pretty boys break hearts.sometimes I think Im just a mess of badly drawn lines. Im just scrawled veins beneath paper rough skin, I wear poorly sketched scars on my thighs [skin deep red pen lines] and even my smile is lop-sided- but he never seemed to notice.my skin [spread like thick icing over my skeleton] is a monotonous pattern of pores, a stretch of the world the sun never kissed. I cant see the beauty in multitudes of freckles and chipped fingernails- but he does.why do you love me?you make me happy.I never could figure out just how. was it my illegible love notes, or the tiny hearts I drew into his bare back wi
By Fifty,I'll publish or perish; find someone to cherish; move someplace phenomenal; display an abdominal physique to inspire, which I shall acquire!. . . Or perhaps, just retire.
To Any Good Teacherthere was a patient man who read my words and saidyou could be anythingwhen i held no ambitions;i will make him proud.
Automatici."So where are you from?" The boy leans toward me, questions swimming in his eyes. I smile."Oh, I'm from Boston.""No, I mean, where are you from?" My smile falters as I realize where this is going. It's an all-too familiar conversation, one I've been having since I was old enough to reply."Do you mean where was I born?""Yeah.""I was born in China.""Do you speak Chinese?""No.""Does your family speak Chinese?""No."He looks befuddled. I sigh."I'm adopted.""Oh!" I see the light bulb over his head go off in a shower of sparks. "Do you know who your real parents are? Like, your real parents?" My temper flares. I stifle th
DEAR TEEN ME: The Contest. (Warning: EPIC prizes!)This journal comes to you from `PinkyMcCoversong!So you might have heard of this little book I co-edited called DEAR TEEN ME. It's an anthology of letters from authors to their teen selves. The authors in the anthology range from best-selling and award-winning authors to some fabulous up and comers. I know that no matter what, if you pick up the book, you'll find a letter or two (at least!) that speaks to you. This is our fancy Amazon/Goodreads/B&N/Book Depository/Pick-your-bookseller blurb: DEAR TEEN ME includes advice from over 70 YA authors to their teenage selves. The letters cover a wide range of topics, including physical abuse, body issues, bullying, friendship, love, and enough insecurities to fill an audit