I started writing this post a while back, and this seemed like a good occasion to finish it. These are some of the most useful things I've learned from my father. Time spent is an especially effective way to demonstrate love. Why else would someone coach a child’s sports team? True love. Coaching, arrowhead hunting … Continue reading Things I learned from my dad
To my critique partners, on this, the occasion of Friday. Before I became a writer, I knew how to write. And before I got serious about the craft of novelizing, I subscribed to the notion of the artist in a vacuum, committing her glorious prose to the page and subject only to her own drive for perfection. … Continue reading Ode to my critique partners
I’ve been thinking lately about the things we say without saying. There are much more capable voices than mine out there talking about why we need diverse books, and about how a lack of representation doesn't have to be intentional to be significant. But recently, one conversation reminded me of the time I stumbled on … Continue reading Omission and commission
I wrote a beautiful essay about my relationship with my mother for a women's autobiography class in college. Then I lost it before I could show it to my mom, who has never forgotten. So here are some things I learned from her that have been helpful over the years. Because I was listening, even if it … Continue reading Top 10 Things I Learned From My Mom
Right, so I've been on hiatus. From the blog I just started. The bright side of that is that I've been so darn busy. Downside: less time for personal writing. So, in order to reverse the downward trend of unpaid writing (wait...what?), here are three things I love this week. The Legend of Korra, Season … Continue reading 3 things
It turns out, I enjoy mowing the lawn. I used to enjoy punishing workouts on the treadmill, track, or elliptical, but since those aren't in the time budget these days, I often get my exercise doing things that double as chores. When I mop the floor, however infrequently, that thing gets a power scrub. Then … Continue reading Work style and the eight to five grind
I made the decision today that I'm letting go of guilt. It's a funny thing - it never occurred to me before that I could. I don't remember where my guilt came from or why my burden of it seems to be unusually heavy. It could be the curse of the oldest child, perhaps, or tied … Continue reading The thing I’m getting rid of today.