It was a warm September night, and I was pacing under the white glow of towering street lamps trying to retain my liquid anxiety. I needed to pee. My heart was in my throat. I felt physically weak. I was about to do my very first open mic performance, and I was terrified.Continue reading “Open Mic Anxiety!”
In the past 12 weeks(?), I’ve lost count, I have learned to think more and more like a journalist in every aspect of my life. This is especially applicable when it comes to my social media and social life in general.
I used to allow my shyness and anxiety to hold me back from a lot of potential opportunities to connect with others and get to know them better. I was able to do that for so long, but it has cost me in ways I’ll explain later.
A Poem inspired by the Childish Gambino song of the same nameContinue reading “Terrified”
Welp, school is back in session. You know what that means: exams, quizzes, new people, lots of reading, new stressors. I started my junior year as a transfer student at UNT this week, and I was both very ready and not ready at all.
I spent 2 days before the first class day finding my way around and researching what I needed to know about dining, the campus layout, where my classes would be, and organizing my room. The campus is so big, and I have to walk everywhere, but at least I’m kind of staying in shape! The night before my first day, I calmed myself with episodes of Broad City and 90 Day Fiancé.
The Sun is Also a Star, by the talented Nicola Yoon, is a compelling tale of how the universe draws us to each other whether we like it or not.
Well, it’s more so about how the universe drew Natasha Kingsley and Daniel Bae to each other. All in the span of one day. It’s better than it sounds, trust me.Continue reading “The Sun is Also a Star Book Review”
And why does it mean so much to you, Rae?
I have hit a major milestone in my journey to publishing my first book! No, I’m not in the stages of publishing yet, and no, I don’t have an agent. However, I finished writing the whole thing—44,832 words— at 2:38 am on July 29!Continue reading “What is In Their Shadows?”
Have you ever been asked why you are the way that you are? If so, it could be taken a number of ways.
You could take it as a compliment like, “Oh, this curious person is interested in me!” Or you may be unfazed by it as if it’s a perfectly reasonable thing to ask, maybe as natural as them asking where are you from or can you cook. Or you might take it as a unique conversation starter.Continue reading “Why Are You the Way That You Are?”
Ephram could not help but think of Ruby. She entered him like a taste at the back of his throat—the memory of his mama’s peach cobbler.Ruby, Cynthia Bond. Book 3 Ch. 23.
Ruby by Cynthia Bond, a tale that, at most times, seamlessly weaves fiction and bits of non-fiction throughout most of the story. My daddy recommended this book to me and I later found out, after I finished the book, he had never read it!Continue reading “Ruby Book Review”