Nothing says “welcome back” like the chance of 3 feet of snow in New York City. Most of you already know, but my time in California has ended, and I am back in the great city of New York, Brooklyn to be precise. When I told everyone in California I was moving back to New… Continue reading Snowy reflections: Welcome back to winter
Normally, I’d take this lovely writing Friday to share an inspiring quote or writing tip, but today, after reading a conversation among writers about doubt, and asking myself how exactly I do overcome the doubt during the inevitable writer low-points, I realized something: I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, but really in… Continue reading Friday Writing Inspiration: The Ideas Keep Coming
It’s been awhile since I’ve posted (hi readers!), and a lot has changed in the past few months. Let’s start with the fact that I quit my job, and I’m now doing this writing thing full-time! (See above GIF.) A lot of things have happened since I said so long to my day job. I’ve gone… Continue reading Kissing the corporate world goodbye!
Garment workers in Rochester, NY, strike in 1913. Fair warning: I’ve been a bit obsessive about the recent “skinny white girl” yoga post in XO Jane and the myriad amazing responses to it. I see no need to add too much here apart from to point readers to some thoughtful pieces in Flavorwire and… Continue reading The Problem with Fast Writing, Fast Fashion and Fast Feminism (Or … Why Sites Like Jezebel and XOJane Often Do More Harm Than Good)
I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions–if I’m going to gym it or diet, it’s not going to be tied to Jan 1 or any major holiday–but I do enjoy taking some time to reflect as an old year ends and a new one begins, and I’ve been thinking a lot about writing and how… Continue reading My 2014 Writing Resolutions and Goals
In my journey into writerdom, there are two (of many) pivotal moments that are of particular relevance today. The first was when my 8th grade English teacher suggest I read Pride and Prejudice. The second was when I was stressed about my college graduation and my dad gave me some of the best advice I’ve… Continue reading Happy Birthday to two people who made me the writer I am today: Jane Austen and my dad!
I’m coming up on the finish line for the first draft of my new work, and, given that it’s National Novel Writing Month, I’ve been thinking a lot about time and writing. How much time is enough? Too much? Does a good novel take more time than a subpar one? Is ten years better than… Continue reading How long does it take to write a novel?
A lot of rhetoric has floated around lately about hard work, “bootstraps,” personal responsibility, and so on. Some of this is in regard to the idea of socialized or universal healthcare, some of it is about food stamps, unemployment and government handouts. Some of it is directed at trustifarians and hipsters living as “artists” on… Continue reading On hard work, circumstance and success