Pen and Paper

When you needed to be heard but not be judged

Discovering one’s self is probably one of the hardest things to do. Not a lot of people are actually comfortable with their own selves. And there are a lot of people who are not allowed to be comfortable with their own selves.

And when the time comes when self-confronts the person, it becomes a dilemma. It’s facing one’s own demons, the monsters that can drive a person to the brink. Most of the time it can be detrimental. Some of the time, it can be beneficial. The detrimental part is when one can’t face their own self they choose the easy way out. The beneficial part is when one finds a way to face their demons and be kinder to themselves.

Art is one of these helpful ways to discover one’s self. Manic is a poetry book, a collection of one’s own struggles of going through life, passing through the darkest moments, when there seemed to be no end in sight. The poems offer are words of one’s struggles, being showcased here for people on the same path of searching for their own identity and searching for a better version of themselves.

This book is available online and can be purchased at, and

About the Author

Author Laken Riley knows a thing or two about the struggles of living with themselves. Being a transgender woman, she had to face her own monsters in the form of society’s standards. When it seemed to her no one would understand, she took to her pen and paper, who offered no judgment. On those leaves she poured her thoughts until the time is right to let her voice be heard

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