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Current cover of the inaugural issue.
I just want to write.

Not the self-exploitative, clickbait , bottom-of-the-web confessional stories or the superficial entertainment gossip news pieces I’ve occasionally penned in the past just to earn bottom bucks, but rather the deep, authentic, soul-searching, emotion-inducing essays that make readers think and speak.

I want my words to matter and my readers to feel.

I want to write the stories that are rarely told, and I want to write them for those individuals who don’t have a voice or whose voices often go unheard.

This is the platform for that: a special space to write, teach, receive, and learn, hence the name, Pencil and Chalk.

In an aggressive effort to establish and sustain itself as a fulltime enterprise so “we” can post more frequent and meaningful content, Pencil and Chalk is ecstatic to introduce a capital-raising, four-issue, multimedia magazine series featuring stories that won’t appear on the blog, with the exception of a few excerpts and extended rewrites.

All issues – released December 2017 and March, June, and September 2018 – revolve around a set theme. Our inaugural issue, Table for One, centers on singlehood and offers an honest, fresh, never stereotypical, sometimes humorous, sometimes outrageous, head-shaking exploration on the topic through various works of nonfiction, poetry, and fiction.

For an introductory price of $25*, all subscribers will receive:
  • an exclusive curation of approximately 40 written and oral personal essays, short stories, poems, memoirs, and more;
  • 26 biweekly emailed newsletters giving behind-the-scenes peeks at the magazine’s progress and what’s happening at Pencil and Chalk plus subscriber-only announcements and Friday flash fiction/(nonfiction) pieces; and
  • A personal thank you for propelling Pencil and Chalk from a periodic pop-up spot to a daily destination – where the writer occasionally and unintentionally uses alliteration but almost always entertains and influences.
All issues are delivered digitally and optimized for all major mobile platforms including iOS, Android, and Windows across your smart phone, tablet, PC, MAC, or laptop.
Let's not miss out on this literary collection featuring the writer who catapulted her writing career with two back-to-back viral essays talking about her skinniness and her hair. Click the "Buy Now" button to secure this limited edition project and contribute to the growth and maintenance of Pencil and Chalk. The premiere Table for One issue will be available December 2017.

*Be sure to order now to secure your subscription because this is a limited edition project. "We" kindly thank you for your support. $25 introductory annual rate ends September 30, 2017. Subscription rate increases to $35 beginning October 1, 2017.


  1. real late but when I click to see the excerpt it says doesn't exist.

  2. Hi Donna. I'm real late as well. LOL! I temporarily took it down to tweak it. It's actually a part of the piece you read in its entirety.