Chicago Cafes and Writing Spots, Part One

It’s been a year and a bit since I moved to Chicago. In that time, my life and my blog posts reflected the personal shit I’ve been struggling with for several years: making sense of the mess of cancelled/call-out culture, figuring out my place in discussions, finding my own voice YET AGAIN, applying for jobs…

My Beautiful Obsession, Chapter Sixteen, part seven

“I’m offering you everything I have to give, Sebastian,” she murmurs. “Is that really worth exchanging for, as you say, going out to movies like a couple? Conventional dating?” It sounds so childishly silly and trivial when she says it. Like condoms, or soda with a meal. Beneath her. I shake my head no again.…

My Beautiful Obsession, Chapter Sixteen, part six

Her eyes are still glowing with amusement and humor. “Come. Let’s enjoy our dinner, Bash,” she says to me.  Bash! Licking my lips, I nod, and pick up my knife and fork again. That makes her smile. “That’s better,” she encourages me. “I worry about you not eating enough.” “I eat just fine,” I say…

My Beautiful Obsession, Chapter Sixteen, part four

I completely lose track of time, of space, of everything as she kisses me and kisses me. I forget that our voices are magnified by a speaker system. I forget that we’re in a helicopter, flown by Carter, in a front seat just a few feet away from us. I forget restaurants, jobs, motorcycles, everything,…

My Beautiful Obsession, Chapter Sixteen, part three

When we last left off, Lark Blackwood, dominant, CEO, and billionaire, had swept sweet, shy Sebastian Stone off for a dinner date on the last day of one job and the day before another. Nothing but romance and passion awaits, right? ***** Before I can think of a reasonable response, though, Carter pulls into some…

Summer is over, so let’s get back to it!

Hello, darlings! The Summer of Academic Conference Travel is over, and I'm back home -- with my seasonal hot chocolate and mocha recipes at the ready -- and will be back to writing and posting on my regular weekly schedule. So prepare yourself for more MBO chapters, Caitlin recaps, new reviews of local places to…