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  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    I’m standing in a crowded cafeteria. I’ve never had the chance to express how much I hate being in here, with the loud chattering of students, the incessant shoving of backpacks, the fast-fleeting moments where I can actually hear myself think… There’s a reason I eat outside. Yet today...
  • Hot Topics > Letters to the Editor
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    We're ants crawling through little crevices; we're butterflies flitting from leaf to leaf; we're mice scurrying across the floor after their prey. It is inevitable. The average teenager will be on Facebook right now, updating his or her status, writing on the walls of friends. And I am here, t...
  • Poetry > Sonnet
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    You want an apology When it’s not mine to give Your expectations run high And your love runs thin I’m stuck whirlwind Without an escape And you stand there watching No care but to gape I’m supposed to be special Especially to you Yet you often get puzzled By your job and your cr...
  • Fiction > Thriller/Mystery
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    My eyes are glued to the fear and the madness of the killer’s face. At first glance, she wouldn’t be labeled as a murderer. She looks too kind, almost innocent. Her hair is short, and I recall having seen it done in a bob style. A layer of fringe comes down over her eyebrows, which she occasiona...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I have no reason why I write Except that I can’t not. ***...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Thanks for bringing me Back down to reality With your honesty....
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    Words will not come. I sit here staring at the majority of the page: a daunting white space. I have twenty-one, now twenty-three, words, and it is not enough. I want it to fill up my vision, and I want it to do so now. Yet words will not come, and so I write. Q, W, E, R, T, Y, U… ...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    There are people. There are backgrounds. There are personalities. This is life. It could mean missed chances, but it could also mean new chances opened up: new environments and new people and, well, new stories. The what if’s that correspond with life are an aggravation on their own. I ...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    They view their job as asking, and they view my job as giving answers. Sometimes I want to shout. I am not superman. I am not an octopus. I do not have supernatural powers. I do not have eight arms. I am merely a human being. Just like them. But they… those arrogant, ungrateful, blood sucki...
  • Fiction > Sci-fi/Fantasy
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    I found it on the smooth marble floor of my house. Bright red-tinted light shone from the diamond-cut crystal and blinded me for one second before fading as a dark cloud passed by the sun, blocking it’s intense glare for the moment. Looking back at my discovery, I wondered how it got there. It cou...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    A wish because I Want it. Fatal since with it, I’m not me at all....
  • Fiction > Romance
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    The sun is a glorious thing, big and bright and round, floating in the sky for all eternity, because that was the job it was assigned so long ago, when time first began and life was introduced in the empty universe; it brought light and, also, a sense of hope. Too bad it’s gone now. Alright...
  • Poetry > Song Lyrics
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    I don’t understand I can’t grasp her content When I feel so blue Is life ever on cue? The way she walks Makes me see a fork In my road of life Where I’m not alive Everyday, I question myself When the lucky ones get what they want Everyday I ask myself Can I ever be the lucky on...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    You open the refrigerator only to find that your Cadbury-Schweppes are nowhere to be found. You search and search, frantic, craving, knowing you can only be satisfied with a bite of that bar. When you start to give up, eyes brimming with tears, you suddenly notice a piece of brown and white plastic ...
  • Fiction > Thriller/Mystery
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    She had short hair, cut like a boy’s, large brown eyes, wide with feigned innocence, and tanned brown skin, as if she had been in the sun for too long. She looked a bit familiar, but maybe that was just my imagination. She strode to where my father and I were standing so clueless, staring ...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    Hold on tight See the sights Of beaches and caves Of people and slaves The ride is never ending Like a story that is pending You’re jostled and toppled And smiling and startled As you go from curve to curve To feel in your every nerve A million different feelings That come and then go p...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    You live in Singapore, where out of the ordinary doesn’t ordinarily happen. Unless you make it happen, which is, I’d say, ordinary enough in itself, especially since you need excitement in your life to make life less than ordinary. Shopping for chairs is ordinary; if somebody is lacking chai...
  • Reviews > Book Reviews
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    Yearning for a heart-twisting, mind-clenching mystery that will have your eyes drifting word after word as you grow closer to the heart—and secret—of the novel? Full of suspense, full of promise, full of betrayal, full of guilt, The Scarlet Pimpernel isn’t just your everyday novel. You rem...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    There are always spots of light. I try to comprehend what I’m seeing, the small circles that stand out against the dark background, but I find it difficult, against my own ability. They’re even in different colors, green or red or white, as if Christmas arrived without my knowledge, even though ...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    *Once upon a time, there lived a dreamer in the woods.* The journey will be a lonely one Along an empty road Through deserted villages Alone *The dreamer drew inspiration from trees and plants and flowers.* Nobody had a say but me When I decided this Seemingly a decade ago Alone *T...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    I’m telling you, life is unfair. It’s a known fact. You can try your best, assert the most exemplary attitude, but sometimes, it does nothing to earn the acceptance you desire. It’s just an award, you tell yourself incessantly, to the point of annoyance. But why not? Why not just l...
  • Fiction > Realistic Fiction
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    The rain dripped fondly on the sheen glass of the windowpane. She sighed deeply in affection while staring at blurred nothingness. The view had never been more beautiful as it was with a layer of rain to look out from. It represented everything she felt, a thunderstorm of waning love keeping he...
  • Fiction > Thriller/Mystery
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    Never falter. Always be prepared. It was either always or never. I put the heavy leather-bound book on the table in front of me and gave my head a shake. Many hours had passed since I’d entered the library, expecting to give the Book of Rules a quick read before starting on my homework—my pl...
  • Opinion > School / College
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    Oh, the pompous jerks of high school, their fists violently making contact with a buddy’s shoulder in the hallway, and the floating heads of the Populars as they make their way to the center of the cafeteria, not avoiding more than being unaware of the glances of those considered, lets say, less i...
  • Poetry > Sonnet
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    Fallen, it has, from high up above It used to be resting on a branch like a dove. With a step or two, it is at my feet And I stop to pick up the thin brown leaf. Brown like the tall, mighty oak trees That surrounds and shadows me in a canopy Or the dirt that scatters with each impact Of wande...

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