Writing Life

More Things For Writey Folk: Resources

Hi! These last two Wednesdays have been gobbled up by life. Yesterday, I was going to tell you the story of Child’s sleepover + the strange overheard conversations + the way in which my child’s personality and her friend The Anarchist’s personality are well-suited for sustained play. I was going to post pictures of egg […]

Three Neato Inspiring Things for Writey Folk

First, Button Poetry. I’m sending you to their foundation page, but there are loads of wonderful, educational, inspiring, well-performed, energetic pieces on their YouTube channel. Next, American Life in Poetry, a free column edited by former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. It’s lovingly posted each week, and is a great place to find new poets […]

Funk Life With Community and Woodpecker

I have traditionally avoided funks by being addicted to productivity. If I am constantly in a flurry of activity, I cannot introspect enough to be depressed. I become anxious if I’m not getting stuff done. (I think, lately, because I’m scared of facing myself.) But this semester, I have intentionally lightened my load. The result? […]

RAGE AGAINST THE PENIS PUMPS!

Samantha Bee did a spot on The Daily Show about Medicare funding penis pumps. Now, I know the spin is outrageous, and sometimes rhetorical, and meant for entertainment, but usually there’s truth to what they report on The Daily Show. I thought, I can’t believe it. Sometimes dear Sam Bee goes over the top. So […]

Me and Seattle are MFEO

I’m adding mine to the flurry of AWP 14 Seattle posts that are flying from the fingers of people like us. People like us: Hyperliterate English major types who are writers and who’ve embraced creative writing culture at the graduate level. And our professors, teachers, and in some cases idols.  And publishers and people who […]

Why I Stopped Taking Editing Clients, For Now (Maybe Forever)

I think it’s always been that people believe they’ll write a novel and get rich. My friend Jamie wrote at least one blog post about this, and we freelancers often bemoan our shared plight of wannabe writers chasing that gravy train. My world seems to be shrinking around the edges with the slew of people […]

Phony, Imposter, Jerk, Poseur, and other nasty names I call myself

The mind is a terrible thing to waste. Is it? I’d like to waste that bitch sometimes. I’d like to extract my mind from myself, the artist’s plague, and shoot her dead. Or strangle her. Or perhaps torture her for a time, like she’s tortured me as long as I can remember; perhaps that would […]

WTH Femme Files: Mothers without men and movies without women

Most of us who are mothers have enjoyed a man, if only for a few minutes. One of the things I do with my current man (he is worth it) is to (very occasionally) watch awful movies. The most recent? PACIFIC RIM. Really, Guillermo? My man said, “Yeah, he did it so he could get […]

Submitting is Worse than Online Dating and Applying to College

Reading Between the Lines (in the Ivy League) As with trolling online dating profiles, you’re looking for the best. You do not want to hitch the future of your essays to any old mag. There are two Ivy League pubs if you write essays: Creative Nonfiction (out of University of Pittsburgh) and Fourth Genre (out […]

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