Beyond "Laughing Out Loud"
Yesterday, I became utterly delighted by the thought of future/alien linguists trying to interpret the meaning of the commonly-used phrase "lol." Surely, everything they could find on the matter would formally define it as "laughing out loud," a description that does not encapsulate the complexities of how it is used in our modern age.
Autumn The chromatic leaves from the expiring trees were diffused across the expanse of grass between them and the wind seemed to push her toward him, the earth itself aiding their meeting. He was waiting for her as a drought waits for rain and she was a cloud heavy with promise. They were not going to merely cross paths, they were charging full-steam directly into one another.
Not Right Now, I'm Washing My Face
It was a deceptively ordinary Seattle day when the CDC confirmed the first official case of the coronavirus in the United States. It was the 21st of January 2020. I lived a short four miles away from the aforementioned case, I was high-risk for complications, and I worked at Bath & Body Works (aka ground zero for the hand sanitiser-hoarding panic) where I was being exposed to hundreds and hundreds of unmasked, frantic customers each day.
Alex Bing and the Golden Spyglass
The village of Knowere is quaint while its residents are quarrelsome. It is a cynical land of anger and resentments where neighbours relentlessly bicker with each other, where families revel in picking sides, and where they all believe that the success of one is the loss of another.