At thirteen weeks, she was gone. And, it had been my fault.

*Disclaimer: I realize I am one day late on the contest (I mixed up the dates) but I don’t care. I worked hard on this for weeks.

When I think of her, I imagine her calmly floating in an orb of electric-blue goo. Arms folded across her chest, eyes closed…

By promoting writers who publish several times a week, the online blogging sphere encourages anyone to publish anything — even if that means bad writing.

Medium and most other social media platforms favor those who post daily causing each of us to rush to the finish line at all costs.

Medium is not unique in the fact that it wants more users and it wants users to spend as much time as possible on the…

It’s official. I am 30 and single. Where do I send my letter of apology?

At 30, I have accepted that my life is not even close to what I thought it would be. In my younger years, I imagined at 30 I would have been in the midst of traveling, settling down with a husband and our eight children, and working as a writer…

High expectations? Mommy issues? Why Joe Goldberg could never truly love the murderous Love Quinn.

(*Spoilers only up until season 3, episode 2)

Joe Goldberg, the sociopathic protagonist of YOU, is back for season three with a gorgeous wife, a baby on the way, and a new home in the suburbs of Madre Linda in Northern California.

Based on everything that has happened in the…

The Filipino-American pop star, Olivia Rodrigo, makes a statement exhibiting the race and ethnicity issues still pervading the entertainment industry

A few videos popped up on my feed regarding a comment made by Olivia Rodrigo, singer of the hit song, “Driver’s License.” Evidently, the singer stated she did not grow up seeing anyone who looked like her in the music industry, and “Popstars” were always “white girls.” And, though I…

Finding love on Instagram may work for some people but I am not interested. So, why not have a seat, Licksandlove88?

Has anyone truly found love on Instagram? No, I am not talking about dates or bar meetups. I am talking about a real, loving, authentic relationship that seemed to be going somewhere, at some point. I haven’t and I am not on Instagram looking for it either. Instagram seems to…

5 lessons I learned from dating and 7 quotes picked up from John Kim’s, Single On Purpose.

For years, there has always been some form of external pressure. Pressure from a society that has marked marriage and genetic reproduction as the primary label of success. Pressure from traditional, Hispanic parents who feel marriage, a sacred, mandatory custom for all women must be done at an early age…

Trigger Warning: The following story includes sexual content. A young girl is sexually assaulted by her pastor and is uncertain about her next step.

Mary was sitting in her polyester desk chair, organizing the weekly newsletter when she heard the door close behind her. The lock clicked and she felt his presence looming. He placed one hand on her shoulder and turned her around. His hand remained there, clammy and dampening the collar of…

The invasion of lice during back-to-school season. Have you prepared your house for battle? (Satire)

Before I get into the great battle of 2013, let me burn the first and most common misconception. Lice only like clean hair. From what we’ve seen they also prefer hair that is longer, allowing girls to fall prey far more often.

Schools are Disney World to the local, ruthless…

Failed relationships and therapy repaired what the genre of romance and the mess of dysfunctional relationships distorted.

The media presents the idea that romance and relationships should be this colorful, grandeur event from beginning to end. There are no real issues, partners are always imperfectly compatible, and someone is always willing to change for the one.

Real, healthy relationships, on the other hand, are pragmatic and their…

Andrea Duran

Substance abuse counselor with a creative writing degree and psych degree. Writer of fiction, mental health, and self-development.

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