Category: writers

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Do You Know Who I Am: On Writing and Identity

I had a job interview once for a job I sort of wanted. It was going to be a long commute and we needed the money. I interviewed with some peers and potential boss and then one of the founders of the company was going to meet with me. He walked into the room and the first thing he said to me was, “Do … Read More Do You Know Who I Am: On Writing and Identity

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self-promotion, bookselling, blah blah blah

As you probably know, I am in the middle of launching my new book, THE BOOK OF LANEY. It is a young adult novel and so a bit of a departure for me. I am extremely proud of this book and I hope those of you who have read it will believe me and know this to be true when I say it: I … Read More self-promotion, bookselling, blah blah blah

“I Wrote This Book Because…” – Myfanwy Collins and The Book of Laney

Originally posted on jabberwocky books:
We loved hosting Myfanwy Collins in the store last week for the publication of her young adult novel.  Collins had the crowd in near tears with the dramatic opening scene in the book, and attendees followed with a thoughtful Q&A session about what challenges kids today face in sometimes violent school culture.  She also prefaced her presentation with a…

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the bluff

This picture is of the bluff where Laney lived with her grandmother. Of course, the one in the book is made up but this is the one I based it upon. This bluff exists in the lake where I grew, a place where I felt most free and also most trapped. As a child, I lived in the woods, the water, the mountains. As … Read More the bluff

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pub day: today is my butter

Last weekend, I made a double batch of zucchini bread because we have a busy week ahead. My son is in his second play and has seven performances between tomorrow and Sunday. I wanted him to be able to have something homemade in his snack and lunch so that even though he was busy, he would know he was loved and that I was … Read More pub day: today is my butter

here we are now

We heard “About a Girl” on the way to school. I was working at Tower Records on the corner of Newbury Street and Mass Ave on the day Kurt Cobain died. People kept calling the store, crying, asking us what they should do. We stood outside in our not-quite-designated smoking area (don’t stand on the stoop or you’ll get in trouble) and talked it over. What … Read More here we are now

The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick

As I read The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick I couldn’t help but think about how part of the message behind the book relates to how I met a dear friend of mine.We met because I stumbled across a wonderful essay he had written. I loved the essay and chose to write about it on my blog. The writer then found my post … Read More The Good Luck of Right Now, by Matthew Quick

your vicious scars

For years I kept Charles Bukowski’s poem “so you want to be a writer?” pinned to my refrigerator. I would read it every day before I wrote. It was part of my process. An affirmation. A prayer. I needed that voice to burn through me and provide a sense of belief that someone outside of my skin was pushing me forward. I needed to … Read More your vicious scars

Roald Dahl Gets Writing Advice from Ernest Hemingway

Originally posted on Silver Birch Press:
“One of the vital things for a writer who’s writing a book, which is a lengthy project and is going to take about a year, is how to keep the momentum going. It is the same with a young person writing an essay. They have got to write four or five or six pages. But when you are…

Guest Editor at SmokeLong Quarterly for week of 1/9-1/15/2012

I’m excited to announce that I will be the guest editor at SmokeLong Quarterly for the week of 1/9-1/15/2012. Hope you will please consider submitting your work during that week. I promise I will read it with great care. ETA: if you submit before 1/9, I won’t be able to read it. So if you’d like to submit during my time there, please wait until … Read More Guest Editor at SmokeLong Quarterly for week of 1/9-1/15/2012

Matter Press: Open Reading for Prose Chapbook (January)

Saw this on Kathy Fish’s blog: Matter Press: Open Reading for Prose Chapbook (January).

Joy to the World

Has been an up and down sort of time for my family. As already noted, we lost our beloved pet recently and on top of that we’ve all been sick. And yet, there is so much to celebrate. That we are together. That we are whole. That we love one another. And yesterday, all of the blurbs for my book came in; joy to … Read More Joy to the World

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