A guide to my articles and other projects

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Articles are categorized in their individual topics and then organized by publication date, the most recent at the bottom. A * next to the article means it is one of my personal favorites or one I think is important.

Some articles could fit in multiple categories. In these cases, I put them in the category in which they may be the most relevant.


Involuntary “Do Not Resuscitate” Notices Based on Learning Disability Are Nothing New *

Meowing: A Purrfect Alternative Communication Tool

Canada is Making it Easier for Disabled and Mentally Ill People to Access Physician Assisted Suicide*

Social Justice

So, I…

There’s only one thing great villains have in common.

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Today, I saw a Quora question that asked, “Can a villain who is evil for the sake of being evil work?”

I nearly scrolled past, because obviously, the answer is no, but then I remembered the song that’s been stuck in my head all morning. “No Good Deed” from Wicked.

Classic writing advice suggests the villain should always have a checklist of things: Moments of sadness and vulnerability, a clear, understandable motive, a detailed backstory, etc. But with villains, there’s no always. Some of the greatest break the rules. They’re villains. Breaking rules is kinda what they do.

Well, there…

50 Shades is as problematic as it is revolutionary.


When I first read 50 Shades, I scoffed at the writing style like every other English major, but as a professional writer today, I’ve changed my mind.

One of my niches as an editor is romance, and through that, I’ve gained an appreciation of the series that I never imagined I would have. In fact, I don’t think I would be a romance editor today if 50 Shades never existed. Not because it inspired me, but because the literary industry as it is today may not even exist.

However, I would be irresponsible if I didn’t note the negative impacts…

It isn’t just for coding and lawyers

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I took the LSAT two years ago thinking I was going to be a lawyer.

If my life kept going as it was, I might have actually gone to law school. But life didn’t work like that, and I’m no longer the type of person who could be a lawyer.

But that’s okay because that time was far from wasted. I learned a skill that has helped me in everything from website workflows to my writing.

Conditional logic.

When I first started learning, I sat in a Starbucks near tears trying to evaluate language like word problems. …

Before answering this question, we need to discuss what intelligence is

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What is intelligence?

Think for a second. What is it? Is it an IQ test? Ability to write, read, think? Do math? Really, really ask yourself what it is. Write it down on a piece of paper.

Now define “stupid.” Don’t look it up. Write it down.

How do you know someone is “stupid” or “intelligent?” What are the criteria? What does someone need to say or do for you to think, “Damn, that person is smart?” Write that down too.

Go ahead. I’ll wait.

Now rip it up.

Definition of Intelligence and Unintelligence

Analysts have been asking what intelligence is since before the word…

Removal of basic human needs is a common punishment in the US detention system, especially for people with real or perceived disabilities

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“The only disability is a bad attitude.”

You’ve seen the line. It was at your office’s disability awareness seminar that you barely remember.

But I want you to remember that line until the end.

Removing access to basic needs as punishment

Terrill Thomas was a bipolar Black man who died of dehydration in jail in 2016. The reason given for removing his water access was that he flooded his cell when he was in mental distress, so the water needed to be turned off until his “behavior improved.”

Other inmates tried to bring attention to him when he was begging for water, but none of the staff…

By someone who got a cockatiel for her 14th birthday.

This morning, I had to put off writing because my bird Ziggy pooed in her food bowl and masturbated in it overnight.

You read that right. Spring is here, baby. We had an April shower a day early this morning.

I’m pretty sure I can end the article here, actually. I’ve already answered the question.

Author photo. Ziggy is in front. Leo is behind her.

But in case you’re still thinking about it, I wasn’t interested in birds until my dad wouldn’t let me get a dog, so I got Leo on my 14th birthday.

Leo has anxiety, and when I was 14, I didn’t even know a bird could…

Haha. It was something I thought up when talking to my partner one day and it was like I had an epiphany. Thanks for reading!

You read that correctly.

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I started writing before I could write.

By this I mean I used to draw little mountains on printer paper and pretend I was writing a story. I learned how to actually write pretty fast, and my memories of not being able to are hazy.

But a day came when I wanted to learn how to write well, and when that happened, these were the first things I learned in writing workshops or online. Fiction 101 tips everyone has heard.

I had unlearned many of these by Fiction 101, but I only did by writing. I’ve come to believe that…

And why you need to cherish your tablespoons

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You’d think you’d be reading Cosmo with all the advice to swallow hard truths these days.

Listen, it’s 2021. We’re all fucking tired. The world is on fire. I don’t want to be yelled at to do what I’m already doing.

And you know? Yeah. Personal responsibility is important. You can’t sit there and whine all the damn time, even though I think we’re all allowed to bitch from time to time. But you don’t have control over everything.

Motivational writing doesn’t really acknowledge that. It goes to the one extreme and preys on the insecurities of the other extreme.

I should just accept that life is crap and not do anything to better myself?

Alexa Baczak

Speculative Fiction writer and Medium essayist | alexabaczak.com | https://www.buymeacoffee.com/alexabaczak

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