Creative Writing

Ice cream melting in a waffle cone. Photo courtesy of Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash.

A hot summer of traveling

View of the author watching "My Hero Academia." Photo taken by the author.

Diary entries from Deku

A white chess piece knocking a black chess piece off the game's board. Photo courtesy of GR Stocks on Unsplash.

Sophomore year in a chess game

Photo of two Black women on the beach wearing their natural curls. Photo courtesy of Thought Catalog on Unsplash.

What I feed my hair

Posing wooden figurine. Photo courtesy of Milan Degraeve on Unsplash.

Ingredients for the perfect body

A light purple flower. Photo taken by the author.

Our personal dictionary

A hand reaching out under lighting in the colors of the bisexual flag: purple, blue, and magenta. Photo courtesy of Nitish Goswami on Unsplash.

Are you bisexual?

The author, when she was younger, reading a book on the floor. Photo courtesy of the author.

Letters to Louisa

Haircare products, including ponytails, rubber bands, combs, clips, and a bonnet. Photo courtesy of the author.

Learn to love your hair with 12 easy steps

The author's electronics. Photo taken by the author.

The sorrows of a young high school introvert

Rose Gold iPhone 6S on top of a planner with items written on paper in pen, next to a laptop. Photo courtesy of Jessica Lewis on Unsplash.

A hectic to-do list

An edited image of the author's "failure resume" with school supplies on her desk. Edit created by the author.

My failure resume

A homemade pizza topped with cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms and tomatoes. Photo taken by the author.

Two simple recipes

Twinkling string lights. Photo taken by the author.

Mind palace

Two crossed badminton racquets and a badminton birdie against a red background. Photo taken by the author.

The Greatest Badminton Player Alive (for his age)

Silhouettes of two people playing guitar on the beach at dusk. Photo courtesy of Mike Giles on Unsplash.

You've got a friend in me!

Blurred purple photo. Photo taken by the author.


A stack of books in front of the author's window. Photo taken by the author.

Playing pretend

Abstract art — lines on a green backdrop — created by the author.

A binding breath

The author's view from the back seat of their drive. Photo courtesy of the author.

My love story to the ride home

Artwork created by the author of ghosts closing in on a skeleton, near a sign that says "THE END IS NEAR," inspired by "I Know the End" by Phoebe Bridgers.

Love in lyrics

Photo of the author and her siblings. Photo courtesy of the author.

When I think of my siblings...

A firework in a dark sky. Photo taken by the author.

Love is like Legos

A bouquet of yellow narcissus flowers. Photo courtesy of Oxana Lyashenko on Unsplash.

It whispered change

Photo of an orange dahlia flower, courtesy of Jason Leung via Unsplash.

Poem from Damsel the Hero

Two people sitting on individual park benches. Photo courtesy of Jessica Yap on Unsplash.

For no longer strangers!

Small white dog with long hair in a tie-dye shirt stands in front of a protest line, where people hold signs that read "NO MORE FACTORY FARMS." Photo courtesy of Jorge Maya on Unsplash.

Vegans just want more positive change

Photo of a portion of a clock with its minute hand near "5." Photo courtesy of Adam Kring on Unsplash.

Go enjoy life

A blue lotus flower. Photo courtesy of Cupcake Media on Unsplash.

Lack of focus

People grilling marshmallows on sticks over a wooden fire. Photo courtesy of Josh Campbell on Unsplash.

June and July

A needle on a pink, blue and white record on a record player. Photo courtesy of Lee Campbell on Unsplash.

On music

Photo of the author on her bed, watching her computer screen. Photo taken and provided by the author.

Hey, Arnold, what’s it like to know you’re loved?

Black and white photo of "Reputation" by Taylor Swift. Photo courtesy of Raphael Lovaski on Unsplash.

All due thanks to Taylor Swift

Black road surrounded by trees. Photo courtesy of Taneli Lahtinen on Unsplash.

Elizabeth Keen's journey

A white firework at night. Photo taken and provided by the author.

Dear Love, from Romeo

Woman holding mirror against her head and face in the middle of a forest, with the green forest reflecting on the mirror. Photo courtesy of Tasha Kamrowski on Unsplash.

To all the stories I’ve read before

Bubbles floating up to the surface of blue water. Photo courtesy of Jong Marshes on Unsplash.

Get over this nightmare

Photo of a beige dog laying down. Image courtesy of Juan Gomez via Unsplash.

I’ve wondered

A field of orange-petaled flowers against the blue sky. Photo courtesy of Sergey Shmidt on Unsplash.


A scaly brown fish, photo courtesy of Mika Brandt on Unsplash.

The man who lost it all

A person with face blurred as their head turns. Photo courtesy of Christopher Ott on Unsplash.

I am in fear

Photo of an hourglass against a black backdrop, next to flowers and a book. Image courtesy of Nathan Dumlao.

Your time

Photo of raindrops on on a window. Image courtesy of Noah Silliman.


Photo of two penguins sitting on a rock by the sea. Image courtesy of Torsten Dederichs via Unsplash.

Oh, to be a penguin

Black and white photo of a person's hand holding a pen, with homework, and calculator and backpack on a classroom desk. Image courtesy of Oussama Zaidi via Unsplash.


Photo of red and yellow tulips outside, courtesy of Mabel Chen.

The garden

Photo of Niagara Falls with the sun in the distance. Image courtesy of Kosuke Noma via Unsplash.

A series of short poems

Holding a petri dish. Photo courtesy of Drew Hays on Unsplash.

What my parents want for my career

Silhouettes of people walking along the beach at sunset. Photo courtesy of Jael Rodriguez on Unsplash.

