Archive for November, 2010

November 26th, 2010

Excerpt from How “The Sims” turned me into a home wrecker

by Sofi Papamarko, Learner, Magazine and Web Publishing

One month before my 30th birthday, a well-meaning aunt cornered me at a family function.

“Have you found anyone special yet?”

I smiled defensively and informed her that I hadn’t. Not yet, anyway.

“So you haven’t caught the eye of anyone at all?” Her playful, teasing tones did little to conceal a telltale note of pity. When this woman was my age, she already had 2.5 children.

I was tempted to tell her the complete and unabridged history of my romantic disappointments. All of the it-was-fun-but-I’m-not-really-readies and the almost-but-not-quites and the you’re-really-great-can-we-still-be-friends and especially the I’m-in-love-with-someone-elses. I’ve had every plotline except the one I always dreamed I’d have. Wriggling away from concerned relatives at gatherings had become fairly easy to me, but nearing that milestone birthday, I could not escape my own mounting, internal panic. My friends were getting engaged, getting married, getting pregnant. I was sitting at home, eating Mini-Wheats for dinner (again) and streaming episodes of “Jersey Shore” on YouTube.

In journalism, typing -30- at the end of a piece means that it is over.


When I was younger, I figured I’d have everything together by 30…

To continue reading, see Sofi’s article published in Salon.

Sofi Papamarko is a freelance writer who lives in Toronto. Visit Sofi’s blog,, to read about her spectacular failures in dating and being a grown-up.

The text above is Sofi’s opening to her story, which was written for David Hayes’ advanced course on magazine feature writing: ‘Advanced Feature Writing’ (CDJN 118).