Ashley Nicole Hunter

Editor, Author, Priestess

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

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2017 Reading Challenge

“You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations   There are moments when I watch the gleeful … Continue reading

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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 · 1 Comment

Vortex Issue 43

For much of this year, I’ve been working on my school’s lit mag, The Vortex. We put forth several online editions throughout the school year (which you can find here … Continue reading

April 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

7 Word Talismans for 2017

Another year has slipped away, and taken with it some of our finest. It was a hard year for many of us, and with frightening changes looming on the horizon, … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · Leave a comment

An Open Apology To Dolly Parton 

Originally posted on Rawe-struck:
Dear Dolly, I’ll be honest. I used to think you were a bimbo. I used to think you flaunted your big boobs, teased hair, tiny waist,…

December 9, 2016 · Leave a comment

9 Things to Do Now That Trump is a Reality

Like many people, I spent the past couple of days alternating between rage, sorrow, and feelings of powerlessness. So many powerful people in the world seem intent on stirring up … Continue reading

November 12, 2016 · Leave a comment

Faking It

The intense love I have for wearing pajamas all day and curling up with a book means that when I try to accomplish something (getting involved in community service, writing, … Continue reading

November 5, 2016 · Leave a comment

Into the Fall

Summer is beginning to blur into autumn, and perhaps you will understand when I say that I remember almost nothing about the previous months except the exhaustion, and the deep, … Continue reading

September 26, 2016 · 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