The ultimate goal is to grow as a writer, become better at my craft, challenge myself, and share my passions.

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.”

Zora Neale Hurston


the heart of the craft, focusing on weaving realities that people can touch with their minds.

Articles here will be longer and provide more perspective. They usually involve extensive outside research or referencing. These writings will be on a plethora of topics, in-depth, and typically refer to societal issues, norms, or values. 👩🏾‍🏫

I would love to include longer fiction prompts as I practice worldbuilding and plot development for the novel I am writing in my infinite spare time 😹 (which is a really lame time joke because time can’t possibly infinite. Or can it? 🤔) Fiction is fun!

‘500 Words On — ‘ Prompts

You have found it. In case you browsed the Longreads page with intimidation, afraid that the articles were too lengthy for your attention span… Welcome to 500 Words On. Proceed with caution.

One of my most elusive goals as a writer is to master writing powerfully in short bursts. Its so challenging to convey a message in 500 words. Especially when I love vocabulary. I want to tell you all the DETAILS for goodness sakes, otherwise, why would you believe me?

Well, welcome to the ‘500 Words On–‘ Prompt. It is literally my version of writer purgatory. I have no clue what topics I will cover in this category. But I know that there is an audience for knowledge that does not want to read all day. I hope to be able to reach them. [Plus, it makes for some powerful fiction.]

If you have made it here on accident, turn back now. Read one of the better, more pulled together Longreads. Lmao. Save yourselves, I beg of you. 😂😱

Zora Neale Hurston — A short artist spotlight about Herstun’s favorite author and namesake. [500 Words On — Zora]

Is Beauty Skin Deep? — A reflective piece by guest author Milt the Gr8. [500 Words On — Beauty]

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