Author Archive: Annie

Process

In mid-May, a 22-year-old student at the local university was riding her bike at 2 o’clock in the morning when a registered sex offender intentionally hit her with his vehicle. He then kidnapped her, killed her, and buried her about 45 miles from her home. This story is only complete now, months after the occurrence, …

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Practical.

P and I went to Blockbuster today to pick up a copy of Ghostbusters, which I’ve never seen; while there, we were investigating whether we could pick up a copy of the Batman XBox 360 game. There were none on the shelves, so I suggested we ask the employees if maybe they had a copy …

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Overheard While at the Rock-Climbing Gym, from a Small, Loud Boy

“Take that, wall! Take that! I am a MAN! I am NOT a girl like the kids at school say I am! Rock climbing is my passion! I am NOT a loser like the kids at school say I am!”

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Two Interactions

At My Place of Employment: A Clothing Store I’m straightening up clothing coming out of the dressing room when a young, skinny woman approaches. Her: Can I try on those pants? The label says it’s a size zero, right? Me: You can have the pants, but they’re actually a size eight. Her: Rears back in …

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On Scolding and Cognative Dissonance

I was walking Montana this morning when we came across two dogs off of their leashes: one little black curly-haired dog, and the other, a Golden Retriever. Their owner was a woman around my age with short pink shorts and a big blonde bun on the crown of her head. Montana was trotting behind me …

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On Complaining

A few days ago, I went to a meet-up of local women taking place at a “seafood hut.” I’ve been to a few of these events, and because most of the women aren’t well-acquainted, conversation tends to bounce around erratically as the women jump on different facets of sentences and then draw out conversations (“You …

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A Love Letter to Jillian Michaels

o jillian my love for you will never be reciprocated in part because i cannot do two push-ups in a row not even the girly ones with knees on the floor   and yet when i shadow your movements while ripped in thirty spins in its xbox i am inspired to lunge harder lunge like …

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Writing in a Capitalist Society: A Self-Serving Marxist Perspective

I recently answered an ad to be a writer for a blog exclusively run by women. I sent an e-mail outlining my credentials and attached my resume and writing samples. The blog administrator responded, acknowledging I was super-duper qualified, and said they were looking for someone to submit one blog entry per day. She wrote, …

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Lost Items

When I was 15, I placed my paper-thin driving permit in a Ziplock bag, and then promptly dropped it somewhere in the neighborhood. Some kind soul picked it up and followed the address to leave it in the mailbox. As I was walking along today, I spotted a driver’s license on the grass. It belonged …

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Tips to Male Authors

I get it: you want to establish that your female protagonist, speaking in first person, is attractive. However, having the first three men she interacts with say something along the lines of “I bet you don’t have any problem getting dates,” or “You’re a fine-looking woman,” or “Aren’t you sexy,” comes across as, er, clumsy.

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