May 31, 2020

I am a person. I’m not something to be sold, promoted, or marketed. I am not a commodity. I am not for sale. I don’t want you to “like” me. I don’t want your ratings, or your reviews. I am not a thing.

I am not a brand.

My life doesn’t have a colour scheme. My insta does...

May 31, 2020

What the shit is your problem, high-waisted jeans? Why do you insist on overrunning the world only to make anyone older than 15 and heavier than an orange look like they’re pregnant but not quite aware that everyone can tell they are, but in an 80s way, which is, by th...

May 31, 2020

I didn't really understand what the term white privilege meant until the Black Lives Matter movement began. Soon after, I started seeing the phrase so often in my Facebook feed that I felt compelled to look it up. It was then that I realized, to my horror, that I am wh...

September 22, 2015

Adolescence doesn’t last forever. We all grow up one day, and though the feeling of being a teenager might linger, there eventually comes a day when you realize you’re thirty-six and you stopped being able to fit into your grad dress ten years ago, and you can no longe...

June 15, 2015

Coming to the end of your book, crossing that last T, typing that last period, is incredibly satisfying. You feel a rush of triumphant joy. You’ve done it! You’ve finished your novel! You want to leap out of your chair and hug everyone you see, then tell them what you’...

April 16, 2015

When I was a young creative writing student I used to keep track of all the writing contests. I’d bookmark the contest pages on the websites of all the literary magazines. I’d make lists of due dates, word count limitations, themes, restrictions. Sometimes I’d even pri...

March 25, 2015

Most people who don’t write think they have a basic understanding of what it is to be a writer. A writer writes books. A writer toils over her manuscript. A writer tells stories. A writer uses her imagination.


Though these things are true of writers, it hardly scrapes...

February 24, 2015

You’ve done it. You’re embarking on the final chapter of your book. You’ve reached the denouement. You type out the word “Epilogue” with shaking fingers. You can’t really believe it. You’ve reached the end. This is the end.

Terrifying, isn’t it?


Well, terrifying might b...

October 23, 2014

When I first started writing in high school I would often find myself restricting my stories to the only subjects I understood: family life, adolescent girl cliques, suburbia. I did this because the idea of pretending knowledge of a subject I didn’t understand inside a...

September 18, 2014

I write long. It’s what I do. My sentences aren’t tight. The meander and go off topic and then veer back. I can make a sentence go on for a whole page. I overuse commas. I love asides and parentheses and em dashes. When I’m writing a first draft, or even a second, I ca...

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