Mythology of Childhood: Short Story

I. The Barbie dolls are asleep. We switch off the lights in the playroom, shut the antique doors and hurry down the stairs, for dinner. We never look back. Mama and Papa are having an argument. Papa storms off to have dinner alone, with the telly. Mama doesn’t want to eat, so we share the…

Pretending it’s the Perfect Christmas: Personal Essay

If I had to pinpoint the exact time when it all fell apart, it would probably be the day I turned thirteen. I was a full self-proclaimed non-believer by then, and my Christmas presents included an enviable assortment of punk-rock music, from classics like the Sex Pistols to Green Day’s latest rock opera. I knew…

The Secret Life of Diaries: Creative Non Fiction

i. Wonderland of Deep Space and Beyond At the age of nine, I was a swashbuckling space pirate. My imaginary friend and I would embark on intergalactic, death-defying adventures, uncover plots of world domination, battle courageously with aliens and save Planet Earth from extra-terrestrial invasion and be back home just in time for supper. My…