How to be a Good Tourist in Japan

Nobody likes looking rude but when you don't know the culture, sometimes you can't help it. It's been a bitter lesson I've had to learn going to school in Japan. I hate looking stupid, and yet, I spent my first week feeling and probably looking stupid, like 9 out of 10 times. I've been in Tokyo... Continue Reading →

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Gross in a Good Way: Notes on Horror Writing

The head-tilt "Hm." When I tell people I like horror stories--horror movies, horror games, and horror books--that is the response I get. And if the conversation progresses and I say that I am working on putting more horror elements in my own stories, the head-tilt "Hm" intensifies. What most people don't realize is that the... Continue Reading →

Cardstock Priest: Short Story

Miriam leaned on the doorframe as Vincent prepared for mass, his first mass since it had happened. Sometimes he wished she didn’t have so much free time on her hands. How was he supposed to psych himself up with her standing there? “I still don’t think you should be doing this,” she said. Vincent smoothed... Continue Reading →

Tokyo Hotel Room Tour: Video

Hi guys! I made it to Tokyo safe and sound. I have a more text-heavy post on its way about my first few days in Tokyo. Until then, I made a video tour of the hotel room I stayed in while my actual accommodations were being prepared. It ended up being an awesome hotel, and way... Continue Reading →

Nunya: A Poem

I’ve always thought my private thoughts are nunya business. They suck emotional energy to unpack so why should I unpack for just anyone? Please don’t shame me for not being open. How am I doing? I’m spring-loaded, not sure what I want but ready to betray myself to get it. What have I been up... Continue Reading →

Update: Going to Japan!

Hey all! I'm headed to Japan on April 2nd! I'll be there for three months for a Japanese language course in Tokyo. It feels like I've been waiting for and planning this forever and I can't believe it's finally time to actually go! I'll be documenting my travels here on this blog. Since I'll be there for... Continue Reading →

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