Writing Weirdly is Sexy

I am writing this blog by request. I hope it’s not too boring. While I was at Vermont College my first semester one of the teachers, Alison McGhee, mentioned off-handedly that when she wrote one of her many brilliant, amazing books she wrote it all in a rush, just page after page. She didn’t write […]

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It’s My Birthday

It’s sort of weird having a birthday when all your parents and grandparents are dead. Like, it doesn’t seem quite right to not be hearing my little hobbit dad singing off key on the phone. I have been blessed with a lot of awesome parents and bonus parents, so don’t worry! I’m not sad. I […]

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The Shadow Knows What Evil (and Good) Lurks in the Hearts of Men (and Writers)

The Shadow knows and the rest of us need to know it, too. I’ve been thinking about comic books a lot.   Comic books became super popular in the United States in the mid 1930s. According to Dwight Bowers of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History there were some really solid reasons for that. […]

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Fantasy Reflects Reality; Also Hydra and Superheroes and Hope; Connecting Into Something Bigger

In a SmithsonianX class, “The Rise of Superheroes and Their Impact on Pop Culture,” Michael Uslan said  that, “Comic books are our modern day mythology. The ancient gods of Greece, Rome, and Egypt all still exist. Whether it’s Odysseus, or Hercules, or Beowulf, or Superman, it all pretty much comes to the same thing. It’s […]

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Thinking Beyond: Functional Fixedness

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about innovation and how we tackle problems in our lives, our books, our political systems, and this brought me to the FF phrase Scotty: That sounds so naughty, human. Me: Sadly, it is not. Although, it is kind of sexy…   Functional fixedness is basically where an organization or […]

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Epilepsy and Kids Books and Stigma

There’s a pretty interesting New York Times article on Battling Epilepsy and its Stigma. It’s ten years old, but don’t let that stop you from checking it out. The article intrigues me because: 1. I have had seizures. 2. My first book Tips on Having a Gay (ex) Boyfriend has a main character who has epilepsy, although that is not […]

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Tips on Being a Debut Novelist

Being a writer is weird. It just is and it sort of just stays weird. Here are the things I learned back in 2007 when my first book came out, thanks to the magic of editor Andrew Karre who took it off the slush pile and made it real.   TIPS ON BEING A DEBUT […]

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