Ashley Nicole Hunter

Editor, Author, Priestess of Words

The 2019 ACMA Awards

The Arkansas College Media Association Awards for 2019 were hosted in Russellville at Arkansas Tech. Warming temperatures meant the drive up there was pleasant, and the campus itself was swathed … Continue reading

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Motivation Check-In: A System to Make Resolutions Stick

Honestly, I didn’t accomplish as much as I wanted to this year. I mean, I did accomplish some things, like getting published again and helping to put out some incredible … Continue reading

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Book Review: milk and honey

Poetry lovers will already know that Rupi Kaur’s book, milk and honey, won a spot on the New York Times bestseller list, but for those like me who tend towards … Continue reading

July 8, 2018 · 1 Comment

Ten Points from Gryffindor

In the winter, I picked up a very pretty red-orange-yellow checkered chenille blanket from the HomeGoods Store. I was in the throes of re-reading the Harry Potter series and the … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 2 Comments

A Long Time Coming

No, the title isn’t a dirty joke…although I suppose, given the circumstances, it really could be. But just this once, I’m referring to the fact that I’ve been working on … Continue reading

July 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Suicide and Side Effects

Yesterday I picked up my medication at the pharmacist, and my husband and I continued our research into possible side effects of Citalopram, the pill I was prescribed. He’s been … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Depression, Anxiety, and Writing

When we’re going through difficult changes in our lives, it can be easy to explain away our feelings of sadness and anxiety. “Of course I’m shaking,” we tell ourselves, “my … Continue reading

July 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

I admit to choosing this book based entirely on the recommendation of Neil Gaiman (a man doing a curious fundraiser), who listed this as one of his favorite books that … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · Leave a comment

Book Review: Unf*ck Your Habitat

Let me say, first, that I don’t regret buying this. It’s a beautiful book, very well laid out and with some excellent tips for getting through the slog that is … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Ink Society

When I was first brought on to the Vortex staff, it was to serve as the public relations person. My job was to keep the social media platforms running and … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

***Oscar Wilde


“Being a writer is a very peculiar sort of a job: it's always you versus a blank sheet of paper (or a blank screen) and quite often the blank piece of paper wins.”

***Neil Gaiman

“Stand at the crossroads if you will, but if you'll not choose, I'll move on without you.”

***Jacqueline Carey, Kushiel's Dart

"The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery."

***Anais Nin