Notes to Self

Notes to Self


A list and another

life, my life, in sloppy, needy

columns. Words to represent

things I (apparently) must have 

to be happy. Food. Paid bills. Items. I cling,

count, as a measure of what I have

done, what I can do, what I have

to offer. Every single word listing

life's need to be maintained: 

Don't forget. Set a reminder. Mark the calendar. 

Someone said, "What must be done will

not be ignored." Quantified, spelled out,

it will swing on the kitchen wall, crumple

under tissues in your bag's pocket, shuffle

into the pile of apps in their drawer.


Cortni Merritt


Cortni Merritt is a mother and marketing copywriter living in central Florida. As the daughter of a Marine, she grew up living in Hawaii, Florida, Texas, and South Carolina, before graduating high school in Colorado and earning a Bachelor's of Science in psychology from Colorado State University. Cortni earned an additional Bachelor's degree in English literature at the University of Central Florida, where she met the father of her son. She completed her education at Florida State University with an M.A. in English literature, and now balances her life between full-time writing and being a mother. In addition to reading and writing, Cortni enjoys belly dance, photography, and trivia night at the bar. 


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