Short fiction story published through literary journal Pigeon Pages. This was a piece that developed from a prompt about colors in my undergrad senior year creative nonfiction class. I played around with angles for a few years until I finally landed on an approach that stuck.
Wellness personal essay I wrote offering advice about how I help myself cope with panic attacks. Watching television like cartoons or other not stimulating content is something that has always helped me calm down, and I spoke to mental experts about whether there was anything involved to back up that claim.
The Dot and the Line
As a staff writer for the cartoon entertainment blog, I often got screeners of upcoming shows. With that season of BoJack Horseman, I saw a lot of similarities between my own disconnect from my heritage as a Puerto Rican and what the character Diane experienced. I shared my experience rather than providing my usual critical reviews and analysis of the series we covered.
When I first moved to Brooklyn, I became involved with nonprofit cycling advocacy group Transportation Alternatives and a female cycling group called Women Empowered by Biking (WE Bike). It helped me find a group of friends, stay healthy, explore the area in a way I otherwise wouldn’t have, and fostered a love of cycling. I shared what I gained from the experience with HelloGiggles.
In this creative nonfiction essay, I shared my experience with finding my first gray hair—on New Year’s Eve right before I was going out with my now-husband. In the moment, the timing struck me as monumental and an interesting way to end a year. It was a fun creative piece to write about what was ultimately a silly moment.
I started feeding a skinny stray in my neighborhood back in 2016, who my landlord’s son was also taking care of. I asked them to close the gate because the cat kept trying to get into my apartment, and after a weekend away, I found the cat trapped in a carrier in the basement, covered in feces. I stole the cat and brought it to a rescue, and I wrote about the experience for xoJane before the site was shut down. At the time, the story amassed a ton of comments on the site and more social media engagement than other stories published around the same time.