The Northville Review has an all new, redesigned website. It looks very hip and modern. Added bonus for me: on that fancy new site you will find my latest story "Letters to My High School Boyfriends."I am so pleased to see this story online and sharing space with other great works by Michael Pagan and … Continue reading All New
My contributor copies of Neon Issue #29 arrived recently. While I had already seen my story "Crash & Fly" online, there was something really amazing and gratifying about seeing my words in print. I pondered ways that I could share this excitement with you. My friend Laura makes a habit of photographing her cats Saucy … Continue reading How to Read My Story: 5 Easy Steps
A friend of mine read a story and wrote me a long note with some super smart observations. This was the most intense analysis of my work I'd ever read. It was amazing and flattering and gave me lots to think about. One of the most interesting comments was about theme. She noted that many … Continue reading Smothering
When I was at the delicate age of twelve there was a summer class offered on beauty. I remember the class description being vague, at best. My mother was thrilled, she has always been one for layering beauty on oneself. I thought the class might be more about cultivating inner beauty and positive self image. … Continue reading What season are you?
"Well... that vent where I wentWas a sort of funnelThat led me down intoA frightful black tunnel.The traffic down thereWas a mess, I must say,With billions of birdsGoing all the wrong way.They bumped me with bikesAnd they banged me with dishes.I ran into ladders,Beds, bottles and fishes.I skidded on garbage.I fell in a horn.Troubles! I … Continue reading So True, Dr. Seuss
As a writer new to the world of agents, submissions and publishing a novel there are many things you don't know. And even more things you don't know that you don't know. I'm at the beginning of querying my latest work RIDING THE BLIND and as I set out on this quest I'm reminded of … Continue reading Five Things I Learned When Querying My First Book
I'm mildly obsessed with advice columns. There is something so awful/amazing about the questions people will ask under the guise of anonymity. I love stories. I wouldn't write them if I didn't. And there is no better place to find the snapshot of a well-developed character in the throes of a high conflict situation than … Continue reading Secret Lives