Infiltrating Story Embers

Infiltrating Story Embers

Well friends, I did a thing. Back in January, Story Embers opened applications for a staff writer internship -- AKA killing brain cells and writing articles on a monthly basis. I saw the announcement email, thought, “hey, that's cool!” and promptly forgot about it. An hour later, one of my friends on the writing team [...]

Bookish Details That Deserve More Love // a meander through the fandoms

Bookish Details That Deserve More Love // a meander through the fandoms

Before you say anything, no, this is not a discussion about tropes. The internet has enough posts about “Top Ten Tropes That Are Totally Original!!” without me adding to the pile with my controversial opinion that enemies-to-lovers is a toxic model for relationships. I want to talk about something more fine-tuned. The small, specific story [...]

The Midlife Crisis of a Decrepit Chihuahua // robert the three-day dog

The Midlife Crisis of a Decrepit Chihuahua // robert the three-day dog

I owned a dog for three days. Completely by accident, I swear. I was driving home from work when mom broke the news. “Just so you know,” she told me, “we have a new addition at the house.” As she said this, I pulled into our driveway and was greeted by the shrill, vindictive yapping [...]

In Which Sarah Finally Yells at Some Kids // rise of the evil librarian, pt. 3

In Which Sarah Finally Yells at Some Kids // rise of the evil librarian, pt. 3

Hello friends, and welcome back to the final part in this series of library shenanigans! If you missed Part One, where the job was obtained through unconventional means, find it here, and Part Two, where an evil ink pad became my best friend, here. Onward to Part Three! As it turns out, small-town libraries are [...]

The Art of Book Bounty Hunting // rise of the evil librarian, pt. 2

The Art of Book Bounty Hunting // rise of the evil librarian, pt. 2

Welcome back to stories from work! If you missed part one – where I nerded about Dickens with a library director and was promptly hired – you can catch up here. You need to understand a few things about my library. I lived in Washington D.C./ Baltimore suburbia for most of my childhood, which meant [...]

Rise of the Evil Librarian

Rise of the Evil Librarian

Well, I finally did it. I unlocked the ability to yell at annoying children without getting in trouble. Guys, I became a librarian. My quest to become a shrewish guardian of the book domain started many years ago, and, as I was then still a teenager with crippling social anxiety and nonexistent people skills, had [...]

The Curse of Chaos // I tried (and failed) to be neat

The Curse of Chaos // I tried (and failed) to be neat

I’ve come to a disturbing self-discovery of late: Namely, disaster has no effect on me whatsoever. I’m not sure when this vice took root, or how I managed to cultivate it so effectively while remaining oblivious to the evil tentacles wrapping themselves around every aspect of my life. My sister claims I suffered from this [...]

Happy Unhappiness

Happy Unhappiness

It's funny how my happiest moments come when I'm at my lowest. Sure, I like being caught up in the busyness of life, jumping from one fun thing to another, living in a whirlwind of goodness. But in the midst of this, I find myself looking back to a time when things weren't going so [...]