Secret Ingredient

February - Cratersville - Junior Year - Cupcake Creature

I’ve written many times about my lack of cooking skills. I can heat up water for tea. I’ve gotten pretty good at making a seasonal loaf of bread, which—for me—are more like glorified cakes than real kneaded, shaped and risen creations. But, that’s about it. My journey to semi-literacy in the kitchen didn’t come easy. […]

Life is a Game of Cards

Game of Life - Fortune Teller

My father was a great magician. Thus, it should come as no surprise that I had more than a few occasions to test his skills at card playing. It started out when I was young with Go Fish where every matching set of cards we would put down would instantly transform into trinkets we would […]

Playing the Long Game

Game of Life - Fortune Teller

My sister, Poppy, and I loved playing cards. The fact that our father was a renowned magician both on stage and in real life probably pre-disposed us to our abiding interest. The first game we played, though we really weren’t trying to play one at the time, was guessing the reaction on our father’s face […]

The Journey

August - Creators Realm - Jelly 21

Living your dreams is a lot like taking a trip to the distant stars. The journey will be longer than you anticipated. Harder than you expected. More amazing than you could imagine. And, the excitement at finally arriving, may ultimately fail to live up to the sheer amount of drama you had to experience to […]

Believe in the Dream of You

August - Creators Realm - Jelly 21

In a world where there are few things you can believe in, you have to learn to believe in yourself. You have to learn what makes you tick, what makes you get up in the morning, what makes you happy to be alive. You have to know what you’re good at—not just what you enjoy. […]