I Am Transgender, and I Am “Trans Enough.”

I know, I know, it's Friday! Whoa, Sam, what is this about? Yes, I don't usually blog on Fridays, as you may know. But something came up, and I wanted to address it. After yesterday’s entry discussing my experiences as a transgender university student, I received a number of tweets, emails, and comments that called into [...]

Four Major Myths About Mental Illness: A Guide For Artists

As a writer, I've encountered a lot of myths about what it means to have a mental illness and be an artist. They are gross and icky myths, ultimately because they hurt people rather than helping them. I want to tackle four of the most prevalent myths regarding mental illness and creativity, with the hopes [...]

10 Things I Learned During My First Day in Grad School

After a summer of anticipation, excitement, and anxiety, I finally began classes yesterday. I suppose this means that if there were ever any doubt before, I am most definitely a graduate student now. And you know what? That feels weird. It feels weird for a lot of reasons – namely that I still possess the [...]

From One Survivor to Another: An Open Letter to Suicide Survivors

In the wake of Robin Williams' tragic death, I have had to distance myself from social media. The conversations being had about suicide are overwhelming at best and infuriating at worst. There are a whole lot of people who feel qualified to talk about suicide, and yet few of them really know what it's like [...]