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Chance Magic – NYC Midnight Short Story Competition

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The NYC Midnight short story competition is a long running, international short story challenge in which entrants have one week to write a story of 2,500 words or less. Divided into heats of approximately 30 writers, each heat group is assigned a genre, character and plot device. After deadline, the judges chose the best stories […]

Creativity

Tragedy: In the Face of Hate Choose Love

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The last few weeks have been really hard. It’s as if our world has completely changed overnight, and it really has. The Christchurch terror attacks have not only changed us as a country but they’ve also changed us as people.  A lot us are struggling with grief, sadness and even anger and anger is a logical […]

Fighting Fear

The Should Voice

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  Every time I sit down, the ‘Should Voice’ starts singing away in my head. “You should do those dishes you know. They’re sitting there all dirty on the bench. You should  really pack that dishwasher and clean the kitchen. You really should.” The Should Voice Defined Should /ʃʊd/ Verb   used to indicate obligation, […]

Mental Health

The Importance of Endurance

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When I hear the word endurance I think of sports. I think of athletes who drink Gatorade and push their bodies to the extremes. I think of marathon runners and Sir Edmund Hillary. Incredible people in the peak of physical fitness.  But endurance is not merely a physical thing. In order to persist at anything […]

Mental Health

Anxiety and Alcohol

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My true underlying problems with anxiety and alcohol began from a very early age. I was a shy child. In new places I’d hide behind my mothers legs, trying to curtain myself off from the world in her long flowing skirts. In class I’d try to blend in, sitting crossed legged on the mat. When […]

Creative Industries

How to Write a Book

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A few years ago I had an idea. A very powerful idea. One that kept me awake at night and gnawed away at me from the inside. It was an idea for a book that my inner being told me I simply must write. Write a book! It sang to me. Write a book! So […]

Body Image

What Does your Self Esteem Depend on?

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What does your self esteem depend on? Perhaps you have a pretty face, pert booty or awesome boobs. You know this because other people have told you. They’ve complimented you and narrowed their eyes at you in feigned, or genuine, envy. You kinda like that people wish they had your face/butt/boobs because it makes you […]

Fighting Fear

How to Use Your Failure

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  Failure: ˈfeɪljə/ noun noun: failure Lack of success. “an economic policy that is doomed to failure” 2. The neglect or omission of expected or required action. “their failure to comply with the basic rules” What is Failure? Failure is defined by not achieving desired results. This means that when we set out to do something for […]