Green Typewriter


a youngest child's perspective on the world, having grown up in an industrial town, waitressed for a decade, and then gone to law school


Chapter 2: the envelope

Cynthia opened the door, blinking as the sun hit her eyes. There was no one there. Probably kids, she thought, but then remembered they...

Chapter One: Hoover

Cynthia lit a cigarette and looked down at her manicured hand resting on the brown handle of the hoover. Chuck had bought that vacuum for...

(somewhat) solicited advice

Dear Molly, This is a letter your teacher made you ask people in your life to write, but I feel really lucky to be able to do it. There...

Hope is like an appendix

On a weekday afternoon late last spring, sitting at my desk with a fan pointed at my face moving the tepid air of my apartment about, I...


I counted and recounted the myriad of reasons I definitely did not, absolutely could not possibly, have a problem with alcohol.

The sweet sultry salve to save you

She started by drawing a line between people with addictions and people without addictions. She then explained that addicts lack...

Rule breakers

We’ve all of us broken our bubbles, no longer adhering to the Provincial ordinance to only see our chosen people from one other household.

What's the point?

A bureaucrat at the university slams a 1000 page tome on her desk and looks at you pointedly.

Play until the streetlights come on

My dad brought the wagon along to pick me up, which I am obviously too old to enjoy but happily jump into as soon as we round the corner.

Dispatches from solitude

“if anyone needs me, I’ll just be over here realizing I need far more validation than I thought I did.”



Robyn's work has been published in The Coast and The Fix, as well as in her Law School alma mater's newspaper, Obiter Dicta.

Woman Writing
Notebook and Pen
Desk with Book
Green Typewriter
Man at Desk


But that's not fair is a collection of personal essays and creative nonfiction by Robyn Ashley Schleihauf

Robyn is a writer, a lawyer and a consultant in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. She enjoys making scones, swimming in the ocean, listening to people speak earnestly and genuinely about just about anything and reading. She lives with a tailless cat named Bobby and a sweet and spicy corgi named Chips.

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