I’ve struggled for years to open up about my emotions, both the good and the not-so-good. Stoicism was the model for me growing up. Emotions bad. Hard shell good.

But what happens when that hard shell cracks?

Mine is completely broken right now. All of the loss I’ve experienced —…

Right now, I’m facing homelessness, and not for the first time in my life. But it’s my first time facing it with kids.

And I’m scared. Terrified, actually.

I was the kid whose family faced homelessness and lived in poverty. It sucked. I never, EVER wanted to perpetuate it.


Here are a few scenarios that are common occurrences for authors:

  1. You have a plot in mind for a story. You start writing, but something feels flat. Your characters just aren’t popping. You give up on your manuscript, even though you know you had some good ideas.
  2. You write and…

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SHE found him buried beneath the rubble.

Sifting through debris for salvageables, Lorna saw a hand sticking up. A signal. A gesture. A hailing from another being.

It had been months since she had made contact with another human. The last one she traveled with had vanished, just like all…

Jen Chichester

I am Jen Chichester, a writer and editor with a penchant for the mysterious and macabre.

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