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Every writer I know has had trouble writing during the pandemic. Every artist I know has struggled to create. Sometimes art and stories feel meaningless. Plus, it’s hard to concentrate. But creation is more important than ever right now, as we try to find something to hold on to in the most difficult days. I […]

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Thank you to Jet Fuel Review for nominating my flash CNF piece, “Badge,” for the 2020 Best of the Net anthology!

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Oh my “Goodness”

Sometimes as a writer, you publish something super special, something you’re really excited about, and then the publication goes nowhere. Things happen. Life moves fast. And unfortunately sometimes people even pass on during the publication process. I’ve always loved Crab Orchard Review. Beautiful, sophisticated, with some of my favorite writers gracing its pages (print at […]

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This One Will Hurt You

I love a good essay about vulnerability, about all the ways the world can hurt you no matter how much you try to keep that from happening. Paul Crenshaw knows how to write straight into the center of that vulnerability. I ordered his essay collection, This One Will Hurt You, from a little bookstore in […]

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Stop and count

I get down on myself a lot about all the things I should be doing – I should be publishing more, I should have a book out already, I should be doing residencies and workshops and getting more grants. Most writers, especially those of us who are also parents, can probably relate. We watch our […]

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Thank you, AWP!

Thanks to all those who turned out for our panel discussion, “Crafting Narrative Identity with Unreliable Memories,” at the Association of Writing Professionals 2019 conference in Portland, Oregon. It was a great group – full house! I look forward to next time.

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Listen. Safe. Here.

I like to start my yoga practice by thinking of an intention. Maybe it’s something I’m grateful for. Or maybe it’s the reason I came to my mat that day. But more often than not, it’s usually just a word. A focal point. A place to put my mind when it wanders. This morning, three […]

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One-day memory seminar coming Jan. 21!

Writing Into The Blur: Using Brain Science to Write Your Memoir with Wendy Fontaine Sunday, January 21 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Writers At Work 4022 Fountain Ave., Suite 202, Los Angeles, 90029 $50 preregistered (by Jan. 15) $60 at the door Light refreshments will be served Memoir is a genre composed of personal memories, […]

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Every Last Lie

Every Last Lie by Mary Kubica My rating: 3 of 5 stars Good read. Lots of suspense. I liked that just when I thought I’d figured something out, there was a twist. Some things I did figure out. And some I didn’t. Very good pacing. I thought there was a bit too much reflection and […]

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How A Meal Kit is Making Me A Better Parent

My daughter chopped the garlic and sliced the sweet peppers. I browned the beef and grated the ginger. Then we slipped the peppers into the oven for roasting and boiled two handfuls of udon noodles. Thirty minutes later, we had a killer stir fry for dinner. More important, though, was what we didn’t have: arguments […]

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