did something embarrassing (or make it up), and the person that saw it happen, suddenly gets in an elevator with you shortly after. There is no time or word count limit. And remember, make sure you tag some folks to participate, and share the original challenge post linked above in your entries.
Post Storm Dinner
As part of James & Oneg’s Summer Writing Challenge Extravaganza, we present to you the Tag You’re It! Challenge. Pick a Vocal community and tag/nominate another writer to write a poem or 100-word micro fic about it BUT you only have 15 minutes to write! I was tagged with the FAMILIES community by Cathy holmes.
in the suburbs
Challenge #1 Sweet Summer Song: Pick a song that represents summer for you. Use the song as the title of your piece, and to inspire either a poem or a short story/micro fiction about summer. Feel free to use some of the song's lyrics in your piece as well. So what does summer feel like for you? For the main James & Oneg Summer Writing Challenge Extravaganza, click here.