Jessica

Self-censorship

I spend a lot of time hiding myself. Constructing a persona that will be pleasing to as many people as possible. That will convince those who love me that I don’t have any dangerous opinions or original thoughts. I censor myself. I spend tons of time wondering if I would be better off acting differently, […]

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Pressing play

My life doesn’t seem like reality. It feels like a fake, an imitation. I keep looking around, asking, “Is this it? When does the real thing start?” But this is it. This is my great big, one and only life. I don’t get another shot. And I’m wasting it. Sitting around, wishing things were different, […]

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Just Say Yes

The thing about depression is that it is an isolating condition. Feeling tired and apathetic, or rage-y, feeling like the world is against you, aren’t really feelings that inspire a person to get out into the world and yell, “HERE I AM!” They are more conducive to laying in bed and never getting out again. […]

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Coming to You Live From the Corner of Tired and Apathetic

Things have been shitty lately. Not in a “life is really terrible” kind of way, because my oh my, life isn’t terrible (insert long list of all the things I’m grateful for here). I have just felt tired and listless and uninspired. For months. Even the things that I love do not energize me! Not […]

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Who Needs Magic, Anyway?

I admit it. I only read The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling because JK Rowling wrote it. When the synopsis of it was first announced, earlier this year, my first thought was, “Well…that sounds horribly boring.” My interest was not immediately piqued. Admittedly, I had hoped for more magic. I was worried that it was […]

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Nostalgia and The Smiths

Perks-of-Being-a-Wallflower-soundtrack

I read The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I was 14 or 15. I read it in one marathon sitting, and when I had finished, I could have sworn the book was written for me. I identified so strongly with Charlie, it was a physical and emotional ache. I was worried when I found […]

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The Great Tattoo Debate

Once the sole purview of unsavories like ex-cons and radical counterculturists, tattoos have quickly taken over the mainstream. As early as 2006, it was estimated that 1 in 4 Americans between 18 and 50 were tattooed. This 2009 article claims that 1 in 5 Americans are tattooed. Whatever the real numbers are, the fact of […]

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The Changing of the (Book) Guard

Sort of. My book prospects are changing. It is officially fall, and that means a new reading list! I have to be honest, I completely bombed the last one. I read about 10 out of the 42 I had listed. But that’s the fun of a reading list: it’s really more of a guideline. I […]

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Writing Resources That Rock My Socks

Writing is just like any other craft: you have to constantly be honing your abilities, practicing, learning new things. Lucky for us creative types, there are many resources out there that can help with this ongoing learning process. Here are a few of my favorites. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder – This book is […]

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Why I’m a Feminist (And You Should Be, Too)

For a long time, I resisted calling myself a feminist. I don’t entirely know why, all I know is that I was one of those “I’m not a feminist, but…” people. And everything that came after that statement was, without fail, decidedly feminist. Perhaps I didn’t want to be associated with feminism because, unfortunately, there […]

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