Author: Jackie Pick

Jackie Pick is a former teacher and current writer living in the Chicago area. She is a contributing author to multiple anthologies, including Multiples Illuminated, So Glad They Told Me: Women Get Real about Motherhood, Here in the Middle, as well as the and the literary magazines The Sun and Selfish. She received Honorable Mention from the Mark Twain House and Museum for her entry in the Royal Nonesuch Humor Writing Competition. Jackie is a contributing writer at Humor Outcasts, and her essays have been featured on various online sites including Mamalode, The HerStories Project, and Scary Mommy. A graduate of the University of Chicago and Northwestern University, Jackie is co-creator and co-writer of the award-winning short film Fixed Up, and a proud member of the 2017 Chicago cast of Listen To Your Mother.

Bic makes one for 89 cents.

I used to red pen my students (back before Big English Teachers’ Professional Organizations [BETPO] advised against red pens.  Too negative!  Use green!  If you must, you may use purple! Put a sticker on your students’ work to soften the blow that “j/k” doesn’t belong in a report about Three Cups of Tea.  Always recognize the effort!  Encourage quantity! Read/comment on almost all of it!) for three reasons:

1. Long parenthetical tangents.

2. Exclamation pointorrhea

3. Being too afraid to start a new piece of writing, and cowering behind a semi-apologetic, painfully self-aware pre-introduction before getting on with the business and pleasure of writing.

Hello, friend.  May I tell you some stories? I’ve been spending a lot of  some time on them.