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Incandescent Mind: Issue 1
Sadie Girl Press
Essay: "Ankle Deep"


Written within moments of an anxiety attack, this essay explores the decision to seek help. Becoming used to mental health, like broken plumbing, can often seem easier than addressing it. And, like broken plumbing, fixing it is disgusting and worthwhile and strangely satisfying.


Jenny: Issue 011
YSU Student Literary Arts Association
Essay: "A Lady's Prayer"


"A Lady's Prayer" is an examination of life in a Catholic school as an Orthodox student. What happens when your religious beliefs are at odds, not in major ways, but in small, low-key ways? How big do seemingly small disagreements get? My first piece of hybrid nonfiction explores the search for religious identity and the problems of the Catholic school institution.


Litro #155: Movement
Essay: "The Walk"


In an issue that focused on movement of all kinds, I chose to focus on the inability to move. "The Walk" is a non-linear look at my life with endometriosis -- my inability to walk, to move, to do much of anything. And, in the end, it is about what movement means to a person who lives without it for many years.


Outpost19
Essay: "Ribbon Trees"
My friend took me to Avebury to show me the wishing trees. Tie on a ribbon and make a wish, and the trees would hear it. I don't know how true it is, but perhaps it worked.


You and Who Else
Watching Books
Essay: "Meeting Friends Over Again: Life on Mars/Ashes to Ashes"



Television is the route by which we map our lives. From the day we are old enough to understand words and pictures it is a constant companion, educating and entertaining us, helping us to understand the world around us – and firing our imaginations off into the far reaches of an infinitely varied universe.

From Ace of Wands to Worzel Gummidge, from Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased) to Red Dwarf, from the moment Professor Quatermass' rocket ship returned to Earth, to the moment Ian and Barbara entered the Doctor's Ship, fantasy television has had an extraordinary effect on our emotions and our intellect.

Whether it be exploring space or travelling through time, surviving the aftermath of some Earthbound disaster or creating new worlds in uncharted territories, the writers and producers of speculative television have used the format to reflect and inform the world in which we live.

And whether it be through horror, science fiction or imaginative fantasy – or a combination of all three – we have all been touched in some way by the creativity and insight provided by such visionaries as Gerry Anderson, Nigel Kneale and Douglas Adams.
You and Who Else is a unique history of  sixty years of British fantasy television, and a definitive record of its place in our lives – as told by the people who saw it: the viewers.

In my contribution to this latest charity anthology, I explore the dual series of Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes -- and the experience of watching with different friend groups. This versatile meta-series brought new things out not only with each viewing, but also with each new audience. Watching it helped me learn new things about my friends... and, in one case, makes me realize how much I missed in one friendship.