Burning Candles


An excerpt from Kaitlin Penn’s “The Twelve Year Old Existentialist: A Birthday Story” reads,

“Falling asleep contented, belly full of a confectionary garden of birthday goodness, Vincent’s bed was covered with an open notebook, a small library’s worth of books, and an incapacitated Oskar. The day had been a mundane and comforting one. Reaching the top of his imaginary hill, Vincent began counting boulders before painlessly falling asleep to the thought: ‘Watch out. Tomorrow you’ll wake up and be fourteen, and fifteen after that.'”

Penn’s playful language and vivid characters manage to twist up cats, crushes and that creeping feeling of uncertainty that comes with getting older into a sweet little textual treat. Look out for the full story in Issue 1.

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