My grandfather on my mom’s side of the family died when I was in elementary school, and shortly after that his brother, my great uncle Arthur, made a reappearance in our lives. My mom took her father’s death hard, which she showed in the usual manner: by accounting for all of the ways Bob (even […]
It is good to work. Work with love and think of liking it when you do it. It is easy and interesting. It is a privilege. There is nothing hard about it but your anxious vanity and fear of failure. And when you work on your writing remember these things. Work with all your intelligence […]
The Day On March 30th, 2016, around nine in the morning on a normal day off, I stepped into the shower. It was a normal shower. Lather, rinse, repeat as needed, etc. Only as I reached out a hand to turn off the water I was suddenly smacked in the face by a feeling of […]
She’s that girl. You knew her in high school. At least, you think you did. Maybe you believed what everyone said about her. Maybe you laughed at her, taunted her. Maybe you helped spread the rumors. Maybe you started them. Or maybe you defended her, held out your hand when nobody else would, shared secrets […]
Create what you love. And do it every day. At 31 this is what I would have told my 24-year-old self when I started in publishing. It sounds relatively simple right? Wrong. Or at least, that’s how it was for me. Specifically the do it everyday part. I didn’t keep a sketch book. I didn’t […]
I’ve spent most of my life writing nonfiction. But I always dreamed of being a fiction writer. Now, at the age of sixty, I am making my debut as a fiction writer. My first novel is a book for middle-grade readers and it is based on a true experience from my childhood. Why did it […]
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