Ashley Nicole Hunter

Editor, Author, Priestess

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

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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

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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 · Leave a comment

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

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

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

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

January 20, 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

"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