How My Mind Works

By Caroline Crossland, TIWP Student Potential is the blossoming of the bubblegum pink rose. Its light feathers flare out, but only to the smallest increments, like the little dainty patterns in a baby’s maple green eyes. The clock of my body ticks to the gems immersed in seventeen years of age, but those thick stringsContinue reading “How My Mind Works”

Yes, I’m Female and Autistic

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student People often ask me what it’s like in my head, and I never tell them the truth, because in all honesty, who would listen? I give people minimum-word answers, answers they expect, like “Weird,” “Crazy-land,” and “Unexplainable.” These satisfy people, because they don’t really want to know, or they wouldContinue reading “Yes, I’m Female and Autistic”

Who Is Emotion?

By Maya Petzoldt, TIWP Student Emotions are often struggled with, people juggling definitions back and forth. People sometimes travel for years at a time to find them, and then believe they have found an answer. Perhaps they have found the answers, or perhaps they are tired of searching, and simply trick themselves into thinking theyContinue reading “Who Is Emotion?”

The Stuffed Blue Elephant

By Ellie Hawkins, TIWP Student I see her skipping towards me, little pig tails swinging side to side, Velcro shoes that screech on the polished floor and stripped, baggy overalls that hang over her shoulders. She stares me straight down, right into my soul, and grabs me from the shelf, me—the runt elephant whose stitchingContinue reading “The Stuffed Blue Elephant”

The Impossible Rules of Being a Teenage Girl

By Taryn Pearce, TIWP Student You have to get good grades, have an amazing social life and also look untouchable. Everyone seems to have an opinion. Don’t show too much skin, ’cause then you’re a slut, but if you don’t show enough, you’re a prude. Don’t party because it’s unattractive, but if you don’t, thenContinue reading “The Impossible Rules of Being a Teenage Girl”