Concrete paths

They draw lines in concrete,breaking apart the life that was underneathBut their smooth black-and-white path paves the wayfor an easy route to fall in linePolished but hard and ruthlessit doesn’t even bend around the mountainWe are a machine, to march our laid-out trailand keep as straight as possible And while that may be good for … Continue reading Concrete paths

10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads

Happy Pride Month! There are a lot of awesome LGBTQIA+ books out there that don't get the spotlight as much. So, here's a list of some great stories (with their Goodreads blurbs) to check out. Amulet of Wishes — Rita A. Rubin The Guardians are the protectors of Aloseria. They are the keepers of the … Continue reading 10+ LGBTQIA+ Reads

My short story got published!

My short story—The Guardian Monster—is now published and available through Cloaked Press! Here's a link. You can even find my name under their meet our author family section. It’s on the beautiful front cover as well! This is my first published short story, so it's the longest work that I've ever published up to this … Continue reading My short story got published!

ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes

Title: Amulet of WishesAuthor: Rita A. RubinGenre: YA FantasyPages: 344 pagesPublication date: April 28, 2021 Thank you, Rita A. Rubin, for giving me a copy of the book in exchange for a fair review! Amulet of Wishes follows Derek, a boy with a haunting past and a promising future as he trains to become a … Continue reading ARC Review — Amulet of Wishes

Should writers go to DV Con?

Earlier in 2020, I did a post on AWP vs ACES for conferences, but now, I've attended the inaugural DV Con conference. Since it was during a pandemic, they took a different approach that I hope AWP and ACES continues.  DV Con was open specifically for diverse voices, including POC, LGBTQIA+ community, Deaf, blind, etc. … Continue reading Should writers go to DV Con?

The sad truth (haiku)

Yearning for the dayWe don't have to fight to liveAnd can be ourselves Perhaps I'm just waiting for the world to turn upside down.

What I wish I saw more in books

I’ve read countless books and loved them, but I also feel that there are parts of life that many books don’t mention. There is so much that doesn’t make it to the bookshelves. As a disclaimer, most of the books I’ve read are YA fiction, so this is mostly criticizing that genre. But some of … Continue reading What I wish I saw more in books

A short announcement

I am one of the six writers who got accepted into the Aspec Journal. This is the first time my written work is appearing in any journal, so I'm pretty excited. If you'd like, you can order a pdf, print zine, or merch. All profits will be donated to The Trevor Project.

Book review – Boy Oh Boy (Spoiler Free)

"You decide to order a new boyfriend. You don't exactly need a new boyfriend, not yet. Your old one is just fine. Sure, he's running a little hot these days, his fan whirs a little loudly, his memory a little slower than you would find on new models. But in all the particulars, he's serviceable." … Continue reading Book review – Boy Oh Boy (Spoiler Free)

We can’t tell a “single story”

So, I watch Ted Talks from time to time. One of them caught my eye recently, and I decided to share it with y'all. It's called "The danger of a single story" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Toward the beginning, she mentions how: "All my characters were White and blue-eyed. They played in the snow. They … Continue reading We can’t tell a “single story”