Author: Josh Ackermann

About a year ago, Jere and I started recording this short story podcast. Eleven episodes later and we’re calling a wrap on season one. It has been one of the greatest journeys of my life. Certain events come to mind, such as recording late into the night with Jere, and...

  Robbie's entire love life passed before his eyes as he crashed into the ground. He swam in the pitch black of his unconsciousness. The feeling of warm water flowed over him. And he felt as if he were simultaneously sinking and floating. He imagined this is what an embryo must feel...

Now that we’ve tied up the arc of Teenage Crush with our latest episode, I feel I want to talk about one of the major influences behind why it was written. The story of it was born out of my experience with heartbreak, but it wasn’t due to romantic rejection....

  When she arrived at the doctor’s office, she slowly entered the space of the quiet and tense waiting room. She saw the room was empty all but for the nurse who was clacking away at her keyboard. The nurse looked up from her computer, and, in a tired monotone, she...

Regarding our latest episode, Teenage Crush: Part Two, I feel I can empathize with Travis in his experience with harassment. Especially involving his sexual orientation and sexual health status; not to such extremes as you see in the story, but most fiction, I find, is just dramatized non-fiction. So, naturally,...

One thing many people knew about Brittany and Travis is that when they had started grade twelve, a few months ago, they would volunteer their time at the Riverside Free Clinic, once a week after school. At first, when Brittany asked him, “Do you want to put in some time there...

In our latest episode, Teenage Crush: Part One, the whole trouble between our lead characters might have been solved if Brittany had just asked Travis if he wanted to kiss her, rather than her being cryptic. Back when I was a teenager, I believe consent wasn’t taught enough, or at least...

  On a Friday evening, after Riverview High School had let its students out for the day, half the graduating class was down by the river watching a fistfight. This girl, Brittany, clenched her fists and aimed them at her childhood friend. Her knuckles glittered with heart-shaped rings as she pounded them...

The character of Robbie drowning as a child, because of his mother’s indifference, strikes a chord along my heartstrings. He and I have more in common than I care to admit. The first complex problem I encountered at the beginning of my life was the matriarchal indifference I felt as...