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Lauren Castro


Location icon United States of America

A recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, I'm a freelance writer that has a wide range of experience. I've done journalism, blogging, essay-writing, and creative writing. My passion lies in weaving words to create an experience for my audience that will grip them, embrace them, and stay with them.

Why "Gay" Isn't a Bad Word for Children

There is a conversation that needs to be started about the word "gay," and why you don't need to cover the kiddies' ears once you start it. As a child, I grew up thinking that "gay" was a bad word. The older kids slung it around like an insult, and the adults would reprimand them for using it.

The Huffington Post
The Rule of Three: What Do You Send Out to the World?

Growing up, what the teachers and my mother used to say was, "Treat others the way you want to be treated." It was a worn-down saying, the proclaimed "Golden Rule" that encouraged us kids to regard each other with kindness rather than nastiness. The concept of a rule for a kid though is never really something self-enforced.

May 13th, 2016
The Bloodless Incompletes

Speculative fiction short story centered around Florencia, a post-war Mexican princess that lives in a world of cyborgs and virtually no existence of physical pain.

May 7th, 2016
Sexual Abuse and Objectification of La Chicana

An essay with an emphasis on story-telling rhetoric to shed awareness of the sexual abuse undocumented Mexican women face once they cross the border, and the loss of security and home that come with it.

Energy of the Eclipse: Magic When the Sun and Moon Meet

Stargazers and moon dancers, astronomers and astrologists alike across the world have kept track of the movement in the skies for countless centuries. The cycles of the sun and moon and the spread of the stars has been a central force to the rituals and celebrations of Pagans; the turn of the Earth around the sun is the reason for the seasons, and is the festivity and significance surrounding equinoxes and solstices.

The Huffington Post
Essence of Life in a Bloom: The Magic of Flowers

Perhaps the most unassuming gift earth has given us are flowers, and little do we know that we perform little rituals and magic with them all the time. In our youth, we'd pluck petals off flowers one by one, chanting "loves me, loves me not", in the hopes of predicting romantic outcomes.

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