on creative confidence and the impostor syndrome

Not to toot my own horn, but I've honestly always considered myself to be a creative person. I've always had my own aesthetic and stuck with it for the most part, and I feel like my creative vision subconsciously (or consciously, really) dictates whatever I do and is more omnipresent than I sometimes realize. That [...]

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on poetry: a poetics essay and two poems

I've been taking a creative writing class (CW 10: Creative Writing for Beginners) the past semester, and now the sem's about to come to a close, it felt right to share and post one of the things we were required to submit for the class. I'm going to be posting more of what I've written [...]

neverworld wake by marisha pessl

SYNOPSIS Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice's boyfriend—changed everything. One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, [...]

six mini-book reviews, vol. ii

On this issue: Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls, and Everything in Between by Lauren Graham Release by Patrick Ness Almost Adulting by Arden Rose Note to Self by Connor Franta The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It by Lauren Graham Talking [...]

on comparison

It's the last day of the year! It also has been one of those days where I've been keeping tabs on what I accomplished this year, and doing so made it decidedly difficult to not compare myself to others and in turn feel bad about what little I seem to have accomplished as compared to [...]

on taking action

I daydream. A lot. If daydreaming were a paying job, I'd right now be at my outdoor, heated infinity pool asking my good butler George for a second glass of sparkling water as I'm trying to keep my shape and not waste the effort and money I've spent on six months of SoulCycle.  I don't [...]

last seen leaving by caleb roehrig

SYNOPSIS Flynn's girlfriend has disappeared. How can he uncover her secrets without revealing his own? Flynn's girlfriend, January, is missing. The cops are asking questions he can't answer, and her friends are telling stories that don't add up. All eyes are on Flynn—as January's boyfriend, he must know something. But Flynn has a secret of [...]

if we were villains by m.l. rio

SYNOPSIS Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces. On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the [...]

the gentleman’s guide to vice and virtue by mackenzi lee

SYNOPSIS Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or [...]