don’t look

This is a mistake, she thought to herself. She knew she shouldn’t leave the room. It was against the town’s strict protocol – no child leaves their windowless room between the hours of 3 AM to dawn. She was being an idiot, but she had to leave. Her own idiot brother wouldn’t stop whining about […]

“pass it on”

Her eyes darted back and forth between the house and her car. Back and forth. She gazed down at the note, dread thick in her chest. Her heart felt heavy. God, it was never ending. Yet, she couldn’t ignore it for much longer. It was her fault after all, she’d been stupid. She was the […]

jackpot

The crowd continued to laugh, surrounding the long table. They looked on in awe, watching a group of men stare blank-faced at their hand of cards. The game had been going on for quite sometime, the stakes rising as money was continuously added. More chips were thrown, scattering onto the table. The owner of those […]

a semester of PUB101: my writing rediscovery

Upon finishing my first manuscript in grade nine, I actively searched for publication. Of course, I was inexperienced at the time, and had no idea what type of condition a piece should be in before it is submitted to an agency or publisher. After countless ‘no’s’ from companies, I realized that if I wanted to […]

institution-radiation

They dragged me towards a metal door. Panic built up in my throat and I let out a pricing scream. The two suited men on either side of me tightened their grip and continued on as if they hadn’t heard me. My breath came out in shallow gasps, my throat tight and dry. “Let go […]

dust and bottles

Despite the age of the abandoned manor, the bedroom was grand. It was clear that whoever had owned this house had plenty of money. Sitting in the middle of the room was a king-sized bed. Expensive sheets and silks were draped over the mattress. A satin red canopy hung from the ceiling. Open to the […]

start

Starting things is always the worst. Starting sports, starting relationships, starting sentences. There’s always such an uncomfortable beginning stage. Personally, I always hated this stage, it wasn’t worth the embarrassment, the pressure. Snow crunched under my boots as I made my way towards the bus stop at the end of my street. The air had […]

process #7

As we’ve gone further into Pub101, our website content has become much richer, and in turn, we are now able to begin advertising on our sites. Initially, I did not like the idea of adding advertisements to my blog, as I feel my purpose is to provide for those who love reading and writing, and […]

moon and sun

The concept of love always confused me. I didn’t understand, how someone could give their heart up so willingly? The near idea of opening oneself up and becoming venerable towards another, made my stomach plummet. Perhaps I was just cold hearted – that’s how most of my friends perceived my attitude to be. However, it […]