The Pitch

"You were 7 and I was 12.." I began my mock book pitch for my international publishing course. Class had technically ended 10 minutes ago, but my teacher asked us all to stay behind for one last pitch. Mine. In our last class on a Friday. I just wanted to get it over with. I'd…

The Weight Chronicles

I was born fat. As a baby, my uncle gave me the unfortunate nickname, "gordita," which is used as a form of endearment in Spanish. It stuck with me through my early life. My brother was about 8 when he realized it literally translated to, "fatty" and stomped the endearment right out of it. Which…

The Presentation

It was the day of the first minor presentations of the month in my college pathway program for international students. A relaxing day for me, as I got to sit in the back of the class drinking coffee and taking notes while my young adult students had to teach their classmates about the key principals…

The Bonfire

"Thank you everybody!!" Stewie Goode yelled into the mic at the end of the set he played with Drew Nodar. The bar erupted into cheers and applause. I clapped my right hand to my left hand, juggling my second empty glass of vodka diet Coke between them. Drew and Stewie had put on a phenomenal…