Writing Life

Ethical Quandries In Becoming an Adjunct Prof.

I will not be insinuating any wrongdoing or accusing Universities of being slave masters in this post. I will not be bitching about adjunct wages. I am interacting with my reality, forgetting for a moment that things for adjuncts are in real need of intervention. Adjunct wages are an improvement over my current wages. Especially […]

Loads of Things and Grief and Love and Wow

Wowza, folks. It’s been a while since I’ve seen you on a Wednesday. I’ve been getting jerked around by The Universe. I’ve been getting pulled down by life’s undertow. I’ve been hurting and sweaty and inconvenienced and grief stricken. It ain’t just me. Every time I read a selection of posts from Facebook or Reddit […]

Snotdrops on Roses and Scissors on Kittens

My number 1 favorite thing about residency is that I get to spend a week not explaining myself or enduring weird faces from people because all the other humans there are precisely my sort of weird/neurotic/thinky. A close second, however, is that a lot of people there call me April Line. I have a really […]

#YesAllWomen: How The Interwebs Blew My Mind + Cracked Me Open w/ Rage

I’m sure you’ve heard all about Elliot Rodger and his misogynist manifesto followed by an array of violence where seven people + Rodger lost their lives. In case you didn’t, here’s a recap. I’m not glad Rodger is dead. I feel badly for his parents. I think the whole thing is awful and probably, in […]

21 Lies I Tell Myself to Avoid Writing

1. You really should check in on Facebook. 2. You really, really suck. 3. You need coffee first. 4. You can do it later. 5. Oh my god your ass is smaller! Peer at yourself in the pre-dawn window for a time. Honest to god, it’s smaller than it was yesterday. 6. It is a […]

Workshop Stuff + Hooray!

Click It!! That’s my newsletter. I send them maybe four times a year, at the absolute most one per month, depending on whether I have something super exciting to share. I use MadMimi dot com. I spent a lot of time this week figuring out details of my summer workshops. So you ought to spend […]

The Mind of a Feminist Poetry Judge: Tips, Tricks, and a Rape Stanza Ugh

About twice a year for the last few, I’ve had the privilege of judging poetry contests for NFSPS and its organizations. One year, I judged the unrequited love category. I’m not going to lie. A lot of those poems were intensely bad. I believe there were upwards of 400 of them. But finding the few […]

Follow Me Down the Rabbit Hole

This morning, I got knocked on the chest by equal parts nostalgia, outrage, and WTFship. It was the sort of morning where spending an hour on Facebook made me feel like a more informed citizen and reminded me how big the world is. Sometimes, facebook is good like that. First, let’s talk two icons from […]

Running Makes Me a Better Writer; I Bet It Would Work For You, Too.

I used to feel outright hostile toward fitness/body progress shared on social media.* So I asked myself why. All I could come up with was dumb fear that: a) I will be judged when I backslide, b) I will be judged because I am still chubby, even though I exercise, c)I will become one of […]

Holding the Disk At Bay: The Power of Clear(er) Self-Perception

The current working title of my memoir is I Am Coming In From the Other Side: This is Me Finding My Way. While drafting, which took place over a couple of years, starting in mid 2011, I had to get into sticky, uncomfortable places with myself. I had to think hard and look hard about […]

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