• Fiction

    Apocalypse New

    Landscape view of mountains

    We walked quietly, my brother and I, our footfalls barely audible through the serried leaves, even to us. We were deep in the Kiamichi Mountains, seemingly away from civilization.  Better to be silent and safe, than sorry. We could already attest to that. 

  • Mental Health

    Two Secrets

    Silhouette of a Person Standing in Hallway

    When you discover a secret, you have two options.  I say “discover” because a secret is not made to be found out, except only by accident.  I say “when” because most secrets are easy to discover, and your two options are pulled by a scale.

  • Lifestyle & Relationships

    My Virtual Interview in a Pakistani Ice Cream Parlor

    an image of a man sitting in an ice cream shop

    I’ve been in the telecoms field for the last 20 years and writing for the last five. During my professional life, I have sat through multiple job interviews, all held in quiet office meeting rooms. Dressed professionally, having already researched the company, I maintained a good and attentive posture and was aware of my body language. I stayed focused on the interviewer and paid full attention to their questions and responses, striving to impress with my personality, tone, manners, and knowledge.

  • Fiction

    Her

    colorful chairs stacked on top of each other in front of a coffee shop window

    "You are so talented and smart. The dexterity in your work is astonishing. You, my dear, are going to be a star." These were my mother's words to me as she held my face in her hands, her eyes glistening with the hopes and dreams she held for me.

  • Work & Life

    I Am Just as Confused As You Are

    footsteps standing on pavement with two arrows; one pointing left and the other pointing right

    You are not alone, I am just as confused as you are.  My life hasn't always been the way I wanted it to be. I hated business studies in my junior secondary school, but surprisingly, I had the highest score on the “termly assessment” test. I wanted to be a science student, but I got randomly selected for a commercial class and ended up loving it. As a student of commerce, I graduated as the best in my set.  Discovering what I wanted to do with my life and career was even more challenging.

  • Lifestyle & Relationships

    A Hāfu in Japan

    scenic picture of downtown city in Kyoto, Japan.

    Two passports. Two last names. Two identities. From a very early age, my life has been characterized by how I am half-American and half-Japanese. In elementary school, my mom tried to teach me Japanese by putting me in a “Japanese as a Second Language School (JASL)” on Sundays. Being a child, of course, I was very averse to going to more school on the weekend.