Category Archives: personal observations

That Year-End Post I’ve Been Meaning to Write (+ 2018 Awards Eligibility)

  So.  Here we are at the raw, tail end of 2018.  Even California is bleakly cold .  I’ve been laid up in bed with Toddler Flu and, while the Chubs is off at daycare, conquering the world, have been … Continue reading

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The Literary Trump: Stephen King Edition

  Is there a better writer for the current political moment than Stephen King? Insert joke about horror stories here—but seriously: one of King’s greatest strengths is his well-drawn observations of a certain kind of American.  Open up any of … Continue reading

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An Ember in the Dark: Post-Partum and Apocalypse in 2017

In this year of madmen and wildfires I gave birth to a beautiful red-haired son. This isn’t a story about motherhood, though.  This is a story about being on fire.

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Objects in the Game

**I want to preface this by saying that the passionate outpouring in response to the rape scene on Sunday’s Game of Thrones is, for all it was spawned from darkness, inspiring.  There have been many beautiful think-pieces, from a variety … Continue reading

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Where I Work When I’m Not Working

Taking a page from the fabulous Terri Windling this week.  Her Myth and Moor blog is that rare creature of the internet: content (**shudder**) that refreshes rather than deadens.  She post gorgeous photo-collages of her life, work, and dog (Tilly!), … Continue reading

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Concerning ‘The Hobbit’

Perhaps because I spent the weeks leading up to the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies reading every negative review I could find, when I went to see the film the other night I was pleasantly surprised. … Continue reading

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2014 as published by me

This year is ending on a bittersweet note as I transition jobs and begin doing whatever I’m going to do with my second novel.  So.  To make myself feel better, let me announce that I recently sold a poem to … Continue reading

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