The trials and tribulations of recovering from a distal fibula fracture

Photo by Nicolette Michelle, April 2021

Before I fractured my left ankle during a business trip, I had naively lived through life never thinking much on ankle fractures, or realizing just how mentally and physically taxing an ankle injury could actually be. I had no reason to. In fact, I had never broken a single bone before, up until now.

I am going on almost two months since the accident, and I have to admit that it has not been an easy journey for me. …

A fever dream into the unknown

Cover art for Mexican Gothic

Mexican Gothic centers around the story of Noemí Taboada, a young, free-spirited socialite in 1950’s Mexico. One day, a frantic letter arrives from her cousin, Catalina. Upon first glance, she does not appear to be mentally well. Concerned, Noemí’s father gets in contact with her husband, an Englishman named Virgil Doyle. The two go back and forth with one another until Virgil extends an invitation for Noemí to visit Catalina at the Doyle family home.

Situated high up in the mountaintops in the countryside, the Doyle mansion, called High Place, is a drastic change from the city life Noemí is…

I say goodbye to another part of me

Photo by Nicolette Michelle

My brain feels like it’s melting. I feel like this past month went by in a foggy state of surrealness. Or perhaps, it’s just this entire year. I have suddenly become the melting clocks in Salvador Dali’s, The Persistence of Memory (1931).

I am stuck in many moments in time. I am slipping between these moments and feeling off-kilter. Each time I move between them, another part of my soul sheds away. Tiny particles float away into the atmosphere and disappear forever. I’ll never get back what I lost. I can’t seem to find my balance.

I have survived the…

Melancholia and a photo study in blue hues.

Noah Kahlil shot through a prism, by Nicolette Michelle

Today I’m feeling blue again. I hit the snooze button on my alarm for the fifth time. I feel hollow on the inside. My emotions constantly consume me, just like they always have. Past memories of people calling me weak or dramatic echo inside my head, giving me more reason to not want to face reality. Decades of emotional pain and isolation threaten to smother me once more. Today is a bad day. Or has it been weeks? Months? Years? It’s always on and off.

My mind and body feel weak, devoid of sustenance, and warmth. I am lost in…

A story that reminds us to live and love passionately, even during uncertain times

Although I shelter from the rain
Under a broken tree,
My chair was nearest to the fire
In every company
That talked of love or politics,
Ere Time transfigured me.
— W.B. Yeats

Towards the end of December, I picked up reading again during the holidays and haven’t stopped reading since. I almost forgot what it felt like to fall in love with the art of storytelling, and I never realized how badly I needed stories in my life again until now. During uncertain times like these, escaping into poetic words and fantastical worlds feels like a blessing.

There are…

When clients expect too much, do you bite the bullet or speak up?

In the land of freelancing, you’re allowed to be your own boss and set your own hours, but once you take on a client, the rolls can reverse, and suddenly it feels like demand after demand is thrust upon you.

Suddenly you are no longer in control. You are drowning in work and every client wants your undivided attention. You are no longer human. You are a machine and you have no needs and no life of your own.

Welcome to freelancing hell!

Okay, let’s take a step back here. It doesn’t necessarily have to be this way. …

Sometimes two people are better off alone

Penn Badgley & Elizabeth Lail in ‘You,’ now available to watch on Netflix

This article may contain spoilers

After recently finishing the thriller ‘You,’ starring Penn Badgley and Elizabeth Lail, I have been feeling all sorts of emotions. Unsettled is one of them.

For those who haven’t watched the series or read the book yet, ‘You’ centers around bookstore manager Joe Goldberg and struggling writer and graduate student, Guinevere Beck — known simply as Beck.

Both characters share minor similarities at first. To the outside world, they appear charming and carefree. Their lives seem centered, but we quickly learn that on the inside, they are both struggling with their own personal demons.


Falling in love with the art of storytelling.

Photo by Darwin Vegher on Unsplash

Books are a uniquely portable magic. ~Stephen King

Since the age of five, I have been enamored by the art of storytelling. Books have always been my cornerstone, and have provided me with an imaginary world and safe space to fall back on.

As a natural Introvert and someone that grew up relatively sheltered, books always served as a companion during my greatest moments of solitude.

There has always been something comforting about holding a book in my hands, and the satisfactory feeling of each turn of the page, always anticipating every new word that would lead me closer and…

Less shaming, more understanding. Welcome to my corner, let’s listen.

Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting, 1996

I’ll never forget the first time I saw Trainspotting. I was intrigued but also horrified. It was gritty, jolting, and viscerally raw. It was also one of the first movies I ever watched that centered around the lives of addicts — and not just any addict — but the heroin addict.

Heroin is probably one of the most deadliest drugs anyone can ever do and movies like Trainspotting don’t skip out on all the messy details. I mean, have you read the book? I have and it’s also not a pretty story, but it isn’t meant to be.

After the…

Wow! I can write a whole book based on the white teen experience now. Hint: I was never a white teen.

Gossip Girl cast

Growing up, I remember teen dramas on the air like Dawson’s Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, 7th Heaven, and Beverly Hills, 90210.

In the early 2000’s there was the The O.C., One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, Veronica Mars, and The Vampire Diaries, to name a few.

Even newer teen-centered shows like 13 Reasons Why, Pretty Little Liars, Riverdale, Stranger Things, or upcoming Netflix originals like Insatiable (now receiving backlash for fat-shaming) all have one major element in common: they’re told through the viewpoints of a mostly all white cast, and all the main characters are also typically white.

Nicolette Michelle

I write and take photographs. Just another person on the Internet. Based in Los Angeles.

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