All posts by Amanda Gates

I Found Myself In Fiction: How I Learned to Write

My childhood taught me to lie.

My mother was a strict, radically right-wing conservative Christian. Every aspect of my life was censored. She would go through any book I read first with a sharpie. Once edited, I was able to read it. That even went for our collection of encyclopedias. If there was a naked statue, he got a sharpie toga. If there was an article she disagreed with, it got blacked out. Continue reading I Found Myself In Fiction: How I Learned to Write

“I am a Jedi. Like my father before me.”

It’s probably my favorite line in Star Wars. This moment, when Luke refuses to listen to the Emperor. It’s here that Luke shows that he truly does believe there’s still good in his father. He’s been saying it the whole movie. Now, in a moment where it could cost him everything, he proves that he believes in what’s left of Anakin Skywalker. Continue reading “I am a Jedi. Like my father before me.”

Living a More Productive Life

I’m the kind of person who gets stuck in a rut. I get a routine going, and then I just do the same thing every single day. Unfortunately, those routines are rarely productive.

I get up in the morning, I make my breakfast, I get ready for work. My full time job takes up most of the day, with an hour in there for the commute. I get home, make dinner, and the last few hours of the day slip away. Then, time for bed, just so I can do it all again tomorrow. Continue reading Living a More Productive Life

You’re Still Here


It’s a hole you fall into. Sometimes there’s a bottom, but other times you feel like Alice. Just falling, falling. You know what it is: you’ve been here before. You know you’re not thinking straight. These thoughts aren’t your thoughts. You know you don’t want to die. You know that you’re strong. You have people who care about you. You’re smart. You’re funny.

But when you’re here, when the pit consumes you…that world isn’t real anymore. You’re falling and you can’t stop. Sometimes you can’t breathe. Continue reading You’re Still Here

Book Review – Rose B. Fischer’s Write Away: Quick Guide to Character Flaws

If you’re anything like me, at some point in your writing you’ve had a character who was flat, lifeless, and honestly more annoying than they were relatable. Maybe you did like me and scrapped them or put them on the back burner until you figured out some way to fix them. Continue reading Book Review – Rose B. Fischer’s Write Away: Quick Guide to Character Flaws

I’m a Writer

I haven’t been writing.

For me, this is huge. I hate that I’m not writing. I hate that it’s so easy to do other things instead. I feel like an important part of me is missing.

I have a full time job.I have friends, a boyfriend, responsibilities and relationships to maintain. I need to eat and I need to sleep. I need time to unwind and de-stress after a long day at work, which often means an hour or two of Netflix or destroying things in a video game. Continue reading I’m a Writer