So you've spend a lot of time writing and revising a story. You're getting to a point where it's in pretty good shape. Maybe you've had some beta readers look through all or part of it. Maybe you've workshopped it. Before you release it upon the world (or upon literary agents), consider pausing for a … Continue reading Sensitivity readings: An essential part of writing
There's a lot going on in the U.S. right now. I want to take this time to make it very clear that I support the Black Lives Matter movement, and am doing my best as a white woman to be anti-racist. I've been more outspoken on personal social media platforms - but just so that … Continue reading A message to fellow white people
They say art reflects life, and the older I get, the more I turn to it and see within the very same lessons that I've learned, or am grappling with myself. I realized recently that there's a reason why two of my favorite books are The Great Gatsby and Love in the Time of Cholera. … Continue reading When the narrative just won’t evolve
For a long time, there has been a strong association between faeries and mushrooms. At night, it's said, the faeries come out to dance around in rings of mushrooms. If there's a full moon, they're particularly likely to be out. If you hide in the shadows and keep very, very still, you might manage to … Continue reading A little faery nonsense
I think all of us are desperately longing for something right now.
The white noise of civilization has faded out...Usually crowded places are disquietingly empty.
It says a lot by saying very little.
I found this place impressive, cinematic, unusual...and unsettling.
One of the things that's been joyously freeing about my writing program is that we're given permission to do something important: Write badly. In order to create a sculpture, you have to start with a big block of clay, or a stone, or a chunk of wood. At first, you're just hacking pieces away and … Continue reading Write badly