I surprise people all the time. I don’t mean that I throw surprise parties or lurk behind doorways waiting to jump out creepily and unexpectedly, hoping to make people scream. Well, there was that one time… Anyway. Moving on.
What I mean is that revealing some aspects of myself to…
Got writer’s block? New to fiction writing? Feeling a little stale? Just want to try something new? Writer’s Digest has you covered.
The 100+ year old publication — now online — is running a flash fiction challenge for the second year in a row.
Every day in February, the managing…
Why must I be serene
in the face of the unseen,
forces that rule us
from behind a smokescreen
of distractions and lies
they advertise as something else
Why can’t I question
from the truth?
It’s not courage
to take the easy…
There’s more than one way to interpret the classic and beloved fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, but at the heart of them all lies the idea that the ugly duckling was never good enough as he was, and had to change to be accepted.
Awkward young people will grow into their true selves and find people who will accept them. After they grow up.
He was around the wrong people and things didn’t get better until he found the right ones. But still, after he grew up.
So, basically, it sucks to be awkward and ugly and you have to become something else, something better, to fit in. The allegory was written almost 180 years ago but we’re still looking for lessons in it.
Maybe the lesson should be that you were never ugly in the first place.
Etsy sent an email recently that offered the choice to opt out of all communications regarding Valentine’s Day.
We understand that Valentine’s Day can be a tough time.
Ain’t that the truth.
I’m fine with it these days, but I remember the years of sharp pain as a single mother…
My son cooked brown rice to accompany our dinner the other night. I drizzled my portion with melted butter and sprinkled it with salt while he watched with amused exasperation.
“That’s not very healthy,” he said.
“I’m aware that people think that,” I replied.
“You wouldn’t do that to white…
There’s something like 31 million active websites from all over the world. News websites are updated daily — hourly — all day long. Twitter never sleeps. Medium alone published over 2 million stories last year written by over half a million people. Half a million writers. Writers who keep pumping…
If you aren’t looking for a job you might not realize that there’s a gulf between news articles reporting on the state of the job market and reality. I regularly peruse job listings for a few reasons: to find a decent part-time job, researching for my freelance work and writing…
“So tired of the politics”
“Sick of politics”
“I hate politics!”
“I’m ignoring everything political on social media”
I recently worked with a woman who “loathes politics.” I didn’t ask her what, specifically, she despises. She’s a nice person who also hates conflict, which is probably…