Plump

~ NYC MIDNIGHT SHORT STORY CHALLENGE ~ “How are the ‘twins’ doing, Jean?” Valerie asked her best friend, who had draped herself over the deckchair beside her. Valerie savoured the last sip of her (third) margarita as she watched a seagull drift across the cloudless sky, wings bobbing against the sea breeze like a marionette…

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What We Can Learn From Chris Evans’ Dick Pic Slip

~ AN EXAMINATION OF THE PUBLIC’S RESPONSE ~ News of Chris Evans and his dick pic slip stirred a media frenzy last weekend. I was late to the party, only learning about the incident two days ago, via Buzzfeed’s daily newsletter. It was titled, Chris Evans Had The Best Response After He Accidentally Posted A…

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‘Abscent’

~ THE YEAR WITHOUT SMELL ~ Memories are often triggered by real-world cues. Songs evolve into anthems for particular eras, and photographs act as visual timestamps. 2020 is a time where, contained in our homes, we are probably accruing an extensive catalogue of music and films that, in retrospect, will define this year. The feel…

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Baptism By Fire

~ THAT TIME I BURNT DOWN THE TOILET ~ One of my earliest childhood memories is burning down my parents’ toilet. I was four years old. It was the early nineties. A time when carpet in the bathroom had well and truly passed its moment ‘in vogue’ but just before it was considered a health…

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A Close Shave

~ WAXING LYICAL ABOUT FEMALE ON-SCREEN BODY HAIR ~ When disaster strikes in a Hollywood story, what does a fierce, female protagonist require in order to survive? Water, food, shelter, transport…and a waxing kit? On-screen female-identifying heroines always seem to find the time, and resources, to remove their body hair while also trying not to…

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Please, Wear A Mask

~ THE MASK DEBATE ~ Melbourne is in the midst of its second lockdown and, this time, masks are being enforced. As already witnessed in countries such as the US, this has been met with polarising opinions. To be clear, I am pro-mask but I get it: wearing a mask kind-of sucks. They act to…

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Celebrating Aboriginal Designers

~ TEN ITEMS ON MY WISHLIST RN ~ This year’s Black Lives Matter movement has drawn focus on the many atrocities suffered by our First Nations people, past and present, due to colonisation. It acted as a catalyst for many non-Indigenous Australians (myself included) to more thoroughly check their privilege and begin educating themselves on…

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Inconceivable

~ MOTHERHOOD IN MODERNITY ~ Until recently, my social media feeds cascaded with snapshots of drunken weekends. Now, they’re filled with milk-drunk babies. It feels as if parenthood suddenly engulfed everyone I know. Although a common life milestone, I only seem willing to observe motherhood as a circumspect bystander. I’ve never wanted children. Which is…

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The Poker Game

~ ‘FURIOUS FICTION’ SHORT STORY CHALLENGE ~ . Jack of hearts. Queen of hearts.  The two cards you have been dealt.  An ancient-looking fridge hums loudly in the corner, percolating the still night air. The only thing louder is the rustling of a Cheetos packet, infiltrated at regular intervals by five rapacious, yellow-stained fingers; belonging…

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Four Weddings and a Thirtieth

~ SHAKING OFF THE STIGMA BEHIND OUTFIT REPEATING, ONE WEDDING AT A TIME ~ The ‘Capri’ skirt, by Jacquemus, was one I had coveted since I first beheld it sashay down the runway, as part of his SS19 Italian Riviera collection.  Simon Porte Jacquemus’ eponymous label is a homage to his departed mother—Jacquemus was her…

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