There’s no handbook by which to assemble a self.
I dreamed of a world outside the band room walls.
For a year, my mother was also my high school English teacher.
I didn’t want to be ridiculed, and I was suppressing myself because of it.
It was my own great expectations that I couldn’t meet.
The sixth and final part in a series.
Part five in a series.
Part four in a series.
Making it up as I go.
Part three in a series.
October’s theme is CAST OF CHARACTERS. Here’s what kinds of submissions we’re looking for, plus info on how to send us your work. ✴
Rookie is an online magazine and book series for teenagers. Each month, a different editorial theme drives the writing, photography, and artwork that we publish. Learn more about us here, and find out how to submit your work here!