Friends that go the distance

Statues of people carved into a building in Rome, Italy. Photo courtesy of Carlos Ibáñez on Unsplash.

My classics aspirations

The author with his head in his arms in front of a computer screen. Photo taken by the author.

Who's to blame?

A hand holding out box braids. Photo courtesy of Armin Rimoldi from Pexels.

My box braids and their meaning

Two kids near the water. Photo provided by the author.

What we deserve to choose

Black Android phone displays a calendar app in a dark room. Photo courtesy of Ales Nesetril on Unsplash.

The nightmare of LinkedIn

A close-up of a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments. Photo courtesy of captainmk via Pixabay.

Just another day

A graphic featuring a pattern of stars on a cloudy background. Photomanipulation created by the author.

Life, at the moment

Photo of a white angel statue on brown sand. Image courtesy of @owtana via Unsplash.

At a loose end

Many vintage clocks. Photo courtesy Jon Tyson via Unsplash.

My life, five days a week

A pencil and a sharpener sitting on a notebook. Photo courtesy of Angelina Litvin via Unsplash.

English Class

A wooden radiator box in front of a window blocked by blankets in the author's home. Photo courtesy of the author.


People using escalators at a busy mall, with disco balls hanging from the ceiling. Photo courtesy of Victor Xok on Unsplash.

The world's most oblivious robbery

A fleet of Storm Troopers. Photo courtesy of Agnieszka Kowalczyk on Unsplash.

My "Star Wars" marathon

P.P.F. short description list in "TiP notebook." Photo by Amir Rivers.

Early December reflections

A ground-up view of a pine tree. Photo courtesy of Jit Kumar on Unsplash.

COVID's holiday season

A hand holds a hotdog with mustard and other toppings against a yellow background. Photo courtesy of Cottonbro on Pexels.

The great hotdog debate of 2020

Pocket Watch lays buried in the sand. Photo courtesy of anncapictures on Pixabay.

My past, present and future

Over-ear headphones on a yellow background. Photo courtesy of C D-X on Unsplash.

Music, my passion!

Woman laying on her back and resting her foot on a boombox. Photo courtesy of Eric Nopanen on Unsplash.

The music of our lives

Red "Among Us" character on a pedestal. Photo courtesy of MostafaElTurkey36 on Pixabay.

Red is sus

Person wearing a sweater with a lampshade over their head. Photo taken and provided by Nathan DeJesus.


Aerial shot of Redondo Beach street in California, lined with houses and palm trees. Photo courtesy of Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash.


Woman touching a rainy window. Photo courtesy of Milada Vigerova on Unsplash.

That kid

Assorted coffee mugs on a wooden desk. Photo courtesy of Lauren Johnson.

An ode to the coffee mug

Two white swans in a body of water. Photo courtesy of Wolfgang Hasselmann on Unsplash.

The fear of love

Silhouettes of people rowing a crew boat at sunset. Photo courtesy of Mitchell Luo on Unsplash.


Makeup palette, assorted brushes, and an eyelash curler. Photo courtesy of Kinkate on Pexels.

Ode to the bathroom counter and late mornings

Ship on a body of water in front of a mountain. Photo courtesy of Oskars Sylwan on Unsplash.

Gloomy days

Water droplets on a green leaf. Photo courtesy of Luis Aquino on Pexels.

What was your goal? (To the lover that lost me)

Neon pink hearts on a black background. Photo edit created by Amir Rivers.


Rectangular, engraved gold picture frame on a yellow wall. Photo courtesy of Luis Villasmil on Unsplash.


Red ornaments hanging on a Christmas tree. Photo courtesy of Annie Spratt on Unsplash.


Person wearing a sweater writers in a notebook with coffee at their desk. Photo courtesy of Green Chameleon on Unsplash.

What to do when writing fiction

A black stick figure holds a red heart above its head. Photo courtesy of Stacie Bruillant.

Loved too hard

Pregnant mother against a sunset background. Photo courtesy of Jamie Coupaud on Unplash.

Stop wasting time

A black and white photo of an outstretched hand. Photo courtesy of Ave Calvar on Unsplash.

Second nature

Pegasus flying over an archway in clouds. Photo courtesy of KELLEPICS on Pixabay.

I am

View from an airplane window at sunrise of the plane's wing. Photo courtesy of Dan Gold on Unsplash.

Wings (I Wish)

Beach house surrounded by trees. Photo courtesy of Katie Manning on Unsplash.

Union Ave.

A protester holds a sign that reads "Black Lives Matter." Photo courtesy of Chris Henry on Unsplash.

This is America

Butterfly with yellow on its wings. Photo courtesy of Fleur on Unsplash.

My writing career will have to wait

My 'Everything Journal’, a basic composition notebook that I use to write about anything that is on my mind. Photo courtesy of Amir Rivers.

A surprisingly happy birthday

Packed, taped, and stacked cardboard boxes. Photo courtesy of Michal Balog on Unsplash.

If you find yourself moving during a pandemic

A person in black shorts standing on the beach, the sun blurring their face. Photo courtesy of Kekai AhSam on Unsplash.

3 in the morning

Young, anxious ballet dancer. Photo courtesy of Solen Feyissa via Unsplash

Anxiety is not weird

Ice cream melting in hand. Photo courtesy of Dana DeVolk on Unsplash.

I want to move to the North Pole

Demonstration against sexual assault. Photo courtesy of Mélodie Descoubes on Unsplash.

73 seconds

Waves rumble on a cloudy day.

A letter to my 15-year-old self

Writing Through the Distance logo courtesy of WriteBoston.

Stressed out lady

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I am a vine

Red streaks on a black background.