"Conception" is Jael's first published creative nonfiction short story, which appeared in Room Magazine 39.1 -- the first issue exclusively dedicated to women of colour.
There are people who don’t shop often, who rarely buy knew things. Some buy things for their house or their kids their pets or their partners, and that’s it. I buy things for me. I buy shirts and shoes and dresses and jeans and leggings and jeggings. I buy phone cases and bags. I buy jackets and scarves and wraps. I buy rings and earrings and bracelets and necklaces for all the different outfits I wear. And while I’m not an expensive shopper, it’s still a thing.