Creepy Stories

So, in honor of almost-Halloween, I am sharing a creepy real-life story. Please, please, please feel free to share your own creepy real-life stories, because I adore them. And it would be really nice of you. Good karma. So, I grew up in this house my dad built in Bedford, New Hampshire. It was on […]

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When Boys Catch Boys on Fire How Do You Find the Good?

Eleven years ago, I was a newspaper editor for a really small local paper, working out at the YMCA in an attempt to not be a slug when my phone went off. “You have to get to the high school quick,” Bobbi, my office manager said. Her voice was high, urgent. “Something horrible’s happened.” Instead […]

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Sometimes Book Banning Happens Because of One Single Word

I originally posted this in 2007. I haven’t changed anything in the original post, but I wanted to put it up again during Banned Book Week because I think it’s important to remember that censorship happens in all sorts of ways. Sometimes it’s loud. Sometimes it’s quiet. I worry about the quiet Gay is not […]

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Small Towns and Fires at the Portside Grill

Normally, I love my town a lot. It’s a tiny tourist-focused town in Downeast Maine on the coast. Every year hundreds of thousands of people flock here, checking out the mountains and the hiking and the kayaking and the whale watching and Diver Ed. But yesterday, I was walking to the grocery store in my […]

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Why Revising a Novel is Like A Firefighter Carwash

Why Revising a Novel is Like A Firefighter CarwashNo. Really it is.So, usually when I start revising a book, I feel like this:This is the person organizing the fundraiser, which was a bunch of firefighters washing cars to raise money for Dana Farber’s efforts to eradicate cancer. Notice how she has money in her hand? […]

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The Ice Bucket Challenge is Not Evil or Why I’m Not Cool With People Calling Other People Sheeple

Okay, here’s the thing. I was totally going to write about revising, but I am tired of people judging other people when they don’t know their stories. For example, there is a lot of judging about the ALS ice-bucket challenge, where people are called out to give $100 to support efforts to negate ALS. Instead, […]

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Five Things I Learned While Revising This Morning, The Dog Barking Edition.

So, basically, I had to wake up early because my dogs have decided that every motor vehicle that drives down the road and is not either a MINI Cooper or a Prius is a threat to all of canine-humanity’s (Caninemanity?) existence. This means that to eradicate the threat, they must bark as loudly and fiercely […]

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