Tunnel Vision

There are times in my life when things get especially hard, when the weight of the world crushes down on my shoulders, back and chest. When it gets hard to swallow and the tears threaten to break forth. When the world outside is cold and unforgiving. Now, feels like one of those times. It’s a…

Love in the Time of Hannibal

*** when in doubt, aka writer’s block, write what you know. And what I know is Hannibal*** Of all the television that I’ve watched in my day, not a single show has stuck with me the way NBC’s Hannibal (2013) has. For those unfamiliar, Hannibal, based on the characters by Thomas Harris, tells the story…

Regarding My Blackness

While sitting in the movie theater this past January, I watched as Moonlight began to borrow itself deep inside my heart. It clung to my lungs and wrapped around my rib cage. It crept into my brain stem and spread across my skull. I was covered in it from head to toe. Unable to separate…

How a Single Meme Caused My Existential Crisis…

The most recent meme going around the internet is to describe yourself in 3 Fictional Characters. Initially, I thought it would be a fun exercise and saw it to be a good way to revisit those characters that I’ve grown to love so much. By no means did I think this task would be easy,…

The Mind Soldiers On…

My Mind Soldiers On In the light of day And is shot down In the trenches At that time of night

I’m Sorry That I Loved Her First

An apology is usually followed by forgiveness. But they don’t always go hand in hand. Someone in need of an apology isn’t the same as someone in need of forgiveness. Can you truly forgive someone if they simply apologize? Does that suddenly make everything alright again? Back in college, my tight knit friend group had…

Those Who Risk, Win.

On Monday, I went to see Joss Whedon and Mark Ruffalo speak as part of the Directors Series at Tribeca Film Festival. There was a point where Joss started talking about how, years after Buffy, he finally realized that he was writing about himself. That he was, in fact, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He realized that…

Closeted Fear

In response to the Daily Post’s prompt “Closet” When I was a kid I was afraid of my closet. The same way I was afraid to go to sleep with my door closed or the hallway light off. In fact, when it came to sleeping, there were a lot of things I was afraid of….

Forever is Too Far Away

Writing prompt: In a different life, love would simply be enough. But this is the one life given. Write a story about life getting in the way.  I thought I could do this forever. I wanted to. I thought nothing would have to change and we could just be us. But the moment we step out…

Robert Parr is Dead

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “A Dog Named Bob.”   Robert Parr is dead. But the mailman doesn’t know this. Neither do the letter senders, the former of which continue to pile up inside the mailbox. After all, the mail never stops. Not even for the rain. The mailbox is old and rusted by…