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Things With Which I Cannot Fuck; Or, How I Put The Bottle Down For Good

Hi, my name’s Rachel and I’m an alcoholic.

For the majority of my life, I was angry at the universe. I thought that the world was out to get me, that everything was set up for me to fail, to embarrass myself, to have the chair pulled out from under me. 1,127 more words

Tails and Tales

I took my cat to the vet today. This involved overcoming great anxiety about the certainty that I would receive bad news. He has been losing weight regardless of how much i supplement his food. 556 more words



I learned today that a colleague, in a different specialty to me has been found dead. He was 53. I worked quite closely with him for some months several years ago, but have not seem much of him recently. 243 more words


Addiction - Flash Fiction

How did I end up on this couch, surrounded by needles? Spoonful of pleasure and darkness that comes along with it. Sobriety is not something I want to hang onto. 175 more words

Short Stories

Weekend plans

It’s 4:39 a.m. and I’ve been awake for an hour, thinking about this weekend. It’s our friend’s 50th birthday this Friday and they are celebrating at our favorite bar in town. 282 more words


Welcome to Sober17

I’m going to quit drinking for 2017.

This is not a New Year’s resolution. I wanted to get that clear right off the bat. I’ve been considering a version of this project for the better part of a year, and am leaping into it with a mixture of excitement, fear, self-consciousness, and hope. 716 more words


My Night Life

As the sky prepares to settle its tired aching feet into the night’s velvet slippers, I settle into my armchair, soaking the teabag of my thoughts into warm liquidy stars. 273 more words
My Journey