The Money Tree

Your calves strain, your breath is heavy, and your shirt saturated with sweat as it’s sandwiched between your back and backpack. But with one final surge, you break through the dense forest trail and into a field of soft green grass, vividly lit by the rich afternoon sun. A single tree, strong and slender with... Continue Reading →


  Here's the final piece I wrote for my Creative Writing elective that I took this past semester. Naturally, my scientific instinct took over and I wrote a short story about a futuristic alternative reality where the earth is running out of nuclear power resources. Enjoy! by Jordan Pennells Today the sky was a perfect... Continue Reading →

‘Stranger’ in a Strange Place

by Jordan Pennells A high-pitched note, dulling. Blinding white light, fading away to reveal a room. A room without easily discernible walls, but without any noticeable features out in the distance either. As I reached the edge of my field of vision, I began turning neck to realise I had no neck to turn. What... Continue Reading →


by Jordan Pennells Today had been a miracle out on the open ocean. Not a cloud could spoil the seamless transition between water and sky on the horizon. Sitting on his surfboard behind the break, Max ran his hands back and forth through the water in time with the oscillating current. The cold water gripped... Continue Reading →

The Epicurean Life

by Jordan Pennells “A World Of Luxury… For Those With Discerning Taste”. Pick up an issue of Epicurean Life magazine, and their advocated lifestyle involves diamond-studded clothes, voluptuous women and even sexier cars. Epicurus, the magazine’s ironically misguided namesake, would be turning in his grave. His philosophy insists pleasure does not materialise by basking in... Continue Reading →

Fountain of Youth 

by Jordan Pennells You know how it feels like the powerful intensity of sunlight is burning your retinas when you first step outside? This painful experience forcing your eyes into a sly squint is caused from interesting physiology involving photoreceptor cells of the retina. They contain membrane-situated proteins called Rhodopsin, which are capable of detecting... Continue Reading →

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