Author: dxminiq

Wasting Away — A Love Story Based on Gluten

“Does this have gluten in it?” I once worked for a Starbucks in the immediate San Francisco area and hearing, “I’m on a no gluten diet because gluten is bad for the body.” was nothing new to me. Like the rest of this city, I suffered some kind of gluten intolerance which was, I think, debilitating because I couldn’t experience the whole $5 toast trend when it was all the rage. It had been five years since I discovered that I had an auto-immune disease – where my body sought to fight the repercussions of consuming cake, cookies, and more cake. Where the internet constantly threatens me with cancer and psoriasis which leads to the extreme anxiety. The internet wasn’t kidding. These effects were all true for having Celiac Disease. I suffered knowing I was unable to enjoy anything worth having because most gluten-free grocery products also sport the tag “dairy-free” and “vegan” on them. Gluten-free catered to the sad stereotype that was California – a figure that I respected nonetheless because it allowed me …

How Smoking Weed For 3 Months Made Me Understand What It Means to be a Pothead

“Welcome to the wonderful world of weed,” I told myself as I reluctantly entered my credit card information to an online medical cannabis delivery service. I saw its big blue ad on the Muni, I think, while I was on my way to an unpaid internship earlier that day. I was texting my husband about it during my 30 min. lunch break, “I need this for my anxiety.” I was honest about my predicament since working part-time at a Starbucks didn’t give the option of being insured. Companies always find a loophole, I thought, and you either end up sitting there working for scraps until your back broke or just working with no pay at all with the promise of better employment because it was volunteer work. Either way, after work, I managed to spend some of my money on an 8th of Butter Cookies (Butter Brand) and two State vape cartridges. I found myself thumbing my ID, nervous, as I waited for the driver to arrive. ETA 10 MINUTES – it said as I …

Making it Work | A Snippet About Struggling

I took a chance at being an adult and thought that finishing my MFA would grant a better life — or at least it would seem like it after being disillusioned for the first time. But I was wrong since the anxiety kicked in and I found myself in limbo the next six months after quitting my job. The stress took its toll and I was in hell for a few weeks trying my best to look for a job that could make me pay my bills. The MFA was a costly excuse that I took a chance on just to put on my resume so I could impress my future employers. I wanted to tell them that I was a part of the system now. I wanted people to see I was worth something although the truth was being a writer meant having a practical portfolio with paragraphs and not poems in it. So here I am, in the middle of a move, penniless and struggling with myself to make a makeshift portfolio full …

This is the Future| Prop 64

A few days into the new year and the era of recreational marijuana already took root in California. People from all walks of life can now smoke higher taxed weed thanks to the implementation of Prop 64. I got the full experience – excited and dazed as I stood there looking at the big green building that was Harborside, San Jose. “We’re fully recreational,” a budtender exclaimed, cheerful as usual while my husband and I presented our medical marijuana recommendations before showing our IDs. It was a familiar feeling having to walk past the tinted doors that held the dispensary from the rest of the world. Since they were still cash only, I took some money from ATM machine and proceeded to examine Harborside’s layout. It smelled of roses more than weed and I found that funny, to be honest because it the universe telling me that California wasn’t done celebrating the ban on contraband yet – the legalization of a controversial plant that could topple a billion dollars’ worth of pharmaceutical monopoly. This was …

Typography & Design | Wormwood

To obsess about the death of one’s father is to find recovery in it– 1953, New York – Frank Olson fell out the window of his hotel room. Had he been pushed? Or had it been suicide? This led to his son, Eric’s obsession with details that led to the documentation of his father’s demise. It was a crazy preoccupation – a hobby – and a lifelong attempt at uncovering government secrets — stuff people go to movies for just to feel they have some sense of understanding and control over a body that presides over them. Eric Olson’s research draws commendable effort for the amount of time dedicated to discovering, “What really happened in that room.” And perhaps this is what attracted Errol Morris to pursue this as a project – to air it out as a union between cinematographic narration and the documentary. Wormwood was the perfect story to translate because it had already been figured out and all it needed was a vehicle to tell that narrative. But there was also  art …

Relearning How to Write the Best Words in their Best Order| Deception

Haven’t I already admitted that I buried myself in debt for studying something I grew to dislike? Well, I’m admitting it again – sitting here, huddled inside a soft white blanket as I typed away, while Netflix streamed in the background. I had given up on writing – I wanted to give up on writing – because, honestly, I didn’t learn anything. Or at least I didn’t enjoy any of my classes because I wasn’t emotionally abused by my mentors. Don’t get me wrong, workshops in America are forgiving and I loved every bit of forgiveness I got. But I craved for the abuse of another school system. A system I was programmed to love – blunt, polite, and addicted to revisions. So, like I said, there I was typing away as Netflix streamed in the background – deciding which book to reread from the non-required, ‘How to Write’ pile I bought, with my Amazon Prime account. BEST WORDS BEST ORDER 2nd Ed. By Stephen Dobyns – there’s something alluring about a writer letting us …

Rootery | An Online Cannabis Brand Review Website

SEPT. 10, 2017 — I started my Cannabis Instagram with good intentions. I had a lot of weed and by a lot, I mean three shoeboxes full of 8ths. It was a time when Eaze was practically giving credit away like it was nothing because I reached the pinnacle of greatness – the VIP status. The legalization of medical marijuana – California’s Prop 215 – was something of a holistic carnival for me. Coming from a country whose concern for drug abuse mutated into “government-sanctioned” killings, I was happy that I could actually smoke it here. Here’s why – I have been diagnosed with crippling anxiety after learning I had Celiac Disease. The medication I was taking was not in tune with my body and I felt like I needed something different, something I couldn’t overdose on, or be addicted to. So, I tried medical cannabis. Eaze provided a service that was comfortable but didn’t really offer a way to try the products they sold because it was online. I tried the vape pens first …