As if insults on a chocolate foil weren’t enough, now cough drops are attempting psychotherapy. Unwrapping a lozenge yesterday, I found the paper printed with aggressive encouragements: “You can do it and you know it!” “Flex your can-do muscle!” “Fire up those engines!” It read like a lemon-and-menthol Jillian Michaels. I laughed because just moments … Continue reading Groundhog Day: Recurring Draft Doubt and How to Beat It
As Futurama's Professor Farnsworth would say, "Good news, everyone!" Blue Karma has been accepted into Library Journal's curated SELF-e collections and named as a feature selection! Patrons of subscribing libraries across the country can now access the book via BiblioBoard Library. I practically grew up in my local library system, so I'm thrilled with the opportunity … Continue reading “Blue Karma”, coming to a library near you!
Editing brings a strange mix of exhilaration and despair. The latter because re-reading the draft exposes every weakness, cliché, and logical inconsistency until I want to lobotomize myself with a mechanical pencil; and the former because devising improvements for these problems makes me feel like an evil genius (or at least one of the more … Continue reading Bleeding Pages: The Strange Dichotomy of Revision
Wow, it's been almost a month since my last post. Sorry for dropping off the grid. Transitioning between jobs takes a lot of time and energy. But I've finally left my old position and look forward to starting the new one in January. New year, new challenges (and a much improved commute, which will free … Continue reading Holidays, Hemingway, and the Home Stretch